HC admits PIL, asks State Govt to submit original records
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: While admitting a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) No 33/2012
filed by Payi Gyadi, chairman of the Sange Lamte Foundation seeking “direction to
look into the appointments of eight persons (respondent nos 16-23) made in the year
2007, a Double Bench of Gauhati High Court in its order issued on June five
directed the State govt to produce the original records before the Court on July
The appointments ‘in question’ were stated to have been in the Departments of Tax
& Excise and Art & Culture.
“We are inclined to entertain this petition in view of statement of learned standing
counsel for the State that respondent No 16 is son of a sitting Minister and it is
not clear by what procedure he was appointed,” the Court observed.
The HC also asked to “issue notice to the State of Arunachal Pradesh to file affidavit
as to validity of appointment of respondent Nos. 16 to 23.”
Richo, Siram appointed as election agents
NEW DELHI, Jul 12: Parliamentary Secretary Padi Richo has been appointed as the Election
Agent for the upcoming Presidential election for Pranab Mukherjee, the UPA candidate
for the country’s highest post.
In a letter to the Assistant Returning Officer (ARO) of Arunachal Pradesh, dated
July 9, Mukherjee informed that Richo has been appointed as ‘the authorized representative
for dealing with matters relating to the Presidential Elections being held on July
“He (Richo) may, on my behalf, deal with you and your office for all matters relating
to the above said election, including polling and any other requisite formality pertaining
to the said election,” Mukherjee wrote in the letter.
Besides Richo, Bosiram Siram, Education Minister, has also been authorized as Mukerjee’s
additional authorized representative for the polling day.
2nd phase of disaster management sensitization workshop held
Naharlagun, Jul 12: The second phase of the state level disaster management sensitization
workshop for senior and middle level officers and nodal officers of various departments
was held today at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun.
Attending the programme, ATI Director (Trg) P Tshetan urged all the departments,
especially engineering to shoulder more responsibility as the work of reconstruction
and restoration after disaster falls on them. He appealed them to ensure that infrastructure
created are built as per norms. He stressed on more such workshops to share ideas,
knowledge and skill in disaster management.
YW Ringu, Director, Department of Disaster Management explained in details the pre
and post disaster activities. The Director also informed enforcement of NDM Act 2005
in the whole of the state. DIPRO
ABVP state office inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parashid(ABVP) state office at DNGC
road, Vivek Vihar was inaugurated by its National President Prof. Milind Marathe
In his speech, Marathe briefed about the aims and objectives of his organization.
Marathe, who also is professor in K J Somaiya Engineering College, Vidyavihar Mumbai,
advocated for opening more Colleges and Universities in the state for development
of education sector. He said that the state office of APVP would provide free computer
education to the interested persons.
On the occasion, Assistant Professor of Dera Natung Govt. College Dr. Joram Aniya
Tana, who is also associated with ABVP, spoke about character building of the students,
importance of career counseling and building self confidence in students by teachers.
The programme was attended by former ABVP workers, politicians, officers, large numbers
of students and general public.
AdiSU welcomes ban on ghutkas and polythene
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Welcoming the Upper Siang District Magistrate’s executive order
banning ghutkas, plastic and polythene carry bags in the district, Adi Students Union
(AdiSU) has decided to extend cooperation to the administration in all possible ways
in implementing the order in letter and spirit.
While the consumption of Gutkha by the young boys and girls have become a matter
of serious concern, the use of polythene bags has created environmental hazard, AdiSU
said. It appealed all to desist from consuming gutkha, tobacco and using polythene.
ASM alleges misuse of fund
ITANAGAR, Jul 11: Loth ASM today alleged misuse of fund sanctioned for construction
of Loth-Chambang NABARD road under Yazali PWD division.
ASM Dora Raja said that out of the total Rs 9,68,00000 sanctioned fund for road project,
an amount of Rs 6 crore has been misused and genuine road contractors were deprived
of their payment.
The ASM appealed to the state Govt and higher authorities of PWD department not to
transfer the project site engineer until there is a clarification on misuse of fund.
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) highlighting the grievances
of labourers appealed to the authorities of Power, PHED, PWD and WRD departments
to release the salary/wages of labourers on time.
It also appealed to all the Heads of the departments to give three days re-training
to group D staff immediately as approved by state government.
Meanwhile, AAPWU, Upper Subansiri Unit appealed to the Deputy Commissioner of the
Upper Subansiri district to initiate immediate steps for compensation to fire victims
who lost their properties in a recent fire at New Market, Daporijo.
Fulfill assurance: AMSU
ITANAGAR, Jul 11: All Memba Students’ Union (AMSU) has appealed to the concern authorities
to take immediate step for fulfillment of its assurance and proper supply of electricity
to Menchukha within 30 days.
The assurance for improved power supply was given by the concern engineer of the
hydro-power development department in a public meeting held on July 2 last, the union
said. The meeting presided over by Menchukha ADC was attended by CO, Congress leaders,
gaon burahs, Panchayat leaders, representatives of various students unions and general
public, it said.
The union threatened to launch its second phase of agitation if its demands are not
fulfilled within the stipulated time.
Various organizations of Menchukha in West Siang district have been agitating since
last month against the non-staying of officers in posting places and inadequate supply
APCC trashes resignation demand
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has strongly reacted against
demand made by Arunachal Righteous Forum to drop Power (Elect) and RD Minister Tanga
Byaling from the council of ministers.
APPC thrashed all allegation leveled against Byaling and said everything is being
done to gain cheap publicity by new born organizations.
Further APCC said no one can dictate term to Congress party and it is upto party
to decide whom to drop from council of ministers.
Terming Byaling as senior and responsible leader of state, party warns organization
to refrain from levelling baseless allegations.
New college opens
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Dr. N T Rikam has taken over the charge of principal, government
college Doimukh yesterday.
The academic session of the new college will start from July 16 at its temporary
location at Lekhi village, Nirjuli. The college will offer English, Hindi, Economics,
Political Science and History courses.
AAPANWA reiterates demands
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association
(AAPANWA) has reiterated its demand for action against the persons allegedly involved
in illegal earth cutting and construction activities at Nyibu Nyijik Model village,
Jammi Jate area here.
In a complaint letter addressed to the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, the Association
alleged that 14 illegal structure/houses were constructed under Jammi Jate area.
It demanded eviction of illegal structures and deployment of security personnel in
Jammi Jate –I & II area.
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Ziro-II Anti-corruption Youth Forum has demanded a high level investigation
into the alleged mismanagement of development fund by the Executive Engineer PWD,
Yazali Division within a month, failing which the Forum has threatened to launch
democratic movement in the form of hunger strike, peaceful rally and Ziro bandh.
The Forum also demanded the authority not to effect any transfer order of the junior
staff of the PWD Yazali division till the investigation is over.
BSNL services demanded
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: All Maro Baririjo Area Students’ Union appealed to the BSNL authorities
for immediate BSNL telephone services at Baririjo.
It alleged that the erected BSNL tower of Baririjo is not functioning for the last
‘Advertise the vacant post’
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Holders in Elementary Education Association
appealed to the concerned authority to immediately terminate Santosh Jha AT/SSA,
of Government Primary School Gichi, Dumporijo Circle from his service and advertise
the vacant post.
It said that Jha was appointed as AT against the vacant post of MK Sikom on 14th
April 2012 without any advertisement.
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Rayo Village Development Committee alleged that some vested individuals
are occupying the land of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department near Rayo village.
The committee condemned the encroachment of Govt land and urged the encroachers
to refrain from such activities.
On the occasion Aka advised the church members to spread the message of love and
peace. He particularly urged the women believers to play the major role.
Fr. Jacob Mattathilany, the Vicar general of the Diocese of Itanagar, Techi Jordu
Abraham, Head Pastor Boa Taring and Secretary Naharlagun Parish Council Tadar Dominick
also spoke on the occasion.
Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award-2012 to Maji
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Debabrata Maji of Mechanical Engineering Department of North Eastern
Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) has been awarded Rajiv Gandhi
Excellence Award-2012 in recognition of his meritorious service and outstanding performance
in his career field.
He received the award from Union Minister (Coal) Sriprakash Jaiswal in a glittering
function on July 10 at Speaker Hall, Constitution Club, New Delhi.
Former ACE faculty remembered
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: The students, faculty and staff members of Advance Computer Education
(ACE) with its Head office at Guwahati, observed the 2nd death anniversary of its
senior faculty Shiva Baidya here today.
The sincerity and dedication of Late Shiva as a faculty of the ACE will always be
remembered by its members, said the centre head of the institute. While recalling
the contributions of Late Shiva, all the members present on the occasion said she
was loved by all the students of ACE for her caring attitude.
The students and staff members observed two minutes silence as a mark of respect
to the departed soul and prayed for enough strength to the bereaved family to bear
the irreparable loss.
In his Chaos Theory, renowned meteorologist Edward Lorenz proved to the world how
the flap of a butterfly’s wings in Brazil could set off a tornado in Texas. That
may sound a little far-fetched to most but awareness on the importance of these attractive
winged creatures has been growing in recent years.
India has its huge share of butterfly lovers which includes a dedicated band of nature
enthusiasts, entomologists and environmentalists who have set their sights on ensuring
that these beautiful insects have havens of their own. What sets their heart aflutter
is their conviction and logic that butterflies has a vital role to play in preserving
bio-diversity. For conservation of nature, a butterfly garden is worth one’s while.
It promotes pollination and secures the bio-diversity of a place. Butterflies entice
birds making predator-prey combination a perfect example contributing largely to
balanced ecology. Several butterfly gardens have sprung up in India in recent years
because of their multifaceted benefits. The Kolkata Forest Department approached
Arjan Basu Roy to set up a state-of-the-art butterfly garden for which a 60-acre
area at Salt Lake was allotted. An initial survey revealed that there are around
70 species of butterflies in the garden. Twenty-two other species were selected for
whom a habitat was recreated by planting various species of trees. Within a very
short span of time the garden has managed to attract incredible attention. Yashodhan
and Jyoti Heblekar from Goa are living out their dream through a roomy bungalow with
a roof-top garden and a self-made butterfly sanctuary called “Banabitan Butterfly
Garden”. Those longing to have a glimpse of thousands of butterflies can be disillusioned
but around 40 to 50 species of butterflies can be spotted there to utter contentment
of visitors. The duo’s moment of glory came when they managed to breed 11 Southern
Bird wings – the largest Indian butterfly.
Ophthalmologist Milind Bhakare from the district of Satara in Maharashtra has also
developed a similar butterfly garden at his farm where 65 to 70 species of butterflies
can be spotted and it depends on cycle of seasons.
Author of ‘The Book of Indian Butterflies’ Isaac Kehimkar pens that butterflies come
to your garden for two reasons – to feed on nectar, and to lay eggs. Thus, a butterfly
sanctuary is full of plants that offer both options. For instance, flowers such as
dahlias and roses may not be preferred by butterflies but periwinkles, lantana and
coat buttons have them over in a jiffy.
Nelson Rodrigues, who will soon release a book on the creature, believes that butterflies
can be picky, with some even preferring sweet and overripe fruit.
Bangalore-based Haneesh has been rearing butterflies for the last two years at his
home. His methods are simple – house caterpillars in plastic containers and supply
them with fresh leaves every day. A few years ago, an enclosed butterfly park was
started at the Banerghatta National Park, Bangalore, with assistance from the Ashoka
Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE).
According to forest officer Chandramohan Reddy, an open-air butterfly park is coming
up in the Nallamalla forest of Andhra Pradesh. Over 280 species of both nectar and
host plants have been identified for the humble cause.
Arunachal Pradesh, the land of eternal beauty is bestowed with a galaxy of different
group of butterflies. Variety of butterflies is the outcome of different types of
forest Arunachal houses. Many sporadic works have been done to concoct butterfly
species but these surveys were confined to few specific areas, mostly in the wildlife
sanctuaries and national parks. A complete list of butterflies in Arunachal Pradesh
is yet to be discovered. There may be a concise list of plants and animals, but there
is no list of this unique creature that immensely has economic, cultural and aesthetic
Miao so far carried out two systematic surveys in post-monsoon season in Nov 2008
and pre-monsoon season in March 2009 in Namdapha National Park and Miao township
areas during which at least 242 and 301 species respectively were recorded. The study
on the creature should continue in a systematic way covering every season by seeking
service of experts that will lead to invent of a complete list of butterfly of Arunachal
Arunachal Pradesh can be the first state in the northeast to develop butterfly parks
in climatic zones in every district to conserve this precious treasure for the future
generations. Creation of butterfly parks can guarantee permanent employment to many
educated youths of the state and will greatly help in maintaining the ecology and
beauty of the state. If the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister
Nabum Tuki so desires, it can be a great venture.
However, the eye catching butterflies of Arunachal await their permanent havens and
the ball is now in the government’s court. If taken lightly, butterfly is very light
but if engaged seriously, it can be the state’s pride.
Food crisis in Dibang Valley
Power and water shortage afflict Upper Siang
ANINI, Jul 12: There is mass exodus of citizens from Dibang Valley owing to apparent
food crises following the road disruption. According to an official report, there
are also shortages of all essential commodities in the market as per random survey
While vegetables markets ran out of stock, petrol price shot up to Rs 250 per liter.
Of the six food sorties approved, only two relief sorties could be materialized.
Dibang Valley has been cut off from the rest of the state for more than a month.
Meanwhile, Kanchi- Nallah Bailey Bridge which was washed away by heavy flash flood
was restored bringing some respite to the people of Anini by cutting a diversion
road adjacent to the old abutments. The diversion is of purely temporary nature constructed
to tide over the present communication crises.
This was possible because of efforts put in by BRO.
The Anini-Roing road between 173 km -Arzoo and Etalin- Malinye remains cut off at
The restoration work of Endulin-Nallah block point got disrupted due to heavy down
pour over the last two days while Deopani nallah was flowing above danger level according
reports from Roing.
On the otherhand, Upper Siang, hitherto considered as one of the privileged districts
for obvious reason with uninterrupted power supply and safe drinking water has now
a different story to tell.
According to a report, power supply is now irregular and in most of the localities,
muddy water run in taps and subsequently it is blocked for many days together. There
is landslide on all roads of various sectors disrupting surface communication which
resulting in shortage of essential commodities and price rise.
Until and unless the 24th kilometer slide (Komkar Erak), which may be considered
as the sorrow of Upper Siang, is improved, Yingkiong and the district will continue
to suffer during summer.
It may be mentioned that said slide zone is on BRTF road and there is only a vehicle
track which gets blocked with little slide. So far, solution by the BRTF seems distant
as the matter has already been taken up with them earlier by various concerned authorities.
Meanwhile, the damage caused by floods in Upper Siang district has been preliminarily
estimated at Rs.18 crore and the report has been submitted to the Government by the
district administration (DIPROs).
The NH-52A road connecting the State Capital via Banderdewa has been restored and
the road would be reopened for light vehicular movement from tomorrow (July 13),
according to EE, Naharlagun Highway Division.
The administration had prohibited traffic movement as well as pedestrians along the
road and diverted it via Nirjuli-Doimukh-Gumto road following washing away of a portion
of the highway near Karsingsa recently.
The road would be opened for regular traffic movement, including heavy vehicles after
completion of the pavement cutting, the release said.
The road was closed to traffic movement since June 26 last following precarious erosion
at the Karsingsa sinking point.
Central team to visit Arunachal to assess flood damage
NEW DELHI, Jul 12: Centre would soon send a team to Arunachal to assess the damages
caused by the recent floods. This was informed by Union Minister of Home Affairs
P Chidambaram when the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on him this morning to brief
on the extensive damages caused by the recent spate of flash floods in Arunachal.
A final decision for provision of relief would be taken after submission of the report
by the Central Team, Chidambaram said.
Tuki particularly highlighted the damages caused to road infrastructure snapping
connectivity to various townships and villages in districts including the state capital
Itanagar. He also informed of disruption of power and water supplies and inundation
of vast lands of agriculture and horticulture causing huge losses to farmers. Ongoing
projects, like hydro-power and the Trans Arunachal Highway, have also been adversely
affected by the abrupt monsoon rains and cloud bursts.
Heavy and continuous rainfall during the last part of June and early July had triggered
an unprecedented spate of flash floods across the state washing away several roads
and bridges and inundating innumerable villages. Besides causing extensive damages
to properties, a couple of lives were also lost forcing the state government to sound
The Union Home Minister also assured provisions from MHA for development of infrastructure
under police modernization to the state.
World Population Fortnight launched at Dumporijo CHC
Daporijo, Jul 12: The World Population Fortnight has been launched at Dumporijo
CHC on World Population Day yesterday.
Speaking on the occasion, Upper Subansiri District Congress Committee president
Nyato Marde said that the increasing population in the country has become a matter
of grave concern, especially in a tribal district like Upper Subansiri, where population
is increasing rapidly mainly because of lack of knowledge about birth control measures.
Describing the effects of a large family on individual children’s education, health
etc, he advised all to adopt family planning for a small and happy family.
DMO Dr.D.Bagra highlighted the overall performances of various family planning methods
in the district. He asked the ASHAs to spread the message of ‘A Small Family a Happy
Family’ to the villagers who are not aware of the family planning methods available
in the health centres in free of cost. He also urged the Panchayat leaders to take
a lead role in improving public health.
RCH officer Dr.Nyage Geyi while highlighted the various family planning methods,
both temporary and permanent and explained their merits and demerits. He also spoke
on HIV/AIDS and RTI/STI and informed that Govt. had fixed certain amount for the
acceptors of CuT, tubectomy and Vasectomy.
PRI members, medical staff and public of Dumporijo attended the meeting. DIPRO
Several houses gutted in Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Jul 12: Several dwelling houses were completely burned down in a devastating
fire at New Market, Daporijo today at around 12.30 pm.
It was reported that the houses of Sharuk Lida, Tater Lida and Mote Bui, Tako Nalo
and many others were burnt to ashes.
However, the cause of the fire is not known yet and is being investigated.
While expressing grave concern over repeated fire accidents in Daporijo, the All
Tani-Tator Area Welfare Society (ATTAWS) of Upper Subansiri District urged higher
authority to take necessary steps to prevent fire in future. It also urged the common
public of Daporijo to be extra cautious with fire and follow the basic fire safety
tips and instructions to avoid such accidents.
The society also urged the district administration to provide immediate relief to
the fire victims.
KVK-ATMA-SHG Interface meet
Pasighat, Jul 12: A day long district level ATMA-KVK-SHG Interface meeting was organized
by KVK East Siang at College of Horticulture and Forestry here.
In all 64 progressive farmers from 15 Self Help Group, namely Mingkeng Ane (JNC &
GTC) , Aseng Group, Sikatode Gorom Nagar (Sikatode), Ayang Ane (Kiyid), Agam Ane,
Mone Rosang (Ngopok), Logi Ane, Nargo, Aati SHG (Niglok), Engo Kaje, Kai Ane (Tekang),
Kaling Ane (Taki Lalung), Ngamme (Sikabamin) and Api biking, Agam Ane (Yagrung) participated
in the programme.
Inaugurating the programme, Y. J. Lego, DTO -cum- PD ATMA East Siang, highlighted
the initiatives by ATMA in formation of SHGs in the district.
Dr. M. Pathak PC, KVK, East Siang briefed about the purpose, importance of SHGs and
role of KVK in strengthening of SHGs.
Dr. K M Singh, HOD Plant Protection, College of Horticulture and Forestry also spoke
on the occasion.
Lectures on crop production and protection, agricultural engineering, horticulture,
fisheries, home science and animal husbandry were delivered the training session
by the resource persons. During the interaction session, the SHG members shared
their views on the different activities performed by them. The participants were
of the view that block level and district level farm women self help groups should
be brought under one body. They also emphasized on holding such programmes in days
The programme was sponsored by ATMA, East Siang.
Centre assures assistance for Arunachal tourism development
New Delhi, Jul 12: Tourism Minister Pema Khandu accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary
Tourism Passang Dorjee Sona, Secretary Tourism Sonam Chombay and Director Tourism
A K Singh called on Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay in New Delhi yesterday
and discussed the strategy and plan for development and promotion of tourism activities
in the state.
A memorandum was also submitted to Union Minister seeking special attention for development
of tourism in the state, particularly in the area of infrastructure, capacity building
The Union Minister assured the delegation of all possible support and assistance
for making Arunachal a premium tourist destination.
The Union Ministry of Tourism has decided to provide 100% financial support under
the ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Tak’ scheme for skill development of class VIII passed drop
out students for 6 to 8 week training under various tourism activities. A target
of 500 trainees has been fixed by the Ministry, the Union Minister informed..
He further decided to invite Arunachal tourism to participate in the various Road
shows being organized outside the country for marketing of Arunachal tourism products.
The state Minister also invited Union Tourism Minister to visit Arunachal Pradesh
with his team.
Blanket ban on use of polythene carry bags in Capital Complex
Naharlagun, Jul 12: The Capital Complex District Magistrate, Sanjay Goel in exercise
of power given under Rule 3(b) of the Plastics Manufacture, Sale and Usage Rules,
1999 and under section 133 Cr.P.C has completely banned the use of polythene/ plastic
carry bags for supply of goods within Itanagar Capital Complex.
In its order, the Capital Complex District Magistrate stated that no person shall
manufacture, store, import, sell or use polythene plastic carry bags in the Capital
All shopkeepers, establishments etc are given 15 days to remove such bags from their
shops or else the material would be seized and destroyed accordingly. Violators of
the order would be dealt under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and penalty
would be imposed, the executive order said.
EAC, J Bomjen and EAC (TL), Capital complex Tom Ratan have been authorized to execute
the order with the help of police and support staff and submit reports fortnightly.
Such action has been taken as there is no any scientific system of solid waste management/disposal
in the Capital Complex region and all the non biodegradable polythene carry bags,
littered all around the capital cities creating great danger to the fragile environment
of the state capital. The District Magistrate in earlier occasion on Dec 24, 2008
had also issued an executive order putting complete ban on use of polythene/plastic
carry bags in the capital complex areas. DIPR
The Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate of Lohit District has also imposed
ban on use of polythene carry bags in the district.
The executive order has been issued under Recycled Plastic Manufacture & Usage Rules’99
of the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India, which has banned
use of recycled polythene/plastic bags for storing, carrying, dispensing or packaging
of foodstuffs. DIPRO
Tamil Nadu’s model of Public Health System: A lesson for us to learn
Dr Tana Natung
I do not intend to imply that the Tamil Nadu model is the only effective approach
to organizing a public health system. What is more pertinent is that this is a model
that has developed basic organizational principles of public health system which
has proved to be an effective approach towards mitigating the public health problems
of Tamil Nadu and its effectiveness has been appreciated by the Government of India.
Adoption of the same model with certain modification as per the local requirement
of our state of Arunachal Pradesh within the existing administrative and fiscal resources
is a viable possibility with immense long term public health benefit to the common
man of the state.
The key components of the Tamil Nadu public health system are (a) an organizational
focal point for policy and planning with (b) its own budget (c) legislative underpinning
for its work (d) its own workforce.
In Tamil Nadu, public health has its own dedicated Directorate in the State Health
Department, which is in place since 1922. The department has three key Directorates
under the Health Secretary: the Directorates of Public Health, Medical Services,
and Medical Education. Each of these Directorates has its own dedicated budget and
workforce. Each service stream has its own career paths and incentives, and offers
the possibility of rising to the same level within the health department.
The Directorate of Public Health is staffed by a professional cadre of trained public
health managers, who are promoted to the Directorate after long years of experience
of planning and oversight of public health services in both rural and urban areas.
Other technical staffs in the Directorate, such as the entomologists and statisticians,
also obtain strong hands-on experience in the districts before being promoted to
state-level positions in the Directorate. Interestingly, the medical cadre staff,
begin their career in a Primary Health Centres where they obtain hands-on experience
of public health management under the supervision of the public health cadre before
being promoted to the higher medical centres, making the medical cadre more appreciative
of public health needs and approaches, and of the work of public health professionals.
This system makes possible the proactive planning and effective disaster management
by trained professionals which is sharply in contrasts with the existing system prevalent
in many other states, where the planning and management of public health services
is done by staff of an amalgamated health service of other specialities who had no
formal professional training on public health management.
The Directorate of Public Health of Tamil Nadu is able to sustain its proactive public
health work because it has a dedicated budget, which enables it to carry out all
the activities related to planning and implementation of services as firstly, the
Directorate is able to ensure that its workforce includes not only the managerial
and grassroots health workers, but also a wide range of technical staff such as entomologists
and public health laboratory staff, public health nurse as well as the field staff
and labourers needed for environmental sanitation measures such as clearing vector-breeding
places, and also, secondly, it provides the budget for ensuring service delivery,
including supporting the planning process, conducting research, and the funding for
implementation. It also enables the Directorate to maintain needed technical units,
such as various disease surveillance unit of public health interest and importance
for health forecast.
Public health service provision in Tamil Nadu is greatly facilitated by the fact
that it has a Public Health Act which is felt wanting in our state of Arunachal Pradesh
till date. Such an Act enables proactive measures to avert health threats. Firstly,
it specifies the legal and administrative structures under which a public health
system functions, assigns responsibilities and powers to different levels of government
and agencies, and specifies their source of funding for discharging these duties.
Secondly, it also sets out powers for protecting people’s health, including powers
of regulation and of inspection; and the responsibility to use these powers to monitor
any situations or activities that could potentially threaten public health, and seek
to redress them if needed. Thirdly, public health laws set standards, such as those
for food hygiene, slaughterhouse and market hygiene, water quality, and local government
activities for sanitation and environmental health. They also specify who is responsible
for assuring that these standards are met, as well as the procedures for assuring
that they are met.
The most crucial advantage of the Public Health Act in Tamil Nadu over other available
legislation with public health implications is that it includes a very broad definition
of a public health “nuisance”. This wide definition of potential health threats and
associated powers gives the Public Health Act more sweeping powers to act proactively
to protect public health than the Penal Code and Epidemic Act, which essentially
provide powers to act after a severe health threat has materialized. It also offers
advantages over the Municipalities Act and Panchayati Raj Act, since its provisions
are much more detailed and comprehensive, and apply uniformly across the state instead
of just in specific areas.
This also provides the legislative basis for all the planning and policy implementation
work of the Directorate of Public Health, ranging from its efforts to avert potential
public health threats to its work to address existing threats. For example, the annual
district plans for responding to public health threats posed by floods are drawn
up under the legislative authority of the Public Health Act.
When it comes to workforce training, incentives and responsibilities of public health
managers; the public health managerial cadre is given careful training. They are
oriented towards an administrative and management role rather than a clinical role,
and towards examining health issues from a population-wide perspective instead of
focusing on the needs of a specific patient. After obtaining their medical degree,
those who choose to enter this service are given three months pre-placement training
in public health, and must within four years obtain a post-graduate diploma or degree
in public health. They are prohibited from private medical practice, and indeed given
the nonclinical nature of their work they are unlikely to attract patients. Nevertheless,
this cadre has faster promotion avenues than the medical cadre, and enjoys considerable
administrative responsibility and authority - all of which helps keep them incentivized.
Their first posting as Municipal Health Officer (MHO) puts them in charge of public
health services of a city or large town, which in our case would be equivalent to
Medical Officer In-charge of PHCs, CHCs and UHCs, where he is responsible not only
for management of health centres but also carry out promotive and preventive healthcare
services at community level. From here they are also given various post of District
Health Programme Officers as per their seniority and also promoted to District Health/Medical
Officer, which puts him in charge of a whole district. Thereafter they are promoted
to the Directorate of Public Health in various post as per their qualification and
seniority, thereby are culminating to that of the post of Director. They can also
opt to teach for a while, which has the important benefit of giving future public
health managers an opportunity to learn from his hands-on experience.
In the conclusion, Tamil Nadu’s model of public health system, which is an effective
model of public health service delivery system, the hallmark of which are long term
planning to avert potential disease outbreak and constant vigilance to ensure non-recurrence
of disease, under a team of public health professionals, will not only help protect
the public health, but being a cost-effective model, in the long run, shall also
help build the state’s developmental infrastructures. Its early adoption in our state
would definitely prove to be a boon for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. (Dr Tana
is Medical Officer, CHC Doimukh. He is presently undergoing Postgraduate Studies
in Community Medicine, at RIMS-Imphal)
NABARD and its 30 years of dedicated service
NABARD was set up by an Act of Parliament on 12 July 1982 with a mission for promotion
of sustainable and equitable agriculture and rural prosperity through effective credit
support with its three essential core functions, namely, Credit Functions, Promotional
Functions and Supervisory Functions.
NABARD started functioning in Arunachal Pradesh as a sub-office since 1989 and thereafter
with view to provide greater emphasis on agriculture & rural development, the office
was upgraded to Regional Office in 1998. NABARD Arunachal Pradesh, Regional Office
plays a strategic role in overall economic development of the State.
Developmental and promotional activities undertaken by the NABARD in Arunachal Pradesh
in the recent past: -
1. Potential Linked Credit Plans (PLPs) State Focus Paper (SFP): District-wise PLPs
and SFPs are prepared annually to enable the banks to map the exploitable potential
in agriculture and allied sectors, rural non-farm sector, etc., through bank credit.
The ground level credit flow at the district and state level are regularly monitored
through various mechanisms.
2. Strengthening Rural Financial Institutions: NABARD assisted Arunachal Pradesh
State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. and Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank in their capacity
building, providing guidance in preparing Development Action Plan (DAP) and Sustainable
Viability Plans (SVP) respectively.
3. Enhancing Credit flow in agriculture: To supplement the credit flow under agriculture
and allied activities, NABARD had provided refinance to the tune of Rs. 3390 lakh
(approx.) to Apex Bank, Arunachal Rural Bank and Commercial Banks in the State during
last decade. In the current financial year, NABARD has sanctioned an amount of Rs.115
Lakh to Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank for meeting the short-term credit requirements
of farmers in cultivation of agricultural crops in various districts of the State.
4. Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF): It provided loans to State Government
to support rural infrastructures. Till date, Rs.746 crore has been sanctioned under
85 rural projects and Rs. 520 crore has been disbursed including under 22 completed
projects. The major infrastructure projects completed in the state are in the field
of roads, bridges, drinking water. Rs.106 Crore was disbursed to the State Government
during 2011-12. The normative allocation under RIDF during 2012-13 for the State
is Rs.160 crore.
Developmental and Promotional Activities
NABARD also extends financial support to NGOs and other developmental agencies for
their employment generation activities. NABARD had sanctioned and disbursed about
Rs. 800 Lakh to various NGOs/ Developmental Agencies in the state as on date. Some
of the promotional activities are:
1. SHG Bank Linkage Programme
(i) GOI Scheme for Promotion of Women SHG in 30 Backward Districts: The Central
Govt identified Dibang Valley and West Siang districts as backward districts to
promote Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) for taking up livelihood activities through
capacity building and bank credit. NABARD had sanctioned an amount of Rs. 14.90
lakh to two NGOs for promotion of 149 SHGs, covering about 1200 women in Dibang
Valley. The process of implementing the WSHG scheme in West Siang District is under
(ii) Self Help Promoting Institutions Scheme (SHPI): Under grant support to SHPIs
more than 500 SHGs have been formed in various parts of the State by NGOs and Voluntary
2. Financial Inclusion
(i) Financial Literacy Camps: In order to ensure access to financial services and
to provide timely and adequate credit to weaker and low income groups, NABARD has
been supporting banks for conducting Financial Literacy Counseling Camps in the State
since 2011-12 under its Financial Inclusion Fund. Till date, Rs 2.22 lakh has been
extended to various banks for conducting 21 no. of such camps.
(ii) NABARD also identified trainer for training business correspondents/facilitators
for reaching out to the unbanked blocks of the state.
(iii) Core Banking for APRB: NABARD has extended financial support under Financial
Inclusion Technology Fund to Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank for introduction of Core
Banking Solution in all the 23 branches of the bank. Similarly, a MoU has been signed
between NABARD and Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Ltd., for implementing
3. Financial support for promotion of Farm Sector activities in the State
(i) Farmers Clubs – Farmers Clubs are promoted by NABARD to promote the concept of
‘Development through credit’. NABARD has extended financial support for formation
of more than 300 Farmers’ Clubs in the State by various agencies and were provided
training for adoption of new and innovative technology in vermicompost making, Bio-diesel
Production, organic farming with the technical guidance and support from Krishi Vigyan
Kendras, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Basar and North Eastern Regional
Institute of Science and Technology Nirjuli.
(ii) Tribal Development Programmes: The Tribal Development Fund constituted in NABARD
to provide sustainable employment and alternate livelihood opportunities for tribal
families. Two project worth Rs. 370.45 lakh, one each in Lower Dibang Valley district
and in Papum Pare district have been sanctioned for cultivation of orange and pineapple
covering 500 families in each district.
(iii) Natural Resources Management: NABARD has sanctioned a project of Rs.39.97 lakh
under Umbrella Programme for Natural Resources Management (UPNRM) in Rupa village
covering 14 project villages to support growing of horticultural crops like tomato,
kiwis, apple and oranges in a sustainable manner. The project also seeks to address
the issue of post harvest losses, value addition and marketing linkage.
4. Financial support for promotion of Non-Farm Sector activities
(i) Skill Development Programme: NABARD has sanctioned more than 150 SDPs programmes
for training of about 3700 rural people in all the districts on various activities
like handloom weaving, cane and bamboo handicrafts, mobile repairing, wood carving,
pickle making etc . An amount of more than Rs. 1.58 crore has been sanctioned and
disbursed so far.
(ii) Marketing Support: NABARD supports the Artisans and Craftsmen for sale and display
of their products through Rural Haats and Rural Marts and exhibitions. NABARD has
so far supported 5 rural haats and 4 Rural marts in different districts of the State
and supported the participation of artisans from the State in fairs and melas organized
at district, state and national level. Rs. 26.80 lakh has been sanctioned so far
for marketing support.
(iii) Support for Innovative Ideas: NABARD has so far supported 4 Innovative projects
viz., Innovative Vermicompost Project in Hollongi Village, Solid Waste Management
Project for Itanagar Capital Complex, Rural Tourism in Ziro Valley, Touch Screen
Kiosk for Transfer of Technology among the farmers in Pasighat have been extended
financial support and guidance. The rural tourism project in Ziro has motivated entrepreneurs
for setting up tourists’ home-stays. The total amount sanctioned for innovative projects
as on date is Rs. 72.29 lakh.
(iv) R-SETI by APRB: NABARD initiated action at various levels in the setting up
of the first Rural Self Employment Training Institute in the State by Arunachal Pradesh
Rural Bank. The institute has started conducting trainings in Doimukh at present.
Its own building is under construction. The R-SETI being the first in the state needs
the support of other Government and developmental agencies for conduct training programmes
for Artisans, Craftsmen and SHGs in the State.
New initiatives and policy changes of NABARD
The first district development manager (DDM) Office of NABARD at Ziro in Lower Subansiri
District is slated to be opened soon. The office will co-ordinate NABARD’s developmental
activities in three districts of Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and Kurung Kumey.
NABARD Infrastructure Development Assistance (NIDA) aims at direct funding of governments
and other State owned organizations for creation of basic infrastructure outside
Support to Producer Organizations (POs):Under this initiative PO has been defined
as a registered body with legal entity formed by a group of producers for either
farm or non-farm activities in which the producers are the shareholders, deals with
business activities related to the primary produce/product for the benefit of member
From Grant based to loan-cum-grant approach: Majority of the developmental programmes
which aim at increasing employment and livelihood opportunities have been supported
by NABARD by way of grant. However, as per experiences gained over the period of
time, it has been decided to provide loan-cum-grant support in all future activities
to provide ‘end to end solution’.
Warehousing Scheme: Government of India has allocated a dedicated fund of Rs. 5000
crore to NABARD for creation of storage infrastructure for agricultural commodities,
cold chain activities under RIDF. Individual, private entities ( including SPVs),
cooperatives, public sector agencies can borrow loan from Commercial Banks, RRBs,
State Cooperative Banks and Scheduled Primary Urban Cooperative Banks under the scheme.
NABARD will provide incentives of 1.5% per annum of the interest earned on refinance
to those borrowers, who repay their loans, along with interest, strictly as per the
repayment schedule prescribed by the financing bank. (Contributed by Dr. P Radhakrishnan,
General Manager, NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office)
Forgotten Anini and efforts of the DC
Anini, like every year, this year too is making headlines due to nature’s unkindness.
People do face the affects of the nature’s fury for none of their faults every year
during this season.
But unlike other years, this time we have some people who are working tirelessly
to mitigate our distress.
One of such persons is deputy commissioner Abu Tayeng. It is the result of his dedicated
effort that most stretches of the road from Roing to Anini is through and motorable.
I don’t want to offend officers or officials but in my lifetime I have never seen
any person of that stature walking on foot up to every block points to supervise
the clearance works. But Abu Tayeng did. He was there in block point walking on foot.
No word of appreciation is enough for him.
We the people of Anini, especially, the college and university students are indebted
to him for enabling us timely admission. We are grateful to him.
But still some university students are stranded at Anini or somewhere on the way.
So I would like to request our DC to kindly facilitate their passage up to Roing
so that they get timely admission.
We are also thankful to the Jindal Group of Companies for their timely help during
the crisis period.
Omila Migi, Anini
My stapled visa to China
I am a third year student of B.A.LLB(Hons) at the Gujarat National Law University,
Gandhinagar. I would like to bring to your notice an unfortunate incident that occurred
with me on 29th June, 2012. I was awarded a scholarship to attend a three week Programme
on Public International Law at the prestigious Xiamen Academy of International Law,
China. The faculty for this year’s programme included numerous International Law
Scholars from across the globe including Prof. V.S.Mani from India, a renowned authority
in Public International Law , His Excellency Judge Peter Tomka, the sitting President
of the International Court of Justice, Hague among others. I was one of the four
students who were invited to attend the prestigious course on a scholarship.
Xiamen Academy of International Law each year holds this programme which attracts
students and scholars from 40 odd countries and with a limited number of strength
of 160 students each year.
After delaying my visa for several days, just two days before my scheduled date of
travel to China, I was issued a stapled visa by the Chinese Embassy at New Delhi
and consequently the Indian immigration at the International Airport at New Delhi
did not let me travel. I was informed about the Indian government's policy of not
allowing people with stapled visa to travel to China. I have a Delhi issued passport
and residential address and my passport mentions West Siang, Aalo as my place of
birth. My mother hails from the same district in Arunachal Pradesh. I wanted to highlight
this incident through your esteemed newspaper as the issue has not been taken up
by the Indian Government strongly at the bilateral level with China. The Indian government's
stand on the issue only prejudices people from Arunachal Pradesh by denying them
to travel even though China considers it to be a vaild visa for travel. Government
can't have policies against their own people and the government officials at the
T3 were only belittling towards the people of Arunachal Pradesh. I was initially
told by the Indian immigration that I could travel on stapled visa and they accordingly
instructed the airline to give me the boarding pass and after I checked in and was
awaiting security check, they offloaded me after making me wait for hours at the
airport. The immigration officials were derogatory and denigrating. They said that
if I were a true Indian then I would not want to travel to China and said if they
allow me to travel to China then the Chinese might want to make me their citizen.
I protested and told them that I am just a student intending to attend a course on
International Law that envisages to build a peaceful world order and encourages cultural
exchange. I told them explicitly that they had no right to pass remarks on my sense
of patriotism. I would like to bring to the notice the hardships that people from
the region face may be because of their distinctive mongoloid features.
Give us solar home lighting system
Through your esteemed daily I would like to appeal to the Director APEDA, Itanagar,
to kindly direct the Deputy Director APEDA, Tezu Division to kindly give us 20 sets
of Solar Home Lighting System sanctioned by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy(MNRE)
Govt of India against New Tumba village under Wakro circle, Lohit District at the
I am very sorry to say that we have only received the circular APPEDA/TEZU DIVISION/E-01/2011/155-56,
dated 4th April 2012.
Following the directions of the circular, we approached the APEDA Tezu, office with
all requisite formalities. But they flatly refused to give the sets saying that it’s
out of stock.
Since then not a single word has been heard from the Office of Deputy Director, APEDA
Where have the 20 sets of solar home lighting system meant for New Tumba vanished?
My village is reeling under darkness please help us out.
Don’t test out patience
We would like to draw the kind attention of the Director Health & Family Welfare,
with reference to Advt.no.MAID NO:1/5/2008(p)III, dated Naharlagun 9th March 2012,
for the post of Technical Officer, GIPA Coordinator, Assistant Director and other
posts. It is my earnest request to the concern Department to conduct the interview
as earliest as possible.
On the month of March dated 25/3/2012, a written test was conducted for the mentioned
above post and selected candidates of 3:1 was haphazardly called for interview on
2nd April 2012. All the candidates, some from other Districts also dully turned up
for the interview but due to some reason better known by the Department, interview
was cancelled that day.
After that we have made many rounds of office just to know when will be the interview
conducted but it seems like the department is least concerned to conduct the interview.
Please kindly conduct the interview transparently as soon as possible and stop testing
the patience of unemployment youth.
Traffic, VIPs and Police
It is awfully disturbing to see the VIP’s, and few Police authorities violating the
traffic laws by overriding the traffic signal paying no heed to ‘one way’, ‘keep
left,’ no parking signs etc, sequentially creating not only inconvenience but sometimes
even frightful results to the other vehicles plying on the road which include learners,
ladies and lots of school children being driven to and from their respective schools.
Today I faced a scenario where a VIP’s vehicle turned right without any signal or
indication to turn right thereby setting a bad example for vehicles following from
behind. If all vehicles have to respect the traffic laws, then why not the VIPs?
What is more surprisingly is that the Traffic Police on duty at the respective signal
was saluting the VIP who is a violator of the law.
The traffic personnel should have acted as per law and issued a summon slip for violating
the traffic sign since we are repeatedly told that law is equal for all.
I wonder whether VIPs have some separate Constitution or some other statute or whether
the concerned driver is illiterate and cannot read the ‘keep left’ sign or whether
the concerned VIP sitting inside the vehicle is ignorant and not responsible enough
to teach the driver not to violate the traffic laws as it is for the safety of all.
However, this particular case is not the only one breaking the law; even private
vehicles belonging to the police personnel/Ex MLA, Minister also commit such violations
backed by their colleagues.
As such it is my sincere request to all the VIP’s, VVIP’s, Police Personnel and all
drivers not to violate the traffic signals which are intended for the safety of people
Hage Doilyang Tatum
Rtd.Sr.Area Organiser/DIGP (S.S.B)
Don’t eat your best friend
Since time immemorial dogs have been man’s best friend. They are wonderful and faithful
animals. They are like babies who need tender love,care and nourishment from us.
If you truthfully love them, they feel the same way for us and love us back.
I don't understand why people take pride on eating such lovely creatures. Now it
has almost become a fashion to eat dogs in Capital Complex.
If you long for meat, there are many alternative instead of eating somebody’s pet.
My 9 months old Sparky was friendly, lovable and faithful who went missing. Later
we found out he was brutally tortured and killed. Eating my poor Sparky was a barbarian
act or not?
He was one of the members of my family; he was like my little brother. My heart bleeds
with unbearable pain. Whenever I remember him, my eyes are filled with tears. Physically
and mentally, I am mourning Sparky’s death. Every day as I headed home after work,
Sparky would greet me barking with joy full of zest and zeal.
Only his unforgettable memories are left, which I will cherish all my life.
Nevertheless is there any proof that eating dog meat can cure illness? According
to the international clinical foundation and research, there is no scientific evidence
that dogs meat has restorative or curative powers. The health claims are folklore
not fact. Therefore I strongly believe that it is unethical and immoral to consume
man’s best friend.
I request all my pet lovers to raise their voice against cruelty on animal so that
we can save many Sparkys. R.I.P Sparky.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
New tourism guidelines
Hoteliers and tour operators who have been cashing in on wildlife tourism without
bothering about local communities and resources might finally have to part with a
good share of their profit for wildlife and forest dwellers. The Union Ministry of
Environment and Forests (MoEF) has decided that hotels and resorts within a five
kilometre radius of national parks and sanctuaries should be charged a minimum 10
per cent of their turnover as local conservation fee. The fund thus collected will
be spent by states on conservation of forest resources, managing human-wildlife conflict
and generating livelihood for local communities.
The move comes in the backdrop of a Supreme Court case where the apex court is considering
whether tourism should be allowed in the core areas of tiger reserves. The court
directed the ministry to finalise the eco-tourism guidelines for the protected areas.
In the new guidelines, finalized last month, the ministry has reiterated that tourism
should be phased out gradually from the core areas. As an interim measure, it suggested
that for tiger reserves with the core areas of more than 500 sq km, community-based
tourism can be allowed in a maximum of 20 per cent of the core zone. In return, 30
per cent of the buffer area will have to be restored as wildlife habitat. For core
areas smaller than 500 sq km, 10 per cent of the core can be opened for tourism subject
to the condition that 20 per cent of such area is restored as wildlife habitat.
The guidelines, thus, aim to make tourism in such areas community-based and community-driven.
Any core area in a tiger reserve from which relocation has been carried out will
not be used for tourism activities. Forest dwellers who have been relocated will
be given priority in terms of livelihood generation through community-based eco-tourism,
according to the guidelines. Local home stays will be exempted from the conservation