June 13

AITMA demands action

ITANAGAR, June 12:  All Itanagar Tata Mobile Association (AITMA) has demanded arrest of the security personnel who were involved in alleged physical attack on Tata mobile driver J.  Islam at Ganga market check point on June 10 last.

In it’s FIR lodged at Itanagar Police station, the Association alleged that some IRBN personnel had badly assaulted the driver while he was coming from Chimpu to participate in the clean and green drive along with his fellow Tata mobile drivers at Akashdeep area on that fateful day. The driver with serious head injuries was admitted to R K Mission Hospital and later shifted to Lakhimpur, the Association said.

Further, demanding termination of the assaulters from their service and punishment as per law, the Association threatens to launch agitation from June 16 if it’s demands are not fulfilled soon.


APRVTA writes to education secretary

ITANAGAR, June 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Resource & Volunteers Teachers Association (APRVTA) has appealed for implementation of RCI, PGPD Diploma and Foundation Course in the state.

In its letter submitted to the secretary education, it said, “although state has appointed us to impart education to child with special need but our state is yet to establish institutes for  PGPD diploma,  study centre for foundation course or yet to provide such courses through distance education mode of IGNOU  to impart training for rehabilitation professionals.

“We were inducted through proper walk-in interview in the respective district headquarters for the posts of resource teacher, and now after serving on the job for three and half years our services are being discontinued for lack of BA degree, diploma and foundation course on RCI register certificate which is causing a major problem for us,” the letter read.

Complaint lodged against KK PD

ITANAGAR, June 12: The Upper Koloriang ZPM has sought action against Kurung Kumey PD alleging that he denied inclusion of a particular CD block in MGNREGA schemes.

His letter submitted to the chief secretary read, “the unequal distribution of sanctioned amount in CD Block-wise during the financial year 2013-14 reflects his intended commission of official procedures.” While referring to sanctioned order No. DRDA/KK/AC-51/NREGA/2011/vol-II, dated Koloriang the 12th Nov. 2013, the letter further said “an amount of Rs 2,02,50,000 were released by the PD, DRDA Kurung Kumey against various CD-Blocks of the district. Interestingly, Koloriang CD-block which consists of two zilla segments was left out for the reason best known to him.”


Former ASM dies

ITANAGAR, June 12: Wife of former MLA Chau Khouk Manpoong and recipient of National Commission for Women Excellence Award Nang Wi Manpoong died after a prolonged illness in her residence at Manmow Village under Namsai on June 10.

She was also Anchal Samity Member from 2003 to 2008.

Meanwhile, BCC Namsai, all panchayat members of 3-Ningroo and 4-Namsai Anchal Samity of Lohit expressed profound grief and sorrow over her sudden demise and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


12-hr Toru area bandh ends

ITANAGAR, June 12: The first phase 12-hour Toru area bandh called by Toru Circle Students Union (TCSU) in protest against non-fulfillment of its various demands ended peacefully today.

While informing this, the TCSU further threatened to launch the second phase of democratic movement in the form of 18-hr Toru area bandh in case the authority fails to respond their demands within 15 days.

TCSU has been demanding for bringing the area under BSNL network coverage by activating the mobile tower at Kheel, construction of boundary wall of Toru Govt. Secondary school and to ensure that the government servants posted in Toru are staying in their place of posting.


Statement condemned

ITANAGAR, June 12: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC) strongly condemned the statement of PPA city unit and other organizations opposing Tanga Byaling’s appointment as Home Minister.

“He (Byaling) is one of the senior leaders of our state and a good social worker, who has contributed immensely to the state. Raising question over capability of such a senior leader is ridiculous,” APYC said in a statement and requested them to refrain from making such “cheap and ‘immature’ statement.

“All should shed political differences and join hands together instead in maintaining law and order in the state,” APYC said.

Meanwhile, APYC in a meeting today decided to re-organize Assembly Youth Congress (AYC), Lok Sabha Youth Congress and Pradesh Youth Congress (PYC) on the basis of their performance and dedication.

Meanwhile, APYC is pinning hope that Narendra Modi led government will fulfill the promises made to people and work for reducing soaring prices of essential commodities at earliest. APYC also hoped the Centre would provide sufficient fund for speedy development of this land locked state.


‘Training key to success of any project’

ITANAGAR, June 12: A 3 days orientation program on strengthening of linkages between Large Sized Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society and Arunachal Pradesh State Coop. Apex Bank Ltd. was conducted from June 10 to 12  at Cooperative Training Centre, Polo-Colony, Naharlagun. It was organized by RCS Office in collaboration with TOPIC, NCDC, Gurgaon. The program was attended by various chairmen, MDs of LAMPS, Senior officials and BMs of Apex Bank and departmental officers.

Speaking on the occasion KJR Burman, Secretary, Cooperation said that training and capacity building is key to success of any project and the HCDC has rightly conducted the orientation program for the key functionaries well before launching of Integrated Cooperative Development Program (ICDP), Phase-II for a total project cost of Rs. 41.11 crores to be implemented within a project period of 5 years. He lauded  Dr. Deepa  Srivastava, Director and V S Chauhan, Director, resource persons from TOPIC, Gurgaon for their excellent program and wish all the success of the ICDP –II.

Earlier in his key note address R D Thongon, Jt RCS highlighted the achievements in the ICDP-I and advised the Primary Cooperative Societies to implement the scheme in letter and spirit and take full benefit of the opportunity in capital formation under the cooperative sector.

W. Lowang, RCS advised the participants to take full advantage of the program. Tsering Thongdok, MD Apex Bank advised the LAMPS to become Business Correspondent (BC) of Apex Bank so that banking services could be provided to the members of cooperative societies in the interiors and inaccessible areas. All the participants express happiness and satisfied with the program as it was a need base and target oriented program and requested to conduct similar programs in the districts and other cooperative personnel who could not attend this time.


Two arrested in Phuntsu death case

ITANAGAR, June 12: Two persons have been arrested by the investigating officer of Geeta Nagar Police Station, Guwahati yesterday in connection with death of Tashi Phuntsu, who was found hanging in his room at City Cozy Home Boys Hostel in Guwahati recently, informed Guwahati Arunachal Students Union (GASU).

The arrested persons are believed to be those two, whose names were mentioned in the suicide note of the deceased.

While demanding for thorough and fair investigation of the case, GASU appealed for a Narco test of the arrested persons and forensic examination of the suicide note left by the deceased.


Residents urged to remove illegal structure

ITANAGAR, June 12: The councilor of Ward No 22 (of IMC) has repeatedly requested residents of D-Sector, Naharlagun, especially those who have erected structure on sector road near ATI and Apex Bank to remove their illegal structure within a week.

The Councilor said that construction of illegal structure on sector roads are blocking drains and preventing free flow of sewage and rain water.


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State BJP alleges misuse of central fund, puts condition on fund release

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ITANAGAR, June 12: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today made it clear that party will not disturb the fund flow from Centre for the development of Arunachal.

Addressing the presspersons at party office here, BJP National General Secretary Tapir Gao said though they support the financial aid for various developmental projects, it should come with condition.

“The financial condition of state is in worst condition. We have deficit of Rs 3000 crore. This is all happening because Congress government of Arunachal has been misusing the fund meant for development. Therefore we appeal central government to release fund only after utilization certificates of SPA for the last three years are submitted to union finance and planning commissioners by Arunachal Government,” said Gao.

He alleged that apart from SPA, the Congress government of Arunachal has blatantly misused the fund of additional central assistance (ACA), central project scheme (CPS), Thirteen Finance Commission (TFC), BADP, NEC, NLCPR. “The fund under these schemes has been released by central government but no one knows where it was used? Similarly fund for PMGSY has been diverted by government. The contractors who are executing project under PMGSY are not being paid by the authorities,” claimed Gao. Further he appealed to the union government to penalize those officials and ministers who caused financial crisis in Arunachal by misusing the fund. Party appealed to the concern ministries of the government of India to monitor the various developmental projects and welfare schemes during the process of implementation and that state government should be made accountable in case of misuse of fund.

BJP also assures that new union government will bring an acceptable solution to long pending Chakma-Hajong and Assam-Arunachal boundary issues. “MoS Home Kiren Rijiju had already stated that Modi government is serious about tackling all issues concerning NE region. Please have confidence, we will definitely find the way out,” said Gao.

BJP Arunachal unit president Tai Tagak who was also present in the press meet stated that all political parties of state will have to work together to find solution to Chakma-Hajong refugee issue and this issue should kept out of the prism of politics. State general secretary Tadar Dominic was also present.


Be ready to serve in rural areas, Pul urges doctors

ITANAGAR, Jun 12: Health & Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul today said that the biggest challenge before the health department is rationalizing the posting of doctors and supporting staff. Pul was  addressing the two-day 9th general conference-cum-continuing medical education of the Arunachal Pradesh Doctors’ Association (APDA) at Banquet Hall here this evening.

“The biggest challenge before us is the rationalized posting of doctors and supporting staff,” Pul said while expressing concern over the shortage of doctors and para-medical staff in the health centres of remote and rural areas.  “Think of poor people in our villages… many people are dying due to want of Govt, health facilities, absence of doctors and para-medical staff,” the health minister said.

Pul urged the doctors to change their mindset and ready to serve in rural areas. “You should not forget that doctors are treated like God in remote areas. In urban areas you may get money, but not the respect.

In rural areas, they are the real saviors.”

Informing that there are 751 serving doctors in Arunachal Pradesh including National Health Mission and more than 80 per cent of the serving doctors are Arunachalees, Pul, however, rued that  some doctors hesitate to go to rural and remote areas and manage posting in the Capital Complex through political links while their salaries are drawn against remote health centres which is a gross anomaly.

While seeking cooperation of all the stakeholders to formulate the effective policies and programmes, Pul said “our resources are limited. But, with sincere efforts, we shall be able to provide satisfactory services to people across the state, even with limited resources.”

The minister also assures all kind of support to APDA saying that he is contemplating to examine the proposals of the doctors association regarding the restructuring the Administrative positions in the Directorate.

Among others, Tezu MLA Dr Mohesh Chai,  Health director Dr Kartik Nishing, APDA president Mika Umpo  also spoke on the occasion. Most of the doctors from all districts of the state are attending the two days conference.


One dies in bus mishap, CM announces ex-gratia

ITANAGAR, June 12: The night service bus of Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Service (APSTS) met with an accident at Tetiagaon near Dhemaji this morning around 2.30 am. One person, named, Karmi Bogo, a retired medical attendant from Aalo died while his wife along with few other passengers received serious injuries. The driver of ill fated bus was arrested by Assam police.

As per the source bus hit the tree while trying to avoid collision with a truck coming from other side. The injured passengers have been admitted at Arunachal State hospital, Naharlagun and RKM, Itanagar.

Parliamentary secretary for transport Jomde Kena along with general manager APSTS Abu Tayeng visited the injured passengers. Kena assured every possible help from his side. Later parliamentary secretary for home Likha Saaya also visited the hospitals to meet the injured persons.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lacs for the deceased, 50 thousand for seriously injured and 10 thousand for minor injured.

Meanwhile the government of Arunachal led by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have condoled the death of Karmi Bogo.


Rina seeks people’s cooperation in development activities

PASIGHAT, June 12: An interactive session of the Government officers and PRI members of 36- Nari Koyu assembly constituency was convened by MLA Kento Rina here today. The day-long session witnessed series of constructive queries by the Panchayat members and their instant clarifications on almost all the presentations made by the officers on the developmental projects being undertaken.

The newly elected MLA, while addressing the officers and Panchayat leaders, appealed them to take advantage of the opportunity being provided to them through this forum in solving their grievances and thereby contributing to the overall development of the people. He categorically outlined his road map of development and urged everyone to cooperate in developmental activities.

Further, Rina called upon the officers to maintain discipline and discharge their duties with dedication.

He urged them to be a part of massive development process for greater human cause. He also appealed to the people to crave for development with open and free minds and shun violence and unnecessary criticisms.

Addl. Deputy Commissioner, Nari, Moki Loyi highlighted on developmental activities and suggested all the department representatives to take up viable schemes for the sake of development.

Tanya Dabi, appreciated the humble innovative initiatives of the new MLA and appreciated him for convening such a meeting. He said, such meeting would give the common people a chance to take part in developmental activities for the welfare of the people.

Among others, Takir Kakki, Zilla Parishad Member, Marbom Doye, Tagom Padung and Rekar Doye also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


Sanctity of work place should be respected: Felix

ITANAGAR, June 12: The sanctity of work place should be highly respected and extra efforts should be put in it to maintain cleanliness, said the newly appointed Parliamentary Secretary Education Bamang Felix today while inaugurating the office of Directorate of Elementary Education at Itanagar.

Addressing the senior officers of the education department, he said that the vision of the department should be the mission of every individual for which we should march ahead to achieve the pinnacle of every success. He also called upon the officers and officials to discharge their duties sincerely.

While welcoming Bamang Felix to the department R K Mishra, Secretary, Education, expressed the hope that under the dynamic leadership of Parliamentary Secretary the department would achieve several milestones.


Carcass of wild buffalo found inside D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary

PASIGHAT, June 12: At a time when the authorities claim rapid revival of the D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary after hunting and poaching were restricted to a large extent, a carcass of a female wild buffalo found hunted inside the Borguli Range of D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary recently put questioned mark on the strategy taken by the authorities to protect the sanctuary.

It seems that the D Ering Wildlife Sanctuary is still not free from the clutches of poachers and  the authorities need a serious thought on its mechanism to tackle and crack down the illegalities within the sanctuary without any compromise.

The carcass of the buffalo was detected by the team of Daying Ering Wildlife Foundation Eco-Development Society (DEWFEDS) which has been working for conservation, preservation and protection of wildlife and forest resources in the region.

After a tip off from certain village level volunteers regarding the carcass, the team visited the suspected location locally called ‘Jopong Patang’ (a marshy land region) and found the carcass after a wide search operation.

The meat of the hunted buffalo was fully chopped off and was surely dried on fire for lighter carrying which could be understood from the fire and its drying stand prepared from wood by the hunter/s. The carcass appeared to be of at least a week or 10 days old as the left out parts were decaying. The length of the horn was more than 3 feet and she might have been the biggest buffalo of the Sanctuary.

Speaking about the growing hunting and poaching again, Oki Modi DEWFEDS Secretary General said that, the department is now neglecting the duties and not working as it had started. “The regular staffs of the Borguli range is not seen doing duties, they are visiting the range often in 15 or 20 days or when an officer visits. Only the contingency staffs are placed. And these contingency staffs which never receive timely wages are helpless and some of them (unskilled) are still to receive six month’s salary which is very pitiable as they are to manage their family. When other contingency staffs received two month salary recently, some of them were left out.” He appealed to the concern Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (WL & BD) & CWLW, Itanagar to take up necessary step for the welfare of staff so that they guard the sanctuary well. Jimbung Tayeng, Borguli village committee head DEWFEDS said, “all the frontline staff of the sanctuary must be placed in the duties and they should be let stay in the camp on regular basis as range office are lying vacant and meaningless. Regular and timely patrolling would not let such killings of animal. There were other incidents of killing of other animals recently which is occurring due to loose and soft approach of department”.

Rajiv Tayeng, Secretary Resource strongly demands for stringent punishment to the hunters and urges the concern department to launch a combat operation and DEWFEDS will give all its co-operation in the effort.

The DEWFEDS team on its earlier two-day visit to the Sanctuary on June 8 and 9 came across several huts constructed by hunters inside the Sanctuary. Courtesy: Arunachal Aung


‘Say No to Child Labour’

ITANAGAR, June 12: Expressing concern over high prevalence of child labour in Arunachal Pradesh, Superintendent of Police (Capital) Seju P Kuruvilla called upon all to make a concerted effort to bring an end to child labour.

Attending an awareness general programme organized by Childline, Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar to mark the International Day of Child Labour with theme, “Say No to Child Labour, Kuruvilla advocated for an appropriate and effective action plan for bringing an end to child labour an ugly face of the civilized society.

Citing an example from personal life where he and his wife refused to keep a child to look after their seven-month-old baby, the SP said, “Not employing a child worker to look after our baby was our personal decision and we have learnt to do all works for the baby by ourselves.” Kuruvilla, who is also a member of the Childline advisory board, called upon all present on the occasion to spread the word that child labour is a sin that all civilized societies should abhor.

The SP appreciated the efforts of Childline and DBYC in spreading awareness against child labour in the Capital Complex.

The event was attended by students from Vivekananda Central School, DBYC youth and Arunachal Bullet Club headed by its president, Wang. Seju P. Kuruvilla, Superintendent of Police, Capital Complex, who is also part of the Childline Advisory Board spoke as the Chief Guest.

Parish Priest of Catholic Church, Itanagar Fr. CD Mathai spoke about his personal involvement with over 500 families in the Capital Complex and his sad realization that almost all families have at least one under aged kid working as domestic help. He called it a ‘social sin’ and requested all present, especially the youth to treat these working children with love and kindness and help them learn.

Arunachal Bullet Club President Dingwng Wangham expressed happiness over the initiative taken by Childline and DBYC to eradicate this social evil and promised to work with such initiatives in the future.

Later, a rally by a group of 15 bikers from ABC was flagged off by the Superintendent Police from DBYC, Vivek Vihar. The bikers made stops at Akashdeep, O-Point, Naharlagun General Hospital Tiniali and NERIST Gate and displayed posters against childlabour and distributed awareness materials on this social menace.


PWD minister reviews on-going projects, urges officers to imbibe work culture

ITANAGAR, June 12:  PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today called upon the officers of his department to imbibe work culture and maintain discipline in order to improve the existing working system of the department.   Gadi was addressing the officers at a review meeting of various works under Central Zone-A, PWD  here today.

While reviewing all the ongoing projects, the meeting emphasized on timely completion of the projects with desired quality not only to avoid cost escalation but to do justice to the end users as delayed project retards the developmental process and brings agony to the end users.

Outlining the various functional aspects of the department, it was noted that the existing Arunachal Pradesh contractor's enlistment rule requires amendment to suit the present day requirement. This will enable wider participation for enlisted contractors and contribute towards healthy and transparent competition in the bidding process.

PWD Minister also said that a review meeting of ongoing and prospective projects will be taken up in every six months to ascertain the performance of the officers according to the target set.

While participating in the review meeting the Parliamentary Secretary, PWD, Alo Libang recalled the past glory of the Public Works Department and urged all officers to work with team spirit.  

Kuru Sera, Chief Engineer, Central Zone-A, PWD,   presided over the meeting, according to an official release.


Pasighat West MLA seeks people’s cooperation


RUKSIN, June 12: The newly elected ruling party MLA from 37- Pasighat West (ST) constituency, Tatung Jamoh today sought cooperation from all section of people and appealed them to shun political differences for successful implementation of government schemes/projects. He was addressing a grant reception meeting organized by East Siang district Congress Sewa Dal at Ruksin.

In his maiden visit to his constituency, the MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Industry (Independent) also attended a series of meeting and interacted with Govt officials and public leaders.

While thanking the people for providing him the opportunity to serve them, the MLA promised that he would try his level best to fulfill the commitments made during election. He gave priority on reconstruction of the much-hyped MMJ road with rural link roads, development of Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok (Ruksin) and development in health and education sectors.

Referring to drainage problem in Ruksin township, the MLA urged the Panchayat leaders to submit scheme/proposals for construction of drain in and around the township.

Stating that the state’s Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is putting keen attention towards the problems of the area, the MLA has claimed to have comprehensive vision on improvement of surface communication link and human resource development.

Earlier, MLA in a meeting with the heads of the departments in the Sub-division, urged them to ensure transparency and accountability in execution of any developmental scheme and to maintain better coordination with the PRI leaders and local bodies.

Stressing on quality of work, the MLA urged the PRI members to place need-based schemes and to ensure judicious use of fund.

The MLA was also accorded warm reception at Oyan and his native village Sika Bamin. He also held ‘interaction meeting’ with the HoDs at Pasighat in the afternoon and took stock of the ongoing projects.


10 days special NSS camp starts at Bodak village

ITANAGAR, June 12: National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agricultural University, Pasighat started a Special Camp at Bodak village of East Siang district.

The NSS volunteers during the camp organized various programmes including cleanliness drive, tree plantation in and around the village Panchayat Ghar and primary school with distribution of saplings, white washing of primary school, soil testing procedure for villagers, kitchen gardening, mushroom cultivation, insect pest management, etc.

Around 25 student volunteers and faculty members participated in the camp.

Earlier, inaugurating camp on June 8, Dr A K Pandey Dean, CHF, Pasighat stressed need for knowing the problem of people at grassroots level by the NSS volunteers as they are the future managers of the country.

Earlier, Krishna S. Tomar, Camp Organizer and NSS Programe Officer, highlighted the about NSS activities and the need of engagement of students with social and rural issues. He advised the students that it is high time to contribute a little bit for welfare of the society. The camp will continue for ten days.

Faculty members, including Dr RC Shakywar, Dr Nilay Kumar, Dr Siddhartha Singh, Dr Bikram Singh, Dr P Debnath, Dr S M Hussain, Dr Vikash Singh and Dr R.K Singh, village head Gumbo Tayeng and villagers were present during the inaugural function.


Taloh visits remote Riga, assures all round developments

PASIGHAT, June 12: Education Minister Tapang Taloh today assured all round development of remote Riga village, one of the further most villages of East Siang at an accelerated pace and asserted many developments would come up under his leadership in coming days. He said he would take up all-round development of the constituency in particular and opined that party politics should not prove to be any hindrance as far as the development of constituency is concerned.

The present government would take all steps that are necessary for prosperity of the people. As local MLA of the area, he would take special care of education, health, drinking water and irrigation etc and would improve road connectivity and other pending issues on priority. The road widening work (TAH) is in progress and people are giving their full cooperation for carrying out the works, Taloh added.

While sharing his views on education sector in particular, the minister reiterated his determination and assured to develop the area into a model constituency in the state. As education minister, he would take special initiative not only for his own constituency but for the entire state because of this he has shouldered the responsibility to be the education minister of the state, he added.

In his message to the teachers and staff, the minister opined they are the permanent members of the department and architects of the society. They should bear good moral character; behave like gardeners while nurturing the students. He advised the parents to send their children to schools regularly. DIPRO


Rat Hole Mining victory marks International Child Labor Day celebration by Impulse NGO Network

ITANAGAR, June 12: Impulse NGO Network celebrated International Child Labor Day with a victory for children exploited by the rat hole mining industry of Meghalaya.

Impulse NGO Network, a Meghalaya based anti-trafficking NGO founded by Hasina Kharbih, has been on a seven year quest to end widespread child labor in Meghalaya’s rat hole mines. They have worked tirelessly to expose the illegal and dangerous plight of not only Indian children, but also Nepalese and Bangladeshi children, trafficked into the mines.

In 2009, Impulse successfully lobbied India's National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to launch an investigation, and made recommendations to the state government to address the issue. Unfortunately, due to powerful vested interests, the recommendations were ignored, and the practice of rathole mining continued.

Finally, in early 2014 Impulse filed a petition, NGT Order dt. 09.06.2014 with the National Green Tribunal charging that children were being used to destroy the environment through rat hole mining, which also violates multiple environmental and pollution control laws. The petition states that local rivers have turned acidic and unfit for human consumption due to the mining activities, stated the NGO in a release.

Two other local organizations, the All Dimasa Students' Union and the Dima Hasao district committee, subsequently filed similar complaints with the tribunal. In April 2014, the tribunal issued a landmark judgment ordering a halt to the mining activities in Meghalaya, and June 9 the verdict was upheld to shut the mines. This will prevent further recruitment of child labor by the mining industry for rat hole mining in the state, and is a major victory for trafficked children.

Impulse’s fight for these children’s rights began after the expansion of India’s Child Labor Law in 2006. In addition to consistent legal interventions, efforts have consisted of campaigns, round-tables, presentations, research and documentation, as well as reaching out to human rights and child protection groups at the state, national, and international levels, including the Human Rights Commission.

Impulse will continue to stand by the many children that have been affected by rat hole mining, and will work to obtain legal support for their restoration and rehabilitation.


APPDSU supports AAPSU demands, opposes appointment chairmen, vice chairmen

ITANAGAR, June 12: All Papum Pare District Students' Union (APPDSU) has extended support to the eight-point demands submitted by All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) to the state government and also opposed appointment of chairmen and vice chairman in various departments at the cost of state exchequer.

At a time when the state government is facing hardship to pay the salaries of its employees due to poor financial position, appointment of chairmen and vice chairmen in various departments will be an extra burden, APPDSU said in a release. The students union also questioned the necessity of appointment against those posts.

APPDSU also suggested both the Deputy Commissioners of Papum Pare and Capital Complex to immediately start issuing LPC to the local indigenous people of the district who had already applied for the same. Informing that most of the LPC files are still pending in the DCs’ office at Yupia and Itanagar even after NOCs were obtained from the forest department, the students union said that non-issue or inordinate delay in issuing LPC to the genuine applicants is not only a big loss to the state exchequer but also causing mental agony and unnecessary harassment to the poor public.

APPDSU also urged the PWD (highway) to immediately complete the maintenance/reconstruction of the road portion between Model Village and Naharlagun block point immediately.

It took the department concerned more than four years to re- construct the stretch of about 100 meter road, APPDSU said. It also appealed the executing agency to complete the road from Papunallah to Itanagar via Jollang so that traffic between Ganga Market to Itanagar can be minimized.

While extending support to the issue raised by All Nyishi Students Union regarding alleged misuse of fund meant for construction of ST girls hostel in Palin circle under Kurung Kumey district, APPDSU said will always stand by ANSU in its movement against injustice and corruption.

APPDSU also said that it will also cross-cheek the fund sanctioned for Papum Pare district by the Department of Social Welfare and the Executing Agency PWD/RWD for the construction of ST girls Hostel (RCC double Storey building for 40 Boarders) whether the fund has been properly utilized.


MLA tawang holds review meeting with hods

Tawang, June 12:  In his first official interaction and meeting with district administration and the HODs, newly elected MLA of 2-Tawang Tsering Tashi today reviewed all the on-going projects of the district in a meeting at the DC Conference Hall Tawang.

Being very specific on the development of the area, he observed that the centrally sponsored schemes are the means and sources which facilitate major development in any area and hence every effort should be made to follow the laid down norms and achieve the physical and financial target; if development is to be achieved in real sense.

Further he stated that the selection of beneficiaries for schemes should be unbiased and the benefits should reach the poor people. He said that electricity, health, education, and roads etc will be his priority.

Signifying the importance of education as the backbone of the society, Tashi called upon the members of the society including public leaders, officers, teachers, parents, students to work collectively for the uplift and progress of education in the area. He further assured to look in the problems of the health department of the district at the earliest.

He further sought cooperation from the staffs and officers to work united and effectively for welfare of the common people. He also called upon the staffs to discharge their duties sincerely and dedicatedly. “We need to work as a team, as I cannot do much without the support and cooperation of the officers and the officers cannot do much without my support,” he asserted. He also requested the officers to discharge their duties honestly without any bias or favouritism.

Deputy Commissioner Tawang Abhishek Dev in his remark stressed upon the need to select deserving and needy beneficiaries for various schemes. He also called for careful inspection and planning of all schemes and beneficiaries. He exuded hope that new MLA would guide and help them to run the administration effectively.

ZPC Tawang Jambey Tsering thanked the MLA Tawang for his keen initiative in the development of the district. He also appreciated the works of the DC Tawang and his administration for their initiative in the education sector which has made a positive impact in the exam results of the schools in the district. He also appealed to the MLA and the administration to work for the upliftment of common and poor people. The government schemes and projects should effectively be implemented to bring practical benefits in the grassroots level with missionary zeal & vigor.

Representatives of various departments like, Education, Health, DRDA, APEDA, Urban Development, PHED, RWD, PWD, WRD, Power (Elect) and Power (E&M), etc. also presented their status of the completed and ongoing projects in the area.

Meanwhile, DDSE Tawang unit submitted a four-point memorandum to the MLA seeking for allotment of sufficient teachers in schools. DIPRO



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Get tough with traffic violators

In the ongoing traffic regulation and enforcement drive conducted in capital city by Chief Estate Officer in collaboration with district transport office and police large numbers of vehicles have been impounded for violation. It is being reported that many public carrier including Tata Sumos and Trekkers are plying without proper legal documents.  This is a serious cause of concern as off late capital denizens have witnessed many accident cases involving Trekkers.

Most of these accidents take place due to reckless driving. During office hour often it is noticed that Trekker drivers compete among themselves to pick up maximum number of passengers.  Many unfortunate accidents take place due to such competition. The ongoing traffic drive is very good step but it should be continued and if possible such drive should be held throughout the year.  Usually it is seen that authorities carries out drive for some days and when the drive ends, from next day things are back to square one. This should not be allowed to happen. Cities like Shillong and Gangtok are known for maintaining zero tolerance against traffic violators. Traffic drive is strictly regulated throughout the year. If others can do, why not us?



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Arunachal needs a medical college and hospital

Dear Editor,

I would like to inform you that Samaritan society has established an Arunachal Charitable Patient’s House for the poor and needy people of Arunachal Pradesh at Paltan Bazaar near Aditya hospital in Dibrugarh.

During our course of action since the establishment of the charitable patient’s house, it has been noticed that seeking medical treatment in other state is a big menace for the people of Arunachal Pradesh, as they are frequently harassed and looted by rickshaw walas, nursing homes and pharmacists.

Taking this grievances as a major threat, I would say, we need a medical college and a better hospital in Arunachal Pradesh for the welfare of our own people.

Assam has already six medical colleges but the largest state of north east India is yet to get one.

All the student union leaders, N.G.Os and other pressure groups should think about it and come forward for this.                                                                                                           


Olik Tayeng

Samaritan Society   



Freezing charge

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of people toward the miscellaneous charge called freezing charge vogue in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The land of rising sun is transforming into the land of rising price!

The shopkeepers usually exploit the people with Rs 5 to Rs 10 extra in the name of freezing charge applied to the cold drinks.

The notion of freezing charge struck me when the state was facing acute power shortage recently and refrigerators were in power off mode.

In the scorching heat to compensate my sweat and quench my thirst, I asked for cold drinks at a local retailer when one sweet voice announced, "thanda hai, lekin thanda nahi hai". For some moment I was confused but later I figured that it meant “cold drinks are available but it’s not cold’.  But surprisingly, they charged me for freezing!

From that moment onward some dilemma was dancing on my mind. Is freezing charge applied in all the states of India or it is endemic in ours?

Administrators or officers or politicians do not consume cold drinks? If they do, at what rate? If people dont want to purchase at the inflated rate, then what are the option left to them?

Is the advertisement of Deepika, "gardan mei dekho daam likHaa hai" wala daam not applicable to us?

It is my utmost request to the concern authorities to look into the seriousness of the matter as it is not only confined to the problem of cold drinks.

The unexpected and exorbitant price rise is common issue of the people of the state. The prices are unregulated in the entire capital city. It differs from Naharlagun to Itanagar and even at Itanagar, it differs from place to place whereas the distance between the places are negligible.

They make mockery of the maximum retail price (MRP) written on the item. So wake up Arunachal. It is time to rise up and fight for the right cause.


Ashi Dore


Declare results

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test(APTET) cleared candidates would like to remind the Director regarding the delay in announcement of results of the walk in interview.

The walk in interview was conducted on 21st & 22nd February at the office of the Director of Higher and Technical Education, Itanagar where candidates who had qualified for APTET-2014 attended. But more than four months have passed and results are yet to be declared.

Therefore, I request the Director to declare the result as soon as possible so that candidates would get an opportunity to serve the state in particular and nation in general.


Tater Dugi Tamin



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