Gadi emphasizes on marketing infrastructure for local products
Seminar on Agro-Horti and Minor Forest Products
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union in collaboration with
National Cooperative Union of India (NCUI), New Delhi organised a State Level Cooperative
Seminar yesterday at APSCU Conference Hall on “Marketing of Agro-Horti and Minor
Forest Products in context of Arunachal Pradesh and its scope, prospect and problems”.
Chief Guest and Parliamentary Secretary (Tourism) Gojen Gadi, emphasized the need
of developing marketing infrastructure and network particularly for economic upliftment
Our state is producing varieties of Agro-Horti product and the state is rich enough
in minor forest product but the farmers do not get the remunerative price due to
lack of marketing infrastructure and network in the state, he said while highlighting
the minor forest products of the state.
Appreciating the initiative taken by the A. P. State Cooperative Union for organizing
such seminar, he suggested involvement Panchayat leaders in such type of seminar
/workshop in future to make it more fruitful and effective as because they are directly
in touch with grass-root level people.
He further taking concerned over depending syndrome said ‘our people should not depend
on import for their day to day needs from neighboring state rather we should try
our best to produce it by ourselves. Adding that the cooperative department/organization
may make out plan and programme to extend all possible help and support to the producers
by co-ordinating with other concerned Department.
He also advised the young generation/unemployed educated youth of the state to involve
in the marketing of local produces instead of looking for government job as this
marketing activity of local produces till now remained unexplored and have a bright
future, he added.
Earlier, S. C. Nath Principal-cum-In-charge, Chief Executive Officer highlighted
the function of A. P. State Coop. Union and importance of the Seminar. A. P. State
Commission for Women Vice-Chairperson Mepong Tadar Bage, Registrar of Cooperative
Societies (RCS) Nandini Paliwal and Principal, ICM Guwahati H.N. Singh also addressed
the seminar as Guest of Honour and Special Invitees respectively.
Dr. L.R. Bhuyan, Systematic Botanist, State Forest Research Institute (SFRI), T.
Tatung Dy. Director Horticulture and K. Hinda, Marketing Officer, Agriculture attended
the seminar as Resource Persons.
B. Gammeng, Jt. RCS, Prof. R. M. Pant, HOC (CSM), NERIST, H.N. Singh, Principal,
Institute of Cooperative Management (ICM) and T. Bage, Administrator, A. P. Consumers
Coop. Federation Ltd. participated in the seminar as Penal of Judges.
A.T. Kulo, Chairman, A.P. State Coop. Union appreciated the Chief Guest, Guest of
Honour and RCS for cooperation and also thanked to all the Resource Person for their
He assured to take up the matter at the State and National Level to short out the
problem of marketing of Agro-Horti and Minor Forest Product of Arunachal Pradesh
on the basis of the recommendations of Penal of Judges.
Education is the permanent investment in society: Siram
AALO, Mar 6: Education is the permanent and greatest investment in society, said
Bosiram Siram, Education Minister while addressing the public at a function at Darka
General Ground on March 4.
While reiterating on the need to impart quality education, Siram appealed the teaching
community to treat and teach each and every students as their own sons and daughters.
He informed that Education Bills would be introduced for well-being of education
sector. He added that NCERT books shall be made available instead of going for procuring
books from private company. Responding to the public memorandum, Siram informed that
Pobdi Middle School already was upgraded to Secondary School and assured for posting
of regular Head Master at newly upgraded secondary school, Darka which was inaugurated
by him on the day. Talking of school infrastructure, he said the fund provision
this time is under constraints for payment of 15 months arrears to all the Govt.
It was a thanks giving victory function of Gadam Ete for winning in the Assembly
Election, 2009 as MLA for the second time and subsequent elevation to Parliamentary
secretary, Civil Aviation.
Gadam Ete while summing up the latest development works and initiatives under his
constituency appealed the HODs to check and instruct their field staffs for rendering
services to the people and also cautioned the GBs to discharge their responsibilities
rather than playing politics.
He urged each and every one to teach their children in the right direction and inculcate
a sense of doing creative activities. DIPRO
State NCP for early solution of boundary row
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Arunachal Pradesh today urged the
state Govt to take effective measures for solution to decades-old Assam-Arunachal
boundary at the earliest.
While appreciating the initiative of the state Govt for constituting a boundary study
committee, the state NCP in its state level meeting said that the committee be empowered
with required facilities to liaise with the Assam counterpart on behalf of Arunachal
Govt to resolve all issues pertaining to typical boundary problems.
The meeting further urged the state Govt to strengthen the Assam-Arunachal border
department with appointment of permanent independent DC and SP like that of Assam
to deal with the border problems.
The party further suggested the state Govt to issue land possession certificates
to indigenous tribal land holders in boundary areas.
While supporting the eight-point demands of the Unemployed Arunachali Engineering
Association (UAEA), the party said that the state Govt should intervene and issue
proper directive to all the Govt departments and private sectors to follow the RR
Employers urged to follow labour Acts
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Parliamentary secretary, Land Management, labour and Employment,
Padi Richo has appealed to the principal employers whose establishments, offices,
organizations are covered under the Contract Labour (Regulation and Abolition) Act,
1970 and the Inter-State Migrant Workmen (Regulation of Employment and Conditions
of Service) Act, 1979 to extend their cooperation to the state Labour department
in its efforts to protects interests of unorganized contract and migrant labour through
effective enforcement of the Acts.
It has been observed that a large number of Government offices, departments particularly
represented by executive engineers have neither so far obtained the requisite registration
certificates from the Labour Commissioner for their offices, divisions nor the contractors
working under them have obtained licenses for executing contract work, Richo said
in a statement.
He said the state Govt through its Labour and Employment Department has notified
the Labour Commissioner, Naharlagun as Registering Officer and the Licensing Officer
under the aforesaid Acts. The State govt has also made it mandatory that no principal
employer whose establishment, office, organization is covered under the Acts shall
execute work without having a registration certificate, he added.
Workshop on Medicinal plant
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Department of Horticulture Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Ayurveda
Regional Research Institute (ARRI) Itanagar have jointly organized a one-day Training
workshop on Medicinal plants in the Conference hall of ARRI here.
Altogether, 12 District and Circle level SDHO/ HDO participated in the workshop sponsored
by National Medicinal Plants Board, Department of AYUSH, union Ministry of Health
& Family Welfare. Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest Deputy Director, Department
of Horticulture T Tatung urged the participants to gain the technical benefit of
cultivation of medicinal plants from the training.
In the technical session Dr. S.P. Singh, Scientist, State Forest Research Institute,
Itanagar has given details of techniques involved in the cultivation of Aquillaria
agalocha (Agaru). Nursery techniques and plantation methodology was discussed in
detail by all participants of training.
Assistant Director incharge of Ayurveda Regional Research Institute Itanagar Dr.
Rama Shankar has given emphasis on cultivation of Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegha),
Aloe vera (Ghritakumari), Emblica officiraalis (Amlaki), Piper longum (Pippali),
Rauvooia serpentina (Sarpagandha) and Saraca asoka (Ashoka). Gestation period, market
scenario of all the drugs processing was also discussed during his presentation.
Later, they visited Medicinal Plants Garden at Ayurveda Regional Research Institute
as part of their practical training.
Meanwhile the authority of the Ayurveda institute distributed some planting materials
for their home kitchen garden free of cost.
Soaring vegetable prices hard-hit Itanagarians
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: No respite. The soaring price of essential commodities has hard-hit
the people of Itanagar township in the recent times. The skyrocketing prices of all
the essential commodities, especially vegetables, have become a cause for distress,
particularly for the poor and middle class.
With prices of essential commodities doubling in every passing months, households
have had to cut corners to make two ends meet.
Who is to blame for this?
Recently, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had asked the state governments to do
more to control the rise of prices of all essential commodities. He appealed to the
state governments to take the issue of price rise very seriously to protect the interest
of the common people. Were the directives of the union ministry taken seriously?
Encouraging local farmers to grow more vegetables could go a long way in checking
vegetable prices. For this, the govt. must adopt a humble agriculture policy to reap
the benefit. It would also help avoid state’s dependency of such commodities on other
states, like Assam.
It should also be kept in mind that the ‘conducive agro-climatic condition’ of the
state must not be confined in deliberation in meetings and seminars only.
This reporter observed that almost all the vegetable items are being sold at more
than double prices (see table) in the markets of Itanagar compared to the prices
prevailing in Hurmutty and Banderdewa on the ground of lame excuses of additional
costs like transportation etc.
“If the government was sincere, then such fake price rise could easily be checked.
Vegetable markets in Itanagar are imposing exorbitant prices on customers against
their all items only to make hefty profit,” said a housewife.
Besides vegetables prices of meat and fish have also touched the roof. The cost of
Mug Dal has almost doubled to Rs 100 per kg and Sajina (vegetable) costs a whopping
Rs 120-240 a kilo, she added.
Meanwhile, another sane citizen and journalist Taba Ajum said “ As it is the end
of the financial year our authorities seem to be focussed on clearing bills only,
rather than taking time to check and control price rise.”
More than often it is seen that affluent people in Itanagar generally do not ask
for prices which has encouraged the unscrupulous vendors to charge high price. We
must change this attitude and be conscious on such matters.
Further, we are also equally responsible for such price rise as we usually do not
give interest on such matters. Hence, it is high time for every sane citizen to come
forward and protest against such unprecedented price rise to safeguard the interest
of poor and common people.
Items Banderdewa/Hurmutty Itanagar
1. Tomato Rs. 8 Rs
2. Chilly Rs. 50 Rs.
3. Brinjal Rs 8 Rs.
4. Papaya Rs. 8 Rs.
5. Cabbage Rs. 3-5 Rs.
6. Bin Rs. 15 Rs.
7. Cucumber Rs. 16 Rs.
8. Cauliflower Rs. 10 Rs.
9. Garlic Rs. 60-80 Rs.
10. Onion Rs. 20 Rs.
11. Squash Rs. 15 Rs.
12. Carrot Rs. 15 Rs.20
13. Radish Rs. 5-8 Rs.
14. Sajina N/A Rs.
RGUSU to continue stir
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Rajiv Gandhi University Students’ Union (RGUSU) has decided to observe
48-hour university campus bandh from March 8 to 9 evening as a part of its proposed
phase-wise agitation demanding fulfillment of its 13-point memorandum.
The decision was taken by the RGUSU executives in its meeting yesterday after having
a threadbare discussion on the response given by the university authority on its
demands. Dissatisfied with the reply of the authority, the meeting said the union
had urged upon the authority to fulfill its demands as a whole within stipulated
period of time, not in a phase-wise manner.
SHCWC demands essential service from Govt
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Sangrik Hapa Colony Welfare Committee (SHCWC) has discussed the
various problems being faced by the colony people in a meeting here today. While
discussing road connectivity to sector road, problem of electricity, water supply,
the committee resolved that the colony members should come out and contribute for
construction of link road between Sangrik Hapa Colony -I to Sangrik Hapa Colony-II.
However, it decided to approach Govt for proper electrification of the colony besides
solution to water supply problem.
Meanwhile, the Committee has been reconstituted with Bake Charu (Peter), Tatung
Sekh and Sangha Posi as its president, vice president and general secretary.
AR imparts vocational traning to youths in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: On the occasion of its 175th anniversary, 19 Assam Rifles has initiated
a series of vocational training programmes to impart skills to the youth of the Tirap
district. 19 Assam Rifles has been relentlessly working towards development of various
areas of Tirap. Their focus is especially on the youths who often face hurdles like
unemployment and lack of education.
This time the unit identified nine boys from different parts of the district including
Pongchau, Longding and Lapnan. The selected boys were given training for duration
of one month in handling and driving of vehicles in Battalion Headquarters of 19
Assam Rifles at Khonsa town. The training was imparted by qualified instructors of
the unit with the help of training equipment/ vehicles available.
After completion of the driving training, the unit carried out the driving test in
conjunction with district transport officer, Khonsa and facilitated issue of driving
license to these boys.
The boys expressed their gratitude to 19 Assam Rifles for giving them this opportunity,
as they can now be employed as drivers and can earn their livelihood. Winning hearts
and minds of locals have been one of the primary focus areas of the unit in Tirap
and this action reflects humane face of Assam Rifles in particular and the Security
Forces in general.
AEKSU demands solution to various problems
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) has urged the authorities
concerned to post doctors in various community health Centres and Primary Health
Centres in the district.
The union in a release claimed that the people of rural areas in the district are
facing innumerable health related problems due to lack of doctors in PHCs and CHC.
It further said that the target of National Rural Health Mission will be achieved
only when the health centres in rural areas will be boost of sufficient doctors to
take care the rural people.
Alleging that the PWD store cum garage, Seppa division have been totally encroached,
the union demanded the concerned department to find a amicable solution to the problem.
The Union further urged the state Govt to ensure total construction of NEC-sponsored
Seppa-Chayangtajo road. Instead of construction of whole 81-km road, four km of the
road has been left unconstructed; the union alleged and demanded construction of
whole road as per DPR with proper monitoring.
NCP takes step to revamp party
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Following the direction of the party high command, the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) state unit today in its state level meeting discussed the strategy
to strengthen the party in the grass root level in the state.
After threadbare discussion with the state and district level party leaders, the
NCP state unit president Ngurang Pinch announced the list of state NCP office bearers
which was approved by the party high command earlier.
The meeting also resolved to revamp the party and accordingly various measures were
taken including reconstitution of district/block level committees, holding of quarterly
review meeting of party activities, constitution of grass root level committee etc.
The party also recommended some of the state party leaders for inclusion in the
national level party committees or councils and also appointed Kara Gambo and K Chithan
as president of Papum Pare and Changlang district NCP units respectively.
Land owners’ body formed
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: Banderdewa Kundakuwa Land Owners Committee was formed recently with
Kipa Hima as chairman to protect the legitimate rights of the actual land owners
of the above mentioned area.
Meanwhile, the committee urged the administration stop issuing land allotment against
those lands which are in possession of the local people of the above mentioned areas
for the last several years.
Army organizes football and volleyball tournaments
ITANAGAR, Mar 6: 26 Maratha Light Infantry of Dah Division organised Sub- Division
Level Football and Volleyball tournament for the youths of Sunpura village under
Sadiya Sub Division from February 18 to 27 last.
The tournament was inaugurated by Colonel P Pant, Officiating Commander, 82 Mountain
Brigade and concluded with a spectacular football final match between Sunpura HS
School and Chapakhowa Town Club and Volleyball final match between Adarsha Shishu
Niketan Sunpura and Gohain Gaon Pradiptra Club followed by prize distribution ceremony.
Best teams of Sadiya Sub Division of Tinsukia district in Assam participated in the
volleyball and football tournament. The participating teams were Sunpura High School
Sunpura, Ambikapur High School, Sunpura Adarsha Shiksha Niketan , Amar Dhan Ram
Adarsha High School Sunpura, Ujani Sadiya Higher Secondary School Sadiya, Chapakahowa
town club, Sauji Youth Club, Gohain Gaon Pradiptra club Kundil, Nolakhimpathar and
Deorigaon, Sunpura Youth Club Sadiya Sub Division.
The Commanding Officer 26 Maratha Light Infantry said that the Army plans to organize
more projects in the future which will contribute towards the social and financial
upliftment of the Sadiya Sub Division. He assured full cooperation by the Army to
locals in creating peaceful and conducive environment in the area and exhorted locals
to help Army in achieving its endeavour.
The closing ceremony was marked by display of cultural programmes by children of
various schools of Sadiya Sub Division.
Prizes were distributed by Colonel P Pant Officiating Commander, 82 Mountain Brigade
to winners and runners-up. The prizes included individual cash prizes, certificates
and individual cups for winners and runners-up teams. The sports equipment bought
for the tournament was handed over to the Sunpura High School by Colonel P Pant at
the end of prize distribution ceremony.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies, Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration
with ICSSR (NERC), Shillong and ICPR, Shillong is organizing two day national seminar
on ‘Feminization of Culture’ on 8th and 9th of this month in the RGU campus.
Book miscreants: CoSAAP
ITANAGAR: Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) condemned
the ransacking of private residence and damaging of property of its District President
and Papum Pare DDSE on March 5 last.
It appealed the authority to immediately arrest the culprits and give exemplary punishment
as per the provision of laws.
ITANAGAR: Upper Subansiri Galo Students’ Union (USGSU) lauded Yomken Noshi of Kambu
village under West Siang district for being selected as one of the members representing
Arunachal Pradesh in All India Karate Federation Championship scheduled to begin
at Chennai from March 26.
Yomken had participated in 5th Shito-Ryu-Karate Do World Championship in Tokyo, Japan
in 2006 and achieved Sho-Dan and Ni Dan in 2007.
The students union hoped that she would win more laurels for the state in coming
days and appealed to all well wishers and Galo Welfare Society to encourage the talented
martial art exponent to realize her dreams