The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
GSU federal assembly held, adopts several resolutions
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The first federal assembly of Galo Students Union (GSU) held at
Naharlagun yesterday has unanimously resolved to work on resolutions passed by previous
The meeting further resolved to press the authority for introduction of Science stream
at Donyi-Polo Govt. College Kamki, Commerce stream at Govt. Higher Secondary School,
Basar, take up socio-educational tour in every schools of Galo inhabited areas within
The meeting was attended by all federal units of GSU including, Pusi Bango Students’
Union (PBSU), Upper Subansiri Galo Students’ Union (USGSU), Kargu Kardi Students’
Union (KKSU), Basar Area Students’ Union (BASU), Jigo Yego Students’ Union (JYSU),
Ramle Bango Students’ Union (RBSU), PG Students from RGU, former student leaders
and Galo Peoples’ Forum.
Earlier, the meeting observed one minute silence as amrk of respect to its former
Assistant Secretary late Goto Udik.
The union also paid tribute to late Harbom Bam, who passed away July on 4, 2013.
He was the father of GSU’s former Spokesperson Bommi Bam.
The main theme of the assembly was growth and promotion of education in Galo inhabited
Training on book keeping and candle making conducted
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) supported
by Caritas INDIA yesterday conducted training on Book keeping and Candle making for
SHGs at Damsite, Naharlagun. All the SHGs of Damsite participated in the training.
Hillang Nikom animator IDEA welcomed the resource persons. S. Basumatary the project
Coordinator, IDEA gave training on candle making so that participant become independent
and develop themselves economically strong in group and individually. H. Nikom animator
who is the master trainer in book keeping taught SHG members theoretically and practically
how to keep various records as a group and individually. Tai Siku, president of
Sai Yari SHG gave vote of thanks to the resources person and participants. Altogether
15 SHG members participated in the training.
Rain in Siang Valley creates flood fury in Dhemaji
RUKSIN, Jul 07: Intermittent rain in Siang valley in the last four days has raised
the water level of mighty Siang and other hilly streams creating flood in Assam’s
Dhemaji district including Jonai Sub-division.
According Dhemaji district administration source, flood water have entered into 55
villages at Sisiborgaon, Jonai and Gogamukh of Dhemaji district. Heavy and incessant
rain has also raised the water level of Semen, Jiadhol and Gai rivers creating panic
among people in the district.
Surging water of mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries has inundated 15 new villages
affecting more than 17,000 people in the first wave of flood in Dhemaji.
The administration has set up four temporary relief camps, where 500 affected people
have been given shelter. The authority is distributing relief materials to the flood-affected
Over 1,700 hectares of agricultural land is affected in the flood so far in Dhemaji
district, stated flood reports of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA).
The district administration, however, said that communication system within Assam
and Arunachal is not yet affected by the current flood.
On the other hand, overflowing water of Dimou river eroded its both bank at Slasuti
panchayat under Sissiborgaon circle and rendered five families homeless.
Dalai Lama's birth anniversary celebrated
ITANAGAR, Jul 7: The Birth Anniversary of fountainhead of Mahayana group of Buddhists,
Dalai Lama was celebrated at Lhagyala monastery yesterday with religious fervour
amidst the presence of hundreds of devotees, monks and nuns where month-long celebration
of Kangyur festival is going on since June 24.
His eminence, the 9th incarnation of Lhagyala Rimpuche, Rev Thupten Jigmey offered
his blessing to a scores of nuns and monks, who are performing in Kngyur festival
at Lhagyala monastery, the second largest monastery in Monyul region of Arunachal
Incidentally, the celebration coincided with the ongoing Kangyur festival, informed
Rinchin Dondup, former director, Karmik & Adhyatmik Affairs cum chairman of organizing
committee, Kangyur Festival Lhagyala, 2013.
ABK women wing seeks death penalty to rapist
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Adi Baane Kebang, Women Wing, East Siang district vehemently
condemned the inhuman act of raping and murder of a 3-year old girl child at Bhalukpong
recently by a 23-year-old-man.
The rapist has not only done a heinous crime, but he has made a mockery of the law
and govt. machinery and inflicted a horrifying memory upon the mother which will
always remain as a painful scar in her life, the ABK Wing said in a release.
Rape is an inhuman act and a heinous crime, a rapist has no place in any society,
the ABK Wing said. Demanding death penalty to rapist, the Wing further said that
rapist should not be forgiven under any circumstances.
The ABK Women Wing also conveyed deep sense of condolence to aggrieved family.
Committee holds meeting on school problems
ITANAGAR, July 07: In a meeting held at the Govt. Primary School, Karsingsa-II on
June 6, the school management committee has decided to approach Papum Pare DDSE for
the various problems pertaining to the school. After discussion threadbare, the committee
resolved to place the demands which include construction of school boundary wall,
four numbers of class rooms, toilets and drinking water facilities.
Tree plantation by AVP at Tezu
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Vikas Parishad, Tezu organized a tree plantation program
with theme “No tree life, so protect trees and plant trees” at Amik Matai Vidhya
Mandir, Tezu as part of Akhil Bhartiya Vanavasi Kalyan Ashram’s 60th anniversary
The programme was attended by the District Level Committee Members of AVP, including
Soblam Pul, President, Soban Chokwa, Geneeral Secretary, Khuleso Ngadong, VKV District
Organiser, Tezu, Sodyong Kri, General Secretary Lohit Karate- Do Association, teaching
staff of AMIK MATAI VIDHYA MANDIR and many other volunteers from Mishmi Community.
357 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
PATNA/ITANAGAR, Jul 07: In a well-coordinated terror attack, nine low-intensity serial
blasts on Sunday targeted the world renowned pilgrimage town of Bodh Gaya and Maha
Bodhi Temple complex, one of the holiest Buddhist shrines, early in the morning that
left two monks injured.
The monks, Tenzing Lama and Bala Sanga, are admitted at the Anugrah Narayan Magadh
Medical College and Hospital (ANMMCH) at Gaya and their condition is stable, hospital
superintendent Sitaram Prasad said.
Lama hails from the Tibet Autonomous Region, while Sanga is a Myanmarese national.
Shocked by the news of eight blasts at Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar, leaving
two monks critically injured, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has condemned
the highly deplorable and cowardice act in his strongest words.
He criticized the attempt that has been made to harm monks, other innocent devotees
and a place of worship that is dedicated to Lord Buddha who was one of the biggest
proponents of peace and tranquility in the world.
In this hour of distress he reaffirmed his solidarity with the people and the Chief
Minister of Bihar to handle the situation in a firm and exemplary manner to deal
with the terror causing criminals and prayed for earliest possible recovery of those
injured in the blasts.
The Itanagar Buddhist Cultural Society (IBCS) & Theravada Buddhist Society (TBS)
has strongly condemned the serial bomb blast that rocked Bodhgaya Mahabodhi Temple
In a release, it said, Bodhgaya is a sacred place where Buddha attained enlightenment
and from where the message of truth, non violence and peace spread all over the world.
The Mahabodhi Temple and the Bodhi Tree are the symbol of peace. Thousand of devotees
and tourists visit the place every year in search of peace and solace. Terrorism
or any kind of violence has no place at Bodhgaya. The perpetrators of the blasts
should be brought to justice immediately.
Wishing speedy recovery to those injured in the blast, the duo organization urged
the Bihar government and the Centre to provide adequate security at Bodhgaya and
all other Buddhist shrines and holy places in India to instill sense of security
and well being among the devotees and tourists.
The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) have condemned
the dastardly act of multiple blasts at the holy shrine, Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya,
Bihar. IFCSAP perceives it as direct attack on the indigenous faith system and culture
of India, undermining the secularism enshrined in the Indian constitution by alien
It is ridiculous; why despite the advance intelligence information about the planning
of such attack, the Bihar government could not prevent it, the IFCSAP questioned.
Sherdukpen Employees' Welfare Association (SEWA), Sherdukpen community in particular
and Buddhist community as a whole expressed shock over the incident. They strongly
condemned such attack.
ACR concerned over rising incidents of rape and murder
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Citizen’s Right (ACR) has expressed serious concern over
rising incents of crimes against women and child in the state.
Condemning in its strongest term the rape and murder of a three-year-old in Bhalukpong
recently, ACR urged the authority concerned for expediting the case for speedy deliverance
Hailing the Chief Minister for his quick response to the case stating that “…the
culprit could be awarded exemplary punishment as per law at the earliest,” ACR hoped
for a favorable justice from the government end at the earliest.
The ACR also cited examples of five other similar incidents, including the case of
rape and murder of two schools girl in East Siang and Tawang district last year,
rape of a class VI standard student at Longding, a five-year-old girl at Joram and
a minor girl at Chowkham in Lohit district this year.
While taking serious note on safety and security of women and girl child in the state,
the human rights body appealed to the state government to take visible measures and
expedite the judicial process to check crimes against weaker section of the society.
It also stressed the need for revamping the state police, providing it with adequate
infrastructure, manpower, high-tech tools and kits, regular conduction of refreshment
training for personnel to effectively deal with such cases.
Moreover, the police should be allowed to do their work freely in such cases, ACR
Children of Arunachal need proper protection under law
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Without any official statistics data, it is difficult to assume
the actual figure of the crime perpetuated against children in Arunachal Pradesh.
However, according to unofficial estimate every day several hundred of minor girls
under the age of eighteen years are sexually assaulted, sexually harassed, or becomes
a victim of pornographic offences in the state.
Most of the crimes committed against these minor girls in the state often go unnoticed
either because they’re not reported or suppressed by the family, institutions, groups,
associates or the community in the local level. Only in rare cases, perhaps looking
at the magnitude of the crime committed, some stories related to the sexual offences
of the minor girls are reported and receives attention of the people.
The incident of rape and murder of a three years old girl which took place at Bhalukpong,
West Kameng district and murder of a XII student at Yazali last year is monstrous.
No one can grasp the enormity of the crime inflicted upon their beloved children
better than the parents themselves. However, the law must take its own course and
the guilty should be punished under appropriate section of law without delay.
In 2012, in order to protect the minors from sexual offence, the ministry of Women
and Child Welfare, Govt. of India promulgated a new Act known as ‘Protection of Children
from Sexual Offences Act’ and this Act is still in force. And it is the duty of the
Ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Govt. of India to ensure that the Act is implemented
in letter and spirit throughout the country in the interest of the girl child.
With an objective to contribute to the improvement in the well being of children
in difficult circumstances, as well as to the reduction of vulnerabilities to situations
and actions that lead to abuse, neglect, exploitation, abandonment and separation
of children from parents the ministry of Women and Child Welfare, Govt. of India
has also launched a newly formulated sponsored scheme known as Integrated Child Protection
Under ICPS preventive, statutory and rehabilitation services are provided to the
children of potentially vulnerable families and families at risk, children of socially
excluded groups like migrant families, families living in extreme poverty, lower
caste families, families subjected to or affected by discrimination, minorities,
children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, orphans, child drug abusers, children
of substance abusers, child beggars, trafficked or sexually exploited children, children
of prisoners and street and working children.
And in order to ensure that all the needs of children are met and their basic human
rights are fully protected it is mandatory to constitute Juvenile Justice Board under
Care and Protection of Children Act, 2000, District Child Protection Unit (DCPU)
and Child Welfare Committee (CWC) in every district of the state by the state government.
It is these bodies which shall act as a watchdog against the crime inflicted upon
The role of the JJB is to exercise power and initiate enquiry against a juvenile
in conflict with law or a child in need of care and protection. While the CWC is
the final authority to dispose of cases related to the care, protection, treatment,
development and rehabilitation of children in need of care & protection and to provide
for their basic needs and protection of human rights.
Though the government of Arunachal Pradesh have established JJB, DCPU and CWC in
every district no action has been taken to support them seriously. It is possible
that the idea of empowering DCPU and CWC appears unpalatable to the government at
present. But it is imminent that with passage of time sexual offences against minor
girls is only going to multiply, and the children are going to suffer more.
If DCPU and CWC start functioning in the state, it is possible that they might be
able to highlight the issues related to child rights, curb down the sexual offences,
bring awareness about the laws associated with sexual abuse and protection of the
child rights. And it is through these bodies one could easily access the accurate
statistical data of the crime rate inflicted upon the children in the region.
CM attends Dalai Lama’s birthday celebration
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with RWD and Tourism Minister Pema
Khandu, Principal Advisor to CM T N Thongdok, Parliamentary Secretaries Tsewang Dhondup,
Jambey Tashi Phurpa Tsering and P D Sona, attended the 78th Birthday celebration
of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama at Sera Jay Monastery at Bylakuppe, Karnataka
Overwhelmed by the presence of Tuki and others, the Dalai Lama, thanked them for
the good wishes. In his discourse to thousands of followers, the Dalai Lama said
that whenever one has the opportunity for karuna (compassion) one should show it
and any profession or knowledge should be carried forward by karuna. “One should
have a warm heart and brain. Only then will it amount to true education and real
achievement,” he discoursed. ?
According to His Holiness, India was a model of harmony where every religion is equally
respected. He advised the people to imbibe compassion, non-violence and truth for
making the world a better place to live in.
In his address, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki extended his deepest reverence, prayers,
and warmest wishes to the Dalai Lama on his 78th Birthday.
“I am gratified to be a part of this auspicious occasion here at Sera Jay Monastery,
amidst the symbol of compassion, honesty and non violence, and the noble prize laureate
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and other dignitaries present” Tuki assertively said.
While inviting His Holiness to visit Arunachal Pradesh, where a large chunk of population
follows Buddhism, Tuki said that the people of the state would be overjoyed if His
Holiness consent his visit to state.
The programme was also attended by the Chief Minister of Karanataka and other dignitaries.
Mass tree plantation programmes organized to mark Vanamahotsava
ITANAGAR, July 07: A mass tree plantation programme was organized at Mani Middle
School Doimukh to mark Vanamahotsava in collaboration with the Range Forest Office
Doimukh under Banderdewa Forest Division yesterday. More than 100 saplings were
planted by the participants in the programme including PRI leaders, students, teaching
staff and forest officials.
Speaking on the occasion, Zilla Parishad Member Tana Yayo emphasized on the important
of preservation of forest and wildlife. Range Forest Officer Chukhu Tanya appealed
to the people to plant more trees to make Arunachal Pradesh a greener state.
Meanwhile, a similar programme was also conducted at government middle school, Lenka
under Balijan circle of Papumpare by Arunachal Green Environment Mission (AGEM).
The hundreds of sapling were planted at school premises to mark the Vanamohatsava.
‘Vanamahatsova’ was observed in Lower Jumi under Kimin Forest Range by planting saplings
in schools and village roads yesterday.
Doimukh MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (planning) Nabam Rebia, Banderdewa DFO, Kimin
CO and other officers and Panchayat leaders, including ZPM Tai Tayu took part in
the mass tree plantation to mark the occasion.
Seedlings were also distributed among the villagers and students.
Popularity of Home Stay on the rise
ZIRO, July 07: In any job you get into, carry it forward dedicatedly with some innovative
ideas. No one will stop you from achieving success in that particular field, said
Kago Kampu after receiving “State Tourism Award 2013” recently for running Home Stay.
Out of 11 people awarded for outstanding contribution in the field of tourism in
different categories, she was the only lady to receive it. The award was in recognition
of her Home Stay popularly called Abasa Home Stay.
Prior to getting into the tourism sector, she was a progressive farmer for which
she received commendations from various quarters. She was the lady who first introduced
tomato cultivation in Ziro valley in an innovative way which becomes very successful.
In due course of time, she thought of running a Home Stay beside agricultural activities.
So, she visited many places to gain first hand information of how Home Stay business
is being operated.
After gaining some knowledge on it, she took Capacity Building Training programme
for one year in 2010-2011 on ‘Rural Tourism- Home Stay’ held at Ziro. Again she participated
in two days training programme on promotion of ‘Rural Touriam, Eco-Tourism Homestay’
conducted under ‘Gender Budgeting’ by the department of Tourism at Itanagar on March
16 & 17, 2011.
After eight days of the last training, she finally opened her ‘Abasa Homestay’ at
Siiro village 3 km from Hapoli on March 26, 2011.
To gain more knowledge, she again visited Sikkim in the month of April as an Exposure
Tour sponsored by an NGO called ATREE (Ashoka Trust for Conservation in Ecology &
Environment). In the month of May 2011, she went for third time to Sikkim to know
more about Homestay business. This time the tour was sponsored by the Tourism Department.
Now her Homestay is becoming very popular in Ziro. 64 foreigners and 85 domestic
tourists already visited her Home Stay within two years, she informed. Though she
could not visit foreign countries, she is happy and satisfied interacting with foreigners
at her Homestay.
Within two years of operation, popularity of her Home Stay and tourist inflow is
going beyond her expectation and finally got the prestigious award on June 29 last.
Adventure & Youth Leadership Training Prog begins at Bomdila
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Adventure & Youth Leadership Training organized by Arunachal Mountaineering
& Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) under the aegis of West Kameng District Administration
began at Multi Sports Indoor Club Bomdila.
Inaugurating the training, Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Tapak Taku, spoke
at length about the importance of youth in the present context emphasizing on youth
skill development, education and proper training to them for greater contribution
towards the society.
Congratulating the State’s top sports personalities, Tapuk stated that ace mountaineer
Anshu Jamsenpa has put Arunachal Pradesh in world map of mountaineering. He also
extended his best wishes to Everester Nima Lama and weightlifter duo Jimjang Deru
and Lalu Taku, who made a mark in Asian Youth Weightlifting Championship recently.
Acknowledging the yeoman service of AMASA, he announced Rs. 3 Lakhs for furthering
the development of adventure sports and youth activities in the state.
Parliamentary Secretary R T Khunjuju who was Guest of Honor recalled his close association
with AMASA taking it back to the formative year 1993. Being an adventurer and a mountaineer
himself, he assured all possible help in developing adventure sports in general and
AMASA Rock Field in particular.
Director of National Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) Col Gulshan Chadda and
local public leader Dorjee Tsering spoke about the potential and prospect of mountaineering
in Arunachal Himalayas.
Tsering Wange president AMASA briefed the house about the training programme and
introduced the instructors and the trainees. He read out the message of best wishes
received from Director Sports & Youth Affairs DK Dinglow, Deputy Commissioner AK
Singh and Everester Tapi Mara.
48 selected youths of the district are being trained over a period of 21 days in
three batches of 16 trainees each.
ACRYA felicitates meritorious students
ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Arunachal Christian Revival Youth Association (ACRYA), today
felicitated its meritorious youth in its 6th ACRYA Felicitation Program for Meritorious
Students of CBSE Exam 2013, with a theme of Jude 22 "...making a distinction.." The
program was chaired by Bro. Domar Bomjen, President, ACRYA and the program speaker
was Evan. Tai Ete, General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church
Altogether 57 meritorious students (20 from Class XII and 37 from Class X) were felicitated.
They included Class XII topper Charmak Yangfo, (Science, 91 percent) and John Wangsa
(Arts, 89 per cent.)
Gumjum Haider, former Secretary General North East Student Organization (NESO) attended
the program along with Tarh Kama, President, APCRCC. The program was also participated
by Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Registrar, Rajiv Gandhi University, Byabang Taj, Former
AAPSU President and PRO, Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh, Alo Nangbia, Vice President,
APCRCC, Evan. Dr. Joram Dol, various church leaders, ACRYA District Executive members
along with believers.
Speaking on the occasion Gumjum Haider encouraged the student to emphasis on the
study and work hard for next 3-4 years, so as to pursue a good career and future.
He advised the youth not to indulge in anti-social activities but rather contribute
in nation building and bring laurel to their family, society and state as a whole.
He further congratulating the students said that their achievement is not only for
Christian Community but for entire State.
With this Felicitation Program, the 22nd ACRYA Federal Body Coordination Meeting
concluded, which started on 5th July. The two days meeting was attended by all the
ACRYA District Units and various resolutions were passed.
The Federal Body Meeting also condoled the sudden demise of its prominent and pioneer
minister Rev. Herbom Bam and prayed for peace for the departed soul and the family.
The House expressed great loss and despair and remembered his contribution in the
Revival Ministry in Arunachal Pradesh for the 25 years. ACRYA also prayed for the
peace of the affected people in the Uttarakhand disaster.
Challengers’ Tiger Seven Tournament-2013
CCSC-A, FC Doimukh enter semis
ITANAGAR, Jul 7: Capital Complex Sports Club-A and FC Doimukh entered into the semifinal
of the Challengers’ Tiger Seven Tournament-2013 defeating All Papu nalla FC and Jollang
united FC at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Capital Complex Sports Club-A drubbed All Papu Nalla FC 6-1 in the first quarterfinal
while FC Doimukh beat Jollang united FC 4-2 in the second.
Kipa Bharat scored two goals for scorer for C.C.S.C-A while Teli Tonngum, Koj Tada,
Tania Chama and Tamuk Taja scored one each. The consolation goal for All Papu Nalla
Fc was scored by Sunny Kotin.
For FC Doimukh, Tana Soma scored two goals and Nabam Lamin and Nguri Abin scored
one each. Toko Tapa netted both the goals for Jollang United FC.
Small-scale farmers who produce the majority of food in the developing world need
to be better integrated into markets to reduce global hunger and poverty, the United
Nations food and agricultural agency reported urging more nuanced policymaking for
"Policy interventions that aim at encouraging greater levels of smallholder production
for sale in markets need to take better account of the heterogeneity of smallholder
households," said David Hallam, Director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's
(FAO) Trade and Markets Division.
In the foreword to the report, Smallholder Integration in Changing Food Markets,
Hallam added that just as smallholders are a heterogeneous group, the markets in
which they participate are also diverse in terms of their size, geographic location,
connectivity to other markets, power relations between market players, and institutional
setting. The report notes that with greater market integration and more inclusive
value chains, small farmers are more likely to adopt new technologies required to
achieve productivity growth.
Stressing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution, the two main ways to link
farmers with markets is to provide them with better access to credit and insurance,
and to strengthen the links between farmers and buyers.
The report also notes a paradox of high food prices. Seen by some policymakers as
an opportunity for farmers to produce more and earn more, the response by many farmers
has been muted. It also highlights the negative consequence of inadequate infrastructure,
high costs of storage and transportation, and non-competitive markets.
‘The Land of Rising Crimes’
Through your esteemed daily, please give me the honour to express my resentment regarding
the recent rape case. The rape and murder of a minor girl has completely shattered
all the people's joys of this erstwhile peace loving state, 'Arunachal Pradesh.'
May almighty god protect her soul from any kind of trauma. In every crime cases,
whether is it rape, murder, vandalism or extortion; we always read condemning such
kind of barbaric acts by various unions, associations and NGO's. But rarely does
victim or family receives justice. But this time and from now onwards let’s forget
colour of caste and tribe and cooperate each other with concerned authorities to
give extreme punishments to the culprit. The death sentenced demanded by, various
organizations are very genuine and I advocate it.
For if we fail this time to punish this culprit, the days are not so far when such
barbaric acts will become a culture in this 'Land of Rising Sun.'
E- Gadget for students how justified?
I am strongly against the Arunachal government’s decision to give e-gadgets to school
students, as it will negatively affect the students greatly. The “Facebook revolution”
has already eaten into large portion of a student's daily activity. It would not
be wrong to state that almost every other Facebook user from Arunachal is a student.
Giving laptops to students studying in higher college is a must, but giving tablets
and other such e-gadgets to school students can severely impact their lifestyle.
Surely the tablets will have internet connectivity which will expose them to possible
dangers relating to privacy, security and easy access to harmful sites which would
surely affect them in the long run? Exposure to e-gadgets may also deprive children
of much-needed sleep, exercise, communication with their families and time to polish
their skills. It may also lead to attention deficit disorders. The government should
think of the consequences of such schemes on the people before introducing them.
Instead of giving e-gadgets to students, the government should spend this money to
pay for the annual school fees and other facilities for the topper students. There
are more students not attending school because of lack of money than because of the
unavailability of tablets.
Corruption; Whom to blame?
This is in addition to the article “The fight against corruption and all in between”
by Apu Gapak, published in your daily on 4.7.2013. I do agree some of the points
highlighted in the article. However, I would like to add some more points on this
issue. Generally, we often blame and abuse the government employees for financial
misconduct and mismanagement in the system. Mr. X is asking for this and that, Mr.
Y is looking for this and that percentage blah..blah..blah. But, if we ponder deeply
then somewhere we are the real culprits. How?
We are in a democratic country where everybody elects representatives to form a vibrant
government by exercising the power conferred by the constitution. Now, it is the
prime duty of the elected representatives to keep a vigil on the system to make
vibrant and corruption free government and the State. A balanced economic growth
and development in the State is only possible with good governance run by our representatives.
The government employees are recruited just to assist the government for its proper
functioning and management. Thus, if any employee of the government is found doing
wrong thing in the system then the government that has been formed by our representatives
has the full power to punish them as per laid down rules.
The elected representatives have the more responsibility than the government employees
to make a vibrant and corruption Free State. To bring peace, prosperity and development
in the areas is directly vested with our representatives. Thus, the responsibility
to have a vibrant and corruption Free State is within our jurisdiction. We have to
think twice or thrice before choosing a person to be the representative in the government.
If we elect right person as our representative, then obviously Lokpal, RTI etc. will
not be required as our representative will act as ‘Whistle Blowers’ and automatically
check the system and will punish the erring government employees according to their
misdeeds. Therefore, it is presumed that if any financial misconduct or mismanagement
is present in the system, then, it is we the people who are responsible because we
are unable to choose the right person to be our representative in the government.
Gross anomalies in awards selection process
It is a welcome step that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the Department
of Tourism has come up with the Arunachal Pradesh State Tourism Award 2013 recently
and I would like to congratulate the winners. Being a social worker and an RTI activist
it has come to my notice that there were gross anomalies in the awards selection
process hereby putting a question mark on the integrity of the members of the selection
In the Cultural Tourism arena senior pioneers like Mrs. Yane Dai, Tshering Wange
and the late Michi Tajo should have been considered as they had shaped and tirelessly
promoted the development of Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh to the outside world since
1990’s. Some of them even got awards at the international level but was surprisingly
unnoticed by the Tourism Department. Game changers in adventure tourism who had started
white water for tourists by finishing more than 20 Rafting Expeditions since 2002
in the snow fed rivers of Lohit, Siang, Subansiri and Kaineng were ignored but their
initiative paved way for the younger generations. Akoying Tekseng a river guide got
the gold medal for white water rafting in 2005.
Tourism being a potential and positive industry for land locked Arunachal Pradesh
should be free from coercion and political interference. It is my sincere request
to the Department of Tourism that it should be more professionally run and not be
like some quintessential government department by delegating powers to a NGO.
Constant traffic jam is serious problem
Through the column of your daily I want to put forward mass issue of traffic jam
that we face every day. It is the era of development that has hit us and therefore
our twin city is being over populated day by day. Our city does not have enough provisions
to support this high density population in our capital especially the road which
is most essential element of a city.
The ratio of vehicles and required space on the road of our twin-city is highly unbalanced.
The traffic jam that we face every day during rush hours when everybody hurries to
their own respective duties is unbearable. Even traffic police seem clueless during
such situation. We admit that it’s not an easy thing to control so easily but we
expect atleast to see a start against this issue. We don't see any proper plan or
policy from govt to solve traffic problem of capital complex. The authorities have
to understand that maintaining only traffics rules won’t help and a long term policy
is the need of hour.