TEZU, Jun 19: A day-long training programme on Computerization of Stipend Management
for Online/Offline submission of data pertaining to stipendiary for the session 2012-2013
was held at BRC Hall here yesterday.
Presiding over the programme, Lohit Deputy Director of School Education K Rina explained
the importance of computerization of stipend management for the government schools.
The resource persons, Abhijit Singh and Krishna Chetry illustrated the stipend management
system to upload the data of stipendiaries. They explained about the PIMS in brief.
Trainees from Lower Dibang Valley, Anjaw and different blocks and schools of Lohit
district participated in the training. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, June 19: Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Union (GASA) said that Government
of Assam has allotted a plot of land to the Arunachal Govt at Rupnagar for the construction
of state Guest House. But still now, construction works for the guest house is yet
to start despite release of Rs.17 Crores by Arunachal Govt.
It further expressing displeasure over nonpayment of students stipend said that 70%
of the Arunachalee students who are pursing different professional and technical
courses in the City are not getting their stipend.
GASA further alleged that DRC is not cooperating with the patients referred from
the state. The union said that 90% of the serious medical patients are referred to
Guwahati and it’s the sole responsibility of the DRC to guide these patients by entrusting
the Medical Attendant under DRC Office.
But, neither the Medical Attendant nor the DRC feels that it is their responsibility
to help the needy patients. Further, the ambulance provided by MP Takam Sanjay to
the DRC for medical emergency services is not equipped with basic facilities including
medical staff, they said.
GASA urged the State Government to look into the matter urgently and also appealed
to the DRC to co-ordinate with the students’ community and carry out the duties sincerely.
HSS Sangram needs attention
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: Kurung Nyobia Youth Association alleged that the infrastructure
condition of government higher secondary school, Sangram including boys and girls
hostels are in dilapidated condition due to lack of attention from government.
Besides these, there are no senior subject teachers for science, mathematics and
history in the school.
It appealed to the local MLA, Deputy Commissioner and DDSE of Kurung Kumey District
to look into the matter immediately.
DA to initiate action against encroachers, AEKSU calls off bandh
SEPPA Jun19: All East Kameng Students’ Union has called off the June 20 bandh after
a meeting with District Administration and Public leaders today.
The meeting presided over by DC Tope Bam, resolved that no allotment will be given
by the District Administration to private individuals who occupy Govt. land and govt.
premises without authorisation. The evicted vacant Govt. land should be utilized
for the infrastructure development of the Govt.
The District Administration will evict all encroachers in the Govt. establishment
and sensitive public places as pointed out by the AEKSU within a period of two months
from the date of meeting and the eviction drive will start within 12 days.
Deputy Commissioner has assured the house that all land encroachment and allotment
cases will be dealt with as per the provisions of the law & guidelines prescribed
by the govt. maintaining strict impartiality.
Money for swimming pool is unnecessary
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: Hirik-Hiru Students’ Union highlighting the grievances of Donyi
Polo Government College, Kamki termed the spending of huge amount of money in construction
of swimming pool at government college, Kamki as unnecessary wastage of money.
Instead of spending huge amount of money in swimming pool the authority should initiate
steps for development of other infrastructure in the college, it said.
The union said that the college doesnot have proper classrooms, play ground, auditorium,
books and sports facilities even after 16 years of its establishment.
Further, the lecturer quarters are also constructed in SPT type and there is no proper
college boundary wall, road connectivity, drainage system apart from scarcity of
drinking water in college campus.
Meanwhile, the union welcomed the announcement of development fund for construction
of community hall at Gemo Tali and village link road by Health and Family Welfare
Minister Atum Welly and Parliamentary Secretary (Health) Nido Pavitra.
Hopes from Pinch
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: Nationalist Student Congress (NSC) has expressed hope that re-appointment
of Ngurang Pinch as president of Arunachal unit of Nationalist Congress Party will
take the party to a new high. NSC hoped that NCP will do well in forthcoming Panchayat
election under the able leadership of Pinch.
Tree plantation prog
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The central executive team of All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA)
organized a tree plantation programmes at Urban Development Office complex and district
hospital complex at Seppa on June 16. Govt officials and general public participated
in the mass tree plantation. Later, the ANYA team organized an awareness programme
on traffic rules and road safety measures.
Org opposes collection of fees
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Youth Organization (AAPUYO) has
appealed to the state Govt, particularly the education department to intervene and
direct the Govt schools not to take admission fees from the students up to class
Claiming that various schools in the state are collecting admission fees from the
students, the organization said collection of fees is against the education policy
of the nation and spirit of the Right to Education (RTE) Act which provides for free
and compulsory education to all children of age group between of six to fourteen.
One dead, four injured
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: One person died at spot while four others injured in Shakti Camp,
12 kilometres from Palin, Kurung Kumey when the vehicle they were travelling went
down a deep gorge.
SI KL Pertin of Sangram Police Station informed that the accident occurred at 2.30
The dead has been identified as Lokam Taghik, aged about 50 years from Damin village.
The vehicle (Scorpio) with registration number AR-0IB-3171 fell atleast 100 metres
down the gorge and is yet to be retrieved. Injured have been shifted to R K Mission
The SI informed that a case has been registered and investigation launched.
The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained. The vehicle was going from Itanagar
to Koloriang when it met with the accident.
Disruption in water supply
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The main water supply pipeline to Naharlagun and Nirjuli has been
damaged by landslide at Depra Nallah, about 4 km away from Papu-Yupia road on June
18 causing disruption in water supply in the townships, informed the Naharlagun
PHE sub-division Assistant Engineer in a release.
The restoration work is going on war-footing and may take two more days to restore
completely; the AE said and requested the consumers to bear with the inconvenience.
SSB ex-servicemen's plea to DGP
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The State unit of All India Central Paramilitary Forces Ex-servicemen
Welfare Association (AICPMFEWA), in a letter to Directorate General of Police, Arunachal
Pradesh appealed for recruitment of SSB Retired Personnel in AAPBN & IRBN. The association
lamented that though SSB have been declared as one of the armed forces of the Union
of India by the union ministry of Home Affairs in 2004, the SSB ex-servicemen did
not find a mention in the recent advertisement (No – PHQ/PER/29/2011, Dated –15–6–2012)
published in local dailies.
Circulation to this effect were already given to Chief Secretaries of all states,
UTS and Director General of all CPMFS, the association claimed and appealed for consideration
of retired SSB personnel’s recruitment in AAPBN and IRBN.
Double blow to Dibang Valley
Anini, Jun 19: Double blow to people of Dibang Valley as telecommunication failure
coupled with road blockade threw normal life completely out gear in the district.
Although SDO(T), Roing had assured to restore the landline telephone service within
15 days it remained defunct for the last couple of months causing great inconvenience
to the people. Locals blame the numb and inattentive attitude of the BSNL authority
for the present situation. However, deputy commissioner Abu Tayeng has personally
taken up the matter with BSNL authority for early restoration of both mobile and
Meanwhile, it was reported that BRO has started the work to mend the reported damages
caused to one of the abutments of Ambuli Bridge connecting the district with the
rest of the country.
According to report, the district administration was successful in bringing few
stranded vehicles carrying PDS items to Anini through transshipment. DIPRO
Jan Sangharsh Abhiyan Andolan
Itanagar, Jun 19: The Bharatiya Janata Party Arunachal Pradesh unit in a meeting
on Sunday decided to join the nationwide agitation (Jan Sangharsh Abhiyan Andolan)
demanding complete rollback in petrol price from June 22.
The agitation would take place at state capitals and district headquarters throughout
3rd IRBn personnel face accommodation crisis
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: After food and clothing, a shelter is most fundamental requirement
for human being’s survival, however, the IRBn personnel deployed at 3rd IRBn Headquarters,
Jully, Itanagar have different story to tell.
Due to acute shortage of staff quarters, the personnel and their family members are
being forced to find private accommodations outside the headquarters.
With staff quarters being limited, the authority do not allot quarters to all, which
left them with no option but to opt for rented accommodation in and around twin
capital city, which not only burn a big hole in their pockets but also force them
to travel long distance to reach their office.
The staff bus to pick the personnel also reportedly fails to reach every nook and
corner of the city which compels them to board private commercial vehicles to reach
office on time as everyone cannot afford to buy personal vehicle.
According to a senior officer, on the condition of anonymity, the IRBn headquarters,
Jully equipped with a total strength of 808 personnel including officers has got
only 160 quarters (84 type-II & 54 type-III) out of which 138 have been allotted
to some family and remaining 22 are used for other miscellaneous purposes.
“Even senior officers in the rank of Sub-Inspectors are also compelled to stay outside
the campus paying heavy amounts”, he lamented.
Adding to the woes of residents, the place reportedly experiences acute of drinking
water. Even those personnel who are fortunate enough to get allotment in staff quarters
prefer to go for alternate arrangements if they can afford it because of the water
and other problems, he further informed.
Another constable lamented that there are no proper accommodations for bachelors
as well; forcing many of them to share a single room. He said the govt should construct
more quarters so that everybody gets accommodation and respite from rented houses
which charges heavy amount. The situation is even more worse for the Jail Wardens
deployed at Jully Central Jail,- as there are no staff quarters at all for 100 wardens
who also have a separate set of problems. According to them, jail wardens in the
state have been left high and dry with disparity in pay scales and allowances.
Few of them broke their silence and told this correspondent that the govt was meting
out partial treatment to them. They say the disparity in pay scale, which is only
Rs 2750 against the entitled Rs 3050, is ultimately affecting their morale as they
work hard day and night to guard the jail. The govt should consider our woes and
do needful to enhance our pay scale like other state police personnel with same educational
qualifications as token of encouragement, said one of the wardens.
Draft Sports Policy to be finalized on Jun 21
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The much anticipated Sports Policy would be finalized on June 21
for due approval by the state government.
The 6-member committee constituted for drafting the sports policy headed by Secretary
Sports Gamli Padu would be sitting in the office chamber of Parliamentary Secretary
and Arunachal Olympic Association president Padi Richo here on June 21 to finalize
the Draft Sports Policy, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow informed.
The committee would table the final draft policy before the state government for
approval, he added.
A detailed scrutiny of the Draft Sports Policy was done by the officers of Directorate
of Sports and Youth Affairs in consultation with Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA)
and representatives of various state level sports associations at the Sports and
Youth Affairs directorate office, Chimpu here today.
Some of the salient features of the draft sports policy are provision of cash incentive
of Rs 3 crore for Gold medal winners at Olympics, Rs. Two crore for Silver and Rs
One crore for Bronze, fund provision of Rs. 20 lakh for holding state level events,
Rs. 50 lakh for national level events in the state besides handsome cash incentives
for all medal winners of various events at national, international and regional levels,
bonus for coaches, pension schemes for outstanding players etc.
Besides the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs today’s scrutiny meeting was attended
by Assistant Directors Tadar Apa and Ramesh Lingi, AOA secretary general G Doke,
Arunachal Karate Association president Likha Tara, general secretary L Marik, Arunachal
Weightlifting Association general secretary Daniel Teli and AOA Assistant Secretary
L Sokun Singh. Meanwhile, Dinglow told this reporter that he has already processed
file to the state government for providing financial assistance to upcoming tennis
player Mingkhi Talom as appealed by his family members and well wishers to undergo
training in USA.
It is pertaining to mention here that Mingkhi has been selected from India to undergo
training at a tennis academy in USA. But his trip is being delayed mainly due to
visa and financial problems, family sources said.
Org demands judicial enquiry on bridge conditions
Pasighat, Jun 19: Expressing dismay that potholes and cracks have developed recently
at Pasighat Bridge popularly known as ‘Raneghat Bridge’, the All Adi Youth Association
(AAYA) demanded judicial enquiry against the Mumbai based constructing agency, Gammon
India Private Limited (GIPL).
AAYA president Olik Komut while demanding judicial enquiry into matter wondered how
the cracks developed even before completion of three years.
Citing the example of flyover at New Delhi under the construction of GIPL which collapsed,
Komut appealed the state government not to rope in companies with dubious past for
constructing big projects in the state.
Informing that many potholes have developed in the middle of the bridge, he cautioned
of impending accidents. “The once reputed bridge is no more safe because of many
potholes, cattle and the young boys performing stunt in the middle of the bridge”,
Further, Komut demanded 24 hours police service to check untoward incident in the
The bridge also needs overall timely surveillance of its status especially during
monsoon by experts, as flooding Siang River might cause irreparable loss.
The 763.50 meters bridge was completed in July 2009 at a cost of Rs 2817.50 lakh
by BRO through Gammon India Pvt Ltd. About 7 km from Pasighat, the bridge connects
Mebo Subdivision of East Siang besides boosting road network of Dibang Valley and
Upper Siang districts and Assam.
Inefficiency and fund constrain delays double lanning of MC road
CHANGLANG, Jun 19: The pace of double lanning of the much awaited 36.10 km Margherita-Changlang
road under Sub - Division-III of Changlang PWD is beyond doubt contrary to public
After local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Thinghap Taiju’s rigorous approach, the
lifeline of Changlang was sanctioned in 2010 at an estimated cost of Rs.111.60 crore
under Central Road Funds.
Tender was floated well in time and the task of double lanning was officially awarded
to Bharatiya and Shivam Joint Venture, Guwahati on July 10, 2011 against their lowest
bid amount of Rs. 83.92 crore.
As per the norms laid down in the work order, the double lanning activity is supposed
to be completed within the stipulated period of 2 years but the ongoing pace of construction
speaks volumes about the efficiency of the executing agency. The possibility of its
completion in time might just remain a dream.
However, despite hindrances the widening of at least 22 kms and one layer of GSB
along 4.5 km has been completed. The construction of retaining walls and culverts
including extension of RCC culverts and replacement of HP culverts with RCC slabs
are in progress.
Apart from monsoon’s fury and unavailability of sand and other forest products there
are other problems contributing to the delay.
The owners whose tea gardens have been damaged in the widening process have demanded
Miao Electrical Division has also submitted an invoice of Rs.59 lakhs for shifting
and re-construction of transmission distribution lines including the sub-station
effected due to the widening.
The 4th Assam Rifles too have served invoice for Rs. 9, 18, 935 for damage of one
Mandir (temple), two Memory Stones, one RCC Sentry Post and Barbed Wire Fencing at
Yanchick including one Pre-Fabricated building and Check Gate at Longran.
Compensation has also been sought for destruction of optical fibre lines under Department
However, Assistant Engineer PWD Sub-Div III, Changlang J.S Mallick said that there
is no provision under CRF for compensation. Referring to DC’s order, Mallick said
as per laid down norms of the PWD code, the Right of Way (RoW) or land width for
major district roads should be 18 mts in hilly terrains but in many places, villagers
have started cultivation up to the edge of the hill sides and down slopes without
leaving any space for widening and protection of the roads. Therefore, 9 mts on hill
side and 9 mts on valley side from the central line of the road belong to PWD, he
When Changlang (N) local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Thinghap Taiju was asked
about the progress of his dream project, he expressed dissatisfaction at the snail
pace of construction and voiced apprehension at timely completion.
He informed that there are 29 ongoing projects under CRF in the state including M-C
Road against which the Centre provides only Rs. 39 crores annually which is distributed
to all the projects.
If the trend of the existing funding pattern continues, it would be practically impossible
to complete the works within the stipulated period. The funds received are too meager
in comparison to the huge size of work, Taiju stated while informing that the Chief
Minister has been apprised of the shortcomings.
Not even 1/4 of the machineries required can be spotted along the work site. Funding
pattern can be a problem but the rumours of underground elements hindering the progress
of work cannot be an excuse as the executing agency in question grabbed the contract
after knowing well the situation prevailing in the district. Astonishingly, the higher-ups
of Bharatiya and Shivam Joint Venture, Guwahati have never been seen visiting the
Code of Conduct (CoC) for safe and honourable tourism in Arunachal
Itanagar, Jun 19: Various stakeholders of the Tourism industry in Arunachal Pradesh
today vowed not to encourage sex-tourism in the state to prevent exploitation of
children and women.
More than 40 hoteliers, tour operators and taxi operators during the day-long consultation
on ‘encouraging responsible tourism by engaging stakeholders’ took a pledge to implement
the Code of Conduct (CoC) for safe and honourable tourism in the state.
The Code of Conduct for safe and honourable tourism was adopted by the Centre on
“We will take the necessary actions towards incorporating into our operations the
criteria like informing and training of all personnel on the Code of Conduct, creating
public and industry awareness of the CoC and enact ethical business practices and
marketing,” the stakeholders promised. They also asserted to regulate the use of
premises and official equipments to prohibit sex tourism and the exploitation of
women and children besides implementing and monitoring of the practices outlined
in the CoC.
Most of the participants in the consultation advocated for strict implementation
of the Code of Conduct in the state in order to protect the socio-cultural fabric
of the indigenous tribal population.
“When we lost our dignity no amount of money can buy it back,” commented Parliamentary
secretary for Tourism Passang Dorjee Sona.
He urged all and sundry to put concerted efforts in checking human trafficking in
the tourism industry and to sensitize all stakeholders on safe and honourable tourism.
Stating that North East region was fast changing into a favourite torurist destination
of the country, Team member of Impulse NGO Network, Shillong Elissa Makkinen informed
that half of the children population in India was sexually abused every year.
The consultation was organized by Impulse NGO Network in association with Abo Chegum
Multipurpose Welfare Society and A THU as state partners with state tourism department
as the collaborative partner and supported by UNGIFT.
AAPPTF not happy with frequent bandh calls
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) said
that frequent bandh call is not fair and hampers all round development. Reacting
to a report of proposed 72 hours bandh by three organizations in the state, it suggested
that the problem should be sorted out through talks and memorandum as agitation and
violence do not have space in civilized society.
It urged the bandh callers to reconsider their decision as the bandh call directly
affects the citizens of Capital.
The AAPPTF also appealed to the state government to look into the demands of the
organizations immediately and initiate step for reducing petrol price and frequent
bandh call in the state capital. The rise in petrol price and bandh directly affect
the unemployed youth particularly those youths who has taken commercial vehicle on
loan from different Banks, it added.
AAPPTF further reiterating its earlier demands appealed to the state government to
immediately reconsider government order of levying 12.5% entry tax on commercial
vehicles purchased from outside the state and also to relax the existing road tax
from 10 to 6 years as the life expectancy of vehicles in state is very low as compared
to other states.
The federation further urged the state government to immediately implement or review
the corridor agreement signed between Assam government and Arunachal Government as
vehicles from most of the districts of the Arunachal Pradesh plying from one district
to another touching Assam road are facing lot of difficulties in Assam. The implementation
of corridor agreement in toto would immensely give a relief to transportation service
providers and the public of the state.
Vocational training cum exposure visit for girl students
Pasighat, Jun 19: A two days vocational training cum exposure visit for 50 girls
students boarding in hostels of various schools of East Siang under SSA was inaugurated
at Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya (KGBV) at Pasighat.
Attending the inaugural function, Aroti Padung, (Pada) vice principal of D. Ering
Memorial Hr. Secondary School advised the girl students to avail the opportunity
to equip themselves to be successful in their career and life. She said that earlier
there was lot of gender bias.
“Now everyone has realized the importance of education for the girl child and parents,
society and the Govt. are encouraging them for acquiring education. They should
be determined and set goal in life and pursue their dream sincerely and with dedication,”
The vice principal advised the girl students to utilize the training to develop their
talents and contribute for the betterment of the society.
Deputy Director of School Education T. Talom informed that the residential schools
are for all round development of the girl students. They should make up their mindset
to be the best and march along with the boys.
Citing examples of the successful women in other parts of the world, Talom exhorted
the students to be inspired by them. He said that quality mothers can create quality
society. So they should be laborious and hardworking . They should study, learn and
become successful. Distracting elements have to be completely avoided and they should
concentrate in their studies and learning to become better human beings, he added.
Sub-divisional library needs infrastructure
RUKSIN, Jun 19: The only library in Ruksin Subdivision under East Siang district
is running without proper infrastructure and other necessary equipments. There is
shortage of staff, electricity and running water supply.
Established in 2009, the library was set up inside the Ruksin SDO’s office and subsequently
shifted to a new single storied RCC building at Power House colony here. But, the
library do not have required facilities besides necessary equipments like furniture.
The new library building worth Rs 25 Lakh was funded by Kokata based Raja Rammohun
Roy Library Foundation. It was opened on April 27 last.
The Junior Librarian (JL), who is the overall in-charge of the library, informed
that presently the library contains about five thousand books including some magazines
and newsletters, but few hundred are yet to be arranged due to shortage of bookracks.
He said that the authority should have facilitated a computer and some other staff
for smooth functioning of the library but nothing has been sanctioned so far.
Shortage of staff has also hit the smooth functioning of the library. Only two staff--
the librarian and an attendant is conducting all works of the library. Officials
informed that the local MLA Tangor Tapak, during opening of the new building had
assured to move the government for granting fund for library equipments and creation
of some posts. The assurance, however, is yet to be fulfilled.
Awareness campaign on TSC
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The Papum Pare District Water Sanitation Committee (DWSC) under
PHE Division in collaboration with the NN Charitable Society (NNCS) has conducted
a three days awareness campaign on Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) at Pan, Tacha-I
and Tacha-II villages under Mengio circle from June 15 to 17.
Addressing the gathering as resource person, NNCS field coordinator Henge Rame requested
the public to discard the habit of open defecation. Improper disposal of the solid
waste will cause communicable diseases in our society, he said.
Highlighting the Govt initiative for providing individual house hold latrine in every
village, Rame called upon the villagers to take the benefit of Total Sanitation Campaign
and construct individual latrine. This is the only way to maintain health and hygiene
and tackle disease in rural areas, he added.
Among others, HGB of Pan village Taba Choya also spoke on the occasion.
Head Gaon burahs, Gaon Burahs, panchayat leaders, members of farmers clubs and SHGs
participated in the campaign and urged the Govt for implementation of the TSC scheme
in their villages.
The campaign team also interacted with the villagers of Pan Panchayat and came to
know that the villagers are facing various problems due to lack of proper sanitation,
safe drinking water facilities, sanitary latrine for schools. They requested the
Govt and department concerned to look into the matter at the earliest. Pan GPM Chairperson
Nabam Tangam also requested the government to take proper steps to prevent water
borne diseases especially during the rainy season. He further called for enhancement
of TSC fund and construction of IHHL at the villages as early as possible.
Congress celebrates Rahul Gandhi’s birthday
ITANAGAR, Jun 19: The 42nd birth anniversary of AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi
was celebrated throughout the state with various programmes today. Arunachal Pradesh
Congress Committee (APCC) celebrated the birthday today at Rajiv Bhawan, Itanagar.
The programme was attended among others by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, APCC Vice-president
Takar Marde, former chief minister Gegong Apang, ministers, parliamentary secretaries
and office bearers of APCC.
Conveying his heartfelt greetings and best wishes to Rahul on his birth anniversary,
Former Chief Minister Gegong Apang in a message said, “ May Almighty Donyi-Polo shower
his choicest blessings on you and empower you to charter new path of development
of the country with your visionary and able leadership.”
The Assembly Youth Congress of 13th Itanagar assembly constituency distributed fruits
to the patients of RK Mission Hospital here today as part of Rajiv’s birthday celebration.
The programme was attended by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Transport Minister Jarkar
Gamlin, MLA cum APCC vice president Takar Marde, Parliamentary Secretary Phurpa Tsering,
MLA Kumsi Sidisow and youth Congress leaders of the state.
The Youth Congress leaders of Aalo West, Aalo East and Rumgong assembly constituencies
distributed fruits to more than 300 indoor and outdoor patients at District Hospital
Aalo in presence of Dr. Bomjum Kamki, DMO and Dr. L. Lollen, Med. Superintendent
Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Tadar Niglar also attended the function.
Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Gadam Ete and Transport Minister Jarkar Gamlin sponsored
Empathising with the sick and infirm, the APYC unit of Tezu- Sunpura assembly constituency
distributed fruits to the indoor patients at the District Hospital to mark the birth
anniversary of Rajiv Gandhi.
Bagilu Kri, wife of the Parliamentary Secretary (PHE) distributed the fruits to the
To mark the day, National Student’s Union of India (NSUI) State unit led by its
vice president Teli Naga along with Papum Pare district Vice President Taba Rajen
visited the General Hospital Naharlagun and distributed fruits to the patients. The
team was also assisted by Honipa Sono Yangfo, General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh
Youth Congress (APYC).
DLHS 3 and way ahead…..
Dr D Padung, MD (Paed), DIHPE (Erasmus)
The District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-3) on Reproductive & Child
Health (RCH) carried out during 2007-08 was designed to collect data at district
level on various aspects of health care utilization for RCH, accessibility of health
facilities, assess the effectiveness of ASHA and JSY in promoting RCH care, to assess
health facility capacity and preparedness in terms of infrastructure. The broad objective
of DLHS-3 is to provide RCH outcome indicators at the district level in order to
monitor and provide corrective measures to the NRHM.
About 74 percent of the households are concentrated in rural areas and one-fourth
of the households (25.8 percent) are in urban areas. In Arunachal Pradesh, majority
of the households belong to the other religion (33.3 percent), 29.6 percent are Christians
and 13.6 percent are Buddhist. Age at consummation of marriage is at least 18 years
for 74.5 percent of ever married sampled women between 15-49 years irrespective of
residence background. 19 and 20.3 percents of women belong to households in the lowest
and second lowest wealth quintiles.
The institutional delivery improved progressively from 26 percent in DLHS-1 and 35
percent in DLHS-2 to 48 percent in DLHS-3 (2007-08). 48.8 percent of deliveries are
either institutional or home deliveries were safe delivery, assisted by skilled person.
About half of the women (46.7 percent) in Arunachal Pradesh had faced at least one
delivery complication. About one-fifths of women in Arunachal Pradesh had post-delivery
More than one-third of women (38.2 percent) had initiated breast milk within one
hour of birth of the child. Seventy-three percent of children under two months of
age are exclusively breastfed. The median duration of exclusive breastfeeding of
the youngest surviving child in Arunachal Pradesh is very short at 4.9 months. 45.7
and 14.2 percent of children between 12-35 months of age had received at least one
dose and 3-5 doses of Vitamin-A supplementation respectively
In Arunachal Pradesh, Fifty-eight percent of children suffering from diarrhoea sought
advice/treatment while sixty-five percent of children suffering from diarrhoea were
actually treated with ORS. Ninety-two percent of children with diarrhoea sought advice/treatment
from government health facility and 7.7 percent sought advice/treatment from a private
The short analysis
This report presents the key findings and short analysis of the DLHS-3 (2007-08)
survey in Arunachal Pradesh and specifically, the districts of West Siang, Upper
Siang, East Siang and Lower Dibang Valley.
Against the background as narrated above, a simple analysis among the 4 districts
The percentage of women marrying before the legal age of 18 years is 1% in Lower
Dibang Valley, 3.3% in West Siang and as high as 17.5% in Upper Siang and 19.5% in
East Siang. In absolute term, women marrying before 18 years of age are 17 times
more in Upper Siang as compared to Lower Dibang Valley. Similarly, East Siang district
is faring unacceptably as high as about 7 times as that of West Siang district. This
could lead to high abortions, maternal mortality and also infant mortality.
Early marriage and unplanned pregnancies are reasons for percentage of birth order
of 3 or more in 41.1% families in Lower Dibang valley, 30% in East Siang, 46.1% in
Upper Siang and 24.3% in West Siang district. As discussed above, lowest wealth quintiles
and low educational level affects the decision making and leading to high birth order.
To reduce maternal mortality ratio (MMR), one of the key intervention is to register
early within the 1st trimester and continued antenatal care (atleast 3 checkups)
during the pregnancy. To compare against a near 100% 1st trimester ANC registration,
only 10% of all pregnancies do register in 1st trimester in Upper Siang, 28.6% in
Lower Dibang Valley, 32.4% in East Siang and 33.2% in West Siang district. When the
situation is hovering around 30%, it is presumed that morbidity and mortality due
to pregnancy is inevitable.
Minimum of 3ANC is a must for every pregnant women to ensure proper care, advise
and detection of possible complications. Among the districts, only 12% of Upper Siang
pregnant women make it to ANC by skilled attendant, followed by 37.2% in Lower Dibang
Valley, 47.6% in West Siang district and 49.3% in East Siang. It is very likely that
morbidity / mortality due to pregnancy will occur more frequently in Upper Siang
than in other district presumed to be compounded by lack of functional health facilities.
Similarly, at least 1 Tetanus Toxoid injection taken by these pregnant women is as
low as 34.3% in Upper Siang, 53.7% in West Siang and fairly immunized in East Siang
(65.3%) and 67.2% in Lower Dibang Valley. Non immunization of TT injection often
leads to Tetanus infection of the newborn following delivery of the baby.
The most important event in ones motherhood is delivery of her baby. It is amply
evident that delivery at the health facility in presence of Skilled Birth Attendant
does reduce or eliminate likelihood of preventable untoward consequences. The institutional
delivery in Upper Siang is abysmally low at 13.1% only whereas all other 3 districts
sway around 50%. Presumably, about 90% pregnant women are at preventable risk of
losing her life or the newborn due to either delivery at home or elsewhere in the
hands of local quack / untrained persons.
Following the delivery of the baby, it is advised that all the babies are given immunization
provided free of cost by health department. The full immunization provides protection
from 6 vaccine preventable diseases before the child attains 1 year of life. West
Siang is low at 28% only, 32.4% in Upper Siang, 39.8% in East Siang and 40.5% in
Lower Dibang Valley. It is likely that all the districts will have repeated outbreak
of vaccine preventable diseases due to low coverage.
In terms of access, the BCG vaccination coverage ranges from 53.3% to as high as
95.7% in Lower Dibang Valley but the utility of such promising program suffer very
badly when measles coverage is as low as 43.4% (West Siang) to 77.4% in Lower Dibang
Valley. Ineffective communication through proper messages during contacts and mobilization/tracking
by ANMs and ASHAs at community level is evident.
Supportive Vitamin A of atleast 1 dose coverage is dismal and is very low at15.2%
in Upper Siang to 60.7% in Lower Dibang Valley. Beyond this, when ideal minimum of
3 vitamin A doses are accounted, it is not acceptable. It is very low at 4.7% in
Upper Siang, 5.2% in West Siang, 11.3% in Lower Dibang valley and 14.7% in East Siang
It is likely that a child will have 4 – 5 episodes of diarrhoeal attack in a year.
The parent taking sick children to health facilities is 21.8% in Upper Siang, 46%
in West Siang & East Siang and 50.6% in Lower Dibang Valley. Treatment of such children
with Oral rehydration salt (ORS) is fairly comparable in all the districts at about
70%.When the intervention is low, it is very likely that many children will fall
sick very seriously or may die due to dehydration.
Similarly, children suffering from acute respiratory
infection (ARI) are taken to hospital fairly in good number. 54.3% in Upper Siang
and above 70% in all other districts.
Traditionally, mothers of these districts provide breast milk to the newborn but
the study showed that around 26% are breastfed within 1 hour in Lower Dibang Valley,34%
in Upper Siang & West Siang and 47.7% in East Siang. Breast feeding the newborn within
1 hour is the diktat of the national program which is laden with several advantage.
Exclusive breast feeding for 1st 6 months is the key to proper growth and development
of the child. In Upper Siang, only 16.7%, 32% in West Siang and about 40% in East
Siang and Lower Dibang Valley are exclusively breastfed during the 1st 6 months.
In Family planning arena, use of any modern method percentage stagnates at 40-50%
in all the districts. The permanent sterilization (of females) is also not very encouraging.28.7%
coverage in Lower Dibang valley, 34.9% in Upper Siang and above 43% in other 2 districts.
Similarly, acceptance / use of Intra Uterine Device (IUD) like Cu-T are not very
popular either. The average proportion of IUD usage in all the districts is around
1-2% only. Use of Oral Contraceptive Pill (OCP) is also very low averaging coverage
at 4-5% only.
The need of the population (Eligible couple) which the service providers could not
provide is as high as 24%. The unmet need needs reduction by covering all the eligible
couple and provision of their need.
There is no single solution to the low coverage. Several factors like access, utility
of the services and other socio-demographic determinants need to be addressed. These
include demand for quality services by the community, availability of quality infrastructure,
skilled manpower manning all the health facilities, need based supply of logistics
and a vibrant monitoring and supervision mechanism. Overall, all the health facilities
need functionalisaton as per norm and supported by a reliable community driven processes
and volunteers. The comparison is made for introspection by everyone and it may be
an eye opener as to see where we fare in trying to reach 100%. By the time next survey
is conducted, a tangible improvement is anticipated in terms of performances and
achievements. Before conclusion, I want to reiterate when wealth is lost, nothing
is lost but when health is lost, everything is lost. (The contributor is State Nodal
Officer (NRHM) Arunachal Pradesh)
Pasighat People’s Welfare Commoitee strongly condemns the unwanted and baseless remarks
as made by the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh which was published in sections
of local media on June 16.
Before making any comments/ remarks, the Chief Minister should have understood the
ground reality as the crux of the problem lies within the Government machinery because
of their inefficiency and negligence and lack of farsightedness and commitment of
the leaders representing the general masses.
The PPWC have been pursuing the electricity problem within Pasighat Township and
its vicinity since 2006. Memoranda and personal meeting with the Government representative
has been done on several occasions but the false promises as made by the Government
has prompted the people of Pasighat to hit the road as this is the only way of expressing
our resentment at the existing state of affairs in a democratic set up. The Chief
Minister’s remark is very unfortunate as PPWC is never against the Govt. Hydro-Power
policy nor a party to it.
On the other hand PPWC's sincere demands are for improvement in the existing projects
and timely completion of the projects undertaken by the Govt. where crores of public
money has been pumped in. If the Chief Minister is so confident of his Govt. machinery,
then why it is taking so long to finish the 132KV Tower line which should have been
finished by 2008?
Why no effort has been initiated by the successive Govt. for restoration and replacement
of the Yembung Hydel Project which was damaged by Siang Flood in 2000. It has been
a long wait for the people of Pasighat to see the uninterrupted power supply which
has been promised time and again but the result is a big zero. It can be also termed
as lack of farsightedness of the Govt to initiate newer projects instead of renovating
the existing projects and inviting public reactions and criticism.
The Chief Minister should remember that it is not the people to decide whether Electrical
power is to be provided or not rather the Govt should go for an introspection that
with all the existing facilities why the basic requirement of a civil society is
deprived of and when the basic amenities is not made available than is it not the
right of the people to make the Govt understand that we have been deprived and denied
of the basic amenities which is a primary requirement of any civil society.
The Govt of Arunachal Pradesh with its open mind should think that six years is a
long wait and we have lost our strength to wait any more.
Lessen the harassments
I want to highlight some of the problems faced by the candidates appearing class
ten and twelve privately or subject improvement examinations under CBSE.
The first one, the CBSE does not upload their results in their website. Therefore
their results are received lately through dak or candidates have to approach CBSE
Office, Guwahati incurring huge amount of money on journey and hotel rents. The last
date of admission to class XI is 15th June as fixed by the education department in
Arunachal Pradesh. But the candidates never get their result before it.
Therefore, hundreds of students fail to seek admission on time and have to wait for
one academic session. I think one year is a great loss for each candidate.
Secondly, candidates appearing for mark improvements are not less harassed as the
candidates already passed class ten or XII under CBSE have to wait for one full year
after appearing improvement exam and another one year for seeking admission in next
higher class with improved marks.
As per CBSE norms, candidates appearing for improvement of marks in class ten or
XII cannot seek admission in class XI year in the same year when he/she is appearing
I request CBSE and Education Deptt. in Arunachal to upload the result in the website
so that such candidates get their result through internet instantly and get admission
on time in different schools in Arunachal Pradesh.
Also candidates appearing for subject/Marks improvement Examinations may kindly be
allowed to take admission in next higher class in the same year so that no one incur
I would like to draw the attention towards the grievances faced by the MGNREGA
staffs of Upper Subansiri District who have not received the payment since the
last 11 months.
Those without salaries include Computer, Technical, Account and Administrative
Assistants, Peon who were appointed in the year 2006 and still not regularized.
The staffs under MGNREGA perform outstanding works in various field facing hard
The Staff inspects work under MGNREGA in the interior and remote areas where communication
are not available. They act as as polling Officers during Panchayat & General Election.
They also perform as Enumerators during the census.
So on behalf of all the MGNREGA Staff of Upper Subansiri, I appeal and request the
department and Rural Development Ministry to release the pending payment of last
Ready to beg
I would like to draw your kind attention to the present state government, and various
Engineering departments. That J.E's post has already been placed in non-gazetted
'B' class officer's rank and its recruitment is being conducted through the department,
which is not legal and fair.
If it would be conducted through the state public civil service commission, then
it could be expected to be somewhat fair. But very sorry for the students like us
who are helpless and far from the political backing's.
We have got only one option to survive in this state; begging in the houses of political
leaders, who are the only reason for the unfair selection of the candidates.
So I realize why the P.W.D is taking more than a year to declare the result of the
written examination. Please declare the result, so that we can start begging.
Unemployed Engineering Student
I want to highlight the gross discrimination done by the govt. to the unemployed
Information Technology degree holders. We are being deprived from appearing the RFO
exam whereas Computer science, electrical, civil, mechanical engineers are eligible
It is like rubbing salt in the wound. Already we are facing employment crisis, especially
IT. We have never seen the govt advertise any vacancy for IT in the state, and on
top of that, we are again denied the 'once in a blue moon' chance.
If this is not justified, we are ready to channel the issue through appropriate
organization to get justice.
Come back to Tuting
The public strongly condemn the absence of various engineers of govt engineering
departments at Tuting.
Due to absentee engineers, developmental activities have been stalled. Of the twelve
months, they don’t even stay for twelve days.
Therefore, I request the concerned higher authorities as well as the MLA 34 Tuting–Yingkiong
Assembly Constituency to take action to address this serious public grievances.
Global refugee problem
UN High Commissioner for Refugees in its report shows that a record 800,000 people
were forced to flee across borders last year, highest since 2000.
Worldwide, 42.5 million people ended 2011 either as refugees (15.2 million), internally
displaced (26.4 million) or in the process of seeking asylum (895,000). Despite the
high number of new refugees, the overall figure was lower than the 2010 total of
43.7 million people, due mainly to the offsetting effect of large numbers of internally
displaced people (IDPs) returning home: 3.2 million, the highest rate of returns
of IDPs in more than a decade. Among refugees, and notwithstanding an increase in
voluntary repatriation over 2010 levels, 2011 was the third lowest year for returns
(532,000) in a decade.
The disturbing trend that the report shows is that forced displacement is affecting
larger numbers of people globally, with the annual level exceeding 42 million people
for each of the last five years. Moreover, a person who becomes a refugee is likely
to remain as one for many years. Of the 10.4 million refugees under UNHCR's mandate,
almost three quarters have been in exile for at least five years awaiting a solution.
The work of the UNHCR is humanitarian and non-political. Its principal functions
are to provide international protection to refugees, seek durable solutions to their
plight and furnish them with material assistance. But in the six decades since the
agency was established in 1950 its work has grown to include helping many of the
world's internally displaced people and those who are stateless.