ITANAGAR, July 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed warm greetings and good wishes to the people of
state on the auspicious occasion of Dree.
In his festive message, the Governor wished that this year’s festival will usher
in peace and tranquility in the society.
The Governor said that the Dree festival, which is an agricultural rite, highlights
the vibrant culture and traditions of the Apatani Tribe. It is one of the cultural
identities of the community and at the same time reinforces the splendid cultural
fabric of the society. He appealed to the learned elders and youth to take pride
in their ethnicity and customs and preserve it.
On this occasion, I join my Apatani brethren in offering our prayers to Almighty
Danyi Pulo for happiness and prosperity for all, the Governor said in his message.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed hope that the festival of the Apatanis will cement
the bonding between various tribes of the state living in bonhomie since ages. In
a message on the eve of the festival, Tuki said, “I join my Apatani brothers and
sisters on joyous occasion of Dree and pray for a prosperous year ahead with bumper
He also called upon everyone to join the festival and extend solidarity as proud
“Ours is a distinct state with several tribes and communities residing side by side
for ages and maintaining their own unique indigenous culture and traditions. Despite
our varied diversity and religious affiliations we as Arunachalees are united and
take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage. Let this Dree take our bonding a
notch higher,” Tuki added.
APSCW condemns gang rape
ITANAGAR, July 4: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) today
strongly condemned the gang rape of a 15-year-old minor girl from Takilalung village.
In a release the APSCW informed that it has taken suo moto cognizance of the case
and wrote a letter to the Superintendent of Police, East Siang District demanding
arrest the absconding rapist at the earliest and also to award exemplary punishment
to other two arrested rapists.
The APSCW also appealed to the Arunachal Pradesh State Government to provide compensation
to the victim (minor girl) as per the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme
AAPSU urged to call off bandh
ITANAGAR, July 4: In view of the 36 hrs bandh from July 9, the Deputy Commissioner,
Capital Complex held a meeting with AAPSU executive members led by its General Secretary
He appealed to AAPSU to call off its proposed bandh, citing the difficulties being
faced by the general public particularly patients, daily wage workers, vendors, students
& learners. He also said development works are severely affected due to frequent
bandhs. He apprised the AAPSU delegates about the SBI sponsored coaching programme
and recruitment drive to be held at Itanagar for the benefit of Arunachalees, which
also falls on proposed bandh date, which he said, would deprive the aspiring candidates.
He also asked the AAPSU to honour the order of the Supreme Court and reiterated his
appeal to AAPSU to reconsider its decision and call off the bandh in the largest
interest of the public and state as a whole. DIPRO
Kishan Gosthi cum farmer's scientist interaction
ITANAGAR, July 4: ATMA and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) of Lohit district have successfully
organized a ‘Kishan Gosthi cum Farmer's Scientist Interaction’ at Namliang and Chongkham
-1 village today. A total of 110 participants including GB, ASM, SHG members and
other farmers of near-by villages attended the programme.
While addressing the programme Bankiang, DTO cum PD ATMA, Kheram, Lohit, inspired
the trainees to go for fish, paddy and animal production on large scale. Barman,
PTO, ATMA, Lohit also motivated the trainees to introduce integrated farming systems
in the area to decrease the risk of production. As resource person Dr. Debasis Sasmal,
I/C PC cum SMS, Fishery described the technology ‘post monsoon culture of carps’
for being popularized in the area. Dr. D. Borah, SMS, Agronomy motivated the farmers
to use some scientific tools in the field along with introducing some good quality
high yielding varieties in this area along with the traditional rice variety. Dr.
B.K.D. Borah, SMS, Anim. Sc. created awareness for introducing new breed of pig along
with management, feeding, diseases etc. along with the potential of cross-breed
pig in term of more body weight gain at lesser time, efficient food conversion ratio,
early age maturity, higher litter size etc. Lastly the trainees interacted with the
scientists regarding fish diseases, breeding, rice showing, weeds and insects of
rice, economic side of piggery unit etc., and demanded for some demonstrations to
improve their skills as well as to create more awareness.
Power crisis hits Bomdila
BOMDILA, July 4: The district headquarters Bomdila continues to reel under darkness
for the thirteenth day in a row. Uncertainty looms large as to the exact nature and
extent of the damage caused to the tower(s) in between Nechiphu and Saddle in the
district owing to the heavy downpour on June 21-22 last and on the restoration works
being carried out by the Mega Electricals Guwahati and the Power (Elect) Division,
Fed up of the deteriorating power scenario in the district particularly in the district
headquarters in the recent past despite claims of up gradation and modernization,
people today took to the streets at Bomdila expressing their anguish and disappointment.
The protestors including people from all walks of life expressed their reservations
on the attitude and work culture of various government departments especially that
of the engineering & essential services departments of the district.
However, there was no any law & order problem or cases of stone pelting and damaging
of properties etc. The district Police led by ASP D Jini and OC I Ete in the field,
facilitated the smooth passage of the protestors in and around Bomdila Township in
a very peaceful and tactical manner.
Abandoned new born infant found in jungle
ROING, July 4: A new born infant was found from the adjoining forest area near the
Meka Village some about 5 km from Roing, district headquarter of Lower Dibang Valley
District on June 2 last.
Lenni Saring, a class x student along with his two friends from Meka Village found
the infant lying on the ground under a tree covered with mud and ants around the
body & faces ON June 2 last. They took the baby to the village and handed it over
to an elderly woman of the village, who bathed, feed and took care of the baby and
later took the baby to the district hospital for treatment.
The matter was also reported to the Police Station, Roing and the investigation is
on to nab the mother of the child.
The baby has suffered some minor injury on the right side of the face and the back
of the body which might be inflicted while struggling for survival also have some
marks of ant bites.
The infant having white complexion with a tribal look has cleft lip and naval cord
intact still. The doctor says the cleft lip will be operated free of cost when the
baby turns 6 months of age.
Meanwhile, Sukurbar Lego of Remgeng Village (Meka) and his wife is taking care of
the baby and are expressed their wiliness to adopt the baby as their own son. DIPRO
Relief package for farmers sought
ITANAGAR, July 4: Claiming that Trans-Arunachal Highway Project has extensively damaged
the ongoing irrigation channel and paddy fields, All Leporiang Youth Welfare Association
(ALYWA) today has sought special relief package for the affected farmers. Association
also appealed to the authority to depute official team for spot verification of the
Tackle development issues from
strategic angle: Rijiju
ITANAGAR, July 4: Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today called for
tackling development issues from strategic angle.
“Many of the development activities happening in the state fail to meet aspirations.
We need to see development from strategic angle to ensure better flow of funds, better
guidelines, better execution. We need to have holistic approach,” the MOS said while
addressing media persons at Banquet hall here this evening.
Rijiju is on a four-day tour to his home state to review BADP and law and order situation.
It is his maiden visit to the state after getting inducted into the Union ministry.
State government needs to work together with the Centre as partner as coordinated
work brings better result with higher benefit, he said.
Stressing on maintaining guidelines for any project to work, the MoS said, “These
has to be maintained so that corruption does not eat into the system and the funds
are not siphoned off.”
He informed that the GoI is launching many big projects which are in conceptual stage
and that the Himalayan region will get special status keeping in mind its strategic
point of view.
“From day 1, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured that there would be no discrimination
based on political lines,” he said flaying the apprehensions of the Congress led
To tackle the militancy issue and to restore peace in the region, he advocated for
unified command and work in close coordination with the neighbouring state.
He further informed that his ministry will soon appoint an interlocutor to talk
with NSCN (IM).
DIPR adds: Earlier, Rijiju addressed meetings with the state Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki, Home Minister Tanga Byaling and other ministers including Health Minister Kalikho
Pul and PWD Minister Gajen Gadi, senior state government officers and security agencies
including officers representing ITBP, BRO, Air officer CMC, Eastern Air Command,
Shillong, GOC 4 Corps, Tezpur, GOC 3 Corps, Dimapur, CGM Telecom (CGMT) NE-I Circle,
Shillong, CGMT NE-II Circle, Dimapur, GMTD, Itanagar at state Banquet hall. He assured
all out support and help from the centre for the development of this land locked
Informing that the Government of India has decided for relaxation of PMGSY guidelines
in Arunachal Pradesh for the welfare of the state and its people at large, he said
that modalities have also been worked out for granting extra package for BADP fund
for the state, a comprehensive package for infrastructure development in border areas,
providing basic amenities like electricity, drinking water, road connectivity, besides
creating lots of employment avenues. This would discourage migration of people from
border areas to urban areas and promote border management, the MoS added.
Initiative has also been taken up for inclusion of Arunachal Pradesh in the 50 listed
tourist circuits of Govt of India, he informed and hoped that this would bring the
state in the tourism map of the country. However, he mentioned that although state
has huge tourism potentials, lots of bottlenecks like lack of infrastructures, security
problem and poor road communication posed the challenges. Rijiju was also hopeful
to get some allowances for the state under “Mission Himalaya” as being a Himalayan
state for projects relating to protection of the Himalaya.
While in the meeting, the Union MoS reviewed the Border Area Development Programme
(BADP), law and order situation and internal security matters relating to the state
besides taking up the issues for police modernisation, infrastructural development,
logistic support to police force and status of disaster management in the state.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his presentation highlighted the important issues relating
to the state including hydro power, tourism, horticulture and allied sectors, besides
social sector issues, increase of revenue generation for self sustenance and growth,
generation of more employment to youths in various activities etc. He also mentioned
on the wider development issues, security concerns including the need to ensure higher
allocation of fund for focussed development of border areas and supporting other
economic activity including fast tracking the road and hydro power infrastructure
projects. Earlier, state’s Home Minister Tanga Byaling while welcoming all to the
meeting stressed on modernization of state police, infrastructure development and
other logistic support to the police force.
Power point presentations from state PHQ, presentation on BADP by Secy Planning,
presentation on Disaster management, presentation by ITBP and other security forces
were made highlighting the activities, organisation set up, achievements and other
requirements of the concerned organisations. DIPR
Mossang highlights factors causing
price hike in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, July 4: The conference of Ministers and Secretaries of Consumer Affairs,
Food & Public Distribution of States/ UTs was today held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi
under the chairmanship of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The meeting was presided
over by Minister Food, Public Distribution & Consumer Affairs Ram Vila Paswan and
attended by Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and MoS, Consumer Affairs, Food
& Public Distribution R. D Danve. The key agenda for the conference was to find out
ways and means to arrest the price rise of essential commodities and to know the
latest implementation status of NFSA. The matter relating to Consumers Affairs were
discussed exclusively during the first half of the conference particularly on effective
enforcement of Essential Commodities Act 1955 and to evolve strategies to prevent
abnormal hike in food prices. The status of implementation of NFSA was dwelt at length
during the second session.
The Food & Civil Supplies Minister of Arunachal, Kamlung Mosang appreciated the urgent
preventive measures initiated by the GoI to control the burgeoning price rise by
involving state /UT Governments. He highlighted the factors effecting abnormal hike
in price of essential commodities in frontier state. Due to factual problems like
difficult terrain, hostile climatic condition and remoteness, the transporters are
reluctant to transport consumer items to Arunachal Pradesh. The traders are compelled
to pay higher transportation charges due to the communication bottlenecks resulting
in exorbitant price rise of essential items in the state which is strategically located.
The prices of essential commodities in the state of Arunachal Pradesh are mainly
affected by the prevailing prices in the market of neighbouring state of Assam due
to non availability of scientific storage facilities in the state. Most of the district
headquarters in Arunachal Pradesh are located about 200 to 500 KMs away from the
railway head markets of Assam from where the essential commodities are supplied for
the open markets in Arunachal Pradesh.
“It is an irony that when most parts of India are reeling under shortfall of rainwater
(Monsoon), this year while people in Arunachal Pradesh in particular and the entire
North East region as a whole are suffering due to flood and landslide because of
the incessant rains. The Monsoon has badly affected the surface communication of
Arunachal Pradesh. Today, most of the district headquarters including state capital
are cut off from the rest of the country due to the flood, landslides and other calamities
caused by the wrath of nature. The landslides, mud sliding and flood have destroyed
standing crops, thereby causing untold hardships to the farmers. Whole Northeast
region including Arunachal Pradesh receives maximum volumes of rainfall, especially
during the Monsoon which greatly hampers the delivery system,” Mossang informed the
He said that in addition to the legal provision envisaged under Essential Commodities
Act, there is a mechanism in place to regulate the open market prices of Essential
Commodities like seasonal fruits & vegetables, meat, fish, eggs etc. He assured that
the function of the District Consumer Advisory Board will be re-activated in each
district to review prices of essential commodities and takes corrective measures
to control prices. The system of three points Price collection needs to be activated
at the earliest. Surprise raids will be conducted from time to time on receipt of
specific information on black marketing and hoardings by unscrupulous traders. Information
will be disseminated to counter rumours and ensure timely supply of food grains.
The citizens living in international borders could be crucially affected if there
is slightest inefficiency in ensuring regular supply of essential commodities within
NFSA, he added. There are challenges in implementation of NFSA in border state as
NFSA entitlements are legally enforceable, litigations can only increase and compromise
the overall financial health of the state which is solely dependent on the Central
Government for most of its basic needs. GoI was requested to review the present HTS
scheme in the context of NFSA and introduce a system in Arunachal Pradesh whereby
the central assistance/subsidy for implementation of the NFSA, 2013 is parked in
advance with the State Exchequer without routing it through the FCI. Such a system
alone can ensure timely payments to the transporters and thereby ensure compliance
with the implementation of the NFSA 2013. If the present system cannot be replaced
by a more State- friendly system as proposed by us, FCI should be given the primary
responsibility for drawl and doorstep delivery of PDS food grains in Arunachal Pradesh
and in such event the State Government will render necessary logistic support as
per its resources, Mossang continued. In either case, it must entail to review FCI’s
role, at least in the context of Arunachal Pradesh. Despite its political preparedness,
the State does not have financial preparedness as GOI is aware that it will be extremely
difficult to implement NFSA in a resource-crunch state like us.
The GoI has been requested to declare all FPS locations as distributions centres
instead of 1(one)/ Single PDC in the districts for the purpose of claiming HTS in
the state from GOI. The imposition of Principal Distribution Centre (PDC) system
in the management of TPDS in the State of Arunachal Pradesh is found to be more detrimental
to the smooth functioning of PDS management. The concept of PDC which is only meant
for restricting transport subsidy on PDS items upto a declared PDC only restricting
extending PDS services to the people settled in the remote and international borders
needs to be reviewed.
Unlike other States, Arunachal Pradesh cannot arrange resources for pay and allowances
of the State Food Commission and its staff due to resource constraints. GoI has been
requested to make funds available to the State for the SFC constituted under the
NFSA, 2013. The tentative financial requirement is Rs 2.64 crores per annum to enable
effective functioning of the same. In order to implement the End to End computerization
of TPDS in the whole State, adequate central funding is urgently needed as per the
Mosang reiterated earlier demand to enhance 5 kg to 8kg per head entitlement under
NFSA as people of Arunachal Pradesh consume rice three times a day. If it is restricted
to 5 kgs per person per month, the consumers in the state will face untold miseries
as there is no production of food grains and no open market facility available in
most of the places in the State. Moreover, the shortfall of 2112 MT under Priority
Households by excluding the tide over allocation for Arunachal Pradesh should be
enhanced to 59112 MT per year as against the earmarked quantity of 57000 MT per year.
Arunachal Pradesh has peculiar problem of dependency on SK Oil for heating purpose.
Due to the blanket ban on felling of trees by the Environment & Forest Ministry the
common people living in the high altitude districts are forced to rely on SK Oil
for heating purpose. There are few districts which require special allocation of
SKO for heating purpose as the present SKO allocation is meant for illumination and
cooking purpose. Therefore, it was requested for additional allocation of 150 KL
per month for 8 (eight) months with effect from August to March every year.
As cost of sugar in open market is beyond the reach of consumers, the State Government
intends to continue distributing sugar to the AAY and Priority Households under NFSA
through their entitlement cards. However, since the discontinuation of levy sugar
in June 2013, no sugar has been distributed in Arunachal Pradesh. Despite high consumer
demand, the state is unable to procure sugar as per the GOI directives due to non-
existence of sugar mill or stockist in the region and inadequate subsidy component.
Thus, GOI was also requested to set up a sugar stockist (wholesaler) at regional
level (preferably at railway head) or alternatively enhance the subsidy. It is worth
mentioning here that Arunachal Pradesh is only among few states where Consumer Affairs
and Food & Civil Supplies are under different Ministries. The Food Minister was accompanied
by Secretary Food & Civil Supplies Gamli Padu and DFCSO Amit Bengia.
Ensure uninterrupted service to people: Governor to BSNL
ITANAGAR, July 4: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma today asked
the BSNL authorities to ensure uninterrupted service to the people of the state.
The Governor advised senior telecom officers to go for holistic planning and
implementation of programmes in the state to meet the challenges when BSNL chief
general managers (Telecom) of North East circle I and II D P Singh and B C Nagaraju
called on him at Raj Bhawan here this morning.
Sharma pointed out that many places in the state are yet to have proper road and
telecommunication facilities and said, good telecommunication service would be a
boon to the people, especially in disaster management and medical emergencies. He
advised them to have proper coordination with the state departments for speedy implementation
of the projects. Earlier, the officials apprised the governor on the challenges faced
by telecom sector in the state.
Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh and General Manager (Telecom), Itanagar G. Nageswara
Rao were also present in the meeting. PRO to Governor
NBCC & APCRCC oppose IFCSAP demands
ITANAGAR, July 4: The Nyishi Baptist Church Council (NBCC) and Arunachal Pradesh
Christian Revival Church Council (APCRCC) today strongly criticized the Indigenous
Faith & Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) for opposing the implementation
of MsDP schemes till a proper data assessment of minority list is prepared. Both
the organizations also opposed the demand of the IFCSAP for implementation of the
Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 1978 and advocated for uniform protection
of all religions.
Addressing a joint press conference by NBCC and APCRCC at Press Club here, NBCC president
Techi Tara, while expressing resentment over the IFCSAP’s opposition to implementation
of MsDP schemes, said that the MsDP scheme is a centrally sponsored scheme for the
benefit of religious minority communities. “It is not an individual beneficial scheme,
rather it is a common infrastructure development scheme where everyone will be benefitted
if implemented,” said Tara. While commenting on IFCSAP’s demand for surrendering
of ST certificates (by minorities), Tara said “Article 366 of Indian Constitution
specifies scheduled tribes from existing primordial tribe.” ST is just an official
document issued for administrative convenience. Nobody can demand for surrender of
ST status which would amount to tinkering with presidential list of order excepted
by act of Parliament, he pointed out.
Opposing the demand of the IFCSAP for immediate implementation of Arunachal Pradesh
Freedom of Religion Act 1978 (APFR Act 1978), Tara said the Act prohibits conversion
from one faith to another. He suggested the state govt to suitably amend the APFR
Act 1978 so as to provide uniform protection to all the religions.
Echoing the sentiment of NBCC president, APCRCC president Tarh Kama also heavily
came down on IFCSAP saying that “No Christian community of state is receiving any
kind of package under minority scheme as alleged by IFCSAP.” Stating that the freedom
of religion is a constitutional right and the prime objective of Christianity is
to bring peace and create conducive atmosphere in the society, he appealed the state
govt to repeal the APFR Act 1978.
Repeal APFR Act : ACF
ITANAGAR, July 4: The Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) today submitted a memorandum
to the Union Minister of state for Home Kiren Rijiju seeking his intervention for
repealing "The Arunachal Pradesh Freedom of Religion Act 1978 and for proper implementation
of 'Multi Sectoral Development Programmes for Minorities' (MsDP scheme) in the state.
While denouncing the demand of the IFCSAP for implementation of the APFR Act-1978,
the ACF said “their demand for implementation of the Act is totally mindless and
The ACF on behalf of more than 40 per cent of its citizens appealed Rijiju to repeal
the APFR Act-1978 that has outlived its purpose. The Forum also appealed for proper
implementation of Multi Sectoral Development Programmes for Minorities' in Arunachal.
The ACF memorandum claimed that “historically, the purpose of the APFR Act was to
restrict the growth of Christianity in the state. It included Buddhism, Vaishnavism
and Donyi-Poloism in its definition of "Indigenous faith" and thus made the presence
of only those religions and their practice legitimate in the state. The entry and
practice of any other religion would contravene the Act. It is the duty of a democratic
Government like yours to make necessary changes to its laws that have become odious,
outdated and irrelevant.”
SUMA decries ADC demand
ITANAGAR, July 4: The Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (SUMA) today
vociferously opposed the move for creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous District
Councils (ADCs) in the state saying it would invite floodgate of disintegration and
promote mistrust among various tribes in the state. SUMA has constituted its own
committee headed by its vice President (Protocol) Tagru Tame as chairman to fight
Addressing the presspersons in a press meet held at Press Club here this afternoon,
Tagru Tame downplayed the grounds on which the local representative of those regions
headed by Tourism and Urban Development Minister Pema Khandu has been pursuing
the Centre for early creation of autonomous council. Referring the provisions under
Sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution, Tame stated that Arunachal Pradesh cannot
be equated with Assam in term of granting autonomous district council. There is
a justification in granting the autonomous council in Assam as the tribal population
in Assam has been feeling the sense of deprivation, but in Arunachal Pradesh this
ground is not applicable since the state is purely tribal state and every district
in Arunachal has been deprived of infrastructural development. SUMA General Secretary
Franklin Naloiju said, “We do not want to see divided Arunachal, the creation of
autonomous region would send wrong message to the outside world”. He further opined
that people lobbying for creation of autonomous council should refrain from doing
The organisation also questioned Tourism and Urban Minister Pema Khandu’s motive
behind pursuing the matter with the centre for early creation Mon Autonomous Council.
Government has done enough for Tawang, Tirap and Changlang districts in the developmental
front by creating separate department, SUMA categorically said adding no other districts
enjoy such privilege in term of development.
The state Legislative Assembly had passed a resolution recommending creation of
two autonomous councils - Mon and Patkai in February 2004 and it is the Central
Govt now to take a decision on ADC demand.
The SUMA also appealed to the state government to review its resolution which was
passed in the floor of house in February 2004 for creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous
SUMA demanded enhancement of border area developmental programe fund and streamlining
of educational policy of the state with special attention to the Government College
Bomdila, Wangcha Rajkumar Government College Khonsa and Rang Farah Government College
Changlang. It also appealed to the government to set up Special Investigation Team
(SIT) to identify the Tibetan refugee settlers in West Kameng and Tawang districts.
Other demands of the SUMA included reservation of hostel seats in RGU for students
from Mon and Patkai region, enhancement of fund in the department of Kharmik and
Adhyatmik and Department of Tirap Changlang and Longding Affairs from Rs 25 crores
to 50 crores and creation of post of additional inspector general of Police to monitor
law and order problem in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.
Rebia stresses on transparency in development activities
ITANAGAR, July 4: Assembly Speaker cum Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia today called upon
the Govt staff to shoulder collective responsibility to carry forward all the developmental
works in more transparent manner with accountability. There should have proper
understanding and liaisoning among various departments, Rebia said while presiding
over the review meeting of all developmental work implemented during 2013-14 held
at Yupia. The schemes supposed to be proposed during the year 2014-15 under 14 Doimukh
Assembly Constituency were also discussed in the meeting which was attended by NEEPCO
GM and all the Heads of Department.
While interacting with heads of department he exhorted the officers to come forward
to share their opinions on every aspect of development as every single advice is
equally important in policy making. Everyone should work together for the benefit
of the people. he added.
He further said that every body is aware of financial crunch the state is facing
today, however he said ‘we have to understand that within limited resource we have
to work’. He also said that corruption at any level would not be tolerated; there
should be sheer commitment and sincerity for the cause of development.
Rebia also asked the Deputy Commissioner to streamline delivery system and not to
compromise with law breakers. Emphasizing on improving the scenario of schools and
its infrastructural developments the local MLA also directed the DDSE to take up
measures to post teachers in the schools wherever it is required.He also expressed
that infrastructure must be created in well planned manner that too after studying
the feasibility and need of the public and it should not be constructed randomly.
Nabam Aka Zilla Parishad Chairperson requested Rebia to take step for construction
of a conventional Hall for the District and setting up Division Office of Power
and PHE at Yupia.
Deputy Commissioner Papum Pare Tai Kaye informed that by and large law and order
situation is peaceful in the district and every Govt employee must discourage the
bandh culture which is detrimental to economy.
NEEPCO GM and all Heads of Department apprised the Speaker about the status of developmental
schemes being implemented. DIPRO
State’s vital issues need to be addressed on priority: Governor
Itanagar, July 4: Kiren Rijiju called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen.
(Retd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhawan here today. They discussed on various issues
pertaining to development, law and order in the state, police modernization, border
areas and interstate boundaries.
The Governor emphasized that acknowledging the sensitivity of this Frontier State,
the vital issues need to be addressed in priority, which hampering the growth, development
and progress of the state.
Rijiju, assured the Governor for the immediate redressal of issues raised in the
meeting. Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh was also present in the meeting.
Coordination meeting of principals, headmasters held
KHONSA, July 4: The first ever coordination meeting of the Principals, Headmasters,
Block Education Officers, Block Resource Centres, Circle Resource Centres and Clustered
Resource Centres of Education department of Tirap and Longding districts was held
at NBF hall, Khonsa today.
While addressing the participants, Tirap Deputy Commissioner who is also the Chairman
of various flagship programmes under Education departments said that he had noted
down the genuine problems expressed by the participants and assured of prompt necessary
action wherever feasible adding that those related with government policy matters
could not be changed at his level.
Joshi expressed utter dissatisfaction over the abysmal performance of the BEOs and
asked them to inspect the implementation of the schemes in all the schools under
their jurisdiction physically and submit proper reports to the DDSE.
He told them that they should not only know their rights but should also know their
onerous onus in the interest of the department and the district. The Deputy Commissioner
emphatically said that the BEOs should collect correct data by visiting the schools
and not compile by sitting in their offices.
He also lambasted the miserable performance of the school managing committees due
which civil work in the schools were below sub-standard. Joshi assured to address
the teacher shortage problem on top priority.
Tirap DDSE Pubi Lombi said that he had already discussed with the highest authorities
regarding the shortage of subject teachers in many of the schools in Tirap and Longding
districts. He said that matter was serious and that it could be solved through strong
political will only. Lombi said that he was making all out efforts to mitigate the
pressing problems of the schools in the two districts. He also briefed on the duties
of the BEOs, BRCs and CRCs.
Earlier, the Principals, HMs and other participants highlighted their problems. The
DEO Sephua Wangsu highlighted on various problems of the Education department. DIPRO
Law and order situation reviewed in the wake of proposed AAPSU bandh
AALO July 4: In the wake of 36 hours bandh call given AAPSU from July 9, a coordination
meeting with public leaders, Principals and Bazar Secretaries was held under the
Chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawam at Conference Hall of
DC Office today.
Initiating the discussion, the DC said that administration and police have no intention
to come in direct confrontation with the student community but law and order problems
that may likely arise out of the bandh call and any breach of public peace and tranquility
has to be tackled and countered in consultation with senior citizens and public leaders
of the district. He appealed all to play their roles to dissuade the student community
to refrain from any form of violence or coercion during the bandh days.
Participating in the discussion, former Minister Doi Ado, Moji Bagra and others said
that bandh culture always put negative impact on the life of people and expressed
their deep resentment over the bandh call for two consecutive days that are likely
to have hard bearing on the people adding that they can accept the token of bandh
call on genuine issues but the trend of bandh culture today is a cause of concern
for us, they opined. As the market places have been the soft targets of bandh callers
in the past, the bazaar Secretaries demanded full proof security at all market places,
which was agreed by the District Administration. The Police authorities have been
instructed for intensive mobile and foot patrolling as confidence building measures
among the public besides deterrence for anti social elements that may look to take
advantage of the bandh call. DIPRO
AIMSU writes to health and family welfare minister
Roing, July 4: The District Hospital in Anini lacks basic facilities prescribed as
per the Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS), the All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU)
in a letter to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare Kalikho Pul has said.
The union requested the Ministry for allocation of required number of doctors, specialists,
hospital equipments, staffs, nurses and basic infrastructures as per the IPHS standard.
The district hospital is being looked after by 3 Medical Officers and 7 ANMs of which
only 4 are regular staff. For almost 10 years, it has been running without a regular
staff nurse. The hospital requires a public health nurse, general surgeon, OT attendant,
obstetrician, gynecologist, pediatrician anaesthetists, ophthalmologist, the union
It submitted a list of equipments required for hospital such as ECG machine, ultra
sound facilities, internet, Incubator, Intercom facility, needle and syringe destroyer.
The union said that local women are unaware of schemes aimed at pregnant and lactating
women such as National Maternity Benefit Scheme (NMBS) and Janani Suraksha Yojana
(JSY). Due to lack of basic services required for preventing maternal mortality and
infant mortality, a pregnant woman have to go to Roing district hospital covering
238 km from Anini for delivery, said the union.
The worst affected are poor patients, pregnant women, infant child, and poor villagers.
Alleging that the people of Dibang Valley are being neglected with poor health delivery
system, the union said that even today, the government is not able to provide basic
This has caused innumerable loss of human lives through infant death, maternal mortality,
and deaths from malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis B & C.
Many of these deaths are not officially recorded, the union alleged and said that
the state's failure to provide basic services has strongly hurt the poor members
of scheduled tribe.
AGSU extend support to genuine demands of AAPSU
ITANAGAR, July 4: All Galo Students’ Union (AGSU) has decided to extend support
to the genuine demands of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU). In its
meeting regarding extension of support to 36-hour state-wide AAPSU bandh, the AGSU
said “we will extend our support to its demands like early release of students’ stipend
and some other students’ related and welfare issues.”
AGSU also urged state government to pay heed to the genuine demands of AAPSU like
students’ stipend and other welfare issues, in order to avoid the problems being
faced by the daily wage earners of the state and students during admission process
(in case of bandh).
While terming the ‘incident of July 25 wherein AAPSU President Kamta Lapung was injured’
as very unfortunate, the AGSU appealed AAPSU to reconsider their demand for termination
of SDPO in greater interest of the government employees who are sacrificing everything
for the service of the state in particular and nation in general. “As the department
concern has constituted an inquiry committee to unearth the facts related to the
incident at police station Itanagar on 25th June 2014, AGSU would like to appeal
AAPSU to reconsider their demand for termination of SDPO for greater interest of
the government employees,” the release said. At the same time AGSU appealed the
CoSSAP to refrain from giving ‘any kind of twisted statement,’ saying that AAPSU
is spearheading the issues related to the welfare of people.
Meanwhile, the AGSU has urged the state Govt to fulfill its various demands submitted
earlier. The CM had given assurance to fulfill the demands like creation of LSD
with declaration of headquarter, revamping of Nigmoi Fruit processing centre, establishment
of fire service station at Kamba, establishment of Polytechnic college at West Siang,
infrastructure development of DPGC Kamki, shifting of Likabali police check gate
but none of the demands are fulfilled by the state government yet, it resented.
AGSU further reiterated its demands for scrapping of all hydro-electric projects
over Siyom-Yomgo basin to protect the natural habitations and ancestral lands of
IDEA & Caritas India organize Malaria training progs for ASHA
DOIMUKH, July 4: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) and Caritas India
in collaboration with District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (DVBDCP) Papumpare
have organized two batches of ASHA training on Malaria Prevention & Control as per
the national guidelines at CHC Doimukh from June 30 to July 1st July and July 3 to
The intention of the training was to capacitate ASHA for early diagnosis and prompt
treatment of all malaria cases and for bringing down the morbidity and mortality.
ASHAs have tremendous role in sensitizing the community for adopting effective preventive
measures the effective use of bed nets and indoor residual spray (IRS). The resource
persons of the training were Dr. Nabam Takang, medical Officer of Community Health
Centre Doimukh, T P Tara, Consultant of District Vector Borne Disease Control Programme
Yupia and Jumli Angu, Malaria Technical Supervisor of Community Health Centre Doimukh.
Moreover District Malaria Officer of Papumpare district Tatung Tayang and Dr. P.J
Sarma, the Consultant of SVBDCP Arunachal Pradesh also made a special visit to CHC
Doimukh to monitor the training programme and also guided ASHA workers to deliver
the service more effectively.
IDEA in partnership with Caritas India (NGO) has been supporting DVBDCP in terms
of organizing ASHA training at whole Papum Pare district under the guidelines of
National Vector Born Disease Control Programme. 25 ASHAs are being trained in two
batches under CHC Doimukh in spite of heavy rain falls and road block due to land
slide. DMLO Tatung Tayang said that DVBDCP provide well support to IDEA to control
malaria incidents Papumpare district at the same time appreciated ASHAs their willingness
to fight for this Endeavour.
ITBP Kimin & GMSC enter semi-final
ITANAGAR, Jul 4: ITBP Kimin defeated Gungte Tugung FC by 2-1 in the first Takam Sharmila
Gora Memorial Football Tournament today. ITBP took the lead in the 18th minute through
their prolific striker Pawan Kumar (11). The score was double in the 35th minute
through a header by Madhu Singh (14).
However, in the second half of the match Nguri Kampo of GTSC reduced the margin through
spot kick. By this win ITBP stormed into semi final.
In the second match Gora Makik SC defeated Capital Complex SC by 2-1. GMSC took
the lead in 19th min through Tamchi Tassum (9). Tadar Kojum (7) of CCSC equalized
the score in the 24th minutes. The winning goal was scored by Hage Kemo (7) in 31st
min. By this win GMSC became second team to enter semi final.
In another tournament related incident three members of Tugung Neri Sporting Club
(TNSC) were suspended from tournament due to disciplinary reasons and also imposed
fine, according to an release received here.
Arunachal losing tag of being safe place for girls to live
Once considered to be the safest place for girls to live, Arunachal is fast losing
that tag. The incidents of rape and molestation are on rise in the state. Adding
to this growing list, in a shocking incident of brutality last week, a fifteen year
old minor girl from Takilalung Village, near Pasighat under East Siang district was
allegedly gang raped by three youths. Two of the accused have been arrested and are
under police custody while the third co-accused is still absconding.
According to police, a complaint was lodged on June 29 by the relative of the victim.
Allegedly, on June 23, the main accused offered to drop the girl to school, but
instead of taking her to school, he took her to an isolated place some 18 KM from
Pasighat. The boy after sexually assaulting her invited two of his friends to join
him. They kept the girl in illegal confinement for three days and moved her to different
locations where they raped her. It is hard to believe that Arunachalee tribal people
are indulging in such kind of heinous act. No doubt criminals should not be seen
through the prism of religion and community but many Arunachalees are struggling
to accept the fact that their fellow tribal people will commit such kind of criminal
act. Till now we use to think that such incidents only take place in Metro cities.
However brutal incidents of rape, kidnapping and murder which is rising rapidly in
Arunachal shows that this state is no more a safe place. Adding to the problem, our
police forces have not been modernized yet. Government need to equip police with
latest technology to fight the criminals.
----Readers Forum ----
Woes of NRHM contractual staffs
Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of the NRHM Contractual Staffs of Arunachal
Pradesh would like draw the kind attention of higher authorities of NRHM as well
as Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh. The NRHM contractual staffs are going to die of starvation
owing to non release of salary since April, 2014. Beside this, we are facing lots
of scarcities, which I want to highlight point wise. (1) Some NRHM contractual staffs
are getting very meager amount of salary. Medical Officer (M.O.) gets paid Rs 15000/-
per month only although doctors are considered to be first class staff. ANM nurse
and (HA) Health Assistant are paid Rs. 8000/- only. This is happening even though
crores of money is paid by Govt. of India to (SRHM) State Rural Health Mission. State
Govt. only bears 10% of expense on salary. Even then why they are unable to provide
such meager amount to be paid as staff salary. This must shame our state Govt.
Some of the NRHM Contractual staffs have been serving for the last 5 to 6 years but
have not been regularized yet. Though the file has been processed countless time
for regularization of the contractual staffs of NRHM but has never been materialized.
Therefore, I would like to appeal to the CoSAAP to take up this issue very seriously.
Contractual NRHM Staff,
Immediately release land compensation
So many days, weeks, months and year have been passing but we are still waiting to
receive our land compensation alongwith 12% interest per annum and 30% solatium on
land value within the Jurisdiction of Pakke-Kessang particularly from Khodaso to
Passa. The District Land Acquisition committee of East Kameng District kept on cheating
us as most of the beneficiaries is illiterate and innocent. Many a time we met and
submitted memorandum and representation to Deputy Commissioner, East Kameng who is
the District level land Acquisition committee Chairman but no favourable outcome
and response has been received so far. From some reliable sources it was revealed
that land department of East Kameng district had paid land compensation to the land
owners without 12% interest and 30% solatium on land value which indicates that the
officials of the District Level Land Acquisition committee underestimate the people
of Pakke Kessang and have misled them in a crafty way. The entire process for acquisition
of land was also carried out in a very haphazard manner without any proper verification.
The compensation amount was paid to persons whose properties were not at all affected
and persons who are the real land owners were left out from getting any compensation.
District Level Land Acquisition Committee did not follow the established norms and
guidelines of land acquisition notifications issued from time to time, thereby, directly
affecting the right of the genuine land owners. At this stage it is pertinent to
mention herein that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh vide notification No.LM-134/2011(Pt)
dated 11.12.2012 decided that since the state of Arunachal Pradesh did not have any
proper guidelines for depositing/determination and disbursement of compensation pertaining
to acquisition of lands decided that henceforth the following procedure shall be
followed for calculation of land compensation:
I. Land Value.
II. Add 12% per annum as interest on land value to be calculated from the date of
publication of notification under section 4(1) of the Land Acquisition Act,1894 to
the date of award or date of section taking possession of lands before declaring
the award(by applying Urgency Clause) whichever is earlier.
III. Add 30% (Lump Sum) solatium on land value.
IV. Add cost of standing trees and/or any other assets on the land.
In this regard we filed a writ petition at Gauhati High Court permanent bench Naharlagun
for justice and immediate release of land compensation with 12% interest and 30%
solatium but there has been no reaction from District Level Land Acquisition Committee,
East Kameng District.
Therefore, through the column of your esteemed daily, we would like to appeal to
the Deputy Commissioner, East-Kameng to look into the matter and seek explanation
from the land department officials for non release of left out land compensation
with interest and also immediate release of 12% interest per annum with 30% solatium
on land value to the land owners without any further delay for the larger interest
of the poor public of Pakke-Kessang CD block. Failing which we shall be compelled
to file a PIL in short period.
Nabam Budh Hina, President, 12th PKLAPF
Thaddeus Techi, G.Secy, 12th PKLAPF
Kaso Techi, Convenor, 12th PKLAPF
Taker Tana, A.G.S, 12th PKLAPF
Fulfill the promise
Through your esteemed column we would like to recall legitimate promise made to LDCs/SKs
regarding enhancement of grade pay on priority by our diligent Chief Minister on
19th February’2014 during his visit to Borduria. The association was also assured
that the matter being genuine demand, the same will be placed before High Level
Committee (Pay Anomalies) which was proposed to sit on 20th of June’2014 and then
in his cabinet for consideration.
The matter is important to LDCs/SKs (Group-C) of Arunachal Pradesh as the present
scale is almost equivalent to the scale of Multi-Tasking Staff (MTS) which were earlier
Group D. And if our government does not consider the matter the same will affect
severely on recommendations of 7th Pay Commission and LDCs/SKs cadre will remain
As such through your esteemed column, firstly, we urge our Chief Minister of Arunachal
Pradesh to fulfill his promise on priority. Secondly, we would also like to rejuvenate
all LDC/SKs Association of all the Districts of Arunachal Pradesh to “Arise Awake”
so that it may not become too late.