July 03


DM issues prohibitory order

ITANGAR, Jul 02: Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki in an order under Section 133 CrPC has prohibited any obstructions by any individual or group of individuals to any executing agency anywhere along the National Highway or sector roads in maintenance of surface communication within the Capital Complex.

Anyone found violating this order shall be prosecuted as per law and land allotment or LPC if issued earlier shall be cancelled as per law, the other read. Further, it is also cautioned the Executing Agency concerned to obtain written approval from the DM wherever widening/ extension or diversion of road is to be carried out under whatsoever circumstances.

The order has been issued following the obstruction by certain individuals in maintenance/ restoration of damaged highway.


AAPTWA seeks release of stipend

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The All Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Welfare Association has requested for immediate release of five month stipends of students for secondary and elementary section. It wrote a letter to the Education Minister in this regard.


APNRCA decries interference

of politicians

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The All Arunachal Pradesh Non-Registered Contractors’ Association (APNRCA) has condemned the interference of politicians in tendering process in every department of the state government.

In a release, it said that genuine registered contractors are being deprived and bogus contractors are being awarded contract works due to interference of politicians.

If government officers adopt the culture of nepotism and red-tape in the interest of politicians, what will be the future perspective of our state and what consequences will the young generation face, it queried.

The association also urged various HoDs to verify contractor’s license whether registered licenses are upto date and renewed or not before awarding any contract works. It also pointed out that many contractors are not paying taxes.


AAPUEA against increasing retirement age

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Engineers’ Association (AAPUEA) is against enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years of state government employees.

It submitted a memorandum to the Home Minister for retention of the retirement age to 58 years saying that the decision is injustice to the unemployed youths of the state.

It further warned of resorting to democratic action if the demand is not heeded to.


Vanamahotsava observed at Nafra

BOMDILA, Jul 02: The 66th Vanamahatsava was observed at KMC Middle School, Nafra by the Range Forest Office, Nafra in a befitting manner. Plantation and distribution of 500 saplings to the school were conducted as part of the observation. The occasion was attended by EAC Nafra, T.Pado, RFO P.Tali, Headmaster of the School, K.T. Nikhangju, forest officials and students. DIPRO


Misappropriation of fund alleged

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: Alleging engineers of Tali PWD Division of embezzling huge amount of funds in Tali- Tamen road project, the All Taning Talam Welfare Society (ATTWS) has sought their immediate arrest and suspension.

Rs 5.70 crore has been withdrawn and misappropriated by the EE (PWD, Tali by showing on paper only about the physical progress of 4kms formation cutting and 7kms soiling whereas only 2kms of FC has been completed that too of sub-standard quality with no soiling work, alleged the Society. The misappropriation of huge amount of Rs 5.70 crores by PWD Tali Division Division is an open loot of public money by the govt servant and hence a FIR has been filed against the Executive Engineer at Ziro police station but no action has been taken so far, its letter to the chief secretary added.

It further warned of taking its own course of action if the action was not taken within 10 days.


Workshop on drug de-addiction

BOMDILA, Jul 02: Garung Thuk, an NGO in collaboration with another local NGO Jagriti Society has organised a drug and alcohol de-addiction workshop at Bomdila on July 1. Students of different schools, self-help groups and Govt officials were present.

Resource person from Shillong Sandeep Barua explained the bad effects of drug addiction and its preventive measures. Barua also highlighted the role of family members against the addiction of various narcotic substances.   

During the technical session, resource person Sandeep responded to various drug related questions raised by the students and participants in the workshop. Sandeep  also  pointed out several ways and means to change the life style and avoid all kind kinds of addictive substances.

SP Bomdila A. Kaoun highlighted the various laws regarding the drugs abuses.

Among others, Lian Moyi, deputy ICDS and ZPMs of both Rupa and Kalaktang constituencies and Mahila Mandal of Shergaon attended the workshop.


Implement RTE in letter and spirit

ITANAGAR, July 2: All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has appealed to the Education Minister to implement the RTE-2010 in letter and spirit in the state.

In a letter to the Education Minister, the AAPLU alleged that various govt schools in the state are charging exorbitant admission fees from the students against the RTE Norms. The Union said charging of exorbitant admission added woes to the labour community who are already facing lots of problem in running their families with meager earning.


News Impact

Ministers Rijiju, Nirmal Singh in

flight row, govt apologises

New Delhi, Jul 02: A major row erupted today over offloading of three members of a family from a Leh-Delhi flight to accommodate Union Minister Kiren Rijiju, Jammu and Kashmir Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh and an aide, forcing the government to apologise.

As the media highlighted the incident that came to light days after a similar case involving Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Prime Minister's Office sought a report from the Civil Aviation Ministry over these cases.

While Rijiju apologised for the inconvenience caused the passengers, Nirmal Singh was unapologetic and instead targeted the pilot and other AI staff members, alleging misbehaviour.

The incident occurred on June 24 when Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, his assistant and Nirmal Singh were to travel from Leh to Delhi. To accommodate them, three members of the family of an IFS officer, including a child, were disallowed from boarding the flight AI-446, according to reports. This also delayed the flight.

"As Civil Aviation Minister, I apologise to all those affected (by these incidents)," Ashok Gajapathi Raju told a press conference in Udhampur   this evening.

He said "indefensible" incidents should never have happened. "Whatever has happened should not have happened...I need to get to the truth," he said while responding to a volley of questions on the two incidents.

Rijiju also tendered an apology even as he insisted that he was not aware of some others not being allowed to board.

"Air India, being a government PSU, we as ministers, have the moral responsibility if any passenger has undergone any inconvenience. We must say sorry to them on behalf of the government and ensure that such incidents do not occur in future," he told PTI over phone from Darjeeling.

Nirmal Singh, however, was unapologetic, saying he had "not misused" his status and in turn accused the pilot of misbehaving with him. PTI



APCC, Seva Dal hits out at BJP

for canvassing in Delhi

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has hit out at the BJP for campaigning with the Centre not to release funds against Arunachal.

APCC while accusing the BJP of “double standard” said that party cries about financial crisis in the state while goes to Delhi not to release funds. Treasury of India do not belong to BJP alone, APCC said while adding that the Central Govt. is constitutionally obliged to release funds to the State irrespective of party affiliation.

“MLAs should be ashamed of taking a double stand and indirectly driving the people of Arunachal to starvation, it said.  

“All those BJP leaders who met the Central Ministers should remember that they were once with Congress so they have no right to criticise the State Govt” APCC added.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal appealed the BJP leaders to join hands with Govt to improve financial health of the state with help from central Govt for the development of state.

While decrying the BJP demand for investigation into alleged misappropriation of funds, Seva Dal hoped that BJP state unit will work for the people of state instead of indulging in “unhealthy activities that hinder the development of the state”.

“Opposition does not mean that they should always engage in tug of war to stop the developmental activities of the state” Seva Dal said.

Seva Dal further said that it was confused by the BJP demand for stopping funds meant for the state on one hand while on the others, it was demanding declaration of financial emergency in the state. BJP is misleading the people of the state, Seva Dal said.



State govt allocate fund for Capital roads

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki who made an extensive tour, visiting damaged portions of roads on June 30 last in and around the state capital due to incessant rains, had an elaborate discussion on the status of roads in the Cabinet meeting held here today.

Admitting the inconveniences caused to commuters due to rain-triggered landslides and water-logging in various portions of roads across the state, the Cabinet decided to release an amount of Rs 15 crores for emergency repair and maintenance of roads and bridges as and where needed immediately.

For repair and restoration of Capital roads, especially NH 52A from Chimpu to Banderdewa, the Cabinet agreed to sanction another Rs 3 crore as an emergency fund. The Cabinet viewed that incessant rains had badly affected road communication in the Capital city and therefore needed urgent remedial measures.

In addition, the Government would further release Rs 45 lakhs for construction of three number of culverts to make the road from MOWB-II to ‘0’ Point Tinali via State Museum in Itanagar through. The said road can be utilised as an arterial road by commuters of the Capital city and ease traffic congestion on the highway during rush hours.



Assam and Arunachal meet on lasting peace

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The indigenous social workers of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have proposed wider discussion in a broader forum involving its entire executive members, students organisations, community based organisations etc, and frame road map for the future generations of the entire North Eastern Region in near future for a lasting peace, progress and prosperity in the region. This was decided in an interaction session held today which was convened to discuss social issues confronting the indigenous people of both the states including the entire North Eastern Region.

The Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM) was represented by its Working President Matiur Rahman and Additional Secretary General, ASM Gobinda Basumatari and the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) was represented by General Secretary, AITF Montu Mossang, and General Secretary, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) Tarh Tabin, President, Sajolang Elite Society (SES) Aju Khonjuju and ex-officio executive members of AITF. The team was escorted by Perung Chiri, Secretary-in-charge Assam of Nyishi Elite Society, who is also the Vice President of Assam Sanmilita Mahasangha (ASM).



Register MNREGA workers as well,

govt directs Workers Board

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) has been directed to undertake a special drive for registering MGNREGA workers who have completed 50 days of work in a year falling under the category of Building & Other Construction Works by the State Cabinet today.  

The Board has also been directed to spend every year at least 20% of the balance cess amount at the beginning of a financial year on activities related to skill development of registered workers and their dependents.

The scope of the ‘Building and Other Construction Worker’ has also been expanded and 21 additional works which fall under the category of Building and Other Construction Work and not specifically mentioned in Section2(1)(d) of the Building and Other Construction Workers (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Service) Act,  are to be notified which will enable not only additional collection of cess from such works but also facilitate easy registration and welfare of workers engaged in such works.

A notice through the Deputy Commissioner would be served to all private employers/builders undertaking works costing more than Rs.5 Crore directing them to register all workers engaged by them with APB&OCWWB and to ensure that no worker who has not been registered with the Board is engaged in any construction work. Dedicated team in each district has been constituted under the Deputy Commissioners for monitoring obligations of the employers such as providing drinking water, temporary living accommodation, cretches, latrine and urinals, first aid facilities and canteen etc. at work sites, informed, Bamang Felix, Government Spokesperson.



IO accused of tempering FIR copy

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) today alleged that Investigating Officer of Tezu PS case no 60/2015 U/S 341/326/427/506/34IPC (an IRBN  personnel was allegedly assaulted by four youth on June 21, 2015 last) has tempered the section 326 with 323 IPC which was mentioned in the FIR copy thus all accused were let off.

The allegation of TWS surfaced in a representation to Inspector General of Police (IGP)  demanding one senior officer to be deputed to investigate the case so that the maimed IRBN personnel gets justice. TWS claimed that one Memo Dupit Tagin an IRBN Constable of E-Coy Tezu was mercilessly beaten by four youth allegedly led by Akemso Chiba on June 21 when the victim was coming back from Kollah area under Tezu after dropping his relatives. While on his way back, the victim was blocked by four boys and two girls and when he requested to let him pass through, he was mercilessly beaten by them, added the letter.

It also claimed that the attackers chased the victim up to his relative’s resident and damaged the Maruti Zen Car (AS23B-6879). Claiming that despite repeated pleas to take serious action against the assailants, the TWS said that the IO of the case is reluctant to admit the victim’s submission. The accused(s) are roaming scot free and no action has been taken so far against them. TWS also claimed that the role of particular investigating officer is doubtful under such circumstances. The society demanded the IGP to look into the matter so that proper action may be taken on the law breakers.



Govt schemes are not means

of income: Gabriel Wangsu

LONGDING, Jul 02: Government funded schemes and projects is not means for income but primarily for the welfare and benefits of the society at large and hence quality of works cannot be compromised and all specifications are to be complied with, said legislator Gabriel D. Wangsu during his interactions with leaders and villagers while on tour to various villages of Kanubari sub division on Tuesday last.

At Chanu, he inspected the construction of community hall, thatched school hostel and CC step being constructed under MLALAD and DoTCL funds.

Raising veiled attacks on vested interests, the MLA said any tendency to get payment cleared without proper execution of work would be a risky preposition. He also expressed his annoyance at rough distribution of cardamom suckers at various villages and urged the leaders and workers alike to identify the potential farmers so that all his sincere efforts bear result in near future.

Accompanied by Chubam ZPM and BCC leaders, he also inspected the boundary wall around burial ground and directed the contractors to make necessary replacements to ensure longevity of the structure. Assuring to distribute more quantities of cardamom suckers in future, Wangsu, who is also Chairman of State Council for Science & Technology, however, demanded a list of genuine and interested farmers.

Cardamom suckers, betel nut saplings or tea saplings are not freebies, but distribution of such items are sincerely intended at helping the people attain self sustenance at the backdrop of market centric economy, the MLA said while urging the people to walk off the beaten track for sustainable development.

At another meeting of the District Electricity Committee at Longding which was also attended by Civil Aviation Minister Thangwang Wangham, ZPC Phezon Wangsa, DC Tope Bam and senior officers of the Power Department including SE Er. Namchoom, the MLA suggested erection of separate power line under Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojna (DDGJY) along the river Tisa to boost agriculture activities considering the potential of the area.



Police outpost at Pasighat

General Hospital inaugurated

PASIGHAT, Jul 02: A Police out post was inaugurated by Pasighat East MLA, Kaling Moyong in General Hospital Pasighat today.

Speaking during the inaugural function, Moyong expressed hope that the police out post will serve the purpose of security so that the hospital functions peacefully with proper discharge of duties and treatment of patients. He appealed to the police force to discharge their duties sincerely and liaise with the hospital administration properly.

DIG, L .N Shangliana said that it is the duty of the police to provide security to the public. He assured that the police will discharge their duties with utmost sincerity in co-ordination with the hospital authorities so that the premises of the hospital remain secured.

JDHS Dr. Kabang Lego while thanking all said that the police out post was long felt need of the hospital.

Among others East Siang DC, Nidhi Srivastava, SP Devendra Arya, ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk were present during the function. DIPRO



Training prog on SHGs formation held

Hayuiang, Jul 02: A one-day training programme on “SHGs formation for improving the socio-economics status of low-income groups” was conducted at Chipru village under KVK, Anjaw on 1st July. Altogether 47 farmers including rural youth and women participated in the training programme.

Speaking on the occasion, subject matter specialist, Senpon Ngomle (Plant Protection) suggested the villagers specially the rural youths and women to come forward and join hands to minimize the poverty level through formation of SHGs and farmers club.

S. Peter Singh, SMS, Social Sciences, who is also coordinator of the training programme, highlighted the role and importance of SHGs in improving the socio-economic life of people. He emphasised on extending the benefits of SHGs to the poorest section of the society through execution of income generating activities such as vegetables cultivation, poultry farming, food processing unit, mushroom cultivation. Naveen Khoisnam, SMS, Agronomy also spoke on the occasion.



48 to undergo training under

CM’s Flagship Programme

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation has organised a briefing–cum-orientation programme in Udyog Sadan, Itanagar for 48 youth who are selected to undergo skill development training in Banking & Accounting and Travel & Tourism sector at Learn to Earn Pvt. Ltd. Delhi under the Chief Minister’s flagship programme on Skill Development and Employment Generation..

K. Sarma, Deputy Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation said the entire cost of the training including travelling, boarding and lodging are being borne by state Govt. under Chief Minister’s flagship programme on skill development and employment generation.

State Govt. has signed MoA with Learn to Earn Pvt. Ltd. Delhi, for imparting training and to ensure minimum of 70 percent placement (Job) at minimum monthly salary of Rs.8,000/ in hand immediately after successful completion of the training.



Sensitisation workshop on Centrally sponsored schemes held

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: A one-day sensitisation workshop on centrally sponsored schemes, namely, National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM), Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U), Smart Cities Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Housing for All by 2022) and Atal Mission for Rejuvenation & Urban Transformation (AMRUT) was held in the conference hall of Directorate of Urban Development & Housing here yesterday.

In his keynote address, the Chief Engineer-cum-Director (UD & H), Er. Taba Tedir explained about the importance of skill development and livelihood promotion of urban poor under NULM, transformation of urban areas of the state by achieving 100 percent access to sanitation and household toilet facilities under SBM(U). He also elaborated on the aims and objectives under Smart City Mission.

Speaking on the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana which aims to provide the housing requirement of urban poor including slum dwellers of urban areas, he said the dwellers are eligible to get financial support using land as resource and through credit linked subsidy.

Under AMRUT the infrastructure to be created will have a direct impact on the real needs of the people, such as providing taps with assured supply of water and sewerage connection, developing greenery and well-maintained open spaces/parks, reduce pollution by switching to public transport or constructing facilities for non-motorised transport.

Experts appointed under NULM, Joint Director (UD&H), Deputy Director (UP), Deputy Director [HQ-II] and Chief Estimator  presented reports  on the progress made so far in implementation of SBM (U)/ NULM and also highlighted guidelines of newly launched Smart Cities Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Housing for All by 2022) and AMRUT.

 Among others, Amoy Morang, Director, Town Planning, Sukhwinder Singh, Sr. Town Planner, T. Darang, Joint Director (UD&H), Kipa Kaku, Chief Councillor and Ward Councillors of Itanagar Municipal Councillor, representative of Pasighat Municipal Council, all Deputy Director-cum-Member Secretary (DUDAs), officers from the Urban Development and Housing department attended the workshop.

It is worth mentioning here that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the mega three schemes, namely, Smart Cities Mission, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana [Housing for All by 2022] and AMRUT on  June 25 at New Delhi.



Locals call for expediting work

on Army firing range

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The Kome Lole Development Committee (KLDC), Likabali and Dari Dolu Welfare Society (DDWS) have appealed to the Chief Secretary to expedite the process for establishment of the field firing range from Pale village to Kome Lole area at the earliest.

While supporting the proposal of Army for establishment of the field firing range in greater interest of the nation,  KLDC general secretary Togo Riba and ZPM Hengi Riba, who is also secretary general of the of the DDWS observed that establishment of new army bases will help in the re-enforcement of the defense system of the country.

Highlighting the ground realities and sentiments of the people of Pale and Daring villages (the affected landowners), the organisations in its letter to the Chief Secretary said that to ensure transparency, accountability and justice to the affected people a series of consultative meetings with the villagers of Daring and the representative of the Pale village were organised.

Giving details of the meetings the letter said that during the meeting held at Daring village in West Siang district on March 15 last, decisions were  taken in support of the initiative of the central Govt and also to seek compensation in this regard. This was followed by meetings at Itanagar on May 17 and June 19 at Daring village wherein it was decided that both Togo Riba and Hengi Riba will approach the authorities regarding establishment of the firing field range and compensation to the original land owners of the affected areas.



Vodafone services to be launched in Tawang

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: Vodafone India, one of India’s leading telecom service providers, has announced the launch of its network in Tawang District. This was informed by Alok Verma, Business Head of Assam and North East, Vodafone India on Tuesday. Vodafone has now become the first private telecom operator to offer full fledged voice and data services to around 50,000 people (as per Census 2011 data) in the region.

With this launch, Vodafone has expanded its footprint in 12 districts of the state. It has so far deployed in excess of 140 cell sites across the state and continues to expand its network. Vodafone had earlier announced its network expansion to Zero Point (Nechipu), Bomdila, Rupa, Tenga, Along, Basar and Daporijo in Arunachal Pradesh, and with this further expansion in Tawang Vodafone would now cover approximately 460 towns and villages and more than 31 percent of the population in the state.

Commenting on this expansion, Alok Verma, Business Head – Assam and North East, Vodafone India said, “We at Vodafone India feel extremely proud to announce the expansion of our network presence at a place which is 10, 000 feet above sea level -  Tawang district in Arunachal Pradesh. We are now fully equipped to provide superior connectivity and services to the members of more than 10000 households in these hitherto unconnected areas”.

In Assam and North East Circle, Vodafone operates in seven states spanning across more than 19,000 towns and villages. Presently, with over 4800 cell sites, 77,000 plus distribution touch points and more than 280 plus retail touch points, Vodafone offers one of the most robust network connectivity to an overall subscriber base of 4.6 million in Assam and North East.



Reaching Hetlong

Hetlong – a village  under Jairampur sub division of Changlang district inhabited by Tangsa tribe can be reached only on foot by marching 2.5.kms from the Trans – Arunachal highway. To reach the village, one has to cross the Namchik River using the narrow hanging bridge.

The 153 national highways had constructed a R.C.C bridge (abutments have started collapsing soon after its inauguration) on Namchik river on Jairampur – Nampong stretch. The old bailey bridge is now abandoned. This abandoned bridge can easily be salvaged in the upstream of the same river to reach Hetlong village.

Due to communication bottleneck, the villagers have not been able to cope up with rest of the state. Though the rest of the district has done remarkably well in terms of cultivation of commercially important crops like tea, rubber and rearing live stocks, the village is still away behind.



Anti-Malaria awareness campaign held

PAKOTI, Jul 02: East Kameng District Health Society in collaboration with PHC Pakoti and PRI members conducted a day long anti-malaria awareness campaign at PHC Pakoti on Wednesday.

Under the campaign mosquito nets were provided to villagers of Mebuwa, Weshi, Richa, Tallang, Kamsha, Loffa, Hambapinda and Lachung Yangje.

Pakoti PHC MO incharge Dr. Kapu Sopin who led the campaign, informed people about ways to prevent  themselves from vector borne diseases like Malaria, Japanese Encephalitis, Dengue etc, which is transmitted by mosquito bite. He stated that by using mosquito nets properly and keeping surroundings clean, such diseases can be controlled.

 Lauding the MO and staffs for taking up health awareness activities in the area, DMO Dr. N Geiyi further urged all teachers, PRI members, GBs, ASHA, AWW to work towards creating awareness about Mission Indradanush and ensure that every child from zero to 2 yrs of age is immunized.

Medical staff of district vector-borne disease control programme officer (DVBDCPO), PRI members, GB, ASHA, AWW and teachers took part in the campaign.  

Meanwhile, various similar activities like school-level drawing and essay competition, social service and public awareness camp were also conducted as part of the Anti-Malaria month at Anini in Dibang Valley district. (DIPRO)



Digital India Week

ITANAGAR, Jul 02: The Digital India Week is being organised across the state. At Yingkiong, Upper Siang DC Remo Kamki during the inaugural session of the Digital India Week, appealed all the officers, officials and the public to use and cope up with the latest e-IT to compete and counteract with the advanced countries of the world.

District Information Officer, National Informatics Centre, Niraj Kumar Singh, gave a presentation on the over view of IT status of state, demonstration on Digital Locker and Jeevan Praman.

At SEPPA; East Kameng DC-cum-chairman District E-Governance Society Sandeep Kumar Singh inaugurated a training room for Digital India Week at DPDO office here today.

As part of the Digital India Week celebration, training shall be imparted to the ministerial staffs, computer operators and students besides, HoDs, officers and PRI members in a phase-wise manner from today.

In his inaugural address, DC Sandeep Kumar Singh said that the main purpose of the Digital India Week is to digitally connect all villages and the ongoing training programme in the district is a first step in this direction. He further asked the HoDs to strengthen government resources and machineries. All existing community service centres in the district should be made functional through Digital India Week, he added.

At PASIGHAT; ADC Pooja Jain said that Digital India Week will help people get easy access to information which is in public domain while DIO Gaurav Kumar briefed about Digital India and E-Governance to the trainees.  

Meanwhile, a day-long sensitisation and awareness programme on Digital Indian Week was also held for various HoDs in the East Siang DC conference hall in Pasighat today.  

While explaining about the salient features of Digital Indian Week, DC Nidhi Shrivastava informed that it is a programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.

DIO T Devaraj  Singh in his address informed that there are nine pillars of the DIW; they are broad band high ways, universal access to phone, public internet access program, e–governance (reforming government through technology), ekranti (electronic delivery of services), information for all, electronic manufacturing with target net zero import, IT for jobs and early harvest programmes.

He also informed that the sensitisation-cum-awareness programme will be held for PRI members. (DIPRO)

At BOMDILA; The Digital India week long celebration began today in West Kameng district under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner AK Singh and DIO Er. PK Thungon,.

The weeklong celebration includes awareness programme for all the HoDs, PRI members, officers and staffs of the various departments and essay writing competition at school levels in order to educate and create awareness on the initiatives taken by the central government to make Digital India.

Key areas of Digital India would be on digital infrastructure, e-governance, e-service and digital empowerment of every citizen of the country.

The weeklong celebration began with the awareness meeting on the Digital India aspect where DIO Thungon gave a detailed presentation covering topics as to how Digital India aims to prepare the country for a knowledge future and Technology Umbrella programme which aims to cover many departments and bring together large numbers of ideas and thoughts into a single comprehensive vision.

He also detailed on the various e-governance projects in the state including e-Kranti under which Jan Suvidha, Entrance exam management system for higher and technical education, GPF computerization etc which are being run successfully. Later, he gave a live demonstration on the Digital Locker which is Aadhar based software where one can create one’s locker for storage of personal information without the need to carry important documents.

Earlier, DC Singh also called upon all the HoDs and other officers to actively participate in the programme so as to make the Digital India Week a success.

Later, the officers attended the Video Conference where Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared open the Digital India Week. DIPRO

At ITANAGAR; NIELIT Itanagar conducted awareness programme and quiz competition on various e-services  and cyber security at Kendriya Vidyalaya-I, Naharlagun, Good Shepherd School, Papu Nalla  on the occasion of Digital India week.

Resource person and scientists Anil Kumar Shaw and Gordon K Nongkynrih gave a brief overview of various e-services and cyber security respectively. More than 150 students attended the workshop. Results of the quiz will be declared on July 7.



Marathon marks Dera Natung’s 51 birth anniversary

SEPPA, Jul 2: Paying tribute to visionary leader of East Kameng district, East Kameg Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) today organised an open marathon for both men and women with the theme; "Run for Peace and Harmony in the East Kameng District". The marathon marked the 51st birth anniversary of Dera Natung, the former Education Minister who died in a chopper crash on 8th May 2001.  

While flagging off the marathon, EKSWCO Chairman Khya Safar Pao said that contributions of the good people of the society should be recognised and remembered.  Pao also urged the youth to follow the wisdom and righteousness showed by visionary leader Dera Natung.

In men's category, Bangro Kamchi, Takar Cheri and Sanghi Cheda secured first, second and third position respectively. While in women category, Jonomi Kamsa, and M. Paffa finished in the first and second spot. The winners were given cash prizes and certificates.

The members of Woman Welfare Organization (WWO), All Nyishi Youths Association (ANYA), Kra-Dadii Club, relative and family members of Lt. Dera Natung paid floral tributes to leader's portrait and also organised a social service around his grave.

EKSWCO Convenor Robin Hissang while reading remembrance note, exhorted that though the great leader has left early but his humbleness, ideology, wisdom and attitudes will always remain with people of East Kameng and his service to the society and the state will be fondly remembered.


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Vision of Digital India

On the first day of the  Digital India Week, the corporate sectors pledged to invest worth 4.5 lakh crore in various technology ventures that can potentially add 1.8 million jobs.

While launching the Digital India Week on Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that E-governance is going to change into m-governance or mobile governance. "I dream of a digital India where high speed digital highways unite the nation. I dream of a digital India where government is open and governance is transparent,"  said Modi.

According to informed sources, Digital India comprises of various initiatives under the single programme; each targeted to prepare India for becoming a knowledge economy and for bringing good governance to citizens through synchronized and co-ordinated engagement of the entire Government.

This programme has been envisaged and coordinated by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) in collaboration with various Central Ministries/Departments and State Governments.

The vision of Digital India programme aims at inclusive growth in areas of electronic services, products, manufacturing and job opportunities etc. It is centred on three key areas -Digital Infrastructure as a Utility to Every Citizen, Governance & Services on Demand and Digital Empowerment of Citizens. The Digital India programme aims to provide Broadband Highways, Universal Access to Mobile Connectivity,  Public Internet Access Programme,  E-Governance: Reforming Government through Technology, eKranti - Electronic Delivery of Services, Information for All, Electronics Manufacturing: Target Net Zero Imports,  IT for Jobs  and Early Harvest Programmes.

Key projects of digital India programme include Digital Locker System which aims to minimize the usage of physical documents and enable sharing of e-documents across agencies. The sharing of the e-documents will be done through registered repositories thereby ensuring the authenticity of the documents online.




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Hoping for free bumpy rides to bumpy free rides

Dear Editor,

We the denizens of Capital Complex are in a dilemma whom to thank for the bumpy rides that we are encountering along the NH-52(A) and colony link roads. All, who are engaged in maintenance and laying of Bituminous surface course are well-informed and know the A to Z of a design and construction of a flexible pavement but it is best to their knowledge what went wrong with them.

Flexible pavements are generally designed and constructed for a design life of 15 years but needs re-surfacing or strengthening of layers periodically usually after 2-3 Years, depending on function and structural deterioration caused due to combined effect of traffic & weather.

Alas!  re-surfacing of Bituminous layer was laid out approx. 4-5 Months ago along the stretch of NH-52(A) between Niba Hospital to A-Sector, Naharlagun, some parts of Bank Tiniali and some colony link roads but a mere splash of rain has deformed the soil subgrade and as a result pavement surface has got undulated and commuters can well see and experience  the huge crater like deformations resulting in free bumpy rides without visiting a fair (Mela).

According to stress distribution characteristics of flexible pavement layers, the top layer must be designed to be strongest as highest compressive stresses are to be sustained by this layer i.e. traffic and varying weather conditions but what has been done was just the opposite here at capital city. Thick Bituminous binder and surface course should have been provided. Curing period of Bituminous surface should not be neglected. And also, design and planning of Drainage System should be laid out properly which is the main cause of undulation of bituminous surface due to clogging of water on the pavement surface.

As, the saying goes, “a man learns from his faults” , just a small suggestion, that it is possible to resort to “milling and recycling” technique and utilize substantial portion of damaged bituminous pavement layers. 

Hoping for free bumpy rides to bumpy free rides.


Kamphu Rebe




Youths, alcohol and drugs

Dear Editor,

I would like to have the attention of the concern administration regarding the regular confrontations and disturbances that residents of Tigdo (Doimukh) are facing on a daily basis because of the miscreants.

Tigdo area in Doimukh is one of the most vulnerable places, which is hunt of these unknown mischievous youths who always come to the area and pollutes the environment.

Mostly during the evening period this area under the bridge of railway track which is adjacent to Doimukh Sunday market is filled with numerous groups and youths who drink alcohol and use drugs and litters dendrites all over the area, which cannot be described in this mere words.

My request to the authorities and the concern administration is to have daily patrolling of the area. The youths are not only polluting the area but also influencing the school going children who passes through the area.  


Arjun Tachi Tara




Helmets for all

Dear Editor,

One hails the Madras high court’s decision for making helmets mandatory from July 1st and the sales of helmets is on the rise. Though wearing helmets has been made mandatory for the rider and the pillion, but we often see a family of four i.e. parents and their two kids travelling on bikes. Like adults, children/kids to are equally prone to accidents. So will manufacturers now start making smaller size helmets for kids too? The law is not clear on whether it is mandatory for kids too to wear helmets. The concerned authorities should kindly clarify.


T S Karthik




Call ended

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily paper, I would like to draw the kind attention toward the poor BSNL services in Tafrogam, an interior village under Lohit.

People correspond through cellular phone because it is easiest mode of communication in the present times. It is helpful in emergency cases and urgent work as well.

However, the network at Tafrogam and Khoraliang is so poor that it is frustrating especially in emergency cases.

When we call someone from the village, we have to dial 15-20 Times but phone always show call ended.

Therefore, I request the concern authority to look into the matter seriously so that best network service  is provided to Tafrogam as soon as possible. 


Chonolum Tamblong




School fees is unjustified

Dear Editor,

Being an aggrieved parent I would like to bring to the notice of Higher Authorities of School Education regarding collection of Rs.220/- as fees for conduct of Examination & Student ID Card from the students of Govt. Middle School, G-Sector, Naharlagun by the School authorities. The collection of fees is totally uncalled for and unjustified.

As per Right to Education (RTE) Act, any unauthorised collection of fees from students is prohibited. I, with folded hands appeal to the concerned authorities to kindly look into this matter so that children of poor people like me don’t get punished for not paying examination fees. If Government Schools starts collecting fees from poor students then it will be a total failure of RTE Act in our State where it is being said that RTE Act is being fully implemented in letter and in spirit.

I sincerely do hope that this appeal gets the right kind of attention from higher authorities.


An aggrieved

Poor Parent





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