June 21

SLSC, ASSA enter quarterfinal

ZIRO, Jun 20: Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) entered into the quarterfinals of the 47th Dree Football Tournament thrashing Youngest Club Hari (YCH) 6-1 in the last Group ‘C’ league match at Subansiri Stadium, Hapoli today.

Millo Tarung and Mihin Taker scored two goals each while Rubu Tachang and Rubu Rabin scored a goal each to complete the drubbing of the team.

The consolation goal for YCH was scored by Hage Ropo a minute before the final hooter.

SLSC will meet Laji Bogia Sporting Club in quarterfinal on June 23.

The second match of the day played between All Salang Sports Association (ASSA) and Zamra Club Siro (ZCS) ended in a goalless draw.

All Hija Sports Association (AHSA) topped Group D with 9 points followed by ASSA at second place with 4 points. Both the teams have qualified for the quarterfinals.


Chongkham police arrests drug peddler

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Chongkham police under Lohit district today conducted surprise raid along with the members of Chongkham Village Youth in the house of one drug peddler at Chongkham I Village. The raid was conducted following a tip from the source. Police arrested the peddler Nantewing Khamho and seized 300 grams of Brown Sugar from his possession.

Inspector Thomas Pertin of Chongkham police while informing this added that police and youth of Chongkham are making all out efforts to eradicate the prevailing drug menace in the area. During the interrogation of the arrestee, it was revealed that brown Sugar is being smuggled from Tinsukia and Dibrugarh District of Assam to Lohit District (A.P.). A case vide Namsai/PS/Case No. 58/2014 u/s 21 under NDPS has been registered and investigation is on. The Chongkham police have appealed to the general public to keep away from such drug abuse for better future.


EK DC orders for strict implementation of ILP system

SEPPA, June 20: East Kameng Deputy Commissioner in an executive order instructed police and administrative officers to enforce Inner Line Permit ILP system strictly to curb influx of outsiders without valid documents, check crime and maintain law and order.

The order has been issued amid reports of presence of large number of suspected Bangladeshi nationals in the district.

The DC has instructed ILP issuing authority to issue show cause notice to the suspected Bangladeshi nationals staying in the district to produce proof of Indian origin/citizenship within 15 days before renewal or issue of ILP. The order also asked various contractors, builders, businessmen and public leaders to relieve the suspected Bangladeshis engaged by them as labourers without valid documents within seven days.

While instructing the Town Magistrate and Seppa OC to check ILP once in a week in construction sites of private buildings and all incoming vehicles from Assam, the order further instructed Seppa Police deport all ILP defaulters with 15 days.


ASUM registers protest against Arunachal Bhawan in Mumbai

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Arunachal Students’ Union Mumbai (ASUM) has registered its protest against Arunachal Bhawan in Mumbai situated at sector 30-a plot no.19 Vashi Navi Mumbai claiming that it is functioning without permission for the past two years.

In its letter submitted to the chief secretary asking to arrange its immediate handling and taking over, it named M/S Arunachal Pradesh Industrial Development and Financial Corporation Ltd and M/S US Roof Ltd as the parties involved in the matter.

Saying that only nine rooms have been for Arunachalees in the Bhawan, it said that people from Arunachal are often harassed upon entering the bhawan.

It sought immediate set up of residence commissioner and removal of Italian Kitchen from the bhawan.


529 penalized for traffic offences

ITANAGAR, June 20: City Police with Capital Administration and DTO (Enforcement) imposed penalty of Rs.1,44, 200 on 529 vehicles for various traffic offences in the last three days in Itanagar and Naharlagun.

Carrying out the checking drive at Naharlagun today, a total of 201 vehicles were challaned, 12 impounded and Rs 57,900 was realized as fine from the violators.

In a similar drive here on June 18 and 19, a total of 328 vehicles were challaned, seven impounded and realized Rs 86,300 as fine from the violators.

The SC asked all vehicles owners to possess proper documents of the vehicle, fix proper number plates and park vehicles properly without causing obstruction to traffic.


KKSU seeks job for family member of late Karmi Bogo

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) has sought job on compassionate ground under APSTS for a family member of late Karmi Bogo who lost his life when an APST bus hit a roadside tree in Assam on June 12 last.

In its memorandum to the general manager, APSTS seeking him to take up the matter with government, it claimed that late Bogo was the lone bread earner of the family.

Further blaming the driver of the faithful bus for the unfortunate incident alleging that he was drunk when the incident happened, it demand his termination from the job.

The government should impose serious penalty on the defaulters so that such incident do not happen, the memorandum read adding that it would protest against the department if the demands are not fulfilled.


DC inspects FCI godown to take stock of PDS items

ITANAGAR, June 20: Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso today inspected the FCI godown at Anini to check the position of food stock so that the district does not face any food crisis during the rainy season.

While expressing satisfaction over the current PDS rice stock, the DC, however, instructed the FCI officials to stock more rice and other PDS items.

The deputy commissioner accompanied by District Food and Civil Supply Officer also inspected the under construction 200 MT capacity FCI godown at Anini and stressed on regular inspection by FCI engineer for ensuring quality of the construction. DIPRO


CYO for eviction of encroachers inside IG Park

ITANAGR, June 20: The Capital Youth Organization (CYO) has asked to evict illegal encroachers from the premises of Indira Gandhi Park here.

In its letter to the District Forest Officer claiming that many people have encroached the southern part of the park, it appealed to repair and construct its boundary wall at the earliest.

It further requested the authority to arrange for a high mast lighting tower and strict patrolling inside the park.


APETA gives 7 days ultimatum to government on Mathew Dabi case

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (APETA) has again drawn the attention to the unsolved Mathew Dabi case.

Late Dabi, a teacher by profession, had lost his life while performing Election duty on April 9 last.

In its reminder letter to the chief secretary, it gave another seven days ultimatum to the government seeking arrest and capital punishment of the miscreant/s involved in the death of late Dabi. Earlier it had given 15 days ultimatum which had ended.

If our demand is still not fulfilled by then, we will go ahead and close down all the schools in the state for justice, it warned.

It demanded arrest of the presiding officer and all the polling officers of the polling station where late Dabi was engaged and said that the SIT should expedite their findings and submit the detailed report with immediate effect saying that more than three months have passed.


Itanagar-Pakke Kessang APST bus service introduced

ITANAGAR, June 20: Much to the respite of the people residing in Pakke Kessang, the Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Services (APSTS) is introducing a 28-seater new bus service between Itanagar-Pakke-Kessang w.e.f., from June 22 on alternate days.

The bus will be flagged off from Itanagar station on the day by Parliamentary secretary transport, Jomde Kena.


Pasighat reeling under power cut

ITANAGAR, June 20: Once again Pasighat is reeling under power cut for the last few weeks despite alternative power supply provision from Assam to do away with the power crisis.

Expressing displeasure over the electricity problem, Pasighat People’s Welfare Committee, Chairman Okom Yosung said that, the completion of laying of 132 kv lines were suppose to finished by March 31 last. But the department of power couldn’t keep up their assurances to wrap up the work on dateline.

It appealed to the department of power to immediately initiate necessary work to rectify the fault on war footing.


AKKDYO too against OSDs, chairman, vice-chairman appointments

ITANAGAR, June 20: The All Kurung Kumey District Youth Organization (AKKDYO) has opposed to the appointment of OSDs, Chairman and Vice-Chairman in various departments.

Sadly in Arunachal Pradesh, it has become a tradition to appoint Parliamentary Secretaries which is not practiced in other states. In fact, over the years, these OSDs have become a nuisance. Many contractors, public leaders with dubious records and junior level officials were appointed as OSDs in the past thereby undermining the hallowed position of the senior Government officers of the various departments. Whereas in some cases some juniors’ officials who were not even district level officers were appointed as OSDs, it said in its memorandum to the chief minister.

Chairman, Vice- Chairman and OSDs should invariably be from among citizens who have excelled in their fields of activities and who have created a niche for themselves. OSDs should be at least group ‘A’ officer having sound knowledge of the department, the letter further added.


I-Borum and 11-Ganga make it mandatory to obtain NOC for any project

ITANAGAR, June 20: I-Borum and 11-Ganga under Bath Zilla Parishad have made it mandatory for obtaining No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the concern PRI bodies before execution of any projects, be it government or private sector, within its jurisdiction.

Saying that due to poor financial condition, most of the people are unable to send their children to good schools, it was decided that all the private/public run schools within the respective panchayats must grant admission to atleast five children belonging to the concern panchayat free of cost.

It was further decided that the matter of selling and purchase of land should prior be informed to the respective PR leaders or GBs.


GYWA seeks fund

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Gumto Youth Welfare Association (GYWA) has sought adequate fund for repair and renovation of Govt. Middle School, Gumto and the teachers’ quarter.

In its letter submitted to the DDSE Papum Pare, it claimed that the building may collapse anytime wherein taking classes have become very risky.

A similar letter was also submitted to DMO, Papum Pare seeking fund for repair and renovation of Medical sub-centre building and staff quarter at Gumto.

It claimed that both the matter on several occasion were apprised to the authority with no result.


News Impact

Umbrey resigns from PPA over RS election result

ITANAGAR, June 20: Dealing a massive blow to People’ Party of Arunachal (PPA), Laeta Umbrey, who was projected as the chief ministerial candidate of the party in the last general election, has resigned from the party in protest against the party’s decision to support Congress party candidate Mukut Mithi in the just concluded Rajya Sabha election. Mithi defeated his rival from BJP Tapen Siga by 37 votes in the RS election held yesterday. Along with 41 Congress MLAs, 5 PPA MLAs also voted for Mithi.

In a resignation letter addressed to State PPA president, Umbrey stated, “I am shocked and feel humiliated to learn that you as the party president have led the PPA legislators to vote for him in spite of our strong opposition,” Umbrey said in his resignation letter addressed to the party president.

“As a voter you will be sharing the victory cakes with the Congress party but many party workers in many parts of the state, including Roing are witnessing it with full of tears,” Umbrey said with a heavy heart.

“I thought we together would be able to promote the regional political party in the interest of the state without the interference of so called the high command based party,” he said.

“My lifelong sacrifice, dedication and honesty could not withstand before money power. It is very sad that everywhere people talk about corruptions accusing the politicians of indulging in such illegal practice. But when it comes to elections, candidates are judged on basis of their ability to buy votes and gets re-elected to continue to do the same thing. The system is bound to continue and there seems no remedy to it, lamented Umbrey.

While questioning the credibility of Mithi and his re-election to Upper House of the Parliament, Umbrey said “Being an experienced person, had Mithi ever helped the state in any manner? Had he ever raised the issues and problems of the state and the region as a whole in the House? Has he been able to help the financial crunch of state government in getting financial grants, packages, schemes and projects when UPA was in power? What happened to his Rs. 30 crore MP LAD fund? Where did he spend the money? Umbrey questioned. On contrary, he spent his most of the time in abroad during his tenure as RS member, he said.

Umbrey also accused Mithi as the person behind dissidence in the Congress party during the tenure of late CM Dorjee Khandu, Jarbom Gamlin and now Nabam Tuki government forcing him to dissolve the Fifth Assembly before completion of the term.



Flying squads carry out drive to check absentee Govt staffs

ITANAGAR, June 20: Flying Squads have detected as many as 186 staffs/officials absent in the offices located at Naharlagun and 99 staffs/officials absent in the offices located at Itanagar, informed an official statement from the department of administrative reforms.

The Flying Squads constituted by the Chief Secretary to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh to monitor, supervise, check the attendance has been making surprise visits in the offices located at Itanagar and Naharlagun since April 17 last. Based on the report, the Director of Geology and Mining has withheld one day’s salary of 16 of its officials who were found absent from their duties on the day of the visit.

The statement further informed that the Flying Squads constituted by the Chief Secretary will continue to carry out surprise checks in all the districts.



ANSU calls for 12-hour KK bandh on 23rd June

ITANAGAR, June 20: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has called a 12-hr first-phase dawn to dusk Kurung Kumey district bandh on June 23 to register its strong protest against the state government’s failure to initiate action against those corrupt officers involved in alleged misappropriation of NLCPR fund meant for construction of double storey hostel buildings for girl students in various schools under Palin circle. The decision was taken in a joint meeting with all BSUs and DSUs here today after authority failed to respond to the demand of the union despite submission of representation and memoranda to the chief secretary and minister for Public Work Department (PWD), ANSU informed in a release.

The second phase of the democratic movement will be shifted to Capital Complex if the demand was not met, the release added.

ANSU has been alleging that there was gross mis-utilization of fund sanctioned by Ministry of DONER for infrastructure development of various schools under Palin circle under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR) and demanding for immediate termination of all those involved in the alleged corrupt practice.



AAPSU declares 12-hour capital bandh on June 25, threatens to intensify stir

ITANAGAR, June 20: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today announced 12-hour capital complex bandh on June 25 in protest against the state Govt’s failure to fulfill its demands even after the expiry of the ten days time given earlier.

While disclosing the AAPSU’s decision to call first phase of bandh in a press meet at Arunachal Press Club this evening, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said the non-responsive attitude of the Chief Minister towards its 7-point charter of demand has compelled them to take the path of agitation like bandh call.

Disclosing its resolve to continue the stir on the demands submitted by them, Lapung said it would go for second phase of 24 hours state bandh and  this would be followed by 3rd phase of 36 hours bandh if the state Govt does not pay heed to their demands. Reiterating its stand against the appointment of chairman, vice chairman in various departments, the AAPSU president said “we will continue to oppose such appointments tooth and nail.” Appointments of chairman and vice chairman is nothing but an extra burden to state’s financial health, Lapung said while demanding release of salary of Govt employees and pending bills of the contractors. Govt is answerable to the people of Arunachal and must reveal the financial position of the state, he said.

The President of the apex students body further said that AAPSU will not tolerate the diversion of fund under central schemes and it will draw the attention of the Central Govt if such fund diversion takes place in near future.

AAPSU also came down heavily on the Chief Minister for not ‘fixing time’ for public darshan. “The Nabam Tuki led Government is said to be people-friendly, but no one is allowed, except MLAs and Ministers, to have “darshan” of the CM.”  Every individual from every community has right to place their grievances before the CM, the AAPSU leader said adding the “Nabam-Tuki Government is nothing but dictatorship.” It demanded introduction of public darshan immediately.

When his attention was drawn towards the bad impact of bandh call on the common people, AAPSU president said “we believe in dialogue process to solve any grievances, but Govt neglects us, we are forced to take the path of agitation like bandh call. We have no option; we are fighting for the people.”

AAPSU further demanded smooth supply of electricity and water in capital region and improvement of capital roads.

“Where is the need for appointments of chairman, vice chairman, and OSD while the state is facing severe financial crisis?” asked AAPSU convenor Tadar Takum. If you don’t have sufficient fund to pay the salary of Govt staff and contractors’ bill, why the Govt is making high-profile appointment, he further asked.

Demanding white paper on state financial status, AAPSU finance secretary Suraj Tayam said Govt should release the stipend of the students.

AAPSU team at Guwahati

Meanwhile, AAPSU general secretary Biru Nasi informed from Guwahati that a team of AAPSU under his guidance met the officials of Geetanagar Police station, Guwahati and discussed regarding the suicide case of late Tashi Phuntso. Investigation officer M K Dutta assured to extend cooperation to ensure justice to the victim. Post mortem report will be officially announced within few days, Nasi informed quoting Dutta as saying.

Suicide note believed to be written by late Phuntso has been sent for forensic test and the report is expected within few weeks, he added. The AAPSU team was accompanied by representatives of its federal body Guwahati Arunachal Students’ Association (GASA).

AAPSU team also held discussion with All Assam Students’ Union (AASU). While extending full support, AASU general secretary Tapan Gogoi said “AASU will never tolerate on any injustice.”

Meanwhile, AAPSU has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the YSR group for further safety of its students here in Guwahati today. The YSR foundation group president Madhusudan Reddy met the AAPSU team and discussed several perspective of the project. He assured to give maximum benefits to the students belong to poor family through different scholarship schemes of Govt. of India, Nasi informed.



Plan afoot to revamp education sector

ITANAGAR, June 20: Education sector presently in a dismal state of affairs in the state despite government’s top most priority is sure to get a facelift with the education department conducting first ever joint co-ordination meeting today which was attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, bureaucrats, Municipal and PRI leaders, among others.

It aimed at getting inputs from various quarters to improve the present educational scenario, the first ingredient for the uplift of any society.

In his inaugural address, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated a strong educational policy encompassing all aspects including need-based infrastructure development for a holistic approach for value-based teaching and learning as the past policies have not been implemented in letter and spirit. Instead of general recruitment, Tuki called for subject-wise recruitment to meet the pressing demand of subject teachers and directed the department to prepare a blueprint. However, he advised the teachers to impart moral education beyond the text books.

On transfer and posting, he suggested decentralization by entrusting the responsibility to district authority or the PRIs to be monitored strictly by the GoAP.

However, he urged the lawmakers to adopt a consensus approach not to interfere in its administration.  Performing teachers should be given choice posting while it should be primarily on merit, he said. He suggested mandatory introduction of sports activities besides NCC or scouts to help the students imbibe discipline and assured the NCC officers present of all support. He directed to issue an order restricting mobile within all educational institutions in the state.

The design for educational institutions should be uniform incorporating solar power and rain water harvesting facility while the project should be comprehensive for future expansion, Tuki emphatically said. Upset over the poor state of affairs of the department, Education Minister Tapang Taloh called for revolutionary steps for a turnaround to meet the pressing needs of the state. He sought support of all sections of the society for streamlining education sector.

There is shortage of teachers in many interior schools contrary to excess teachers in urban schools which need rationalizing, he said with conviction. Appreciating numerous suggestions, Taloh said the department would view it seriously for bringing the change.

Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix insisted on streamlining the department with limited resources to put things on the right track. Describing the present scenario as extremely dismal, Felix pleaded for addressing the problem urgently to avert further rot in the system. Highlighting the overall scenario, education secretary R K Mishra said that communication was the greatest bottleneck which should be addressed soon so that technology could overcome the rest problems. Good facilities in private school and poor facilities in the government schools have divided the students as ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’, he said and suggested the facilities should be used equally.

Running schools on PPP model could be a panacea, he said and informed handing over of a school in Lumla to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Society which would be replicated in other areas by involving genuine NGOs, he said. When the MLAs and officers draw fat salaries besides enjoying facilities, the students’ stipend should be paid regularly, Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul said, and suggested paying stipend to students of class I to VIII of the inter-village schools. Lack of subject teachers was deteriorating quality of education, Pul said, and insisted immediate posting of subject teachers. He also called for synchronized approach of higher & technical, school, elementary and SSA directorates for achieving the sole objective of quality education.

Six Power Point Presentations were made by the Director, Higher & Technical Education, Director, School Education, Director, Elementary Education, State Project Director, SSA, Rajya Mission, the Engineering Wing of Department of Education and the NCC Commander respectively.

The Director, Higher & Technical Education, Dr. Joram Begi in his presentation highlighted the status of higher educational institutions in the State such as University, NIT, NERIST, Govt. & Pvt. Degree Colleges, Polytechnics both functional and proposed ones. He expressed his concern over the growing Teacher-Student Ratio and teaching-non-teaching staff ratio and acute shortage of infrastructure. He sought support and assistance from the Govt. to enhance the spending on higher education at par with national average so that these problems could be addressed at the earliest to ensure quality teaching and research at Higher Education level.

The presentation of Director, School Education T. Taloh gave an exhaustive statistics regarding the number of schools, teachers, Gross Enrolment Ratio, Hostel facilities, non-teaching staff, games & sports activities, Bharat Scouts & Guides etc. While highlighting the constraints he confessed that there are several shortcomings in terms of finance, non-availability of local teachers in Science, Mathematics and languages, hurdles in rational deployment of teachers due to public interference, lack of required post creations, non-release of stipend in time. He expressed hope that the ensuing meeting could help improve to sort out these problems for the smooth functioning of the school education in the State.

Then B. Yirang, the Director of Elementary education gave a presentation on the status of elementary segment highlighting the State preparedness on RTE, present educational indicators, District wise enrolment and pupil-teacher ratio in the state at elementary level, growth of literacy in the state, recruitment of teachers through APTET/ CTET, training of existing unqualified teachers under RTE mandate, Intra-district rationalization of transfer & postings of teachers, restructuring of BEOs, putting in place a well defined academic calendar, distribution of free text books etc.

However, he sought assistance of the Govt. in complete bifurcation of Directorate of Elementary Education and Directorate of School Education at State, District and Block levels, improvement in the school infrastructure including drinking water and toilet provisions, provisions for vehicle etc. Opak Gao, State Project Director SSA Rajya Mission in his presentation apprised the members of the Mission and Vision of SSA in the State, its organization and functioning in the State, present educational indicators, status of RTE implementation, number of teachers and SSA institutions operating in the State and other important issues & challenges confronting SSA Directorate.

The Engineering Wing of the School Education in its presentation highlighted the activities, power and functions, advantage of engineering wing, the constraints experienced in the Department, various buildings constructed so far by the wing under various schemes like SSA, RMSA, KGBV etc.

An open interactive session followed this and Ministers and MLAs conveyed their suggestions. Participating in the open session, Kento Rina, MLA Nari-Koyu with his vast experience in the field offered many valuable suggestions regarding need of adequate infrastructure, transfer/postings, filling up of vacancies and non-interference in the transfer of teachers so that situation can really improve.

T. Norbu, Deputy Speaker suggested that creation of infrastructure, posting of adequate teachers and rational principle for transfer and posting should be given emphasis in Govt. policies on education. The meeting saw participation from municipal councilor members too. Senior officers including Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi were present. (CMMC)



Public hearing on 225 MW Talong-Londa HEP opposed

ITANAGAR, June 20: The proposed public hearing on 225 MW Talong-Londa hydro electrical project slated to be held on July 28 at Londa village in East Kameng district has been opposed by the public.

Justifying the protest against public hearing, Vijay Sonam, a public leader from Bamang Assembly segment in his representation to East Kameng deputy commissioner yesterday said that the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for Talong-Londa Hydro Power Project was first signed on 24th January 2007 for 160MW only which was later revised to 225 MW. “Neither the consent of the people living in the affected area and downstream people were taken before, during or after signing of the MOA for 160 MW nor the revised enhanced capacity was made public. The general public and the project affected people were kept in the dark,” the representation said.

Sonam further said that environmental effect of the project, relief and rehabilitation packages were not assessed and the upstream and downstream people of the region were not taken into confidence before or during signing of the agreement.

“Within a couple of years the State Govt has signed 22 Hydro Power Projects only in East Kameng district with an installed capacity of 1599.50 MW which was later revised to 1566.00 MW,” the representation claimed adding not a single tributary of the mighty Kameng River has been left out. The run of the river concept is a misnomer as Ranganadi power project is a living example for the present generation, it said.

Sonam further said that as the Arunachal Pradesh falls under seismic zone-V, signing of 22 power projects means creation of 22 artificial lakes in East Kameng.

Demanding scrapping of all the MOAs signed for implementation of hydro projects in East Kameng, the representation further urged the district administration to cancel the proposed public hearing with immediate effect.

“The Expert Appraisal Committee under the Ministry of Environment & Forest has already turned down the request of the GMR Group to extend the validity for preparing terms of reference for being set up in Arunachal Pradesh,” the representation added.



Kro-Chekor celebrated with religious gaiety

ITANAGAR, June 20: Kro-Chekor, the festival of the Sherdukpens which started on May 25 with recitations of the sacred Buddhist texts, ended this Thursday.

The festival which falls in the holy month of Jipa Saka-Dawa, the fourth month of the Lunar Calendar is celebrated for good harvest and well being of the society.

In Rupa, Jigaon and Shergaon, it was celebrated with religious gaiety where the young girls carry sacred Buddhists texts around the village ceremoniously accompanied by the villagers and the monks. Clad in their traditional attire, the bare feet young girls carry the holy scriptures on a designated track covering the whole of the village. At Shergaon, a day after Chekor, a clan wise annual pilgrimage known as Kro is taken out to a cave in the mountain top and pray to Nyachin Dumbo Lagang, the local deity for well being of village and good harvest.

Kro-Chekor is also an opportunity for the young people of the village to train themselves to run a household. Each clan has their own Blang (house) where the youngsters learn the intricacies of managing a household and taking care of the responsibilities of their society. All rituals related to the festival are also arranged by the young ones.

During the holy month, people generally do not indulge in any forms of hunting and fishing.



Jamoh calls for dedicated service for development of industrial sector

ITANAGAR, June 20: First time MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Industries) Tatung Jamoh has assured to work for development of industry sector and create more opportunities in the state.

Interacting with the officers and officials of Industry department and the department of Skill Development and Employment Generation at Udyog Sadan here today, Jamoh sought committed and dedicated services from the officials of both the departments to achieve a remarkable achievement in both the sectors.

Earlier, Secretary (Industries) Dr. SS Ghonkrokta, briefed Jamoh about the activities of the department.

Director of Industries Tamiyo Tatak presented a Power-Point presentation on the ongoing scheme, vision plan on 12th Five Year Plan relating to Industrial Infrastructure Development and various bottleneck while implementing the projects. He sought the Parliamentary Secretary’s intervene for enhancement of Plan and Non-Plan allocation for the department. He also urged him to visit ongoing project/scheme like Entrepreneurship Development Institute, Jote, Papum Pare and Integrated Infrastructure Development Centre, Bam, West Siang district to gather first hand knowledge about functioning of those projects as well as for better performance.

Director of Skill Development & Employment Generation Subu Tabin briefed Jamoh on various matters relating to skill development and employment generation in the state, including achievement of Job Mela, through Power-Point. In his presentation, he shared the vision of the newly created Directorate which started functioning on February 24 this year and also highlighted the upcoming infrastructural projects like establishment of New Industrial Training Institute (ITI), need of Institute of Trainer’s Training, Skill Development Centres etc. He requested the Parliamentary Secretary to extend his support and guidance for making the department fully functional as well as to achieve the target of Chief Minister’s Skill Development mission and creation of one lakh Job for unemployed youth in 12th plan. He also sought the intervention of the Parliamentary Secretary for giving job preference to the ITI certificate holders in Government as well as in Public Sectors Undertakings.



Monsoon gift to differently abled children from Muskan

ITANAGAR, June 20: Many of us who come out for work from the comfort of our homes these days for our daily chores, be it marketing, medical visits etc face hardship to commute in the ever so unpredictable weather. Has it ever crossed our minds, how it effects people who are differently abled?

Obliging to a request for donation of a school van by the principal of Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing & Visually Impaired, H Sharma, Muskaan Welfare Society took up the cause to heart and made it a point to deliver it. Headed by the First Lady Jyostna Sharma as the chairperson who took keen interest in the affairs and saw to it that the promise was delivered.

While handing over the keys of a five-seated Omni Van to the head of the institution the First Lady said  “It is a monsoon gift to my beloved children of Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing and Visually Impaired, Chimpu from Muskaan Welfare Society”.

While sharing her earlier interactions with the children and staff of the institution, she said that she is very impressed by the dedicated service rendered by the institution and exhorted them to carry on the good work.

The First Lady also expressed her hope that this gesture of MWS will motivate many more people to come forward and help such institutes or Non Governmental Organizations, which are working for the differently abled children, old aged people, and orphans.

Profusely thanking the First Lady and the members of Muskaan Welfare Society, DPMSHVI Chimpu Principal H. Sharma said “Since last three years I have been running from pillar to post for a vehicle for the institute. As the school runs on charity, providing free education and caters to students from poor background, procuring vehicle by itself was a huge financial liability for the institute. Until now, we have been hiring autos and tempos for our daily chores, which include medical visits of the children. These visits using hired vehicles doubled up the anxieties of the children with psychosocial disabilities, which should if possible be avoided. As such, we really needed a vehicle that was truly ours, where our children were safe to travel and have their own comfort zone. On 14th March’2014 we gave a representation to Muskaan Welfare Society, with a hope that our prayers will be heard and today we have received this gift. It is a blessing to the children”.

Earlier, MWS Member Secretary Kobby Zirdo Bagra briefed that the van has been procured through MWS funds. She also highlighted on the endeavours of the society and its commitments towards working in the field of health care, culture and education for the year on the occasion.



Expert consultation on AP Forest Bill

Community role in conservation of forest stressed

ITANAGAR, June 20: An Expert Consultation on draft Arunachal Pradesh Forest Bill organized by the Department of Environment and Forests, GoAP has suggested for providing a greater role to the communities in forest conservation and their empowerment for the purpose.

Attending the meeting, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi emphasized the need for making forest management participative by involving the community in conservation efforts.

Experts in forestry related laws, including R N Saxena, PCCF from Madhya Pradesh, R K Upadhyay, Additional PCCF from Tamil Nadu, Sanjay Upadhyay, Advocate in Supreme Court, Dr. Topi Basar from Faculty of Law, Delhi University, Fantry Mein, Chairperson, Arunachal Pradesh Finance Commission and a large number of representatives from civil society from the state attended the meeting and suggested for streamlining the process of forest settlement, protection of ecologically fragile areas, provision for latest concepts in forest management in the Bill, such as, Joint forest management, Community forest management, Sustainable forest management, Carbon sequestration, etc.

Earlier, AK Wahal, PCCF and Principal Secretary (E&F) gave a brief overview of the draft bill.



Development of Geku-Mariyang prime concern-Panyang

ITANAGAR, June 20: MLA Geku-Mariyang, Olom Panyang has urged the people of the constituency to maintain safe hygienic and sanitation conditions for better health and overall development. Panyang made this appeal at a public function in Mariyang during his whirlwind trip to the constituency by visiting 18 villages and two towns of Mariyang and Geku from June 7 to 16 last.

While calling upon the panchayati raj leaders and public to cooperate in all the developmental works, Panyang assured to pursue the demands made by the people of Mariyang.

Visiting various pending works in the constituency, Panyang assured of full efforts for completion of the works. The visits included the construction of the crucial Parak Bridge between Katan and Padu over Yamne River being executed by PWD. The motor-able bridge will connect the villagers living on the left and right bank of the Yamne River within the constituency.

Pursuing for early completion of the Two Lane Highway from Raneghat to Yingkiong via Mariyang which is part of the Tran-Arunachal Highway, Panyang met the JMK Project Manager at Mariyang on June 14. Informed of the latest developments on the highway work, Panyang stressed for early completion of the work and assured full cooperation on his part.

Earlier, the public memorandum to the MLA had called for posting of lady doctor and a dentist at Community Health Centre Mariyang, making functional of the science stream at Govt Higher Secondary School Mariyang, posting of PCB and PCM junior teachers and a senior teacher for English at the school. The demands also included starting and early finishing of the Sidip hydel near Mariyang, establishment of RWD and WRD division at Mariyang and sanctioning of independent charge of the ADC Mariyang. In between Adi-Pasi and Damro, around 50 villagers who will be settling at Remgeng called upon the MLA to declare it as a model village and take up various schemes accordingly.



AAPSU calls for rehabilitation schemes for opium affected people

ITANAGAR, June 20: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has urged the chief secretary to take up the issue of opium menace with the Centre for alternative livelihood of the opium affected people of seven districts of the state.

While appreciating the Chief Secretary for formulating six-point agenda to tackle cultivation, consumption, trafficking of opium as well as de-addiction measures in opium affected districts of Tirap, Changlang, Longding, Anjaw, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley and Upper Siang, AAPSU president Kamta Lapung said that the Chief Secretary should approach Centre for various schemes and programmes to provide alternative livelihood sources for the opium affected people.

Alleging that State Govt is not doing anything to contain this opium menace for last many decades, Lapung said though the state Govt had notified the Rules called, Arunachal Pradesh Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substance Rule 2000 in the line of NDPS Act under Government of India, no major initiative has been taken so far to contain the opium cultivation and consumption.

Showering praises on Chief Secretary, Lapung assured all possible cooperation from AAPSU in his endeavour to eradicate opium menace. The AAPSU president also lauded the Deputy Commissioners of opium affected districts and other concern officers who have already responded to the clarion call of the Chief Secretary to contain opium menace.



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Change of track

The ruling Congress nominee and sitting Rajya Sabha member Mukut Mithi was yesterday re-elected for the second consecutive term to Upper House of Parliament. He defeated his rival from BJP Tapen Siga by 37 votes. Mithi secured 47 votes against 10 votes of Siga, while two votes were rejected. Most interestingly along with 41 Congress legislators, 5 PPA MLAs too voted for Mithi. This is the same People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) which fought assembly election with promise to take up cudgel against wrong doing of ruling Congress.

Within one month of election, party seems to have changed their track. In fact PPA was the only party which had declared Laeta Umbrey, former Roing MLA as party’s Chief Ministerial candidate during the assembly election. They offered ray of hope to the people of Arunachal by blazing all gun against miss-governance of ruling government. However their new avatar of supporting Congress candidate for Rajya Sabah election makes one wonder whether all that was only election gimmick.  It seems Arunachalee people will have to wait further to have vibrant opposition party in the state.

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Save our precious lake

Dear Editor,

I would like to write about the condition of Ganga lake ( Gyekar sinyi).

The lake is a precious gift of nature to Arunachal Pradesh. It is also a place of interest for tourists. Very high number of tourists visit the Lake due to its natural beauty and close proximity with the capital town. Not only for tourists, is it also historically important place related to Nyishi mythology. It is believed that all Mithuns of Taig Bida merged into the lake. It is believed that the foot print of mithun is located in the Lake.

But day by day people are forgetting the importance of Ganga Lake. The beauty and existence of lake is in stake. The nearby jungle is being cleared by some people for cultivation and earth cutting is going on. Automatically with such activities, the water level will go down. I feel that at least up to 500 meters of nearest jungle should be protected from clearance.

I would like to share an experience that I encountered while I was enjoying the beauty of lake from nearby hills.

My delight was cut short as I saw few people clearing the jungle near the lake for agriculture purpose. Being a youth leader of the area, I appealed them to stop and tried to make them aware how hazardous it is to clear the forest near our precious Gyekar Sinyi.

One of them, a middle aged man said, " Bhai, hum toh itna saal se khat raha hai lekin lake ka paani toh khattam nehi hua hai toh". I could not utter a single word in response so I left.

I'm not saying I  am a genius but at least I know that water level go down gradually if such activities are not stopped at the earliest. We don’t notice it but in a decade or two, we will see receding level of water.

The fault lies with all of us. I never witness any tourism or forest department giving awareness to general public, about the ill effects of deforestation. They just keep mum on activities of public, who are unaware of consequences of deforestation.

Both departments should come forward to save our precious lake. They should host awareness program in nearby villages and encourage plantation.

If possible, forest department should provide tree saplings. Illegal entry, cutting of bamboo, felling of trees should be properly checked and there should be strict action against trespassers.

I sincerely appeal to department of Tourism and Forest to come forward and take some bold decisions to save our god gifted lake.


Yorum Achung


Lorr-Bath Youth Association ( ALBYA )