6 Arunachalee children missing in Nepal
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Call it gross carelessness of parents or desperation to ensure
better education to their children, at least six children from Bana area in East
Kameng are reported missing after they were taken to a Nepal monastery by a native
of Dirang in West Kameng.
Some twenty children including three from West Kameng were taken to Nepal by the
The parents sent the children as they were assured of free education and boarding
earlier in February and they had even arranged Rs 3500 each per child.
But on Feb 16, the children went missing which has prompted the parents to seek help
from the district administration.
When contacted SP East Kameng Tumme Amo said that reports of missing children have
been lodged with the authorities by the parents and the district administration has
constituted a committee comprising of Police personnel and a magistrate to look into
the details. The committee is to submit its report within a week’s time.
He said that he is awaiting a response from the institution about the details of
students from Aruanchal.
He further said that it is not clear where the children went missing. The person
who took these children to Nepal allegedly had sent more than 100 students from West
Kameng to the same institution including his own son.
Some of the parents whose children are already studying at the institution have also
met the SP and DC. One of the parents told the district police that he is in touch
with his son.
The children who are all minor allegedly were taken to Nepal without valid papers.
Meanwhile All Aka Youth Association has thanked the Chief Minister Dorje Khandu ,
Director General of Police Vimla mehra and East Kameng district administration and
Tame Phassang for their prompt action in initiating action.
It said that govt have assured to approach the Nepalese embassy to trace out the
missing children. The Association has demanded that all twenty four children taken
from Bana area be brought back home.
Singh call for united efforts while Govt assure to nab culprits
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh appealed all to stand
united and keep a watch on the criminal elements from within and outside the State
who are destroying the peaceful atmosphere prevailing in Arunachal Pradesh. With
the spirit of ‘Team Arunachal’, I am sure, we will keep our society, crime and violence
free as we have been doing in the past, he hoped.
He said this in a condemnation message in the wake of killing of trader Rajendra
Choudhury in Naharlagun on wee hours of Monday.
We have to provide security to the people who come from different parts of our great
Nation and render their valuable services and make immense contribution towards the
growth and development of our State. We have to respect each and every member of
‘Team Arunachal,’ as we expect to be treated ourselves when we go outside the State,
I am happy to note that the State Govt. is going all out to nab the culprits and
make them face the law, Gen Singh pointed. (PRO to Governor)
Meanwhile Home Minister Tako Dabi informed the business community during the spot
visit to Naharlagun this afternoon that the state Govt is taking proactive steps
to book the culprits involved in the killing of a trader Rajendra Choudhury on Monday,.
While interacting with the representatives of the business community on the spot
he directed the police to apprehend the culprits within ten days by mobilizing all
possible resources. He also directed the DGP Vimla Mehra telephonically for posting
sufficient workforce immediately in the sensitive areas on priority after listening
to the grievances of the representatives including Local MLA Techi Kaso.
The police is proactively pursuing the matter and the DCs and SPs of Lower Subansiri,
East Siang, East Kameng, Kurung Kumey and West Siang districts have been alerted
for nabbing the culprits, he further informed the business community represented
by ACCI president Techi Lala and general secretary Tarak Nachuk among others.
Checking in neighboring areas of Assam has also been intensified, he informed
adding his department is taking immediate action to strengthen the police force with
increase in police forces and posting of efficient police officers and personnel
in the Capital complex.
Condemning the murder as a heinous and cowardly act, the Home Minister said that
the state’s economy will get crippled if the traders leave the state due to such
incidents. The Home Minister sought the cooperation of the business community and
the citizens in maintaining law and order in the twin city.
Local MLA Techi Kaso apprised that since the twin city of Naharlagun and Itanagar
are the main areas of economic activities in the state, sufficient security forces
should be made available immediately. The Local MLA also stressed on capable and
efficient police officers and personnel.
ACCI president urged for stopping easy bail to habitual criminals.
The Home Minister was accompanied by city SP Hibu Tamang and other police officers
during the visit. (DIPR)
Condemnation of murder of trader pours in
Adds ATNS: PPA while decrying the brutal killing of a trader in Naharlagun has called
on the government to effectively tackle lawlessness in the State capital to build
the confidence among the people particularly the trading communities. It said that
criminals should not be let off irrespective of their status and relationship. Any
kind of laxity and leniency would encourage more crimes to occur in the state, it
Capital Complex Petrol Depots Association condemned the recent murder of a trader
at Naharlagun and appealed the authorities concerned to immediately arrest the culprits.
Meanwhile, extending solidarity with the ACCI and all the business communities and
association of the capital complex 1st phase 12 hrs bandh-call on March 19, CCPDA
has decided to close down petrol depots from Banderdewa to Holongi.
Arunachal Pradesh Development Welfare Association also condemned the murder of a
trader and extended its condolence message to the bereaved family members.
The state government should review the security mechanism in the entire state and
bring in committed officer and staff in the city security management team to prevent
such incident, suggested association.
Various student bodies have come out in condemning recent murder of businessman Rajendra
Choudhary at Naharlagun. All Nyishi Student’s Union (ANSU) has expressed shock at
the killing of late Choudhary. ANSU has appealed to state government to immediately
review law and order situation to ensure security of people living in capital complex.
All Capital Complex Tagin Students’ Unions (ACCTSU) has also condemned killing of
businessman Choudhary. Union has urged state government to do overhaul of police
department and recruit more police personnel to improve law and order situation in
ACCTSU claimed that various criminals’ gangs are carrying out their modus-operandi
from state capital and thereby creating fear psychosis among residents.
BJP demands clear cut policy on power projects
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today urged the state Govt to come
out clear on the relief and rehabilitation measures for the people likely to be affected
by the hydro power projects being undertaken in Arunachal Pradesh.
BJP is not against the hydro power projects, but the Govt should take the project
affected people into confidence and clearly reveal its policy on rehabilitation before
signing of the MoU/MoA on hydro projects, said state BJP leader and party’s national
secretary Tapir Gao in a Press meet today.
Referring to the state’s Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy 2008 which is supposed
to be best in the country, Gao said there is no Govt land in Arunachal, Govt should
clear its stand as to how and where the affected people will be rehabilitated and
the local problems like road infrastructure, education and health facilities of the
affected people will be met.
State Govt has signed 100 MoUs/MoAs with power developers so far with a target to
produce 36,390.90 MW and revenue amounting to Rs 1016.26 crore have been deposited
in state ex-chequer, Gao claimed adding that this revenue amount has been diverted
to non-plan head. People have rights to know as to how this power revenue has been
spent, he said.
Govt is not seriously taking up the infrastructure development projects in the periphery
of the dam projects, said state BJP president and MLA Tangor Tapak.
Law and order: The BJP also decided to raise the deteriorating law and order situation
in the capital complex during the Assembly session beginning from March 18. We are
going to raise this issue in the Assembly said BJP legislature party leader Tamiyo
Taga. The people of the state capital has been facing a state of lawlessness, he
Pointing out at the recent murder of a businessman in Naharlagun, he said, criminals
are roaming freely in Capital as there is no effective mechanism to give exemplary
punishment to the criminals. Law and order scenario is going from bad to worse, he
Pointing out the law and order situation in Tirap and Changlang, BJP North East organization
incharge P Chandrashekar Rao who was present in press briefing said the Govt is not
serious about what is going on in both the districts. Rajiv Gandhi University: Supporting
the demand of the agitating students, Tapir Gao said, university should be renamed
as Arunachal University. The university reflects the sentiment and pride of Arunachalee
people, he said while adding that renaming of the university as RGU was a blunder.
Price rise: Expressing serious concern over the soaring prices of essential commodities,
Gao said, more than 20,000 people from all North Eastern states including Arunachal
Pradesh will participate in Guwahati Challo abhiyan to be held on April 5 next.
BJP national president Nitin Gadkari would address the gathering.
A delegation of the state BJP comprising party leaders from state and district level
organizations will also take part in Delhi Chalo Abhiyan against price rise on April
21, he added.
Annoyed doctors threatens legal action
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: After the engineers, now it’s the doctors of the state who are
unhappy with violation of laid down norms. The Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association
in a memorandum to Chief Minister said that if the two point’s demands which include
immediate cessation of direct recruitment of doctors from NRHM and Contractual services
are not met, they would be forced to seek legal help or resort to democratic movement.
In the memorandum, the Association said that mode of recruitment of doctors to the
state service has been done violating all norms. In schedule III of APHS Rule 2000,
the mode of recruitment is through APPSC. But taking undue advantage of the provision
under Rule 8 of the APHS 2000, which was further amended to facilitate such manoeuvre
in 2003, the mode of recruitment of doctors has deviated grossly from the laid down
Number of Doctors recruited through Cabinet decision starting from 2005-2009 is
The Association further said that Dr L Bagra’s appointment as District Medical officer,
East Kameng be cancelled. It said that Dr Bagra does not fulfil the eligibility criteria
and his appointment as DMO bypassing hundreds of senior doctors is violation of recruitment
rule and also office memorandum dated 4 June 2009. As per the seniority list of 2002,
Dr Barga stands at 168 among the Medical officers (allopathy).
Dr Bagra joined APHS as Medical Officer in 1996 and got First Time Bound promotion
as SMO in 2004 while his Second Time Bound Promotion as SMO (SG) is yet to be.
RGUSU reiterates its demand for removal of VC
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Rajiv Gandhi Students Union has reiterated its demand for removal
of the Vice Chancellor Prof K C Belliappa from Rajiv Gandhi University to save the
campus from “law and order problem”. The students in a four paged representation
to the Chief Minister said that removal of the VC would only ensure restoration of
peace and normalcy in the campus. It said that nothing less than tendering of resignation
of VC would be entertained.
The students who are on loggerhead with administration demanding various issues including
renaming of University to Arunachal university has said that if the VC continue to
remain in the campus, there will be continues law and order problem including bloodshed.
The students led by president Tayuk Soanm and Lingdum Taha in fresh allegation have
said that VC has blatantly disregarded the University acts, Statutes and ordinance
and he has no moral authority to remain in office. The students said that his running
of the University speaks for itself as the UGC has threatened to declare Rajiv Gandhi
University a non performing university. It said that after taking over as VC, there
have been several incidences of inefficiency, negligence and carelessness coupled
with lack of cordial relation with the people.
The students further said that VC has been absenting from his office by availing
more than 30 days leave in a calendar year.
NES demands creation of Nyishi Dept
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Nyishi Elite Society (NES), the parent body of Nyishi community,
has demanded the state government to create a Department of Nyishi Affairs with
Rs. 100 crore annual fund allocation in line with Department of Tirap and Changlang
to ensure all round development of the community.
Addressing the mediapersons at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashok today, NES president Bengia
Tolum said that the proposed department will take up the matter relating to systematic
planning and execution for accelerated and rapid compensatory development of the
Nyishi people and their areas, which according to him, by far and large, are lagging
far behind with a ‘very huge gap’ in all developmental fronts as compared to other
areas of the state. “This growing disparity of Nyishi areas as compared to other
areas of the state could prove to be bomb shell against the socio-political stability
of the state in foreseeable future,” Tolum said.
NES on February 14 last submitted a memorandum to the state chief minister highlighting
the ‘underdeveloped’ conditions of the Nyishi people inhabiting in all the five districts
of the state and its demand for creating theDept.
A team of NES had conducted a whirl-wind tour of all the five Nyishi majority districts
of Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, Papum Pare and East Kameng, including
Bhalukpong area of West Kameng in between January and February for a first hand
knowledge about the socio-economic status of the Nyishis, infrastructural development,
medical, and education facilities, road communication in those areas.
Describing the pathetic conditions of the schools they claimed to have found during
the tour, the memorandum stated that “Most of the educational institutions in all
the Nyishi inhabited areas are being run either by an officiating or in-charge principals
/headmasters since their establishment. No subject teachers have been posted in most
of the schools while many were running without sufficient teaching staff, necessary
infrastructure, like hostel building, classrooms, libraries, desk bench, toilets
While demanding immediate introduction of Science stream at Raga HS School, it also
emphasized the need to upgrade many schools.”
Regarding health facilities, the touring team claimed to have found that all the
health centres it visited were running without doctors, para-medical or supporting
staff. Further, these health centres are devoid of any medical infrastructural facilities.
“Many areas are yet to see establishment of any administrative centres and machinery
for dissemination of government programme and policies and to take care of the day
to day general administrative requirements,” it said while informing about lack of
administrative machinery set ups and other development offices.
Stating about pathetic road condition of those areas, the memorandum said, “Throughout
the long and arduous road entourage covering about 2500 km, NES team found the conditions
of all the major and artery roads networks horribly in very poor conditions nothing
worth to be called as road due to which many potential tourist spots and circuits
have been ignored by the government.”
In another memorandum, NES urged the chief minister to ensure the establishment of
the proposed Polytechnic College and Yachuli instead of Ziro in the greater interest
of students’ community and public of that area.
In yet another memorandum, NES, while referring to 2000 MW Subansiri Lower Project,
said that the compensation given to the project affected families were meager.
“Under the MoA between Arunachal Pradesh Government and NHPC Ltd on January 27, 2010,
the provision made under Article 13 – Upfront payment and other benefits, under clause
13.1(a) and 13.1(b), an amount of Rs.17 crore has been diverted for establishment
of Law College, Itanagar and Rs.10 crore for construction of Convention Centre, Itanagar,
which is not related to the project affected families alone, ” the memorandum claimed.
Five-day AROGYA mela kicks off
Minister calls for promotion of AYUSH in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The five day long AROGYA, a comprehensive health fair on Ayurveda,
Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) got underway at Indira
Gandhi Park here today.
Organized by the Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of
India in collaboration with State Department of Health & Family Welfare, the mela
is the first of its kind in the state and fifth in series in the North East this
year aiming at promoting and popularizing the AYUSH systems of medicines among the
people of the region, besides promoting Health Tourism and National Rural Health
Inaugurating the health fair, the state Health & Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling
said that the increasing awareness of AYUSH’s potential in solving community health
problems resulting from nutritional deficiencies, chronic disease conditions, epidemic
and other vector-borne diseases have opened vistas for AYUSH in public health and
pave the way for realizing the full potential of this alternative system of treatment.
He advocated for promotion of AYUSH systems of medicine in the state to generate
mass awareness among the people to gain long term health benefit.
Byaling said that the AYUSH systems of medicine have age-old acceptance among various
communities’ especially indigenous tribal health practices, adding that the government
of Arunachal Pradesh is the only state that has recognized the practices of tribal
folk healers and provided the enrollment mechanism. He however observed that the
value of folk medicines have decreased over the years due to advent of allopathy
treatments and medicines and called upon the department of AYUSH and other stakeholders
to propagate the ancient Indian systems of medicines among the people. The Minister
hoped that the 5 days health fair with a package of events including free consultations
by AYUSH Specialists, live Yoga demonstration, public lecture sessions would be useful
to the people and derived maximum benefits from it.
Addressing the occasion, Nido Pavitra, Parliamentary Secretary Health & Family Welfare
said that the National health policy aims at promoting comprehensive and holistic
health and expanding the outreach of health care to the masses through preventive,
promotive and curative interventions by improving the quality. He said that the local
health traditions represent the community health dimension of AYUSH and the doctors
of AYUSH can play an important role in the delivery of health services, adding that
AYUSH was integrated to national health care delivery system and incorporated in
the National Health Policy to attain Health for all and provide people to have their
choice of treatment.
Pavitra further informed that under NRHM, AYUSH doctors and facilities were made
available in the PHCs, CHCs and District hospitals.
He said that the 5 day long AROGYA would provide a suitable platform to showcase
the strengths and potentials of traditional systems of medicine, exhibit the research
and development efforts in the AYUSH sector, forum for interaction with practitioners,
consumers and other stakeholders, besides creating awareness among people about the
alternative systems of medicines.
Later, Pavitra inaugurated the exhibition stalls on AYUSH and other departmental
stalls under DHS and NRHM.
Earlier, Dr B.T Chindananda Murthy, Director CCRYN, Department of AYUSH, Ministry
of Health & Family Welfare, Govt of India informed that the comprehensive health
fair on AYUSH is to create awareness about the strengths of the ancient systems of
treatment and sensitize the stake holders and health providers about various schemes
of the department. He also felt the need to set up AYUSH Hospitals and colleges in
the state for development of this sector and assured to organize a mega health camp
in the state with the next few months.
Capital DC Padmini Singla advocated for this ancient system of treatment which is
based on nature for permanent cure of all ailments and other health imbalances. Emphasizing
on the significance of AYUSH, Singla suggested for standardization of the system
by setting up of hospitals and colleges, besides integrating the subject with other
B S Sajwan, PCCF and Health & Family Welfare Secretary A B Shukla also highlighted
the role of AYUSH as alternative system of medicines and stressed on the need to
promote the value of this system of treatment for healthy living.
DHS Dr T Basar and NRHM Mission Director T Tapok also spoke on the occasion.
On the occasion, yoga experts from CCRYN presented yoga demonstration.
AROGYA, which will be opened up to March 22 next have a package of events including
free consultations by AYUSH Specialists in the OPDs set up at the Indira Gandhi Park
venue, live Yoga demonstration and public lecture sessions. (DIPR)
It’s time for Govt to wake up from deep slumber
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The killing of businessman Rajendra Choudhary at Naharlagun on
Monday morning has left serious questions for authorities to answer.
Despite tall claims by authorities on improved law and order situation, there is
no denying the fact that capital complex had witnessed some sensational murder cases
in the last few years. State police with their limited resources had done creditable
job, though at times even they have been found wanting.
After every criminal incident normally fingers are raised towards police officials
for alleged lapses. In the midst of all hullabaloos, real issues pertaining to law
and order situation and how to tackle criminal activities in capital get lost somewhere.
With every passing year population of Itanagar is increasing rapidly with people
from every part of state and outside migrating for better avenues. . There is also
limited number of police station to cater the ever increasing population of Itanagar
and its adjoining areas.
Even though state capital is witnessing rapid urbanization, police modernization
is yet to start and this is among many other issues which are rankling citizens of
capital. “Government has to correct few basic things for better functioning of police
system. For example, I don’t understand the logic behind IRBn and APPBn jawans working
as traffic personnel. Often these jawans do job of traffic police by checking helmets
and looking after parking problems in places like Naharlagun market,” said one concerned
resident. He also believed senior police officers and people running daily affairs
have to make sure that such mistakes are being rectified.
Some residents complained that most of the police officials are busy protecting
politicians and bureaucrats. “In our state even those bureaucrats and politicians
who expect least danger to their life are being given police protection. This is
big hindrance to already short staffed police force,” told another angry resident
of Itanagar on condition of anonymity.
City police also need to pull up themselves so that incidents like that of Naharlagun
does not repeat. “I often travel at night because of work commitment. But very rarely
I see police team patrolling the street of capital. I think city police have to show
more commitment to make citizens feel safe,” echoed one more citizen.
There is also need for more interaction between police and denizens of capital complex
specially those living in boundary areas from where mostly criminals escape to neighbouring
state after committing crime.
Although authority may differ, general public feel that more steps are needed to
make our capital safer place to live in. Time has come to do work than talking. Hope
people at the helm of affairs are listening.
SSA Rajya Mission refute allegations
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: SSA Rajya Mission, who is under fire for alleged misappropriation
of funds and violation of laid down norms, has denied any wrong doing. After a media
house questioned the functioning of the SSA Rajya Mission in the state, AAPSU has
given four days time to government for suspension of Officers of the department to
pave way for impartial enquiry.
Project Director SSA P N Thungon in a clarification to alleged misappropriation of
Rs.4.33 Crores from KGBV/SSA accounts during 2007-08, said that the grants from centre
was transferred electronically to the State accounts. Further, we did not receive
any sanction order copy from centre during this period except the credit made into
SSA account. Hence the funds received under SSA were presumed as the grants for SSA
activities only and we waited for funds against KGBV from GOI till 27-07-2007.
Jt.Secy (SE&L) MHRD directed us to release the funds from SSA accounts for KGBV since
it was becoming a great problem on the part of KGBVs due to non-receipt of grants
in time. Thereafter, an amount of Rs.4.33 crores was released from SSA account to
the KGBV accounts in the districts directly without crediting the said amount into
State KGBV account first. During the said year, KGBV was included as one of the activities
in the PAB approval of Annual Work Plan & Budget under SSA. When Auditors report
was sent to MHRD they have indicated that a part of the amount was wrongly credited
to SSA account and hence they asked us to rectify it based on their sanction orders.
Therefore, a revised balance sheet was submitted to the MHRD immediately and the
matter was settled with the GOI. Hence there is no question of mismanagement of any
fund either from SSA or KGBV account as alleged.
On violation of accounting norms while closing the balance sheet for fiscal 2006-07,
while taking a print out after finalization of Audit report, the opening balance
amounting to Rs.3545.00 lacs of fixed assets pertaining to the year 2006-07 erroneously
got deleted in the system (computer) and as a consequence the total of the fixed
assets column was shown less than the liability column of balance sheet. On detection
of this error, the same has been rectified and intimated to the Ministry and the
rectification can be seen in the balance sheet for the year 2007-08. The MHRD has
not yet uploaded the corrected balance sheet on the MHRD website, which is creating
doubts in the minds of viewers/public. The MHRD has been requested to upload the
corrected balance sheet on their website at the earliest to erase any confusion in
the minds of the various stakeholders.
On Dubious role of Auditor on items related to procurement amounting to Rs.84 lacs
by Teledata Informatics Ltd, it said that an amount of Rs. 84.00 Lacs shown against
M/s Teledata Informatics Ltd. does not figure in any of our financial statements
nor in the books of Accounts. It is only the Auditor’s observation given as per his
opinion and it has nothing to do with procurement of that year. However action was
taken based on the auditor’s observation regarding functioning of the firm, and the
MOU with M/s Teledata Informatics Ltd. was cancelled due to their poor performance
in implementing computer aided learning programme in the State.
On Appointment of financial management staff, all the appointments against finance
branch of SSA Rajya Mission are made as per approval of the Executive Committee (the
highest governing body of SSA Rajya Mission, Arunachal Pradesh) hence there has been
no violation in appointment of Financial management staff. However, regarding the
tenure of finance staff, many of them have worked more than three years which is
not advisable as per MHRD guidelines. All the finance staff including Finance Controller,
Audit Officer, Sr.Auditor, Accountant cum cashier, Accounts Officer, Accountant having
served more than three years shall be replaced soon in a phased manner.
On CGI sheets procured at Rs.1000/- higher than market price, it said that the CGI
Sheets have been procured centrally as per the consensus decision taken during the
meeting of the District Project Officers / DDSEs on 29th August 2009 in order to
ensure uniformity in rate and quality. The CGI Sheets have been procured from authorised
dealer of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). The CGI Sheets of Dimension 10ft
x 3 ft at the rate of Rs. 1453/- per sheet and ridging of dimension 10 ft x 1.5
ft at the rate of Rs.670/- per sheet which includes all taxes, transportation cost
and loading & unloading charges up to District HQ.
DC stress on organic farming
Ziro, Mar 17: Addressing the trainees at a one Day District level field functionaries
training on organic farming for Lower Subansiri district, here today organised by
Agriculture Technology management Agency (ATMA) Ziro, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner,
Sadhana Deori emphasised on organic farming. “Keeping and continuing the values of
traditional organic farming, we will be contributing a world to live on, she said.
While using organic manure it should be ensured that the production of the district
is at par in quality with the production of other states, she added.
As chief guest, the DC suggested the trainees to be very interested in the training
and take the fullest advantage of it to pass on the knowledge to the local farmers
to ensure self sufficiency in the district on food grains and vegetables. The present
form of Traditional Organic cultivation is to be enhanced and fine tuned through
trainings from the resource persons who are updated with the latest agriculture technology,
Lauding the ATMA Ziro, for conducting the Training she suggested that such training
should be held at regular intervals and at out posts like Yachuli, Raga and other
circles of the District, so that every field worker and farmers are covered.
District Agriculture Officer, Gem Teri, who attended the Training as Guest of Honour
on the function said the main purpose of introduction of Organic farming is to enhance
productivity , avoid hazards of in-organic farming due to side effects and to maintain
the ecological balance. Every field functionary need to be acquainted with the latest
form of organic farming to enhance productivity as well as maintain the reputation
of the department at the village level.
Dr. Pushpendra, subject Matter Specialist, KVK, Ziro, gave the training on Introduction
on Organic farming and vermin Compost, while Duyu Tadu, ADO, trained on Bio-fertilizer,
to eight Agriculture Development Officers and 25 Agriculture field Assistants in
the Technical session. While Project Director, ATMA, KK Gupta, presented the welcome
Tea association in Tripura
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A delegation from Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association
led by its president Tadak Gab and vice president Nabum Nekia had attended the state
level small tea growers’ convention held at Tripura recently.
During the convention various initiatives and steps on tea policy taken by Tripura
government were highlighted and discussed.
The delegates said that the government of Tripura is ready to extend its service
to under developed states of the North East based on its resource strength.
Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) Meeting at ICAR Basar
Basar, Mar 17: A Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, West
Siang District was organized at ICAR, Basar on March 15 under the chairmanship of
Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR AP Centre, Basar.
Dr. A.K. Gogoi, Zonal Project Director (Zone III), Meghalaya and T. Basar Director,
Agriculture, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh were the chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Altogether 35 officials from Agri and all Allied Departments, Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh, SMS, KVK, Basar and Scientists, ICAR AP Centre along with progressive farmers,
farm women and entrepreneurs of the district were attended in the meeting.
Dr. Bhagawati, briefed the members about the importance of the SAC meeting, involvement
of KVK in social uplift, their achievement in the past year and the action plan for
the next year. He emphasized that agricultural success or failure in the state is
associated with other socio-economic factors. He said KVK, West Siang is committed
to work for the farmers and will work irrespective of all the odds.
T. Basar in his speech mentioned the importance of localized research issues, developing
cropping system and cropping sequences. He further added KVK, West Siang is the mother
of all the KVKs and should take greater responsibility to take the state further
in agricultural development.
Dr. A.K. Gogoi, stressed on research and the use of GIS to make resource inventories
for all the crops, livestock, fishery and agro forestry even at village level. Convergence
is important for giving all the benefit to the farmers from different schemes.
‘Respect labourers for state’s prosperity’
ITANAGAR Mar 17: As Labour community plays a crucial role in the development front
they must be given due respect ; otherwise no state could prosper, opined Jalley
Sonam, chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board,
during a borad meeting here today.
Highlighting the main objectives of the Labour Welfare Board, he informed that fixing
the normal working hours, weekly paid rest day, wages for overtime, basic welfare
amenities at site, temporary living accommodations near site, safety and health measures
etc were some of the welfare measures being taken up by the board. A registered worker
can also avail the benefits like housing loan, tool advance, medical assistance,
education assistance, old age and disability pension, accidental death benefits,
free insurance scheme etc., he said.
Earlier Ojing Darung, Labour Commissioner cum-Secretary of the Board apprised the
meeting of various development activities taken by the board during the last 3
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: District Health Society Kurung Kumey District under the supervision
of District RCH Officer and District Programme Management Support Unit officials
conducted a training of Accredited Social Health Activist (ASHAs) training at Koloriang
and Sangram from March 1-15 for Module-I-V.
Altogether, 74 newly selected ASHA attended the training at Koloriang and 66 AHAs
participated at Sangram training centre.
Apart from ASHA training syllabus, training on RD Kit was also imparted to the trainees.
In-charge DC KK District T Messar and ZPM B Behniang attended the inaugural function
as chief guest and guest of honour at Koloriang. While, CO T Riba and ASM H Yagi
attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour at Sangram.
Awareness generation programme
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Tacha-Pan Youth Welfare Society has organized an awareness generation
programme at Pan village under Mengion Circle on March 15.
MO Primary Health Centre Mengio SK Singh, ADEO/BRCC Gollo Tachang ASM Nabam Yajar
attended the programme as resource persons.
The programme was sponsored by Central Social Welfare Board and implemented by Arunachal
Pradesh State Welfare Board.
Speaking on the occasion, Singh highlighted the importance of village health and
sanitation, maternal care, immunization and child care.
Tachang, briefed about the importance and benefits of child education while Yajar
highlighted about the role and activities of women in socio-economic and political
development in the area.
Chairman of the society Nabam Hari also spoke on the occasion.
Altogether, 400 women attended the function and free medicine was given to the poor
people by PHC Mengio run by Karuna Trust.
International Women’s Day
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Subansiri Mahila Jagrity Manch Welfare Society in collaboration
with Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women celebrated International women’s
day at Dunmporijo on March 8 last.
The programme was sponsored by National Commission for Women, New Delhi.
Arunachal Pradesh Rajiv Gandhi Panchayati Raj Sanghatan Chairperson Jarjum Ete
and EAC T Bodung attended the programme as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
Speaking on the occasion Advocate T Bayur and OC T Dabi briefed on protection of
domestic violence Act 2005 and legal rights of women.
Member, APSCW Yater Nasi, Y Marde and P Hakom highlighted about Prevalence of child
marriage, polygamy, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment, marital conflict
and gender discrimination.
Meanwhile, Bazar colony team Dumporijo beat the Krishna colony team Dumporijo in
the final match of the women football completion and in the cultural competition
Yumdo colony team and Nehru colony team were adjudged as 1st and 2nd winner respectively.
SHG solidarity day organised in Khonsa
KHONSA, Mar 17: The VIth Self Help Group Solidarity Day was observed at Khonsa today
with various programmes. The day organized by SHGs of Khonsa and Longding area in
collaboration with Agency for Integral Development Action was attended by members
of SHGs, AIDA, HODs and public.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Tirap DC W. Lowang, while extending his best
wishes to the SHGs, appreciated the untiring effort of AIDA in guiding and motivating
the SHGs to take up economically beneficial schemes by providing training and technical
know-how. He said that creation of awareness on healthcare among the villagers was
urgently needed and asked the Agriculture department and AIDA to help the villagers
do away with the destructive and unproductive Jhum cultivation and look for other
more sustainable ventures. He further asked the villagers to take up piggery, poultry
etc. in large scale. Earlier, the project Director of AIDA P.John in his report of
AIDA, highlighted the activities and challenges of AIDA in the North East and lauded
the help and cooperation of people and government Departments.
Later the chief guest inaugurated an exhibition-cum sale of local products produced
by SHGs. Government Officers also presented talks on various topics for benefit of
SHGs. Cultural Programmes and panel discussion marked the day.
Legal awareness seminar
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: RK Mossang Memorial Society organized a day long awareness seminar
on Legal Awareness among Women at Namsai on March 13.
MLA Nang Sati Mein and SK Dutta attended the programme as chief guest and resource
ZP Chairperson Nang Chandrika, ZPM Nang Shristi, EAC G Singpho and 250 women participated
at the seminar.
Taying passes away
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: One of the senior citizens Taying Nyari died on March 15 last at
her residence at Model village after prolonged illness.
She was also one of the land donors of the capital complex, Itanagar and also contributed
for the helipad ground Naharlagun.
She is survived by her husband, 4 sons and 3 daughters. The family member appreciated
Dr Taw Kaki, all medical staff of General Hospital Naharlagun for their support during
the time of grief.
NSS social service
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: National Service Scheme (NSS) special camp was conducted at Poma
village from March 12-15 by the NSS cell of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic,
Itanagar. During the camp one Football ground was prepared at Government Middle school,
Poma while drainage and road repairing works were undertaken.
The NSS volunteers also demonstrated the health and hygiene maintenance and its importance
to the different stakeholders by using audio-visual aids.
No tender below 1 crore
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: An anchal samity member of Palin, on behalf the Panchayat Raj leaders,
appealed to the state government not to invite tenders of value below Rs one crore
under various departments. Instead, same may be offered to IVth grade contractors,
unemployed and student leaders so that they can maintain their poor families without
NYC committee dissolved
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Nationalist Youth Congress Arunachal Pradesh Unit committee has
been dissolved temporarily and a fresh committee shall be reconstituted within a
month’s time, said a release.
60 handicapped students provided hearing aids and crutches
SEPPA, Mar 17: The Arunachal Pradesh Disabled People Organisation in collaboration
with the All East Kameng Handicapped Welfare Society organsied a “medical assessment
camp for child with special need” at Seppa on last Monday.
Altogether 60 out of 105 identified handicapped students were provided with hearing
aids and crutches during the camp.
The camp was guided DDSE T Ramsing and SSA District Coordinator Kacha Tajo and under
the medical supervision of Dr Krishna Welly.
Meanwhile, Organisation’s vice president Kongo Taku has extended gratitude to State
Project Director SSA, East Kameng DC, DDSE and others for providing hearing aids
and crutches to the disabled students who were not in position to buy the aids.
AAPWU says no to forceful donation
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union (AAPWU) has taken strong exception
to some group forcibly collecting money from casual, contingency, W/C labourers from
various departments of Lower Subansiri district at Ziro town on the pretext of attending
meeting of labor organization.
Union has appealed to the workers not to entertain such fake groups and only respond
to circulars issued by AAPWU district unit of Lower Subansiri.
Dept to initiate action
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: DF &CSO Yupia said that numbers of well to do families are having
BPL and AAY family ration card in the district whereas some needy families are left
Therefore, to re-asses the genuine families, the authority concerned appealed all
the card holders, whose ration card are been used by their paid workers to surrender
their ration card to the nearest administrative office or to their respective gram
panchayat immediately. It said that such ration cards will be seized by the concerned
authority, if found using by an un-authorized person.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: APEDA director Er. Marki Loya and Chairman, Arunachal Seva Sangh,
Doimukh Rekhi Tana Tara has consented to be the chief guest and guest of honour of
the Pre-Mopin celebration at Rajiv Gandhi University on March 20.
New BJP team
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: BJP leader and former MP Tapir Gao and state BJP legislature party
leader Tamyio Taga have been inducted in national BJP executive team as secretary
and special invitee respectively. Altogether 7 BJP leaders of the North East were
inducted in BJP national executives formed recently, informed state BJP president.
144 Cr.PC imposed
ITANAGAR: In view of the reported dharna to be staged by the All Arunachal Pradesh
Students’ Union (AAPSU) during Assembly session beginning from March 18, the Capital
administration in an order under section 144 Cr.PC prohibited office bearers, members
of AAPSU and other students/persons participating in dharna to assemble within 100
mts distance from Assembly building. Such dharna shall be allowed beyond 100 mtrs
of Assembly building on the other side of the NH52A, the order read.
Apex bank to launch recovery drive
ITANAGAR: Apex Bank authority has decided to launch recovery drive against defaulting
borrowers from the first of May next.
The bank has launched one time settlement (OTS) scheme to settle the overdue loans
of the defaulters, a release of the Bank said, and requested all the defaulters to
opt for the scheme at the earliest.
The bank further appealed to the state and central govt authorities to obtain ‘no
objection certificate’ from the bank before releasing any payment to their contractors/suppliers
which would help the bank recover dues.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A training of medical officers on IUCD insertion was conducted
at Koloriang recently.
Altogether, 8 MOs including trainer, DMO, DRCH, District Programme Manager and all
DPMU officials of the district attended the training.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) appealed the concerned authority
to establish a veterinary hospital with well trained staff immediately at Mengio.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Komduk Oya would function as the District BJP President for West
Siang District (on adhoc). He has been given the task of reconstitution of District
BJP Committee and Mandal Units implementing 33 percent women representation.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Apang Jongkey has been appointed as APCC Chairman Vigilance for
Upper Siang District.
ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Staff and Board of Director of Dikrong Lamp Ltd. Doimukh deeply
mourned the sudden demise of its executive board member Nabum Ragi.
The staff and member observed two minutes silence at its office premises and prayed
for his eternal peace and extended its condolence to the bereaved family members.