June 22


Fuel crisis hits Tawang, W/Kameng and E/Kameng

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 21:   Following heavy rainfall that triggered sporadic landslides and multiple blockades, the three districts of Tawang, West Kameng and East Kameng were forced into a major fuel crisis.  

Heavy blockades were witnessed at several places at Bhalukpong to Bomdila road, forcing sizeable number of loaded oil tankers to be stranded at Bhalukpong and some other places.

"There was a fuel crisis due to road blocks at several places, but tankers are starting to slowly arrive", said Essar Petrol Depot Tenga Manager Tsering Thapa, adding that "The process of loading and unloading usually takes two days, but due to road blocks it will take about four days."

The IOC employees' strike also caused the Assam Oil and Indian Oil depots to be affected at Bomdila, Rupa and Dirang. Similar crisis are also reported at Tawang and Seppa.

The crisis has hampered both public and private transport systems. Many auto-rickshaws at Seppa could not ply due to scarcity of petrol. ADC Singchung in West Kameng T Pada confirmed there was fuel crisis following road blockades. "However, the situation is limping back to normalcy", he added.

The Dirang petrol depot manager also confirmed that tankers started arriving on Wednesday after three days of being stranded.




Choked drain floods Doimukh PS

DOIMUKH, Jun 21: The police personnel posted at Doimukh Police Station are facing a torrid time due to rain water gushing inside the police station, and the same situation is repeated every year during the monsoons.

Reportedly, the bachelor barrack, WT station, parking lawn and even police station was recently submerged by the rain water. Though there were no under trial prisoners or inmates in the lock up, but those too were flooded with rain water.

Police personnel could be seen busy clearing rain water instead of performing normal duties.

Papum Pare Superintendent of Police, Tumme Amo said that such situation arises because drainage system of the township, especially in market areas has been choked, causing the rain and drain water together to submerge the police station time and again, and that it would continue unless immediate action is not taken up.

Parliamentary Secretary Home & Education, Pani Taram, while talking to reporters informed that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has already approved for construction of a new police station in Doimukh and the project has been sanctioned.

"There shall be a first class police station, for which fund has been sanctioned. It was delayed due to change of work agency from Police Housing to RWD, but the construction work will begin soon", said Taram. He also assured to take up the matter of drainage with local administration for urgent redressal.




1000 teachers required: CM

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the state government would require more than 1000 teachers, for which posts would be created in phases.

Informing this on the sideline of International Yoga Day on Wednesday at Indra Gandhi Park, the Chief Minister said that the teachers were required because there were still inadequate numbers even after completion of exercise for rationalisation of teachers' posting.

Also stating that the government was firm to rationalize transfer and posting of over 2000 teacher, he said that there should be no political interference in the matter of transfer and posting of teachers.

The Chief Minister also assured to regularize Sarva Sikhsha Abhiyan teachers in phases, with condition that they must qualify either the CTET or APTET examinations.

Further, to promote yoga in Arunachal Pradesh, the Chief Minister said that yoga teachers will be deputed in all state government run schools and the matter would be brought to the Cabinet for discussion.

Taking note of the potential of the state in ayurveda, the Chief Minister further announced to set up a Directorate of Ayush. He said that the matter has already been communicated to the Central Government.




AAPGEWA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Jun 21:  The All Arunachal Pradesh Government Employees Welfare Association (AAPGEWA) has reiterated its demand of maintaining the retirement age at 58 years, while reasoning that enhancement of service age from 58 to 60 years would deprive many unemployed youths.

The AAPGEWA demand is in contradiction to the demand of the Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh's (CoSAAP), which includes enhancement of service age from 58 to 60 years.  

The AAPGEWA also opined that the age of voluntary retirement of service should be 18 years and if any employee wants to retire, they should be allowed for the same. The employees' association also demanded for staff bus for each department, reasoning that non provision of staff bus is one of the reasons for traffic jams.  It also urged the government to intervene in reducing the fee of private schools and ban on selling of school uniforms, books shoes etc within the school.  It also opined that transfer and posting of government employees must be as per Government of India norms and demanded strict implementation of the Golden Hand Shake Policy.




'Soft approach encouraging drugs peddlers: Orgs

TEZU, Jun 21: Prominent social organizations of Lohit and Anjaw districts demanded stringent punishment for the drugs peddlers, stating that a lenient approach towards the offenders has been encouraging them to commit the same crime repeatedly.

"The Police Department is doing a laudable job by arresting a lot of drug offenders in Tezu, but to our utter dismay, none of them were given stringent punishment as per the magnitude of their crime", lamented the All Mishmi Women Welfare Society (AMWWS) and the Cultural and Literary Society of Mishmi (CaLSoM), in a joint representation to Sessions Judge of Tezu (Lohit) District Sessions Court.

The organisations claimed that the offenders, which include some deviant police personnel, were granted bail citing procedural lapse as the reason. "This affects the morale of the police, who put in lots of efforts to nab them", the organisations added.

The pro-active role of the judiciary is a pre-requisite to curb the drug menace in order to save the youths from addiction, who are the backbone of the society, both the NGOs said, and appealed to the Sessions Judge to deny bail to the drug peddlers.

Convicting them as per the provisions, the NDPS Act will send a strong message to the law breakers that the law of the land exists, the AMWWS and CaLSoM stated, while adding that regular supply of drugs is one of the main reasons for the youths falling prey to drugs.




Landslide disrupts water supply again

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The water supply to Itanagar has been affected again as the pipeline located nearly six kilometres away from Poma village was hit by a landslide on Wednesday morning.

Itanagar PHE Assistant Engineer Debia Padang informed that there are around 60 workers who have been engaged in restoration work. It was also informed that if weather conditions favour, the restoration work will be completed by tomorrow and regular water supply will be restored by Friday.

There are two sources of water supply for Itanagar-the first is the water plant located near Poma,

while the second is the water treatment plant located at Senki View. The water plant near Poma fulfils a major portion of Itanagar covering around 60 percent of the population, while the one at Senki View covers around 40 percent of the population in Itanagar.




Licha Thosum wins Best National Costume Award in Femina Miss India

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Miss Arunachal Pradesh India 2017 Licha Thosum made the North East region proud by winning the "Best National Costume Award" during the ongoing FBB Femina Miss India 2017 competition held in Mumbai on  Tuesday evening.  

In total, the 30 state winners of the pageant came together for the grand sub-contests' crowning ceremony.

Thosum is the first girl from Arunachal to represent the state at this coveted beauty pageant and she believes that 'winning this beauty pageant will give her an opportunity to inspire the young girls of the region'.

The costume for Licha was created by ace designer from Arunachal Pradesh, Nabam Akaa. Her dress depicts the rich and colorful culture and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh.

Designer Akaa is a versatile and creative designer who has also showcased her collection at the "London Fashion Week" in 2015.

The Grand Finale of FBB Femina Miss India 2017 will be held on June 25.




State celebrates International Yoga Day

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Arunachal Pradesh celebrated the third International Yoga Day with thousands of school children and people from all walks of life stretching and bending their bodies in various yoga postures enthusiastically.

The main event was organized at Indira Gandhi Park in Itanagar, wherein hundreds of school children, senior officials, including several public leaders participated.

Addressing yoga participants, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, "Yoga is not only good for our physical and mental health, but its helps to maintain energy, strength, and relieve stress. It is especially good for us in the government as our work involves lots of stress".

He also announced to make the celebration of International Yoga Day in the state as state government sponsored event from next year.

At Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun, the event was organized by the Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), in which more than 1000 people participated.

Braving overnight downpour, people joined the programme.

The day was also observed at the Raj Bhawan, where state Governor P B Acharya in his message said, "Yoga provides physical and mental well being of the people".

Reports of celebration of International Yoga Day have also been pouring in from different parts of the state.

The day was celebrated with great enthusiasm at North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology. VKVs of Itanagar, Nirjuli, Ziro, Donyi Polo Vidya Niketan (Pasighat), Arunachal Pradesh Regional Centre of Zoological Survey of India, Botanical Survey of India, NHPC-DBYC, the NSS unit and Department of Physical Education of Rajiv Gandhi University, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat, SAI SAG Centre, Naharlagun, Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, Chimpu, State Resource Centre under Ministry of Human Resource Development, Jan Shikshan Sansthan at Naharlagun and Power Grid Corporation of India Limited, Shillong.

The Department of Field Publicity organized the Yoga Day at KV, Tenga Valley, Government Higher Secondary School, Balek, East Siang, Blue Pine Residential School, Ziro, Rama Krishna Mission School, Aalo.

The IYD was also celebrated in various district headquarters by their respective district administration, various NGOs and organizations, including Seppa in East Kameng, Hawai in Anjaw, Longding, Anini in Dibang Valley, Tawang, Khonsa in Tirap, Yingkiong, Tezu.

The day was also observed in VKV, Kuporijo, at Pasighat and Yupia by the Dist Administration, District Health Society respectively, and also by Department of Science & Technology at Science Centre, IG Park Itanagar.




Govt eyes on social media to engage with citizens

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: With an objective to empower government departments and officials to efficiently engage with the citizens, Chief Minister Pema Khandu has kick-started a special training programme on Facebook usage here this afternoon.  

The programme was organized by the Department of IT & Communications, in association with Facebook.

Unveiling the technical session which was attended by commissioners, secretaries, joint secretaries and directors of various state government departments, Pema asserted that Facebook is an efficient and effective place for governance to engage with their constituents.

Pointing out that the percentage of data consumption is higher in the state capital than metros like Delhi, Pema underscored the role that social media can play in governance, if used knowledgeably, and asked the government departments to have dedicated pages on Facebook.

"I believe 90 percent of our urban citizens are on Facebook and can avail information on the programmes, policies and schemes offered by the government through its departments on Facebook far better than through meetings, seminars, workshops or the traditional media. Through Facebook we can reach individuals who can benefit from such programmes and schemes but are not aware of it," he said.

Giving an insight into Facebook and its tools, Nitin Saluja, Facebook Policy Program Manager, India & South Asia, who conducted the technical session, said that it has been Facebook's mission to make the world more open and connected by providing a platform for direct interactions between governments and its citizens.

Saluja pointed that Facebook can also be an effective channel to share preparedness tips and keep citizens informed with real-time, location-specific information in case of an emergency.

The technical session also dwelt on several issues confronting users of social media, like fake accounts, fake profiles, trolls, abusive language, spams, cyber-crime, etc and how to go about these.

It was resolved that similar trainings would be provided by Facebook officials to businessmen, upcoming entrepreneurs, start-ups, and unemployed youths on using Facebook to grow their businesses and police officials to deal with cyber-crimes, etc.

The training session was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, State Council for IT and e-Governance Chairman Gabriel D Wangsu, Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin and Rajat Arora of Facebook India & South Asia.




Namsing village threatened by soil erosion

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

PASIGHAT, Jun 21: Soil erosion caused by Taro-Tamak River, a tributary of Brahmaputra, which has taken a critical turn is posing serious threat to Namsing village at lower Mebo area in East Siang district.

The river has already eroded several acres of fertile cropland on its right bank.

According to local villagers, the once tiny Taro-Tamak River has turned turbulent after the 2015 deluge and caused extensive damage to roads, bridges and crop fields in lower Mebo area with adjoining parts of Lower Dibang Valley.

The Dottung and Sissari rivers that flow down amidst Dambuk village meet the Taro-Tamak at Doimukh portion. The water supplied by the two rivers charged the water body of the Taro-Tamak converting it into a major river.  

Erosion caused by the river at Namsing and Gadum villages in Mebo block also put the surface communication along Mebo-Dhola road in danger, and turbulent water eroded both approaches of the incomplete steel bridge over the river.

Currently, the local Panchayat body is operating a pair of machine boats for passengers to cross the river on daily fare basis.

The 35-km-long PWD road serves as lifeline for the people of entire Mebo Sub-division and a large part of Lower Dibang Valley as food items, medicine and trading articles are transported through this route.

The devastation caused by recurring flood has almost made the life of people of lower Mebo area, including Namsing, Mer and Gadum villages miserable.

"Sibiya, Siang and Taro-Tamak rivers are posing serious threat to the existence of our villages. Our fertile croplands were totally eroded by the rivers, which has affected our economic condition beyond repair," the affected villagers said.

Due to the alleged indifferent attitude of the elected leaders and the department concerned, no effective steps have been initiated so far to protect flood and erosion.

"Despite repeated appeals, the government has not yet taken any anti-erosion measure to protect the area," rued Namsing village Head Gaon Burah, Yamut Perme.

The Namsing and Mer-Gadum area in East Siang fall under Mebo Assembly Constituency. The locals have demanded that the local MLA and other elected leaders take up the burning problems of the area with the state and central governments.




Cylinder explosion kills one

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: A 35-year-old ice cream vendor was killed in a freak accident on Tuesday at around 2.20 PM at Ganga in Itanagar when a commercial gas cylinder exploded under pressure and blew his head off.

According to police sources, the deceased identified as Sankar Saha was working on the cooling process in a small ice cream factory in Ganga with another labourer, Sagir Miya, who has also sustained injuries on his hands.

Reportedly, the labourers forgot to check and maintain the temperature of the cylinders and poured cold water on it,

following which the cylinder exploded and Saha's head was blown off.

ASI Kenter Tacha is the investigating officer of the UD case registered in Itanagar Police Station case no.05/17 Under Section 174 CrPC.

The body has also been sent for post mortem and will be handed over to his guardian here.




APCC chides Modi Govt

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee has alleged that the BJP Government at the centre has not introduced any new policies and programmes.

"In his three years of governance, Modi has not introduced any new policies and programmes other than carrying forward the UPA programmes and policies", adding that, the only exception was demonetization.

Further, the party claimed that the GST is "without a head or tail", and that no guidelines or laws pertaining to the GST have been announced prior to its launch.

"All over India, the price of every commodity and material is sky rocketing. The Modi-led Government instead of controlling the prices in the market is blindly imposing GST on 1st July 2017, which is absurd. Such a move may jeopardize the business community and the customers ", the party said.

It further claimed that the GST bill was placed in the parliament during UPA-I and II in which the BJP and its political partners never allowed even a debate on GST & FDI in the parliament. "But as soon as the BJP Government came to power, the PMO implemented FDI in the country", it added.




Kaso carries out inspection of landslide hit areas

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Parliamentary Secretary cum local MLA Techi Kaso on Wednesday inspected landslide affected areas near Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan School and others areas of Itanagar Township.

Kaso visited the Christian Revival Church on the way to Donyi-Polo Vidya Bhawan School, where the road leading to the church has been completely washed away by torrential rain.

He further visited the RCC building damaged by the landslide at B Sector of one Tame Tabin and inspected sector roads at Raj Bhawan, P Sector, A Sector and other areas.

Kaso assured the locals and church leaders to look after the damage caused to the approach road next year. However, he assured support for urgent works and also requested them to send the damage report to the government to seek relief.

He further appealed to all to remain alert during heavy downpour and consequent landslides.




Mrs India finalist calls on CM

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Mrs India Finalist and Mrs India North 2017 Runner-up, Dr Duyu Meena Mudang called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu today. The Chief Minister wished her good luck for the national grand finale of Mrs India 2017 to be held in Chennai on July 4 next.

"It is a matter of pride that Dr Mudang is representing Arunachal at the Mrs India 2017. This is the first time that the state has seen such representation. She represents not only Arunachal but the whole Northeast," said the Chief Minister.




Central Dree Football: Semi final line-up complete

ZIRO, Jun 21: The semi final line-up for the Golden Jubilee Central Dree Football Tournament is complete with Diibo Sports Club (DSC) and All Hija Sports Association-A (AHSA-A) joining with Sojang Lapang Sports Club (SLSC) and Hari Sports Club (HSC) in the final four.

The third quarter final match was played between Diibo Sports Club (DSC) and High Definition Football Club (HDFC), in which the former defeated the latter 1-0.

The match was evenly poised until 56th minute when Koj Tangung scored through a free kick, which ultimately turned out to be the match winner.

Koj was adjudged the player of the match.

All Hija Sports Association-A also beat Laji Bojia Sporting Club (LBSC) 1-0 in a keenly contested match.

Nada Tamo scored the all-important goal to ensure AHSA-A's semi final berth.

Best player of the match award went to Danyi Tang of AHSA-A.

Both the winners of Wednesday's matches will face each other in the semi final on June 23.

Sojang Lapang Sports Club will be up against Hari Sports Club in the first semi final.




Villagers mourn student leader's death


PASIGHAT, Jun 21: The body of student leader Ojing Taying, who succumbed to his injuries inflicted upon him during an attack 10 days ago, arrived in his native village Ngorlung on Tuesday night from Guwahati.

Ojing was brutally attacked by some unidentified youths in Itanagar on June 10, and was rushed to Guwahati for treatment.

The cause of his death is reported to be internal brain haemorrhage.

Ojing, son of Jiten Taying of Ngorlung, was the Finance Secretary of East Siang District Students Union.

Condemning the crime vehemently, Boring Olung Welfare Society President Tamat Gamoh appealed to the law enforcing authority to ensure early arrest of the perpetrators of the heinous crime and stringent punishment for them under appropriate sections of the law.

Gamoh also appealed to the state government to provide adequate compensation to the kin of the deceased.




Police apprehend NSCN(R) cadre in Changlang

CHANGLANG, Jun 21: The Arunachal Pradesh Police, Changlang unit apprehended an NSCN (R) cadre, identified as Self Styled Private/ Sepoy Kaplong Khimhun (26) on June 20 last.

The district police received a tip off regarding movement of the NSCN(R) in the PWD Complex (Nadipar) of Changlang Township for extortion. Consequently, the police laid a net to nab the culprit on June 20 at around 5 PM, and noticed suspicious movement of the suspect at around 7.30 PM near the Bailey Bridge over Tirap River.

The district police immediately rounded up the suspect and apprehended him, who on interrogation disclosed his identity and informed that he had joined the NSCN(R) in August 2016.

In this regard, FIR no.19/2017 u/s 384/511 IPC R/W 13 UA (P) Act has been registered at Changlang Police station against the NSCN (R) cadre.




Association welcomes govt decision on NHV

ITANAGAR, Jun 21:  The Dakhte Hoj Panchayat Youth Welfare Association (DHPYWA) welcomed the decision of the government to shift the Nyishi Heritage Village (NHV) site from Yazali to Hoj, stating that Hoj is the most suitable and feasible place to establish the NHV.  The DHPYWA claimed that Hoj village would be appropriate from tourism point of view as people of five districts pass through it.




Gold Medalist Nyorak welcomed

NAHARLAGUN, Jun 21: The Tutem Ao Welfare Society (TAWS) accorded warm welcome to Gold Medalist Liken Nyorak in a function held at Naharlagun on Tuesday.

Liken Nyorak, son of Jumli Nyorak from Pushi Nyorak Village of West Siang district had won two gold medals in the recently concluded international taekwondo championship at Nepal. Meanwhile, the TAWS requested the state government to recognize the achievement of the talented sportsperson to encourage the youth of the state.



Medical awareness camp at Taba-Sora village

AALO, Jun 21: The Rama Krishna Mission School conducted a medical camp at Taba-Sora village   on June 16, where 71 persons were benefited from the camp. The medical team also conducted tests on malaria and other diseases and created awareness on its preventive measures. (DIPRO)




Senki View road condition worsens with monsoon

ITANAGAR, Jun 21: Chairman of Senki View Colony, Kipa Lolgo said that the road condition of the colony was deplorable and with the onset of the monsoon, the condition has worsened.

Maintaining that Senki View Colony is one of the main attractions of Itanagar where people come to spend leisure time, besides being the area for SRF camp, PHE Division Office and Water transplant, Lolgo said that he had written to the state government, the city magistrate and PHE Department for their attention towards the deprived condition of Senki View road and to sanction fund for the maintenance of the road.

Also highlighting that Itanagar gets its water supply from the Senki View River and that the river is starting to get polluted, Lolgo urged the authorities concerned to initiate action.




'Private stone quarry owners deprived of fair TAH compensation'

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Jun 21: The Subansiri Welfare Society (SWS) has alleged that the district administration has deprived local private stone quarry owners of fair Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) compensation in Upper Subansiri district.

Raising question on the right to fair compensation and transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Settlement Act, 2013, the SWS said that the district administration has not considered special compensation for the TAH affected private stone quarries in the river banks. No especial rate for the stone quarry owners is fixed, it said.

Earlier, a board constituted by the district administration had fixed a special compensation rate for quarry owners. However, the board's decision was reportedly nullified after the new DC took charge, it said.  The Society has appealed to the state government to look into the matter immediately.




RARI conducts health cum awareness camp

ITANAGAR, June 21: The Regional Ayurvedic Research Institute (RARI) has conducted a 'Free Swasthya Parikshan and Health & Hygiene Awareness Camp' at Government Higher Secondary School, Ganga Village here on Wednesday.

A team of RARI doctors including Dr K K Brahma, Dr Shriprakash, Dr J R Das and Dr Dusu Tabyo offered free treatment and medicines to around 60 patients during the camp.  Two patients were found with hyperglycemic.

Earlier, the camp was inaugurated by Itanagar DDSE M Y Gollo, who lauded the institute for organizing the event for the benefit of common people.

Dr Shriprakash, senior scientist of the institute highlighted the main objectives of the SRP projects, while GSI Director P K Singh and Vice Principal of GHSS, Ganga Village, Mikir Kamki also spoke on the occasion.

The RARI has adopted 10 villages/colonies in Papum Pare district, namely, Pachin, Chiputa, Ganga, Poma, Jollang, Chimpu, Doimukh, Lanka, Hollongi and Nirjuli for this year under 'Swasthya Rakshan Programme'  of the  Union Ministry of Ayush.  Out of 10 villages,   first phase of SRP is being conducted in five village since April 2017.

---- Editorial ----




Look beyond loan waiving scheme

States after state is announcing loan waiver for the farmers. Just days after Punjab government announced waiver of crop loans of up to Rs 2 lakh to small and marginal farmers, the Karnataka government today became the fourth state to waive off farmer loans. The state's Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted that the government will waive off loans of up to Rs 50,000 given to farmers until June 20 by co-operative banks.

In April, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to announce farm loan waiver for loan amount of up to Rs 1 lakh for nearly 87 lakh small and marginal farmers. Following a series of agitation by the farming community, the Maharashtra government also soon followed by announcing loan waiver of up to Rs 1 lakh. The loan waving thing is spreading like wildfire. With couple of state elections lining up which will be followed by general election in another two year, loan waiver scheme is becoming political tool to woo voters. The reckless act of waiving off loan without any plan will only encourage farmers to indulge in same act in future. Definitely farmers need help but not this kind of short term help. Government should help them to acquire best available technologies to improve productivity and a proper market channel should be developed for them so that middlemen can be avoided. Its time government looks beyond loan waiving scheme and initiate appropriate step to help the famers. Also loan waiving burdens the govt exchequer because of which they will not be able to concentrate in developmental activities.







---- Readers Forum ----





Politicians and accountability

Dear Editor,

Apropos Taba Ajum's article, "Hollow political promises and lack of accountability" (Monday musing, June 19, 2017), it is we who send politicians to the House of the People.

Moreover, every Indian has to pay a substantial amount of tax in our indirect tax regime. Like the consumers, we should have similar rights and protections if our political representatives fail us and spend Govt money without considering our urgent need.


Sujit De,





Unnecessary fuss

Dear Editor,

This is with regards to the ‘age as on issue’ being discussed by some candidates which is creating an unnecessary fuss among the aspirants.

Three points:

1. Firstly, space was already prefilled (age as on 01.01.20..) with the space provided for adding the last two digits of the year.

2. Secondly, an institution of repute like APPSC would not be rejecting the forms on such a minor issue, unless one has filled up the date of birth incorrectly.

3. Lastly, they can easily deduce the overage and underage candidates by merely using the date of birth- without needing the aspirants to calculate for them. They have that system in place.

The one who should worry are those aspirants who are getting overage before the stipulated date given by the commission. Therefore, I would urge to all the serious candidates to prepare for the exam and avoid unnecessary distraction.


Ritalin, Guwahati





Angry farmers, distressed leaders

Dear Editor,

If we want to see the worst in someone, then sweeten the person up by frequently giving him money. It is like pampering a child who could later become an unruly adult and let down his parents. Well, this is what successive governments have done for farmers. They have pampered them without teaching them robust farming methods Firstly, farmers were encouraged to take loans and when they defaulted on payment the loan and interest was waived. Some political parties have used the “loan waiver” as their ladder for climbing to power, as the BJP did in Uttar Pradesh. Has it not sent out the wrong message to other farmers across the country? Will a farmer from UP not teach his facebook friends from Madhya Pradesh to demand the waiver from their leaders?

With each passing day the farmers from various states have pretty well learned the tricks of the trade and so they now make the state governments yield to their demands. In many cases, they have arm-twisted their leaders as has happened recently in Maharashtra. But have we ever given a serious thought on how many lakh crores have so far been written off? Frankly speaking, much could have been achieved if that colossal amount of money were productively utilized instead of offering as unproductive loans?  Big changes could have been brought about in the agricultural sector. Very advanced irrigation and storage system could have been installed across the country and efficient marketing methodologies could have been employed to sell the produce profitably. And, this could have ushered in an impressive trend in agricultural production and marketing strategies. Then automatically the socio-economic status of the farmers could have been raised and as a result, the farmers would have become self-sufficient and happy and the whole country would have been well nourished.

Unfortunately, today every farmer is in distress, every village parched by drought and insufficiency.  And ultimately the governments are now left with no option but to buy the “peace” from the poor farmers by way of waivers as a short-term settlement. But for how long? I guess the government will keep beating their chest when the farmers become restive.


Salil Gewali,






Flagship programme and conditions

Dear Editor,

I was going through the content regarding three flagship programmes of Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in the Arunachal Times dated 20th June.

I am happy that our govt is implementing various programmes for the welfare of its people. But I was confused by one of the condition mentioned in the salient features under Deen Dayal Uphadhyaya Swalamban Yojna which read as "10% contribution is mandatory: preference will be given to those who contribute higher".

If this is true than I am afraid to say that said scheme is not meant for unemployed youth! How can govt impose such rules in socio-economic development programmes which aims in uplift of poor and unemployed youth that allows money to decide the faith. Instead of these the Govt and district administrators can ask for creative DPR or say the DPR which promises to generate maximum employment in the state.

I believe the administration and govt will consider the condition.


A Responsible Citizen







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