June 18

Policy to revive hydro power sector on the anvil: Goyal
PANAJI, June 17: Government will soon come up with a proactive hydro power policy to push stalled projects and explore possibility of extending benefits for renewable sources like wind and solar to hydro projects beyond 25 MW.
The decision was taken at the state power ministers' conference chaired by the Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.
"It is resolved to formulate a pro-active comprehensive hydro power policy to revive the hydro power sector. The policy shall also explore possibility of providing benefits of renewable energy to hydroelectric projects beyond 25 MW," Goyal said  at a press conference after the meet on Friday.
The ones of up to 25 MW capacity have been categorised as small hydro power projects and get benefits as renewable energy projects. Hydro power potential in the country has been estimated at about 150 GW, with 50 GW coming from Arunachal Pradesh alone.
Earlier in March, Planning Minister Rao Inderjit Singh had told the Lok Sabha that the planned hydro power generation capacity addition of 4,371 MW out of a total target of 10,897 MW in the 12th Plan will not be complete.
The meeting also discussed contours of the hydro power policy and sought to work out ways of reviving small (25 MW or less) stalled hydro projects with cooperation from the states in a bid to provide new thrust to the sector.
A committee for this has been set up which will submit its recommendations by September-end.
Goyal further said it was also resolved to electrify all remaining un-electrified villages by December this year except in Left wing extremist areas much ahead of the revised deadline of May 1 of 2017.
Initially, the government had planned to electrify all 18,452 un-electrified villages by May 1 of 2018. States are expected to achieve electrification of 12,300 villages by August 15 of 2016.
Goyal said states have also resolved to achieve 24X7 power for all in their respective states by March 2019, three years ahead of the original deadline of 2022.
The states have also resolved to submit feeder data in an appropriate format to the Power Finance Corporation, the Rural Electrification Corporation and the National Informatics Centre to implement 11-KV feeder monitoring on the national power portal by July. The move is expected to help monitor consumption pattern and quality of power supply.
The Power Ministry said the government will support IT extension in 2,600 additional towns under the Integrated Power Development Scheme (IPDS) for states and UTs, which will complete execution of 11 KV feeder monitoring within six months.
The states have also decided to henceforth procure only smart meters and submit their revised proposal to the Centre by month-end.
Earlier, the government had planned to replace old meters with smart ones for consumers using 500 units or more every month by 2017 and later it was decided to provide smart meters to consumers with 200 units of consumption.
It was also decided to ensure implementation and put in place an effective ecosystem to report power theft on toll-free number 1912. PTI

Dept cautions against bogus educational institutes
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Directorate of Higher & Technical Education has warned students, parents and guardians against bogus/unrecognized educational institutions within the country and abroad.
"It has been observed that a number of students are taking admission in various educational institutions, universities within the country and abroad for pursuing higher studies in different fields. But, some of these institutions are not even recognized by the appropriate statutory bodies notified for the purpose by the central Government. Such universities and institutions lure the innocent students by giving misleading advertisements in various newspapers claiming recognition/affiliations by statutory bodies which may not be always correct," said Director of Higher Technical Education Dr. T Padu.
Taking admission or pursuing studies in such universities or educational institutions may ruin the life of the students as the degrees awarded by them may not officially be recognized which may ruin the future of students besides leading to unnecessary wastage of time, money and energy, Dr. Padu said.
He warned all, especially the students and their parents, not to be misled by such advertisements and advised to verify the authenticity of such universities/institutions before taking admission in them through the official websites of the various statutory bodies which recognize/affiliate these institutions.
The websites of some of the statutory bodies are,  www.ugc.ac.in (for universities and colleges), www.aicte-india.org (for technical education), www.mciindia.org, www.mohfw.nic.in (for medical), www.pci.nic.in (For Pharmacy Courses), www.coa.gov.in (For Architecture courses), www.education.nic.in (Ministry of Human Resources Development), www.indiannursingcouncil.org (for Nursing Courses), www.barcouncilofindia.org (for Legal Courses), www.ncte.org (for Teacher Education), www.icar.org.in (for Agriculture & Horticulture Courses), www.vci.nic.in (for Veterinary Courses).

Elephant calf rescued
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: A wild elephant calf was rescued from Chessa I village by the officials of forest department on Monday.
The officials of Banderdewa Forest Division led by CCF RK Singh and DFO Neelam Nedo rescued the elephant calf which fell into a ditch after being swept away by strong river current.
The elephant calf was shifted to Itanagar Zoo for its further treatment and rehabilitation.

Govt mulls using highways for plane landing
MUMBAI, Jun 17: Union Road Minister Nitin Gadkari said the government was working on a scheme under which highways in far-flung areas can be used for aircraft landings and take-offs, and airports can be made where none exist.
"Along with Defence Ministry, we are thinking on a proposal. We are making our national highways of cement and concrete. We can use them as airports and are identifying sites. The vehicular traffic will be stopped when an aircraft will be landing and once it leaves, the vehicle traffic will resume," Gadkari said at an event by Forum for Integrated National Security (FINS) here.
He clarified that the plan was to use the highway network to handle both civilian and military aircraft movement.
The discussions are being held with the Defence Ministry because many of these sites can be near the border areas, he said.
Even as he declined to disclose the sites which can be used for such aircraft movements or the number of such sites, Gadkari cited pockets in Arunachal Pradesh, which can benefit from such an arrangement.
He added that the traffic was also low in Arunachal Pradesh which can easily facilitate the flight movements as is being envisaged.
When asked if the roads will be able to take the aircraft, Gadkari said a majority of the new highways are being built of cement and concrete, which can comfortably take such loads.  PTI

Exorbitant vegetable prices in Capital region
Obang Mize,
Ngatum Raksap,
Minam Panggeng,
Techi Mayang
Fresh vegetables endow almost all of the nutritional values that human bodies require. The health benefits of vegetable nutrition are enormous. They are primary sources of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and dietary fibre.
The indigenous communities of our state naturally love to eat vegetables and this is a crucial dietary component of their food culture although all of them are non-vegetarian by tradition. Availability of their favourite vegetables at affordable price is important not only for the local communities but also for people from other states.
A tiny   bunch of local lettuce (lai patta) and even a tinier bunch of coriander cost Rs. 20 each in markets of capital complex while  a piece of the world's hottest chili 'Bhut jalakia' also called as 'Elephant Chilli' costs as much as Rs five, especially during summer season. For poor families this skyrocketing price is a huge cause for concern.
In order to know the reasons for this unusual price of vegetables, we set out on a study trip as advised by Deputy Director, IPR Obang Tayeng, who is our guide for our internship course.
We visited various market places of the capital complex and Harmutty from where most of the vegetables are procured by local vegetable vendors. Our main purpose was to know the factors behind this skyrocketing price of vegetables, to understand how the business is run by vegetable vendors and also to find out steps being taken by the government to solve this unending problem in the capital complex.
We met Agriculture Officers from whom we tried to elicit the reasons for such exorbitant price rise and measures being taken up by the government for a permanent solution to the issue.  
Our four-day study found that there have been no fixed or uniform rates of vegetables in different markets of the capital area. Though the government has fixed rates of certain essential items like rice, wheat, atta, dal, mustard oil, onion and tomato, these rates are not being strictly implemented by vendors.  
During our visit, many startling facts were revealed.
There is a huge difference of prices in vegetable items in the markets of Harmutty, Itanagar and Naharlagun areas.
While a kg of brinjal costs Rs 20 at Harmutty, the same item is sold at Rs.40 and more in the markets of Naharlagun and Itanagar.
A dozen of banana costs Rs.50- Rs.80 in capital whereas it costs only Rs.30 at Harmutty from where most of the fruits and vegetable items are procured by the vendors.  In fact, almost all the vegetable items and fruits are sold in the capital area at more than double the price in Harmutty.
According to the vendors, the reasons for such huge difference in market prices are taxes and commissions at Harmutty market, commissions to the police at entry point, regular fees from concern market associations and frequent donations to various student organizations which are compelling them to hike the prices.
Besides, being perishable items, they get damaged quickly unless sold off in time as storage facilities are absent here, the vendors said.
Besides Harmutty many green vegetable items are also brought from Rupa, Dirang in West Kameng, Ziro in Lower Subansiri and also some adjacent villages in Papum Pare. Local supply is too meager to meet huge demand.
Okit Paling, Member Secretary, Agriculture Production Market Committee, said that exorbitant price of vegetables and other food items in the capital region is not a new thing.
With an effort to bring uniformity in the market price of vegetables as well as make them available at an affordable price, the Department of Agriculture has introduced a new scheme to procure vegetables from Harmutty and sell them in different markets in the capital.
However, because of absence of storage facilities, the procured vegetable often gets perished.
A storage centres have been established at Niglok in East Siang and Bhalukpong in West Kameng District, Lathao in Namsai and Gumto so far. Construction of storage centres are on currently at Tezu, Shantipur, Ruksin and Likabali. With proper functioning of these facilities, the scenario is expected to improve.
Paling also informed that plans are afoot to establish vegetable and fruit market in Akashdeep in Itanagar, Barapani and main market in Naharlagun by the department. A few places such as Tezu, Roing-Shantipur, Pasighat-Ruksin, Gumto-Banderdewa have also been earmarked for installation of cold storage facilities, he further disclosed.
The lands of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly the foothill region are very suitable for production of fruits and vegetables. With improvement in rail and road communication linking different district headquarters and important locations and installation of storage facilities at strategic locations, availability of all food items at affordable and reasonable prices should not a distant dream.
Until then, let us wait with hope and look forward at the government's initiative with optimism.
(The writers of the article are students of Mass Communication, Rajiv Gandhi University)

DC calls for smooth data collection
ZIRO, Jun 17: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kemo Lollen asked all the officials to ensure smooth data collection of student beneficiaries so that no one is left out.
Attending a meeting to streamline stipend disbursement to students in his office chamber on Friday, Lollen directed SBI officials to collaborate with the DDSE office to carry special drives to open bank accounts for eligible students from far flung areas, like Dem, Deed, Kamporijo, Boasimla , Tamen etc.
Principals, headmasters and teacher in-charges would issue Identity cards to all the eligible students which would be treated as identity proof for banking purpose.
Also the list of students with and without AADHAR numbers would be submitted by BEOs for identification of scheduling AADHAR registration points, he added.
DDSE Yumlam Tana informed that no stipend would be paid in cash after June 1 this year. It will be directly credited to the beneficiary's account.
Saying that delay in opening bank accounts by the banks stalled the exercise in the past, he requested the bank officials to develop a mechanism to fast track the accounts for the students.
It's worth mentioning here that Govt. Higher secondary school, Raga has been crediting the stipends in the students' accounts since last three years.
BEOs, principals, headmasters, teacher in charges from across the district, branch managers of SBI and staff of DDSE office attended the meeting.  DIPRO
As per government directives, the payment of stipends would be made only through the bank account of the students. Their accounts should be seeded with their AADHAR numbers to avoid duplicity and irregularities in the whole process of disbursement of the stipends to students.  DIPRO

PMC chief expelled from BJP
PASIGHAT, Jun 17: BJP's East Siang District Committee has expelled the newly elected PMC Chief Kaling Doruk and his proposer Maklek Yomso from the party for a period of six years. The expulsion order issued by the District BJP president, Tamat Jonnom said that the BJP Councilors acted against the party's official candidate in the recent election to the post of Chief Councilor of PMC and thereby violating party discipline and rules.

Efforts towards peace in Tawang
Tawang, Jun 17:  Members of the Peace Committee, constituted after the May 2 violence incident which claimed two lives, called on Deputy Commissioner, Kashish Mittal to apprise him of the recent meetings, developments and progress on various fronts to bring back normalcy. The DC in turn detailed the steps being taken from Govt. side.
The cases for job to the next of kin of the deceased and critically injured on compassionate ground have been forwarded to Govt. Further, he informed that 7 police personnel have been suspended on the basis of magisterial inquiry. The Commissioner level inquiry report is yet to be submitted and law will certainly take its course.
Meanwhile, he appreciated the efforts of the committee to restore peace and reposed faith on the working of the committee. The meeting was also attended by Ven. Dr Rikya Rimpoche.

Ranganadi workers threatens strike
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The members of All Local and Non Tribal 89 Day's basis employees working under Ranganadi Hydro Electric Project, Yazali will go on tool down strike from June 20 onwards for twenty days. In a release they informed that even after lapse of two years, the NEEPCO authorities   are yet to respond to the demands put forwarded by them. "We suspended our earlier agitation in 2013 and were expecting that NEEPCO authorities will find a solution. But two years have passed and still the management is not ready to listen to us. Infact NEEPCO management is pushing us to take extreme step and if anything goes wrong, they will be sorely responsible for it," said employees.

Basar New Market at risk
BASAR, Jun 17: The PHED water tanks of four lakhs and two lakhs litres capacity, which supply water to entire Lower Colony of Basar, are on verge of collapse due to landslide posing great threat to life and properties in the adjacent areas.
Sensing eminent threat of danger posed by it, a team from general administration accompanied by departmental engineer visited the spot and took stock of situation.
It is informed by the official of PHED that the matter has been intimated to the higher authority while an estimate for construction of returning wall has been submitted.
The administration, as a precautionary measure, asked PHED to maintain minimum level of water in the tank and also asked them to monitor it regularly.
Further, the administration warned the dwellers of adjacent areas to remain alert, particularly during night time and when there is a heavy rain.

Saplings planted as part of Green Dapo Mission
DAPORIJO, Jun 17:  Over thousand of saplings were planted in the office compounds, alongside roads as avenue plantation and distributed to the public here on Friday at Tanum Putu area as part of the 'Green Dapo' Mission.
The DC along with HoDs, officers, officials, ITBP and CRPF teams, students and members of NGOs took part in the drive.  Saplings were planted at the DC office road, officer colony, fishery colony and medical colony.
Informing that the mission has been sponsored under the TFC scheme of the department, Daporijo Forest Range RFO, Tadit Ebiya further appealed to all to take proper care of the plants.
The Mission had begun on May 26 last under the initiative of the district administration in collaboration with the Forest department. (DIPRO)

Achievers felicitated
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) has felicitated four achievers of Wancho community at a function here on June 15.
Those who were felicitated include APCS toppers Yowa Anya and Noklem Wangjen, and Jaman Rangkham, who got selected as HDO (Horti) in the competitive examination conducted by APPSC.
Actor Noksa Saham, 59, was also felicitated. Saham was conferred the best male actor award for his role in award winning film 'Head Hunter' during the Prag Cine Awards 2016 held at Tezpur, Assam.
The film 'Head Hunter' bagged the best film (local) award in the 63rd National Film Awards held at Goa on November 24, 2015.
MLA Honchun Ngandam presented mementoes and boquets to the achievers.
APSCW Chairman Mitali Tingkhatra, ZPMs, public leaders and officials from the community and students attended the function.

AACWA's 3-point demand
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: All Arunachal Contractor's Welfare Association (AACWA), in a memorandum, has appealed to the Chief Minister to reduce the Bank Guarantee or Performance Guarantee from the existing 5% percent to  2.5% of the total tender value for tribal contractors in the state.
Other two demands of the 3-point memorandum were immediate abolition of authorization system of LOC and introduction of work order system of all schemes under SADA/SIDF except central funding schemes like NEC, NLCPR, DONER and RIDF.  

AAPLU unit seeks branch offices
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) Upper Siang unit has requested for posting of Registration Officer (ROs) and other staffs for Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers' Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) branch offices at Yingkiong and Tuting in Upper Siang.
In its letter to RWD, Agriculture, Labour and Employment minister cum chairman APB&OCWWB; it claimed that due to absence of staffs in the branch offices, labourers of the district are unable to register themselves and obtain benefits.
Tuting is 175kms away from Yingkiong so it is not possible for the labour force to come down to Yingkiong to get themselves registered, the letter further added.

Classrooms inaugurated at Laho
KHONSA, June 17: Two newly constructed class rooms at Laho village, 32 kms from Khonsa, were dedicated to the people by Khonsa West, MLA, Tirong Aboh on June 16.
The classrooms building were constructed by the BDO, Dadam under BADP at an estimated cost of Rs.10 lakh.
Speaking in the function, MLA Aboh called on the students and the villagers to maintain the government infrastructures properly. While appreciating BDO, Dadam for the work quality, the MLA asked the parents to take special care of their children's education.
While replying to the memorandums submitted by the locals, the MLA assured for sanction of approach link road to every colony wherever necessary, stating that water tank to all five colonies is under construction to address water scarcity in the village.

Cleanliness drive
KOLORIANG, Jun 17: A cleanliness drive was conducted by the staff of the office of Deputy Commissioner in the office's premises and surrounding areas here on Friday.
The drive, held under the supervision of DC Kanki Darang was aimed at creating awareness among the denizens of Koloriang town on Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.
Earlier, the DC convened a meeting with all officers and officials and briefed about the importance of cleanliness. (DIPRO)

SHG interaction programme
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Altogether 100 SHG members participated in a self-help group formation meeting cum interaction programme at North East Multipurpose Development Society (NEMDS), Naharlagun on Wednesday. The members were highlighted about functions and benefits of SHGs by the representatives of NABARD bank and others.

Essay competition
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: "Icare"-- a Wakro based NGO--is organizing an essay competition on the topic "Impact of opium menace on Mishmi society with special reference to education, health and economy."
The competition would be evaluated in three categories--non students, students from Secondary to Hr. Secondary level, College and University students. The suggested length of the essay is 500 words minimum, which can be submitted either through whatsapp message (no. 9862366541/ 9862821819) or e-mail ([email protected]).

NCST Secy in Tawang
TAWANG, Jun 17: The Secretary, National Commission for Schedule Tribe(NCST), Anil Kumar Agarwal, who reached Tawang on Thursday, inspected various development activities within the district. He visited district hospital, Tawang, Kakaling middle school and Bomba secondary school and interacted   with the staffs, teachers and students. He enquired about the overall performance and inspected the basic infrastructure available. Further during his visit to villages, he interacted with the inhabitants enquiring about their source of livelihood and discussed about ways and means to improve their economic status.
During a meeting held later in the afternoon with the head of the departments, he enquired about the constraints being faced by the departments in successful implementation of various govt. programmes. Officers apprised him of various bottlenecks like limited landholdings, limited access to marketing, limited cropping season  in the region, paucity of funds, road problem etc. Taking serious note of the fact that there is scarcity for revenue generation in the state, he opined that potential in tourism, agriculture and horticulture should be explored to the maximum possible limit. Further, the secretary NCST said that the problems highlighted before him would certainly be brought before the government and assured of follow up from his end. (DIPRO)

DCC meet
TAWANG, Jun 17: The District Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting of Tawang was held on Friday under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner Kashish Mittal. The meeting was attended by head of the departments and representatives of various banks.  The meeting reviewed credit flow upto 31st March 2016 and progress on made in various government sponsored schemes like PMEGP, NRLM, WCC, KCC etc were discussed.
DC was apprised that the target set under PMEGP for 2015-16 could not be met as many beneficiaries recommended by District Level Task Force Committee were rejected by banks on various grounds. DC advised that banks and departments should work together in tandem and make collective effort in ensuring that assistance being provided by govt. reaches beneficiaries so that the purpose is not defeated. He opined that rather than being caught up in the documentation complexity and other hurdles, simplification of process can go a long way in successful implementation of the schemes. With respect to the recovery of govt sponsored loans including Bakijai cases, he assured of full cooperation from the side of administration. DIPRO

Poor patient receives financial support from CM
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Chief Minister Kalikho Pul assured financial support from his relief fund to a patient suffering from chronic kidney disease.
Tadar Chaga, a resident of Pachin Colony, Naharlagun, is currently undergoing treatment at Ramakrishna Mission Hospital, Itanagar. He has been referred to CMC Vellore, Department of Nephrology for further treatment.
The Chief Minister said he decided to extend the help as the patient hails from a poor family and there is no other person in his family, who can bear his treatment cost.

Dwelling houses gutted
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: In a fire accident that occurred on Thursday night at Pauk Guming Colony, Aalo in West Siang, a dwelling house of one Hoggum Sora was burnt down completely. It is believed that accident occurred due to short-circuited; however it is yet to be ascertained by the authority. All the belongings of dweller gutted down.
In another fire mishap at Deomali, a semi-permanent house belonging to one Retham Kakho, was completely gutted in a devastating fire which broke out around 10.30 AM at Notun Basti Colony. The fire reportedly, broke out when a lamp was left unattended in the house. Two gas cylinders also exploded in the raging fire. However, there are no reports of any casualty in the incident. Meanwhile, similar fire accident reportedly occurred at Dokosio colony under Ward No. 2 Itanagar wherein one Tatung Talo's residence had been reduced to ashes. Many valuable properties have been lost during the fire accident, a release claimed.
While informing this, the member of Empowered Standing Committee (ESC) of IMC Tatung Tania, in a memorandum to the Chief Minister, stated that fire tender was unable reach the accident spot on time due to deplorable condition of the colony road, particularly the stretch from VKV School to Zoo via Dokioso Colony. Moreover, the existing approach road to Directorate of Horticulture complex, the new MLA Cottage site and VKV School are in dilapidated condition.
The ESC member appealed to the Chief Minister to visit the area and initiate for immediate maintenance of roads in Wards No 1 and No.2.
The family has lost all their belongings in the fire, the ESC member said and urged the Chief Minister to grant immediate relief and other financial assistance for quick rehabilitation of the victim family.

DC convenes meeting on 'My Village, My Development Plan'
TEZU, Jun 17: Lohit DC, Danish Ashraf convened a meeting with all the Panchayat members of the district on 'My Village, My Development Plan' at the DC's conference hall, here on Friday.
Panchayat members of Tezu-Sunpura-Wakro and HoDs of line departments like, agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and veterinary etc. were present in the meeting.
Explaining the concept of 'My Village, My Development Plan', the DC said that the idea is to begin development from villages at the grassroots level.
He asked all the Gram Panchayat members to conduct meetings at their respective area of jurisdiction and submit reports to his office as early as possible for further course of action.
Reports with regard to school, road transport connectivity, health facilities etc. should be provided with photographic evidence, he further instructed and emphasized that every potential area or field where there is scope of development should be highlighted and focused in the final reports.(DIPRO)

Labour room inaugurated at PHC Bana
SEPPA, June 17: A Labour room was inaugurated at Primary Health Centre Bana by East Kameng ZPC, Meyuk Cheda in presence of DMO Chasen Lowang Mallo, MO incharge Dr. Kapu Sopin, Panchayat members, ASHAs and public on Friday at Bana.
MO incharge PHC Bana, Dr. Kapu Sopin informed that the Labour room will benefit the needy from the nearby villages of Bana area which is more than 35kms from the district hospital.
Speaking in the function, DMO, Dr. Chasen Lowang Mallo advised the people of Bana to cooperate with the medical staff and ASHA. She also directed all ASHAs to bring pregnant women for safe delivery and briefed on the financial benefits for pregnant mother provided by the state govt.  
ZPC, Meyuk Cheda stressed on hospital delivery, where mother and baby would be safe with the help of medical staff. Cheda also gave away prizes for new mothers with baby, ASHA and staffs who made the first delivery at PHC Bana successfully.
PRI members led by ZPM Bana, Dajam Degio requested for an ambulance for Bana area to the district authorities. DIPRO

APPDBSU submits memo
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The All Papum Pare Border Students' Union (APPDBSU) has demanded for immediate extension of 4th IRBN camp at Radhaso claiming that the assurance for the extension was given by the then home minister on February 24, 2015 which is yet to be initiated. In its memorandum to the chief secretary, GoAP, the union has also insisted for repairing RWD road from Kochabari to Jullang (Tarasso), construction of bridge over Papum Pare river at Ramghat (Tarasso), renovation of government schools in Tarasso circle and to post subject teachers in the schools.
Meanwhile APPDBSU has expressed disappointment saying that the state government is not initiating to solve boundary issue of Tarasso with Assam counterpart.
If Assam forest official can be granted autonomous powers, why the officials in Arunachal too are not being granted the same, it asked while citing the instance of encroachment by Assam forest officials inside Arunachal.
The union further claimed that since for years now, Radhaso has had no sign of development.
There has been no electricity within Dullang Ramghat, it further added.

Union calls for hostel
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: Stating that the Dera Natung Government College boys' hostels is in an unhygienic and dilapidated state, All Papum Pare District Student's Union (APPDSU) has appealed the state government to sanction new hostel building and renovate the existing ones.
The union has also appealed the students and student union of the DNGC to maintain discipline and cordial atmosphere.

MV checking  at Yingkiong
YINGKIONG, Jun 17: A motor vehicle checking drive conducted by the Upper Siang district administration began here on Friday. During the drive, people were informed about traffic safety rules while; fine was also imposed on violators. (DIPRO)

RMSA teachers for enhancement of salary
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The Arunachal Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers' Association (ARMSATA) has called for enhancing its salary.
Since our appointment, we are working with meager salary of Rs 15000/- per month, it said.
The association has demanded release of four months' pending salary as it sough timely release of salary.

Org seeks money receipts
ITANAGAR, Jun 17: The International Human Rights' Association Arunachal Pradesh has called for action against shopkeepers for not issuing money receipt to consumers. In its representation to the Capital DC, further claiming that some shopkeepers are selling expired products, demanded strict action against them.

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Take drastic measures

The poor result in this year’s CBSE class X exam has come as big shock to whole of state. As per the data availed from department of education, the Tirap district has performed worst with just 33 percent students passing the exam. Also, the average pass percentage all over the state is quite low. Naturally it has set alarm bell ringing in the education department. On Thursday the head started to roll when education department suspended one Principal and a Headmaster following dismal performance in CBSE examination 2016.

This action followed after the students of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Bilat in East Siang and Govt. Secondary School, Riga in Siang district performed very badly. But question is does the suspension of a principal and headmaster will solve all the problems ailing the education department. With each passing year, the performances of government run schools are going down.  Due to this parents prefer to send their children to the private schools spending huge amount of money. This has led to mushrooming of private schools. Those parents who can’t afford to send their children to private schools still depend on government school. Especially in rural areas the majority of students are heavily depended on government schools. Education department will have to chalk out a long term plan to improve the quality of education in the govt. run schools. Quality teachers should be recruited and strict recruitment process should be adopted. Officials of education department should make regular visit to the schools to check the quality of teaching. Strict action should be taken against those teacher who remains absent from their place of posting. The politicians should stop interfering in the transfer-posting of teachers and give free hand to the officials. Unless some drastic measures are adopted the result of government schools will not improve much.








Readers’ Forum




No retention is to be blamed

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item, “principal and HM suspended following dismal CBSE results” published on June 17.

Before suspension of the headmaster and principal, the department should trace out the reasons behind the poor result. Suspension only cannot solve the problem. The first factor that everybody knows is no retention system. Because of these students are not willing to do even homework as they know that without learning they will pass the exams and it is their legitimate right. Thus the result is they cannot even read a line when they reach class ix and x. So how can we expect them to pass in papers which are evaluated at CBSE, Guwahati?

Secondly, more restrictions should be observed in primary levels where students learn basics. There are many more factors responsible for poor result or poor quality in education. Govt and parents should think over these system and problems. Otherwise, blaming the teachers won’t serve the purpose.


A parent




Don’t single out teachers

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item, “principal and HM suspended following dismal CBSE results” published on June 17.

The main culprit is the present education system. It is designed only to increase literacy rate. Sibal’s policy is not applicable in our state. The ministers instead of playing the blaming game should try to reform the present system. Teachers can’t be blamed as fault lies with the kids and their parents too. It’s true that it’s the duty of the kids to study but the parents should also check whether the child is studying or not. No kid is going to study merely because of being instructed to do so. Every kid today knows that he can’t fail till class VIII. When the roots are not deep, how can a tree withstand strong winds? It should change otherwise at the end of the day we will have only for namesake ignoramus literate people.


A citizen




Menace of drugs and alcohol

Dear Editor,

Your editorial, "Good job" (TAT, June 16, 2016) rightly appreciated Itanagar police for driving out drunkards from the Indira Gandhi Park. The menace of drugs and alcohol must be nipped to rid our society from committing hara-kiri.

Unfortunately, vested interests brainwash young generation to believe that to fill one's body with such deadly poison as liquor and drugs is an act of bravado. Tobacco kills the body but alcohol and drugs kill humanity as well by destroying our very consciousness. But these things are being promoted by many agencies as it is very easy to dupe a drunken buyer than a sober one. Influence of the advertisements is also far greater on the former. It is very nice of the doctors when they advise their patients to stop smoking. However, when some of them advise their patients to take a small amount of alcohol as a substitute for tobacco, it raises some unpalatable questions. Is such advice necessary? Is it not like throwing a man to the clutches of the devil after rescuing him from the deep sea? As we all know that first a person starts consuming alcohol and then alcohol consumes him or her.


Sujit De,





Collective efforts needed

Dear Editor,

I was surprised at the news of suspension of the Principal  & Headmaster following dismal CBSE results. And immediately one question struck my mind-- Was the principal & headmaster really responsible?  If yes, then should they be the only to be blamed for the poor performance of the students?

I think the success & failure of students depends upon the joint effort of the Teachers, Parents, Society, Educational Administrators & Students themselves. As I was once a student struggling with my studies I can say that all these agents play an important role. Whatever teacher taught us in the class was definitely not sufficient for us to get good marks.  We revised the lessons teacher had taught and with the constant encouragements and motivation from our parents & society.

These days, I can see that every parents, rich or poor wants their children to be successful and for that they choose the best school for them. Choosing the best school does not end the responsibility as parents as they should have constant watch over the learning, attitude & behaviour of the children. At adolescence stage, they really need right guidance & supervision because at this stage many physical changes began to occur & choosing right type of companion is also very important for them.

As I am also a teacher aspirant, I would like to have a say regarding the teaching profession-

With teaching as a profession comes a great responsibility, a responsibility which cannot be ignored & should be done with hard work, sincerity & dedication. As B.Ed course has been made compulsory for teaching profession we should not forget what teacher training institutions taught us- How, What and When to teach? So, we should make our training worthwhile. And if we don’t make our teaching effective then we will be called as a rotten teacher & I think nobody wants to be called as a rotten teacher. So, we should teach while taking interest in the subject and try to make the students learn the things in the best possible way by providing learning experiences.

But the responsibilities don’t end with the teachers and parents but the students themselves should be hard working & dedicated towards study. Today’s world is full of competition & the best one wins the race. There is no shortcut to success & at the end of the day only hard work is pays off.

So, lastly I would like to say that each & every individual should make collective effort to see that future of the nation is doing their best. As it is said that “The individual is like a flower that blossoms when the soil is fertile & the sun is gentle,& the water is adequate,& the care is regular.”


Lek Ering





Modify CCE

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item, “principal and HM suspended following dismal CBSE results” published on June 17.

It’s not right to blame principal. Today quality education is deteriorating day by day due to implementation of CCE. Nowadays student of primary & upper primary schools knows that he / she would pass the exam as the CCE do not allow detention of any students. That’s why they don’t want to study.

According to CCE, a student getting 0 marks in primary class gets grade D and there is no failing grade in primary section. Imagine if a child obtaining 0 marks is upgraded to next class, would he ever have the fear to get detained or have the tempo to study harder? My own son says that he will work after from class nine as he cannot be detained before that.

And how come a student would expect a better result in class 9 &10 if he / she haven’t done his/her basic studies in primary & upper primary. So modification of CCE is very necessary for quality education.


A parent