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Court pulls up APPSC for rejection of candidates

Staff Reporter

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 commission.

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’

Staff reporter

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 Dam project.  

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 being submerged.

‘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 next.

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 Adi’s.

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 words.


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

Ojing Tayeng

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 center.

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 Yoga. DIPRO


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.

New executives

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 Association, Naharlagun.


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.

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I cant reveal much but I have something to say!

Dear Editor,

It's obvious that every politicians of this state has a copy of your paper in their doorsteps every morning   (of course, the bill being paid by the public fund!).

But I am sure that they skip the "reader's forum" column as it acts as a mirror, reflecting their true degraded self and it pricks them a lot to hear the grievances of the 'junta’, who, in the first place, elected them. Our state is going through a turbulent phase now-because of Chakma encroachment, boundary conflicts, illegal immigrant issues, the dam fracas to sum a few.

If any of the politicians lying in the couch of their A.C drawing room happen to go through this piece, just think-How would you feel if an outsider whom you gave shelter drive you out of your house like the Chakmas did to the Mishmis, the Khamptis,  the Singphos? How would you like it if your neighbour demolishes your fence, claim your property as his own? What would it be like if we the tribal people become minority in our own land courtesy to the alarming rise of illegal immigrants? And how does it feel to beat and thrash up own tribal people who were rightfully crying out for their ancestral land in pretext of development by building dams?

I am an unemployed youth of the state and therefore, by fear of watching the recent political propaganda in recruitment of government jobs I am unable to reveal myself!! Funny Democracy! More funnier the politicians and pathetic our "Land of the rising sun"!!


A citizen




Is there a recruitment policy?

Dear Editor,

I would like to know about the various job advt. by various Government Department whether there are any norms and guidelines in conducting interviews and in declaration of results on time. If not, department should clarify its stand through your esteemed daily or any other means of communication for the concerned and aggrieved candidates. On seeing an advertised post, a candidate does not rush towards the capital for entertainment. He gets there because he thinks of getting a job for a better life after spending some real hard earned money in his/her to and fro journey expenditure. Now, I request the concerned authorities to place themselves in our shoes coming from a remote area in the hope of a better life only to find that the job is held up due to unknown reasons for almost a year. We are job seekers and not job holders, even a single paisa is very much worthy for us.

I hope in future no Department should advertise - conduct  written – declare result then call for viva-voce test and withheld its results, reasons best known to them for almost a year. We think that we have the every right to know the reasons thereof.

Till this day no official publication regarding withholding of results has been published or made. Now, we would like to know at the delay in declaration of results by A.P State AIDS Control Society after conducting the written and viva-voce test for the post of “Counsellor” way back in July and August’2009.

We want to know when the results would be declared and why it is delayed.


Concerned candidate




Instead of forcing bandhs, organisations should go the Sharmila Irom way

Dear Editor,

This is reference to Ojing Tayeng’s article published on June 5.

No person with common sense on earth would like to use "Bandhs" as a tool to minimise the global warming.

Because bandhs have done nothing right till today. It is one of the most 'nuisance' thing imposed on common people by the few self-interested people. The national, state or the regional bandh callers term their actions as a democratic means, but they forgot that democracy ensures freedom and liberty to the common people to work and move around obeying the law of the land.

Moreover, one should not forget that one's action should not invade another's right or freedom.

After every bandh calls, bandh organisers claim to have had a successful bandh. Actually, the common people including petty shopkeepers and daily wage earners do not want to risk their life and property and accept the bandh calls mutely whether supporting it or not. Why not the organisations boosting to be fighting for the people set an example to the common people so thatthe common people follow them readily! The path shown by one- "Sharmila Irom" of Manipur can be followed, if we, really have the guts to take pains on oursevles instead of giving the pains to the common people.

Coming back to the topic of global warming or carbon emission, we the people and the enforcing agencies have enough guidelines and measures to minimse the carbon emissions. Even when there was emission-testing center in the Capital Complex, we avoided the center. Even the enforcing agencies have not done anything noticeable to educate the drivers and the vehicle owners about the ill effects of carbon emissions.

One such testing center located at 'A' sector, Naharlagun was taken away, and if somebody, including me mistakenly enquires about it, we are told to visit North Lakhimpur for the purpose.

Now, who is at fault?   


Darga Lombo,





Keep the separate identities

Dear Editor,

Since the period virtually beyond the memorable history of this vast land now called Arunachal Pradesh, Tagins, one of the major tribes of this state have been known for their extremely individualistic and independent nature. They were, so to say, happily ignorant about the modern, sophisticated humanitarian concepts of   political, economic and social law, order and justice and the administration of the threesome.  Their perception of these was entirely different than that of the post independence Indian administrative machinery which was constitutionally designed to bring each part of the country under the canopy of the administration of the Constitution of India. The machinery, however, was equally ignorant of the age old traditional ground-realities that ruled a community of tribes  in their day to day life. This ignorance versus ignorance syndrome had created unkind and indelible history of misplaced priorities on the part of both, the government administrators and the Tagins..

In 1953 when a party of the government men, civil and armed, came over to the heart of the Tagin habitats to enquire about the Chinese activity there, they were mistaken as the intruders who would snatch the home and herth, the livestock and even the women of Tagins. Some members of the team, especially sepoys, jamadars, political interpreters took the locals for granted and did excesses on them. Consequently there was resistance leading to killing of many people from both sides including a young man, Pradip baruah (Tultul), an APO who was a member of the administration team. Pradip’s case had created a great furor then.

Since then, however, long fifty years have passed bye and the Tagins, once called ferocious and barbarous for their haughty nature have considerably shed their ignorance and welcomed the broad exposure of national and international culture. Tagins have assimilated many of the modern concepts about life and living but at the same time found new perspective in their own tradition, culture and identity, thanks to the spread of education. This has eventually made them more conscious about their own selves and also the periphery. Today, a young Tagin would never endorse the unfortunate events of 1953 in their own land.

Unlike their ancestors the modern Tagins feel free to mix with other communities, participate in festivals of all kinds with due respect to the respective tribe or community, and keenly show all basic humanitarian tenets.

But then, this they do never at the cost of their own identity as a major Tribe of Arunachal Pradesh as enshrined in the Constitution of India.  

Recently, for the first time in the history of festivals of Arunachal Pradesh, the Longte-Haate festival was held at Itanagar jointly by Tagins and the Nyishis. That was a unique show of brotherhood and fellow feeling cutting across the sentiments of the respective community.

This joint venture, however, has been observed by some quarters as a precursor of ‘unification’ or ‘conversion’ of Tagins with or in to Nyishis.

It goes without saying that Tagins are Tagins and Nyishis are Nyishis, both proud possessors and followers of their respective tradition and culture. The Longte-Hayte festival jointly observed by the two great tribes of the state has demonstrated the unique spirit of brotherhood, bond of  respect, mutual understanding between the two and the love for each other.

Nothing more and nothing less should be read into this festive projection of an elevated spirit that is so beautiful and humane.


Nyato Rigia




Bogong Banggo Kebang has a luminous history

Dear Editor,

This is in response to letter by Tagang Tasing published on June 5.

Bogong Banggo Kebang was established way back in 1948 along with all other Banggos by Bogum Bokang Kebang at Pasighat in the presence of all important leaders of all Adi belt under the president ship of Late Kuttik Moyong.

I cannot say it has the full mandate of entire Adis, but I can proudly say that Bogong Banggo Kebang has been a most responsible organization since its inception.

As per the records many important resolutions and critical decisions were taken by them for the welfare of our Adi community.

For your information many section of Adi community from different Banggos are also living peacefully in Bogong Banggo without any discriminations and suppressions from Bogong Banggo Kebang. So you have no any right to denounce the BBK or direct the jurisdictions of Bogong Banggo Kebang.

You may feel comfortable and satisfied by residing there at Itanagar but let us not forget about the condition of these poor parents, who’s sons and daughters are staying in rented house and are paying heavy tuition. As you have mentioned that the Pongging village contributed many doctors and engineers, here again I would like to know the name of these persons. Moreover, a village or an area cannot be called as literate if one or two person has become doctor or engineer. It is the mass population which needs to come under proper education system.

Lastly, I would like to know these new developmental policies frame by you other than developmental activities like good education, facilities, healthy and better living conditions, proper road connectivity, proper compensation for the loss of agricultural and ancestral lands in black and white.

If it comes out to be a better one than what I have suggested I would be the first person to support and endorse your new developmental policies to the Adi Bane Kebang in the next conference to be held at Roing on December 2010 and to the government of Arunachal Pradesh too.


Oyin Moyong

G.S. (Bogong Banggo Kebang), Pasighat.




P.W.D Link Road needs urgent attention

Dear Editor,

The P.W.D Link Road which intersects the NH-52 at Oyan CharaIi and Rani Tinali is the only lifeline of the Twin Village -Sika Toda and Sika Bamin, under the Sille-Oyan Circle of the East Slang District.

For the past few decades, the entire 14 Km stretch of the said Link Road is crying in the wilderness. No adequate maintenance and repairing work has been done so far by the Concerned Department.

However, some patches of repairing were done in the year 1999, 2004 and 2009, but that too were inadequate and far from being satisfactory. Such types of repairing were totally Election oriented and the issue became a breeding ground of false promise during the General Elections.

No vehicles dare to move or ply on this Link Road due to its dilapidated and deserted conditions. The apex black-topped layer has totally been worn out. There are numerous pits, crushed stones and gravels in every length and breadth of this Link Road, which welcomes unwanted water in the rainy season and dust particles in the dry season.

Thus, such types of developments totally paralysed the mobility of the villagers. Its also facilitates and enhances the pains, mentai agonies, miseries, hardships, frustrations and unusual sufferings during any emergencies, as we are 15 Kms and 17 Kms away from Pasighat and Ruksin.

It is also very unfortunate and disappointing, when this Link Road is compared to other projects and developmental activities undertaken by the State Government. But the fate of this Link Road remains the same and goes on deteriorating day by day.

After all, this neglected and deserted Link Road is the only lifeline of my native villlage i.e, Sika Tode and Sika Bamin. Link Road as follows serves as an alternative for the NH-52 during any types of road blockade, repairing and busy traffic.Anyone can have a glance at the 'Gomsi Archaeology' through this Link Road only.

One can have a direct access to the famous Dr. Daying Ering Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary through this Link Road only.

So, it is a total failure on the part of the Concerned Department as well as the District Administration, for neglecting such an important Link Road in the area near the Inter-state Boundary with Assam. Accordingly, the District Administration, should learn a lesson from the `Langpih Incidents' of Meghalaya so that the peoples living near the inter-state boundary shall not be neglected at any cost.

Finally, it is my sincere appeal to the Concerned Department, the District Administration, local M.P. and M.L.A., to take necessary and immediate action for the maintenance and early repairing of the Link Road at the earliest possible manner.


Benji Saroh

Sika Tode Village,

P.O.-Sille, East Slang District(A.P).

LLB Final Year,

Shillong Law College




Where is ABK and Mr Panggeng?

Dear Editor,

The Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh signed the MOU/MOA for the Lower Siang Hydro Project way back in 2006 and until 2009 it was kept almost a secret from the people of the State. People of the 'to be affected" Villages esp. Pongging Village, was taken by surprise when Officers and staffs of the Jaypee group of constructions, surfaced in the area and started the preliminary survey works.

Right from that day till now, villagers of Pongging and other to be affected areas have been opposing and putting forward their feelings and sentiment in all means and ways as they can.

Recently, the anti DAM movement led to a ugly incident wherein one aged woman of Pongging village was humilated, injured physically by a Police Personnel and admitted to the Hospital while she on the pursuit to protect her constitutional Right to Life, Property and Equality.

Adi Bane Kebang(ABK) is the supreme non-political body to look after the welfare of all the Adi tribe in Arunachal Pradesh, but, till now no comments or action from the ABK has come out for the sufferings faced by the fellow Adi Brethrens of the "to be submerged areas" in their fight for their Protection of Life and Property.

Even the interest of a single Adi is an interest of the whole Adi community and the suffering of an Adi is also the same. Now, the fight for the Constitutional Rights of almost all the Adi villages of upper Siang District, who are going to lose their agricultural land, horticultural gardens and forests area is not to be given a deaf ear by ABK, which, I feel is felt by every Adi in the State. It is high time the ABK come out and show their solidarity in safeguarding the interest of all the people.

I am curious to know, why our elected Representative JK Panggeng is a silent spectator to the burning issue. Why is he silently watching while his people are subjected to all forms of harassment? In fact, it is known to every citizens of the State that Lower Siang Dam is going to submerge land in all the villages of Geku-Mariyang constituency in a whole lot or partially except, Sumsing and Peki-Modi Village only. But, all the other Villages starting from Pongging, Jeru, Silli, AdiPasi, Damro, Millang, Dalbing, Kolung, Komkar, Geku and Sibum are going to lose their Ancestral land and Property submerged wholly or partially to the Reservoir waters one fine day if the Dam truly comes up, as envisaged by Jaypee Group and the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.

These days, everyone knows of the Corporate Bargain theory, and their hidden agenda to raise the height of the Dam in later years by the so called “Corporate Bargain Theory".

Keeping silent upon the serious and burning issue is not expected of a leader of the mass. People who had elected Panggeng to this coveted post and to who you will come back in  after 4.4 years right from this day are suffering and anxiously awaiting your help in protecting their constitutional rights.

The  Govt. of AP is adamant not to hear the voice and choice of the people of Geku-Mariyang and even deny our Constitutional Rights to please the Jaypee owners.

ABK and Mr Panggeng, where do we go and whom do we approach?


Vijay Taram

Ex. Anchal Chairperson

Geku-Katan Anchal Samity (on email)




Who else supports the big dam project like LSHP?  

Dear Editor,

In your previous issues, I have gone through some comment that States Capital and medical college could have been in Pasighat if the Adi community had not denied land to the Govt.

What does it mean by Adi community? Is Pasighat dominated by Adi community? I don't think so! In Pasighat I am only familiar with a community that is Bogong, Bogong, Bogong everywhere!

So for instance, accept or think that Pasighat was the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. The entire Adi community and the rest of the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh could have been in the clutch of Bogong's. Pasighat is and has become unhygienic by the dirty politics of Bogong's. Who else supports the big dam project like LSHP?  

Obviously, they are the Bogong's who will be very much benefited by that huge dam project which is very much at their door steps. Pasighat could have been safe, peaceful place for all Adi community if dirty politics were not being played by such small organizations.

Which Adi community denied land to the Govt. during those days in Pasighat? I am totally shocked! For past centuries, whether other communities of Adi's were allowed to settle in Pasighat or its adjacent places? I" don't think so! Bogong's are and were ruling the Pasighat for past centuries. Than the question is who denied there land to the Govt. for creation of capital? Obviously, early descendents of Bogong's denied the land of Pasighat for creation of States Capital. The rest Adi community shouldn't be blamed for the blunder committed by the said organization who feels themselves as superiors and masters of Pasighat town. Rather they have axed themselves and now they are blaming us the rest Adi communities. Regarding the Lower Siang Dam Project also hundred percent of the Adi community were and is against it and the Govt. under Dorjee Khandu had already said that if the communities of that particular residing area doesn't want the dam than the dam won’t be constructed.

But it was under the selfish and dirty politics by such small organizations that Govt. has started imparting public hearing.

Ask the downstream villages that was affected by Siang flood of 2000. Were they given compensation? No, not a single penny!

So, stop talking about compensation by Govt. and corporate.


Tatem Padun