June 05

APESA appeal to Govt

ITANAGAR, June 4: While lauding the state Govt for inducting Geyum Padu, an engineer by profession to the coveted post of secretary, WRD, the Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA) has appealed to the higher authority to appoint secretary, Power, from amongst the Chief Engineers of works department at an early date. It also called upon the members of the engineers' fraternity of the state to strive hard for all-round  development of Arunachal Pradesh.


Councillor appeals for vacating Parking Lot

ITANAGAR, Jun 4: Appealing the women group to vacate the Parking Lot at Bank Tinali, the Councillor Ward 10 Tadik Tagru has also written to the DC Capital for appropriate action.  

Earlier a meeting in this regard on the illegal squatting of the newly built government Parking Lot at Bank Tinali Itanagar was held on June 3 and chaired by Ward No. 10 Councillor Tadik Tagru.  

The concerned members present in the meeting discussed on the illegal occupants of Govt. property and decided to oppose the illegal occupants.

Councillor Tagru stated that the public property can't be occupied illegally. "They occupied the building without consultation with the Councilor and concern department," he added.

Appealing the government to take necessary action against the women group, the members added that such illegal practice would spread wrong message in the society.


Foundation stone of school library laid

Deobil, June 4: Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Namsai DC, RK Sharma and Col S B Mishra, CO, 12 Assam Regiment joined with Teacher Durga Prasad Singh in laying the foundation for a library building of the Upper Primary School Deobil under Namsai district.

Addressing the function, Namchoom appealed to the school authorities to make the best use of the infrastructure. He suggested that the facility should remain utilised and not underutilised. The MLA also requested the NGO members present to assist the Deobil school authorities to make the Library a vibrant centre of learning. Appreciating the Apne Library at Wakro, he exhorted all to follow suit in serving the society meaningfully.

Namchoom is funding the library under his MLA LAD fund.

Speaking on the occasion, DC R K Sharma assured the school authorities and the public present that the project will be taken up soon with early starting of the construction. The Block Development Officer has been tasked with the responsibility of taking up and completing the project.

Head Master Jinkuo Mansai expressed his gratitude to the MLA, DC and CO 12 Assam Regiment saying that Deobil Upper Primary will be the first school in the area to have a library facility.


Farmers' training conducted

TAWANG, June 4: The Tawang KVK has conducted a training for farmers at Lhou village, Tawang today.  Altogether twenty six farmers participated in the training.

SMS Horticulture Dr. A K Tiwari imparted training to the farmers about the scientific cultivation of cole crops specially Broccoli while Lakshmipriya Borah, SMS Plant Protection, dwelt at length on the disease and pests management of vegetable crops.

Later in a discussion session, the resource persons answered to the farmers queries and cleared  their doubts.


NSUI’s helpline

ITANAGAR, June 4: The National Students' Union of India (NSUI), New Delhi has set up a phone helpline (01123358686) for the students' of North East region to assist in the admission process in the different colleges of Delhi University.

It further informed that Delhi University has already started online registration for admission from 28th May 2015 and is going to start the offline registration from 5th to 15th June 2015. For further assistance, aspirants may contact Mausom Baruah, National Secretary, NSUI (09435136657).


Lohit DEC meeting held

ITANAGAR, June 4: The 1st Lohit District Electricity Committee (DEC) meeting was held in the DC's conference hall at Tezu today regarding implementation of centrally sponsored schemes, namely, Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS)  and Deen Dayal Upadhayay Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) to meet up the critical gap in transmission and distribution system. The meeting was presided over by Rajya Sabha MP cum DEC chairman Mukuth Mithi.

The Assistant Engineers (E) Tezu briefed on the various aspects of the two schemes and sought suggestions from the  members present in the meeting.

Among others, Deputy Commissioner Dr. BM Mishra, Er. G Linggi, SE (E), Tezu Circle-VII, C K Monglong, ZPC, B Tega, ZPM Sunpura were also present in the meeting.


Teacher dies

ITANAGAR, June 4: H D Bhuyan, JT of Govt. Secondary School, Banderdewa has breathed his last at his residence in Deurigaon, Hawajan, Assam early morning today. Born in September 30, 1956, Late Bhuyan joined the education department in 1986 and served in different parts of Arunachal. He rendered his service with great dedication and sincerity for almost three decades as a teacher, informed Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA).

The Central Executive Committee, Arunachal Teachers' Association (ATA) on behalf of the teaching fraternity of the state expressed deep shock over the sudden and untimely demise of H D Bhuyan. "His contribution towards the people of the state will always be remembered, the ATA said in a condolence message. The ATA members conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to almighty for heavenly peace of departed soul.

Meanwhile, the officials of DDSE Papum Pare district has condoled the demise of HD Bhuyan. He served for about 34 years with sincerity and dedication. His contribution towards the department will always be remembered, appreciated and cherished, the department said in its condolence message. Offering condolence to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Artist passes away

ITANAGAR, June 4: Padmeswar Thakuria, an artist of Directorate of Secondary Education has passed away at his residence in Guwahati yesterday morning.  

Born on April 01, 1967 at Nahira village, Kamrup district, Assam, Late Padmeswar Thakuria was appointed as Artist in the Department of Education and joined the service on 24th June 1992.

Meanwhile, the staff and officers of the Directorate of Secondary and Elementary Education have expressed deep shock on the death of Padmeswar Thakuria. They deeply mourned the death of Thakuria and described his  death as an irreparable loss to the department. The officers and staff of the directorate also prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul and to bestow enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.


Football training at Pasighat concludes


PASIGHAT, Jun 04: Keeping in mind the need to explore hidden talents of the young players and sport enthusiasts, East Siang District Football Association organized a ten day free coaching on "Grass root Football" at Pasighat general ground, which successfully ended last evening.

Altogether 19 budding players between the age group of  6 to 14 years have been selected. Veteran footballer of Pasighat, Tomas Ering imparted training on basic techniques  and various other aspects of football.

Attending the concluding day, District Sports Officer, Nada Apa, Tanya Padu and other senior football players delivered speech on the importance of maintaining discipline and adherence to the rules of sports and games as  players.

Lamenting over the lack of basic needs in the field of sports and  games in East Siang district the District Football Association has appealed the government to pay heed towards development of the sector.


SAYA seeks clarification

ITANAGAR, June 4: The Save Arunachal Youth Association (SAYA) has claimed that its president Likha Rajnik was arrested yesterday and confined from 10am to 7pm without giving any valid reason.

Maintaining that the president was arrested in order to stop him from disclosing the mismanagement of financial status in the state, SAYA has sought explanation from the home department on the reasons its president was arrested. Further it stated of launching democratic movement against the department if its demands were not met.


News Impact

Protection Wall collapse just

after month of construction

Karda Natam

Daporijo, June 4: The protection wall of suspension bridge over Subansiri River has collapsed just after the one month of its completion, putting a big question mark at the quality of its work.

Rupees one crore was sanctioned for maintenance of suspension bridge over the Subansiri river at Pakam Colony, which connects Dugi village with Daporijo under SPA 2014-15.

Local MLA Dikto Yekar inspected the site and expressed his dissatisfaction over the quality of the work executed by PWD and asked the implementing agency to immediately reconstruct the protection wall of the bridge.

Meanwhile, M Jeram, Assistant Engineer, Sub-Division-II blamed the heavy rain for the mishap. Rain led to cracks which led to the collapse of the retaining wall, he said.

However, he has directed the contractor to reconstruct the wall under the guidance of a engineer of concern department. He also added that maintenance of the bridge will be completed by June 22.

This bridge is lifeline of the area. Due to delay in completion of the maintenance works, daily wage earners, farmers are being adversely affected and there is only one alternate bridge which is located far away from the town.

More than 500 students, including the ones from VKV Kuporijo are facing problem in reaching their schools on time as they are situated on the other side of the Subansiri River.

Recently Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri in a meeting with the VKV staffs and parents of students made arrangements for  a bus for the students of class IX and X so that they are able to join classes while the students of lower classes will have to wait till the bridge is completed.

Many govt staff and other people working in either side of the bridge are forced to take the long route to reach their offices, informed one of the staff.

On the other hand, public are taking risks by crossing the mighty river in boats operated by local people. At least 10-15 people travel in the boat at a time putting their lives in danger as the water level is rising in monsoon.

There is also need to keep security personnel around the clock near the bridge to avoid any mishap.



Railway Station sans basic amenities

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 4: The Naharlagun Railway Station is in dire need of staffs and basic amenities for commuters.

Lack of safe drinking water facility, inadequate staff, including security personnel and maintaining cleanliness have been the major problems.

The station does not have sufficient experienced staff, porter/coolie, ATM and proper parking facilities causing great problems to the passengers. Further almost all the staff employed in the station are first timers. All affairs/activities of the station are being looked after by the lone Assistant Station Master (ASM), who also is a first timer. According to the ASM, there must be a Station Superintendent at the station besides one more assistant station master.

Moreover, a former Chief Goods Clerk has been made Enquiry cum Registration Clerk, who is not experienced enough for the job he has been assigned. He gracefully admitted that he had been facing some problems in delivering service to the passengers promptly due to lack of experience.

An employee of the station, who requested not to be named, said that they themselves have to perform the duty of loading and unloading of goods due to non-availability of coolie/porter. There are only five Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel at the station without a Sub-Inspector. There is no staff at the inquiry office where there should be atleast two. The station also requires atleast three platform staff. Presently, there is only one platform staff.

"The standard of bogies provided for both Rajdhani Express and Naharlagun-Guwahati Inter-City Express are below par. All bogies are old and linens are of lowest quality. There is no proper water facility and toilets are in pathetic condition," said a passenger.

When complained, the TT was said to have put the responsibility on Railway Authority in Delhi.

Meanwhile, Divisional Railway Users Consultative Committee (DRUCC) Member, Gora Lotak while taking stock of the various facilities available at Naharlagun Railway station today asked the Assistant Station Master to give him in written all the requirements for smooth functioning of the railway station. He asked him and his sub-ordinate staff to maintain utmost cleanliness at station. He said that the problems he witnessed during the inspection will be taken up with the Railway Minister very soon.

Lotak called on the Assistant Station Master to initiate for opening ticket counters one each at Itanagar, Banderdewa and Naharlagun for the convenience of passengers since there is no good e-ticketing facility. He further suggested for introducing platform ticket for entry into the railway platform, invite tender for cleaning staff, installation of more CCTV cameras, shops/tea stalls at the station.

Further, the DRUCC member said that the SBI Itanagar Branch is being pursued for an ATM at the railway station. Lotak also drew the attention of the NF Railway authority at Rongiya and Maligaon towards these problems and urged to look into them.

Train service in Arunachal was flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Statehood Day celebration on February 20 this year.



Discrepancy in health insurance Smart Card traced


RUKSIN, June 4: Alleging technical fault and erroneous data entry in many smart cards issued under Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS), some of the beneficiaries of East Siang district have demanded the state's health department for re-verification of the smart cards.

The Divjoni Medicare Diagnostic Centre & Nursing Home, a private-run hospital at Ruksin empanelled under APCMUHIS have traced many erroneous data entry in the smart cards.

It is reported that some smart cards produced by patients do not have sufficient biometric data about the family members, while there are no finger prints of the holders.

Moreover, finger prints entered in the electronic card was not tallied with the holder/s during verification, forcing the patients to clear their bills.

The ambitious health insurance scheme, launched on 20 February 2014 is aimed at providing cashless treatment to all sections of people in the state by giving coverage of Rs two lakh for almost all categories of diseases. The state government entrusted 'The New India Assurance Company Ltd' for preparation of the smart cards inserting all required biometric information of the beneficiaries such as name, sex, age with fingerprints. But, there are instances of erroneous entries depriving poor families from getting benefit under the insurance scheme.  In a recent incident, one Yabi Tayeng, 59 year old women of Ruksin village here was admitted at Divjani Medicare for a surgery but there was no finger print of the patient and other family members in the electronic card.

Moreover, Yabi, who is the family head, is also wrongly entered as 'Male' in the card and thereby deprived from benefit under the scheme. Earlier too, the hospital have detected some invalid smart cards, which has been reported to the authority concerned.



Govt to review and inspect NEC, NLCPR and CSS

ITANAGAR, June 4: State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in its sitting on Wednesday has decided to conduct review and inspection of all schemes being implemented under NEC, NLCPR and State as well as Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS).

The review and inspection shall be done by respective ministers and a detail report would be submitted to the government on each scheme. Cabinet decided to act firm on any lapses found in the implementation of these schemes, said Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix.

Cabinet has taken serious exception to the allegation leveled by BJP MLAs of embezzlement of Rs. 900 Cr. under NEC and NLCPR in the state which the govt said is "without any substantial proof".  It stated that such an irresponsible act carried out by elected representatives of a particular political party have given an impression especially in the Govt of India which is inimical to the state of Arunachal Pradesh. Our image in the eyes of the rest of the country has taken a huge toll, it viewed.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has already started reviewing the status of schemes and projects pertaining to his departments today. He called series of meetings - one after another of PHE and Water Supply department, Hydro Power and RWD and reviewed the schemes.

Cautioning the department officers and executive agencies on judicious execution of central as well state programmes, Tuki made it very clear that if any officials or agency was found guilty of misappropriation shall be dealt firmly by the government. He directed the officers to immediately submit a report on the status of projects with specific information substantiating the claim. CM would be monitoring the schemes through spot inspection too.



Two arrested for smuggling tiger teeth

PASIGHAT, June 4: Forest officials have nabbed Mining Danggen and Aniram Lego on June 3 at Pasighat for allegedly trying to smuggle Tiger teeth.

Led by DFO (T) Tabang Jamoh, forest rangers O Gao and J Geyi and forester T Taying nabbed the alleged smugglers based on intelligence report.

Ranger Gao informed that accordingly a raid was conducted by the team at the house of Lumsang Borang, near DEM Higher Secondary School, Pasighat where they recovered the tiger teeth. Mining Danggen was caught during search operation while the other accused Aniram Lego tried to flee but was nabbed after a chase. A case 'CR 87/2015' has been lodged under various sections of Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972. Both the accused have been sent to 14 days judicial remand after producing in the local court here today. (DIPRO)



BJP’s Jan Adolan back, says will not stop till Tuki steps down

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, June 4: Seeking imposition of financial emergency in the state, the Jan Andolan Committee of BJP state unit today made it clear that it would not stop till Nabam Tuki steps down from the post of chief minister.

Nabum Tuki has rampantly misused his office, power and position without considering the established procedures, resulting in financial crisis and lawlessness in the state. His tyrannical attitude in mismanagement of the state fund started from the beginning of his regime as chief minister in the year 2012. Arunachal is at the verge of collapse, due to the breakdown of constitutional machinery Article 360, the committee stated in its representation submitted to the Governor.

It has given the state Governor ten day's ultimatum after which it has warned of launching its movement.

Addressing media persons at Press Club here today, Jan Andolan committee chairman Tame Phassang alleged that the state government misappropriated funds by depositing all the funds in Civil Account.

'On 23rd Feb, 2012, special secretary finance, GoAP directed the director account & treasury to deposit all the DCR and bank draft/banker's cheque to be deposited on civil deposit. It was the beginning of a formula to misappropriate the state fund by creating a "Black Hole" the so called Civil Deposit under Head Account 4883, where the planned and non-divertible, lapsable, non-lapsable CSS and other funds are accumulated and used as per the wish of the Government.

It is apparent by the WT massage passed to all commissioners/secretaries/HODs/ADCs by the Chief Secretary, GoAP on April 3, 2012 directing to deposit all funds to Civil Deposit. Likewise, same WT massage was issued by the Chief Secretary on April 5, 2012', the committee's letter to the Governor read.

'In 2013, another episode of rampant irregularities could be seen on March 18, 2013 whereby Development Commissioner (Finance) issued order to all the HODs to close down financial year by March 23, 2013, whereas the closing is always done on 31st March or 1st week of April every year. Few days later the Chief Secretary issued a WT Massage to RBI, all DCs/ADCs and to TOs/STOs to suspend all bank transactions till April 5, 2013 and transfer all kind of bills/payments and transfer it to Civil Deposit and the validity of Cheques were allowed till April 30, 2013 rather than March 31, 2013.

Interestingly, on April 10, 2013 the Development Commissioner issued an order directing RBI, SBI, all DCs/ADCs and to TOs/STOs to make clearance of all treasury bills up to Rs. 5 lakhs only. Again on April 16, 2013, Development Commissioner issued a WT message in the same manner to the concerned and allowed making clearance of all treasury bills up to Rs. 25 lakhs only. In the meantime on April 23, 2013, the said Development Commissioner issued order to PCCF, Commissioners/Secretaries -PWD, RWD, WRD, Power, Hydropower, PHED and UD expressing financial constraint in the state exchequer directing them to make payment of part-II, III & V after approval of financial department. The irregularity continued on May 2, 2013, Secy, Finance makes WT message to the RBI, SBI all DCs/ADCs and to TOs/STOs against allowing clearance of all treasury bills up to Rs.10 lakhs only. Again on May 17, 2013 in the same manner, state government issued an order for clearance of all treasury bills up to Rs. 50 lakhs only,' it further read.

'In 2014, due to the mismanagement the state exchequer's balance has gone over draft (OD) by the end of 2013 to such extent, that the State Government was inclined to beg loan before the RBI', the letter further read.

The committee has also alleged the Congress led state government of misusing GPF and New Pension Scheme (NPS).


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---- Editorial ----


Don’t remove special category status in haste

The decision of union government to withdraw special category status to NE states is beginning to haunt the BJP led government. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has came under  intense pressure from the Chief Ministers of North East to continue special category status in letter and spirit by restoring the additional central support to the remote and backward regions as done by all successive Governments.

As per the report this demand was renewed by Nagaland Chief Minister during his meeting with PM Modi. Chief Ministers of all the eight North Eastern states had earlier sought Modi’s intervention to continue with the Special States Category status to their respective states so that the special financial support they get from the Centre was not done away with. The region, due to its difficult geography and checkered history could not match with the rest of the country even after 68 years of Independence. Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh Nabam Tuki has also strongly opposed this move to remove special category status. Govt of India should listen to the grievances of NE people. Before removing special category status they should help NE states to stand up on their own feet.





---- Readers Forum ----


Don’t fail us again and again

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I wish to draw the attention of the concerned authorities towards the negligence and lack of care towards the aspiring candidates for the various posts lying vacant under the Department of Textiles & Handicrafts, Government of Arunachal Pradesh; which was published in your daily, dated 22nd of June 2011 vide No. DTH/ESTT/201/96(VOL-I).

After the publication of the advertisement, we never got intimated by the Department again, there were no postponement advertisements, no call letters issued, no notices, or any clarifications as why it was being delayed or when or if there was ever going to be any exams held for filling up the posts. The concerned candidates had religiously filled up the forms.

I being a Chemical Engineering graduate was hopeful that I was definitely going to get a job in our state, finally. I pursued my engineering because I was selected through the NEE-JEE Entrance Exams way back in 2003. And, as there are not many students opting for the said field and because I had interest in it, I opted for that. Now, I can’t turn anywhere else as there are hardly very few Departments who need Chemical Engineers, and the ones that are advertised are actually never recruited, as in the case stated above. I completed my Diploma in 2007 and Degree in 2012.

It’s been a long 3 years since I graduated, I am unemployed, financially broke, physically and mentally exhausted. I have waited enough, 4 years since the publication of the said advertisement; it’s high time department actually recruited some of us.

Now being the peak time for students that have passed their board exams, they must be very excited about their future, about going out for their further studies. I wish them all the success, luck; but also ask them to be wary about the prospects that our state govt. endorse during the entrance exams and counseling rounds; as you can all see for yourselves what the actual condition of our state is. I also ask the State Govt. so as why do they endorse fields like Computer, Chemical Engineering, Architecture, if they do not plan to utilize or employ on any of that.

There are thousands of unemployed graduates who are frustrated to a suicidal level like me, asking why the government has turned a blind eye towards us, shelling out false promises of employment for each and every household, when in the reality they can’t even pay for the current employees working under various departments of the state.

Please look in to the matter at the earliest. We are tired of waiting, and we want some answers. Please don’t fail us time and again.





Don’t set a trend

Dear Editor,

The Finance & Account officer/Treasury officer advertisement dated 20th April 2015 published by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission is defective, unacceptable and unjustifiable on the following grounds.

1. Finance & Account officer/Treasury officer service is not a technical service unlike Engineering, Forest, Health, and Legal services. In Indian public administration the Services are categorised into two broad categories -- visually technical (Specialist) and Non-technical (General) services. Technical services includes Indian Economic Services, Indian Forest Services, health, legal, Statistics services and their eligible education qualification is specific discipline  like law, medical, law, economics, statistics.  While  the Non-technical services includes the Indian Administrative services, Indian foreign services, Indian Revenue services , Indian Audit and Account Services. In all these services, the required educational qualification is any discipline from recognised university. So in our state the corresponding services with the union government are APCS, APPS, DLRSO, CDPO, DTO, F&AO/treasury officers.  However through this advertisement this post has been brought under the ambit of the technical services.

The earlier precedent for recruitment for the post of the F&AO/treasury officer was held through Arunachal Pradesh combined competitive services examination along with all other non-technical services like APPS, APCS, CDPO, LRSO, DTO, etc...

Under Art. 320(3) of the Indian Constitution the  recruitment rules of all Group A & B service posts in various ministries/Departments of Government of India and the respective State Government are required to be framed in consultation with the respective Public service commission but through enquiry it is revealed that such consultation was not done.

 In the advertisement the eligible education qualification requirement includes Bachelor degree in Commerce/ Business Administration /Economic or Bachelors Degree in any Discipline with Statistics and Mathematics as one of the prime subjects from a recognised university. But in the Syllabus issued by the Secretary Finance it is found in the preliminary examination that there is no mention of statistics or Mathematics except Indian economy and commerce and rest are general subject like Indian history, geography, Indian constitution etc. And also in Mains examination for the said post, in its syllabus, for the optional papers the candidates has given a discretion to choose any of the three papers from the ten given optional subjects, here also very interestingly there is no mention of Mathematics subject. Statistics subject is given but it is optional and hence the basis of disqualifying other discipline aspirant from the said examination is framed with ulterior motive.

Therefore, I would like to request the concerned authority especially the secretaries of all the concerned departments to cancel the examination as if this exam is permitted then in the history of Arunachal  public services recruitment you will guide the state government to new unjustifiable trend  and precedent  in the future.

Therefore, I urge all the administrative head concern to look into this area and follow the system of recruitment policy and pattern of UPSC and act like a true guide to your political executive as being the brain and arms of the political executive. Nevertheless I know my appeal will go to the deaf ears of the concerned authorities but I am sure this trend will lead to future anomalies in state civil services recruitment policy of the government of Arunachal Pradesh.


Nabam Saha





Start working

Dear Editor,

Whenever I go through your  esteemed daily,  I only see the sad side of the state and its citizens. The people of the state are really depressed and in shock due to many reasons. I personally feel the present government is also under tremendous pressure with “curse” from the common people. Every day your papers writes about  dharna, no salary, no stipend, no water, bad road, no electricity, rape and molestation, murder and abduction, allegations against department, illegal use of powers by officers, drug trafficking, encroachments, new creation of unions, societies, bandh call and protests.

I personally believe we are deviating from progressive way to tunnel of destructions. We are not many in numbers. If we work hard, we can be way ahead of others. Today we all are blaming the present government which is not fair. If we were not involved in corruption, how can a local representative chuck off our share of development. We all should wake up and create a new era in Arunachal history. Please stop the blame game and start working.


Major T C Tayum

Mahipalpur, Delhi





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