ITANAGAR, July 2: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju will be arriving
here on July 4 on a two days visit. This will be his maiden visit to state after
being appointed as union minister.
Apart from his official programs, Rijiju is expected to attend a series of meetings
with the political leaders, NGOs, student organizations, academicians, intellectuals
and social workers during his two days visit, informed state BJP spokesperson Techi
He will also inaugurate the Computer Education Centre (CEC) for imparting basic computer
education to the students at Abo-Tani Vidya Niketan Secondary School, Pachin Colony,
Naharlagun on June 5.
Monigong cut off
AALO, July 2: The Monigong Circle of West Siang District is reportedly cut off and
Monigong Hydel Power was also washed away due to erosions and landslide triggered
by heavy rainfall in the last few days.
The EAC Monigong has sought immediate relief materials to cope with the situation.
Appeal to withdraw bandh
ITANAGAR, July 2: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal today appealed to the All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to withdraw its proposed 36-hour state-wide bandh
call from 9th July 2014. Bandh call is not a solution to their charter of demands,
Seva Dal said adding the union should find democratic way to resolve the deadlock.
Congress Dal also stated that the bandh hampers the developmental activities in the
state. “AAPSU instead of going for bandh should focus on development of school infrastructures
and shortage of teachers in the remote areas” added Seva Dal.
PPA reiterates demands, resolves to strengthen party
ITANAGAR, July 2: Expressing satisfaction over the performance of the party in the
last Parliamentary and Assembly elections in the state, the People’s Party of Arunachal
(PPA) today decided to work more rigorously and cohesively for further improvement
of its performance in future.
While reviewing the performance of the party in the elections, the PPA in its executive
body meeting held in the party office also re-iterated its charter of demands like
White Paper on financial status, hydro power, mines & minerals and privatization
of higher education. It urged the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led new Congress government
to fulfill its demands at the earliest.
Meanwhile, the meeting unanimously resolved that the depiction of Arunachal Pradesh
as the part of Chinese territory by the Chinese cartographers is misleading and extremely
unfortunate. It demanded the Central Government to take up the matter with the Chinese
authority with utmost sincerely and seriousness.
School admission fees refunded after APATCYO’s intervention
ITANAGAR, July 2: The school authority of government higher secondary school Kankar
Nallah Naharlagun has refunded the admission fees taken from the students after the
intervention of Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Youth Clan Organization (APATCYO), a release
claimed. The organization has been pressing the authority not to charge admission
fee from the students as per RTE Act 2009 which advocated for free and compulsory
education to children. APATCYO has been demanding for the proper implementation of
RTE Act 2009, proper distribution of books and mid-day meal to children, appointment
of adequate numbers of school staffs and refund of admission fees taken from the
students. Earlier students had boycotted the schools under the banner of the organization
demanding early reddressal of its demands.
Truck union supports chaka bandh, demands re-arrest of accused
ITANAGAR, July 2: All Lower Subansiri & Kurung Kumey District Truck Union yesterday
expressed solidarity to Truck Driver Union of North Lakhimpur District, Assam in
its indefinite Chaka bandh of truckers while registering protest against granting
of bail to an accused who had allegedly attacked drivers of trucks (registration
Nos. AS-18A-2113 and AS-19C-0062 and AR-06-5671) recently. The union of both the
districts urged the police authority to re-arrest the accused who was involved in
physical assault and looting of money and mobiles from the truck drivers. A case
no.17/2014 U/S-392/34 IPC had been registered with police station Yazali in this
regard, a release said.
‘Deport ILP defaulters’
ITANGAR, July 2: All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union (AUSDSU) has alleged
police deployed to man Likabali check gate of charging high amounts from non-Arunachalees
against issuance of temporary inner line permit (ILP).
While condemning the alleged act, AUSDSU demanded the administration to stop the
practice of issuing temporary ILP to non-Arunachalees.
The Upper Subansiri district administration responding to a representation of the
union started ILP checking. The administration, instead of deporting ILP defaulters
from the district, has been issuing temporary ILP, the students union alleged. AUSDSU
demanded the authority to deport all ILP defaulters from district failing which the
union threatened to launch democratic movement.
Subject teacher sought
ITANAGAR, July 2: Claiming that government secondary school Nacho and government
higher secondary school Kodak in Upper Subansiri district are on verge of defunct
due to shortage of teachers, Orphan Trust Society sought for subject teachers in
both schools for smooth functioning. In a letter addressed to the Director School
Education, the society claimed that students who have passed Class VIII and X standards
of the said schools are running around for admission in Daporijo. It requested the
director to take serious note of the plight of said schools.
ITANAGAR, July 2: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers (Electrical) (UAEA) today
strongly opposed the recently conducted junior engineer written examination under
Power Department claiming that it had violated the recruitment rules and the High
Court Order dated 24th May 2012. In its memorandum submitted to the superintendent
engineer (Co-ord), the union argued that written examination result should be within
1:3 ratio. Citing the high court order it said that after advertisement of vacant
posts, if any vacancy comes later, the department should go for fresh recruitment
Awareness campaign on medicinal plant held
ITANAGAR, July 2: Arunachal Pradesh Rural and Urban Development Society conducted
two days awareness camp on medicinal plants at Langthloth village of Nyapin circle
in Kurung Kumey district recently. In two days awareness campaign importance of nurturing
seeds and planting sapling were taught to the villagers.
No communication network in Upper Siang
ITANAGAR, July 2: Upper Siang district has reportedly been cut off from communication
networks like NIC internet linking system and BSNL broad band since last Monday.
The district information cell was relying on V-Sat satellite, however due to dysfunctional
of V sat; the district may be out of communication till the current V-Sat is repaired.
Beauty contestants visit hospital
ZIRO, July 2: All the 15 contestants of 3rd Miss Apatani beauty contest headed by
their choreographer Vyang Yirang, former Miss Arunachal 2009 have visited district
hospital today where they distributed fruits and other eatable items to the indoor
The beauty contest is organized by the Central Dree Festival Committee (CDFC), Ziro.
The contesting team while distributing the edible items interacted with the patients
as well as medical staffs. Dr. Kime Horming, Medical Superintendent appreciating
CDFC for bringing beauty contestants to the hospital and wished them all the success
in their line of interest.
Hage Dolo, Secretary, CDFC who was also accompanied the team in the visit, appreciated
cultural department of CDFC for initiating yeomen service towards needy people which
will instill social responsibility to the contestants.
BJP Mandal office inaugurated
ZIRO, June 02: The BJP Mandal Office of 17th Ziro-Hapoli Assembly constituency was
inaugurated today near ITBP camp by local MLA Tage Taki in present of BJP workers.
MLA in his inaugural speech said that opening of the Mandal office will help people
to access and share the ideology of BJP. He exhorted the party workers to work sincerely
to make the party more stronger. He also urged the workers to make the Ziro-Hapoli
Mandal BJP as one of the most popular and strongest team in the state.
Earlier, Mandal President, John Tadu Lailyang highlighted on the role of Mandal as
well as objectives of office. Tapi Tam, Mandal, Secretary (Admn.) submitted a memorandum
to the MLA. Among others Nada Laji, BJP State Convener, Security & Intellectual Cell,
Nani Oppo, vice president, state unit BJYM and Kuru Tai, president, district BJP
Green ministry is no more a roadblock: Prakash Javadekar
NEW DELHI, July 2: Timelines for environmental and forest clearances are being brought
down and processes made transparent, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said
today seeking to exorcise the image of "roadblock" his ministry had gained during
the previous UPA government.
But the new minister does not want to indulge in any blame nor his ministry has the
exact financial estimate of the loss or the worth of the projects which were kept
pending for clearance during the UPA government.
Javadekar suggested that the approach of his predecessors in the ministry had caused
a "loss of face" to the nation as it was seen as "speedbraker" to development and
foreign investors had started leaving the country.
He told PTI that he has inherited thousands of pending files as legacy from the previous
UPA government and the monetary damage it caused is "innumerable".
Promising to speed up the green clearances processes, he said, "decisions are in,
delays are out".
Talking about the steps already initiated, Javadekar said, "we will bring down the
timeline. For environment clearance, two months we have already decided. For forest
clearnace also at that stage. There are two stages. ToR and final clearance.
"But we are setting timelines and there was a huge process of 200 days which also
we can bring down. For every industry it is different but we will shorten the process
without compromising quality. But by simplifying processes we can do in a shorter
span of time," Javadekar said.
"...I got a legacy in which the environment ministry was perceived as a roadblock
ministry...a speed breaker to the growth. Therefore after assuming charge I assured
the people that we believe and our firm conviction is that both environment protection
and growth can go hand in hand.
"My slogan is development without destruction. We care for mother earth. We care
for nature. But we want development also. They are not foes they are friends," he
Asked about alleged irregularities under his predecessors, the Minister said he will
do "due deligence" after some time but his first priority was to "deliver".
"It is innumerable," Javadekar said when asked any estimate in crores as to how much
the country lost due to delays in environmental projects.
The Minister said he was prioritizing defence and public welfare projects like national
highways, railways, ports, roads, airports and linear transmission for clearance.
Centre assures support to open model schools in backward blocks
ITANAGAR, July 2: Secretary, School and Literacy, MHRD R Bhattacharjee has said that
Centre will provide all support for setting up of model schools in educationally
backward blocks of Arunachal Pradesh.
Bhattacharjee gave this assurance to State Education Minister Tapang Taloh when the
latter called on him at Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi.
Bhattacharjee suggested Taloh for timely submission of proposals on teacher education,
scholarships and model schools besides submission of utilization certificates to
absorb more fund from central government. He also advised Taloh to place sincere
people in position to avail more fund under the statuary provision of RTE and accepted
the invitation of Taloh to visit Arunachal Pradesh.
Earlier, Taloh appraised the Secretary about the educational scenario of the state.
Taloh was accompanied by Secretary, Education RK Mishra and Education OSD D K Chaturvedi,
according to an official release.
Minimize bandh culture, adopt the path of negotiation: CoSAAP
ITANAGAR, July 2: The Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh
(CoSAAP) has appealed to various organizations of the state to minimize the bandh
culture saying bandhs only bring sufferings in all form to common people, especially
the poor and the patients. The organizations should adopt the practice of negotiations
and open discussion which is the appropriate method to solve any differences or to
redress any grievances, the CoSAAP observed in its central executive committee meeting
held here with its president N. L. Togu on the Chair today.
It also urged the State Govt. to provide adequate securities to the Govt. employees
during bandh calls and issue proper instructions before one or two days of proposed
bandh, otherwise, ‘employees tend to remain back home due to security reasons.’
While appreciating the AAPSU’s concern for release of salaries of Govt. employees,
CoSAAP clarified that employees are getting their monthly salaries on regular basis.
“CoSAAP doesn’t authorize any organization to raise their issues with Govt. Representatives
of CoSAAP are constantly taking up their grievances with the Govt., the recent ones
being with CM on June 18 and Home Minister on July 1. Therefore, CoSAAP appealed
the Apex Student organization not to mix up students’ grievances with that of the
employees. Even if they do, prior discussion or opinion should be obtained.”
On the AAPSU’s demand for termination of service of SDPO Bomge Kamduk, CoSAAP said
that the officer was on bonafied uniformed Law & Order duty and the incident happened
was inside the P S Itanagar and as such, question of dereliction of duties and termination
of service doesn’t arise. The officer has only rendered his normal duty, it said.
CoSAAP further opined that issues regarding posting of DDSE-cum-DPO in the districts
also fall under the ambit of its activities. “However, points are raised pertaining
to the posting of juniors in the administrative posts in education department which
humiliates the senior. It is genuine demand for both employees and students. Therefore,
this issue has been discussed with concerned department for streamlining the administrative
setup on seniority and fit basis which the education department is taking up seriously
under the dynamic leadership of Education Minister Tapang Taloh and parliamentary
secretary education Bamang Felix.”
While discussing other important issues, the Apex Employees Organization sincerely
requested the concerned heads of departments to monitor the public utility delivery
systems regularly and constantly to reach out to the common man’s requirement.
Nation-wide tour against casteism
‘Caste Away Bharat Yatra’ reaches Itanagar
ITANAGAR, July 2: In a bid to create awareness and get caste-system eradicated in
India, Dubai-based lawyer and activist K K Sarachandra Bose on Wednesday reached
state capital Itanagar as part of his nation-wide campaign ‘Caste Away Bharat Yatra’
against casteism. Flagged off from Thiruvanantha-puram, the capital of Kerala, on
June 9 last the 40 days Yatra reportedly covered around 20 states so far.
Addressing the media persons at a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today,
Bose, 62, who has served a mandatory notice on the central government in Delhi to
eradicate the social classification method by the end of this year, informed that
his journey would take about 40 days covering a total distance of 14,000 km before
culminating in New Delhi on July 18.
Accompanied with his 34 volunteers, he has been addressing people and also freely
distributing copies of his book titled, ‘Caste Away! India, Hinduism & Untouchability’.
“I have been receiving an overwhelming response from all sections of the society,
including the media,” said Bose, who been practicing law in the Gulf for three-and-a-half
decades and is a member of the International Bar Association.
He further informed that he is distributing 10,000 free copies of his book that has
been completed after research of 40 years. “I have handed it over to the President
of India, the Prime Minister, Members of Parliament, besides Chief Ministers, Legislators,
Judges of the Supreme Court as well as Several High Courts,” Bose told media-persons
adding this book is not just a publication but a request to the Government of India
for Constitutional Reform to eradicate the caste system from the country - by or
before 31 December 2014.
Regarding caste system in the country, Bose says that caste system is around 300
years and became a biggest curse in the Indian society and it must be eradicated
at any cost.
“Earlier only class existed but with the entry of British in India the caste system
became prominent and later inclusion of caste system while framing constitution made
the situation worst,” he said adding he was doing a penance through his ‘40 days
Bharat Yatra’ to make the people understand its ill effect.
He appealed every Arunachalee to join hand to the cause by morally supporting the
40 days Bharat Yatra. “Everyone should come forward to eradicate this social curse”,
he opined adding every human being irrespective of caste, creed, religion etc should
be treated equally.
When queried about the expenses and sponsorship of his trip, he said that the expenses
of his road trip were completely self-sponsored.
"I do not depend on any organisation or political party; though I am happy many among
them are supporting my cause. I bank on my own conviction and - more importantly
- the book," he said. He further informed that his next destination is Nagaland and
all the northeastern states.
MLA expresses dissatisfaction over poor quality of work under RAMSA, SSA
TEZU, July 2: “The new building got early leakages and windows and doors are below
the quality, these kinds of sub-standard works of the contractor shows manipulation
and have no right to claim for bills until the contractor ensured quality and complete
the building ensuring proper guidelines and specification”, said local legislator
Dr. Mohesh Chai during his sudden inspection to those newly upgraded school class
rooms under Rashtriya Madhyamik School Abhiyan (RAMSA) and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan
(SSA) of the area.
Expressing his discontentment over the poor quality of work, the MLA said that “Education
being the backbone of a society, there would be ‘0’ tolerance against any sorts of
loophole or misappropriation in the implementation of education policy in entire
Tezu and Sunpura area.
MLA after inspecting and monitoring Telluliang School expressed regret over the
poor qualities of toilet and drinking water tank for both student and teacher where
he found apparent missing of basic engineering concept. The authority must adhere
to the laid down guidelines and norms to ensure qualitative work, he added.
Hage Vevian, Headmaster in -charge Govt. Secondary School Telluliang said the newly
ungraded four class rooms under RAMSA got roof leakage but after complaint it was
Further, the MLA at New Foundland School refutes over the delayed in executing of
school building under SSA which was sanctioned on 2012 – 13 financial year. The Primary
School has also failed to facilitate ever necessary furniture to the student of Class
– I where student are found setting on the floor. The MLA urges the DDSE to do the
needful at the earliest.
Meanwhile, MLA inspected the oldest Govt. Hr Secondary School Tezu, where newly incomplete
classroom get underway.
He expressed satisfaction and requested for the early completion of the building
to adjust overpopulated wards. The MLA was also positive for replacing of dilapidated
boys hostel with new hostel building having proper security wall and further ensured
to renovate Girl’s hostel including Toilet from MLA LAD Funds.
The MLA was accompanied by B Siram DDSE, Amih Lego Principal Govt. Hr. Secondary
School, Vice Principal, Agramso Kri Coordinator RAMSA and other officials from SSA.
Capital Complex hold Tagung Neri SC to 2-2 draw
ITANAGAR, Jul 02: Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) came from behind twice to
secure a 2-2 draw against Tagung Neri Sporting Club (TNSC) in a crucial group level
match in the first Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament today.
The match began on an attacking note with both the teams creating equal scoring opportunities.
Tagung Neri SC took the lead in 33rd minute when captain Ganga Rimo scored a free
kick from just outside of the penalty box. However, the lead proved short-lived as
Capital Complex would answer within six minutes as Rakesh Sinha headed in Tadar Kojum’s
free kick to restore parity.
The score remained 1-1 at half time.
Tagung Neri SC started the second half on aggressive note as the team was in desperate
need of a win. Tagung Neri SC regained the lead for a second time when Meochi Effa
scored in 50th minute. But luck did not favor the team as the referee awarded a penalty
kick in favor of Capital Complex in 67th minute. Tatung Tadu converted the spot kick
not only to restore parity but also to deny Tagung Neri SC a much needed win.
ITBP, Kimin were held to a 1-1 draw by FC Doimukh in the second match of the day
Gumli Riba and Takio Agung were the scorers for ITBP and FC Doimukh respectively.
Both the goals were scored in the first half.
Gora Makik SC vs Bamang Taji FC [1.45 pm]
Todo United FC vs McMohan FC [3.30 pm]
Parl. Secy. lauds medal winning karate players
ITANAGAR, July 2: All the five karate players of Arunachal Pradesh, who represented
India at South Asian Karate Championship at Delhi recently and won six medals, called
on Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya in his office chamber,
Chimpu near here today afternoon on invitation.
Saaya interacted with the players and expressed immense happiness over their stupendous
performance in the championship. Saaya asked the officers of his department to do
the needful for providing them with incentives as per government norms.
The players, who called on the parliamentary secretary, were Sinne Mikhu, Likha Lej,
Raja Yangfo, Bamang Yakum and Yapung Sonam.
Sinne, Lej, Raja and Yakum bagged one gold medal each while Yapung won a Silver.
Sinne also bagged a bronze in Individual Kumite.
Being informed about selection of all the gold medal winning players for Asian Karate
Championship to be held in Malaysia in August next, Saaya assured to extend them
financial assistance from the government side for the trip.
The newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary also said that he will try his level
best for further development of the games and sports in the state.
The players were accompanied by Arunachal Karate Do Association vice president Yarda
Niki, general secretary L Marik, joint secretary Charu Tatung. Arunachal Olympic
Association secretary general G Doke was also present on the occasion.
APDA organizes blood donation camp to mark Doctors’ Day
ITANAGAR, July 2: The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) observed Doctors’
Day in befitting manner by organizing voluntary blood donation camp at Arunachal
State Hospital, Naharlagun yesterday.
The members of the association in continuation of its philanthropic and humanitarian
services led the blood donation event at Naharlagun and Pasighat. Many voluntary
donors from different walks of life donated blood on the occasion.
The APDA since its inception has been engaged in humanitarian services such as holding
outreach camps in remote areas, responding to call at the time of crisis like epidemics
or natural disaster etc.
The camp was inaugurated by Director of Health Service Dr. K Nishing followed by
distribution of fruits to the indoor patients of ASH.
RKM Hospital also organized a blood donation camp to mark the National Doctors' Day.
Doctors from various hospitals and paramedical staff donated blood.
Speaking at the academic session, Swami Brahmeshanandaji Maharaj from Benares Ramakrishna
Math, who himself is a MD, exhorted the doctors to serve the society selflessly.
Doctors from Heema Hospital, Niba Hospital and ASH, Naharlagun participated in the
seminar cum interactive academic session that highlighted management of heart failure,
tuberous sclerosis and diabetes in pregnancy and hazards of blood transfusion. Emphasis
was also given to encourage the doctors to spread the awareness of voluntary blood
donation and ensure safe transfusion.
MLA flags off APST bus service, visits defunct circle office
DAPORIJO, July 2: Dumporijo MLA Paknga Bage yesterday flagged off the newly introduced
Baririjo-Daporijo daily bus service of the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport in an
impressive function at Barirjo yesterday. Panchayat leaders, Govt officials including
APST staff and general public attended the function.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Paknga Bage has appealed to the public to cooperate
with transport authority for smooth running of the daily bus service for the benefit
of the villagers specially the students community. The credit of introducing the
new bus service in the area should be given to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Parliamentary
secretary Transport Jomde Kena who did their best for introduction of the bus service,
Meanwhile, MLA Paknga Bage visited secondary school, Baririjo and expressed deep
concern over the dilapidated condition of the school. He also visited the defunct
office of the Circle Officer and administrative centre of Maro.
Expressing deep shock over the fact that the Govt. properties have been deserted
for many years without posting of any govt. staff including Circle Officer, he directed
the authority concern to take steps for proper use of Govt properties and make it
function. The MLA also appealed the people to extend cooperation to start administrative
activities without delay.
“The district administration was informed many a times about the unwillingness of
the circle officer and staff to perform their duty from their posting place at Maro.
They never come to their administrative centre and stay at Daporijo (merely 45 km
from Maro). Poor villagers have to visit Daporijo just for a signature of the Circle
Officer,” one of the prominent villagers informed the MLA.
MLA calls for early completion of Dibang bridge
ROING, July 2: The Parliamentary Secretary for Water Resource Department cum Dambuk
MLA Gum Tayeng visited the under construction 5.2 Km Dibang river bridge project
Tayeng met the Deputy General Manager, Engineers and PRO of the Navayuga Engineering
Company Ltd, Dibang Bridge Project at the site and expressed happiness over the work
progress. She urged the company to complete the bridge within the specific time saying
that this particular bridge is of a paramount importance as it will solve the communication
problem of Dambuk Sub-Division to a great extent. The bridge will also provide all
weather connectivity between Dambuk ADC Headquarter to the district headquarter,
Roing which remains cut off for 6-8 months of the year during rainy seasons and would
also serve as a conduit for development in the area, she further expressed.
Deputy General Manager of the Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd, Dibang Bridge Project
apprised the visiting dignitaries that efforts are on to complete the bridge on
slated time, that is by December 15, 2015. He informed that the company has made
tangible progress during the last winter season but due to pre-monsoon rainfalls
and increased of river water, the progress is bit slower in this season though the
work is progressing.
The Parliamentary Secretary was accompanied by Toni Pertin, Senior Advocate cum General
Secretary, North East Congress Coordination Committee, senior Public Leaders, Makpel
Pertin, Deke Pertin among others. DIPRO
District Disaster Management Authority reaches out to schools
TEZU, July 2: District Disaster Management Officer cum Master Trainer National School
Safety Awareness Programme headed by D. Norbu has been conducting School Safety Awareness
Programme, Mock drill, and Rapid Visual Survey in all Schools under Lohit District
from June 30 last. The programme is being conducted under NSSP in collaboration
with School authorities.
The team including DDMO, Political Assistant Jogin Tamai, RWD Surveyor R.K.Pandey
and BEO (DDSE Office) began its awareness on RVS and mock drill from Tezu - Sunpura
Block from June 30 last.
School safety pamphlets, posters, and calendars were distributed in all the schools
covered so far. School first aid kits under NSSP were also handed over to the school
The team highlighted on basic hazards like poor drinking water facility in schools,
poor construction of new school buildings, poor electrification in classrooms, lack
of proper fencing and boundary walls etc. The problems were taken up on safety and
security ground for the students.
The team expressed their satisfaction over the conduct of awareness programmes on
disaster situation like earthquake, flood, fire accident in the schools. They however
suggested the school authorities to make "disaster awareness" a regular activity
in the schools. DIPRO
EDC urged to shoulder responsibilities
PASIGHAT, July 2: To make wildlife conservation measures more effective in and around
D’Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWLS), the wildlife officials of the district on Monday
sat in a joint meeting with the members of State Wildlife Board, Ecological Biodiversity
Conservation Society (EBCS) and Eco Development Committees (EDCs).
Explaining the objectives of the meeting, of EBCS chairman John Apum explained the
role of the EDC members and local in the protection of wildlife in their respective
Stating that the EDC members are stakeholder of the wildlife sanctuary, he urged
them to render dedicated service for promotion of DEWLS as tourist spot so that eco
tourism project can be implemented in the fringe areas.
Informing that the government is all set to implement various eco tourism projects
in the protected areas, the Divisional Forest Officer (WL) suggested the EDC members
to place need base scheme through due consultation with the department. The DFO informed
that he has placed various schemes such as agriculture land development, irrigation,
drinking water supply, construction of school building and community hall besides
development of orchards, medicinal garden and animal faming schemes, but these are
yet to be approved by the authority.
The DFO urged the EDC members to keep close vigil on suspected movement of fishermen
within the WLS and report it to the authority. Referring to a recent case of illegal
trespassing in the sanctuary, the DFO informed that legal steps has been intimated
against eight members of a local NGO, who had committed the offence in the name of
searching for a buffalo carcass inside the sanctuary.
The Eco Development Committee (EDC) in the Wildlife Division has been constituted
as per central government guidelines. More than 3000 members including the Gaon Burahs,
PRI members and nature lovers from 23 fringe villages of DEWLS are included in the
committee. As per government guideline, EDC chairman should be selected from the
public, while concerning Range Officer/s (WL) is member secretary of the committee.
Disaster management plan for West Siang reviewed
AALO July 2: The Disaster Management Plan in West Siang has been intensified in the
Review Meeting held under the chairmanship of West Siang District Deputy Commissioner
In-charge Ravi Dhawan at Conference Hall of DC Office today.
The meeting was attended among others by Commandant Army, BRTF, ITBP and HODs of
Presiding over the meeting, Dhawan urged all HODs to give the list of manpower, equipments
and vehicles under their possession to utilize them in any crisis situation. He said
that since many of the local officers have been serving in the district for a long
period of time they should prepare their contingency plans as per the local threat
perception as experienced in the past. Exercises should be carried out at different
locations to survey vulnerability and such vulnerability mapping should be intimated
in advance to take precautionary measures. He also said that Road blockade, Water
logging and clearance of drainage are important to prevent disaster. He directed
the concerned department to stock sufficient essential commodities and medicines
as break up of epidemic and water borne diseases is a usual phenomena in such situation.
He also suggested that the medical department should keep in touch with the army
for medicinal help in different outposts of the district and effort will be made
to tie up with the BSNL for uninterrupted communication network, he added.
The representative from army, BRTF, ITBP and HODs of the district too forwarded their
suggestions on ways and means to tackle natural disaster. The Incident Action plan,
roles and responsibilities of every department, Control Room Management, tie up with
PRI, NGOs etc. were discussed in the meeting. DIPRO
Ruksin block gets Anchal chairperson office
RUKSIN, July 2: Fulfilling a long pending hope of the local people, Pasighat West
MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industry) Tatung Jamoh today inaugurated the much
awaited Intermediate Panchayat Resource Centre (IPRC)of Ruksin block set up inside
Ruksin SDO (C)’s office here in presence of the PRI members and government officials.
The resource centre building meant for block Anchal Chairperson Office was constructed
by Rural Development Department during 2010-11 year. The government has sanctioned
Rs 97.50 lakh for construction of 23 such IPRCs in East Siang district. The estimated
cost of each building was Rs 10 lakh.
After inaugurating the building, the MLA Jamoh suggested PRI members to keep close
coordination with the Anchal Chairpersons and ZPM for smooth conduct of the Panchayat
activities. While urging the elected leaders to shun their party differences in Panchayat
and Rural Development works, the MLA assured to grant necessary fund for extension
of the office building and procurement of necessary equipments to run the Panchayat
Ruksin Anchal chairperson Aruni Jamoh, who was seen enthusiastic with the opening
her office today, sought cooperation from the PRI members for successful implementation
of various rural development schemes and to carry out other Panchayat activities.
The three-room building was lying unused for the last two years.
Ruksin block ZPM, Tonggeng Panyang appealed the local MLA to initiate for sanctioning
of more fund to develop infrastructure of the office in future. He said that the
office for Anchal chairperson and ZPM was urgently needed for the state government
is all set decentralize power of collection of electric bills, forest royalty and
levying of taxes at their level.
Official sources informed that state government signed an MOU with a Delhi based
agency for construction of the IPRC in the state. But the contractor concerned after
construction of building in some selected locations, withdrawn about 75 percent money
though fake bill and SIT is investigating the alleged financial irregularity.
On the other hand, the demand for establishment of a Community Development Block
and posting of a full-fledged BDO at Ruksin is still unheard by the government, which
is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the villagers in Pasighat West area.
AALO, July 2: West Siang DDSE Tomi Doke today said that his ouster was demanded without
knowing the ground reality associated with cash transaction.
Reacting to a recent news item published in section of local dailies demanding ouster
of the DDSE for his alleged involvement in fund misappropriation and improper cash
transaction, Doke in a clarification said that allegation on misappropriation leveled
and ouster of Aalo DDSE has been flashed in the media without knowing the ground
reality associated with the cash transaction of Rs. 5,66, 132/- on 7th March being
contingency bill of BSG/ Adult, Rs. 33, 66, 012/- on 14th March being ARR/HRA bill/
Honorarium bill, Rs. 2, 99,11, 185/- on 18th March as ARR/HRA/Increment bill/ARR
MACP bill etc. “Since the Govt. account was misplaced and untraceable in the fag
end of peak month of March, there was no alternative left than to plead the Chief
Branch Manager, SBI Aalo to give permission to deposit the drawn amount for the time
being in personal account, DDSE Aalo till official account is traced. The Chief Manager
agreed and allowed us to deposit the above amount just to tide over the inconvenience.
By the time the election code of conduct was in operational and all bank related
transactions were fed from time to time to the DEO by the bank and E-mailed message
of the DEO on deposit of Govt. money in the personal account of DDSE was sent to
the Election Commission and DSSE was relieved from duty vide Govt. order no. WS/EST-1/56
Dated 02-04-2014 basing on that report as follow up action from Govt.”
However, an inquiry into the whole episode was conducted by the Superintendent of
police, SIC (Vigilance) Itanagar, vide no. SIC/VIG/31/ENQ/2014 dated the 3rd April
under A.B. Mandal Inspector and the inquiry report concludes “From the findings,
it is revealed that no any foul play or criminal intension for misappropriation of
govt. money could be proved against Tomi Doke, DDSE West Siang District, Aalo.”
“Basing on the inquiry report, the DDSE was posted back to Aalo vide order no.SEDN-99/2014
dated Itanagar the 26th June, superseding the previous order. The Govt. money in
question is intact and reached its due destinations. The hue and cry about the monetary
transaction emanated solely on the ground that it was deposited in his personal account
under compelling circumstances,” it was further clarified.
The first General Budget of Narendra Modi government will be presented on July 10
by finance minister Arun Jaitley. With country’s economy in shambles, it is expected
that some harsh measures will be announced by Jaitley in the budget. Prime Minister
Narendra Modi has already warned of tough measures to improve the country's financial
health. Economists believe that hike in railway fares is the first step towards stabilizing
the economy. This may be followed by increase in prices of gas, kerosene and urea.
Subsidy on these items has become burden on union government. Modi government may
also review food security law. At present nearly 66% of population is covered by
this law. It is feared that food subsidy bill could escalate if beneficiaries are
Corporate exemptions could also be cut. Because of the exemptions, effective corporate
tax rate is only about 23%. Rs 68,000 crore corporate tax has been foregone in 2012-13
because of exemptions given by previous UPA government. These measures may have short
term impact, but, economists believe that in the long run country stands to gain.
Government of India should take opposition parties into confidence so that proceeding
of parliament is not disturbed due to any deadlock arising out of budget. Country
is going through tough phase and it is time politicians’ rise above petty politics
and work unitedly for betterment of India.
----Readers Forum ----
Violation of RTE act
I would like to raise my voice against the violation of Right to Education Act in
Govt town middle school, Daporijo. Recently it came to my knowledge that school authorities
were asking Rs 400 from every student as an admission fee which is a serious violation
of RTE Act.
But above all, the school authority asked every student to bring their own bench
and desk otherwise the text-book would not be issued to them. It means that no admission
without bench and desk. It is a real headache for poor student who can’t even afford
the admission fee. To sit in the class, now they have to buy bench and desk from
the market. It’s really shameful for our beloved govt and I would request to higher
authority of education department to kindly look into this matter and solve this
problem as early as possible.
Through your valuable daily, I would like to draw the attention of education department
of state and most importantly DDSE of West Siang district regarding midday meal and
admission fees being charged to students of Govt School.
RTE Act has been implemented in 2009 but still there are many govt schools where
students are being charged for admissions and books.
The Govt School of Rumgong is worst than other govt schools of the states because
this is one such school where mid-day meal are provided one kg per student annually
and remaining rations never reach the students whereas midday meal schemes are supposed
to be provided every schooling days and not annually.
Therefore, I would like to request DDSE of West Siang district, local MLA of 32
Rumgong constituency and Adi Student Union leaders to raise the voice against such
issues. I would also like to request the education minister to do the need-full action
and stop such practices immediately.
This is in reference to the news item ‘student victim of corporal punishment’ published
in your daily on June 27.
I on behalf of parents/guardians of Siyom Valley School Pessing would like to clarify
that there was a misunderstanding between Principal, School Managing Committee and
the father of the victim.
In this connection, a meeting was convened under the chairmanship of Tahong Mibang,
former ZPM Jomlo Mobuk at Siyom Valley School premises on June 29 with all concern.
The parents unanimously decided to solve the case amicably. So the press statement
made by the GSU may not be taken otherwise.
West Siang district
RTE Act does not exempt all fees
At the very outset, I want to clarify that I am neither a school administrator nor
a teacher. Nevertheless, I would like to state that RTE Act 2009 is not only about
admission fees, it has many provisions too.
We should know that apart from classroom teaching, so many extra or co-curricular
activities are done in a school for all round development of the students for which
fees are collected from the students as admission fees.
Further, nowhere in the RTE act, 2009 it is written that admission fee should not
be collected from students. The provision in which fees is mentioned (Sub-section
2 of Section 3) is read as follows: ‘Free’ means that no child shall be liable to
pay any kind of fee or charges or expenses which may prevent him or her from pursuing
and completing elementary education. We should read and understand this provision
The matter to be pondered about in this provision is, “...which may prevent him
or her from pursuing and completing elementary“. For me, it means admission fees
can be collected from every students but if a parent/guardian of a child is unable
to afford admission fees then only his/her admission fee can be exempted. In the
same way, if the parent or guardian of a child can afford the admission fees then
nothing is wrong in collecting the fee from them.
I also know that our people purchase cell phones, fashionable items for our children
in prices ranging from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 20,000 but on the other hand, we are reluctant
to pay school admission fee of not more than Rs. 500 for a whole year.
Nowadays, even a beggar can afford Rs. 200-Rs. 500 for his/her ward’s admission fee
then why so much hue and cry for a meagre amount being collected as admission fee.
Please, my dear fellow Arunachalee, wake up, show right path to your children, help
schools and stop misleading the students.
Lastly, I would also like to request the Commissioner, Education, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh and his department to let a knowledgeable person interpret correctly and
exactly the provision of RTE Act 2009.
Where the roads disappear
Through this daily, I want to draw the attention of higher authorities of all the
concern department and public leaders of West Siang. You may have seen the situation
of Likabali Town while travelling through it.
As soon as we enter the town area we get to see water all over the market, the roads
totally disappear under the water. Sometimes we even have to drive guessing the road.
The police station and most of the medical quarters are submerged under water.
One of the most important markets ‘the Saturday market’ is worse affected and it
is only the main income source of nearby villagers.
The reason behind all these problems is that there is totally no drainage system
in entire town.
We all know that Likabali is situated in the foothill and these areas are most affected
during rainy season since all the water accumulates here, so we need to have a proper
drainage system to overcome the problem. Even the ancient Harappa civilization had
a proper drainage system, then why can’t we have with all the modern technologies.
A village where the govt is yet to reach
Yogong village is located under Rumgong circle, West Siang District. It is just 15
km away from Rumgong and it takes 3- 4hrs on foot. Yogong is considered as one of
the most literate villages in 32-Rumgong (ST) Assembly constituency however this
village is also considered as one of the most backward villages of West Siang District.
I, as a loving son of Yogong village would like to highlight the tremendous problems
being faced by the villagers.
There are no road connectivity, electricity, water supply phone communications, medical
facilities, not enough school teachers.
There are no facilities provided by the government. Still today villagers follow
their traditional system of living. Nature has blessed Yogong as one of the unique
places on earth in terms of landscape and prosperous natural flora and fauna. More
over there is huge unexplored potential for rural and ecotourism. The village produces
rice, vegetables, fruits, meat, fish and other necessities bountifully.
Yogong and Yosing are the only villages in Rumgong circle which dwell under darkness.
During every election, candidates promise to fulfill the need of the villagers but
after election they forget the promises and keep aside the problems of village till
the next election comes. Every election we are a big issue!
The villagers still follow the traditional style of living which is a good sign to
preserve the culture and tradition of the community however the village population
has dwindled drastically and it is a serious problem. In 1991census, the house hold
of Yogong village was above 55 but in the last census it has come down to less than
35. At present there are only 32 houses with two houses without caretaker. Many people
have migrated to other villages where there are better road, electricity, network
communications, medical and education.
Now a days people cannot live without these facilities forcing them to migrate to
other places. The educated lot of the village has also not taken the pain to settle
down in the village.
Therefore, through your esteem daily I would like to draw the attention of our local
MLA, ZPM and Village panchayats to seriously highlight the problem of our village
to the state and central government to include our village into the developmental