July 06

Doimukh FC & BTFC win

ITANAGAR, July 5: The FC Doimukh defeated Mc Mohan FC by 4-0 in the 1st Takam Sharmila Gora Memorial Football Tournament held at Rajiv  Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun today. Nguri Alin (24th min), Nabam Lamin (25th min), Tame Dolu (56th min) and Tame Gungku (61st min) were scorer for the FC Doimukh.

In the second match Bamang Taji FC defeated Tugung Neri SC by 5-0. BTFC took the lead in 12th minute through Tage That, Hage Talo doubled the lead in 16th minute.

In the second half Roshan Ramching scored two goals in 41th and 47th  minute and final goal was scored by Rayu Dagiam to complete the score 5-0. By this win BTFC enter semi final where they will face ITBP (KIMIN) on  July 7.


Training prog under SJSRY

ITANAGAR, July 5: A sixty-hour skill training programme on “Beauty Culture & Hair Dressing” under the Swarna Jayanti Shahri Rozgar Yojona (SJSRY)  scheme  started at Sagalee  on July 3.   The programme is being organized by the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA), Sagalee sub-division and inaugurated by Sagalee ADC Jalash Pertin in presence of Topu Basar Ete, Chairman, M/s Gogrous Parlour cum Training Institute (GPTI), Aalo. The GPTI Aalo is the Vocational Training Provider (VTP) for the said programme.

In the inaugural speech ADC suggested the trainees to take full advantage of the programme which will conclude on July 10.


Parl. Secretary visits DIC

PASIGHAT, July 5: The Parliament Secretary (Industries) Tatung Jamoh today inspected the District Industry Center (DIC), Pasighat.

Later in an interactive cum consultative meeting with the officers and officials to modernize industrial activities, the Parliament Secretary stressed on team-work and appealed the officials to cooperate with him to run the department efficiently and effectively. He advised all to be punctual, sincere, transparent and impressive towards the common people who come to their offices for various purposes. “Our main aim now should be to make our people prosperous through our various beneficial and welfare schemes, projects and guidance”, stated Jamoh.

He directed the department to introduce biometric device in the office. DIPRO


A mass tree plantation held

PASIGHAT, July 5:  As a part of  Vanamohatshava celebration, a mass tree plantation was held in the Mirku Secondary School complex today where officers, PRI members, senior citizens, teachers, students took part.

DFO Tabang Jamoh while emphasizing the importance of plantation in saving the environment from degradation, suggested that each child should plant a tree. He informed that to create mass awareness, such plantation programs are being held in various educational and religious institutions. He appealed all especially the PRI leaders to educate the villagers about the importance of plantation in their respective areas and assured to provide technical support with saplings.

DDSE T Talom  said that Eco Clubs should encouraged in all the schools. And young generation should shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the ecological balance for their posterity. Planting of trees not only protect the atmosphere but also rejuvenate the climate. He wanted the students to protect and nurture the plants and set example for others.

Headmaster Tosing Tayeng hoped that the occasion will go a long way in imbibing a sense of “Feel green and make green”. DIPRO


Social service conducted at CHC Parbuk

ROING, July 5:  As part of the Anti-Malaria campaign a social service was conducted in the premises of Community Health Centre at Parbuk this morning.

The social service was jointly organized by the Department of Health & Family Welfare and the Lower Dibang Valley District Student Union and actively participated by the teachers and students of Parbuk Secondary School, Bolik & Kangkong Middle Schools.

The saplings of forest trees were also planted in the vicinity of the CHC accompanied by the forest staff as a part of Van Mahotsava.

It was informed that the people are facing difficulties due to shortage of doctors and health staffs as the CHC is running without an allopathic doctor with one dental surgeon and one homeopathic doctor only. The recently NHPC donated Ultrasound Machine and the x-Ray machine of CHC is also lying unused due to shortage of doctors and technicians, informed Dr D Wange, DMO Roing.


KVK conducts multi-disciplinary training prog

ITANAGAR, July 5: A team from KVK West Siang, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,  Arunachal centre, Basar conducted a one-day multidisciplinary training programme today at Pagi Village in West Siang which is about 8 Km from Basar town.

Inaugurating the programme A. Kirankumar Singh, in-charge Programme Coordinator, KVK West Siang highlighted about the importance of adoption of new and improved technology for sustainable higher production and productivity.

Rita Nongthombam SMS (Plant Breeding) explained the farmers how to conduct seed production, how to use improved high yielding varieties to get higher yield and also described the  importance of protection of plant varieties and farmers’ right act (PPV and FRA 2001).

A Kirankumar Singh also explained in detail about the SRI method of rice cultivation through power point presentation and Prasanta Mahanta, Research Associate, NHM interacted with the farmers regarding fish farming  and importance of fish for generating higher income.


Traffic checking intensified

PASIGHAT, July 5: Intensifying the traffic checking in and around the township, EAC Gobi Nyicyor along with CO, DTO, MVI and police personnel checked vehicles at various locations and imposed fines to violators. Official sources informed, altogether 63 violators were fined and seized two bikes. The team realized a sum of rupees 23,800 from the offenders under MV Act. during the day. DIPRO


School inaugurated at Mengio

ITANAGAR, July 5: The Corpus Christi Catholic Mission School, Mengio was inaugurated on July 3 last.

Addressing the inaugural session, Mengio ZPM Tarh Pasang, advised the school authority not to discriminate on religion line while taking admission of students.

While saying that education is the backbone of society and nation, he hoped that the school will bring in quality education in Mengio and Silsango circle.

The ZPM further assured to cooperate with the all round development of the school.

Many people from the area attended the inaugural function.


ACS takes up woes of Sissen villagers with Union Minister

ITANAGAR, July 5: Sissen village under Panging Assembly constituency in East Siang district once again stole the limelight as a delegation of Arunachal Civil Society headed by its chairman Patey Tayum submitted a memorandum to the visiting Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju today and appealed him to give priority on development of road connectivity and other infrastructure development activities in the Sissen village  and entire Nugo Banggo Area.

It is worth mentioning here that  the Sissen villagers had boycotted the  recently held Assembly and Parliamentary elections  in favour of their demands for road connectivity.

The ACS in its memorandum to the Union minister said that there is no road connectivity to the village. The villagers are still living in a stone-age without infrastructure like road connectivity and proper health and education facilities. In the name of road connectivity,   there is a hanging bridge over river Siang which serves as a life-line of Sissen villagers.

“Though the State Govt has accorded priority to health and education sectors, health facility is completely zero in the village”, the memorandum said adding the leaders had only promised  for all round development of  the area  and  but the promises do not see the light till date.


Rescued Slow Loris released in Pasighat RF

Pasighat, July 5: In a joint effort of Divisional Forest Office, Pasighat Forest Division and local NGO ‘Daying Ering Wildlife Foundation Eco-Development Society (DEWFEDS)’, a Slow Loris locally called 'Besung Raye' in Adi was released into Pasighat Reserve Forest this evening in presence of NGO members, DFO Tabang Jamoh and RFO Pasighat Range Osar Gao.

The primate was rescued by a member of DEWFEDS Rajiv Tayeng, while the primate was rambling and walking around his home at PI Line area Pasighat last evening. On the next day the forest official headed DFO territory Tabang Jamoh and Range Officer Osar Gao and DEWFEDS team safely released the primate at Pasighat RF.

Meanwhile, DFO Jamoh has appreciated the effort of DEWFEDS for closely working with the department to protect, preserve and conserve the forest and wildlife resources in the region.

Range Officer Osar Gao informed that earlier also four Slow Loris were released.


Support for district councils

ITANAGAR, July 5: Coming to the support of creation of Mon and Patkai Autonomous District Councils, the Wancho Students’ Union has expressed disappointment that Students’ Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) is protesting against its creation.

In a release, while advocating for the council said that it will not divide the state but is road to development of the Eastern region.

Tirap, Changlang and Longding district cannot be compared with other districts as the trio districts are still in the Dark Age. We need special attention from state and central Govts it held.


DAB meeting held at DIET

PASIGHAT, July 5: District Advisory Board (DAB) meeting was held in the office chamber of the Principal DIET on July 3 last to select candidates for DELED (Pre-Service Teacher Education) admission for 2014-06.

The board selected 30 students from 349 applicants on merit basis. Principal O Tabin officially informed that the highest percentage of the girls was 75.8 and cut-off point was given 63.4% and for boys it was 71.0%-60%. The board members advised them to be sincere in studies and Principal Tabin presented a report of APTAT examination during the meeting.  


Meritorious students felicitated

ITANAGAR, July 5: The Likha Welfare Society felicitated the meritorious students of its clan.

Hormin Likha for cracking All India Medical Entrance Examination 2013-14, Likha Taka and Likha Yama (10 CGPA in Class X Examination), Likha Harry, Yaaiam Likha, Likha Jernia and Likha Rinia of Class XII and Likha Lej for Sports (Karate) were felicitated.

Chairman APPSC Ligu Tacho advised the students to work hard for successful life.

On the other hand, The Gangte Young Star Society for Educational Development felicitated its topper Gangte Yanang for securing 10 CGPA in Class X.


‘Restore mobile towers’

ITANAGAR, July 5: A delegation of Himalayan Tribal Welfare Society (HTWS), a Lower Subansiri based organization, has called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and sought his intervention for early erection of BSNL mobile tower in Ziro-II area (Yachuli).

In its memorandum, the Society said that the people of this area have been deprived of mobile network facility till date due to non-erection of mobile tower. Though construction works for few numbers of BSNL towers started three year back,  the  erection works  (of towers) has not completed  yet, the society said.  It requested the Union Minister to intervene for restoration of mobile tower  at the earliest.


News Impact

Dree celebrated with traditional fervor

ITANAGAR, July 5: Dree -- a major festival of the Apatani community was celebrated with pomp and gaiety throughout  Arunachal Pradesh today.

In Capital Complex, the  Apatani community  celebrated the  Dree festival with traditional fervor at  Dree Ground, Papu Nallah.

Addressing the festive revellers at Dree ground here as chief guest, Home Minister Tanga Byaling, while extending Dree greetings, said  the Dree is a agricultural based festival and  the Apatani community is a pioneer in adopting  rice-fish culture in their agricultural field .

Lauding their pursuit of excellence in various spheres including academic excellence, he urged this progressive tribe to continue to keep up the spirit for excellence in days to come and to preserve their culture and tradition.

The minister also called upon the youth of the state to channelize their energy for the betterment of their society. “We must shun violence and if there are grievances, dialogue and peaceful ways of protests should be adopted.”

The guest of honour and  Parliamentary Secretary,  Horticulture, Mutchu Mithi, while lauding the Apatani community for preserving their unique identity, culture and tradition, said  that the contribution of the  Apatanis in development of state in particular and the nation in general is a matter of pride.

Chief Patron of the festival and Parliamentary Secretary Urban Development and Land management, Techi Kaso also greeted the community on the occasion and  expressed hope that the progressive community will play a guiding role and inspire other communities to emulate their achievements, particularly in areas of enterprise, academic excellence and preservation of culture.

Earlier, Chief Advisor, Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), Taba Hare speaking on the occasion urged  the Apatani community to continue to preserve and promote their indigenous cultural heritage. Chairman of the Capital Complex Dree Festival Celebration Committee 2014 (CCDFCC-2014) Millo Bida and  General Secretary Gyati Rana also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, Sahitya Akademi awardee  and IFCSAP President Y D Thongchi, Arunachal Vikas Parishad   president P Potom and other guests also joined the celebrations.

The Dree Souvenir-2014 on the theme” Our Culture, Our Pride” was released  by Byaling. He  also released the first local full length Animation Film (cassette)  of the state – “Tani versus Halyang Mikhii” produced by Michi Tamang. The guest of honour released the Abotani & Buru Pacha Comic Book published by Popi Sarmin Society and Ronghe Ronghe Audio CD produced by Dogin do Production.  Release of Book “Ritual version of Apatani Vol.111 compiled by Mihin Kaning and Yellow Page Capital Complex complied by T.N. Gambo by chief patron.  Also the online website of yellow page www.arunachalyellow pages.in was launched on the festive occasion by the Chief Patron.

To mark the occasion, the Apatani Career Guidance Forum (ACGF) felicitated meritorious students of the community under the ACGF Academic Excellence Award 2014 . The Achievers felicitated on the occasion were Tasso Rohnaya, who scored 10 CGPA with perfect A1 from VKV School, Police Colony, Itanagar in her Class X board exams, Hage Dinsung, who scored 96.4% from Assam Valley School,Tezpur, in Class XII (Arts),  Kuru Tayung , 94% from RKM Narottamnagar in Class XII(Science), Turu Chobin,  90.6% in Class XII (Commerce) and APJEE(Diploma) 2014 state topper Hage Takke  was also felicitated. A Blood donation Camp was also organized on the occasion by Vivekananda Yuva Shakti with support of CCDFCC-2014 and APSACS.

Rendition of Dree Anthem, Daminda dance, group dances by Itanagar Meder Nello, Naharlagun Meder Nello, Banderdewa Meder Nello, Niti Vihar Kids Group and  Anne Party, Pree dance traditional games and sports competitions, prize distribution, food and exhibition stalls  were the other highlights of the daylong celebrations.

ROING: Dree was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety at Multipurpose Cultural Centre at Roing today.

Attending the festival as chief guest Parliamentary Secretary for WRD Gum Tayeng extended Dree Festival greetings to the Apatani community. She lauded the way the Apatani’s have kept their culture intact and maintained it despite living far way from their native place.  She also says that it is the beauty of our state with numerous tribes celebrating their indigenous festivals in different ways showcasing their age old cultures and traditions.

Roing Block Anchal Chairperson Raja Linggi in his speech said “we have a lesson to learn from the Apatani community in the way they have successfully preserved their culture and tradition. The tribe is successfully maintaining the traditions inherited from their ancestors. The identification of the Ziro Valley as a World Heritage Site, which is second of its kind in the world itself shows how well the tribe has maintained their culture and traditions.” He expressed hope that the Ziro Valley will be declared as World Heritage Site soon which is also a matter of pride for people of the entire state.

Tage Tado, Chairman, Dree Festival  Celebration Committee, Roing highlighted the Dree Mythology and informed that in modern days, Dree is celebrated to preserve, protect and promote culture and tradition. Games & Sports and food festivals have become a part of the modern Dree celebration.

Later, Tayeng gave away the prizes to the winners of various games and sports events held during the Dree festival celebration. Meritorious Apatani students of the district were also felicitated by the Dree Festival Celebration Committee on the occasion.

Other attractions of the festivals were Apatani, Idu and Adi dance.

Among others W Tikhak, ADC, Chiliko Meto, Ex-ZPC, HoDs and PRI Leaders attended the festival. DIPRO


Daminda reverberates across Ziro valley as the Apatani celebrate Dree


ZIRO: The melodious Daminda reverberated across beautiful Ziro valley as the Apatanis celebrate Dree today. Thousands of people, including tourists from abroad assembled at Ziro Dree ground, attired in traditional dresses to witness the festivities as the priests performed the rituals for good harvest.

Parliamentary Secretary Home Likha Saaya who was the chief guest at the function, emphasised on the importance of  harmonious relation of all the tribes of the state.

Local MLA Tage Taki, who is also the chairperson of the Festival committee in his address, said that Apatanis have always lived amidst nature and spoke on the need of conservation of nature.

Highlights of 47th Dree organised by the Central Dree Festival Committee was sport, traditional and modern dances.

On Sunday evening, famed singer Lou Majou as well as various artistes from all over the state will perform.



BSNL committed to provide better service, GM tells EKSWCO

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 5: Irked with poor service, erratic network and absentee of  BSNL staffs  at Seppa in particular and East Kameng district as whole, East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) today called on General Manager BSNL Itanagar  G. Nagaswara Rao to discuss various issues relating to the BSNL service. EKSWCO team was headed by its Chairman Dr. Tachi Taku. The team members include Takar Tachang(GS), Pai Dawe (AGS) and social activist Payi Gyadi.

The high level meeting between members of EKSWCO and telecom giant was felicitated by the efforts of Chief General Manager of NE-I, Shillong circle DP Singh, Chief General Manager BSNL NE-II Dimapur circle B.C Nagaraju and Superintendent Engineer BSNL Shillong Mara Kocho considering the long pending demands of the people.  

Highlighting the various issues related to poor connectivity and erratic networks congestion in the district, Dr Taku appealed to the BSNL authority to improve its service immediately within time frame so that people of the district could enjoy better mobile phone service at par with other districts.  Taku also briefed the hardship faced by the people specially students community of the district in terms of information and communication.  EKSWCO chairman also pointed out about problems of non-availability of the BSNL staffs at district headquarter, which according to them is a major factor of people getting agitated with BSNL.

The district parental organization demanded better mobile service, internet service, media upgradation, posting of officers, improvement of based transmission stations such at Bana, Bameng and Lumdung, commissioning of mobile tower at Domdila Tajo and WLL service at Seppa. Responding to the representation GM Itanagar G. Nagaswara Rao said that BSNL is committed to provide better service in the district and the state as whole. GM informed the EKSWCO members that soon after the installation of micro-wave at Seppa for which BSNL is planning to do; the poor network and internet facility problem will be solved.  Rao however expressed displeasure over alleged unwelcoming attitude of people towards BSNL staffs.  He said such trend should be discouraged and condemned with strongest terms. He also sought cooperation from EKSWCO members to improve the service, in which the organization has assured to give full support.

The BSNL authority also raised issue of power crisis, saying that unless the BTSs get adequate power supply, the mobile service cannot be improved so easily.

Earlier, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju personally wrote letter to the BSNL Chairman cum Managing Director A.N Rai on July 02  last  seeking basic telecom services, GSM mobile service and internet service at district headquarters like Seppa, Anini, Koloriang and Hawai.  The BSNL managing Director later gave assurance to Rijiju that uncovered villages of the districts in Arunachal Pradesh would be covered by 2014.



Behali tense after 3 injured in attack

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, July 5: Three persons were allegedly shot at by miscreants around 4 am at Naharjan near Behali under Sonitpur district in Assam. Though it is not clear who were the attackers, some people from other side of the boundary were  pointing finger towards Arunachal.

When contacted, Sonitpur SP informed this daily over telephone that victims’ relatives were alleging involvement of miscreants from Arunachal Pradesh, however, she added, facts are yet to be verified and investigation is on to ascertain the truth.  

  The SP further informed that injured persons were immediately shifted to Guwahati and their condition is stated to be critical.

Disclosing that some organizations are holding discussion over the incident, the SP expressed apprehension that they may create law and order problem.  The SP also suggested the people of Arunachal to avoid travelling along NH-52 till the tension recede. Various Arunachal registered vehicles that were stranded were later escorted safely, the SP added.

Meanwhile, Inspector General of Police (IGP) Arunachal Arvind Deep informed that the incident is yet to be unearthed. Speaking to the mediapersons, he said, “We are closely in touch with Assam counterparts and are co-operating with them. We are very concerned about the incident but this should not be linked with the land disputes or boundary issues.”  

Some miscreants are apparently involved in the incident and they are yet to be identified; he said adding, “however, we cannot precisely say or blame whether they were from Arunachal or Assam.”

While stating that all out efforts are being done to identify the culprits, IGP reiterated that the incident should not be linked with land disputes or boundary issues. “Some miscreants have done it whatever the motive might be.” he added.

He further appealed the media to act tactfully and not to give out any news report without verifying the facts.



BJP will see to it that Central funds not misused: Rijiju

Itanagar, July 5: Union Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday said funds meant for Central projects would be under BJP's scanner to ensure judicious utilisation in Arunachal Pradesh.

"To play a crucial role in governance, the BJP will be more vigilant to ensure that funds allocated from Centre are not misused," the Union Minister of State for Home told reporters here.

Alleging that BADP (Border Area Development Programme) and other road projects were not implemented in the state as per the prescribed guidelines by the state government, Rijiju said the party legislators would henceforth keep track of all such projects for effective implementation.

Ridiculing the state government's claim of having a sound financial position, the Minister pointed out that revenue leakage has been reported based on ground realities.

"There might be not a crisis in the financial health, but it is not in a comfortable position. We need a prudent fiscal policy," he said, adding that the state's financial status would be brought back to normalcy with Centre's attention.

Claiming that the law and order situation in the state was far from the desired level, Rijiju pointed out that discontentment among the people was increasing and the state had turned into a land of unions and associations.

"This is because of the management and the way to run the state. I don't blame them because they have their democratic right, but this trend is not a positive sign for the state's development," he said, adding that during 80s the state never witnessed such a culture which had arise of late due to the failure of the government.

While the government has been talking of people-friendly governance, every section of the society must be in a comfortable stage, he said, exuding hope that the government would find a solution to manage the unwanted situation.  "I will always perform my dual role as a Minister as well as an MP. I can work together, if the state government will perform as per the prescribed norms. Our Prime Minister has extended all helps to the people of Arunachal Pradesh," he said.

The Union Minister said he would visit the state next August to give push for a holistic development agenda and gear up the developmental activities.

"We need to have national standards policies in Arunachal Pradesh. The proposal of the Centre to set-up a Guerrilla jungle warfare institute in the state is a good initiative," he added.

To a query regarding illegal migrants in neighbouring Assam which was a pre-poll strategy of the BJP, Rijiju, while declining to comment, said the matter was strategically important and was under active consideration of the Centre.

"We are making a strategy to give more focus on holistic approach to keep a dialogue with the underground groups (UGs), he said in reply to another question.

"Personally I don't support mega projects. It must be sustainable and beneficial to the indigenous people of the state," he said in response to people's opposition to mega dams in the state.

Rijiju, earlier on the day, chaired a party meeting and held discussions with various NGOs, institutions and civil society members from across the state on various developmental projects. PTI



AITF delegation calls on Union minister, draws Centre’s attention on important issues

ITANAGAR, July 5: A thirteen-member delegation of Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) led by its Chairman Bengia Tolum has called on the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju here today and apprised him of various important issues related to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

While pointing out the issue of Naga People’s Front (NPF)’s ‘political expansionist policy with Greater Nagalim propaganda’ in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, the AITF, the confederation of all apex community based organizations of the state, appealed  Rijiju to take up this NPF issue with concern union ministries for appropriate action.  The Forum also informed that it had already submitted memorandum  to President of India, Chief Election Commission of India  and PMO and MHA on April 4, 2014 on NPF issue.

AITF also apprised  the  MoS for Home on the Assam- Arunachal inter-state boundary issue with special reference to three member local boundary commission constituted by the Supreme Court of India and appealed him to take steps for early amicable solution to boundary issue.

Other important points which have been pointed out by the AITF included permanent solution of Chakma-Hajong refugee issue, issue of Permanent Resident Certificates (PRC) to non-APST in  Arunachal, Chinese claim over Arunachal Pradesh and stapled visa issue, safety and security of the North East people specially Arunachalees in Delhi and other Indian cities. Apart from these, the AITF also apprised him of recruitment and reservation policy for Arunachalees tribal in all Power related PSUs, specially the NEEPCO and NHPC in state.

It also informed him that many Arunachalee tribal employees of the NEEPCO are being harassed, victimised and discriminated by NEEPCO management which must be stopped immediately. The AITF also demanded that the NEEPCO & NHPC should establish their staff recruitment centres in Itanagar against all their projects within Arunachal Pradesh so that Arunachal local tribal can avail the opportunity of employment, according to  AITF release.



DUDA lacks resources to increase manpower


ROING, July 5: With increase in solid wastes in Roing town due to the growing population, the District Urban Development Agency (DUDA) is under pressure to clean the litters regularly amid serious manpower shortages and resources.

According to the department officials, DUDA has only three labourers and one truck that do all the cleaning work in whole of town. "The cleaning work is done twice a day, yet this isn't enough to clean all the dirt of the day," says Riya Powak, Deputy Director, DUDA, Roing.

"We are short of labours or we could have increased the frequency of cleaning."

He informs that the agency lacks resources to employ more numbers of labourers. "This in turn affects our efficiency in providing services to the public," says Riya.

Adding to the problem is the stray animals roaming the streets that feed on these wastes and litters it all over. "We can't enforce people to comply with law," says Riya. "What we need is administrative support to control the menace of stray animals." The market area in Roing is all filled with dirt and filth giving the general appearance of the town unpleasant and unwelcoming. Dr Manaya Mena, who works with a local women's NGO says that unpleasant look of the town has negative effect on growth of a town.

"A clean and pleasant looking town will add to personal and community values improving the reputation of the town. This will help attract investments and create pride for our town and sense of attachment to it," says Mena.

With so much of expectations, DUDA authorities proposes solution in community participation. "We expect local NGOs and community based organizations to come forward; to instill sense of ownership and responsibility on the citizens for their town," says Tao Tadap, Urban Project Officer (UPO), DUDA.

He says that atleast CBOs from local tribal community can take the lead to show people through a mass social service for people to follow similar footsteps in cleaning their town.

For regular cleaning up of town on sector wise, Tao proposes that a colony wise committee can be formed and funds generated locally to meet the expenses. He also proposes that local bodies like Roing Anchal Samity and Roing bazaar committee could also contribute for funds to meet manpower requirement in the department.

Despite severe constraints, the authority says it is going on with its regular cleaning up activities. "We always look towards the government for providing the needed manpower and resources," adds Riya.



Countless problems plaguing Linka villagers,  Govt silent

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, July 5: Though the government has poured in huge amount in the name of agriculture and rural development in East Siang district, the people of Linka village along Assam-Arunachal boundary here are surviving with countless problems. Alleged step-motherly attitude of the successive state governments has made the life of villagers miserable.

Talking to this correspondent, leading citizens of the village have informed  that they were suffering a lot due to lack of rural road connectivity and safe drinking water supply in the village. About 35 families of the village depend upon a small waterfall aside the village to fetch their drinking water.

According to the villagers, the local MLA, MP and other leaders elected from this area are showing utter negligence towards development of the village. No remarkable development has been achieved during the last one and half decade.

Pointing out the major problems faced by the villagers, Linka village secretary Sakge Gadi said that basic need such as safe drinking water and telecommunication are still eluding the village, while the residents are crying for development of rural road connectivity. Besides it, flood and erosion posed by Sille river flowing down aside the village is unabatedly eroding fertile cropland for the years, but the authority concerned, even after repeated appeals has not taken any anti-erosion measure.

The rural farmers of the village are allegedly not backed by district agriculture department. They have neither received a single agriculture assets nor machinery under agriculture schemes in subsidized rate. Due to lack of technical feed back, the farmers are still adopting old traditional methods of wet cultivation (Pani kheti) and other farming.

“We are not aware of the latest agriculture schemes nor introduced with any agriculture field officers. Being ignorant, we are still adopting the traditional methods of agriculture to sustain our livelihood”, rued Tayi Potom, a progressive farmer of the village.

Located at 5 km from Ruksin town, Linka village is one of the old villages in Pasighat West area. Settled on a hilly terrain on the right bank of Sille river flowing down from Ledum hillside, the villagers have been surviving with agriculture and allied activities. But, herd of wild elephants usually move in the area damage their crops, incurring loss every year. The wild pachyderms come out from nearby Poba Reserve Forest feed on their crops; damage field huts and create havoc in human habitations.

Expressing string concern over frequent jumbo havoc in the area, Linka Head Gaon Burah Taje Tapak alleged that the authority does not pay proper compensation against the loss of property and crop damage.

According to him, the forest depart is well aware of the serious problem but maintaining a mum over the issue, which is causing a great deal of dissatisfaction among the poor farmers.

“Our anger stems on the fact that the forest officials never tries to regulate elephant movement in the area. Frequent elephant havoc and large scale crop damage every year led us to cross the limit of toleration. Now we are requesting the authority either to control movement of the wild elephants or permit us to kill them in order to save our lives and properties”, said a visibly irritated Head Gaon burah.



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