June 23

Anti-malaria month observed

YUPIA, June 22: District Vector Diseases Control Society in collaboration with panchayat leaders of Bassar Nallah observed Anti-Malaria month at Bassar nallah PHC under Sangdo Pota circle recently.

Dr. J Mahato, Medical Officer in-charge of Bassarnallah PHC and Tatung Tayang briefed about the importance of observing the anti-malaria month. They suggested public to consult with doctor in case of any fever without any delay.

Attending the programme, Upper Balijan ZPM Gollo Takam appealed the DMO to instruct the staff of the PHC to discharge their duty sincerely and requested him for supply adequate medicines to the PHC.

Dr. S Ronya DMO highlighted the importance of observing the anti-malaria month and said that malaria is preventable and curable.

Techi Pekhi Tara , District Consultant VBD- Yupia, also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO

Nabam Tapin ASM Bassarnallah expressed gratitude to all medical team, the DMO and DMLO for organizing the programme.


Drug peddler nabbed

ITANAGAR, June 22: A Chongkham Police and members from Tai Youth Association of Chongkham circle in Lohit district led by Inspector Thomas Pertin of Chongkham Police Out Post in a joint operation nabbed one drug peddler from Chaongkha 3 village yesterday and recovered 40 gms of brown sugar from his possession.

It was revealed during interrogation of the drug peddler that he used to procure the drugs from Tinsukia, Assam and sell them at Chongkham.

A case has been registered at Namsai Police station against the drug peddler under section 21 NDPS Act, informed Inspector Pertin.

Chongkham police along with Army is making all out efforts to apprehend other drug peddlers to make the area free from drug menace, Pertin said.


‘Stop illegal earth cutting’

ITANAGAR, June 22: Expressing grave concern over illegal earth cutting in and around the Capital Complex, the Capital Youth Organization (CYA) has urged the district administration stop such earth cutting immediately.

CYA said that earth cutting during rainy season has completely damaged roads at various points causing great problem not only to motorists but also pedestrians. It has become almost impossible to drive on muddy roads and may cause fatal accidents.

CYO also appealed to the people of Capital Complex to refrain from such illegal activity for smooth traffic movement.


RBI conducts training on rubber tree plantation

PASIGHAT, June 22: Rubber Board of India (RBI) Ruksin branch conducted a one day training on rubber plantation at Mikong village Dere.

RBI field officer Ranjit Dutta and president of Rubber Growers Society, Ruksin Ojing Aje imparted training to the participants on entire process, practice and scientific techniques of planting the rubber seedlings, its treatment and maintenance to ensure proper growth of the tree.

The resource persons duo suggested the interested farmers to form NGO and get it registered with RBI to avail benefits.

Meanwhile, the villagers assured take up rubber plantation in the area and appealed to the state government to take suitable step to encourage the poor and needy growers by extending financial assistance.

About 60 trainees, including PRI leaders and senior citizens of Mikong village attended the training. DIPRO


APPDSU felicitates  meritorious students

ITANAGAR, June 22: All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) felicitated class X and XII toppers of the district at Dera Natung Govt. College here today.

The meritorious students who were felicitated include, Techi Ganga (83.6 %), Tara Nabam (81%), and Nabam Meti (80.6 %) of class XII humanity, Tarh Lellam (83.6%), Taba Ampu (77.2%) and Nabam Rime (76.6%) of Class XII Science and Nachup (62.6%) of Class XII Commerce and Techi Jama (10 CGPA), Boria Tutu (10 CGPA), Gyammar Nanu (9.6 CGPA), Nabam Joan (9.6 CGPA) and Nabam Takam (9.4 CGPA) of class X.

The Association also felicitated all the students who have secured above 60% marks in AISSCE and CBSE examination as mark of encouragement.


‘Student beaten for  not wearing helmet’

ITANAGAR, June 22:  The Capital Complex unit of Student Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA) in a release informed that a Class XII (Science) student of Gurukul’s Institute, Itanagar has been mercilessly beaten by police for not wearing helmet while riding motorcycle on June 18.

The victim Byabang Sunny was allegedly beaten by a Sub-Inspector of Itanagar Police Station inflicting grievous injury on him while he was going to the institute to attend classes, the release said.

The victim has been admitted in hospital for treatment and his condition is stated to be critical, the release informed. SUMA further informed that the victim is suffering from kidney disease and surviving with a single kidney.

SUMA demanded the Home Commissioner and the Chief Secretary to suspend the erring police officer and initiate departmental disciplinary action against him.


ASBA to work for development  of badminton in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, June 22: Proper planning and collective efforts of stake holders are need of the hour to promote and develop badminton in Arunachal Pradesh, said Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) Secretary Bamang Tago.

Addressing the first central executive body meeting of ASBA here yesterday, Tago said that the state has lots of potential in individual games and sports and badminton is one of them.

The meeting decided to create a comprehensive and progressive pathway for badminton players, coaches and other technical persons of the state and effectively co-ordinate with Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA), Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, GoAP and Badminton Association of India (BAI) for development of the sport in Arunachal.

Later, the meeting unanimously approved the calendar of ASBA which would be submitted to AOA, DSYA and BAI for maintenance of record and its intervention on need basis.


Mass social service held at Namsai

ITANAGAR, June 22: The general administration headed by ADC Ravi Jha in collaboration with Namsai Bazar committee, government staff and public conducted a social service at Namsai township yesterday.

The volunteers cleared the weeds and jungles around the bazaar area and also cleaned drains and garbage on the occasion.

Jha directed all the shopkeepers to keep dustpans at their shops so that the vehicle  of the District Urban Development Agency could easily collect the garbage.

He also appealed to the people of the township to maintain cleanliness and dispose off the garbage at designated spot.


KVK training

ITANAGAR, June 22: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lower Subansiri district organized a training cum demonstration programme on “Nursery production and scientific cultivation of Onion” at Ziro on June 20.

During the training programme Shashi Kant Chaturvedi, SMS (Horticulture) demonstrated methods of nursery production and scientific cultivation technology of onion.

He also distributed some Onion seeds to the farmers for testing in their fields.

Altogether, 15 farmers from Reru, Hari, Bamin and Dutta village attended the training programme.


Personality development camp

ITANAGAR June 22: Aji Nilung Tungko (ANT) organized a personality development camp at Golgi Bote Donyi Polo Gangging here today.

Resource person Dr. Sunil Mohanty, RSS Pracharak from Subansiri Vibhag advised the children by telling a story that perseverance is the key to success. He encouraged them to become responsible citizens.

Yoga sessions, quiz competition and various games and sports activities were conducted among the participating school children.

ANT chairperson YM Taggu spoke briefly about the existence of an institution earlier among the Adis known as “Raseng” which had great influence in shaping an individual’s personality and the need of such institution in today’s world.

The programme was organized with the motto to develop personality of the children and make them aware about their future responsibility towards the society.

Over 25 children  of age between six to 15 years participated in the programme.


News Impact

Students kept in illegal confinement

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, June 22: More than 19 school children were allegedly kept under illegal confinement by the school principal of Si Donyi Public School, Daporijo. A case has been registered under section 342/324 IPC at Daporijo police station against the school principal for mercilessly beating up the students and for keeping them under illegal confinement in hostel.

The incident came to public domain when mother of a victim student visited the school on June 19 and found her son with grievous injury marks on his body. She immediately informed police about the incident and lodged complaint at Daporijo Police Station against the principal.

Officer in-Charge (OC) of Daporijo Police Station Anil Kumar Tanti immediately swung into action and arrested the accused principal.

“We were mercilessly beaten up with wood stick and everyone was suffering from severe pain. We were not given medical treatment when we approached the hostel warden. Rather the school authority threatened that they will fail us in final examination if we inform our parents about the incident,” said one of the victims while talking to this reporter.

Meanwhile, every section of the society has vehently condemned the barbaric act of the school authority and appealed to the State Child Welfare Committee and other concern authority to look into the matter seriously and punish the culprits.



Take steps against price rise: ATSU to authority


DAPORIJO, June 22: Expressing grave concern over soaring prices of all essential items especially rice at Daporijo township, All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) has demanded the district authority to take necessary steps to control the relentless price rise.

Poor and common people are facing lots of hardships due to rise in prices of all essential items, especially rice. It has become difficult for them to meet both ends as prices are rising constantly,” said ATSU in its memorandum to the district administration.

While the shopkeepers are selling commodities at exorbitant rates the administration is watching it like a mute spectator, the memorandum said and demanded administration to act tough against the scrupulous businessmen/shopkeepers.

ATSU also vehemently condemned the BRTF for tardy progress of the CC Road at Daporijo.

Inordinate delay in construction of the road in the middle of Daporijo town is not only causing traffic congestion but also posing a great threat to the pedestrians. Recently, one person has suffered fatal injury in a motorcycle accident while a boy succumbed to his injury in a separate road accident last week.

Meanwhile, ATSU have organized a peaceful demonstration by fishing in the middle of the road to draw the attention of the state government to repair the said road immediately.



STS starts Itanagar - Pakke-Kessang bus service

ITANAGAR, June 22: Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) has started new bus service between Itanagar and Pakke-Kessang giving a great sigh of relief to the people of Pakke Kessang area of East Kameng district.

The bus service was flagged off today by Parliamentary Secretary (Transport) Jomde Kena in presence of Pakke-Kessang MLA cum Principal Advisor to Chief Minister Kameng Dolo, APSTS General Manager Abu Tayeng, BC Tok, senior leader of the area, president of APKPDSSU and his team.

The bus will run thrice in a week from Itanagar to Pakke-Kessang on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and from Pakke-Kessang to Itanagar on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

Local MLA Dolo thanked Parliamentary Secretary Kena and transport department for introducing the bus service and termed it a godsend for the area.

A public committee has been formed in Pakke Kesang to monitor the service and to provide assistance to the transport department. Parliamentary Secretary Kena stated that this new bus service is in line with the vision of State Government to provide quality public service to rural areas.

Meanwhile, the STS department has sought cooperation from the people of Pakke-Kessang.



AAPSU urged to call off bandh

ITANAGAR, June 22: The 13th Itanagar (ST) Assembly Youth Congress Committee (IAYCC) has appealed to All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) to call off its proposed 12-hr dawn to dusk dusk Capital Complex bandh on June 25 in the larger interest of the students community and general public.

Addressing the media person at Press Club here today, IAYCC president Giogi Ganga urged the team AAPSU to call off its agitation keeping in view the ongoing admissions, examinations and interviews in various schools and colleges.

‘We support and respect the demands of AAPSU but bandh can not be a solution to those problems. Being the apex students’ body of the state, AAPSU should not adopt bandh as means of protest to fulfill demands,” he said. This would further encourage other organizations to call bandh in future, he added.

“Bandh not only paralyzes the normal life of common people and daily wage earners but also hamper the development process, he said. He urged AAPSU leaderships to solve the problems and demands through discussion.

Responding to the query from Press Persons, IAYCC general secretary Kipa Mangal informed that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso and the department concerned are trying their best to develop infrastructure of the twin capital city. While informing about some ongoing projects like over bridge at Itanagar and Naharlagun, high mast lighting systems at various sectors and proposal for prepaid electricity supply system, he urged the AAPSU to withdraw its agitation and give some time to the authority to meet their charter of demands.

AAPSU has called the Capital Complex bandh in protest against the state government’s failure to respond their seven-point demanded placed before the Chief Minister through memorandum with a 10 days ultimatum.



General conference of nurses held

ITANAGAR, June 22: The 4th General Conference of All Arunachal Pradesh Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery Cadre Welfare Association (AAPANMCWA) was held yesterday at Naharlagun.

While attending the programme, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare Indra Malo advised the nurses not to compromise with their duties under any circumstance. She said that nurses are important and integral part of health department in mitigating the sufferings of fellow human beings and advised them to have love for their noble profession. She said that positive behavior to the patients will not only make them feel happy but also to the nurses themselves. Good and positive behavior are also a part of treatment, she added.

Earlier, Gyati Jailyang Duyu, the recipient of Lady Florence Nightangle Award was felicitated by the ANM & LHV Association. She was presented memento and bouquets by the Secretary Health on behalf of the AAPANMCWA.

While responding to the demand on grade pay and other grievances of the ANM and LHV, she assured to look into their problems.

Speaking on the occasion, Sister Jailyang said that it was her childhood dream to become a nurse. She told that she performs her duty not to get reward, but out of love for easing the human sufferings. She advised her colleagues to perform duties beyond duty hours and whenever their service is required.

Attending the conference, Director of Health Service Dr. K Nishing advised the nurses that the best way to give treatment to the patients is the “emotional attachment and passionate love for them”. He said, “Half the treatment is done from the positive and passionate behavior and love”. As such, he advised the nurses to perform their duties selflessly to give new lives.

CoSAAP Secretary General Pate Marik on behalf of entire government employees of the state, congratulated Gyati Jailyang Duyu for being honored with Lady Florence Nightangle Award.

Dr. RD Khirme, Chief Medical Superintent, ASH, Sister Yanga Digbak, president,  AAPANMCWA, Sister Nikh Yaram Techi Secretary, AAPANMCWA also spoke on the occasion.



Bhajan Award presented to Manisha Halai

ITANAGAR, June 22: Wakro ADC D Riba presented the “Bhajan Award 2014” for the Outstanding Library Reader–Activist of Lohit to Manisha Halai of Bamboosa Library, Tezu for her consistent and spirited contribution for reading promotion in Lohit during 2009 -14.

Riba complimented Manisha for her achievement in spite of hailing from the remotest village in Wakro circle, Kathan, and hoped she would continue to excel in distant Tamil Nadu too, as a student of the prestigious Avinashalingam University for Women at Coimbatore.

Lauding the reader-activists assembled, he said, “APNE Library has brought name for Wakro circle through its many reading activities and you must continue to keep up this effort of your seniors and contribute to promote the reading habits among your village friends.” As the lone library in the circle, APNE Library needs to grow into a full-fledged set up with its own premises and the EAC assured the full support of the administration for its future development.

Thanking the EAC and the Library patron from Thiruvanathapuram who had set up the prestigious Bhajan Award, Manisha said she felt honoured by the recognition.

“I am speechless” she remarked and assured to do her best to keep up the good name of Lohit and Arunachal, during her studies outside. She also thanked the library volunteers, patrons and her teachers, for the constant guidance and support extended to her during the last 5 years of her involvement as a reader-activist.

Many patrons, including Surekha Panandiker, Convenor AWIC All India Children's Library Programme, New Delhi and a long time friend of Lohit, Pritty Nayil, Chairperson, Wakro Women’s Welfare Committee greeted Manisha and other awardees on the occasion their commitment and enthusiasm, which alone could take one forward in life.

Earlier, The APNE library activists gave the EAC a sum up of their Vacation Mini-library programmes in 8 villages of Wakro circle. This is going on for the last four years, reaching out to school students of these remote hamlets, which have no library.

While Asuni Khamblai gave a report of the two-month-long activities, other readers led by Laxmi Ngadong and Sonia Pul presented songs and rhymes they have been teaching the village children. Activist Achila Ngadong presented EAC with a pongamia sapling, to mark his joining the ‘Care A Tree campaign’ in Wakro town.

Later, continuing the campaign, the members of the Wakro Women’s Welfare Committee, planted pongamia and other species along the Wakro town streets.



DC convenes meet on disaster preparedness

PASIGHAT, June 22: A ‘Civil-Military Liaison Meet’ on disaster preparedness was convened by East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava here today.

The meeting discussed the role of the armed forces in dealing with natural disasters like flood, earthquake, cyclone and other natural and man-made disasters.

The meeting deliberated upon some important elements of disaster management and mitigation such as proper planning, resource management, deployment of efficient resources, financial cost etc.

The army officers informed the DC about manpower and facilities available with them and assured to extend full cooperation. They also informed that Rayang Flood Control Cell is fully functional and active.

The meeting also discussed various other issues such as law and order situation, progress of ALG construction and maintenance of NH-52, telephone connectivity, allotment of land and buildings etc.

Col. NC Tewari (OC NCC), Lt. Col. Sumit Shababwal (AQ, 103 Infantry Brigade), Lt. Col R. Ravi (PM, ALG), Astt. Commandant Manoj Khajotiya (OC, G/186 CRPF), Maj. Santosh Chowdhury (18 Maratha Regiment), Capt. Chandan Gauda (17 Madras), Pankaj Kumar (OC BRTF) and administrative officers of East Siang were present in the meeting. DIPRO



APB&OCWWB organizes awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, June 22: An awareness campaign was organized at Jairampur to make public aware about various benefits extended to its registered workers by Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB).

Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Board chairman Nyamar Karbak described workers as the actual nation builder. No society can move an inch forward without their blood and sweat. The actual nation builders are the workers, he said.

He also informed the participants about various welfare measures already initiated by the state government like health benefits, distribution of laptop to every children of the members securing 50% or more in class X and pre-university board examinations, financial assistance to student pursuing higher technical   courses like, medical, engineering, business management etc.

On the occasion solar lights were distributed to about 600 registered workers under the Board. Lanterns would also be distributed to workers of Changlang, Namtok and Khimiyang areas, informed Labour Officer of Changlang district.

Nobin Kam Tikhak, ASM chairperson, Pinna Kitnal Singpho, Journalist, who worked in various newspapers of the state, also attended the programme and advised the workers to avail the benefits extended by the Board.



First-time MLA seeks cooperation of HoDs

ROING, June 22: First-time MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture) Mutchu Mithi has said his priority agenda will be to improve the basic amenities like drinking water supply, electricity and infrastructure development of Roing, the district headquarters of Lower Dibang Valley.

Interacting with the HoDs at Circuit House here yesterday, Mutchu urged them to give him right feedback and assistance to achieve his goal since he is a new to the job. He also urged them to give details of various developmental activities and schemes taken up by respective departments and also let him know any obstacles in getting the project cleared in higher level and also problems during implementation.

He said that without the help and support from HoDs, he alone cannot carry out developmental works and exhorted them to work in close coordination.

Deputy Commissioner, Shiv Kumar said that for any developmental works in the district full cooperation of HoDs are essential. He also advised them to give full cooperation to the newly elected representative of the district for over-all development of the district. He also advocated to have District Planning Committee Meeting on monthly basis in the district level to assess the feasibility of new proposals as well as the progress of ongoing projects by various departments through power point presentation so that the elected representatives of both assembly and panchayat can have details and first hand information of the projects/schemes.

He urged the HoDs to maintain discipline and punctuality while discharging duty and also to remain in the place of posting. He further urged the works department to maintain quality of works and also to see that the benefits are actually percolating down to the needy people.  

DRDA PD Tage Tado apprised the Parliamentary Secretary about accommodation problem of DRDA staff in the district headquarters.

ASW (PHED) Onyok Yirang highlighted about water supply problem in the district headquarters and informed that works of laying of new water supply pipeline was in progress.

DF&CSO Rabo Ratan, informed that the department is facing problem in looking after the helipads in the district due to shortage of staff.

Mori Riba, DFO (T) stressed the need for early demarcation of the Deopani Reserved Forest after its de-reservation was notified to carry out developmental activities in the area.   

M Dirchi, DPO also spoke on the occasion.

Zilla Chairperson Sipi Elapra Linggi, former ZPC and DCC president Chiliko Meto, ZPMs and Anchal Chairpersons of the district were present on the occasion. DIPRO



Be a partner in development process, Tayeng to HoDs

ROING, June 22:, Parliamentary Secretary (Water Resource Department) Gum Tayeng requested the Heads of the Departments (HoDs) to be a partner in the development process of Lower Dibang Valley District.

Speaking to the HODs of the district at Circuit House here today after being inducted as Parliamentary Secretary, Tayeng said that in developmental works all are partners. She urged the HoDs to give ideas and suggestions for all-round development of the district. She asked them to apprise her about the developmental works and schemes being undertaken within her constituency and asked them not to hesitant to tell about their problems, if any.

While exhorting the officers to be sincere and regular in discharging their duties, she urged the officers especially those posted under Dambuk Sub-Division to remain at their place of posting.

She expressed her gratitude to the Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki and Rajya Sabha MP cum APCC(I) President Mukut Mithi for giving her an opportunity to serve the people of the state as a parliamentary secretary.  

Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar while welcoming the Parliamentary Secretary said that the district is blessed with its two legislators as Parliamentary Secretaries in the state govt. and the lone Rajya Sabha MP from the district for the second term. He hoped that under their leaderships, the district would surely scale a new heights in the development front.

Reiterating that the govt. officers should stay in their place of posting and to be punctual in duty, he urged the officers to serve the people of remote and inaccessible areas.

ZPC Sipi Elapra Linggi, Ex- ZPC cum DCC(I) President Chiliko Meto, other panchayat leaders were also present on the occasion. DIPRO



DSC, ASSA enter semis of Dree football tourney

ZIRO, June 22: Diibo Sports Club (DSC) and All Salang Sports Association (ASSA) beat their respective opponents to enter into the semifinals of the 47th Dree Football Tournament at Subansiri Stadium here today.

While Diibo Sports Club beat Apatani Students Chandigarh Football Club (ASCFC) 3-1 All Salang Sports Association defeated Hari Sports Club 2-1.

Tamo Bida scored two goals and Koj Tacha scored one goal for DSC. The consolation goal for ASCFC was scored by Radhe Bida.

In the second quarterfinal match, ASSA was leading 1-0 in the first half through goal from Tage Simon (37th min).

HSC leveled the score in 74th minute through goal from Hage Kemo.

The match was taken to extra time after both the teams were tied 1-1 in the regulation time.

ASSA won a corner kick and Budi Tajang headed in the winner (2-1) to book the team’s semifinal berth.

ASSA will meet DSC in the first semi-final on June 25.



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Arunachal- new hub of fraudsters

Beautiful state of Arunachal has become the new hub for the fraudsters. Off late, several cases of cheating is being reported from various parts of state, with capital city being the worst affected. Capital police yesterday busted fake job racket with arrest of three persons by a team of police. The arrest was made following a tip off. Fraudsters seek donation with the promise of providing lucrative jobs to innocent unemployed youths.

However on most occasions, it is seen that immediately after receiving donation money they banish from the scene. Many youths have become the victim of such modus operandi.  Adding to it, Arunachal has become the favourite hunting ground for illegal chit fund operation. Thousands of people have lost their money due to the chit fund scams. People should stop becoming prey to such fraudsters and learn from the mistake of fellow citizens. The district administration along with police should also conduct awareness campaigns to give awareness to the citizens.

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PMGSY:  A headache and a money spinning machine

Dear Editor

Astonishingly, PMGSY in Bameng assembly constituency, East Kameng is being implemented at a higher amount than the actual sanction amount for the project. The extra amount are contributed from each households of the villages supposed to be connected by the road. It is a sort of public matching share for the flagship programme but there is nothing as such in the guidelines. This practice has been going on since last ten years in Bameng assembly constituency. The general public is in deep anguish but they are not in a position to fight back because whatever little source of earning they have will be stopped by the elected representative. None of the PMGSY in the said area has been carried out as per the detail project report. The length of the road has been shown in an imaginary manner just to catapult the cost of the project.

To bring forth to the knowledge of the readers and concerned authority, the case of PMGSY road from 12 km point of PWD road to Rawa and NLCPR road of Pakke to Sipiliang is a fitting case among others.

The sanction amount of 12 km point of PWD road  to Rawa PMGSY package was Rs. 1233.89 lakhs (Rupees twelve crore thirty three lakhs eighty nine thousand) only. The work was awarded to M/s M.D. Earth Movers, the proprietor is the wife of Kumar Waii, MLA 8-Bameng, who despite his all odd works carried out in various departments during the last ten years, been inducted as Minister of RWD in the Nabam Tuki led Govt. In the name of awarding contract works to the villagers, a sum of Rs.50,000/- was collected from each household of Waii village. The total amount contributed stands at Rs.81,75,000/-. If the sanction amount and the contribution of the villagers are taken together then the total cost for the said project comes at Rs.13,15,64,000/- (Rupees thirteen crore fifteen lakhs sixty four thousand).  The contractor/firm without spending a penny invested the contributions of the villagers in the project.  After more than one year the villagers are paid Rs.1.00 crore only. The amount paid to the villagers is in fact their own contribution. The contractor/firm makes money without investing any money. The 15 km length of the road has also been reduced to hardly 9 kms by changing the alignment of the road which is in contravention to the guidelines.  The Dept. of RWD who is the nodal agency has failed to check proper implementation of the project for the reasons best known to them.

Another example is Development of road from Pakke to Sipiliang under NLCPR. The project cost for the 15 km road is 15.00 crore. The 15 km road has been reduced drastically to 5 km only and the fund for the project has been withdrawn. It is not known how the 15 km road was allowed to reduce to 5 km at the sweet will of the contractor. If the length of the road is 5 km only then how the department prepared DPR for 15 kms is a question that struck the mind of the common people.

To execute this project, the MLA and his henchmen took contribution of Rs.50,000/- from each household of Sipiliang village and Rs.30,000/- from each household of Waii village. The total amount contributed by each household of Sipiliang village was Rs.22.00 lakhs for mere 3 km of road length against project cost of Rs.1.96 crore. The 22.00 lakhs contribution is over and above Rs.8 lakhs deposited as an earnest money.  After all the painful contribution and hard work, the villagers of Sipiliang were paid Rs. 1, 06,00,000/- only whereas the committed sanction amount was Rs.1,96,00,000/-.  The total amount collected from Waii village is not known.

The hera-peri is woven in such a way that it will spin the head of many to understand until someone dig to the root.  The poor villagers are yet to receive their pending payment and earnest money whereas the firm owner siphoned off the sanction amount even without deposit of 2 per cent security money and bank guarantee. How the Dept. of PWD awarded the work to the firm and made full payment of the work without carrying out work as per specification and without fulfilling the norms of the tender, is questionable.  The construction of roads in Bameng area instead of bringing succor to the villagers is a sort of bane for the people as the villagers are forced to part away their hard earned money from their pocket to get petty contract work for which payment are hardly made and also at the cost of their fertile jhum land without any compensation or relief.

When the construction of the work and clearance of payment is still pending, the tendering of the said road package by the PWD again put a question mark on everybody. Before proceeding further, the department should carry out inspection of the project to ascertain its work and if works has been done then the pending payment of the petty contractors should be paid.  Further, public matching share for PMGSY road or any flagship programme should be stop forthwith. Since it is an issue involving multi crores of rupees, it is worthy of instituting an inquiry to save the innocent people from being duped again and again.


Vijay Sonam



A few suggestions for an MLA

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to the suggestions and recommendations sought by the MLA of Yachuli Constituency. Such kind of gesture is first of its kind among various legislators. This step is really appreciable and all the legislators have to do it.

Since now you are an elected representative of the constituency it is our duty and responsibility to honor the mandate. Here are few of my suggestions for the constituency.

First of all do not terminate or try to terminate the Panchayat Members who had won from INC ticket yet did not support your candidature as MLA. Not supporting you had been a part of democratic process and therefore you should not take the matter as personal and feel bad about the election procedures. And thus don’t be vindictive and take revenge on those who did not support you.

Another important suggestion that I would like to give is that please release the pending bills of many petty contractors. As many of our people do not have jobs they have genuinely invested their hard earned incomes. You would also be aware that this pending bill was an issue during election campaign.

I would also like to add that we all love to celebrate and enjoy; but not at the expenses of area’s development and other important aspects. There was once a Mega Nyokum which was not celebrated as it should have been. The cultures and traditions were sacrificed without following the true spirit of Nyokum Yullo. The essence of Pre Christmas is also being jeopardized with the mixer of Bollywood tarka. And most recently the Pre Nyokum cum Valentine ’s Day party was no exception. Lots of monetary resources are being wasted just for a moment of fun and enjoyment. I do not discourage such celebrations. But rather I do encourage and recommend you to celebrate and observe the festival in true sense. Instead of celebrating mega Nyokum, encourage true traditional Nyokum in three of your Zila segments by giving the committee a fixed amount of money.

My next suggestion is not that important yet it’s a matter to be discussed. It is regarding organizing of annual event in Yachuli. Last year with the effort of few people especially Taba Techi, Bengia Takar, Likha Zimmy, Chukhu Mama and others, we saw Panyor River Festival, which many of us had never dreamt of ever witnessing in Yazali since our birth. I had been to the festival only during the last day. Yet I could see lots of hard work. Though the festival was not funded by any department or organization the popularity and the success of the festival was well acknowledged in every corner. It was a new innovative festival especially in the Nyishi belt. No such festival has ever been organized in any parts of the state. The then Secretary Planning cum Tourism, on behalf of Tourism Minister Pema Khandu and the Department of Tourism had promised to fund the annual Panyor River Festival. Such festival can help the area grow economically, culturally and intellectually.

To end, I would like to inform the MLA that “No individual is ever greater than the society”. You are not only an MLA but you also represent various intellectuals as well as general public of the society. As you walk strong, always remember that.


Nabam Nikap, Yazali



For betterment  of rubber planters

Dear Editor,

Seeing the good performance and progress made in rubber sector, the Rubber Plantation Board had allocated Rest Five Crore for development of rubber in Arunachal Pradesh in 2013-14. The information had come as source of encouragement and inspiration to do well. But it is discouraging that no monetary help or otherwise has come to many rubber planters.

I request the department concern to do the needful and extend necessary help to the rubber planters of Arunachal. With required support and encouragement, the rubber planters could go a very long way in contributing to the economy of the state.


Baluk Sora, Nari