July 05


News Impact


1962-a forgotten war: Tawang students

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Tawang District Students’ Union (ATDSU) while paying homage to the martyrs of 1962 war  has questioned the silence of the government. Terming it a forgotten war it said that on the 50th year after the war, there is not even a  message from New Delhi and Itanagar in honour of the war heroes.

Why have UPA govt and our state govt forgotten that it has been 50 years since the war, the students union asked.

The great sacrifice of our soldiers should not be forgotten, the students union added.

It further said that Army is yet to come up with a permanent structure even after 50 years even though the it has occupied most of the district’s land.

On the silence of the media, it asked whether it was interested only in raising issues against small countries like Pakistan and Bangladesh?

It thanked an NGO Yuva Arunachal for organizing the 1962 Martyr’s Soccer tournament  in collaboration with Indian Army.


MLA visits rain-hit areas

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso along the CO has visited various flood ravaged  areas of Capital, including Yupo, Chandranagar market line, Ganga Market, Akashdeep, Abotani Colony and Kime Colony  to take stock of the damages caused by torrential rain on July 2 night.

During its spot visit, the MLA found that around 200 families were affected and good number of shops in Ganga Market damaged by the gushing drain/nallah water in the Capital.     Flash flood also caused damage to many retention walls and dwelling houses in many other locations in Capital, said Kaso in a release.

The Capital DC also visited Damsite and various other locations in Naharlagun area to have first hand information of the flood damage.

 While stressing the need of circle-level assessment of properties lost in the flash flood, the MLA appealed to the state Govt to take immediate steps for providing relief assistance to affected people.


Governor, CM greet people on Dree

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Governor JJ Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to all the people of the State, particularly the Apatani community on the auspicious occasion of Dree Festival.

In his festival message, the Governor wished that the festivity would usher-in bumper harvest, prosperity and happiness for all.

In his message, Tuki said: “May the warmth and splendor, that are a part of this auspicious occasion, fill your life with happiness prosperity for the whole year and also in the years to come. May the festival fill the atmosphere with the spirit of mirth and love”.

“The celebration of the festival carries forward the tribe's vibrant and rich culture and tradition and helps us preserve it and pass on to the younger generation. As a matter of fact, festivals are the mirrors of the people's culture” the message added.

Dree, is an Agriculture based festival of Apatani tribe celebrated for thanking the Gods for their providence and for saying a prayer for a bumper crops.


ABSU appeals for shifting of JNV

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Bogong Students Union (ABSU) has appealed to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner to shift the Jawahar Navodaya Vidhyalaya (JNV) from the proposed site of upper campus of JN College to somewhere in  rural areas.

In its letter to the Deputy Commissioner, ABSU said that establishment of the Vidyalaya at upper campus of JN College would not only create chaos, disturbances and indiscipline amongst the students but also create problem for future expansion of the proposed State University, the site for which has also been proposed within the JNC campus.

It further reasoned that the said unit of JNV has been sanctioned for rural areas whereas the present proposed site for establishment of the school falls under urban area.

Claiming encroachment of college land by local residents, ABSU also urged the DC to take strict action against the encroachers and evict them immediately.


AAPTWA   for fair recruitment

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) has appealed to all the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to conduct recruitment drive of APPBn/IRBn with transparency and without political interference.

The Association said they will not tolerate any kind of corruption and political interference in recruitment into armed forces since it involves security of the state. The Association further urged the Govt to increase seats in ST category for the same recruitment drive.


Union demands posting of doctors

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Mara Baririjo Area Students Union (AMBASU) has called for posting of allopathic and homeopathic doctors at PHC Baririjo for the benefit of poor citizen. The Union said poor villagers can not afford to go to Daporijo and Itanagar for minor treatment. Therefore, posting of doctors in the PHC would be very beneficial to the poor people, it said.



ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Cement and Steel Traders Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CASTA-AP) has backed All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfares (AAPTWA)’s press statement in favour Mishings which stated that the Mishings are permanent inhabitants of Arunachal Pradesh and they have every right to demand recognition as Adis.


Fight against corruption

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-corruption Activist Association (AAPACAA) has called upon the people of  the state to be more vigilant  against  rampant corruption  in the state. The Association said MLAs and MPs of the state are enjoying luxurious life and travelling to foreign countries in the name of learning some new innovative ideas. However they are not implementing the same ideas after coming back to the state.

“The condition of our government assets including schools and building are in dilapidated condition. But MLAs, MPs, Engineers, directors and various govt employees are constructing beautiful buildings for themselves. Many Govt quarters have also been encroached upon. Poor people of state should wake up against such corrupt practices,” the association added.


Demand for early commencement of college

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The various students union of Upper Subansiri, including All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union and community based students unions have demanded the State Government and the authorities concerned to start the Govt College Daporijo from this academic session.

The student unions said that a meeting was held by the district administration last month regarding establishment/commencement of the college in which it was decided that the college would temporarily start functioning from the Government Hr. Sec. School, Daporijo from this academic session. But, there is still a lot to be done for commencement of the college as the authority has not yet posted any staff for the college, the students unions said.

Criticizing the authority responsible for the delay in commencement of the college, they demanded the state government to give privilege to the students of Upper Subansiri in getting admission in other colleges of the state as admission date of all the colleges is supposed to be closed in this month.


NYC training on artificial flower making

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: National Youth Project of Arunachal Pradesh, a partner institute of Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) Guwahati under Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises has started a 30 days training programme for 60 unemployed youths on Artificial Flower Making and Woolen Garments Manufacturing at its Chandanagar centre here today.

The inaugural function was attended by Lamai Tingwa and Kissume Namchoom, NYP Coordinator along with Master Trainer Subu Anga.

Certificates to all the successful trainees would be given on completion of the training besides providing handholding support for establishments of their own unit or support for self employment.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Jul 4: The school managing committee (SMC) of Govt Middle School, Ess-Sector Itanagar along with school staff, students and general public organized an awareness programme and social service at the school compound on June 30. During the awareness programme SMC president M T Anga and headmaster Taso Tale stressed on the need of maintaining cleanliness and implementation of the RTE in effective manner.

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Simen RCC bridge opens for commuters


RUKSIN, Jul 04: The Director General of Border Road Organization (BRO) Lt. Gen. S Ravishankar has declared open the 450.30 metre-long RCC bridge over Simen river at Simen Chapori of Assam about 40 km west of Ruksin in a simple function today.  The construction of this bridge was a long-pending demand of the people of both Assam and Arunachal. With the opening of the bridge, a long-pending demand of the people has been fulfilled.

Among others, the Union Defense Minister for State M M Pallam Raju, North Lakhimpur (Assam) MP Ranee Narah, administrative officers from Dhemaji and BRO officials attended the function.

The bridge project was started at the cost of Rs 24 crore in November 2007 under “Project Udayak” of the BRO and it took  five years to complete.

It may be recalled that the railway bridge on Simen river was the joint passage for both NH-52 and NF meter-gauge railway (recently converted to BG line) for the last five decades since its construction in 1962. But, alleged apathy of NF Railway authority towards repairing the bridge made it a death trap from time to time.

The NH -52 highway is the lifeline for the people living in Siang belt of Arunachal and essential commodities are transported through this road. The highway is passing parallel to the Rangiya-Murkongselek rail route and enters Arunachal at Ruksin gate.

Delay in construction of the Simen bridge had drawn massive protest from all sections of the local people for the past few years.



Tree plantation marks Van Mahotsava

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: With the theme of ‘Go Green’, the 63rd Van Mahotsava was observed at Don Bosco School Nonpu-Doimukh by planting trees in the school premises yesterday. The students, teachers and public led by Forest officials planted more than 175 saplings in and around the  school campus.

The Principal of the Don Bosco School Fr. Sebastian T. J in his speech exhorted the students to plant more trees and safeguard the Mother Planet Earth.

Range Forest Officer  Chukhu Tanya and ZPM Tana Bado highlighted the importance of trees for survival of human being and asked students to save environment.

Various events like skits, speech, poem recitation and dances competition were held for the students to create awareness among them of the need to save environment.

The programe was initiated by the Department of Environment and Forest under Doimukh Forest Range.



Mena achieves yet another milestone

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Everester Tine Mena achieved another milestone by successfully climbing the Mt. Indrasen. Mena (deputy team leader) along with team leader Bandana Gurung from Darjeeling and member Shanti Rai from Sikkim reached the mountain peak with an altitude of 6221Mt in Himachal Pradesh on June 19 last.

This was Mena’s second summit after she scaled the Mt. Everest last year.

While congratulating Mena for her rare achievement, Director, Sports and Youth Affairs D.K. Dinglow, informed that Arunachal Pradesh has huge potentials in adventure sports like mountaineering, river rafting, para gliding, para sailing, trekking etc. He opined that if the adventure sports is taken up seriously, then unemployed problem in the state would be solved to a great extent through creation of self employment avenues.

The expedition was conducted by Indian Mountaineering Foundation, (IMF), New Delhi.



GWS go down fighting 1-2 to East Kameng FA

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Gyamar Welfare Society (GWS) of Nyapin went down fighting 1-2 to  East Kameng FA (EKFA) while Gora Makik SC ‘B’ was held to a 2-2 draw by Barapani FC in the Gora Tamar Memorial State Level Football Tournament at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The GWS shot into lead 14th minute of the match through goal from Sankar Bagang. Atam Bagang added another goal in 58th minutes of the second half to make it 2-0. However, the margin was reduced to 1-2 in the 72nd minute with a goal from Tadar Teka.

Gora Makik SC ‘B’ could not hold on to their 1-0 early lead and played out a 2-2 draw with Barapani FC.

Dari Payo scored in 4th and 61st minutes for Gora Makik SC ‘B’ while  Tagio Raju and Yumje Bimpak scored a goal each for the Barapani team in 29th and 50th minutes respectively.

Meanwhile, the organizing committee of the tournament has expelled the Sagalee Sporting Club from the tournament for not complying with the rules and regulations of the tournament. The decision was taken by the disciplinary committee in consultation with Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) and Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association (APFPA) after the team refused to play the remaining duration of the match against Gora Makik SC ‘A’.

The match between Sagalee SC and Gora Makik SC ‘A’ was abandoned with the score 1-1 on July 2.

Gora Makik SC ‘A’ has been given a walk over into the next match.


Today’s Matches


*1.45 pm - 1.45 pm   Jiyo aur Jinado FC v/s  Arunachal United FC


*3.30 pm - Capital Complex SC v/s Tayar Brothers FC        




Tacho calls for helicopter service to evacuate stranded people

Nature’s fury in Dibang Valley

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Urban Developmen, Housing, Town Planning and Fisheries Minister and Anini MLA Rajesh Tacho has appealed to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to press helicopter into  special service between Itanagar and Anini to evacuate stranded people and medical patients from the district.

“The torrential rain for the last one month has caused heavy landslides and road blockades in various important locations of highways connecting Anini to other parts of the state. Heavy rain has also caused extensive damage to lives and properties in major parts of Dibang Valley district. The BRTF road between Roing and Anini which is the lifeline of the district has completely been damaged in various points. Many small bridges along the road have also been washed away and the district remained cut from rest of the country,” Tacho said in  a letter written to CM.

He further added, “Now essential ration commodities and life saving drugs have fallen short in the district. There will be tremendous food crisis in the district if the situation does not improve. Apart from this, the patients suffering from serious ailments  need to be evacuated immediately for safety of their lives. A huge number of people, including students studying in various places have been stranded at Anini because of road blockade.”

Tacho further claimed that there has been no electricity and telephone connection in the district for the last one month. However, a couple of days ago the district administration had claimed that electricity supply from Awapani and Chini-Afra hydel station was  restored.

“Keeping in view the problems being faced by the people of Dibang Valley, there is urgent need to arrange special Helicopter service from Itanagar to Anini twice in a week preferably on Wednesday and Saturday to evacuate the stranded people and patients with serious aliments from the district,” the leter added.



AAPSU urges Centre for adequate  flood relief fund

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today appealed to the central government to release adequate fund for relief assistance to the flood affected people of the state.

Arunachal has witnessed disaster and natural calamities due to heavy torrential rain in recent time, AAPSU said in a release.

 While pointing out the reports of roads snapping, damages of houses and washing away of properties including livestock, loss of precious lives,  inundation of agricultural fields  due to flood water and land slide triggered by heavy down pour, the Apex Students body urged  the Central Govt to  pay attention to the suffering people of flood-ravaged area.

People of Arunachal Pradesh like its neighboring state Assam also needs to be equally treated  and  Centre should pump in adequate fund  to cope with the  present situation, it said.

The apex students’ body also called upon the state government to be pro active and pursue the union government for relief fund. The people of the state face the wrath of the nature’s fury every year and are always at the receiving end. The government needs to restore the road link to district and circle headquarters, outpost that have been disrupted  by heavy rain and landslide, AAPSU said.

Meanwhile, AAPSU denounced the remark made by a  Punjab Congress MLA Ajit Singh Mofar that stray dogs be sent to North East for “whatever they do them.”  

The derogatory remarks of the MLA  with racial tone shows his attitude towards the people of North East, AAPSU said and condemned the it in strongest term. “Mofar must be booked. He needs to tender a public apology before entire people of the North East,” the Union said.



Bring lost glory of Apex Bank : Gamlin

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Minister for Co-operation and State Transport Services, Jarkar Gamlin appealed to the management and employees of the Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank (APSCAB) to work sincerely in order to bring the lost glory of the bank.

Inaugurating the 32nd Apex Bank branch at Chimpu, Gohpur Tinali today Gamlin  said the Bank should learn a lesson from past and previous mistakes must not be repeated at any cost in future. He assured that State Govt will extend full support for the development of Apex Bank if and when requires.

In his address, T T Gamdik, Secretary, Cooperation asked the Bank employees to provide satisfactory services to the customers for expansion of bank business  and mutual growth.

The GM, NABARD regional office, Dr. P Radhakrishnan appreciated Apex Bank for opening of a branch in unbanked area and appealed for formation of SHGs. NABARD will extend all possible help to the Apex Bank for implementation of NABARD’s schemes, he assured.

R D Thongon, Jt. RCS, expressed his satisfaction on present functioning of the Bank and assured to process any proposal related with the development of the Bank from RCS office to the state Govt for assistance.

The APSCAB has decided to introduce core banking system (SBS) in all the Apex bank branches by December 12, said Apex Bank Managing Director Tsering Thongdok.

A training centre for bank staff and LAMPS has already been established and steps are being taken to open mini bank branches and extension counters to provide banking service at the door-step of the people, Thongdok  added.

The Apex Bank MD further informed that LAMPS would be encouraged to undertake banking business for the benefit of large number of customers.

Highlighting the brief history of the Apex bank, Thongdok said  the bank deposit has increased to nearly Rs 100 crores as on March 31 from around Rs 48 crores in 2010. The bank is also extending loans to weaker sections of the society through LAMPS, SHGs and Farmers Clubs etc.



Forum demands resignation of Tanga Byaling

ITANAGAR, Jul 04: Arunachal Righteous Forum (ARF) has demanded the Chief Minister to drop Power (E) and RD Minister Tanga Byaling from his council of ministers for his alleged involvement in illegal appointments and corruption.

ARF, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, alleged that a total of 357 illegal/backdoor appointments were made by him in various departments during his tenure as Ministers of Social Welfare and Child Development, Rural Development, Textiles & Industries and Health and Family Welfare.

The idea of re-structuring the Department of Power by renaming the then Planning and Monitoring Zone as Transmission and Monitoring Zone despite objection from Secretary Power and Chief Secretary has been mooted by  then Chief Engineer, EEZ through Byaling, the memorandum said.  It further alleged rampant signing of MoUs and awarding contract works by the minister to many firms without complying with due process of laws and procedures, protection of corrupt officials, arbitrary appointment of TCIL as projects monitoring and inspection agency, involvement in infamous PDS scam, misappropriation of Central Government fund amounting to Rs1.8 crore for construction of Angan Wadi Centre (AWCs) etc.



Tirap district career counseling cell constituted

KHONSA, Jul 04: The first ever Tirap District Career Counselling Cell (TDCCC) was constituted under the chairmanship of Tirap Deputy Commissioner Sachin Shinde yesterday.  

The DC threw light on the significance of forming TDCCC and asked the members to work out modalities to make the Cell a truly functional and beneficial venture for the students of Tirap. He asked them to liaise with the Principal of Ramakrishna Mission School, Narottam Nagar to find out how the renowned institution prepares its students for entrance examination. Shinde said that to begin with the TDCCC should prepare aspiring candidates for Medical and Engineering entrance Examination adding that in due course Career Trade Fair for all categories of jobs would be held in the district.

On the same day a walk- in-interview was conducted under the aegis of Third Eye Infosys, Guwahati  in the Conference Hall of Circuit House, Khonsa for selection of eligible candidates for an employment oriented training programme in Computer Hardware and Networking, Computer Software and Programming and BPO/Call Centre Management sponsored by  North Eastern Council, Shillong.

Altogether 43 candidates from Tirap and the newly created Longding district appeared in the interview.

The Third Eye Infosys Authority assured to declare the short-listed results by July 6..

The public, parents, students and teachers lauded the effort of the organizers and hoped that more such interviews would be conducted in future also to provide job opportunities for the aspiring students. DIPRO




Private University at Ziro:

A political act in the name of higher education

Nani Bath

As many innocent souls eagerly awaits ‘grand’ opening of the first private university at Zio, the district headquarters of Lower Subansiri, there are some ‘enlightened’ souls who are engaged themselves in somewhat hot debates in the social sites. Facebook seems to be the top runner. An impression that comes out of my participation is that the facebookers on the issue are more or less equally divided. Another not-so-impressive impression that could be gathered is that those who attempts to pin point a loophole about the university runs a big risk of being branded as anti-development, belonging to the hostile political camp. Whatever may be the risk, it’s our social as well as academic responsibility to make our innocent brothers understand the sequences and consequences of development of a university being established by a lesser-known private Trust.

Initially, the World Institution Building Programme proposed Arunachal Pradesh University of Vocational, Technological and Medical Sciences. With the change of government, the nomenclature was changed to Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University. The bill for the establishment of IGTMS University was passed by the Fifth legislative of Arunachal Pradesh, which was assented by the Governor in the month of May, 2012.

The state government, under VII Schedule of the Constitution, is within its legislative competence to make an enactment regarding incorporation of a University. However, it is the responsibility of the Parliament to ensure that proper standards and uniformity are maintained in institutions for higher education or research in whole of the country. It was with the objective of achieving the aforesaid object that the Parliament has enacted the University Grants Commission Act in 1956. The UGC, for all practical purposes, regulates the standards in institutions for higher education or research in India by laying down rules and procedures from time to time. Therefore, it is only imperative that any institution of higher learning in any part of India has to conform to the rules and regulations established by it.

The UGC Model Act for the universities stipulates that there shall be the Visitor, the Governor of the State to discharge the constitutional responsibilities relating to the State University, and carry out recommendations of the Council of Ministers but with the powers of discretion and judgment in various functions relating to the University, including  appointing the Chancellor/Vice Chancellor. There is no provision for Visitor in the IGTMS University. The President of India is the Visitor of Rajiv Gandhi University. The Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 empowers the Governor of Assam, as the Visitor of the university, to preside at the convocation of the University for conferring degrees and diplomas, and to call for any paper or information relating to the affairs of the university.

Under the Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 the Chancellor is appointed by the sponsoring body with the approval of the Visitor. Interestingly, the President of World Institution Building Programme, without any requirement of qualification, is the Chancellor of the IGTMS University, Ziro. As per the Global Open University Nagaland Act, 2006 the Governor of Nagaland shall be the Chancellor of the University. The then Arunachal University had the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh as the Chancellor, and the University presently is having Professor Mrinal Miri, world known philosopher and educationist as its Chancellor.

The most important functionary of the University is the Vice-Chancellor, as the Principal Executive and Academic Officer of the University. He acts like a Chief Minister/Prime Minister being guided by the Governor as the Chancellor and the President as the Visitor. Therefore, outmost care is taken to ensure selection of academically and administratively capable person as the Vice-Chancellor. In a Central University like RGU, the President of India appoints the Vice-Chancellor from a panel of three persons recommended by a Search Committee consisting of a nominee each from the Visitor (President), University Grants Commission and the Executive Committee of the University in question.  Let us look at the process of selection of Vice-Chancellor of IGTMS University, Ziro. Section 11 of the IGTMS University Act confers the power of appointment of the Vice-Chancellor to the Chancellor from a penal of three persons recommended by a Committee consisting of a nominee each from the Chancellor, the Governing Council and the President of World Institution Building Programme.  The Chancellor himself is the President of World Institution Building Programme and the chairman of the Governing Body. As such, he has the supreme authority not only to recommend but also to appoint any person as the Vice-Chancellor. There is also a provision for re-appointment.

The Global Open University of Nagaland, the University owned by the same Trust, provides much more respectable way of appointment of the Vice-Chancellor. The Selection Committee to recommend the selection of the Vice-Chancellor includes a nominee of the Chancellor (Governor of Nagaland) and a nominee of the Government of Nagaland. The Assam Private Universities Act, 2007, section 17 reads:  The Vice-Chancellor shall be appointed by the Chancellor (Governor of Assam) from a panel of three persons recommended by the Governing Body.

Reciprocity with no preconditions is the basis of any tribal society. We have the tradition of giving many things without expecting anything in return. True to their tradition the people of Bullo, Mudang, Tinyo and Takhe clans of Hong village have donated 150 hectares of land for setting up of the University without any condition attached. Given the limited land resources in Ziro Valley, the market value of the donated land would run into crores of rupees. The land donors will be within their reasonable limit to expect something in return.

It is learnt that local politicians have promised contract works and employment opportunities once the University is established in lieu of compensation. But the Act of the University does not speak explicitly about the reservation to be given to the land donors or the local people. Section 20; sub-section 2 of the Act makes a passing reference regarding the employment in the University, which reads as, “While making employments in the University and the Institutions under it, the University shall safeguard the interests of the local people of the State.” It fails to define what interests should the local people of the State be having. Let me bring in the Global Open University of Nagaland Act for a comparative understanding. It says, “Persons who are ordinarily residents in the State of Nagaland shall be given preference in the matter of recruitment to all posts in the University”. The Act also gives power to the Executive Council of the University to relax qualifications, terms and conditions of appointment to various posts in the University in favour of the people of Nagaland.

The spirit of parliamentary democracy demands that the Legislature represents the voice of the people. Therefore, law warrants legislative action in enacting the Act for the establishment of a University. The Act is a public declaration to the effect that the representatives of the people are satisfied with the bonafide of the management, which would control and supervise the private University. But unfortunately, our representatives seem to have reposed too much confidence on the management, the World Institution Building Programme in this case. The President of the WIBP has overriding power in the management of the University with no or very little State control.

The Act provides for incorporation of just four representatives from the State government- one each in Finance Committee and Executive Committee, and two in the Governing Council. The Governing Council, the supreme authority of the University has altogether 12 members. The Act allows the Chancellor to invest upon himself the power to appoint a committee to review the working of the University. Normally it is the State government who should be having the power to review the working of the University. More importantly, the power of Removal of difficulties in giving effect to the provisions of the Act rests with the Chancellor.  Removal of difficulties in simple words means if a situation arises wherein a provision of the Act is interpreted differently, the Chancellor will have the power to judge which interpretation is right or wrong. As the University is the creation of the Sate through legislative action, it should have control over its own creation. The Assam Private Universities Act, 2007 provides power to the state government in both the situations.

It is very difficult to comprehend that the Act was passed in the Legislative Assembly after being vetted by the Law, Legislative and Justice Department. The Act is almost a carbon copy of the one prepared by World Institution Building Programme. The Governor may not have had used his discretion as provided in the Constitution. Is it representation or misrepresentation of the wishes of the people? Our representatives have failed to judge the mood of the people and opposition political parties. BJP’s National General Secretary Tapir Gao had raised serious concerns about the pace at which education sector is being commercialized in the state. A local daily quoting Mr Gao reported, “60 legislators seemed to have jumped the gun. Credentials of World Institute Building Program (WIBP) have come under scanner many times in last one decade for various fraudulent acts of omission and commission.” From the Treasury bench, the former Chief Minister, Jarbom Gamlin stood for some sort of State control over the functioning of the University.

In 1986, when the State of Arunachal Pradesh Act was being introduced in the Legislative Assembly, every member kept silent except Tapum Jamoh, a PPA MLA from Pasighat. Till today we are facing the consequence of the blunder our representative committed some 25 years ago. For example, legally and constitutionally Arunachal Pradesh is a home of 16 Scheduled Castes; there are only 12 Scheduled Tribes listed in the Act of 1986. These are yet to be rectified.

The World Institution Building Programme is also known for running institutes like Buddha Institute of Technology, Indian Institute of Ecology and Environment, etc. They offer so many unknown and un-heard of courses through distance mode. One cannot think of easier option than obtaining M.S. degree in ecology or environment without attending even a single class, and just by paying Rs. 18,000.00.  Whether these institutes or their courses are recognized by the UGC could not be ascertained but I have no knowledge of any dignified University offering M.Sc. degree through distance learning system. Even IGNOU offers M.Sc. degree through regular courses only.

There are hundred of courses being offered by the Institutes under WIBP, which are affiliated to Global Open University Nagaland. Then what does the Global Open University do? It is learnt that most of the works of the University are being done from New Delhi. Then what is the use of opening University in Nagaland? Hopefully, the Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Sciences University, Ziro does not remain an instrument to issue certificates in the name of some institutes outside our State.

The Act in question seems to be a political ‘act’ rather than legislative action. Such kind of politically manipulated Act could not have been possible without the active or tacit support of some of the political leaders. Without getting too much into the political actions, let me jump to legal and rational side of the issue. The then Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh, Nilay Dutta, dated July 1, 2008, had recommended that “a far more indept analysis of the MOU as well as the courses offered by the NGO are made by the experts in the State Government”. In para 5, he noted that “though medical science has been mentioned in the proposal, it has specifically been made clear by the NGO concerned that they do not have the funds to introduce the medical course. As such it is evident that they have no specific proposal for establishment of a medical course”. My simple question to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh- Did the experts examine the MOU and the courses proposed? If yes, who were the experts involved?

Personally speaking, opening a medical college is much more difficult than generally perceived. Politicians may promise all roses with or without thinking that roses also have thorns. The University promises that it will start B.Tech. and M. Tech. programmes from the next academic session. Every reasonable thinker will be doubtful about their promise, as even the necessary land development has not taken place. When will they construct infrastructure and recruit faculty? At the most the University may rum from a Makeshift Campus. The State of Arunachal Pradesh is already known for makeshift and even mobile colleges. No true Arunachalee would love to see a university campus that looks like one of them.

Sometimes miracles do happen.  Let us be positive and pray for the miracles to happen. Let’s end with a question: will the Act stand legal scrutiny if somebody seeks judicial intervention? (Dr. Bath teaches in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University and can be contacted at [email protected] com.)


Who is withdrawing my money?

Dear Editor,

This is regarding withdrawal of an amount of Rs 25798  (Rupees Twenty five thousand and seven hundred ninety eight) only in total from my Saving Account at SBI, Itanagar by some unknown person on 20/06/12.

Few days back, I went to the SBI ATM counter at Itanagar to withdraw some amount from my Saving Account. But, to my utter surprise, the balance at my account was almost nil.

On enquiry from the Bank authorities at SBI, Itanagar, I was given the statement of my account where it was shown that money was withdrawn on 20/06/2012 with my nineteen digits ATM No which was reflected on the statement.

From then, I came to know that amount of Rs 64,890 & Rs 25000 respectively too were also withdrawn from the saving accounts of two other people at Akashdeep SBI, Branch & Itanagar Branch by some unknown persons.

Now, I would like to ask the SBI, Itanagar Branch authorities, who are the custodian of our hard earned money, as to how these activities are going on in their Bank.

Also, let the authorities know that for such activities the concerned bank cannot be absolved from the responsibilities.

The money deposited in our saving accounts now seems to be very insecure and so, I request all the fellow account holders to give serious thought on it and fight out to nab the culprits behind such activities.


Giogi Powak




Make space for unemployed youth

Dear Editor,

Growing number of  jobless youths have become a major  problems not only for the Govt but for every  family as well.  Countless educated unemployed youth are running from pillar to post for  Govt jobs or for a favour to take up self-employment venture in Arunachal. In deed,  the unemployment problem has also become a major headache for other state Govts in the country as they are unable to provide Govt job or formulate any concrete policy to  minimize the  problem.

Therefore, it is time  Govt servants also think about the plight of  unemployed youths and pave way for them.

I would also like to request the both Central and State Govts to reduce the service period of Govt employee to 55 or 58 years. This will help reduce the unemployment problem and pave the way for large number of unemployed youth to serve the state or nation.


Nabam Khyoda




NIT Yupia and interview

Dear Editor,

It was very shocking to find an advertisement (no.NIT/AP/Estt-9/2011/250) published by NIT, Yupia at their website www.nitap.in on 3/7/2012 for recruitment of few faculty members and technicians.

The venue selected for walk-in interview seems to be duping the expectation of the local youths and depriving of job opportunities to the unemployed youths of the state.

Establishment of NIT in Arunachal Pradesh was indeed a big boost for aspiring youths of the state for higher studies and job opportunity. But alas!

Why have the NIT authorities arranged the recruitment venue at West Bengal in place of the present site Yupia?

Don’t they want the educated and deserving candidate to be at recruitment venue for the interview?

I don’t find any logic in conducting the interview outside Arunachal other than increasing the cost/expenditure of whole interview process.

 If they feel the lack of experienced interviewers in the NIT, Yupia, they can seek help from NERIST (Deemed University) and IIT, Guwahati.

Government of Arunachal Pradesh while signing MOU with various central, semi-central organizations should make it mandatory for engagement of locals in higher education as well as jobs.


T A Tara




Beware of fake colleges

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to thank NESO President, General Secretary, All members of ASSU, and Guwahati students union as without their help and support we would not have gotten back our hard earned money.

Last year we took an admission in BFIT (Baba Farid Institute of Technology) Dehradhun through one broker named Dr Pankaj Shadanidhar from Assam.

After taking admission we realized that the college was not recognized/affiliated therefore we withdraw our students from there a day after the admission.

The college authority of BFIT promised to return the money within 15 days, but whenever we called, they gave us false promise.

Later on through advertisement in the paper we came to know that there was education fare at Guwahati in which BFIT was participating.  

We approached NESO secretary general to help us to recover our money and with their help and support we got back our money back.

I would like to request all the students who are taking admission in private colleges to check the affiliation and approval, before taking admission. No one should suffer and fall prey to any of the fake colleges.


Y. Rime, Aalo



Hospital and hygiene

Dear editor,

I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities regarding the lack of cleanliness of State Hospital Naharlagun.

Toilet of male/female wards are in a horrible state. Staircase, rooms needs thorough cleaning. If proper sanitation is not maintained, patient instead of getting well will get infected. Sweepers must be asked to perform their duty. If their numbers are less, alternative arrangement must be done. Clean and hygienic place is a safe place.


A Citizen



RTE and schools

Dear Editor,

A week earlier I wrote to you regarding RTE and many a times articles have been published in your esteemed daily but still there is no action regarding admission fees taken at various Govt schools of Likabali.

Even the General Administration is sleeping. A fresh student taking admission at Govt Middle School Lipu/Liru have to pay Rs.450/ as admission, examination, furniture, national festival, peon and Miscellaneous fees.

There are nearly 500 students at GMS Lipu, Likabali and the total collection goes to Rs 2.25 lakhs approx.

Does the Headmaster or the department or the local administration have the right to collect this huge amount? The monthly salary of the Peon in the school is Rs 1500 per month, then the total amount paid to peon in 12 month is Rs. 18000/-. Do the school have right to keep peon and to pay salary from the fees collected from poor students?

If a Govt. School can collect such huge amount from students then why and how RTE act is implemented and whether School under Likabali is exempted from RTE?


Karken Taipodia

Liru village





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Laws and social realities

India is one of the few jurisdictions where the laws that govern marriage, divorce, maintenance, inheritance and adoption are based on religious affiliation. Separate laws have also meant that amendments to the laws of any one religious group affect only a section of the population and changes for the better also move at different speeds. Although parties can always opt for the secular Special Marriage Act, the religious law is often the one applied de facto.

The recent amendments made to the marriage laws in India recognize that the existing legal frameworks were inadequate. It also admits to a rather mind-boggling scale of delay in acknowledging that the legislative recognition of irretrievable breakdown as a clear ground for divorce was required to reconnect the law with existing social realities.

After all, the 1978 Indian Law Commission Report had spoken in favour of these reforms almost 32 years ago. Likewise countless Supreme Court and High Court judgments had consistently echoed the demand for these reforms over the past three decades. Finally, the Law Commission on its own took up the issue again and submitted the suo moto report in 2009. This seems to have propelled the amendment through, giving the matter the necessary final push.

Leaving the question of legislative delay aside, the question remains as to whether the amendment addresses the two main problem areas of divorce law: The balancing of rights of all the parties involved in a divorce and the welfare of the children after a divorce. In both these areas codified Hindu law has had mixed results till now.

While the amendments are a step in the right direction, the loopholes that remain perhaps call for a more coherent reading of what rights need to be secured for all the parties involved in case a family unit breaks down. There is still a gap between the law as it exists in the statute books and everyday realities.