ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Arunachal Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association
(ARMSATA) has declared that it would go for two days pen down strike as its first
phase of agitation if the teacher salaries were not released by July 16 next.
As the new academic session has already begun, we are not able to tolerate anymore,
it said in its letter to deputy state mission director, RMSA, Rajya Mission.
Latest survey technique for engineers
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: A three days training on latest surveying technique was imparted
to PWD Engineers by expert Atanu Chakravorty, Topcon, Sokkia Pvt. Ltd. Kolkata which
started on July 7.
The surveying method is based on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Global
coordinates of point is easily established with the help of these instruments by
connecting with the satellite which takes around 30 minutes to trace the satellite
revolving around earth, informed Atop Lego, Chief Engineer (SID &P), PWD.
Funds for school
ROING, Jul 09: MP Ninong Ering, who was on an official visit of Lower Dibang Valley
district on Wednesday last, announced an amount of Rs 6 lakhs for classroom extension
at Balek Middle School, after visiting the school. He also announced Rs 3 lakhs for
fencing the Veterinary sub-centre at Meka.
He later interacted with the DC regarding the current situation of the district,
especially regarding law and order.
Another govt employee assaulted
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: Informing that the deputy director, Horticulture was assaulted
by two unidentified youths yesterday at his office chamber around 12:30pm, the Arunachal
Agriculture-Horticulture Clinic Showroom Holder Welfare Association (AAHCSHWA) has
demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and to book them under appropriate sections
According to the deputy director, the two persons were pressurizing him to increase
the amount of the work order against their firm in the ongoing process of awarding
work/supplier orders as per selection by the district board and quotation process
conducted by the department.
Interactive meeting held for selection of rubber beneficiaries
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: An interactive public meeting for selection of Rubber Beneficiaries
under Rubber Board has held under the initiative of the local MLA cum Speaker Nabam
In the meeting, Director Trade & Commerce Tokong Pertin and General Manager Rubber
Board, GoAP and Field Officer, Rubber Board, GoI Same Doye and Hage Ampi explained
the importance of Rubber and its economical importance.
Chairman Rubber Board Likha Maj, said that rubber plantation should be approached
in a cluster, within the village so that the assisted beneficiaries can be properly
monitor. The chairman directed the Block Development Officer (BDO) Doimukh to select
beneficiaries through grassroots level and that it should be submitted to district
authority for further submission to the Govt for necessary action.
BDO, Doimukh requested the PRI leaders to maintain the formalities as explained by
the chairman Rubber Board and requested to submit the selected beneficiaries.
PMC Deputy Chief Councilor elected
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The election for the post of Deputy Chief Councilor of Pasighat
Municipal Council was held today under the supervision of Bani Lego EAC cum Presiding
Officer. All the 11 councilors were present during the proceedings. Kaling Darang
the councilor of Ward 4 was elected unopposed as the Deputy Chief Councilor of Pasighat
Municipal Council. The post of Deputy Chief Councilor was vacant due to the demise
of former Coucilor Atik Pertin.
AAPYF holds Pul responsible
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has held former finance
minister Kalikho Pul responsible for the financial mismanagement in the state.
Mr Pul will have to take full responsibility because he was the one who gave birth
to this problem, it said in a release.
Meanwhile, the association also condemned state BJP leaders for lodging movement
against the state CM saying if they really want betterment of the state they must
bring funds, schemes and project for our state from the Centre.
Forum submits memo to MLA
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Bameng Town Peoples’ Forum (BTPF) met its local MLA cum Minister
for PR & Cooperative, Kumar Waii and submitted a memorandum seeking closing down
of the office camp at Seppa and staying of govt staff at Bameng, ADC Bameng to be
given full charge, deployment of police force, creation of police outpost or re-establishment
of police station at Bameng HQ, completion of Pakke to Bameng PMGSY road and uninterrupted
BSNL network at Bameng.
Meanwhile, the forum has claimed that the MLA has assured them of looking into their
Org seek ban on PEM system
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) led by Biri Joy has also joined
the movement against prepaid electricity metre saying that people living under Below
Poverty Line (BPL) are unable to afford the Pre-Paid Metering (PPEM) system.
It sought immediate ban on prepaid metering system in a letter to the secretary power.
‘Do not release payments’
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte & Tarak Langdi Students’ Union
(APCYGTSU has demanded not to release the payment for construction of boys hostel
of Chambang, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi circles claiming that the toilets have not been
built according to the guidelines.
The union wrote to the DDSE, Kra-Daadi district in this regard.
‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ cast to tour India for promotion
MUMBAI, Jul 09: ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’, India’s first carbon neutral film, is gearing
up for its release. Starting this week, the cast of the film – renowned singer Dr.
Palash Sen, Ira Dubey along with Kymsleen Kholie, Saurabh Pandey will be touring
the country for the promotion of the film. The team will visit Kolkata, Guwahati,
Arunachal Pradesh, New Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Mumbai. ‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan’ is a
film that depicts the vast difference between urban and rural life, highlighting
social issues in today’s fast paced world.
The cast kick-started their promotions in Kolkata on July 8, 2015; where they were
seen attending the musical reality show Sa Re Ga Ma Pa along with judges Shubha Mudgal
and Monali Thankur. India’s famous band Euphoria is also supporting the film. They
will join the Aisa Yeh Jahaan team in Arunachal Pradesh for a music concert; the
band will play some of their greatest hits along with some songs from film.
‘Aisa Yeh Jahaan (THE WORLD IT IS…)’ stars Dr. Palash Sen, Ira Dubey, Yashpal Sharma,
Tinnu Anand, Kymsleen Kholie, Saurabh Pandey, Prisha Dabbas. Written and directed
by Biswajeet Bora & produced by Maya Kholie under Kholie Entertainment. The film
has been co-produced by Kezleen Kholie & Associate Producer Satish Sharma. The film
is set for release on July 24, 2015.
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Speed up the process
In absence of the effective mechanism to fight against corruption, the people of
Arunachal have been pinning hope on early introduction of Lokayukta in the state.
The State Govt. had enacted the AP Lokayukta Act, 2014 and it has come into force
from Oct 2, 2014. However apart from it, things have not moved ahead. Government
is slowing down the process of the formation of Lokayukta in the state.
Corruption issue has become the biggest concern for the people of Arunachal. Politicians
and government officials in connivance are looting the state without any fear. Sadly,
the tools to fight against corruption like RTI and vigilance department are not effective
enough. Therefore, the role of Lokayukta becomes crucial. Yesterday Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki gave ray of hope by stating in the floor of assembly that state government
had made fund provision for setting up Lokayukta in the state. CM further informed
that the consent of Guahati High Court chief justice for nomination of high court
judge as a member of selection committee has been received and accordingly the selection
committee has been notified on June 15 last. State government should further speed
up the process and ensure early setting up of Lokayukta. If they continue to deliberately
slow down the process, the people of state will cast aspiration on their motive.
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Obstructing promotion and job avenues
I would like to make it clear that vide Order No.PD(EM)14/2007, dated 4th July 2011,
seven Assistant Professors, now reduced to five from various Colleges of the State
were appointed on deputation as District Planning Officer (DPO)/Deputy Director(DDP)
on a contractual term for a period of three years.
But despite the expiry of the tenure and notwithstanding their parent department’s
several recall letters, for instance vide No.ED/HE-501/2011,dated 3/01/2013 and
subsequent release order from the Director of Planning Vide No.PD(EM)-14/2007,the
8th January 2014, these Officers have time & again failed to comply with the orders
of the authorities. Instead, they, perhaps in connivance with few Officers successfully
got their tenure extended by one year i.e. till 3rd July 2015.
But despite the expiry of the extended tenure, these so called learned people, best
suited for Education Department are yet to go back to their parent Department.
Since these people are secretly fencing for their illegitimate regularization in
the Planning Department, I would request all the stakeholders to oppose tooth & nail
so that such bad precedence is not allowed to take place.
Now, could any one answer as to why these deputed Officers are reluctant to go back
to their department despite being called back. Did they not choose the teaching profession
consciously it being the ideal profession to render knowledge to the younger generations?
Or if at all they had to choose teaching as a last resort because they were not competent
to get other alternative lucrative job as is generally practiced in our State.
The Education department is already languishing for want of sufficient teachers.
How could they afford to forego such qualified teachers considering present education
Through this letter, I would like to appeal all the stakeholders, particularly the
Education Minister, who is believed to be a decisive man and the Planning Minister
(Chief Minister) to see that no illegalities are allowed, so that the senior feeder
Officers are promoted and the resultant vacancies are filled up from APPSCE.
If this controversy is genuinely resolved, I am sure many deserving candidates’ long
pending promotion will be settled apart from creating opportunity for the unemployed
youth to get themselves absorbed through either way; one as Research Assistant (RA)
(Group “B’ Non gazette Officer) and Research Officer (Group “A’) through the Exam
conducted by the APPSCE; and finally & most importantly, the reinstatement of these
professors would strengthen the education department.
I am sure this is sufficient to evoke displeasure and sentiment amongst all concern
against a few Govt. Employee.
They will triumph over this
Tears well up in one's eyes when we see the photo of an old pensioner in Greece crying
outside a bank as Greece is facing a big financial crisis and there is no money to
pay the pensioners. When a person retires after putting in decades of hard work he
thinks "Now that I'm retired — goodbye tension, hello pension! " One remembers the
famous line from Bryan Adams song -Summer of 69 " those were the best days of my
The post retirement life is the best years of a person's life when he/she is free
from tension & all kinds of responsibilities and can live happily and relive good
old memories & let bad memories fade away. Though this debt crisis will definitely
leave bad memories for many, but I am sure like their ancient brave Greek warriors
they will fight back & triumph over this crisis.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Raging debate on Education system
Education amendment bill passed in Assembly
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The state Legislative Assembly today passed the Arunachal Pradesh
Education (Amendment) Bill 2015 by voice votes after suggestions from various members
to streamline the department.
Education Minister Tapang Taloh introduced the bill, aimed at rationalising transfer
and posting of teachers, on July 7 last.
Appreciating the constructive suggestions of the members, Taloh said that the state
government had taken a revolutionary step to improve the quality of education.
"Through the bill, the department is going to serve the common interest of the people”,
Participating in the discussion, Home Minister Tanga Byaling expressed concern over
the attitude of the teachers who do not like to go to their posting places and instead
stay at district headquarters. He suggested to stop payment to such teachers.
Opposition leader Tamiyo Taga said that 40 per cent of the MLAs were new comers and
unaware of the principal Act as it was not supplied to them along with the bill.
Charging the minister as incompetent, Taga alleged that Taloh affected transfer of
peon to officials in the department by paralyzing the established system.
BJP member Tage Taki alleged that the system headed by chief secretary is defunct
and suggested the government to allow the system to function without interference.
Congress MLA Gabriel D Wangsu while pointing out that government teachers posted
in rural areas appoint substitute to go there and themselves stay in the district
headquarters, stressed on political will to make the defunct schools functional and
ensure that mid-day meals are served.
Terming government schools as dumping ground, Congress member Nyamar Karbak said
that even children of Senior Teachers were not sent to such schools.
Among others, MLAs P D Sona, Kento Rina, Paknga Bage, Honchum Ngandam, Kalikho Pul
and Dr Mohesh Chai participated in the discussion.
Deputy Speaker T N Thongdok who was in the chair suggested the minister to take the
suggestions of the members for future references before adjourning the house for
the day. PTI
Protest in Kharsang against blow out in gas well
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: A protest rally was staged by the people of Kharsang Circle, Changlang
district in connection with the blow out at well no. 60 of Geo Enpro Petroleum on
30th June at Kharsang Oil Field today.
The procession was organised to protest against inefficiency and incompetency of
M/s GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited to contain the gas leakage at the oil well in Kharsang
Panchayati Raj Institution members, senior public leaders and NGO's like Kharsang
Circle Unemployed Youth Association, Tangsa Youth Association, Freedom Home, Arunachal
Orphan Care Society, Arunachal Pradesh Women’s' Welfare Society (Kharsang unit) and
the business community took out the procession starting from Kharsang Town till the
entrance gate of M/s GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited raising slogans against the Company.
Earlier the public of Kharsang had been assured by M/s GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited
that the leakage would be contained by 5th of July, 2015. But patience of the public
ran dry as the leakage has not been contained till date, a press statement read.
The public have been living in fear and uncertainty since the last 10 days, it added.
Meanwhile, Vice-President cum Director GeoEnpro Petroleum Limited, Ajay Ray is reported
to have assured the public that the Company will contain the gas leakage within 4
People will resort to democratic means of protest, if it is not contained in four
days, says a release.
The protestors later submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Commissioner, Changlang
through the Circle Officer, Kharsang.
The district administration must initiate conduction of thorough and proper magisterial
inquiry into the whole incident through experts to unearth the reason of the blow
out and to assess the damages caused to the environment and the affected people,
read a letter to the DC. The Company must have all the basic machineries/equipments/chemicals
etc that is required during such emergency situations at the Camp for easy access
and to prevent any major loss to human and environment.
The Company must have sufficient Doctors, Medicines and Ambulances at their disposal
to overcome and tackle casualties in such situations of emergency, it added.
The Company must test the water samples from wells of nearby villages to check the
quality of the water to ensure safe consumption. As the company is injecting tons
of chemical underneath in to the oil well to contain the gas leakage and in the process
it might pollute the ground water source, the test must be done by govt recognised
laboratory, it added.
Production sharing contract of Geo Enpro Petroleum Limited must not be extended further
without taking consent of the project affected people. All other mandatory procedures
and norms like conduction of public hearing with the affected people must be duly
adhered to by the Company if any such extension process is to happen in the future,
the memo further added.
Mahatma Gandhi will always be relevant: Governor
Centre for Gandhian Studies inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa said that Mahatma
Gandhi’s thoughts are always relevant- be it in the past, present and the future.
He was speaking today after inaugurating the International Centre for Gandhian Studies
at University of Science & Technology, Khanapara, Meghalaya.
Rajkhowa expressed hope that the Centre will facilitate in promoting the philosophy
of Mahatma Gandhi on peace and brotherhood among the youth of the north-eastern region.
The Governor lauded the initiative of the University authority and said that the
centre is unique and praiseworthy. He also commended the Education Research & Development
(ERD) Foundation for establishing an institution of higher learning with modern infrastructure
in Meghalaya for the benefit of the students of the North-Eastern region.
The centre aims to spread the vision, philosophy and teachings from the life of Gandhi
through various social, educational and cultural programmes, emphasising upon the
contemporary relevance of his thoughts and method of action based upon the principles
of courage, non-violence and truth.
Later the Governor also inaugurated the State-of-Art Amenity Centre at Techno City,
USTM. USTM Chancellor M. Hoque said that Amenity Centre would not only provide recreational
facilities to students but also employment to around 300 people. The Amenity Centre
has become an ideal model of entrepreneurship, he added.
The University of Science and Technology, Meghalaya (USTM) is a private Science &
Technology University in North East India. It is sponsored by Education Research
& Development (ERD) Foundation.
Tawang’s smart class can be an eye opener to restore quality education
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: At a time when worried parents are reluctant to send their wards
to government schools considering the degrading quality of education and irregular
teachers, the government schools in Tawang district are restoring the lost glory
and image of the government schools’ by introducing ‘Smart Class’ an interactive
class by LCD computer projector (K-Yan).
It is an indigenous two in one computer-projector designed by IIT Mumbai meant as
a teaching tool.
Under the personal initiative of Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev, the smart class
was first introduced at Town Secondary School Tawang on experimental basis last year.
Now the smart classes are being introduced in five government schools in Tawang namely;
Town Secondary School, Government Higher Secondary School (both in Tawang town),
Government Residential School Melonghar, Government Secondary School Lhou and Government
Higher Secondary School Lumla.
Sharing the idea of introducing ‘Smart Classes’ with help of modern technology in
the government schools, DC Abhishek Dev informed The Arunachal Times that basic objective
was to boost teaching method in the schools so that it improves the children learning
process. The DC further disclosed that each projector (K-Yan) costs Rs 1.5 lakhs
which he had managed from the DC’s Untied Fund.
K-Yan is a compact Information Communication Technology (ICT) tool and also an integrated
community computer, which works as computer, projector, and television and can also
be used for internet research. It is equipped with pictorial and graphics which enhances
quality teaching, learning and evaluation through improvements in cognition, pedagogies
and data etc.
According to DDSE Tawang Apel Tayeng, with the introduction of Smart Classes, teaching
and learning experience in the school environment has been taken to a new height.
He further added that Smart Class is held when particular subject teacher is not
around and for weak students.
“Though outcome of Smart Class is yet to be analysed, but the students’ concentration
and inclination towards classes have visibly improved”, said Tayeng.
“Best part of the Smart Class is that it covers all the subjects from class-I to
class XII, and teachers need not be techno savvy as K-yan itself is portable”, he
It is said that with introduction of a revolutionised teaching tool (K-Yan), Tawang
district would set an example how quality education can be restored in the government
schools, as the new teaching tool is designed to address shortage of quality teachers
and to improve learning of children with an interactive teaching method.
Environmental Protection Society (EPS) Tawang, Chairman, Jambey Dondup opined that
Smart Class in Tawang schools can be an eye opener for other government schools in
Arunachal to restore quality education. However, Jambey said that for introduction
and effective implementation of Smart Class, the district administration and local
representatives of the concerned districts should work in close coordination with
help to DDSE and teachers.
CM denies embezzlement of Central fund
Itanagar, Jul 09: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today dismissed allegations
of opposition BJP over embezzlement of public funds amounting to more than Rs. 900
crore against Centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) saying that all the schemes were
Responding to a question raised by Congress member Lombo Tayeng during question hour
in the Assembly regarding complaint lodged by BJP MLAs against the state government
of misappropriation of central funds, Tuki claimed that the government has been maintaining
transparency in financial management.
"Almost all the central schemes are in various stages of implementation with full
transparency by appointing third party monitoring agencies including NABARD and NeDFI
against these schemes," the CM said.
He said there were many allegations from various organizations and the state government
not only had clarified each and every query but also referred the status of implementation
to state agencies.
When Tayeng asked whether the government got a clean chit from the appropriate authority,
the Chief Minister said, "it is up to the authority to decide on the merits and demerits
of the allegations".
"There is a system gap between policy execution and fund release," he pointed out.
Referring to the alleged overdraft beyond the prescribed limit with RBI, Tuki said
that the government had never violated the financial rules but this year because
of delay in fund release by Niti Aayog.
Responding to a supplementary from senior BJP member Japu Deru, the Chief Minister
informed that payments were made against all the completed schemes and the fund against
ongoing schemes was kept in civil deposit for payment after satisfactory completion
of the schemes. PTI
BSNL plans better connectivity in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: BSNL has started up-gradation of 3G mobile network with higher
speed BTS in Bomdila, Itanagar, Naharlagun, Ziro, Aalo, Pasighat, Roing and Tezu
area in phased manner. So far, 64 BTS are upgraded out of 202. Also, additional 103
of 2G BTS and 82 of 3G BTS are being added into the BSNL network. This was informed
by General Manager, BSNL, Arunachal Pradesh Dilip Siram at a press conference on
The 3G network will be extended to DHQ at Seppa, Yingkiong, Pangin, Changlang, Khonsa
and Longding during this year.
The General Manager has informed that the existing backbone telecom networks are
affected many times due to damages caused to Optical Fibre Cable. In order to improve
stability of the backbone connectivity, BSNL has planned to provide microwave connectivity
for Tawang, Seppa, Daporijo, Aalo, Yingkiong, Changlang and Anini.
Laying of optical fibre cable on 132KV electric tower line in association with the
state government is also under consideration.
In addition, BSNL has proposed for providing cable duct along the Trans-Arunachal
Highway so that optical fibre cable may be laid along the highway which will provide
a very stable Information Highway for the state connecting 16 out of 20 DHQs. And
some SDHQ’s and left out DHQ’s are planned to be covered on ADSS i.e optical fibre
on electrical poles.
During a interaction with press personnel, Arung Siram, DGM(A&CM), informed that
187 WiFi Hotspots are planned in 14 districts in Arunachal Pradesh. The WiFi Hotspot
will extend high speed internet services and helps to offload and ease the internet
traffic from GSM mobile network by sharing it’s data traffic.
154 Karate players grab govt. job under sports quota
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: As many as 154 karate players have so far grabbed jobs in various
government departments under sports quota since 2009.
It was disclosed by Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) during its 20th Annual
General Body Meeting cum Election at Naharlagun today.
Karate was introduced in Arunachal Pradesh in 1984 by present AKA President Likha
Tara, Technical Director S Deben Sarma as fpunder Chairman and Secretary in support
of few other enthusiasts and admirers of the sport.
Karate activities gradually gained momentum after AKA was formed in 1992. AKA has
so far been able to produce many players of national and international repute, most
of whom are currently serving in 12 Govt departments and National Health Mission
with sincerity and dedication.
Arunachal Pradesh is still maintaining its second rank behind Madhya Pradesh for
a couple of years in the national karate ranking which reflects consistent performance
by the players.
Addressing the meeting, AKA President Tara narrated the 39 years of strenuous journey
of Karate in the state since its inception in 1984 and the pain taken by AKA for
the promotion and development of the sport in the state.
He said that whatever has been achieved so far was due to strict discipline, team
spirit and coordination among the AKA team and players. They guide players like parents
and nurture and hone raw talents into medal winner, he said and urged them to maintain
the same zeal and spirit.
While clarifying on the wrong notion about Karate, the AKA President, who also holds
the posts of Vice President of Karate Association of India and President of North
East Karate Federation, said that it (Karate) is a sport duly recognised by International
Olympics Association and played by majority of the country in the world. It is a
regular event in Asian Games, Commonwealth Games and South Asian Games.
He said that many people in the state still believe that Karate is not an Olympic
sport mainly due their ignorance about the sport, he said.
The AKA president called upon his executive members, district associations, coaches,
instructors and players to work as a unit and cooperate with each other for further
development of the sport in the state.
Advocate TT Tara, who attended the AGM cum Election as Returning Officer, was all
praise for the AKA team and its working style that resulted in such remarkable achievement.
Any association is sure to falter, if there is no cooperation and understanding among
the members, he said, and urged various other associations to emulate AKA.
During his course of speech, Tara suggested Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) to
seek service of international footballer cum coach of the state Gumpe Rime to train
the upcoming footballers. He also suggested AOA to launch a website.
Echoing Advocate Tara, AOA Secretary General Geshi Doke also called upon the other
sports associations to maintain strict discipline and team spirit to show results
and all round development of games and sports in the state.
Sports and Youth Affairs Jt. Director, Ramesh Linggi, Arunachal Weightlifting Association
General Secretary, Daniel Teli, AKA Vice Presidents Dr. Marli Ete and Yarda Niki
also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, AKA Technical Director S Deben Sarma, General Secretary L Marik highlighted
the achievements of Karate in the last three years.
Sarma while recalling his association with Karate for the last 38 years in the state,
suggested for promotion and popularising the sport in entire state through hard work.
Jt. Secretary BB Subba was deputed by KAI to observe the entire proceedings.
The meeting was also attended by office bearers and representatives of all affiliated
District Karate Associations, senior players, coaches, instructors among others.
ANSU alleges massive irregularities in distribution of SK Oil
ITANAGAR, 09: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has alleged that officials of Food
and Civil Supplies department are selling SK Oil in Assam through black market instead
of distributing it to the beneficiaries of Arunachal.
Demanding proper investigation to unearth the truth and exemplary punishment to the
wrongdoers, the union said that SK Oil is meant for poor people of the state not
for the officials of food and civil supply to earn money through black marketing.
The Union informed that through RTI documents it has been revealed that that around
10,000 lakh litres of SK Oil was allocated to the state but actual beneficiaries
or cardholders are not getting the benefits, it said.
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) demanded that Chief Secretary, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh to constitute a SIT to conduct proper enquiry and investigation in order
to expose the illegal activities being taken up by the officials of department of
Food and Civil Supplies, Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
ANSU had already lodged a complaint with the Chief Secretary’s office on June 17
for proper conduct of enquiry against the officials of department of Food and Civil
supplies, Government of Arunachal Pradesh to find out the reasons of irregularity
in the distribution of SK Oil in Arunachal Pradesh.
Govt accords priority to sports sector
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The state Govt has given priority to sports sector and adopted
a transparent sports policy for the benefit of sportspersons and to attract more
youths in sporting activities, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in the Assembly today.
Responding to a question raised by Paknga Bage during question hour in the state
assembly, the Chief Minister informed that the state government was planning to develop
sports infrastructure with modern facilities in every district of the state. Plan
has been made for development of sports infrastructure including indoor and outdoor
stadia under 61 schemes which included 12 NEC schemes, he added. The CM further informed
that 10 per cent job has been reserved under sports quota which is more than that
of reserved quota of some other states of the country.
Responding to another supplementary, Tuki told the house that govt will keep provision
for construction of an outdoor stadium at Maro.
Vehicle for police department: A total number of 18 vehicles (Gypsy) for the police
department have been sanctioned during 2013-14. Out of the 18 vehicles, only ten
vehicles were procured. Supply order for remaining 8 vehicles could not be placed
due to increase in the cost of the vehicles. However, the order will be placed on
receipt of additional fund from finance department, the Home Minister informed the
During 2014-15, a total number of 77 vehicles have been sanctioned and supply order
for the same has been placed. No vehicle has been sanctioned during 2015-16 financial
Responding to a star question of MLA Lombo Tayeng, the Home Minister further informed
that “a total amount of Rs 3,91,57,351 was paid in advance to the M/s Buishi Yada
Motors, Naharlagun for 72 vehicles for the year 2014-15 but there has been no supply
till date. However, the firm has returned back Rs 3 Crores till date. A case has
been registered against the firm for neither supplying the vehicle nor returning
the full amount”.
Aalo RKM school: Education Minister Tapang Taloh informed the house that the RKM
authority has its own plan to run the school and Govt has no role in appointment
of teachers in Ramakrishna Mission schools in the state.
Responding to a question of MLA Tumke Bagra, the minister further informed in the
house about the corpus fund that has been sanctioned for RKM schools from time to
time. Govt has sanctioned Rs. 30 crore corpus fund to run the RKM school. “In addition
to the one time grant of Rs. 50 lakh during financial year 2013-2014, and 2014-2015
a total of Rs. 1 crore has been sanctioned to the said school”, the minister said.
NH in Arunachal to reopen soon
Itanagar, Jul 09: Arunachal Pradesh PWD Minister today informed that the National
Highway 415, portions of which was washed away at 7 km point and 19 km point at Karsingsa
due to month-long incessant rainfall snapping surface communication between Banderdewa
and Itanagar, will be through for vehicular movement within next two days.
Responding to a question from opposition leader Tamiyo Taga during question hour
in the assembly, the minister while terming it as a perennial problem, informed that
the union ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) had consented to sanction
an amount of ten crore for repair besides another 15 crore for re-carpeting of the
road after a central team inspected the road recently and submitted its report.
Gadi informed that he visited the site today to inspect the restoration works and
went up to Banderdewa.
The road is through for light vehicle now but after putting boulders and leveling
work within the next two days it will be opened for traffic, he disclosed.
Restoration works are being taken up on top priority by deploying adequate men and
machineries and the flood damage report has been submitted to the state government
for approval, he said.
When Taga suggested the government to think for re-alignment of the important road
considered as the lifeline for the capital dwellers, the minister pointed out that
after construction of the proposed four-lane highway from Hollongi to Banderdewa,
the problem would be resolved once for all.
The estimate for the four-lane highway was re-submitted to the union MoRTH after
reducing the Right of Way (RoW) from 30-50 meters to 18 meters in town areas, Gadi
Efforts to improve revenue generation through Arunachal Pradesh Marketing Committee
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The government has decided to create an independent Arunachal Pradesh
Marketing Committee for Capital Complex.
This was informed at a meeting today wherein officers of the department of Agriculture,
district administration of Itanagar and Papum Pare and others took part.
The meeting also saw discussion on issue regarding poor performance of previous APMC
Papum Pare in terms of revenue submission to Government of Arunachal Pradesh and
poor daily reporting on data relating to quantity of agriculture commodities entering
to Capital Complex and prevailing prices of Agri-Allied items.
Chairman APAMB, Ngurang Pinch, emphasised that marketing board should not depend
on government grants, rather it should generate more revenue and sustain itself.
He advised the new member Secretary to take up responsibilities with outmost sincerity
and make a success story in the history of APMCs.
DC Capital Complex Mige Kamki suggested revamping the market along the Nahalagun-Itanagar
route. He also asked Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board (APAMB) to provide
fund for installing Weighbridge at Gumto, Holongi, Banderdewa and strict checking
of trading and wholesale licences. He also suggested possibilities of cooperating
with dept. of Tax and Excise and Police department for checking and collection of
market fee at check gate. He appreciated districts like Lohit, Anjaw for high revenue
generation and also suggested that APMC Papum Pare should have been the highest revenue
generation APMC considering the huge population of the district.
ADC, Yupia, Papum Pare, B J Daui called for enhancement of market infrastructure
and proper monitoring of revenue collection. He also suggested the possibilities
of pre-payment of market fees.
Okit Palling, Member Secretary APMC Capital Complex was hopeful that all the functionaries
like Municipality, Bazar committees, Chamber of Commerce will cooperate with him
in creating well regulated agriculture market in Capital Complex. He emphasised on
providing hygienic fresh fruits and vegetable for Capital Complex dwellers.
Hage Kano, Director Agriculture, Mudang Butang, Director Agriculture Marketing were
also present at the meeting.
6th General body meeting of APSMPB held
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The 6th general body meeting of Arunachal Pradesh State Medicinal
Plant Board (APSMPB) was held at the conference hall of Principal Chief Conservator
of Forest (PCCF) here today. All the members of the board attended the meeting.
Speaking on the occasion, Chairman APSMPB, Tater Kipa, underlined the importance
of discussion for such meetings and assured that he would try his level best to take
the board into new heights.
Giving the keynote address, Vice Chairman of the board Dr Shashi Kumar, saying that
a separate ministry has been created for medicinal plants spoke about how the board
can play an important role in employment generation for the local youths.
Speaking about proper harvesting of medicinal plants, he cautioned that it should
not be detrimental.
“Economics is involved in conservation with proper harvesting and processing”, he
“Let us look for the betterment of the board, its functioning and come out with a
viable report,” he further added.
Review of MoU & Byelaws, strengthening of R&D wing, discussion on financial power,
ex-post facto approval of the project staff inducted to the board and audit were
discussed during the meeting.
Implement Street Vendors Act 2014 in the state: federation demands
ITANAGAR, Jul 09: The Capital Complex has often witnessed eviction drives being carried
out by administration against street vendors in the name of town beautification.
Such measures seldom solve the problem as those evicted are often found back in the
Taking up the recurring issue of forceful eviction drives, the All Arunachal Pradesh
Hawkers and Street Vendors Federation (AAPHSVF) general secretary Roger Nabam Hina
has today appealed the state government to implement the Street Vendors (Protection
of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014, which has been passed by
the Parliament on 20th Feb 2014, to provide livelihood protection to street vendors
and ensure that they do business with dignity without fear of being evicted anytime
Addressing press persons at the Press club here, Hina said that under the aforementioned
Act, there is provision for constituting a Town Vending Committee (TVC) in each local
authority for implementing the provisions of the Act. It has been provided under
the Act that 40 % members of the TVC will be from amongst street vendors with due
representation from SC, ST, OBC, minorities and persons with disabilities, of which
one third shall be women.
Citing other aspects of the Act, he said that our state too, should constitute such
TVCs which could be headed by the DC with members from the IMC, Bazar Committee,
NGOs and hawker associations with women comprising 30% as its members. These TVCs
will help indentify vending and non-vending zones like hospitals and schools, prepare
street vending plan, issue certificates of vending/license and identity cards to
the vendors, he added. While terming evictions as not a viable solution to the problem
as most of the vendors are local women, who provide the main source of income for
their family and support their children’s education, Hina further urged the government
to implement the Act soon.
ATA functionaries meet DDSE; appraise problems
PASIGHAT, Jul 09: The office bearers of Arunachal Teachers Association, East Siang
unit led by its president, Tabung Ering today met Deputy Director of School Education
(DDSE) Obuk Panor at Pasighat to apprise him of various shortfalls in primary and
secondary schools of the district.
Informing the DDSE that a number of Upper Primary and Middle Schools in and around
Pasighat, Mebo and Sille-Oyan blocks are lying defunct due to absentee teachers,
the ATA executives requested him to take prompt measure to revamp the defunct schools
and also initiate strict disciplinary action against the idle teachers.
He was also pleaded for posting of adequate teachers to those schools and rationalise
the teacher-pupil ratio.
The teachers in course of discussion sought DDSE’s initiative for issuing notification
with boundary description and demarcation on the school land in order to prevent
Responding to the pleas made by ATA functionaries, the DDSE assured early revival
of the defunct schools by posting of teachers wherever necessary.
He informed that the authority has already started notification of school land and
urged the headmaster concerned to report any case of encroachment on the school land.
He sought active cooperation from the teacher community for ensuring quality education
in the primary and secondary schools of the district.