June  22



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





Awareness meet on income generation held at Depi

PASIGHAT, Jun 21: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS), a Guwahati-based NGO, had organizes a day-long awareness camp on income generation in the Depi village community hall under Nari subdivision on June 19 last.

During the camp the resource persons highlighted on agriculture and horticulture development, bank finance and availing of various government schemes among the rural masses.

Retired DDSE Kento Rina who was the special guest of the occasion appreciated the organizer. He said success of the rural development depends upon the active participation and willing co-operation of the rural people through self-help organizations and voluntary agencies. In recent years, the voluntary agencies have acquired greater importance and significance than before, he added. He donated some amount for developmental activities and participated in tree plantation provided by the DFO Pasighat on the day.

Earlier, President of the society Tabom Boje claimed their organization is trying to stimulate and promote the socio-economic status at the grass roots level. The NGOs and Government Departments are also struggling hard to organize the social mobilization process for successful   implementation of the development programmes in the state.   Some   have   succeeded   in   the process   and   some are still struggling in progressive direction, he further added.

Among others, SHGs, FCs, HGBs, GBs and PRI leaders were present on the occasion. DIPRO


Proposed Capital bandh evokes mixed response

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The Arunachal Youth Federation (AYF) has come to the support of Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Organization (APSO) and All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) by supporting their proposed Capital bandh call on June 26.

Further terming the present state government as one of the worst government ever, it demanded white paper on the financial status of the state.

Meanwhile, the All Capital Complex Market Volunteer Committee (ACCMVC) has opposed to the bandh call.

Reiterating the State Council for IT and E-governance Employees Welfare Association clarification that illegal appointments were misinformed and that the posts were advertised before recruiting, it appealed all the Capital Complex Petrol Depots, Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA), Naharlagun Market Committee and Bander-dewa Market Committee to defy the bandh and open the markets on the day.  


Tawang youths leave for SDT prog at Sikkim

TAWANG, June 21: Tawang District Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev flagged off an educational tour of a team of 40-member unemployed youths at Tawang today.

The team will attend the capacity building and skill development training programme (SDTP) at Sikkim and Darjeeling. The programme is being sponsored under BADP scheme 2012-13.


‘Reconstitute TAH compensation Committee’

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: In its representation to the deputy commissioner East Kameng district on 17th June 2013 last, Bana-Pampoli Area Trans Arunachal Highway Affected Welfare Committee urged the authority to reconstitute committee of 11th West Seppa for the issuance of clearance certificate and disbursement of compensation of Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH). The committee claimed that members of committee for trans-highway were selected/nominated by the local MLA without knowledge of public. It further claimed that some of the members in the committee are not hail from the affected area.


Papum Pare DC reviews progress of schemes

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The Papum Pare DC Pige Ligu reviewed the progress of implementation of both state and central governments funded schemes like RKVY, NFSM-Rice, RADP, CM’s Agriculture Mechanization Program and Extension Reforms (ATMA Program) etc under department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary and Textile & Handicrafts in his office chamber today.

The district agriculture officer, district horticulture officer, district veterinary officer and assistant director (textile and handicrafts) presented the physical and financial progress of the schemes undertaken by their departments during the last two years under state plan and centrally sponsored schemes.

In the meeting, the DC directed the district officers to motivate the farmers to increase the productivity of rice, vegetables and other crops to meet up deficit of food grains. He further directed the officers to plan to physically verify all the ongoing schemes from next month onwards.


SUMA’s 4th mass peace rally against PRC to non-APSTs held

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: SUMA (Students Union Movement of Arunachal Pradesh) organized its 4th Mass Peace Rally at Aalo on June 19 to protest the issuance of PRC to non-APSTs in Arunachal Pradesh.

SUMA further demanded immediate removal of MP Takam Sanjoy from the chairmanship of JHPC and advocated for reconstitution of JHPC on PRC issue by including community based organizations, such as Adi Bane Kebang (ABK), Tai Khampti Singpho Council (TKSC), Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CALSOM), Nyshi Elite Society (NES), Galo Welfare Society (GWS) etc.

The rally was participated by various students unions, youth organizations, women groups/society, from Aalo, Darka, Basar, Likabali and Auto/Traker/Mobile unions of the district.


46th Dree Football Tournament

DSC enter final defeating SLSC 1-0

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Diibo Sports Club (DSC) entered into the final of the 46th Dree Football Tournament--2013 defeating defending champion Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) 1-0 in the first semifinal at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli today.

The all important goal was scored by Tamo Bida within the very first minute of play--the fastest goal of the tournament so far.

Tamo Taro of DSC was adjudged as ‘best player of the day’.

DSC will meet tomorrow’s winner in the grand finale which would be played on June 23 next.

The second semi final match will be played between last year’s runner up All Hija Sports Association and Hari Sports Club tomorrow at 2 pm at same venue.


AAPSU reiterates

demand for early solution to refugee problem

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) held a meeting with Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) on June 20 and reiterated its demand for early solution to refugee problems in the state. The meeting was attended by political secretary of state government, his team and representatives of the refugees.

Alleging rise in crimes like rape murder, extortion committed by the refugees in different parts of the state, AAPSU flayed the state government for failing to check them and solve the refugee issue.

While informing that the JHPC will visit the actual refugee affected places across the state as resolved in the meeting, AAPSU appealed to all the district administrations, particularly the department of forest and land of affected districts to prepare their relevant documents of the issue.

Reiterating its demands and stand on refugee issue, AAPSU appealed to the people of the state to cooperate with the apex students’ body of the state in its movement against refugee issue.


Jr engineer assaulted

Union demands justice

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineering and Water Supply Department Worker’s Union (AAPPHE & WSDWU) has demanded the immediate arrest of the unidentified individuals responsible for the assault on P.K Choudhary, a Junior Engineer in PHE, Chief Office Enquiry, Itanagar.

The union informed that Choudhary was brutally and unexpectedly attacked between 11 pm and 12 pm on June 18 while on his way back home, causing severe injuries. He is currently recuperating in R.K Mission Hospital, Itanagar.


Training on mushroom and modified loin loom

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Training on “Mushroom and Modified Loin Loom” began at Women Technology Park (WTP), Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills today.

Inaugurating the week-long training, Vice-Chancellor Prof. T Mibang encouraged the participants to develop entrepreneurial skills and focus on activities that will produce more profit. He informed that the university is going to organize many such outreach programme in all parts of state and step toward this has already been initiated.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the WTP, Dr. Nani Tamang Jose, briefed the participants about the objectives and purpose of the training.

RGU Registrar Dr. Rachob Taba, encouraged the participants to avail all opportunities of the training.

Prof. Tomo. Riba, resource person also spoke on the occasion and informed about training contents.

Twenty-five trainees from neighboring areas are attending the training.


ALBRSU threatens to launch democratic movement

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Expressing its disappointment over the non-fulfillment of their demands, the All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) has threatened to launch an indefinite democratic movement against the West Siang district administration.

In a letter submitted to West Siang DC, the union said that the ultimatum submitted to him on May 27 last has already expired on June 17 prompting the union to take the step.

The union had demanded serious actions against all the absentee govt officers and staff, immediate transferring of ADC Mechukha for his alleged inefficiency in tackling frequent law and order problems in the area, termination of all govt staff involved in Tapu Yornyi incident, up-gradation of Mechukha Police Station into SDPO post and creation of separate Police Out Post at Moni-gong Circle, immediate posting of circle officer at Pidi Circle, immediate up-gradation of Govt Middle School, Tato into Secondary level and introduction of science and commerce stream in Government Higher Secondary School, Mechukha.


Bamboo and cane craft training

LONGDING, Jun 21: Ten days training on Bamboo and Cane craft concluded yesterday at the craft centre Longding.

The training was sponsored and inaugurated by the Deputy Commissioner of Longding Shilpa Shinde on June 10 last.

During her inaugural speech she stressed on the need to build the capacity of the people and to make optimum use of the abundant natural resource in the area and become self sustainable. She also expressed her desire to conduct different kind of skill training every month in the district.

Craft Council of Nagaland President Neikhozoto Savino, his assistant Langkai Konyak were the trainers.

All together seventeen participants attended the training. The trainees were taught to make utilities items with bamboo and cane like dustbin, tray, pen stand, flower basket.

Circle Officer Longding Kesang Goiba attended the valedictory function of the training. He also encouraged the trainees to put more effort and also attend more training in future to build their own skill and not to look for the incentives or stipend.

One of the trainees said that before the training bamboo was just a grass but after this training he saw the worth and value of bamboo. Another trainee also expressed that it was really hard for the first few days but she began to enjoy the new art and the team spirit. For many this training was the first ever venture to use different tools and make different craft. DIPRO


TAH affected people deprived of compensation, alleges  APVYWA

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Alleging irregularity, nepotism and favoritism in the payment of compensation to the people affected by Trans-Arunachal Highway of Papu Valley area under East Kameng district, All Papu Valley Youth Welfare Association (APVYWA), in a memorandum has urged the East Kameng Deputy Commissioner to immediately stop payment until authority conducts a ‘genuine’ and ‘proper’ survey of the properties affected by the TAH.

It alleged payment of huge compensation to some un-effected people depriving those people actually affected by the highway. The association further appealed to the DC to extend the last date for submission of compensation list.

It alleged that “the authority concerned neither had given sufficient time to estimate the properties affected by the highway nor had it conducted survey in free and fair manner.”


Capital Complex Dree Festival Football final

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Local MLA cum Chief Patron of Capital Complex Dree Festival Celebration Committee Techi Kaso will  attend the Dree Football final as Chief Guest at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium Naharlagun on June 22 next.

The final match will be played between Next Generation Society (NGS) versus Service XI in the senior category.

In the junior category SAMCO Aasthe will clash with Michi United FC. The match will be started at 1300 hours.

Meanwhile, in another football match CCDFC XI will meet Dree Ground Development Committee. MLA Techi Kaso will captain the CCDFC XI.





341 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


Tuki appeals MLAs to contribute for Uttarakhand natural calamity victims

Death toll goes up to 207; 50,000 still stranded

Dehradun/Itanagar, Jun 21: Rescuers found 40 bodies floating in the Ganges river near Haridwar today taking the death toll to 207 in the massive flooding in Uttarakhand, as they intensified efforts to evacuate 50,000 people still stranded in different inaccessible parts of the hill state.

Nearly 34,000 stranded people were evacuated in operations on a war footing launched by multiple agencies including the Army, IAF and ITBP since the heavy monsoon rains pounded the state a week ago.

The IAF deployed 13 more aircraft for relief and rescue work, taking to 43 the total number of planes in operation.

Rescuers were focussing on rain-ravaged Kedarnath area where 250 people are stranded before shifting focus to Badrinath where 9,000 people are stuck, officials said.

Arunachal Pradesh CLP leader Nabam Tuki has requested all Congress legislators of the state to deposit one month's salary to the CM Relief Fund for onward contribution towards relief and rehabilitation of victims of the Uttarakhand natural calamity.

AICC President Sonia Gandhi has directed all Congress MPs and Legislators to contribute to the fund being generated for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of the disaster.

In a circular today, Tuki, in response, has appealed all Congress Legislators of the State to contribute their one month salaries for the purpose on or before June 26 next. He also appealed all thinking citizens, irrespective of position and party affiliations, to voluntarily donate to the fund and assured that proper receipt would be given against all contributions, which would be exempted from income tax regulations.

"Our friends in Uttarakhand are in dire need of help. Let us lend them a helping hand to rebuild their lives," he said in an appeal this evening.

Contributions in cash, cheque or demand draft may be deposited or drawn in favour of the Chief Minister's Relief Fund, which would be then transferred to the fund being generated countrywide.

While praying the Almighty to give strength to the family members of those who perished in the natural calamity, Tuki extended solidarity on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh with their compatriots in Uttarakhand.  



MMPVY in the soup !

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The ambitious project of department of tourism department “Mukhya Mantri Prayatan Vikash Yojna (MMPVY)” has run into troubled  water as some of the beneficiaries have complained against Apex Bank for refusing to pay the subsidy amount as promised earlier.  The group of beneficiary from East Siang district has strongly protested the Apex Bank policy for going against laid down norms.

According to them, the department of tourism through Apex Bank are supposed to pay Rs 3 lakh as subsidy to the beneficiary for buying vehicle under Mukhya Mantri Prayatan Vikash Yojna. The 20% of total cost of vehicle are to be borne by beneficiary and 40% of amounting to Rs 3 lakh by department of tourism. The remaining 40% are to be given as loan by Apex Bank. Rs 3 lakh subsidy money is supposed to be paid to the beneficiary right after buying of vehicle. The tourism department has already sanctioned Rs 3 crore in this regard and money has been transferred to Apex Bank. However according to the beneficiaries bank is refusing to release the said amount and is insisting that it will release it only after beneficiaries clear the loan amount in 36 months duration. This has become bottleneck and beneficiaries are appealing for immediate release of the subsidy amount.

When contacted director of tourism Taru Talo said he is not aware of any problem and he will discuss the matter with his concern officers so that no one face any problem.



Zonal Workshop on agriculture and allied sectors

‘Govt committed to bring changes in agri sector’

CHANGLANG, Jun 21: Chief Secretary, Government of Arunachal Pradesh H K Paliwal inaugurated Zonal Workshop on agriculture and Allied sectors for the Changlang, Longding and Tirap districts at Jairampur, Changlang district in presence of Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena, Agriculture and Horticulture Department Commissioner Hage Kojen, Secretary Planning Sonam Chombey, Secretary Agriculture and Horticulture Department C P Mansai and other dignitaries yesterday.

Addressing the house Paliwal said that the real progress can only be attained by concentrating towards the development of agriculture and allied sectors.

Expressing his concern over the poor productivity in agricultural sector due to which the state is not self-sufficient in terms of food grain he exhorted all the progressive farmers to be more motivated and hardworking. He said that progress through agricultural development is most important for growth of the economy.  Informing the house that state Government is committed to bring drastic changes under agriculture and allied sector he said that community fence and facility of assured irrigation will be provided on subsidies for the farmers of the three districts to ensure better productivity. He also informed that the necessary agricultural inputs will also be provided on subsidies and encouraged farmers opting for Poultry, Piggery and Dairy Farm.

He further expressing his concern over the poor implementation of both State and Central Govt schemes urged them to take every scheme as a mission and utilize the fund to the optimum level.

He hoped that the commitment of state government to make the state self-sufficient in terms of food grain by 2017 will come true. He appreciated the suggestions made by the respective Deputy Commissioners for improving the production and its quality.

Meanwhile, responding to the grievances apprised by the farmers Paliwal assured to look into the matter personally.

Earlier, Minister for Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Setong Sena said that the productivity under agriculture sector can only be improved through hard work. He appealed the progressive farmer for their sincere cooperation in improving the productivity and quality. He said that if works are done together with commitment the pace of development would definitely improve. The minister revealed that soon an Agriculture College will be opened at Pasighat in order to produce more agricultural experts from the state. He further said that matter is taking up with Delhi counterparts for establishment of College for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Science in the state.

Earlier, the Paliwal was briefed upon on the status of Agriculture and Horticulture in the districts by the respective Deputy Commissioners. They also spoke on road map for future development.

Deputy Commissioner Changlang Chanchal Yadav categorically mentioned that less exposure, lack of motivation, untimely supply of inputs, absence of local availability of farm inputs are some of the factors for poor productivity in the districts. She suggested the farmers to perform dual cropping system.

Agriculture and Horticulture Department Commissioner Hage Kojen and Changlang Zilla Parishad Chairperson also gave motivations to the farmers through there deliberation.

Later interactive meeting with progressive farmers and officers of the districts were also conducted.



Audit all environment activities in state, says NCP

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh unit has strongly urged the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India for early auditing of all economic activities, especially the ones sponsored by Government Departments.

Indiscriminate utilization of natural resources for meeting development demands, rapid and unplanned urbanization are adversely affecting the environment, said NCP State President Kahfa Bengia in a release.

Further, dumping of wastes into our rivers and streams, clearing of forests for jhum cultivation, uncontrolled and unchecked emission of harmful pollutants from few monopolized industrial units into the environment have all contributed to degrading our environment, he said.

The ever increasing vehicles and rapid population explosion coupled with increased damming of the naturally flossing rivers for Hydro Power generation and aggressive militarization of the frontiers have already started to show symptoms of global warming and climate change and consequent risk to the existence of plant, animal and human life, he said.

“Unfortunately the stakeholders in Arunachal, including the policy makers are in switch off mood and there have hardly been any major policy initiatives in protection and conservation of the environment. Although some Govt. Departments such as Environment and Forest started allocating funds under CAMPA but such funds are shown used for purposes other than afforestation,” he claimed.

Bengia further urged the AG Itanagar to initiate auditing of the Mega Power projects in public as well as private sectors taking into account the presumptive and accumulative effects on the lives and culture of the indigenous population and also recommend necessary ameliorative measure to be taken by the Govt. and the Power Developers.



Idhar Chala Main Udhar Chala

Vipasha Bhardwaj

Music composed by Rajesh Roshan and Lyrics written by Ibrahim Ashq, the topic of today’s discourse has been freshly chosen focusing on those people who are in a hotchpotch as to ‘where to walk and how to walk’. Lately I’ve begun to feel that conquering the terrain of Itanagar is a herculean task and most importantly ‘walking’ the streets is indeed rocket science (WHERE IS THE IMAGINARY STREET IN ANY CASE? It’s just a mere patch of cemented area offering little space for poor pedestrian to set foot on). It’s not as if this thought didn’t strike my mind before, it did. But these days am frequently directed and whenever it’s connected to running errands, I am instantly terrified at the very thought of taking a walk. Reminisces of the travel adventures where I had stumbled across a dozen high and low patches of land, numerous carelessly thrown pebbles edged with pot-holes and the sudden blow of cautiousness while walking, mentally questioning myself “Am I on the lawful side of the road?’ because the street is crowded with vehicles irrespective of whatever ‘wheelers’ and the superman type of driving people have taken to, a poor pedestrian seems to be a confused lot. His existence is at threat with no safe alternative to turn to.

As the cliché goes “India is a rich country lived by poor people” not everyone could afford a vehicle and not everyone has the resilience to live with and survive the maddening traffic coupled with zero provision for ‘aam aadmi’ walking the damaged street. Though TATA motors have made cars and utility vehicles easy to avail, there are still millions of people who survive in rags, middle class families fighting to pay off the sky-rocketing educational fees and bulging price of groceries and still worse, paupers who are sheltering on footpaths (rather a runway) who are on the risk of being run over someday.

Hatching out of the warm and sentient lyrics of Green Day’s ‘Boulevard of broken dreams’, the lyrics have acquired a more practical purpose now moving away from being poetic. To comfortably quote a few lines; “I walk a lonely word…I walk this empty street…And I’m the only one and I walk alone”, not anymore if sung on the context of the plight of bewailing pedestrians. If you ask me, I would rather rephrase it as, “I walk a crammed up street with the maximum chances of falling into a pit and I am not the only one getting hurt because there are a gazillion lot like me”.

Do not misjudge me as this is not a backlash, only a concerned little piece of graffiti on a quest for some serious attention. Till then, the battle to get pedestrian safety is proving to be very difficult. Can they built a ‘walkable’ path for our poor stumbling denizens, so the next time they think of taking a walk it shouldn’t be ‘A Walk To Remember’(no soppy emotions involved) rather a path to be regularly taken and cherished.



First meeting of PMC reviews development issues

PASIGHAT, Jun 21: The first monthly developmental meeting of Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) was held in the DC’s conference hall today.

During the meeting various developmental issues related to the town like Urban Development, Power, Forest, Police, PHED, Education and Health departments were discussed at various levels during the day long consultative process, placed by the councillors and finally the house passed various resolutions for faster development of the township on the day. Addressing the house, the Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk appealed to the officers to extend support to the newly constituted Municipal body and work in tandem with them for the further development of Pasighat. He said the objective of the monthly meeting was to understand the current status of township and to formulate the vision by benchmarking characteristics of acceptable performance indicators for sustainable infrastructure development and to prioritize the major needs of people. He sought suggestions and proposals from various quarters in regard to the overall development and progress of the town stating that many basic services will be delivered by local municipality in coming days. The chief councillor informed the house that suggestions are being received from various stakeholders including citizens. Ward councillors are very closest to the communities and therefore they should be sensitive to community views and responsive to local problems. Partnerships should be built between civil society and local government to address all local issues, Tamuk advised.

The Deputy Councilor Otik Pertin presented a brief history of Pasighat and drew attention on organizational restructuring in urban body.  He proposed that all the powers and functions laid in the Act, “Municipal Manual of Arunachal Pradesh” be delegated to Pasighat Municipal Body with full trust as early as possible. He also strongly pleaded to get authorization for issuing all kind of license, permits to deliver smooth services to the citizens. He demanded immediate posting of municipal magistrate and appealed the people of Pasighat to maintain communal harmony in the township.

The DC-cum-Municipal Executive Officer R K Mishra said success, effectiveness and prestige of any institution rests on its functioning. He assured to conduct a workshop for the councillors so that they can understand how municipal system works.

He stressed on health and hygiene, educational developments, improved business activities, land management, stable law and order, peace and tranquility, sanitation and drainage system and solid waste management and further assured to provide cooperation from the government departments.  DIPRO



State’s first Mithun Farmers’ Club inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: State’s first Mithun Farmers’ Club (MFC) was inaugurated by Kimin EAC S Lawang at Kimin on June 19.

Speaking on the occasion, Lawang hoped that the MFC will prove immensely beneficial to the Mithun owners and it will encourage others to form such clubs in other parts of the state. He suggested the members to work for common cause and maintain good relationship with officers and officials of the department concerned to get the services.

KVK Programme coordinator Dr. T Heli enlightened the participants about the role of farmer clubs in working hand in hand for the cause of the farming communities through PowerPoint presentations. He suggested the Mithun farmers to be more proactive and set example for others to follow.

NABARD Deputy Manager OP Munglam advised the participants to open the personal or the group accounts in the nearest commercial banks and avail the credit benefit schemes available with the bank for farm enterprise.

He informed that banks are ready to finance the farmers if they repay the loan along with interests in time. Further, he suggested the farmers to first avail small loans and build good reputation with banks by repaying the loan amount in time. Then only the bankers will provide loan supports for larger enterprises, he said.

Senior Member of the club Takio Kapa enlightened the participants about the importance of Mithun and gave a brief in sight to their ‘Lungte Group’ (Community Mithun rearers, Kimin), group activities and Mithun rearing management since 2008-09 till date.

The inaugural function was attended by team of subject matter specialist from KVK, Papum Pare, extension officers from line departments, Panchayat leaders and progressive farmers of the area.

The inaugural function was organized by KVK Papum-Pare under sponsorship of NABARD, Itanagar.

Earlier, Senior Veterinary officer Dr. Takio Taram appreciated the KVK Programme Coordinator for timely motivation and mobilization of the Mithun Farmers’ of Kimin for enabling inauguration of the first ever Mithun Farmers’ Club in Kimin.

It was an individual opinion

Dear Editor,

This is with the reference to the letter written by Tadar Tarish, president, Arunachal Law Students’ Union published in your esteemed daily dated 20 June 2013. That he has mistaken the personal opinion expressed as the organization’s statement resulting in unnecessarily dragging Arunachal Citizen’s Rights (ACR) name in the letter. Of course it is understood that I may be having two entities at the same time as chairperson of ACR in social and as Taring Mama as an individual. It is not always necessary that individual or personal opinion be taken as a statement of organization. For example, all the statements and opinions of Tadar Tarish may not be necessarily the statement or opinion of the Arunachal Law Students’ Union. Therefore we need to learn to draw the line between individual or personal and social or organization opinion.

Having said this I am grateful to him for his faith in ACR that ACR can do and should continue to do the good works which it has been doing. It is worthwhile to mention that ACR has been always taking the issues concerning the State of Arunachal to the international, regional and national forum. I assure him ACR will be doing it in a greater intensity.

Coming again to the availing of the privilege or benefits of the minority and ST; my simple understanding is that in Mizoram and Nagaland the majority of the populations are the Christians; still they are minority in the Indian context and as far the definition under Indian Constitution. In the same way even if Christians are majority in some parts of the Arunachal Pradesh yet they are minority.  Another example, Sikh population may be majority in Punjab still they are minority in the Indian context in terms of religious and linguistic minority hence they can avail minority privilege anywhere in India.

Hence I would stick to my conviction that I can avail facilities as a ST and as a Christian minority. But I cannot claim both in the same time for the same thing otherwise it would be a duplicity or an overlapping. For example regarding the government job quota there may  not be  reservation for minority Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Budhists, etc. but there are  for ST , SC and OBC.  On the hand there may be privileges and benefits for Christians, Muslims, etc. in promoting their religions, languages and cultures anywhere in India according to the definition of minority by Indian constitution which I feel is good for national interest.   


Taring Mama




CM Talent award only in paper

Dear Editor,

After several months later, I would like to remind the authority regarding CMTAS (Chief Minister Talent Award Scheme), which was initially setup during the session 2011-12 for those students who secured excellent marks in matriculate (tenth standard) course examination during their current period.

It was really a policy of mettle sense adopted by our state government under the leadership of Mr. Nabam Tuki. Through this policy student will get encouragement after finding their name among the list of achievers. Such scheme may also be helpful to develop the spirit of education among the student to create a thumping figure of achiever along with curiosity for his name and fame in the society.

Under this scheme (Chief Minister Talent Award Scheme) achiever was said to be felicitated with Cash amount of Rs. 10,000 (ten thousand) and a Laptop. Impressively the cash award was transferred to their account but another award (laptop) was never distributed. The Modern educators give stress on “LEARNING BY DOING” or “LEARNING BY EXPERIENCE”, it provides purposeful experience of that is seen, handled, touched and felt. So the role of electronic device or computer for the young student are very helpful in completing the triangular process of learning i.e., motivation, classification and stimulation.

Several days have passed but there is no any information regarding the award of laptop. But once a tender notice from the planning department under the headline-“TENDER NO. 2011-12/Plg-1, DATED 6TH OCTORBER, 2012 FOR THE SUPPLY OF LAPTOPS COMPUTER TO GOVERNMENT OF ARUNACHAL PRADESH UNDER CHIEF MINISTER TALENT AWARD SCHEME was published. Again it was rescheduled and published in this daily on 15th November’s publication as “EXTENSION OF DATE; TENDER NO.2011-12/Plg-1 OPENING ON 22ND NOVEMBER INSTEAD OF 15TH NOVEMBER, 2012” by Ankur Garg, IAS, the then Secretary Planning, GoAP. Right from that day of publication to till today no any result were seen about the award.

But again this award (Chief Minister Talent Award Scheme) was highlighted in point no. 3 according to this daily publication of 15th June, 2013 during the Meeting of the State Planning Board (SPB) of “ANNUAL OPERATING PLAN (AOP)” 2013-14, under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Mr. Nabam Tuki.

According to this meeting, highlighted points no. 3 was for the CMTAS (Chief Minister Talent Award Scheme):

I. Rs. 400.00 Lac has been allocated to School Education Department for awarding cash award and Laptop to students as per eligibility during 2013-14 including to those students whose applications had been withheld due to non submission of mandatory information and documents last year.

II. An amount of Rs. 300.00 Lac has been provided to Planning Department for purchase of Laptops for the students who have already been provided with cash award during 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Last but not the least; I request the concern authority not to make any false promise and implement the award in true sense. We all aware that outlook of state as well as nation will only change because of proper education, which we consider as a method of changing an individual’s behavior. So do the right and get the bright.


Metum Soki





Unbearable acts

Dear Editor,

It is unbearable to keep silent now. The vandalism of a petrol pump has broken the last thread of my patience. I highly despise the current AAPSU team; they have been headache of general public & administration since time of their election last year. I can’t forget how capital was closed down for days together due to their election related incident. Similar situation was seen in Ziro where their election miserably failed.  Large cache of arms and ammunition were reported to have been recovered from AAPSU delegates at Ziro. Arms ranging from rifles to hand grenades were reported to found, these are arms are impossible for civilians to posses. They are used by Indian army or by militant outfits like Al-Qaeda, Hizbul Muzahiddin etc.    

In current incident, as per Tony Pertin’s letter, his petrol depot was damaged due to his objection to give free fuel to AAPSU. Even a police officer on duty was attacked by those goons. Later AAPSU president gives a statement regretting the damaging of petrol depot by unknown persons. I must enlighten Mr President that his presence at the site during incident has already been witnessed by inspector Khiksi Yangfo, a well known police officer of Naharlagun police station. The activities of office bearers  of AAPSU has brought worst remarks to union more than anyone else and certainly more than Mr. Pertin’s line in Facebook. It was in prehistoric time that  AAPSU for the welfare of Arunachalees played the role of opposition in our state, where every dog, cat, insect etc. wants to be with ruling party,  but presently credit to their violent  incidents, extortion and type of arms they  possess AAPSU is  more like banned outfit. AAPSU owe an apology to entire students of Arunachal for damaging the image. Now I ask AAPSU not to start targeting media houses for publishing general public's sentiment.


Taya Tara,





Please do not vandalize public and private properties

Dear Editor,

As appeared in various local English dailies, the vandalization of NRL petrol pump at Nahurlagun by the AAPSU activist is unfortunate and uncalled for. Any differences between the premier student body of the state and proprietor of the NRL petrol pump could have been solved amicably, instead of taking the law into the hand.

The rule of law is always paramount in any civilized society. No one is above the law but he or she is destined to rule of law by his or her misdeed.

The unleashing and vandalizing of private property of NRL petrol pump in the heart of the capital city is eye opener for the society. The motto of premier students union is - learn to serve, is negating the factual motto of the student’s organization of the state. Our student leaders are supposed to be the torch bearer of the society in the state and people expect them to dedicatedly remove evils of the society. Instead of this, the society at large in the state is very saddened with the manner our intellectual forum is heading towards to setting bad trends in the state, without realizing the future consequence.

My ardent appeal to the premier students union of the state i.e. AAPSU, please do not vandalize any public and private property of the state, because these properties belongs to our own people and these are very essential assets of our state.

Furthermore, I beg to appeal to AAPSU, instead of doing all this unethical deeds, please concentrate on vexed issues confronted by the state i.e. inter- state boundary dispute, refugee issue and to fight corruption in the state confronted by holistically.


Raha T Amit

Ganga Village,





Thank you for saving me

Dear Editor,

At around 4 pm last Saturday the 15th of June 2013, on the way to my home in Seijosa this incident took place.  Shortly after crossing Biswanath Chariali, a familiar white Scorpio vehicle overtook me which I followed till ‘Sootea tiniali’ where I had planned to turn right for the shorter way to ‘Itakhola’.  Stopping to think why the Scorpio had not done so too, I simply let it carry on and turned right but suddenly a two wheeler banged against the right rear tyre of my vehicle. The rider of the bike who actually smiled made me feel it was okay and I could move on, but a crowd began shouting rushing towards me asking me to park and get out of the vehicle.  Still being inside the car, a man from outside punched me in the ear to blow off my senses.  I opened the door to step out but someone else pushed back asking me to just move on.

Still out of lights I said I’m getting out again trying to open the door but more people including women were pushing me back urging me to go. Few people in front were blocking my way but were also being dragged back by others waving at me to just go on which finally I did. For some time after that I still went on cursing my bad day.

This happened few days ago and should have been forgotten as a stray incident, but my mind was restless not with rage but gratitude, which could be relieved only if I thanked openly. Being used to frequent hostile mobs in Assam, this time it happened the other way round when an irate lot were outnumbered by crowds of helpful folks who came to the rescue.  Totally out of conscience then I couldn’t think that I had been hugely overshadowed and also had responsibility for a sick brother and two minors whom I shudder to think could have been lost had we not been saved by those good folks.

Through this letter I want to express my realization and whole hearted gratitude to those fine people, that for such kind acts, one can also be very grateful. I cannot recall any of the faces from that incident except for the one who punched me, but he now only comes to my mind as a humorist who was taking part in a God’s play.

Thank You again people of Sootea, Sonitpur district, Assam.


Atung Pangya





Defer bandh call

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the 12 hour capital bandh called on 26th of this Month by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum and the Arunachal Pradesh Students Organization. We the student of Arunachal Law student are having our Final Semester Exam.

I personally request these two organizations to defer its bandh call as on the same day I have to attend my Final Paper which got back lock last year that too due to bandh call by some organization as I have to travel all the way from Chandranagar to Lekhi village to attend my exam.

Lastly in view of students of ALA, and for all those giving their examinations I urge the organization to defer the bandh call in some other suitable date whereas, student community may not suffer.


Byabang Ganga



Decline in global poverty

The number of people living on less than $1.25 per day has decreased dramatically in the past three decades, from half the citizens in the developing world in 1981 to 21 percent in 2010, despite a 59 percent increase in the developing world population.

However, a new analysis of extreme poverty released by the World Bank shows that there are still 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty, and despite recent impressive progress, Sub-Saharan Africa still accounts for more than one-third of the world's extreme poor.

The note, "The State of the Poor: Where are the Poor and Where are the Poorest?," using data released in the latest World Development Indicators, shows that extreme poverty headcount rates have fallen in every developing region between 1981 and 2010.  And both Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) seem to have turned a corner entering the new millennium. After steadily increasing from 51 percent in 1981 to 58 percent in 1999, the extreme poverty rate fell 10 percentage points in SSA between 1999 and 2010 and is now at 48 percent - an impressive 17 percent decline in one decade. In LAC, after remaining stable at approximately 12 percent for the last two decades of the 20th century, extreme poverty was cut in half between 1999 and 2010 and is now at 6 percent.

However, despite its falling poverty rates, Sub-Saharan Africa is the only region in the world for which the number of poor individuals has risen steadily and dramatically between 1981 and 2010. There are more than twice as many extremely poor people living in SSA today (414 million) than there were three decades ago (205 million). As a result, while the extreme poor in SSA represented only 11 percent of the world's total in 1981, they now account for more than a third of the world's extreme poor. India contributes another third (up from 22 percent in 1981) and China comes next, contributing 13 percent (down from 43 percent in 1981).

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