BOMDILA, Jun 3: Acute shortage of drinking water has crippled life of more than 12,000
people in Bomdila, the district headquarters of West Kameng, for the last five to
The situation has worsened to the extent that the people are reportedly planning
to move ahead with a dharna.
As per report, each household hardly gets few minutes of water supply in 24 hours,
which is inadequate to meet basic needs.
In turn, the concerned department has blamed the drying up main water sources for
Considering the gravity of the situation, the Deputy Commissioner along with a team
of engineers, including the PHED EE, made an inspection of the source of water supply
to verify it.
While source No. 1 has totally dried up, there was a sharp decrease in water flow
at other sources, the team observed.
There are four sources with provision of collection chamber at source No.4, from
which water is supplied to Bomdila.
The only gravity water supply source for Bomdila Township is located at Banglejap
ridge near Mandalatop.
The team observed that if this was the situation in the monsoon, it could worsen
in the winter season. It also attributed the decrease in water flow to deforestation
of catchment area caused by rampant tree felling.
The Deputy Commissioner has instructed the EE to immediately fence the catchment
area, plan afforestation with help of the DFO and community.
Most importantly, the Deputy Commissioner asked the department to identify alternative
water sources for district headquarters and relaying of distribution channels in
the entire town. (DIPRO)
CRM report shows poor blood services in Arunachal
NEW DELHI, Jun 3: The 10th Common Review Mission (CRM) report of the National Health
Mission (NHM) expressed concern about the availability of blood services in six states,
including Arunachal Pradesh, particularly at the sub-district level.
Though availability of blood services have seen improvement in most states, there
is a concern about the same in six states -Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Gujarat,
Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar - particularly at sub- district level,
the report states.
These states also reported limited functioning of blood storage units, either due
to lack of trained human resources or non-linkage with a mother blood bank.
States like Arunachal Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand,
Kerala (District Idukki), Nagaland and Tripura were found to have shortages of new-born
care facilities (particularly NBSUs and SNCUs).
As far as the review of the communicable disease control programmes were concerned,
though they continue to be a major public health problem, there has been a consistent
decline in malaria incidence with a 40.8 percent decline in malaria-related deaths.
Similar declining trends have been observed in Kala Azar.
The country has achieved the goal of elimination of leprosy (less than 1 case per
10,000 of the population) as a public health problem.?However, Japanese Encephalitis
continues to be a challenge for the country and the high endemic districts in several
All states except Delhi reported utilization of Mobile Medical Units (MMUs) for outreach
The report highlighted that 'time to care' approach is yet to be institutionalized
in most hill states largely due to poor road connectivity and challenges related
to inclement weather conditions.
Though some states have initiated the process of strengthening district hospitals
to develop them as training centers, many states like Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh,
Delhi, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Kerala, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh have not reported
any progress in this regard, the report says.
The implementation of the Pre Conception, Pre Natal Diagnostic Technique Act, which
was enacted to stop female feticide and arrest the declining sex-ratio in the country,
is also poor in most states.
Even where committees have been formed, reasons such as lack of witnesses, insufficient
evidence, and out-of-court settlements, were cited as major reasons for low conviction
GST Council clears rules, states agree to July 1 rollout
New Delhi, Jun 3: The GST Council today cleared the pending rules, including transition
provisions and returns, with all the states agreeing to July 1 roll out of the Goods
and Services Tax.
"We were discussing the rules and (they) have been completed. Transition rules have
been cleared and everybody has agreed for July 1 roll out," Kerala Finance Minister
Thomas Isaac told reporters here.
The GST Council had last month fitted over 1,200 goods and 500 services in the tax
brackets of 5, 12, 18 and 28 per cent.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley chaired the 15th meeting of the GST Council which is
scheduled to decide on tax rate of 6 items including gold, textiles and footwear.
Isaac's statement of all states agreeing to the July 1 rollout assumes significance
as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said that her state will not roll
out the new indirect tax regime in its present form.
Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra is however attending today's meeting.
Banerjee had said yesterday that her government would not support the new GST system
in its present form and that her government would write to Jaitley for making changes
to make it suitable for all the sections of the society.
"We will not support the GST in its present form. In its present form, it doesn't
suit every section, especially the unorganised sector. They (Centre) have to rectify
it... We have to continue with our fight to bring down the tax rates on certain products.
"Unless the rates are reduced, they will adversely impact the state's economy and
employment," she had said.
As for the transition rules approved by Council, the industry had been demanding
some relaxation of the provision of deemed credit.
The draft transition law provided that once GST is implemented a company can claim
credit of up to 40 per cent of their Central GST dues for excise duty paid on stock
held by businesses prior to the rollout.
Several dealers are choosing to wait and watch rather than buy and hold on to inventories.
They have lobbied with the government seeking an increase in the credit limit. (PTI)
SBM employees demand early release of pending honorarium
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: Accusing the state government, particularly the Education Department
of depriving them of 21 months honorarium and other basic rights, the All Arunachal
Pradesh Saakshar Bharat Mission Employee Association (AAPSBMEA) on Saturday threatened
to stir phase wise agitation against the government if their demands are not fulfilled.
The AAPSBMEA demanded the authority to release 21 months pending honorarium stating
that they had submitted representations to the department, including the Chief Minister.
Addressing reporters at the Arunachal Press Club here, AAPSBMEA President Tajub Kampong
informed that the central government had selected 20 centers from the state, whereas
1713 centres are active in the state. The association demanded effective implementation
of equivalency programme in all gram panchayats and to ensure continuation of SBM
employees in equivalency programme.
The Association also demanded regularization of SBM employees, claiming that it has
been eight years since the employees have been working under the National Literacy
Mission Campaign. It informed that SBM employees have been working without TA/DA
and allowance, whereas other employees working under different schemes have had an
increase in salaries. The association also demanded enhancement of honorarium.
The Government of India had launched the Saakshar Bharat Mission-a national literacy
programme with the aim to educate adults and drop outs aged between 15 to 35 years
in 8thSeptember, 2009. It is said that the state government had appointed six state
coordinators, 60 district coordinators and 152 block coordinators with minimum qualification
of bachelor degree and diploma and computer application at Rs 6000 per month. Currently,
3644 employees are working under the mission in the state, the Association claimed.
Flights Of Fantasy
[ M Panging ]
The month of June, named after the Roman goddess Juno, heralds the onset of summer
season in the northern hemisphere. June contains the summer solstice in the Northern
Hemisphere, the day with the most daylight hours, and the winter solstice in the
Southern Hemisphere, the day with the fewest daylight hours.
The previous month has been marked by few great achievements. Foremost is the triumph
of Arunachal climber Anshu Jamsenpa, who scripted history by scaling Mt Everest twice
within five days on 16 May and 21 May. Jamsenpa set the world record for becoming
the first woman climber to reach the top of Mt Everest twice within five days. She
is also the first Indian woman to reach the top of Mt Everest for the fifth time.
The other good news was the inauguration of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge by Prime Minister
on 26 May. At 9.15 km the bridge is the longest bridge of India and connects Assam
with Arunachal Pradesh. Its construction began in 2011 and the bridge was completed
within 6 years, and will usher development in eastern Arunachal Pradesh; cutting
down travel time and effort. However, many mainstream national and regional media
reported the bridge as over the Brahmaputra River. A bit of research on Google map
and history will reveal that the Dhola-Sadiya bridge is over the Lohit river. If
Mansorvar lake in west Tibet is considered as the source of the Brahmaputra than
the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet and Siang in Arunachal Pradesh becomes the Brahmaputra
in Assam. For many years, many people in Assam believed the Lohit as the Brahmaputra
till the great U Bend of the Yarlung Tsangpo at the Namcha Barwa was discovered by
British explorers in 1884-86. Many of these national and regional media needs to
get their geography correct!
One more positive news was about the quick nabbing of the miscreants who attempted
extortion on Director Abdul Basit at his Naharlagun office. The alacrity and extraordinary
courage of the Director who grappled with the miscreants led to the miscreants escaping
leaving behind the AK-56 rifle and hand grenade! Questions still remain as to how
dangerous weapons like AK-56 and grenades were so easily procured and carried by
the miscreants. With many Arunachalese owning sophisticated personal weapons and
the active insurgency in Tirap, Changlang and Longding, this issue of proliferation
of dangerous weapons need to be tackled with iron hands; lest it turns out to be
a menace for citizens of the state.
On the flip side, the recently declared Class XII and X exam results of the state
have been the poorest in recent years with the pass percentage in AISSCE dropping
by 7 % to a lowly 43.33 %. The government, officials, teachers, students and society
must share the blame for the poor performance by our students. This points towards
a gloomy future.
It seems that the threatening Cyclone ‘Mora’ that built up in the Bay of Bengal and
moved towards North East India, weakened drastically providing relief to the citizens
of the region. Like the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, can citizens of the region expect an
early completion and inauguration of the Bogibeel Road cum Rail Bridge which is under
construction for the last 15 plus years? (The writer is a retired Group Captain of
the Indian Air Force)
APWS seeks reformation of board
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: The All Puroik Welfare Society' (APWS) has appealed to the state
government to reconstitute the Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board(APWB) with its governing
body chairman from the Puroik community.
The APWS in its central executive meeting held at Nararlagun on Saturday, along with
central executive members of All Puroik Students Union,
All Puroik Youth Association and Women Wing resolved that the Board should have
a governing body headed by a chairman from the Puroik community as per the recommendation
of the High Power Committee (HPC).
The house further said that as per the HPC recommendation, the Board may have a project
director who shall be the chief executive officer to be appointed by the government.
Expressing displeasure over the process of Board formation, the house strongly appealed
to the Chief Secretary to stop any financial dealing till the re-constitution of
the Board as per HPC recommendations. It further threatened to take the path of agitation
if its demands are not fulfilled at the earliest.
The house also warned drastic action against any individual with vested interest
from Puroik community if found approaching the Governor for appointment as board
Boys outshine girls in CBSE Class X results, pass percentage dips
NEW DELHI, Jun 3: The CBSE Class X results today threw up more than one surprise
with the pass percentage dropping by over five percent since last year and boys outperforming
girls, a marked shift from previous batches.
The number of boys scoring the perfect 10 Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) was
also more than the number of girls this year, officials said.
The pass percentage in the Central Board of Secondary Education's Class X result
fell to 90.95 percent from 96.21 percent last year, registering a dip of 5.26 percent.
However, the pass percentage of boys improved by a significant margin, jumping from
last year's 78.9 percent to 93.4 per cent; that of girlsimproved from 88.6 to 92.5
percent. Unlike recent years, boys have done better than girls by 0.9 percent.
While 1, 05,188 boys have scored a CGPA of 10, 1, 00,950 girls have scored the perfect
Trivandrum region has the highest pass percentage at 99.85, followed by Madras at
99.62 and Allahabad at 98.23 percent. Delhi fared badly, recording a pass percentage
of 78.09 percent against last year's 91.06 percent, a fall of 13.67 percent.
The CBSE announced the results of five regions - Delhi, Chennai, Dehradun, Trivandrum
and Allahabad -at around noon. The results of the remaining five regions - Ajmer,
Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Guwahati and Patna - were announced towards the evening.
Anxious students and parents had to wait as the board's website crashed half an hour
before the result was scheduled to be declared due to heavy traffic.
A total of 16,67,573 candidates from 16,347 schools had appeared for the exam at
3,972 centres across the country this year.
This was the last batch appearing for the optional board examination for Class X
with the CBSE restoring the compulsory examination from next year.
On May 28, the board had declared the results for class XII which had seen a dip
of over one percent in the pass percentage. (PTI)
Anshu made country proud: Governor
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: Everester Anshu Jamsenpa has not only made people of Arunachal Pradesh
proud, but also all the people of North East and India proud with her incredible
mountaineering achievement, said Governor P B Acharya and State's First Lady Kavita
Acharya when Anshu called on them at New Delhi on Saturday.
Jamsenpa recently created a new record after scaling Mt Everest twice within five
The Governor and State's First Lady congratulated her in person and wished her good
wishes for future mountaineering challenges. Amazed by her determination and willpower,
they expressed hope that she would create more mountaineering records and bring fame
and glory for the state, region and the country.
DC asks officers to ensure proper implementation of schemes
YUPIA, Jun 3: Itanagar-Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner, Prince Dhawan urged officers
to ensure that schemes like Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swalamban Yojana (DDUSY), Chief
Minister's Krishi Rinn Yojana (CMKRY) and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana (DDUBY)
are properly implemented in the Capital Complex and Papum Pare district.
He was addressing a joint workshop regarding implementation of various CM's flagship
programmes, namely DDUSY, CMKRY and DDUBY at the DC's conference hall here on Friday
Dhawan said that the workshop aims to inform the officers of line departments and
administrative officers about the three ambitious schemes of the government under
'Stand Up India' for the benefit of unemployed youths, farmers and weavers. He further
called upon the officers to conduct workshops at respective sub-divisions and circles
by June 15 next to sensitize people about the said schemes.
'Under DDUSY, 515 targets have been given for both Itanagar-Capital Complex and Papum
Pare district. Under the scheme, applicants have to prepare DPR of the project they
wishe to take up and present it before the district level screening committee. Consequently,
the committee will select among the best DPRs and will recommend it to the government
for final procedure', Dhawan informed, adding that the schemes mainly focuses on
agri-horti and allied activities, eco- tourism, textile and handicrafts manufacturing,
while loan benefits range from Rs 10 lakhs to Rs 1 crore.
He further said that the application format has been already uploaded in Itanagar
Capital Complex District Administration website: www.itanagar.nic.in/schemes, and
interested person(s)can download it.
Speaking about the Chief Minister's Krishi Rinn Yojana and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar
Yojana, which aim to benefit farmers and weavers, the DC said that applicants can
submit their applications to concerned administrative officers. He also advised the
officers to recommend the applications only after proper verification of background
of the applicants and any complaints from people will be strictly viewed.
Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner In-charge, Mabi Taipodia also requested all the officers
of line departments and administrative officers to make best use of knowledge gained
through the workshop and ensure proper implementation of the schemes.
Sagalee ADC, Jalash Pertin, representatives from NABARD, IMC Community Organizer,
Linyom Nyodu and CMEO, Hage Lampung, and administrative officers of line departments
were present on the occasion. (DIPRO)
Exposure tour for Puroik community members
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: A group of 22 members from the Puorik community, comprising 15 boys
and seven girls,will be visiting Maharashtra on an exposure tour starting June 4.
The "Educational, Emotional and National Integration" tour programme and home stay
in Mumbai-Goa or Mumbai-Pune has been sponsored by the Indian National Fellowship
Centre, Mumbai at the initiative of Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P B Acharya,
The Governor, who is currently in New Delhi, has conveyed his best wishes to each
and every member of the touring team for safe journey and successful tour. He hoped
the effort will set a solid foundation for stronger association amongst the people
of North Eastern region and rest of the country.
A send-off meeting for the team was also organised by the officers of the Governor's
Secretariat at Raj Bhavan on Saturday.
Deputy Secretary M Damin and Under Secretary B Megu advised the team members to behave
well and take utmost care for making the tour comfortable and memorable.
Kashok Sullung, Forest Rage Officer, Bomdila is leading the team, which will visit
Upanagar Shikshan Mandal (Vidyanidhi Infotech Academy), Excel Industries and Bakery,
Juhu Chowpaty and beach, Veer Savarkar Memorial, Mayor Bunglow, Sanjay Gandhi National
Park,Mt Mary Church, Aarey Milk Colony and ISKCON temple,and will be taken for Bombay
Darshan tour from June 7 to 15, informed INFC member Pooja Kamath.
They will also visit Jawahar/Pada to see rural Maharashtra and a community-reliant
village, SNDT Campus, Ruparel College and spend time with locals and Arunachalee
students pursuing education in Mumbai.
The members will also attend workshop on personality development and soft skills
at Vidyanidhi Infortech Academy. A cultural programme is also being arranged on the
penultimate day, where Maharashtrian cultural troupeswill perform, Kamath added.
(PRO to Raj Bhavan)
AUS aims to make students partners of knowledge-based society
[ Pradeep Kumar ]
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: The World Education Mission (WEM) funded private Arunachal University
of Studies (AUS) aims at providing value based world class education to make students
true partners of present knowledge-based society, its Vice Chancellor Prof V K Kwatra
"We want to provide need-based education with a difference and intend to meet the
expectations of higher education seekers at its Namsai campus spread in 30-acre area
so that they do not go to the mainland," he told media persons at Arunachal Press
India boasts of highest human resources pool in the world would be youngest nation
globally with 64 percent of its population below 25 years, against 37 and 48 years
of China and Japan respectively, said Prof essor Kwatra, retired principal of Hansraj
College of Delhi with the credit of teaching present Union MoS Kiren Rijiju.
Namsai was selected to set up AUS for its low literacy rate, mostly inhabited by
peace-loving Buddhist denizens, excellent connectivity and gateway of almost 11 districts,
he said, adding that Tawang and Tirap districts were also in the proposal. "We intend
to ensure that none go to the mainland to seek higher education of their choices
as all AUS digress are globally recognised," he informed.
The AUS, set up under Arunachal University of Studies Act, 2012 and recognised by
the UGC with state-of-art infrastructures, including class rooms, hostel for boys
and girls, faculty accommodation, library with 60,000 books and laboratory, which
completed five years of its existence on May 31, 2017, has appointed highly qualified
educationists to offer integrated courses with field and practical training, a departure
from traditional courses, he disclosed.
The AUS has introduced BA in Buddhist Studies under faculty of arts and social sciences
from this year and plans master's degree subsequently, the VC said, adding that a
team,including Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, himself and three students would
be visiting Thailand soon.
The highly competitive fees are charged in a transparent manner and its strength
beginning with 500 has reached over 2,000, including from all NE states, mostly from
this state and mainland. All its courses are recognised by numerous regulatory bodies
including Bar Council of India, which won many awards including 'Best Emerging University
in NE in April, 2017, National Education Excellence Awards-2017 and Best University
Award by Corporate Council for Leadership & Awareness.
Arts & Social Science Professor, O P Sharma enlisted numbers of scholarships offered
by AUS to meritorious and needy students to facilitate their higher education.
Earlier, AUS University Industry Inter-Linkage Centre director Professor Trilochan
Singh, an earth scientist associated with this state since 1972, lauded WEM chairman
Dr Ashwini Lochan and pro-chancellor Vishwa Lochan for their sincerity to set up
AUS in this remote state against all odds and brushing off various objections.
The AUS commitment is reflected by adding one after another need-based courses besides
the only recognised centre for providing education and training to handicapped people,
Chief Proctor, Dr Naveen Pandey pin pointed as to how the placement liaison with
industry to facilitate in campus selection and continue to monitor after placements
of the students.
Students orgs donate to Kerang-I fire victims
PASIGHAT, Jun 3: In order to give succor to the victims of recent Kerang-I fire victims,
a team of the Adi Baane Kebang Youth Wing, led by Kerang Relief Committee Chairman
Kokom Jamoh, who is also the President of ABKYW Siang unit, distributed essential
commodities among the affected families.
Essential relief materials, like rice, blankets, utensils, carpets and mosquito nets
were distributed to all the affected families. The villagers also expressed their
indebtedness to the ABKYW for helping them in times of need.
Many well-wishers, general public, government officials and Pasighat Market Committee
voluntarily contributed for the cause.
A team of the All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU), along with Siang District
Students' Union and East Siang District Students' Union also visited the fire victims
of Kerang village.
The AAPSU team led by Assistant General Secretary Thomas Jerang distributed relief
materials among the villagers and appealed to them to take precautions to avoid such
fire mishaps in future.
First Gaon Buri of Papum Pare passes away
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: Head Gaon Buri (HGB) of Sagalee Township, Nabam Rich passed away
at the age of 56 after a brief battle with cancer in a private hospital at Naharlagun
on June 2.
She was appointed as Gaon Buri in 1993 and promoted as Head Gaon Buri in 2004.
Rich was the first Gaon Buri of Papum Pare district and served in various capacities
in All Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah Welfare Association (AAPGBWA), Sagalee unit of
Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society (APWWS) and Sagalee Bazar Welfare Committee,
according to family sources.
She was a very influential social worker with good grasp of customary laws and tradition.
With her oratory and negotiation skills, she had assisted local administration in
delivering justice through hundreds of 'Mel'. She was a social reformist par excellence
through her unique method of counseling during settlement of disputes.
The All Doimukh Gaon Burah Welfare Association, Nabam Welfare Society and All Sagalee
Employees' Forum expressed profound grief and sorrow over the sudden demise of Rich.
Conveying deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family, the organisations prayed
to almighty to rest her departed soul in peace.
Changlang gets fitness centre
CHANGLANG, Jun 3: A Fitness Centre near Nehru Park was inaugurated by on Saturday
by Parliamentary Secretary, DoTCL, Trade & Commerce, Tesam Pongte amidst the presence
of the Changlang Deputy Commissioner, various heads of offices and general public.
Dedicating the fitness centre to the youths, Pongte expressed hope that it will
promote healthy lifestyle among the district's youth. The Parliamentary Secretary
was of the opinion that special attention needs to be given to the youth and appealed
to all the members present to inform maximum people about the fitness centre.
Earlier, DSO, Kumar Doka said that opening of the fitness centre was necessary, focusing
on the youth and high number ofaddicts in the district. He further urged all the
youth to join the centre and learn the basics from the trainers. (DIPRO)
'Do not encourage unlawful donation'
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: Informing that the All Arunachal Pradesh Delinquent Welfare Association
(APDWA) does not encourage carrying out donation or contribution by some persons
on behalf of the APDWA from government departments and individuals, the association
has in a release on Saturday appealed to the government departments and individuals
to take strict action against persons found carrying out such activities.
Training on ERONET
YUPIA Jun 3: One day training on ERONET with all administrative officers under Papum
Pare district was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner in-charge Mabi
Taipodia in her conference hall on Friday.
Taipodia, who also is the ERO (Hq), briefed the aims and objectives of the training
and exhorted the officers to work sincerely and send data in advance for timely update.
She informed that the Commission has ordered for special drive to enroll young Indian
citizens in the age group of 18 to 19 years (extendable to 21 Years), which will
be carried from July 1 to 31, 2017.
Resource person from CEO Itanagar gave a presentation on ERONET. All important things
to do during the special drive were also discussed. (DIPRO)
Govt provides relief to cyclone hit Chessa
CHESSA, Jun 3: The state government on Saturday provided relief amount to the tune
of Rs 13,58,936 to the victims of last month's storm in Chessa village under Banderdewa
The Capital Complex Administration disbursed the relief amount.
A total of 111 victims were paid relief amount through cheques, ranging from Rs 3000
to Rs 50,000,depending upon the extent of damage, informed Minister for Land Management,
Urban Development, Law & Justice, Nabam Rebia.
"The case of school and Aganwadi centres will be taken care of," he said, and requested
the Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner to submit a proposal to the government.
Addressing locals of Chessa, Sunajuli and Kokila on the occasion at Van Vigyan Kendra
Community Hall, Rebia said, 'A lot of money will be required to fully compensate
the damages caused. However, the state government is considering fund provision and
will do whatever possible to provide relief to the affected people'.
Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan said it was a small effort of the government, which
may not fulfill all the needs of the victims.
Today's relief was possible due to the constant persuasion of Minister Rebia, Dhawan
said. He asked the Itanagar ADC to resolve the few complaints regarding relief distribution
within next Monday.
ADC Itanagar Talom Dupak, CO Banderdewa Pama Bagang, ASM Chessa-Sunajuli Chera Tubin
and other officials of Relief Department and local officers of the area were present
during the relief distribution.
GoAP urged to shift Arunachal Scouts headquarters
ITANAGAR, Jun 3: The Green Arunachal Foundation (GAF) has demanded the state government
to shift the headquarters of the Arunachal Scouts from Jorhat in Assam to Diyun inArunachal
GAF Chairman, Takam Tatung in a release on Saturday said that the Arunachal Scouts
was formed in 2010 to assist and guide the Indian security forces in the inaccessible
mountainous terrain of the north easternmost part of India bordering China,with its
temporary headquarter at Jorhat in Assam.
'Shifting of the Arunachal Scouts headquarter from Assam to Diyun in Changlang district
would surely have been an advantage for the state and its people from every front.
It would have discouraged the Chakma refugees from spilling out of their designated
blocks and encroaching into reserved forest areas', he added.
The GAF further urged for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju and the GoAP to bring out a white
paper on the recruitment procedure of Arunachal Scouts. It also urged the state government
to introduce a policy whereby there should be induction of cent percent Arunachalees
in the Arunachal Scouts.