ITANAGAR, June 28: In a dramatic turn of event, the home minister today said that
the state Govt did not agree to suspend the SDPO temporarily for free and fair enquiry
as demanded by the AAPSU yesterday.
Citing a news item published in section of local dailies today, the HM in a statement
clarified that the government did not agree to suspend the SDPO Itanagar temporarily
till the committee submits it’s report. However, he admitted that state Govt had
agreed to constitute an independent fact finding committee headed by a senior level
While clarifying to the first demand of the AAPSU for immediate release of its president,
HM stated it had clearly told representatives of apex student body that ‘they cannot
influence the court since the matter is sub-judice.’ On demand for termination of
SDPO, it clarified that “it has to know the pros and cons before arriving at any
conclusion or decision for which it has agreed to constitute an independent committee
headed by a senior level IAS officer and accordingly direction has been communicated
to the principal secretary (home) on the body of the memorandum itself.”
Electricity supply restored at Seppa
SEPPA, June 28: The electricity supply at Seppa was restored today with the installation
of new battery assembly at Pacha hydel station. According to information received
from the Executive Engineer, DHPD, Seppa Civil Division, there was no damage of the
Pacha hydel station during the power crisis. DIPRO
‘Centre in principle approves airport project at Hollongi’
ITANAGAR, June 28: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today informed that union ministry
of civil aviation has in principle approved construction of green field airport at
Hollongi. This approval was given during recent meeting held at Delhi between officials
of civil aviation ministry and state government representatives. Negi further added
that he has written to union government to keep fund for starting land acquisition
process in the coming budget.
“New union government is giving priority for construction of green field airport.
As an outcome of the recent meeting at Delhi, a consultancy firm has been given responsibility
to prepare detail project report. We are hopeful that union government will provide
necessary budgetary support to start land acquisition process. We will also need
fund to construct boundary wall/fencing, so that land acquired for airport is not
encroached upon,” stated CS.
ARASU reiterates demand for school renovation
ITANAGAR, June 28: Reiterating its demand for the early renovation of Govt. Higher
Secondary School, Raga and Boa-Simla, the All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) has
threatened to launch democratic movement if the demand is not fulfilled at the earliest.
In a release, while informing that its team had inspected the two schools on June
23 last, said that the GHSS, Raga does not have Science (PCB PCM) and Political science
teachers and GHSS, Boa-Simla has no official staffs like UDC and History, English,
Political Science and Economic teachers.
With no science teacher in GHHS Raga, there was zero percent result in science stream
during last AISSCE examination; it rued further adding that the principal’s quarter
of GHHS Boa-Simla is completely damaged
AYA seeks relief for crop damage
ITANAGAR, June 28: The Apatani Youth Association (AYA) in a representation to the
Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner today appealed him to depute expert team to assess
the paddy crop damaged by bacteria leaf blight in Apatani plateau and sanction immediate
relief to the farmers.
In its representation to the DC cum chairman, District Relief Committee, Lower Subansiri
district, AYA said that like the previous year, large scale of paddy crop are being
damaged by bacteria leaf blight in Apatani plateau this year too.
“It is great concern to us that the damaging of paddy crop by bacterial leaf blight
is recurring again and such disease was not recorded in past in the plateau,” the
AYA president said while requesting for proper investigation into the case by expert
BJP unit highlights people’s hardships
ITANAGAR, June 28: Highlighting the hardships faced by the people of East Kameng
district due to total power failure and delay in construction of the road from Seppa
to Chayang Tajo, the East Kameng district unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has
sought the intervention of the Deputy Commissioner in solving these burning problems.
Informing that power supply at Seppa town has been disrupted since June 11 due to
serious mechanical failure at Pacha Hydel Station, the party urged the DC to instruct
the department concerned to make an alternative arrangement like DG set to supply
power atleast for few hours in a day until restoration of the hydel station.
While expressing serious concern over inordinate delay in completion of the road
from Seppa to Chayang Tajo, the party blamed the Congress Government in the state
for tardy progress of the said road works, and poor or non-implementation of various
other welfare schemes and projects in the district. The party urged the DC to inspect
the execution of various on-going welfare schemes and projects in East Kmeng for
their smooth and proper implementation.
APHPMPB MD to attend training in Paris
ITANAGAR, June 28: Tage Tatung, Managing Director, Arunachal Pradesh Horticultural
Produce Marketing & Processing Board (APHPMPB) and State Nodal Officer of National
Centre for Cold Chain Development (NCCD) will be attending a five days Cold Chain
Management Training organized by Cemafroid, Paris, France from June 30 to July 4.
The training is sponsored jointly by National Centre for Cold Chain Development,
New Delhi, Government of India and Government of France.
The Cold Chain Development is not only an urgent necessity for proper marketing of
the horticulture and agricultural produce, but it is also an important component
for the department of Fisheries, Veterinary Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development,
Health and Family Welfare and Industries department.
Creation of proper Cold Chain infrastructure is must for proper and smooth growth
of these related departments, especially for highly perishable Horticultural produces.
For the greater interest of the farmer’s community in the State, Government of Arunachal
Pradesh has created “Arunachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing & Processing
Board for carrying out marketing of the Horticultural produces. Proper marketing
of perishable Horticultural produces will provide remunerative price to the farmers
of their produce thereby raising their economic status. It will also encourage farmers
to grow more. For overall development in the state it is necessary to make our farmers
self reliant and self dependant, the APHPM & PB Managing Director informed in a release.
Hoteliers say no to donations
ITANAGAR, June 28: The Hotel Association of Papumpare today resolved that it would
not consider any request from various unions and students’ bodies of the state and
Capital complex for any kind of donation and contributions.
In a press statement the hoteliers association said that the bold decision was taken
after considering the various problems including obtaining of no objection certificates
faced by the hoteliers in the Capital Complex. The association also discussed the
exorbitant fee allegedly charged by the Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control
Board for NOC.
Legal awareness camp at Gumto
ITANAGAR, June 28: Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority today conducted
a one-day legal awareness camp at Gumto ME School campus, Gumto village near Doimukh.
A large number of villagers, gaon burahs, anchal samity members, students and teachers
of the Gumto ME school took part in the programme.
In his speech Tana Taram, anchal samiti member, Gumto, while appreciating the state
legal service authority for organizing the programme, called upon the participants
to avail maximum benefits.
Various resource persons including Budi Habung, district & session judge, Yupia cum
member secretary, State Legal Services Authority, Dani Belo, under secretary, law
and OSD, State Legal Services authority, Deepa Yoka, advocate spoke on the topics
- Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, role of legal services authority
and AP victim compensation scheme 2011 during the day-long camp.
AACWA demands release of contractors’ bills
ITANAGAR, June 28: Expressing happiness over the disclosure of state Govt about sound
financial health of the state, All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA)
today urged the state Govt for immediate lifting of Civil deposit system at all treasury
offices and release of bills of all contractors and executing agencies which have
been lying unpaid in various departments. The contractors are facing financial problems
due to non- release of payment by the state Govt, the association said in a release.
Claiming that most of the parents were in financial problems as they have to send
their children in schools, colleges and other educational institutions for higher
studies, AACWA General Secretary Nabam Akin Hina informed that many of the petty
contractors had taken loan from private parties and completed the works which were
awarded before the general elections, but the Govt has not released the contractors’
AACWA also condemned physical attack on AAPSU president. The Union is fighting in
state’s interest in democratic ways. Therefore, police authority should tackle the
matter peaceful way, it said.
CS calls for peaceful atmosphere
ITANAGAR, June 28: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today appealed to the people of Arunachal
Pradesh to create peaceful atmosphere so that development can take centre stage.
Interacting with press persons this afternoon at his conference hall, Negi stated
that bandh call do not benefit anyone except the government employees, who use it
as holiday to stay back home.
“Today large section of Arunachalee people depends on daily income to sustain life.
They get badly affected if there is bandh call. During recent capital bandh, majority
of citizens took to social media and other forum to express their disapproval. This
is a positive sign as it shows that people of Arunachal is fed up with bandh culture,”
said CS. “We need to generate hope and for that it is important to have peaceful
atmosphere,” Negi stated. He said that tourism, agro based food processing unit and
real estate is emerging as major force of growth in recent year. “Emergence of Ziro
as new hub of tourism is heartening story. It is happening not because of any help
from government. The credit goes to local people of Ziro for this. Now with their
initiative Ziro has every chance of attaining the world heritage site,” said CS.
He also mentioned places like Dirang, Mechuka as emerging tourist destination apart
from traditional destination like Tawang.
Informing that a Pune based company is producing wine from Kiwi collected from Dirang,
the CS stated that this will encourage agro-horticulture in the state. “Places like
Dirang, Pasighat, Rupa have immense potential to be developed as hub of agro-based
industry. Some small unit industries have started functioning and it is a good sign.
But again local people need to support such development activities,” Negi added.
Further he added, “With income level increasing, real estate sector will witness
boom in Itanagar, Naharlagun, Hollongi and also at district headquarters. This will
provide employment opportunities to many engineering graduates as private real estate
companies will start investing soon.” Chief Secretary also told that out of 4 thousand
students selected under job mela, twelve hundred has got employment and are working
in various states of India. Underscoring the need to improve road condition of capital,
Negi stated that 23 kilometer stretch of sector road will converted into RCC road
soon. “The tender process will start as soon as monsoon season gets over. We have
decided to convert existing road into RCC one to battle the monsoon fury. As per
as NH-52(A) is concern, there are plans to upgrade it in near future,” said CS. He
also assured to instruct deputy commissioners of capital complex and Papum Pare to
take action against those persons who are indulging in illegal construction activities
nearby road thus causing damage to the highway. CS also stated that implementation
of 6th pay commission in the state took toil on the financial condition of state.
“We have taken initiatives to control the situation and it is yielding fruit. For
example, earlier annually government uses to buy more that 250 new vehicles per year.
Now we buy hardly 30 to 40 vehicles per year. We are reducing unnecessary expense
so that developmental projects are given proper fund,” Negi continued. Secretary
IPR Dani Sulu and other officers of IPR were also present on the occasion.
TSG Memorial Football tournament begins
ITBP edge past Todo United in opener
ITANAGAR, June 28: Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) Force edged past Todo United
Football Club by solitary goal in the opening match of the first Takam Sharmila Gora
Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.
W. Madhu Singh scored the all important goal few seconds before the end of the first
Both the teams started the match on a cautious note but ITBP gradually took control
of the proceedings. As the first half progressed, the para-military team from Kimin
increased the pace of attack with long passes making rapid inroads into Todo United
defence. Todo United custodian made some fine saves before Madhu Singh slammed the
ball into the net in 39th minutes which later turned out to be the match winner.
Todo United made all out efforts in the second half to find the equalizer but failed
to score thanks to poor finishing. Sherap Bhutia of ITBP was sent off in 53rd minutes
by referee for foul play.
Two matches will be played tomorrow. While Capital Complex SC will play against Bamang
Taji FC in the first match at 1.45 pm Gangte Togung FC will face Football Club Doimukh
in the second match at 3.30 pm.
Earlier, addressing the opening ceremony, Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth
Affairs) Likha Saaya reiterated the state government’s commitment in giving priority
to sports sector. Highlighting the state Government’s various sports friendly programmes
and policies, he assured to try his best for further development of games and sports
in Arunachal Pradesh.
Saying that Arunachal Pradesh has potential to produce world class player, Saaya
assured his all help and cooperation to associations in identifying latent sports
talents and grooming them. Appreciating the organization of the tournament in memory
of Takam Sharmila Gora, Saaya said that such tournaments provide a good platform
to the budding players to show their talents.
Later, Saaya along with Arunachal Pradesh Football Association general secretary
Geshi Doke felicitated Techi Amin, who represented India in Girls U-14 Asian Confederation
Cup Football in Sri Lanka early this year. Saaya presented memento to Amin as a token
of encouragement before kicking off the tournament.
Earlier, senior football player and former ANSU finance secretary Takam Tayam highlighted
about Takam Sharmila Gora, in whose memory the tournament is organized.
Sharmila was the eldest daughter of Takam Tama and Takam Yachum of Palin. Born in
1978 at Haflong, Sharmila did her schooling from St. Xavier’s School Harmuty during
1985-1993 and passed Class XII from NEHU, Shillong in 1995. She graduated with honours
from then Govt. College, Itanagar in Political Science in 1999. She did her post
graduation in Political Science from then Arunachal University in 2001.
During her college days she took part in various cultural, literary and sports activities.
She won the best table tennis player award and was adjudged as the best dancer in
She took part in AAPSU’s Delhi Chalo programme in 1994 and also participated in All
India Catholic Youth Conference held in Kerala in 1995. She was also the Women Wing
president of AAPSU from 1997-99.
She joined in government service as UDC in IPR department on deputation in 2002 and
later joined at Governor’s Secretariat in 2004. She was promoted as Assistant in
She married to Gora Makik, the owner of Gora Makik Sporting Club, in 2002. She died
in a tragic road accident on April 7, 2013. She left behind a son and daughter, informed
‘Aaz Ki Awaaz’ urges Rijiju to develop infrastructure
ITANAGAR, June 28: A team from ‘Aaz Ki Awaaz’ headed by its chief managing director
Hiba Kaha met Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju at his office in New
During the meeting, the team urged Rijiju to take initiative to provide road connectivity
to every village, bring every village/area in Arunachal Pradesh under mobile network
coverage, to construct bridges where necessary and proper drainage system. They also
urged the Union Minister to take proper initiative for promotion and development
of state’s tourism sector. The team also urged Rijiju to avail private news slot
from the Doordarshan Delhi for broadcasting various developmental activities, border
issues and endangered species.
After patience hearing, the Union Minister has assured the team to take up the issues,
especially infrastructure development, drinking water facility, border roads and
law order, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi for early materialization, claimed the
Hiba in a release.
He, however, said that he needs people’s cooperation in order to fulfill the hopes
and aspirations of people of the state and nation as a whole.
AAPSU decides to continue stir in favour of charter of demand
ITANAGAR, June 28: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) today decided
to continue the democratic movement against the state Government till its demands
are fulfilled. This decision was taken by AAPSU in its meeting held here on its
seven-point charter of demands.
Coming down heavily on Home Minister Tanga Byaling for his statement against AAPSU
where he had reportedly said that ‘the demands placed by AAPSU are not genuine and
that they are not valid because they are routine works of government,” AAPSU said
that whatever comment made by the minister is totally ‘immature and irresponsive.’
Acute shortage of drinking water and electricity in the twin capital is rampant and
‘we cannot survive without the basic needs of everyday life, AAPSU said adding that
bad road within capital complex sometimes remind us that we are still in the jungle.’
If all those demands are not genuine then what is the purpose of state government
and their job, said AAPSU GS Biru Nasi.
Claiming that demands placed by apex student body are very much genuine and meaningful
to the people of state, AAPSU strongly demanded for immediate release of pending
stipends. Even the stipend provided to the students of our state is very less in
compare to other northeastern states, said AAPSU.
“Appointment of chairman and vice chairman with lots of allowance and facilities
to them is not acceptable and is wastage of public exchequer too. State is already
facing financial instability because of which they unable to provide staff salaries,
students’ stipend and pending bill of contractors. During such worse period the government
doesn’t even hesitate to appoint the above mentioned positions.”
AAPSU also strongly criticized the statement of Bamang Felix, Govt spokesperson where
he had said that the state government is financially stable and sound. “If it is
true then the government should not hesitate to provide white paper about the financial
status which is a basic right of everyone and also the government must have been
able to fulfill those demands made by AAPSU if they were financially sound.”
Meanwhile, AESDSU (All East Siang District Students’ Union) while condemning the
brutality of police, demanded termination of SDPO Bomge Kamduk. It also assured
to extend its support to AAPSU movement, according to AAPSU release.
Inferno at GHSS Seppa, important documents gutted
ITANAGAR, June 28: The major portion of the two-decade old school building of Govt
Higher Secondary School, Seppa Bebo Colony was gutted in a devastating fire on Friday
At least six rooms of the OBT school building including the principal and vice principal
chambers and staff common room were extensively damaged by the fire, police informed.
Informing that the fire was probably broke out around 11:55 pm on Friday night, the
police sources, however, revealed that the fire brigade received information from
unknown caller stating that the incident occurred around 12.01 am. “After receiving
emergency call from the unknown person, the fire brigade quickly reacted and swung
into action” informed Dy SP Bomto Kamdak.
Police believed that the fire may emanate from teachers’ common room wherein most
of the documents were stored. The inferno was so powerful that it engulfed the entire
building within no time and gutted down important files and documents, said Dy SP.
However, the fire service personnel doused the fire around 4.pm in the morning. The
team had to break the wall in order to save the important documents from the teachers’
common room, Dy SP informed. He also divulged that fire brigade team could save furniture
from Class XII Arts room, three wooden Almirahs from teacher common room, and one
computer and a partially damaged Xerox machine. Kamdak further informed that a case
was registered with Police station Seppa (case no 54/14 under section 436 IPC.)
The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, the police said adding all possible
angles are examining closely, as the mischievous act of miscreants cannot be ruled
out. It is said that there is less possibility of short circuit as the district
has been facing power crisis for the past two months.
Meanwhile, All East Kameng Students ‘ Union (AEKSU) opined that the school building
might be intentionally set on fire by miscreants and urged the police authority to
ascertain the cause of the fire and nab the culprits if any.
‘Take responsibility for improving education scenario’
ROING, June 28: Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture Mutchu Mithi today called
on the people to take unto themselves the responsibilities for improving the education
scenario in the district and not to depend only on government for solutions to problems.
He said this during the inauguration of the newly constructed twin hostel for boys
and girls at Government Secondary School (GSS) Koronu built by the DRDA under Special
Plan Assistance (SPA).
The boy's dormitory was inaugurated by the Parliamentary Secretary and the girl's
dormitory by Roing Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar, of capacity 25 beds each.
Appreciating the Deputy Commissioner, Mutchu said that he has been putting his best
effort to improve the conditions of all the schools in the district. "However, he
alone cannot achieve if the people are not ready to shoulder responsibilities," said
Encouraging the School Management Committee (SMC) to take bold decisions, he said
it is worth annoying one person if the decision has good effect on 100 people. This
he said in response towards the SMC expressing its inability to take action against
the erring teachers.
Mutchu also encouraged the parents to take participation in their ward's education
saying that a community can progress only through education.
Speaking to the gathering, Deputy Commissioner brought out his observations of the
school he made during his visits. "The children aren't lacking in any aspect, but
what they lack is proper guidance," he said and cited his one observation that the
classes were being called off early before the school timing. This shows lack in
sincerity on part of the teachers, said Kumar.
On shortage of school benches and desks, he suggested the school authority to write
to NHPC Ltd or other corporate bodies for help. He also asked the school authority
to prepare proposal for all school and hostel requirements so that it can be taken
up with corporate bodies for fulfillment. For running of hostel mess, the Deputy
Commissioner offered to lend money from DC's local fund on condition that it is timely
refunded when students' stipend is received after every six month.
Earlier, the SMC chairperson of Koronu GSS school Predi Mepo informed the visiting
guests on the poor condition of the school. The school has been running without a
designated head master for four years. It also lacks clerical staffs and peon. The
teachers have poor accommodation and all the government quarters are in need for
urgent repair. The teachers barrack is also in dilapidated condition. Mepo also spelled
out the need for facilities such as auditorium, drainage and boundary wall.
Following the inauguration and meeting between officials, teaching staffs, villager
and public leaders, the visiting team made an inspection of the classrooms of Koronu
School. During the inspection, the team ensured the school authority for proper implementation
of mid day meal.
Thereafter, the visiting team made an inspection of the Primary Health Centre (PHC)
at Koronu. The team expressed dissatisfaction on the performance of the PHC and irregular
attendance of the doctor, after having taken note of the OPD diary. They requested
the district medical officials for ensuring availability of basic medicines as there
is high chances of the place getting cut off from Roing, the district headquarter
owing to heavy monsoon rains.
The visit to PHC was followed by an inspection of government residential school,
Injonu run by Kera-Aa Society (KAS) under Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA). The team after
the inspection of the school assured to provide funds for hostel kitchen and repair
of floors and ceilings. The team also requested the BRO officials accompanying to
help erect boundary fence for the school compound.
Along with the head of departments from education, WRD, and PWD departments, the
visit to Koronu was accompanied by Raja Lingi, Anchal Chairperson, Roing, Monti Linggi,
Anchal Chairperson, Koronu and Ateko Mena, Zeela Mega, BCC President and local panchayat
DEWFEDS reacts, urges sanctuary authority to nab hunters
ITANAGAR, June 28: The Daying Ering Wildlife Foundation Eco-Development Society
(DEWFEDS) while responding to the statement of Divisional Forest Officer of DEWLS
regarding death of a buffalo inside the Sanctuary said that the DEWFEDS has been
working for the protection, preservation and conservation of the wildlife and forest
resources in the region. The DFO instead of launching thorough enquiry and interrogating
the suspected hunters termed the dedicated activities of DEWFEDS as malafide one,
The wildlife authority had lodged an FIR against DEWFEDS members as a move of defending
themselves, which is a very condemnable act on their part. DEWFEDS termed this move
of wildlife authority as irresponsible and discouraging to the wildlife and forest
conservation in the region as this act will send a wrong message to the people particularly
Regarding non-obtaining of permission from DFO before entering the Sanctuary, the
DEWFEDS clarified that, the NGO received a sudden message on the night of 11th June
from its Village Level Committee intelligence network about the killing of a buffalo
inside the Sanctuary somewhere around a place locally called ‘Jopong Patang’. So
without wasting much time, the eight members team of the NGO rushed to the Borguli
Range camp on 12th June where the DEWFEDS was to inform and take the Ranger and Dy.
Ranger along, but finding no any officers and regular staffs in the camp, the team
requested the three contingency staffs to accompany them, but they also denied the
However, despite any supports from the wild life warden, the local NGO team located
the decomposed carcass of the said Buffalo after a thorough search operation.
As per the observation of the NGO, the cause of the death of the buffalo was an act
of poachers as there was a fire place and a drying stand just besides the carcass.
On seeing the news report regarding the carcass of wild buffalo, the DFO sent its
Ranger and Deputy Ranger for spot verification. During the visit the forest official
did not seek any cooperation from the DEWFEDS. Instead, a case of trespassing was
booked against the member of the DEWFEDS when the team least expected about it hoping
for an accolades from wildlife authority of the division and from PCCF office.
The DEWFEDS appealed to the department to book illegal trespassers into the wild
Apart from these there are reports of daily cases of trespassing from Assam side
by the cattle grazers deep inside the Sanctuary, even commuters from Assam has made
Sanctuary’s river bank as ferry ghat, thereby posing great threat to the wildlife
of the Sanctuary. But sanctuary officials failed to initiate any action or lodge
FIR against the violators.
It is unfortunate that, the local NGO is being targeted simply because that DEWFEDS
raises questions against their negligence and wrong doings of the wild life authority.
Despite this confrontation between the DFO and DEWFEDS, the local NGO DEWFEDS is
ready to co-operate with the wildlife authority for protection, preservation and
conservation of wildlife and forest resources in the area.It also urged the DFO to
immediately issue permission to NGO for entering into the sanctuary area in such
important wild life issue.
DC calls for effective implementation of COTPA in East Siang
PASIGHAT, June 28: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava yesterday gave
a clarion call for effective enforcement of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products
Act (COTPA)-2003 in the district. Attending a workshop on enforement of COTPA-2003
here, the DC said the East Siang should create an example as role model in COTPA
implementation for rest of the state and in fighting the ill-effects of tobacco
with effective strategy and mechanism. The event was organized by the District Tobacco
Control Cell in collaboration with a New Delhi based NGO, International Union Against
Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases. It was participated by ZPC Kaling Dai, Chief Councilor
(PMC) Denong Tamuk, i/c SP Tab Techi, school principals and host of officers and
leaders including councilors and PRIs.
The DC appealed all to create a safe and healthy environment for future generations.
“We must draw public attention towards dangerous effect of tobacco use and ask the
users to refrain from consumptions because tobacco consumption and smoking can lead
to deadly diseases like cancer. We have to organize awareness campaigns, health camps
and rallies at village level to create a tobacco-free society involving common masses.”
She appreciated the East Siang ABK women wing for launching their recent extensive
‘advocacy efforts’ in this regard. If anyone is found selling cigarettes, bidi,
khaini, gutkha and other tobacco products without displaying pictorial board of 60cm
x 30 cm, specifying the warning at the selling points, suitable action will be taken
against him/her as per law.
Along the awareness drive there will be joint raids by taskforces of health, police
and admin against violators of Act and orders of the Govt.
While assuring to intensify magisterial vigilance in and around educational institutions
under Section 6(a) of the COTPA which prohibits minor’s access to tobacco products,
DC informed that many shops have been seized by the administration for violation
of COTPA rules. Srivastava advised the DMO to conduct awareness campaign in higher
level schools and rural areas about the bad effect of tobacco products and provision
of COTPA. DIPRO
Tuki and Rebia visit state’s tourism office in Delhi
ITANAGAR, June 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki along with Speaker Nabam Rebia on Friday
visited the newly revamped Arunachal Tourism Office at Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi.
The Chief Minister went through the publicity brochures developed by Arunachal Tourism
and appreciated the efforts of the department in the national capital. He advised
the departmental officials to explore the vast tourism potential of the state and
exhorted them to play a pro-active role in publicity of the state’s vast tourism
potential and bring it on to the global tourism map.
Speaker Rebia also joined the Chief Minister in appreciating the recently launched
‘Coffee Table Book on Arunachal Pradesh. He advised the Tourism Department to set
up Tourism Information Centres at Banderdewa and Balukpong initially to facilitate
both domestic and international tourists.
A copy of the ‘Coffee Table book called “In Search of Solace-Arunachal Pradesh” published
by the State’s Tourism Department was presented to both the Chief Minister and Speaker
by Adong Moyong, DTO, New Delhi.
Forest wealth of Arunachal Pradesh: legal issues and concerns
Dr Topi Basar
Arunachal Pradesh has the second highest forest cover of 67,410 sq km (80.50% of
total State’s geographical area) and has the highest percentage of highly dense forest
of 20,868 sq km in the country (India State of Forest Report 2011). The State is
also one of the world’s 18 biodiversity hotspots. Indeed blessed with tremendous
natural resources with vast potential for forest and agro based model of economy.
The tribal or indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh have an inextricable relation
with the forest. The forest holds a central position in every tribe’s socio-economic
and cultural matrix of life. It is believed that nobody knows and understands the
forest better than the village elderly tribe. Every aspects of society whether it
is basic requirements and cultural ethos are somewhat connected to forest. It is
the lifeline of the society. Other than the Government owned reserve forest, protected
forest, wild life sanctuaries, national parks everything else such as land, forest,
rivers, trees etc have owners as an individual, family or community which is customarily
recognized. Customary laws become the main source of law in our social fabric. The
Constitution of India includes “custom” as a source of law under Article 13 as long
as the custom is not contrary to any Constitutional provisions. These traditional
institutions have a major role to play in forest matters at the village level. The
dynamics of customary laws pertaining to forest needs to be well understood by the
Therefore, the Draft Arunachal Pradesh Forest Act 2014 prepared by the Dept. of Forest
has immense relevance to the people and State of Arunachal Pradesh. It may be easily
regarded as one of the most crucial legislation to be enacted so far. A comprehensive
law on forest is much desirable in order to have a holistic approach to all the problems
associated with forest ranging from conservation, regulation to sustainable management
of forest resources and livelihood issues with an inward looking policy rather than
outward. Since the forest in context of the State is very unique to itself.
Forest laws in India both pre-colonial and post independence have tried to address
myriad issues pertaining to Forest with the objectives of conservation, management
and regulation of forest by the State which are largely State centric in essence.
The advent of pre-colonial and post independence laws like the Forest Act of 1864,
which empowered the colonial government to declare any forest land as government
forest; a process strengthened in the 1878 Act, which classified forests into ‘protected
forests’, ‘reserved forests’ and ‘village forests’; the National Forest policy of
1894, which re-iterated the regulation of rights and restriction of privileges of
‘users’ in forest areas for the public good; the Land Acquisition Act of 1894, which
permits compulsory acquisition of land for a ‘public purpose’; and the 1927 Act,
which remains the main legal basis for depriving forest dwellers of their user rights
to forest resources. The post-colonial Indian State reinforced centralized control
of forests with its National Forest Policy of 1952, which focused on protecting forest
resources while commercially exploiting minor forest produce, and the Forest Conservation
Act of 1980, which placed all forests under the control of the central government.
It also continued utilizing other colonial land acquisition laws for the ‘public
good’ in the name of development. The displacement of forest dwellers thus continued,
evicted from their traditional homesteads under the Wild Life Protection Act of 1972
and its 1991 amendment, which severely restricted the rights of forest dwellers in
wildlife sanctuaries and curtailed their rights in national parks. All these virtually
left the forest dwellers and private forest land owners at the mercy of the State
by vesting all the powers and controls in the State which made people landless. But,
notably the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act or PESA 1996 conferred
significant powers on the Gram Sabhas, specifically mentioning that these local governance
bodies should have the control over natural resources within their jurisdiction.
It recognized traditional rights of tribal to community resources (land, water and
forests) and decentralized existing approaches to forest governance by bringing the
Gram Sabha at the centrestage for managing minor forest produces and social forestry.
The judiciary in India has always played a very proactive role in environment and
forest issues of the country. In the Godavarman case (1995), the Supreme Court completely
banned tree felling across the entire country, including North East; it ordered saw
mills to close down where a complete ban was directed; and it banned any transportation
of timber out of the North East. In Samatha v. State of AP (1997), a five-judge bench
of the SC recognized that for tribals, forests are their traditional source of sustenance.
They have a historical right to minor forest produce and to community residence on
forest land. These rights of tribals had been neglected in Godavarman orders. The
restriction placed on forest use and access have had an especially debilitating effect
on the tribal communities in the North East. However, a landmark judgement of the
SC in Vedanta mining case (2013) wherein the court recognized that the Dongria Kondh’s
( tribal of Odisha’s Niyamgiri hill) right to worship their sacred mountain must
be ‘protected and preserved’, and that those with religious and cultural rights must
be heard in the decision-making process reflects change in judicial perception of
tribal or indigenous peoples traditional rights over natural resources.
After a prolonged mass movement by the forest dwellers mainly tribal of Central India,
the Government of India enacted the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest
Dwellers Act 2006 enforced on 2008(FRAs) amended again in 2012.The most remarkable
feature of this law is that it recognizes the tribal and local communities rights
over the forest and access and utilization of minor forest produce (right to “bonafide
livelihood needs”, “disposal of minor forest produce” vide Sec. 3). The Act mandates
creation of Forest Rights Committee (by Gram Sabha) at the local level, Sub-Divisional
Level Committee, District Level Committee and State Level Monitoring Committee at
the apex. The main function of the Gram Sabha is to determine the nature and extent
of forest rights claimed and pass a resolution on claims on forest rights, consider
resettlement packages, constitute committees, prepare plan for community forest resources,
approve all decisions of the committee etc. The Act confers significant power and
function to the Gram Sabha. Further, it lays down that the delineation of community
forest resource may include existing legal boundaries such as Reserve Forest, Protected
Forest, National Parks and Sanctuaries and such delineation shall formalize and recognize
the powers of the community in access, conservation and sustainable use of such community
The Assam Forest Regulation, 1891,the Arunachal Pradesh Anchal Forest Reserve (Constitution
and Maintenance) Act 1975, as amended in 1981 and 1984 and the Arunachal Pradesh
Forest (Removal of Timber) Regulation Act, 1983 will have to be suitably modified
in the light of new forest laws enforced after 1983 in the country. Most importantly,
the FRAs 2006 as amended in 2012 and Rules made. The main objective and purpose of
the Forest law in the State should be conservation, sustainable use, community participation.
The first one would need a proper regulation, mechanism and policies; for sustainable
use, the law and policies framed thereon should address the issues of livelihood
and food security of the people and regarding community participation, it is important
to legally empower the community as being the main stakeholders in the forest. The
proposed law must recognize the tribal and community rights on the forest while ensuring
conservation at the same time. The settlement of forest rights claim under the law
must recognize the relevant customary laws of a relevant tribal community. The customary
laws and practices on land rights should be respected by the new law. An amalgamation
of customary and formal law in principle would be more effective. The best way to
do this would be to involve the local Panchayat institution while empowering them
with decision making process in the implementation of the proposed forest Act.
We need to devise a suitable mechanism in order to actively involve the community
in the whole process. The Government should develop special incentive measures for
the community and provide adequate technical and economic support. In order to check
depletion of forest, dependence on forest by the people needs to be minimized. For
instance, the government will have to ensure LPG supply to every village to cut down
the use of fire wood. Also, the people should be made aware not to burn firewood
continuously during the winters at home in the villages. We need to put in place
adequate alternative measures by involving all the relevant departments of the government.
Legal policies framed in isolation will not achieve anything. All the Government
departments should be involved to come out with a workable policy. The proposed forest
Act will have to create space for implementation of these related measures having
a direct bearing on the conservation of forest.
The State government should focus more on policy making. Locally originating policies
will be more practicable as long as it is not contrary to the law of the land. Most
of the time, the policies and programs fail to achieve its purpose as it may not
be locally workable because it is not made for a special target. This philosophy
should underlie in the making of the current Draft forest Act. Since forest being
a concurrent subject both the Centre and State can legislate on it. However, as per
Article 254 of the Constitution, in the event of State law on the same subject becoming
repugnant to the Central law, the later will override the former. Hence any State
legislated forest law must incorporate the basic features of the Central Act. In
other word, the State law cannot say “no” to the same thing said “yes” by the Central
Conservation of forest requires a joint effort between the State and the people.
The role of the State should be a regulator and facilitator and the people should
become the key actors in conservation. Already many communities are doing that role
customarily and voluntarily which needs to be supported by the State by rendering
technical supports and incentives to take up conservation work in a big way. As one
of the legal expert consulted on the draft of the Forest Act, we recommended some
major modification in the draft to the Dept. of Forest who has prepared it. Stressing
upon the forest rights of tribal and communities, need for inter-departmental and
wide scale consultation of stakeholders particularly experts on customary laws on
forest in order to further refine the draft. It is indeed a challenging task in hand
considering the importance and significance of forest to people and the State as
a whole. (The contributor is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, University
Opportunity favours the brave: the story of a journalist, entrepreneur and social
It’s natural to love the good things of life….good house, latest gadgets, cars, good
clothes etc. Once in a blue moon we come across a person whose beliefs and practices
are far above the prospect of generating wealth. I met this young man Yachang Tacho,
a very articulated and a soft spoken person with a camera slung across his shoulder
in many official and unofficial meetings. To me he appeared just like any other normal
reporter. One fine day I received an invitation for the launch of the first vernacular
newspaper of the state “Supung Puyu”- editor Yachang Tacho. I had an opportune moment
to interact with and was at awe at the perseverance and diligence of this young man.
As a young graduate he posed as a tea hawker in the Deputy Commissioner’s office
premises, Ziro and sold tea. Yes, there were jibes and deriding remarks thrown at
his face but he wasn’t deterred. He went ahead, sold tea, concretizing his belief
and spreading the message to the unemployed youths that work, no matter how small,
done with conviction and passion is as respectful as any other job. With small donations
from his own family members he organized youth personality development camps in the
Hapoli and consequently was awarded district best youth award for 2006-07 by Nehru
Yuva Kendra during its 34th Foundation Day on 14th Nov, 2006.
He publishes/edits the local paper “The Subansiri” and the first Apatani newspaper
“Supung Puyu”. With so many newspapers mushrooming up and with a very meager income
just enough to print his supply of newspapers this 33-year-old man is a fighter to
the core. Today he is termed as the mouthpiece of the Apatanis. His father Yachang
Tago of Dutta village is a proud man today.
Tacho is also working with many NGOs in various capacities. He is also the secretary
of Neeti Society Ziro (NSZ). Under his leadership NSZ joined the Murung festival’s
phen procession and in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society
(APSACS), Naharlagun organized an HIV/AIDS awareness program through Street Show
covering about 20 km on foot on January 11 last. The 20 odd number of artists in
various costumes’ marched the 20 km stopping at few vital points and enacted street
plays related to AIDS awareness and prevention. This initiative received awe reviews
from the entire district and was covered by premier newspapers of the state. Encouraged
by the success, NSZ also presented a street show on Disaster Management covering
another 20 km on foot, presenting tips on disaster management on January 16, 2014.
Tacho managed to train 10-20 youths as artists for performing these street plays.
He has managed to channelize the youth power. Given more opportunities and a better
platform Tacho is a promising man. Recently the Apatani Youth Association, the oldest
NGO of the district in its 41st foundation day felicitated Tacho in recognition of
his contribution to the Apatani society.
Tacho is cooperative, informative and very humble. His dedication towards his work
is truly inspiring. When most of the youths today have sidelined journalism owing
to so many risk factors and very low financial returns, Tacho dedicatedly with so
many financial constrains and threats runs two newspapers in the district -- an
English weekly “the Subansiri” and the first vernacular newspaper of the state “
Supung Puyu” in Apatani.
Apart from publishing newspapers Tacho is an active social activist. The Neeti Society
under his leadership conducted series of medical camps in remote areas of Ziro plateau
without any support from any agencies. When xyz departments claim immobility due
to fund crunches, this young man did manage to conduct not just medical camps, but
awareness as well as personality development camps. He is a man of strong will. His
enthusiasm is infectious. His zeal for mobilizing youths and his convictions that
a pen is mightier than a sword can definitely influence wayward youths. (The writer
is a DIPRO, Ziro)