June  06



The cash reward of  Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006




Death mourned

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: The Giyha- Ku- Welfare Society (GKWS) has mourned the demise of its advisor Yura Takang who passed away yesterday at his residence in Itanagar after a prolonged illness.

Born on August 6, 1973, late Yura Takang was also the finance secretary of All Arunachal Pradesh Contractor Welfare Association (AAPCWA). He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.

Late Takang was the district BJP president Lower Subansiri from 1996-97, ASM Lodokare from 2003-08 and Block President All India Congress Party Social Organization Tali till date.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family, it further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.

His death is loss for our society. We will always remember his contributions, said the society in a release.


CWS mourns young member’s death

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: Camdir Welfare Society (CWS) deeply mourned the sudden and untimely death of its member Henry Camdir Tok on June 2 at Popu village.

Son of Kola Camdir Tok and Yater Camdir Tok, Henry, 22, was studying in Shanker Deva College, Shillong. He was also the Convenor of Arunachal Students Union Shillong for the year 2012-2013.

An excellent sportsman, he was the Goalkeeper of the wining Papum Pare Team of Tadar Tang Memorial Football tournament 2013 held at Pasighat this year.

An Alumni of VKV Banderdewa and DPVB Itanagar, Henry represented his school in various national level football tournaments held at Rajasthan, Sikkim and East India Football league. Henry also represented his school team during his school days in various competitions and various professional clubs in state level volleyball tournaments.

Expressing grief and sorrow over his tragic death, Camdir Welfare Society conveyed heartfelt condolences to the grieved family members and prayed for peace of the departed soul.


Vocational training for adolescent girls

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: A month-long basic computer training for adolescent girls was conducted by ICDS Project, Kimin which concluded on May 31 last.

Considering the present day need of computer knowledge, 11 girls were selected for the training. A local NGO which runs computer institute in the area imparted the training.


Drive against F&MD

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: The routine vaccination programme of Livestock against Foot and Mouth Disease in cattle, mithun, goat, sheep and swine flu in pigs for Naharlagun circle will be carried out by a team of veterinary officers and field staffs from June 13 next.

All the livestock owners are requested to cooperate with the vaccination team by keeping their animals in one place to make the programme a success, said a release from State Veterinary Hospital, Naharlagun. The programme will conclude on June 25 next.


Economic census conducted at Raj Bhawan

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: The Census enumeration team enrolled the particulars of Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and First Lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma in the Sixth Economic Census at Raj Bhawan today.

The district administration and the Census enumeration team led by J. Bomjen EAC, Itanagar conducted the enumeration and facilitated the first couple in filling up of the census form.

The enumeration is part of the month-long Economic Census, which is being conducted in the State from May 25  to June 24, 2013.

The Governor has appealed to people to the State to extend all necessary cooperation for successful conduct of the enumeration.

The Governor appreciated the officers and officials engaged in census operation and advised them to take up the work with sincerity and dedication.

Secretary to Governor and Planning Ankur Garg, who is also Secretary Economics and Statistics, was present during the enumeration.

Dr. S.B. Biswas, Deputy Director, Directorate of Economics & Statistics informed that the enumeration will help in providing basic data for the purpose of planning, development, administration and for improving the estimates of State income and related aggregates and also to fill the data gap in the unorganized sector of the economy. Deputy Director further added that 215 Charge Officers, 600 Supervisors and 3000 enumerators are involved in the month-long exercise.  PRO to Raj Bhawan


Centre assures more PMGSY projects in Arunachal

NEW DELHI, June 5: Rural development in the state today got a boost when Union Minister for Rural Development

Jairam Ramesh assured to consider more projects under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna (PMGSY) to increase connectivity in Arunachal Pradesh. The assurance came when the workaholic Chief Minister of the state, Nabam Tuki met him here today morning.

The present connectivity of the state is about 43%, which is comparatively below par, but with new projects in the offing this would increase considerably facilitating transportation of agriculture and horticulture produces to nearby market hubs and subsequently enhancing the financial status of the state.

The Union Minister promised to sanction the second lot of project soon, including the Miao – Vijoy-nagar road, and advised the state to further increase its absorption capacity.

The Union Minister will be visiting Vijoynagar on June 16 and 17 next to take first hand information of that area inter- alia connectivity to the habitations in the border block.

While assuring to sanction the special package for Puroiks in East Kameng district soon, which he had earlier announced during his visit to the state in February last, the Union Minister assured the Chief Minister of full cooperation of his ministry in rural development of the state.

Ramesh suggested faster implementation of MNREGA and IAY programmes in Arunachal Pradesh for availing the benefits of these programmes continuously.


Rally against drug menace

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: With an objective to create awareness on drug menace in the state, the hundreds of bike riders today took out a anti-drug rally being organized by All Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Drug Youth Organization (AAPADYO). The rally was flagged off by AAPADYO president Togo Rebe in presence of Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board Chairman Jalley Sonam, NESO adviser Gumjum Haider and ANSU vice president Tagru Tame. The rally started from Itanagar Gompa covered Naharlagun and Nirjuli and later culminated at Itanagar.

Addressing in the function NESO advisor Gumjum Haider appealed to every section of the society to fight against the drug to make the society healthy.

Expressing concern over the drug menace, ANSU vice president Tagru Tame termed drug as virus infecting younger generation. He also opined that it needs to fight against the menace.






325 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


Govt separates law & order cells from investigation: CM

NEW DELHI, Jun 05: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki revealed that the State Government has decided to separate Investigating Police from Law & Order Police and so far notification has been issued for nine Police Stations. He said similar notification will be extended to all Police Stations in a phased manner.

Tuki was speaking during the Conference of Chief Ministers on Internal Security held here today at Vigyan Bhavan in presence of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Informing that for the last 2 years, the State has not been able to take full benefit of MPF Schemes for modernization of the state police force in the absence of advance release of State funds due to financial constraints, he requested for advance grant-in-aid to bail the state out.

“It is requested that 50% reimbursement of Rs 23.00 Crore be given as Advance grants-in-aid for construction of infrastructure for 4th and 5th IRBN’s,” Tuki urged.

In view of the recent municipal polls held for fast growing cities of Pasighat and Itanagar, the Chief Minister called for more funds under MPF scheme for strengthening city policing. In the rural areas, he said, community policing is being effectively implemented in close coordination with village Head Men and Village Panchayats.  Emphasizing on Crime and Criminal Tracking Network & Systems (CCTNS) he said, “We are implementing the program but need additional Rs 2 Crore for its successful implementation across the state. We have no Cyber Police Station and Cyber Laboratory in the State, so request MHA to provide technical support and funds for setting up the same.”

Tuki further informed that the state government is establishing the first Women Police Station at Itanagar and soon open Women Police cells in each Police station by recruiting 200 lady constables. The process for recruiting lady police officials and personnel has already been initiated.

Highlighting the state’s border management initiatives, Tuki assured that the State Government machinery is maintaining effective coordination with Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), SSB and Assam Rifles, who are manning these borders with China, Bhutan and Myanmar respectively.

“However, in border areas we need porter tracks, mule tracks and foot-suspension bridges for the use of border guarding forces as well as for local public residing in the borders,” he pointed.

Meanwhile, Tuki reiterated the state government’s support to the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) proposed by the Centre. He also condemned the recent incident of violence in Chhattisgarh, which he said is a challenge to dignity of every citizen of India and should be fought with utmost resolution.  

“I, on behalf of people of Arunachal Pradesh join the nation in conveying my condolences to the families of brave leaders and other citizens, who were treacherously killed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh,” he added.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by the state Chief Secretary, DGP and Chief Resident Commissioner, New Delhi.

The conference was also attended by Union Ministers, Governors, Chief Ministers of various states, Home Secretary and Senior Officers of Government of India and States and Union Territories.



Papum Pare gets all women police station

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: The All Women Police Station established with the objective to ensure safety and security of women in Capital Complex has started functioning here yesterday.

The women police station will mainly deal with cases relating to matrimonial disputes, dowry, torture, rape and attempt to rape, molestation, sexual harassment and any other cases of crime against women.

Inspector CN Bui has been appointed as the first Officer In-Charge of All Women Police Station located just opposite to Itanagar Police station. The all women police station will have jurisdiction over entire Capital Complex and Papum Pare district.

“By opening the All Women Police Station in Itanagar, the Govt. has fulfilled the long felt demand of various organizations and unions who has raised this issue in the past,” Capital SP Surender Kumar said in a release.

Now, the women complainants of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Banderdewa, Yupia, Doimukh, Balijan, Sagalee, Kimin areas can visit the Women Police Station to get their complaint registered without any hesitation, Kumar added.

It is pertaining to mention here that the state government has decided to open Women Police cells in each Police station by recruiting 200 lady constables soon.



NSCN(K) ultra, drug peddlers nabbed

KHONSA, Jun 05: Security forces apprehended a hardcore NSCN(K) cadre from Longding Monday last.

Following a specific intelligence input regarding presence of a NSCN (K) cadre in Khonsa Town for extorting money from businessmen, the First Assam Rifles led by Major D.Kakoti and Arunachal Pradesh Police led by SI Thomas Pertin OC, Khonsa Police Station apprehended NCSN (K) cadre Pangto Atoa from Longding road tri Junction in Khonsa Market. A case has been registered against the cadre at Khonsa Police Station under section 384 IPC.

The Army-Police team also nabbed a drug peddler from Khonsa market on the same day and recovered 125 gram opium from his possession. On being interrogated, the drug peddler revealed that he had purchased the opium from a woman at Bank Colony.

Following the information, the joint team with lady constable raided the house of the woman and recovered 500 gram opium worth around Rs 29,500 from her possession.

The woman hailing from Lazu village revealed that she bought to the opium from a Myanmarese people, who visited Khonsa via Lazu for selling drugs.

A case under section 17 of NDPS Act has been registered against the peddler duo and the seized articles sent to FSL for examination. DIPRO



Corruption charge false, fabricated: Gyurme

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: Former Minister Tsering Gyurme has denied his involvement in corruption.

While reacting to a news item published in a section of local dailies  recently alleging his involvement in corruption during his tenure as minister, Gyurme termed such ‘politically motivated’ allegations as totally false, vague, sweeping and fabricated to tarnish his hard earned image.

The Special Investigation Cell (Vigilance) accused Gyurme of having embezzled public money to the tune of Rs 2.36 crores during 2004-2006 meant for implementation of project work of Centre of Excellence in Dirang under the Technology Mission for Integrated Development of Horticulture in Arunachal Pradesh.

Can anyone in this age of information technology and RTI act commit such a criminal act like siphoning off 2.36 crores and get away with that ? wondered Gyurme who had served the people as Member of Legislative Assembly and in capacity of a Minister from the year 1995 to 2009. “The technology Mission for the development of Horticulture is a centrally sponsored scheme. Does it mean that all the visits by Central team, Orientation programme for farmers, procurement of exotic orchids from abroad, distribution of orchids, poly/green houses to farmers were all a sham orchestrated by me over such long period of time?”

The former minister said “it is for the general people to make a visit and see for themselves the very existence of the facilities viz, laboratories, poly houses and the  beneficiaries. He said the  SIC should get their facts corrected first and then only make any allegations.

He further said that the SIC did not even enquire  those beneficiaries who are still alive, it even failed to bring on records that the materials procured are still in the possession of the Horticulture department and other beneficiaries spread over entire West Kameng District.

While welcoming the probe into this matter, former minister,  however, said the law will take its own course. He appealed to the Court to have a day to day trial on this matter so that the truth and justice shall prevail and no innocent people suffer “because of some vested interests in power for settling a personal vendetta.”

The law enforcing agency is required to conduct free, fair and transparent investigation and failure to do so may entail legal process, Gyurme said in his clarification.



State Govt denies accusation, says pursuingwith Centre, Assam to solve boundary issue

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: Denying the accusation that the state Government was not doing enough to resolve the boundary disputes with Assam, the Govt. in a press statement today claimed that the Chief Minister, since he took over the reign of the state, has been constantly pursuing with both Assam and Central Governments to end the tension along the boundary with a permanent solution and to maintain status-quo till such a solution is arrived at.

Explaining in details the initiatives being taken by the state government to resolve the boundary issue at the earliest, Political Advisor to Chief Minister Bamang Tago in a press statement said that the historical, geographical, political and now legal complexities of the issue have slowed down the process despite sincere and honest efforts put in by officials of the State Government.

To understand and acknowledge the complexity of the issue and the stand of the State Government one needs to have a fair idea of the intricacies leading to the present situation, he said.

“The genesis of present boundary dispute between Arunachal and Assam stemmed from the notification that excluded certain plain areas (approx 3648 sq kms) from the existing Balipara Frontier Tract, Abor Hill District,

 Mishmi Hill District and Tirap Frontier Tract from the North Eastern Frontier Tracts notified in 1951 by the Governor of Assam, who administered the said areas under Section 92 of the Government of India Act, 1935. In 1954, these two Tracts and two Districts, minus the excluded plain areas, along with the Naga Tribal Areas were renamed collectively as North East Frontier Agencies (NEFA) which comprised of Balipara Frontier Tract (Kameng Frontier Division, Subansiri Frontier Division), Abor Hills District (Siang Frontier Division), Mishmi Hills District (Lohit Frontier Division), Tirap Frontier Tract (Tirap Frontier Division), Naga Tribal Areas (Tuensang Frontier Division). Tuensang Frontier Division was excluded from NEFA in 1957 and included in Naga Hills that form the state of Nagaland today.”

The Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh was formed on January 20, 1972 with the aforementioned Tracts and Districts excluding Tuensang, under Section 7 of the North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971.

The fact remained that the tribal areas in the plains excluded by the notification of February 23, 1951 still remained excluded from Arunachal Pradesh. Later, the Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged State on February 20, 1987, it said.

The Survey of India which was entrusted to demarcate a boundary in 1969 completed the ground demarcation of 270.5 kms (actual boundary length is approx 716 kms) from the tri-junction of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Bhutan to the Subansiri River during 1971-73. However, subsequent demarcation could not materialize after disputes arose in some portions of the un-demarcated areas as well as in portions already demarcated, the statement informed.

A high level meeting was held on January 11, 1976 at Itanagar between the Chief Minister and Home Minister of Assam and the Chief Minister and Council of Ministers of Arunachal Pradesh to review the demarcation and other allied matters, where it is was decided that before boundary pillars were erected in problem sectors, a Joint Study Team consisting representatives of Revenue Settlement and Forest Department of Assam and Deputy Commissioners of Arunachal Pradesh to study jointly all aspects of impacts on human population affected by the 1951 Notification. It was also decided that pending the study, no eviction should be undertaken from either side and that status-quo should be maintained.

It further informed that a High Powered Tripartite Committee was constituted on July 7, 1979 with representatives of the Union Government, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to carry out demarcation of the boundary between the two states in two stages viz: a) Delineation of the boundary according to existing notifications on the map which will be then referred to Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for acceptance with mutually agreed adjustments as may be necessary and b) Survey on the ground and demarcation with pillars, the statement said.

The Committee clearly provided that there would be a delineation of the boundary according to existing notifications on the map alone. Then the map would be referred to the two governments for acceptance with mutually agreed adjustments. This meant that delineation on the map itself does not in any manner constitute the acceptable boundary between the two states. The acceptance would arise only after mutually agreed adjustments as may be necessary, it said.

The High Power Tripartite Committee held five meeting from August, 1979 to October, 1980. Three sets of maps (each set of 29 maps) with the boundary delineated on them was signed on October 29, 1980 by the representatives of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and the Convenor of the Committee. The maps were referred to Assam and Arunachal for acceptance with mutually agreed adjustments to take further steps for survey on the ground for demarcation.

The ‘mutually agreed adjustments’ referred by the Committee was envisaged to take care of the actual position on the ground. Arunachal Pradesh Government in fact has never accepted the boundaries depicted in the 29 maps as the correct and accepted boundary between the two states.

After the delineation process, the statement said, Arunachal Pradesh Government selected 25 members from amongst the public leaders in consultation with the deputy commissioners for obtaining their views on boundary demarcation. The Arunachal Pradesh members of the Tripartite Committee also visited the districts and held meetings with the public along with the selected members of the respective districts.

After careful consideration of all aspects and also taking into consideration the views expressed by different district committees, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh submitted its proposal in 1983 for inclusion within Arunachal Pradesh the transferred areas from the then North East Frontier Tracts to Assam vide Notification in February, 1951. This proposal was as per the ‘mutually agreed adjustments’ as provided by the Tripartite Committee.

“As there was no response from the Assam Government, Arunachal Pradesh resubmitted the proposal on March 16, 1989 along with detailed explanation of the basis of claims for adjustments of areas along the inter-state boundary.”

“Instead of considering and responding to the proposal of Arunachal Pradesh for settlement of boundary after adjustments, the Government of Assam filed Original Suit No.1 of 1989 before the Supreme Court seeking demarcation of boundary on basis of Section 7 of the North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Act, 1971, which in fact excluded tribal areas given to Assam by the 1951 Notification from the territory of Arunachal Pradesh.”

Arunachal Pradesh filed its written statement to the Suit on April 19, 1999 and claimed that the areas which should constitute the boundary of Arunachal Pradesh should include all the areas that constituted the then North East Frontier Tracts.

It also submitted that the notification dated 23.02.1951 excluding the plain areas of North Eastern Frontier Tracts and defining the boundary of present Arunachal Pradesh in accordance of the Notification of 1951 was done without consulting the people of Arunachal Pradesh and is not acceptable.

“On 25.09.2006 the Supreme Court appointed the Local Commission with a former Judge of the Court as the Chairperson to be assisted by two other Members with specific direction that the Local Commission shall identify the boundaries between Nagaland, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The Court also clarified that the Local Commission is not the Boundary Commission postulated by the Constitution of India and that factual and legal objections are kept open for the parties to be urged and agitated after the receipt of the report from the Commission.

A meeting was held between the Local Commission and Arunachal Government on August 1, 2007 at Itanagar during which the state government submitted that it would make a proposal once again to the Assam Government for adjustments in the boundary taking into consideration the ground reality.

Even though the Assam Government has objected to the proposal, the Local Commission directed Arunachal Pradesh to indicate, in detail, its proposal. Subsequently on 26.12.2007 the state government submitted its proposal, which is on record with the Local Commission.

As per the proposal the state government sought inclusion of an area of 1119.279 sqkm within its territory based on historical records, old usages and practices as well as physical occupation and administrative control of these areas by the state of Arunachal Pradesh all along the inter-state boundary.

On 7.2.2009 Assam filed its reply rejecting the proposal for adjustment of boundary as proposed by Arunachal Pradesh.

The Local Commission heard the representatives of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh at New Delhi on 23.1.2012 and proposed to have a meeting with Chief Ministers of both the states. The Commission also directed both the states to jointly coordinate problematic areas to be visited by its members.

However, the meeting as well as the proposed visit to disturbed areas by the Local Commission did not materialize due to various factors.

In 2013, a proposal came in for visit of the Local Commission to the problematic areas along the inter-state boundary from May 23  to 26, 2013, which too did not materialize.

Meanwhile, the Government of Assam suggested the names of Bhalukpong, Kimin, Gumto and Gerukamukh for visit of the Local Commission while Arunachal Pradesh submitted that the Commission visit Tarasso, Likabali, Nari and Russa in addition to those proposed earlier.

Meanwhile, the statement said that there have been several indecent misadventures by Assam Police and Assam Forest officials despite the existing agreement for maintaining status quo between the two governments till the Local Commission came out with its report and a mutually agreed solution to boundary demarcation is arrived at.

The Government officials at the top are in constant touch with their counterparts in Assam to avoid any untoward incident or trigger tension along the inter-state boundary. The present Chief Minister personally has written letters to his counterpart in Assam, who has also positively responded to cooperate in maintaining peace and tranquility along the boundary, it said.

“The whole issue is subjudice in Supreme Court and hence the State Government is maintaining all formalities, after all Assam and Arunachal are federal units of one country,”

 “Blowing it out of proportion may hamper the State’s stand on its territorial jurisdiction, which is now in record with the Local Commission.

The issue is a major concern not only for the inhabitants but also the Government, which is doing its best for an early solution, the statement said and appealed people to understand the ground situation.

It claimed that once the Local Commission visits the areas of dispute and interacts with local residents, it would become clear why the Government has made the proposal for inclusion of the tribal areas in plains, which were excluded in the 1951 Notification.”

“Once the Local Commission’s report is submitted, the State Government believes that the Supreme Court will give a decision in favour of Arunachal’s stand and end the long-pending problem of the inter-state boundary row,” the statement added.



Capital admin. ready for monsoon season

Itanagar, Jun 05: A meeting was held today in the office chamber of Deputy Comissioner Capital Pige Ligu with the HoDs of all Line Department under DC Capital to discuss about the ways to tackle the disaster in Capital Complex before the onset of the monsoon. Observing that whenever monsoon strikes, it leaves a trail of devastation, the DC said  it’s better to be prepared as monsoon is certain to arrive and as seen in most of the cases, lack of preparedness causes loss of properties and human life. He also listed out the major points which need to be prepared like road which has to be through, medicine stocks should be ready, buffer stock of food grains etc.  He also asked the PHE department to keep tanker for portable water ready for any emergency. Informing that a National Disaster Rescue Force (NDRF) Battalion would be carrying out demonstrations from June 10 next on basic steps to be taken during such calamities, he urged all to attend the same.

The ADC Bokar Basar said that the aim of the meeting is to discuss and find out the ways and means within the existing infrastructure to minimize the natural calamities. Adding that all are equally responsible to solve natural calamities, he said that the joint effort of all would be highly appreciated.

The SDPO Itanagar Taru Gussar briefed on the role of police during such calamities, search and rescue operations, and equipments needed for the same, fire tenders etc. He also informed that training is provided at PTC Banderdewa to Police Personnel so that well trained personnel could be employed during such times. Informing that during such times, many people die due to panic, he advocated for proper awareness and for which he asked for the coordinated team effort from each department. He also informed that life saving jackets, rope to climb, machinery to cut through buildings etc is available with the department.

Stressing that most of the disaster are manmade, as roadside cutting, hillside cutting, random construction are going on which causes destruction of roads and culverts, the EE PWD Taniya Soki requested the DC to form a board which could look into the matter and identify the vulnerable areas of manmade disaster so that it could be controlled. The EE WRD A Nabam requested the DC to issue a notification to avoid further encroachment even along the river bed. The DFCSO Amit Bengia briefed on the stocking/ placement of food grain and other essential commodities and the list of Circle wise godowns. He also provided the toll free number of the department which had been set up to address the grievances of the public.

The Medical Superintendent DR. D Raina updated the scenario of the stock of essential medicines. Later, the HoDs also presented the list of areas which are most likely to suffer and where precaution is required.

During the meeting it was also decided that a control room would be set up at Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa. Later, updation of Disaster Management Plan was done and Standard Operation Procedure was also distributed to all the HoDs.

Jogam Angu, FO-DM Itanagar thanking all said that disaster is not one man’s work, all should work in coordination to minimize its effect. (DIPRO)



Protest against drinking water crisis in Roing

Raju Mimi

ROING, Jun 05: After months of tranquility, the Roing town has once again erupted in protest. Residents of the town are protesting over acute water shortages and lack of access to clean drinking water.

A critical water crisis has persisted in the Township for nearly three months now. The ordeal has accentuated with the coming of monsoon rains polluting the drinking water source with mud, sands and gravels.

Hundreds of citizens took to the street in protest today participating in a rally organized by Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society (IMCLS), All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) and Roing Bazaar representatives.  

They also staged a sit-in protest in front of deputy commissioner’s office and PHE office. The protestors blocked the entrance of DC office demanding the district head to appear in public and give assurances.

The protest was in log jam with neither the DC refusing to budge to the demand nor protestors refusing to move out. Few minutes later, representing the protest rally, AIMSU President Lokha Elapra met the deputy commissioner.  

The talks didn’t resolve the matter and the protest continued. After 3 hours of slogan shouting, PHE Executive Engineer Subat Pertin appeared in the public and addressed the protestors.

Pertin, who was accompanied by Circle Officer Rakesh Tacho and PHE Junior Engineer PP Singh managed to talk sense into the resident protestors who had refused to disperse.

He assured the residents that clean drinking water will be available to the township within a week. Efforts are on way to pump in clean drinking water from water treatment plant, which will be supplied on hourly basis.

The department has already submitted a project for Rs 15 crore to tap clean drinking water from an alternate source. This project has received administrative approval and the grant for the project will be soon cleared by the state government.

At present, the bulk of water for the town is sourced from Eze river. The turbidity of this river water during rainy season, however, increases that makes it unfit for drinking.

An alternate source for water tapped from springs in the Mehao hills through a network of pipelines will provide the needed clean quality water, informed PHE Roing Division head.

Also, tube wells funded from the MPLAD will also start its service within three months, assured the department officials.

Pertin informed the crowd that the department and the administration at their level are trying their best. What they need now is moral support from the public.

Previous day, a team from the department and the administration visited the source of Eze river, far in the hills to take first hand report of the site. An artificial lake was formed in the source due to landslides. Also the continuing landslides were depositing huge silts and mud on river water, affecting the quality of water even during clear weather.

The protester dispersed after assurance of one week for the water crisis to be resolved. Elapra, however, said that protest will continue with next phase for a bandh call if promises are not made.



World Environment Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, June 5:  Along with the rest of the world, Arunachal Pradesh has celebrated the World Environment Day today with various programmes. The theme for this year's World Environment Day celebrations is "Think, Eat and Save. Reduce Your Foodprint".

The World Environment Day is celebrated to stimulate awareness of the environment and enhances political attention and public action. It is celebrated on 5th  June every year. The first World Environment Day was  celebrated on 1973.

A Social Service and plantation of medicinal plant was conducted on the occasion of World Environment Day by the staffs of the Directorate of Health Services, Naharlagun. Indra Mallo jain, Secretary (Health &FW), Dr. Kartik Nishing, DHS and other senior officials participated in the event to encourage the employees of the directorate to keep the environment clean for healthy atmosphere. ‘Clean environment is healthy environment’ was the message of the event which was coordinated by Dr. T. Kampu, DDHS and Dr. Nabam Peter, HRS of the directorate.

“A mass tree plantation programme was conducted at Biological Park Itanagar as a part of the “World Environment Day” celebration. The programme was organised by  Raya Flago, RFO, with a theme,  “For Life on Earth – Plant Trees”.

Joram Dopum, Director, Biological Park Itanagar, inaugurated the Programme by planting a sapling at newly constructed visitors’ ring road and he encouraged the staff to plant more and more trees to defeat global warming and its consequent catastrophe.

The 41th World Environment Day was celebrated at the school premises of R K Mission, Narottam Nagar, Deomali, Tirap Dist today with the theme Think. Eat. Save.

Speaking on the occasion, S. J. Jongsam, Chief Conservator of Forests, Southern Arunachal Circle, Deomali exhorted the students and teachers alike to joint hand in protecting the environment, he also urged everyone to keep in mind the basic concept of celebration of this day so that our environment  becomes free from pollution resulted due to wastage in food items, etc.

V. K. Jawal, DFO, Deomali Forest Division also spoke on the occasion. Let us think before we eat and help to save our environment, he said while delivering a lecture on the theme of the Environment Day. Secretary RKM, Narottam Nagar, Swami Gitatmanandaji also spoke on the theme of this celebration.

Seedlings of Agar, Amla, Ashok, Rudrakhs were planted by the students, faculty and Swamijis of R K Mission School.  The Range Officer R. Socia, FR and the field staff provided all support.

To mark the occasion a bear cub rescued from the jungle of Natun Kheti village by T. Aboh was handed over to the DFO, Deomali Forest Division for rehabilitation.

Tawang Basin Projects NHPC Ltd in association with State Forest Department, SSB and Environment Protection Society (EPS), Tawang celebrated World Environment Week from June  1 to 5 at Tawang. As a part of the celebration, a plantation progamme was organized at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Tawang on June 1 wherein 1000 saplings of Pine and Eucalyptus trees were planted by students of KV, SSB Jawans, NHPC, EPS and various dignitaries including Tawang Deputy Commissioner.

A.K Agarwal,General Manager,NHPC Ltd Tawang, spoke on the occasion  about the importance of Environment protection and need of afforestation. Saplings of pine tree were also planted at children park, Tawang by all the HODs of Tawang district including NHPC on June 5 on the World Environment Day.

Green Marathon  

for ladies

The 1st Kharsang Green Marathon for Ladies and World Environment Day was celebrated at Kharsang Head Quarters today with great enthusiasm.

It is to be mentioned that before this year’s Green Marathon Race for ladies, Eco-Cycling Race for ladies were organized since 2010. The programme is organi-sed by the Kharsang Green Marathon Organising Committee alongwith Kharsang Circle Unemployed Youth Association with sponsorship from the GeoEnpro Petroleum Ltd, Kharsang Oil Field  with the objective to propagate the message of awareness on environment.

This year again the programme was organised in a befitting manner.

The Kharsang Green Marathon was flagged off by Chief Guest Korong Longri in presence distinguished guests  incuding Sethai Sena, President DCC, Changlang, J. Jugli, Ex-Chairperson, Zila Parishad Changlang, A.J Lungphi, Circle Officer Kharsang and host of other Panchayat members, Officers and GBs.

The Marathon race started from Kharsang CO office point upto ITI Balinong road junction where from the participants turned back and reached the finishing point at PWD IB covering a total distance of 08 kms. The onlookers were thrilled to see the Kharsang township and the entire route of Marathon splashed with placards and posters with slogans like “ SAVE TREE FOR BETTER FUTURE”, “PLANT TREES”,”STOP DEFORESTATION”,”OBSERVE WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY” and many others.

Linem Ronrang won the  first position and awarded with a Trophy and  cash amount of Rs. 15000 cash. The 2nd prize went to Puni Wangrey (Rs. 10000 cash and trophy)  and the 3rd prize  was  secured by to Nenroi Yobin(Rs. 5000 and trophy). 11 others got consolation prizes of Rs. 1000 each along with certificates. The  prizes were distributed to the winners by the chief guest and guest of honour.

Green Marathon Race  was followed by environment awareness campaign meeting.

Speaking on the occasion K.Longri urged upon the people to save and protect environment for the future. She specifically mentioned about protecting the environment for our future generations to come and strongly appraised the GBs to be proactive in decimating the awareness of environment in their respective villages / area.

Sentum Ronrang BCC, President also spoke on the occasion and stated about various hazardous activities detrimental to environment like reckless felling of trees etc. He urged upon the people to plant trees.



Non-release of fund stops GP office construction works in East Siang

Prafulla Kaman

RUKSIN, Jun 5: Construction works of Panchayat Ghor (GP Office) in East Siang district have come to a halt after utilization of first installment of funds.

According to the District Panchayat Development Officer, construction works have come to standstill due to non-release of remaining funds.

It may be recalled that the government under the head of Panchayat Department sanctioned Rs.1.24 crore for construction of Gram Panchayat Ghor (office building) and Rs. 82.68 lakh for development of Cultural Activity Ground in the district in August, 2011.

Officials informed that there are 156 GP headquarters in the district and the amounts have already been transferred to the joint accounts of Gram Chairperson and Member Secretary of the GPs concerned. Rs. 4 lakh was allotted to each Panchayat office.

Official sources said that 31 out of the 578 GPs were granted fund for construction of GP Office in the first phase. As such, Ruksin CD block, located at vulnerable Assam-Arunachal boundary here had been given 6 GP offices- 2 each in Ruksin, Sille-Oyan and Bilat circles. But, the people of remaining 29 GPs under the CD block are eagerly waiting for GP office till date.

Further, the construction works of Intermediate Resource Centre (IRC) in the rural areas also have come to halt. The work of IRC meant for ASM office in the respective anchal segment, which started during late 2009, was dealt by then Directorate of Panchayat, who allotted the entire construction work to a Delhi based company. But, the company has reportedly withdrawn 80 percent money out of the released fund without work.

The PRI leaders of the district, alleging gross irregularity in the building construction, later lodged complaint with state’s Panchyat Director and Panchayat Minister Takar Marde during 2010 and sought proper inquiry into the alleged misuse of fund.

It is said that the company constructed five building in the name IRC in three circles under Ruksin CD block, but the construction agency withdrew the bills against more than 30 buildings, by producing fake pictorial evidence and Utilization Certificate before the authority.

The matter was finally taken up by the state government and now it is under-trial in Supreme Curt.

The PRI leaders here have pointed finger towards a BDO earlier served at Ruksin. He was allegedly helped the agency to loot the public money under influence of active political interference.



Nocte Chief Council condemns teenage murder

ITANAGAR, Jun 05: Condemned the murder of a teenage boy in Itanagar in the wee hours of May 27 last, the Nocte Chief Council has demanded immediate arrest of the culprits and punishment to them as per provisions of the law.

Expressing concern over the delay in investigation as no arrests have been made by the capital police so far in the case, it said, police need to put in special efforts in such cases so that confidence of the people remain and miscreants are discouraged to repeat similar incidents.

Coming to the support of All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) on the issue, it said, such incidents of brutal violence signify that anti-social elements have no fear of the police or the prevailing laws of the country.

Meanwhile, the council has appealed ANSU to reconsider their decision to call a bandh.

It said, it will not bring in any solution. Bandhs as such hamper the daily life of a common citizen, majority of whom are law abiding and far away from such crimes. We believe that due to a handful of criminals and a weak police, we should not curtail the basic rights of majority of the population, it said.

There are various other democratic forms to express our angst and frustration over the situation like processions, dhamas, hunger-strikes, etc. During a bandh people will stay indoors but in a procession hundreds will come out in the street and support the cause. We have to show the government the people’s might by organizing processions or dharnas in thousands. This would also send a message to the culprits that every person of the society is against them and that they have been blacklisted, it further said in the release.



Municipal consultative meeting held

PASIGHAT, June 5: A consultative meeting with newly elected councilors was held at DC’s conference hall Pasighat today under the chairman-ship of i/c Deputy Comm-issioner T Pada (SDO).

On the occasion, the Assistant Town Planner Tani Taloh administered the oath of office to newly appointed Ward Committee Chairpersons in presence of the Municipal Chief Councilor (MCC) Denong Tamuk and his Deputy Atik Pertin, Municipal Registration Officer Starlie Jamoh (EAC), District and Block Congress Presidents T Padung and Tobuk Dai respectively amidst the other elected councilors.

Speaking on the occasion, the MCC Tamuk asked the councilors to submit the election expenditure statements within June 21 to the concerned officer as per government instruction and further appealed them to run their offices out of their residences as the under construction Municipal Office building at Gumin Nagar will take few days more to complete.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bosiram Siram in a message congratulated the newly constituted Muni-cipal Steering Committee members and newly elected Municipal Ward Committee Chairpersons today. He hope that the Steering Committee will be very effective in municipal management and guide the activities of all agencies from other spheres of government, NGOs and the private sector within the municipal areas.

Siram stressed on Integrated Development Planning (IDP) for faster development of the township. He said, IDP is one of the key tools for local government to tackle its new developmental roles in municipal management system. The IDP Process is meant to arrive at decisions on matters such as municipal budgets, land management and promotion of local economic development and institutional transformation in a consultative, syste-matic and strategic manner, he added. DIPRO



Computer training for unemployed youth held

DAPORIJO, Jun 5: A month long computer training course for 40 un-employed youth of Upper Subansiri district organized by National Informatics Centre under the District Innovation Fund concluded here today.

Addressing the concluding day function, Jumli Ligu, LEO stressed on the importance of such (technological and practical) training to arm the youth of today in making them more efficient and eligible in the competitive work environment. He also emphasized on the necessity of the knowledge gained to be applied so that this knowledge becomes power and be used as a means for the youth to go forward in their lives.

Dr. B Paul, DRO (i/c),  advised the youth present to keep refreshing their knowledge so that they can keep pace with the fast changing world.

Milan Lego, DIO, the course coordinator cum instructor mentioned that the credit for the conduct of the training should go to Shamee Timba, DPO whose dedication and sincerity has made such an innovative programme for the unemployed youths of the district possible.

It is under his initiative and guidance that the training has turned out to be very successful. Lego added that it is Timba’s foresightedness in the importance of technological training and knowledge and the wonders that it can do for the unemployed yet educated youth of the district, coupled with his dedication and sincerity that has made it possible for the training to take off smoothly and conclude successfully.

Certificates were given to the 40 trainees who had successfully completed the month long training course. Also present were all the instructors of the month long course and staff of NIC, Daporijo. DIPRO

Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh (Part-I)

Grassroots Democracy or Aristocratic Mobocracy?

Nani Bath

Mahatma Gandhi believed that “India lives in her village”, and as such he envisaged the “vision of self-sustained and self-sufficient village republic capable of managing own affairs, as the foundation of India’s political system”. The term for such a vision was Gram Swaraj (village self-government). Thus, the village Panchayats suited his dream of future India. In sharp contrast to Mahatma Gandhi’s idea, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, the chief architect of the Constitution of India, considered the village as “A sink of localism, a den of ignorance, narrow minde-dness and communalism.”

This was probably because of two contrasting ideas- one from the Father of the Nation, and other of the Father of Indian Constitution, that the state’s responsibility towards organizing village Panchayats was placed under the Directive Principles of State Policy of Indian Constitution. It lacked legal sanction. Thereafter, successive governments have made sincere attempts to accord justiciable constitutional position to the institution of Panchayati Raj. The 73rd Constitution Amendment Act, 1992 has made every state legally and constitutionally bound to organize village panchayats as units of local self-Government.

Decentralization of power has been the principal motive of organization of village panchayats in India. Scholars have, however, argued that in Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj was introduced with the motive of bringing uniformity and integration in diverse political practices and structures of different tribal commun-ities. It aimed at infusing democratic elements in the existing indigenous tribal institutions.

Pt. Nehru, the pioneer of modern India, desired that the ‘destiny’ of the people of North East Frontier Agency (NEFA) needs to be guided so that they are allowed to “develop in the lines of their own genius”. After the Sino-India war of 1962, political and geo-strategic significance of the territory was recognized and special attention was paid towards its development. Strategists have concluded that India’s shameful defeat in the war was due to lack of road communication and other facilities in the region.

 Pt. Nehru seemed to have appreciated the fact that the Nehru-Elwin ‘Go slow’ policy required a second look. NEFA Administration had to design its administrative policy to achieve twin objectives of bringing the areas close to the so-called national mainstream, and to organize the people to take lively interest in developmental activities. D. Ering Committee was constituted to come out with a blueprint for future political and administrative development of otherwise secluded but strategically significant territory.

The primary concern of the Committee was to find out democratic traditions among the tribal communities and suggest a viable way for democratization of the existing indigenous tribal institutions. The Committee submitted its report in 1965, a year after its constitution. The Committee recommended for three-tier system: Anchal Samiti at the circle level; Zilla Parishads at the district level; and Agency Council at the territorial level. Agency Council became Pradesh Council in 1972. At the village level, the village authorities (councils) were accorded the status of Gram Panchayats.

The Gram Panchayat was constituted only to serve as the Electoral College to elect members of Anchal Samiti. In 1971, however, the elective system in the village authorities was introduced and the Gram Panchayat came into being as a body of persons elected according to the traditional customary methods by the permanent residents of each village or group of villages.

What many did not know is that the Committee also suggested for abolition of Political Interpreters (Kotokis) and constitution of Township Committees in the line of present day Municipal Councils. It was on its recommendation that the control of the then NEFA was changed from the Ministry of External Affairs to the Ministry of Home Affairs in 1965. Further, some changes were effected in nomenclatures of administrative officers and administrative divisions. Thus, Political Officers came to be known as Deputy Commissioners, and Frontier Divisions were renamed as Districts (example, Siang Frontier Division=Siang District).

The President of India promulgated the North East Frontier Agency Panchayati Raj Regulation, 1967 framed on the basis of the D, Ering Committee recommendations. The Regulation was to cover entire territory except Seppa Sub-Division and Miao-Vijayanagar areas because of its remoteness and backwardness.

The first election to the Panchayati Raj institution was in 1969 with five Zilla Parishads and 39 Anchal Samities. Last election took place in 1992 under 1967 Regulation. The Arunachal Pradesh Governor twice extended the life of the Panchayats in 1995 and 1996 for a year each. On 14th September 1997, the Panchayati Raj was finally dissolved, which was reconstituted only in 2003 because of a constitutional deadlock.

The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Ordinance, 1994 was passed to replace the NEFA Panchayati Raj Regulation, 1967 by a comprehensive law; and to conform to the provisions of the Constitution (73rd Amendment) Act, 1992. The Ordinance, however, was reserved by the Governor for the assent of the President of India. The same Ordinance was returned to the State Government in September 1996 with the following suggestions: (i) constitu-tion of Gram Sabha; (ii) reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes; and (iii) direct elections to Panchayat bodies.

The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Bill, 1997 incorporated the suggestions made by the President but no provision was made again for reservation of seats for the Scheduled Castes. The State Government maintained that Arunachal Pradesh is hundred per cent tribal state and no indigenous scheduled caste population inhabits in the state. The Central Government reserved the Bill on the issue of reservation of seats to Scheduled Caste.

In the meantime, the Government of India introduced the Constitutional Amendment (86th Amendment Bill, 1999) in the Parliament. It sought exemption of the state from the requirement of reservation for the Scheduled Caste. The Bill was passed by the Parliament in 2000 and it became 83rd Constitution Amendment Act, which was formally notified on 30th April 2001.

It may be recalled that the introduction of Panchayati Raj was seen as yet another step towards constitutional separation of NEFA from Assam. Verrier Elwin was in favour of retention of tribal ways and considered the proposal to introduce statutory panchayats a threat to traditional councils. He had forewarned against its introduction. (Dr. Bath  can be contacted at [email protected])


World Environment Day

The theme of the World Environment Day -2012 was – Green Economy: Does it include you? According to the UN Environment Programme the Green Economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In short the green economy can be described as one  which help reduce the carbon emission and pollution  besides  being resource efficient and socially inclusive. However, it remains a question whether the majority of people of our country, particularly in rural areas, are aware of the concept of green economy.

This year too the Environment Day is celebrated across the world. The theme of this year is  Think. Eat. Save. The aim is to encourage people to reduce  food print by becoming more aware of the environmental impact of food waste and loss across the food supply chain.

The FAO report on food waste published in 2011 says “the impact of food waste is not just financial. Environmentally, food waste leads to wasteful use of chemicals such as fertilizers and pesticides; more fuel used for transportation; and more rotting food, creating more methane – one of the most harmful greenhouse gases that contributes to climate change. Methane is 23 times more potent than CO2 as a greenhouse gas. The vast amount of food going to landfills makes a significant contribution to global warming.” The report further said every year around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted across the world. If the similar amount of food could be saved, it could serve the whole of sub-Saharan Africa.

When we think about this year’s Environment Day celebration theme, one thing that comes to our mind is the Supreme Court  order in  which it directed the government to distribute foodgrains to the hungry as a measure to overcome the food storage problem.  “The foodgrains are rotting. You can look after your own people. As a part of short-term measure, distribute it to the hungry for free,” the court had observed during 2010.

According to the Global Hunger Index, India ranks 65th out of 88 countries, with a hunger rate of 23.9. India appears to have made little progress in tackling hunger and malnutrition. India languishes far behind and millions in the country go hungry.

According to the World Bank, 46 per cent of Indian children below the age of five are underweight, and the World Food Program says that close to 30 per cent of the world's hungry live in India.

Think. Eat. Save.  It sounds well. But for Indian leaders who remain hungry for power throughout the year, this  year’s World Environment Day theme unlikely to create much impact.

Ziro valley deserves two assembly constituency

 Dear Editor,

Through the column of your daily esteemed paper, I would like to write about the "frequent change in leadership of 17 Ziro-Hapoli Assembly Constituency”. Since 1978, the first general assembly election of Arunachal Pradesh, it’s been a record that no representatives from 17 Ziro-Hapoli Assembly Constituency won consecutive term. Our friends from other assembly constituencies always ask why people of Ziro don’t elect the MLA for second consecutive tenure and what is the reason behind it? Because there is only one MLA for entire Apatani Community and it is very difficult for lone MLA to fulfill the grievances of one tribe. Whoever will be our representatives can’t fulfill the whole public grievances of our assembly constituency and hence there is always omission and commission in our constituency. It leads to changing of our representatives in every Assembly election.

Moreover, I came to know from the recently concluded Panchayati Raj Election that in 17 Ziro-Hapoli Assembly Constituency there are 7 ZPM Segment which is highest among whole state. In some other Assembly Constituency, there is only two or three ZPM segment. In every Assembly election our representatives gives poll promise that they would pursue for the creation of two Assembly constituencies but it is yet to be materialized. In this regard, I would like to request our Hon’ble Chief Minister and Chief election Commissioner to look into the matter at the earliest and create at least two Assembly segment so as to minimize the public grievances of our Assembly Constituency.


Nam Lode

Pachin Colony, Naharlagun




Few facts about CCE

Dear Editor,

I pay my heartiest congratulation to all the students who had cracked the Board Exams brilliantly securing high grades and marks in class (X & XII) respectively. However it is found that there has been a feeling of uncertainty especially among the children grading the establishment of CCE i.e. Continuous and Comprehensive Evaluation. It evaluates the overall academic performance of the students in (Class - IX & X) particularly.

Therefore, through the column of your esteemed daily, I wish to come forward to bring out the real essence of CCE’S curriculum in front of those who bear a sense of false notations regarding this new educational system. As per my experience, CCE system is highly fruitful only if the student desires to gain positive note out of it. It greets the students with numerous opportunities to realize and show their natural skills and give innovative ideas that not only pack a bundle of beautiful qualities in them but also enhance them to build up their personality right on time. FAS and SAS aim to make them engrossed mentally, physical, emotionally and spiritually so that the children could maximize their energy level purposely.

What I personally learned is Time and Tide waits for none! Yes, CCE has truly made me understand the speed of time in our life. Submitting assignments, projects, seminars and bulk of colorful words are the infrastructure which keeps the students sailing on an endless stream where they could discover and invent their own world.

At last but not the least, I heartily advise all the budding youngsters not to panic and get perplexed by having an outlook of this commanding system. Instead involve yourself completely in the scenario without stultifying your mentality and curiosity, enjoy it and see where you were and where you are now. Moreover, I also appeal the Education Dept to conduct and implement necessary workshops time to time not only for children but for parents too. It will help them to understand concept of CCE much better.


Honiya Dakpe

VKV Itanagar




Make amendment

Dear Editor,

Through you esteemed daily, we would like to draw your urgent attention towards the advertisement No.PSC-R/02 dated Itanagar, the 29th May 2013 inviting application for the post of Field Officer (Non-Gazetted) under the Department of Disaster Management Govt, of (A.P.). We the degree holders of Diploma in Disaster management would like to request concerned authority that the field officer post is a technical post.

It is necessary to make an amendment in the advertisement seeking essential educational qualification for the post of field officer (FO) to be at least Diploma in Disaster Management and Rehabilitation from a recognized University. This would maintain the standard and prerequisite essential educational qualification for the post of Disaster management field officer in true sense and able to recruit a technical knowledge and deserving candidate for the post. This post may be considered technical post. So, disaster management core paper must be kept as a main paper in the recruitment process.


Nabam Tate

Marto Boje

Tao Tajum


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