ITANAGAR, July 5: The eleven months free special coaching programme on Typewriting
and Shorthand, general knowledge, general English and basic computer course for SC/ST
candidates begun at Commerce Tutorial and Science Tutorial, Itanagar recently.
Altogether, 110 candidates are undergoing the training course sponsored by Director
General of Employment and Training, Ministry of Labour and Employment, GoI.
On the inaugural day, Sub Regional Employment Officer, CGC for ST/SCs, Naharlagun
Olom Talom advised the candidates to regularly attend the cl-ass and get maximum
benefits from the training.
He further informed that Mock interview, career Mela/talk, pre-recruitment traing
and individual guidance will be provided by the CGC near future.
Pacha Hydel project restored
Seppa, July 5: Pacha hydel project, which was lying defunct due to damage in feeder
channel and cracks in various parts of the channel, has been restored on July 2 thus
ending a two-month-long power crisis in East Kameng district.
The people of Seppa township were reeling under the sauring temperature of summer
due to erratic and non supply of electricity in the whole township for months.
Assistant Engineer Hydro Power, Darmer Ete informed that there was a major damages
of about 30 meters in the feeder channel which have been re-mended now. Apart from
this all the small cracks in various part of the channel and some holes have also
been repaired. DIPRO
PIO asked to pay compensation to a complainant
ITANAGAR, July 5: While hearing a complaint lodged by one Toko Nikam against PIO
of SP office Ziro for delay in furnishing information, the Arunachal Pradesh Information
Commission in its order on June 30 has directed the SP office Ziro to pay compensation
of Rs 25, 000 to the complainant within a month’s time. The PIO had delayed in furnishing
the information sought by 71 days. However, liberty is given to public authority
(SP office Ziro) to take recourse of judicial review under Article 226 of Indian
Constitution, if so advised.
Arunachal celebrates Dree with
ITANAGAR, Jul 5: The Apatani community of state today celebrated Dree - the major
harvesting festival with much fanfare throughout the state today. Chief Minister
Jarbom Gamlin extended his greetings to the entire Apatani community on the occasion.
He wished that the Dree festival would bring with it prosperity, peace, communal
harmony and a good harvest in the year ahead. Gamlin said festivals are a way to
keep our culture intact and are occasions where we connect again to each other in
the middle of the hectic lives that we lead today. Let this Dree Festival of 2011
be always remembered as a way of re-lighting our respect for our traditions and our
ancestors, Gamlin added.
Conveying his apologies to the Dree Festival Celebration Committee, Ziro for not
being able to attend the celebration due to the Planning Commission Meeting at Guwahati,
the Chief Minister in his message to the Committee, said: “I would like to commend
Padi Richo and all the members of the Festival Committee for putting this event together.
It is indeed a sign that our vibrant culture today survives against all odds. My
best wishes and goodwill have been there, and will always be there with the people
of Ziro”. In the capital, main celebration took place at Dree ground, Papu Nallah.
Large number of citizens including people from other communities turned up to witness
the grand Dree celebration.
Colourful cultural programmes bewildering the audience were presented during the
day. Parliamentary Secretary Lokam Tassar was the chief guest for the day whereas
PPA MLA Kumsi Sidisow was the guest of honour. Also present was Techi Kaso, local
MLA and chief patron of Capital Complex Dree Celebration Committee.
In his address chief guest Tassar advocated for inter-tribe marriage to bring in
unity among Arunachalee tribes. He also praised Apatani community for their excellent
performance in every walk of life including career, study and preservation of rich
culture and language.
At Ziro, Power, Environment and Forest and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Setong
Sena attended the 44th Central Dree Festival Celebrations of the Apatanis as chief
guest at Hija Dree Ground, Ziro.
In his address on the festive occasion Sena said “our state is not only blessed with
nature's bounty but also by various tribes which adds to the colour of Arunachal.
Describing the historical evolution of Arunachal since the days under union territory,
Sena said “We have achieved a lot in the span and today we have a young breed of
Arunachalees who are ambitious”. Despite being the one of the youngest states of
the country, we have made much strides in the past 25 years and is ready to be one
of the leader states, he said. Sena, however, added that we need to do much more
before being satisfied on our achievement.
Stressing the need to preserve own culture, the minister further said “we have to
keep alive our tradition in this world of rapid modernization.” Change is inevitable
but change should not be negative, he said and called upon the citizens to be rooted
in the culture.
While appreciating the Apatanis for upkeep of nature, the minister said that forest
cover need to be maintained in the state.
Emphasizing on planned growth, the minister called for joint effort of forest-agri-horti
depts to maximize the resources scientifically.
While responding to a memorandum submitted by Ziro MLA Padi Richo, the Minister assured
to take up the demand for creation of wildlife division at Talley Valley and a biodiversity
hotspot near Ziro in the next Cabinet meeting. He further assured to take up the
demands for construction of a multipurpose sports complex at Ziro, and establishment
of Indira Gandhi Medical Science University with the ministry concerned. He also
assured to look into the construction of the SE Power Office building and a 33 KV
sub-station at Ziro on priority.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin, who could not attend the celebrations
due to official engagement donated Rs. Seven lakh to the organizing committee of
Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary, Land Management Padi Richo, who is also the
Chairman of the Central Dree celebration Committee, while submitting a four point
memorandum to the Minister profusely thanked the Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin, and
Setong Sena for extending their best cooperation and support to the people in celebrating
the festival in a very Grand manner.
Secretary, Information and Public Relations, LM& CA, and Supply and Transport, Ajit
Srivastava, Secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, DS Pandit, DC Nila Mohanan, SP Pushpendra
Kumar, Ex-MLA Nani Rebia and District heads of Departments, Panchayat leaders were
present on the occasion.
At Daporijo, MLA Tapen Siga and DC Ameya Abhayankar participated the Dree celebration
as chief guest and guest of honour respectively. There was a colourful display of
traditional and modern Apatani dances.
While lauding the Apatanis for their traditional agricultural activities in the Ziro
Valley, Siga said that such festivals help up to promote peace, harmony and unity
in the society.
At Anini, Apatani community celebrated Dress festival with pomp and gaiety. MLA cum
Parliamentary Secretary , RD & Panchayati Raj, Rajesh Tacho was the Chief Guest on
We have many colourful festivals of various community on agricultural activities
and all this festivals bind us all in one thread, said Richo in his address.
Underscoring the need to preserve culture and tradition, the chief Guest emphasized
on preservation of rich cultural heritage.
B. Nime, a senior of the community highlighted the mythology of the festival. Day-long
Dree celebration witnessed many colourful cultural and sports events and melodious
traditional song from senior members of Apatani community of Anini.
At Tezu, Parliamentary Secretary, transport cum local MLA Karikho Kri was the Chief
Guest of the Apatani Dree festival which was celebrated in Tezu.
Apatanis are one of the foremost tribes in Arunachal Pradesh who are endowed with
socially and culturally rich heritage, Kri said. He requested the Apatani community
to contribute in the advancement and development of his society.
Dc R K Sharma, who was the guest of honour, appreciated the Dree organizing committee
members for making this kind of celebration a success. He assured all possible help
from district administration in time of needs. Govt officials and PRI leaders also
participated in the Dree festival celebration.
PM showers praise on Anshu
NEW DELHI, July 5: Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh showered praise on Everester
Anshu Jamsenpa for creating world record in mountaineering by conquering Everest
twice within 10 days.
“You have made whole of India proud. I am amazed that being a mother of two you have
made it to the top of the world twice in a span of 10 days,” Prime Minister told
Anshu, who called on him along with Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports
Association (AMASA) president Tsering Wange at 7 Race Course New Delhi today.
The Prime Minister also extended financial grant to Anshu to meet expenditure during
expedition from his Relief Fund.
Responding to a request made by AMASA president to consider Anshu for national
award, the Prime Minister advised the Association to submit details of her achievements
with bio-data to PMO and Union Ministry of Youth Affairs for consideration. The Prime
Minister assured to take up the proposal for opening of Arunachal Himalayas for Mountain
Climbing & Expeditions to explore the yet unexplored mountain peaks with the appropriate
authority for early consideration. Singh further assured to consider Anshu as brand
ambassador of ‘Incredible India’ campaign and any other National/International sporting
event from Arunachal Pradesh as proposed by AMASA.
While appreciating the proposal for establishment of Rural Tourism Training Centre
in Arunachal Pradesh, the Prime Minister said such proposal should be routed through
the Ministry of Tourism.
However, Singh diplomatically avoided to give any comment while he was requested
for taking initiatives for opening border trade routes including Stillwell route
between Eastern Arunachal (Pangsu Pass) and Myanmar, Tawang and Tashigang (Bhutan)
road, Indo-Myanmar road via Moreh (Tamu) and the Tawang to Tibet (China) old trade
Tuki pleads for fund under RAY
ITANAGAR, July 5: PWD & UD Minister Nabam Tuki met Union Minister for Housing and
Poverty Urban Poverty Allevation(HUPA) Kumari Selja, today and urged the Union minister
for sanctioning Rs. 300 crore under Rajiv Awas Yojana for housing, sanitation and
solid waste managements etc. in Itanagar capital area
Besides, Tuki submitted letter for sanctioning of schemes on various project proposals
for construction of Shopping Complex and Women’s Hostel at six towns of Arunachal
Pradesh viz. Changlang, Aalo, Bomdila, Longding, Daporijo and Miao. Meanwhile, the
Union Minister assured for considering the all the schemes of the state on priority
basis. PRO to Nabam Tuki
UG groups running parallel
administration in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Jul 5: NSCN problem has become synonymous with Tirap and Changlang districts
in the last few years. Both the factions of NSCN are active in two districts and
carry out extortion from local citizens and government employees. They have spread
their wing to other parts of state and it is widely believed that many rich businessmen
and senior officers of Itanagar pay protection money to both factions of NSCN. However
it is in Tirap and Changlang where they have strong presence.
It was from the year 1997-98 when NSCN problem became very serious in the twin districts.
As per the version of local villagers, it was NSCN (K) which first arrived in Tirap
followed by NSCN (IM). Initially they started wooing local citizens by offering them
dream of better future as part of greater Nagalim and by providing some basic facilities.
As days turned into years, turf war started between both factions of NSCN over the
area of influence. Today, UG group dictates every term and are virtually running
parallel administration. They collect all sorts of taxes from local villagers, businessmen
and govt employees. Some of the taxes collected by them include house and soul tax.
Govt employees have to give 2% of annual salary as tax whereas contractors give 10%
of profit to them. They believe that they protect soul of local villagers and therefore
collect soul tax of rupees 2 per head.
Taxes are being collected by both the faction of NSCN. In fact as per the highly
placed source, Tirap and Changlang generate highest revenue for UG groups. Various
cadre of NSCN from other states jostle to get posting in these two districts. While
talking to this journalist one local citizen of Khonsa informed that though many
local Arunachalee join NSCN, they never get the so called “plum posts”. “We get to
hear that the higher ranks are reserved for outsiders and Arunachalee cadres remain
only in lower rank. Also when factional fight breaks out, only local lower rank Arunachalees
fight among themselves and those coming from outside keeps away,” shared one villager.
The local citizens are also worried about concentration of outsider in parts of Tirap.
The Poakkoam village situated along Khonsa-Hukanjiri road is now considered as mini-Nagaland.
Number of citizen from Nagaland who arrived here to work in missionary school after
getting married to local Arunachalee girls have since then settle down here.
“We are not against those people who have made Poakkoam village as their home. But
at times we are worried about consequences we may have to face for letting them settled
here. Chakma refugee is classic example of how settlers become masters. We don’t
want similar situation in our district. We also feel that UG groups are encouraging
them to settle here for their benefit,” said a villager of nearby Khonsa town.
The most traumatic part for local villagers is to be caught between UG groups and
army. “When UG people come to our villages, we have no choice but to shield them
from army by putting our own life at risk. If we don’t listen to UG people they kill
us and if we protect them army torture us. Both ways our life is at risk,” informed
a villager. Such chaotic situation along with underdevelopment and poverty has made
life miserable for the citizen of Tirap.
UNO calls for effective mechanism to tackle law and order situation
ITANAGAR, July 5: The United Nyishi Organization expressed its serious concern over
the increasing deteriorating law and order problem in the state capital, which needs
to be addressed on priority basis.
“The people of the state capital have been facing a state of lawlessness” the UNO
said, adding, ‘criminals are roaming freely in capital as there is no effective mechanism
to give exemplary punishment to the criminals.
‘Law and order scenario is going from bad to worse’, this is evident from the planting
of a pistol and bomb in the car of RTI activists and accused was let off on bail
by the judicial magistrate, arrest of few anti social elements by Naharlagun Police
on 29th of June 2011 with some prohibited bore rifles like 9mm pistol and Chinese
made. 351 assault rifles and some live immunizations from their possessions and let
them off easily are some of the examples, which shows that state capital is no more
safe for common people. It said that all illegal arms and ammunitions are easily
available and anybody can be executed by the anti social elements at any point of
The law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang on records and beating of Amjad
Tak, Deputy Commissioner, Aalo, West Siang District, that too in the district of
chief minister are yet another example of complete lawlessness.
The UNO expressed surprised that as to how the home minister and the chief minister
are maintaining silence on such deteriorating law and order situations in the state.
“The UNO, therefore, demands the resignation of Home Minister and Chief Minister
on moral grounds, since they failed to deliver justice and protect the citizens from
the anti-social elements and arrest the law and order problem in the state,” the
The UNO also severely criticized the opposition political parties in Arunachal Pradesh
for not playing their role.
“The opposition political parties seem to be mute spectators on the whole issue.
Instead of raising voice against the deteriorating law and order problems, they are
just silent on it. It demanded dissolution of their state bodies, if they can not
play the role of a proper opposition.
Village chief rubbishes AR statement
ITANAGAR, July 5: While rubbishing the statement of 19 Assam Rifles, Khonsa on June
27 denying ill treatment to Khela Village chief T Lowangdong and accusing him as
sympathizer of NSCN (IM), Lowangdong, who is also the head chief - known locally
as Lowangdong - of Hahkhunthung villages that consists of nine villages, in a release
claimed that he was summoned by AR for reasons unknown on June 25. When he reached
the AR camp he was physically assaulted by the Major with a cane stick. He then lodged
a complaint against the responsible officer at Khonsa Police Station after undergoing
a medical examination at the District Hospital.
Earlier, 19 AR in a release issued on June 25 had claimed that no innocent individual
has been picked up or interrogated by AR. Denying torture to Lowangdong, the release
further said, Lowang was called on June 25 for formal interaction at Bn HQ, Khonsa
and after interrogation he was sent back. AR, however, said that they had to call
Lowang as he is a sympathizer of NSCN (IM) group.
On 27th June 2011, a meeting was organized by the All Tirap Students’ Union (ATSU)
and the Nocte’s Women Organization (NWO). After the meeting at Khonsa Circuit House
Conference Hall, the ATSU and NWO submitted a memorandum to the DC and the DC had
assured to speed up for registering a case against the responsible officer of AR,
Lonwangdong said adding on the same day, the public of Khonsa Township registered
their protest by closing the entire market area.
According to Lowangdong, the 19 AR Commanding Officer called the students and women
leaders to meet him to resolve the matter mutually. He had also reportedly admitted
his officer’s guilt and assured to seek apology from the Khela Chief.
However, Lowangdong claimed that the same day the 19th AR gave a contradictory press
statement alleging him of being involved in unlawful activities with the NSCN (IM).
Effa gives priority on Multi-purpose indoor stadium
ITANAGAR, July 5: Newly appointed chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal Tungri
Effa assured the Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) to take up the issue of construction
of Multi- Purpose Indoor Stadium in Capital Complex with Govt on priority basis.
Effa gave the assurance while responding to a request made by AOA during his maiden
visit to Directorate of Sports and Youth Affairs yesterday.
Effa further said that he would leave no stone unturned for development of sports
sector in the state.
The AOA team led by Secretary General G Doke, also discussed various issues related
to development of the sports in Arunachal besides apprising him of the grievances
faced by the various sports bodies in the state due to financial constraints.
AOA meanwhile thanked the Chief Minister for appointing Effa as Chairman of SSA and
hoped that under his able leadership the sports sector would achieve new height.
Posting of ‘under scanner’ officer opposed
ITANAGAR, July 5: The Social Reforms and Anti-corruption Activists’ Association
(SRAAA) has opposed the transfer of the Surveyor of Works (SW) from the office of
the Central Zone Chief Engineer, Itanagar as Executive Engineer of Gensi PWD Division.
The Association said that a complaint was lodged against the said officer during
his tenure as Executive Engineer at Aalo Division for alleged misappropriation of
FDR funds. Accordingly, investigation by vigilance department is under process against
the said officer, the Association said and questioned how a ‘accused’ officer can
be transferred without finalization and submission of the vigilance report.
“It is utter violation of 1(f) and 1(c) of Guidelines of Government of Arunachal
Pradesh circulated vide Memo No Apptt-19/90 dated 2-6-1998 issued in connection with
posting of officers,” the association claimed. The association said that instead
of taking action as per guidelines, the officer was rewarded with posting.
DDMPCS distributes mosquito nets to poor, widows, BPL families
ZIRO, Jul 5: Diilyang Diibu Multipurpose Co-operative Society Ltd. (DDMPCS), Ziro
in collaboration with Diilyang Diibu Farmers Club (DDFC), Khoter in a function held
at Hija village distributed mosquito nets to orphans, widows and BPL families on
July 3 last to prevent malaria disease.
Many poor and BPL families of the village have been benefited from free distribution
of mosquito nets.
Chairperson DDMPCS Nani Jailyang, advisor Taku Piliya and other executive members
of the society arranged the function and were present.
The significance of Dree festival
By Kago Gambo
Dree - one of the most significant festivals is celebrated enthusiastically on 5th
and 6th July every year by the Apa Taniis, the indigenous residents of the beautitul
Informally, it is celebrated from 4th to 7th July by the Apa Tanii people. This seasonal
festival is celebrated colorfully with traditional fanfare basically to receive blessings
from divinities for all sorts of protection to the crops so that granaries of the
people are fully filled with the produces after rich harvests. Now Dree in its modernized
form is celebrated by the Apa Taniis everywhere even outside Arunachal Pradesh.
It is enthusiastically celebrated in places like Delhi, Shillong, Guwahati, Kolkata
(Calcutta) and other places. It fosters love and affection, unity and brotherhood
leading to national integration. Infact, Dree is celebrated both for bumper harvests
and bringing love and affection, unity and integrity and fraternity and fellow-feeling
as well as to ensure peaceful, harmonious and prosperous and disease-free world.
The Dree festival helps in promoting traditional dresses and costumes, ornaments
and jewelries, arts and crafts, songs and dances, foods and drinks, folklores and
sacred literatures, games and sports and moral and human values. It helps us to preserve
our rich cultural heritage and also to revitalize our age-old festival.
The festival also attracts domestic and international tourists and promotes tourism
which generates revenue for the Government. Besides, literary and academic activities,
cultural and sports (both traditional and modern) capabilities are also duly encouraged
through appropriate incentives.
In a way, this festival is a perfect platform especially for the upcoming youngsters
to showcase their talents in various fields. This festival is also a nice occasion
to make friendship and bring goodwill to oneself from others and as also to show
regard and respect to one's elders and priests. It is also a suitable occasion and
opportunity to invite guests to not only in festival celebration ground but also
in one’s house as a token of goodwill and friendship. It would not be out of place
to mention here that it is an appropriate occasion/opportunity to learn/display oratory,
leadership, team spirit and organizing skills.
Moreover, it is a very good opportunity to test one’s entrepreneurial skill and earn
a few bucks with all dignity. Finally, it is a great opportunity to rejoice and celebrate
so that we get blessings from divinities for all goddness. (The writer is assistant
professor, department of Political Science, DNGC, Itanagar)
APPDSU to approach Govt on school
ITANAGAR, July 5: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU)has unanimously
decided to take up the alleged land encroachment issue of the Govt. Mani Middle School
by taking into consideration the ‘gravity of the prevailing situation’ as well as
in the greater interest of the school fraternity.
The decision was taken on being received a complaint from the school authority, APPDSU
said in a release adding that drastic legal action and other necessary steps would
be taken against those people involved in the illegal land encroachment issue.
It regretted that even the School Managing Committee (SMC), which was re-formed,
especially to deal with this issue, could not find any amicable solution to this
“It is shocking to learn that Headmistress of the school was allegedly assaulted
in her office on January on 27, 2011 during office hours in connection with the said
land encroachment issue. Subsequently on that very night a fire incident took place
inside the school premises wherein the school building was about to burn down,” the
Although the incident was immediately brought to the notice of office of concern
Extra Assistant Commissioner no action has been initiated against any of those for
the illegal act, the release said.
It is also reported that many unwarranted things are being nurtured between the teachers
and students within campus of the said School which has affected the academic atmosphere
of the school.
Meanwhile, APPDSU criticized the state government for being mum on the illegal encroachment
APPDSU, meanwhile, sought the cooperation of the senior citizens of Doimukh as well
as the authorities concerned in bringing an amicable solution to this chronic problem.
AR extends logistic support to
ITANAGAR, July 5: The Khonsa – Tinsukia road is hardly 110 km but a traveler on this
road will without any doubt tell that he had the bumpiest and torturous ride of his
The road especially from Hakunjari to Joypore is so deplorable that even the Oxford
dictionary has no word to describe the pathetic condition. Leave alone small cars,
even large vehicles find it difficult to negotiate the huge fishpond – like gaping
holes between Hakunjari and Deomali. Interestingly, the Khonsa- Joypore road is the
lifeline of the whole Tirap district. It is needless to say that due to the poor
condition of road the common people’s daily life have been hampered.
On July 2, All Tirap Student Union carried out repair work on Hakunjari – Tinsukia
axis. Assam Rifles gave full support and joined hands with the student union and
locals in the repair of the road. AR provided manpower, administrative support and
refreshments to the people providing social service. The coordination between the
security forces and the students was welcomed by the people across the district.
AR said its sole aim is to restore peace, harmony and development in Tirap.
APCSOA condemns assault
ITANAGAR, July 5: The Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers Association (APCSOA)
strongly condemned the unfortunate incident that took place in the office chamber
of West Siang deputy commissioner Amjad Tak yesterday.
The reported manhandling and physical assault of a District Magistrate in his office
deserves criticism in strongest terms from all quarters, it said.
“In a democratic society, every individual or group has the right to seek justice
if they feel that their rights have been infringed upon or denied.”
“In the instant case, the aggrieved individual or party should have ventilated their
grievances to higher authorities or higher courts if they felt that they were denied
justice by the district authorities,” APCSOA said.
“Sadly, the means of violence adopted by the individuals responsible for the incident
is unbecoming of a civilized society and unprecedented in a peaceful state like Arunachal.”
APCSOA said that the incident has shaken the edifice of the DC/DM’s office which
is considered to be the epicenter for justice and development in our country.
“If people start taking law into their hands and begin disobeying government authority,
anarchy and violence would prevail in the land which is not at all desirable for
our democratic set up,” APCSOA said, adding that the attack is not on Amjad Tak,
but on the very institution of administration and administrative authority.
While expressing its solidarity with Tak and West Siang district administration,
APCSOA urged the Government to conduct a discreet inquiry into the incident and take
exemplary action against the persons responsible for the mishap so that such untoward
incidents don’t recur in future.
ZPCs pleads for merger of DRDA with panchayat bodies
ITANAGAR, July 5: Zila Parishad Chairpersons of West Siang and Upper Siang, Tirap,
East Kameng and ZPM of West Siang have appealed to the Deputy Chairman, Planning
Commission for merger of District Rural Development Agency with Panchayat Bodies.
In a memorandum submitted to Planning Commission during the two-day regional consultation
on the approach paper for the 12th Five Year Plan at Guwahati on July 4 and 5, they
said the merger would facilitate the rural development agency functionaries in implementing
all SSCs at village areas which comes under direct control and supervision of local
self Govt. In this process, the need of devolution of functionaries will also be
fulfilled, the memorandum said. It further pointed out that at present DRDA is under
Deputy Commissioner and ZPC is chairman of DRDA with no functional utility.
They further appealed to the chairman for implementation of the recommendations of
state finance commission (SFC) and create panchayat window in the state budget and
earmark an amount not less than two crores for each DPC till SFC recommendation are
accepted and implemented.
It further appealed for declaration all districts of the state as backward region.
The ZPCs also extended support to 12th five year plan vision prepared by the Department
of Panchayati Raj, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
C C Singpho inaugurates Jagannath Mandir at Diyun
BORDUMSA, July 5: The MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary,handloom, C. C. Singpho inaugurated
a Sri Sri Jagannath Maha Prabhu Mandir at Haripur Block-II village under Diyun Circle
on July 3 amidst mammoth gathering of public, Govt. officials, PRI Members and devotees
belongs to Hajong Community members of Diyun Circle.
While greeting the people on the occasion, he congratulated the Hajong community
members in particular and people of Diyun Circle in general for having a beautiful
R C C Jagannath Mandir at Haripur Block-II village which was a long felt demand of
the Hajong Community of Diyun Circle. He called for a missionary approach to promote
and protect rich culture and heritage and religious practice which is fading gradually
due to adverse modernization and invasion of the alien religions. He also appealed
the Mandir Management Committee for proper maintenance of the mandir and its surroundings.
The ongoing developmental works under his initiatives being implemented in Bordumsa
and Diyun Circle also reflected in his speech. He also appealed the mass to cooperate
with a government functionaries for all round development of 49-Bordumsa-Diyun assembly
The said mandir was constructed at the cost of Rupees 10.00 lakh funded by C C Singpho
from his MLALADS during 2010-11.
Hajong community of Diyun also joined with rest of the country and celebrated Annual
Rath Yatra in a befitting way with traditional flavor and gaiety at Haripur Block-II
Village under Diyun Circle.
While responding to a two point memorandum submitted by the Rath Yatra Committee
regarding electrification and providing of drinking water facilities at Haripur-II
Village, the Chief Guest C. C. Singpho MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary assured to
redress their genuine demands favourably by taking the matter with the appropriate
authorities on priority.
Dakto Riba, EAC Diyun, Keno Riba, ADC Bordumsa and R.C. Deori, ZPM Diyun also spoke
on the occasion. The other highlights of the day-long programme includes exhibition
on woodcrafts products, pulling of famous Jagannath Rath by the devotees/participants
amidst a sea of crowds and a cultural programmes in the evening, according to an
A single person can not fight against corruption in totality
This is apropos the news items published in a section of media recently wherein it
was said that RTI activist and Sango Lamte Foundation chairman Payi Gyadi has targeted
only two departments whereas 2000 illegal appointments were reportedly made in various
In this regard I would like to mention here that Gyadi alongwith other seven student
leaders of East Kameng had lodged an FIR against the Education Department of East
Kameng on January 2. But conspirators targeted only Payi Gyadi only in that case.
In the present case also, five persons lodged complaint in Itanagar PS regarding
illegal appointments of the Inspectors of Tax & Excise and the SCOs in Febraury last.
But here too, Payi Gyadi is being threatened and conspiracy hatched to frame him
up by planting explosive materials in his car. Now the conspirators pushed their
sycophants to lodge so many complaints and FIRs against Payi in various places in
East Kameng and Capital Complex only to harass him and divert his mind.
Only in two issues Payi has been facing so many harassment and also facing difficulties
to hire a counselor. So, it is difficult for single person to fight all the said
2000 illegal appointments and other corruptions prevailing in the state.
So, I question the like minded people, organizations of the state, instead of questioning
Payi Gyadi, why they are not fighting other illegal appointments in the state. I
would like to question, particularly various unemployment organizations as to why
they are keeping mum in this issues?
I, therefore, request to all individual and organizations to support Payi in his
fight against corruption. If anybody discourage him, then tomorrow nobody will come
up to fight against corruption in the state.
Negative impacts of bandh calls on tourism industry
Every people talk about the promotion of tourism industry in the state as this will
be a major industry in future which will generate employment opportunities for the
unemployed youth of the state. Yes, I, being the tour operator, do agree with the
point. In every debate or seminar on tourism, every participant agrees that lack
of infrastructures facilities and awareness of the people are the major problems
for promotion of tourism industry in the state. But being a promoter of tourism/
tour operator of the state I don't think it is a major problem.
The major problems are insurgency, bomb blast, kidnapping in other North East and
bandh culture in our state. Tourists are visiting the state to enjoy the tribal
culture and to see the scenic beauty and for adventure activities. They think Arunachal
is a very peaceful state but whenever there is a bomb blast in neighboring Assam,
it creates a negative impact and tourists feel insecure to visit our state. Apart
from insurgency problem in northeast including Tirap and Changlang, frequent bandhs
by different organizations in the state is one of the major obstacles for promotion
of tourism industry in the state.
To bring the tourists specially the foreign tourists in the state is not easy task.
In order to bring the international tourists we have to book the hotel and provide
other essential services in advance. When everything is cleared through various formalities
and legal procedures for visit of tourists in the state, the bandh calls in state
including in Tirap, Aalo and in Capital Complex have compelled me to cancel entire
tourist programme. It not only creates a negative impact in the tourism industry,
but also badly affects the income of unemployed youths who are working as tourists
guide, hotelier, taxi driver.
On the other hand tourists who are unable to visit our state due to bandh pass the
negative information to their friends who are interested to visit Arunachal. As a
result the flow of tourist arrival decreases unexpectedly.
Hence, I do appeal my youth friends of the state let fight the injustice in other
ways such as hunger strikes, peace procession or through legal action but not through
bandh calls as it not only hampers tourism industry but other economic activities
of the state too.
Please come closer for mutual understanding
I would like to request both the ANYA presidents (Taring Mama and Achung Yumlam)
not to go to the media/press further in the name ANYA as the media can not bring
any solution to the issues. Rather, I request ANYA leaders for peaceful negotiation
with all the Nyishi intellectuals like NES, NFC and ANSU for amicable solution to
the issues. Every Arunachalee citizen knows about the derogatory remarks against
the Nyishi community which was appeared in Times of India on May 4. Therefore, it
is my personal request to both of you in particular not to go to media and have a
mutual discussion on the matter in democratic ways.
I also appealed the entire Nyishi community in particular and civil organization
in general to come out openly in support of the movement being launched by All Nyishi
Students Union for justice and not to carried away by the vested interest leaders.
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