Suggestions on Education Bill to be incorporated in the subordinate legislation
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: The second day of the Consultative Meeting on the proposed Arunachal
Pradesh Education Bill 2010 witnessed several student leaders and activists putting
forward their views. The Bill is being placed in the ensuing Assembly session that
begins from March 18 next.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram reiterated that the proposed bill would bring in
landmark changes in the education scenario of the state.
The Education Minister assured that all the points will be taken into account and
will be incorporated in the subordinate legislation that will be passed after finalization
of the principal legislation in the Assembly.
Representatives from Arunachal Teachers Association (ATA), All Arunachal Pradesh
Students Union (AAPSU), All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU), Rajiv Gandhi University
Students Union (RGUSU), Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) and Arunachal Pradesh
Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sangthan (APRGPRS) Chairperson Jarjum Ete attended the
AAPSU President Takam Tatung suggested the Bill to put stress on Physical Education
in schools, maintaining strict rules for teacher attendance and posting, indigenous
dress codes in schools to encourage local handloom sector, auditing of admission
fees, proper implementation of Mid Day Meal Scheme and recalling teachers deputed
to other departments. He also suggested bi-monthly release of stipend for students
and delimitation of schools and colleges in the state. AAPSU General Secretary Tujum
Poyom and ANSU President Niglar Veo spoke on the various clauses of the bill which
needs clarification and further add ins. APRGPRS Chairperson Jarjum Ete, emphasizing
on quality education for better human resources, suggested that existing colleges
be developed into centres of excellences with state of art facilities like online
libraries and teleconferencing classrooms where seat and scholarships for meritorious
students should be encouraged. She stressed that the Education Bill should aim at
grooming the future leaders of the state.
Ete advocated inclusion of a member from the Women Commission and the Director of
Women and Child Development in the State Council for Higher and Technical Education
so that women are also properly represented. Calling for fifty percent ratio in the
teachers of the state, Ete submitted that women should also be posted in places equally
as men even if it’s a hard posting.
Earlier, Education Commissioner Hage Khoda underlined the major tenants of the Act,
while Director Higher and Technical Education, Dr. Joram Begi briefed on the Arunachal
Pradesh Council for Technical Education Bill 2010. Dr Begi informed that the Lyngdoh
Committee Report would be strictly implemented in the state and the Free and Compulsory
Education Act will be implemented in the state from April 1 next.
DGP Mehra calls for concerted effort to curb drug menace
Changlang, Mar 14: Director General of Police, Government of Arunachal Pradesh Vimla
Mehra, while interacting with the Heads of Department of Changlang during a two days
official visit expressing her concern over the large number of youth with drug addiction
called for concerted efforts to curb it.
She said that it might be due to less parental control as many parents are addicted
to the drugs themselves. She appealed the education department, medical department,
relatives of such addicted persons to render their constructive role to eradicate
this social menace.
She sought first hand information from the concerned executing departments who are
taking up works under department of Arunachal Pradesh Police. While lauding the public
of Changlang for their good co-operation with the District Police, she stressed for
Dr M Khimhun, SMO, Changlang while speaking on the Drug Menace in Changlang district
informed that opium has its social ties with people of Changlang. But earlier, it
was used in the right way and the use was limited up to festivals only and sometimes
for medicinal purpose as people have belief that it cures severe diarrhea, indigestion.
But gradually elderly people started using it day after day. Now major chunk of
the population under this grip are youths. Once they get into addiction if they are
not provided with opium they use brown sugar which no one knows where it comes from.
She informed that medical department of Changlang had conducted a number de-addiction
camps but the success rates are very poor due to defaulting of the addicted persons
SDO(S) H Matcha informed that for last few years the cultivation of opium was nil
except in small quantities in few of interior villages.
During her stay she had meetings with HOOs, & Public leaders of Changlang and visited
under construction Judicial Lock up, police Station, Sub-Jail, SP Office, Rang Frah
Mandir at 1 Mile and Old Changlang Village.
Dr S B Deepak Kumar hoped that her visit would definitely strengthen the Police force
in the district thereby bringing improvements to law and order problems. He said
that it was privilege of the people of the district to have the Police Chief of the
entire state in the district.
Changlang SP Kimi Aya informed that during the current year till Oct 2009, the District
Police has registered 11 cases related to drug trafficking and 13 Gm brown sugar
were seized from the culprits. He revealed that the department is planning to start
checking of all kinds of Vehicles entering the administrative jurisdiction of Changlang
from outside to check the inflow of drugs.
Earlier, Renu Mungrey, Member, State Security Commission requested for periodical
meeting amongst the members of state security for better co-ordination and communication.
T Tangha, AE (PWD) while presenting the progress report on under construction Judicial
Lock up which was delayed for more than two years of the time framed, informed that
the lock up will be completed and handed over to the Police department by the month
of March 2010. (DIPRO)
Rijiju procures Ambulance for Aalo District Hospital
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Health and Family Welfare Minister, Tanga Byaling flagged off
an ambulance for Aalo District Hospital at Hotel Arun Subansiri today. The ambulance
has been procured by former Lok Sabha MP Kiren Rijiju from the MP LAD Fund from his
last tenure as MP of Arunachal West parliamentary constituency.
Rijiju, Director Health Services, Dr. T. Basar, Deputy Director Health Services,
Dr. T. Lollen, CMO General Hospital Naharlagun, Dr. Moji Jini and Medical Superintendent
Dr. L.Lollen attended the ceremony. The ambulance is equipped with an in-built stretcher
and an oxygen cylinder. Rijiju speaking on the occasion said, ‘It is the result
of the demand of the people of Aalo during my tenure as the MP, but due to the constraint
in fund, I could not fulfill the commitment then’. He informed that after election,
he followed up the matter, sought help from other MPs in gathering fund for the ambulance.
Also, Rijiju informed that, there is one more ambulance and sanction of Rupees eight
lakh each for Nyokum ground boundary at Koloriang and Dree ground boundary at Ziro
coming up which he had promised as the MP. Appreciating the effort of the former
MP, Health and Family Welfare Minister, Tanga Byaling informed that the health department
will be transparent and revamping itself as the Arunachal Health Policy will be placed
in the coming Assembly Session. The policy shall ensure the streamlining of the Health
department, added Byaling.
ABK demands exclusion of five Adi villages
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Adi Baane Kebang has formed an impact assessment committee on the
proposed implementation of Hydro Power Project in the Adi inhabited areas.
The committee will assess and examine the possible submergence of land, other aspects
of the proposed power projects.
The kebang further adopted a resolution for exclusion of five Adi villages, Sido,
Detak, Depi, Depimoli and Korang from the proposed Lower Siang district. Meanwhile,
a seven member committee has been formed to study the proper demarcation of the village
boundaries. It has also been resolved that the exclusion of the five villages should
be done by taking into account of the traditional boundaries to avoid misunderstanding
and future complications.
UAEA decides to sticks on its demands
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers’ Association (UAEA) in a meeting
held today here unanimously decided to make the UAEA registration mandatory.
It also decided to maintain its demands on strict implementation of recruitment rules
in all departments of the state, 100% reservation of technical posts to APST in the
state, stoppage of illegal appointments and immediate appointment of waiting list
candidates. Meanwhile, the association congratulated its Advisory committee member
Tapiyar Moyong, Joint Secretary (EEE) R Rukjit Tamin and other candidates, who have
success in the recently concluded JE (E&M) Hydro power department interview.
Run of the River Projects
ACR calls for real & factual information
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Arunachal Citizens Rights (ACR) has said very powerful hydro developers’
lobby is misleading all including the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh by not
coming out in open on the pros and cons of Run-of-the-River projects. ACR Chairman
Bamang Tago said that it is high time that real and factual information is given
and communicated to the people of Arunachal Pradesh rather than spreading the propaganda
of the hydro project developers.
“It is also perhaps not true that majority of the dams being Run-of the-River projects
in Arunachal Pradesh, will have minimum submergence of forest land. Of the 104 proposed
hydro projects in Arunacahal, there are at least 25 projects which have generation
capacity of 500 MW and more with the Dibang Multipurpose having a generation capacity
of 3,000 MW and Etalin having a capacity of 4,000 MW. In these projects, the diversion
and submergence of community forest land will be in the range of a minimum of 1500
ha to over 5,000 ha that is 4,500 acres to more than 12,500 acres. Which adds up
to a huge tract of community forest land”, he added.
Experience of such projects in the States of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim
and West Bengal indicates that these Run-of-the-River projects are not as benign
as they are projected by the country’s dam lobby.
He said that these projects do have reservoirs and pondage to generate power during
the lean season and peak demand time. Some of these reservoirs as in the case of
Teesta projects and in Himachal Pradesh which considers as Run-of-the river extend
to more than 8 to 12 kms.
These projects not only block the river flow for their reservoirs but divert a large
portion of the river flow through long tunnels. This diversion of naturally flowing
river water impacts on the aquatic life, aquatic biodiversity and use of river water
for domestic use of the local community as we have seen in Ranganadi also, he added.
Though, the Expert Appraisal Committee of the Ministry of Environment & Forests,
in their environment clearance letters, does mention the minimum river flow that
the projects should ensure throughout the year, all such projects, to date have violated
the regime of minimum river flow leading to irreversible impact on the aquatic species
of the rivers like Teesta and Ranganadi.
Meanwhile ACR welcomed Chief Minister’s statement of intent that hydro projects will
not be constructed if the local people do not want them. We also appreciate Chief
Minister’s clarification on the reported statement attributed to him.
Scientific advisory committee meeting and awareness workshop
Basar, Mar 14: A Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West
Siang District is going to be organized at ICAR Arunachal Pradesh Centre, Basar on
March 15. Altogether 40 officials from Agri and all Allied Departments, Govt. of
Arunachal Pradesh along with progressive farmer, farm women, NGO and entrepreneur
of the district are expected to participate in the meeting.
The meeting will be chaired by Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR A. P. Center,
Dr. A. K. Gogoi, Newly Joined Zonal Project Director, Zone – III will be the chief
guest of the meeting. He will also address to all the programme coordinators of different
KVKs of Arunachal Pradesh.
Director, Agriculture, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh Tago Basar, will be the guest of
honor of the meeting. Achievements for the last year and action plan for the coming
year of KVK West Siang will be presented by individual Subject Matter Specialist
during the Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting.
Awareness workshop on issues of Agricultural Development and role of KVK in Arunachal
Pradesh will be organized on 16th March, 2010 and all the Programme Coordinators
of KVK of Arunachal Pradesh, all the Directors of line department of Arunachal Pradesh
and Zonal Project Directors will take part in the meeting. During the workshop all
the major issues of the states like “Protection of Farmers Right”, “Role of Agromet
Advisory Service for farmers benefit” and “Agricultural Credit and Role of NABARD
and all other relevant issues of KVK and agricultural development will be discussed
thoroughly for working out the roadmap for future development. The whole two day
function is organized by the Joint Director, ICAR, AP Centre, Basar for the over
all interest of the state.
IWD celebrated at Jairampur
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: A one day Seminar on Legal Awareness amongst Women was held in
Jairampur on March 11by R.K. Mossang Memorial Society, Jairampur to commemorate the
International Women Day celebration.
This Seminar was sponsored and conducted under the directives of the National Commission
for Women where in around 190 women participated from Changlang district. The goal
of this Seminar was to make the women aware of their environment, to know their rights
and understand the various provisions given by the Government for their socio-economic
The programme was chaired by Zila Parishad Chairperson, Changlang Junpo Longri and
was attended by various women activist, SHG’s of the area.
S.K.Dutta, Advocate, was the Resource Person and he briefed the congregation about
the various legal rights of the women to protect them from injustice.
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Expressing deep shock over the reported FIR lodged against one
Tadi Jonnom of Ruksin village, the people of Ruksin sub-block in a general meeting
held at Community Hall, Ruksin on March 10 strongly condemned the FIR which, they
said, is baseless and without any ground realities. This was informed by Ruksin Anchal
Block ZPM Tonggeng Panyang in a release.
The meeting after threadbare discussion observed that Jonnam is an honest person
and has no involvement in criminal activities, he is well-known to the people of
this area for his good deeds, the release said. The meeting further asked for public
apology by one Sandip Das who had lodged the FIR against Jonnom in Jonai Police Station,
Assam and threatened to file defamation case against Das, if their demand is not
met, the release added.
AYSU move CM on polytechnic
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: State Chief Minister has assured a delegation of All Yachuli Students’
Union (AYSU) to look into the demand for establishment of the proposed polytechnic
institute at Yachuli.
The assurance came when the delegation called on the CM with its single-point memorandum
on March 13, the union said in a release.
Though the state Govt had proposed one polytechnic to be set up at Yachuli, of late,
the memorandum said, some public leaders and officers are trying to divert it to
some other place.
The memorandum further said that the educationally backward Yachuli people have been
longing for such technical institution as they are unable to send their children
to outside the state for higher and technical education. Even the people are ready
to donate required land and logistic requirements for the polytechnic, it said.