ITANAGAR, June 18: A delegation of Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Confederation
of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) led by its Secretary General
Pate Marik today met the Chief Minister and submitted a memorandum demanding early
redressal of various pending issues and fulfillment of demands of the state govt.
The Chief Minister, who is also holding the department of finance, after a patience
hearing, revealed during the course of meeting that effort was on to release the
pending 10 percent DA/DR by next month, CoSAAP claimed in a release.
Regarding the enhancement of the retirement age from 58 to 60 years and upper age
limit for entry in service from 33 to 35 years (for APST) would be placed in the
cabinet, the release informed.
The CoSAAP Secretary General earlier highlighted the problems faced in obtaining
NoC by the Govt. servants for their promotions and retirement.
The CoSAAP team also highlighted the problems faced by the employees covered under
New Pension System, in regards to Family Pension Provision in the event of death
(or invalid) of a Govt. servant and requested the CM to introduce Family Pension
to ease the affected family members.
To restrict extravagant expenditure and check the revenue leakages, the CoSAAP team
suggested the CM to make all government receipts computerized and online, deposition
through TR-5, stop purchasing costly vehicles, avoid renovation of offices as far
as possible, to complete the Secretariat building as soon as possible to accommodate
offices functioning in rent houses/building, stop the practice of functioning offices
in rent houses in Capital Complex, construction of all Govt. offices and residential
Govt. quarters in a multi storied building and same locations to solve land problems,
ensure efficient office management and time management for speedy development.
Workshop on TDS held
AALO June 18: Two days workshop on TDS, Vat E-Services and Dealer E-Services was
conducted by Teli Ngomdir, Superintendent Tax and Excise Aalo concluded at Gumin
The workshop assume special significance as the concept of tax deduction, value added
tax and entry tax are still being confused and interpreted in different ways by the
govt. department, retailers and consumers.
Tapas Dutta Assistant Commissioner Tax & Excise, K. Komut and Nakut Padung Superintendent
T&E Itanagar highlighted on various aspects of TDS,
Vat and entry tax which goes on line now for the convenience of the HODs and tax
payers. They disclosed that stringent penal provisions like deduction of unpaid tax
and attachment of properties of HODs have been incorporated in the act and these
provisions could not be implemented as the concept is new to the department and the
retailers and most of the time
been spent to make it on line for the people of the state. The tax deducted by the
HODs should not be withheld by the department for more than ten days and tax deduction
certificate should be given to the contractors individually within a week. Any contractual
works awarded to individuals should be intimated to Superintendent of Tax& Excise
within 15 days from the issue of work order to work out taxation on the work. User
ID and password will be allotted to each DDOs for logging in any essential forms
and password can be changed by the respective department.
Teli Ngomdir Superintendent Tax& Excise Aalo said that two day long workshop was
necessary to do away with the confusions among the department, contractors, tax payers
and update the department officials on various aspects of taxation. He also disclosed
that TAN (Tax Payers Account Number) have been issued to 27 HODs of the district
and notices have been issued to many departments to regularize their tax deduction
and application of TAN.
The workshop was attended by the HODs, Accountants, contractors and public of West
Siang. The Superintendents of Tax & Excise, from Likabali, Yingkiong, Ruksin along
with Inspectors of different BFCs also attended the workshop. DIPRO
Workshop on city sanitation action plan held
ITANAGAR, June 18: The third workshop on City Sanitation Action Plan of Itanagar
Municipal Council (IMC) was held under the chairmanship of Chief Councilor Higio
Aruni in the conference hall of IMC today.
Presenting the City Sanitation Action Plan, representatives from Delhi based consultant
Intercontinental Consultants and Technocrats Pvt. Ltd (ICT Pvt. Ltd) Dr. Krishna
Pal, Deepa Tripathi, Prabhakar Kumar and Batong Perme explained interventions required
to solve the sanitation issues of the city, their broad cost estimates, various funding
options for the identified projects and their implementation strategies. They explained
that the CSP is being prepared for the horizon year 2038 and the current project
will be completed by the end of July 2014. After that the project will be submitted
to Central Government for funding.
Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Urban Development, Town Planning) Techi Kaso
appreciated the initiative and emphasized the importance of planning and the integration
of various components of sanitation. He also raised the issue related to unavailability
of land for any type of development in the city.
Around 40 participants including municipal councilors, officers from various departments
and members of City Sanitation Task Force (CSTF) attended the workshop.
The Chief Councilor explained the participants about the importance of preparing
City Sanitation Plan (CSP) for Itanagar Township.
Chief Municipal Executive Officer (CMEO) IMC, as Member Secretary of CSTF briefed
all participants about the sanitation plan project.
Anchal Samity meet discusses dev. Issues
ITANAGAR, June 18: Health and education, water supply and electricity were the main
topics of discussion during the meeting of Palin Achal Samity block held at Panchanyat
hall of Palin on June 16.
Attending the meeting, ADC, Pania cum Member Secretary S Lowang exhorted all the
PRI leaders and the HoDs to extend co-operation for successful implementation of
schemes and all round development of the Palin circle.
She requested all the HoDs to stay at their respective place of posting and not to
leave station without prior intimation to the General Administration.
The Anchal Chairperson, Khyoda Rana requested all to maintain transparency and work
hard for development of Palin area.
The HoDs highlighted about the various ongoing schemes and the progress of the works.
The Panchayat leaders took active part in the discussion.
The meeting was attended by all the Anchal Samiti members, Gram Chairpersons and
Head of Departments of Palin circle.
Dolo appointed principal advisor to CM
NAHARLAGUN, June18: Former Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo has been appointed as
Principal Advisor to Chief Minister with the status of Cabinet Minister.
Born in 1956 in Pangia Village in East Kameng district, the veteran leader was first
elected to the First Legislative Assembly of UT of Arunachal Pradesh in 1978. After
his re-election to the Second Legislative Assembly in 1980, he was inducted as Deputy
Minister. Since then, he held various portfolios, like Animal Husbandry & Veterinary,
RWD, Rural Development, PWD , Home & Fisheries during his long political career.
Meanwhile, Dolo has assumed office today. DIPR
Cong. facing leadership crisis: BJP
ITANAGAR, June 18: Admitting that it did not want to interfere in matters of other
party, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today claimed that there was a ‘leadership
crisis’ in the Congress party in the state.
In an apparent reference to re-nomination of the APCC president as the Congress party
candidate for the lone Rajya Sabha seat in Arunachal Pradesh, BJP Spokesperson Techi
Necha in a release stated that “the party seems to have been revolving around a single
The party Spokesperson also stated that the CM had promised some Congress party leaders
to nominate them as Rajya Sabha Member during the last general election.
Meanwhile, the party welcomed the bold initiative of Narendra Modi led NDA Government
at the Centre to strengthen the Sino-India border by approving the construction of
fast track road along the disputed border with China, creation of 50 new posts in
the strategic position of Indo-China border and the proposal to establish radar and
telecommunication systems within 100- 4,000 km border with China.
SAI to hold selection trial from June 25
ITANAGAR, June 18: A selection trial for induction of boys and girls in Boxing, Karate,
Taekwondo and Weightlifting under the age group of 14 to 16 in Sports Authority of
India (SAI), SAG Centre, will be held at SAG Centre, Naharlagun from June 25 next.
On June 25, selection trial for Karate and weightlifting will be held, while for
Boxing and Taekwondo, it will be conducted on June 26 next.
Those who achieved 1st and 2nd position in the state level championship and 1st to
4th position in the national level championships are only eligible to participate
in the trial, the official statement from SAI said today.
ITANAGAR, June 18: The Itanagar Permanent Bench of the Gauhati High Court will remain
closed from July 2 to 11 next on account of Summer Vacation (including Dree Festival).
During the vacation, the officers and staff of the registry will attend as per Roster
Arrangement, an official notification from Gauhati High Court, Itanagar permanent
Dumporijo MLA makes an extensive tour to his constituency
ITANAGAR, June 18: Dumporijo MLA Paknga Bage made an extension tour of his constituency
from June 9 to 17 last to gather firsthand knowledge on the various ongoing activities.
He conducted series of interaction cum coordination meetings of all the HoDs, PRI
leaders, representatives of various clan based NGO organizations, Bazar Welfare Committee,
GBs, Ex-Minister, Ex-MLA and former PRI members in five administrative circles namely
Sigi-Gusar, Baririjo, Maro, Gite-Ripa and Dumporijo and formed committees to look
after various development sectors.
Meanwhile, the MLA also announced ban on Mithun sacrifice and presentation of costly
DSC defeat HDFC to enter quarterfinal
ITANAGAR, June 18: Diibo Sports Club (DSC) entered into quarterfinal of the 47th
Dree Football Tournament defeating High Definition Football Club (HDFC) 3-1 in a
slippery and muddy Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli due to rain today.
After a barren first half, DSC scored in second minute of the second half through
a penalty kick by its captain Leegang Bungung. He again scored in 57th minutes from
a distance of 35 meters, the longest so far in the tournament, before substitute
Michi Bai added one more goal for DSC in 77 minutes (3-0).
The lone goal for HDFC was scored by Hibu Chobing few minutes before the final hooter.
HDFC become the second team to make exit from the tournament.
Earlier, in first match, All Hija Sports Association (AHSA) beat All Salang Sports
Association (ASSA) 6-0. Nada Tamo scored 4 goals while Pura Byai and Kago Lampung
scored a goal each.
AAPLU writes to DMO Papum Pare
ITANAGAR, June 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has sought electricity
connection at Nirjuli Health Sub-Centre.
The staffs are facing lots of problem. Moreover storing vaccination is not possible
if there is no electricity, it reasoned in its memorandum submitted to the DMO Papum
Its other demands include construction of boundary wall outside the Sub-Centre and
its inaugural as the sub-centre is already functioning without proper inaugural programme.
MIFF in Arunachal kicks off
Expose hidden treasure of Arunachal: Felix
ITANAGAR, June 18: The Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) in Arunachal Pradesh
kicked off at Hotel Tosum, Naharlagun today. The three day-long event being organized
by the Film Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting in collaboration with
the Department of Information & Public Relation, GoAP was declared open by Government
Spokesman and Parliamentary Secretary IPR & Printing Bamang Felix amidst a huge gathering
of dignitaries and film lovers.
Addressing the gathering, Felix said, film making in the North East will help in
unifying the country, provide proper exposure and promote better understanding among
the people of the region and the main land India.
He said that film is a strong medium of communication and so exposure of the state
and its people will motivate and encourage the people especially the young generation
to join the main stream and thus help in integrating the nation at large.
He said that film has become an integral part of us and as such it should be aimed
to highlight the socio-cultural aspects of the society, customs and traditions of
the people, besides scenic beauty of the place.
Citing the example of a Lake in Ladakh where tourist inflow increased tremendously
after shooting of film “3 Idiot”, Felix mentioned that Arunachal Pradesh with huge
potentials in terms of mesmerizing scenic beauty all over, innumerable beautiful
lakes and rich culture and traditions of the people can do wonders. He strongly felt
the need to expose and exploit the hidden treasures of the state through films. Informing
that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has special interest in promotion of film sector in
the state and has promised to create State Film Division very soon, Felix was optimistic
that the State Film Division would help boost up the sector of film production in
the state and assured his full support and cooperation for promotion and further
development of the film division.
Lauding veteran film maker Taro Chatung for his contribution towards film making,
he assured to form a proper screening committee for recommendation of nominees for
national film awards as presented by Chatung in a memorandum to the Felix earlier
in the day.
Thanking the Films Division, Government of India for organizing the film festival,
which he opined would facilitate the budding talents, the Government Spokesman requested
them to conduct another International film festival in the near future. “There is
no dearth of talent in the state, but what is needed is proper platform and support
from appropriate forum”, he said.
Secretary IPR Dani Salu said that film making is a universal medium to express one’s
artistic side. Stating that two editions of Arunachal film festival had been organized
in the state in order to encourage and foster the filmmaking talents of the state,
besides providing an appropriate platform to both budding and seasoned filmmakers
and artists to encourage interaction and exchange of creative ideas amongst them
for proper exposure in the field, Salu said that state government is in support of
development of film production. Mentioning that short films are getting fast these
days, Salu advocated for making effective and meaningful short films as people opt
for it because of time constraint. He further hoped that the three day MIFF would
enrich knowledge to local film producers for better film making in the state.
Film maker Taro Chatung in his address said that it is a great opportunity for a
film maker to know about the technology of finest film making. He sought support
and cooperation from appropriate authority for development of film making sector.
He submitted a memorandum to the IPR Parliamentary Secretary for forming a proper
screening committee for recommendation of nominees from film fraternity in state
for national film awards.
Earlier, while welcoming one and all to the function, Sumay Mukherjee, Branch Manager,
Film Division, Ministry of Information & Broadcasting informed that the three-day
festival “ MIFF in Arunachal Pradesh” will screen selected and 31 award winning films
of Mumbai International Film festival, featuring documentary, short and animation
films, besides 3(three) documentary films on Arunachal Pradesh. He said that “MIFF
in Arunachal Pradesh’’ will showcase some of the finest cinematic works realized
in the last eight years throughout the world and thus presents an opportunity for
cinema lovers and children of the state to watch these films, adding that though
it is a maiden attempt in Arunachal Pradesh, the festival was held in some of the
North Eastern states including Sikkim, Manipur and Nagaland.
DIPR incharge Obang Tayeng speaking on the occasion said that cinema is a powerful
medium of communication and MIFF is providing an excellent platform for not only
the film fraternity but all cinema lovers to get exposure to award winning films
of national and international level. He appreciated the immense contribution and
effort put in by veteran film makers -Taro Chatung, Moji Riba and Sangey Dorjee Thongdok
whose film “crossing bridges” has been recently awarded Rajat Kamal at national level
and received much accolades.
“The Little Terrorist”, an Oscar nominated short film directed by Ashvin Kumar along
with 12 other short films were screened today.
Another 10 films including “The Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh” will be screened tomorrow,
while another 11 films are scheduled to be screened on the concluding day, June 20
Engineering student drowns in Subansiri river
DAPORIJO, June 18: In a tragic incident, a civil engineering student drowned while
taking bath in river Subansiri along with seven others on June 16 last.
A thorough search operation was conducted by police with cooperation from more than
thousand of people starting from Daporijo covering Dumporijo, Aalo upto Assam boundary
area and other places along the bank of Subansiri river, but the deceased could
not be traced out.
The student was perusing his civil engineering degree from Karnataka and he was only
son of social worker Tayir Bulo, who is also president of Topo Welfare Society. Tagin
Cultural Society has expressed deep shock and sorrow over the incident and consoled
the bereaved family members.TCS termed it as a great loss for the society.
Meanwhile, father of the deceased has announced Rs one lakh reward to the finder
of the body of his son.
People observe that such incidents occurred in several times in the past and many
young people had lost their lives while taking bath in Subansiri river particularly
during summer season. But the Govt does not feel it necessary to erect signboard
cautioning the people about the dangerous zone or accident prone area.
Basic amenities still a distant dream for people of Jampani area
RUKSIN, June 18: Even though the state government has spent huge fund for infrastructure
development of East Siang district, the greater Jampani area along Assam-Arunachal
boundary is still lagging far behind in terms of development. Basic amenities are
still a distant dream for the people of this boundary area.
More than 500 farmers living in Jampani area under Sille-Oyan circle are deprived
of all means of communication and basic needs such as water supply, education, power
supply and heath care faculties.
Located at 16 km east from Ruksin town, Jampani area is famous for production of
rubi and kharif vegetables besides cereals, pulse and oilseeds. Vegetables and raw
spices supplied from Jampani farms are sold in the markets of Pasighat, Yingkiong,
Ruksin and Jonai of bordering Assam round the year. But, the progressive farmers
of this area are never allotted any incentive by district agriculture department.
Couple of years back, the State government introduced “Vegetable garden” under RKVY
schemes to help farmers through immediate economic return, the scheme is yet to be
implemented in the boundary area like Jampani.
“Although the government is taking up schemes to grow more vegetables, the Agriculture
Department has completely failed to evolve an effective mechanism to market the vegetables
being abundantly produced in the rural areas. Due to lack of proper marketing facilities,
our vegetable farmers are not getting the right price for their produces”, the farmers
The cultivators blame the syndicates run by middlemen and the inefficiency of the
marketing wing of the Agriculture Department in controlling the price of vegetables
in the markets.
Pointing out negligence from the state government’s end, Tanat Saroh, a progressive
farmer of Jampani (upper) said the farmers have never been allotted agriculture assets
nor given any incentive under agriculture schemes. The District Agriculture Officer
and other field officials have not yet stepped in Jampani area and thereby utterly
neglecting the local farmers. He said “Our farmers have not been introduced with
farming schemes under state Agriculture and Horticulture departments. Due to lack
of water supply and other facilities, we have to depend on natural factors in farming
Covering an area of around 10,000 bighas fertile crop land on the right bank of mighty
Siang river, Jampani area has enormous scope for agriculture, horticulture and allied
activities like apiculture (honey), pisciculture and animal farming, but due to lack
of technologies, the farmers are yet to harness the potentialities.
In the name of education in the area, there is an LP school at middle Jampani, which
has no infrastructure and required facilities. Locals informed that a bulk of school
children have already left the school due to lack required facilities.
The Sille-Oyan block ZPM, Tajing Taki, who was accompanied by this correspondent,
visited different portion of greater Jampani area today and taken stock of the peoples’
living-hood of the farmer families. Taki assured the people to take up their problems
with the authorities concerned.
Demand for conversion of Karsingsa Panchayat segment to revenue village
ITANAGAR, June 18: The Anchal Samity Member (ASM) of Karsiangsa in a representation
to the Chief Secretary (CS), has appealed for conversion of Karsingsa Panchayat segment
under Drupong Reserved Forest into revenue village under Scheduled Tribes and Other
Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.
Highlighting the various problems being faced by the villagers of the said area for
non-implementation of the said Act by the concern authority, the representation stated
that the rights of settlement and conversion of all forest villages, old habitations,
un-surveyed villages etc into revenue villages has been recognized as one of the
forest rights of forest dwelling Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers
on all forest lands Under Section 3(1)(h) of the Forest Rights Act, 2006.
It further stated that the Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs has already issued comprehensive
guidelines to all the state governments and union territories on various aspects
of implementation of the Act, which also emphasized the need to implement the provisions
of the FRA with regard to conversion of forest villages and other such villages into
revenue villages, without any exceptions or exemptions being provided to such villages
in any category of forest lands.
The State Governments were advised to convert all previous forest villages, unrecorded
settlements and old habitations into revenue villages with a sense of urgency in
a time bound manner, the representation said, and added that the conversion would
include the actual land use of the village in its entirety, including lands required
for current or future community uses, like, schools, health facilities, public spaces
The representation also highlighted the problems faced by the villagers in obtaining
land possession certificate (LPC) from the authority due to non-issuance of NOC by
the forest department.
Pul calls for proper implementation of schemes
ITANAGAR, June 18: Minister of Women & Child Development, Social Justice & Empowerment
and Tribal Affairs, Kaliko Pul emphasized on proper monitoring and implementation
of various welfare schemes available under the departments particularly for the vulnerable
groups of the society such as women & children, old age, disabled people. The Minister
was speaking at a review meeting with the senior officers of the two departments
here on Monday. “We must give priority to the development of women, children, handicapped
and old age people,” he added.
Stressing on work culture and discipline in the department, Pul cautioned the officers
and staffs that stern disciplinary action will be taken in case of any breach of
discipline and inordinate delay for execution of the assigned works. He emphatically
said that there must be a fullproof arrangement for looking after charges at all
level as and when any official is absent on tour or leave to avoid any dislocation
and lapses. He further said that people coming from far flung areas seeking help
in office should not suffer due to absence of any staff.
While assuring his support & guidance he asked the senior officers to adequately
apprise him as well as to the Parliamentary Secretary on the relevant guidelines,
rules & regulations, and provide proper feed backs in time to time for the effective
implementation of the schemes.
The issue relating to the construction of girls hostels at Palin circle under Tribal
Affairs Ministry was also discussed in the meeting. The Minister expressed serious
concern over alleged mismanagement and directed the Director of Social Justice &
Tribal Affairs department to physically inspect the sites and submit a detailed report.
Earlier, the Commissioner & Secretary of the department Hage Kojeen briefed on a
major activities of the two departments and sought necessary support and guidance
from the minister. The meeting was attended by Parliamentary Secretary Karya Bagang
and other senior officers.
AoL farmer prog launched in Wakro
WAKRO, June 18: Happy Nagi, an active member of the Global Just Be Happy Folks Club
has inaugurated the “Reach the Farmer Program” by the Art of Living in a simple function
here. Nagi in his inaugurated address exhorted one and all to work tirelessly to
serve all around. “One must be fearless and engage in the world out of freedom,”
he stressed. Unconditional love is the way and selfless service helps achieve this
state of mind he guided further.
Wakro which is popularly known as orange county and much suitable for various horticulture
activities is suffering great setback with the harvest of many fruits especially
the Tangerine on a sharp decline for the past many years. ASSET approached the Art
of Living to find a solution to the problem and bail out the farmers from this situation.
Deepak Sharma, Trustee, Sri Sri Rural Development Program Trust promptly responded
and personally visited the area last March accompanied by Art of Living member, Dr
Rama Tewari. Based on interactions with the farmers, Deepak invited experts and industrialist
to contribute their bit to better the lives of farmers in the hill state of Arunachal
Sandeep Pawar, Agri-Horti expert from the AoL, who has many years of experience working
with farmers opined that citrus plantation is at its critical stage for the last
five years. Organic remedies and natural farming techniques will do wonders to help
the farmers of Wakro area, he added. He further assured to serve the area in all
Atul Mardikar, CEO of Prajakta Technology Pvt Ltd, Pune, felt that regional especiality
must be recognized and marketed. Swati Mamdyal, MD of Prajakta Technology Pvt. Ltd,
also spoke on the occasion and assured of positive involvement from her side to help
improve the situation. The team interacted with farmers from Pukhuri, Tilangkyong
and Kanjang village. They also went to Karhe, Pukhuri and Mawai villages and visited
the orchards to find out in detail about the problems in the ground. Sandeep assured
to help the farmers with better pest control and plant nourishment methods.
Girls of KGBV Wakro and the Apnes presented colourful cultural events to mark the
A handicapped boy doing wonders with pencils and paint brushes
ITANAGAR, June 18: When someone talks about being physically handicapped, the only
reaction that most people usually give is of sympathy and compassion.
One may consider being handicapped as the end of life but here is an example of a
21-year-old boy Limi Basar from West Siang district, who never complained of being
a physically challenged but dedicated his whole attention to painting and sketching.
His love for painting was there from the beginning while he was studying at Donyi-Polo
Hearing Impaired School, Itanagar.
Usually, a deaf & dumb person remained silent, nor can hear any word but this wonder
boy can speak through his stunning paintings which he makes while hearing the nature’s
inspirational vibes. With a desire to excel in his passion for art, he wished that
our state government provides more opportunities and platforms to all the art enthusiasts
to showcase their talents. Gone are the days of becoming a doctor, engineer, and
teacher only, now there are many options which youths are taking as their professions.
State has Chief Minister Talent award for academically excellent student but having
no scope for an artist or painter in the state is a setback which needs an initiative,
especially from the government side. Workshops or some sort of talent search programs
by the Art & Culture Department, Naharlagun could also do well for the budding talented
artists of the state.
For now, the wonder boy Limi is happy with sketching his master piece on T-shirts
which he sell for some hundreds. But is this enough for someone so talented like
him? Are the future of all the art lovers deserve to end like this; selling their
arts for some bucks or they worth more? One wonders, when they can say the same as
quoted famously by Prime Minister Narendra Modi ‘Acche din aane wale hain’!
Dirang reviews CM’s UHIS and creation of new circle Hqs.
DIRANG, June 18: The General Administration of Dirang of West Kameng district in
collaboration with Panchayat leaders met at the ADC’s Conference Hall and dwelt at
length on implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health
Insurance Scheme (UHIS) and creation of new circle headquarters here today.
Presiding over the meet, ADC D. Riba informed that CM’s UHIS is a benevolent free
health insurance scheme entailing free treatment to A.P citizens upto Rs two lakhs
per year per family. ‘Awareness is the key in this regard and I request all the panchayat
leaders to generate awareness about the scheme in their respective villages and anchal
segments, and we will soon proceed ahead with the enrollment process’, he said. Senior
veterinary Doctor Darge Tsering and BDO Ngoirup Dorjee explained the various provisions
of CM’s UHIS to the audience which comprised HoD’s and panchayat leaders of Dirang
circle. Resource persons from Bomdila also attended the meet.
In the same meet, creation of two new circle headquarters at Mandhla Phudung and
Nyokmadung which approximately are at 30 and 25 kms away from Dirang circle were
also discussed. The creation of these new circle hqs. had been assured by the state
chief minister Nabam Tuki during his last visit here upon popular public demand.
The ADC and other HoD’s would soon visit these places and file a reply to the queries
sought by the state govt.
185 Mithun vaccinated
ITANAGAR, June 18: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Papum Pare district organized Mithun
health awareness cum vaccination camp at Lora Top, Kimin under the sponsorship of
Sir Ratan Tata Trust (SRTT) in collaboration with department of AH & Veterinary GoA
on June 17 and 18.
A total of 185 Mithuns were vaccinated against Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) during
the two-day Mithun Health programme at Lora Top, Kimin on June 17 and 18. Apart from
vaccination of Mithun, 30 Mithun calves were de-wormed, 12 Mithuns examined during
the camp which was organized by the Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare district
in collaboration with department of AH & Veterinary GoAP and sponsored by Sir Ratan
Tata Trust (SRTT).
Dr. T. Heli programme co-ordinator KVK, Papum Pare informed that a total of 135 Mithun
have been brought on the first day by 70 Mithun owners belonging to Mithun farmer
club of Kimin area.
Further, he informed that SRTT had sanctioned a project for common community Mithun
rearing centre under banner of “Livelihood Enhancement and conservation of forest
through community Mithun rearing” during this year, which has already started giving
a moral boost to the Mithun Farmers group in the area.
Arun Pandey, Chief General Manager SRTT, Mumbai exhorted that Mithun and pigs rearing
are the best option for the economic enhancement for the hilly state like Arunachal
where these two species are already reared at large. He stressed the need for conservation
of natural forest for sustainable rearing of Mithuns.
While appreciating the contribution of KVK, Papum Pare, he exhorted the farmers present
to learn the latest technologies disseminated by the scientist of KVK, Papum Pare
and adopt them for augmenting their crop productivity for their higher economic gain.
Sibu Pasing Extra Asstt. Commissioner, Kimin, highlighted the importance of Mithuns
in socio-economic and religious aspect of Arunachalee and stressed for the need to
conserve the natural forest.
He advocated the Gaon Buras, Pannchyat leaders and Mithun Farmers club members to
serve as the messenger for the conservation of natural forest in the area and also
he requested the participants to co-operate with the Veterinary department Staff
during the awareness and vaccination programme.
Earlier Dr. Takio Taram, Senior Vet. Officer, Kimin urged all the Mithun owners to
report in case of any animal disease break out and avail the veterinary Service available
in the area.
The routine Mithun vaccination camp was led by Dr. Minge Loyi, Dist. Vety. Officer.
NSS team from Arunachal takes part in NE NSS youth festival
ITANAGAR, June 18: Twenty-eight NSS volunteers from Arunachal Pradesh led by two
officials participated in the North East NSS Youth Festival with theme “Rejuvenating
the youth through festival” at Kohima, Nagaland from June 13-17.
NSS volunteers from eight northeastern states, including Sikkim participated in the
five-day festival which was held at Indira Gandhi Stadium, Kohima.
The inaugural function was attended by Chotisuh Sazo, Speaker of Nagaland Legislative
Assembly. The head of North East NSS Regional Centre, Guwahati SK Basumatry, Youth
Officer Deepak Sharma and senior NSS officers from various states also attended the
The main motto of the festival aimed at developing the leadership quality of NSS
volunteers, inculcating a sense of brotherhood among them and showcasing rich cultural
values and traditions.
The NSS volunteers from the state won the first prize in the quiz competition in
The NSS volunteers from Govt. Hr. Sec. Schools Sagalee and Doimukh, Don Bosco College,
Itanagar and Wangcha Raj Kumar Govt. College Deomali was led by Chukhu Abu from Don
Bosco College Jollang and Dr. AK Mishra from Wangcha Raj Kumar Govt. College Deomali.
Kiren Rijiju: ‘We must strengthen our position on China border’
Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju spoke to Rediff.com’sClaude Arpi and
Sheela Bhatt about his new responsibilities, the importance of having someone from
the north-east in the home ministry, about the situation on India’s borders, the
policies of the Modi government for the Himalayan belt and the meaning of Modi’s
election as the new prime minister.
For the first time, someone from north-east is in the key post of minister of state
for home affairs. How important is that?
When Narendra Modi, as the prime ministerial candidate, started his election campaign,
one of his main concerns was the security of the north-east. Modiji had a plan to
develop north-east, but without security being in place, development was not possible.
The yardstick is that the security of north-eastern states must be taken as a priority
and then catapult the whole region into a developmental stage, which will be at par
with the rest of the country; especially at par with the western part of India.
The prime minister made a point: eastern India and north-east India must get priority.
You can look at it from two angles: my being in the ministry of home affairs gives
importance to the north-east and, then, being from Arunachal Pradesh, it shows the
strategic importance of this state. Geopolitically, Arunachal figures very high in
the agenda of our government.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh used to feel that Delhi is very far, not only in
terms of geographical distance but also psychologically, in terms of understanding.
Now, being a minister in the ministry of home affairs, the gap has been reduced,
if not bridged.
What are the priorities of your ministry, apart from the north-east?
My objective is very clear. The entire north-eastern region is infested with problems
of insurgency. There are lots of factions and those factions are further broken up
into multiple sub-factions; there are more than 40 different groups. My initial efforts
would be to bring everybody on board, into the mainstream.
It is very complex; it is not easy. I know that I have a very difficult task on hand.
I have to make them understand that it is their own man sitting in New Delhi. They
always complained that Delhi doesn’t take care of the north-eastern region; now their
own man (Kiren Rijiju) is sitting here. I will tell them: “I’m ready to talk to you,
come into the mainstream and you’ll be a part of the whole idea of India, all parts
of India can progress together”.
India cannot progress wholly if one region is isolated or left behind. To change
the course of history, the various factions of the north-eastern region must come
to the negotiating table.
That doesn’t mean that we are going to have a soft approach. India cannot afford
to be a soft State. That doesn’t mean too that India is going to relax. While I welcome
everybody with an open heart, if somebody still plays into the hands of anti-national
groups or elements and try to take advantage of that situation, then it will be costly
We cannot keep talking indefinitely just for the sake of talking. It would be a wastage
of time. Life is short; if we waste time, it’s a crime. So I don’t believe in the
idea of talking and talking with nothing happening.
That is for internal security.
On the external front, my immediate concern is how to increase our capacity along
the international borders. The Indo-China border is a critical area. On the Indo-Myanmar
border, definitely we’re not adequately involved. On the Indo-Bangladesh border,
yes, our Border Security Force is guarding; but we still need to take care of the
border fencing and so many other related issues.
The Indo-Bhutan border is normal, because of the friendly relations between the two
countries. Our Sashastra Seema Bal forces are taking care of the border and Bhutan
is cooperating with us; there is not much concern on that front.
Regarding the Indo-Nepal border, it is very porous. While our relations with Nepal
are really ancient and culturally very close, there are issues which are not directly
related to my concern; but they are related to other ministries.
The Indo-Pakistan area is also an area where our government needs to concentrate
What about Ladakh?
Ladakh is an area of concern too; my immediate concern is to concentrate on the Indo-China
border. That concern means securing our territory. When I say we must strengthen
our position on Indo-China border, it’s not in offensive terms. We don’t want any
kind of confrontation; we don’t want a war.
We’re not pursuing an expansionist foreign policy; we’re not going to have an aggressive
policy. But that does stop us from developing our own area; by not developing or
strengthening our area along the Indo-China border, we are indirectly conceding these
areas to the other side (China).
When I say strengthening the Indo-China border, it does not mean that we will take
an aggressive position towards China. We definitely want friendly relations with
China, but on an equal footing. The two countries must stand together on an equal
footing. Nobody should have an advantageous or disadvantageous position. The previous
government’s policy, of not developing areas close to Indo-China borders was a pessimistic
Developing means construction of roads and opening these areas to tourism?
When I say strengthening the border areas, it means development of infrastructure,
roads, communication, other basic amenities; facilities for local people living in
the border area. They should be provided with electricity, water, food, everything
and of course we should also raise our military and paramilitary strength.
That is not to intimidate the other side; this is just securing our own side of the
border. That is why when I say we need to increase our forces alongside the border,
some people misread it as taking an aggressive stance. It’s not that. Every country
has the sovereign right to develop its own territory and secure it.
The Chinese have done it on their side of the border?
Yes, the Chinese have done it. Why can’t we do it too? The Chinese have developed
the entire Indo-China border right from Ladakhupto Nyingchi (a prefecture in Tibet).
They have built world-class roads, world-class airports, and world-class infrastructure.
And China is bringing the railways to Nyingchi…
Yes, I’m very positive about our government’s policy. While we strive to have good
relations with China, we will not concede our own strength on the ground; I’m very
clear about that.
When you were the MP you were most openly speaking about Chinese intrusions. Now
that you are responsible for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force, which mans most
of the passes, what are you going to do practically to stop the intrusions?
Number one, the Indo Tibetan Border Police force is not as big as the BSF or the
Central Reserve Police Force. They’re just below one lakh personnel. We must ensure
that the capacity of the ITBP, which has been mandated to guard the Indo-China border,
is increased. This will get the support of my ministry.
The forces guarding the Indo-China border must be strengthened at any cost. It is
a huge area, right from Arunachal Pradesh to Ladakh; the ITBP is guarding the borders
in the toughest terrain. Today, their numbers are too thin.
Do you plan to include the local communities, like the army has done with the Arunachal
Scouts, to help protect the borders?
Yes. The practice, carried out by the SSB where the local people are given some training
and are involved in guarding the border areas, is very good. And we have to continue
it. The activities of ITBP forces, and the security training involving the local
people living along the borders, needs to be enhanced so that local people are involved
in securing their own territory.
Secondly, we must distinguish between people living in the border areas and other
people; those who live extremely close to the border must be taken as a part of the
security forces. They must be given extra facilities by the government because they’re
living close to the border areas. They are guarding the borders, they are the sentinels
of the country. So they need to be treated on a different footing.
Is it true that when Rajnath Singh decided to visit all the border areas, he was
told that for some places in Arunachal, it would take two-three weeks to reach the
border? How will you tackle these issues?
We have a huge task on hand. It is not easy to ensure connectivity in the border
areas because for the last 68 years we have not done enough. That is why it is going
to take time. But we must begin now. We’re late but I hope we’re not too late. The
new government will put some emphasis on that.
If an incident, like in the Depsang Plains in Ladakh last year (when the Chinese
intruded), takes place again, how will you respond?
My point is very clear. If the entire unattended territories are taken care of by
settlement, then such a situation won’t come. The situation arises because the territory
is unattended. It is left open and empty.
Can you confirm that there were some Chinese intrusions in Upper Subansiri district?
Yes, reports keep coming in that because the border area is not delimitated. Whosoever
has more presence, they take advantage. (Courtesy: Rediff.com) (Acknowledgement:
This daily has reproduced only the portion of the interview which seems relevant
for the people of the state)
In a bid to improve telecom services in the northeastern states, the government of
India is mulling to invest Rs 5,000 crore to set up over 8,000 mobile towers in the
region. Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad
is said to be giving top priority to improve telecom connectivity in the north east.
This report should come as welcome relief to the people of region. The vast area
of NE states still does not have phone connectivity. Government of India has to take
blame because by using security concern as tool, for years they did not allowed us
to reap the benefit of booming telecom connectivity.
In recent years they have shown some flexibility and have started allowing private
telecom companies to start operation in the region. However, still today state owned
telecom giant BSNL is the number one service provider in the NE region. But sadly,
they have failed to deliver. Customer satisfaction is not the words BSNL seem to
care for. They have miserably failed to provide proper service. The new telecom minister
has given ray of hope to the people of NE region with his announcement. But he should
ensure that words are translated into action.
----Readers Forum ----
Kangku needs road
I would like to write about the deplorable condition of Kangku circle under West
Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh.
The area is poor and underdeveloped due to absence of any developmental initiatives
from the state Government.
It has been a long yearning, felt by people of the area that state government would
at least provide basic necessities like road connectivity, medical, police station,
adequate educational infrastructure and other basic amenities.
During the visit of Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki, it was promised
to provide atleast a good road connectivity under Pradhan Mantri Gramin Sadhak Yojana
But the dream of the innocent people of the area has fallen flat as the promise is
yet to be fulfilled. The present situation is also due to lack of initiative by its
local MLA Jomde Kena who is the present Parliamentary Secretary, Transport.
The Kangku circle is located 18 km from Likabali division and 20 km from Dhemaji
Therefore, it would be great succor and boon to the hapless people of the circle
if the long felt basic needs are met with.
Immature and childish statement
So far my knowledge is concerned Home Minister Tanga Byaling is one of the most well
experienced and matured politicians.
One of my favourite journalists Taro Chatung has rightly stated that in Indian democracy
educational qualification is not compulsory for MLAs and MPs. So, one of PPA activist’s
statement was very immature and childish which was not digestible.
Through the column of your esteemed daily I on behalf of the students, teaching staff,
and school managing committee of Government Upper Primary School, Tigdo would like
to appreciate and thank Gyamar Pitar, a resident of Yupia village for donating ceiling
fans to our school on 16th June' 2014. As a senior and alumni of this school he fulfilled
the longing for the ceiling fans. Earlier there was no single fan in the school.
During class hours, due to extreme heat, it affected teaching and learning process.
So, by donating fans he has done great job.
Govt. U/primary School,
For a great show, start paying the emcees accordingly!!
Emcee, MC (Master Of Ceremonies) popularly known as Anchor, Show Host is one of the
most respected profession in the entertainment industry. They give life and soul
to the shows, events and parties. Altogether they run the show and are credited either
for a hit or a flop show. Some of the world emcees have attained cult statuses and
demand millions for hosting an event.
I had the opportunity of working closely with one of the most reputed Film Production
and Event Management Company in Mumbai where I have had the privilege of witnessing
some of the best known faces in the field of emceeing in India; Bollywood to be precise.
I was amazed as well surprised to see how well organized these big events are and
how easy a task it is for the emcee. Yes, I found it easy for all these emcees did
were read the texts from the Teleprompter placed between the audiences. The Teleprompter
is a device placed near or on a television camera that displays scrolling text, allowing
a person to read a script while appearing to speak spontaneously to the camera. Easy
Now let’s come back to our state, to the scene of events and shows that happens here
annually. I know it is totally unjustifiable to compare the standards, organizational
skills, creativity and technical aspects between us and the more advanced and more
viable entertainment market outside our state. My point here is, the professional
emcees (few in the state) are more hardworking but underpaid. If I have to be honest
but harsh, I’d put it this way; ‘it’s a risky profession to be an emcee in Arunachal.’
I’d like to quote why.
The incident that happened during a Rock Concert some years ago where ‘AFFLATUS,’
an all girl rock band from Shillong got beer bottles hurled at them while they were
playing onstage still makes me hang my head in shame. I hope they have forgiven us
for such a shameful act. The hostess of the show tried to pacify but she too received
vulgar abuses. Sadly, it is the same set of affairs in every shows and events. The
audiences in Arunachal have a long way to go, to learn to be humble and to appreciate
rather than hurl beer bottles and abusive languages. One also cannot deny the harshest
truth of the people of Arunachal, we are too communal. It is high time we start to
see each other as Arunachalees than based on tribes and lineages.
The organizers in Arunachal also need a lot to learn from the outside about organizing
events. You need to understand the nitty-gritty of organizing an event, from the
beginning to the end. The actual show flow is never materialized rather there is
always the last minute changes. And you just do not come up with any event and on
the final day leave everything at the risk of the emcee, anchorman/woman. So, the
truth is no emcee/host/hostess can have a proper script for a particular show here
in Arunachal. You just have to brace yourself up and go with your instinct and presence
of mind. It is always like getting into a battlefield for an emcee each time he/she
steps onto any stage in Arunachal. Forget about having a Teleprompter!
I would also like to remind the organizers that your show or event is considered
a success not because you have had celebrities attending it or had the top politician
or a bureaucrat as the chief guest. It is always a success because the emcee pulled
it through. An emcee can always make a good show go worst and the worst go best.
Next time you want a great show, start paying the emcees accordingly!