NEW DELHI, June 11: Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's advice to cabinet ministers
to assign enough work to their junior ministers, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today
made his deputy Kiren Rijiju incharge of several divisions, including border management
and North-Eastern affairs.
Officials sources said Singh allocated divisions like disaster management, human
rights, border management, north-east and a few others to Rijiju.
The Minister of State for Home will be in-charge of the day-to-day affairs of the
divisions and report to the Home Minister directly.
Singh himself will handle crucial divisions like internal security, Left Wing Extremism,
centre-state affairs, police modernization and a few other divisions.
The work allocation came days after the Prime Minister had asked his cabinet colleagues
to allocate enough work to their deputies and report to him at the "earliest".
"It is requested that the distribution of work between the Ministers of State in
your Ministry kindly be sent to this office at the earliest", Modi has said in a
note sent to cabinet ministers. PTI
No post retirement appointments: Govt
NAHARLAGUN, June 11: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has put a general ban on
post retirement appointments of Government Servants in an order issued on June 6.
The head of department’s have also been directed not to process the proposals for
extensions/re-employment of retiring employees.
Further, where extension / re-employment has been granted in the past, fresh proposals
for their extension of service shall not be entertained anymore by the Government;
according to a press release issued today by the Commissioner, Department of Personnel,
AP Civil Secretariat. (DIPR)
Seminar on Children Indigenous Folklore
ITANAGAR, June 11: Department of Art and Culture in collaboration with North East
Zone Cultural Centre (NEZCC), Dimapur is going to organize a seminar on “Children
Indigenous Folklore” on June 12 and 13 at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli.
Training on E-procurement held
ITANAGAR, June 11: A training programme on e-Procurement was organized for senior
officers of Public Works Department at the Conference Hall of Planning Department
here today. Resource persons from NIC and State Council for IT and e-Governance (Department
of Information Technology), GoAP explained various aspects of e-Procurement through
Power Point presentations.
E-Procurement system, which is mainly for maintaining transparency in tendering works
and services using electronic methods at every stage of the procurement process is
being advocated by Govt. of India for improving vigilance administration under the
National e-Governance Plan as a Mission Mode Project.
All the Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers, key IT personnel of PWD attended
the training programme, according to an official release.
AAPLU demands separate labour minister
ITANAGAR, June 11: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) in a memorandum
has urged the Chief Minister to appoint a separate Labour Minister to look after
the affairs of the working community.
Since Labor Department is one of the major departments with thousands of labour force,
it needs a separate minister not only to look after the welfare of the labourers
but also implement all labour laws letter and spirit in the state, the AAPLU memorandum
said and urged the CM to appoint a sincere and able MLA as Labour Minister.
236 benefited from health camp
LONGDING, June 11: Altogether 236 patients were benefitted from the RCH health camp
conducted by the Longding District Health Society (DHS) at Pumao under Pumao circle
today. Besides health check-up, medicines were also distributed to the patients.
The day-long proramme included Best Baby Show, awareness on exclusive breast-feeding,
programme on adolescent sexual health and school children screened under School Health
Programme. Among other, Banpoh Lukham, ASM of Pumao village, students, Panchayat
members, and youth were present on the occasion.
K-Pop audition in Dimapur
ITANAGAR, June 11: The much-awaited contest for Korean pop fans in India has been
announced by Korean Cultural Centre India on Friday. This time the auditions will
be held in four Indian cities of Mumbai, Dimapur, Chennai and New Delhi and the
grand finale is scheduled to take place at Sirifort Auditorium, New Delhi on 30th
The Northeast round of live auditions will be held on 26th July at IMC Hall, Dimapur
with 12 participants (6 singing team + 6 dance team) from the region selected via
the preliminary online round.
The contest entries will run until the 13th of July. This will be the period to submit
and upload videos of contestants performing a song or dance cover of any Korean artists
within the video-length of 5 minutes each on the official contest website Kpopindia.com
starting this 5th June onward.
The winning team will be awarded all-expenses-paid trip to South Korea sponsored
by Korean Cultural Centre India and an opportunity to perform in the K-Pop World
Festival in Changwon.
Last year, New Delhi-based Crazy Freaks Dance Crew who won the contest went on to
perform at the K-Pop World Dance Festival 2013 in Gangwon, South Korea where dance
teams from all over the world competed.
Medical camps in Changlang
NAHARLAGUN, June 11: Vivekananda Kendra, Arunachal Pradesh Prant recently organized
Medical camps in Changlang.
The camps started from 7th June and concluded on 10th June. Bubang and Yanman under
Khimiyong circle and Khuchep I under Changlang circle were covered during the camp
dating June 7-10.
More than 150 patients were examined and free medicines were distributed. 41 children
were treated for worm infection.
It is to be mentioned that 10 Health Workers of Vivekananda Kendra are working in
remote villages of Changlang especially in Khimiyong and Yatdam circles, where many
villages don’t have any motorable roads.
Union alleges use of inferior quality material
ITANAGAR, June 11: In a letter to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai Sub
Division, Lotong Banggo Students’ Union has alleged use of inferior quality material
for construction of government secondary school, Jaipur. The union said that its
members visited the school and found that inferior quality building materials were
being used for construction.
The union called on the ADC to inspect the ongoing construction work and instruct
the executing agency for speedy construction.
Anti-Malaria month observed at Kimin
ITANAGAR, June 11: Anti-Malaria Month was observed at Zonal Meical Office (ZMO) Kimin
yesterday by organizing a malaria awareness meeting.
Signs, symptoms and causes of malaria, dengue and Japanese encephalitis, their preventive
measures and the importance of early diagnosis and treatment were highlighted during
the meeting by Papum Pare District Medical Officer Dr. R. Ronya and DRCHO Dr. Kipa
The meeting also chalked out strategies to ensure quality and complete coverage of
A mass tree plantation was also organized within the premises of ZMO office to mark
the World Environment Day celebrations.
The programme concluded with a farewell function for RK Dutta, Zonal Entomologist,
who retired in February last.
Reconsider validity period of NGOs, appeal societies
ITANAGAR, June 11: Various organizations have called for reconsideration of validity
period of NGOs to be changed from one year to 3 years.
Organizations such as Himalayan Tribal Welfare Society, Orphan Trust Society, Langbia
VFMC, Sei Donyi Charitable Trust, Everest Welfare Society, Women & Child Development
Society, Buchi-Butti Welfare Society, Niya-Ko Society, Jottam Welfare Society, Uku-Una
Society, SWM&POrg, Brand Arunachal Society and NNCC in its letter addressed to the
registrar of society, it maintained that validity period of only one year is too
short a time and that many of the NGOs are based away from Itanagar.
It also called for reducing the renewal fee which is Rs 4000 saying that many NGOs
run on razor thin fund.
FC Doimukh lifts Taba Tath Memorial Football Trophy
ITANAGAR, June 11: FC Doimukh won the 3rd Taba Tath Memorial Football Tournament
defeating Gangte Togung SC 3-1 in the final via penalty shootout at Rajiv Gandhi
Stadium, Naharlagun today.
The awards for ‘Best Player’ and Best Goalkeeper were won by Panye Raju and Tage
Pilya of FC Doimukh respectively. Gyamar Apa of Gangte Togung SC became the highest
scorer of the tournament. The discipline team award went to Model Sporting Club of
Attending grand finale of the tournament, newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary
Likha Saaya exhorted the youths to become a role model and involve in constructive
activities for the betterment of the society. He assured them that he would try his
level best as a parliamentary secretary for development of youth and sports in the
APYC president and APB&OCWWB chairman Nyamar Karbak said sports foster friendship,
develop leadership quality and teach discipline. He asked the players to maintain
the same spirit in future too.
The final match was also witnessed by vice president and general secretary of ANSU,
Rajnath, Rijiju assure full support to Arunachal
NEW DELHI, June 11: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called on Union Home Minister Rajnath
Singh and his deputy Kiren Rijiju separately at New Delhi today to discuss several
important issues related to Arunachal Pradesh. Both Rajnath Singh and Kiren Rijiju
assured full support and cooperation to the state.
While emphasizing the need to address critical challenges Tuki appealed Rajnath Singh
for enhancement of funds under Border Areas Development Programme (BADP), sanction
for modernization of police forces, two more IRBN Battalions as well as additional
para-military forces for Trans Arunachal Highways and hydropower projects, additional
funds for infrastructure development in existing police stations and funds for disaster
management in current monsoon season.
The Chief Minister also called on Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren
Rijiju at his North Block office here and discussed various matters related to home
affairs in Arunachal with him.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister called on Union Minister of State for Finance,
Commerce & Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman at New Delhi. In a memorandum submitted
to the Union Minister, Tuki apprised her about the financial situation of the state
and sought the intervention of the Union Finance Ministry for a special financial
package to tide over the financial challenges that the state has been facing due
to a low resource base.
The Chief Minister also had a comprehensive discussion on enhancing the trade and
commerce activities in the state with special reference to border trade. The reopening
of the Stillwell Road and to develop the border infrastructure near Pangsau Pass
figured in the discussions. The Union Minister assured that the Arunachal Pradesh
section of the Stilwell Road will be given priority.
While outlining the prospective steps to augment the sector, Sitharaman requested
the state to develop a roadmap for the creation of commerce centres along the Trans
Arunachal Highway. The Union Minister also mentioned the need to boost connectivity
in the state and stressed on immediately expediting the construction of the road
from Tawang to Rangiya through Bhutan. The Chief Minister requested the Union Minister
to include this matter in the agenda for Prime Minister’s upcoming visit to Bhutan.
CM was accompanied by Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay
for both the meetings. (Media Cell, CMO)
RMSA teachers appeal for release of salary
ITANAGAR, June 11: The teachers working under Rashtriya Madhyamik Siksha Abhijan
(RMSA) has not been paid their salaries ever since they were appointed. Majority
of teachers working under RMSA was appointed after going through grueling interview
in the month of February this year and joined their respective place of posting in
the month of March.
These teachers are well qualified with B.Ed degree and have passed Arunachal Pradesh
Teachers Eligibility Test (APTET). The non-payment of salary has disheartened many
teachers. “I was working in private company and had quit the job to be teacher under
RMSA. However, am extremely disappointed with lackadaisical attitude of education
department towards us. We are not being paid our salary and there is no communication
from department in this regard. With price escalation of essential items, how can
we support ourselves without getting salary,” shared one teacher.
The RMSA teachers have appealed for the early release of salary. This year many Arunachalee
students studying in various colleges of country have complaint about nonpayment
of stipend money. Adding to it, SSA teachers are always in news demanding for release
of their salaries. It’s time government of Arunachal address these concerns on priority.
2 extortionists arrested, 84 vehicles impounded
ITANAGAR, June 11: City Police today arrested two persons for allegedly demanding
extortion money from shopkeepers of Chandra Nagar Market area here.
A case has been registered against the extortionist duo, identified as Shaan Sonam
(23) and Tapung Bagang (27) under section 384 IPC at Itanagar Police station after
police received a complaint against them, informed Capital SP Seju P. Kuruvilla.
The motorcycles used by the extortionist duo were also seized by police, the SP added.
84 vehicles impounded
A total of 84 vehicles were impounded by City Police along with Capital Complex ADM
and DTO for various traffic violations during checking at Itanagar and Naharlagun
in the last three days.
The vehicles owners were suggested to maintain and possess proper documents of their
vehicles, fix proper number plates and park the vehicles properly without causing
obstruction to traffic, the SP said.
Banned tobacco products seized, hardcore
Meanwhile, Lohit Police along with town magistrate seized 18 kg of banned tobacco
and tobacco products like khaini, zarda, pan masala, gutka from various shops in
Police also imposed penalty on 191 vehicles for violation of various sections of
MV Act and realized Rs. 24,500 as fine from the violators, informed Lohit SP Tumme
Lohit police also achieved a major success when a team of police led by Chongkham
outpost in-charge Inspector T Pertin nabbed a hardcore criminal involved in various
cases of kidnapping and Arms Acts in a late night operation last night, the SP informed.
ILP checking has also been intensified in the district, he added.
Zero tolerance to corruption: MLA
ITANAGAR, June 11: While disclosing his roadmap for the development of 56 Khonsa-West
Assembly constituency, the MLA Tirong Aboh, lamented that some government departments
and some local contractors were indulging in malpractices in the past about which
he had concrete evidence and re-iterated that there will be zero tolerance to corruption
during his tenure and that no malpractices whatsoever would be tolerated.
The newly elected MLA convened the marathon development meeting at his village Dadam
yesterday in which ADC, CO, 36 CRPF, CO, Dadam, HoDs, PRI leaders and public leaders
of Dadam area actively participated.
He urged the HoDs to work with a missionary zeal and guide the villagers properly.
The MLA asked his people to co-operate with the government agencies and execute the
schemes effectively and as per specifications enshrined in the guidelines. He appealed
the HoDs to awards contract works to the local contractors which they deemed appropriate.
ADC H. Matcha while participating in the deliberations appreciated the MLA for conducting
the all important development meeting which helps in better co-ordination between
the MLA, the HoDs and the public.
He said that many short-comings and misunderstands could be shorted out during such
a meeting. All the villagers submitted public memorandum to the MLA and the teachers
of the area highlighted their problems.
All the HoDs spoke at length about their respective departments and asked the people
to co-operate and support the departments in executing the government schemes in
their own interest. DIPRO Denhang Bosai told the people not to be dependent on their
MLA and the government alone for everything adding that the vast arable agricultural
and horticultural lands were lying unutilized regretting the people only applied
for profit-oriented schemes and not schemes related to agriculture and horticulture.
Earlier, the CO, Dadam, Asan Kri threw light on the multifarious problems faced by
the whole Dadam area and requested the MLA to look into those problems on priority.
Wangdi Hakhun, senior public leader highlighted on some of the new development in
Dadam and appealed all to strengthen the hands of the MLA to enable him usher in
unprecedented development in the 56 Khonsa -West constituency. (DIPRO)
Horticulture minister holds meeting with senior officers of department
ITANAGAR, June 11: Horticulture Minister Chowna Mein held a meeting of senior officers
of the department in his office yesterday regarding on-going schemes and projects
of the department. The meeting was also attended by Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture,
During the meeting, Mein exhorted the officers to work more dedicatedly for welfare
of the farmers. The vast available land resource of the state should be utilized
for horticulture activity, and for which a proper land use policy and perspective
plan is required, he said and suggested that special attention should be paid to
backward districts like Tirap, Changlang, Longding, where drug addiction and illicit
cultivation of poppy is still rampant.
Farmers should be provided livelihood alternatives through horticulture in a phased
manner. Jhum lands should also be converted to permanent horticulture plantation
for protection of the environment and also to provide alternative source of income
to farmers who are engaged in jhum cultivation, he said adding that revamping of
the department and mechanization of farm activities is essential for giving further
boost to horticulture activity in the state.
The minister further advised the department to ensure that centrally sponsored programme,
like NEC scheme should benefit small and marginal farmers rather than few individuals.
Secretary, Horticulture, Sudhir Kumar, suggested that there should be a paradigm
shift in the approach of the department in planning and implementation of various
schemes and projects in the present context.
He advocated for allowing contract farming in the state to use the vast available
Kumar further suggested for allowing consultancy service by officers of the department
as per need of the farmers and entrepreneurs for proper utilization of technical
manpower of the department and to provide the much needed moral boost and incentives
Taloh urges teachers to be punctual and dedicated
BOLENG, June 11: Education is not only an entry point to all opportunities, but also
essential human virtue that signifies man’s supreme position in society, stated Education
Minister Tapang Taloh today while holding an interactive meeting with the academicians
of Pangin-Boleng educational block at the Govt. HS School auditorium. It was attended
by DDSE Tani Talom, DPC (RMSA) Talem Jamoh, BRC, CRC, principals, vice-principals
In his address the minister Taloh said education uplifts our living standard. He
urged the teaching community to contribute their best in the state building process
saying that teachers are responsible for shaping futures of millions of youths. They
should demonstrate fair and moral actions and ensure that all the students are attending
their schools regularly. They must act like “Guru Dronacharya” who shared a special
bond with his pupils, he added. Moving towards sustainable development in education
sector, the teachers must be punctual, disciplined, dedicated and devoted. The government
schemes and projects should effectively be implemented to bring practical benefits
in the grassroots level with missionary zeal & vigor. He hoped the department would
create a people friendly atmosphere and function with full transparency. The minister
believes that the curricular and co-curricular activities have equal significance
in the teaching-learning process. Co-curricular activities should be encouraged besides
normal academic courses to develop physical fitness, confidence and personality.
Taking privilege, Taloh informed that during his last short tenure as Minister Industries,
Textile & Handloom, the state achieved remarkable progress and brought laurels participating
in national and international trade fairs and exhibitions. DIPRO
DC gives emphasis on punctuality; MLA calls for road map of development
PASIGHAT, June 11: A coordination meeting of all the heads of offices of the East
Siang district was held here today. Among others MLA Kaling Moyong also took part.
Chairing the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava, while appreciating all
for their support and dedicated works for smooth conduct of recently concluded simultaneous
election, urged all to be disciplined and punctual and infuse the same to their subordinate.
She informed that regular department-wise review meeting will be conducted to work
out the best way to implement the schemes and programs successfully. She instructed
the Principal and Head Masters to be more strict and bring more discipline in the
schools. Welcoming the newly elected MLA, the DC assured to lend all co-operation
and support for the development of the area.
Kaling Moyong thanked all for their support and hoped that with the help of the experienced
officers, more development can be ushered in.
He said that electricity, health, education, water supply and roads etc will be his
priority. A road map of development is the need of the hour. Since the world has
become a global village, a new policy of development with unity has to be formulated.
Moyong said that he wanted to see a healthy, crime free and developed society for
which he sought co-operation and support from all.
Threadbare discussion regarding the shortcoming and future planning were discussed
in the meeting. DIPRO
Weigh Bridge at Ruksin BFC installed
RUKSIN, June 11: Fulfilling its efforts to check revenue pilferage at Border Facilitation
Centre (BFC) at Ruksin inter-state entry point here, the Pasighat division of Rural
Work Department recently completed installation of an electronic weigh bridge and
handed over it to concerning authority.
Inordinate delay in installation of the weigh brigde caused concerned of the state
revenue department. There was report of tax evasion in the trading articles passing
through the gate that actual measurement of weight of the trading goods is impossible
without the help of specific machines.
It may be recalled that the government had sanctioned an amount of Rs 27 lakh for
installation of a weighbridge at Ruksin BFC. Presently, the BFC is using as main
office of Tax & Excise department in the Sub-division and the officials are optimistic
that successful installation of the weigh bridge will help them in checking of revenue
pilferage in the export and import trading items pass through the gate.
There is another weigh bridge project at the same BFC. The project worth Rs 17.62
lakh funded under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) - 2011-12 is not yet progress. The
Pasighat division of Water Resource Department, which is the implementing agency
of the project, is delaying the bridge installation work pretending various technical
The government has planned to install such machines with CC TV camera at eight other
BFCs in the state.
SIRD workshop on training delivery, planning and monitoring
ITANAGAR, June 11: A four-day Orientation Training cum Workshop on Need for Strengthening
Training Delivery and Improving District Planning and Monitoring commenced at Rijo
Conference Hall, Daporijo yesterday.
The programme is being attended by elected Zilla Parishad Members, Anchal Samiti
Chairpersons and Members, Gram Panchayat Chairpersons and newly recruited Assistants
Inaugurating the programme, DPDO in-charge Hage Taka highlighted the importance of
KSA where K- stands for Knowledge, S- stands for Skills and A- stands for Attitude,
for effective leadership by PRIs.
He said that the SIRD plays a very important role in imparting K S A and is the only
organisation doing so in Arunachal Pradesh, therefore, their training needs to be
He encouraged the participants to have proper understanding of all concepts and disseminate
the information as master trainers amongst their colleagues and subordinates.
Earlier speaking on the occasion, Dr. Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director SIRD cum in-charge
of Training under BRGF, emphasized on the need to lean new processes and software
which have been made mandatory by Ministry of Panchayati Raj Government of India
He assured all possible facilitation from SIRD in providing support for enabling
concerned staffs to acquire required knowledge and expertise for data entry under
He also informed about the latest instructions from MoPR where mandate updation of
relevant MIS data pertaining to Panchayat Enterprise Suite (PES) is essential for
receiving any subsequent allocation.
Dr. Rakesh Srivastava, Dy. Director SIRD cum Coordinator of the training programme
dwelt on convergence of all resources at planning stage for creating a larger pool
of resource in terms of manpower & funds for meeting critical gaps in local infrastructure.
He requested the participants to forward their training requirements in any field
pertaining to their work area through concerned member secretaries so that SIRD is
able to meet such demand at the first available opportunity.
Board endorses APB&OCWWB draft annual budget
ITANAGAR, June 11: The 13th Board meeting of Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other
Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB) held here yesterday endorsed the draft
annual budget of the Board for the financial year 2014-15 for onward submission to
the government for approval.
Chairman of the Board Nyamar Karbak while appreciating the effort of the state government
led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for the welfare of the working class people by revising
the minimum wage, suggested the Board to figure out means for enhancement of remuneration
of the staff of the Board in the same line. The Board would work in tandem with the
government in fulfilling vision of the Chief Minister to uplift the socio-economic
status of the working class people in particular.
Attending the meeting, Deputy Secretary (Finance) Danyi Pyaro, who is also a member
of the Board, suggested the Board to work out mechanism to get back the fund of the
Board deposited in the Govt. exchequer for the last two years.
Deputy Secretary (Law) and Member of the Board Ginya Bomjin stressed on proper implementation
of all schemes in letter and spirit.
Earlier, action taken report was presented to the Board by Secretary S. De Sarkar.
Administrative Officer Neelam Tan presented the budget of the Board through a PowerPoint
Kenkar Yomcha, Board member and president of INTUC also spoke on the occasion and
suggested the Board to create awareness campaign to make people know about various
welfare schemes and activities of the Board for the welfare of working community.
‘State Govt committed to youth empowerment’
ITANAGAR, June 11: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki led state Govt is committed to the development
of youth. The Govt is taking every step to take the youth forward in the path of
self-reliance, said MLA cum parliamentary secretary, industries, Tatung Jamoh yesterday
at the valedictory function of the week-long residential Intensive Motivational and
Skill Training for Govt-sponsored trainees under Making India Employable Educational
Services, Gurgaon, organized by Don Bosco Youth Centre here.
“The Government is with you. Believe in yourself and believe in others and treat
everyone as your brother and sister”, said Jamoh. The parliamentary secretary also
cautioned the participants, especially girls, as they leave for New Delhi to take
special care of personal security.
The week-long training managed by three full time trainers of DBYC, Medorhenuo Tsukru,
Bompi Angu and Tai Mary and other part-time trainers grilled the fifty participants
on topics such as Personal Grooming, Leraning to Live and Work Together, Work Ethics,
Values, Dealing with Hurt and Anger, Addictive Habits, Problems Faced by Young People,
Being a North Easterner outside North East and practical sessions on Written and
Spoken English, Interview Handling, CV Preparation, Pubic Speaking and Group Activity.
The sessions imparted theoretical and practical knowledge of skills relating to
life and employability to the participants.
Speaking at the valedictory function, Subu Tabin, Director Skill Development, Directorate
of Skill Development and Employment Generation, explained to the trainees all technical
aspects of the scheme and the necessity of all participants adhering to all norms
set by the Government for the training to be successful. He also expressed great
satisfaction over the Orientation Programme being done by Don Bosco Youth Centre
and expressed desire to make the same mandatory for all Vocational Training Providers
(VTPs) who take youth for skill training to various parts of the country as it helps
the trainees to successfully go through the rigors of training and be motivated.
Dr. V. N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer for NSS, who was also present as Special
Guest, requested the participants to make Arunachal shine in Delhi and to be disciplined,
sincere and dedicated.
Taw Tebin, General Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association, who also participated
in the valedictory function, extended the support from his personal side as well
as from All India Catholic Association. “Our units are operational in most parts
of the country and you can take assistance from All India Catholic Association in
any case of emergency”, assured Taw Tebin.
Earlier, Fr. C. D. Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar, spoke of the
services the Salesians of Don Bosco render to young people in 132 countries the world
over. He also expressed great happiness over the good-will and support that DBYC
enjoys from young people and the public and exhorted the participants make full use
of all the facilities provided at Don Bosco Youth Centre.
Prem Khandu, representing the trainees thanked the Government of Arunachal Pradesh
for the wonderful opportunities being provided to youth. Prem also thanked DBYC
and all the staff for the ‘life-changing’ training. “The past week of training
has changed our lives forever. We came here like a bunch of naughty ‘monkeys’, but
today we go out of DBYC as young people motivated and committed to self and society.
When we entered DBYC, we knew that it was a different place and we have changed,”
said Prem in an emotional note.
The batch of fifty youth leaving for MIE, Gurgaron, today will take up training in
Information and Communication Technology, Beauty and Hospitality & Tourism.
In a major step to fortify defences along the China border, over 50 new border posts
are being planned for the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force in Arunachal Pradesh.
As per the official sources, proposal for creating 54 modern posts for the ITBP is
under consideration of the Union home ministry after the border guarding force recently
submitted a proposal in this regard. Arunachal shares a total of 1,126 km of its
international border with China, second in length after Jammu and Kashmir which has
a 1,597 km long frontier with India's eastern neighbour.
As part of modernization and better border management planning of India's security
mechanism along this border, prone to a spate of incursions, the posts will be, under
the proposal, equipped with all the basic gadgets that the troops require to position
themselves at these icy heights. Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election
rally at Pasighat town in month of February this year had asked China to shed its
expansionist attitude. While Modi may pursue for improving relation with China, his
indirect warning to China shows that his government will not accept any adventure
in border areas by Chinese security forces. Defence think-thank believes that Modi
government will focus on development of border areas with special attention on Mac
Mohan line. Hopefully Arunachalee people living in border areas will reap the benefit
of border development plan being initiated by new government.
----Readers Forum ----
Let all the babies and mothers live
Through your esteemed Daily, I on behalf of the people of Aalo would like to appeal
the highest authorities of Health Department to post one Gynaecologist at District
On 4th June, one woman died while delivering a baby due to unavailability of Gynaecologist
The people of Aalo, especially the bereaved family members are still in the state
of shock that, the death could have been averted if a specialized doctor had attended
to the delivering mother on that fateful day.
May be due to lack of basic infrastructure at Aalo Hospital, the doctors are in habit
of referring most of the ailing patients to the nearest hospitals/nursing homes in
Dibrugarh, Pasighat or Itanagar. These places are far away from Aalo. In many instances,
the emergency patients have died while on way to these nearest hospitals.
Now, I could only imagine the health of people living in the inaccessible interior
places of Arunachal Pradesh if the District Hospital itself is unequipped and unprepared
for emergency cases.
Not only at Aalo, in all the District Hospitals, the local MLA and the Government
should ensure the basic life saving tools, medicines, specialized gynaecologist and
supporting staffs to save each and every new born baby and its mother. Hope the
concerns and plight of the people of Aalo will be addressed sooner not the later.
Anchal Samity Member
31st Aalo East
Mortgaging our future
I would like to place a few words in connection with the advance money taken from
NHPC on 30th June, 2007 by Government of Arunachal Pradesh. It was on 9th April,
2007, the Late Dorjee Khandu took oath of office as Chief Minister of Arunachal at
Raj Bhawan where he announced to revive the collapsed Co-Operative Apex Bank Ltd
within four months period.
He managed to keep up his word by reviving the collapsed bank within three months
and ten days but by taking advance money of Rs.225 crores on interest rate of 9%
per annum from NHPC with an arrangement to adjust both principal and interest against
12% free power that Arunachal Pradesh is supposed to get in future from 2000MW Lower
Subansiri Hydro Project, Gerukhamukh as and when it comes into operation.
It is learnt that cumulative interest amount has gone upto Rs.177,95,76,684/-as on
It is also learnt that due date for commissioning 2000MW LSHP, Gerukhamukh was Dec,
2013 but it has been pushed to 2017 due to protest. Till then 9% interest on Rs.225
cr will go on cumulating against Govt of Arunachal Pradesh.
Both principal and interest has came upto Rs.402,95,76,684-/as on 31st March, 2014
and till 2017 it may come upto Rs.600 crores or above.
This huge amount practically belongs to younger generation of this State but the
amount has already been spent in advance due to previous policy makers of this State
who went in the wrong direction.
However, Late Dorjee Khandu, former Chief Minister deserves appreciation for his
prompt action which helped dragging out Apex Bank from deep gorge and presently it
is functioning normally but by mortgaging future revenue of this State.
Now, taking it as one example, I would like to appeal policy makers of this State
not to swing into such direction or take policy decisions which will cost much heavier
in future rather than developing the state.
For many ‘Choice’ is not applicable
The 7th June editorial under the heading “Expectation from new health minister” made
me think for a while and write to you.
I agree that health care cost is huge for majority of the population. In many cases
families end up with heavy loans for the treatment of their ill members, making the
families even more miserable. In that case, investment by private companies in setting
up private hospital in my opinion, would not mitigate health care problem of our
state, as corporate hospitals cater to the need of affluent groups. Profit seeking
behavior is inherent nature of these companies, which brings up issues of inaccessibility
to health care by health seekers. Poor citizens the ‘major sufferer’ in anyway will
not be relieved from their sufferings. Those who can avail luxurious health care
facilities can always seek services of their choice like corporate hospitals, which
is blooming to the fastest. But for the vast majority, word ‘choice’ is not applicable.
According to a news report, Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan has said that
“the government is planning to set up 10 new AIIMS-like institute, 50 more tertiary
care centres for cancer and 20 state-level cancer institute across the country”.
So, instead of luring by giving incentives to private companies to invest in our
state, we expect Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul to revamp our already
existing health care service system to the earliest and try to bring those government
hospital projects for the larger benefits of our people. Yes, it would be difficult
and time taking to bring these projects, but in the long run, it will bear more fruits.
Many of us think if private companies come and set-up their institute, it will create
job opportunities. But I doubt how many people would be willing to work and devote
their life in private sector, even though you get to the top hierarchy. One perfect
example of recent time is Infosys, India’s second-largest information technology
services company, where top executives are quitting their jobs. So, future uncertainty
and insecurity is ingrained in private sectors. If we talk about lower grade workers,
in the name of employment they will be exploited with meagre salaries and no other
We hope to see one day people of Arunachal Pradesh will avail the best health care
services within state; highly qualified, trained and skilled native health care workers/professionals
delivering services to their own needy people with spiked patient’s satisfaction