July 25

AEKDPEWA appeals PR minister to redress grievance

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: All East Kameng District Panchayat Employees Welfare Association (AEKDPEWA) has appealed to the Panchayat Minister to redress the various grievances of Computer Assistant, Office Peon, Driver serving under various Zilla Parishad and Anchal Samity Chairperson block on contract basis.

In a release, the association appealed for monthly disbursement of their honorarium instead of installment basis, timely continuation/extension of their service period, engagement of computer assistant for various official works of ASC/Member Secretary etc.

It further appealed to the Minister and Director of Panchayat Raj to release the four months honorarium of ASC, DPDO and 18 months of ZPC staff on humanitarian ground.


APBDOWA calls on RD minister

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Block Development Officers’ Welfare Association (APBDOWA) today said that the state government has assured them of reserving 50 percent of the PD posts of DRDA for senior BDOs on deputation.

In a release, it informed that the association had met the rural development minister on July 18 last with its four point memorandum who in return assured them of considering the demands.

Its other demands are filling up of all the regular 56 CD blocks of the state by BDOs of RD cadre only, regular conduction of DPC in the department and creation of deputy director posts in scheme wise or Zonal basis.


Tree plantation drive

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Tree plantation drives on the theme ‘Save the Green’ was conducted at Govt ME School, Mani on July 16 and at Navodaya Vidyalaya, Doimukh on July 23.

More than 100 students and all the teaching staffs of the concern schools planted about 300 saplings within their school campus.


ATMA-KVK training for farmers

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: A district level training for farmers was conducted by Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA), Lohit in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit District at Menkeng Miri village yesterday.

Scientific cultivation of rice, banana, coconut and lemon etc along with their weed, insect and disease management practices were thoroughly explained by the subject matter specialists before the farmers.

The veterinary officer of Mahadevpur discussed the scientific management of local pigs, methods of housing and feeding and vaccination management of local pig, care of pregnant pig.

The farmers were encouraged to take up the integrated rice cum fish culture practise for economic benefit.

Various queries on rice, coconut, gourds, vegetables, citrus, mustard, potato, cattle, fishery etc. cultivation, their management for better production were answered by the resource persons during interaction program.


HOWS felicitates achievers

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Hija Officers’ Welfare Society (HOWS) felicitated achievers of its clan in Itanagar on July 20 last.

Dani Sumpa (CGPA 10) and Kago Binyo (CGPA 9.6) of class X, Kago Bharat Ambing (88%) and Pura Tajang (65%) of Class XII and Ex DSO Nending Tamang and Ex CO Nada Laji were awarded on the occasion.

Other achievers were; chief engineer, Hydro Power Pura Tupe, associate professor Pura Guth Tago, secretary Fisheries Dani Salu, Joint DHS Dr Dani Duri, Superintendent Engineer PWD Dani Gambo, deputy secretary Finance Dani Pyaro, DAO Dani Yube, dy director ICDS Dani Yami, DDI Dani Abing, chief engineer RWD Kago Tabiyo, SDAO Kago Taya, director tourism Taru Talo, EE RWD Taru Dok, engineer NEEPCO Taru Tago, EAC T R Tapu, dy manager NHPC Taku Tayang, DCP New Delhi Kime Kaming IPS, SMO (SG) Dr Kime Horming and MS Dr Pura Duri.


TAWSO felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Tamai Welfare Society (TAWSO) of Lohit and Anjaw districts felicitated meritorious students belonging to Tamai clan, who excelled in Class X, XII, Graduate, Post-Graduate examinations at function at Telluliang Village, Lohit recently.

The main aim of the programme was to encourage the students strive for higher academic excellence.


Coordination meeting held

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: A coordination meeting of PRI members of Papum Pare district was held in the conference hall of the DC at Yupia today.

Addressing the gathering, PD DRDA Toko Babu, while welcoming all the PRI members, briefed about the schemes to be undertaken under MGNREGA, IAY and IWMP and its proper implementation.

Zilla Parishad Chairperson, Nabam Aka advised all the participants to undertake viable schemes which will benefit the public and develop the area.


APATCYO reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) has reiterated its demand for immediate approval of DPR with an estimated cost of Rs 286.36 crore for 2/4 laning of capital road.

In a letter addressed to the chief minister, while urging that the construction work for Itanagar to Banderdewa four lane national highway should be to taken up at the earliest besides maintenance of the existing road, it also insisted to close Chimpu to Hollongi road immediately to begin the construction work.


DNGCSU holds meet on college problem

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt College held an emergency meeting to discuss various problems, particularly regarding admission process today.  Presiding over the meeting, the DNGC SU general secretary Gora Rikam informed that “many students from non-catchment area are demanding admission, whereas  the college authority has been instructed by the Govt to allow admission to catchment area students. Students from non-catchment area shall be selected on percentage/merit basis, it said.

Informing that around 6000 students are seeking admission every year in the college against the strength of 60 lecturers and 20 non-teaching staff, the Union appealed the state Govt and Director of Higher and Technical Education to post more teaching and non-teaching staff for the smooth functioning of the  college.

The Union further informed that limited quota of B Sc students (PCB-90, PCM-90) has already been completed.

While referring to the reported misbehavior of a final year student toward a lecturer during admission process recently, Rikam apologizes on behalf of student community for the shameful act.


Bike lifter arrested, four bikes recovered

BOMDILA, Jul 24: In a major break-through, the district Police succeeded in nabbing one Dipak Mili aged 25 from his native village Chilonipam under Sonitpur district in Assam and recovered three Bajaj Pulsar and one Karizma ZMR bike from his possession.

The arrest of Dipak Mili and the subsequent recovery of the four bikes from his possession was possible as a result of the keen interest and initiative taken by the OC PS Bhalukpong S.I M.Riba and his team, informed Sub-Divisional Police Officer(SDPO) Kardak Riba.

The SDPO have facilitated claiming of ownership of the bikes in the office of the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) Bhalukpong with the relevant documents for which necessary messages have been flashed to all the Police Stations of the state and north-east.

Acknowledging the commendable work carried out by the police team; SP in-charge ASP Doge Jini congratulated S I M Riba and his team of dedicated police personnel for the successful operation and urged all the police personnel of the district to carry out their duties and responsibilities steadfastly and with perseverance. DIPRO


News Impact


First-ever shadow puppet show draws huge crowds

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: A shadow puppet show, the first of its kind in Arunachal Pradesh was performed at Siiro village, Ziro by a team of puppeteers from the Centre for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD) in association with the Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal Plant Board under United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The theme of the puppet play centered around making villagers aware of the usage and preservation of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (MAPs) found in Ziro valley, which could become an alternative source of livelihood.

“I have never seen so many people turn up for any awareness campaign before. It was very entertaining and informative too. I hope the duration of the show will be increased in length whenever this is performed again….it will add to its impact” said HibuTatu, Chairman of local NGO “NGUNU”.

The play adapted the shadow puppetry style that is practiced in southern India, Malaysia and Indonesia and incorporated local elements and characters into the storyline. For the puppeteers it was a unique experience because none of them had ever handled a shadow puppet before. Kaling Bui, who led the crew, said that the hours of practicing and rehearsing the movements were difficult but paid off in the end. Scripted by Champa Devi, the play was produced and directed by the CCRD team.

During the event school children as well as elders and youth of the village who viewed the program were given brochures, diaries and calendars, which displayed varieties of medicinal and aromatic plants highlighting their places of availability.  

Linyom Nyodu, Field Surveyor of the State Medicinal Plant Board who accompanied the puppet artists and attended the event, addressed the gathering at length about different medicinal plants. “Medicinal plants can create an alternative and sustainable livelihood for the people”, Nyodu said and urged the local people to understand the value of such precious medicinal plants and preserve and document them.

N Tachang, Range Forest Officer (RFO), Hapoli Forest Division said, “Now a days young generation are less aware of our traditionally used medicinal plants because of modernity. Such awareness programs will promote the use of these plants again”.    

The community felt that this kind of program should be carried out more often so that there will be greater awareness that leads to better management and conservation of medicinal and aromatic plants. They also expressed a great desire to assist in documentation of these valuable resources.



Capital complex facing power failure

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Capital Complex and the adjoining areas have been witnessing power failure since last evening after 132 KV Nirjuli Dikrong Transmission Line (NDTL) which delivers power from Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project (RHEP) developed a major fault.

The fault occurred due to falling of a tree on a section of the line at approximately 22 KMs from Nirjuli snapping two conductors and bending of tower cross arms, informed an official release from Chief Engineer (P), Transmission, planning  and monitoring zone today.

It stated, the 132 KV Gohpur, ltanagar Transmission Line (GITL) which is now pressed into service has a capacity restriction of only 10 MW against the normal requirement of over 20 MW. The problems would continue till the line is restored. Power allocation to the heavy Industries has been suspended. The department further appealed the consumers to use only few fans and required lamps only and to avoid using air conditioners as it consumes high power.



Itanagar MLA, chief councillor call on CM

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Local MLA Techi Kaso and Chief Councilor of Itanagar municipality Higio Aruni along with Empowered Standing Committee members called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Chief Secretary HK Paliwal yesterday and discussed on various issues ranging from functioning of the nascent Itanagar Municipality, renovation/modification and furnishing of its office at  Naharlagun  Multipurpose Community Hall on a war footing.

The team urged the Chief Minister and Chief Secretary to immediately direct the PWD and Urban Development Departments not to go for departmental execution of maintenance and construction of sector roads and drainage, rather, the unutilised fund of previous years for the purpose should be transferred to the Itanagar Municipal Council for execution since Itanagar municipality has been fully constituted.

The Chief Minister after patient hearing asked the Chief Secretary to hold joint meeting of all the link heads of the departments within next day to finalize the functional domain of the municipality and ensure its functioning as envisaged under the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act’2007 as ammended upto date.

He also instructed for ensuring smooth functioning of the municipal office forthwith.



Review all-aspect of minority package: IFCSAP

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: The Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) in a memorandum to state Chief Secretary has appealed to the state Govt to look into all aspects and prepare proper data/assessment of minority community to stop  un-due advantage by Bangladeshi Muslim, mis-utilization of the fund and to avoid double standard policy before implementation of the special package from the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs.

Referring to the media report and statements made by a section of leaders indicating that the state government would provide a special package of fund from the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs for comprehensive development and for people of certain districts who have been declared as minority in Arunachal Pradesh,  the IFCSAP said  it appears to be non-realistic since all indigenous tribe of the  state enjoy the status of tribal state and  reap the benefit from Govt as scheduled tribe.

As per Section 2 (c) of the national commission for minorities Act.1992, Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Sikh and Zoroastrian, whose population is less than that of Hindu’s, are declared as Minority to protect their right specially in the field of religious institutions, education, culture, heritage and abuse of human rights from majority group.

IFCSAP, however, said that  in Arunachal Pradesh the indigenous Buddhist population along with other indigenous people converted to Christianity and other faith are enjoying the status and benefit of scheduled tribe. “So, it is beyond our comprehension on what basis the indigenous schedule tribes are now being converted to Minority and being provided facilities under the special package for minority community, the memorandum questioned.

The Society feels that no person or community in Arunachal Pradesh should be given double benefit of both Schedule Tribes and Minority community. It would be tantamount to enticement and promotion for conversion to the faiths classified as minority community and it will have adverse effect on the preservation, promotion and protection of indigenous faith tradition and culture contradicting the Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of religion Act of 1978. Further more if government really determines to implement the package from the Ministry of Minority Affairs, steps should be initiated to issue Minority Certificate to that person who wants to avail such benefit only after making them surrender their ST certificate, the memorandum added.




Delay in construction of Taro Tamak bridge angers people


PASIGHAT, Jul 24: Inordinate delay in completion of Steel Bridge at Taro Tamak along Mebo-Dhola road is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the people of Mebo sub-division and other parts of East Siang and Dibang Valley districts.

The construction work of the Taro-Tamak River between Namsing and Gadum village in Mebo Sub-division was started soon after then Pradesh Chief Minister Mukut Mithi laid the foundation stone. Started in 2002, the steel bridge, is, however, yet to see the light of the day.

Reliable sources informed that an amount of Rs 10 crore was allocated for construction of Taro Tamak, Tatsing and Kadang bridges during 2002.  Construction of Taro Tamak bridge was started during the tenure of former Mebo MLA cum minister Lombu Tayeng.

However, the bridge did not see light of the day during his long seven years tenure.

MLA Ralom Borang (Tayeng’s successor) assured the local people to complete the bridge in March, 2012. But, Borang too has failed to keep his ritualistic promise.

The BJP leaders of Mebo have alleged that their local MLA Borang has failed to achieve any significant development in Mebo area during his four years tenure. According to a senior BJP leader Lenzing Pertin, present MLA Ralom Borang is not putting attention to the developmental front due to alleged indifferent attitude of the former MLA Tayeng.

“Though the Government has claimed to have released huge  fund for improvement of road and construction of bridge along Mebo-Dhola, the local people are yet to see proportionate development. The implementing agencies are not maintaining transparency and accountability in execution of PWD project in Mebo Sub-division”, said a visibly irritated Pertin, adding that former MLA cannot escape from responsibilities in terms of developmental of the area as he is still a ruling party bigwig of the state.



Govt officers conduct unannounced checking of Midday meal

CHANGLANG, Jul 24 : S S Choudhury, SDO cum in-charge Deputy Commissioner, Changlang Dr. Parthasarathy  Dutta, DMO and Michi Kani, DIPRO, conducted surprise checking of midday meal served to the children of old Changlang village Primary School, Govt. Middle School and Government Town Middle School.

During the visit the team inspected the kitchen, preparation of food and store.

Choudhury directed the headmasters to maintain strict cleanliness of surrounding, and advised the teachers to cooperate with district administration and  treat the responsibilities with collective efforts towards physical and mental development of the children.

He further stressed on maintenance of proper store to keep the food stuffs and also urged them to procure fresh vegetable, dal and gram (Chana) to serve quality food.

Dr. Parthasarathy gave health tips to students and emphasized on safe drinking water and also to keep their surrounding clean by disposing garbage and waste material in proper way.

He also advised them to utilize first aid kits provided to school from medical department in case of any emergency. DIPRO



India’s longest bridge coming up in North East

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: India's longest bridge coming up across the mighty Brahmaputra at Bogibeel in Assam is not only expected to be a lifeline for the Northeast, but will also strengthen the country's security.

Scheduled to be completed in 2016, the 4.94 km rail-cum-road bridge, a product of the 1985 Assam Accord and being implemented by the North East Frontier Railway, will provide connectivity to upper Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and cut down the distance to the border with China by 10 hours.

Railway officials said that the rail link would connect two existing railway networks running at south bank and north bank of the river.

It starts from Chaulkhowa station and Moranhat station at south bank and joins in between Sisibargaon station and Siripani station of Rangiya-Murkongselek section in north bank.

Right now it takes one and a half hours to cross the river, but once the bridge is inaugurated, the travel time will be reduced to a few minutes.

Besides, movement of goods will also be possible on a larger scale.

Railway officials said the bridge would strengthen national security by way of truncating distance to reach the China border during movement of troops and supplies. But not all are happy. As the completion of the bridge draws near, over 100 boatmen families are spending sleepless nights over fear that it will jeopardize their sources of income.

For Munna Singh, Brojen Doley, Rajesh Chowdhury and other majhis, it will be tough finding an alternative means of livelihood inheriting their profession from generations far into the past.

"I dont know what to do ....the fear of closing my ferry service always haunts me. How will I manage a regular income?" Munna Singh, who owns two country boats and is presently earning around Rs 15,000 per month, despairs.

Similar is the condition of Brojen Doley who owns a boat that ferries private vehicles of people from Arunachal Pradesh. PTI



India raises incursions issue with China

New Delhi, Jul 24: India today raised the issue of recent Chinese incursions at the official-level talks during which the two sides discussed ways to make working mechanisms more efficient with the possibility of additional confidence-building measures.

At the two-day meeting, measures were discussed to maintain peace and tranquility along the Line of Actual Control against the backdrop of concerns here over recent spurt in incursions by Chinese People Liberation Army.

"The talks were held in a constructive and forward-looking atmosphere," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said at the conclusion of the third round of meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs.

"The two delegations reviewed recent developments in the India-China border areas with the objective of enhancing peace and tranquility between the two countries," he said.

Sources, however, said the Indian side raised the issue of recent incursions by PLA troops in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir.

There has been a spate of incursions by Chinese troops in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir, with five such incidents witnessed within a period of 11 days from July 12.

The two sides "discussed additional confidence building measures between the two sides. They also consulted on measures to improve the functioning of the Working Mechanism and make it more efficient," Akbaruddin said.

This was the first meeting on border mechanism since the three-week standoff in April at Depsang Valley in Ladakh. The Indian delegation was led by Gautam Bambawale, Joint Secretary (East Asia) and comprised representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defence and Home Affairs as well as members of the Indian Army and the Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

The Chinese delegation was led by Ouyang Yujing, Director General, Department of Boundary and Oceanic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and included representatives of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and National Defence of the People's Republic of China.

The two sides also discussed possibility of additional route to Kailash Mansarover, a pilgrimage place which falls in Chinese territory. The traditional route via Uttarakhand was affected by recent floods. PTI



Trainers’ training under NSSP begins

TEZU, Jul 24: The three days training of trainers under National School Safety Programme (NSSP) being organized jointly by Lohit District Disaster Management Agency and Department of Education began here today in the Deputy Commissioner’s Conference Hall.

Addressing  the inaugural function of the programme, Chairman DDMA R K Sharma said that disaster is a serious challenge to everyone but many of us are unprepared and unaware of disaster and its safety measures. He emphasized on all the trainers to be attentive and clear all the doubts relating to training so that the trainers may not face any problem in conducting training at various blocks in the district.

He also suggested that in the first phase of training 500 teachers will be trained under this programme and subsequently rest of teachers of the district will be trained in phase manner.

Altogether 297 schools are running in the district including central and private schools.

Therefore formulation of school safety disaster management plan is the need of the hour to safe our children and teaching staff from any disaster, he said.

Adding that all the new school buildings need to be constructed in safe places considering disaster nature of the area, the DC appealed DDSE Tezu to implement the NSS programme in all the schools of the district.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Commissioner sought co-ordination and cooperation from all the participants.

S P Kuruvilla, the Superintendent of Police also emphasized on mock drills and awareness programme on earthquake, fire etc. in the schools.  He also suggested in executing the project at grass root level through schools.

DDSE, Tezu assured that he will personally co-ordinate and ensure the implementation of project in all the schools in the district. To achieve the main motto of NSSP - “a safe learning environment in all the schools of the district”, he asked all the trainers to be punctual and attentive in training to enlighten their knowledge regarding disaster and its related activities.

DDMO Tezu, Damchin Norbu also spoke on the occasion.

Further he informed the house that 7 Masters Trainers have undergone national level training under NSSP including two Engineers. These Master Trainers will train 15 trainers on NSSP in next three days to impart training at block level for 500 Teachers in the district. DIPRO



DoA organizes demonstration on MNRP under NFSM

PASIGHAT, Jul 24: Pasighat Agriculture department has organized demonstration on ‘Mat Nursery Raising of Paddy’ under National Food Security Mission (NFSM) at the APMC complex to create awareness on new methodology of paddy transplantation using hi-tech machine for the first time in the district.

Resource persons Miram Perme and Naking Nonang, both ADOs of the department imparted the demonstration cum training program and reportedly more than forty paddy growers actively participated.

East Siang DAO Ojong Yomso while addressing the progressive farmers informed that for manual cultivation they require 25-30 kilograms of seeds for an acre but the latest methodology needs only 8-10 KGs. Moreover, transplantation machine is easy to operate in the field as the machine moves, seedlings will be planted automatically by giving appropriate and uniform space and depths. It is not only a cost effective technology but also a transformer of high yielding paddy cultivation. He further claimed the machine and the modern techniques have the abilities to transplant about three acres in a day reducing input costs.

East Siang ZPC Kaling Dai who was also invited on the occasion said it will be a boon to the agriculturists, who often encounter the problem of acute labour shortage.  DIPRO



Student leaders surrender before police & released

DASU stage protest dharna against ‘false allegation’

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Dibang Adi Students Union (DASU) President Nun Pertin, and Tom Gamno today voluntarily surrendered before the Police station Roing after some officials of Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd. lodged “false complaint/allegation” against the duo at Roing Police station recently. However, Pertin and Gamno were released later, according to DASU release.

Terming the FIR report/ allegation as false, 300 hundred student volunteers protest at police station and outside of Deputy Commissioner Office, Roing to seek justice for Pertin and Gamno. The mob while strongly opposing the officials of Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd for alleging false allegation against the DASU said that DASU is not against the Dibang Bridge Project and its extend its full support for the construction of the said bridge. The mob demanded that conspirator against DASU should be immediately terminated from the post he/she is holding in company.

Meanwhile, DASU President Nun Pertin addressing the mob advised them that they should not indulge in any unlawful activities.  “We already have been unnecessarily alleged by some individuals who are trying to destroy our image and reputation before the society. We are not against the Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd, Dibang bridge Project but we are against the conspirator who is providing misleading information against us to Navayuga Head office, Hyderabad (Andhra Pradesh).” he said while revealing its support to the company from the beginning.

Tom Gamno said that baseless allegations are levelled against them.   Despite of no fault committed by them, they had surrendered before the police as law abiding people and   as they want  development for local people.  He also reiterated their support for the construction of bridge, which is long felt dream of local people.

The Lower Dibang Valley District Students' Union, General Secretary Getom Libang  said the gathering that despite wrong allegation our leaders have voluntarily surrendered themselves, which is itself an ample example  of innocence. He said the wrong persons should be punished as per law.



PPAYO felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Jul 24: Parsi Parlo Area Youth Organization (PPAYO) has felicitated 10 meritorious students of Parsi Parlo area under Kurung Kumey district, who have excelled in CBSE Class X and XII examinations-2013, in an impressive function here today.

Those felicitated on the occasion were, Gichik Teresa, Cl. XII (83.6%, Hum.), Dongche Bapu, Cl.XII (78.6%, Sc), Dongche Peter, Cl. XII (60.6%, Hum), Gungmin Sangha, Cl. X (96%), Dare Richo, Cl. X (90%), Lokam Loram, Cl. X (62%), Gichik Bai, Cl. X (78%), Ha Yata, Cl. X (78%), Kamdek Doji, Cl.X (74%), Huha Takar, Cl X (72%). They were presented certificates and cash awards.

Delivering few words of advises to the students on the occasion, Damin Block Development Officer (BDO) Lokam Kani advised them to maintain discipline, respect teachers and study hard to achieve the desired goal in life. He also asked them to develop the time management skill to control their busy schedule.

In his brief speech, Arunachal Karate Association general secretary L Marik encouraged the students to take up sports seriously along with their academic studies. Highlighting the various govt. job opportunities extended to meritorious sportspersons in Arunachal Pradesh, Marik informed that many meritorious sportspersons have already been absorbed in various government departments, including police.

Other speakers on the occasion, appealed to the parents and guardians to take proper care of their child’s education and strictly monitor their day to day activities.

Earlier, PPAYO president Gichik Tang said that the main objective of the program was to encourage the students to strive for higher academic excellence and become a worthy citizen of the society and the country as well.

Last year, PPAYO had felicitated nine toppers and achievers, including three sportspersons.

Regularize all NRHM staffs

Dear Editor,

With humble respect, we would like to inform you that we the contractual staff nurse under NRHM has completed four years of service. As per our knowledge and human resource expert, it is impossible to implement any programme without satisfaction of human resource. But now all the NRHM employees are under paid and besides the price rise are also making it worse for us to survive with family. The position of NRHM employees in Arunachal Pradesh is very pathetic, even then these employees are working with full dedication. The state govt. is not giving any relief to them in any manner e.g. regularization or increment to their salary. Presently the salary paid by different states is very less and not uniform. For example state govt. in Assam and Meghalaya are paying NRHM staffs salary for Medical officers- Rs.37, 680, District Programme Manager- Rs.36, 400, Staffs nurse- Rs.17, 415, Lab. Technician- Rs.12, 900, Estt. Clerk / LDC- Rs.12, 920, and Account clerk- Rs.12, 920. Hence, we request the Hon’ble Minister Health and Family to regularize all NRHM staffs with suitable salary according to the nature of work and posting place for effective implementation of the programme. We hope our state govt. will do the needful as early as possible.


A. Dakp, S. Devi

N. Maya


Rina Kago

(Nrhm staff nurse contract)



Hats off to new EKSWCO team

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to express my gratitude towards the new team of East Kameng Social Welfare And Cultural Organisation (Ekswco). Since EKSWCO is the oldest organization of East Kameng District and great personalities of East Kameng district like Late Dera Natung, former minister and pioneer of the Modern Arunachal, Rachob Taba, Registrar Rajiv Gandhi University and Late Nisham Sonam first APCS from East Kameng were all once the Executive member of EKSWCO in their time. And the height of dignity of the organisation has reached upto this level that every citizens of the district expects EKSWCO to play the role of watch dog in every developmental activity and social issues of the district. Being the youth and future of the district we also expect some inspirational and milestone work from the EKSWCO. But EKSWCO seemed to be at deep sleep and was only making headlines for land encroachment of government quarters at the GOSSIPING TIMES OF SEPPA for almost a decade. But the new team of EKSWCO under dynamic leadership of Dr. Tachi Taku, Chairman and Er. Pai Dawe, AGS are giving us some rays of hope. This new team since taking over their responsibilities are taking up many social issues and developmental activities for the welfare of the people of East Kameng in very short period like (1) Requested Arunachal Trans-Highway department to first complete Seppa to Sagalee road in place of Nechipu to Seppa road so that it can be used as alternative. (2)Initiated and succeed for solving famous Panchayat Election related problems of Sawa Zilla Parishad block with the help of Nyishi Elite Society. (3)Initiating to ban all kinds of student politics at every schools of East Kameng District. (4) Conducted mass social service at Seppa to Bana road as a mark of respect to our beloved pioneer Late Dera Natung on his birth day anniversary.(5)Taking up the problems of shortage of teachers in every schools of East Kameng District with the State government. So I on behalf of all the members of Kra-Dadii Club give my heartiest thanks and express highest regard to the new team of EKSWCO for taking up all the social issues and developmental activities for the people of East Kameng District and also for inspiring our young generation through your noble works.


Jaida Singhi

Founder member,

Kra-Dadii Club



Call Letters without photo identity creates apprehension

Dear Editor,

It is a matter of serious concern for many of the aspirants for upcoming Assistant Engineer (Civil) examination to be conducted by APPSC on 10th and 11th August that the call letters have been issued without photo identity which is shocking. This has created an apprehension and some kind of fixing can’t be ruled out. There is a chance of hired fake candidate attending the written examination in place of actual candidates. A necessary rectification has to be done by issuing fresh call letters with proper photo identity in order to avoid future complicacies that may like to arise. We further hope that the Highest Recruiting Body of the state will conduct the examination which is knocking the door with free and fair means as usual. There must be strict vigil from the every angle for successful conduction of the examination so that the integrity of the commission is maintained.


Nabam Simon

(Former President APPDSU)

Nabam Akin Hina




Don’t drag us

Dear Editor,

I want to clarify regarding the article published in your esteemed daily on 22nd July 2013 by one Mr Obit Tamuk by particularly taking my name in the teachers transfer case. I hereby declare that I have not given my consent and I was totally kept in dark regarding that publication. The article was written without my knowledge and I do refrain from such kind of acts. It is my sincere request to Mr Obit Tamuk (and to all such political party workers) not to drag my name or such other names for your vested interest in political game which ultimately hamper an innocent persons image and integrity. Since I am a government employee and I do not have any involvement in such political activities.


Otem Dai

Mirku village





Release SPA fund

Dear Editor,

The All Nyishi Youth Association ANYA AGS (Protocol) makes an appeal to chief minister to give direction to the concern planning commissioner to release pending SPA as soon as possible to bring healthy sound governance and for the welfare of the mass public.


Tai Nonang

AGS (Protocol), ANYA


Poverty declines

Odisha and Bihar have once again topped India's poverty list-this time for all the right reasons. The percentage of abjectly poor people in these two states has declined faster than in any other between 2004-05 and 2011-12. Despite this, however, in a measure of how poorly off they were earlier, the proportion of the poor in these states remains well above the national average.

In Odisha, the proportion of people below the poverty line (BPL) fell by 24.6 per cent, from 57.2 per cent in 2004-05 to 32.6 per cent in 2011-12. In Bihar, which logged the fastest growth rate during the 11th five-year plan (2007-12), poverty fell by an estimated 20.7 per cent to 33.7 per cent in 2011-12, compared to 54.4 per cent in 2004-05. The national BPL average is 21.9 per cent, translating into nearly 270 million people.

The government has set the bar low, defining anyone earning Rs 27.20 or less in rural areas as BPL, while those earning up to Rs 33.30 a day in urban areas are classified as poor, though these benchmarks vary from state to state. Despite improvements, the Bimaru states still remain home to the maximum number of poor people. Nearly 60 million people in Uttar Pradesh or just under 30% of its population are abjectly poor while with 36 million and 23 million Bihar and MP are not all that far behind.

Among the Bimaru states, only Rajasthan has managed to do better than the national average with the share of BPL in its population estimated at 14.7% in 2011-12, compared to 34.4% in 2004-05. In fact, the state has outperformed even Gujarat. Often cited as a model of good governance, rapid growth and robust infrastructure, the Modi citadel has 16.6% people living below the poverty line.

Poverty declined by 17 in rural areas as compared to 12 per cent in urban areas. On an all-India basis, there were 217 million poor in rural areas and 53 million in urban areas in 2011-12, as against 326 million and 81 million, respectively, in 2004-05.


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