June 22

Fake job racket busted

ITANAGAR, June 21: A fake job racket has been busted with arrest of three persons by a team of City Police here today.

Acting swiftly following a tip off, City Police constituted a special team under the command of SDPO Bomjen Kamduk and succeeded to arrest all the three accused within 48 hours.

The police team led by SDPO Kamduk comprised of SI P Barouha, SI K Tao, SI AK Pandey, Head Constable C Sunny, Constables DS Thakur, Boken Nonong, H Milli and AR Singh.


APCC reacts to Umbrey’s statement

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has reacted strongly to the statement made by PPA candidate from Roing Laeta Umbrey against Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi.

The contribution of Mithi towards the development of Arunachal Pradesh is well proven fact which needs not be clarified. The Arunachalees have witnessed a new height of development during his tenure as Chief Minister and the state of Arunachal Pradesh has received highest special packages from the Central Govt like Trans Arunachal highways, four lanes etc, it said in defense of Mithi. As far as the accountability of MPLAD is concerned, the meager fund of Rs 30 crores for the entire state as MP of Rajya Sabha has been used judiciously to cover up every nook and corners of the state. “If he dares to prove the mismanagement than legal door is open for him to furnish white paper before the public,” the APCC further held.


NCC academy in the offing

ITANAGAR, June 21: The National Cadets Corps (NCC) is planning to open an (NCC) Academy in Arunachal Pradesh and raise a new Battalion at Tawang, said Brig N K Dabas, Group Commander, Tezpur.

Attending a high level joint meeting of education department at Banquet Hall here yesterday, Brig. Dabas briefed the chief minister, education minister and other officers of education department about various activities being carried out by NCC in the state and future plans and programmes. Brig. Dabas informed that NCC has plan to upgrade the 22 (I) Coy NCC at Pasighat to a Battalion and raise separate group Headquarters for Arunachal Pradesh to bring more youths of the state under the fold of NCC. He also said that all the battalions will be upgraded to seven Companies and 24 Troops with about 3400 cadets per Battalion.

He was accompanied by Col S A Patil, CO of 1 AP Bn. NCC, Naharlagun.

Earlier,, the Brig. Dabas visited the 1 AP Bn. NCC, Naharlagun and met the army staff, ANOs and cadets. He informed them about latest developments in NCC. He also held a brain-storming session with the staff and ANOs to work out future strategy for NCC activity in Arunachal Pradesh.


BJP’s working group to monitor scheme implementation

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators and party’s state office bearers in a joint meeting here today unanimously resolved to keep vigil on state Government’s functioning, especially the implementation of various Centrally sponsored schemes and Central flagship programmes and other important public utility schemes.  The meeting presided over the BJP state president Tai Tagak further decided to constitute a state level working group in this regard. The group which will perform as the “shadow Cabinet’,  also coordinate and liaison with the Central Ministries for various developmental projects in the state. All MLAs and party leaders including state office bearers attended the meeting.

The meeting also reviewed the Party Organization and Rajya Sabha poll held recently in the state. Addressing the meeting, Tagak advised the legislators and other party leaders to uphold the basic party principles and maintain discipline in discharging  their duties. There are no rooms for any breach of Party discipline in the BJP, he said.


AAPWU gives 15 days ultimatum to state govt

ITANAGAR, June 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has resolved to give 15 days ultimatum to the state government for redressal of its earlier placed charter of demand. This was decided in a meeting held at Mopin-Solung ground here today under the chairmanship of its president Jalley Sonam.

AAPWU have been demanding timely release of staff salaries of casual/contingency workers and release of Ad-hoc Bonus for the year 2010-2014, immediate release of ACP & MACP grade pay arrear, immediate regularization of ALCs, reservation of 75 percent seat in category of group C & D post in favour of contingency/casual workers, recruitment of technical staffs, reservation of 80 percent jobs in PSUs like NEEPCO, NHPC etc under state quota especially in category of group C & D, establishment of labour court in the state and special casual leave for office bearers of AAPWU.

If the government fails to comply this time, AAPWU will be compelled to launch its democratic movement, it warned.

Meanwhile, it has urged the state government to clarify the notification vide no. LAB (MW) – 02/2010, Dt 30th April, 2014, wherein the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh had revised the minimum rates of wages as per day and month of unskilled, S/Skilled and Skilled employees.


TEB felicitates meritorious students

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Tebw Employees Forum (TEF), felicitated the meritorious students and achievers of Tebw Society at a function at Naharlagun today.

The students and achievers who were felicitated include, Taba Amna (9.0 CGPA), Teri Popi (65.8% Sc), Taba Kupu (68.5% Sc.), Taba Punung (70% Sc.), Taba Rozi (73% Sc.), Taba Podu (75.66% Arts), Taba Menia (76.0% Arts), Taba Ampu (77.2% Sc.), Taba Yasi (79.8% Arts), Taba Yam (88.6% Arts.) and Er. Tad Logi, Asst. Engineer (PHED).

Attending the function, Yazali ZPM Taba Techi and Borum ASM Taba Thomas advised the students to work hard to achieve success in life and wished them good luck for future.


5th IRBN BHQ Pasighat plants tree saplings

PASIGHAT, June 21: A mass tree plantation programme was organized at 5th IRBN BHQ Pasighat today in which various tree saplings like rain trees and others were planted while marking the eve of Vanmahotsav season.

The programme was organized with a plan to make the battalion premises a good place to live in. The 5th IRBN BHQ is spread in an area of 80,000 sqm at Gumin Nagar, Pasighat.

More than 60 saplings were planted which was provided by Divisional Forest Officer Pasighat free of cost, informed SDPO Tab Techi who led the plantation programme. He directed the Inspector Sampyo, Dy. Commander ‘C’ Coy. 5th IRBN to take care of planted trees as mere plantation doesn’t bear meaning until it is raised with care.


BJMM celebrates Vijay Utsav


ITANAGAR, June 21: The BJP Mahila Morcha (BJMM) Arunachal Pradesh organized Vijay Utsav yesterday with ‘Kamal Rangoli’ and ‘Kamal Mehandi’ here to commemorate the resounding victory of the party in the Lok Sabha election 2014 which paved the way for formation of Narendra Modi-led Govt at Centre.

Addressing the gathering, BJMM president Padmeswari Jamoh outlined the aim and objective of the importance of Vijay Utsav. Host of party leaders including BJP state president Tai Tagak, Chaba Ao, President Bharatiya Janata Party, Nagaland and Tamiyo Taga, BJP’s Opposition leader  participated in the celebration.


Mass rubber sapling plantation


DAPORIJO, June 21: Rubber saplings were planted along BRTF roadside at Kuporijo during a mass tree plantation cum social service organized by Tani Bango People of Gusar Circle of Dumporijo.

The villagers have expressed their keen interest to grow rubber trees on commercial basis after they were explained about the benefits and importance of the cash crop.

All the HGBs of Tani Bango area, including HGB of Upper Subansiri, GB association president of Gusar circle, elders and youths actively participated in the programme.

They also cleared roadside weeds and disposed off the garbage.


Students suffering from lack of teachers

ITANGAR, June 21: The most of the schools in Upper Subansiri district, especially Siyum circle, are being run by single teacher; it was revealed during a survey conducted by Orphan Trust Society (OTS) under “Shiksha Ka Haq Abhiyan”.

Claiming that insufficient teaching staff in schools of rural area has been the main reason for migration of students to schools in urban area, the society appealed to the higher authority of the education department to post required number of teachers in those schools to prevent migration of students.


Action against DLRSO demanded

ITANAGAR, June 21: Leveling corruption allegation against DLRSO, Aalo, West Siang, a group of public leader of Aalo has demanded the chief secretary to initiate necessary action against the officer and transfer him from the district at the earliest.

Describing the officer’s alleged corrupt practices and various tactics adopted to take bribe from land applicants, the group of public leader in a complaint letter to the Chief Secretary alleged that the DLRSO does not cooperate with those land applicants who do not satisfy him. They claimed in the complaint letter that the DLRSO had recommended more than 500 land allotment cases within Aalo Township against huge amount from each applicant during the tenure of a former deputy commissioner of the district.

According to the complaint letter, former deputy commissioner Amjad Tak had reportedly recommended for initiating action against the corrupt officer but no action has been taken yet against him.


Opium awareness prog  

ITANAGAR, June 21: An opium awareness programme was organized by Geku Women Welfare Civil Society (GWWCS) in collaboration with Regional Institute of Rural Development (RIRD), a Geku base NGO at Komar Rasing village today.

The ill effects and consequences of opium and substance abuse for individual as well as society were highlighted in details during the awareness campaign.

While participate in the programme, the officers advised the villagers to take up cardamom, ginger, orange etc cultivation as source of income. The programme was participated by PRI members, GBs and local people. The CO, CDPO and KVK officers of Geku also attended the programme.


Workshop on city sanitation action plan held

ZIRO, June 21: The 3rd workshop of City Sanitation Action Plan of Ziro was organized yesterday in the conference hall of the Deputy Commissioner under the chairmanship of ADC Ziro R Borthakur.

A Delhi based consultant, Intercontinental Consultants Technocrats Pvt Ltd presented a detailed report on the City Sanitation Plan (CSP).

The Deputy Director (UD & H), Ziro conducted the proceedings of the workshop and briefed all participants about the CSP.

Ziro ADC felt the immediate need for attending to sanitation issues of Ziro Valley and exhorted for maximum cooperation from the public.

The ICT representatives Dr Krishna Pal, Deepa Tripathi and Prabhakar Kumar, presented a PowerPoint on the various 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. The CSP is being prepared for the horizon year 2038 and the current project DPR will be finalized by the end of July 2014 for onward submission to the Central Government for funding.

The workshop was attended by officers from various departments, representatives from NGOs, AYA and Bazaar Committee. DIPRO


Vehicle checking drive held

ZIRO, June 21: A massive vehicle checking drive was conducted in all the three blocks of Lower Subansiri district today.

DTO Yajum L Yumlam along with her team conducted the drive at Yazali and Raga blocks in which she advised the vehicle owners to carry proper documents of vehicles. She also advocated for timely payment of road taxes to avoid fines.

Altogether 85 vehicles were challaned while few vehicles were seized and kept in the police station, Hapoli.  A total amount of Rs 53,800 was collected as fines and spot registration fees.

In the Hapoli township CO (TPT) Tame Yajum led the checking drive. DIPRO


AAPBSU extends support to AAPSU’s demands

ITANAGAR, June 21: The All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has extended its support to AAPSU in its fight against state governments for failing to fulfill its seven point charter of demand.

Calling AAPSU’s demand as genuine, it accused the Chief Minister of ignoring to meet common people and choosing to stay in New Delhi with no work.

Meanwhile, highlighting problems such as lack of infrastructural development, deplorable conditions of schools, no telephone facilities and inadequate deployment of police in sensitive areas of border and boundary areas in the state, it appealed all the MLAs of the areas concern to concentrate and initiate necessary steps to develop these areas.



While referring to the news item “ANSU calls for 12-hour KK bandh on 23rd June”, published in this daily on June 21, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) today clarified it 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 fund sanctioned by the Union ministry of tribal affairs, education section for construction of double storey hostel buildings for girl students in various schools under Palin circle.  The Union also  demanded action against officials involved in misuse of fund sanctioned by the Ministry of DONER for infrastructure development of various schools under Palin circle (phase -1) under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resource (NLCPR).


News Impact

RWD minister calls for effective implementation of schemes

ITANAGAR, June 21: RWD Minister Kumar Waii has exhorted the field officers of his department to work with utmost sincerity for effective implementation of various schemes and programmes. He was addressing the two days review meeting of the Rural Works Department held at the conference of the department here which ended today. The meeting was particularly held to review the progress of various programmes and projects being implemented by the department across the state.

Informing that PMGSY, an important national flagship programme is being implemented in the state to provide connectivity to the remote areas, Waii stressed on early completion of PMGSY roads. Taking serious note on delay of some of the PMGSY roads, the Minister cautioned the contracting agencies to face debarment if not comply & co-operate with the field engineers for their timely completion. He requested the field officers to work with utmost sincerity for holistic development of the state and hoped that the review meeting will have a meaningful outcome for the better and effective implementation of the various schemes and programmes of the department.

While assuring full support and  guidance, Parliamentary Secretary, Rural Works,  Jambey Tashi asked the senior officers to provide regular feed backs for effective implementation of the schemes. He also focused on road connectivity to interior village of the state and Border out posts (BoPs).  

Secretary, RWD, Er T H Tayung stressed upon timely submission of all kinds of reports and returns in time bound manner for effective monitoring. He insisted for capacity building of the engineers and contracting capacity of the state.  The Chief Engineer in his address outlined the major activities and administrative issues of the department and sought guidance from the  minister.

Division-wise threadbare discussion was also held on State Plan projects including deposit works & other CSS schemes supported by power-point presentation on the status of various projects. Director (SLUB), in his presentation highlighted soil conservation activities being carried out by the department.

Earlier, CEO, ARRDA (Arunachal Rural Road Development Agency) in his key note address delivered an overview of the PMGSY programme with power point presentation. The Superintending Engineer (Coord), in his speech underscored the need of manpower & infrastructural requirement of the organization.

Among others, the meeting was also attended by the Superintending Engineers, Field Engineers and supporting staffs, according to an official release.



Minister for protection of water catchment areas

ITANAGAR, June 21: Saying that drying up of water sources has been one of the major challenges of PHE & WS department, Minister for PHE & WS Takam Tagar advised the departmental engineers to come up with an effective policy/guidelines for protection of water catchment areas.

Attending the joint review meeting of PHE & WS Department at State Level Water Testng Laboratry, Mowb II here today, the Minister impressed upon all officers to discharge duty with utmost sincerity and dedication.

While expressing happiness over performance and achievement of the department, the Minister asked the departmental officers and officials to put an extra effort to realize water tariff by ensuring a proper and foolproof revenue collection system. He also asked all the divisions to prepare and update record on household-level water connectivity provided in urban areas.

Parliamentary Secretary (PHE&WS) Kumsi Sidsow opined that team spirit was crucial to provide optimum service to the people. He stressed need for providing required facilities to the consumers and to ensure this, he suggested for proper coordination among PHED, Health and Education Department.

Commissioner, PHED, T Taloh stressed on aspects of quality management and development of a protocol on inspection, maintenance etc. He encouraged the officers to go for high quality end product as an outcome for any endeavor. Tomo Basar, Chief Engineer (Design and Planning) highlighted overall perspective of the department and the status of water supply in the rural and urban areas. He also highlighted the vision of the department and financial constraints to achieve the goal.

T Ketan, Chief Engineer (Sanitation) highlighted the achievements and issues related to the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan( NBA) while L Kri, Chief Engineer (E/Z) presented PowerPoint on the progress of projects and works completed in the last financial year with photographs of all major water supply Schemes under Eastern Zone.

Toko Jyoti, Chief Engineer (W/Z) made PowerPoint presentation on various water supply schemes taken up and achievement made by his zone during the last financial year.

All the CEs, SEs, EEs and AEs of the department  and  former PHED Secretary Tomi Ete were present in the meeting.



PPA decides not to accept Umbrey’s resignation

ITANAGAR, June 21:While deciding not to accept the letter of resignation of Laeta Umbrey in an emergency meeting here today, the People’s Part of Arunachal (PPA) urged Umbrey to reconsider his decision to quit the party.

Acknowledging his immense contribution for growth of the regional political party of the state, PPA president Nikh Kamin urged Umbrey to continue to work for the party.

“Umbrey’s experience and guidance is required for growth of the regional party,” Kamin said, and urged him to reconsider his decision.

While taking responsibility of the act of the party legislators as a president of the party, Kamin appealed to the party rank and file to work together for further strengthening party organization. Kamin said the act of the legislators was not intended to hurt any party leader, workers or his supporters.

Chairman, People’s Working Committee, Kamen Ringu strongly disapproved the voting of party legislators in favour of Congress candidate in the Rajya Sobha election and opined that the party (PPA) should have abstained from the voting.  Party’s Secretary General Dr. Ashan Riddi opined that all the sentiment and anguish expressed by Umbrey are genuine and need to be addressed urgently.

Leader of People’s Legislature Party PD Sona stated that the act of the legislators was in tune with the present political situation in the state. It was not intended to contradict the party’s policy and ideologies, he claimed.

Other party officer bearers, including Tsering Naksang, Toko Sheetal, Kaling Jerang, Jalley Sonam also attended the meeting and suggested maintaining a healthy balance between the party organization and party legislators.

The executive committee of the party was also constituted with Nikh Kamin as president and Kahfa Bengia as working president.



Rijiju to attend Asian ministerial conference in Bangkok next week

NEW DELHI, June 21: A high-level Indian delegation, led by minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju, will be engaging with Asian leaders in Bangkok next week in an inter-governmental meeting to draw up a strategy for inclusion of Asia's agenda in the successor to the Hyogo Framework.

The Asian ministerial conference will review 10 years of implementation of the Hyogo Framework of Action and discuss how to deal with increasing disaster risks, which are seriously threatening development gains and the region's economies.

"It is also the final opportunity for the region to discuss the Asian issues that will be included in the successor to the Hyogo Framework that will be announced at the Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in March 2015 in Sendai, Japan," said a press note from the UN office for disaster risk reduction (UNISDR).

India is among 86 countries which have set up a national platform for disaster risk reduction and already has a 10,000-strong highly trained force to work on rescue and relief operations in case of natural or man-made disasters. The 10 battalions of India's National Disaster Response Force comprise of soldiers drawn from its paramilitary forces trained in commando operations.

India's national platform for disaster risk reduction provides important support to the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, the global agreement on reducing disaster losses.   According to UNISDR, last year's disaster losses cost more than $ 53.8 billion in Asia, which represented almost half the global figure.

The Bangkok inter-ministerial meet next week will have 2,500 delegates, including 20 ministers and industry leaders from more than 39 countries in Asia and the Pacific.

The meeting, hosted by the Royal Thai government in collaboration with the UNISDR, is the last Asian regional inter-governmental gathering before the completion of the Hyogo Framework for Action that was adopted in Kobe, Japan in 2005 by 168 governments. (Courtesy: ToI)



MIFF brings hope for aspiring Arunachalee film makers

Appu Gapak

With no operating movie theatre of its own since the lone functioning National Cinema Hall died down half a decade back, the Mumbai International Film Festival (MIFF) sure gave film lovers of Capital Complex a reason to cheer.

Initiated in 1990 as a bi-yearly event in different parts of the country, it was a three-day event organized by Films Division, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in collaboration with the Directorate of Information and Public Relations, Government of Arunachal Pradesh from June 18 to 20 at Hotel Tosum, Naharlagun which showcased 34 of the finest documentaries, short and animation films from around the world including the Oscar nominated film by Ashvin Kumar 'The Little Terrorist'. The collection also included three films based on Arunachal -- The Rich Practice, Monpas of Arunachal Pradesh and The March of Time.

“The collection is from the 12th and 13th edition of MIFF," shared Sumay Mukherjee, the branch manager of Films Division.

Sumay who calls two of the acclaimed Arunachalee films 'Sonam' and 'Crossing Bridges' super fine films is however dismayed with the way films are being made in Arunachal, with no one coming forward to produce it.

“People have to understand that a film is made on money, otherwise there won’t be any production,” he said.

He, however, sees lot of scope in the film makers of Arunachal.

And much to the respite of the film makers in Arunachal who often find no taker to produce their film, Film Division has offered to help them produce their film.

"All they have to do is apply online at www.filmsdivision.org", Mukherjee says.

Film maker Taro Chatung with a smile that seemed to say thank you, "Atlast, we know of someone who is willing to produce our films."

Chatung has many films to his credit, with Frontier Boys, Donyi and Rich and Rigid to name a few.

Another film maker Duyu Tabyo, who recently made a ‘Stranger in my land' - a 15 minute film on the racial profiling of the North East community in metros around India, believes that MIFF coming to Arunachal is a huge thing.

"These film festivals are a boon to independent filmmakers who lack funds to showcase their creativity. And the markets for independent filmmakers are slowly growing and they are finding space and recognition through these festivals." And goes on to add, "Arunachal as a whole still lack technically; equipments, sound, designers, scriptwriters, editors etc. So we need a platform where we can get firsthand experience about the whole aspect of filmmaking."

Actor Hage D Appa who has acted in ‘Sonam' sees this as a bridge building between the Centre, government and the state.

"The gap between them and us is getting closer. They are here now and it is high time for us to go to that side too", he says.

The three-day event, however, saw thin participation unlike the previous Arunachal Film Festival which happened in the month of March this year, where the attendance was much higher. But this situation does not dampen the spirit of film maker Taro Chatung who seems to take the situation lightly.

“It’s just the beginning. The time will surely come when we will have more audiences to see these kinds of films. We are getting there very soon,” he says with optimism.



GWS women wing organizes orientation programme on agriculture & allied sector

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Women Wing of Galo Welfare Society organized an orientation program on “Agriculture and allied sector” in the conference hall of Directorate of Agriculture Krishi Bhawan, Naharlagun today.

Various topics related to agriculture and horticulture were discussed in details during the day-long programme.

The ADOs and DAO explained in details on “Prospective of Organic Farming in Arunachal Pradesh, “Bio-control for Insect Pest Management,” “Demonstration on different types of Plant Propagation.” “Scope and Importance of Bee Keeping, “Commercial Cultivation of Indigenous Vegetable of Arunachal etc. through their PowerPoint.

The participants were taken for a field visit to the State Bio-control Laboratory and State Seed Testing Laboratory Naharlagun where various types of insects and seeds were shown and their importance were explained.

Yabin Dabi Zirdo, member, State Women Commission and an active social worker read a very touching and emotional poem “MVII-MOMI” composed by her. In the poem she expressed the feelings and emotions of women in general.

After the Scientific session, all the participants actively took part in the discussion on “Finalization of Design on Traditional Muffler/Stole.”

Earlier, the program began with a welcome address by GWS women wing President Tumken Angu followed by a demonstration on “Bouquet making and flower arrangement” by Licha Chilli, a floriculturist of Loli Nursery. He demonstrated various types of flower arrangements and bouquets.

The programme was attended by around 100 participants, including GWS President Dr Emi Rumi, office bearers of Women Wing of GWS, Yido Boje, retired SP, senior members of Galo Society, representatives of State Women Commission Yabin Zirdo and Yapi Kulo, representatives of Kargu Gamgi of Itanagar, Naharlagun & Nirjuli, representatives of various Popir parties of the capital complex, weavers, designers, students, housewives and officers of various departments.



Consumer awareness cum exhibition held at Basar

AALO, June 21: The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Basar conducted one-day consumer awareness cum exhibition in collaboration with Global Human Right Oganization at Town Club Hall, Basar on June 18.

Attending the inaugural function, Basar Additional Deputy Commissioner Pooja Jain advised people of the area to take benefit from such consumer awareness cum exhibition organized by Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs from time to time. Expressing her dismay over less participation of general public in such important programme, she said “we cannot expect ourselves to be responsible consumers unless we know the various benefits and provisions as enshrined in the Consumers Act.” She exhorted the department to continue with the camp in nook and corner of the subdivision in future.

ZPM Toyir Basar appealed the business community to respect the sentiment of consumers and their rights and to maintain healthy relation with them. Daro Marbom, Assistant Controller, Legal Metrology and Consumer affairs, West Siang district also suggested people to be careful in buying day to day  items and check expiry, manufacturing and MRP printed on commodities.

Advocate Goken Bam Chairman Global Human Right Ogranization, Itanagar dwelt at length about consumer Protection Act’ 1986 and urged the public to learn more information about provisions in the act through booklet already provided by departments. He also highlighted the procedures for lodging complaint against goods and services deficiencies to District Forum, State Commission and National Commission with financial involvement up to Rs. 20 Lakh and above and 1 crore and above.

Earlier, J.K. Lobom, Inspector Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Basar highlighted the aim and objectives of consumer awareness cum exhibition and gave detail outline on the department activities, regarding Legal Metrology Act 2009 and Rules enacted in the parliament for regulating accuracy of weights and measures, weighing and measuring instruments used in commercial transactions, industrial production and protection involved in public health and safety and Arunachal Pradesh Package Commodities Rule, 2011. He appealed all the traders to renew their weight and measures, weighing and measuring instrument to avoid legal action and extended his thanks to one and all for making the programme a successful one.

Jumbom Basar, ASM Nyigam-II, Tojo Basar, ASM Gori-II and APWWS President, Basar unit also spoke on the occasion.  PRI members, Women, Govt. staffs from ADC Office, Students from VKV and SFS School Basar took part in the camp. Later a practical demonstration was conducted by class XII Science students from JNV Kombo-II, West Siang District regarding standardization certificate like FPO, Agmark, LPG Gas Cylinder, Petrol/ Diesel dispensing pumps, packaged commodities items, discount offer and manipulation in weights and measures items etc  were demonstrated by the  trained  students engaged by the department. DIPRO



Timber operation in reserve forest under public scanner


PASIGHAT, June 21: The people of Pasighat have raised question over transparency in operation of large scale “wind-fallen logging operation” in the Pasighat Reserve Forest (RF) and urged the forest authority to ensue transparency in the operational process.

The forest department at Pasighat has been conducting massive logging operation on the “wind fallen trees” in Pasighat RF by engaging its men and machines besides elephant in the operation. They stored huge quantity 'Hollok' logged timber in a temporary depot inside the industrial complex here.

Local people, however, alleged that the forest department is carrying out indiscriminate fresh felling of tree along the wind-fallen tree. The quantity of logs gathered inside the forest is much more than the number of the fallen trees, they said.  The local people further alleged that the forest department is flouting the legitimate rules in the logging operation and conducting entire works such as felling, sectioning, loading and storing works by itself keeping the people in dark. The people including a section of local businessmen urged the forest department officials to ensure transparency in logging operation. They also urged the department to publish a white paper regarding the ongoing large scale timber operation in the RF.

Pasighat reserve with an area of 4648 hectare is one of the seven RFs under the forest division. Located at outskirts of Pasighat town, the forest is rich in various species of timber yielding trees, climbers and medicinal plants besides varied biodiversity. The mighty Siang river is flowing down amidst the RF providing a well defined ecosystem in the forest.

The Divisional Forest Officer (T) of Pasighat was not available for comment or to give official input.



LDSU demands posting of DDSE and other officers

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Longding District Students Union (LDSU) has demanded immediate posting of full-fledged DDSE along with posting of all the Heads of the Department (HoDs) in Longding district.

Addressing media persons at Press Club here today, President, LDSU, Manlem Wangsu informed that Longding district was created on March 2012 but till now lack basic amenities in the field of education, health, road communication or any other development projects.

“For every work whether it is related to Education, Health or any other Departmental works, we have to depend on the previous parent district Tirap and it is quite impossible for everyone to visit, Tirap,” said Wangsu.

He said that it has also urged the Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki to induct at least one senior and capable MLA from the concerned district into his cabinet, who will address the grievances of the area and its people.

Speaking on the occasion, General Secretary, LDSU, Gangsong Gangsa informed that the district has only four Higher Secondary Schools in Longding, Kanubari, Pongchau and Wakka but out of four, only two are working properly, whereas the remaining two at Wakka and Pongchau are still running as Secondary schools due to the absence of Senior Teachers, Principal and Vice Principal.

Further informing that the district lacks quality education, due to the absence of senior teachers, he said that SSA appointed Junior Teachers are compelled to take the classes of Class XI and XII.

“After almost two years of the establishment of the Longding district, we have no proper infrastructure in any section; we are still struggling for better education, better road and Transportation, Health facilities and Communications,” added Gangsa.



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