July 08

Review meeting on Mission Indradhanush

SEPPA, Jul 07: A meeting was convened under the chairmanship of East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh to review the performance of all medical health centres of the district in implementing Mission Indradhanush, at Kameng Hall here on Monday.

Addressing the meeting, the DC urged medical officers to complete the target of full dose immunization and include all the children in the final round. He also asked the DMO to furnish the list of non-performing ASHAs and to disburse the incentives to ASHAs/Anganwadi workers only after the final round of immunization programme.

ADC Pooja Jain further asked the doctors to work out modalities and put up more efforts to cover more areas under the mission. She also asked them to check and get the correct figures of fully immunized and non-immunized children before the 4th round so that no children were left out. DMO Dr. N Geiyi also spoke in the meeting. (DIPRO)


Comply with APDBE Act-2015; AACWA

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: All Arunachal Contractors’ welfare Association (AACWA) has urged all departments to comply with the Arunachal Pradesh District Base Entrepreneurs Act- 2105 for all tender work and maintain 1% earnest money deposit for tribal contractors in any tender/ quotation works by the government departments.


Drug awareness programme in Khonsa

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Inter-school Drugs Awareness seminar on the theme " Let's be aware and make aware" under the aegis of Science & Technology Department, in collaboration with Don Bosco Youth Centre, Khonsa was held today at Don Bosco Youth Centre which was participated by 12 students from various schools.

Chathun Hakhun of Christ The King School, Khonsa was declared topper of the seminar.

While addressing the gathering, Capt Shahid Yunas RMO 1st Assam Rifles said that the youth and students of Tirap must be aware of negative impact of drugs/ brown sugar and opium which is prevalent in the districts and spreading day by day in the Tirap-Longding.

He urged the students to follow Ranphoa Ngowa, a son of a farmer of Kheti village who cracked the civil service exam recently.

He blamed the outsiders for creating anti-social activities in the district and appealed all the students who attended the seminar to avoid which is harmful to health as well as against the mankind.

Dr. Palash Rakshit, SMO who was resource person highlighted about the negative impacts of drugs/ brown sugar, opium, alcohol, tobacco.


Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee birth anniversary

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh observed the 114th Birth anniversary of late Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee, legendary Indian politician, barrister and academician at Itanagar on July 6.

The state BJP leaders and party cadres led by State President, Tai Tagak offered floral tributes to the great legend. The State President, Tai Tagak speaking on the occasion highlighted about the life of Late Mookerjee and called upon the party cadres to follow the path shown by him. Mukherjee had shown the seed of a performing and self propelled leadership in the service of the motherland, Tagak said.


PHE reach out to villagers

BOMDILA, Jul 07: To boost the Swatchh Bharat Mission (SBM) in rural area of West Kameng District, an intensive awareness programme was conducted at Lish Gompache Gram Panchayat here today.

Addressing the gathering E.E PHED-cum-Member Secretary DWSC, Bomdila Er. Likha Tekhi, said that in order to achieve total sanitation status by 2019, the people’s participation and cooperation is needed.

He added PHE & WS Department says that the motto of the department is to provide safe and sustainable water supply and proper sanitation facilities to residents. Emphasising on sanitation, he added, department has provided 81 units of IHHLs to Lish Gompache to stop open defecation and to inculcate the habits of using toilets and eradicate water and sanitation related sickness.

He appealed all the households to construct sanitary toilet and avoid open-defection for better health.

Speaking on the occasion, Anchal Chairperson (ACP) Dirang Anchal Block, Langjom, appealed all the PRIs member and general public of Lish Gompache and Lish Gram Panchayat  to avail the opportunities rendered by the department. Further she urged public for proper maintenance of IHHLs constructed and avoid open defecation.

While attending the programme as administrative representative, Circle Officer (CO) Dirang, Koj Yabyang appealed the public to use and maintains the IHHLs constructed under SBM (G) and avoid open defecation for better health and hygiene.

Block Development Officer (BDO) Dirang, Ngoibup Dorjee, also talked about importance of toilets and urged the people to use the toilet and avoid open defecation. He further added that the most sicknesses in our region are due to poor sanitation and consumption of untreated water.


Karbak makes unannounced visits

LIROMOBA, Jul 07: Local MLA Nyamar Karbak made a unannounced visit to Primary Health Centre Liromoba on July 5 last alongwith DMO incharge Dr. Linya Lollen, Dr. Tomar Kamki, Dr. Mate Pal, Kenkar Yomcha Secretary General INTUC Arunachal Pradesh, Koj Kano Registering Officer cum Public Relation Officer APB&OCWWB and host of HoDs and Trade Union leaders. The Medical Officer and Lab Technicians were found absent. It was also informed by the public that the MO and Lab Technician are irregular.

MLA Karbak directed the DMO incharge to serve a show cause notice to both the staff immediately and cautioned that such practices will not be tolerated. He also directed DMO to supply sufficient medicines to PHC for any adversary.

An announced visit to the Govt. Higher Secondary School was also made. The School management team apprised the MLA of the problems being faced by school like shortage of Science and Maths teachers, toilets for girls and boys, boundary problems etc. Karbak sanctioned Rs. 1 lakh for repairing of the boundary wall and promised to sanction Rs. 1.70 lakh for procurement of school books and Rs. 5 lakhs for separate toilets for boys and girls from TFC very soon. He also provided computer sets and printers on request of the teaching staffs. Regarding posting of Science and Maths teacher, he promised to take up the matter with DDSE on priority basis.

Attending the awareness camp, MLA Karbak also the chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers Welfare Board distributed welfare kits and apprised the workers to register with Board to avail maximum benefits being provided by the Board like medical assistance, tools advance, maternity assistance, housing loans, death benefits, funeral assistance etc, free distribution of school bags, geometry box, umbrella, mosquito, education Assistance for higher studies in Technical/Professional, Old age pension for above 60 years, scholarships to children. He also informed that those registered with MNREGA are also eligible to register with the Board.


Implementation of MDM satisfactory: ADC

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: An unannounced inspection with regard to implementation of Mid-Day Meal was carried out in Seijosa. The team comprising of T.R. Tapu, ADC, Pani Tayem, ZPM, B. Rai, BEO, Renu Kino, ACP visited Govt. Secondary School Darlong and Govt. M.E. School Niti Darlong.

The food items prepared were found to be satisfactory in quality and the students were satisfied with the items and quality served to them. The Headmaster of Govt. Secondary School Sakter Nabam highlighted that the school is very much in need of a shed to serve the meals and the matter becomes worse when it rains as the school does not have any extra classroom or shed for the purpose. R. Tallong, Headmaster, Govt. M.E. School Niti Darlong highlighted about the shortage of classrooms and the poor condition of the Mid-Day Meal kitchen and classrooms. The visiting team assured to look into the matter and the accompanying ZPM and ACP assured to donate CGI sheets for the purpose.


Consultative meet on New Education Policy

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The State Council of Education, Research and Training (SCERT) will conduct a state level consultative meeting on new education policy (NEP) here on July 16.

The Government of India has initiated process to formulate a new education policy through an inclusive, participatory and holistic approach by inviting ideas and suggestions on key policy initiative from the grassroots.

Thirty three themes have been identified for discussions which are divided separately for school education (13) and higher education (20) sectors.

DDSEs of all the districts, Principal DIETs and various stake holders of school education will participate in the meeting.

Faculty from NCERT, New Delhi and NERIE, Shillong will conduct the meeting.


Construction of planetarium opposed

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Itanagar City Development Welfare Association (ICDWA) has in a representation to the Capital Complex DC today, strongly objected to the construction of planetarium at the IG Park and urged him to initiate an eviction drive at the said location at the earliest.

Terming the decision of the IT department of establishing such structure which had otherwise served as a playground for youngsters, as illegal and against public interest, it further appealed the administration to demolish half constructed structures and remove construction materials from the park soon.

Meanwhile, it has also appealed both the administration and IMWA to put a complete ban on the sale of Maggi noodles in the Capital Complex.


State BJYM objects to handing over road work to PWD

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Strongly objecting to the reported decision of the state government to hand over construction work of NH52, a 63kms long road from Bomjir  to Pasighat from BRO to PWD, state Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) unit, vice president Mongol Yomso has in a letter today sought immediate withdrawal of the said government notification.

While alleging that the deplorable condition of road from Banderdewa to Itanagar is a glaring example of poor quality of work and mismanagement by the PWD, Yomso appealed the state government to let BRO continue the construction work in the said stretch of road to ensure quality work.


AAPSU seeks rescheduling of PWD JE (civil) exam

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has in a letter to the state PWD Minister today appealed him to defer the date of written examination for the post of Junior Engineer (Civil) in PWD, which is slated to be held on Jul 11th and 12th next, saying that the date coincides with another recruitment examination being held for the post of JE conducted by the Food Corporation of India at Guwahati and Shillong.

The union in its release said, aspirants hailing from various districts of the state have applied for the said examinations but are unable to attend both due to coinciding of its dates. It further appealed him to consider postponing the dates of the Junior Engineer (Civil) recruitment exam being conducted by the APPWD by at least 20 days.


Dree celebrated

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: The Apatani community of Deomali/ Namsangmukh celebrated Dree festival at Namsangmukh Dree ground with much fun-fare and traditional gaiety on July 5.

Attending festival, Reli Loyi, Commandant 1st IRBn, Namsangmukh appreciated the Apatanis for their endeavour to preserve their culture and tradition. He said that most of the tribal festivals of Arunachal Pradesh are agriculture and nature based which bring unity in the society. He urged that religion and culture should not be mixed up.

Cultural programmes including traditional Daminda dance, local cuisine were the other highlights of the day.


Dree at Bhalukpong

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Display of colorful cultural programmes by participants from various tribes; Aka (Hrusso), Miji, Nyishi, Adi, Galo, Nepali and Apatani communities marked Dree celebrations at the Indigenous Festival ground, Bhalukpong in West Kameng district on Monday.

The festivities which was attended by OSD to Chief Minister Dr. Hatobin Mai and local MLA and PHE &WS Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow as chief guest and chief patron respectively, began with the unfurling of Dree flag and reading out of the Dree mythology.

Sidisow also inaugurated a newly constructed rostrum on the occasion.

Among others Nafra ZPM Miali Sangchoju, Hrusso Socio-culture Society general secretary Dibru Dususow and Bhalukpong EAC were also present on the occasion.


DC flags off water tanker in Seppa

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner SK Singh today flagged off the newly procured water tanker in the presence of ADC P. Jain, EKSWCO Chairman K. Safar Pao,, social worker Boru Sangyu, and the staff of Seppa PHED Division.

The water tanker was donated by four MLAs, namely Kumar Wai, Tapuk Taku, Karya Bagang and Mama Natung.

The water tanker will be useful in the event of any natural calamities/disasters for mitigation of water supply problems.


News Impact

Arunachal intensifies patrolling in

inter-state boundary areas

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Pradesh government has intensified patrolling in the inter-state boundary areas following the June 5 incident at Behali in neighbouring Assam, where a group of armed miscreants burnt a vehicle from the state besides inflicting burn injuries on two persons, the state Assembly was informed today.

Patrolling and mobile patrolling in association with paramilitary forces have been intensified and all district SPs bordering Assam have been directed to liaison with the districts in the neighbouring state to take measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents, state Home Minister Tanga Byaling said replying to a written question by opposition leader Tamiyo Taga and BJP member Japu Deru.

"Coordination with the Assam police is being maintained at the highest level," the minister said.

Giving a detailed account on the incident, Byaling said that on June 3 one Nehru Orang of Serelia village under Assam's Sonitpur district along with his elder brother Kolai Orang and another person Lobin Orang went to Hatimara forest to collect firewood when allegedly Arunachal Pradesh extremists fired upon them.

"While Nehru and Lobin managed to escape, Kolai did not reach the village. On the following day, when they went back to the forest, they found his body with multiple head injuries. An FIR was registered at Behali police station and inquest was done by BDO Behali. The matter is still under investigation," he said.

Byaling said that in retaliation, on June 5, a group of armed miscreants stopped a vehicle from Arunachal Pradesh belonging to T T Tara at Behali and set it on fire inflicting burn injuries on him and his brother in-law.

"Arunachal administration and police have been in constant touch with their counterparts in Assam. Various peace meetings have been held and it was decided that for the sake of peace and tranquility, the innocent people of Arunachal should not be targeted and blamed for death of Kolai Orang in the forest without any substantive and conclusive evidence," Byaling said. PTI



Delay in release of funds leads to poor implementation of RTE Act

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Since Right to Education Act (RTE) came into force, schools in Arunachal are still looking forward to a fully fledged implementation of the Act. Various schools have been alleged of charging amounts from students in the form of school maintenance fees, infrastructure fees and admission forms.

Students of Govt Middle School at C Sector here are paying Rs. 500 during admission. When enquired by this daily, Headmaster in-charge Marnya Game clarified that amount taken from the students were voluntary contribution from the parents for repairing school bench and desks. He informed that the school management committee (SMC) had decided to seek voluntary contribution from the parents considering the insufficient and untimely release of maintenance fund from the authority.

"Even we don't want to take money from the students as per RTE Act which guarantees free and compulsory education for children between age group of 6 to 14yrs. But in reality, many schools are facing similar problems such as insufficient texts books and other basic requirements like chalk, black board and stationeries.

The Headmaster also opined that parents of the students should pressurize the Director School Education to look into such matter instead of complaining for the amount taken from them to meet up the basic needs.

Another school, Govt Middle School at G-sector, Naharlagun, has been accused of not abiding by the RTE rule. As alleged, the school authority has been accused of charging Rs. 220 from the students as the charge for student’s identity card and the form.

Headmistress of the school, Tarh Yaku meanwhile says that the amount charged for the students ID card was in accordance with the meeting of the school authority held with the parents on July 16 last year which agreed for the I-card to be provided to the students for better identification.

“The meeting was held with an aim to make the school a model school”, she said. Meanwhile at Seppa, as claimed by Yang Yangfo, teacher at Pacha Middle School, all the schools in the township have been abiding by the RTE rule and do not charge any money from the students.

“Schools here are not facing much problem as the DDSE has been managing funds for the same,” he informed.

Meanwhile Yangfo, who is also the general secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AAPSSATA) has blamed the state government for the RTE mess.

“The reason why teachers have to charge money from the students is because the government has failed to provide funds. Even if they do, it is after the session is over. It is the main reason why teachers have to charge money from the students indirectly”, he rued.

“They can’t even pay salaries on time, how come will they provide fund?,” he added.



15 day budget session begins, 4 bills introduced

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Four important bills were introduced in the first day of the 15-day Budget session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Education Minister Tapang Taloh introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Education (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to deal with transfer and posting of teachers taking into consideration the requirement of teachers and other human resources for smooth functioning of educational institutions and other establishments under the education department.

Research Minister Thangwang Wangham introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Heritage Bill, 2015, which would have provisions for conservation and protection of heritage sites including buildings, arte-facts, structures, areas, streets and precincts of historic, cultural or environmental significance and sites of scenic beauty.

The bill would also have provisions for conservation and protection of area of environment sensitivity and matters connected with it.

To consolidate laws relating to scientific planning and development of road network and connectivity, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi introduced the Arunachal Pradesh State Road (Regulation and Development) Bill, 2015.

The bill would deal with systematic regulation of road development by giving impetus to safe custody and maintenance of assets in the state for all round economic development and welfare of the people. PHED Minister Takam Pario introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Water Supply Bill, 2015 to regulate water supply including levy of reasonable tariff on consumption of piped water supply in the state.

Panel of Chairmen: Under the procedures of conduct of business of the house for the current session, Speaker Nabam Rebia today announced the names of MLAs - Jarkar Gamlin, Er. Tumke Bagra, PD Sona and Wangki Lowang as panel of Chairmen for the session.

Presentation of Reports: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki laid the 26th annual report of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission for the year 2013-14, while Minister Women & Child development Wanglin Lowangdong laid the combined annual administrative report (2012-2013 and 2013-2014) of the Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) and Education Minister Tapang Taloh laid the Arunachal Pradesh Education (Amendment) Rules, 2014 & the Arunachal Pradesh Education (Amendment) Rules 2015. Legislative Assembly Secretary also laid on the table of the house the bills assented to by the Governor.

Nikh Kamin, Chairman of the committee on public accounts presented the 66th, 67th and 68th report of the committee on public accounts on the report of Comptroller and Auditor General of India for various years and departments.

The house also adopted the fourth report of the Business Advisory Committee of the sixth Legislative Assembly presented by Women & Child development Minister Wanglin Lowangdong by voice vote before the Speaker adjourned the house for tomorrow.

Earlier, the budget session began with speaker Nabam Rebia leading the house in paying tributes to former legislators of the state who passed away this year.

Making obituary reference in respect to Tashi Khandu, former MLA from Tawang constituency in undivided Kameng district who died on March 23 this year after prolonged illness, Rebia termed him as a great first generation leader.

Khandu, born in January 15, 1926 at Tippi village was elected to the first legislative assembly in 1978.

He left behind his wife, three sons and a daughter.

While remembering Tarik Rava, who died on May 1 last due to prolonged illness, the speaker termed his death as an irreparable loss to the state.

Rava born in 1943 at Nacho in Upper Subansiri district was elected to the second legislative assembly during 1995.

He left behind two wives, five sons and four daughters.

Taking part in the discussion, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki termed Khandu as a 'gem' of person who worked relentlessly for the cause of the poorer section of the society.

While remembering his association with Rava, Tuki termed him as an active social worker who was instrumental in uplifting the backward class of the society.

"In his demise, we have lost a first generation leader and the vacuum created by his demise is hard to fill," the chief minister said.

Home minister Tanga Byaling, senior BJP member Japu Deru and Congress MLA Jambey Tashi also participated in the obituary reference before the House observed two-minute silence in respect of the departed souls.

Later, the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated a Library cum Canteen building in the assembly secretariat complex in presence of all members and officers. With inputs from PTI



24 new grid substations in the offing

Question hour in Legislative Assembly

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Twenty four more new grid sub-stations and 1917 KM of grid lines are coming up under the comprehensive scheme of transmission under MOP, Govt of India which is being implemented by PGCIL.  This was informed in the Legislative Assembly today.

While responding to the star question from  MLA Tumke Bagra,  Power Minister  Tanga Byaling informed the house that the Govt had issued order on March 17 last with a sole purpose of placing officers for operation and maintenance of the State Grid Systems and grid sub¬stations, which are located at Daporijo, Aalo, Pasighat, Deomali, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Bhalukpong and Khuppi.

This arrangement was started with the intension that the subordinate staff would be adjusted from existing establishment of overall strength of the department and the March 17 order was a part of the on-going process, the minister further said. He added that actual placement of officers against these Transmission divisions shall be undertaken only after readjustment of existing strength so that none of the Zones and Circles suffers from lack of officers and staffs. The State Govt is committed to make all of its units and offices functional and effective to handle the assigned activities, he added. Bagra wanted to know the reason of withdrawal of the line EE (Plng) of Aalo circle and posting him as EE (SLDC) at Itanagar and ASW SE (E) office as AE in Transmission Division No II at Itanagar as per the government order.

The minister also informed that the on¬going process of redistribution and readjustment of posts was long due and the present government is committed to complete this process as early as possible. If needed, the Govt will create additional posts to make every unit of the department practically workable.

Altogether 100 hectares of land have been earmarked for Telluliang village and 64 numbers of Land Processing Certificates (LPCs) have been issued so far against Talluliang village in Lohit district, this was informed by Chief Minister during question hour in the Assembly house.

Responding to a star question from MLA Dr Mohesh Chai, the Chief Minister further informed that 44 number of LPC applications remain pending in the DC’s office for want of NOC from the forest department and other formalities.

Responding to a question whether any LPC has been issued against the quota of Telluliang village for land outside the territorial boundary of the said village, it was informed that no such quota system exists.

In another star question, when Dr Mohesh Chai enquired as to why the newly constructed ANM school in Namsai has not been made functional this year despite infrastructure facilities are there, Health Minister Rajesh  Tacho informed the house about inadequate hospital infrastructures (CHC Namsai), inadequate clinical service in the hospital, inadequate laboratory and diagnostic service,  non-availability of  faculty and requirement of additional  accommodation as per the Indian Nursing Council. However, the minister informed that action has already been taken and requisite proposal included in AOP for adequate laboratory and diagnostic service. Qualified nurses are being posted in the district who will be designated as faculties, he informed adding additional faculty will be added as per norms.



State Govt. lacks commitment, accountability:BJP

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) General Secretary Ram Madhav today rapped the state government over ‘dismal’ performance in the implementation of various projects and welfare schemes and utilization funds sanctioned for them.

Addressing a party meeting here today, Ram Madhav, who is currently on a two-day visit to the state to take stock of the present political scenario, said that there was a stunning lack of commitment and accountability by the ruling Congress Government in the state to implement those projects and welfare schemes successfully. “There is no question of stopping or releasing fund from the Centre. But the state government has to perform”, he said.

According to the BJP General Secretary, the state government has miserably failed to show the minimum level of performance.

While assuring the BJP-led government’s all cooperation to the state, Ram Madhav, however, said that the state government must ensure timely execution and submission of utilization certificates against funds sanctioned/released so far for various schemes and projects.

He also reviewed party organisation called upon the party cadres and legislators to work hard for further strengthening party organisation in the state and the region as a whole.    

Earlier, Ram Madhav addressed series of meetings separately with the State office bearers, legislatures, frontal wings, senior leaders, including for Ministers and MLAs, retired Civil servants.



NES blames Pul for financial mismanagement, seeks enquiry

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Financial crisis in the state has become a political crisis. Latest to join the bandwagon is Nyishi Elite society (NES) who has blamed former state Finance Minister Kalikho Pul of the financial mismanagement in the state and has sought constitution of an enquiry committee to look into it.

“Pul has been the longest serving Finance Minister. Financial mismanagement happened during his tenure. It should be he who should be held accountable. He owes us answer this”, said Bengia Tolum, president NES addressing media persons at Press Club here today.

The society expressed disappointment over seeking resignation of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki by the state BJP unit and various organisations blaming him for the financial mismanagement.

“Nabam Tuki was made Chief Minister with thumping majority to run the government. This mandate should be respected. Democracy should be respected,” Tolum said.

It came down heavily on the state BJP unit for leading the movement.

“Some so called leaders are painting wrong image of our state in New Delhi. Play your politics but please do not indulge in such activities”, he said. “We need strong and vigilant opposition in the state”, he added.

It further called on various organisations of the Nyishi community to refrain from getting involved in the movement and claimed that people are playing divide and rule policy.

“Do not fall prey to the people with vested interest”, the NES president appealed.



Arunachal to implement Food Security Act by 2016: Markio Tado

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: Arunachal Pradesh will implement the National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013 in totality by 31st March, 2016. This was informed by Er. Markio Tado, Parliamentary Secretary of Food and Civil Supplies, Legal Meteorology and Consumer Affairs at the Conference of Ministers and Secretaries of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution of States/UTs held at New Delhi today. Tado who was accompanied by Director Food and Civil Supplies Liyon Borang informed that Arunachal Pradesh has made considerable progress in the implementation of NFSA where important steps of identification of beneficiaries and formation of Grievance Redressal Mechanism has already been completed as mandated by the NFSA.

Tado highlighted that the State Government was taking necessary steps to enforce the Essential Commodities Act and Prevention of Black Marketeering and Maintenance of Essential Supplies Act. While drawing the attention of the house to the difficult terrain and hostile climatic conditions which is the main cause of reluctance from transporters to carry essential food items to the remotest parts of the state accompanied by increase in prices, the State Government has created an effective price monitoring mechanism to regulate the prices for the benefit of the target population. The prices of essential commodities mainly pulses, cereals, edible oils, onion, potatoes etc are being regulated by the Price Monitoring Cell which has been set up under the aegis of the Directorate of Food and Civil Supplies, he mentioned. Tado mentioned that in Arunachal Pradesh the prices are fixed on wholesale and retail sale basis by the Deputy Commissioners in consultation with the respective local market committees. He further mentioned that the Government has been vigilant in price control especially with reference to the locations in the Assam border.

To further strengthen the food and public distribution framework in the State, Tado informed that necessary interventions like end to end computerisation, Online Allocation and Supply Chain Management and other related measures were taken with the greater objective of checking leakage and bringing transparency in the system. In the state portal, the NFSA digitization data will be available in public domain by 31st July, 2015 for transparency and social audit.

In order to overcome the transportation and logistics bottlenecks, the State Government has submitted a proposal for enhancement of Transportation rates to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution, Government of India. Tado requested the Centre to increase the entitlement of food grains allocation as well as enhance the entitlement from 5 kgs to 12 kgs per person per month under NFSA 2013 to the State Government.  

Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan chaired the meeting which was also attended by Union Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh.



ANYA submits memo to Rijiju, demands for early construction of 4-lane Ita-B’dewa road

ITANAGAR, Jul 07:  The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) today met the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at New Delhi and submitted a five point memorandum urging for early release of compensation against land acquisitioned for construction of four-lane highway from Itanagar to Banderdewa, retention of Special Category Status and continuation of funding pattern of 90:10 for all Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS).

Other demands included, non-reduction of number of centrally sponsored scheme (CSS), reconsideration of Special Plan Assistance (SPA) and amendment of Constitution to Waive Article 371H and put Arunachal Pradesh under Provisions of Article 371(A) and 371(G).

During their discussion, ANYA impressed upon the Minister of the need to continue Special Status and privilege to Arunachal Pradesh as the state is still lagging far behind in the development front as compared to other states of the country. But the state can overcome these issues if the Centre gives special status and privileges to our state,” said ANYA.

ANYA also apprised the Union Minister about the dilapidated condition of roads in the state which needs immediate attention.

It is necessary to give top priority to construct and develop road in the state, especially Itanagar-Banderdewa four-lane highway for trouble free movement, ANYA said. But, despite assurance given by authorities concerned on several occasions, construction of the 4-lane highway has not been started till date, the association rued.

Meanwhile, the Union Minister has assured ANYA to fulfill the demands for construction of the Itanagar-Banderdewa Highway and also solve other associated issues like compensation. He also assured to look into other four demands after having details of the points, very soon, ANYA said in a release.



Single Window System soon for Roing

Digital India Week 2015 concludes

Itanagar, Jul 07: Digital India programme should not end with the weeklong celebration but efforts should be made to make every department IT-enabled instead, said Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar.

Attending the valedictory function of the Digital India Week celebration at Roing today, Kumar opined that Northeastern States will get the maximum benefits from the digitalization of India in terms as the region has poor network connectivity.

He also said that Single Window System will start functioning in the DC’s Office soon so that the people can easily collect and deposit the application forms of ST, PRC, Driving License, etc through it.

He also said of introducing SMS services in Jan Suvidha Centre so that people can be intimated regarding completion of their applied certificates through SMS.

Assistant District Informatics Officer, C W Namshoom informed that the main objective behind the Digital India Week Celebration was to inform, educate and engage citizens on the use of Information and Communication Technology.

Namshoom also highlighted on early e-governance projects taken up under the Digital India Programme, which are Digital Locker, National Scholarship Portal, e-Hospital, Digitize India, MyGov, Adhaar enabled bio-metric attendance, Jeevan Pramaan, National Digital Literacy Mission called DISHA, E-post and E-Book platform etc.

Prizes and certificates were distributed to the winners of various essay, drawing and painting competitions conducted among students were distributed on the occasion.

Yagru Linggi, DIO and Tage Tado, PD DRDA also spoke on the occasion. M K Deori, ADC, Menga Umpo, ZPM Koronu, HoDs, Principals and students also attended the programme.

Digital India Week was also celebrated at Aalo, Anini and various other district headquarters.

At Aalo, the celebration concluded at SFS College, Yeggo today organised by DIO Nyaken Ori of National Informatics Centre.

Principal Vipin George of SFS College exhorted the students for their active participation in such kind of awareness programme.

An essay competition on topic “Role of Computer in Education” was conducted among the students and winners were awarded cash prizes.

At Anini, Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso, while attending the closing function of the weeklong celebration at GHSS, encouraged the students to be hardworking and committed to excel in the field of Information Technology. He also briefed the students about the aims and objectives of Digital India Week celebration.

Essay competition was also conducted among the students on the topic “Impact of Internet in everyday life” and “Importance of Computer Literacy” as part of the celebration and winners were awarded cash prizes and certificates of merit.

Best CIC Operator was also awarded with a certificate of recognition. (DIPRO)

At Tawang, the week long Digital India Week celebration concluded today at Tawang. On the occasion Abhishek Dev, Deputy Commissioner, Tawang, the HoDs, school principals and students were present.

Lobsang Tsetan, EAC briefed about Digital India Programme and its importance in present time. Earlier as a part of Digital India Programme, an essay writing and logo competition were held among the students of Town Secondary School, Kendriya Vidyalaya and Manjushree Vidyapith, Tawang.

Prize money and certificates were given to the prize winning students by Abhishek Dev, DC-cum Chairman of District e-Governance Society (DeGS).

He spoke about the Digital India Programme and also informed that Kiosk machine and Railway Ticket Reservation services are provided at DC office. Further, an ATM will also get operationalised within a week’s time in DC office Tawang and it would be first in the whole state.  

Tad Issac, DIO, NIC briefed about the ongoing IT projects of the district and newly launched services like the Digital Locker and Jeevan Pramann services. Later a live demonstration on how to open a digital locker account was given by DIO. DIPRO

At Seppa, training was imparted to HoDs and PRI members by District e-Governance Society, East Kameng at Seppa yesterday. DIO Gaurav Kumar explained in details about Digital India Week and reforming governance through information technology.

DC Sandeep Kumar Singh asked the SDOT BSNL to work out detailed expansion plan and to sort out modalities for working of Broadband connection at Seppa & CSC.

AT BOMDILA, attending the concluding day function, PK Thungon, DIO cum Member Secretary of Digital India Celebration Committee said that Digital India is a programme to transform India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy.  He appealed all the members present in the function to disseminate the message of Digital India, which is a powerful tool to every individual in their respective places, which is a dream of our Prime Minister to transform India into a Digital India.

Every bit of information will be made available in the digital cloud, which will enable every citizen of acquire information universally from the cloud. This will not only make offices paper free but also hurdle free in making business transactions for every citizen of India. Digital India is a programme that aims to prepare India for a knowledge future, he said.

He advised all the elected ZPMs, Anchal Block Chairpersons and Administrative Officers to disseminate the message of Digital India to every individual and apprise them of the role of Digital India. He asked them to be the ambassadors of Digital India in their respective places and make awareness campaign for successful implementation of Digital India in coming years.

Chief Manager, SBI and BM, Apex Bank Ltd. Bomdila also spoke on the occasion.

The Chief Manager, SBI, Bomdila said that SBI has already gone digital and now it is the turn of the people to get digitise. He said that everyone can avail the facility of SBI Freedom which is Mobile based software and Internet Banking Facility. He said that if these facilities are utilized then it will save lots of money and time of people.

As a part of Digital India Week Celebration an essay competition was conducted for two categories with the Topcis: Role and Impact of Information Technology in development of Arunachal Pradesh. – Senior Category and Information Technology Boon or curse for the Society –Junior Category.

At Changlang, Zilla Parisad Chairperson, Marina Kenglang advised the students to get themselves prepared to grab the jobs opportunities being created through Digital India Programme under IT sector.

Attending the valedictory function of Digital India Week 2015 at DC’s conference hall today, she urged students, panchayat leaders and villagers to play the key role of disseminating information and education on Digital India programme and giving wide publicity of the same to every nook and corner of the district.

The public leaders, HODs, students and other staff of Changlang Headquarters were present in the programme.

I/c Deputy Commissioner, G K Paul Choudhury, EAC in his key note address informed that the programme is a flagship programme of Govt of India with a vision to transform into a digitally empowered society.

DIO, Changlang Radhe Hinda deliberately explained the Digital India , its vision on 3 key centered areas namely Infrastructure as a utility to every citizen, Govt Services on Demand and Digital empowerment of citizen. The DIO also explained nine pillars of digital india as well as e-governance initiation of the Govt in Arunachal Pradesh.

Later, he distributed away prizes to winners of inter-school essay competition on topic “How Digital India programme will transform India into digitally empowered Society and Knowledge Economy” which was organized as a part of Digital India week 2015.

At Koloriang, a quiz competition on Digital India was organized at Govt. Hr Secondary School on the concluding day of the week-long celebration.

Addressing the students before the start of the quiz competition, Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner encouraged them to be digitally educated and use the digital Space for educative and progressive activities.

Earlier, an essay competition was also organized. DIPROs

As a part of the Digital India Week, Dilip Siram, GMTD, Arunachal Pradesh commissioned the combo of 2G and 3G BTSs at SIRD, Itanagar today in presence of TAC member, Tungri Effa, Jt. Secretary RWD, R. Ronya, DGM (A&CM) BSNL, Arung Siram, DGM (Plg) BSNL, A.M. Bhalerao, Dy. Director SIRD, V.K. Sharma and amidst the gathering of BSNL and SIRD officers and staffs.

He expressed his gladness in doing so as it will provide smooth voice services and high speed data services in the SIRD, Directorate of Land & Management, Office of Chief Estate Officer, Nirvachan Bhawan, State Library, Directorate of Panchayati Raj, Directorate of Tourism and Akash Deep Shopping complex area. He also informed that shortly DSLAM will be installed to provide high speed Broad Band services to its esteemed customers in that area.

Digital India week is also observed by BSNL Arunachal in a significant way since the inauguration of the Digital India Week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 1.

BSNL Arunachal has organized series of events to bring awareness to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, the Telecom Services it provides in this remote State.



Two lives saved by GREF personnel

DAPORIJO, Jul 07: The 128 RCC of GREF, which is involved in the construction of road from TCC to Taksing in the most difficult and inhospitable terrain, saved the lives of Tania Chader aged 32 years and his son Tanu Chader aged 11 years, with their prompt action.

The father-son duo, belonging to Limeking circle, were trekking down from Reddi to Limeking on 3rd July, when suddenly near Oju Suku Nallah, on TCC- Taksing road, a heavy tree and debris fell on both of them. The GREF personnel of 128 RCC & CPLs, who were working nearby, immediately rushed to the site and dug them out of the slide.

Tanu Chader, who was unable to move and his injured father were carried on improvised stretches and taken to the nearest road head to Kete Nallah after a trek of 4 hours in thick jungles and inhospitable terrain. Both were taken to Limeking MI room, where they were stabilised and given first aid and later brought to Daporijo for further treatment.

Incidents like this establish the role of GREF not only in road construction, but also the close cooperation they have with the people of the different areas they are working in, reports DIPRO.



Informing CM of poor results, AAPSU calls for action

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: A delegation of AAPSU met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki ahead of the budget session yesterday. The AAPSU team apprised the Chief Minister about the poor result of students in the 2015 CBSE exams. A memorandum was submitted to the Chief Minister to give priority to the education and health sector in this budget session.

The union made it known to the Chief Minister that this year only 68% of students cleared the class X exams and only 52% in class XII exams (as per report of the Director of School Education). The union asked the Chief Minister to recruit more teachers in every department, so that the students do not suffer from the lack of subject teachers. AAPSU also asked the Chief Minister to construct teacher’s quarters and bachelor barrack so that the teachers do not face housing problems when they are assigned to a particular place or district. Construction of boundary walls of the schools should also be given priority, so that encroachment can be checked and at the same time the students also get conducive and peaceful atmosphere along with sense of security when they are in the school.  The union also apprised the Chief Minister that every year schools face lack of basic amenities like stationeries, desks, benches, books etc. which are essential things for a school to function and the non-receipt of such items increase the burden of the students as the authorities charge it from the students in their school fees. Stating that every year crores of rupees are sanctioned for the up-gradation of education system but we are not getting the desired results, AAPSU urged the Chief Minister to hold a high level meeting every six months to monitor the progress.



LPG black marketer caught red-handed

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: In their continued effort to crack down on LPG black marketeer, the officers of Food and Civil Supplies Department, Itanagar have caught a LPG cylinder black marketer from Akash Deep area here today.

The team of officers from the department comprising SDFCSO Yumlam Achung and SIFCS Dana Angung under the supervision of DFCSO Amit Bengia caught one Narayan Saha red-handed while selling LPG cylinders at exorbitant rate. The accused has been handed over to Itanagar Police station for booking under relevant section of law.  

Meanwhile, Secretary (Food & Civil Supplies) Gamli  Padu and Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Mige Kamki have lauded the commendable job done by the team of  Food & Civil Supplies officers of Itanagar Capital Complex. They directed the officers to carry out such checking in all the hotels, restaurants and fabrication units etc who are using domestic cylinders in the commercial activities.  

Meanwhile, DFCSCO Amit Bengia has appealed to the consumers not to purchase refilled LPG cylinders from the middlemen or black marketeers. He informed that presently the cost of domestic LPG per refilling cylinder is Rs. 710 and if home delivery is not made the consumers are entitled to rebate of Rs. 18 per cylinder.  

He also informed that LPG bottling plant located at Kimin was unable to cater the ever growing demand of consumers particularly in the Capital Complex.  

The Kimin plant is not able to supply even 50 percent of the total requirement of LPG consignment of state capital. The disruption of road communication has compounded the problem of short supply of refilled LPG cylinders, he said.  

Taking advantage of the prevailing road condition, the black marketers in connivance with some of the employees of the Gas Agencies are hoarding domestic LPG cylinders and selling it in black at exorbitant price, he said.    

Earlier, Secretary Civil Supplies had personally taken up the LPG shortage issue with Chief Manager of IOCL, Guwahati. Accordingly, LPG authorised agencies of Capital Complex have been directed to make necessary cost deposit to lift consignment directly from Guwahati bolting plant in order to meet up the LPG requirement of the state, especially the Capital  region.



ANSU seeks govt intervention in boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Jul 07: In a memorandum to the Home Minister, All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has called for immediate removal of structures being built by Forest officials, Assam government at Radhaso village under Tarasso circle, Papum Pare district.

The Assam government is encroaching into the lands of Arunachal Pradesh despite standing Supreme Court’s order of status-quo. While calling the Assam move as breach of Supreme Court order ANSU urged the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to deal with the situation with an iron hand and evict all the illegal structures erected inside Arunachal Territory by Assam government.

Union also called for immediate arrest of the culprits involved in setting ablaze Tadung Tachang, Ta Techi Tara and Challing Natung on 05th June 2015 at Serelia under Behali PS, Assam.

No stern actions have been initiated by the state government despite call by the students,  it said and demanded that state government should take up the matter seriously with the government of Assam to arrest the culprits involved in order to avert untoward incident in future.  

It also called for immediate posting of permanent, sufficient IRBN / paramilitary forces and establishment of headquarter / Firing range at Tarasso circle, Papum Pare.

“Home Minister is hereby requested to take up the matter seriously else GoAP will be responsible if untoward incidents take place in near future, it said.

It also called Home Minister to upgrade the existing 3rd IRBN headquater at Monai under Seijossa administrative circle, East Kameng district to State Paramilitary Training centres like Police Training Centre (PTC).

This will not only help protect the people of Tarasso area but will also helps in curbing the huge amount of unnecessary financial investments/burden incurred every year in imparting training of trainees outside the state, the students said.

ANSU further demanded that state government produce a White paper on the latest status of Arunachal-Assam boundary row as it threatened mass social boycott movement against the people of Sonitpur district residing in any part of Nyishi inhabitant belt of Arunachal Pradesh.



DoKAA Chairman interacts with Buddhist students at Dehradun

Tawang Vigilance

TAWANG, Jul 07: The chairman of the Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chos-Rig) Affairs (DoKAA) Jambey Wangdi visited various monasteries of Nyingma, Kagyu, Shakya and Gelugpa Sects at Dehradun during his tour to the monasteries of North East India.

The DoKAA chairman convened a special meeting at Tashi Khyil Monastery for the Monpa monks, nuns and students of Tawang and West Kameng district studying at the various institutes of Dehradun today.

Jambey interacted with the students and motivated them to study hard while counseling them for the preservation and promotion of Bothi Language and the socio-religious and cultural affairs of the Buddhist region. He also emphasised on the provision of scholarship provided by the department for the pupils pursuing Buddhist traditional studies outside the state since 2011-12 and urged the students to make the optimum of the opportunity.

Informing that only negligible numbers of applications were received from the students studying in and around Dehradun, Jambey exhorted them to apply for the fellowship in conjunction with the necessitated documents like ST certificate, mark sheet of last examination passed, SBI account no. etc.

“I thank the students for pursuing such vital subject which endows one with vast knowledge and when shared, is a source of universal peace and prosperity”, he said.


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PWD losing trust

People of Arunachal seem to have lost confidence on Public Works Department (PWD) to maintain the state roads. As per the news report, people of Dambuk sub-division is bitterly opposing the move of the ministry of road, transport and highway to handover NH52, a 63 kms long road from Bomjir to Pasighat, from the BRO to PWD. Local people have even threatened to launch democratic movement against the move of MoRTH.

It’s a sad situation to see people of Dambuk opposing the move to handover the highway to PWD. In the hindsight department  themselves are to be blamed for it. Wherever PWD took over highway from BRO including in capital complex the condition of road has only deteriorated. When BRO was maintaining the capital road, the condition of road was in healthier state. However, ever since PWD took over things have gone from bad to worse. Situation is same across the state. Despite pumping in of the huge amount of money, PWD has bitterly failed to properly maintain the state road. The department is alleged to be deeply embroiled in corruption, which makes it inefficient. Due to it, people of Arunachal does not trust their abilities and therefore clamour for handing over the state highways to BRO is growing louder with each passing days. PWD should start delivering in order to win the trust of the people.





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Need to change the work ethics

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteem daily, with deep anguished and discontent I would like to draw the attention of every stake holder and the department concerned about the conduct of their police personnel in the various interstate check gates. This is a small incident that happened in the early hours of Sunday on 5th July 2015.  

After a restless journey of two consecutive nights I along with my wife reached the Gumto check gate at 7.15 AM by Network bus service. Thereon, driver announced that there will be security checking and all the passenger were asked to get down. As the passengers were getting out, a shabbily dressed constable came and ordered us to organize ourselves in single line for ILP checking and asked us to produce documents. It was very apparent from his behavior he wasn’t in best of the mood. I as a right thinking citizen did whatever I was asked to do. Just than heavy downpour started and I along with my wife and few fellow passenger after the security clearance took refuge in the shade of police beat house adjacent to the gate to avoid getting wet. On this, same very constable felt so offended and he started yielding his stick and yelled at his top of lungs to immediately vacate the spot and move forward in the open. Every passengers of the bus were shocked to see such a rude behaviour from local service personnel. He even got personal when I protested about his rude behavior and used abusive language and almost got ready to use his stick on me.

Though this is a small incident and can be brushed aside but such unprofessional and unbecoming behaviour on the part of our service personnel raised several key issues.

Do our police lack professional ethics?  Do they lack even basic civic sense or are they too inefficient to handle even humble and law abiding citizen in proper way or are they over worked or over stretched with work.

But, whatever may be the cause, nothing justifies such irresponsible act. At a time when our state is competing with others in  tourism and hospitality sectors and reaching out to the world, few of our policemen sitting in interstate check gate dampens that very right spirit. Now my question to the concern department is it crime for me to enter my own state? Why was I treated like a criminal?  Why the visitors are paraded and herded like cattle?? Why are we forced to stand in queue under the sun and rain? Why are we being intimidated with the harshest of the language?? Is this the standard operating procedures that police apply for mere ILP checking?

Therefore it is my earnest request to people who are at the helms of affairs, if not change kindly modify your standard operating procedures for security checking. Make it more people friendly and call back such personnel from all designated check posts and send them to serve somewhere else that suit his or her style of working.

We cannot afford to have such fickle minded, arrogant, uncivilized and unprofessional personnel posted in the check gate doing their best to defame and degrade the good reputation of the state in front of the visitors and guests from the outside.






Longding has the potential

Dear Editor,

Longding shares the international boundary with Myanmar and state boundary with Assam and Nagaland. It has a potential to be a big hub of international and inter-state trade. Despite such avenues, the district is yet to be developed as there are no mechanisms to deal with it. The deplorable road condition between Longding town and Assam is a major hurdle for traders.

The irony is that there is no APSTS- bus services between Longding -Itanagar/Tinsukia, on the other hand there is a helicopter service which only the rich can afford. There is no regulatory body to check the high transportation fare charged by the private tour and travel agencies.

In the medical sector too, huge inputs from the concern authority is needed as there is shortage of manpower as well as medicine.  The poor are real victims who are not even aware of their basic rights enshrined in the constitution. So various Unions/Associations should join hands to resolve the problems afflicting the district.  

 Thus it’s my humble appeal to the Legislators of Longding that issues pertaining to the well being of the district may be brought up in the ongoing Assembly Session.


Aton Sungam




Circle needs attention

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to highlight the grievances of people of Dollungmukh circle, Lower Subansiri district which comprises of four Gram Panchayat Segments and spreads over eleven villages.

It is to bring to the notice of the Department of Agriculture Horticulture and Animal Husbandary & Veterinary that Dollungmukh circle is reeling under darkness and deprived at these sectors. The daily needs and economy of the area depend mainly on agriculture, horticulture and animal farming.

The vast fertile land in Dollungmukh suitable for cultivation and farming could not yield successfully because of the various reasons including crop damages and lack of technical support. The crop such as paddy, maize and millet etc get damaged because of lack of knowledge about the use of fertilizers and pest control management.

People of the area wish for technical support to their approach and encouragement towards horticulture development. The area is very near from the national highway (NH-52) but the people are unaware of production and marketing. Little knowledge in the field of horticulture sector could never help them produce sufficiently and successfully.

The case is same with the Animal husbandry and farming which need to be taken care of by the concern department. Dollungmukh circle is very far from its Administrative headquarter, Raga.

Officers and officials posted at Raga seem to find it difficult to cover the distance to Dollungmukh circle. Posting of HDO, ADO, VO in Dollungmukh would help the area immensely.

However, it is resented that there is lack of infrastructure and govt accommodation. So steps have to be taken to build necessary infrastructure.

This is humble approach and request to the   Department concern and the Government to initiate measures to resolve the issue for the benefit of the rural poor of the area.


Subu Bini

Anchal Samiti Member

191-Kherbari A/S

Dollungmukh Circle 




An inspiring story

Dear Editor,

Kudos for publishing the success stories of Civil Service exam toppers. Among many success stories, the one that stands apart is the success story of civil services exam topper Ira Singhal, which is truly very inspiring for she has done the nation proud by being the first physically challenged woman to crack the civil service examination by overcoming her physical limitations (spine related disorder) which could have stopped an ordinary person from aiming such a big goal. As Dr. Kalam says “Only Small aim is the biggest crime.” Ira had a magnificent obsession & with a dogged determination realised her big dreams. She has proved to the world what Walt Disney used to say “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” I am sure her inspiring success story will ignite the minds of many young differently-abled aspirants.



Chennai 87





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