NES academic excellence award-2014 presented to meritorious students
ITANAGAR, July 17: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has conferred academic excellence
award-2014 to meritorious students of its clan in a glittering function held at Dera
Natung Government College Auditorium on Wednesday. The award consists of cheque,
memento, certificate and a tunam (pomo muffler).
Among the top ten toppers of the Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examination-2014
(APJEE), 2nd rank holder Miss Mamta Beyong, 4th rank holder Miss Tadar Nyedar and
9th rank holder Tidir Lomdak were awarded. In the All India Senior School Certificate
Examination-2014 (AISSCE) the three top position holders in science stream among
the Nyishi students - Heri Tath, Phassang Pama and Miss Tadar Sahi were honoured
with award. In Humanities stream, Miss Honiya Dakpe, Rikam Sangyu and Gida Sima
have been awarded and finally, (in Commerce stream), Miss Tassar Ama, Licha Tain
and Tariang Chatum were awarded.
Congratulating the achievers, Parliamentary Secretary Urban Development, Town Planning
and Land Management cum MLA Techi Kaso exhorted the young achievers to keep up the
tempo on mission mode to achieve their goals in life. Kaso further advised them not
to be complacent and go disarray. The parliamentary secretary firmly stated that
the civil society must come out openly in guarding the interest of the community
and take tough stand against anti-social elements who defame the community.
NES president Bengia Tolum in his address advised the academic achievers to live
up to the expectation of their parents and the community. The young generation should
be deep-rooted with our age old cultural ethos, traditions and other social systems,
he empathically appealed. Tolum also acknowledged the role of parents in brilliant
academic pursuit of their wards, saying that parents and guardians deserved kudos
for nursing and nurturing the achievers.
General Secretary, Tarh Tabin informed that the award to All India Secondary School
Examination toppers have been discontinued from last year. While congratulating the
academic achievers, he said, “It is a tribute to your parents, your elders and your
community”. He also gave a brief outline of the Nyishi-Mizo Interaction-2014 from
8th-10th May 2014 to inculcate the working system of the Young Mizo Association (YMA).
Dr. Ligu Tacho, former President, NES and Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Public Service
Commission, Likha Teji, APCS topper-2003 also spoke on the occasion and encouraged
The Nyishi Elite Society further hoped that the members of the community shall come
forward to support such initiatives in future to enable the organization to render
effective community service in the days to come.
AYSU demands police post at Yachuli
ITANAGAR, July 17: The All Yachuli Students’ Union (AYSU) has expressed disappointment
over the repeated robbery of Yachuli branch of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank (APRB).
In a release, while referring to it as a bad example for the society, it called for
immediate setting up of a police post at Yachuli and also appealed the APRB management
for a special security guard to avoid such incident in future.
Further, hailing the Lower Subansiri police for cracking the case within no time
with the help of the local public of Yachuli, it urged the law enforcing authority
of the district to award severe and exemplary punishment to the culprits involved
in the crime.
KKSU reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, July 17: The Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) has yet again reiterated
its demand of release of ex-gratia to the victim of APST bus accident in Assam on
June 1 last claiming that the ex-gratia is yet to be received by the victim’s family.
In a release, it said that even the compensation to the other injured passengers
have not been given yet.
It demanded termination of the driver of the ill fated bus claiming that the driver
was drunk and that he was driving continuously without exchanging shifts.
While also saying that the bus was carrying a dead body in it, it sought enquiry
into the conducts of the staffs of that particular bus so that such negligence is
not repeated in future.
The union further condemned the assault of student leader Unti Umbrey and two others
and demanded the Capital police to arrest all the culprits involved in the attack.
ITANAGAR, July 17: A meeting in connection with celebration of Independence Day on
15th August, 2014 was held in the office of the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner
After a threadbare discussion, the meeting, attended among others by Banderdewa PTC
Principal, Additional Superintendent of Police, administrative officers and head
of offices of line and development departments, chalked out the programme for celebration
of Independence Day, 2014.
ITANAGAR, July 17: In view of the large number of applications received this year
for the courses offered by RGU’s Department of Mass Communication, the venue for
the Admission Test has been re-designated. The Tests will now be held at the Institute
of Distance Education in the University Campus at Rono Hills on Saturday, 19th July
2014. While the MA and CCGA admission test will be held from 10 am, the PGDMC test
is scheduled from 2 pm. The department today brought out the list of eligible candidates
from an overwhelming number of applicants and is expecting a new crop of media students
to join the programs offered here.
Vardhan announces fund, slew of sops for health sector in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, July 17: Expressing deep shock at the dismal health scenario of Arunachal
Pradesh, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan, Secretary Lov
Verma and additional secretary (NRHM) K C Tripathy on Wednesday committed a slew
of programmes and other help to Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul for
rejuvenating the sector.
Though the state government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has given top priority
to health and education sectors, Pul in his indomitable style armed with huge statistics
explained the crux of the chronic problem and inability to make the health delivery
Absence of basic services, like ration, health, education, water and power supply
had forced the locals along international border of the strategic state to migrate
to the urban areas leaving the areas unguarded, thus causing security concern as
people from across the border could settle down in the no men’s land, Pul reasoned.
Arunachal Pradesh (Formerly NEFA), a cent percent tribal state, witnessed development
during union territory period till 1987. After attaining statehood development became
a mirage for its zero revenue base and poor funding on population criteria while
the Centre turning a blind eye even after the 1962 debacle, Pul said and wondered
should the people living in inaccessible and far-flung border areas be denied theses
Distressed to know that the state had only 544 health sub-centres (less than 15 per
cent) to serve 4065 villages against one for each village while total stood at 756
including CHC, PHC and district hospitals, Vardhan dialed Verma to hear from the
experienced minister from the border area and genuinely redress the shortcomings
to develop a result-oriented health delivery system.
On being told that the state was unable to meet health criteria prescribed by the
Indian Public Health Standard (IPHS), the infant mortality rate (IMR), maternity
mortality rate (MMR) and total fertility rate (TFR) for inadequate manpower, lack
of fund, equipments and vehicles, Verma and Tripathy dittoed the minister’s assurance
to extend help if the state government meets the conditions and pay prescribed state
Commitment: * Rs 33 crore (state’s 2014-15 first quarter fund for National Rural
Health Mission) withheld for non-fulfillment of conditions would be released. *
Fund would be released soon for upgradation of Arunachal State Hospital to a 500-beded
multi-specialty hospital along with medical college. * Fund for nursing school in
Itanagar and Pasighat to begin session from August-September next. * Funds for furniture
and other support to make the district hospitals at Koloriang, Hayuliang, and Daporijo
under the forward linkage programme of the NRHM (The hospitals were yet to function
for above deficit). * Fund for ambulance to introduce 102 and 108 services. * Salary
component would be borne by the Centre for recruitment of specialists (state has
shortfall of 564) besides general duty MOs and nurses. * Salary of doctors under
vertical programmes like NRHM, malaria, school health programme would be hiked and
made equal considering state’s difficult service condition. * Services of 356 ANMs
would be extended while Pul has proposed 88 additional ANMs. * Funding for 544 multiple
purpose workers (MPW) would be resumed. * 16 ambulance drivers under NRHM terminated
would be reinstated.
Expressing his satisfaction at the overwhelming response, Pul disclosed that the
union minister has accepted his invitation to visit the state leading a high level
delegation soon to see the ground realities for himself.
CM seeks Centre’s support for early construction of Greenfield airport
NEW DELHI, July 17: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this evening called on Union Minister
of Civil Aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju at New Delhi and appealed for sanctioning
of the Greenfield Airport at Hollongi to enable the start of construction activities
in the current financial year.
The CM while expressing the commitment of the State Government to enhance air connectivity
in the state briefed Raju about the urgency of the proposed Greenfield Airport, the
Detailed Project Report (DPR) of which has already been prepared by the Airports
Authority of India (AAI).
CMD of AAI Alok Sinha, who was present in the meeting, informed the CM that AAI has
already sought necessary budgetary provisions for the Greenfield Airport to facilitate
its early sanction. Sinha also mentioned that he is in regular touch with the State
Government to finalize the modalities at an early date.
In view of the increasing air traffic from the State to different parts of the country,
CM Tuki appealed for increasing the frequency of commercial flights to Lilabari Airport
in Lakhimpur which is within the vicinity of the State capital.
“Till such time the Greenfield Airport is operational, as a stop gap arrangement
increased flights to Lilabari would benefit the commuters from the State,” he emphasized.
Among other issues, they also discussed the status of Airports at Tezu and Pasighat,
which are at different stages of implementation. Secretary Civil Aviation Ashok Lavasa
was also present in the meeting.
Earlier in the day, the CM called on Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)
for Sports & Youth Affairs, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Sarbananda Sonowal
and sought his support towards overall youth development in the state.
In a detailed discussion with the Union Minister, Tuki outlined his vision for sports
development in the State and especially focused on creation of sports infrastructure
right from the block to district levels. “In view of the budding talent in various
sports, it is my priority to provide adequate infrastructure for all sports lovers
in the state. Our Vision 2030 for Sports and Youth Affairs embodies the collective
dreams and aspirations of the youth of the state and I will ensure that we achieve
all round excellence at all levels,” Tuki asserted.
Sonowal acknowledged the achievements of different sports persons of the state and
assured that he would fully support the State Government to develop state of the
art sports infrastructure and other ancillary support.
They also discussed ways to expand the scope of the ongoing Skill Development programmes
in the state. Sonowal assured that adequate attention would be given to establish
Skill Development Centres (SDCs) in the state and lauded the CM for initiating the
Job Mela events for the benefit of the local youth.
DC pays unannounced visit to fair price shops
ROING, July 17: With an effort to streamline the PDS system in Lower Dibang Valley
District, Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar made a surprise inspection of Fair Price
Shops (FPS) in and around the Roing township.
During his inspection, the Deputy Commissioner accompanied by Sanjay Taram, Town
Magistrate and Rabo Ratan, DF&CSO gone through the stock & sale register of PDS items.
As per the Stock & Sale Register of FPS, all the PDS items have been sold to the
Ration Card Holders where as RC Holders complaints of not getting PDS item on regular
basis are often received, DC said. He asked the DF&CSO to randomly write down at
least ten names of Ration Card Holders from the FPS Sale Register for further verification.
He cautioned that if any mismatched are found then stringent action would be initiated
against the FPS.
DC also asked the DF&CSO to fix the prices of Essential Commodities in the Roing
market in order to check the burgeoning prices in the open market. The Deputy Commissioner
also inspected the S K Oil Retailer. He was dismay to find that no proper store was
maintained by the Retailer for stocking of the S K Oil. He further cautioned them
to suspend their Retail Licence if no proper separate store for stocking of S K Oil
are made and also warned that if any illegal selling of S K Oil is found in the open
market without valid licence, then necessary action would be taken against the defaulter
as per the law.
Earlier, Kumar also inspected the FCI Base Depot at Roing. He asked the Depot Incharge
to immediately submit the lifting report of the PDS item by the Wholesale Nominee
after his lifting to DC office so that further distribution of the PDS item can be
monitored in time. He further suggested to sale the Wheat to the Hostels instead
of letting them to rot in the godown if there is limited consumption by the Ration
Card Holders. He also asked them to keep the Depot clean and hygiene.
Later, the team inspected the Border Facilitation Centre at Shantipur Gate where
he asked the Inspector, Tax & Excise to check any kind of revenue leakage and also
to ensure that the entry tax & VAT are correctly collected after thorough checking
of the goods imported. He also directed the Town Magistrate to make surprise checking
of the vehicles at Meka Tri-junction from time to time. DIPRO
AAPSU condemns attack on student leader
ITANAGAR, July 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today strongly condemned
the barbaric attack on Unti Umbrey, former AIMSU president at his rented house here
on July 11 last.
Questioning the state home department for its delay in nabbing the culprits despite
‘enough evidence like CCTV, eyewitness and other materials’, the AAPSU demanded the
state government for immediate arrest of all the accused involved in the case and
deliver justice to the victims. “Fortunately the victims in the attack are alive
and they also know most of the attackers then why the government fails to arrest
the culprits, it further questioned. “There should not be a space for such criminals
in the society”, AAPSU said adding such ugly crime can be done by spineless people
who do not have a sense of humanity and they deserve punishment as per law.
Strongly criticizing the state Govt, particularly the ministry of home affairs, for
its alleged failure to manage security system in the Capital Complex in particular
and the state as a whole, the AAPSU in a release said “People in the state are living
with fear psychosis and have lost faith in the state government.” Claiming that the
home minister Tanga Byaling has failed to provide sense of security to the people,
the AAPSU further said that HM should resign from his job for the betterment of people.
Emphasizing the need of promoting and maintaining the communal harmony, AAPSU said
the Apex student body would give top priority on communal harmony as it is very important
for peaceful co-existence. “Everyone should co-operate each other in the crisis
and help to find the criminals at least to ensure punishment. Communalizing the incident
shall be a big mistake and it will pose a threat to our peaceful co-existence,” AAPSU
said. It further appealed all concerned not to make any irresponsive remarks in various
media which may mislead the society.
Meanwhile, while condemning the attack on Unti Umbrey, AdiSU also questioned
the delay in nabbing the attackers. AdiSU appealed all concerned not to give communal
colour in this regards because no community or organisation endorse crimes. “We want
culprits behind the bar as early as possible, it said.
PPA rebuts Rio’s allegations
ITANAGAR, July 17: While welcoming the resignation of Neiphio Rio from the post of
NERPF convenor, the PPA clarified that the setback faced by the Forum consisting
of 10 regional parties of North East States in recently concluded State and Parliament
Elections is primarily due to lack of cohesion and communication gap amongst the
constituents of NERPF.
Stating that the support extended to NDA in the Lok Sabha election by NERPF Convener
at Dimapur in March 27, 2014 was a unilateral decision and the consent of PPA was
not taken, Tsering Naksang, the Party General Secretary reminded Rio that the original
resolution adopted by NERPF at Guwahati convention was to maintain equal distance
from both Congress and the BJP and further that the Regional Parties would not work
against the interest of each other in both Parliament and Assembly Elections. However,
in contrast to such a resolution, the NERPF Chief allowed NPF to contest against
PPA candidates in many seats in Patkai region as well as far of locations like the
33 Menchuka Assembly Constituency in West Siang district. Therefore, to blame PPA
of violating NERPF spirit is untrue and at best can be seen as the political requirement
on the part of Rio.
So far five MLAs of PPA voting to Congress candidate in recently concluded Rajya
Sabha election is concerned, the PPA had already issued strictures to its legislators
for not maintaining equal distance and further adhering to Party directives without
dilution in future. Submitting the clarification letter addressed to Atul Bora Co-convener
of the NERPF, Tsering Naksang urged Bora to intervene and make the stand of the NERPF
clear vis a vis the Congress and BJP.
“While it might have been convenient and easy for NPF which has DAN Govt in state
of Nagaland to extend unconditional support to NDA at the Centre, the situation
in Arunachal which has complete domination of the Congress on one hand and step-brother
treatment by BJP one the other compounded with the attitude of fatalism and untouchability
towards the resource crunch regional party like PPA,” Naksang said and stressed
the need for revamping the ‘confused NERPF’ and initiating a major political debate
over the relevance of the regional parties in North East especially in the wake
of a scenario wherein the dominant parties are increasingly spreading their tentacles
to gobble up the entire natural and cultural resources of the virgin North East States
- all in the name of nation building and national integration.
Naksang further stated that “omission of DAN leader and convenor of NERPF Rio and
the leader of National People’s Party PA Sangma from the Modi led Cabinet is most
unfortunate and speaks volume of the BJP’s step mother treatment towards the aspirations
of the People of the North East India.”
Coordination meeting on disaster management
YUPIA, July 17: A District Level Coordination meeting was convened at DC’s office
here yesterday to get timely assistance from the Defense Forces and Central Para
Military Forces (CPMF) in the matter of disaster management, relief, law & order
problem and to deal with insurgency problems (if takes place) in the district. The
meeting also discussed issues related to acquisition of land for defence forces and
other general issues.
Addressing the meeting, DC Tai Kaye informed that on July 11 last a meeting was convened
by Chief Minister in which CM insisted to give priority for land allotment to the
police force and CPMFs in the state.
DC instructed ITBP to help district administration to deal with any disaster in the
district and to maintain properly the Govt. accommodation provided to them by DA.
The DC also requested to recruit local youths of Arunachal in ITBP and keep high
alert in the bordering areas.
Responding to DC, the Commandant H Nauriyal, 31st ITBP Yupia agreed to give full
support in all fronts. Dy. Commandant 10th Bn ITBP Kimin also informed that the land
for ITBP firing range at Kimin has been surveyed and requested for notification of
the same. He also informed that they are having crisis management team to deal with
disasters during any occasion.
Dy. SP Yupia Keni Bagra present in the meeting informed that State Disaster Response
Force (SDRF) is readily available at Police HQ to deal with disaster. Dy. SP also
requested to provide land allotment for an A class Police Station at Yupia. ADC,
Yupia, DDMO, officers of 31st Bn ITBP, Yupia, 10th Bn ITBP, Kimin and other staffs
attended the meeting. DIPRO
East Siang DC holds meeting with PPWC on power scenario
PASIGHAT, July 17: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava held a meeting
with Okom Yosung, President, Pasighat People Welfare Committee (PPWC) and its Secretary
in presence of G. Doji SE(Power), Denong Tamuk Chief Councilor of PMC), Kaling Dai,
ZPC, Aken Jonkey, EE (Highway) and others regarding the power scenario in the district.
Addressing the members, Nidhi said that the departmental officers and staffs are
doing their best with their limited resources to battle the power crisis. She informed
that the matter has already been discussed with concern authority especially regarding
extension of agreement for drawal of power from Jonai to Pasighat. She wanted more
responsibility and dedication from the officers with inter departmental coordination.
She appealed all to approach the Govt. for early redressal and not to resort to agitations
which will benefit none.
Denong Tamuk and Kaling Dai supported the extension of the agreement to supply power
via Jonai. The Govt should be pursued to allot fund for completion of remaining works
of the 132KV line. They advocated that the checking of illegal power tapping should
be intensified. All support and cooperation to take up the matter with the Govt.
will be lent, they assured. G. Doji, SE (Power) presented the overall power supply
status and physical progress of the 132KV line tower from Aalo to Pasighat. The Mechanism
of drawal of power from outside the state was highlighted by the SE. Doji informed
that the CE (power ) has communicated to the Chief General Manager, Assam Power Distribution
Company Ltd .for extension of agreement for power drawal from Jonai to Pasighat.
Status reports of Rina, Sille and Yembung hydels were also highlighted by him.
Okom Yosung and Oyin Moyong informed that despite repeated assurances by the Govt.
there has not been any significant improvement in the construction of 132 KV line.
They wanted to know the reason for delay in completion of the project and why it
was not handed over to Power Grid. They enquired about the status of the enquiry
report and action taken by the Govt. The Govt. should place fund for the purpose
in the AOP and ensure transparency by fixing responsibility on the officers, they
said. Frequent meeting of the Monitoring Committee will be of great help they opined.
If they get positive response from the Govt, then they will stall the proposed agitations
they assured and appealed the DC to highlight their grievances. The Deputy Commissioner,
assured to highlight their grievances to the Govt. DIPRO
Zilla Sainik Board meeting held
ZIRO, July 17: A meeting of Zilla Sainik Board of Lower Subansiri District was held
at the office chamber of Additional Deputy Commissioner here yesterday.
Chairing the meeting, in-charge Deputy Commissioner R. K. Borthakur, ADC asked member
secretary Nima Drema, district disaster management officer (DDMO) to highlight govt
schemes or any other welfare measures available to Ex- Serviceman. He also asked
General Secretary, Ex- Servicemen Association, Ziro to express their problems and
grievances being faced by the Ex-service men of the district.
Nima Drema while highlighting on various welfare schemes available for ex-servicemen
said, that she used to communicate them in time as and when necessary and also circulate
at least once a year on the matter related to absorption of eligible Ex-Servicemen
in various line departments/ private companies/ financial institutions.
Informing availability of financial assistance for NOK in the form of Demise Grant
from Army Central Welfare Fund, she requested living ESM to inform their nearest
NOK to avail the same.
Tilling Tadi, General Secretary, Ex- Servicemen, Ziro while expressing their problem
desired that recruitment rallies are conducted at every district headquarters so
that children of poor ex- servicemen can participate in the rally. He also desired
that some concession is provided to the wards of ESM in recruitment process as well
as in selection for admission in educational institutions like Sainik Schools/ R.K.
Mission Schools/ V.K.V Schools/ Navovidya Schools.
Stating that they have no alternative source of income otherwise than their meager
amount of pension, he also desired that re- employment opportunity is given to Ex-
Servicemen particularly grade- D post if any vacancy comes up in any government department
or private sector like power greed/ jindal company or in banks like SBI/ rural bank/
central bank etc.
Expressing unhappiness over the delay in delivery of official letters to Ex- Servicemen,
he requested concern authority to make it available on time so that they could avail
welfare schemes of Ministry of Defense.
While asking for a plot of land for construction of Sainik Aram Ghar, he requested
concern authority for give special preference to ESM in land allotment as most of
them don not have land in township areas.
He further informed that though SBI, Ziro branch has provided a special counter for
pension related transactions but it is only for first seven days of the month i.e.
1st to 7th, due to which some of our colleague could not draw their monthly pension.
The concession on LPC fee as provided in army’s guideline should be passed to ESM
for which he requested DLRSO to obtain the guideline from the state government. He
also desired that the concern authority obtain guidelines related to provisioning
quota for ESM’s ward in recruitment process/ format for applying Defense auction
vehicles/ format for PM scholarship/ purnivas /guideline of ESM etc. from RSB/KSB.
Talking about financial assistance to Ex-Servicemen as old age pension or in distress
etc as provided in the guidelines of Directorate General Resettlement, Ministry of
Defense, New Delhi, he requested for obtaining confirmation from RSB/ KSB.
Referring to a shed that was allotted to ESM a few years back under ESM quota at
Gandhi Market, Hapoli to sell their auctioned dresses but was taken back later on
by the Panchayat leaders, he requested ZSB to take up the matter.
Taking note of the points from ex-servicemen, R.K. Borthakur, ADC, in-charge Deputy
Commissioner, assured to look into the matters for well being of Ex- Servicemen as
well as their wards and the widows which include provisioning of welfare scheme and
facilities available to ESMs, re-employment of eligible Ex- Servicemen in government
Semi-govt and private establishment and also the pension problems with SBI.
Changlang North MLA seeks cooperation, assures all-round development
CHANGLANG, July 17: “Welfare of the downtrodden and needy people should be the prime
focus of our effort”, said Changlang North MLA Tesam Pongte while interacting with
the officers and officials of PHE department, Rural Development Agency, PWD, RWD,
WRD, Electricity, Veterinary, Industry, Textile and Handicraft, treasury, Museum,
Library, Forest and transport service, Changlang. The MLA was visiting the offices
at the district headquarters in order to take stock of the prevailing status of offices.
“I am determined to bring positive changes in my district at all levels in terms
of better health facility, better education system, more employment opportunity,
social security, infrastructure, etc and for that I need your co-operation’’, said
Pongte during his interacting with officers and officials for better co-ordination
and to redress their grievances if any.
Terming all the departments as media of development he urged them all to take up
their responsibilities with utmost sincerity while assuring them to render his every
possible help. He insisted that development should take place in reality instead
of in papers only.
Pongte also visited the office of Superintendent of Police, Changlang where he had
a candid discussion with the SP on prevailing law and order situation. He was assured
by the SP, Vijay Kumar for dedication and excellent service from his department to
ensure peace and tranquility in the district. Pongte also visited the Central Jail,
Changlang and took stock of the facilities being extended to the prisoners. He interacted
with the prisoners and gave motivational speech to change their mindset to return
to mainstream and live a normal life. He also interacted with the jail authorities
and discussed their grievances.
The MLA also visited Govt Middle School-II and interacted with tiny tots of the school
and motivated them to be good students. He said that there should not be abatement
in interest of studies. He urged teachers to impart inspirational teachings. Appreciating
the good performance of the school, he hinted for up-gradation of Govt Town Middle
School-II and Laktong to Secondary Level.
The departments also placed their grievance which he averred to find out an appropriate
solution. AE, WRSD, Changlang requested the MLA for shifting of his whole office
in a safer area which is endangered and may slide down at any time. DIPRO
Kipa Kaha appointed APCSD chief organizer
NEW DELHI, July 17: Kipa Kaha has been appointed as the new Chief Organizer of Arunachal
Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) with immediate effect after Congress President
Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi approved his appointment at New Delhi
today. The appointment was confirmed and communicated to APCC President Padi Richo
by All India Congress Seva Dal Chief Organiser Mahendra Joshi.
Born to Late Kipa Hanu and Kipa Sampuk at Nyapin in 1976, Kaha has been one of the
most loyal and active workers in the frontal wings of the Indian National Congress
including the Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) and APCSD. He is also a well
known social activist and sports organizer associated with various social causes.
He has been the Vice Chairman of the State Unit of Congress Seva Dal for the past
four years. In a political career spanning over more than one and a half decades,
Kaha served in various organizational posts including Vice President APYC (2005-10),
General Secretary APYC (2001-2005) , Secretary APYC (1999-2001), General Secretary,
INTUC (2003-2005) and former State Co-ordinator cum Chairman of the Rajiv Gandhi
While expressing his gratitude to Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Vice President
Rahul Gandhi for giving him important responsibility, Kaha said “I am a firm believer
in the ideology of the Congress and would work towards strengthening the Party in
Arunachal in the coming days. Congress has always been in the hearts of the people
of the state and I will work in close co-ordination with Chief Minister and APCC
Chief to make Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal one of the most vibrant organizations
in the entire Region”.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, APCC Chief Padi Richo, AICC General Secretary Luizinho
Faleiro, APYC President Nyamar Karbak were among a host of others who congratulated
Kaha and offered their best wishes to him.
5th edition of Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Cup Football Tournament begins on July 19
ROING, July 17: The fifth edition of the Naba Ita Pulu Memorial Cup Football Tournament
will be held here from 19th July 2014 to 14th August 2014.
This was revealed by Anjite Menjo, General Secretary, District Football Federation
A total twenty teams are participating in this year's football tournament. The tournament
for the first time will be held under the aegis of DFF, an organization formed in
January this year.
DFF was formed along with the District Olympic Association (DOA) led by its President
Ambra Mena to actively promote and nurture the talents in sports field.
This year's tournament will see the emergence of the first ever registered football
club in the district - Roing United Football Club (RUFC), which will be inaugurated
after the tournament.
"We will be selecting 8 best players for RUFC in this tournament. Rest will be selected
from Tezu and Anini," informed Menjo. "With formation of RUFC, it will be the first
non Itanagar football team to play in Arunachal Football League to be held later
this year," he added.
The tournament will be inaugurated by the Chief Guest Shiv Kumar, IAS, Deputy Commissioner,
Roing. He will be accompanied by the Guest of Honour Matheim Linggi, member, State
An Israeli official said on Thursday the Jewish state had agreed a ceasefire with
Hamas that will begin at 3.00am GMT on Friday, but the Islamist movement said it
had "no information" on a deal. The potential breakthrough came as a major confrontation
between Israel and Hamas militants entered its tenth day, with fighting so far claiming
231 lives in Gaza and one in Israel in the worst fighting in and around the enclave
in five years.
A fragile five-hour humanitarian ceasefire, called for by the UN, went into effect
at 0700 GMT, but three mortars fired from Gaza hit Israel two hours later, the army
said. Hamas denied any projectiles had been fired. Gaza militants have fired nearly
1,400 rockets at Israel during the Israeli operation, which began July 8, well over
1,000 of which have hit the Jewish state, the army says. Israel has launched more
than 1,750 raids on Gaza. Worst victim has been the citizen of Gaza city. The Palestine
territory is witnessing humanitarian crisis and this war has potential to cause long
term damage to Israel-Palestine relation. There is also growing fear that ISIS militants
may try to use the situation and lure Palestine youths to join them. International
community in particularly western power block should immediately intervened and stop
this war before it takes ugly turn.
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Reinstall principles of transparency, accountability, justice and rule of law
Montesquieu, the famed medieval French Jurist and Political Philosopher, once said
“the deterioration of every Government begins with the decay of the principles on
which it was founded”. Transparency, accounta-bility and rule of law, the core principles
that assist any Government of the day to carry out its responsibilities dutifully
and serve the people, are today being moulded and shaped by the public servants in
Arunachal Pradesh in such ways that it has not only undermined the system of good
governance and created a system that leaves behind no positive motivation for the
next generations, but also has defeatd the very values and goals of a democratic
and pro-people oriented Government.
It is, therefore, not surprising that the younger generation tend to emulate the
elders and bend laws and take it into their own hands. Zenith of all these are the
student unions and various breeds of associations that has dotted the entire map
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Uniquely, the political contours of Arunachal are drawn by pyramid of ‘babus’ and
top-shot technocrats and bureaucrats, who not only blackmail the legislators during
and after elections but, given a chance, themselves become a legislator or at least
they try to be one. There were and are many public leaders who ventured into public
life to genuinely serve the people. But many of them have been crucified for their
zeal of serving the people but had failed, at the same time , to accommodate the
unending appetite for power, comfort, greed for money and ego of these public servants.
Don’t blame the politicians alone. In most of the cases, the real culprits are these
‘babus’, especially the technocrats who are incharge of on-the-field execution of
numerous developmental work which are underway in Arunachal, which has given them
an extra opportunity to indulge in corruption, given the fact that the people are
not well aware of their rights, or are too dependent on them. In any case, it’s the
death of principles of transparency and accountability.
The demand by various associations, unions and bodies for transparency in transfer
and posting of public servants, which are only growing day by day, is a matter that
the Government has to seriously ponder upon and initiate actions in right earnest.
However, people should also realize that no one would like to be the modern day Julius
Caesar, who was killed by a bunch of Senators who feared that Caesar was taking away
their power and influence. Therefore, people’s awareness, support to the elected representatives
and resilience not to fall prey to the conspiracies and pressures of these ‘babus’,
are key to reinstalling principles of transparency, accountability, justice and rule
of law. This would also give the Government in power the courage and political will
to take up the cleaning up job for the welfare of the people. But leaders who are
not motivated to serve the people should be shown the way to the highway.
The contractors and entrepreneurs of Arunachal live in a symbiotic relation with
these ‘babus’ and are equally responsible for the prevailing conditions in Arunachal.
I guess, the lesser said the better. But in this war for power and ranks, I only
see victory for the people and an opportunity for the Government to implement its
policies guided by the democratic principles and values of good governance, and free
itself of the unholy nexus of these ‘babus’ and ‘CONEtractors’.
However, people need to be equally careful in order to avoid creation of a Frankenstein’s
monster out of these merchant guilds who would try to grab too much power in the
hands, given the fact that they are, as for now, over-shadowed by these ‘babus’.
People should also ensure that the Julius Caesars do not turn into dictators themselves.
Not all babus, contractors and politicians are the same as has been stated in this
article. Respect continues for the torchbearers of democratic principles.
IP University, Delhi
Budget has belied the expectations of Scheduled Caste and Tribes
Arun Jaitley’s budget for 2014-15 ignores plight of scheduled castes and scheduled
The recent Union budget for 2014-15 has brought no significant policy for inclusive
and equitable growth as promised by the Modi Government and has belied the expectations
of Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribes.
The Union Budget 2014-15 should have allocated Plan funds under the Scheduled Caste
Sub Plan (SCSP) and the Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) in proportion to the population shares
of SCs (16.8 percent) and STs (8.7 percent). However, the allocation is Rs 50,548.16
crore (8.79 percent) for SCs and Rs 32,386.84 crore (5. 63 percent) for STs.
The funds earmarked under SCSP and TSP should have projects and interventions meant
exclusively for SCs and STs. However, this year the SCSP and TSP have to bear the
burden of partly funding the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme
(MNREGS), a wage-based programme, too.
So, when we deduct the amount allocated to MNREGS from the SCSP then the total allocation
decreases to Rs 43,208.08 crore, which is 7.51 percent; similarly, when we deduct
the amount from the TSP, the amount reduces to Rs 26,714.96 crore, which is 4.64
The budget has a shortfall of Rs 49,941 crore to the SCSP and Rs 20,435.04 crore
to the TSP, while last year the shortfall stood at Rs 48,401 crore to the SCSP and
Rs 20,938 crore to the TSP. The budget is no different from earlier exercises so
far as Dalits and Adivasis/ Scheduled Tribes are concerned.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has made an allocation of Rs 82,935crore for the ‘welfare’
of SCs and STs, who together constitute more than 25 per cent of India’s population.
The overall economic development of the Dalits and Adivasis/ scheduled Tribes is
expected to be taken care of by this outlay, but it is not a fair share.
The common thread running through all the Budgets tabled since independence is the
exclusion of Dalits Scheduled Tribes and Adivasis, and the Union Government failing
to make population proportionate allocation for the SCs and STs. The budget has bypassed
the development needs of the vulnerable Indigenous communities.
It will have a damaging impact on SCs and STs as the underlying assumption is that
it is ‘fair’ and reasonable to expect all Indians to share equally the burden of
budget cuts and increased costs.
The NDA manifesto promised concrete actions for SCs and STs by boosting education,
housing, health, skill development, entrepreneurship, poverty eradication, efficient
utilization of development funds with special focus on the girl child.
However, the budget has ignored certain schemes meant for Dalit and Adivasi and Scheduled
Tribes girls, especially in education.
For instance, the National Scheme for Incentive to Girl Child for Secondary Education,
schemes for construction and running of girls’ hostels.
Conceptualized in the 1970s by the Planning Commission, the two plans, SCSP and TSP
are aimed at channeling Plan funds for the development of SCs and STs, in accordance
with the proportion of SCs and STs in the total population. But even after three
decades since these strategies were introduced, a scrutiny of the budgetary resources
earmarked for SCs and STs raises serious concerns.
Besides diversion of funds, the other reasons for the SCSP/TSP failure are inadequate
allocation of funds proportionate to the SC/ST population, poor identification of
schemes and faulty service delivery system.
Chairperson, Arunachal Citizens’ Right
Mind the entrance
I want to draw the kind attention of the department responsible for keeping the city
clean. I am not even sure which department is looking after or supposed to look after
the cleanliness of the city.
There is no need to say more about the inefficiency of departments as the dirt in
the city itself is a reflection of how much is being done.
Even if dustbins are emptied once a day, the situation would not be so bad.
One particular area that is an eyesore is the entrance to the Rama Krishna Mission
The dirt and smell afflicts already suffering patients and caretakers.
It is for sure that dirt is not emanating from the hospital itself.
It is an earnest request to the authorities to make an effort to keep the entrance
of the hospital clean.
Let us not forget that hospital has been rendering a commen-dable service to the
people of the state for many years now and least help we can extend to the hospital
authorities is to keep the entrance and nearby areas clean.