State headed for LPG crisis
ITANAGAR, June 9: State is heading for severe LPG crisis with vehicles carrying gas
to bottling plant of Indian Oil Corporation situated in Kimin town remains stranded
on the road. The road after crossing Kimin check gate has caved in and no vehicle
weighing more than 35 MT are being allowed to cross.
The torrential rain which has been lashing the state for last few days has lead to
crumbling of this particular section of road.
Even during flood of June 2008 this road was badly damaged but it seems BRO who is
responsible for maintaining this road has not learned any lesson.
Since 7th of this month no heavy vehicle has been able to cross this section of
road and most of the heavily loaded tankers carrying gas are all waiting near gate
to proceed further.
Talking to this daily, one official of plant said LPG crisis will worsen in coming
days as most of the supplies to places like Daporijo, Pasighat, Aalo, Yinkiong, Ziro,
Basar and Capital Complex are provided from this plant.
According to one citizen of Kimin, this road was supposed to be repaired by Border
Road Organization (BRO) in last June but they started work only 3 months ago. “All
through winter BRO never bothered to carry out work. And now when it is too late,
they are trying to repair,” told the citizen. He further added, “When we approach,
BRO keeps assuring but never carries out their work properly.”
Meanwhile district food and civil supply officer of Papum Pare visited the affected
road today and took measures of situations. The agency responsible for repairing
this road has assured that within two days normalcy will be restored and work is
being carried out in war footing.
ATSU demand a college at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, June 9: All Tagin Students Union (ATSU) has demanded establishment of Degree
College at Daporijo in a memorandum to Education Minister.
Only few students from among the 800 students that come out successful every year
from the schools are pursuing higher education outside the district, while rest of
the students are languishing in their own district due to lack of institute of higher
learning, the union said. Demanding upgradation of one of the middle schools in Daporijo
town to higher secondary level, the union said that it is almost impossible for a
single Govt higher secondary school to accommodate the students who pass out from
7 middle schools of the town.
The union also demanded posting of adequate teachers in the district and requested
the authorities to stop transfer of teacher in mid academic session. It further said
that posting should be made proportionately in all the schools of the district for
Development and indigenous people
World Environmental Day (5th June) marks the anniversary of the Stockholm conference
on human environment in Sweden in 1972, where Nations of the World gathered to share
their concern over human progress at the expense of the environment. The present
era has looked at economic status alone as a measure of human development. The current
strategies of economic development are using up resources of the world so rapidly
that our future generations will have serious environmental problems much worse than
those we are facing today. The current development strategies have been considered
unsustainable for the world’s long term development. The newer concept of development
has come to be known as “sustainable development”. The Nations of the World understood
these issues at the Rio Conference in 1992. Several documents were created for the
United Nation’s Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), which brought
out the fact that environment and development were closely connected and there was
a need to “Care for Earth”.
Sustainable development is defined us development that meets the needs of the present
without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. It also
considers the equity between countries and continents, races and classes, gender
and ages. It also includes social developments and economic opportunity on the one
hand and the requirements of the environment on the other. It is based on improving
the quality of life for all within the carrying capacity of the supporting eco-systems.
It is a process which leads to a better quality of life while reducing the impact
on the environment. Its strength is that it acknowledges the inter dependence of
human needs and environmental requirements. To ensure sustainable development, any
activity that is expected to bring about economic growth must also consider its environmental
impacts so that it is more consistent with long term growth and development.
Large dams, major highways, mining, industries, etc. can seriously damage eco-systems
that support the ecological health of a region. Forests are essential for maintaining
renewable resources, reducing carbon dioxide levels and maintaining oxygen levels
in the earth’s atmosphere. The loss of forest depletes bio-diversity which has to
be preserved to maintain life on earth. Major heavy industries if not planed carefully
lead to environmental degradation due to air and water pollution generating enormous
quantities of waste that lead to long term environmental hazards. Considering all
these facts, it became imperative to evolve environmental legislation to protect
Thus, the Environmental (Protection) Act, 1986 was enacted in India, which is in
spirit of the proclamation adopted by the UNs Conference on human environment held
in Stockholm in June 1972. This act was passed to protect the environment as there
was a growing concern over the deteriorating state of the environment. The act stipulates
that for all development projects, the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF),
Govt. of India requires an impact assessment done by a competent organization. The
EIA looks into the physical, biological and social parameters. EIAs are expected
to indicate what the likely impacts could be if a project is passed. It is not sufficient
to say that an EIA has been done. It is the quality and sincerity of the EIA that
is of importance. There are several instances of EIAs inadequately researched and
frequently biased as they are funded by the proposer of the project. So, citizens
should be vigilant and prudent. The MoEF has identified a large number of projects
that needs clearance on environmental grounds. The EIA defines what impact it would
have on water, soil and air. It also requires a list of flora and fauna identified
in the region which is to be documented and to specify if there are any endangered
species whose habitat or life could be adversely affected. The MoEF has listed thirty
different projects that require clearance before they are setup. After 1997 the MoEF
has stipulated that a public hearing should be done at the local level where the
people can air their views regarding the project. Despite the enactment of the act,
it is evident that environmental situation continuous to deteriorate. We need to
implement this act more aggressively if our environment is to be protected.
Public concern and support is crucial for implementing the EPA. This must be supported
by an enlightened media, administrators, highly aware policy makers, informed judiciary
and trained technocrats, who together can influence and prevent further degradation
of the environment. Each of us has a responsibility to make it happen. In many situations
there are proponents of the project who only look at their own rapid economic gains.
It is for the citizens as concerned individuals and groups to counter their vested
interest. We cannot support the economic growth of one sector of the society while
we permit environmental degradation to destroy the lives of the less fortunate comprising
of indigenous people. Currently while numerous mega dams are being proposed in the
north east region it’s the need of the hour for the citizens to get acquainted with
the provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986 and make the best use of
it to prevent our environment from getting further degraded. (The contributor can
be reached at [email protected])
No mobile phones in class room: AAPSU
ITANAGAR, June 9: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) today adopted resolution
banning use of mobile phone in class room by the students.
In a letter, the AAPSU also appealed the director of school education to consider
the resolution and direct the subordinate authorities to ban use of mobile phone
in the class rooms.
AAPSU said that it has taken the genuine decision after it received complaints from
parents and students that use of such communicative device in class room creates
disturbance in learning process of the students.
89,783 enrolls names in Congress membership drive
ITANAGAR, June 9: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has completed the
strenuous task of membership drive. The electoral rolls have already been submitted
to the state election authority of the party to facilitate early organisational election
Congress, being oldest party of the country is determined to promote and maintain
the spirit of inner party democracy and the party election will be held as per the
direction and guidelines from the Central party election authority, APCC president
and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki said the media persons today.
It was informed that out of the total 7,48,472 electorate, 89,783 enrolled their
names in Congress membership and total eligible contestant enrolled are 9865 and
all the members are distributed I-card through DCCs and BCCs.
AICC Pradesh returning officer for Arunachal Pradesh Verendra Bakshi informed that
since 1922, the AICC has been maintaining inner party democracy and striving hard
to reach the villages to give them chance to have a say in inner party democracy.
Giving brief details about the party organisational process, Bakshi further hoped
the organizational election in the state will over within June-July.
Students union demands uniformity in school fee
ITANAGAR, Jun 9: West Siang District Students’ Union (WSDSU) reiterated its demand
for bringing uniformity in school admission fee structure in the district.
The students union, in a letter to West Siang deputy commissioner, claimed that some
government schools in the district are charging very high examination and admission
fees from students.
While giving detailed fee structure of Govt. Nehru Memorial Secondary School, Aalo,
where admission fee of Rs. 300 is fixed for class I-V, Rs.600 for class VI -VIII,
Rs. 800 for class IX - X and Rs.900 for class XI, the students union demanded the
deputy commissioner to fix admission fee immediately. This high fee structure might
lead to school dropouts as majority of students studying in government schools are
from poor families, the union said.
Further, there should be no school fee and textbook be supplied to students upto
class eight free of cost under the provision of Right to Education Act, the union
Positive Cost of ElectionsLinking Society and Politics
Dr. Nani Bath
Elections concern every individual and institution in a democratic set-up. Democracy
rests on the will of the people. These wills are manifested more effectively at the
time when representatives of the people are selected or elected. In a representative
type of democracy, wills of the people are temporarily transferred to their representatives
for a specific period of time, with the consent of the people. Montesquieu wrote
in 1748 that since it was not possible in a large state for the people to meet as
a legislative body, they must choose representatives to do what they could not do
themselves. Elections in Arunachal Pradesh, however, are considered as a necessary
In Arunachal Pradesh, words like politics, political parties and electoral politics
are identified with those divisive forces that are responsible for division of clan,
community and even family. Politics is a word to which almost everybody loves to
hate little knowing the fact that nobody, during his life time, can hope to remain
away from politics. This reminds me of a statement made by a gentleman, who says,
“whoever you are and wherever you are, you may not be interested in politics but
politics is interested in you”.
Everyone sees negative of politics and electoral politics, but there is a positive
cost, which of course is unintended.
One afternoon, on way back to Rono Hills, we saw two fully grown Mithuns (bos frontalis)
being tended by villagers somewhere in between Doimukh and Nirjuli. I was particularly
attracted by the beauty of their horns. My son, who sat beside me, was inquisitive
to know if the Mithuns were for sale and to be killed. The response was negative
and he was told that such animals are generally used for social ceremonies like Nyeda
(local term for marriage) and jokingly told him that a Mithun has already been purchased
to bring a beautiful bahu for me.
My son’s prediction proved to be right. It was learnt, after some days, that those
animals were sacrificed at the ‘altar’ of a political leader to be distributed among
party workers. Hundreds of our ‘state animals’ are killed every election, just for
political reason, without considering its economic and social consequences. In every
general election, around ten such animals are killed on an average per Assembly constituency.
There are sixty Assembly segments in Arunachal Pradesh- that means, around 600 Mithuns
are sacrificed every five years. The number is huge in any count.
Interestingly, P.K. Thungon, the then Chief Minister (Janata Party), in 1977, wrote
to the Election Commission of India praying that ‘the symbol Mithun has religious
significance and it is being treated as sacred among various tribes in the Union
Territory of Arunachal Pradesh. The symbol (Mithun) should not be allowed to be exploited
by political parties (read: PPA) at the election. Therefore, the symbol Mithun should
be deleted from the list of free symbols in respect of the Union Territory of Arunachal
Pradesh’. His appeal, however, was not granted. It may be noted that Bakin Pertin,
who contested successfully the general election to the Lok Sabha in March,1977 as
an independent candidate was allotted the symbol Mithun at that election.
Mithuns, unlike other animals, have a great socio-economic and religious significance
for almost all tribal communities of Arunachal Pradesh. This is true but, one wonders,
what is positive about wanton sacrificing of Mithuns by the political leaders irrespective
of political colours or affiliations. There is one positive aspect, which may not
be visible to all.
If the trend of sacrificing Mithuns at the ‘altar’ of political leaders continues,
it is likely that Mithun would become a scarce commodity. Since a tribal marriage
cannot be socially sanctified without exchange of Mithuns, situation may also come
when marriage itself will become scarce ‘commodity’. The growth of population would
be reduced hugely with the reduction of number of marriages. This could be the cheapest
and most efficient way of family planning!
So, why do we celebrate ‘Bos Frontalis Festival’ by unnecessarily raising the decibel
level beyond human tolerance? I do not know how much amount was spent on the Festival
but I have a feeling that the money spent could have been better used for bringing
about awareness among the general public and to treat various diseases inflicting
the animals in far off places.
There is nothing wrong in using Mithun as an ‘ATM’ (somebody used this phrase) as
something that has liquidity value is valued more in any society. The only thing
we must keep in mind is to know the arithmetic of profit maximization. Profit can
only be maximized when we grow more and more Mithuns.
Preservation of natural habitats is one of the ways to save Mithuns- our social as
well as cultural commodity. And their natural habitats can be preserved by avoiding
commercial exploitation of the forests and unscientific methods of cultivation. General
view being that even if fifty per cent of the total mega dams (in the state) become
reality, eighty per cent of the natural habitats of the Mithuns would be destroyed,
policy makers shall have to be extra careful in harnessing the so-called ‘green gold’.
Socio-cultural organizations such as Galo Welfare Society, Nyishi Elite Society,
Adi Bane Kebang, etc need to play a pro-active role in preventing ‘unsocial’ use
of our sacred animal. The Apatani Youth Association, in early seventies, greatly
saved Mithun population in Apatani plateau by preventing socially and economically
harmful ‘competition’ (lisunii) between competing parties. Heavy penalties were imposed
to the first mover, irrespective of genuineness of the case. It is learnt that Galo
Welfare Society has taken an initiative to fix the number of Mithuns a party can
sacrifice during marriage ceremony. This is a noble step, which must be respected
by way of ex-communicating the violators.
Any amount of debate- ‘Mithun as the state animal’- will carry no meaning when we
do not have significant number of this animal to represent us. A leader or two may
be taken for a tour to Mejiphema, the famous Mithun Breeding Centre in Nagaland.
They should look beyond rivers and rivulets (for signing MoUs with power developers).
It is high time for them to realize the fact that without Mithuns there will be no
Sadhis and Bihas, and when there is no Sadhis-Bihas, growth of population will be
greatly reduced. With unsteady growth of population, the voters to vote for the leaders
will get reduced considerably. So, Save Mithuns to Save Voters! (Dr. Bath teaches
in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University and can be contacted
at [email protected])
AKKDSU’s appeal to Govt officials
ITANAGAR, June 9: Expressing concern over the running of some Govt offices of Kurung
Kumey by the officers at their temporary camp at Ziro or Papum Pare, the All Kurung
Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has appealed the officers to shift their
base at Kurung Kumey within two months.
The union resented that despite bifurcation of the district from Lower Subansiri
district in 1999 for speedy social and economic development; some departments are
intentionally neglecting the administrative policy of the Govt and running the offices
from outside the district.
New STS GM welcomed
ITANAGAR, Jun 9: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees’ Welfare Association
(AAPSTEW) has welcomed the appointment of Repo Ronya as new GM of STS and hoped that
Ronya would work for the speedy development of the department. The union also wished
outgoing GM Opak Gao, who rendered his valuable services for the department for a
year, for all success in life.
Forum allege discrepancy in recruitment process
ITANAGAR, June 9: All Segi-Gusar Unemployed Youth Forum has expressed concern over
alleged illegal recruitment of village level Anganwadi workers by some Panchayat
leaders and government officials in the Segi circle, Upper Subansiri area. Forum
declared this practice as dangerous and requested authorities to appoint the rightful
Further Forum has appealed to the authorities especially education department to
initiate action against those teachers who are irregular in their service as it affect
the education of children.
43rd Dree Football from Jun 10
ITANAGAR, Jun 9: Central Dree Festival Committee, Ziro, like previous years, has
decided to organize various Games and Sports competitions, including the most popular
event football, to mark the ensuing Dree Festival. Dree, the agri-based festival
of Apatanis, is celebrated every year on July five.
Fourteen teams from different villages of Apatani Plateau are participating in this
year’s football tournament which is scheduled to begin from June 10 next, said a
All the participating teams are divided into four groups with winner and runners
up of each group qualifying for the quarterfinals. Bulla Sports Association, Bamang
Taji XI, Dusu Nencha XI, Diibo Football Club, Diibo Sports Club, Hari Sports Club,
ASHA, Hapoli Soccer Club, SLSC, Sancha Yapa FC, Ama Aaha XI, Shiro Spors Club, Kings
XI and Hage Nama XI are the participating teams.
The opening match would be played between Bullo Sports Association and Bamang Taji
XI on June 11 at 2 pm.
The semifinals would be played on June 24 and 25 while the final would be held on
Pasang Dorjee Sona, MLA and chairman Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing Board
and Yumsem Matey, MLA cum Chairman Department of Tirap and Changlang have consented
to attend the inaugural function of the 43rd edition of the Dree Festival Tournament
on June 10.
BADC draw Siram’s attention
ITANAGAR, June 9: Bana Area Development Committee (BADC) in a presentation to state
education minister has drawn his attention over various problems being faced by students
of Bana, government secondary school. The shortage of subject teachers in the school
has seriously affected performance of students in recent CBSE exam, BADC added.
BADC claimed that since up gradation of Bana M.E School to Government Secondary School
few years ago till now no single subject teacher has been posted leading to overloading
of work pressure on assistant teachers. Further committee has requested sanctioning
of fund for construction of teachers quarters. Due to lack of quarters at the moment
teachers are staying in PWD Inspection Bunglow, Bana and conditions of IB rooms are
in bad shape and also can’t accommodate family of teachers, added BADC.
Aalo: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner cum District Magistrate Amjad Tak has prohibited
carrying of Dao, Stick, Lathis, Arms & Ammunition, bow & arrow in offices of West
It has been seen that general public have a habit of carrying such tools in the offices
which seems to be odd and contrary to the office norms, the order read.
Violators of the order shall be liable for prosecution and such weapons would be
seized and confiscated as per provisions of the law. (DIPRO)
Dam assessment tour is not motivated
ITANAGAR: Adi Baane Kebang Youth Front (ABKYF) in a release said the Dam assessment
tour programme of the youth Front in the 32 Adi villages is purely non-political
and free from any external influences.
The aim of the assessment tour programme is to bring social upliftment, integrity
and facilitate the Adi society to take right direction at the right time, adding
that the youth front will never take decision, which may be detrimental to Adi society
in particular, and the state in general.
However, the finding of the ground realities in the said assessment tour will define
the future stand or action of the ABKYF.
NEKIB to open office at Delhi
ITANAGAR: North East Khadi and Industries Board, Culcutta in a meeting held recently
has decided to open its Central Advisory Office at Delhi.
Meanwhile, Gejo Ngomdir has been appointed as Vice Chairman (Planning), Central Advisory
Council Office, Delhi.
ITANAGAR, June 09: Senki View Welfare Association is conducting a social service
at Senki View on June 13.