Court pulls up APPSC for rejection of candidates
ITANAGAR, June 6: The saga of inapt handling of conducting the most prestigious examination
of the state or the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined Competitive Examination
by the State Public Service Commission still continue to haunt both commission and
the candidates. Like the umpteen previous occasions, this time commission and six
of the 27 rejected candidates to APPSC-2009 (Mains) Examination battled it out at
the Itanagar permanent bench of Guwahati High Court here recently which granted interim
relief to candidates.
After hearing the pleadings of counsels for the petitioners led by advocates D. Panging
and Tony Pertin and APPSC standing counsels advocates N. Tagia in WP(C) 150(AP) 2010
and WP(C) 160(AP) 2010, judge A.C Upadyay directed the APPSC to allow the candidates
to sit for the said examination to be conducted from 8th of this month.
During course of the hearing, court observed that many flaws were inherent in conduct
of the said examination by APPSC. ‘Why so many candidates were rejected during the
preliminary examination and subsequently re-admitted, and why is there no clause
in the mains examination form which said that non-submission of documents would lead
to rejection of candidates from the examination’? queried the judge. Advocates for
petitioners said that ‘APPSC was obsessed with hyper-technical formalities rather
than conducting the examination in a methodical, fair and transparent manner’. ‘When
the candidates have already crossed the preliminary examination, why are they now
debarred from taking the mains examination on flimsy grounds’ they argued, while
citing the history of postponement of prelims exam from 31st May to 8th June, rejection
and again re-admission of 1735 candidates to the same examination.
It may be mentioned here that similar litigations by many sections of the candidates
during 2001 and 2006-2007 examinations had seriously dented the image of APPSC and
the All Arunachal Pradesh Student’s Union had even threatened to call for a capital
bandh over the inordinate delay in declaration of the final results of 2006 examination,
which forced the commission to declare the same urgently.
This time again, 1735 candidates were rejected during the preliminary examination
on various grounds. After vehement pleadings by candidates and their guardians, commission
relented to allow the candidates to take the said examination.
For the mains examination, 27 candidates were also rejected on various grounds. Of
them, six candidates had knocked at the doors of justice after failing to convince
The rejected candidates had their own tales to tell. ‘I had definitely submitted
my ST certificate along with other documents as clearly mentioned in the enclosure
list. I don’t know how it is missing as claimed by APPSC’, said a rejected candidate
from Pasighat. Another rejected candidate from Ziro for unclear ST certificate felt
APPSC should not completely debar them from taking the mains examination and said,
‘We have to produce the original documents during interview anyways’.
Specifying that even UPSC gave opportunity to candidates to make corrections after
submitting the mains examination form, a rejected lady candidate from Aalo said,
‘While explaining this fact to APPSC secretary, I was shocked when he snubbed me
and asked why I did not become an IAS officer if I knew so much’.
Physically challenged rejected candidates from Papum Pare and Tawang felt that commission
should be manned by experts to make its functioning smooth. ‘Local direct IAS and
IPS officers like Kaling Tayeng and Hibu Robin, or All-India toppers like Ankur Garg
and Swati Sharma could be made APPSC secretary so that commission is free from errors
and controversies’, they elaborated.
Indeed, when will the commission be free from its acts of commissions and omissions
leading to court litigations and instead channelize its energy in conducting competitive
examinations of the state in a fair, transparent and logical manner is definitely
the million dollar question.
Students to launch “Quit Siang movement’
ITANAGAR, June 6: Taking cue from Indian freedom movement, Adi Students Union (AdiSU)
decided to launch ‘Quit Siang movement’ to register their protest against Lower Siang
Disclosing this in a press conference held today at Itanagar, AdiSU informed that
they have been compelled to start democratic means to save their motherland from
‘We do want development but not at the cost of the indigenous people’, said General
Secretary AdiSU Israel Perme while addressing the presspersons.
Alleging the state government of forcibly imposing the hydro electric projects in
the state, Perme informed that AdiSU would launch ‘Quit Siang Movement’ on June 26th
Informing about the movement, Speaker of the Union Tapir Taga said that it would
organize seminars with the resource persons, awareness campaigns and other scientific
approach to educate the public on the matter. During the movement, the union would
also organize democratic movements like Dharna, Gherao and Bandh call in the entire
dam affected areas and if necessary to intimate the competent authority for the reconsideration
to drop the projects from the Adi belt.
Stating Political conspiracy being played between the state govt. and the company,
Perme said the MoA signed between them has violated the United Nations Declaration
on the Rights of Indigenous People.
Showing displeasure over a local legislator saying ‘Whatever you say, Hydro Power
Projects would come up in the state”, Taga said the union will no more pursue the
government and would stand for the perseverance and right for the survival of the
AdiSU also said just because few legislators are in favour of dam, it does not mean
all Adi people support coming up of dam.
‘If the state govt. is so adamant in bringing development to the state, then it should
try and implement properly the various centrally sponsored schemes like Indira Awaas
Yojana (IAY), Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY), Public Distribution System
(PDS) and various other schemes that had never been so successful,’ said President
AdiSU Tapu Mibang.
Talking of the upcoming 118 Hydro Electric Projects in the state, Mibang stressed
upon the entire state to try and think about the future of the state if all of them
are built. Asking the state government on why it is stressing development through
hydro Projects only, he questioned if the local people who will still be employed
after the construction period of the dams? He also informed of an ongoing survey
of 11000MW Hydro Project coming up at Pugging in the Upper Siang District by Northwest
Territories Power Corporation (NTPC).
Reminding state government of its earlier commitment that dams won’t be built if
affected people do not want it, AdiSu urged the state government to stand by its
World Environment Day celebrated across Arunachal
ITANAGAR, June 6: G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, North
East unit celebrated World Environment Day this year in Namshu village of West Kameng
district. This celebration was attended by about hundred participants including villagers,
school teachers and students of Namshu Higher Secondary School, Self Help Groups
and may others.
Addressing the participants, Dr. Prasanna Kumar Samal, Scientist Incharge of the
Institute told that befitting to the theme of this year’s World Environment Day that
is Many Species - One Planet – One Future, the Institute has deliberately celebrated
this unique day at Namshu village linking it with its major biodiversity conservation
project (GOI-UNDP CCF-II Project) entitled biodiversity conservation through community
based natural resource management sponsored by GOI-UNDP. The project is being implemented
in Tawang-West Kameng proposed Biosphere Reserve including the Namshu village.
He also elaborated on other initiatives of the institute for biodiversity conservation
and sustainable development of the state of Arunachal Pradesh. A thematic presentation
was done on many species, one planet, one future by Shivaji Chaudhry. Dr. L Jitendro
Singh, Project Coordinator, stressed on the activity of Govt. of India and United
Nations Development Programme on biodiversity conservation of the state.
Dorjee Tsarmu, Chairman of the Village Biodiversity Committee, constituted by the
Institute under the GOI-UNDP CCF-II project and stressed upon the cooperation of
villagers in the in the fruitful implementation of the scheme promoted by the Institute.
Y. Basar, Head Master of the Namshu Higher Secondary School urged villagers to protect
biodiversity before the same becomes unavailable for our future generations. The
celebration was followed up by distribution of LPG kits to the identified beneficiaries
of village under the GOI-UNDP CCF-II project and also plantation of Taxus baccata,
a high value medicinal plant in the school campus and village surroundings. LPG kits
are being distributed among identified villagers belonging from BPL group in the
project site of the Institute under the GOI-UNDP CCF-II project so as to reduce the
dependency of the villagers on forest for fuelwood consumption.
Tree plantation marks World Environment Day
PASIGHAT: The World Environment Day was celebrated in East Siang district with mass
tree plantation programme yesterday.
To mark the occasion, the members of the East Siang District Youth Congress (DYC)
headed by its president Okom Tamuk planted around 300 saplings in and around Pasighat
township. The forest department provided the tree saplings for the noble cause.
The plantations were at Gandhi Chowk, River bank of Siang and Raneghat Shiva Mandir,
DC Bunglow & Office premises, Govt. Higher Secondary School and General ground, TB
Hospital, Donyi-Polo Central Gangging and All India Radio Complex Pasighat.
The DYC President extended thankfulness to the IYC New Delhi, APYC Naharlagun and
forest department for their inspiration and cooperation.
DC East Siang Onit Panyang also appreciated DYC President Tamuk and his team for
his active role in World Environment Day and requested to continue the same spirit
in coming days too. DIPRO
Banderdewa:The Divisional Forest Officer, Banderdewa Forest Division has also conducted
massive tree plantation programme at Balijan, Banderdewa, Kimin and Hollangi.
At Hollangi, Tasso Sira, DFO attended a tree planting programme at Beat Forest Office
and Police Check gate.
At Kimin, the RO Kimin R Mize took up planting of trees at VKV Sher . Principal,
Teacher and the Students also took part in the programme. He also distributed seedlings
to the office of EAC, Kimin and ITBP.
At Banderdewa , the RO Banderdewa Taji Singdu conducted tree plantation programme
at his Range complex and the Banderdewa CO office compound in presence of CO.
Nature Care and Disaster Management Society (NCADMS), a local NGO and G.B Pant Institute
of Himalayan Environment and Development (GBPIHED), North East Unit, Itanagar also
organized “Environmental Education Awareness Programme” under GOI-UNDP CCF-II project
to mark the World Environment Day at Ziro. As many as 150 participants including
school students and teachers at VKV School, Dobi, Ziro planted 150 planted which
includes high value medicinal plant species such as Taxus wallichiana.
Surendra Nath, a senior teacher of VKV appreciated the NCADMS and GBPIHED for the
conservation of biodiversity and creating environmental awareness, while, Dr. Rubu
Tadii of NCADMS, highlighting the importance of aforestation.
Durlov Ghosh of GBPIHED, Pinak Deb a Science teacher of VKV, Ziro, Tage Obing of
NCADMS spoke on the occasion.
3-decade long case disposed off
PASIGHAT, June 6: The DC-cum-chairman, District Legal Services Authority, East Siang
District, conducted a Lok Adalat in the office of the DC today. Compoundable 7 criminal
and 1 MV cases were heard and disposed off out of 23 cases by the sitting 3 benches
of the East Siang District Legal Services Authority.
It is also worthwhile to mention that A 32 years long pending case regarding theft
of local beads (Tadok) instituted in the year 1978 (one of the oldest case of this
district) was disposed off recently by the present Deputy Commissioner, Onit Panyang
through an execution proceedings which has been compiled by the judgment debtor by
depositing Rs. 15 lacs.. (DIPRO)
New departments opened at Heema hospital
ITANAGAR, June 6: The Heema Hospital, Itanagar for the first time in Arunachal Pradesh
has opened Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Diet Counseling centre.
Inaugurating the centre, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Nido Pavitra appreciated
Heema Hospital CMD Dr Byabang Rana for his innovative ideas and opening new departments.
He informed the process of granting recognition to Hospital is on.
He further appreciating the staff of the institution expressed the hope that the
new department would fulfill the needs of people of the state.
Heema Hospital Dietician Pema Taku briefing the importance of diet, appealed to Parliamentary
Secretary Pavitra to initiate steps to open diet counseling centre in government
hospital in the state.
Physiotherapist Semi Moyong highlighting about lack of job opportunity in the state,
appealed Pavitra to look into the problems and create more job for Physiotherapists.
CMD Dr. B Rana, Medical Superintendent S Nath and Deputy Medical Superintendent B
Lamgu also spoke on the occasion and assured to provide better services to the people.
Among other Geology and Mining Director Tasser Talar, Additional Town Magistrate
T Potom also attended the inaugural function and appreciated the setting up of new
centre at the hospital.
PBKIVV opens at Pasighat
PASIGHAT, June 6: East Siang DC Onit Panyang inaugurated a Prajapita Brahma Kumaris
Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) today at Pasighat.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram expressing happiness at the opening of the center
at Pasighat commented that such center offers to explore moral development, spiritual
values and principles and assured to extend his cooperation for the betterment of
The Chief Guest Panyang extended his thanks and gratitude to the authority and further
said it teaches Raja Yoga, a form of meditation which emphasizes on the development
of mental abilities. Learning more about the art of meditation and deepening our
spiritual practices we would get stress free living, Panyang further added.
Among others, B.K. Poonam and B.K. Jamuna (both Kumaris) and Amar Chettery also
addressed the gatherings and explained their views on importance and benefits of
Union wants action against teachers
ITANAGAR, June 6: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte & Tarak-Langdi Students Union
(APCYGTSU) has asked district authority specially education department to initiate
action against those teachers who are irregular in their service.
Union informed that most of the SSA teachers are engaging their relatives to perform
duties on their behalf.
Union urged such teachers to resign from their post before start of coming session
if they are no interested being teachers.
Further, APCYGTSU requested all the private schools of Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte
& Tarak-Langdi to take admission fairly without retorting to favoritism.
Land encroachment resented
ITANAGAR, June 6: Lobi, Panchali, Doriahill, Sinkiview Welfare Committee in a general
meeting held recently expressed concern over the alleged illegal encroachment of
proposed land for forest range office and middle school compound at Lobi.
The Committee urged the Capital district administration to take action against encroachment
and also urged the Principal Chief Conservator of Forest to immediately shift the
forest range office at Lobi.
ITANAGAR, June 6: Dumo Lollen, Pintum Loyi and Kokir Amo have been selected as
the new president, vice president and general secretary of the All Loyi Lollen Lotem
& Amo Welfare Society “(ALLLAWS) for the session 2010 -2012. Presided by Kirto Loyi
the general body meeting of the Society held today also reviewed the activities
of the society.
Arunachal Tae-kwon-Do Association appointments
ITANAGAR, Jun 6: Kipa Kaha, General Jamoh and Tara Tagin have been elected/selected
president, vice president and Secretary of Arunachal Tae-kwon-Do Association respectively.
L. Sokun Singh is the Technical Director.
CRPF Friendship Football Tournament begins at Tezu
ITANAGAR, Jun 6: The six days CRPF Friendship Football Tournament organized by 186
Bn. CRPF under Civic Action Programme began at Jubilee ground, Tezu. Lohit DC R.K.Sharma
inaugurated the tournament as chief guest.
Altogether, 10 teams, namely Chamliang club, Khorliang club, United – XI club, Danglat
Youth Club, Lymate club, G.S.School, Pioneer club, Paradise club, New Generation
club and Blossom club are participating in the tournament.
The opening match was played between Khorliang club and Chamliang club in which
the former defeated the latter.
A Book distribution programme will also be organized on the closing ceremony on
June 11. Books worth Rs.10,000 each will be distributed to 33 Libraries, Commandant
186 Bn. CRPF, informed.
The inaugural function was attended by P.Jhonnes, Commandant, N.K. Pandey, Second-in-Command,
Jai Chand Yadav, Dy. Commandant, Dr. P.K.Suman, Medical Officer, among others.
NCC lift Yama Nguki Memorial Cricket Trophy
ITANAGAR, Jun 6: Nirjuli Cricket Club (NCC) beat Gichik Sports XI by 5 runs in the
final and lifted the 2nd Yama Nguki Memorial Cricket Tournament 2010 today. Song
Tacho was adjudged the man of the series while Best Captain and best wicketkeeper
awards went to Kamsha Yangfo. The tournament was organized by E- Sector Youth Welfare
ANSU takes exception to deletion
ITANAGAR: All Nyishi Students Union(ANSU) has taken strong exception to the inclusion
of word Dafla, in place of Nyishi in the recent notification issued by the Director
of Census Operation, Govt of India, Shillong.
Terming it violation of Constitution of India, Union has called on the Chief Minister
to direct the concerned authority for issuing of re-notification/corrigendum of the
list of the schedule tribes of Arunachal Pradesh at the earliest possible.
With the constitutional amendment by the Parliament of India in 2008, Dafla has been
changed to Nyishi.
CCDFC goes global
ITANAGAR: Textile and Handicraft Director Khoda Ruja has launched the official website
of the Capital Complex Dree Festival Committee, Itanagar (CCDFC) in a simple function
at Dree Ground, Papu Nallah today.
Appreciating the Dree Committee for introducing new innovation and ideas, Ruja said
the launching of the website (http://ccdfc.arunachal diary.com would not only help
the general public to access Dree festival related activities and also showcase
Dree to the rest of the world.
ABKYF to interact with dam affected villagers
ITANAGAR: Adi Baane Kebang Youth Front (ABKYF) has decided to organise awareness
tour to interact with Lower Siang Hydro Power Project affected people of 32 Adi villages
and to study the ground realities. The Front also decided to obtain the DPR and MoUs/MOAs
on dam from authorities for study.