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Appeal for united effort to curb drug abuse in Arunachal

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, June 26: Arunachal joined rest of the world in observing International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking today.

Parliamentary Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Nido Nido Pavitra appealed all the stakeholders, NGOs, Government Departments and specially the youths to come forwards and create awareness on drug abuse and make a promise to work for prevention and control of drug abuse.

He was addressing the students at Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan, Itanagar. The programme was organised by Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society in association with Donyipolo Vidya Bhavan and King Cup Public School, Itanagar.

“Drug addiction causes immense human distress and the illegal production and distribution of drugs have spawned crime and violence worldwide”, said Pavitra. Today, there is no part of the world that is free from the curse of drug trafficking and drug addiction, about 190 million people all over the world consume one drug or the other and millions of drug addicts, all over the world, is leading miserable lives, between life and death, he added.

He further said, “India too is caught in this vicious circle of drug abuse, and the numbers of drug addicts are increasing day by day. As per UN report One million heroin addicts are registered in India, and unofficially there are as many as five million”.

Director cum Principal of Donyipolo Vidya Bhavan Mone Apang Yonggam appreciated the APSACS for organizing the programme in the institution to create awareness on Drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

She advised the students to avoid drugs and encouraged them to share the Drugs awareness message to the friends and the people.

King Cup Public school, Itanagar Principal AK Palit concerned about the rampant consumption of Tiranga or Gutka by the student community, particularly in the state capital, appealed to Parliamentary Secretary Health and Family Welfare to appraise the matter to state government to initiate immediate steps to ban on selling of Tiranga.

He also advised the students to help the government and the society in controlling the drugs abuses.

Deputy Director (STD) APSACS Dr. Riken Rina also appealed the students to play active role in controlling drug menace and highlighted about addiction and its effect through power point presentation.

Project Director APSACS Dr. Emi Rumi said that Drug abuse is not the problems of the health department alone. Everybody should take responsibility and work towards eradication of drugs, he said.

He also advised the students to organise such programme in their respective school and expressed his desire to extend all possible help.

On the occasion, a quiz and drawing competition was also conducted where students of Donyi Polo Vidya Bhawan and King Cup Public School participated. ROING: The Lower Dibang Valley District joined the rest of the world in observing International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking here today.

To mark the occasion an awareness campaign programme with the theme, “think health – not drugs” was organized at Govt Higher Secondary School, Roing by the District Medical Department.

MLA Jomin Tayeng participating in the awareness campaign have said that drug abuse is a growing menace to the society which urgently needs to be curbed by organizing mass awareness campaign of its harmful affects. He called upon the young students to keep oneself away from such social menace and also appealed them to disseminate the message of its harmful effects to their parents and friends. He further lauded the efforts taken by the District administration and District Medical Department for organizing such awareness campaign in the district.

DC Y W Ringu, presiding over the programme has called upon every individual to come forward in fighting against the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking. It is a social problem and without the cooperation and help of the people, the district administration and district police alone can progress nowhere. She however informed that efforts are on to stop mass cultivation of Opium for commercial purposes in the district.

Earlier DMO Dr Atlok Yirang informed that Blood Bank at District Hospital, Roing is soon to be opened with infrastructure and equipments ready except for certification by National Aids Control Organization (NACO).

A Pledge was taken by every individual present to curb the drug abuse and its illicit trafficking besides free testing of Blood Group for Class IX student at Govt. Higher Secondary school to mark the occasion.  More than 500 students from GHSS, Intaya Public School, VKV, Divine Words and other Schools besides teachers, Officers Public and CRPF jawans participated in the campaign.

KHONSA, International anti drug abuse and drug trafficking day was observed at Khonsa town today. It was organized jointly by department of Health and Family welfare and women’s self help group of Khonsa town. The procession was flagged off by the District Medical Officer, Dr. S.Ronya.

Later after the procession Dr.S.Ronya enlightened the gathering on the impact of the growing menace of drug abuse especially among the youths in the District. Representative of Women’s Self Help Group also spoke on the occasion about how to get rid of Opium addiction in the district.

PASIGHAT: To mark the day, a rally was organized by the General administration and DMO Pasighat to raise awareness against drugs use.

DMO Dr. T. Taloh appealed the gathering to mobilize support for drug control and further said that no individual, family or community is safe where illicit drugs take control.

The DC Onit Panyang and SSP D.C. Srivastav along with govt. officers & staffs, doctors, police personnel, public leaders, PMA members, volunteers of BBK, NGOs, teachers & students also took part in the rally. The rally started from Siang Guest House and ended at the General Hospital Pasighat. (With inputs from DIPROs)



AAPSU divided on Hydro power issue, calls for refugee census


ZIRO, June 26: Temperature rose higher today at the picturesque Ziro which is acknowledged as one of the coolest places in Arunachal Pradesh. The temperature emanated from the Abo Tani Community Hall, located in the heart of Ziro, where the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union was having its Federal Assembly.

Altogether 150 student leaders from the district federal units and community students union had “healthy” yet thunderous discussions on various issues confronting the state.

AAPSU president Takam Tatung and General Secretary Tujum Poyom was bombarded with queries which both of them fielded well.

Hydropower, refugee, property right to a tribal girl married to a non-APST and improvement in education system dominated the day one of the apex student body’s federal assembly.

The house was vertically split on hydropower issue in the state. One school of thought cited submergence and displacement as the reason and vociferously rejected it while the other welcomes it with open heart citing development will follow suit with the coming of hydropower projects provided the government and power developer maintain transparencies in all its dealings.

The scrapping of proposed mega dams in the Adi belts was moved by the Israel Perme, General Secretary Adi Students Union (Adisu). He brought to light the impending danger that may befall with the coming of mega dams in Adi belt especially in 123 villages situated in East, Upper and West Siang districts. The All East Siang District Students Union and All Upper Siang District Students Union later on endorsed Adisu stand on dams during zero hour discussion & pleaded the AAPSU leadership to pay attention to the Adisu grievance.      

On the other hand, the All Kurung Kumey District Union General Secretary Bengia Taying has nodded for hydropower projects in Kurung Kumey. While seconding AKKDSU, the All Nyishi Students Union too demanded hydropower projects in Nyishi inhabited areas. ANSU President Niglar Veo reasoned that many unemployment problem will be catered optimum if hydropower comes while seeking AAPSU’s endorsement.  He also suggested AAPSU for pursuance of property right act, especially land and other immovable asset, pertaining to a tribal girl married to a non tribal and their offspring. The Arunachal Law Students Union president P L Murtem advocated for seeking clarification on the upfront money received by the State government and asked for immediate separation of judiciary from executive.

The never ending Chakma issue was the other serious subject which the house dwelt on. The All Mishmi Students Union (AMSU), All Tai-Khampti Singpho Students Union, All Changlang District students union, All Anjaw District Students Union and All Lohit Students Union (ALSU) have unanimously appreciated the present  AAPSU leadership on the way they are approaching  the vexed issue in a matured manner.

They also advocated for immediate carrying out of census of Chakmas in order to regulate and maintain proper statistic. The Unions also called for proper boundary demarcation between Changlang and Lohit. The AMSU and ALSU professed Khatan in Wakro circle of Lohit district as a suitable place to establish headquarter and training centre for the proposed Arunachal Scout. They said that with the establishment of the Arunachal Scout there, the repeated encroachment of Chakma could be easily contained.  They added that it will also create job avenues and infrastructure in the neglected area.

The house expressed strong displeasure at the discrepancies that have erupted in the compulsory free education under Right to Education Bill for upto Class CVII.  

Federal Assembly Speaker Chera Tamak and Deputy Speaker Rido Pana presided over the session. The 7 member drafting committee was chaired by Pani Tare.


‘School on verge of collapse’

ITANAGAR, June 26: Niti Vihar Govt. Middle School may collapse anytime due to landslide caused by earth cutting and heavy rains.

While drawing attention of the authorities concerned towards the present dangerous situation of the school, the Niti Vihar Development Committee demanded for construction of ‘proper’ boundary wall around the school campus to prevent public encroachment. It also claimed shortage of school furniture and demanded renovation of the school building.



19 GPs in Lohit eligible for Nirmal Gram Puruskar Nomination

Mein calls for efforts to achieve sanitation coverage by 2012

ITANAGAR, June 26: 19 Gram Panchayats from Lohit District is eligible for Nirmal Gram Puruskar (NGP) award under Total Sanitation Campaign programme. Terming the achievement a great leap forward, Minister, PHE&WS, Chowna Mein said that awareness campaign under Total Sanitation Campaign should be fully energized to achieve the millennium goal of sanitation coverage by 2012.

Mein was speaking at daylong intensive advocacy training on Nirmal Gram for Block and Grass Root Level Motivator under Total Sanitation Campaign programme in Lohit District at Namsai on June 25.

He expressed the need to work vigorously to change the mind set and behaviors of common people in the use of sanitary toilet and maintaining a Healthy Environment. It will be possible if all the line departments dealing in social sectors/ service motto NGOs and motivated citizen come together and trigger the change of mindset to adopt reform in the rural masses. He said the action is simple, the message is simple but mindset and behaviors should be trained.

MLA Namsai Nang Sati Mein asked the trainees to spread the message of Total Sanitation Campaign in every nook and corner of her constituency. While stressing the role of women folk in total sanitation campaign, she said that women SHGs/ NGOs should be involved in percolating the message to the people. She said that total sanitation campaign should start from home first.  

The Superintending Engineer, PHE&WS Circle, Miao  L.Kri advised the trainees to take up the duty of Village Motivator as a challenge for social cause.

State Resource person Tayum Tok, Executive Engineer PHE Namsai  Cum- Member Secretary DWSC LOHIT, imparted training to the Block Coordinator and Grass Root Level Motivators. While rolling out the IEC strategic communication plan to the trainees, he demonstrated different aspects of Total Sanitation Campaign through Power Point Presentation and advised the trainees to work sincerely with missionary zeal as a change agent. The Training culminated with the distribution of Identity Cards to all Inter personal Communication Officers (IPCOs) and Village Motivators (VMs).


Borang calls for more power and responsibilities to the PR leaders

PASIGHAT, June 26: Zilla Parishad District Planning Committee meeting of East Siang District was held yesterday.

MLA Ralom Borang said that the government should give due importance to the Panchayat members by providing infrastructure like office building, honorarium and appealed all the legislators to give more power and responsibilities to the Panchayat leaders to encourage them to achieve maximum development.

DC Onit Panyang suggested the DPC members, to know about the right concept of planning implementation and monitoring of all developmental schemes and projects in the district.

The members who participated in the discussion were Namuk Taloh, Naket Moyong, Tonggeng Panyang, Tagom Tasing, Tabiram Taten, Okom Yosung, the ZPMs of Bosing, Mirem-Bilat, Ruksin, Boleng, Riga and Bogong Anchal Blocks respectively.

Beside many others it was resolved that like previous system, the DPO would be authorized to act as full-fledged Member Secretary in place of ADC.

 Earlier, the Zilla Parishad Chairperson Yai Dabi explained the latest fund position of the Parishad before the members present in the meeting. PD DRDA T. Pada, Joint Member Secretary, DPC Ponung Bori (DPO) also attended the meeting. (DIPRO)


TSC in Tawang

ITANAGAR, June 26: Secretary PHED Tomi Ete visited Thrillam, Changbu, Lemberdung, Yulthembu, Marmang in Tawang district to take stock of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC) and the water quality testing programme in the district.

Apart from many households, he also visited major water reservoirs.

Ete spoke on the importance of TSC and assured separate toilets in schools for boys and girls in the district. He further talked about various problems faced due lack of hygiene.  Ete was accompanied by S.E A.N.Singh, Radhe Raja and other officers and the staffs of the PHE department, Environmental Protection Society which is carrying out TSC in the district.  

Social Activist, Jarjum Ete while joining the team spoke about the various women welfare programme and  importance of the role of women in society .  

Environment Protection Society President Jambey Dondu said that visit of the PHED officers to the district will go a long way in successful implementation of the TSC.


Siram call for inclusive education at grass root level

ITANAGAR, June 26: Education Minister Bosiram Siram advised resource teachers under CWSN (child with special needs) to implement activities of Inclusive Education at grassroots level. He was speaking at the valedictory function of 5 days residential training for the district resource teachers under Inclusive Education at Sangay Lhaden Academy here today.

Siram, who was the chief guest, informed the teachers about state’s new education policy where teachers also are given equal opportunities.

Inclusive Education is a process of removing barriers and enabling all students, including previously excluded groups, to learn and participate effectively within general school systems.

Hage Khoda, Commissioner, Education, hoped the training would enhance their skills and enable them to work more efficiently in their fields.

Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission, P.N. Thungon advised teachers to attend such training programmes regularly to enhance their knowledge and working skills.

As many as 250 Resource Teachers were trained in the five days programme by resource persons, including three from Guwahati, Assam, according to an official release.


Family and socialization

Anga Padu

If we see, one of the unfortunate causes of growing undesirable behavior such as theft, drinking, etc. is lack of proper socialization of children. Not many of parents would like their children to embark on careers of crime. Even the worst person tries to prevent his children from adopting similar habits and consequently any objectionable behavior on the part of children is punished and laudable effort suitably rewarded to drop bad habits and learn good habits. Human beings are perhaps the most greatest and beautiful creation of god. But if an individual will not socialize properly than everything will be veiled. Children who were, through neglect, misfortune, or willful abuse, not socialized while they were growing up such children become “feral” or wild and make the society dirty. Thus, in order to make harmonious society, it is necessary to socialize with the children properly.

In every society some values and ideals are regarded as high and signs of culture. Whichever person exhibits these in greater measure is respected in society. For instance, Indian society treats religions and spiritual qualities as supreme and a person who  possessed them is appropriately respected everywhere. Likewise, every individual living in the society has their own responsibility of being a father, a mother, son, daughter, employee and citizen, etc., which means that these requirements are attached to some recognized positions or status in the society. Thus, Guskin and Guskin defined socialization as, “the process by which an individual learns the behaviors, the values, and the expectations of others that enable him to take on particular role in society”. They thus define socialization in terms of learning of the behaviors, values and expectations. These are learned so that one can play his particular role in the society. In short, it is a process of learning attitudes, skills, values, behavior and culture of the society he is living. It is the tasks of transforming human raw material into good working member.

According to Eli Chinoy (1961-75) socialization serves two major function; on the one hand, it prepares the individual for the roles he is to play providing him with the necessary repertoire of habits, belief, and values, the appropriate patterns of emotional response and the modes of perception, the requisite skills and knowledge. On the other hand by communicating the contents of culture from one generation to the other, it provide for its persistence and continuity”.

Though there are many agents of socialization namely; family, school, peer groups, community and mass-media etc. In the socialization process of a child perhaps family plays the most important role. The child is born in a family and this is the first agency through which he gets education in sociability. In this, the relationship among individuals is straightforward and direct. This is the reason why it influences the child to the maximum.

The family is the oldest, basic and fundamental unit of human society. It consists of the husband, wife, and children together with the entire young and old dependent. They are related to one another in one way or the other. According to Burgess & Locke, “a family is a group of persons united by the ties of marriage, blood or adoption constituting a single household interacting and intercommunication with each other in their respective social role of husband and wife, mother and father, son and daughter, brother and sister creating and maintaining a common culture”. In this way, they make it clear that a family consists of interrelated person who interact with one another in different ways. Not only this, each family has its own distinct habits of clothing, eating, thinking, talking and living.

The influences that the family lays upon an individual child socialization process can be clearly realized after viewing these aspects:-

Influence of parents behavior/character

The personality of the child is appreciably influenced by the moral thoughts and conduct of the parents because usually the child looks upon his parents as ideals on which to mould his life. According to Edmund Freud the parents are particularly present before the child as ideals. They are more powerful and strong and can perform all activities efficiently. The child effects identification with his father unconsciously. He wants to become as his father. It is often seen that the young child dons the clothes of his father and imitates his manner of walking and talking. The child behaves precisely as do his mother and father. Besides identification, the second element in this is that imitation. The child learns much by imitation. There are many activities that the child learns to perform merely by observing and imitating the older members of the family. For the child, the parents are as examples and it will be very difficult to prevent children from indulging in activity in which the parents themselves indulge particularly when they do so in front of the child. This difficulty arises because he feels that what the parents are doing should be done. Thus, in order to inculcate morality in the children the parents should place an example before them in the form of their own exemplary behavior. There are very few children who can mould their behavior according to social values and conceptions even when they have seen their parents indulge in theft, sexual immorality, falsehood, deception and other forms of misconduct.

Effect of excessive neglect and love

Both excessive neglect and love of the parents are important factors due to which children often become delinquents. Often when the child is deprived of parental love and is sternly punished frequently he is filled with the desire to revolt and disgust so much so that he runs away from the home when he gets the opportunity to do so. Once away from the home he falls into criminal ways. If neglected by his parents the child feels helpless and alone as a result of which he develops many kinds of complexes. The child becomes a delinquent also when the parents try to conceal too much from him. On the other hand if the child will get excessive parental love than also child turns into haughty person and every time he will force to fulfill his demand, sometimes unfulfillment of that may misled the child to do wrong thing such as suicide, fighting, etc. in this way, both excessive neglect and excessive love and affection are not to be desired in the relationship between the child and parents. Both are the origin of difficulties concerning the personality and all kinds of problems take root in the mind of the child similarly, it is harmful both to place absolute control on the child as well as to leave him to his own mechanisms almost entirely. If the child is given too much freedom he does not develop any respect for authority and cannot be governed. If he is placed under excessive control, his personality is not allowed to develop and he is obsessed with a sense of inferiority and sometimes even turns to crime. The truth of the matter is that if the child is to be disciplined and educated a bitter pill must be swallowed. It is very difficult to bring up a child. In this connection it is necessary that there must be balance and understanding. Than there can be no one universal rule that can apply to all children. Some children are amenable to greater control while other responds to a lighter degree of authority. On the other hand all children are not similarly influenced by authority just as all children do not react in the same manner to parental love or neglect. All that has been said before is true in a general way but it is also open to exceptions.

Influence of parents’ discrimination

Sometimes parents discriminate between their children in behaving towards them. They have unlimited love and affection for one while another receives only scolding and punishment. Sometimes it is the beautiful child that is loved while the ugly one is neglected and disregarded. Whatever the reasons at the root of this discriminatory behavior it is bad because it arouses feelings of hatred for each other among the children. When the child observes that his brother or sister is being loved more than he is, he becomes anxious to revenge this injustice. Sometimes he is even seen possessed of aggressive tendencies. He also tries to harm the other children in one way or the other. He is seen to be disappointed, insecure, fearful, etc. but it is also possible that the child may try to win the admiration and love of others in society and at school by appearing to be better than others in order to make reparation for the deficiency in family love that has been accorded to it. Whatever the outcome, it is completely undesirable and psychologically unjustified to indulge in this kind of discrimination between the children.

Effect of the mutual relation of parents

The personality of the child is further open to another important influence viz., the mutual relation between husband and wife; constant conflict and quarrelling between husband and wife leads to the creation of an atmosphere of insecurity at home which is not at all conducive to the development of the child’s personality. If the relations between husband and wife are good, the children have a good and encouraging ideal in front of themselves which they can imitate to good effect. They then try to be good themselves. It is only natural for the child to develop some personality defects if the relation between his parents is not good.

Effect of the broken family

The individual is socialized in the family. Family does not mean the living together of some individuals but rather the intimate and profound relations that exist between them. In the absence of this intimacy the family is disbanded. When the relation between the husband and wife deteriorate, the family is reduced to a broken family. In the broken family the children are not looked after or cared for. According to some specialists, the broken family tends to create the juvenile delinquents.

The personality of the child is susceptible to the influence not only of the relationship between itself and its parents but also by the personality of his brothers and sisters. If the older children in the family indulge in criminal or immoral activity, the younger are very likely to follow suit or at least to be profoundly influenced. It is not that it will certainly happen; sometime we see that even the child from worst family becomes good. But generally it happens.

Effect of financial status of the family

The financial condition of the family also influences the development of the child’s personality. If the financial condition is good and the parents can adequately satisfy the needs of the children then the children are generally not possessed with the sense of inferiority and want and they do not turn to crime. But if the financial condition of the family is extremely bad the personality of the child suffers. Many of the desires of the poor children are left unfulfilled in order to satisfy which they turn to criminal activity. Poverty induces feelings of dissatisfaction and inferiority. But this does not warrant the conclusion that the poverty of the family will inevitably have a harmful effect upon the child’s personality. Sometimes the children become delinquent even though, and sometimes because, the financial condition of the family is very good. On the other hand, the children of the poor learn the lesson of self-reliance from the very start.

In conclusion, it is evident from the above account that family plays very important role in the socialization process of the child. It is in the family that the child acquires such important qualities as sincerity, sympathy, and self-submission, love, cooperation, manner, understanding and realizing responsibility etc. it is the character developed in the family which helps the child in becoming an important and responsible member of the society. Proper social organization depends upon proper organization of families. Confucious remarked quite correctly that, “if you want to improve society improve its families. Society will improve automatically when the families improve”. (Padu is an Assistant Professor, J.N. College Pasighat)


ATA condoles death of ST

ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA) Papum Pare District Unit has condoled the death of late Anil Kumar, Senior Teacher, Commerce  Government Higher Secondary School, Doimukh.

Kumar passed away on June 25 at his residence after cardiac arrest.

Late Kumar who joined Doimukh School in  1995 as senior teacher left behind wife, two daughters and one son.

Members of ATA District unit visited the residence of late Kumar and expressed sympathy with the family.

Meanwhile ATA Papum Pare District Unit is going to organize open discussion on present education scenario of district along with All Papum Pare District Students Union on 29th June at Doimukh.



IMWA caution shopkeepers

ITANAGAR: In view of  large scale consumption of tobacco products by school going children, Itanagar Market Welfare Association (IMWA) has cautioned shopkeepers not to sell such items to minors.

IMWA president Bamang Taji, in a release, said that he was today informed about seizure of such items like, cigarette, gutkha, dendrite etc. from students by the school authority of a reputed school in the Capital Complex.

While appealing conscious citizen, civil societies, student’s organizations, parents, police and district administration to keep strict vigil to stop using such items by minors/students, Bamang discouraged parents from sending their wards to buy cigarette  which directly or indirectly influence a child.


ATA unit condemns attack on HM

ITANAGAR: The teaching community of West Siang district vehemently condemned the Nikte incident. Five students were arrested after they ransacked the house of the teacher following a scuffle after he allegedly came visiting the hostel at 10 PM.  

"As per the outcome of the investigation, the headmaster tried to discipline two boys for using mobile in the hostel and also pulled down the partition curtain which triggered the mayhem," ATA’s West Siang district unit, which conducted an investigation after the incident, informed.

This is the forth such case of assault on teachers in that school, ATA added.


Heavy rain lashes Palin

ITANAGAR: Heavy rain which has been lashing Palin town for past many days have caused widespread destruction.

According to a report, RCC, SPT, OBT and many other houses have been destroyed because of landslide caused by heavy rainfall.

Beside this many paddy field too have been washed away. The adjoining villages of Palin are cut off as continuous downpour in the last few days have  washed away portions of the roads.


Memorial stone

ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Arunachal Pradesh Civil Secretariat Contingency Employees Union has constructed a memorial stone in remembrance of its late President Pate Punglu who passed away on May 3 at a road mishap.  

The stone was unveiled today at P sector in Itanagar.


AAPWU opposes passbook system

ITANAGAR, Jun 26: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union (AAPWU) has strongly opposed introduction of "Pass Book system" among casual workers due to various technical reasons. Instead, the union in its meeting today, urged heads of various engineering departments to conduct DPC immediately.



ITANAGAR, Jun 26: Tayo Takam and Rigio Tagong have been appointed as president and general secretary of Association for Welfare of Cancer Patients of Arunachal Pradesh (AWCPAP).

Meanwhile Teli Lama and Joram Alo have been appointed as chairman and general secretary of Prem Nagar Colony Welfare Committee, Naharlagun.


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