June 10


News Impact


Orgs  express gladness

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: The Tebw Employees Forum, an organ of Tebw Lappa Welfare Society and Nationalist Congress Party, Arunachal Pradesh Unit expressed happiness over the appointment of Dr. Rachob Taba, as Registrar of Rajiv Gandhi University. Prior to this appointment, Dr Taba was the associate professor of this university since 2005.

The Forum hoped that Taba would render his valuable service for greater academic growth and excellent performances of the university.

While expressing happiness over the appointment of Dr. Rachob Taba to the coveted post,   the NCP unit hoped that he would work sincerely for the growth of the University.


Teacher’s death condoled

ITANAGAR, Jun 09:  The Central Executive body of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association has deeply mourned the death of Techi Kaya, who passed away on June 7 after prolonged illness. He was serving as Assistant Teacher at Govt. Girls Residential School, Sarka -Happa under Sagalee Sub-Division, Papum Pare district.

 Late Techi Kaya was a dedicated, committed and highly educated teacher who continued to serve the school with utmost sincerity and dedication despite his ill health, the Association said. He did his graduation from D.N. College Itanagar and thereafter joined teaching profession in 2003 under Sarva Shiksa Mission. He was loved by everyone because of his sociable nature, the Association said in a release.  The education department and entire member of the society have lost a sincere and dedicated person with the death of  Kaya.


Union demands action

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: The All Sagalee Students' Union (ASSU) today alleged misappropriation of Rs 10 lakh SPA fund  by Block Development Officer (BDO) in the name of construction of community hall at Seema Panchayat under Parang circle in Sagalee.

Armed with RTI documents, the Union said that Public Works Department had already constructed the same community hall earlier at Seema village with Rs 5 lakh SPA fund released by the Art and Culture department during 2010-11.  

The Union claimed that Rs 10 lakh was released during 2011-12 for construction of a community at Panchayat level.  It was not an additional fund allotted against the same community hall at Seema village which was already constructed by the PWD, it added. The Union demanded immediate action against the officer for his alleged involvment in corruption.


Association conducts tour in boundary areas

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: A team of All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) executive body conducted a six days tour to Assam-Arunachal boundary area in East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Lohit districts from June 4 to 9.

The team visited Oyan, Namsing, Borguli, Kangkol, Gadum, Mer, Pasighat town and Seram in East Siang, Anpum/Loklung Paglam, Keba-Tinali, Kaling –I and II in Lower Dibang Valley and Dirak, Samuguri, Mengkang, Philobari, Namsai town, Lekang, Sitapani, Nangkong and Silatoo, Mahadevpur –I and II in Lohit district in order to take stock of the  problems being faced by the Arunachalee people residing along the inter-state boundary area. The team also discussed with the panchayat leaders, gaon gurahs and senior citizens of the border villages about the encroachment problem in boundary area and issuance of ST and PRC certificates.


Union demands financial assistance

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: Adi Students’ Union, Itanagar has appealed to the state government to immediately release ex-gratia payment to the victims of APST bus accident at Lakhimpur last month.

The government has announced ex-gratia payment of Rs one lakh to those who lost their lives in the accident, Rs 50,000 to those grievously injured and Rs 15,000 to those who sustained minor injuries as immediate relief. However, no  payment was made in this regard till today, it added.

The union further appealed to the state government, particularly Director of Sports and Youth Affairs to provide financial help to budding tennis player of the state Mingkhi Talom.

It said that Mingkhi has been selected to undergo training  in Holistic Tennis Academic, New York but his trip to USA is being delayed due to rigid official procedure and financial problems.


Free medical & blood donation camp

PASIGHAT, Jun 09: Hundreds thronged to avail the free medical cum blood donation camp organized by Adi Baptist Union (ABU) in collaboration with District Health Society, East Siang at Rasam village today.

A group of doctors including Dr. G.Gebi (Med), Dr. Beauty Borang Perme (eye), Dr. Tapi Ering (patho), Dr. Kaling Jerang (patho), Dr. Saibal Bhattacharjee (M.O) and  Dr. Lingkot Moyong (ultra sonologist) along with supporting staff from General Hospital Pasighat offered free treatment  and medicines to the patients from Balek  villages. RD kit test for malaria, routine examination of blood were other activities in the  camp.

The camp is organized under NRHM and more such camps will be held in future to bring Health Services to the  door step of the people, Dr. Mindip Perme (DRCHO) and  in-charge DMO said.

Dr. Kaling Jerang who is also the in-charge of blood Bank, highlighted about the importance and benefits of donating blood and also cleared many misconceptions regarding blood donation. Later, few people voluntarily donated blood on the occasion.

Meanwhile, Rasam Village ASM Olom Moyong expressed his satisfaction over the services provided in the camp and appealed the team to carry out more such camps in near future. DIPRO


Social services

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: F-Sector Welfare Committee  conducted social service today where they repaired F-Sector road, Naharlagun up to Town Baptist Church, Naharlagun.

Meanwhile,  Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun conducted social service at daily marker Naharlagun today. During the drive the members along with shopkeepers and members from fire service station Naharlagun cleaned drain and garbage within the daily market area. Local MLA Techi Kaso also attended both the programmes.

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Yuva Drishti ends

Future of Arunachal lies in the hands of youth

ITANAGAR Jun 09: The future of the state is in the hands of the upcoming youths, said Industries Minister Tapang Taloh.  The minister said this while addressing the valedictory function of Yuva Drishti 2012 today, a state level leadership training programme here at Dera Natung Government College.

“I believe the new team of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress will take the party to new heights,” Taloh said and urged the youths to work for the welfare of the common masses. Taloh further expressed the hope that the new elected leaders in various levels would fulfill the expectations of the people while playing a vital role in state politics.

He said that APYC would have to work very hard keeping in mind the ensuing Municipal election which would be followed by Panchayat, parliamentary and general elections for ensuring party’s success.

MLA cum APCC vice president Takar Marde urged the youths to contribute  towards the progress of Arunachal Pradesh besides striving for the cause of nation building process.

Youths are the backbone of the nation and one must develop the positive spirit for patience, discipline and time management in one’s life, he added. He further urged the  youth not to be misled to join in other political parties adding that party cadres and workers must have a firm stand and work for the benefit of the Congress party. No individual is bigger than an organization, he added.

RWD Parliamentary Secretary cum MLA Kumar Waii urged the youths to be performers and bring about positive change in the society. One must work to leave a benchmark for others to follow, he added. As an up-coming elected youth leader, one has a long way to go, he said.

Understanding and patience are the key to success and must try to inculcate these positive points, Waii added.

Arunachal Pradesh in-charge IYC secretary Indrani Mishra called upon the elected youth Lok Sabha and Assembly committees to impart the knowledge they have gained during the training at the booth level. What you have learnt in this three days training camp will remain with you forever, Indrani added.

APYC president Tadar Niglar highlighted the six months action plan that he had presented at national executive meeting at Hubly, Karnataka. He appealed to the youth leaders at various levels to implement the same within the given time period.

Niglar further expressed the hope that the new APYC team would make tremendous achievement in this tenure. He urged all to work in united for the betterment of the Congress party.

Yuva Drishti 2012, the state level leadership development programme was attended by over 250 elected AYC, LYC and PYC youth leaders from across the state.

APCC Vice President Padi Hinda in-charge of frontal wings, APYC vice president Nyamar Karbak and APYC general secretary R N Lalum both training in-charge also spoke on the occasion.

IYC president Rajeev Satav, resource persons from Jawaharlal Nehru Leadership Institute, New Delhi, training coordinators from Indian Youth Congress, Gabriel Wallangh president Meghalaya PYC and Master Coaches from Tripura and Meghalaya also attended the programme.



State honours NG medal winners with cash incentives

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: State Government today honoured the medal winning players of the 34th National Games (NG) held in Jharkhand in 2011 with cash incentives. The cheques were handed over to the players by Olympic Association (AOA) President Padi Richo in a simple function organized by Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) at a city based hotel here today afternoon.

The incentives were given @ Rs 3 lakh for Gold, Rs 2 lakh for Silver and Rs 1 lakh for Bronze. However, there was no taker of the Rs. 3 lakh award as none of the state team could win Gold in the Games. The state won a total of 11 medals in the Games, which included a Silver and 10 Bronze.

Chunnu Sangno, Debia Yakap, Likha Rajen, Tarh Tapak won a bronze medal apiece in Karate while Manika Devi, Prakash Dorjee and Tilok Budhatoki won a Bronze each in Boxing.

In Lawn Bowl, the pair of Bima Bora and Parismita Gogoi won a Bronze. The Bora and Gogoi duo along with Jitu Deori and Nirjumoni Deori won a Silver in four players team event. B.R. Singh and LP. Singh also bagged a Bronze medal to take Arunachal’s total medal tally to 11.

Speaking on the occasion, Richo advised the players to continue to play with same tempo and spirit to win many more awards. He said that once the sports policy is implemented, it will help streamline the sports activities in the state. He informed that the committee constituted for drafting the sports policy was giving a final shape to it. In his brief speech, Sports and Youth Affairs Asst. Director Ramesh Lingi urged the AOA to put extra efforts to produce more quality players since the responsibility lies on it. AOA has a major role to play in successful implementation of any sports related schemes of the SYA  department, Lingi said.

Describing it a momentous occasion for sports fraternity in the state, AOA vice president Taba Tedir advised the players to maintain regular practice for further improvement of their performance.

Earlier, AOA Secretary General G. Doke welcomed all the medal winning players and other dignitaries.

AOA joint secretary L Marik, Treasurer Likha Tara, Sate Chef-De-Mission of the 34th National Games L. Sokun Singh, Arunachal Weightlifting Association General Secretary Daniel Teli, office bearers of various sports associations and coaches were present in the function.

Meanwhile, the apex sports body of the state AOA has nominated Director of School Education Tapang Taloh and Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK  Dinglow as its vice presidents.



Will tourism prosper in Arunachal ?

A glaring example of wastage of public money

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: Tourism is a major source of income for the people of Tawang and to certain extent West Kameng too. Tourism department has given maximum attention to Tawang-Bomdila tourist circuit. This tourist circuit receives highest number of domestic and foreign tourists and the tourism department earns maximum revenue from Tawang-Bomdila tourist circuit.

Despite the inflow of tourists and earning of maximum revenue, still there are lot of things to be done. It has been noticed that infrastructure built for tourism promotion has not been used leading to wastage of public money. Two tourist lodges, one constructed near Nag Mandir in West Kameng district and other at Jung in Tawang district are glaring examples of how public money are being misused. While the construction of tourist lodge at Jung was completed years ago, till date it lies unused. Domestic animals have made it their ‘home’. The other lodge near Nag Mandir has not been completed and it lies abandoned. From distance, it looks like a haunted house. In both the projects public money worth crores were spent.

The big question is that why the tourism department is remaining as mute spectator over these two failed projects? For a very important tourist circuit like that of Tawang-Bomdila such failure is a huge setback for the department of tourism.

A very important factor, which tour operators and department of tourism has ignored, is to give prior information about weather condition of Tawang. Often tourists coming from low altitude area face serious health problem upon arrival at Tawang which is located 12000 ft above sea level.

“Majority of tourists suffer from acute mountain sickness, pulmonary edema etc. Hospital should have trained personnel to deal with such cases. Tawang district hospital does not possess equipments and trained manpower to tackle such cases,” told a doctor of the district hospital. He added, “Tourists should gather proper information before visiting Tawang. Also tour operators and tourism department should provide all the necessary information to the tourists. They come here for enjoyment and it would tragic if their dead body goes back from Tawang.”



Anti-malaria campaign at Daporijo

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: In a bid to maintain healthy environment in the town, the people of Daporijo in Upper Subansiri are organizing awareness campaign from time to time on health and hygiene. Hopefully, the awareness campaigns are receiving huge response from the denizens and various NGOs as they are participating in different programmes for well-being of  Daporijo township  regularly.

Meanwhile,  Bagang Abu Youth Welfare Society (BAYWS), Upper Subansiri Youth Federation (USYF) and District Urban Development Agency jointly observed anti-malaria campaign  at the town area on  the eve of anti-malaria month observation.

A large number general public, Govt officers and officials including Deputy Commissioner Tahang Taggu, ADC, SP, ZPM and heads of department took out a procession displaying placards throughout the BRO road in order to bring awareness among masses on the importance of maintaining health and hygiene and adopting precautionary measures to prevent malaria.

They cleaned the garbage and choked drains from Forest colony to Gandhi Market during the cleanliness drive.

Inspired by the mass awareness campaign cum cleanliness drive, DC Tahang Taggu assured administration’s all possible help for such noble work. Er. Hali Welly, Deputy Director, Urban Development  Department appealed to the dwellers of Daporijo  to keep the same tempo and spirit and continue such social service in the township in future too.



Assam CM assures security to NHPC

Guwahati, Jun 09: Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi today assured 'total security' for National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) workers engaged in the construction of Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric project (LSHP) and said an expert committee will be formed soon to study its downstream impact.

Work on the project has come to a halt since December following vehement protests by anti-dam agitators and NHPC Executive Director Rakesh has urged Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments to provide security.

"Our job is to provide security which we will do. If there is any defect in the dam construction which could lead to disaster that can be looked after," Gogoi told reporters here. "We will form an expert committee comprising specialists from abroad, including US, Portugal and France to study the impact of construction of big dams," he said.

On the protest by various local organisation including the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the chief minister said "protests are a part of democracy".

Work at the 2000 MW project being set up at Gerukamukh bordering Assam and Arunachal Pradesh has been halted by anti-dam protests launched by KMSS and other organisations which contend that it would cause large-scale downstream damage in Assam.

Rakesh had yesterday said the company is losing an estimated Rs four to Rs five crore daily since December due to protests and this has escalated the project cost to Rs 10,799.63 crore from the earlier estimates of Rs 6,285.33 crore.

Contractor labourers have left the site as there is no work and NHPC is spending considerable money on corporate social responsibility as per norms, he said.

The two-member Thatte Committee, set up by the Planning Commission, is probing the downstream impact of the project and is expected to submit its report by the month end. PTI



Youth contractors’ body refutes allegation against engineer

ITANAGAR, Jun 09: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Contractors Welfare Association (AAPYCWA) refuted the allegations of financial mismanagement leveled against the then CE (P) Eastern Zone during 2009-10. It said the expenditure of Rs 115.57 crore incurred during 2009-10 was not done by the then CE (P) EZ alone.

Equipped with supporting documents, the Association said the zone-wise expenditure of the department during the 2009-10 up to January 2010 stood at Rs 67.77 crore by Western zone and Rs 47.80 crore by EZ totaling an amount of Rs 115.57 crore.   As such the said officer is innocent and therefore, the State Govt also gave clean chit to him and revoked his suspension order just in 14 days on March 25,  2010, the Association said.

The Association appealed to the Arunachal  Righteous Forum (complainant) to “exercise neutrality and not to take such action without going through the actual positions.”

Meanwhile, reacting to the statement of the  AAPYCWA, the Arunachal Righteous Forum (ARF) reiterated that the excess expenditure was incurred without obtaining permission or approval from either Finance or Planning Department which was in clear violation of circular dated 16.02.2009 and 7.12.2009.   It said the Govt never denied the facts that the excess expenditure has been done by the then CE (P) EZ. Instead of initiating inquiry the Govt has taken it very lightly and closed the matter thereby giving clean chit to the officer, it said.

The ARF is not against any individual but is against the corrupt practices, the Forum said adding that matter has been placed before the competent agency to investigate and to unearth the truth. Let the law to take its own course, the Forum said.