June 30

MP pitch for success of SAGY

PASIGHAT, Jun 29: The District Level Committee for approval of Village Development Plan (VDP) under Sanshad Adarsh Gram Yojna (SAGY) of Takilalung village was chaired by Nidhi Srivastava DC, East Siang which was attended by MP Ninong Ering, ZPC Kaling Dai, PRI leaders of Takilalung village and HODs of the district.  Srivastava urged all to put in schemes which are reasonable and feasible. She appealed all to make Takilalung a model village.

Ninong Ering said that there is high expectation and for the success of SAGY, all have to change their mindset and work with positive attitude. The team work of all the departments and the villagers will definitely bring positive results, added the MP. He assured to take up the schemes at the appropriate level.

ADC Pasighat Deepak Shinde informed that the proposed scheme has been approved by the Gram Sabha. All schemes have to be backed by time line for proper implementation, added the ADC.

Kaling Dai opined that APEDA can be of great help for the development of the village. The vast unutilized land has to be brought under cultivation for economic upliftment. He also appealed for development of proper graveyard which is a socio-religious issue. DIPRO


Bridge washed away

TAWANG, Jun 29: Flash flood on Sunday washed away an RCC bridge over Bomja Nallah cutting off road communication to Bongkhar circle.

The PMGSY road from Teli Khet to Bongleng village is considered as lifeline for the villagers of Bomja, Kharung and Bongleng.

Disruption in road communication has affected transportation of ration and other essential items besides causing great hardship to the patients in attending emergency medical treatment.

There are also reports of blockage at many points along the said road. DIPRO


AASSATA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers’ Association (AASSATA) has reiterated for pay enhancement and implementation of RTE as per revised norms for teachers. In a letter the AASSATA reminded the assurances made by the Education Minister.    

During a meeting convened on May 7 last under the chairmanship of the Education Minister, it was decided that a committee will be constituted to make a detail study on the issue and submit it within two months to the government. The time ends on July 7 next. It is worth mentioning here that the association had deferred its proposed protest rally after the minister had assured them of looking into the demand.

If the committee do not comply and submit the report by July 7, we will continue our proposed democratic movement in a phase wise manner, the reminder stated.


Power Minister’s claim untrue: ANYA

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has termed the Power and Home Minister’s reaction to ANYA’s earlier press statement as untrue.

ANYA in a statement reiterated that a team of the association on June 27 went to the residence of the Power cum Home Minister for seeking his intervention to mitigate power crisis in Capital Complex. But, it was him (Home Minister), who did not turn up and show any gesture to the visiting ANYA team even after a long wait, the release claimed.

This is not the first time; earlier too he had denied meeting a visiting ANYA team on health and various other grounds, the release claimed.

“As a true leader, he should have come out and met the team to know the grievances of the people,” the release said, and demanded the state government drop him as power minister and appoint a ‘fit’ and ‘energetic’ person in his place.

ANYA also took strong exception to the absence of the CE (Power Western Zone) in office in this hour of crisis and also the alleged lack of fund for purchasing transformer by power department as told by the EE (Power).


Vehicle pollution testing held

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Demonstration of vehicle pollution testing was conducted by the state Transport department authorised North East Environment Engineers & Consultant (NEEE&C) during a programme held at its center in Papu Nallah here today.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary Transport Talem Tapok said that pollution is a global problem and though the state is considered a less polluted zone in comparison to the rest of the states in the county, it is necessary that people should become more aware and get their vehicles tested for pollution at the center.

Joint director of Transport Charu Tayum, deputy chief councilor IMC Kipa Babu and NEEE&C director Kipa Pajik were also present.


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan reach Tawang schools

TAWANG, Jun 29: Taking Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission) to schools, Tawang Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev today distributed banners displaying tips on health and hygiene and sufficient quantities of liquid hand wash to the DDSE Tawang for use in various schools of the district.

Addressing the students at Govt. Hr. Sec. School here, the Deputy Commissioner advised them to maintain cleanliness, health and hygiene practices both at school and home. He asked the DDSE and the school authorities to display the banners in conspicuous locations and asked the DDSE to direct all the School Management Committees to refill the liquid soaps on regular basis.

The DC also said that he would seek support from organisations like army, paramilitary forces, BRO, banks, power developers etc. to provide water filters, books for library, soaps etc. to schools falling within their jurisdiction.

Jang ADC, Tawang DDSE, BEOs from various blocks and other officers attended the programme. DIPRO


Sub-standard work alleged

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Expressing dissatisfaction over the alleged the sub-standard execution of construction work of approach road from Minister Line to Nya Colony here, the Capital unit of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJPYM) has today appealed the Papum Poma RWD EE to take early steps to rectify the work and suspend the remaining payment against the said work.

The BJPYM alleged that the said work has not been executed as per the DPR and further claimed that a team of the Yuva Morcha on assessing the said work had found the width of the road to be not according to the DPR and without proper drainage along the alignment. ‘The retaining walls are not properly constructed, the cross-drainage work has cracked, the size of the culvert is too small than the prescribed dimension and the gradient is too steep for a motorable road’, added the BJPYM.


Meet on Domestic Violence Act

KOLORIANG, Jun 29: A coordination meeting of line officers was held under the chairmanship of ADC Cheechung Chukhu at Koloriang for effective implementation of Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act-2005.

It was decided in the meeting that two days of awareness camp on the said Act will be organised at Parsi-Parlo and Sarli circle on August 8 and 20 respectively involving local GBs, Panchayat and students union leaders of Koloriang.


‘Digital India Week’ in Yingkiong

YINGKIONG, Jun 29: A meeting was held in the conference hall of office of the Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner to chalk out programmes for successful conduct of the ensuing ‘Digital India Week’ from July 2.

Besides various other activities, an essay competition will be conducted on topic related to electronic (digital) technology at Govt. Higher Sec. School, Yingkiong and Mariyang as part of the week-long programme.


Establish SBI branch soon

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Stating that the absence of proper banking facility at Mebo township has been causing much hardship to the people of the area, the Itanagar Mebobian Welfare Kebang (IMWK) in a letter to the regional business general manager SBI, today appealed for early establishment of a SBI branch with ATM facilities at Mebo.

‘Despite being the oldest administrative block of East Siang district having many business establishments and important government offices, people have to travel all the way to Pasighat for every bank related work due to the absence of a nationalised bank like SBI’, claimed the IMWK and appealed him to address the issue soon to help people avail the much needed banking facilities.


Union demands hostels at Namsai GHSS

ITANAGAR, June 29: All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU) has appealed to the Namsai MLA to restart the hostel facilities for boys and girls of the Govt Higher Secondary School, Namsai.

In its memorandum to the MLA, the Union said that the hostels of the school have been closed for more than 13 years. While the girls’ hostel is occupied by the staff of the school, the boys’ hostel remains in a pitiable condition without renovation and reconstruction work, the union said.

The union expressed serious concern over the fact that the only higher secondary school of the district headquarter has no hostel facilities.


Meeting for proper monitoring of flagship progs

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Siang district education department in its coordination meeting held at Pangin today unanimously decided for strict monitoring of the entire flagship programmes under education department by the monitoring team from time to time. The meeting also stressed for regular attendance of teachers in their duties and to improve the quality of education in the new district.  The house further decided that all the teachers of the district will contribute one-day salary for a fire victim Amitab Pejik, DPC (MDM). The meeting was presided by DDSE Obuk Panor and attended by all the principals, headmasters and others officials of the education department of the district.


Apatani film Dinsopping to release on Jul 1

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Apatani science fiction film ‘Dinsopping’ produced by Pura H Tabiyo under the banner of Ziro Entertainment Show biz Corporation and directed by Dani Raving will be released on July 1.

The premier show of the film will be held tomorrow at 5 pm at Dree ground, Ziro.

The story of the film revolves around a Dinosaur. It creates chaos and havoc in Ziro valley by damaging important establishments and market areas.

Pura Moniya and Purah Tabiyo play the lead female and male roles.

The film is expected to provide entertainment for all age groups, particularly children, said Taro Chatung, a filmmaker.


APC lift Pasighat Dree Volleyball title

PASIGHAT, Jun 29: Ato Piilo Club clinched the Pasighat Dree Volleyball championship title after defeating Achie Takar Club by 3-2 set in the final match played at general ground here today.

Ato Piilo avenged their earlier league level match loss of 1-3 at the hands of Achie Taker with the win of 25-15, 24-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-10 against the team in the final today. Ato Piilo club captained by Hage Mobbing also lifted the Pasighat Dree Football championship trophy defeating their opponent Ayo Danyi in the final match played on June 27. East Siang District Sports Association President, General Jamoh and DFO T Jamoh gave away the trophies to the winning and runners up teams respectively. DIPRO





---- Editorial ----


NE needs special support

The chief ministers of the north eastern states have been raising  their voice  for last many months for retention of special category status to their respective states so that the special financial support they get from the Centre was not done away with.  After going through the recommendation of the 14th Finance Commission and the union budget of 2015-16, the NE chief ministers found that the special category status of the northeastern states was going to be discontinued.

The sharing pattern for centrally sponsored schemes between the special category states and the Centre was 90:10.  On the other hand the union budget had indicated that this would be discontinued forcing the states to contribute more.  The  CMs are  also observed that the decision taken in the union budget of 2015-16 not to keep any provision under normal central assistance (NCA) and special central assistance (SCA) will drastically affect the financial position of northeastern states.

It is worth mentioning here that Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also been advocating for retention of special category status of the NE states and continuation of 90:10 funding pattern.

While attending the final meeting of the sub group on rationalisation of Centrally Sponsored Schemes (CSS) in New Delhi recently, Tuki had urged for reconsidering the Special Plan Assistance (SPA) to fill up critical infrastructure gap citing the late entry of the state in the journey of development and continued need of support from the Centre.

When the North East Region is recognized as an area with physical and social infrastructure deficit, discontinuation of the special category status to  the region is nothing but a big blow to the interest of the people of the northeastern states which has been suffering from backwardness and under-development for long.




---- Readers Forum ----



Justice awaiting the Police Officer

Dear Editor,

With reference to the article written by one Vicky Saroh on 1st June 2015 and the news items that appeared in your daily on 21st of June 2015 respectively, I on the behalf of Kiiling-Neri Society, Itanagar Unit would like to throw some words upon home department of this so called peaceful state. In fact, what has been done to SI Saroh is totally disheartening and of course a very serious matter to be pondered upon by the citizens. However, the matter related to harassment of Arunachal citizens in Assam is not strange but common phenomena for Arunachalees. Due to the lack of seamless inter-district road connectivity; our citizens often become very soft targets.  

This time the high handedness of common public of Assam has ultimately been revealed by mercilessly attacking a police team on duty leading to a life threatening injury to one of our beloved member SI Benji Saroh who was leading the team for an investigation of an extortion case.

This could probably be the first ever incident in the history of Arunachal where police officer on duty was being obstructed from discharging his duty and brutally assaulted without any valid reason.

I even don’t understand how the entire police department of our state resists such humiliation that too by the public of other state.

I request the concerned authority to take stern action against the defaulters. An independent inquiry committee should be constituted at the earliest to expedite the matter to avoid biasness of the investigation process. It is also learned that the OC who himself is the IO of the case is handling the case very casually and thus delaying the investigation process. Also his service gun is yet to be traced. This shows great negligence on the part of Assam Police towards this case.

The victim is still under the medical supervision and so far he has not yet received any monetary support from the parent department.

I strongly appeal to the concerned authority to lend sufficient monetary assistance to the victim in order to avoid any medical shortcomings which may hamper his health in the long run. Otherwise, no any police personnel shall dare to carry out his or her duty across the border of the state in the days to come if the authority concerned remained dormant on this particular issue which is not less than an attempt to a murder case. Hope justice will be delivered soon.


Tabom Saroh

General Secretary

Kiiling Neri Society, Itanagar Unit




Treat us equal

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, i would like to ventilate my anguish towards some wrong notions prevailing in our society and our state-Arunachal Pradesh. I had long been in misunderstanding that the condition of women in our state was better in comparison to other regions of the country. But all my misconception got cleared on 26th morning of June outside the State hospital Naharlagun. It all started when I was taking my kids to hospital for JE vaccine. Due to non availability of parking space I asked my husband to stop the vehicle for few seconds near the second gate so that I could get down with my kids.

Suddenly a Medical Security Guard came hurling intimidating words like” tera aankh andhaa hai kya,gate ko dikhai nai deta hai ?. I told him that we are not going to park the car. But he kept on repeating the same words. At that point I just ask him to calm down and talk in an acceptable manner. But his aggressiveness flared up and the guard started showing me his name badge and asked me to lodge a complaint against him with the Medical Superintendant of the State Hospital, Naharlagun and even the Director of Health Services. He challenged that even if I lodge a complaint, the higher authorities won’t be able to mark even a little scratch on him, as if the entire Medical authority is under him. I was shocked to see the utter disrespect for the higher authorities by the guard. I do not care what Medical Superintendant or the Director of Health Services can do to him but I do care that if he doesn’t have any respect for his own higher authorities then what we as a common people can expect from him. I was speechless when the guard tried to assault me. But what made me more shocked was when he started using abusive words like” Aurat Jaat Aurat Jese Raho”.

I wonder what does this phrase “ Aurat Jaat” connote? Do we (both men and women) not belong to Homo sapiens? Does it mean we “Aurat Jaat” should get abused without any fault of us? Does it mean we” Aurat Jaat” should suffer silently whatever torture is meted out to us? Does it mean we” Aurat Jaat” should get beaten up without any resistance. My simple answer is a big “No”.

To me, crime against woman takes birth from these very thoughts. We don’t crave for special treatments but at least treat us as humans. Moreover every person on this earth should remember that every man is nurtured for nine months in the womb of the very “Aurat Jaat”.

My piece of writing should not be taken as a defamatory note against that particular guard as i don’t have any ill feelings for him. Rather it should be taken as a strong message to people who still preach such stereotype and hypocritical concept of Aurat Jaat. It should also be taken as a strong message to authorities of State hospital and Department of Health Services. Although, we do not doubt the wisdom of the office which recruits those guards but as a general public we can request with our folded hands to recruit such persons as Medical Security Guards who has some empathy with patients/visitors of the hospital and also who has some respect for their own higher authorities. It should also be taken as a strong message to my own fellow women folks to nullify such demeaning “Aurat Jaat” status and come out loud against such stereotype and hypocritical imposition.

We should not forget, Arunachal is the land of women like Indira mallo, it is the land of women like Tongam Rina, it is the land of woman like Anshu Jemsenpa , it is the land of women like Ujum Perying.


An aggrieved victim




Political parties should not resort to bandhs

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to high light some of the points that led to the recent bandh call by the Jan Andolan Committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party state unit. The bandh call had no justification. My first point is; how an opposition party could call a bandh as the Supreme Court had already banned it.  

If an opposition party has any demand or issue; they may raise its voice in state legislative Assembly for the cause of common people and development of the state rather than harassing the general public.

My second point is regarding the imposition of financial emergency in the state.  There is no external aggression nor is India facing any economic crisis so the imposition of financial emergency in the state does not arise.

Regarding the president rule in the state, under article no 360, there are some processes and procedures under which presidential rule is imposed. And the resignation of the chief minister does not arise either, when the government has the required majority.

Because of the fight for the chair and the power, we are facing the problems. The bandh calls do not bring any fruits. So stop it and go for democratic means to full fill any demands.  

At the end, I would like to request all the political parties to refrain from bandh call which causes hindrance to state progresses and development.

It’s a voice from the common people.


Karan Kholie





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News Impact

Assam builds Forest Protection Camp in Arunachal’s Radhaso

DA manages to reach Taraso, appeals for peace

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: A team of Papum Pare administration managed to reach Taraso today and inspected the Assam encroached area at Radhaso, where the Assam Govt has illegally and unilaterally established a Forest Protection Camp on Sunday last. The attempt by the team led by Tai Kaye DC and P N Khrimey SP to inspect the encroached construction site via Borgang and Behali was foiled by the Assam counterpart yesterday by restriction of entry by Assam Police and sabotage of approach roads.

Overcoming all odds, they reached the Assam encroached area at Radhaso by repairing the sabotaged road, travelling half by motorcycle and half on foot today.

DFO Sonitpur, Assam was present in the encroached site and was still found supervising the illegal construction works heavily supported by Assam Police, Assam Reserve Battalion, and Para-military Forces, and labourers numbering over 100 persons. JCB, Tractors, Tanker, Generators, and LMVs were seen present in the site.

Three numbers of semi-permanent structures and bunkers were found erected on the side of the main approach road just about 200 metres from Radhaso village and IRBn outpost. The construction site falls absolutely within the administrative jurisdiction of Papum Pare District.

While talking to DFO Sonitpur, DC Papum Pare Tai Kaye categorically termed it as an act of encroachment which dishonours the intervention of the Supreme Court into the inter-state boundary dispute by constituting the 3-Member Local Boundary Commission which has already submitted it's report favouring the claims of Arunachal. And that Assam has violated the status-quo directive of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), Govt. of India which was issued to both the States while DFO Sonitpur was constructing the FPC at Jullang village (Naharjan) in 2014. The DC categorically informed DFO Sonitpur that the construction of the FPC on the side of the age-old traditional village approach road is highly objectionable and provocative on the part of the Assam Forest Dept as supposedly ordered by the CS, Assam.

DC objected to the unilateral decision and activity of the Assam Govt undermining the sensitivity and without soliciting the good will and confidence of the Arunachal counterpart.

DC appealed to DFO Sonitpur to stop any further construction activity till the matter is critically examined, reviewed, and resolved.

The situation in Taraso is tensed and volatile, but law and order is under control.

Meanwhile, DC appealed to the public to maintain peace and calm, and not to take law into their hands as the Govt. of Arunachal is actively looking into the matter.

Chukhu Takar, ADC Balijan, Mindo Loyi, EAC Balijan, Kipa Raja, CO Taraso, Neelam Nega, Dy. SP, Hano Chatung, OC PS Balijan, PRI leaders, and Taraso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) were also present during the inspection and meeting at the encroached site.

ANSU appeal Assam to stop construction

The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has appealed the Assam Government to stop the construction of the beat house. The union accused the Assam Police of repeatedly harassing the local people and further appealed the people of Assam specially the forest department of Assam to maintain status quo along the border. The union warned that they would be forced to take action and initiate movement against Assam if the beat house is constructed.

ANSU also urged the government of Arunachal Pradesh to take up the matter with Centre for early settlement of boundary problem between Assam-Arunachal Pradesh.

It also appealed the Home Minister to deploy sufficient para-military force at border areas to protect lives and properties. They also called for creation of Arunachal regiment or Arunachal Arms Police Batallion (AAPBN) to guard Arunachalee land and its people from encroachers.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia yesterday urged neighbouring Assam government to stop construction of a beat house at Radaso border village under Taraso circle of Papum Pare district. He urged the Assam authority to maintain status quo of the agreements signed between the two neighbours along disputed areas.



UAOP stages protest rally,

demands Tuki’s resignation

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: After expiration of its seven day’s ultimatum which it served to the state government, the United Organisation of Arunachal Pradesh (UOAP) today staged a protest rally against the Tuki led Congress Government over the alleged financial crisis. Hundreds of people joined the protest march from Akashdeep in Ganga market which ended at Tennis Court IG Park here. The agitators shouted slogans, “Lagao Lagao CBI Inquiry Lagao” “Resign Do.! Resign Do..! Nabam Tuki Resign Do..!” with placards castigating the state government.

Holding Chief Minister Nabam Tuki responsible for the alleged financial mismanagement, UOAP reiterated its demand for a CBI inquiry into the financial mismanagement so that defaulters may be punished under appropriate law. Addressing the gathering crowd, UOAP general secretary Atung Tana said that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki must resign from the CM post on moral ground alleging him of responsible for current crisis. The organisation also alleged him of unable to run the government.  

Earlier, UOAP submitted a seven days ultimatum letter to the Governor on June 20, 2015 demanding for imposition of President Rule and declaration of financial emergency considering the financial crisis of Arunachal Pradesh.



Inter-City Express get new coaches after Governor intervention

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: The efforts of the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa to improve the railway service in the State have paid off as the coaches of Naharlagun-Guwahati Inter-City Express have been replaced with brand new coaches.

The coaches of the Naharlagun-New Delhi AC Express have been mostly replaced with new ones, catering provision in the Naharlagun Station has been made and railway staff position strengthened with the positioning of Station Master.

This was informed by Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager RS Virdi when the Governor reviewed the railway projects in the State under Northeast Frontier Railway at Raj Bhawan here today. The General Manager further informed that cleanliness is being closely monitored and security aspect is also being taken care.

The Governor commended the Northeast Frontier Railways for compliance of his observations, which he took up with the Prime Minister of India and the Union Railway Minister.

The Governor suggested for keeping quota of seats for people of the State in the Naharlagun-New Delhi AC Express, particularly for emergencies for both, to and fro journeys. Availing seats from such provision must be well publicised so that the common people can avail the services. He also suggested for AC First Class to be introduced in daily intercity express between Naharlagun and Guwahati.

The Governor advised the Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager to explore provision to run the Naharlagun-New Delhi Express on daily basis and Inter-City Express twice a day.

The Governor said that railway projects will not only strengthen the communication, but also help in cultural and religious tourism in the State. On Bogibeel Bridge, the Governor said that people of Arunachal Pradesh are interested in early completion of the bridge as it will highly benefit them. He urged the railway officials to increase the pace of work manifolds to expedite the progress and ensure early completion. General Manager informed that Bogibeel Bridge will be commissioned by June 2017.

Earlier, Northeast Frontier Railway General Manager RS Virdi gave a presentation on the proposed Railway projects in the state. Briefing the Governor on railway projects in the state, the GM, NF Railways requested the Governor to fast track the land acquisition process for Murkongselek-Pasighat railway project to which the Governor gave his full assurance. The General Manager also briefed on the proposed projects for which survey has been initiated. It includes Missamari-Tawang Railway-line project, Pasighat-Tezu-Parasuramkund-Rupai Railway-line project, North Lakhimpur-Aalo-Silapathar Railway-line project. The Governor asked the railway team to expedite the projects.

The General Manager NF Railway requested the State Government for provision of land for Railway office cum rest house in Itanagar.

Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh, Secretary Transport, Talem Tapok, Director Planning, Mokir Ori and Director Transport, Nyali Ete along with Rangia Divisional Railway Manager Radhey Raman, NF Railway Chief Personal Relation Officer, PJ Sharma, Senior Divisional Engineer JP Singh and Senior Divisional Security Commissioner Akhilesh Verma were also present in the meeting among others. (PRO to Governor)



Seva Dal burns effigies of Rajasthan CM and union ministers

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) took out a protest rally at Naharlagun demanding resignation of Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, Ministers for Human Resource Development, Smriti Zubin Irani and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

The Seval Dal demanded Rajasthan Chief Minister Raje and Union Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation for their alleged involvement in the “lalitgate” controversy and Union Minister Smriti Zubin Irani for her alleged fake degree certificate.

The protestors also burnt effigies of the Rajasthan CM and the union ministers, and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi for not taking action against Lalit Modi thus indirectly protecting the offenders.

Besides, Seva Dal leaders and workers of other frontal wings of Congress Party, including Arunachal Pradesh City Congress Mahila, City Congress, National Students Union of India, State Unit, Arunachal Pradesh City Congress Youth, Congress Councilors and Panchayat leaders participated in the rally.



DC assess damages, reviews disaster preparedness

DAPORIJO, Jun 29: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom in a meeting today took stock of damages caused to roads, drains, culverts, water supply pipelines etc due to heavy rain on Sunday night.

Daporijo witnessed water logging and flooding at various places due to blockage of drains, landslides due to excessive earth cutting, disruption of water supply and blockage of roads after the high intensity rain.

The roads from Daporijo to Ziro and Daporijo to Bam, which were blocked due to landslides at several places, have been cleared and opened for vehicular movement.

The DC also reviewed disaster preparedness and asked all the heads of departments to remain in station and respond quickly to any disaster situation. He suggested all the District Quick Response Teams to remain alert and ready to deal with any kind of disaster during the monsoon season. DDMO Lobsang informed about the damages caused by the rains and steps taken to mitigate its effects.

Stating that colonies with proper drainage system faced no problems during the rainy season, he emphasised the need for proper drainage system, construction of houses in stable areas and away from rivers and streams. He also advised for proper inspection and declaration of disaster prone areas as ‘Danger zones’ and evacuation of such areas during rainy season.

The meeting cautioned people not to go for fishing during the season and children against playing and bathing in rivers. DIPRO



PWD road in shambles

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Jun 29: The weak Bailey Bridge at Rema camp on Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu (PLTK) PWD road linking Pasighat headquarter with Yagrung, Mirem-Bilat and Koyu-Korang in East Siang district has not been repaired in the last four decades.

It is feared that if urgent measures are not taken, the weak bridge will put the lives of commuters at risk as heavy vehicles also use the same dilapidated bridge.

Meanwhile, the Pasighat-Ledum-Tene-Koyu PWD has been lying un-repaired in a dilapidated condition for last several years, creating hardship to the commuters.

Considered as vital lifeline for the rural areas of Pasighat-West and entire Kora and Koyu circles under Nari-Koyu constituency with district headquarter Pasighat, food, medicine, essential items and agricultural products are transported to these areas through this route.

The 65 km stretch of the PLTK road from Pasighat to Koyu EAC headquarter is presently in a dilapidated condition with numerous potholes at several locations.



AACWA urge CM to assess and prepare flood damage report

ITANAGAR, Jun 29: All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association (AACWA) President Takam Padu and the Assistant General Secretary of the Association met Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in New Delhi and urged him for issuing directive to Disaster Management Authority to assess the properties lost or damaged by monsoon fury in the last two month in the state.

According to an AACWA release, the Chief Minister has assured to submit a report in this regard to Government of India within 15 days for allocation of funds.

Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Speaker was also present during their brief meeting.

Later, the AACWA office bearer duo also called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju to discuss the same issue.

Rijiju, who is also the disaster management authority of northeast states, has reportedly told about granting sufficient funds from the Centre for the purpose of relief, rehabilitation and restoration work.

Rijiju also told them that the Centre will consider allocation of fund for restoration of defunct mini and micro hydel projects in Arunachal Pradesh to avoid loss being incurred due to purchasing of power from other states, the release said. He further assured to take up urgently with Ministry of Rural development for granting funds against ongoing projects under PMGSY and fund for payment of contractors, the release claimed.


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