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Khandu spreads balm of hope amidst widespread criticism

Restoration of Roing-Anini road is prime agenda of Govt

ITANAGAR, June 19: Amidst widespread criticism of government’s handling of widespread devastation in Dibang Valley following massive rain, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has conducted a whirlwind tour of flood hit affected areas of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts today.

It may be mentioned here that Dibang Valley had been cut off from rest of the world for last 3 months after the torrential rain created havoc by disrupting surface communication.

Accompanied by Power Minister Jarbom Gamlin, Finance Minister Setong Sena, MLAs Rajesh Tacho and Karikho Kri and host of Chief Engineers, the team inspected the vital blockage points, the washed away RCC bridges, damaged hydel and landslip block points between Roing – Anini road through aerial survey.

Khandu on landing at Anini promised the people that he would take all out methods to address their problems at the earliest.

Considering the need and urgency, government had already approved for 9 additional ration sorties taking the total number of ration sorties to 18 till this date, he revealed. He further assured that the government shall approve more sorties as per requirement placed by the deputy commissioner. Essential commodities shortage will be addressed and government will not leave any stone unturned to see it materialize, Khandu emphatically said.

Terming the road communication as the lifeline, he informed the gathering that he had taken up the matter with BRO’s highest authority and requested him to expedite the restoration process. He also convinced them that he would call the chief engineer of BRO maintaining the road and find out means to carry out the process on war footing.

“Restoration of Roing – Anini road would be the prime agenda and for which I have been repeatedly taking up the matter personally with the BRO”, Khandu assertively said.

The chief minister while revealing that the government had already sanctioned Rs. 6 lacs for life saving drugs said he would sanction additional 5 lacs to meet the medicine crisis. He also promised to send a team of doctors and para-medical staff to contain the emerging threat of diseases. He assured this while responding to the memorandum placed by the people of Anini for adequate medicine and sufficient doctors and medical staff for Anini.

Khandu while concerned over the power crisis in the district headquarter directed the Chief Engineer Power who had accompanied the team to allocate LOC for the district specially to restore two damaged hydels.

Khandu also assured to increase ration air sorties to the interior circle headquarters and asked DC to prepare a detail requisition letter for the same. He informed that his government has already released Rs 10 lacs as relief amount to respective DCs to meet the natural calamity relief cases.

Concerned over the damage of porter tracks, suspension and log bridges due to the natural calamity, Khandu directed Chief Engineer PWD to prepare a detail report on the matter. He further directed PHED Chief Engineer to immediately restore drinking water supply in both Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts.

Earlier, local MLA of Anini Rajesh Tacho informed the gathering that he had been continuously taking up the Dibang Valley crisis with the government. He appreciated the efforts of the government for promptly responding to the plea of ration sorties and other requests made for the district. He also revealed that the situation of the district had been appraised to the Prime Minster.

Tacho appealed the chief minister to initiate steps to declare the district as disaster prone zone and take up with government of India. He also requested for setting up of Army Brigade in the district so that they could extend their help during such distress hour.

At Roing, local MLA Laeta Umbrey briefed about the problems confronting the people due to road blockage at 16 KM point from Hunli which was under his constituency. He strongly pointed out the limited resources and man power of BRO working for the restoration of the roads.

The promises made by BRO to restore the roads by shortest period still remains a distant dream, he said and urged the chief minister to take up the matter expeditiously so that the lifeline road between the two districts is restored. While urging for increasing the passenger flight for Roing and Anini by Umbrey, Khandu assured to look into the matter. He further assured to take account of the problems of water supply and power crisis every year during the monsoon and asked the Chief Engineers to come out with sustainable and solid scheme.

While calling the people to extend their support and cooperation to the district administration in such distress hours, Khandu said that coordination and collective effort is the need of the hour. One should subside political differences and come in one platform to fight the situation, he emphasized. (With inputs from PRO to CM)



BJP demands high power Autonomous border management group

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, June 19: Bharatiya Janata Party has demanded constitution of statutory high powered Autonomous Border Management Group at the national level on Indo-China border.

Demanding implementation  of  the recommendations of the China Study Group on Border Infrastructure development, the party  also demanded constitution of parliamentary group for detail study and overseeing of Border issues.

While disclosing the preliminary report of the Indo-China Border fact finding committee of the Bharatiya Janata Party before the media today,  its   national general  secretary Tapir Gao said  the strength of armed forces in border area should be increased.

The report recommended that strength of ITBP should be increased in order to man the gaps at different points in border area. The personnel should be equipped with latest device and  improved surveillance system to match  with the personnel on the Chinese side of the border.  The condition of arm forces in border area should be improved, the report added.

The committee report said  that  road infrastructure, particularly in eastern sector, are insufficient to satisfy the defence requirements. The Government must take up construction of pucca roads on priority basis before it is too late, the report added.

Stressing the need of advance landing ground in border area, the report also recommended  the Govt.  for construction of Airports in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim at the earliest.

It further recommended  that the local youth should be recruited in territorial army to guard the border.


Ground situation in Arunachal !

While revealing the ‘ground situation’ of Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, the preliminary report of the BJP fact finding committee said that Thagla Ridge which is about 60 km away from Zemithang on the north-westerly side of the border, Namka Chu and Sumdrong Chu Valley  is under  Chinese occupation since 1986. As a result, lot of traditional grazing land of local people has been lost, affecting the livelihood of the local herdsmen.

In Bumla sector, the Indian Army post is located not on Mac Mohan Line, Therefore, here the Line of Actual Control (LAC) is not corresponding with the Machmohan Line, recognized by India.

In Tingbu sector, vast area of traditional grazing land of the local people has been encroached by Chinese Army, the report said. Even an important and sacred Buddhist statue has been displaced by the Chinese Army, it added.

In Upper Subansiri district, the Asa-Pila-Maya Army camp which was in Indian Territory is now under Chinese occupation, the report claimed. In Dibang Valley district, the Athu-Pupu range one of the important sacred historical place of the local people is now under Chinese occupation since 2006.

In Chaklagam range the three mountain ranges frequented by Indian hunters have been occupied by the Chinese since 2006.

In Kurung Kumey district, prior to 1962 war, there were nine Army base camps till the actual border. Today, only two of those camps are under the Indian Army control. Seven of them have been occupied by the Chinese Army.


Siram pleads centre for adequate budgetary allocation to improve education sector

ITANAGAR, June 19: Education Minister Bosiram Siram today appealed the Centre to extend adequate budgetary support to meet up the expenditure of capital assets and recurring expenditure for State Commission for Protection of Child Right (SCPCR), and to operationalize state Council for Education Research and Training (SCERT), besides infrastructural gaps.

Addressing the 57th meeting of the Central Advisory Board on Education (CABE) at New Delhi, Siram   said that Centre needs to  extend support to combat the major constraint in Education sector in Arunachal Pradesh.

 Demanding enhancement of  transportation cost for mid-day meal in state owing to the hilly inaccessible terrain and communication bottleneck, the minister said,  maximum places of Arunachal are not covered by road network and head load carrying is the only means. The government of India may kindly realize these special needs and enhance the transportation cost for Arunachal Pradesh, he emphatically said.

Only liberal flow of fund under RTE can ensure reality in implementation, Siram said adding the Centre must incentivize the state to the extent of all benefits extended to central government education institutions. He also pleaded for inclusion of Arunachal Pradesh historical geographical cultural and traditional topic in the national curriculum.

Arunachal Pradesh intends to implement computer aided learning solution (e-learning) in all educational institution to uplift the educational scenario, the Education Minister said adding that  quality education can only be imparted through quality teacher. Advocating for more institutions for teachers education in govt. sector in state to achieve the target goal of 100 per cent literacy, the minister said  the existing teacher education capacity in government sector is very bleak to provide in-service teachers training. A handsome number of untrained teacher are working in various categories of school, he disclosed.

Stressing the need of recruitment of full time teacher for Art Education, Work Experience and Physical and Health Education at Elementary stage, Siram also pleaded for special school for physically challenged at least one in each sixteen districts well equipped with special learning, support material and trained manpower.

Siram also appreciated the  support and favour being extended by the Centre in strengthening the progress and prosperity through the flagship programme in education sector. Pointing out the initiative needed to be taken in higher education sector, Siram said that provision should be created in the Rajiv Gandhi University Act for establishing University campus at the places like Bomdila, Pasighat Tezu etc. and  for establishing colleges under Rajiv Gandhi University especially in the field of professional and technical disciplines like medicine, engineering, law etc. as the state government is unable to establish such colleges in the state due to resource crunch.

Ministry of Human Resources development may also consider for funding 90% of the non-recurring expenses of model degree colleges, instead of 50% like any other centrally sponsored scheme in the region, he added.

The minister who is also CABE member assured that if government of India successfully addresses these problems, there shall be no reason why Arunachal Pradesh will not be able to change the face of educational sector in the state.


Press finds support from organisations

ITANAGAR, June 19: Various organisations and BJP today condemned the threat to media persons in the state.

While condemning intimidation meted out to the Media persons who are working tirelessly for the people, All Nyishi Students Union said “every individual needs to understand the role and importance of the Media.

The Media is the fourth pillar of a democracy, it is impossible for the successful working of a democratic establishment without the participation of the Media” it said. The Media itself is constitutional and democratic institution and it cannot be dictated by any one no matter how powerful he or she is, it added. The Union Demanded the state Govt. to arrange a proper security for the Media persons at helm of unprecedented affair in the state. At the same time, the Union urged the Media people to work fearlessly and to maintain the ethics of a profession not to give a space to any body to finger at the sanctity and discipline of the journalism.

All Nyishi Youth Association also vehemently condemned the threat to media fraternity. No individual and party can suppress the freedom  of press, ANYA president Tarin Nabam in a release said.

Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has condemned the threats to media in the state.

The  media has been tirelessly exposing the grievances of the people  and working as a conduit  between the Govt and general  public, the Union said in a release and called upon one and all to cooperate with media for welfare of the state and its people. Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh also strongly criticized intimidation meted out to media person. Media is the fourth pillar of state and everybody should respect the media, the party said and demanded the state government to provide adequate security to the media houses and media persons.

Being the 4th estate of democracy, all must respect the freedom of press, said Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI).

While expressing solidarity with the Press, VHAI in a release said, the print  and electronic media of Arunachal Pradesh deserve people’s love and support for their sincerity as well as the great service they have been rendering for the development of state. People need the press which is vibrant and effective, it said while adding that  irrespective of multiple pressures and several difficulties,  the press fraternity stick to the values and ethics while ensuring that the people get the true  and correct information at the earliest possible time.


Restoration of Roing-Anini road in a month:GREF

Umbrey inspects the blockage site at Hunli

Bishnu Rana

ROING, June 19: The restoration of 230 KM Roing-Anini surface communication is expected in a month depending on weather condition.

About 45 major slides point are reported beyond Hunli in between 29 KM of Lower Dibang and Dibang Valley district. GREF personnel have been doing their best to get back the connectivity within a month. “The damage are massive and we have not come across destruction of  this magnitude. The entire hills are sinking and existence of the road is impossible to make out as RCC Culverts, retaining wall, boulder caging structure were washed out. It is tough time for us”, revealed the GREF sources.  

The GREF has put into service three bulldozers including one from PWD. Expressing concern at the deplorable state of machineries, the official informed restoration work is a distance dream unless machines are updated.

Meanwhile, MLA Laeta Umbrey Roing visited  Hunli covering 100 KM distance far off from the township to assess the actual damage. He was accompanied by P K Sivanandan EE, S Chaudhery AE PWD, Tamune Miso SDO Hunli, GREF Officials, Panchayat member Hunli-Desali block.   

Umbrey also desperately felt for few new bulldozers to get the connectivity restored at the earliest. He also ensured to materialise the needs and decided to move authority to expedite the pace of restoration work to bring early relief to the calamity hit Dibang Valley district.  


ANSU calls for action from  Education Dept

ITANAGAR, June 19: All Nyishi Students' Union (ANSU) called on the Education Minister to recall the teachers who have been staying for indefinite periods in the various schools within the state capital and district head quarters and transfer them wherever required by implementing in spirit and letter the recent state education policy act.

The Union said that most of the teachers have been staying in the same school for more than ten years while adding that many of them do not attend work and non-performers.  Most of the teachers who have overstayed in one place are kith and kin of officers and influential persons and others are striving hard and confined in the interior place, it added.

It is also surprising to know that in a Middle School, there are more than 60 (sixty) teachers whereas, in the Higher Secondary schools in the outpost, the strength of the teachers are less than 10 (ten) numbers and without a subject teacher, it added.

Numbers of teachers recruited in the state is sufficient enough to meet the shortage of teachers in all schools provided their posting and transfer is streamlined and distributed on need base, it added. The Union also urged the elected leaders and officers not to interfere in the matter of the transfer and posting of teachers and the concerned authority should be given free hand to deal with the matter.

The Union also urged the Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) to discuss on the matter as it is the apex forum to address and redress the grievances of all the teachers vis-a-vis the welfare of the students. The Union also demands the concerned authority to sternly deal with non-performing and absentee SSA Teachers who are not working in their posted place. However, the Union called  upon the state Govt. to seriously take up an initiative for timely payment of salary and regularisation of SSA teachers as their contractual period is due for expire.  


Boleng police solve three mysterious cases

PASIGHAT, June 19: The Boleng police is in news by nabbing the accused persons of three mysterious cases in the shortest possible time.  

In the last one month, quick solving of a robbery of granaries, Bank fraud (two lakhs) from the SBI, Boleng Branch and murder case of an agricultural labourer had rocked the township, but all were successfully solved within 24-72 hours by the local police and all the accused persons were arrested.  The entire properties robbed from granaries and defrauded from the bank (two lakhs) were recovered from the accused persons.

A Nepali agricultural labourer was arrested in the blind murder case who confessed of his crime of murdering the labourer during the night time under the influence of liquor. The dao used as weapon of offence has also been recovered from the accused and finally the accused has been remanded to judicial custody.

Meanwhile, the BM SBI, Boleng while appreciating the police team for prompt and painstaking efforts solving the case, sanctioned cash reward amounting three thousand rupees.

The accused Tamong Mize, 37,  of  Pangkeng under Rumgong P.S.of  West Siang district had impersonated Tagom Mize of Sinne village, East Siang District for obtaining a loan of Rs. two lakhs from SBI.  He had forged all the documents such as PRC, Employment certificate, Cast Certificate, Income certificate, Birth certificate etc. and put forged seal of several Senior Officers on these documents.  After a thorough, painstaking and meticulous investigation, the identity of the real accused could be established by the police and finally recovery of the entire amount.

The general public and the public leaders of Boleng/Pangin township have widely appreciated the good work done by the Boleng police led by the OC SI K.L. Pertin and hoped that such actions against the criminals will deter others to indulge in criminal activities in future.  

The SSP, East Siang district D.C. Srivastva has also announced suitable reward to the police officer and staffs and all others who assisted to solve these sensational crimes. He further said this was made possible by focused, meticulous and painstaking action and investigation and public supports. They arrested a large number of desperate criminals which led to overall increase in the detection of heinous offences.  

DC East Siang District Onit Panyang also hoped that such prompt police action and apprehension of accused will go a long way in establishing the rule of law and sending a clear message to the criminals about the capability and sincerity of the local police.  He also congratulated the police team led by K.L. Pertin and appealed to them to keep up the good work. DIPRO


APMCC stress the need of formation of more cells

ITANAGAR, Jun 19: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC), stressed the need for formation of various cells in the district level to monitor proper utilization of funds provided by the Central and State Govt.

APMCC president Techi Dumsap, while highlighting the All India Mahial Congress (AIMC)’s agenda on the duties of media cell, NGO cell, legal cell, kissan cell and women helpline cell in a meeting of the party at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today, advocated for appointing woman advocate to monitor the grievances of the woman community and eliminate child marriages, domestic violence, dowry deaths and also to extend free service to protect rights of women.

APMCC vice president Tadar Yadir expressed happiness over formation of various cells in the organization and suggested for organizing awareness campaign by them on key issues.

The meeting was attended by delegates from various district.


GWS to felicitate meritorious students

ITANAGAR, June 20: The Galo Welfare Society (GWS) executive committee in its monthly review meeting on June 19 decided to felicitate meritorious Galo students in the X and XII Board Exams (both science and humanities) 2009-2010 and in the Joint Entrance examinations  on July 10 in Itanagar.

The Society also decided to raise the cut off marks for the awardees this year in view of the rising competitive atmosphere amongst the Arunachalee students. Only those who have secured 9 points and more in their X Board exams, from CBSE, ICSE and other Boards from all over the country, and those who have scored 80 per cent and above in XII ( Science or Humanities ) can apply for consideration for the awards and citations, the society said.


SBAP observes 7th foundation day

ITANAGAR,  June 19:  The  Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh (SBAP)  has observed its 7th foundation day at its state office, Ganga on June 18.

During the programme SBAP  state vice president Gichik Taaza and cultural secretary Rerik Karlo highlighted various upcoming projects to be implemented in 2010-2011 under special project called Vision 2010. Besides special invitee from other NGOs, all executive and general members of SBAP took part in the function.


ANYA sticks to its demand

ITANAGAR, June 19: Appreciating the State Govt, particularly planning department for finalisation of draft AOP for 2010-11 in the yesterday’s state Planning Board meeting, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) said that it will continue to press for the White Paper for non preparation of AOP 2009-10 fiscal. It further threatened that another 48 hrs capital bandh will be announced soon as a token of protest  against  non supply of White Paper AOP 2009-10 fiscal.

The Association appealed all the conscious citizen of the state to continue support to fight   for transparency and good governance especially in the matter of fiscal management for sound development.


East Kameng gets first computer training institute

SEPPA, June 19: As a major boost to the IT development of the district, the first computer training institute was inaugurated by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner, Tope Bam in a glittering function here at DUDA building today.  

The institute ‘Microsoftech’, the Govt. authorized computer institute is being run by Naharlagun based NGO, Sango Lomte Foundation (SLF).

Inaugurating the institute, DC, Tope Bam  said that as the world is growing fast in the IT sector, the district should be not lagging behind others. The days for type writing has gone, he said and called upon the young people to learn  computer  which would  help reduce the unemployment problem.

He also appealed SLF chairman Pai Gyadi to keep specific time in the evening for the Govt. officers, public leaders and the business community to learn use of computer and appealed all to support the noble cause.

Earlier Pai Gyadi informed that as many students have been trained from institute since its commissioning  few months back. Informing that many students from this institute have been recruited in Govt job, he said SLF is planning to set up such institute across the state.

District Planning officer, Vijay Sonam, District statistic officer, Pipu ZPM, Meyo Cheda, host of Govt. officials,  publics and the students were present in the function. DIPRO


Police patrolling demanded

ITANAGAR, June 19: Concerned over the reported growing theft and dacoity cases in New Seppa, the East Kameng district unit of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha has demanded police patrol from JNV school to fruit market colony to protect life and property of people.


Students calls for precautionary measures

ITANAGAR, June 19: All Mebo Student Union (AMSU) has called for precautionary measures/plans by power developers/Govt. to protect Mebo area from flood.

Mebo is generally a flood prone area; And, Govt’s permission to construct three dams in and around Mebo area has further increased flood risk, the student union said, and urged the government as well as power developers to look into the genuine demand.


School inaugurated

ITANAGAR, June 19: The newly opened private school Eternal Life English Medium School at Daporijo was inaugurated by local MLA Punji Mara on June 16 last.


Association demands action against SI

ITANAGAR, June 19: Lower Siang Dam Project Affected Youth Association in a letter to the Chairman, Arunachal Pradesh Women Commission, Itanagar appealed the commission to initiate immediate action against Orem Tagi SI Police Station, Pasighat.

The association alleged that during the lathi charge at Ponging on May 21, Tagi without any valid reason assaulted the protestors.


Voluntary work at Parang

ITANAGAR, June 19: An OBT classroom, temporary hostels for boys and girls along with kitchens were constructed for Parang Govt. Sec. School during a two-day social service recently.

Later, the school headmaster along with school management committee, in a meeting discussed various basic infrastructural and other problems, like inadequate classrooms, teachers quarter, boys and girls hostels, furniture etc., faced by the school. The meeting urged Panchayat leaders and school management committee to take up the matter with seriously with the authorities concerned.

The social service was organized by the school headmaster with the help of Nabam Tadap, a businessperson.



Power supply to be affected

ITANAGAR: Power supply to parts of Naharlagun township, including ‘F’ sector, Power House colony, ‘G’ Extension market and some portion of Barapani market, will remain affected due to ‘failure’ of the 630 KVA, 33/0.415 KV distribution transformer till alternative arrangement is made, according to a Power Dept. release.

However, "the Department is making all possible efforts" to restore power supply as early as possible, the release added.


Kri  as Dibang Valley DRO

ITANAGAR: Parliamentary Secretary Transport Karikho Kri who has been appointed as the District Returning Officer for Dibang Valley district for Congress Party elections has headed towards the district today. He is accompanied by Block Returning Officer Sony Digio. They will be closely monitoring the whole party election process in the district.


ALSU for polytechnic at Yachuli

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) has urged the state Govt to  stick to its cabinet  decision for  establishment of the Govt Polytechnic College at Yachuli and  reconsider  the reported move to shift the polytechnic from proposed site Yachuli to Ziro.

The union expressed its solidarity with the agitating AYSU and urged the Govt to look into their grievances.

While appreciating the Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for giving highest priority on establishment of Law College during SPB meeting held here yesterday to finalise draft Annual Operating Plan for 2010-11, ALSU urged the state Govt to select the location for construction of the college at the earliest.  It said that the construction of the college has been delayed though NHPC authority had deposited Rs 17 crore  for  this purpose after submission of memorandums to the Govt on various occasion.

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