New Delhi, Jun 28: Over 600 people, including security forces personnel, have been
killed in militant attacks and insurgencies in the north-eastern states of the country
in last four years, an RTI query has revealed.
According to an RTI reply by the Union Home Ministry, 614 people lost their lives,
including 105 security personnel, in 3,493 militant attacks and extremist groups'
Also, as many as 721 militant and insurgents were killed by security forces between
2011 and May 31, 2015, the details elicited under the Right to Information (RTI)
Another query under the RTI Act had the ministry stating that Rs 812 crore was disbursed
among the north-eastern states in the last three years to strengthen the police network.
Between the 2012-13 and 2014-15 fiscal years, Assam received Rs 374 crore under Security
Related Expenditure (SRE) scheme while Nagaland got Rs 169 crore. Among other states,
Manipur and Tripura received Rs 83 crore and Rs 81 crore, respectively. Meghalaya
in the meantime received a central funding of Rs 29 crore while Arunachal Pradesh
got Rs 73 crore during this period. PTI
Quake rocks NE, Bhutan
Guwahati, Jun 28: An earthquake of moderate intensity of 5.6 on the Richter Scale
rocked North Eastern states, West Bengal besides Bhutan today leaving three injured
and a lion sculpture of an ancient temple damaged.
India Meteorological Department officials said the quake shook Assam, including its
capital Guwahati, Meghalaya, West Bengal and neighbouring Bhutan at 6.35 AM.
The epicentre of the tremor was in Kokrajhar at a depth of 10 km on latitude 26.5
degree north and longitude 90.1 degree east, they said.
"We have got information that three persons sustained minor injuries when an old
wall collapsed near the Kokrajhar Railway station," Assam State Disaster Management
Authority Chief Executive Officer Pramod Kumar Tiwari said.
All the injured were vegetable vendors and being treated now, he said.
"A lion sculpture at an ancient temple in Chirang district fell off its stand during
the shock. District officials have visited the place and further information are
awaited," Tiwari said. PTI
Byaling rubbishes ANYA claims
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Home and Power Minister Tanga Byaling today strongly reacted to
the All Nyishi Youth Association’s (ANYA) press statement under the title, “ANYA
irked by poor road condition, power scenario” which was published in local dailies.
He termed the news as baseless without an iota of truth.
In a press statement Byaling rubbished the report in which it was mentioned the ANYA
members met Power Minister and staged a dharna in front of his residence after he
refused to respond to the issue pertaining to power problem.
The minister clarified that he didn’t meet ANYA members but said that few youths
gathered in front of his residence gate without prior intimation. The minister went
on to say that security personnel had informed the youths that the minister had already
left his residence but the group staged the dharna.
He also termed the protest carried out by the ANYA members as undemocratic and uncalled
for claiming that neither ANYA members had sought appointment nor he had denied them
their demands. The home minister also expressed surprise at media houses for publishing
the statement without going through facts.
Day against drug abuse
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: International Day against Drug Abuse and Drug Trafficking was observed
on June 26 at Govt. Secondary School, Nirjuli.
The programme was organized by State Council of Education Research and Training (SCERT)
in collaboration with Govt. Secondary School Nirjuli, informed Ashok Sonam Nodal
Officer, SCERT, Itanagar.
Headmistress, M. Kamki expressed contentment over the launching of such programme
by NCERT through SCERT. She said that such program would definitely boost awareness
about the dangers of drug abuse and it’s trafficking among the adolescents and children.
While attending as Resource Person, G.C. Baral, Coordinator, State Educational Cell,
SCERT spoke on the effects of drugs among the youths in contemporary world. Sponsored
under SCERT, Quiz competition was also organized in the same day.
Subject teachers sought
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The All Maro Baririjo Area Students’ Union has appealed the department
of Education to post adequate subject teachers at the newly upgraded higher secondary
school, Maro, besides, secondary school, Baririjo and middle school, Dula.
The Union has further appealed the teaching staff of the said area to remain punctual
and perform their duties with sincerity in the larger interest of the student community.
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Claiming that the compensation amount under the Trans Arunachal
Highway for Siki Bridge to Basar has not been released despite submission of bill
to the West Siang DC in 2010, the Village Action Committee Youth Association has
today appealed him to release the same at the earliest.
Seeking to tap into state’s rowing potential
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: A group of young entrepreneurs are exploring new territories and
hoping to tap into the state's tourism and sports potential by promoting competitive
Home to five major river basins and several tributary rivers, the state has immense
potential for water sports. Five young men- Tali Gongo, Ani Takuk, Tukfi Riang, Namgyal
Poyom and Rajan Riang- are trying to do exactly that.
Speaking about the goal of their newly-formed Arunachal Pradesh Sculling and Rowing
Association (APSRA), Gongo says that rowing has tremendous potential for growth in
"Traditionally in the central parts of the state, rowing was an important part of
cultural activity" Gongo says referring to the traditional bamboo rafts. He also
says that this traditional knowledge can give the activity plenty of boost.
The association's secretary general Riang says that they hope to be able to promote
it as a popular sport and not just as a leisure activity. Gongo says that rowing,
like archery, can bring name to the state.
"We hope to find the next Sorang Yumi of rowing just as she has achieved fame in
archery", says Gongo.
APSRA members today also said that they hope to be able to promote tourism by conducting
at least two rowing events in the state by the year end. A statement from the association
informed that it would seek to "identify feasibility of sculling and rowing and hold
events annually in all major rivers of the state".
They informed that they hope to organise two competitions in the eastern and western
parts of the state by the time the winter season begins. Gongo said that while they
hope to get the support of the state tourism department, they will be organising
the inaugural events themselves.
Locations to hold the planned events have already been identified but the association
will be surveying more places soon. They will also be bringing in professionals and
trainers to impart skill to the local population as well.
Hutho Club win Dree volleyball tourney
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Hutho Club won the volleyball tournament organized by Capital
Complex Dree Festival, 2015 defeating Hero’s Club by 3-1 sets in the final played
at Dree ground near here today.
Kago Ruja of Hutho Club was adjudged as the best player of the tournament.
Five teams took part in the tournament.
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The state and central funding
We live in a state where every day one hear of financial mismanagement and delayed
release of salaries of the government employees and payments to contractors.The worse
sufferers seems to be the teachers and other employees under central government programmes
as state government struggles to pay the state matching share which is pegged at
just ten percent of the total 100 percent.
While the employees have been crying hoarse for monthly release of salaries for years
now, the state cabinet noted that because of delay in the release of central and
thereafter state share, these flagship schemes suffer and desired output is not achieved.
But looks like the woes will soon be gone as the State cabinet in its sitting on
June 16 has decided to release the state matching share against centrally sponsored
social schemes in education, health and social welfare sectors on time in two Installments
(August and December).
Though the centre is reluctant to be lavish and had plans to discontinue the special
category status for the financially sick states, 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 including Arunachal under Core Sector Schemes. Though
a final decision is yet to be taken by the centre, but is it likely that the funding
pattern will continue for the special category states.
The state is witness to how these central government schemes have suffered a horrible
blow in the state due to ineffective implementation, but with centre willing to ignore
the discrepancies, it is duty bound on the state government to ensure that some facilities
reach the people of the state.
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Use of name plates is violation of govt order
Through you I would like to inform the new group of IAS/APCS Officers that while
disposing of a PIL, the Supreme Court prohibited the use of name plates in all vehicles
by all citizens of this country including President, Prime Minister, Chief Justice
of India on security ground way back in 1999.
Accordingly, the Government of India and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh banned
the use of name plates and it had been adhered to for a decade or so. Now, with the
posting of new set of officers who are unaware of the said order, it is seen not
only the Deputy Commissioners but also the Superintendent of Police who are suppose
to enforce the order are violating themselves. The fact that the Chief Minister and
Chief Secretary themselves are not using nameplates is a testimony to the existence
of the ban order.
When Deputy Commissioners and Superintendent of Police have unique flags issued to
them by the government of India to be used in their vehicle in their respective District,
I see no reason why they after the nameplate. What prompts me to write is because
the other day I saw the vehicle of a central government officer posted in Itanagar
using “Govt of India” as a nameplate in the front written in red ink.
Similarly, ADCs, SDPOs and EACS have started copying their seniors. We see Assam
Officers violating the order but I am of the opinion that we must not follow otherwise
Anchal Samity Members too will start using nameplates.
A Retired Servant
Through your esteemed column, I would like to thank the concerned department for
taking initiatives and reconstructing the damaged road beside petroleum pump at Papu
Nalah. But at the same time I would request the concerned authority to allow the
passing of light vehicle owners of dwellers of 2km Papu Nalah as it is very inconvenient
for us to ride all through Jollang village to reach home.
A better traffic management
I have been travelling from Itanagar to Naharlagun for the last three days with one
way traffic via July village. With these arrangements by Itanagar traffic police,
it is seen that the traffic jam which we experienced every working day from Itanagar
to Naharlagun and vice versa has reduced drastically and there is smooth flow of
traffic without slight of interruption.
I think the last week’s bad weather despite causing death and destruction has turned
out to be a blessing in disguise for the commuters.
I support this one way traffic arrangement by Itanagar traffic Police and feel this
should continue even if the damage Culvert on NH 52A near HIMGIRI Petrol Pumps at
Papunallha is rebuilt and restored.
Similar arrangement should also be made for arterial roads at Itanagar and Naharlagun
as well. This kind of arrangement will go a long way in improving city’s traffic
movement. Kudos to Itanagar traffic Police and Security personnel for good traffic
Day against Drug Abuse
June 26 is observed as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Drug addiction is a social evil prevalent in society from time immemorial. Often
it is the youth with low self-esteem; an identity crisis and who have a vacillating
mind are the most vulnerable lot. Which means their prime and most productive period
of their life is wasted. When they feel themselves as failure and get frustrated
or are unable to find solutions to their seemingly insurmountable problems or sometimes
their efforts are not recognised or rewarded, they resort to drugs which give them
solace and lead them to a temporary euphoric state which helps them to escape the
current problems & challenges which seem overwhelming. The temporary stress relief
makes it a vicious cycle and they become dependent. The company they keep and peer
pressure further accentuates the problem. Though there are several organisations
like the Alcoholic Anonymous and Narcotic Anonymous who have done commendable work
and can help drug abusers, the change has to come from within. Also apart from detoxification
programmes, the solution lies in cutting the source of supply by effective policing
against drug trafficking.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
BJP attacks Congress Govt for
deplorable road condition
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The Opposition Bharaitiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state came
down heavily on the ruling Congress Government in the State for failing to improve
the condition of roads in Capital Complex.
The successive Congress Governments in the state has miserably failed to address
the road communication problem since the establishment of the capital here in 1973,
BJP stated in a release.
In spite of spending huge amounts in the name of road repairing and construction
no visible improvement in the condition of road has been noticed mainly due to inferior
work quality. Rather, the main and sector roads have gone from bad to worse, the
Citing example of the block point at sinking zone near Karsingsa, BJP said that washing
away of the highway every year at that point is becoming a golden egg hatching hens
Huge amount of fund were spent in the name of Karsingsa block point yet there has
been no permanent solution to the problem, the party said and alleged misappropriation
of fund meant for the work.
The party also criticized the role of the state PWD Minister and the state government’s
alleged dilly-dallying tactics in early restoration of the NH-52A.
The BJP demanded the early restoration of the NH52 without any ‘lame’ excuse and
also initiate investigation into the alleged misuse of public fund meant for the
construction of bypass road from Papu to Doni Pollo and the reason for abandoning
the road work at halfway. BJP will not be a mute spectator to all these happenings,
the party said.
Rebia urges Assam to halt Radaso construction
Itanagar, Jun 28: Arunachal Pradesh legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia today
urged neighbouring Assam government to stop construction of a beat house at Radaso
border village under Taraso circle of Papum Pare district.
Urging Assam to maintain status quo of the agreements signed between the two neighbours
along disputed areas, Rebia said "The Supreme Court has also been hearing the report
of single-man local boundary commission on Assam-Arunachal inter-state boundary disput."
Rebia, who represents Doimukh Assembly constituency under which Taraso falls, expressed
hope the situation will continue to be normal in the areas since the initiative between
the two states. PTI
Water supply affected in Itanagar, Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Landslide and heavy rains snapped water supply in Itanagar and
various other parts of the state, including Daporijo.
Drinking water supply to Itanagar and its adjoining area has been disrupted following
damage caused to the 450 mm dia main supply line connecting Poma water treatment
plant last night. The damage occurred three km away from Poma village, informed the
EE, PHED, Itnagar division.
The restoration work will be started tomorrow and it could take 3 to 4 days, the
EE said and appealed to the people to bear with the inconvenience.
The department has made arrangement for providing drinking water to the people through
Water supply is also affected in Daporijo following a major damages caused to 200m
dia main supply line between Nima and Hankar villages yesterday night.
Swollen stream caused by heavy downpour washed away three DI pipes beyond retrieval
causing complete disruption in water supply, informed PHE Department, Daporijo.
Feeder lines from Liruk and Sikarijo have also been affected badly and the restoration
works are in progress but it could take a couple of days, the department said, and
appealed to the people to bear with the inconvenience caused to them.
DTH TV dealers alleged of charging high amount for replacing old STBs
DAPORIJO, Jun 28: In spite of free exchange offer, few DTH TV dealers in Daporijo
are allegedly charging high amounts from subscribers for replacement of their old
Set Top Box (STB) with new mpeg4 STBs.
Some businessmen in the township dealing with DTH TV are allegedly charging Rs.1000
from each subscriber for such replacement.
When contacted, one of the officials of the satellite TV service provider for Arunachal
Pradesh told that the newly introduced MPEG 4 receiver is being distributed free
of cost to the subscribers. However, certain amount is chargeable for replacing their
old standard STBs with High Definition STB, he said.
It is reported that many poor subscribers were not in a position to replace their
old STB due to the high replacement charge while many are sending their old STBs
to Itanagar and Naharlagun to get their old STBs replaced with new MPEG4 one.
When contacted, a distributor in Naharlagun said that though there is a free exchange
offer and that they are replacing these old STBs with new one either free of cost
or with minimal activation/re-charge charge of Rs. 50-Rs100.
According to him, many DTH subscribers from various other districts are also rushing
to their shop to get their old STB replaced.
Natung appeals RK Mission to establish school in Papu Valley
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Taking education sector as top priority, Parliamentary Secretary
for Tourism cum MLA 11th Seppa West Assembly Constituency Mama Natung today called
on Reverend Swami Suhitanand, General Secretary of Rama Krishna Math and Mission
at RK Mission hospital guest house seeking for establishment of R K Mission School
at Ningcho or Kampu Seba village in Papu Valley under East Kameng district. Swami
Suhitanand along with Assistant General Secretary Swami Suvirananda is on three days
Arunachal tour to take stock of current status of RK Mission schools and hospital.
The Parliamentary Secretary highlighted the needs of mission school in area while
adding that so far no RK Mission School has ever been established at western part
of Arunachal Pradesh. Natung added that establishment of RK Mission school at Papu
Valley would not only be beneficial for the people western Arunachal but also for
the entire state.
Local MLA assured that all the school infrastructures will be taken care of by himself
and informed the general secretary that people of the valley are ready to donate
the land at free of cost.
Swami Suhitanand has assured Natung that the demands will be placed at the upcoming
governing body meeting so that matter is considered.
We are on track, says PWD Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: At the receiving end of public anger as it struggles to complete
the Pasighat Cement Concrete Road (CCR), the PWD, Pasighat division has said that
though late, they are on the right track.
While stating that CCR is maintenance free with life expectancy of about 30-40 years,
the Executive Engineer (EE) of Pasighat PWD division has appealed to the public of
Pasighat to bear with the department the inconvenience caused to them during the
With regards to CC Road work in Pasighat, the required quality in the construction
has been ensured as per the specification although there is a slow work progress.
The progress of the work was further slowed down due to breakdown of plants and incessant
rainfall in the past few weeks as it is not advisable to carry out concreting on
While acknowledging the sufferings of the business community and the general public
of Pasighat, the executing department assured to start work on war footing as soon
as the weather improves.
CCR construction is a new technology in India and in Arunachal Pradesh it is at initial
stage, the department further added. It is not feasible to engage highly mechanized
construction for fast progress as the cost of tools and plants alone can exceed the
entire project cost. And that is why the semi mechanized labour oriented technology
has been adopted in the state which resulted in slower rate of work progress, the
EE said in a release.
CCR consists mainly of two layers, namely Dry Lean Concrete (DLC) and Pavement Quality
Concrete (PQC). DLC layer is laid first on a prepared ground and cured for minimum
period of seven days. Then the PQC layer is laid on top of the cured DLC layer. DLC
layer is cured for 7-14 days and it takes about 30 days to attain strength to be
opened for traffic movement, the EE informed.
Bomjir gets power after 20 years of darkness
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: Bomjir, a small village under Dambuk Sub-Division of Lower Dibang
Valley district finally got power supply after 20 years long darkness amidst thunderous
applauses from the villagers and PRI members.
The power supply is a huge relief and consolation to the people of Bomjir village
who have been suffering as the ravaging flood water disrupted the surface communication.
Parliamentary Secretary WRD cum Local MLA Gum Tayeng has formally switched on the
power lines in a small but impressive function held on Saturday which was attended
by PRI members, staffs of the power department.
Parliamentary Secretary who was on two days tour to her flood ravaged constituency
inspected Anpum Bees Camp and the motorable log bridge connecting Anpum and Bizari.
She later held a review meeting with local head of departments at Dambuk to assess
the problems being faced by the people of the area. Responding to the public appraisals,
local MLA informed that shortage of subject teachers had been taken up with the Education
Minister and that the minister had assured to look into the matter.
On shortage of PDS items, Gum Tayeng has disclosed that she had discussed the matter
with the government and steps has taken to ensure sufficient food grains in both
Dambuk and Paglam.
She also visited Sine River to inspect flood control measures sanctioned under MLA
LAD fund. She further directed all the head of departments to remain at station
to assist the administration during the hour of natural calamities. She also appreciated
the local administrators for removing structures from the Helipad ground which was
obstructing resumption of chopper service in the Sub-Division.
Local administrators, PRI leaders and government official accompanied the Dambuk
MLA during her two days home ground tour.
Meet resolves to demarcate boundary of Govt. premises at Yazali
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The coordination meeting held between various HoDs and PRI members
of Yazali circle today resolved to demarcate boundaries of all Govt. establishments
and get compulsory land allotment of all schools and other govt. establishments in
the circle to safeguard govt. properties.
The meet further urged all the SMC Chairmen and Principal, Headmasters and teacher
in-charges of all schools to conduct school curricular as per rules and take strict
action against non-performing teachers as they can make or mar society.
Addressing the meeting, ZPM Taba Techi stressed the need for proper coordination
among various HoDs and PRI members for proper implementation of government schemes
and overall development of the area.
The ZPM while resenting the absence of Head of the Project, RHEP, NEEPCO, the lone
PSU working in the area, at his office for a long period, however lauded the contribution
made by NEEPCO in developing the circle. He further said that presently, there was
an atmosphere of insecurity among NEEPCO officials due to few misguided youths who
do not visualise the importance of NEEPCO’s contribution to the area. He assured
that with proper inputs from its authority and in collaboration with local leaders
and other stakeholders, these can be sorted out.
He urged all right thinking person to cooperate all govt. establishments, including
RHEP for their normal functioning and non-interference in their official work for
overall interest and growth of the area.
The meet took serious note of the absentee HODs and officers at their place of posting.
This not only causes inconvenience to local populace for official work but is also
detrimental to growth and development of the area, the meeting opined.
Yazali Police Station OC Iniya Ete stressed on the need to curb drug menace among
the juveniles through counseling. He further dwelt in length regarding rising cases
of suicide in the area and advised for conducting consultation and awareness camp
on the serious issue.
The Principal of Govt. Hr. Secondary School Yazali urged parents to take proper care
of their children at home in tandem with education at the schools.
The Medical Officer, CHC, Yazali informed about the requirement of specialist doctors
at the CHC. Currently, there is no specialist doctor in the CHC, he said.
The meeting also discussed various problems confronting the area and resolved to
take up the matter with concern departments for early solutions.
Swachh Bharat Abhiyan at RGU
ITANAGAR, Jun 28: The Rajiv Gandhi University, has observed the weeklong Swachh Bharat
Abhiyan programme at its Rono Hills campus from 22nd to 27th June. The national cleanliness
campaign was observed and participated by the university fraternity with remarkable
enthusiasm braving the extreme hot weather conditions during the week.
The cleanliness drives saw upkeep and cleaning of offices including common area premises,
toilets, stairs and parking lots of various building compounds, main pathways and
bye-lanes and weeding out of old office equipments twice daily separately during
morning and evening sessions.
The Vice-Chancellor of the University Professor Tamo Mibang while citing cleanliness
approaches of few developed western nations urged each and everyone to maintain cleanliness
and develop it as a habit in one’s life. He further said that, by maintaining cleanliness
in their home, surrounding and in the workplaces, we can be a part in the greater
mission of keeping India clean in the greater interest of the country.
Quoting the popular adage, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’ he reiterated that
the cleanliness drive should not be limited to the weeklong programme rather it should
be an all-time activity to be inculcated and put into practice by all.
Dr. David Pertin, Deputy Registrar of RGU who coordinated the event along with Dr.
Anil Mili, Assistant Director (PE), while thanking the participants, informed that
the programme is a national programme initiated by the Ministry of Drinking Water
and Sanitation and endorsed by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Govt.
of India to all the central universities and institutions with a view to improve
work culture and work environment.
The programme was attended amongst others by the Registrar of the university Professor
Rachob Taba, Finance Officer Professor Amitava Mitra, other statutory officers, faculty
members, officers, non-teaching employees and students of the university.