Home Ministry panel in B'lore to study NE's issues
Bangalore, June 14: A committee set up by the Union Home Ministry today arrived in
the city to study the problems faced by the people from the North-East.
People belonging to North-East regions residing in Bangalore and other cities of
Karnataka attended a meeting and interacted with committee members, former MP and
member of the committee H T Sangliana told reporters here.
Sangliana said during the interaction job-related and security related issues surfaced.
One arrested with banned drugs
ITANAGAR, June 14: A team of City Police led by SI K Tao arrested one Bogesh Doley
(24) of Harmoti, Assam following recovery of 60 banned Nitrazepam tablets from his
Interrogation of the arrested person was on to unearth the supply chain, City SP
These banned psychotoopic substances are very harmful to human body and many youngster
are falling prey to such kinds of drugs which is destroying their life prematurely,
the SP said.
HM directs all police stations to carry out night patrolling
ITANAGAR, June 14: Home Minister Tanga Byaling is all set to better the deteriorating
law and order situation of the state. With the reports of illegal arms and weapons
being carried by some miscreants for executing crimes during night hours, the Minister
has asked Capital SP to direct all police station In-charges in the Capital Complex
to carry out patrolling in each and every sector on regular basis during night time
besides carrying out checking on the main road at strategic locations.
Meanwhile, the HM has decided to hold an interaction meeting with the capital district
administration, SP, Councillors and magistrates of the capital area on June 16 to
chalk out plan and programme in order to ensure safety of the denizens of the entire
Nacho leaders submit memo to HM
DAPORIJO, June 14: A memorandum highlighting the various grievances of the public
of Nacho Block was submitted to Home, Power (Elect) and Non-Conventional Energy resources
Minister Tanga Byaling by Panchayat leaders of Nacho.
Some of the demands of the memorandum are to post sufficient and efficient teaching
staff in various schools under Nacho block, instruct the govt. staff posted at Nacho
to stay at their respective place of posting, immediate shifting to the army station
from Nacho Secondary School, STS bus service from Daporijo to Nacho, to construct
a conference hall at Nacho, renovation of Aying Muri Micro Hydel project, to post
specialized medical staff and develop infrastructure of the PHC and SHCs under Nacho
circle, to start functioning of the VKV school at Nacho from the current academic
session, to deploy sufficient police personnel at Nacho police station and to open
a Bank branch at Nacho.
The memorandum was submitted to the Minister during his visit to the area by the
Anchal Samity Member of 2-Nacho.
Interactive meeting held
PASIGHAT, June 14: An interacting meeting of parliamentary secretary, industries
Tatung Jamoh and MLA Kento Rina with officers and public leaders was held at Siang
Guest House Pasighat yesterday.
Jamoh thanked the party workers and the public in general for reposing their trust
in him. He assured that he will act as a voice of people in the Assembly house.
During the meeting, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina exhorted the officers to work more dedicatedly
for welfare of the people. The officers should work with a missionary zeal and guide
the people properly so that all beneficial schemes are executed effectively. He assured
to promote brotherhood and invited suggestions from all to achieve good governance.
Union conducts assessment tour
ITANAGAR, June 14: Kangku Circle Students Union of West Siang district conducted
assessment tour in its circle concerning the various issues such as education, electricity,
boundary, road and communication issues. In its two days tour the members of the
union visited every village and school in its jurisdiction, said a release. The union
claimed that the area is plagued with various problems like inaccessible roads, lack
of educational infrastructure and other basic amenities which make more difficult
to the people of area. Union sought the government attention to look into the matter.
ABCSU writes to DDSE
ITANAGAR, June 14: The All Banderdewa Circle Students’ Union (ABCSU) has sought action
against the headmaster of Govt Middle School, Durpang saying that the school is not
In its letter to the DDSE Papum Pare, it said unlike other schools the admission
process is yet to start in the school as its headmaster is never present in the school.
ITANAGAR, June 14: The District Administration, Kurung Kumey District conducted Social
Services at Koloriang town including DC office today. All HoDs, BRTF, ITBP and market
committee members participated enthusiastically. DC, K/K asked all concerned to
keep town neat and clean and conduct social services every 2nd Saturday.
MLA donates vehicle to Sille villagers
RUKSIN, June 14: Fulfilling his election commitment, Pasighat West MLA Tatung Jamoh
donated an ambulance (Maruti Van) to Sille (Teromile) villagers in a simple function
held at Sille Community Hall yesterday.
While handing over the key of the van to the village president, the MLA urged the
villagers to utilize ambulance properly. He called upon the villagers, including
youths to imbibe work culture for economic development of the area. He urged the
PRI leaders to maintain transparency in selection of beneficiaries under various
Addressing the villagers on the occasion, East Siang Zilla Parishad Chairman Kaling
Dai urged the villagers to take collective responsibility for proper implementation
of various schemes in the area. He suggested them to take up small scale industry
such as animal farming and handloom and handicrafts for enhancing their household
Among others, Sille-Oyan ZPM Tajing Taki, Sille ASM Nei Darang, leading villagers
Babusing Pertin besides Ruksin BCC president Tanyup Taggu and others spoke on the
‘Take extra pain for visible improvement in health sector’
ITANAGAR, June 14: Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul today sought cooperation
of officers and officials of his department to bring visible improvement in health
Addressing the coordination meeting of the health personnel including health secretary,
director, joint director, deputy director, district medical officers, state nodal
officers, programme officers, DRCHOs at Banquet hall here today, Pul requested them
to take some extra pain to bring the system on track and work as a team to ensure
that a visible change comes in the performance of the department.
Emphasizing the need for dedicated service by the departmental personnel with a sense
of urgency to make the system really working, the health minister said only a better
coordination can improve the system of health care in the state. “I have opted for
this department with a genuine intention of doing some work. I am sure, my goal cannot
be achieved without your cooperation and guidance,” Pul said.
Citing various problems that the health department and health centres have been
facing due to various reasons, the health minister said that his department needs
proper planning at administrative level, to overcome challenges in a time bound manner.
“If our planning is not proper, there shall be duplication of programmes, wastage
of resources and end up in failure at every front”, he added.
“We must keep in mind that health care system in our state is in a very bad shape.
Especially in rural area, the PHCs, Sub-centres are mostly defunct,” the health minister
said while stressing the need for best use of limited and available sources.
Admitting shortage of manpower and infrastructures in health care system, particularly
in health centres, the minister urged the DMOs to prepare proposals for improvement
of health care system in their respective area.
In his deliberations, Pul also touches all others spheres in health sectors which
need urgent attention of the Govt. Pointing out the poor management of medicine supply
in the hospitals Pul said “We need to strictly implement the practice of First Expiry
Out (FEO) so that the needy patients get sufficient medicines free of cost. The policy
of free medicines to patients at all Govt. health facilities must become a total
Stressing the need for involvement of panchayat leaders in village level to oversee
the functioning of health sub-centre, the health minister further said the panchayat
leaders can also play a vital role in spreading awareness on the Arunachal Pradesh
Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme (APCMHIS).
Hinting at restructuring of the existing administrative system for a better management,
Pul also assured to rectify abnormality if any in promotion system. “A fair principle
will be followed without any bias. Hence, nobody should mind, if minor changes take
place. I am sure, in due course everyone will get his/her dues.”
HM seeks cooperation for smooth & speedy execution of projects
ITANAGAR, June 14: Responding to the conflict between Tagin Cultural Society (TCS)
and UM Shambharkar, Regional Officer (RO), Ministry of Road Transport and Highway
on the issue of “Alignment of Trans Arunachal Highway through Daporijo”, a high level
meeting was held under the chairmanship of Home Minister Tanga Byaling at the CS’s
Conference Hall here today.
The meeting was attended by PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, Commissioner (PWD) Gonesh Koyu,
IGP (East) N Payeng, Chief Commissioner (PWD) Highway Hage Appa, Principal Secretary
(Home) D Sharma and Upper Subansiri ZPC Sushil Nalo.
Speaking to the reporters after the meeting, the Home Minister informed that a decision
was taken unanimously by the Board that any organization or civil society should
go through the state government before interrogating any officer at his office chamber
to know any projects related and other information.
“For any information and clarification, one should approach the minister concerned
first. Further, I am always here to help them,” Byaling said and appealed to all
to maintain peace and to not take law in their hands.
The Home Minister said that adequate security will be provided to the RO and other
executive agency. He further informed that PWD is the nodal department for the Trans-Arunachal
Highway and the department will soon recommend to the Government of India to connect
every district headquarters through Trans-Arunachal highway.
“Since the Government of India has already promised to run the highway passing through
entire headquarters of state, I believe the central government will agree and approve
the recommendation by the state PWD”, Byaling said.
Describing the Trans-Arunachal Highway as a vital component to the future development
of the state, the Home Minister appealed to each and everyone to cooperate with the
government for smooth and speedy execution of any project.
Further, Byaling assured that he will put up the alignment matter of Trans- Arunachal
Highway of Daporijo Township for discussion with the organization .
Mentioning the conflict between the TCS and RO, he said “RO is out of station and
when he returns back, there will be negotiation between TCS and RO for the development
of the state as a whole”.
Earlier, on June 12 last The Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) and All Tagin Student Union
(ATSU) has condemned the action of RO for arresting the members of Tagin Cultural
Society (TCS) and demanded for unconditional public apology and sought assurance
from the RO for allowing the Trans-Arunachal Highway Project through Daporijo township
as approved earlier by the state government within seven days of ultimatum.
Prominent blood donors felicitated to mark the World Blood Donors Day
ITANAGAR, June 14: Along with the rest of the world, the World Blood Donors’ Day
was celebrated at Vivekananda Hall, RK Mission Hospital here today. 14th June is
celebrated every year as the World Blood Donors’ Day in the entire world. All those
committed to the crusade for promotion of voluntary blood donation movement, consider
this day as an opportunity to involve many more people in the movement of world pride
with a sense of dedication and humanitarian service by their humble donation of blood.
While inaugurating the programme, Health Minister Khaliko Pul declared launching
of month- long awareness and promotional activities on blood donation to mark the
World Blood Donors’ Day-2014.
Students from VKV, Chimpu, Donyi-Polo Hearing Impaired, Members of Vivekananda Yuva
Shakti, staff from Directorate of Health Service, National Rural Health Mission,
RK Mission Hospital, and host of voluntary blood donors from the state were present
in the celebration which was organized by the, Blood Transfusion Division under
the A.P. State AIDS Control Society in association with the Vivekananda Yuva Shakti.
The minister also felicitated Aini Taki Taloh, (52) of Yapgo Village, Pasighat, Secretary,
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (East Siang branch) and former ABK, Women
wing president and crusader against anti-drug movement with a certificate and memento
for her outstanding and noble act of being regular voluntary blood donor and donating
blood for 10 times since 2008. Hibu Kojing, an IRBN personnel and Ramesh Jeke, chairman,
Vivekananda Yuva Shakti were also honoured for donating blood for 18 and 25 times
respectively. The minister also gave away memento and certificates to the members
of Vivekananda Yuva Shakti for their dedicated service.
Through a power point presentation, Dr. Joram Khopey, MD(Path), Blood Bank Officer,
District Hospital, Ziro highlighted the importance of voluntary blood donation.
Also at the end of the programme a voluntary blood donation camp was organized to
mark the occasion.
Speaking on the occasion minister Khaliko Pul, health secretary Indira Mallo
and Dr. Nabam Budh, Dy. Director (BTS), APSACS underscored the need for the promotion
of voluntary blood donation activities.
Among others, director of health service Dr. K Nishing, Mission Director, NHRM Dr.
T Taloh and personnel from APSACS were present on the occasion.
This year the World Blood Donors’ Day will be celebrated throughout the State with
various activities such as seminars on Donor Motivation & Retention and Voluntary
Blood Donation Camps. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Safe blood for saving
mothers”. The campaign will increase awareness about timely access to safe blood
and blood products are essentials as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent
Early functioning of Niglok industrial centre demanded
RUKSIN, June 14: Infrastructure development of the much hyped Industrial Growth Centre
(IGC) at Niglok in East Siang district has come to a complete halt allegedly due
to utter negligence of the state Industry Department thus making the state government’s
industrial development policy almost idle,
More than two decades have passed since establishment of the IGC, but yet no remarkable
development has taken place. The industry was designed with installation facilities
like bamboo, food, tea and fruit processing units, Information Technology Park, cold
storage, machinery weaving etc. But these are running (?) without men and machines
It is pertaining to mention here that the department of Industry had submitted an
estimate of Rs 20 crore to the Government of India (GOI) in December 1988 and, accordingly,
the GOI released huge amount of fund from time to time for infrastructural development
of the industry centre.
But, no remarkable development of industry centre has taken place in the last two
There was a small scale “Bamboo chips” production unit run by ‘Siang Bamboo Factory’,
in the industrial complex, but it has left the industry two years back. As such,
the 1000 MT Capacity ‘cold storage’ project set up by agriculture department is also
lying defunct for years due to lack of proper power supply.
Officials informed that “Vinayak Tea Company under Kolkata based Dunkan & Dunkan”,
has made an agreement with the state industry department to set up a tea factory
in Niglok IGC. The company is extending its rural outreach programme by supplying
tea plant to the local tea growers on subsidized rate. Another Guwahati based company
namely ‘Bahrati Infrastructure Ltd’, is producing tiles and other building accessories
inside the industry.
The industrial complex having an area of 582.15 acres is not yet covered by security
wall. A portion of boundary walls was made under SPA fund last year, but longer portion
is yet to be erected.
Presently, most of the building in the complex is in abandoned state for want of
proper care and maintenance.
In a recent development, the government approved a plan for establishment of the
Sainik School in the IGC and accordingly necessary survey and documentation was also
conducted by a joint team headed by the state’s Elementary Education director.
Pasighat West MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Industry (Independent) Tatung Jamoh
accompanied by officials of District Industry Department and host of public leaders
today visited the IGC at Niglok. The MLA assured that he would take up a comprehensive
plan for early functioning of the industries after the state government allocates
fund under Industry sector.
Drive against stray animals
ITANAGAR, June 14: In an effort to make the state capital free of stray animals,
the Capital Youth Organization (CYO) today along with the Additional District Magistrate
Talo Potom conducted a stray animal prevention drive in Capital Complex. Approximately
40 stray animals were picked up by the team during the drive. Later, the animals
were given back to the owners after imposing fine.
“What impression will tourist have if they see stray animals blocking the traffic?
This is our state capital; we need to keep it clean and free of stray animals. So
with capital administration we are trying to aware the people about harmful effects
of stray animals”, said CYO president Bengia Nachung.
CYO general secretary Pesham Changrang said, “Most of our youths use two wheelers
and many a time stray animals are the reason behind their fatal accident incidents,
so we need to keep away stray animals from roads because human lives is far more
valuable than animal lives”.
Nachung has appealed to the people to retrain their domesticated animals in future
also and informed that it will soon conduct another massive stray animal prevention
‘Operation smile’ brings smile to the face of many families
Gerukamukh (Assam), Jun 14: Till a month ago, parents of Suresh Sinte, a nine-year-old
boy from remote Motkur Village in Assam’s Lakhimpur district, were facing trouble
in feeding him as he was born with cleft deformities.
Monica Sinte and her husband Basu Sinte is a happy couple today as they no longer
need to take extra care for Suresh as he could take food on his own without any attention
after a surgery conducted by Operation Smile and fully sponsored by NHPC Lower Subansiri
hydro electric project authorities.
Suresh was among the 85 patients who undergone NHPC sponsored cleft surgery by Operation
Smile from March to May last in Guwahati.
"My son was unable to take food easily and we have to take extra care while feeding
him? but today we are relieved after his surgery ... We had no money to do the surgery
on our own and was left with God’s mercy," said a visibly happy Monica, while attending
the post-operative outreach camp at NHPC project site here today.
Parents of other patients like Roma Chetry, Putuli Pegu, Bitupon Sonowal and many
others have expressed their gratitude to the NHPC authorities and Operation Smile
group for their generous gesture in curing their children.
On February last NHPC executive director Rakesh had declared his intention to work
towards surgical treatment and rehabilitation of all such people in the districts
of Dhemaji and North Lakhimpur in neighbouring Assam besides Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri
and West Siang in Arunachal Pradesh.
"I would like to see all the stakeholder districts adjacent to the Lower Subansiri
project as 'Cleft-free district' and that NHPC would strive to achieve this through
Corporate Responsibility Scheme (CSR)," Rakesh declared while addressing the gathering.
"These were not just 85 patients but equal number of families who receive a new lease
of life through the life-changing surgeries ... The transformation and rehabilitation
of these 85 lives was made possible by the generosity of NHPC," commented Operation
Smile Project Director (India) Dalip Pandey in his address to the gathering. PTI
Development should be first priority: Saaya
ZIRO, June 14: Development should be our first priority, said Parliamentary Secretary
Home, Sports and Youth affairs Likha Saaya in a meeting convened by the Lower Subansiri
Deputy Commissioner and attended by PRI members, TAH and District Administration
Reiterating the need for good connectivity, Saaya said that roads are the lifeline
for development and a little bit of sacrifice for a larger cause should be volunteered.
However, he felt that the affected landowners should also be reasonably compensated.
Controversial points can be bypassed for the time being and the remaining stretch
can be assessed, as the project is lagging behind schedule, he added.
Particularly addressing the PRI members Saaya said that he is open to constructive
suggestions from all irrespective of the party they belong to. “Let not petty party
politics hamper the developmental activities,’ he added.
He later visited the Police Station and took stock of problems faced by policemen.
He assured to take up the issues at earliest.
Dy SP John Pada also briefed him about the law and order situation of the district.
DC KM Uppu termed the TAH project as a people’s project and sought cooperation from
all stakeholders to complete the project in time. He instructed the affected landowners
to submit their grievances in written so that he could pursue the same with the govt.
All complaints will be individually addressed and heard only after that the final
notification will be done. He also informed that the affected people can attest their
signature on the Performa only after they are satisfied with the survey conducted.
Taking the opportunity he also sought more clarity on the power devolution to the
PRI members. A proper structure as to which departments/ schemes are to be delegated
should be notified; he added and requested the Parliamentary Secretary to appraise
the higher authorities.
EE, Highways Bini Pelen presented a power point on the technical aspect of the TAH
and explained in detail the measurement process / survey for compensation assessment.
We are sympathetic to the affected people but at the same time we are bound by the
govt. guidelines as well. He also sought for cooperation from all the stakeholders.
NYP’s success story finds taker in NABARD
ITANAGAR, June 14: A success story of the National Youth Project (NYP) that turned
opium addicts of Anjaw district to role models as horticulturists is taken as a model
by the National Agricultural Bank for Rural Development (NABARD).
NYP, being the institutional partner of NABARD, its president H P Biswas and vice
president Pradeep Kumar succeeded in persuading a group of young addicts to give
up opium and assisted them to cultivate large size cardamom with the help of NABARD.
About 22 youths formed two farmers’ club at Goiliang and Kasonglat and given all
guidance under the NABARD schemes under the constant monitoring of NYP team.
The outcome was highly encouraging. The produce of both the farmers’ club were sold
for Rs 1.67 crore in 2011-12 with NYP giving market linkage that set a new record
for NABARD. Moreover, Anjaw reached a mile stone by earning about Rs 8 crore from
large size cardamom production that year, according to district’s lawmaker and present
Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul.
Keeping in view the achievement, then agriculture & horticulture commissioner Hage
Kojin and director (agri-marketing) Mudang Butang issued a certificate to that effect
with which the NABARD approached its Mumbai headquarters for national recognition
of these farmers’ clubs.
While the recognition process is on, NABARD office has informed that a team would
be sent from Mumbai for making a documentary for it to propagate such concept to
generate employment throughout the country.
NYP since its inception in 1999 has so far skilled over 47,000 unqualified, less
qualified youth and working people, particularly poor women in rural areas with the
help of GoI departments and agencies to make them productive and add to their daily
income.Moreover, the state Cabinet, at the initiative of the NYP, decided to set
up CM’s Livelihood Mission School, one in each assembly constituency, and the model
project was set up at Nampong in Changlang district in 2011.
ASBA members urged to work with dedication
ITANAGAR, June 14: Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Senior Vice President
Gaken Ete called upon the association members to work sincerely and with dedication
to achieve the aim and objective of ASBA.
Addressing the Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of the association in a city hotel
here today, Ete said that despite limited resources and lack of infrastructure ASBA
has been able to produce world class shuttler. He was referring to state’s ace shuttler
Laa Talar, who represented the country at an international event at Malaysia recently.
ASBA was formed two decades ago with the sole aim to popularize the sport in the
state, identify and groom talents, Ete said. He stressed the need for developing
more infrastructures for further development of the sport in the state. There are
only two badminton courts at Raj Bhawan Badminton Hall, he informed.
He remembered the contribution of former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu, former
ministers Neelam Taram, Talo Mugli, late Dera Natung, former MP Takam Sanjoy, Bamin
Hinda and many others for development of badminton in the state.
Secretary Bamang Tago stressed on strict discipline among players and members of
ASBA, especially at court. He informed that ASBA will chalk out future plan and programmes
soon besides preparing an event calendar for the year.
Tai Mama, public leader, businessman and keen lover of badminton, suggested ASBA
to appoint coach from abroad to train the budding badminton players and develop infrastructure
at various districts too.
Am I a boon or a curse ?
I am known by different names. Some call me bull dozer, some earth digger, some earth
mover, some mean machine. But I am more popularly known by the name JCB. I destroy
and trample to dust whatever comes in my way. I don't have much brain but strength
is my forte. I can bring down a mountain and flatten a hill within no time. I can
dig drains, cut roads, block rivers and streams, move earth and boulders with ease.
I do the work of thousands of labourers in a single day. Seeing my power and my ability
the greedy rich people engage me from dawn to dusk. I have catapulted many people
from rags to riches. With the huge income I have earned by dint of my hardwork, I
have even made many MLAs. I have earned so much for them that they have enough money
and property to buy voters during the elections. But they seem to be very ungrateful
people. They hardly recognize my single-handed contributions.
I am often accused of flattening hills, causing landslides, blocking drains, causing
floods, blocking rivers and destroying the virgin forests everywhere. I am even wrongly
blamed for irreparable damage to the environment and the fragile ecosystem. But the
pertinent question here is, how can I be made the scapegoat for no fault of mine?
Its the ever greedy people who take undue advantage of me and make me do everything
for their own vested interest. In return they only give me fuel and nothing else.
I am not allowed any rest. I am taken away as soon as the day breaks to strange and
unknown places to bring down hills and mountains with beautiful trees and flowers.
Sometimes I feel sad. But what can I do? I have to obey the orders of my greedy masters.
I am also blamed for disappearance of the magnificent wildlife from the jungles.
This I admit. When there are no trees and forests, where would the beautiful creatures
I am an interesting fellow. Many loath me for my destructive nature while some others,
mostly the rich contractors love me for what I do for them. Some tell me that my
presence is a must for someone to be recognized as a Class-1 contractor. Many are
happy with me because I have constructed roads, flattened inhabitable places and
many such things that human beings even cannot imagine. I save time, labour and money
for my masters. Imagine, today's world without me. Today, I have become truly indispensible
for man. But sadly, there are still people who hate me for destroying their agricultural
fields, horticultural gardens and their bamboo groves. Very often I am imposed fine.
Today, it's because of me that many towns and cities are coming up within no time.
I have made the work easy for man. earlier, it used to take years to build a road
or a house. But these days, one can build them in a few months. I build huge dams
and other structures that man could not even imagine before. I am so loved by some
and loathed by many that I don't know what should I do? They may called me a NECESSARY
EVIL. Whatever others think, I will continue to work harder and help man. But yes,
like many, I am also concerned about the destruction of the forests, wildlife and
the environment. However, I do agree that development comes at a price. [ The writer
is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at denhangbosai @yahoo.co.in ]