Govt proposes 3-tiered State Crisis Management Task Force
ITANAGAR, June 3: Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin today held a meeting with Commissioners,
Secretaries and Heads of various Departments with a view to set the agenda for the
government’s functioning. The meeting is pitched as a crucial one in the light of
it being the first one with his officers after taking over office of the CM.
In a significant move, the Chief Minister presented his proposal for setting up of
a 3-tiered State Crisis Management Task Force that will be responsible for supervising
and monitoring action taken in various crisis situations faced by the state. In the
light of the many apprehensions raised during the recent tragedy, the setting up
of this Task Force, which will function as a central command, is expected to contain
mis-information and enable quick response to any emergency. The IG Police has been
entrusted with the responsibility of finalizing the modalities of the structure and
functioning of the task force.
Further, in his address, Gamlin revealed the thrust areas of his government in the
immediate future and called upon the entire government machinery to deliver on the
assurances made to the people. Highlighting that the timely completion of the PM’s
package was central to this government’s mandate, he laid emphasis on constant monitoring
and review of the projects. “Our Government must be recognized as one which delivers
at all levels”.
Acknowledging that the officials and staff at the district level are the true contact
points of the government with the people, he appealed to the officers to go out of
their way in order to extend all help to officials in the districts and remarked
that demands and schemes coming from the districts must be given top priority.
On a note of caution, he said that due to the non-adherence of the Official Secrets
Act, documents and files not even collected under RTI, are circulating among the
masses. He observed that the carrying of files by members of the public to various
govt officials is in violation of the provisions of the Act. He said that soon an
order would be in place that will prohibit such practices and disclosed that both
the official responsible for giving the file as well as the person carrying it will
be penalized. “We must ensure that the best practices of govt functioning are strictly
followed in order to ensure accountability.” Taking strong exception to the culture
of frequent bandh calls, he said that it is the duty of state government staff to
defy such bandh calls and appealed to everyone to collectively fight this menace.
He assured officials that adequate security will be provided for them to attend office.
On the same note, he also made a fervent appeal to civil society organizations and
student bodies not to revert to bandh calls with such alarming frequency. He said
that issues need to be sorted out on the basis of discussions and dialogue. Bandh
calls not only hamper the process of development but also have an impact on thousands
of people engaged in trade and services who are dependent on daily earnings for a
livelihood. In this light, frequent bandh calls come across not as anti-government
but as anti-people, he said.
The meeting took off with an address by the state Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, who
laid the groundwork for the discussions while Yeshi Tsering, the Principal Secretary
to CM highlighted the progress made on various developmental initiatives taken up
like the Trans-Arunachal highway, Secretariat building and the MLA Apartments.
Hage Khoda, Commissioner Education, S&T, IT and Civil Aviation highlighted the status
of the Greenfield Airport and RTE.
Ankur Garg, Secretary Planning emphasized on the continuation of the Third Party
Kaling Tayeng, Secretary Health deliberated on the establishment of medical college,
nursing college and on the NRHM. Bandhana Deori, Secretary Tourism briefed upon infrastructure
development, HR up gradation and implementation of the State Tourism Policy. Er.
Tumke Bagra, Secretary Power ensured timely implementation of various projects under
his department. Tape Bagra, Commissioner highlighted the progress of PMGSY while
Commissioner Home T. Taloh said the state should coordinate with the Defence Ministry
for raising of more battalions on the line of the Arunachal Scouts. (Chief Minister’s
GPM, student killed in accident
ITANAGAR, June 3: Dari Dolu Welfare Society (DDWS) has demanded the Basar Additional
Deputy Commissioner (ADC) to hand over the driver of the truck, which killed Dari-II
GPM Bommar Riba and Mari Doye, a class X students of Govt Sec. School Dari in an
accident in between Ego camp and Rilu village under Dari circle yesterday, from Likabali
Police station to Basar Police. The driver, who fled the spot after the accident,
was apprehended at Likabali check gate by police and presently he is in lock-up at
Likabali police station, the OC of Likabali Police Station said.
Meanwhile, DDWS demanded the authority to grant adequate compensation to the next
of kin of the deceased. It also demanded for establishing a permanent check gate
at Dari Ego camp and providing information regarding number of vehicles cross the
Likabali check gate to all COs of West Siang district on weekly basis.
Bonanza for employees as state govt announce DA
ITANAGAR, June 3: The Finance Minister has decided to release DA @ 6% for Govt. Employees
and pensioners raising it to 51% from existing 45% with effect from 1st January’2011.
This will cost the state exchequer a total of Rs 84.10 cr.
While extending the bonanza to the Govt. employees of the State, the Finance Minister
Kalikho Pul urged the employees to work in the Govt. establishment with greater commitment
and sincerity. The financial position of the state can improve only when all categories
of Government officers and officials keep up the effort in enhancing the Govt. revenue
howsoever negligible the amount may be. No Govt. can manage the finances effectively
only by spending. Rather we have to steadily achieve self-reliance in finance by
increasing our own revenue, he said.
Due to lackadaisical attitude on the part of the revenue earning departments, a
huge chunk of leakage takes place causing loss to State exchequer. Hence while expecting
benefits from the Government, the employees are morally obliged to strengthen the
Govt. exchequer at their respective levels, the minister said.
During the Chief Ministership of Lt. Dorjee Khandujee, the state had secured an unprecedented
number of major projects. Several central teams had visited the State for monitoring
and review. Due to satisfactory report submitted by them, the State had been able
to receive a huge amount of central assistance. Now, the responsibility lies on the
shoulder of bureaucrats, engineers, administrative officers not only to utilize the
funds judiciously for the purpose for which it has been provided but also ensure
timely completion of ongoing projects as per phasing and also ensure timely submission
of utilization certificate, so that the state can claim further assistance, he said.
They should also followed Govt. guidelines and codal formalities strictly and maintain
proper records while implementing the schemes, Pul said as he appealed all categories
of Govt. officers and officials to maintain a sound work culture and cooperate with
the Govt. to improve the financial position.
The Minister further said that the State Govt. is also considering to sort out the
stipend problems of the Students by creating a separate head of expenditure and separate
allocation so that monthly payment of stipend can be made to ensure smooth procurement
of ration etc. for the students in the school hostels.
The Govt. is also considering to provide stipend to students of Class I - V of upgraded
IV to Upper Primary Schools who were deprived of the facility after upgradation.
“In an effort to promote sports and tourism in the state, the Govt. is also considering
certain initiatives, he said while adding that the Govt. invites suggestions and
inputs from all concerned especially experts on those areas to help the state in
generating more revenue” .
The new Government in the State under leadership of Jarbom Gamlin, reaffirms its
commitment in continuing the welfare measures initiated by previous Chief Minister
Late Dorjee Khandu. Taking over the rein at a crucial phase, this Government has
been making all-our efforts to sort out the financial problems in the state despite
the fact that the state is still undergoing financial crunch to a great extent. However,
the welfare measures of Govt. especially in social sectors such as interest of employees,
students, and problems related education, health, police etc. shall be accorded top
priority, he said.
Everesters felicitated at Guwahati
ITANAGAR, June 3: Anshu Jamsenpa, the world record holder in mountaineering was
given a warm reception at Guwahati Airport yesterday by the members of Assam Mountaineering
Association (AMA), Guwahati Arunachal Students Association (GASA) and Arunachal
State Tourism Officials. Anshu was returning back from Mt. Everest Expedition with
a record breaking two summits on 12 May and 21 May.
Many leading NGOs including Assam Rock & Sports Climbing Association (ARSCA) led
by Additional Director General of Police Pradeep Kumar IPS and President of the Association
felicitated Anshu. Assam Tour Operators Association (ATOA) also felicitated Anshu
and Tine Mena today in Guwahati Press Club which was followed by a Press Conference.
In the morning she flagged off the Indo Bhutan Bike Expedition 2011 jointly with
MLA Robin Bordoloi and Naseem Akhtor from Nehru Stadium.
Tomorrow the both the Everesters of Team Arunachal accompanied by Tsering Wange,
President AMASA and Dr. KR Meetie Arunachal State Sports & Youth Affairs Official
is scheduled to meet the Assam Chief Minister.
Earlier, Anshu was felicitated by Eastern Himalaya Travel and Tour Operators Association
(EHTTOA) in Siliguri which was followed by a Press Meet.
Turf war claims one life in Khonsa
ITANAGAR, June 3: One person has been killed and one injured in a shootout in Khonsa
this morning. The day light killing is suspected to have been carried out by the
factions of the NSCN.
In what appears to be a targeted killing, three assailants suspected to be NSCN
cadres shot dead Puman Wangsa, originally from Pongchau while one G Wangsa was injured.
A source said that killing happened as the two men were standing outside a shop in
The injured G Wangsa is recovering at Khonsa hospital and is stated to be out of
Tirap district has witnessed a turf war between the two factions of the NSCN since
November forcing the centre to deploy additional forces.
However despite the continued cross firing between the two organizations, the forces
were withdrawn just before the Assam elections held in April.
Despite known as a troubled district just one battalion each of Assam Rifles and
CRPF are stationed in Khonsa area while Rajput Regiment is in charge of Longding
area. Arunachal Pradesh Police has strength of just 250 personnel in the whole district.
District Level Core Group meet on Security
ITANAGAR, June 3: The first meeting of the District Level Core Group on Security
of Papum Pare was held today under the Chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu.
DC will be the chairman of the District Level Core Group while SP would be Member
Secretary and members include Commandant 31st Bn. ITBP Yupia, Commandant 10 Bn. ITBP
Kimin, the Commandant GREF[BRO] Naharlagun, EAC Kimin and Balijan.
SP Papum Pare Nabam Gungte, Commandant 31 Bn. ITBP, Yupia Mahesh Kalawat, Dy. Commandant
10Bn. ITBP, Kimin, Vijay Bhati, DFO, Banderdewa Tasso Sira attended the meeting in
which the Commandant ITBP has assured their full cooperation to the District Administration
in case of any emergency situation. Regarding recruitment of CPMFs, the D.C Papum
Pare has requested the Commandant ITBPF to send the recruitment information to District
Administration at least 2 months before so that the Administration can convey the
messages to all the Interior Administrative Officers. The Commandant ITBP has suggested
that an Open Rally for recruitment in CPMFs should be organized in consultation with
the District Administration for the awareness of eligible youths. In case of fresh
recruitment in CPMFs the house preferred the mode of recruitment through open rally
in a designated place so as to reach to more eligible youths.
DRDA discuss prog implementation of schemes
Koloriang, June 3: The governing body meeting of District Rural Development Agency
(DRDA) of Kurung Kumey district was held at Koloriang today.
Deputy Commissioner, Kurung Kumey cum CEO, DRDA Rajeev Takuk, urged the department
to try and implement the schemes in all part of the district. He said it is better
to try and fail rather than not implementing the scheme at all. He also urged the
members and the Head of departments (HODs) to work in collaboration so as to develop
innovative ways of implementation.
The Project Director (PD) of DRDA, Tabin Siga presented the annual report for 2011-12.
He mentioned in detail the four main programmes- Mahatma Gandhi, National Rural Employment
Guarantee Act (MG-NREGA), Swaranjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana (SGSY), Indira Awaas
Yojana (IAY) and HARIYALI/Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP).
He mentioned that the SGSY program of Kurung Kumey has yet not been separated from
The Block Development Officers (BDOs) of all the blocks of the district submitted
their annual action plan (AAP) for this year.
The members complained that many a times they were not informed about the IWMP training
and asked the concerned officers to inform them about the same without fail.
Much debate was generated around the SGSY scheme, which should be ideally be funded
equally by the government as well as the bank. The members alleged that they have
not been receiving any fund from the bank. The banks usually refuse on the grounds
of difficulty in recovering the amount loaned. It was also suggested that only the
State Bank of India (SBI) should be entrusted for this scheme.
Few ZPMs questioned the selection of the beneficiaries under the IAY scheme. A resolution
was adopted to discuss the list of beneficiaries in the block level and then bring
it up in such meetings. They appealed for a sanction of 50 CGI sheets instead of
the existing 30. (DIPRO)
Meeting on encroachment held
ITANAGAR, June 3: VEC Chairman, government primary school, Doni-Dokum Colony, Itanagar,
members from Capital Students’ Union, Colony welfare committee, school staff and
public conducted a joint meeting at Doni-Dokum school premises today regarding alleged
illegal encroachment on school land.
The meeting was also attended by MLA Techi Kaso, Deputy Commissioner, Capital Complex
Pawan Kumar Sain and District Additional Magistrate Talo Potom.
During the meeting, the house apprised the MLA and Magistrate about the school land
encroachment and informed that the school land are being encroached by some individuals.
The house further appealed the MLA and DC to initiate immediate steps for issuance
of land allotment certificate to the school in order avoid future disturbance and
dispute and also works out necessary steps to take back the school land from the
possession of illegal occupants before the re-opening of new academic session.
Meanwhile, Capital Students’ Union in a separate release appealed to the education
department to make proper demarcation of Doni-Dokum government primary school under
SSA to avoid land encroachment.
Vehicle checking drive continues
ITANAGAR, June 3: This time Capital administration, Traffic cell and Arunachal Public
Motor Transport Federation (APMTF) jointly conducted surprise vehicle checking for
two consecutive days on June 2 and 3.
Altogether 16 traffic violators including bikers were booked under MVI Act today
for not possessing proper documents and riding bikes without wearing helmet. This
was informed by APMTF in a release today. The federation further informed that some
violators of the traffic rules have been imposed fine. It was found that most of
the drivers are plying their commercial vehicles without valid license and most of
them are unaware of traffic rules, the Federation said.
Information that such joint checking drive will be continued, the Federation appealed
to the all commercial vehicle owners/drivers to cooperate. It also appealed the
drivers to avoid reckless driving.
East Kameng BJYM pleads for 2 new APST buses
ITANAGAR, June 3: East Kameng District Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) has appealed
to the APST general manager Naharlagun to provide two new buses at Seppa station
at the earliest. The District BJYM in a release today said that most of buses provided
to Seppa APST station are outdated and not fit for the road. BJYM president Loku
Sono further said the passengers traveling on APST buses in East Kameng have been
facing innumerable problems as the buses develop mechanical problems on road many
Buses are mainly required on Seppa to Itanagar, Tezpur, Guwahati and Bameng routes
and Seppa to Chayang Tajo, Pakke-Kessang and Seppa to Tawang via Bomdila routes,
the release said.
AYFCC for imposition of strict traffic rules to curb accidents
ITANAGAR, June 3: Expressing deep concern over increasing cases of road accidents
in Capital Complex, the Apatani Youth Forum Capital Complex demanded the district
authority to prevent such accidents by imposing strict traffic rules.
Citing the example of the recent accident near Palwan point which claimed three innocent
lives, the Apatani Youth Forum demanded for prescribing speed limit for various vehicles
in road between Itanagar and Naharlagun beside conducting regular checking of vehicle
fitness certificate and valid driving licences of trekker drivers. It urged Arunachal
Pradesh Motor Transport Federation to be more strict on reckless driving by unruly
While demanding for setting up an inquiry committee to investigate the accident the
Forum urged the authority to provide adequate compensation to the next of kin of
the deceased and other injured in the accident.
The forum, while describing the death of Hage Punya and Subu Kanya in the accident
as irreparable loss, condoled their sad demise, prayed for eternal peace peace of
the departed souls.
APPDSU's suggestion to Geo & Mining Dept
ITANAGAR, June 3: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) suggested the
Department of Geology and Mining to construct its own gate in suitable places within
capital complex to collect revenue.
The Department concerned does not have its own permanent designated gate for the
purpose and some time it collect revenue near a hotel at Naharlgun which has created
traffic hazard, APPDSU said.
While appealing to the department concerned not to choose that particular place for
revenue collection point, APPDSU suggested for construction of permanent gate of
its own at suitable places at Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Itanagar area beside establishing
its offices at Nirjuli and Naharlagun.
ESDP on dry flower making
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: A week long Entrepreneurship & Skill Development Programme on Dry
Flower making (ESDP) has concluded today at SIRD Hall.
The programme was organized by Action Aid Society Arunachal (AASA) in collaboration
with IIE (Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship) Guwahati.
Thirty youths has been given basic entrepreneurship skills and business aptitude
with practical training on dry flowers making and field visit. The youth were also
informed on various schemes & projects available under the government.
Tao Tara Abu –Programme Coordinator AASA while coordinating the week’s long programme
called for self reliance while Field Associate Ngurang Tasery stressed the need for
generating self employment.
S. Teetu Yoka of AASA called on the concerned people not to manipulate self employment
programme like PMGSY.
It is well known fact that due to influence of politicians, the well designed self
employed programme have not achieved its objective.
She further said that Daporijo Industry department has been charging rupees hundred
for PMGSY form to unemployed youths which should be given free of cost by department.
Let me bring out the fact that in the recently concluded JEE exam for engineering
and medical courses one could hardly find any Noctes /Wanchoes / Tutsas in the merit
list although Tirap is blessed with best of the schools.
The fact remains that most of these students have no access to coaching which has
become important to crack the entrance exams besides self study.
Even in Arunachal Civil Service Exams, one hardly finds any candidate from the district.
Hence it’s my appeal to the Nocte/Wancho students and Tirap students unions to consider
requesting the representatives of the district and also various NGO’s operating in
the state at large to start a coaching centre for JEE exams and APPSC exam 2011 in
Khonsa / Deomali / Longding.
Rushing to Itanagar creates accommodation problem besides distractions of the capital
life, cost of the things which most of the poor students from the district are not
able to meet. Hope I will soon see a coaching centre at Khonsa very soon.
Repair tower light, road
I would like to request the concerned authorities to repair/ activate the tower light
which remains non functional for last one year at Mowb-II. I also request the authorities
to repair the road between Mowb-I police point to Mowb-II.
A chronic leisurely suicide
This is with reference to the report World no Tobacco day Observed (June 3). Each
year, May 31 is observed as ‘World no tobacco day'. The day just comes and goes without
leaving a palpable impact on the global health scenario. The killer weed tobacco
continues to grow, gets cured and rolled into products. The powerful and purely profit-oriented
tobacco industry flourishes at the cost of human lives. Each day, tens of thousands
of teenagers are getting initiated into smoking. The deadly poison is freely available
at every nook and corner without restrictions. People enjoy and relax over tobacco,
committing a chronic leisurely suicide. Health care costs and productivity loss are
massive and staggering. The government does not dare to impose a blanket ban as it
generates revenue in the form of taxes. By imposing pictorial warnings on tobacco
packs, it only wants to show that it is educating people and keep people away from
Hyderabad, (on email)
Community organizations for who?
I would like to know exactly what community based student organi-sations and so called
organisation actually does. You feel bad when somebody questions your integrity and
you are not satisfied with equal treatment or privileges given to somebody. I never
see any community based organi-sations demanding betterment of other tribe. With
formation of organizations representing numerous tribes only shows a divided Arunachal
to rest of the world. Do you ever try to preserve your culture?
You call yourselves Tagin, Nyishi, Apatani, Galo,Adi etc but have you ever realised
that your entire culture is under tremendous changes and it is taken over by western
culture. if it is so what is need of having community based organization. Lets only
have one organisation that is the organisation of human beings. If you are really
interested in preserving your community and wants to keep alive your tribe you must
preserve your culture.
When you dont follow your culture you have no right to call yourselves APST as constitution
of India had given privileges of ST thinking that tribal of these part is preserving
the age old culture. In fact if you carefully see the criteria and reason why Scheduled
tribe status is given, you will understand that not simply because you are born
and live in these part of land you are entitled for S T privileges.
I dont need to write much as it is you who has to think. AP is the land of khushi
Khushi, do keep on doing khushi khushi. Best of luck.
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.
Club refutes CO order
ITANAGAR, June 3: Dui Sports Club (DSU) has out rightly rejected the Palin CO's official
order prohibiting occupation, development, plantation and construction of any structure
on a particular area of land at Palin, which according to DSU, belongs to Dohu, Gimi
and Gumki clan of Dui Society, Palin.
Describing the official order meaningless, DSU said that neither the land was transferred/gifted
to Takam clan nor was the land in question is disputed amongst the clan members as
mentioned in the official order.
The land in question (in between Rachi stream and Sangbing river at Palin circle
of Kurung Kumey district) is the permanent land of the three clan (i.e.Dohu, Gimi,
Gumki) as per Nyishi traditional record, DSU said in a release.
It clarified that the amount of Rs.10 lakh given to Dohu, Gimki and Gumku clans by
Takam clans of Dokio, Langpo (Sangram) and Gyate villages was not in the form of
cost of the land but it was paid as compensation only.
According to the document provided by DSC, a deed of agreement was signed between
the two parties wherein the Takam clans had agreed to pay an amount of Rs. 10 Lakh
as a one time compensation to Dohu, Gimki and Gumku clan for enjoying Haryali scheme
on their (Dohu, Gimki and Gumku clan) land, the DSC release said while counterclaiming
Global day of Prayer
ITANAGAR, June 3: The ‘2nd Global day of Prayer 2011’ would be organized by Ziro
Christian Council at Abotani Hall Hapoli on June 12.
Union demands SBI Branch office at Mechuka Subdivision
ITANAGAR, June 3: All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union in a letter to General Manager
State Bank of India, Arunachal Pradesh Branch, while briefing the grievances of the
people due to non-existence of SBI branch office at Mechukha sub-division appealed
for immediate establishment of SBI branch office at Mechuka Sub-division.
The union further assured to provide any cooperation to the SBI authority for establishment
of the office in their locality.
Doctor’s conference held
ITANAGAR, June 3: Arunachal Pradesh Service Doctors Association, East Siang District
Branch conducted its general conference at General Hospital, Pasighat recently.
During the conference, the house resolves to conduct more medical camps in the district
and selected Dr. M Perme, Dr. LC Darung and Dr. T Basar as president, vice president
and general secretary of the district unit association.
ITANAGAR, June 3: The women wing of the E-sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony
Welfare Committee has been reshuffled and Yarda Rinu, Gumku Shara and Joram Meyung
have been appointed as president, vice president and general secretary respectively
of the committee.