July 31


A year on, DUDA Roing’s incinerator still non operational

Blames “violent protest” by villagers for relocation

[ Karyir Riba ]

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: An incinerator donated by the NHPC, Dibang Multipurpose Hydropower Project, which was installed during 2016 has been lying useless in Roing. The department while responding to an article published in this daily said due to absence of water and electricity supply, the incinerator is yet to be made operational.

Earlier, the District Administration had earmarked an area in Mashelo village and the incinerator was installed right in the middle, located just at the outskirts of Roing town, near the petrol pump without permission from the villagers.

After the villagers opposed installation because of health and safety issues since it was right in the middle of the village, the district administration shifted it to the present site, some two kilometers away from Roing.

DUDA, the executing agency said that the pending liabilities have been created amounting to Rs 1, 20,000 against M/s Radhika Engineers, Ambala, Haryana for dismantling and re-assembling of the incinerator! It has since requested the NHPC, Dibang Multipurpose Hydropower project for further help.

The department has further blamed the villagers of Mashelo for "violent protest" which led to shifting of the incinerator, though there is no record of such a protest.

In April 2016, Scientist R Kemsing from the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control Board (APSPCB) had visited the site for grant of authorisation to operate the incinerator. In his report, Kemsing rejected the site for being in the middle of the Mashelo village. However, since no action was taken by the DUDA to relocate the incinerator, and objections were being raised by the villagers, Member Secretary APSPCB Tapek Riba visited the site again in July 2016, and directed for immediate relocation of the incinerator to a suitable site, away from human habitation.

Meanwhile, the Power Department and the PHED have confirmed that the departments have not been approached for electric/water supply by the DUDA ever.

However, few days after publication on the status of the incinerator by this daily, a letter was received by the PHED from UD proposing for water supply, for which the department has instantly deployed personnel for survey.

In 2016, the National Green Tribunal had imposed a complete ban on burning of waste in open places and announced a fine of Rs. 25,000 on each incident of bulk waste burning. States and UTs were directed to enforce and implement Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 in a time-bound manner.

In this context, it would be extremely interesting to calculate the amount the DUDA, Roing is liable to pay as fine as it chooses to dispose the town's waste by burning in open, remnants of which can be seen along the Eze river side "dumping area", as well as the original dumping ground though there is an incinerator, defunct nonetheless, for reasons known to the department alone.




Perform or perish, CM tells officials

TAWANG, Jul 30: 'Perform or perish' is the new mantra of Chief Minister Pema Khandu to ensure accountability of the bureaucracy.

The Chief Minister on Saturday issued strict instruction to government officials to perform or face stern action leading to removal from their jobs.

Pema, who held a coordination meeting with the Panchayat leaders and government officials from Tawang on Saturday, observed that benefits of several welfare schemes were not percolating down to the grassroots level due to bureaucratic issues. He asked the government officials to do their work sincerely as their performance reflects on the elected representatives.

Pema said that since he became the Chief Minister, the State Government has done whatever the government employees had demanded for -- from implementing the recommendation of the 7th Pay Commission to enhancing the retirement age to 60.

The Chief Minister said he expected output from the government employees on a scale, to the benefits they receive.

"I expect our government employees to work at least             8-9 hours for the welfare of the people," said the Chief Minister.

 During the meeting, the Chief Minister discussed on several issues of the district such as land compensation, drinking water, health, sanitation, and on performance of the officials.

He asked the departmental heads not to leave the district without prior permission or face consequences of their action.

On receipt of a complaint against a government employee, who has been absenting himself from duty despite several show cause notices, the Chief Minister asked the Deputy Commissioner to issue necessary suspension/termination order.

 The meeting was attended by Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, ZPC Chairperson Jambey Tsering, panchayat leaders and officials from various departments.




Partners in development

Monday Musing

[ Taba Ajum ]

President John F Kennedy once said, "American roads are not good because America is rich, but America is rich because American roads are good."

This quote truly signifies the importance of good road for the economic development of any nation or state.

When it comes to road network, the state of Arunachal Pradesh is still catching up with rest of the country.  The existing roads are in pathetic condition while those in planning stage are not being executed due to varying reasons.  Major road projects like Trans Arunachal highway, Frontier highway and East-West industrial corridor have not produced desired results.

The deteriorating condition of roads including national highways and arterial roads within capital complex tell us the sorry state of affairs of Arunachal Pradesh. The recent monsoon has further increased the misery of the people.

In the midst of all this,  a silent mini road revolution is taking place in districts like East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Namsai. Highway connecting headquarters of these four district are almost on the verge of completion.

Once bridges over rivers like Sisiri, Dibang and Chipu Afra are completed, there will be seamless connection between these four districts. The completion of Alubari Bridge over Lohit River has drastically reduced travel time between Namsai and Lohit.

The Dibang Bridge is expected to be completed by March 2018 while Chipu Afra Bridge near Bhismak-nagar is expected to be completed by September this year. The work at Sisiri Bridge is almost over while forest clearance for approach road has also been obtained.

“The highway work is almost over and once the bridges are completed, it will change the face of East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Namsai  districts forever," shared a highway official.

Adding to the advantage, the four districts have good road connectivity with Assam which is a potential market for agri-horti produce. East Siang and Lower Dibang valley in particularly is hub of agri-horti activities. The oranges of Dambuk and ginger of East Siang can be easily transported to markets like Dibrugarh, Tinsukia due to improved network. People of Roing are already witnessing boom in tourism industry due to opening of Dhola Sadiya Bridge. Owing to inflow of visitors, there is huge demand for organic produces.

"On a good day, one person can earn upto Rs 4000 a day by selling agro items sitting nearby the highway. Once a sleepy town, Roing now bustles with activities especially during the weekend," said a resident of Roing town.

So, the question arises how come these four districts are witnessing such kind of road revolution in a state like Arunachal which is notorious for creating stumbling blocks in developmental activities.

The citizens of these districts deserve appreciation for ignoring compensation issues and extending whole hearted support to road construction works.

For them road was more important that mere financial gain. District administrations and even MLAs played critical role in creating conducive atmosphere for work to be executed.

With Arunachal's first civilian airport at Tezu expected to start operation at earliest, coupled with starting of commercial flight from Pasighat ALG, it is exciting time for the citizens of people of East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Namsai.

Rest of Arunachal, especially people living around capital complex should learn a lesson on how to be partners for development from these four districts.




DGP seeks people’s cooperation

ROING, Jul 30: Arunachal Pradesh DGP, Sandeep Goel has called for people's cooperation and support to the Police personnel for delivering their best duty. Every stakeholder should come forward for the good cause and to bring changes in the society, he said.  

Goel was addressing a felicitation programme organized by the district police at V.K.V hall here on Sunday.  

While appreciating the SP and his police team for apprehending terrorist from Kala Pani area, the DGP said that it couldn't have been possible without team work. He also highlighted the role and activities of Nagrik Bhaichara Samiti members  and urged them to raise their voice against social issues like child labour and domestic violence so that administration and police can take action in proper way. While appreciating the HPCL for donating school items, he urged the school authorities for proper use of it.

In his address, Roing MLA Mutchu Mithi called for people-friendly policing in the Lower Dibang Valley district.

Lauding the district police personnel for strict vigilance  against anti-social activities, Mutchu said that without normal law and order situation, smooth development process cannot take place in the district. He also informed that identification of site for establishment Police colony will be taken up with consultation with Deputy Commissioner.

ZPM Starson Saring highlighted the status of Santipur Check gate. He requested the DGP for up-gradation of permanent Police station at Santipur Check gate.

Earlier, SP Sanjay Kr. Sain gave a presentation on the achievements and activities undertaken by the district police. Sain informed that due to team works and people's cooperation in maintaining law and order situation, the criminal activities has come to an end in the district. DIPRO




Nafra declared open defecation free

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Nafra block in West Kameng district has been declared open defecation free.

The declaration was made by MLA and Advisor to Chief Minister Japu Deru during an awareness meeting under Swachh Bharat Mission (Grameen) at Nafra on July 29.

Stating that majority of diseases is associated with poor sanitation, Deru appealed to the public to maintain high degree of health and sanitation practices to keep diseases at bay.

He advised public of Nafra to use the toilets constructed under SBM.

N. Konia, EE (PHED) spoke about how the state was marching forward to achieve the status of Open Defecation Free State one year ahead of the set target of 2019.

Informing that the State Government was striving to declare the State open defecation free by December 10 this year, he sought support and cooperation from all stakeholders to achieve the feat.

Three districts West Kameng, West Siang and Tirap will be declared ODF on the occasion of 71st Independent Day, he added.

Assistant Engineer cum Nodal Officer SBM (G) Takap Lamrah assured his personal help to those beneficiaries, who could not afford to construct household latrine, in procuring construction materials.

Nafra ZPM Maili Sangchonju appealed to the people to those, who have not yet construct latrines, to use the common toilet constructed under SBM (G).




CE inspects flood damages and restoration works in four districts

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: The Chief Engineer PHED Eastern Zone, Tomo Basar toured Lower Dibang Valley, East Siang, Siang and West Siang from July 25 to 30 to take stock of flood damages and restoration works, status of disinfection of drinking water supplied to the consumers.

During the visit, he also assessed the progr-ess made under Swachh Bharat Mission and inspected various water supply installations.

At Roing, the Chief Engineer inspected rural water supply schemes at Jia and Awango and the urban water supply project of Roing Township.

Attending a Gram Sabha meeting at Denlo village, he urged the villagers to attain Swachhta in true sense and on a sustainable basis while also motivating them to protect the catchment areas of drinking water sources.

The Chief Engineer with his team also had a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner Deepak Shinde, Project Director RD, DDSE and Panchayat Officials.

The CE while appreciating the role of the DC in the progress of SBM programme  highlighted the challenges to meet the revised target of SBM especially to convert defunct and insanitary toilets and to make sustainable use of the assets created.

He also explained the need to converge efforts and funding in making the SLWM component of SBM sustainable and on achieving the vision of the Prime Minister to provide safe water to all by 2022. The Deputy Commissioner assured his continued support and involvement in meeting the target of SBM. He assured fund from his end to meet up the deficit in SBM. Improving water supply in schools was also discussed.

The Deputy Commissioner desired that DDSE and EE PHED Roing undertake a joint survey to update the shortcomings in the water supply status in schools and its toilets.

The CE also met the local MLA Muchu Mithi and discussed the additional works to be carried out at Roing Township for augmentation and equitable distribution of water. The MLA assured support from SIDF component and also to project the need before the Govt.

On July 27, the Chief Engineer reviewed the flood damage and restoration works under Pasighat Division with the team of PHED Pasighat. On the same day, he discussed the drinking water and SBM details with the Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh at Pangin.

The villagers who attended the Gram Sabha meeting at Yeksi along with the DC and the CE declared to meet the deadline of December 2017 to make Yeksi open defecation free (ODF).

The next day, the CE inspected water supply project of Aalo Township, its sources at Ene and entire raw water alignment, existing Water Treatment Plant and distribution tanks. While agreeing to the need for a long term and short term solution to the water supply problem at Aalo Township, he conveyed the commitment of the Govt on both the fronts and encouraged the department officials to keep the commitment and sincerity going in the field. School water supply system of Pobdi secondary school was also inspected along with the restoration work of water supply system at Bene village.

Similarly at Basar, the flood damages and its restoration works were reviewed with the department officials.




IMA team visits Laptap

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A team of Indian Medical Association (IMA) Arunachal State branch visited landslide devastated Laptap.

The team handed over cash donated by doctors and medical fraternity of the state and distributed free medicines to the villagers on Sunday.   

The visiting doctors also conducted a plantation programme in the area hit by landslide. 14 people lost their lives in Laptap following a devastating landslide.




Digital financial literacy and awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: A special digital financial literacy and awareness campaign was organized by Chan-glang branch of Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Apex Bank Ltd. and NABARD at New Chan-glang village in Changlang district on July 30.

The campaign supported by NABARD aimed at creating awareness among the general public about cashless banking and other various financial products that are being offered by banks to general public.

The camp was as part of the government's "Going Digital" plan.

Kamal Roy, District Development Manager, NABARD informed the gathering about Unified Payment Interface (UPI), a single window mobile payment system launched by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) and various schemes being implemented by NABARD for the benefits of villagers.

He talked about Digital Banking, different modes of cashless banking such as online banking, POS, debit card, etc., RuPay KCC, financial inclusion and planning, various financial products like saving accounts, RD, FD, loans and advances, PMJDY, PMSSY, PMJJBY, APY, KCC, also various State Govt.'s flagship schemes.

Jayanta Dutta, Branch Manager, Apex Bank, Changlang briefed on the schemes being implemented by Apex Bank and advised the villagers to develop the good credit culture which will be beneficial for both banks and rural masses.




Students oppose transfer of Biology and Math teachers

Staff Reporter

PASIGHAT, Jul 30: Expressing concern at the transfer of teachers, the Class XII and XI Science students of D. Ering Memorial Government Higher Secondary School, Pasighat have appealed the authority concern to retain Biology and Math teachers, namely, Tung Tabing and S. Kumar for the session.

The students have met DDSE and DC Pasighat with an appeal for retention of the teacher duo. However, the matter has now been forwarded to higher authorities at Itanagar as district authorities are said to be handicapped in the process.

As a part of rationalization of teachers in the state, the education department has transferred several teachers from East Siang to other districts. However, going by the pleas and appeals of the suffering students, transfer of teachers after commencement of session or during the mid-session is unjustified as it may hamper the career of the students.




APCF voices in favour of Tani script

ITANAGAR, Jul 30: Arunachal Pradesh Colleges' Forum (APCF) voiced in favour of adopting Tani Lipi (script) as indigenous script and introducing it in school and college curriculum across the state.

The scripts developed by Tony Koyu is user friendly, scientific and have many highly useful features. Once the script is adopted, it will gain popularity among the indigenous people, stated APCF in a release.

While endorsing the same demand made to the Government earlier by Abo Tani Clan Youth Organization, APCF further stated that adoption of the scripts will also prove a great boon, when it comes to preservation and promotion of tribal languages. It stated that many tribal languages in state are on brink of extinction.

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Growing hostility cause for concern

  Defying the international pressure North Korea is continuing to indulge in reckless activities of conducting nuclear and missile tests. The reclusive country is posing threat to the international peace by aggressively pursuing nuclear programme. It claimed to have developed nuclear missile capable of reaching mainland US. The growing hostilities between US and its allies like South Korea, Japan on one side and North Korea on the other side is creating atmosphere of uncertainty.

The unpredictable North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and equally maverick US President Donald Trump is not helping the situation with their eccentric behavior. Both the leaders lack maturity to deal with the crisis. As soon as North Korea make public declaration of missile or nuclear test, US and its allies responds by flying bombers over Korean peninsula and by deploying THAAD missile defence system in South Korea. No concrete step has been initiated to ease the tension. China which has some influence over North Korean regime has also miserably failed to reign in Kim Jong Un. The international community is hoping on China to exert pressure on North in order to bring them under negotiation table. But the situation is getting worse with each passing month. This continued hostility has potential to develop into full blown conflict. Such situation can wreak havoc as North Korea is in possession of nuclear weapon.  It's time countries like China and Russia which still enjoys good relation with North Korean regime intervenes. The US and its allies also need to tone down aggressive posture and give peace a chance.







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Establishment of Arunachal Regiment

Dear Editor,

Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF) appreciates that in a first of its kind instance, the Ministry of Defence, Government of India has duly responded to a representation submitted by a state based non-governmental organisation (NGO).

GAF is thankful to the Ministry of Defence, Government of India for its correspondence to a representation submitted by the foundation for establishment of an Arunachal Regiment (APR). The Defence Ministry, though not clarifying the matter on establishment of APR has informed that the government is planning to raise two more Arunachal Scouts battalions in addition to the existing two battalions.

However, GAF feels the necessity and urgency of establishing an Arunachal Pradesh Regiment at the earliest, as the state shares international boundaries with China and Myanmar. With day-to-day tension brewing up with neighbouring China and its powerful PLA, Arunachal needs a regiment of its own to counter any danger posed by China. Establishment of Arunachal Pradesh regiment will also solve the unemployment problem of the state to a great extend. GAF also urge the central as well as the state government to shift the Headquarters of the Arunachal Scouts from Jorhat in Assam to some suitable location in Arunachal Pradesh.

GAF further feels that this is the most right and appropriate time for the state government to act as the MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju is from Arunachal Pradesh. It is an opportune time for the Hon’ble Minister to initiate programmes in the central level for the welfare of Arunachal Pradesh. Further, GAF urges the governor of the state to be pro-active and take up necessary steps for welfare and development of Arunachal Pradesh. The state would benefit much if Raj Bhawan took interest the way it used to be during the tenure of former governor Gen (Retd) J.J. Singh. Even the Arunachal Scouts was the brainchild of the former governor.


Takam Tatung,

Chairman, GAF





Stop double standards in education

Dear Editor,

Great initiatives are taken by the government of Arunachal Pradesh to push the state forward in the path of development.  Roads, schools, colleges, urbanization, smart city and many things accelerate the speed of the development.  Above all, what attracted my attention in recent days was the government’s new initiative in the area of education, especially introducing smart classes across the state. Great is the idea and it deserves kudos. I can see this facelift of development in our Himalayan state coming across.  But what appallingly astonishes me as someone who is directly involved in the education sector is the pathetic conditions of the village schools run by the government. The geographical hardships in our state are genuine such as isolated villages, completely cutoff roads during the monsoon, frequent migration of villagers to the urban areas and also the inaccessible hilly terrains with slippery landslides making situation worse. When the younger generation in the urban areas is shown the light of better education and hope and scope, those who remain in the villages in our state with its maximum land area known to be geographically rural in nature , is still deprived of basic educational facilities.

Associated with the education sector for years with an experience of travelling to many areas in this beautiful state, I am saddened to see our tiny tots strolling to their dilapidated schools with no benches and desks to sit and many times no teacher to teach. Often I get to see broken blackboards and classrooms turned to cattle sheds. Schools with broken walls and totally rusted corrugated roofs are never the signs of an education system becoming smarter indeed. While applauding the government’s efforts to bring modernity into the system, I want to ask the authority a question which often brings tears into my eyes that who should be held responsible for the misfortune of those innocent students who are deprived of a basic standard education. They are as intelligent and enthusiastic as any other child among the urban populace. My interactions with them in many of the village schools were great testimonies of their intelligence and talents. But what seems to be appearing on the surface is the laxity of the authority in the system which fails to monitor the situation around and take corrective steps.

Every child born to this world is an intellectual giant in a sleeping stage. What needs to be done with him is to arouse that sleeping intellect in him and get him move towards a greater personal goal. He is a seed with the capacity to grow as a big tree, which would one day shelter many people under it. But, if the seed is kept in a barren surface with no water and support provided to it would dry from in and die a tragic death. With this process of social and systemic negligence prevalent, the future of our rural children will be perilous.  To make the educational system of the state smarter, what needs to be urgently done is to support the village schools with adequate facilities and teachers. Teachers’ organizations often call pen down strikes to put their demand for pay hikes and other amenities. Whereas, nobody seems to be uniting their forces against the rampant absenteeism of teachers and students in schools and take measures to improve the standard of teaching. Children with no adequate knowledge of things would come out of their primary classes and become a laughing stock during their pursuit of education elsewhere.

Therefore, the government must have appropriate action plans to help the poor children in the village schools. If not, it is imminent to see a younger generation growing unenthusiastic and inevitably unreformed of the sociological changes in a modern society. In fact everybody, from the law makers to the teachers to the parents need to be aware of this fact and need to consciously wake up responding to the call of the time.



VKV Sher




Vacant posts

Dear Editor,

It has been rightly said by our chief minister that increasing  retirement age for another two years will not have much impact on employment scenario in the state but only if all the vacant posts are notified.

Through this esteemed daily, we would like to inform that  there are huge vacancies including DTO(transport), DTO (tourism),  BDO Tourist information officer (TIO),  District Art and culture officer( DACO), Assistant Art and culture officer (AACO), District sport officer (DSO), assistant sports officer (ASO),  District Planning Officer (DPO), MVI, Tax and excise Inspector, supply inspector, Treasurer, clerks, teachers.

Many of these posts are held either by Circle officers or by other administrative officer. If these vacant posts are filled through open competitive exam, it would be really big relief to our unemployed youths and big chunk of local unemployed youths of the state will become productive member of the family.


A citizen






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