PASIGHAT, Jul 25: The much awaited 5th edition of Matmur Jamoh Memorial Football
tournament toady got underway at the Pasighat Sports Complex with the former Education
Minister Bosiram Siram kicking the ball in presence of ZPC Kaling Dai, Matmur Jamoh-II
(the great-great grandson of freedom fighter and warrior Matmur Jamoh) and a huge
number of soccer lovers. The tournament is being sponsored by the Directorate of
Sports and Youth Affairs and organized by East Siang District Football Association
(DFA) in collaboration with DSO (Sports). BSC-FC beat Legong Banggo 3-1 in the opening
match, adding much excitement.
Speaking on the occasion, Siram stated that huge crowd turnout was testimony to the
popularity of the tournament and opportunity to pay tribute to the ‘gallant warrior
Matmur Jamoh’, who fought against the Britishers. He lauded the organizer for hosting
the tournament successfully for the fifth times to promote sport culture which would
ultimately help to prevent drug abuse and violence in the society. The present Nabam
Tuki led state government has sanctioned 10 Crs. for construction of a stadium to
encourage the youths in sports activities keeping their minds and bodies physically
busy for personality development and career progression, Siram added. He further
advised the youths to maintain discipline and sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.
15 teams from various parts of the districts are participating in the tournament
and the final match will be played on 10th August next. The winning team will be
awarded with one lac cash while runners-up will get sixty thousands. There will be
much more for various discipline like best goalkeeper, highest scorer and best player
of the tournament etc and also for semifinalist teams, official sources informed.
The inaugural match was costly for Legong Banggo (LB) team though the first goal
in the match was registered by Kali Gadi of the team in 15 minutes in the beginning.
On the other hand, two goals were netted by Kamin Darin and one by Miding Tasung
of BSC-FC and the match ended at 3-1 margin. DIPRO
NSCN(IM) civil wing functionary surrenders
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: One civil wing functionary of NSCN (IM) for Wancho areas has surrendered
before Longding Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate and the Deputy Superintendent
of Police (in-charge SP) today in presence of the village chief, GB and PRI members.
A surrender certificate was issued to Seliam after completing formalities. No arms
and ammunition was deposited by the surrendered militant as his arms had already
been seized by police during the course of his arrest.
The surrendered militant, namely Seliam Wangsa from Nginu village under Wakka circle
of Longding district has assured the district administration to become a responsible
and law abiding citizen of the country and promised not to go back to the organization.
He has been made to execute a bond to keep peace for a period of one year under Section
107 CrPC along with execution of an undertaking before the Deputy Commissioner cum-District
Magistrate, Longding and i/c Superintendent of Police, Longding that he will appear
before the Police and Court when summoned for investigation, enquiry and trial etc.
Earlier, a petition was submitted to the DC cum DM by the Chief of Nginu village,
the HGB, the Anchal Chairperson of Longchan Anchal Block and the GPC of Nginu requesting
the DC to accept Seliam’s surrender. Accordingly, the district administration has
considered the surrender of the militant.
He was involved in a number of criminal activities in Longding, Tirap and in Assam,
He had joined the militant outfit in August, 2006 and undergone training at Mon district
CLRAC conducts spot verification of flood affected area
DOIMUKH, Jul 25: The Circle Level Relief Assessment Committee (CLRAC), Doimukh have
conducted spot verifications on July 18 and 25 for assessing the severe damages caused
by flooding of Tigdo and Sibi streams at Tigdo and Yupia villages to the agricultural
lands and houses under Doimukh circle due to the incessant rainfall since July 15.
The Committee comprise of M. Pertin (CO cum Chairperson CLRAC), Tana Yayo Nabam (ZPM),
Dr. Nabam Takang (i/c MO CHC), Chuku Kapa (HDO), Er. Bamang Raju (AE, PWD), Nabam
Epo (GB) and Tana Tagi Tara(BEO). During the verification it was found that an OBT
house at Yupia has been washed away and severe damages to agricultural fields caused,
according to an official release.
Freshers’ Meet of CHF held
PASIGHAT, Jul 25: Central Agricultural University (CAU) Imphal Vice Chancellor Prof.
SN Puri has assured the students of College of Horticulture and Forestry (CHF), Pasighat
to provide them with best facility and opportunity to build a successful career in
their respective stream.
Attending the freshers’ meet of CHF, Pasighat on July 21, the Vice Chancellor informed
that CAU has secured second position among 68 agricultural universities in the country
on the basis of the number ICAR-JRF qualifying student. He said that 33 UG students
in various disciplines of agricultural science secured Junior Research Fellowship
and got admission in premier agricultural institutes, like IARI, CIFE and IVRI, FRI.
He commended faculty, staff and students for maintaining this tempo.
He will be receiving the academic excellence prize from Prime Minister Narendra Modi
July 29, Prof informed delightfully.
He advised the senior students not to indulge in ragging activities and become mentor
of the newcomers.
East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Shrivastav also attended the function and and
blessed the newcomers.
Earlier Dean of College of Horticulture and Forestry Dr AK Pandey welcomed the freshers
and committed to provide all kind of academic facilities at the institute.
Mohit Rai, and Sushmita, both BSc first year students have been adjudged Mister Fresher
and Miss Freshers respectively.
The Aquilaria Group went away with best group prize among six groups of freshers.
Dr. BR Phukan, Dr. Mukul Kumar, TM Chanu Dr RC.Shakywar, Dr Dinesh Sah, Dr MM Kumawat,
Dr Suresh Tiwari, Dr TS Mehra, Dr B.P Mishra and other faculty members were present
during the function.
BADP fund misappropriation alleged
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Adulteration Youth Forum (AAPAAYF)
has lodged a complaint with the State Chief Secretary against the Mechukha PWD Division
Executive Engineer alleging misappropriation of BADP fund amounting to Rs 9 crore
meant for construction of outer ring road around Mechukha Township vide sanctioned
No. PD/BADP/Scheme-131/2011-12 dated 16/01/2013 under Mechukha CD Block in West Siang
The Forum, in its complaint letter to the CS, claimed that the EE Mechukha PWD Division
allegedly awarded the work through work order basis without floating the NIT thereby
violating the laid down norms and depriving the reputed registered firms and contractors.
Besides, the payments were also allegedly made without written ‘No Objection Certificate’
(NOC) from Managing Director, Apex Bank Limited.
The Forum also alleged that the EE made the payment to the contractors on existing
RWD roads for which the payments were already made by the concerned department in
other scheme. Currently, only one layer of black coat has been done on already existing
road, it claimed.
While referring to the other points in support of its claim such as execution of
work and payment without obtaining technical sanction from the competent authority,
the Forum urged upon the CS to personally intervene into the matter. It called for
physical verification of work to unearth the ground reality and the achievements
thereof. Further, the Forum demanded for reconstruction of the said roads while maintaining
the quality of work and immediate suspension of EE Mechukha for his alleged misappropriation
The EE Mechukha could not be contacted by this daily for his reaction and comment
on the allegation made against him.
Meat selling along NH banned
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Mige
Kamki in an order banned selling of meat along the NH-52-A in the Capital Complex.
Anyone found indulging in such activities and violating this order will be booked
under appropriate provisions of law.
The Supdt. of Police , Capital Complex , Itanagar is directed to implement the order
APWS complains against home department
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The All Puroik Welfare Society (APWS) has complained against the
state home department alleging negligence.
In its complain letter to the chief secretary, it claimed that the file no. HMB (A)
67/2012 regarding reservation quota for Puroik community into APPBN/IRBN had gone
missing from the department because of its negligence.
AAPUU seeks cancellation of walk-in interview
ITANAGAT, Jul 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Union (AAPUU) has asked for
cancellation of the recently conducted walk-in interview for the post of banking
assistant, messenger and peon in the Apex bank
In its letter submitted to the managing director, Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative
Apex Bank Limited, while referring to Apex Bank as one of the reputed institution
in the state, it said that the said posts (BA-20, messenger-5 and peon-5) is a gross
violation of recruitment rules and against the supreme interest of the educated unemployed
youth of the state.
It further called for conducting written test for the same saying that written test
is the best way to test the caliber of the aspiring candidates.
AdiSU Lohit seeks immediate construction of various Govt establishments
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU), Lohit, has asked for immediate
construction of various government establishments in the 111.5 acres of land demarcated
from the 450 acres of Jhum Cultivation of the Govt land at Jaipur area under Namsai
In its letter submitted to the chief secretary on July 15 last, while saying that
the land was demarcated for the purpose on October last year, it further sought compensation
as per land acquisition act.
Release lapsed quantity of APL rice, Org urges FCI
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The East Kameng Fair Price Shop Association (AEKFPSA) has urged
for release of lapse quantities of APL rice for the month of January to April last.
In its letter submitted to the general manager, FCI, Itanagar, it said that 1702.98
quintals of APL rice has been lapsed due to non-availability of stock at FSD, Seppa.
Further alleging the area manager, FCI DO Banderdewa of not complying with the complaint
addressed to him, it threatened to initiate legal action against them if no action
is initiated from their part.
Kishori Diwas celebrated
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: A day-long programme on the occasion of Kishori Diwas was organized
at KGBV, Sagalee on July 23 last. More than 70 adolescent girls attended the programme.
During the programme, height and weight of the girls were measured and recorded.
Speaking on the occasion, MO of Sagalee Dr T Nyodu talked about health and disease
of the adolescent girls and administration of Iron Folic tablets.
MO Dr Yamini Talo spoke on the prevention of common diseases of the adolescent girls.
Headmaster, KGBV Sange Thriley Lama advised the girls on value of education.
Supervisors and Gram Sevika of the ICDS Project Sagalee also participated in the
The pprogramme was organized by CDPO, ICDS Project, Sagalee, Oyam Panor.
Certificates distributed to trainees of skill development course
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Certificates were given to successful trainees of Nampong and Manmao
circles, who have completed various skill development courses organized under Border
Area Development Programme (BADP) at Govt. Craft Centre, Nampong .
The certificates were given away by Jairampur ADC Kento Riba in presence of prominent
public leaders, including former Changlang ZPC Izmir Tikhak, Nampong DFO Gulab Singh,
Craft Superintendent AB Deori and other officers and staff of the ADC office.
The certificates were presented to 14 trainees on their successful completion of
six month training course in tailoring, weaving and design diversification which
was started in December, 2013.
After distributing the certificates, ADC Riba, ADC appreciated the women trainees
for undergoing the training and completing it in spite of their family problems.
He said that the skill they have gained in the training would provide them source
for generating income.
Health authority sounds encephalitis alert
Centre urged to provide more JE-Virus testing kits
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The health department of Arunachal Pradesh today sounded high alert
after 12 cases of Japanese Encephalitis including one death case have been reported
across the state. It said among the 12 cases detected, most of them are between 1
to 14 years of age and rest includes one adult and a teenage. The detected cases
were undergoing treatment at the Arunachal State Hospital since last week under
special care. Two cases are reportedly being treated in the ICU of Guwahati Medical
College hospital in Assam, informed Dr. L. Jampa, State Epidemiologist in a press
The virus was first detected in Japan in 1933 and therefore the infection is known
as “Japanese Encephalitis”. It can be occurred and get transmitted locally because
of the suitable environment for breeding of the vector i.e ‘culex/culicine-mosquitoes’.
Gearing up its surveillance mechanism to contain the killer virus, the state health
department has taken steps to provide testing facility at Arunachal State Hospital,
Naharlagun. It also asked the central division of the NVBDCP at Delhi to immediately
provide sufficient JE-virus testing kits to the state. The RMRS- ICMR at Dibrugarh
has also been requested to assist in the laboratory testing and confirmation of the
JE-infection. The department informed that so far, four cases have been tested positive
for JE virus in the state hospital laboratory of which one case has also been confirmed
as positive JE virus by RMRC, Dibrugarh. The health department further appealed to
all citizens to remain calm and extend their support in containing the disease.
Educating the common people, State Epidemiologist Dr. L Jampa said that the preventive
measures are simple and similar to that of Malaria and other vector borne diseases
as the vector for JE virus is the ‘culicine-mosquito’ which breeds in stagnant water
in drainage and paddy fields.
The JE virus is also transmitted by mosquitoes to pigs, poultry birds which infected
men either from birds or pigs through mosquito bite, he added. Dr Jampa further suggested
the people to reduce breeding source for mosquito larvae by eliminating water logging
and stagnation around households and environment. He also asked people to take preventive
measures such as use of mosquito bed nets, disposal of household wastes and garbage
in identified places and consultation with nearest health centre or hospital for
any acute onset of fever associated with abnormal behavior.
Meanwhile, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul today made a fervent appeal
to the civil society to remain alert to prevent the spread of the disease by following
the do’s suggested by the department. He said preventing the virus from breeding
in stagnated water sources could go a long way in averting the virus to make deep
road in the state. “We would take all possible steps to prevent our people who should
also cooperate in our endeavour, the appeal added.
Budget session of Assembly begins
Health dept. creates 65 posts of specialist doctor, Edn. dept to follow policy of
NAHARLAGUN, Jul 25: The budget session of the Arunachal Pradesh Sixth Legislative
Assembly began here today with various lists of businesses and introduction of important
During question hours, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul informed the
house that government has recently created 65 posts of specialists to fill up the
huge shortage of specialist doctors in various categories in the state, adding the
recruitment will take place through APPSC.
Pul further told the house that there are only 70 specialist doctors of all categories
till date, who are being shared across districts on rotation basis and said that
government is contemplating for upgrading health structures on zonal basis to deal
with shortage of manpower and resources at Bomdila, Ziro, Pasighat and Tezu. He also
advocated for mega health camps covering certain areas to benefit the people.
The minister was replying to a question of MLA Tesam Pongte during question hour
on the first day session. Pongte sought reasons for non-posting of specialist doctors
in Changlang District Hospital and non availability of modern equipments and medicines.
Registration of private schools: Education Minister Tapang Taloh informed the house
that government is taking steps to streamline the functioning of private schools
in the state. The policy of “Zero tolerance” would be strictly followed while dealing
with any discrepancies in the education sector and evolve a proper mechanism to streamline
the system, he added.
Taloh was responding to MLA and leader of the opposition Tamiyo Taga on the issue
of proper registration of private schools in the state and regulatory system of the
government. In a supplementary query, Taga further sought checking of coaching centres
and modalities of registration fees collection from the private schools.
Informing that many unregistered private schools are functioning in the state and
government is aware of the gross mushrooming of those schools, the minister said
that notification and directives have been issued to the District Administration
to verify and check rampat unregistered private schools and take action as per RTE
provision, adding that reports have been received from 7 districts - Papum Pare with
58 unregistered private schools, West Siang – 20, East Kameng -13, West Kameng -2,
LDV – 9, Tawang -2 and East Siang -7.
Changlang-Khonsa Road: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed that the 64 km Changlang-Khonsa
road has been handed over to Trans Arunachal Highway for which DPR has already been
Replying to a query raised by MLA Wanglam Sawin on maintenance of Changlang-Khonsa
road, the Chief Minister assured the MLA of early maintenance of the road.
Sawin informed that the Changlang-Khonsa road, the life line to 25 villages is in
a very dilapidated condition and urged for early restoration of the road.
Salary & allowances for KVK Centre: Agriculture Minister Chowna Mein said that ICAR
has released fund against salary and allowances of 144 staffs of 9 KVKs (Krishi
Vigyan Kendra) under the administrative control of the department of Agriculture
till June 2014.
Mein was replying to a query of MLA Wangki Lowang seeking the numbers of staffs of
KVK centres not receiving salary and allowances and total numbers of KVKs in the
state during the first day session of the state assembly. Informing that there are
14 KVKs in 14 districts, the oldest being at Basar in West Siang established in 1978,
while it is yet to establish in 3 districts of Dibang Valley, Kurung Kumey and Longding,
the minister said that all the KVKs centres are managed through ICAR and are not
directly under state government.
As per the MoU, ICAR as the first party provides pay & allowances, technological
support, demonstration units/ machines etc, while the departments of Agriculture,
Animal husbandry & veterinary as host party provide infrastructures including approach
road to KVK sites, potable water, power supply, irrigation facilities to KVK firms
etc, the minister informed. He however assured to consider including the case in
AoP provided funds are allocated for the purpose.
Flood management programme : The state government missed out on Rs 60 crores under
flood management programme. This was informed by the Water Resources Minster in a
written answer while responding to a question from Tamiyo Taga.
The minister said due to delayed recommendation for release of fund by Brahmaputra
Board to the Union Ministry of Water Resources, the amount could not be released.
Panel of Chairmen: Speaker Nabam Rebia announced the names of four legislators for
panel of Chairmen to conduct the business of the house for the current session. They
included MLAs - Kameng Dolo, Japu Deru, P D Sona and Rajesh Tacho.
Bills introduced: Home Minister Tanga Byaling introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful
Activities (Prevention) Bill, 2014, while Town Planning & UD Minister Pema Khandu
introduced two bills – The Arunachal Pradesh State Housing Board Bill, 2014 and the
Arunachal Pradesh District Planning Committee (Amendment) Bill, 2014.
Report laid: The house also witnessed the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki laying the annual
report of the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission for the year 2006-12, while
Parliamentary Affairs, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul presented the
first report of Business Advisory Committee of the Sixth Legislative Assembly which
was adopted by voice vote.
Secretary Legislative Assembly also laid the AP Horticultural produce, Marketing
and Processing Board Bill, 2014 and the AP Building (Lease Rent and Eviction ) Control
Board Bill, 2014 as passed by the fifth Legislative Assembly during the 13th session
and assented to by the Governor. DIPR/ATNS
QUOTES OF THE DAY
1. ‘Pediatric doctors bohut jaruri hain, kyunki bachcha to bemar ka bareh me bol
bi nahi sakta hain’ – Health Minister Kalikho Pul while responding to a question
raised by MLA Tesam Pongte.
2. ‘Etna dukh-bhari daastan sunne ka baad hamara bolne ke liye kuch nahi raha’
– MLA P D Sona to Health Minister.
3. Honourable minister, I think it is too much, written statement kuch banake dijiye
ga -Speaker while intercepting in the reply of health minister in the assembly.
Infamous PDS scam investigation on snail pace
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Responding to a question from BJP MLA Japu Deru during the first
day of the second session of sixth legislative assembly on present status of PDS
scam in Arunachal, the Food and Civil supply ministry said that scam is being investigated
into by the SIC (Vigilance) and is under trail in the court of District and Sessions
Judge cum special Judge, Lakhimpur.
The response of the ministry would come as a surprise to many keen observers of the
scam as the chief minister on Oct 2012 had said that investigation has entered the
final stages. Today’s response seems to suggest that investigation is yet to be over.
Based on a PIL filled in 2004, the high profile case exposes nexus of politicians,
bureaucrats and contractors and (non) distribution of subsided food to the citizens
amounting to atleast Rs 1000 crore. More than 60 people have been found involved
in the PDS case.
Meanwhile, during the last five years, Land Transport Subsidy amounting to Rs 50,
28, 98,014 was released, according to papers made available today at the floor of
M/S Reekam Trading agency got a payment of around Rs 24 cr (Approx) in four instalments.
The other firms who were reimbursed are M/S Lohit Agency, Tezu (Rs 2.5 cr), M/S Highland
enterprise (Rs 3 Cr approx), M/S MP Enterprise, Dambuk, Roing, M/S CNN traders (Rs
1.5 cr approx), M/S Mamang Boranf, Pasighat (1.5 Cr approx), M/S DDH salt, Dibrugarh.
A Hill Transport subsidy amounting to Rs 77,21,13,072 was also released in which
49 firms were reimbursed. M/s Sela Transport received Rs 13 cr while M/s Sanghi Gai
got Rs 9.8 cr. M/s Namdapha MPCS Ltd got Rs 7.3 cr while M/s Mana Enterprise got
Rs 5.2 cr.
The pending liabilities of HTS bill under litigation and non litigation in respect
of carriage contractors amount to more than Rs cr 441 cr involving 93 firms.
State BJP delegation calls on Gowda
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: A delegation of State BJP led by president Tai Tagak called on
Railways Minister D V Sadananda Gowda in Delhi today and urged him to upgrade the
existing “Arunachal Express” train running between Rongya and Murkhongselek to a
“Super Fast (AC) Weekly Express between Naharlagun and New Delhi introduced in the
This he claimed will not only benefit the people of the state in particular and the
North East as a whole a hassle free travel to the national capital but also help
them build an emotional connection with mainstream people. Two daily intercity express
trains “Guwahati-Naharlagun and Guwahati-Murkongselek” will be introduced during
2014-15, Gowda had announced while presenting the Railway Budget in Parliament.
The railway minister said there are 23 projects underway in the Northeast of which
11 are national projects.
Tagak and his team expressed gratitude to the Minister for the announcement “Kamakhya-Bengaluru
Premium Express and an AC weekly express train between Naharlagun-New Delhi and also
for proposing to introduce seven new trains besides earmarking Rs 5,116 crores for
various projects in the NE region.
The State President also apprised the Railways Minister for special provision in
grade “C” and “D” posts in Railways for the people of the state.
Meanwhile, the Railways Minister assured the delegation to look into the proposal
for “Arunachal Express” train and also for further development of rail services in
He also said that the Dudhnoi-Mendipathar new line, Lumding-Badarpur-Silchar gauge
conversion, Harmuti-Murkongselek and Balipara-Bhalukpong sections will soon get commissioned.
Meanwhile, the BJP Tagak demanded the state government to properly regulate the
ILP system besides facilitating wide publicity and also working out a suitable system
that is convenient and accessible to all the visitors / travelers.
Strategy chalked out to improve capital roads: Gadi
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The state Government has chalked out strategy to improve the
condition of roads in capital region, informed PWD Minister Gojen Gadi in the Assembly
Responding to a private member resolution moved in the House by BJP member Laisam
Simai, the minister informed that the state Cabinet had recently approved construction
of 294 km cement concrete roads in the capital in phased manner.
Of the total 293.867km of roads in the capital towns, 16.150km is being converted
to CC pavement in phase -I and the construction will be taken up soon with a sanction
amount of Rs 22.50 crore, the minister informed. The minister further informed that
Rs 10 crore has been sanctioned for construction of 6.65 km cement concrete road
in phase -II and the tender for the same is under process.
"Of the remaining 271 km, an amount of Rs 10.10 crore has already been sanctioned
for black topping of 236 km of roads while another amount of Rs1.33 crore has been
earmarked for black topping of 32 km of road besides an amount of Rs 96 lakh for
the remaining 25 km of road," the minister further informed.
In order to ease the traffic congestion in capital region, the Govt is coming up
new proposals for upgradation of bypass roads in Capital complex during the current
financial year, the minister added. Earlier, Simai, while moving the resolution said
that dilapidated roads with pot holes has been a cause of concern for the citizens
of the state capital while several persons lost their lives every year because of
AAPSU opposes move to shift NHPC regional office
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Claiming that the regional office of National Hydroelectric Power
Corporation (NHPC) is about to shift from Itanagar to Guwahati under inexplicable
circumstance, All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today strongly opposed
the reported development saying that it would be a big jolt to the people of the
state as well as employees working under the power developer. In a letter to NHPC
chairman cum Managing director, Faridabad, AAPSU said that the corporation is about
to shift it’s functioning from Itanagar to Guwahati by converting the regional office
Itanagar into liaison office. The apex students’ body termed the reported move of
power giant as discouraging gesture inspite of the support and cooperation given
by the state government and the union.
The union also said that people of the state and its employees would unnecessarily
face harassment and other problems if NHPC shifted their regional office to Guwahati.
In a strong-worded letter, AAPSU demanded NHPC to immediate re-consider its decision
and cancel the posting of executive director regional office Itanagar to Guwahati
within 10 days. It further demanded creation of NHPC’s subsidiary in Itanagar headed
by Managing Director. It urged the NHPC authority to improve the public relations
specially with local people for smooth and early completion of the projects in Arunachal
18 renovation schemes for mini/small hydel projects in progress: Govt
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: The hydro power department of the state Government is taking up
construction of new small hydro power projects and also reviving low efficient/defunct
micro/mini/small hydro electric power stations through its renovation and modernization
schemes with the support of Central Govt. This was informed by the power minister
in the Assembly while responding to a star question raised by BJP MLA Kento Rina
today. Rina has asked the minister whether the Government is contemplating on building
micro hydro projects or reviving the defunct ones or encouraging renewable energy
to improve the power scenario.
The power minister informed that the Union ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE)
has agreed in principle to support 27 renovation and modernization schemes. He further
informed that in the first phase the union ministry concerned has sanctioned 18
schemes of renovation and modernization projects which are in progress at various
stages. The remaining projects shall be sanctioned by the ministry on completion
of the first phase of the schemes, the minister further said.
When asked by the MLA what efforts are being done to mitigate the power crisis in
the state, the concerned minister further informed that the annual power demand of
the state is 793 MU (million unit) and the availability is 637 MU. Thus the state
experience power shortfall of 156 MU. During winter the state experience power
deficit of 12 MU to 30 MU, the Minister informed adding the department as per the
central electricity regulatory commission’s stringent grid discipline code has to
resort to regular load shedding across the state. For bridging the annual energy
gap of 156 MU the state Govt has to purchase power from the open market like Indian
Energy Exchange and CERC licenced power traders. Unless few big storage dams come
up, power shortfall in the entire northern grid is likely to continue. The minister
concerned further informed that maintenance of transmission lines pass through hilly
terrain and thick forest of Arunachal Pradesh for 100 per cent fault free power supply
is uphill task. However, power supply disrupted by natural calamities are being restored
within shortest possible time. To get rid off the problem of disruptive power supply,
there is a need to develop 132 KV state power grid, the assembly was informed. The
minister further informed that Central Govt is being approached for sanctioning a
scheme in this regard.
While responding to a question of MLA Tumke Bagra regarding third party inspection
of RGGVY scheme, the power (electrical) minister informed the Assembly that TCIL,
a central public sector undertaking had submitted their expression of interest for
the inspection and monitoring works @ 3 per cent of the work value and an agreement
was made with the TCIL @ 2.90% work value.
SPF flays govt. for reckless signing of MoUS, threatens stir
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Flaying the state government for reckless signing of MoUs and MoAs
with private power developers for construction of hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh,
the Siang Peoples Forum (SPF) has decided to launch a massive democratic movement
questioning the legality as well as the morality of the state government to mortgage
the entire natural resources of the state into the hands of the capitalists.
As per the recent Supreme Court judgment, the SPF said, the use of natural resources
of the state should be decided through the competitive bidding process and not through
first come first issue basis. Describing that the magnitude of the hydro power scam
was even bigger than the Coalgate scam, the SPF alleged that allotment of the water
resources of all the streams and small rivers in the river basins of Kameng, Siang,
Lohit, Subansiri and Tirap were made without following the laid down procedures of
competitive bidding process incurring heavy losses to the state as well as the Centre.
As per information obtained through RTI, SPF claimed that the state government has
so far allotted more than 47000 MW installed capacity of power to various companies,
including Jindal, Reliance, the Jaypee, DSC, KSK, Athena, NEEPCO, NHPC etc.
It alleged that the state government did not take prior and informed consent of the
people of the project affected areas before signing of MOUs and MAUs against of those
I said that the secret MoA and MoU culture of the Congress Govt. executed under the
garb of the draconian Hydro Power Policy enacted by the NDA Regime in 2001-02, has
created chaos, specially in Siang belt which has always been opposing any move of
the Government to impose any mega dam in the region.
The SPF also condemned various political parties, civil societies, organisations
and students unions, barring the PPA and Adi Students Union, for choosing to remain
a mute and silent spectator on all acts of omissions by the state government.
The SPF demanded the state government to disclose the utilization of the upfront
money amounting to several crores of rupees collected on behalf of the state from
the hydro power developers.
“Claiming that the second installment for the Upper Siang stage-II of Rs. 50 crores
was paid on June 16, 2014 by NEEPCO Ltd to the state government, the SPF questioned
that why has not the state government used the money for the development of the stakeholders
especially the affected families of the river basin.
The SPF said would appeal the high court to accept the PIL and order for a SIT to
probe into the hydropower scam an Arunachal Pradesh. The SPF also appealed to all
like minded and indigenous rights supporters to support and help in the fight for
justice and survival.
Ex-minister for postponement of public hearing
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Former Minister Medi Dodum has demanded the authority concerned
of the state government to postpone for Talong Londa Hydro Power Project scheduled
on July 28 as the environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the project was incomplete
The environmental impact assessment report for the 225 MW Project which estimates
that 485 hectares of forest land will be submerged did not take into account the
fact that the reservoir that will be created out of the dam will also lead to flooding
of low-lying areas of Meorang village, the former minister said. He said that these
areas have been used as traditional grazing ground for mithuns and for subsistence
farming by the people for centuries. In fact, the flooding will also impact around
ten other adjoining villages, he said.
“Although the technical study on the project has been made public, it is of little
use to the villagers who are not proficient in English language. While it may be
argued that another copy of the study in the Nyishi language was published and uploaded
for public viewing, no villager has access to internet facilities and a very few
are able to decipher the Latin script in which the copy was published.” This meant
that there has been a lack of awareness amongst the people on the ecological impact
of the proposed dam,” he said and strongly demanded for generating public awareness
before any public hearing is conducted. “Otherwise it would serve no purpose as the
affected land owners will not be able to lodge their complaints.
He also claimed that the downstream impact of the dam was never taken into account
during entire process of project assessments. For any project to proceed, it is important
that the opinion of all affected people must be accounted for whether it is an inch
or an acre of land,
As per the EIA, an estimated 1500 migrants are expected to reside in the area for
a period of five years. The impact that this mass migration will have on the miniscule
indigenous tribal population is known to all. In an already fast-changing world where
tribal populations the world over are feeling the impact of cultural erosion, the
threat of demographic change is one that we can live without, he said.
Further, there are more than 20 projects are in the pipeline all along the Kameng
river basin in East Kameng district. This is aside from the 24 additional projects
in the Kameng basin in neighbouring West Kameng district. Together the projects in
the Kameng will account for dams with an installed capacity of over 4000 mega watts.
So many projects with such large capacities are completely unnecessary, he added.
Speaker flags off ambulances for Doimukh CHC
ITANAGAR, Jul 25: Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia visited the Doimukh CHC
and flagged off two number of ambulance vehicles on July 23 in a glittering function.
The ambulances and Dental chair with accessories were donated by PHEP NEEPCO Pvt.
Ltd. Under CSR-CD scheme. DC Papumpare, DHS, (H & FW), DMO & DRCHO Yupia, HOP of
PHEP NEEPCO Doimukh with senior manager and CMO, ZPM Doimukh along with Panchayat
leaders and all the HODs of doimukh circle attended the programme.
While appreciating the NEEPCO for donating the ambulance, Dental chair, Dental X-Ray
machine and accessories for CHC Doimukh, Rebia hoped that the NEEPCO authority will
continue such charity works for the cause of Doimukh area. He advised the Doctors
and Nurses to perform the duty sincerely and dedicatedly. He has also declared for
the notification of up-gradation of CHC Doimukh to district hospital for Papumpare
He has warned the encroachers of Govt land and directed the local administration
to take action against encroachers as per law. The Speaker has asked the Govt, employees
to vacate the Govt. quarter immediately after getting transferred out so as to enable
the incoming incumbent to accommodate for rendering timely service in the place of
The DHS (H & FW) Dr. Kartik Nishing had appreciated the improved service of the hospital
and its efficient management by the Medical Officer Incharge. He has stressed on
the importance of dress code for a health personnel (Doctors, nurses, para medical
staff uniforms) during the duty hours.
Yupia DC Tai Kaye has advised the health personnel to extend all possible health
delivery service to the far flung rural areas and to work dedicatedly.
Dr. R. Ronya, DMO Yupia and Dr. Kipa Tuglik, DRCHO Yupia had appreciated Dr. Nabam
Takang, MO Incharge of CHC Doimukh for his outstanding service in the medical programme
management and in hospital administration. Lastly, Dr. Nabam Takang has thanked all
the donors who donated some cash amount for procurement of basic necessities for
the hospital, including arrangement for EMO duty room for rendering 24x7 medical
Meanwhile, the world population day was observed on July 11 at CHC Doimukh which
was inaugurated by Dr. R. Ronya, DMO Yupia.
The world population stabilization fortnight was observed from 11th July to 24th
July with various programmes.
Official team meets SSB DIG, pleads for transfer of land for educational purpose
YUPIA, Jul 25: A meeting was held between SSB DIG, (training), Tezpur, Assam and
DC, Papum Pare at SSB training Hq at Tezpur yesterday regarding transfer of 27 acres
of already allotted land to SSB which had been remained abandoned since 2000 at Emchi
village under Doimukh Circle.
R.Bhumbla, DIG, SSB said that the land in question is still being used for training
purposes by their units very often. He also said that approval regarding transfer
of ownership of land had to be conveyed and approved by higher authority (Union Ministry
of Home Affairs)
DC Papum Pare Tai Kaye highlighting the need for educational institution like setting
up of college requested the SSB personnel to spare the land of Emchi for social cause
and instead offer alternate land under Balijan Circle. He said the present site is
not conducive for training purpose as such it is surrounded by University and lots
of upcoming local villages which will create lots of law and order problems in days
to come ahead.
Techi Hitlar, DLRSO, Papum Pare accompanying the DC, briefed about the status of
land and assured to cooperate in identifying alternate suitable land for SSB Training
ground if consensus is given by the para-military authority.
It was decided later that team from SSB and District administration will conduct
a joint survey of the land in question before initiating any further course of action
in transfer of land as soon as possible.
Recently Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) claimed that five Assistant Teachers
(ATs) were illegally promoted to the posts of Junior Teacher (JT). The association
wrote to Chief Secretary and complained about it. They alleged that many senior assistant
teachers who are in DPC waiting list have been deprived by this move to promote those
teachers who are junior in terms of experience. This allegation by ATA is serious
in nature and should be addressed properly.
Teaching is considered to be noble profession and every effort should be made to
ensure that this field is not dirtied by corruption allegation. Today unfortunately
teaching profession is losing respect due to allegation of corruption. Many teachers
are alleged of remaining absent from place of posting and indulging in business activities.
Education department should take strict action against such teachers. Department
need to act on the allegation of illegal promotion leveled by ATA. Such action will
demoralize the hard working teachers who often are not given their due. Education
department should not let hard working teachers be deprived of their chance to get
----Readers Forum ----
Who are responsible for the bandhs?
In your esteemed daily, many writers express their views regarding bandh call in
our state. In recent days also, some writers demand AAPSU to stop bandh call as it
hampers the daily lives of innocent people badly. No doubt bandh call are a great
humiliation to general people. Innocent poor people become victims in such situation.
But my suggestion is- let us examine or judge who really the propagators of bandh
calls are. Is it AAPSU leaders themselves or is the government in some ways responsible
Why our people always focus only on those who initiate bandh call? Why not we think
about our officers/department/government etc who tempt such organization to move
bandh call? My conscience does not permit me to blame AAPSU for calling these bandh
According to our past experiences- in most of the cases, government finally decided
to negotiate with bandh callers and accept their demand after several round of bandh
calls. By the time people had already suffered too much. Remember “justice delayed
is justice denied”.
My question is why is our government delaying in responding to the their demand if
there is a way for solution? Why government does not take action if their demands
are genuine? Why they are waiting for bandh call or strike before it takes an action?
Why our government compromise with bandh caller and accept their demand after everything
Who is responsible for this bandh culture? Is it AAPSU or other organization who
tend to go for strike or bandh call before talks with government or concern department
or is it our government who always wait for strike or bandh call before any positive
action is taken?
Isen Lombi, Tirbin,
Improve school facilities
Various schools of Phassang circle are in pathetic condition with very few basic
facilities. There is no maintenance of school buildings or boundary walls. The schools
also lack basic sanitation.
The schools need urgent posting of teachers as there are schools without subject
The school manage-ment committees and other responsible people should work together
for the betterment of the schools and stay away from politicking while dealing with
development of schools. And head-quarters may be shifted to Sango sub division as
is it approachable for the people of the area.
The worsening roads
Because of the monsoon rain, the road conditions in Capital Complex have worsened.
Since the citizens want good roads, the restoration work must start at the earliest
and special attention should be given on drainage system as well.
The MLA and local councillors should take initiative for early release of funds in
order to start the renovation process.
The Arunachal syndrome
This has reference to the insightful article “Precarious financial condition of the
state & the way forward – I” by Dr Hari Krishna Paliwal.
The former Chief Secretary tried to draw our attention towards something that I refer
to as the Arunachal syndrome. The recent history of Arunachal explains this syndrome.
While exposer to modern economy was flash-like for Arunachalis, they never had the
bedrock to build its land according to the demands of the outside world. For long
the land of the dawnlit mountains have not seen the ray of hope. The vast green jungles
and mineral laden land seemed to have nothing to offer to its children.
The economy of Arunachal has been primarily a subsistence economy. The introduction
of modern methods in the agriculture and allied sectors has hardly been able to make
an impressive impact. Following the 1996 ban on timber-felling, Arunachal Pradesh
has been facing a revenue loss of approximately Rs 178 crore per annum. The alternatives
introduced in the form of the New Industrial Policy of Arunchal Pradesh, 2001 and
grant of “Green Bonus” are yet to bring about a new paradigm of development. The
concept of eco-tourism has not substituted the ban on timber harvesting based economy
of the past. Infrastructural bottlenecks continue to pose major challenge to the
State. Potential of forest based industries, including bamboo, orchids and medicinal
plants etc. are not being channelized to its optimum level. We are yet to tap the
mineral wealth that lay trapped below our soil.
The ‘development paradigm’ that the centre has ushered in for the Northeaster States
since the ‘80s, is a welcome paradigm from the ‘culture, security and politics paradigm’
of the past. It is evident that much of the infrastructural bottlenecks in Arunachal
have been due to the non-development paradigm adopted in the past by the Centre.
However, the fit-for-all approach of various schemes and developmental projects has
to be re-modelled to suit unique settings of every States especially of a State as
vast and diverse as that of Arunchal Pradesh.
As a part of the Union of India, Arunachal Pradesh shares border with Bhutan, China
and Myanmar. Except for Jammu and Kashmir, no other State shares these many numbers
of borders with other countries. However, it took decades to open border trading
posts in Arunachal Pradesh. The re-opening of Stillwell road would bring impetus
to the developmental initiatives undertaken in the border areas. Special Economic
Zones may also be opened in areas which are closely linked with railway lines, like
the Ledo-Jairampur area. Border area development would have two- pronged advantage-
it would ensure that India’s security concerns are addressed, and rural-to-urban
migration discouraged to a large extent.
Many of the infrastructure development projects including Hydropower Projects/dams
in Arunachal have been halted due to environmental concerns. It is imperative that
the present Government at the centre has to strike a balance between environment
concerns, interest of the project affected people and developmental necessities of
Arunachal Pradesh. Similarly, Arunachal specific policies have to be developed to
utilise the mineral reserves of Arunachal.
A comprehensive and demand driven model of tourism has to be developed. Once-a- year
‘Melas’ or ‘Mahotsavs’, are not enough to do justice to the potential that Arunachal
has. The unique cultural traits and customs that Arunachalis have been preserving
for ages needs to made the USP of our tourism industry. Entry permits may be further
segregated from tourist permits for easy accessibility and technology may be introduced
to consolidate the effort. The major tourist areas have to be sensitised and educated
on tourism and cultural behaviour. Tourism models of Sikkim and Uttarakhand may be
Arunachal has to improve its reserve of human resource. Vocational courses especially
the ones that cater to the service sector have to be encouraged. The recent ‘Job
Mela’ initiative of the Government of Arunachal is a right step towards developing
the human recourse reserves of the State. The initiative has given a unique opportunity
to the youth of the State to get employment outside Arunachal and at the same time
develop their skills which can be used by the beneficiaries to develop their own
enterprises once they decided to come back home.
The executing arms of the Government of Arunachal Pradesh have to infuse vigorous
professionalism into their job, think out-of-the-box to not only draw policies that
suit Arunachal Pradesh but also introduce Arunachal specific implementation measures/techniques
to take the economy of Arunachal to a higher trajectory. Above all, the people of
Arunachal have to cultivate a development-friendly attitude and extend its cooperation
to the Government to help achieve what Arunachal truly deserve.
IP University, Delhi
Good initiatives yet some clarity needed
In a recent meeting chaired by Hon’ble Minister PWD, Gojen Gadi, the following important
issues were resolved:
That all junior Engineers/ Assistant Engineer/Executive Engineers promoted/appointed
to higher post on functional or Officiating basis shall be discontinued forthwith.
The vacant post, if available, shall be filled by giving adhoc promotion from the
senior most officers as per seniority which will be regularized subsequently through
The existing unwanted/useless work charge post shall be converted to other useful
trade within same scale of pay/pay band as per actual requirement. The actual requirement
shall be worked out.
The proposal for creation of 3(three) additional Division for Highways at Namsai,
Roing and Basar shall be taken up with Government.
No new post be created without creating subordinate post.
The Executive Engineer at the verge of superannuation/retirement shall not be posted
in any field unit/division 02(two) years prior to retirement.
Steps initiated by Minister concerned are really commendable which will bolster the
moral of PWD Engineers and also may become source of inspiration for other departments
too. It is also urged that :
Preparation of DPR/Estimate be given sufficient time for field survey, it cannot
be prepared overnite costing Crores of rupees, preparing of overnite estimate led
to unrealistic one which is devoid of many scopes when compared with field/actual
requirements and modification after getting approval is difficult or in other words
it is not permissible.
Training of new appointees as Junior Engineer/Assistant Engineer must be given so
that before getting field posting one will have basic technical knowhow.
To make Planning Unit effective from the beginning, the ASW should be invariably
posted in the Division for preparation of DPR/Estimate, preparation of Detailed estimate
for Technical sanction, timely submission of QPR, UC, etc of all schemes.
State govt. is paying huge sum of salary to Chief Engineer (OSD) of PWD but not tapping
his potential, there is no visible role played by him as on date, he should be engaged
in work like preparation/drafting of tender documents, works code and manual etc,
by posting/providing with supporting staff, in consultation with Finance Dept, Law
Dept, Audit, etc.
On one hand it is seen that APPWD is using CPWD works manual but in some instances
they have not followed as stated in manual confusing the system. As such, corrigendum/addendum
regarding change of particular section of CPWD manual be issued which shall be followed
in APPWD instead of CPWD manual.
As per GFR-2005-Rule 204 (viii) (a)-Price variation clause can be provided in long
terms contracts, where the delivery period extends beyond 18 months. In short terms
contracts firm and fixed prices should be provided for.
CPWD Manual follow the same conditions where clause 10CA & 10CC of GCC are applicable
when stipulated period of completion of Project is beyond 18 months. Clause-10C is
applicable below and above 18 months.
But as per MoRTH SBD conditions-Sl.No-13.4, escalation/price variation is applicable
if stipulated period of completion is more than 12 months. There is no uniformity
between CPWD & MoRTH which are usually followed in the State. Also, clarification
is needed when stipulated period of completion of project is beyond 18 months-i.e,
whether escalation/price variation clause is applicable from month-one till completion
or from 19th month till completion.
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