Arunachal snubs NHPC yet again, while Centre appoints pro large dam Rakesh Nath as
ITANAGAR, June 23: The government of Arunachal has yet again snubbed NHPC. This time,
the public sector company lost out to a private player as the government decided
to allot the 2,000 MW Subansiri Upper HEP to KSK Energy Ventures Limited (KSKEVL)
for implementing the project on build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) basis.
A source informed that Arunachal Pradesh has already executed a memorandum of agreement
with the Hyderabad-based private power project developer.
The KSK Energy Ventures Limited has practically nil experience when it comes to big
projects in power sector.
KSK Energy Ventures Limited, a BSE& NSE listed Indian subsidiary and was established
in 2001 to “capitalize on the emerging opportunities in the Indian power sector and
focus on developing, operating and maintaining power projects”.
KSK currently has three hydel power plants (aggregating 1045 MW) under planning stage
in Arunachal which includes 120 MW Dibbin Hydro Power Private Limited run-of-the-river
hydro electric power (HEP) project envisaged on Bichom River in West Kameng and 600
MW Kameng Dam on Kameng River in East Kameng.
Earlier, in October 2009, Arunachal allotted the 1,600 MW Subansiri Middle HEP to
a joint venture formed by Hydro Power Development Corporation of Arunachal Pradesh
Limited and Jindal Power Limited.
Despite bagging the contract for preparing detailed project reports (DPR) for all
the three Subansiri HEPs, NHPC is left with the execution rights for only the 2,000
MW Subansiri Lower HEP.
Hence, the state government's decision to allocate the HEPs to private companies,
especially when NHPC is ready to complete DPRs has obviously not gone well with the
What is interesting to note is that the projects have been held up for some time,
at least in the papers, since the Ministry of Environment and Forests had declined
to provide stage-II clearance, on the basis of the conditions imposed by the National
Board for Wildlife (NBWL), which directed that no dams should be constructed upstream
of the Subansiri river in the future. However Supreme Court came as a savior to the
government and the power developers as it overturned the decision.
On the other, the over enthusiastic central government has appointed former Central
Electricity Authority ( CEA) chairperson Rakesh Nath as the new Expert Appraisal
Committee (EAC) chairperson. A notification to this effect was issued on June 14.
Till last month, he was the president of the Indian National Committee of International
Commission on Large Dams ( INCOLD), an organisation engaged in promoting big dams.
In a letter to the Jairam Ramesh, Environmentalists have slammed the government
for appointing Rakesh Nath.
"Nath is the chairman of the national committee of the International Commission on
Large Dams (INCOLD), which is a rabidly pro-large dam organization, essentially working
as a lobby mechanism for large dams," says a letter, dated June 19th, written to
the environment minister by 23 organizations.
"Since the EAC is designed to understand and evaluate environmental and social impacts
of large dams and also look at 'no-dam' option.... its chairman needs to be a person
with a far more balanced and independent approach on the large-scale impacts of hydro
power and river valley projects," says the letter.
Interestingly, Jairam Ramesh had granted a similar request by environmentalists soon
after becoming minister in June 2009, which resulted in the resignation of P. Abraham
as the chairperson of the EAC.
What speaks a lot about the Ministry is the fact that Nath is the third person to
be appointed as chairman of the EAC in the last two years!
Meanwhile, the EAC for environmental appraisal of river valley and hydro-electric
projects is slated for June 30 under the new chairman.
AAPSU accuse govt of being soft on refugee and non-indigenous population
ITANAGAR, June 23: The laxity of the consecutive state governments in checking the
contagious influx of non– Arunachalees in the state and claiming scheduled tribe
status since the inception of Arunachal Pradesh is glaring. With the increasing population,
the Chakmas, Hajongs, Tibetans, Bhutanese and Nepalis from outside the nation and
Deoris, Mishings, etc from other state have permanently entered into Arunachal Pradesh
and the government let in the flow unchecked. Now, some of the migrants having taken
ST status legally or illegitimately are threatening the very existence of the indigenous
people, said AAPSU in a release.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union president Takam Tatung said that ninety Tibetan
families of Shyo village in Tawang who had entered into the state before 1962 were
given ST status in 1996-97 by the state government. The move could have been political
expediency of the then state government at the cost of indigenous people, said Tatung.
“The matter of declaring scheduled tribe to a foreigner does not come under the ambit
of state government. How come 90 families of Tibetan were given STs is a big question
mark. Their STs should be immediately revoked”, he added.
He further cited an example of one Boken Pao from Mishing community of Assam who
is working in Arunachal Pradesh under Department of Forest and Environment as Assistant
Conservator of Forest under APST quota.
The then state government had formed a high power committee under the chairmanship
of Lombo Tayeng in 2006 on whether to grant ST status to the Mishings residing in
the state, but the findings and recommendations of the committee were never made
public, he said.
According to a government directive of March 3, 2005, sixteen major tribes and sub-tribes
have been recognised as scheduled tribe of the state and clearly notified according
to the Supreme Court ruling of February 2, 2001 that Deoris and Mishings are not
STs of Arunachal Pradesh. Further, the apex court had made it clear that a person
belonging to a scheduled tribe in one state cannot ipso facto claim the same status
in another state unless his/her tribe is declared to be a scheduled tribe in relation
to that state under Article 342(1). But negating the order, the DC East Siang had
issued ST certificate to one Pao as Adi on August 25, 2006.
According to documents available with the AAPSU, Pao is a Mishing from Jonai and
had joined the Arunachal Pradesh government service as a Range Forest Officer on
May 7 1987. Subsequently, he was promoted to Assistant Conservator of Forest vide
order no. FOR.176/EA/98/Pt-1/4425-525 on February 22 2007.
On the other hand, while reacting to the clarification given by the Additional Deputy
Commissioner, Miao on the clamping of 144 CrPC on June 18th which has prevented the
indigenous Singpho community to construct houses at their rightful land the All Arunachal
Pradesh Students’ Union has said that its appalling our people are always at the
receiving end and the matter is compounded due to the slack attitude of the state
government in pursuing legal procedure to the refugee issue.
“Court had passed the judgment in favour of Thuing Singpho as the legal owner of
the land in M-pen now the administration has tried to prevent the lawful owner from
constructing her house on the ground of maintaining status quo on 17th of June to
the Singpho community which was actually issued on 7th June. In all these days, the
status quo notice was kept away from the knowledge from the aggrieved owner and the
community” said AAPSU president Takam Tatung. He added that the administration should
have made it known to the contesting party to avoid the complicacies and resentments
that have erupted out of it.
CM calls on Army to maintain strategic infrastructure
ITANAGAR June 23: The Chief minister has said that Army should also make use of the
defense fund for repair and maintenance of strategic porter tracks, foot suspension
bridges and log bridges in the border area which is equally used both by the army
as well as the local people.
The Chief Minister said this during a meeting with Maj. General R N Singh, GOC 56
Infantry Division who called on him at his Niti Vihar office this morning.
The helipads and other infrastructure built by the Army should also be allowed to
be used by the civilians, Khandu said.
The meeting covered various issues pertaining to security, Arunachal Scouts, civic
actions and land requirement for raising 2 division of Army in the state.
Khandu while advocating for hundred cent percent reservations of Arunachal Youths
in the recruitment of Arunachal Scouts, advised the Army to conduct the recruitment
rally considering the landscape and climatic conditions to accommodate all deserving
The GOC assured Khandu to consider his proposal and urged the Chief Minister to expedite
the land acquisition cases to which he assured all possible assistance from his end.
The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam. (PRO TO CM)
Tax and Excise dept goes global, CCTV at BFC, Banderdewa
ITANAGAR, June 23: CCTV camera installed at BFC, Banderdewa has been made operational
from today which has also been linked with the website of the Tax & Excise department,
“http://arun-taxexcise.nic.in/” and would be available online 24X7.
The new website was inaugurated by the Minister Tax & Excise, RWD, and Law Kalikho
Minister has urged all concerned including the tax payers for active co-operation
by paying tax on time to increase revenue collection as this will lead to greater
plan allocation for the State. He further appealed each and every one to make full
use of this website so that they can access information directly online instead of
seeking information under RTI Act. He further stressed all officers to work as a
team with dedication and sincerity.
Secretary (Tax & Excise) Amit Singla, who is leaving for Delhi after 5 years in Arunachal,
highlighted the reforms undertaken by the department. He informed that the department
has already collected around Rs. 140 crores in the last financial year. The procedures
of TDS have also been reformed and the notification to this effect has been issued.
Further, the work executing agencies have been asked to keep the provision of Value
Added Tax (VAT) component in the estimates and deposit the tax collected. The department
is going to implement e-payment of taxes through internet banking within a short
The department has also strengthened the Enforcement activities by installing CCTV
camera and Weigh Bridge and all these exercise will definitely yield more revenue
and may even touch Rs. 200 crores in 2010-11. The CCTV camera coverage may also help
the Police department to track the movement of the vehicles.
He also thanked Jyotish Rai of NIC, Itanagar for developing the website and further,
informed that the tax department is going to be computerized under Mission Mode Project,
the software for which is being developed by the NIC, Karnataka for the State to
facilitate the dealers with online e-registration, e-return, e-issuance of statutory
forms, e-refund etc. The Excise and Societies branch of the department is also computerized
and the software for which is developed by NIC, Arunachal Pradesh.
A new lease of life for a boy
ITANAGAR, June 23: A life of the orphan child being brought up in the Mother’s Home,
Ziro was saved with timely treatment, thanks to the Achukuru Welfare Society, which
has been running the Mothers Home since 2005.
Mobya Tana, 13, was suffering from ear related ailment since his childhood. However,
the ear disease swelled up later and spread to the brain. Within no time, Talyang
Shanti, the chairperson of the Society took the patient to Hapoli Hospital, after
more than a fortnight treatment; the patient was evacuated to R K Mission Hospital,
Itanagar on May 27 for further treatment.
With the initiative of Shanti, R K Mission authority offered free of cost special
care to the patient. However, since the disease spread to the brain, the doctors
referred the patient to Guwahati.
Shanti did not lose her heart, without losing time, the Mothers’ Home mother proceed
After little more than 20 days, the child came around and here too the hospital authorities
did the surgery almost free of cost, except expenditure on medicines.
Shanti is now all praises for Hinyo-Mobya Lapang Fund, well-wishers and relatives
for providing some fund for the treatment of the child. She also extended gratefulness
to authorities of Hapoli hospital, R K Mission and doctors of GMC with who’s help
child got a fresh lease of life.
It may be mentioned here that the Mothers’ Home is taking care of the 8 mentally
retarded persons in addition to 8 other destitute.
State finance dept launches its website
ITANAGAR, June 23: State Development Commission (finance) Vijay Kumar Dev has launched
the website of the finance department in a simple function here today.
The occasion was attended by outgoing special finance secretary Amit Singla, Food
and Civil Supplies director Deepak Kumar, under secretary P Aich, under secretary
Dani Pyaro, NIC scientist Jyotish Roy, and other officers of the finance department.
The website www.arunachalfin.nic.in not only provides details of the information
about finance department at secretariat level but also about the three directorates
of accounts, treasuries, audit, pensions and small savings besides link to website
of finance departments of other states. The finance department has also implement
computerised file tracking system in concurrence branch of finance department.
According to official release, the project to computerise all treasuries is also
under implementation and delegation to financial powers to other departments and
strengthening of accounting and auditing system across the departments have also
The release further said that under the guidance of Finance Minister Setong Sena
and support of the all departments, the financial team of Vijay Kumar Dev and Amit
Singla has introduced various administrative reform.
‘Law should be equal for all’
ITANAGAR, June 23: AAPSU has said that law should be equal for all. Citing examples
of frequent government action against students’ community, the Union urged government
to enforce the law equally to all section of the society and the citizens.
The Union however appreciated the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri District for
filling an FIR against the student community for extortion from the members of the
business community of Ziro-Hapoli area.
AAPSU said that few months back the government has issued price list of all commodities
to all the business communities in the state capital. However, the business communities
over looked the order and continue to sell the commodities at much higher while the
government is happy being a mute spectator.
It further said that despite ban on lottery, housie by the government, the concerned
authority could not stop it from flourishing in the state capital.
APPSU further said that despite the students unions complain against land encroachment
in government land at Doimukh few days back, the concerned authority failed to initiate
action against the encroacher. However, when the union dismantled the house after
giving prior notice, then the authority issued arrest warrant order against the students
Taking account of all such incidences, the union strongly appealed to the state government
to stop such practice particularly against the student community. It further said
that to highlight the discriminatory practices, union would go on agitation in July
unless govt rectifies it ways.
Jarkar Gamlin calls for united efforts for promotion of sports
AALO, June 23: MLA Jarkar Gamlin has called upon the new team of the District Sports
Authority (DSA) to work unitedly for betterment of the sports activities in West
He was addressing a meeting organised to select new executives of the DSA at DC’s
conference hall on June 11.
He also recalled the performance of outgoing DSA secretary Kengam Ete and his team
who had organised day and night football match for the first time during Tadar Tang
Memorial football tournament. Gamlin, who is also chairman of the Khadi and Village
Industries Board (KBIV) was optimistic about better performance of the new selected
Among others members, Kenjum Riba has been selected as secretary of the DSA for 2011-2014.
Bagra: first Arunachalee to get Ph. D in Zoology
Itanagar, June 23: Kenjum Bagra, son of Gumken Bagra and Yabi Bagra of Doji village,
West Siang district has been awarded Ph.D in Zoology in the topic entitled, "Studies
on some biological features and habitat ecology of a cyprinid fish under genus Semiplotus
(Bleeker) in Sipu river, West Siang district Arunachal Pradesh", by Rajiv Gandhi
University. Dr. Bagra is the first Arunachalee to get Ph.D in Zoology from RGU. Semiplotus
is a regionally important wild food fish with very little information which is also
endangered in the state. Dr. Bagra in his thesis unfolded all the important biological
and habitat parameters of the fish in detail. Now the fish has got the attention
of National organisation like ICAR for its future conservation, domestication and
propagation. He completed his Ph.D. under the supervision of Dr. D.N. Das, Associate
Professor, RGU and his degree will be conferred at the next convocation of the University.
AAPHWS to approach Govt for unemployment allowance
ITANAGAR, June 23: All Arunachal Pradesh Handicapped Welfare Society (AAPHWS) has
unanimously decided to approach the state Govt for unemployment allowances to educated
handicapped, pensions for senior handicapped citizens and widows.
These decisions were taken in a general body meeting of the AAPHWS held at Naharlagun
on June 19 last.
While adopting various other resolutions for the welfare of the handicapped persons,
the meeting also decided to follow up the pending cases relating to implementation
of the job reservation quota for handicapped, construction of barrier free Govt building
and offices, allotment of supply and contract works to its members.
The meeting further decided to approach Govt for construction of the handicapped
colony near Banderdewa and fund for construction of school for the children with
disabilities at Papu Nallah soon.
The new executive body of the Society was also formed with Tami Taniang as chairman,
Hilling Gagung, Vice Chairman, Jomo Sikki, secretary general.
CO at Gangte circle demanded
ITANAGAR, June 23: Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) of Rai Raiga Anchal Segment Choki
Tatung has urged the state Govt for posting of circle officer at Gangte circle at
In a letter to state chief secretary, the ASM resented that the people of the circle
have been facing lots of administrative problems in absence of CO for last many months.
The CO was transferred before the assembly election, but no officer was posted yet
to look into problems of the people, he said.
Health camps by ACSUM
ITANAGAR, Jun 23: In view of the poor medical facilities in various remote areas
of Tawang district, the Arunachal Capital Students Union of Monpa’s (ACSUM) has decide
to organize medical cum health awareness campaign at Mago-Thingbu, Khet and Dudunghur
circles under Tawang district from the second week of July.
Basic knowledge on health and hygiene, first aids etc. would be imparted to the villagers
during the campaign. Many doctors, including Specialists are expected to attend.
Felicitations of toppers
ITANAGAR, June 23: The school managing committee of the Govt Secondary school, Pitapool,
Lower Subansiri district has felicitated the 1st batch of the school who have successfully
cleared the CBSE class X board examination 2010. Among the successful students, Taba
Yatup (64%) and Taba Yag (62%) were rewarded with Rs 5000 and 2500 respectively as
a token of encouragement. The committee also donated a Oxford Dictionary each to
all 1st batch pass out of the school.
Meanwhile, the committee announced a reward of Rs 10,000 each for those students
who will secure 80 per cent and above marks from the next academic year.
Lok Adalat disposes 21 criminal cases
ITANAGAR: Altogether 21 criminal cases were disposed off in a three-Day Lok Adalat
conducted by Upper Subansiri District Legal Service authority at Singik Hall, Daporijo
from June 15 to 17 last.
Besides the member secretary and EAC (Jud) Duyu Ribya, other members including Police
Inspector T Riram, Tadu Bayor, advocate, Netro Riba and Talum Babla took part in
Next sitting of the Lok Adalat will be held in August.
Earlier, Ribya highlighting the importance of the Lok Adalat, urged the litigants
to avail the opportunities being provided by these Adalats as alternative dispute
resolution mechanism within shortest time. Describing the Lok Adalat as people’s
court, he also called upon the litigants to be sincere and honest while bringing
a matter to this Forum, according to an official release.
Vishal P Nabum appointed as CM’s Advisor
ITANAGAR: Vishal P Nabam has been appointed as advisor to chief minister of Arunachal
Pradesh. Vishal who is currently holding the post of spokesman, Arunachal Pradesh
Congress Committee, has been in active politics since early days of his life. In
the initial year he was actively involved with various student bodies like AAPSU
In the past he also hold important portfolios like member of monitoring and motivating
team under dept of HRD, govt. of India, specially looking after education and employment
generation of North-East. In his capacity as member, he has helped various NGOs to
start many social oriented programmes. Vishal is also known for supporting cultural
activities and is well known social activist.
MDVSU for relief package
ITANAGAR: Middle Dibang Valley Students’ Union (MDVSU) has demanded the NHPC authorities,
district administration and state Govt as a whole to implement at least 40 per cent
of the relief and rehabilitation package prior to the public hearing on DMP.
While discussing its demand for assessment of ground realities of project affected
people, the union claimed that as per the provisions of the Land Acquisition Act,
1894, national RR Policy -2007 and Arunachal Pradesh State Relief and Rehabilitation
policy 2008, the project affected people are entitled to provide RR package prior
to the public hearing.