June 05


News Impact


Orgs to go ahead with  48-hr Capital bandh

ITANAGAR, Jun 04:   All Nyishi Youth Council (ANYC), Arunachal Pradesh Abo-Tani Clans Youth Organization (APATCYO) and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) have decided to declare 48 hours  capital bandh starting from June 7 in protest against state Govt’s failure to fulfill their ‘genuine’ demands.

The demands of the organizations include immediate enhancement of age limit for APST and OBC candidates in APPSC competitive examinations up to 35 years, immediate cancellation of land allotment to non-APSTs.

Alleging dictatorial way of governance, the organizations   said that  it is meaningless and against the spirit of democracy in peaceful state like Arunachal Pradesh.


Anini cut off

Anini, Jun 04: Road communication between Anini and Roing has been cut off since last three days due to blockade at several points along the road caused by heavy down pour.

Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Abu Tayeng, who is personally monitoring the situation, instructed the Border Road Organization (BRO) to restore the road communication immediately.

The DC asked BRO to position men and machineries at vulnerable points that are prone to landslides and frequent erosions immediately.

Vehicles carrying PDS items and other essentials commodities were stranded at various block points which may cause shortage of essential commodities. It is apprehended that the situation may aggravate if the blockades are not cleared immediately.

Massive erosions have reportedly occurred at places like Endulin, Erone, etc of Arzoo circle, BRO and local sources said.

Meanwhile, it was informed that BRO has pressed their men and machineries in the restoration work but continuous down pour is hampering the restoration work. DIPRO


Homage to Lummer Dai

ITANAGAR, Jun 04:  Arunachal Pradesh Governor  J J Singh has paid homage to late Lummer Dai, noted novelist and doyen of journalism, on his 72nd birth anniversary on June 1.

“He was a devoted govt officer, an outstanding writer-novelist, journalist par excellence and a generous and a good human being,” recalled the Governor. “He deserves the highest recognition from the people of the State,” said Singh in a message to Nanni Dai, the better half of late Dai.


Students come out to help destitute


TEZU, Jun 4: All Mishmi Student Union (AMSU) of Lohit and Anjaw districts conducted a relief operation at Duraliang village in Lohit district on June 2-3.

During the programme, the union constructed one room for an old, single and destitute villager Aarakham Bellai, 75.  

Impressed at the noble initiative of the AMSU, one Mohumso Bellai agreed to accommodate the said old person in his house despite his large family. The old person was in need of proper care and attention due to his old age and ailing health.

The house, in which the poor man  was presently living, was in a dilapidated condition and unfit for human living. The altruist approach and generosity shown by Bellai has made the work of the union more worthwhile and praiseworthy, AMSU in a release noted.

The union also constructed an extended room and roof using CGI sheets for the old person. It felt that the noble work would not have been successful without the help and cooperation of the G.B, panchayat members and the villagers of Duraliang village.


NSUI coordination meeting

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: A coordination meeting of NSUI, West Siang district was organized at Aalo on 2nd June. The meeting was chaired by Meni Potom, NSUI West Siang district president. Meeting was also attended by Tapu Dulom, national delegate, NSUI & In-charge of Tirap, Changlang and West Siang districts.

The meeting discussed in details about need to strengthen the Congress party at grass-root level. They also discussed need to motivate student communities of West Siang district to join Congress party for all round development of district and state in general.

Meanwhile NSUI Seppa College Committee has called on authorities to immediately reconstruct the bridge between new Seppa and main Bazaar line at the earliest. They claim that bridge collapsed is causing problems to the local people in movement.


Training-cum workshop for DDOs

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: A week-long training programme-cum-workshop on “Power and Function of DDOs-I” began at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun on June 4. As many as 22 DDOs from various departments/head offices are participating in the training programme. The programme is being organized under 100 per cent course free sponsorship of DoPT, Govt of India under its specific to state category Plan training assistance for 2012-2013.

Addressing the inaugural session, Audit and Pension director Abdul Basit highlighted the  role and functioning of the finance department. He urged all the participants to be particular about the effective application of DFPR/GFR/CTR in their day to day functions.  It is the responsibility of the DDOs/FAOs to submit timely reply of any audit objection and  periodical accounts  to AG.  Basit also mentioned about  revenue leakage due  to absence of proper monitoring system and lack of effective implementation of financial norms and rules.

Earlier, Training director Pema Tshetan highlighted the aim and objectives of the training programme.

Deputy Director and course coordinator Pate Marik also spoke on the occasion. The guest resource persons include Ajay Ghose, Sr FAO, J K Battacharjee and T Tatung, both FAOs, and Tapas Dutta, assistant commissioner, tax and execise.


Training on basic computer application

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: The two week-long training programme on "Basics of Computer Application Course-I" started at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun today. The programme will end on 15th of this month. As many as 21 officials in the rank of LDCs/UDCs/Assistants of state Civil Secretariat and other heads of departments are participating in the training course which is being conducted under the 100% course fee sponsorship of DoPT, Govt. of India, New Delhi.

A brief inaugural function was conducted where apart from the officers of ATI, the three resource persons from A to Z Computer Education Centre, Naharlagun namely, Palvinder Singh, Director of the A to Z Centre and other two senior faculty members namely Sumi Dey and Meena Panwar were present.

The Director (TRG) Pema Tshetan in his inaugural address reminded the participants that the present day being IT age, computer application is the most important tool for effective management and functioning of modern day office. Therefore every Govt. official and functionaries are duly bound to have fair knowledge and skill on computer usage for their day to day official works, he said.  The Director further exhorted the participants to inculcate work culture in their work place and carry out their responsibilities as an able Govt. servant.

Earlier, T.Lodo, Dy. Director (TRG) & Course Coordinator welcomed all the participating officers and requested them to take full benefit of the programme.


DASU demands upgradation of Dambuk SDO Hq

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: The Dibang Adi Students’ Union (DASU), in a memorandum, has demanded MP (Eastern) Ninong Ering to upgrade the Dambuk Sub-Divisional Office headquarter to Independent Additional Deputy Commissioner. DASU placed the demand before the MP during his recent visit to Dambuk.

In its memorandum, DASU informed the MP that former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu had agreed in principle to the demand and directed the district authority to initiate the needful. Though a proposal in this regard has already been forwarded to the district Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner by Dambuk SDO during October 2011 for further action, the DC has not yet taken any initiative from his/her end which has resulted delay in official process for materializing the demand, the memorandum said.

Alleging sub-standard work and using sub-standard materials in the construction of National Highway under Trans Arunachal highway scheme by the BRTF in Dambuk area, DASU also urged the MP to ensure quality of work by employing a monitoring team/investigation team.

Other demands included early construction of tower from Mebo to Dambuk via Aohali for drawing power from the Ranga Nadi Power Grid.


Union  seeks adequate personnel in boundary area

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo-Seijosa Students Union(APPDSSU) in a release claim that portion of Arunachal area located at Dipik on the bank of river Dissing under Dissing Passo Circle in East Kameng District has been illegally occupied by Adivasi community of nearby village of Borgang, Assam. Initially they were allowed to temporarily use the land for cultivation. However later they claimed the said land as part of Behali under Borgang jurisdiction.

Reacting to their bogus claim, the local Arunachalee citizen on 2nd June pressurized Adivasi people to vacate the land which they did. In the meantime, they lodged a complaint at Jingia Police Station stating that they have been harassed by the Arunachalee villagers and the Assam police team rushed to the spot for their immediate protection. The matter has been brought to the knowledge of the state govt., accordingly the ADC Seijosa and DC/SP of Assam visited the site on 3rd June. After threadbare discussion, they asked both to maintain status quo and suggest no constructing activities should be carried out from both side till final solution is taken by the higher authority.

However on midnight of 4th June, a team of Adivasi again came back with local weapon to occupy the same land. It has come to notice that one Vivek Das of Borgang played a lead role in the entire episode and provoked peace loving Adivasu community to act against Arunachal. Further union has requested state government to look into the matter seriously and deploy adequate Police Personnel at Dising-Passo Circle for the safety of the citizen of that area till the matter is resolved by respective authorities.

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Action initiated to solve LPG crisis

ITANAGAR, Jun 04: Bulk Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) shoratge at Kimin LPG bottling plant has resulted in acute of shortage of cooking gas in the state, particularly the Capital Complex. Though the Kimin LPG bottling plant is capable of bottling 865 MT LPG a month, the plant is receiving only 659 MT of LPG since March 2012 due to short supply of LPG from Lakwa and Duliajan in Assam.

It was revealed by Adi Tabe, Plant Manager, IOC bottling Plant Kimin and  P Dutta, Sales Officer, IOC, North Lakhimpur in a meeting convened by Papum Pare district administration and Department of Food and Civil Supply (FCS) in view of LPG cylinder crisis in the state capital at Naharlagun today.

The duo further informed that major fire accident in Numalighar refinery during April 2012 and non materialization of required import of LPG at Haldia Port near Kolkotta in West Bengal from March 20 to 29 has resulted in shortfall of around 4400 MT of LPG. Moreover, the bandh call given by North East LPG Transporters from March 31 to April 4, 2012 leading to unplanned shut down of Numaligarh refinery has compounded the present crisis, they said adding that the situation is likely to become normal from the last part of this month.

The officers of FCS opined that renewal of LPG cards should be introduced on annual basis as has been done in case of Ration cards to clean up the ghost LPG cards. The verification of all new LPG connections should rotate through district administration to authenticate the domicile of consumers, they opined.

Amit Bengia, DFCSO, Papum Pare, informed that Arunachal Pradesh Cooking Gas (Licensing and Distribution) Control Order 2005 will be implemented in letter and spirit  henceforth. He sought cooperation of all stake holders and requested all the consumers to judiciously use LPG cylinders at least for a period of 3 weeks and not to have multiple LPG connections. He cautioned that there have been instances of fake LPG cash memos being issued by the unscrupulous traders. Two fraud traders namely, Diganta Bhuyan and Putukon Borah have been booked and arrested by Itanagar police for selling and issuance of fake LPG cash memos. He reiterated that raids of hotels, restaurants and commercial establishments would be conducted at regular intervals and no black marketeers would be spared.

The DFCSO urged the consumers not to queue early in the morning from 3 am for LPG coupon in front of LPG outlets or engage paid middle man to stand on behalf of a particular consumer.

Major overhauling of LPG distribution is being mooted in the interest of general consumers by the department and district administration, he added.

The brainstorming session was also attended by Dekbom Boje, ADFCS Hq. on behalf of Director ( F&CS) and all the field functionaries of FCS department  and all the five LPG distributors of capital complex. It was the first ever co-ordination meeting of officers of the Food & Civil Supplies department  and  Indian Oil Corporation with authorized LPG distributors of Papum Pare district.



In search of a ‘Mother’s Home’ in state capital

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Jun 04: Achukuru Welfare Society, Ziro Chairperson Tailyang Shanti is in state capital with a mission to establish a Mother’s Home unit  here for destitute women and mentally challenged children.

The mother Shanti has taken this bold decision after she interacted with destitute women and mentally challenged children within state capital.  She expressed her concern over the alarming numbers of destitute and mentally challenged children in capital and made up her mind to open a Mother’s Home unit to take care of them.  But, non-availability of land becomes a major hindrance in her way to fulfill the cherished dream.

However, she had submitted a letter to  the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner requesting  for allocation of a plot of land and also approached numbers of well-wishers to contribute their land on temporary or permanent basis for the purpose. She expressed the hope that  the state Govt, particularly the capital administration would consider her plea sympathetically  for a piece of land for construction of the Mother’s Home.

Shanti started the Home at Ziro few years back and presently performing her role as Mother and taking care of the deserted women, orphans, destitute and mentally challenged children.

The move of the chairperson to open its Mother’s Home branch unit in state capital is indeed an admirable step as there is no any home for mentally challenged women and children in the state capital. The state government or the concerned authority needs to think seriously for the well-being of the mentally challenged children and women particularly within state capital,  or extend a helping help to any recognized NGO that is willing to take care of mentally ill people in state  capital.

Shanti appealed to the well-wishers to contact at 9436692986 and 8014012112 for contribution of land on permanent/temporary basis within state capital.



Matey inaugurates BDO office at Lazu

KHONSA, Jun 04: Parliamentary Secretary for DoTC and SWWCD Yumsen Matey inaugurated the office building of Block Development Officer (BDO) at Lazu today amidst a huge gathering. The building sanctioned under DoTC was constructed by the PWD.

Inaugurating the building, Matey told the large gathering that protection of the Lazu township from unauthorized encroachment was of paramount importance and warned that illegal occupants of government land at Lazu township would be evicted adding that no leniency would be shown to the erring denizens. Matey said that he had initiated a number of beneficial schemes not only in Lazu but all over his constituency and asked the people to actively involve themselves in accelerating the pace of development in the area.

Saying that he has accorded top priority to education sector, Matey urged the teachers to work with utmost sincerity and devotion. He further asked the Panchayat leaders to submit proper reports on performance of the teachers to enable him reshuffle the posting of teachers wherever required.

MLA of Khonsa-East Kamthok Lowang in his speech appreciated the local MLA Matey for initiating so many developmental schemes in his very first tenure as the people’s representative and asked the people to strengthen his hands by extending their fullest co-operation. He said that no development is possible without the active support and participation of the local people and asked the people to broaden their outlook and mindset to change the face of Lazu area as a whole.

Lowang appreciated the singular effort of Tirap SP Vikramjit Singh for conducting the recent Police recruitment successfully without a hitch. He also lauded  the officers and officials for rendering their dedicated services in spite of the disturbed law and order scenario  in Tirap district.

Lazu ZPM Yangli Ajet Homtok also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, in his welcome address Lazu CO LN Naam profusely thanked Matey for creating infrastructure, especially at Lazu headquarters and hoped that the local MLA would initiate more such developmental projects for the interior and backward Lazu area.

Matey and his team also inspected the site for EAC office and other establishments at Lazu.

It may be mentioned here that Lazu is situated at a stone’s throw from Myanmar border and it has been recently upgraded to EAC headquarters thanks to Matey’s persistent effort. The function was attended by Tirap SP, HoDs, Panchayat leaders, chiefs and GBs of the area. DIPRO



NEEPCO’s ill-treatment to APST JEs

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jun 04: Arunachal Govt has been harping that hydropower developers in the state will offer employment opportunities to the local youths and thereby reducing unemployment problems. However, going by experience of the way the hydropower developers like NEEPCO and NHPC neglected interest of tribal employees, the claim of AP Govt has been severely dented.

North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) is one of the first hydro-power developers to commission project in the state. NEEPCO’s 405 MW Ranganadi hydro electric project, Yazali, the first of the state has been commissioned and is currently generating power. Likewise NEEPCO has two more under-construction hydro projects including 100 MW Pare Hydro-Electrical Project in Papum Pare district and 600 MW Kameng Hydro Electrical Project in West Kameng district. All the three projects will generate 1115 MW power.

When it comes to other NE states, NEEPCO has one hydro project in Nagaland and 1 gas and another hydro based projects in Assam which generates 75 MW and 566 MW power respectively. In total, Arunachal will contribute 55.7% of the total power generated by NEEPCO once Pare and Kameng projects are commissioned followed by Assam - 28.30% and that of Nagaland - 3.75%.

Though Arunachal contributes 55.75% of power to NEEPCO, they only employ 20 number of APST citizens in executive cadre (E-1 & above). Whereas 27 numbers of Naga and 759 Assamese citizens have got employment with NEEPCO in the same category. In terms of job percentage, Arunachal has share of 2.04%, Nagaland 2.76% and Assam 77.69 %. The whole data is an absolute slap on the face of Arunachalee people.

Though NEEPCO has used rivers and land of Arunachal, it is Assamese and Naga citizens who have got maximum benefits in terms of employment opportunities.

Government of Arunachal Pradesh along with local politicians has failed to safeguard the interest of APST employees working with NEEPCO. In all the 3 projects executed by NEEPCO, APST citizens have been given raw deal.

NEEPCO APST Graduate Junior Engineer Forum, a forum consisting of APST employees who are working as junior engineer (Supervisor cadre) is one of the most neglected groups. Despite the fact that these highly qualified APST engineers have been serving NEEPCO since many years, still they are languishing in bottom level. Every year they appear in departmental promotion exams but suspiciously they never get through. Their counterparts from Assam and Nagaland manage to get through despite having not so impressive Annual Confidential Report (ACR). They saw ray of hope when ministry of power partially lifted recruitment ban for Pare and Kameng projects for group C, D and for post of engineer (E-2) grade. Having served NEEPCO for many years, these junior engineers were hopeful that they will be upgraded to rank of engineers (E-2). Dashing their hope, NEEPCO decided to carry out open recruitment thereby opening chance to citizens from across country.    

The Forum had knocked the door of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, MP Takam Sanjoy and Mukut Mithi, MLAs Nabam Rebia and Kumsi Sidisow to express their grievances. Although, all of them wrote to PC Pankaj, Chairman cum Managing Director NEEPCO Corporate Office to look into the grievances of NEEPCO APST Graduate Junior Engineers, nothing has been done till date. In most of the cases, it has been found that after writing one letter these politicians did not follow up the case with NEEPCO authorities.

The ill-treatment meted out to NEEPCO APST Graduate Junior Engineer Forum is a miserable reminder to every Arunachalee that hydropower developers cannot be trusted when it comes to fulfilling the promises made by them at time of signing MOU/MOAs. These private companies make sure that no-local APST citizens occupy higher rank so that decision making is not influenced in favour of project affected people.



Solve inter-state boundary problem: NES

TARASSO, Jun 04: The Nyishi Elite Society (NES) has appealed to the GoAP and its Assam counterpart to solve the inter-state boundary row at the earliest.   

NES representatives led by its president Bengia Tolum visited Tarasso today after hearing the news of repeated cases of land encroachment and atrocities by officials from Assam. The NES executive members heard out the grievances of the villagers and assured to take the matter to the appropriate platform.

In a public meeting at the circle office here, Tolum expressed dismay over repeated breach of mutual trust by officials and people of Assam, who continue to perpetrate offensive acts towards Arunachalees.

People from either side of the boundary had formed a peace committee in 1992 and through an agreement mutually agreed to maintain the status quo and respect each other’s boundaries. However, there have been constant reports of encroachment and trespassing from the Assam side.

Expressing solidarity with the people of Tarasso, Tolum said it was high time that both the governments chalked out a permanent solution. He urged the villagers to maintain peace and not to resort to provocative acts, while assuring them that the NES would take up their concerns with the GoAP.

Located on the foothills, Tarasso, one of the most remote and underdeveloped circle headquarters of Papum Pare district has been the apple of discord between Assam and Arunachal. The Assam forest department claims most parts of Tarasso belong to its Behali forest range which was established  in 1917, but the villagers here contest the claims, saying the Arunachalee have been living here even before 1914.

The appointment of natives of Tarasso, such as Techi Talla and Techi Loma, by the British Raj before 1914 signifies that Arunachalees have been living here even before the Behali forest range was established.  One of the dweller of Tarasso said Behali forest range has no proper baseline and therefore the Assam officials randomly claim their jurisdiction far east on the Arunachal side.

ZPM Nabam Eka, HGB Nabam Rungki and others said Tarasso, once an oasis of peace, “has lost its essence and often becomes an arena of tension.” They opined that a proper road connecting Tarasso to Itanagar, via Bassarnallo and Balijan, would do great service and automatically bring in seeds of development in the area. They lamented that despite being very near to the state capital, Tarasso is yet to see development.

Along with NES executive members, Tarasso circle officer Olik Taring, the GB, panchayat leaders, youths and the public attended the meeting.



Training on water testing kits

Itanagar, Jun 04: Training on handling of water testing Field Test Kits for the Gram Panchyat/Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) of East Siang district concluded at Boleng sub-division on June 1 last at Community hall, Boleng.

Selected VWSC members from the surrounding Gram Segments under Boleng sub-division participated in the programme with full enthusiasm.  

Participating in the training programme, Er. Oling Taloh, AE (PHE & WS) Boleng sub-division encouraged the participants to take full benefit of the training and advised them to take the responsibility of monitoring drinking water sources in their respective village using the supplied Field Testing Kits (FTK). He said that about 70-80% of diseases are caused by drinking unsafe and contaminated water. He advised the participants to be practical in their approach instead of merely attending the training which would serve no purpose.

Ojing Megu, Laboratory Technician, PHE & WS dept, Pasighat, and Mone Gurung, FGA gave demonstration on how to use and measure the chemical reagents while handling the Water Testing Field Test Kit to the participants.

Earlier, Mone Gurung, Project Coordinator, FGA, explained the objectives of the training programme to the participants. He encouraged the participants to take the maximum benefits from the opportunity of the training programme.

Field Testing Kits (FTK) were distributed to each village of Boleng circle.

As many as 42 peoples attended the training programme.



Annual meet of ARSYU begins

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jun 04:  Member of Parliament for East-Arunachal constituency Ninong Ering sought people’s active support and cooperation for successful implementation of development schemes in the state’s border areas.  Addressing the opening programme of Annual Meet of All Ruksin Students’ & Youth Union (ARSYU) at Ruksin village community hall today, Ering  urged the people, as whole to take active part in the development process. He said the funds granted by the government should be properly utilized for the benefit of the common people, irrespective of cast, creed and party affiliation..

Ering, who is native of East Siang district has claimed that despite all odds, he was trying his best to provide equal service to his people spreading in eight districts.

“I am sure that my leadership is to work for the people of my constituency irrespective of party, cast and religion. I am not addressing you as an elected leader, but a member of your society,” Ering said adding that any sanction granted under MP’s LAD fund should not be claimed as one’s self achievement.

Saying that the Ruksin area located at a vulnerable inter-state boundary has a strategic importance, he urged the youths and student community to maintain a cordial relation with the people of the neighbouring state. He also suggested the union members to eradicate all evil practices prevailing in the societies.

Expressing his dismay over the pathetic condition of 14-km-long Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) road, which is considered lifeline of the people of the area, the MP assured to move the DoNER minister for renovation fund. He also announced Rs 10 lakh for renovation of the Ruksin village community hall.

Earlier,  ARSYU general secretary Kayem Tayeng, in his welcome address said that his organization is working for educational development in the area. Regular vigil on the educational institutions, encouragement to the meritorious students, talent hunt in games and sport activities and conservation of environment are some major objectives of the union, he said.

Established in the year 2000, the union is successfully celebrating its 12th annual meet with a motto of unity, peace and communal harmony. The 8-day programme includes various sports and literary competitions and will come to a ceremonial conclusion on June 12.

Ruksin ZPM Tonggeng Panyang, Vice principal of Ruksin Sr Secondary School Tajem Padung, Ruksin head gaonburah Takir Jonnom and several others dignitaries also spoke on the occasion.



Arunachal Tenshinkan Shotokan-Ryu Karate team leaves for Uttarakhand today

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 04: A  12-member team from Arunachal Pradesh Tenshinkan Shotokan-Ryu Karate-Do Association led by its president Sensei Tai Hipik, who also is State representative of Tenshinkan  Shotokan Karate-Do Federation of India, is leaving here tomorrow for Nainital, Uttarakhand to participate in the National Tenshinkan Karate Championship beginning there from June 8.

The State team included International Silver medalist Biki Punung, National Gold medalists Bapan Dey, Lindum Tage and Silver medalist Eko Megha . Biki won a International Silver medal in Manpur in 2007. He also bagged  a Gold in National AIKF Championship held in Kolkata in 2008.

Bapan and Tage won a Gold medal each in the 6th National Shorin-Ryu Karate Championship held in Simla 2006 and Megha won a silver in the same event.

Uttam Kumar Roy and Tat Taba are the Team Coach and Manager respectively.

Meanwhile, Sensei Hipik expressed gratitude to  MLA Bamang Felix for providing a pair of tracksuit for each team member and MLA Techi Kaso for contributing few amounts to the team for participation.

The Team:

Biki Punung, Bapan Dey, Eko Megha, Kakio Siga, Kushol Kalandi, Lindum Tage, Tamchi Tayam, Arpan Kumar Saha, Gollo Joseph.



Competitive progs  mark the AEKSU day celebration

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) has organized   various competitive programmes to mark the 32nd AEKSU day on June 1.

In 5 km marathon race competition for women, Meena Doka, Kungkung Rimo and Laxmi Moya won the 1st , 2nd and 3rd prize respectively.   In male 10 km marathon race competition, Takar Bodo, Tachi Bagang and Karling Dabang secured the 1st , 2nd and 3rd position.

In volleyball competition (only boys), All Pipu Chayangtajo Gyawepurang Sawa Students Union (APCGSSU) defeated All Bameng Khenewa Lada Students Union (ABKLSU)  to win the 1st prize. Rahim Yangfo of APCGSSU declared best player.

In essay writing competition, Yama Mangam, Dolly Jomoh and Pawan Jomoh bagged the 1st, 2nd and 3rd position respectively. In group dance competition, ABKLSU won the 1st prize,  Rajha Bapok Colony, Seppa and  All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association walked away with 2nd and 3rd prize respectively. Participant from Type-I colony Seppa emerged winner in single dance competition.

Among others, ZPM Boru Sangyu and East Kameng DDSE Kata Rangmo participated in the celebration.



Scheme monitoring body calls for mass awareness on poverty alleviation schemes

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: Aarro Welfare Society (AWS), an empanelled National Level Monitor (NLM) from North East Region for monitoring the implementation of poverty alleviation and other schemes in North East, called for mass awareness programme among  the rural population for effective implementation of schemes and programme being sponsored by the Union ministry of rural development.

The Society headed by its founder chairman  Yahung Tekseng  said that implementing agencies have to improve service delivery system with results oriented approach. The agencies should ensure effective and proper implementation of  schemes within the stipulated time, said Tekseng in a release today.

The Society claimed that it had detected serious irregularities in implementing MoRD programmes in the state, particularly in Upper Siang district which is to be dealt with seriously.

The Society said the PMGSY roads in the state are constructed not as per prescribed guidelines in many places adding the    Society shall work to introduce effective monitoring at the districts, blocks and village levels for mid-course corrections of scheme implementation. The Society further said that the performance of DRDAs in the state is very poor in comparison to other states.

Demanding proper mechanism for judicious implementation of the  schemes, the Society said that  the PRI members should be involved in preparation of development plan for timely submission to the  concern ministry. The Society observes that untimely submission of utilization certificate results in slow fund flow from the Centre.

It is worth mentioning here that the  organization recently monitored the implementation of poverty alleviation schemes in Korkrajhar and Nagaon districts of Assam. The schemes included Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGA), Swarnjayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojna (SGSY) now National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), Indira Awaas Yojna (IAY), National Social Assistance Programmes.


Where the mind is without fear…

Dear Editor,

The article titled “Ering visits Dambuk ” published in your daily on June 4 was very reassuring and pro-development.

“Ge gagame ge, ge adi remi gagam ge” nostalgic Ponung miri sung some 60 years back by legendary Dr. Daying Ering during his Dambuk visit flashed back into minds of 5000 odd souls.

Riding on back of “Shesta Moti”, the pachyderm who regularly ferries usual Pasighat bound passengers across river Sissar during summer times, MP’s willingness to go extra-mile to feel the untold pains of local public is one of the million dollar humble gestures.

The twin sorrows - Sissiri and Dibang continue to ravage the sub-division since the configuration of present landscape in the region aftermath of 1950 earthquake. Until, the ongoing bridge construction across the twin river systems by M/s Singla Enterprises and M/s Navayuga Engg. Constructions respectively are commissioned, permanent normalcy shall remain a distant dream.

Keeping in view of the existing situation, the popular idea of creation of autonomous ADC proposal was mooted and initiated few years back to which the then Chief minister Late Dorjee khandu consented. However, the proposal has failed to reach its preferred destination for cabinet approval till now and lies unmoved further with District administration of Lower Dibang valley district.

The casual attitude of district administration towards official processing of the proposal is really condemnable. It is immaterial whether the proposal succeeds to materialize or not but by virtue of a public servant of government of India, it is his/her constitutionally pledged duty vide clause 3(2) of All india service conduct rules 1968, to act responsibly and help evolve a welfare state/province for betterment of local public. Poet noble laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s lines reverberates as:-

“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high/

Where knowledge is free

Where the world has not been broken up into fragments

By narrow domestic walls

Where words come out from the depth of truth

Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection

Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way

Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit

Where the mind is led forward by thee

Into ever-widening thought and action

Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.”

It is high time, the district administration of LDV learns from recent MP visit and abandons narrow  ‘four wall sitting’ decisions on such vital issue of public importance and open up doors to see the real world.


L. Modi, Digboi



Shortage of teachers

Dear Editor,

Despite many educational schemes are being launched by the Centre or state Govt, the education system in rural Arunachal is still in a primitive era. One instance is a Middle School at Taba Sora Village, West Siang district where only three teachers run the school.  Now one can well ascertain the outcome of the school with only three teachers. I earnestly request the education department to provide sufficient number of teachers in all government schools.


Bido Sora,

Aalo, West Siang District



The condition is not good at all

Dear Editor,

I am writing this letter to reveal my strong disappointment over the garbage management in Itanagar. It is seen that most of the garbage are concentrated near the butcher and daily shops especially near Ganga. Though the concerned authorities are doing their best to keep clean the premises, still the condition is not at all good. The passerby experiences lots of problem due to the unbearable foul smell it has created. We just feel like vomiting when we pass nearby it. The carcasses of Chicken and all those rotten meats accelerate the circumstances even more!

Hence as a concerned citizen, I would like to request the authorities to take serious actions to eradicate this nuisance. It inevitably affects our health.      


Jim Kamlo





Dear Editor,

Big congratulation to Bro Riba Gyadi! How excited we were to find your photos in the top front page of state leading newspapers and know that you have secured second position in Category – I, degree PCM group! You are first boy who has secured 2nd position in state entrance examination from Gyadi Community of East Kameng district. We are so proud of you for inspiring and motivating us. You worked hard, and proved to yourself and everyone what you are capable of competing tough examination. You have wonderfully crossed turning point of your life by a step. There are many more things to study and prepare for competitive examination ahead. So keep well equip yourself before the battle field. We appeal you not to hold post of any Union/Association of Arunachal Pradesh. We do hope you will try for civil service examination after your excellent academic career. We do pray our All Mighty God to guide and keep safe life to our Lovey Brother Mr. Riba Gyadi. We also do pray our Goddess for his mom-papa’s good health who brings up their son to face this competitive world desperately. Our Best wishes for his continued success in future.


Abhi Gyadi

Karadadi Gyadi

Miss Saloda Gyadi and others from Nirjuli.



Mingki deserves financial assistance

Dear Editor,

Mingki Talom really deserves appreciation from every Arunachalee. He has made Arunachal Pradesh proud by capturing two tennis titles in U-16 years age category in the All India Tennis Association championship series tennis tournament being held in Guwahati.

Infrastructures required for this gargantuan game is nil in our state and unawareness on the importance of Tennis is almost zero. The initiatives and will power of both politicians and bureaucrats for development of any sports in the state is very poor. Under these circumstances, the achievement of Mingki deserves appreciation from every sports lover of the state. Further, the moral and financial support extended by Dr.Tarik Talom for bright tennis career of  Mingki  is also praiseworthy.

Unfortunately, most of our people could not differentiate the meaning of Games & Sports and Arts in our state. Here I would like to mention an interesting incident that happened with most proclaimed sportsperson of the state and the nation. His name is Gumpe Rime. In the year 2000, an MP of our state met Gumpe Rime, a lone international footballer while he was having coaching for probable Indian team in New Delhi and advised him to meet him in his office. Accordingly, the sportsperson met the MP next day where he was asked to meet minister of sports with a DO note beautifully written by MP requesting for early process of an appointment file.

With that DO note, he met the Sports minister in Itanagar along-with the paper cutting of his performances, which was published by media houses.  Surprisingly, the minister, though admired his performances, had commented that there are many more sportspersons in the state having gold medals in the field of karate, taekwondo etc. We have tried to convince him that he has played for the country as well as noted club like Mohan Bagan, Churchill Brother, Mahindra and Mahindar, ITI etc and Football as sports is different from what he was talking of.

In my wildest dream – I never ever thought of witnessing sobbing one of the most loved persons of the state before me. Later he told me that his tears were not because of the job that he was suggested by MP but it was because of his love towards the game that gave him name and fame all over the country. My reference in this latter is to caution our budding sports progeny Mingki Talom that this kind of mentality exists in our authorities.

Last but not the least, I humbly request higher authorities   to provide financial assistance to Mingki and formulate strong financial policy.


Geto Eshi

F-Sector Itanagar.




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Environmental norms and iron industry

On the eve of the World Environment Day, CSE releases a report that reveals that India’s best iron and steel company gets an average score while the sector in itself is rated poor. CSE says that this core sector has a long way to go in meeting environmental norms.

This assessment of the iron and steel sector in India has emerged from a unique rating of the industry done by Centre for Science and Environment’s Green Rating Project (GRP). The GRP has analysed all the top steelmaking plants in the country to find out how ‘green and clean’ the sector is – how much resources it uses, how much it emits, how it disposes its wastes, and how it deals with issues of local communities.

The Project has already rated the automobile, paper, chlor-alkali and cement sectors; iron and steel is the fifth key industrial sector rated by it. In all the sectors, GRP’s efforts have led to significant improvements in environmental performance of companies and better environment policy formulation by the government.

Hope, more companies  will invest in environmental performance. The investment in energy efficiency pays back as does the reuse and recycling of waste. The less the use of material and energy, the lower the costs and lower the burden of disposal into the environment.