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Gamlin chants the mantra of self reliance as he appeals citizens to rededicate themselves for the cause of state


The Chief Minister’s first address to the state

No much changes in developmental policies


ITANAGAR, June 1:  The Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin in his first address to the people of the state after assuming office has warned the people of the state that the road ahead is difficult and it will “need tremendous efforts from each one of us to travel on this journey towards true growth and progress. Today, I call upon every Arunachali to re-dedicate ourselves to the land that we call home. It is now time for our state to emerge confidently as a ‘people’s state’- with only one agenda- that of self-reliance”. Today, I commit myself to that goal, he said.

“Arunachal has never before been as precariously poised in history. We are at the doorstep of great progress; and at the same time there is also a worry that we may not be able to realize these possibilities.

Much work will have to be done to ensure that the vision of a self-reliant Arunachal becomes a reality” Gamlin said.

“The untimely death of our beloved Chief Minister late Dorjee Khanduji will always remain as one of the darkest moments in the history of our state. In his passing away, Arunachal Pradesh has lost one of its most illustrious and compassionate leaders.

History will remember him as a Laughing Buddha in the true sense of the word because of the unprecedented developmental work that had been taken up under him” said the Chief Minister.

The Chief Minister also remembered Security Officer Yeshi Chodak, Captains JS Babbar and TS Mamik and Yeshi Lhamu who were with him on that ill-fated day.

“I have assumed the office of the Chief Minster with utmost humility and as a tribute to late Dorjee Khandu. I have no doubt in my mind that this is an extension of his vision and that my foremost responsibility is to carry forward his dream of making Arunachal and its people prosperous, self-reliant and happy. My priority and my concentrated efforts will always be to ensure that the pace of development that he has set in motion is carried forward and gains momentum”, he said hinting that there will not be much changes in the developmental policies and program.

“As we begin to re-live our lives, we must take a moment to see what lies before us. There is a little anxiety about all the mega developmental works that has been started. The 1656 km long trans-Arunachal highway connecting every district headquarter, the Greenfield airport, the State Secretariat building, the Legislative Assembly building, prioritisation of the health, tourism and hydro power sectors and the challenges of implementing the Right to Education are just some of the projects and initiatives that have been started under Khanduji and which will now need our constant attention and monitoring” he said. At this difficult and tragic time, I appeal to the people of Arunachal to stand united and to work together to take this dream forward. I feel that only when we can continue, and actually accelerate the pace of development that he has set in motion, that we will truly pay tribute to the memory of late Dorjee Khandu, he said.

“Let this be a time not of blame games and mistrust of each other but a time of understanding, cooperation and trust. With these changed times, our responsibilities as a people have increased. We need to put more into our state than ever before. Let us also, therefore, change’ he said.

“It is without doubt that in this new journey we will face moments of disagreement, occasions where perhaps people will hold diverse points of view. I want to appeal to each one of you to maintain calm in any such incidence. We have repeatedly seen that any critical situation can be understood and resolved only on the strength of dialogue and consultation. The government, on its part, has always and will always take steps to find solutions to any issue that comes up. But it is important that we must all stand with each other and address these situations collectively and with due respect to the rule of law. That is a very critical point. At no time in our state’s history has anything been achieved by force or coercion’ he said.

“Arunachal, as a people, has always been an example as an “island of peace”. It will indeed be a sad moment if that reputation is lost. It will be the duty of my government to ensure that this good reputation continues to stay with us” he said.

“There have been many instances where the govt is taken almost to be an ‘enemy’ of its own people. This needs to change. We must together remember that the government exists because of its citizens, and for its citizens. I believe that this is definitely the time when we must come together as partners in development, not as opponents. I am convinced that it is only when we talk, when we communicate our expectations and fears - that our state can truly grow” Gamlin said.

I wish for Arunachal to become an example of good governance and growth. And this is where your involvement and participation as citizens and stakeholders become important; the chief minister said while adding that he would look forward to feedback and views- through the media, through a website of the CM’s secretariat that will be soon launched and through the elected representatives.


Siram calls for better library management

ITANAGAR, June 1: There is need to strengthen and update libraries in the state, said   Education and Library Minister Bosiram Siram during a visit to the state library this morning in Itanagar. Libraries should not be mere rich repository of knowledge but should reach out to the people to ensure that knowledge is spread and shared, Siram said as he advocated for better management of the library to attract more readers.

He underscored for the need of up gradation and updated information of libraries across the state as he emphasized on trainings and refresher courses for all library professionals from bottom to top.

While calling for facelift of state library including computerization, Siram said that sitting and lighting arrangements need to be improved for the comfort of the readers. He further called for reaching out to the young readers and suggested that young readers be given a chance to explore knowledge.

He further said that libraries should be library goer centric and not librarian centric.  

The minister said that he will ensure that there are well stocked libraries starting from primary school level to colleges across the state.

The minister who was accompanied by Secretary Tourism and Libraries Bandhana Deori visited various sections of the library.

He further suggested that state library should lend books to colleges on rotation basis.

The minister resented that the books procured in 2004 is still in the library. Calling for early disbursement of books, he said that all the libraries need to cater to the needs of the readers. He took exception to libraries which are reported to be closed for months together in different parts of the state.

Secretary Bandhana Deori emphasized on utilization of existing infrastructure. She said that the department needs to prioritize so that everything is taken up on a phase wise manner. She further underscored the need for professional librarians all over the state.

Director J Borang who was joined by his officers called for renovation of state library. He further informed that Roing, Koloriang and Hawai, Basar libraries needed upgradation. The director  further said that Naharalagun library with 30000 books is being managed by Itanagar state library. He also underscored the need for promotional avenues for the officers of the department while adding that there was a need for trained librarians in the libraries across the state.


40% drivers without valid license

ITANAGAR, June 1:  Forty per cent drivers in the Capital city have no proper license and most of the drivers who are plying vehicles in capital roads are under-age, said Arunachal Public Motor Transport Federation (APMTF).

After the tragic trekker accident at Palwan mor on May 30, the Federation today conducted rigorous checking drive and found that  forty  per cent of drivers of commercial vehicles like trekkers, Tata Sumo, Tata Mobile, Tempo, Auto, truck and buses  did not possess valid license  and even many were plying vehicles without license.

Informing that the federation will continue its surprise vehicle checking, it appealed the drivers of commercial vehicles to avoid reckless driving and maintain the vehicles properly. The federation also urged the owners of the vehicles to check the documents of the drivers properly while appointing them.

Meanwhile, a team of Federation headed by its president M T Anga visited  the victims of the May 30 accidents who are recuperating at R K Mission hospital today and  announced financial assistance for critically injured persons.


Inter-state robber gang busted

ITANAGAR,  June 1: The Itanagar police achieved a breakthrough  when they  busted a inter-state gang of  robbers and arrested  four of them on May 31.

Acting on a specific information that some of the criminals are loitering in Bank Tinali,   the alert police team of Itanagar PS  consisting  of  constables Duyu Tadu, Dawa Dorjee, Toley Deru, Kayang Permey and John Tachang led by Inspector M. Bui  and SI Duto Bagra under the direct supervision of Capital SP Chuku Appa and SDPO T. Gusar swung into action immediately and  succeeded to arrest one of the  criminal.

Following the disclosure of the arrested criminal, the police arrested his three accomplices who were hiding in Naharlagun. The criminals were identified as Akash Singh, Varanasi, U.P, Dhiraj Goyala, Patna, Ravi Kant Roy, Jalpaiguri, West Bengal  and Chandan Gowala, Siliguri. With this arrest, the Itanagar police solved several cases of robbery/snatching incidents of last one year in capital complex.  The police team also recovered Rs. 3 lakhs, (aprox) and 3 Pulser Motor bikes from the possession of the criminals.

All the arrested criminals were remanded to 14 days police  custody for interrogation.

During the interrogation, the accused persons confessed their involvements in three robberies - two in Itanagar and one in Naharlagun during last one year.  Some of these criminals have also been arrested in West Bengal as per their initial confession and this information is being verified through West Bengal Police.

The modus operandi of the gang was that they use to watch the people drawing money from the banks/other financial institutions and thereafter, they use to follow the targeted persons in separate group on bike and  snatch the cash or loot them at opportune moment. At times, they also use to spray itching powder popularly known as Bandor Kekura on their target causing unbearable itching and skin irritation.

Police also continues its search operation to nab  other  absconding gang members.

Meanwhile, the state IGP announced cash reward for the police team involved in the operation.


Poultry scheme for 6000 BPL

women in Lohit

Mein emphasizes on food security

ITANAGAR, June 1:  PHE Minister Chowna Mein yesterday called upon the farmers to adopt new technologies in agriculture and allied sector to ensure food security of the state as well as its citizens.  He said  this while inaugurating a district level training programme for the  beneficiaries selected under centrally sponsored schemes, -- Rural Backyard Poultry Development at Mahadevpur yesterday.  The training under Lohit district ATMA is covering 200 number of beneficiaries under the schemes being implemented by Lohit district Animal Husbandry and Veterinary department with an aim to distribute pullets of improved variety of  poultry to 6000 BPL women in phase manner.

While expressing his happiness for selecting 100 per cent women beneficiaries under this new poultry scheme, the minister assured all possible help to viable and vibrant Self Help Groups of women from his MLA LAD fund in days to come. He hoped that this new scheme will make the district self-reliant in chicken and eggs and help in alleviating protein deficiencies in rural area. In the inaugural session the Minister has distributed “Terafil Water Filter” to selected rural household affected by high Iron content in water.  The Minster also declared open the distribution of “cream separator” machine being distributed by animal husbandry department to selected beneficiaries. Two schools have also received Computer sets and LCD TV set from the Minister in this program.

During the programme WRD department has announced detailment of six number small boats and one Freighter boat along the Noa-Dihing River for relief and rescue operation during monsoon session as a preparatory measure.


Genom Moyong and Mingkeng

Lego top JEE-2011

ITANAGAR, June 1: Genom Moyong of IGJ GHSS, Pasighat secured the top position in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics (PCM) group while Mingkeng Lego of RKMS, Deomali topped in Physics, Chemistry, Biology (PCB) group in Arunachal Pradesh Joint Entrance Examinations (JEE)-2011, results of which were declared today.

In Diploma course, Nani Ruja, Kago Bharat Ambing and Bojum Yaying secured the top three positions respectively.

While the PCB group is for admissions to the health science degree courses the PCM is for the engineering admissions.

A total of 5719 students appeared the examination conducted by the Directorate of Higher and Technical Education, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, on May 29 and 31.

The results: Degree PCM Group (category-1):  1. Genom Moyong, IGJ GHSS, Pasighat,             2. Mingkeng Lego, RKMS,Deomali, 3. Jaliam Lowang Medam, RKMS, Norottam Nagar, 4. Michi Kobing, RKMS, Norottam Nagar, 5. Koje Zanggo Modi, VKV, Roing, 6. Guloi Afi, RKMS, Norottam Nagar, 7. Rike Riba, RKMS, Norottam Nagar,            8. Milik Pertin, RKMS, Norottam Nagar, 9. Omem Badu, RKMS, Along, 10. Kalung Manisha, KV No.2, Itanagar; Category-II: 1.Prabhat Kumar, IGJ GHSS, Pasighat, 2.  Pulakesh Kumar Kalita, Guwahati Public School, Guwahati, 3. Abhilash Singh, GHSS, Miao, 4. Prashant Kumar Singh, GHSS, Kalaktang, 5. Suraj Singh Dhami, KV Tenga Valley; Category-III: 1. Alankrita Pandey, KV, NERIST, Shubham, KV, NERIST; Category-IV: 1. Chandra Mohan Rai, VKV, Jairampur, 2. Bikkina Venkat Siddharda, KV NERIST.

Degree PCB Group (category-1):  Mingkeng Lego, RKMS, Deomali, 2. Genom Moyong, IGJ GHSS, Pasighat, 3. Jaliam Lowang Medam, RKMS, Narottam Nagar, 4. Kalung Manisha, KV No. 2, Itanagar,                5. Omem Badu, RKMS, Along,             6. Hage Yaja, KV. No. 2, Itanagar, 7. Neba Salo, GHSS, Roing, 8.Mary Apang, Kingcup Public School, Itanagar, 9. Nyai Ete, Chaitanya Vidyaniketan, Vishakhapatnam,      10. Mihin Nania, VKV, Itanagar ; Category-II : 1. Mayank Kumar Singhal, GHSS, Boleng, 2. Abhilash Singh, GHSS, Miao, 3. Chandrahas Yadav, JNV, Tawang, 4. Abhisek Kumar Rai, VKV, Jairampur, 5. Nikhil Varshney, GHSS, Kamba ; Category-III : 1. Alankrita Pandey, KV, NERIST, 2. Pooja Kumari, VKV, Jairampur; Category-IV: 1. Shaurya Agarwal, Gyan Ganga Vidyapeeth, Itanagar, 2. Bikkina Venkat Siddharda, KV, NERIST.

Diploma (Category-I): 1. Nani Ruja, 2. Kago Bharat Ambing, 3. Bojum Yaying, 4. Kime Kaing,   5. Tapi Payang, 6. Mido Nyodu,   7. Getem Pertin, 8. Koj Kuru,               9. Gem Taka, 10. Tage Lodar ; Category-II: 1. Akshay Srivastava,      2. Abhik Bhattacharjee, 3. Akshita Sharma, 4. Miss Rimpee Baruah,  5. Anju Kumari ; Category-III:           1. Diksha Singh, 2. Gouri Shankar Chetia ; Category- IV: 1. Jubair Ahmed, 2. Saroj Kumar Rai.

The results are also available at departmental website www.apdhte.nic.in


PARWC takes up developmental issues

ITANAGAR, June 1: The general meeting of Potin Amchi Rub Welfare Committee (PARWC) was held at Potin village on 28th of May. This was 1st ever meeting of PARWC  which was chaired by committee chairman RT Goyee. As a goodwill gesture in the beginning of meeting, village elders of Potin, Amchi and Rub were honoured and presented with gifts.

During meeting certain important decision was taken for welfare of residents of Potin, Amchi and Rub village by PARWC. It was decided that henceforth fishing, hunting, canning, quarrying, timbering and grazing of elephants has been prohibited in the area which comes under the jurisdiction of PARWC. The committee has further warned that violators will be strictly punished.

During meeting it was also decided that a Nampam Nyel Namlo (Village court house) will be constructed and all the dispute among villagers will be resolved in the village court house with head Gaon Burah as judge. PARWC has further decided to support those students who get admission in MBBS, BE or any other technical degree and also to talented artists of the area. As a beginning from this year, PARWC awarded cash prize of rupees five thousand to class X and XII topper students of the area. Lishi Gunia was given five thousand rupees for class XII, while class X topper will be awarded once result is declared.


Governor, Gamlin congratulates

Mra and Phuntsok

ITANAGAR, June 1: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh and Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has congratulated Everester Tapi Mra and mountaineer Lobsang Phuntsok of Tawang for reaching the summit of Mount Kosciuszko in Australia.

The Governor said that they have made all Arunachalee proud.

Reposing his faith that Mra will leave footmarks on all the seven highest summits of the world, Gen Singh wished him for success in Mra’s Seven Summit Mission.

In a separate congratulation letter to Phuntsok, Gen Singh expressed his hope that Australian accomplishment is only the beginning of Lobsang’s mountaineering feats and said, “I look forward to see you on the summits of world highest peaks including Mount Everest.”

Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin has congratulated Everester Tapi Mra for creating yet another record by climbing Mount Kosciuszko in Australia along with fellow climber Lobsang Phuntsok of Tawang. In his congratulatory letter, the Chief Minister lauded the hard work and dedication Mra and Phuntsok had put forward to bring glory to the state. “We are proud of what you have achieved today. And by dedicating your success to the people of Arunachal Pradesh, you have displayed exemplary humility, which makes us even more proud of your achievement. I earnestly hope that your ‘seven summit mission’ is accomplished.”

While also commending the series of achievements made by sportspersons from the state in the recent past, Gamlin emphasized that strengthening the sports sector by providing adequate infrastructure and amenities to support sportspersons of the state will be a one of the priorities of his government. He expressed a hope that more and more youth will get inspired from such achievements and take to sports and bring more triumph to the state.


Widows demand appointment on seniority

ITANAGAR, June 1: The widows of the police personnel under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Widows Association has appealed to the  new Home Minister  to take step for appointment of police widows on seniority basis.

In a representation to HM, the Association said that the former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu had directed the home department to prepare  the list as per seniority from the year 2006 and appoint the police widows on the compassionate ground. Based on the note of the former CM, the Association had submitted a representation to DGP on April 6 to cancel the interview held for recruitment of police widows and re-appoint them on seniority basis, but no steps were taken yet in this regard, it said.

The note of former CM made available to the Press said “The grievances put forward by the widows deserve consideration. The HM may please take necessary action to work out some viable modalities for compassionate appointment of widows of police personnel keeping in view their grievances and appeal.”


State-level workshop under AHVY

ITANAGAR, June 1: A two days state level workshop under Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hastashilpa Vikash Yojana (AHVY) scheme was held at Naharlagun. The programme was organized in association with Tarhuk Samaj, Kopila Damin on May 30  and 31, said  an official release  issued by  office of the Development commissioner, handicraft under the union ministry of Textile.   

Addressing over 100 handicrafts artisans participants belonging from different AHVY clusters from all over Arunachal Pradesh in the workshop, the chief guest Khoda Ruja, Director, Textiles and Handicrafts, stressed on the importance of handicrafts sector in the society. He urged the participants to come forward and make use of the various schemes under AHVY and other schemes of Development Commissioner (Handicrafts), Govt. of India.

Resource persons from various Govt and non-Govt agencies  like NABARD,  SFRI, KVIC and MSME, Itanagar, State co-operative Society,  Naharlagun, LICI Jorhat, empanelled designer from Guwahati, ICICI Lombard Guwahati  also spoke on the occasion.

Meanwhile, B. Milli, Assistant Director, DC (Handicrafts) and Tolum Takar, Chairman Tarhuk Samaj, condoled the untimely demise of Hage Punia, Secretary Lower Subansiri Handloom Co-operative Society who died in a road accident in Itanagar on May 30.


Union appeal for PDS items

ITANAGAR, June 1: Alleging that Kerosine oil is not reaching to Damin and Parsi-Parlo ever since the controversial head-load system of carrying PDS items was re-introduced, Koloriang, Damin, Parsi-Parlo & Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU) demanded the Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner to do the needful to make the most essential item available in those areas immediately.

“As per Government record, Kerosine is being supplied to those areas on regular basis. But, the people are not getting the same item since November, 2010 due to non-supply of the item by the carriage contractors,” KDPSSU said in its representation to the deputy commissioner. It demanded the deputy commissioner to immediately cancel licences of those authorized contractors responsible for supplying Kerosine for failing to supply the same.

It also alleged illegal storage and selling of PDS item by an unknown person at Koloriang and demanded his immediate arrest.

A verbal complaint against the person involved in the illegal practice was lodged with Koloriang police station. Even the matter was informed to the DC and DSO. But the culprit is not yet apprehended, KDPSSU said.

Other demands included immediate distribution of relief fund granted to the people of Koloriang constituency, to free the Government quarters from illegal occupiers and to tart town planning.


Sustainable livelihood approaches

in rural areas

ITANAGAR, June 1: With an objective of capacity building of development functionaries on sustainable livelihood approaches in rural areas of north east, one week training was organized at National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Guwahati from May 23 to 28 last.

The training was sponsored by NEC, Shillong.

The first batch of trainees from Arunachal Pradesh consisting of 38 members from Ambam and Neelam panchayats under Lower Subansiri District attended the training along with two officers from Industries department and NGO.

During the training, special emphasis was given on Rubber plantation apart from floriculture, horticulture and animal husbandry.

And as part of their training the trainees were taken to Rubber Research and Training Centre at Sonapur where in practical details about nursery technique, seed germination, plantation site preparation and tapping procedure were given to the trainees.

They also visited Dewlieh Horticulture Farm at Umsing, Meghalaya where they were taken to Strawberry plantation and nursery, Rose plantation and grading site and had interaction session with Strawberry growers.


Familiarization tour for the tour operators

ITANAGAR, June 1: The Department of Tourism conducted a Familiarization tour for the tour operators, women self-help groups and PRI’s of Arunachal Pradesh to give them practical experience about Home Stay and Rural Tourism at Sikkim recently.

During the tour programme, the team members were attached to homestay in a picturesque place called Ribdi located at an altitude of 7000 feet above sea level. Beside a trekking expedition to Barsey Rhododendron Sanctuary, West Sikkim, the participants had  interaction session with the faculty members of SIRD, Sikkim where they were informed about Sikkim Govt.’s various initiative for promotion of Rural tourism. The Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operator, in another interaction programme with the touring team, expressed its support for promotion of tourism sector in Arunachal Pradesh as and when required.

Prior to the tour programme, the Tourism Department conducted a training on gender budgeting, awareness programme cum capacity building training for women, SHGs, PRI’s, NGOs and educated unemployed women drawn from Upper Subansiri, Upper Siang, Changlang, Lower Subansiri and Tawang on homestay and also educate them about promotion of rural tourism. Two members from each participating district were selected for the tour programme, according to a tourism department release.


DC calls for optimum utilization

of BADP fund

AALO, Jun 1: The District Level Screening Committee meet on BADP was held under the chairmanship of West Siang Deputy Commissioner at DCs Conference Hall on May 30. All ADCs, EAC, BDOs, executing agencies of work department and PRI leaders attended the meet.

All need based schemes should be specified properly without any duplication, the DC said.  Stressing on taking up feasible schemes, the  DC further said that all schemes proposed and submitted will be verified by the administration officers and executing agencies jointly to avoid revised estimate on any schemes. This policy will come to force in letter and spirit in the coming year, the DC emphatically said while adding that utmost care should be taken in implementation of the BADP scheme for further budgetary support.

Earlier, the District Planning Officer Millo Pushang outlined the aims and objective of the meeting in details. He urged upon all officers concerned to submit the schemes and utilization certificates in time.  He further said that strict central guidelines should be followed while implementation of the schemes.

The administrative officers, BDO, executing agencies and PRI leaders also spoke out their problems and difficulties in implementation and proper monitoring of all schemes. DIPRO


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Let there be fair distribution

of land

Dear Editor,  

Hats off to the good Samaritan for taking pains in preserving and reshaping the oldest town Pasighat. Really it is amazing to see that govt. land in Pasighat is encroached upon and illegally occupied by individuals, the worst is the Mebo Township where individuals have erected houses by the side of almost every govt. quarters.

Even few govt. quarters have been dismantled near CHC and the govt. occupants have been refuge to other place/site forcefully by certain capitalists. However, I want to add a few comments on ZPM Bogong Anchal’s write-up - The Dark Side of the Coin. He writes  “ I request the Pasighat DC to set up a fact committee or inquiry committee to come clean on the whole matter immediately and cancel dubious land allotment certificates’’ and “I,  in the capacity of ZPM assure all kind of support to the district administration  in this regard” First , it will be best to use ‘corrupt’ instead of  ‘clean’ as the modus operandi of the DLAAB is politicized/corrupted in the sense that a few people who are relatives of Bureaucrats ,Politicians ,Capitalists  are time and again allotted the land and middle man like me are always  ignored, uncared and debarred from allotment in spite of several attempts since 1998. In the name of eviction also, the Bureaucrats are over looked and occupants of OBT are seriously targeted.      

Secondly, what kind of support do the writer in the capacity of ZPM assures? It is interesting to learn that numbers of Plots in different site of Pasighat are occupied by the so called ZPM during his tenure as Member DLAAB. I may be wrong but the evidence is unofficially established with the fact that once there was a confrontation with the same ZPM and me for a piece of land at Pasighat Township. If the writer emphasizes the DC of any assurance, surrender his occupied plot first, and then support the DC.

Lastly, I would like to suggest and appeal the concerned people to take out mass rally to stop illegal encroachment and dislodge unauthorized occupants from the top order, or, please desist from pressurizing the District Administration rather let them work freely and allot land to the deserving people considering the seriousness and genuineness of the applicants.


concerned citizen

Pasighat,  (on email)



I rest my case

Dear Editor,

We are a nation which has become increasingly progressive – driven by consumerism, materialism and a “new me or us” whose demands isn’t satiated by aspects which should otherwise have been considered generous.  This has led to a greater control of how the society should function by the netas, babus, corporate-government nexus, etc.

Every policy change, every tender, every road getting built, every construction or for that matter of a small shop selling our very own paan & cigarettes cannot function without a pay out to some higher authority. With this trend the fabric of our society is increasingly bringing itself to the edge of a hill – for after this point there is no stopping its downfall.

We all should take time off for a minute to reflect on what’s happening with our country, our state, our districts, our people and very importantly our youth. The lessons we are teaching is that it’s OK to be corrupt, that’s its OK to trample on someone to get ahead, that it’s OK to bunk classes and so many other negative lessons which everyone is aware of. Either we choose to ignore it or it’s become a part of our lives.

The government remains not so transparent. The RTI has just become another tool to seek revenge or vengeance. The corporate world has lost its shine with the recent spate of corruption and who knows what more is in store. The nexus between the government and the corporate world is increasingly adding to our woes. A case in point is the de-regulation of fuel prices. We are getting sold the story of how the rise in petrol, diesel and gas prices will affect our budget & savings now but it will benefit us when the crude oil price stabilizes in the months to come. For the last one year, I have not seen it stabilize and with the increasing unrest in the Middle East where we have the oil rich countries, I don’t see it stabilizing in more years to come.

I believe if the government reduced the number of taxes on petroleum products automatically there will be a reduction in petrol prices but sadly the government hasn’t let a leaf out of its place and decided to de-regulate the prices and shift the burden to our common man. Also, it’s important to remember that these Oil Companies have always made a profit year after year.

What’s going to get interesting now (in the Arunachal context) is that the prices of commodities will shoot up, even the locally available products will have its share in the increase of price on this pretext and later as the price of fuel drops, the price of commodities would remain the same. The District Authorities fail to regulate the prices of the goods in the market and our people here don’t have a problem with the increase in price. Did I mention about the value of money?

A strong government can really do a lot more, the Civil & Educated section can do a lot more, a weak citizen can do a lot more with strength in numbers but all of this is, but another fiction that our readers get to read in Readers Forum every day except for our Good Old Sunday. I rest my case.


Kuru Rommel,

(on email)



Need traffic regulation

Dear Editor,

The recent road accident which claimed many lives at Itanagar need to be viewed seriously by the concerned Traffic authority. It is very doubtful whether some of the driving license holders actually have required skill and knowledge of driving. Just knowing the basic art of driving should not be the only criteria for issuing the licenses, the drivers need to be well acquainted with traffic norms and rules. The safety measures should be put into priority and accordingly it has to be strictly followed.

It is observed that all are in a hurry while driving and try to overtake the other vehicles which cause traffic jam & related problems.

The pedestrians are also not spared due to reckless driving and violation of traffic rules. Shockingly, there is no traffic police nearby the Zebra line meant for the pedestrians at RK Mission hospital and other places.

The standard speed driving limit at the jam-packed places should be strongly adhered to and penalty may be imposed to those who fail to stick to traffic regulations. Hence, the authority concerned may kindly consider the issue with full comprehension and devotion in the interest of public safety and welfare.


Jumnya Rina

Itanagar,  (on email)






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ALSU appeals

ITANAGAR, June 1: Arunachal Law Students Union has appealed the state Govt to issue directives to the traffic cell, police department for effective implementation of the Govt order  regarding use of red light on vehicles  by the high-ranking Govt officers and other dignitaries.

The state Govt vide its notification No TPT (B) 66/81, Dtd June 14, 2004 had issued strict guidelines on use of red light with flasher and without flasher, the ALSU said and resented that the guidelines are violated till date. ALSU appealed the authorities to take strict action against violators of Govt order on use of red light within a week.



ITANAGAR, June 1:  The students of Vidyamandir here  have secured top position in the APJEE-2011 results which was announced today. Out of top 10 rank holders, Vidyans got top 8 positions in both medical and engineering.  Vidyamandir is an institute for IIT-JEE, AIEEE, CBSE-PMT, AIIMS,  NEE-I & II and other entrance preparations.



ITANAGAR, June 1: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union expressed deep shock over the demise of Hage Punya at a tragic road accident near Phalwan Mor on May 30.

The Board of management along with other officers and officials observed one minute silence and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and to give enough strength to the bereaved family members.


Summer camp

ITANAGAR, June 1: DIGP (security) HGS Dhaliwal would attend as chief guest in the valedictory function of the summer camp self defence training for girls at Officers’ Club near Circuit House, Itanagar on June 2.


Awareness camp

ITANAGAR, June 1: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) has decided to organize an awareness camp on animal husbandry and veterinary at Sakiang in the last week of June.

The union sought support from veterinary department of Mengio, PR leaders, officers and public of the area.


Cancel transfer of Dy. SP

ITANAGAR, June 1: All Hrusso (Aka) Students’ Union, West Kameng district took serious note of the frequent transfer order of Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhupen Borah, SDPO, Bhalukpong. The union appealed to the DGP, Police Headquarter to immediately cancel  his transfer order. The union resented that  transfer order against dedicated officer like Borah was  issued twice  within two month. Despite the first transfer order was cancelled, the Govt has issued transfer order again, it said.


PR Committee seeks outcome

ITANAGAR, June 1: All Kurung Kumey District Panchayat Welfare Committee has  urged the authorities concerned to reveal the outcome of its complaint lodged against one Sanjay Sharma, the owner of M/s Delhi Traders, Itanagar for his alleged  misuse of fund meant for construction of 13 intermediate Panchayat Resource Centres (IMPRCs) in the district.

The committee in its FIR lodged at Sangram Police station on January 29, complained that proprietor of the construction company had withdrawn Rs 97.5 lakh, the total construction costs of all 13 IMPRCs in a fraudulent way without practically carrying out the construction work of the resource centres.

The committee wanted to know the action taken if any by the authorities against the accused person.