PR leaders appeals state govt to bring respite to calamity hit Dibang valley
ROING, June 12: All the Panchayat members of Dibang Valley made an earnest appeal
to the state government to act immediately to bring respite to the people of calamity-hit
Describing the misery of the people of Dibang Valley due to lack of essential commodities
including life saving drugs, Amunge Mili ASM Anini regretted that “during the three
months of hardship, the MLA and the ministers did not feel the need to visit the
calamity hit district.” They should have immediately assessed and monitor the disaster
hit district and addressed the crisis with adequate relief material”, the ASM added.
Cost of Dal, Sugar, Salt, Flour, biscuit, candle have soared and other essential
commodities is beyond the reach of common people as the entire shops and makeshifts
have been closed due to halt in the supply of the commodities. Despite all efforts
by the district administration to make available the essential commodities, situation
is far from over.
Ration and passenger sorties could not land in Anini owing to bad weather condition.
Meanwhile, the lone district medical at Anini is totally crippled due to acute shortage
of life saving drugs and power. “The Medicines provided by MUSKAN, Eri Tayu and
Zilla Chairperson Empi Meya for interim management few weeks back got exhausted.
Basic life saving drugs including Antibiotic Syrup, Anti-malaria injection, Gastric,
Anti-Diarrhoeal, Okytrician tablets are out of stock. In addition to these, power
crisis has also hit the heath delivery system. The worst is that candles are used
in labour room in absence of electricity,” rued Dr. Muchu Mihu MO.
DC take stock of development activities, stress on sincere service of officials
SEPPA, June 12: Newly posted East Kameng District Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam called
on the Govt. officers to perform their duties sincerely for all round development
of the district. He was addressing the officers in his first coordination meeting
with the HoDs of the various departments at his office chamber yesterday.
Bam gave special emphasis on the law and order problem saying without a congenial
atmosphere, the development of the district is almost impossible. He asked East Kameng
SP to keep on law and order intact so that the developmental schemes being implemented
by the govt. are not disturbed.
With our sincere effort the pre-notion of people towards Seppa as a disturbed district
could be proved wrong, Bam added while asking the SP to depute the force for regular
patrolling of the township. He however cautioned the police not to be arbitrary while
discharging the duties.
Asking all the HoDs to direct their subordinated staffs to stay in their respective
posting place, Bam said that though there is accommodation problem in the circle,
all the officer should perform their duties as much as they can. DC is only a team
captain, all the govt officials has their own responsibilities and one cannot run
away from it. He further warned the officer that stern action shall be taken against
the officers who do not perform their duties sincerely. He also asked the HoDs to
bring to the notice of the DC about the matters that cannot be solved in the office.
Giving special emphasis on the education, Bam directed DDSE to inspect all the schools
in the district and to direct all teachers to stay in their respective posting place.
The HoDs and the representatives from the various departments present on the meeting
submitted the detail report of various developmental activities being undertaken
in their respective departments and those who do not do so were asked to submit as
early as possible. The matters pertaining to health and sanitation, the PDS system,
electricity problem and development in other departments were discussed at length
in the meeting. DIPRO
Tree plantation marks NCP foundation day
ITANAGAR, June 12: As a part of the week-long celebration of the 12th NCP Foundation
day in Arunachal, District Nationalist Student Congress (NSC) members headed by
its President Taba Katu and Teshi Sony took part in plantation drive and planted
150 saplings near Dikrong Bridge Doimukh with help of Forest Range Office today.
Meanwhile, Nationalist Youth Congress state unit decided to organize tree plantation
program on 15th of this month at Nirjuli-I village on Pare River bank as part of
the week-long celebration.
648 newly commissioned officers pass out from IMA
Arunachal Governor asks cadets to face challenges
DEHRADUN, June 12: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh today inspected the passing
out parade of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun. 648 gentlemen cadets including 23
foreign gentlemen Cadets from friendly countries and 23 Gentlemen Cadets from Assam
Rifles passed out of the Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.
The chief guest of the occasion, the Governor congratulated all the young officers
for choosing this noble profession and asked them to keep updated and to be ready
and vigilant to face all types of challenges.
Gen Singh also inspected a guard of honour given by the Gentlemen Cadets and Army
helicopters showered petals. The Sword of Honour, the most coveted recognition that
a Gentleman Cadet aspires to possess went to ACA Gaurav Hridaya, who is also an active
sportsman. Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit went to BUO
Sumit S Lahane. The Medals were presented by the Chief Guest to other awardees including
Silver Medal 2nd in order of Merit ACA Gaurav Hridaya and Bronze Medal 3rd in order
of Merit BCA Yogendra Kathayat
The Passing Out Parade was witnessed by Military and Civil Dignitaries, the family
members, relatives and the friends of the newly commissioned officers. During two
days, parents and relatives of newly commissioned officers witnessed Wreath Laying
Ceremony at War Memorial, End of Term Indoor Club Exhibition, Musical Evening at
the Khetarpal Auditorium and Multi Activity Display at Tons Polo Ground of Indian
Military Academy. Indeed a befitting farewell to the Passing Out Course!!
Lt Gen Rajinder Singh Sujlana, PVSM,AVSM,VSM, Commandant, Indian military Academy
accompanied the Reviewing Officer. The parade marched on the tunes of `Col Bogey’
and `Sare Jahan Se Achacha’. PRO, Rajbhawan
Financial Inclusion - Banks need to be pro-active
Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay
Financial Inclusion has suddenly become the talk of the town. This is quite natural
as the Government of India is seriously thinking to reach out to those unreached
sections who have been by-passed from the financial services offered by the Banks
in terms of savings, credit, remittances and insurance services. It is paradoxical
that a sizable chunk of population in the urban areas and metros enjoy the facilities
of ATM, Internet Banking, Credit and Debit Cards, online money transfers, etc. while
a large majority of population in the rural areas do not have even the basic minimum
banking facilities. This is unacceptable and quite rightly, the Government of India
appointed a committee under the Chairmanship of Dr. C. Rangarajan, the eminent economist
and former Governor of RBI to rectify the situation and to stem the growing divide
between the urban and rural population in terms of financial exclusion. The Committee
has gone into the depth to find out the reasons for financial exclusion and has recommended
what needs to be done differently to check this growing divide of providing financial
services between the urban and rural areas.
The Committee has defined the financial inclusion “as the process of ensuring access
to financial services and timely and adequate credit where needed by vulnerable groups
such as weaker sections and low income groups at an affordable cost.” By taking this
criteria, the committee has identified that 73% of farmer households in the country
have no access to formal sources of credit. The situation is far more precarious
in the North Eastern States and in Arunachal 5 districts viz., Changlang, Dibang
Valley, East Kameng, Lohit and Tirap districts have more than 98% financial exclusion.
This is not a happy situation after more than two decades of bank nationalization
and RBI’s strong directives on priority sector lending.
There are different views as to how the financial inclusion can be achieved. The
initial idea was that opening of ‘No Frills Bank Account’ is probably the objective
of financial inclusion. Accordingly, the banks were declaring those districts as
totally financially included districts where all the eligible poor have opened the
no frills account. However, Rangarajan Committee has totally discarded that narrow
view of financial inclusion and it had indicated that comprehensive financial inclusion
would be to provide a holistic set of services encompassing a basic no frills account
for making and receiving payments, a savings product suited to their (poor household)
cash flows, small loans and overdraft facilities, money transfer facilities alongwith
insurance, both life and non-life, etc. And logically, this should be linked up with
inclusive growth as envisaged under 11th Five Year Plan.
If we take those parameters as defined by Rangarajan Committee, we observe that there
is a long way to go to reach that desired goal even though the Committee has suggested
that at least 50% of the excluded rural households should be reached under financial
inclusion by 2012 and the rest of the excluded households in the rural area by 2015.
In Arunachal Pradesh, we had a series of seminars and workshops at State and District
levels organised by NABARD and it was well attended by all the stakeholders. The
action plans have been drawn up and all corners have shown their commitments to achieve
the financial inclusion. However, the movement of financial inclusion is yet to catch
up in full scale considering the extent of financial exclusion in the state. The
credit-deposit ratio in the state is barely 38.35% as on December 31, 2010. In the
last year, it was barely 12.92% and year before last, it was hardly 42.29% whereas,
the RBI norms stipulate 60% credit-deposit ratio. The low population density in the
hilly terrains of Arunachal or elsewhere do not favour the branch expansion policy
of the banks. This is where a creative solution from the bankers is urgently needed
to address this issue. Fortunately, there is alternative solution through SHGs, Joint
Liability Groups and using Farmer’s Club as essential conduit to reach out to those
unreached section. Incidentally, the response from the bankers is still lukewarm
and much more pro-active response is needed to bridge the gap of financial exclusion.
The NGOs in the State are actively collaborating with NABARD to take the SHG movement
to a new high and the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has also launched micro-Finance
Vision to reach those excluded section through Self-help groups but the poor SHG
members are finding it difficult even to open their savings bank account, what to
talk about bank loan. The savings of poor SHGs can leverage bank credit for micro-enterprise
and other agriculture and allied activities. The experience of Andhra Pradesh can
be a trend-setter for the entire country and even for outside world. With an amount
of Rs.900 Crores seed capital of the SHGs, the groups could leverage Rs.26,000 crores
bank credit and over a period of eight years, the linear growth of SHGs from 2.3
lakhs to 9.5 lakh is not a small achievement by any standard. Moreover, SHGs are
able to access all types of financial services being offered by the banks. This is
an example worth emulating for all of us who want financial inclusion to be successful
in Arunachal or elsewhere in the country.
(The author of this article is General Manager, NABARD, Arunachal Pradesh Regional
Office and the views are his own.)
In-service training for agri officers held
ITANAGAR, June 12: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Deomali in Tirap district organized a three
days training programme from 10 -12 for the extension functionaries of agricultural
department on field “Crop Cultivation “ at Khonsa. 17 participants from the different
agriculture offices of the district attended the programme.
Dr. Narendra Kumar, Programme Coordinator, KVK in his inaugural address explained
the gathering about different activities of KVK in the district and highlighted the
objectives of the training. G. Hocha, District Agricultural Officer, who was chief
guest of the function, urged the extension workers to abstract full benefit from
the training to make the Tirap district self sufficient in food crop production.
Simanta Kumar Kalita, subject matter specialist (Agronomy) delivered lectures on
“Recent Advances on Field Crop Cultivation” and “Cultivation of Quality Protein Maize
(QPM)” in detail.
Through PowerPoint presentation, he brought to light various effective and scientific
agro- technologies to improve the cultivation of some important field crops. Integrated
nutrient and pest management, problem and prospects of field crop cultivation in
the district were some of the important areas discussed very fruitfully with the
participants, according to an official release.
Take up more development: APMTF
ITANAGAR, June 12: Arunachal Public Motors Transport Federation (APMTF), East Kameng
District Unit, while welcoming the new Deputy Commissioner appealed the DC to take
up more development activities like electrification, water supply, road communication
and transport system in its township beautification movement.
Blue Pine school students excel
ITANAGAR, June 12: Blue Pine Residential English School, Ziro has excelled in the
recently declared CBSE Class X result.
Out of 28 students appeared, 15 students scored above 90% marks, 9 students scored
above 80% and 4 students scored above 70% marks with AI marks in all subject by Sherin
Lisa Antony and Tage Ani.
Arunachal to participate in Santosh Trophy
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Senior Football Team will participate in the 64th National
Football Championship for Santosh Trophy to be held at Kolkata, West Bengal from
July 15 to August eight.
The selection trial camp would held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from June
24 to pick players for the championship. Interested players may contact coach Nada
Apa (09436223527) for details.
DC reviews construction of steel bridge over Kundil River
ITANAGAR: Lower Dibang Valley deputy commissioner-cum-District Level Monitoring Committee
chairman Y W Ringu visited the on-going work of the scheme “Construction of Steel
Trass Bridge over Kundil River between Iduli and Kabang village on June 10. The scheme
is being executed by RWD under RIDF.
Ringu, who was accompanied by DLMC members, panchayat leaders and Govt. officers
urged the RWD officials to ensure completion of work within the targeted time. She
also requested the officials to take initiative for construction of a temporary bamboo
bridge for alternative transportation of nearby villagers till the completion of
An amount of Rs 109 lakh has already been sanctioned by the Govt for the construction
of the bridge, 90 per cent of the works have been completed and the bridge is likely
to be completed by September next, informed the RWD officials to visiting dignitaries.
However, they informed that a revised allocation of additional amount of Rs 91 lakh
has been placed to the Govt for early completion of work. The PRI members expressed
their satisfaction over the progress of work and informed that the DLMC members would
visit the bridge again after completion.
ITANAGAR, June 12: The All Yachuli Students Union has decided to call a 12-hour Yachuli
constituency bandh on June 17 next in support of its demand on the establishment
of the proposed NIT at Yachuli in Lower Subansiri district.
The union in a release said it had submitted an ultimatum to the education minister
regarding the same but the government has not paid any heed to the ultimatum.
Closing time fixed
ITANAGAR, June 12: Local wine owners/sellers within Nirjuli market area have fixed
8 pm as closing time of all wine shops within the market area. The decision was
taken in a general meeting of wine sellers today in order to maintain proper law
and order situation, said chairman of the meeting and general secretary of Nirjuli
Market Welfare Committee in a release today. The violation of the decision will invite
legal action, the release added.