ITANAGAR, June 19: Former AAPSU general secretary and social activist Ojing Tashing
expressed shock at the allegation that he had threatened the Aane Siang RTI Activist
Forum general secretary Ungkung Regon over phone with dire consequence as appeared
in the local dailes on June 16 last.
Earlier, Regon in his FIR lodged with the SP SIC alleged that he was threatened
with dire consequences over mobile phone by Tashing if he (Regon) did not withdraw
the statement made with the SIC in connection with the case on fund embezzlement
registered with the Ruksin PS against a Govt official posted at Ruksin.
Denying the allegation, Tashing said “ It is true that I scolded him but did not
threaten. If scolding somebody is threatening then I have nothing to say.” “On request
of one of my friends, I called on the members of the so called RTI group at Hotel
Donyi-Polo Ashok in connection with this Ruksin PS case on April 23 for negotiation.
But I quit as negotiator when they demanded a sizeable amount,” Tashing said. Despite
repeated request for further negotiation, Tashing said, he did not turn up.
ITANAGAR, June 19: Tarasso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) conducted a social service
yesterday at Papum Hanging Bridge which was in state of collapse. Large number of
public of Tarasso circle participated in the social service.
The Association appreciated the ZPM Tarasso, other panchayat members, J.E of PWD
Balijan for their support. It requested the local MLA and PWD to repair the hanging
bridge as soon as possible.
ITANAGAR, June 19: While clarifying the news item “Pasighat plunges into darkness”
Executive Engineer (E) Pasighat Electrical Division said that the power failure in
the district as witnessed are mostly due to natural calamities. Also the power line
to the district runs through thick forest and mountainous terrains which causes line
He further said that shut-down is taken by Aalo and Rumgong Division for shifting
and re-alignment of utilities to facilitate construction of Trans Arunachal Highway
and added that there are problems from Grid also which account for such power failure.
He said office record does not show shutdown for one complete day even. He claimed
that the department has always attended to such hindrance and restored power supply
at the earliest or latest by the very next day following such faults and it has been
always the priority of the department to provide power supply to its consumers and
has been working accordingly.
Post permanent circle officer at Kebang
ITANAGAR: Lamenting the non availability of circle officer and its staff at Kebang
circle headquarter, All Adi Youth Association (AAYA) today in a release urged the
state government to post a permanent circle officer and its official staffs for the
betterment of the public.
The Kebang circle headquarter which is covering seven villages of Lower Rotgong Banggo
area and one of the oldest camp of British period is without any officials since
its creation last two years back, the release added.
Meanwhile, the AAYA appealed the education minister to post subject teachers at government
secondary school Kebang. Frequent transfer of teachers during last few months creates
shortage of teachers to the school, they informed.
Seven Soccer tournament
ITANAGAR: The 2nd State Level Tiger Seven Soccer Tournament would be organized under
the aegis of Arunachal Football Association with theme “Say No to Drugs” at Rajiv
Gandhi Stadium from July 10 to 25.
The Tiger Seven Soccer Tournament is 7 a side game. This 7 a side football is a famous
game played worldwide recognized by FIFA. The winner of the tournament would be
awarded cash prizes along with trophies.
CM & Governor’s intervention sought to unearth the truth behind RTI activist framing
Accused should not be granted bail : Orgs
ITANAGAR, June 19: Arunachal Citizens’ Rights, Women Power Connect (Arunachal Chapter),
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, Human Rights Law Network, Arunachal Pradesh,
NEFA Indigenous Human Rights Organisation and Global Human Rights Organisation came
heavily on the repeated threats and attacks on members of NGOs and civil society
activists for rising their voices against PDS scams, practice of Forced Child Marriage,
rapes, illegal appointments in Govt. departments and so on; the latest being giving
threatening calls and planting of firearms in the car of an RTI activist and Chairperson
of the Sango Lomte Welfare Society Payi Gyadi by some anti social elements in order
to jeopardize his work and malign him, suspected to be backed and financed by politicians
and high ranking officers.
In a joint statement, the organisations said Gyadi’s only fault was that he had unearthed
illegal appointments being made in Govt. departments and exposed the powerful politicians
and high ranking officers involved in the illegal appointments.
The Rights’ activists also urged the Chief Minister and the Governor to intervene
into the matter and direct the concerned authorities unearth truth at the earliest.
While appreciating the state police for their prompt action and arresting the culprits
who were involved in antisocial activity of planting firearms in the car of Payi
Gyadi, the Rights’ activists question the credibility of the investigating agencies
and the state police in their delay to extract the names who have backed and funded
Quoting the report published in local dailies on 16th of June, in which the Capital
SP stated after the arrest of the three persons that ‘facts are yet to be revealed’,
the organisations said almost five days have passed and facts have not yet been revealed.
“The people of the state want the facts to be known. There also have been reports
that there are possibilities of granting bail to the arrested persons. If granted
bail without thorough investigation and find out the powerful people who are behind
the curtain, then people will lose faith in the Govt. and the system. Hence it should
be the foremost duty of the Govt. not to let the culprits get freed on bail without
coming to logical conclusion by finding out the suspected involvement of the politicians
and high ranking Govt. officers. Accepting the bail petitions would defeat the very
purpose and meaning of Judicial Institution and encourage militancy and social chaos
in the state,” the organisations said.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF) strongly demanded that 3 accused
persons who are lodged in the Itanagar Police Station for planting pistol/bomb in
the car of Payi Gyadi must not be given bail until and unless all the culprits involved
are booked and punished as per the established law of the country.
“From a very reliable source it is learnt that some high profile personalities of
the state are moving around Guwahati High Court to take out the 3 accused persons
on bail. No bail should be given to them until all the person involved in this unprecedented
case is arrested and punished as a deterrent for future” , says Chopa Cheda, ARTIAF
He further said “If the accused are released on bail influenced by higher-ups and
powerful people before the case is completed, there is high possibility of law and
order problem in the state. The State government should not be lenient on this serious
and unprecedented case, Chopa added.
The Forum further said that the movement by the Sango Lamte Foundation being supported
by many other like minded organizations against illegal appointment and corruption
is not without proof and evidence. They have ample evidence to prove the involvement
of high profile people in the illegal appointment, it said.
The ARTIAF once again appeal the health minister and chief information commissioner
to resign on moral ground so that free and fair investigation is carried out. It
also appealed to the civil societies and other pressure group to extend their support
to Payi Gyadi and to this movement against illegal appointments and corruption which
is engulfing the State like a cancer. Gyadi Welfare Society (GWS) also urged the
government not to grant bail to all the 3 accused who are already under police remand.
The All Arunachal Unemployed Youth Organization (AAPUYO) in a meeting today decided
to apprise the Chief Minister about various corrupt and illegal activities being
practised in various Govt departments and in this regard, a delegation of the Organization
would be meeting the CM very soon.
The meeting while condemning the criminal conspiracy hatched against RTI activist
Payi Gyadi by planting explosives and firearms in his private car, demanded exemplary
punishment for those involved in the criminal acts. It demanded for handing over
the case to CBI to unearth the mastermind of the case.
The organization, meanwhile, demanded Minister Atum Welly and Chief Information Commissioner
YD Thongchi to step down from their respective posts on moral ground for their alleged
involvement in illegal appointments.
The organization also demanded for a cut in the prescribed rate for furnishing copies
of documents under the RTI Act from Rs 10 per page to Rs 2 per page.
The Chandranagar Welfare Committee also demanded the authority to punish the culprits
involved in the criminal conspiracy case involving RTI activist Payi Gyadi as per
law. The accused should not be released on bail till the investigation is over, it
Meanwhile, the 9th Chayangtajo Intellectual Forum urged all concern not to misconstrue
its movement which is not directed at any individual or organization.
Forum said it has extended solidarity with Payi Gyadi as he hails from same constituency
and is being targeted for speaking out the truth.
It further reiterated that the accused arrested should not be granted bail and there
should be thorough investigation to unearth the truth.
Meanwhile, Pakke Kessang Block Congress Committee (BCC) strongly condemned the allegation
levelled against Minister Atum Welley and the demand for his resignation for his
alleged involvement in illegal appointment in a certain Govt department.
“The allegation levelled against Welley does not hold any water since the matter
(of illegal appointment) is under investigation,” the BCC president said in a release.
He described the allegation of hatching criminal conspiracy against RTI activist
Payi Gyadi by Welley as baseless, politically motivated and an attempt to tarnish
the image of the minister. It is unfair to drag his name into the case without proper
investigation, the BCC president said adding that “we should wait until the investigation
is over before we continue to make allegation against him”.
Dambuk cries for development
ITANAGAR, June 19: Dibang Adi Youth Association(DAYA) and Dibang Adi Students Union
(DASU) jointly appealed to the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to address the grievances
of the people of Dambuk.
It is quite appalling that all the major developmental projects in the district is
in the immediate vicinity of the district headquarter. It has created imbalance in
developmental pattern, the organisation duo said in a joint release. “This step motherly
attitude is not tolerable and such attitude are unacceptable to any section of society”
said DAYA president Kabang Passing.
The release further said that Dambuk area is always deprived of major developmental
project on the pretext of communication bottleneck and surprisingly the government
never paid any attention for improving surface connectivity of this area.
Demanding equal share of development and fair justice for the people of Dambuk area,
the organisation duo further resented that despite the people of Dambuk area ready
to donate the required land without precondition for establishment of educational
institutions, the Govt had decided to establish a polytechnic and a degree college
in Roing, which, it said, is injustice to the people of Dambuk.
The second oldest school after Pasighat was established at Dambuk in 1920’s but still
it is running without adequate infrastructure, the release said. There is a medical
centre which was established by former colonial British government, prior to India’s
independence. Dambuk has, today, only these two establishments for public service
which are neither established by government of Arunachal Pradesh nor government
of India. Being a centre of education during NEFA, it is this area which has acted
as catalyst for many social movement of 1950 to 1980. It is this area which has
produced the first ever IAS of Arunachal Pradesh. But when it is compared to other
contemporary towns, be it Tezu, Pasighat and even Roing , it is hard to contemplate
in one’s mind, the pathetic and appalling state of the area. But still the people
of Dambuk area has maintained calmness and patient thinking that better time will
come but it never was to be, the release added.
DAYA and DASU also appealed to the MLA’s of the district to have special attention
and extend generous help for inclusive development of the district.
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: AASTE FC and Miichi United posted convincing wins against their
opponents on the second day of the Capital Complex Dree Football Tournament.
AASTE FC beat Puchi Putii FC by 3-1 goals while Miichi United humiliated ‘X’ JNV
FC 7-0 in a lopsided match at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Khoda Rajen (19 min), Dusu Tari (44 min) and Tage Hassang (69 min) scored a goal
each for AASTE FC while the consolation goal for Puchi Putii FC was scored by Duyu
Takung in the 33rd minutes of the match.
For Miichi United, Koj Talley scored two goals (43, 65 mins) and Kago Chama (23
min), Tage Taji (35 min), Hage Talloh (53 min), Hage Appa (68 min), and Hage Tabyo
(70 min) scored a goal each to outclass their opponent, according to organizing committee.
Puri Symbiosis College FC will meet ‘E’Sector Nlg FC in tomorrow’s first match at
2.30 pm while Hero’s Club to take on Itanagar FC in the second match at 3.40 pm.
ACCI lauds CM, Pul on annual plan size
ITANAGAR, June 19: Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) lauds
Chief Minister Jarbam Gamlin and Finance Minister Kalikho Pul for mobilizing a much
higher annual plan allocation of Rs 3,200 crore for 2011-12, a 28% hike than the
The AACI would like to place on record its appreciation for the chief minister who
sought the support of the Planning Commission for the speedy development of the state
to maintain to development trajectory set in motion by former chief minister Dorjee
Pul, one of the longest serving finance minister of the country, who took over the
portfolio along with the planning recently, created a stir at national level by hinting
at the border situation to the Planning Commission.
Pul deserves all praises for the New Delhi mandarins hardly realize the ground realities
while allocating fund to this sensitive border state. The allocation given to this
hilly sate is not for Arunachal but for the nation’s security, ACCI president Techi
Lala said in a statement, adding if thousands of crores could be pumped into Jammu
and Kashmir to maintain law and order and contain insurgency, why not the same treatment
given to Arunachal Pradesh.
Pul’s views should be supported by all sections of Arunachal and reflected at the
appropriate level, particularly by the government when any one holds any official
talk with either minister or bureaucrat in the national capital.
It would be prudent to recall that after former chief minister and present Rajya
Sabha member Mukut Mithi had gone on record saying China had intruded into Arunachal
Pradesh in 2003, then Defence Minister George Fernandez had to airdash to Itanagar
to deny the charge, but had admitted the fact in the Parliament few months later.
Pul, a financial wizard, under the guidance of the chief minister would undoubtedly
ensure that the huge funds are utilized while ensuring the much publicized third
party monitoring effectively and also prevent surrender of funds as has been the
practice in the past, the statement added.
BJP demands enquiry commission into illegal recruitments
ITANAGAR, June 19: Bharatiya Janata party Arunachal Pradesh expressed shock at alleged
conspiracy to frame up RTI activist Payi Gyadi by planting pistol and exclusive materials
in his car recently.
Expressing serious concern over the state government’s lackadaisical attitudes in
taking stern measures against anti-social elements directly or indirectly connected
with people in high offices and leaders in power, the BJP demand intervention of
the Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin to contain the illegalities and ill governance.
The party further demanded constituion of high power enquiry commission headed by
a retired judge to investigate into various anomalies in the recruitments process.
It further said the leaders allegedly involved in corruption be sacked for free and
Condemning the conspiracy to drag the RTI activist to heinous criminal case, the
Party said that the RTI activist exposed how the state Congress government has bent
upon illegalities and ill administration. The RTI documents provided to this party
office has exposed how the state government is using the tag “one time special relaxation
of recruitment rules in various departments to accommodate their kit and kin’s besides
for those highest bidders of government services even for those applicants without
possessing the minimum required educational qualification” with the thousands of
merit unemployed youths running from pillars to posts for their employment who are
having required skills and academic qualifications. It seems government services
suppose to serve the people in various capacities have become mere commodities in
the state, the party said.
Home stay operators training concluded
ITANAGAR, June 19: The one year rural tourism (Home stay) project training held at
Ziro completed successfully at Ziro recently.
During the training period, all the participants were taken to Sikkim for exposure
visit where they visited all the important tourists’ places at Gangtok and stayed
at Home stay at Kewzing village of the south Sikkim as part of their training.
At the concluding day, Rural Tourism Management Committee (RTMC),Ziro was formed
on the line of Sikkimise Rural tourism model .
District Tourism Officer, Ziro Tater Mize and NABARD Manager attended the function
as chief guest and guest of honour.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest District Tourism Officer, Ziro Tater Mize
advised the Home Stay operators to furnish the list of Home stay operators and local
tourist guide to the District Administration and Department of tourism so that they
can help the operators to boost up the tourists in the district and their safety
He appreciated overall performance of the participants and hoped that Ziro will give
an example of promoting the Eco-friendly rural tourism (Home stay) in the state in
Guest of Honour NABARD Manager O.P Mounglang has also appreciated the participants
and Yomjum Yomgam, Secretary cum Project Coordinator of the Young Mission Adventure
Club who initiated the idea of promotion of Rural Tourism in the Ziro valley. He
highlighted about the project and role of NABARD in the state.
Later, the chief guest distributed certificate of participation to 25 trainees comprising
of 14 home stay operators and 11 tourist guides.
Pasighat is tagged as the oldest town of our state. But what I feel is that the town
has never been matured in terms of infrastructures and basic amenities. The population
here has grown geometrically over the years, on the other hand infrastructure to
support the increasing population has never been at pace with the changing times.
In years to come we will face many problems like sanitation, potable water, road
infrastructure due to increasing number of population, but right now everyone is
crying for electricity. Lending tears to my fellow denizens and ears to the electricity
deptt I would like to ask them to bear with our efficient deparment because if you
guys crib too much days of cuts could prove into years.
Arunachal and L Talar
We Arunachalee are proud to have L Talar, the National Badminton Champion U-15 (Rank-1
in U-15). Given the proper training and exposure we are sure he will soon reach international
I sincerly hope new CM Jarbom Gamlin being sports lover himself will do everything
including sponsoring training abroad to such young talented player.
Also the big business houses should volunterly/honourably sponsor the sportspersons
Govt cannot acquire land until the Dibang Multipurpose Project is accorded forest
and environmental clearances
We express our deep concern regarding the two notifications issued by the Commissioner,
Land Management, Government of Arunachal Pradesh, for acquisition of certain land
for the 3,000MW Dibang Multipurpose Project to be executed by NHPC.
We also note that there was no information locally on the notification issued last
year under Section 4 of the Land Acquisition Act, 1894 and the latest notification
was issued in an English Daily. We are not sure whether such notifications have been
displayed in the local Panchayat Office and the Office of the relevant DCs of the
two districts. Not taking proper and relevant measures to disseminate such important
communications locally and amongst the affected tantamount to wilful suppression
Nevertheless, we consider the issuance of the above two notifications illegal and
in gross violation of natural justice since the Dibang Multipurpose Project for which
such land will be acquired has not been given any of the clearances needed for any
construction to start. The site clearance which was granted to NHPC during 2004 according
to the EIA Notification 1994 expired in 2009 and the matter came up before the Expert
Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment and Forests in their meeting in
The minutes of that meeting indicates that the project authority was advised by the
Ministry to submit the proposal fresh as per the procedure mentioned in the new EIA
Notification 2006. The Committee drew up fresh ToR after adding certain points to
be investigated by the NHPC and incorporate them in the fresh EIA Report and EMP.
The Committee recommended clearance for pre-construction activities after approving
the ToR and asked NHPC to conduct fresh public hearing in the two districts of Dibang
Valley and publication of the EIA and EMP Reports according to the new ToR.
Since then, no public hearing has been conducted in the Dibang Valley and the EIA/EMP
reports have not been made public which are mandatory to apply for environmental
We understand that site clearance accorded to the NHPC facilitates relevant investigations
and survey on the ground along with minor pre-construction activities. Such pre-construction
activities do not entail physical acquisition of land for the project as indicated
in the latest notification as above.
Therefore, we note that the Department of Land Management, Government of Aruanchal
Pradesh cannot acquire such land or take physical position of until the Dibang Multipurpose
Project is accorded forest and environmental clearances.
Through the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley District, we demand that the
two said notifications be withdrawn by the Commissioner, Land Management, Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, we will not allow such violation and forceful acquisition of
Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS)
They are very much in station
This is apropos the news items published in your daily on June 19 under the caption
"Org appeals CS”.
The press release claimed to be made by V-Lower Balijan Youth Organisation is not
a correct statement as all officers and staffs are very much in the station with
the exceptions of officers and staffs on leaves for admission of theirs children
in schools or in colleges.
Arunachal tourism needs infrastructure support
Apropos to the letter of Gomi Maro as appeared in the readers’ forum of this daily
on June 11 last under the caption “ A lesson to be learnt from others”, I would like
to mention here that opinion expressed by Maro is the need of the day for Arunachalees.
I am in Arunachal for the last 40 years. Arunachal, the land of the rising Sun has
been gifted lavishly with natural beauty. But the wonderful treasure has not been
utilized to the extent it is required. Tourism is almost nil in Arunachal Pradesh
with the exception of Balukpong to Tawang tourist circuit.
It is encouraging to know that the Govt has now initiated steps for tourism development
in other parts of Arunachal Pradesh where there are high potential of tourism. The
endeavour of T K Kopak, DTO, Kolkata, is praiseworthy, whose zeal and creativity
is expected to be emulated by other Govt officers. He has taken the right steps in
highlighting the tourism potential of Arunachal Pradesh to the mainstream of the
country by leading the Kolkata-based tourism promoters to various tourist spots of
Arunachal. This will pave the way for increased flow of tourists to the many unexplored
tourist spot of the state and also in enriching the state ex-chequer.
Arunachal Pradesh has abundance natural beauty and resources. The people of Arunanchal
can take the maximum advantage of this gift of nature by adding sufficient infrastructure
support with proper marketing thereby attracting the people more to the state which
will enrich the state exchequer.
As a nature lover, I would like to appeal to the state Govt and NGOs to take suitable
steps for development of tourist infrastructure so that more tourists from India
and abroad visit this remotest state of the country.
D R Bhattacharjee
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