LONGDING, Jul 18: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering paid
his maiden visit of Longding recently.
During his visit an interaction meeting with HoDs was also organized where the Ering
minutely paid deep attention to the problems being faced by different government
agencies in District HQ. Later, responding to a memorandum in a public meeting, Ering
assured to fulfill all possible grievances within his capacity. He however informed
that whatever fund is to be provided is intensively meant for community based project
but not for individual interest.
He further called upon the public to co-operate with the govt. agencies in implementing
the Scheme to achieve the target.
Zilla Chairperson Miss Phejon Wangsa also spoke on the occasion.
The Minister also held a separate meeting with Panchayat leaders where Panchayat
related matter was discussed. DIPRO
Extensive ILP drive at Tawang
TAWANG, Jul 18: To check illegal immigrants in the district an extensive ILP drive
was conducted at Tawang yesterday under the leadership of R. D. Thungon, EAC (Judicial).
The team penalized 76 illegal persons who entered the district without ILP and fetched
Meanwhile, local inhabitants appreciated the team and urged the district administration
to carry such drive in near future, so that the criminals can be barred from entering
the district. There are many instances where such people have committed crimes and
defamed the name of the district. DIPRO
ATMA, KVK conduct training for farmers
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) in collaboration
with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit conducted a district level farmers training
cum farmer-scientist interaction program to mark the 85th ICAR day at Kaishu village
on July 16.
During the day, the farmers were taught about scientific cultivation of rice, including
high yielding varieties (HYVs), integrated nutrient management and its importance
for better production, types of manures and fertilizers and their judicious utilization,
weed management by subject matter specialists. The farmers were also explained about
insect and disease management practices of rice.
Crossbreeding of cattle and scientific cultivation of citrus were also explained
before the famers by SMSs.
Various queries by farmers on management and cultivation of crops like rice, ginger,
coconut, gourds, vegetables, citrus, mustard, potato etc were answered by the scientists
during the interaction session.
Senior ATMA and KVK officers, including Project Director (ATMA) M Chowlu, Program
Coordinator (KVK) PK Mallick, PTO, FTC Kheremn D Barman, SDAO, Namsai B Biswas, Panchayat
About 100 farmers from Kaishu, Pothar gaon, Enthem and other villages attended the
TACS felicitates achievers
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Tadar Abu Charitable Society (TACS) felicitated achievers of
its clan on July 16 and 17.
Tadar Angha of Class X, Tadar Nyedar of Class XII (Science) and Tadar Yanam of Class
XII (Hum) were awarded cash along with memento and certificates for being the toppers
in AISSCE and AISSE 2013.
Other awardees were late Tadar Tang for being the first MLA and Minister, Late Tadar
Takey- the first graduate, Tadar Nikia as the first engineer, Tadar Taluk as the
first gold medalist and Dr Tadar Sharmila Tana as the first doctor of the clan.
District level training on biometric enrolment held
BOMDILA, Jul 18: One day District Level Training on Biometric Enrolment (BME) under
National Population Register (NPR) was conducted here at district headquarters Bomdila
yesterday under the aegis of Directorate of Census Operations, Government of Arunachal
Chairing the training programme, Deputy Commissioner AK Singh termed the Biometric
Enrolment for National Population Register (NPR) to be carried out soon in the district
as a historic one and anyone involved in the exercise as the privileged ones.
Jt. Director of Census Operations Bharati Chanda accompanied with Deputy Director
Banridor Sohtun and the Service Providers meant for the district imparted the training.
Bharati Chanda in her power point presentation dealt at length on the various features
of the Biometric enrolment and hoped that all the stakeholders would actively participate
in successfully carrying out the national duty.
Among others, Additional DC (HQ), Charge Officers and Administrative officers of
the district were present for the said training. DIPRO
World Population Stabilization Fortnight observed
CHANGLANG, Jul 18: The World Population Stabilization Fortnight is being observed
in Changlang District from July 11 to 24.
The students and teaching staff of VKV School, Changlang and the staff of District
Hospital Changlang took out a rally on July 17.
127 students along with teachers of VKV School took part in the rally. The procession
started from VKV School Changlang and ended at District Hospital Changlang after
passing through the town shouting slogans – “Small Family Happy Family, Chhota Parivar
Sukhi Parivar, Hum Do Hamare Ek” etc and holding play cards and banners.
An Exhibition Show on means and methods of Family Planning and Books and Pamphlets
were displayed in the stall. The counseling on Family Planning was given to 41 beneficiaries.
The condoms were distributed free of cost and 210 pieces of condoms were picked up
from the stall. DIPRO
APSSACEA demands regularization of ministerial staff
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksah Abhiyaan Contractual Employees’
Association (APSSACEA) has demanded for the regularization of ministerial staff serving
under SSA on 50 percent priority basis under directorate of elementary education.
In a memorandum addressed to the director, elementary education, it apprised that
the reduction in the share of SSA civil and other intervention fund from the Centre
with each coming year from which the salaries of the ministerial staff under SSA
are obtained is creating problem in the disbursement of their salaries.
Many of them have crossed their age limit of further employment and service security
is becoming a threat in their career, it said.
They should be regularized on the line of SSA teachers notified vide notification
no.ED.2/649/2009 dated 7th August 2009 batch wise on the basis of seniority, the
memorandum further added.
APCF condemns rude behavior of student
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges’ Forum (APCF) has strongly condemned
the behavior of a final year student, who allegedly threatened a lecturer of Dera
Natung Govt College, Itanagar during admission process on July 17 last.
If a senior student can do such unwanted argument with the lecturers then what about
the juniors? the APCF questioned and sought punishment to the erring student. After
discussion threadbare with the college principle, the APCF president urged the students
to maintain rules as per the directives of the higher and technical education.
Build a safer and healthier community: DC
PASIGHAT, Jul 18: With a mission to clean Pasighat from drug abuse and alcoholism,
the Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava along with the ABK, women wing Secretary
Opak Takuk Ering and police force conducted unannounced midnight raid in various
places at Komlighat, Sibokorong, Raneghat and in Bodak areas.
The team trapped many miscreants who were selling illegally IMFLs and Beer, running
snooker gambling club on the river bank and also found driving under the influence
of alcohol during the wee hours and suitable action has been taken against the offenders
by the administration.
In her message to the society, DC Srivastava appreciated the tireless efforts of
the Women Wing. She said the mission is to build a safer, healthier community by
preventing and treating alcoholism and drug abuse. We envision a society in which
alcohol and drug problems are recognized as public health issues that are both preventable
and treatable. Statistic shows that more than half of all fatal accidents on the
roads can be linked to impairment caused by alcohol. There is no magic bullet to
quit drinking and the only single best way is determination and effective parental
control and motivation, said DC. DIPRO
Committee urges for posting of CO at Silsango
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Silsango Circle Headquarter Development Committee has urged
the state government to post a circle officer and sufficient staff in Silsango circle.
In a letter addressed to the chief minister, it informed that the circle which was
created in early 2011 has never seen any official work being done nor any CO or any
staff was ever posted.
The CO office building with no furniture and the basic equipments and the unoccupied
staff quarters look like haunted house with jungles all over, it said adding that
the local people face lot of difficulties for official work as they have to go to
Sagalee to accomplish that.
Capacity building cum hands on training for SMCs and PRI members
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Block Level Training on Residential Capacity Building cum Hands
on Training for SMC’s and PRI members was conducted at Nacho, Siyum, Taliha, Giba,
Daporijo, Puchigeko, Dumporijo and Baririjo from July 1 to 16.
Conducted under community mobilization intervention, six SMC members from each school
and PRI members of the concerned block participated in the training.
Unified SSA and RTE Act 2009 were discussed vividly by the resource persons.
Palin boy recovered from Nowboicha PS
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: An eight-year-old boy named Bem Biso from Palin was found at Nowboicha
police station under North Lakhimpur district today.
After being informed by Lakhimpur Students’ Union, assistant general secretary, a
team led by All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) president Bamang Taji and All Nyishi
Students’ Union (ANSU) Women Wing general secretary Joram Bina rushed to Nowboicha
PS and recovered the boy. The young boy reportedly landed in Laluk thinking it as
Arunachal Capital city.
Governor & CM mourn death of Lobsang Tsering
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has
condoled the sad demise of former member of State Legislative Assembly Lobsang Tsering,
who represented Dirang Assembly Constituency.
In his condolence letter to Dor Tsering, son of Late Tsering, Governor said that
the State has lost an outstanding political leader and committed social worker, whose
contribution will always be remembered.
Conveying condolence to the bereaved family, the Governor prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
Expressing his deep sense of sorrow over the sad demise of Tsering, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, in a condolence message said, “In his demise, we have lost a seasoned
politician, a social worker and a social reformer who have been tirelessly working
for improving the tribal cultures of the state.” The chief minister further added
that his contributions to the society and the state would be remembered by the people
for a very long time.
Bote Moyong Memorial Football
Yagrung to meet Bilat in final
PASIGHAT, Jul 18: Government Hr. Sec. Schools Yagrung and Bilat will lock horns with
each other in the final of first ever Bote Moyong Memorial Inter-School Football
Tournament at General Ground here on July 20.
Yagrung stormed into the final trouncing Borguly (Mebo) 5-3 in the first semifinal
while Bilat thrashed Boleng 3-0 in the second semifinal at general ground here today.
Yagrung shot into lead three minutes into the match through goal from Talu Taki.
The team was leading 3-1 in the first half and added two more goals in the second
half to complete the drubbing of the team.
For Bilat team, Franklin Taki scored two goals and Onong Tatin one to set up final
clash against Yagrung.
The final match scheduled on Saturday will be attended by East Siang deputy Commissioner
Nidhi Srivastava, Pasighat Municipality Councilor Denong Tamuk and many other dignitaries.
4 Army men arrested in burglary case, 3 AK 47 rifles recovered
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: In a bizarre incident of burglary and cheating, nine persons including
four army personnel were arrested jointly by Banderdewa, Doimukh and Naharlagun Police
along with 138th Bn CRPF jawans at Banderdewa check gate this evening.
The arrested persons were identified as Nike Subedar R. K Yadav, Rifleman Pradeep
Kumar, Rifleman Arun Sarkar, Rifleman P Chandu, all were from Likhabali based 138
Medium Regiment (Indian Army) currently deployed in North Lakhimpur in Assam and
civilians Atika Islam, Ganesh Chetry, Jahrul Haque, Sultan Mohammad, Riyazul Islam
-- all from Laluk area in Assam, police said.
According to Capital Complex Itanagar SP Nabam Gungte the nine accused were intercepted
at Banderdewa check gate after receiving information from the Doimukh police station
that the accused were fleeing after looting Rs, 6,89,500/ from one Tana Karan of
Lower NEEPCO colony near Doimukh around 6.30 pm. Three AK 47 assault rifles, 6 magazines,
180 live round ammunition,10 mobile handsets, two bottle of liquid substance and
718 pieces of white papers for making note and Tata Sumo (without registration number)
were recovered from the possession of the looters.
SP further divulged that in a pre-planned strategy five civilians earlier made a
call to Tana Karan offering him to make 6 lakhs rupees to 30 lakh with machine and
medicines. After luring Tana Karan, accused called the heavily armed army personnel
who appeared on the spot suddenly and looted Karan at gun point and fled with Tata
One being received complaint from Tana, Doimukh police alerted the Banderdewa police
headed by OC A K Deb which later nabbed them at Check gate along with CRPF and police
personnel of other police stations of Capital. A case has been registered with PS
Doimukh with case no.13/2013 under Arms Act.
Six arrested in connection with attack on Rly project manager, labours
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Six youths have been arrested in connection with attack on Project
Manager and workers of Harmutty-Itanagar Railway project at Doimukh.
The Police under the supervision of Inspector R Khomrang CI (P) Doimukh arrested
Nabam Anya, Nabam Naga, Tana Tuka, Tana Johny, Nabam Sunil and Gyamar Takar from
Yupia/Tigdo village in connection with Doimukh Police Station Case No. 29/13 U/S
452/323/34 IPC today, Papum Pare SP Nabam Gungte informed in a release.
All the arrested youths will be produced before Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC),
Doimukh with a request to remand them in police custody for 14 days.
According to police, some local youths from Doimukh, Yupia and Tigdo had repeatedly
attacked the railway workers and supervisors in the pretext of not giving them works/employment
A group of youth had attacked the Railway Camp at Bridge No. 47 at Doimukh over Dikrong
River on June 8 and 9, 2013. After the incident one Section of force was stationed
at Bridge No. 47 for protection and patrolling of Railway site round-the-clock from
Gumto to Borum.
“Again, a group of six youths yesterday attacked the Labour Camp at Bridge No. 47
and assaulted the Project Manager and Workers. The Police team led by Inspector Khomrang
arrested all the accused today,” the release added.
Centre accords top priority to Arunachal’s road links
NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Recently inducted Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways
(MoRTH), Oscar Fernandez has assured that development of road and communications
in Arunachal Pradesh will be given top priority.
Taking his sincerity a notch higher, he will visit Arunachal Pradesh in the second
week of September to review all ongoing road projects in the state being funded by
This was disclosed by Fernandez in an extensive discussion with Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki, Planning, PWD and Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Chief Engineer (Highways East)
Bora Ete, Chief Engineer (Highways West) Hage Appa and Political Secretary to CM
Bamang Tago. The Chief Minister’s delegation apprised the latest status of various
projects under MoRTH being implemented in the state to the Union Minister.
Tuki urged for early sanction of the project for 4 laning of twin capital cities
of Itanagar and Naharlagun, the DPR for which has been submitted to MoRTH. While
highlighting the increasing traffic congestion in the state capital, he observed
that 4 laning of the capital highway would foster better urbanisation in a planned
manner. Tuki also apprised the Union Minister of the project for 2 laning of the
road from Itanagar to Jote, a new educational hub being developed by the State Government
with important institutes including NIT, Law College and Entrepreneurship Development
coming up in the area.
The deplorable condition of the Khonsa-Hukanjuri road was also discussed during the
meeting. The Chief Minister requested 2 laning and modernisation of the road in National
Highway standard under the Special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP)
– NE programme of MoRTH.
Tuki also brought up the issue of adequate compensation for reconstruction and restoration
of roads damaged by heavy rainfall and floods in recent times while calling for sufficient
allocation of funds under FDR.
He also appealed for enhancement of the normal allocation to the state under Central
Road Fund (CRF) scheme which is currently at Rs. 41.49 crores, an amount inadequate
to meet the requirements of the state.
Fernandez assured all help and co-operation of his Ministry for the issues and concerns
raised by the Chief Minister.
Earlier in the day, Tuki welcomed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s announcement of
approving additional funds for Power and Railway sectors in the North East.
At a high level meeting at New Delhi with the Union Ministers of Finance, Civil Aviation,
Railways, Road Transport and Highways and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission
today, the PM had reviewed the status of Infrastructure Development in the North
As part of approval of the PM, Arunachal Pradesh has been included for additional
funding under Non Lapsable Pool of Resources (NLCPR) for Intra State Transmission
Line Networks in the state. The Ministry of Power has been asked to expedite the
hydropower projects in the state on priority. Additional funds for timely completion
of Harmuti-Naharlagun Railway project was also provided in the meeting. The PM has
directed the Planning Commission to convene a meeting of CMs of all the North Eastern
States to improve inter-state coordination for speedy completion of infrastructure
ALSU takes out rally, demand for cancellation of appointment grows louder
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Demand for the cancellation of appointment of Joint Director Agri&
Allied, Rural Development is growing louder and louder as hundreds of students under
the banner of Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) today took out protest rally against
alleged illegal appointment which started from Akashdeep at Ganga and culminated
at Raj Bhawan gate.
The protest rally is the second phase of ALSU agitation on the same demand. Earlier
union staged sit-in-protest dharna in front of SIRD office on 4 July last.
The participants in the rally shouted slogan demanding immediate cancellation of
the appointment which it claimed to be illegal with violation of the recruitment
rules. They also expressed their resentment saying that government is not paying
heed to their demands. ALSU also claimed that despite the cabinet imposed ban on
illegal appointment, the government had blatantly appointed in the post without advertising
it. While submitting a memorandum the union sought the Governor’s intervention before
the issue blown out of proportion.
Addressing the media persons on the sideline of protest rally in front of Raj Bhawan
Gate, ALSU President TadarTarish divulged that movement against the illegal appointment
will be continued till the demand is met. Tarish however resented that despite the
repeated pleas by the union, the government and authority paid no heed to the demand.
Giving seven days time to authorities to fulfil its demands ALSU president said
“Our patience has been tested enough and we have left with no option rather then
to resort to bandh call.”
ALSU appealed to the people to cooperate with them to fight against corruption and
illegal appointment even if the union calls bandh on the issue.
APPRCC demands devolution of power and responsibilities
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Co-ordination Committee (APPRCC)
appealed to the state government to devolve power and responsibility to PRIs before
The committee while disclosing the decisions and resolutions adopted in recently
held APPRCC meeting at Itanagar said that the state government should take the demands
of the committee on priority basis as without devolution of power and responsibilities,
the PRIs are meaningless.
Further disclosing the minutes of resolution of the meeting, APPRCC Chairman Sushil
Nalo demanded the state government to immediately remove the ambiguities in responsibilities
assigned to the Panchayat, creation of separate Panchayat window/head of the line
departments and also demanded that line departments’ functionaries be brought under
control of Panchayat.
Nalo further demanded that the Chairperson of the Zilla Parishad should be made as
Chairperson of DPC, expert Committee report submitted by the Committee be implemented
Informing that Article 243 G of the Constitution of India mandates every state to
devolve Powers, Authority and Responsibilities to the Panchayati Raj Institutions,
he said few states like Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have done only little to devolve
powers to the PRIs.
An IIPA, New Delhi report 2010-11 has placed Arunachal Pradesh in the 2nd lowest
ranking State in the devolution of powers in the country.
The State Govt, vide its order No. PR-75/2003 dtd. 3rd July, 2003 issued an order
for transfer of 5 departments -- Rural Development, Horticulture/Agriculture, Education,
Power and Social Welfare under the Article 243 G. However, except for the department
of Rural Development, which receives fund directly from the Govt of India, the transfer
of power in other four departments has no meaning for the PRIs, as the funds have
not been transferred to the PRIs, he said. “Under Article 243 G, the State Govt.
has undertaken activity maping vide order No. PR-106/7 (Part-A) dtd. 21st February,
2008. Vide the said order, the 29 subjects as given in 11 schedule of the Constitution
of India were transferred to the PRI. Again under the same order, the State Govt,
had devolved 3 Fs to the PRIs for the 29 Subjects. Though three orders/notifications
have been issued by the state government on devolution of powers to PRIs, it remained
on the paper only.”
He also said that the Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Govt. of India has taken note of
the II PA report of 2010-11 and directed the State Govt. to take urgent steps to
devolve powers to the Panchayati Raj.
APPRCC spokesman Techi Tolu also expressing displeasure over non devolution functions,
fund and functionaries (3Fs) to PRIs said that as per guidelines of centrally/state
sponsored schemes, PRI members are to participate and monitor the execution of the
schemes. No payment shall be made by the executing agency till the ZPM of the concerned
area is satisfied. However, in Arunachal Pradesh’s context many schemes were regulated
by legislators without involving PRI members.
Regarding allocation of fund, he said 30% fund under state head should be allocated
or earmarked for PRI activities in all districts in every financial year and special
ZPMLAD fund of Rs 50 lakhs should be provided to ZPM for carrying out various development
projects in their respective area.
Meanwhile, reacting to the allegations leveled against Rural Development department
by Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU), APPRCC secretary general Sangha Tagik termed
it as baseless and uncalled for.
He said, “The records reveal that no illegality has been committed in the process
and the same was made by the Govt. keeping in mind the larger interest of the public
service. Govt. has simply attached the services of the officer in the RD Directorate
for technical supervision of the schemes involving Agri and Allied sphere of works,
that too by drawing his salary from the parent department.”
“The APPRCC is of the opinion that ALSU should work for codification of customary
law in the State and immediate implementation of separate judiciary in order to deliver
justice to the people. The Law students are the future of the state, so they should
busy in their academy to become good citizen,” he further added.
The press meet was attended by APPRCC members. The members expressed hope the state
government will fulfill their demands.
Lower Banskota submerged, Pasighat ALG under threat
PASIGHAT, Jul 18: Most of flood and pollution incidents are avoidable and careful
planning can reduce the risks, said Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) Chief Councilor
Denong Tamuk, yesterday while visiting the submerged Lower Banskota area along with
a team of Ward Councillors.
He said such unwanted situation causes harm to human health and detriment to local
amenity. He claimed that most of the measures needed to prevent flood and pollution
cost very little, especially if they are included at the planning stage of any scheme
or project. In contrast, the costs of cleaning up a pollution incident can be very
high. Any work carried out in or near watercourses must be regarded as high risk
with significant potential to cause pollution, the Chief Councilor added.
Haphazard habitations and daily activities directly or indirectly affect the Sibo
Korong river course. This particular river has the ability to clean itself but urban
dwellers produce much more waste water than the river can endure as a self cleaning
system. We have gone through all the trouble in destroying that very system in the
name of encroachments and illegal constructions, opined the visiting team. They also
added waste water volume gets bigger around the township, transforming the healthy
river into slow flowing, dead water and critical components of the cleaning system
are destroyed faster. Incessant rainfall and blockage of River Sibo-Korong is leading
to all sorts of problems like foul odor, generation of vectors like mosquitoes and
flies, blockage of drains leading to floods which is also a big threat to upcoming
Later the visiting team met the Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava and appraised
the situation. During their conversation, Tamuk sought adequate funds for the purpose
and assured to carryout de-silting/cleanliness drive immediately in the said area
using excavators and manpower etc from his end. DIPRO
District level monitoring committee meeting held
KHONSA, Jul 18: The quarterly district level monitoring committee meeting of Tirap
district was held at Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall at Khonsa today in which
all the heads of development departments actively participated.
Tirap Deputy Commissioner Kamlesh Kumar Joshi in his opening remark underscored the
importance of the meeting adding that the main purpose of the meeting was to review
the progress of work pertaining to various departments. He advised the participants
to ensure the schemes, especially the centrally-sponsored ones must be properly monitored
reasoning that in the absence of effective monitoring the schemes would not succeed.
While lamenting the absence of some officers, the DC asked all the departments to
send their reports well in advance to facilitate meaningful discussion and warned
that last minute submission of such reports would not be entertained in future.
Earlier, DPO Okep Tayeng threw light on the purpose of the meeting and urged the
participants to express their achievements and bottlenecks if any.
The Executive Engineers of PWD, RWD, POWER, PHED and DD (Urban) explained the progress
of work of their respective departments through a power-point presentation.
The Deputy Commissioner expressed dismay over the snail’s pace of progress in some
departments and asked them to pull up their socks to complete the projects they had
undertaken on time. He was particularly concerned about the slow progress of work
on the guess house under Urban department.
The meeting was also attended by Tirap ZPC Chawang Lowang, SDO, Deomali G. Singpho,
CO, Lazu, CO, Soha and ZPMS. DIPRO
Panchayat coordination meetings held
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Mass coordination meetings of the panchayat leaders of II Doimukh,
Karsingsha-Banderdewa Panchayat and I-Borum and 11th Chimpu-Ganga Panchayat were
held at Doimukh Panchayat Hall on July 12 and 17 respectively.
Addressing both the meetings, Doimukh BDO Nebia Taya explained in details about the
programme and schemes such as MGNREGA, IAY, IWMP etc being implemented in the block
level and the key role to be played by the Panchayati Raj institutions in various
levels for planning and monitoring and implementation and social audit for proper
implementation of schemes in transparent manner.
ADO Nabam Tado Hina, SVO Dr M Tama, T Riso and Techi Juna, both EOs (RE) explained
role and responsibility played by various sector officers of block in development
process and appealed the panchayat leaders to consult any technical problem regarding
implementation of schemes.
The Panchayat leaders including Doimukh ZPM Tana Yayo, Bath-Ganga ZPM Techi Mecha
also spoke on the occasion and stressed on coordination among the PRI bodies and
Departmental staff for transparency in development activities.
Speaking on the occasion, Doimukh ASM chairperson requested all the ZPMs to place
their proposals in the GB meetings for decentralization of procurement of materials
under MGNREGA in block level as per guideline as execution of work gets delayed
due to untimely supply of materials from DRDA office.
Nabam Philips, ASM chairperson I-Borum suggested all members to support streamlining
the PRI system for execution of schemes. He also suggested to effect change of member
secretary of Panchayat from EAC/CO to BDO in block level.
Banderdewa-Karsingsha, II-Doimukh and Bath-Ganga ZPMs appreciated the suggestion
made by Yab Lotus and agreed to abide by it.
Initiate step for the devolution of financial powers to the PRI’s
PASIGHAT, Jul 18: Bogong-II, Zilla Parishad member Okom Yosung urged the government
of Arunachal Pradesh to initiate step for the devolution of financial powers to the
PRI’s as per the constitution of India, and the second Arunachal Pradesh State Finance
Commission as constituted by Govt of Arunachal Pradesh vide Govt. notification No:
FIN/FC-50/2012 dated 23rd August 2012.
He informed that an interactive session would be held at SIRD, Ganga, Itanagar on
July 25 next for devolution of financial powers to the PRI’s wherein the Deputy Commissioner,
DPDO and the Chairpersons Zilla Parishad of the respective districts are expected
He appealed to all newly elected Zilla Parishads Chairpersons of Arunachal Pradesh
to make themselves available to attend the discussion and submit a strong appeal
before the Government for immediate execution of all the financial powers and status
to the three tiers of the PRI’s.
Expressing his discontent, he said out of my past experiences, it is strongly felt
that without the financial power, proper utilization and to bring about complete
rural Development activities cannot be realized. By just merely enjoying the meager
amount of Rs. 22,200/- per annum in the name of Honorarium is sometime very embarrassing
as we have been elected for doing public work and not just to receive honorarium.
He also said that the members of the Panchayat Raj Institution has been elected for
the rapid progress of the rural areas and thus, it is extremely necessary for the
devolution of power to the PRI for making all round progress. Mere conducting of
election and the elected members not equipped with power is complete meaningless.
Hence, the state government should immediately work in the right perspective for
the devolution of powers which has been the long felt demands of the members of the
Panchayat Raj institution.
He further added that earlier, the ZPC was the Chairman of the District Planning
Committee which was withdrawn and the respective DC has been made the Chairman for
reason best known to the Government. In this regard and while referring to the constitutional
Rights as enshrined in our constitution, I urged the state government to re-designate
the ZPC as the Chairman of the District Planning Committee.
Central minister assures to consider tax exemption plea
NEW DELHI, Jul 18: Union MoS for Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension V Narayansamy
today assured to consider the plea of All India Service tribal officers of North
East states of AGMUT cadres for tax exemption while posted outside their respective
His assurance came when an officers’ delegation of Arunachal Pradesh including senior
IAS officer Huzar Lollen and Delhi Police joint commissioner Robin Hibu led by Lok
Sabha member Takam Sanjoy called on him to draw his attention towards the anomaly.
Though the GoI has exempted income tax for all India officers belonging to North
East while on central deputation vide order No 14017/4/2005-AIS (II), dated 16th
February 2009, but the AGMUT cadre officers from Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram when
posted to Delhi, Chandigarh, Goa Pudducherry, Lakshya Dweep and Andaman are not exempted
under the provision.
As the MP pointed out that it was not a special dispensation but interpretation of
existing provision, the union minister informed that he would call on Union Finance
Minister P Chidambaram on the issue.
The MP requested the union minister to add an addendum to the above letter by inserting
“The tribal officers of AGMUT cadre (IAS, IPS, IFS) of All India Service should be
exempted from income tax when they serve outside their home states” for IT exemption,
would serve as an incentive and morale booster.
When contacted, the union minister told this correspondent that he would give his
comment after meeting the finance minister.
“I would be visiting Arunachal Pradesh soon,” said Narayansamy, also attached to
the PMO, who is known for his oratory.
This is the first move of the members of Delhi-Arunachali Forum (DelAru), which sprang
up after the maiden Delhi-Arunachali get together held at 8, Firoz Saha Road bungalow
here at the initiative of Sanjoy on July 13 last.
‘Arunachal calling’ would be one of the many activities of the DelAru to create an
opportunity for the Arunchalis serving in national capital to serve their motherland
voluntarily, the MP added.
BMC in the service of society
ZIRO, Jul 18: Many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)/Volunteer Organizations
(VO) have come up in Ziro valley in the past couple years; but only few of them are
truly working for the cause of the society.
One of such organizations working in Ziro valley is Hong village based Biodiversity
Management Committee (BMC).
Founded in 2009, this committee is working for preservation of flora and fauna and
other natural resources in close affinity with religious and traditional practice
of the society.
In general, BMC takes up its activities in collaboration with concern department
and other NGOs working in various fields in national, state and district level. One
of the major achievements of the Committee has been the declaration of Siikhe-bo
River as the community conserved area which was initiated under the able guidance
of its Chairman Tapi Elyu and Secretary, Mudang Challyang. Now, this community conserved
area is being looked after by the BMCH.
This small river is the main source of potable water for people of Hong village and
their paddy fields. Besides, BMCH is preserving this river for breeding Sachiatrox
Fish (Ngilyang Ngi) which is necessary during celebration of Myoko, Murung and Subu
puja of Apatani community.
Patrolling against illegal hunting on wild animals, birds and fish, observation of
wildlife days, formation of SHGs, distribution of plant saplings etc. are also other
activities of the BMCH.
In recognition of their services, the district administration and Forest department
of Lower Subansiri district have issued identity cards last year to all the active
members of BMCH.
After declaration of Siikhe-bo River as the community conserved area, the BMCH for
the first time has distributed one Ngilyang Ngi each to two Murung festival performers
in 2012 and one each to all the ‘puja’ performers during Myoko festival, 2013.
BMCH does not give permission, other than their members, to collect Ngilyang Ngi
from the said river even in emergency to use in ritual.
“The fishing restriction is imposed to preserve the fish species in Ziro valley,
the population of which in decreasing trend,” said Mudang Challang, secretary, BMC
In fact, this organization deserves appreciation from all sections of the society.
The concern departments should also recognize their service and encourage them by
providing necessary incentive.
Following the path of BMCH in preserving fishes in natural water bodies, the Lower
Subansiri district administration has issued an executive order on May 30 last prohibiting
fishing in natural water bodies for a period of four months effective from June,
2013 to save the brood stocks as well as the juveniles. (Story contributed by Yachang
Agri-horti minister embarks on NE state tour
ITANAGAR, Jul 18: Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy
Development Setong Sena is starting his three days tour of Nagaland and Mizoram tomorrow
to see the successful development models in agriculture, horticulture, bee keeping,
animal husbandry, dairy development, rural energy and bamboo sector etc.
The Minister to be accompanied by Parliamentary Secretaries (Agriculture, Horticulture
and Veterinary, Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development) and departmental officers will
visit the bamboo development projects in Mizoram and various community development
initiatives of Nagaland that has been hailed as notable examples, informed an official
The main purpose of the tour is to give exposure to the young officers of the department
concerned and to the policy makers so that successful experiences can be replicated
in Arunachal Pradesh.
As the hill States of north eastern region shares similar geographical and climatic
condition, a development model that has worked in one State may work in the other
states too. After the tour, the concern departments will try to replicate some of
the successful models as it was done earlier in the case of Livelihood School of
The Minister had last year visited Sikkim to learn and understand the various successful
development initiatives of different State Governments of the region. The Sikkim
model of Livelihood School has now been replicated in Arunachal Pradesh by opening
the first Chief Minister’s Livelihood School at Nampong.
Spiraling prices of foodstuff hit consumers
RUKSIN, Jul 18: The skyrocketing prices of green vegetables, fruits, and other foodstuffs
at Pasighat, Ruksin and adjoining areas of Assam is burning hole in pockets of common
The vendors here, taking the advantage of an artificial shortage and non-availability
of local products, are charging exorbitant prices from the consumers giving lame
excuse like high transportation charge etc in bringing such food items from Bodilla,
Shillong and parts of Assam.
Currently, the cost of a kg of Onion is Rs 40 to Rs 50. The price of one kg of carrots
rose up to Rs160 from Rs 120 last year. The prices of other common vegetables are
Cabbage- Rs 20, Potal and Bhindi (lady’s finger)-Rs 40, Tomato - Rs 50, Squash-Rs
40, Capsicum-Rs 160.
On the other hand, the prices of common fruits such as mango, apple, grapes and citrus
fruits are also being sold at very high price in the markets in Pasighat and other
parts of the district. The price of a kg of Langra Mango costs Rs 80 to Rs 100, Dussera
(Dosahari) mango from Rs 100 to Rs 120. Most of these mango consignments are reportedly
brought to Arunachal from West Bengal, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra.. Even the
prices of apples brought to the State from Kashmir, Fiji and New Zealand cost around
Rs 150--220 per kg. Black Berry and Pomegranate brought from abroad cost around Rs
200- 220 per kg.
The fish and meat market at Pasighat and other places also brought desperation among
the common people. A kg of imported Rohu fish is being sold at Rs 160 to Rs 180 and
Koch at Rs 140- Rs150.
The price of Broiler chicken also rose up to Rs 200 from Rs 120 last year. It is
also alleged the sellers fix the rate of local fishes at their will.
Sources said that the markets of vegetable, fruits and fishes are controlled by the
traders sitting in Guwahati, Kolkata, Shillong and Allahabad.
Alleging that the local administration has no control over the soaring market prices,
the locals demanded administration’s immediate intervention to regulate the market
About 80 per cent of the people with disabilities are of working age and face physical,
social, economic and cultural challenge to their access to education, skills development
and employment, according to the UN.
A background paper prepared by Secretariat for the sixth session of the Conference
of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which
runs until 19 July, states that persons with disability face a greater risk of living
in poverty than persons without disabilities in both developed and developing countries.
A pilot study led by the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in 10 low- and
middle-income developing countries shows that the exclusion of persons with disabilities
from the labour market resulted in an estimated loss of 3 to 7 per cent of gross
"It has now become clear around the world that the fundamental human rights of people
cannot in any way, shape or form be violated and it is imperative that we reach out
and make the world a much more inclusive place to live in," said Ambassador Macharia
Kamau of Kenya, President of the Conference of States Parties.
The Conference of States Parties - the largest international meeting on disability
issues - is held each year to exchange experience and ideas for implementation of
the Convention, which was adopted in December 2006 and entered into force in 2008.
The treaty obliges States parties to ensure that persons with disabilities enjoy
all human rights on an equal basis with others and to take appropriate steps to safeguard
and promote the realization of those rights without discrimination.
It asserts the rights to education, health, work, adequate living conditions, freedom
of movement, freedom from exploitation and equal recognition before the law for persons
Through your esteemed daily, I take this opportunity on behalf of my family members
and relatives to salute Founder Chairman of Vivekananda Yuva Shakti, Ramesh Jekke
and his team for the charitable work they have done to our family in saving precious
lives of our relative by organizing blood donation twice at the time of necessity.
May god Almighty continue to bless them abundantly for their selfless service to
society and mankind. We wish them all the best for their endeavour.
H. Chada (S/o of patient)
K. Tamu (F/o of patient)
People of Gelling and Singa circle are waiting for justice
Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention of the Govt of
Arunachal Pradesh towards the serious issue which is being faced by the people of
Gelling and Singa Circle under Tuting Sub-Division, since the delimitation for recent
Panchayat took place in our state. This delimitation has resented all the people
of this remotest and underdeveloped area as there was common Payingdem CD Block for
them. And they had been struggling for their separate creation of ZPM on the ground
of minority in their CD Block. To give it a final shape to their genuine demand,
they had passed a resolution in Anchal Samiti meeting stating this demand. But this
delimitation has created one ZPM for right bank of Siang and another ZPM for left
bank of Siang separately. This separate creation has divided the people of Payingdem
CD Block (Gelling and Singa) into two different CD Blocks and ZPMs. This separate
creation is completely contrary to their demand and rights. There is no single man
to accept what has happened, and crying for justice to be delivered soon. And being
resented over this issue, we have boycott the recent Panchayat Election in some part
of our area.
Who is responsible for this very complex and complicated issue? I think, we all are
equally responsible for what has happened. But this is not the time to blame one
another, as it is a high time for us to realize our mistake and to work upon our
earlier misdeed and we should learn something positive that can help us to achieve
our demand and rights. If we do not learn a lesson from this issue then I think we
are born with a cursed to suffer. Do not do business with your own society as I know
we are very advanced in business.So, stop it this time. This is a very serious issue.
And everyone has to be serious whether they are Govt officials or non-Govt officials,
Panchayat members or Public leaders etc. It affects each and every one of us. If
we do not act anything this time being immune then we will lose the prosperous future
of present and coming generation for forever and we will have no rights to claim
ourselves that we belong to this Society.
By drawing the kind attention towards the serious grievance of the people of Gelling
and Singe circle, I on behalf of all the youth of Gelling and Singa Circle would
sincerely like to request Chief Minister, Minister of Panchayati Raj, Parliamentary
secretary, MLA of 34 Assembly Constituency, Concerned department and Panchayat Members
to discuss this serious issue and find an amicable solution by giving justice to
the people of Gelling and Singa Circle. At the end, once again I do appeal to all
the people of Gelling and Singa Circle to co-operate with every single person who
is a part and parcel of this movement and be in united in such a crucial time. Without
your constant support nothing is possible this time. We are indeed crying for justice
today....but justice can be only achieved tomorrow if we are united today in thoughts,
speech and action being under one umbrella. And I believed, if at all a word "JUSTICE"
that for social, economical and political" is mention in the constitution of our
country then we will definitely get a 'JUSTICE'.. So, let's hope and pray.
Upper Siang Dist
Big round of applause for Indra Mallo Jain
Through your esteemed daily I would like to lay down following few lines which is
really a matter of great pride and honour. The result of the GDMO (General Duty Medical
officer)of Allopathy, Dental Surgeon, Homeo and Ayurveda for Walk-In interview under
NRHM has been declared so quickly without being delayed or kept pending. The results
were declared as soon as the Viva Voice ended that is on same day 16/07/13.I would
like to take this opportunity to appreciate the Mission Director cum Secretary Health
and Family Welfare Indra Mallo Jain for the good work she has done. I believe it’s
one of the fastest results ever declared in the NRHM exams or any competitive exams.
Usually, what happens in Arunachal is that most of the viva voice result are kept
on delaying due to political interferences. Politicians keep on pressurising the
bureaucrats to appoint their candidates compromising the meritorious student’s career
and their candidates come up in the preferential list. The whole state department
should learn a lesson from this initiative and definitely Indra Mallo Jain has truly
proved her calibre as decision maker of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) grade.
A big round of applause for the brilliant lady. State needs more bureaucrats like
her. Hope all the bureaucrats and Hod’s learn a lesson from this initiative.
RT Charu, Itanagar
Education scenario of state is precarious
Even though the literacy rate of Arunachal Pradesh with 66.95% is better than that
of Bihar with 63.82 % but the Arunachal has only 1382611 populations where as Bihar
have 103804637. It seems that it is easier to educate less populated state of Arunachal
than those who have population figures in crore. However things are not like this
in Arunachal. Every year successful candidate for IAS, IFS, IPS etc from Bihar are
more in number than Arunachal’s. With a mere rise in literacy rate in last census,
Arunachal Govt, is proud of their effort. What a shame when compare to other state.
In every occasion, action less politicians announces crore of rupees for school and
college infrastructural development as their image makeover exercise which remains
a lip service and action in invisible. This is step mother attitude of state govt,
towards the educational scenario of Arunachal. Now I would like to tell something
about the admission crisis prevailing in DNGC Itanagar.
As new session for college admission starts competition amongst the students is sure
to increase especially for 1st year students. Regarding science stream, every year
more than 5000 students strive for medical, engineering degree etc. but hardly 200
+ students are selected for these professional colleges. Other unsuccessful candidates
with a believe “every dark cloud has a silver living” has no option but only to join
B.Sc to pursue their further studies but sadly Arunachal has only 2 BSc college where
seat is limited but the authority and the parents cannot force them to join B.A because
it is a kind of educational deprivation. College authority refuses admission to some
students stating that you have a gap of one year so you are not eligible. Now I want
to ask to concern authority that in which article of Indian constitution it is written
that the students having one year gap has no right to pursue their studies. Every
student should get the equal opportunity in the eyes of law.
Regarding the Arts stream, the infrastructure of District College is same like that
of the primary school of capital complex. District colleges are besotted with problems
like shortage of books, faculties and communication problem. The biggest problem
is that students are compelled to opt those subjects which they are not interested
as all the subject is not available in District College. In this age of cut throat
competition everybody wants to stay at the competitive environment so authority can’t
force them to stay back at their respective district college.
Lastly I would like to appeal the concern authority and members of AAPSU-the apex
student’s body to resolve the admission crisis prevailing specially in DNGC Itanagar.
Statistics Colony, Itanagar
Where is our appointment letter?
Through your esteemed daily I would like to pen down 'no assurance attitude' shown
to us by official of Environment and forest dept. (PCCF office), Itanagar. We the
nine candidates finally breathed sigh of relief when our names were printed in various
local newspapers for being appointed to the post of Range Forest Officer (RFO). However
we never imagined that we will have to wait so long and face so much turbulence to
receive the appointment letter. On 28 December 2012, nine candidates were announced
as newly appointed RFOs by the Arunachal Public service commission and as promised
by Environment and Forest dept. that our appointment letter will be officially handed
over to us the following month. It has been seven months since then but we the appointees
are yet to see the appointment letter as we were promised by the department. We have
made umpteen numbers of visits to departments headquarter located at Zero Point,
Itanagar but visits had bore no result. So, we request concern minister of environment
and forest dept. of our state to look into our grievances and once again we request
concern authority and official of Environment and Forest dept. (PCCF office), Itanagar
to leave your 'no assurance attitude' or false assurance towards deserving candidates
because we expect lots from you.