YUPIA, Jun 27: Ten dwelling houses were damaged by flash flood due to heavy rainfall
on Friday night under Sagalee sub-division.
A class XII student of Papesango village was also seriously injured and he has been
admitted at Sagalee Community Health Center. It is reported that the injured boy,
namely Tana Niya could not be evacuated out of Sagalee today due to inclement weather.
The flash flood also caused extensive damages to roads and water supply line.
It is reported that road communication between Doimukh and Sagalee has been badly
affected due to massive landslides in at least eight different locations along the
Meanwhile, the Huto Village weekly Saturday Market area has also been inundated by
flood water today morning. DIPRO
Authority urged to comply with RTE Act
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Arunachal Pradesh Anti-Corruption Sena, Upper Subansiri district
unit has urged the district administration to instruct the authorities of various
schools in the district to fully comply with Right To Education (RTE) Act norms and
charge no admission fee from students of class I to VIII.
Since RTE provisions for free and compulsory education for all children in the age
group between 6-14 years, the Administration must take action against the violators
of the Act, the Anti-corruption Sena said in a release.
It appealed to the District Administration to take drastic action against all absentee
officers and officials posted in the district as per prevailing rule of the government.
The Anti-Corruption Sena unit also appealed to the Department of Legal Metrology
to carry out unannounced checking drive in the market and shops to detect weights
and measures which do not confirm to the Standard of Weights and Measures Act.
ARSYU conducts social service at Ruksin
Ruksin, Jun 27: The members of All Ruksin Students & Youth Union (ARSYU) led by Union’s
general secretary Lenjing Tatin today conducted social service and cleaned up the
natural drains in Ruksin town. The union members also filled the large potholes on
Mirem-Mikong-Ruksin PWD road with sand-gravel for smooth vehicular movement. The
work of the union was supported by Tamat Jonnom, a local BJP leader.
Meanwhile, the ARSYU has demanded the government for early release of fund against
drain construction scheme at Ruksin township. Around Rs. 1 crore under Special Fund
Assistance (SPA) has been sanctioned for the scheme and Rural Work Department, Pasighat
division has been assigned to implement it.
Panel recommends 90:10 pc Centre-State fund sharing for core sector schemes
Tuki bats for continuation of special category status to NE states
NEW DELHI, Jun 27: The Chief Ministers’ Sub-Group of NITI Aayog has recommended in
its draft report 90:10 per cent Centre-state fund sharing for 11 special category
states under Core Sector Schemes while for optional schemes it was 80:20 per cent.
For general category states, under Core Schemes, Centre and state would share funding
in the ratio of 60:40 per cent.
The draft report prepared by a committee headed by National Institution for Transforming
India (NITI) Aayog's CEO Sindhushree Khullar based on earlier meeting, which was
presented today to the members for comments, suggested centrally sponsored schemes
to be divided into two broad groups.
The first, Core Scheme, comprising of national development agenda that includes legislatively
backed schemes such as MGNREGA, Swachh Bharat Mission and Mid Day Meal. The final
list will be decided later.
The second is Optional Schemes for social protection and social inclusion. Based
on the division of schemes into two parts, the number of CSS would be 30, the draft
According to the draft, the centre's share would not be less than 50 per cent.
In each of the identified Core Schemes, ordinarily, Centre will implement umbrella
programme having a large number of components with a uniform funding pattern to suit
The draft report also said that for all projects under CSS in which 30 per cent of
the work has been completed, funding should be continued.
The sharing pattern under which the project was approved should also continue till
March 2017. If the projects remain incomplete even thereafter, state would have to
complete the project using their own funds.
The draft report also says that the schemes in social sector including poverty elimination,
drinking water, Swachh Bharat, rural electrification, women and child health nutrition,
Housing for All and urban transformation should be given priority for realising 'Vision
As per the draft, the rationalisation of schemes and restructured funding pattern
of CSS should be implemented from 2016-17.
The number of centrally sponsored schemes (CSS) is likely to be reduced to 30 from
72 with the Chief Ministers' Sub-Group of NITI Aayog reaching a broad consensus on
The panel has also recommended increasing the share of flexi funds to 25 per cent
from the current 10 per cent.
Attending the meeting of sub group on rationalization of CSS, Arunachal Pradesh Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated the need for retention of Special Category Status
to the Northeastern States and continuation of the funding pattern of 90:10. Tuki
also called for reconsidering Special Plan Assistance (SPA) to fill up critical infrastructure
gap citing the late entry of the State in the journey of development.
While endorsing the draft recommendations, Tuki suggested that since the hill states
have a different geography and history, a small chapter highlighting these difficulties
must form part of the recommendation. This will have a bearing on the future policy
decisions on other development plans of the Union Govt.
“I had submitted a draft chapter- “Need for Special Dispensations for Hilly States”.
This will also justify our recommendation for a special Sharing Pattern for these
States”, he said and further pitched for a transparent formula for horizontal distribution
of resources amongst the States.
n the delinked schemes, Tuki suggested that a separate dispensation be recommended
for the Hill States and made specific mention of the SPA projects which involves
The resource envelope should be kept at least at par with the last year’s level for
hill states to continue the development momentum, he said and requested the salary
components of the delinked schemes to be supported for at least till the end of the
12th Five Year Plan or two years for Hill States.
Today’s meeting was attended by Chief Ministers of Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland,
Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur and Kerala and Lieutenant Governor
of Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Secretary and Secretary Planning also attended the meeting.
(With inputs from PTI)
Damages to Biological Park, PCCF takes stock
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Flash flood and storm has inflicted damages at Biological Park,
Itanagar. Apart from damages to roads and other infrastructure, Hornbill enclosure
has been damaged. Wing walls and base of entry Gate Bridge of the Itanagar zoo have
been damaged as well as the water supply lines and intake tanks while security walls
at four locations have been damaged by landslides. All roads including the approach,
peripheral, ring roads and CCTV are also reported to be damaged.
Dr. Yogesh, PCCF (WL & BD) & CWLW visited the Biological Park to assess the quantum
of damage caused by the flash flood because of monsoon rain. He saw the damages first
hand today. Responding to the demands of the authorities, visiting PCCF has agreed
to do the needful to protect and improve the only zoo of the state.
Raya Flago, Curator, Biological Park, Itanagar has requested him to provide necessary
funds for its maintenance and restoration.
Govt promises to consider setting up Arunachal’s first airport
New Delhi, Jun 27: Arunachal Pradesh may finally have an airport with the Centre
assuring Chief Minister Nabam Tuki of "seriously pursuing" the long-standing demand
in order to bolster connectivity of the border state.
In a meeting with Tuki here today, Union Minister for Development Of North Eastern
Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh said he had realised the "prime need" of Arunachal
Pradesh having an airport and promised that the "government will seriously pursue
the case of a civilian airport for Itanagar", the state's capital.
Singh said the proposal had got delayed due to several factors including the decision
regarding its exact location.
"Initially, Banderdewa/Karsingsa had been proposed as the site for the airport but
later the state government was of the opinion to have it at Hollongi, which is located
about 20 km on the outskirts of Itanagar, close to the Arunachal-Assam border," an
official release said.
Singh said, during his visit to Arunachal Pradesh last week, he had to take a flight
to Lilabari which is incidentally the nearest airport to Arunachal Pradesh even though
it is in Assam.
Singh and Tuki also discussed the security situation in the districts of Tirap and
Changlang, and a pending demand for a National Sports Stadium in Itanagar.
Responding to the Chief Minister's demand for an All India Institute of Medical Sciences
(AIIMS) for Arunachal Pradesh, Singh suggested him to take this up with the Finance
Ministry as the issue may go "beyond the purview of the DoNER Ministry". PTI
Need to create more awareness about archaeological sites: Governor
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa has emphasized the need
to create more awareness amongst people about archaeological sites to preserve the
The Governor said this during his visit to the Jawaharlal Nehru State Museum and
Itafort here today. Accompanied by state First Lady Rita Rajkhowa, the Governor reviewed
the places of tourist interest in Itanagar and advised the concerned department to
create more awareness amongst the people about important archaeological sites for
The Governor, who was very impressed by the state museum, said that the museum is
very informative, reflecting various tribes and their cultural assets and traditions.
He further stressed on the data being more definitive. Taking cue from experts, the
Governor suggested that archaeology and museum should be headed by separate heads.
While advising on improving the state museum, the Governor suggested for proper air-conditioning
and improving the lighting system.
During the visit to the State Museum and Ita Fort, Research Director Batem Pertin
along with his officers briefed the Governor.
Earlier in the day, the First Couple visited the Itanagar Buddhist Gompa and offered
prayers. On being briefed by the Rev Lamas on the Gompa and its compound, the Governor
suggested for developing security measures by district administration and police
to maintain the sanctity of the place and thereby discouraging the unruly elements.
(PRO to Governor)
IMWA reiterates demand to scrap PPEM
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has today reiterated
its demand for immediate cancellation of Pre-Paid Electric Meters (PPEM) installation
IMWA has renewed the movement after several months of silently following the state
government decision to relax the installation of PPEM with a choice given to the
citizens for fitting it or not.
Various organisations had launched series of agitation against the installation of
PPEM at Capital Complex claiming that the meters is a faulty system which doubles
the bill compared to manual billing system. The organisations justified their opposition
to PPEM saying that poor common man cannot afford to pay the bills of PPEM due to
its exorbitant rates.
Addressing media persons at Press Club here today, IMWA President Yumlam Achung stated
that the current PPEM system incurs exorbitant bill than the manual metering which
is inappropriate for the business community.
IMWA President further added that for the welfare of business community which is
against the pre-paid electric meters, the association is strongly opposing the installation
of PPEM. He also claimed that though the state government has given an option for
choosing PEM or manual mode, the department of power is forcibly installing the pre-paid
meters at Capital Complex.
“There are many loopholes in Pre-Paid Meters System and department should create
awareness among the people before randomly installing it”, he added.
Demanding the government to halt the installation of pre-paid meters, IMWA stated
that failing to do so will invite serious agitations from the association. The market
welfare association also stated that despite several representations, the government
has remained unresponsive on the matter.
On being asked the role of IMWA in monitoring the exorbitant prices of food commodities,
Achung retorted that the district administration and tax and excise department should
pro-actively check the unsolicited prices of food commodities.
ANYA irked by poor road condition, power scenario
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Worried by the poor condition of roads in the twin capital city,
which has gone from bad to worst since the onset of monsoon, the All Nyishi Youth
Association (ANYA) today visited various roads in Capital Complex; block points at
Jullang and Karsingsa to get firsthand knowledge on the ongoing road construction
and repairing works.
While visiting the Itanagar-Naharlagun bypass road, ANYA claimed to have found below
standard quality construction in entire stretch of the road. For example, ANYA said,
culverts are being constructed using 6 mm rods (steel bar) instead of using the recommended
size for such works. It added that no work quality has been maintained in any of
the construction works which will ultimately result in premature damage of the road.
“At Karsingsa block point too, we found no engineer or site inspectors to monitor
the work”, ANYA said in the release. It also alleged the Itanagar MLA of engaging
a dozen of parties by awarding them with petty site works at the block point.
Also irked by the frequent power cut, the ANYA team, later, met the Power Minister
at his residence.
On being refused to reply to questions regarding the matter of power problem by the
minister, the ANYA team staged on-the-spot protest in front of the minister’s house
demanding immediate improvement of power situation in Capital Complex. ANYA gave
the minister 24 hrs to improve the power scenario failing which the association said
will raise demand for the resignation of the power minister on moral ground.
It also appealed to the local MLA and the authorities concerned to look into the
Earlier, the team met the EE (Power), and ridiculed the alleged excuse made by him,
who reportedly told about lack fund in the department for procuring transformers
Swami Vivekananda Centre of Excellence inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Jun 27: Ramakrishna Math & Mission, Belur Math, General Secretary, Swami
Suhitananda has inaugurated the Swami Vivekananda Centre of Excellence in presence
of a large gathering at Naharlagun today. The Centre, first of its kind in the
state, has been set up with the sheer initiative of the Vivekananda Study Circle,
Naharlagun for the youth to instill faith in them and to communicate value-added
Speaking on the occasion, Suhitanandaji advocated for value based education. Requesting
for encouragement to such centre of excellence, he said, in today’s materialistic
world the guardians are in a puzzled state of mind for the progress and future of
their children. This type of institutions can only help achieve their goals, he added.
The basic concept of setting up of such Centre of Excellence is to provide an atmosphere
that encourages the student community of this peace loving state to have new thoughts
and ideas which will help them develop their personality and to become self-reliant.
The institution initially will start wide-ranging training on yoga and meditation
with advance learning techniques.
Keeping in mind the future prospect of the mentally challenged children in the state,
a portion of the building has been allocated for an advance coaching centre with
modern teaching techniques.
After the inauguration of the Centre of Excellence, Suhitanandaji attended function
at Vivekananda Hall, Rama Krishna Mission Hospital Complex, Itanagar where Shankhnaad
team, New Delhi performed inspirational music.
Earlier the Chairman, Indus Quality Foundation in his speech claimed that the quality
of the students in Arunachal Pradesh is much better than that of Delhi as it is evident
from the results of Inter School competitions held on Declamation/ Group Song etc
conducted by Indus Quality Foundation, New Delhi.
Revered Swami Subirananda, Assistant Secretary Belur Math also spoke about the value
based education. Suhitananda felicitated the award winning children.