The hydro-power potential of our State is estimated to be about 56,000 MW which is
undoubtedly the highest for any State of the country. The State, the Govt has till
date allotted almost 34,800 MW worth of hydro-power potential sites to various PSUs
and other developers. The Department is trying to add 41.73 MW of additional capacity
during 2009-10 through mini and micro-hydel projects and this will enhance the total
installed capacity to almost 100 MW, he added.
The State Co-operative Apex Bank has introduced Kisan Credit Card to ensure timely
availability of loan to the farmers for growing seasonal crops. ‘My Government is
seized of the problem of State Co-operative Apex Bank and has initiated steps for
its revival. The Government has so far invested Rs. 190.53. crores in the equity
share with the Bank. The Bank has been able to regain the lost confidence of the
people which emanates from the fact that 28,263 new accounts have been opened with
fresh deposits of Rs. 3403.28 lakhs’, he added.
Centrally sponsored scheme like industrial growth centre (IGC) project at Niglok-Ngorlung
in East Siang Dist. is being implemented for creating Industrial infrastructure in
the State. The department has allotted 1 (one) acre of land for construction of cold
storage and 30 acres has been earmarked for Bamboo Technology and Entrepreneurial
The Govt. of India has recently granted reconnaissance permits and Petroleum Mining
Lease and Petroleum Exploration license to various PSUs and other agencies. Recently,
the State Govt. has approved the setting up of a 300 MW coal-based Thermal Power
Project at Kharsang. The Department of Geology and mining has collected Rs. 270.14
crores as royalty till Feb. 2010.
While we embark on mega-infrastructure projects, it is our sacred duty to compensate
for any loss of forest cover that may be associated with the project. We must also
resolve to take steps for the protection of the Mithun and Hornbill. We should take
steps to associate the term ‘mithun’ with Brand Arunachal and make efforts for propagation
of this brand and spreading awareness about it outside Arunachal Pradesh also, he
It is my Government’s endeavour to promote tourism without disturbing the ecological
and cultural balance of the State, he added.
Gohain Memorial: Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu taking part in the obituary reference
of Late MP Chow Khamoon Gohain Namshum said that government would name one of the
institutions in Capital Complex after the leader. Minister PHE Chowna Mein had urged
the government to consider naming an institution after the former MP in recognition
of his contribution to the state.
Earlier, the Speaker recalled the contribution of Late Gohain and termed him as a
Palin Fire Tragedy: In the wake of Palin fire tragedy, the government would soon
come up with a policy on safety measures to be taken by schools and hostels run by
the NGOs and private individuals. In a special reference today at the floor of the
house the Chief Minister said that Palin like situation should never happen again
and government would ensure that all schools and hostels are safe.
On Feb 10 in Palin in Kurung Kumey, ten minors were killed and 8 grievously injured
when a hostel housing some 60 children caught fire. Private Member resolution: Bureaucrats
came under fire from politicians today during a discussion on private member resolution.
MLA Kamthok Lowang had moved the resolution for 100% job reservation for the indigenous
people of the respective district against any vacant posts of Group B, C and D except
the State Secretariat. The Chief Minister said that state government would look into
the resolution while taking a dig at the government officials for appointment which
are necessarily not according to rules. He however said that recruitment of group
B officers is done at the state level, hence ruled out reservation at district level.
MLA Tani Loffa too was not happy at the recruitment of some of the officials. He
said that even with district quotas, local people of the district were deprived as
people from outside the district were being appointed.
MLA Laeta Umbrey while supporting the resolution called on the government to ensure
that such incidences do not take places so that harmony is not disturbed.
Later, Lowang withdrew his resolution after the assurance from the Chief Minister
that government would look into the demand.
In another resolution, MLA Punji Mara called for inclusion of Ramching, Chingring
Moring, Dagam, Madir Gongne Dui, Ngba-1 and 2, Arma, Jami, Ngaba, Paktung, Tarba,
Kaji, Bomdum, Kamba, Lingri, Haning, Badam, Puring, Doloripu, Pakba, Niumpu, Tachring,
Riamuk under Payeng Cirlce of Upper Subansiir district.
Bills introduced: Minister of Education Bosiram Siram introduced Bills on the Arunachal
Pradesh Education, Arunachal Pradesh College and other Institutions of Higher Education
(Establishment & Regulation) and Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Technical Education.
Minister of Tax and Excise, Kalikho Pul introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Goods Tax
(Amendment) Bill and the Arunachal Pradesh Entry Tax Bill while Minister of Cooperation
Tanga Byaling introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Societies (Amendment)
Minister of Finance Setong Sena introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility
and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill while the Indian Stamp Act, 1899, Act no 2
of 1899, in its application to the State of Arunachal Pradesh Amendment Bill 2010
was introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Jarbom Gamlin.
AAPSU stage dharna on the first day of Assembly
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union today staged peaceful
dharna outside the State Legislative Assembly demanding renaming of Rajiv Gandhi
University to Arunachal University.
About 200 students holding placards and banners raised slogan against the state legislators
who arrived here to take part in the fifth legislative assembly session began today.
The protesters resented that in order to appease certain high command in Delhi, successive
Congress led government had changed the name without grasping the sentiments of indigenous
Meanwhile, AAPSU president Takam Tatung has urged all the alumni of the University
who are in the helms of affairs to understand the sentiments behind their demand
and express their solidarity.
“Arunachal University, now Rajiv Gandhi University, has produced many alumni. Some
of them have become legislators and some administrators, they all should join together
to express their resentment over the issue”, Tatung pleaded.
He lamented that our state is not devoid of great personalities who have contributed
immensely in the nation building since British era. Tatung added that the union will
continue with its agitation if its demand is not conceded while stating that the
lone university represents the entire academia of the state.
AAPSU spokesperson Tobom Dai said that it was a symbolic protest and aimed at reminding
the state government to take corrective measures on the onslaught of naming disorders
and make a beginning in earnest for retrieving the original name.
Earlier, AAPSU general secretary Tujum Poyom was seen distributing handouts to morph
up opinion from the legislators.
To ensure smooth conduct of the 5th Legislative Assembly, capital administration
has issued 144 CrPC.
Independent Yachuli ADC office start functioning
ZIRO, Mar 18: A milestone has been achieved in the administrative history of Lower
Subansiri district with the starting of the functioning of Independent Additional
Deputy Commissioner’s Office of Yachuli.
To help the people realize their dream comes true, Yuwa Topu, EAC, who took over
the charge of ADC, has started the functioning of the office at Panchayat Bhawan,
near BDO’s office, Yachuli on Feb 1 last.
The new ADC office will look after issue of trading license, Gun license, inner line
permit, Schedule Tribe Certificate, Permanent Resident Certificate, etc besides
the regular general administration of the three circles.
It may be recalled that, the Circle Head quarter of Yachuli was upgraded to independent
ADC headquarter by the state Govt. last year vide Notification No.DAD-21/90 dated
16th July 2009, as part of its policy to bring administration to the doorsteps of
the people and in view of vigorous demand made by the locals of Yachuli, Yazali and
This was followed by inauguration of ADC office by then Jarbom Gamlin, then Home
Minister on 22nd August last. In line, the Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri Sadhana
Deori , issued an order on 11th January last directing for early starting of the
independent office at Yachuli and appointed the present incumbent to take over the
MDM on right track across the state: Taloh
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Director of School Education T Taloh has said that mid day meals
schemes is being implemented in the State as per the direction of Supreme Court of
India with maintaining bodies at different levels.
He was responding to an AAPSU statement questioning implementation of Mid Day Meal
in the state.
He however said that if there is improper implementation anywhere, AAPSU submit its
grievances for further disciplinary action against defaulters.
The Director further said that “amount of rice allotted to districts are strictly
as per the district plan unless there is inadequate allocation from Govt. of India
while the rice allotted are maintained and supervised by a district maintaining committee
under the Chairmanship of respective DC and DDSE as nodal officer as per enrolment
of beneficiaries. Management of serving cooked MDM is entrusted to school management
committee/village education committee where as there is ample scope of involvement
of PRI members of the locality, he added.
Air Marshal Nohwar calls on CM
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command Air Marshal
K K Nohwar gave a courtesy call to the state chief minister Dorjee Khandu in his
Niti Vihar office this afternoon. This is Nohwar’s first visit to the state after
he took over the charge of Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Eastern Air Command,
IAF with effect from Jan 1 last.
Khandu while referring to the 8 ALGs being handed over to Defence said that the
IAF and Army has to ensure that the ALGs are open for civil usage also. On Khandu’s
plea the Air Marshal assured that the IAF would be always ready to help lifting of
essential commodities for the civilians living in the front areas. The Air Marshal
who had earlier landed the state capital after visiting Pasighat, Tuting, Mechuka,
Kaying, Vijayanagar and Walong, acknowledged the Chief Minister about the encroachments
by people in ALGs of Pasighat and Along and urged him to take necessary action. Khandu
assured Nohwar of a sooner action on the matter.
The meeting was also attended by Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Principal Secretary to
CM Yeshi Tsering and Civil Aviation Commissioner Hage Khoda. PRO to CM
Of festivals and merriments
Celebrating the spirit of Nature
Among several promotional festivals of the state, the most typical one is the Namdapha
Eco-cultural Festival which is annually conducted at Miao. Primarily an initiative
of the local inhabitants and a few government officials, the festival was celebrated
for the fifth time in row this year with a twin objective of promoting the rich local
culture and conserving the ecology, especially the Namdapha National Park.
Miao, the beautiful sub-divisional headquarters of Changlang District, is blessed
by Nature with bounty of mineral as well as forest and wildlife resources. Namchik
Open Cash Mining (coal mining field) and Geo Enpro Kharsang Oil Field have the potential
to transform the local economy while Namdapha National Park can hoist Miao to the
world tourism map with its tiger and other wildlife resources.
There are a few hiccups though. Unless properly regulated, the mining of coal may
wipe out the surrounding greenery by razing the green hills to the pith. Similarly
the preservation of the park, according to many, is a big challenge with numerous
encroachers and poachers threatening its very existence.
This is precisely what the organizers are trying to underline through the festival.
Sethai Sena, the Organizing President said, “Our motto is receiving recognition from
government about our endeavor of preserving the unique ecology.” Sena and his co-organisers
deserve appreciation as well as support in their effort.
The most dangerous animal
Namdapha Tiger Project exhibition stall, put up in the festival, drew visitors for
its display of information and pictures on the National Park. Along with various
shows, the organizers made an appeal on a screen which read:
Save tiger, save wildlife
For our future generations.
The most dangerous animal on this planet.
To have a glimpse, please turn over.
Man is the most dangerous animal on this planet.
-Due to his indulgence in poaching, hunting, destruction of habitat, encroachment
of forests, the population of tigers is dwindling fast.
Conservation of tigers is our collective responsibility. Looking forward to the active
support of one and all for saving our wild tigers for our own survival.
The other side of festivals
Festivals, besides promoting our culture and places, also relieve and entertain us.
However, while providing entertainment, these festivals also serve as drinking platforms,
especially for the teenagers with its mushrooming ‘ethnic food stalls.’ It is common
sight to see teenagers, both boys and girls--not to talk of the elders—making beeline
for such stalls as evening sets in. Drinking brawls and fracas follow, driving organizers
to tizzy frequently.
Can we limit such stalls? Yes and No! Can we ban these stalls? This may result in
an empty festival ground. Can we regulate them? Perhaps, with joint effort of organizers
and conscious citizens, for a soberer, more focused celebration!
If you have reservations about feasibility of running newspapers from small places
such as Miao, visit this township to quash such apprehensions. Started by Pisi Zauing,
a tall local Singpho youth, the four-page weekly, ‘Miao Times’ has created ripples
in rural journalism despite its limited infrastructure.
Pisi Zauing, who is also its editor, informed 1800 copies are printed at Tinsukia
and are sold out regularly. Public response is positive including support of local
government agencies which advertise in his paper.
May the humble yet promising Miao Times grow from strength to strength, carrying
times of the area to far and wide.
Fencing wall of Solung ground erected
PASIGHAT, Mar 18: Deputy Commissioner O Panyang inaugurated a newly constructed RCC
fencing wall of Solung ground, Pasighat yesterday.
The 284 Mtrs. long surrounding RCC wall of Solung ground constructed by the PWD Pasighat
at Rs ten lakhs was funded by the Rajya Sabha MP Mukut Mithi from his MPLAD fund.
On the occasion, the CSFCC souvenir (magazine) ‘ARSI’ was also released.
Speaking on the occasion, Panyang appreciated construction department for proper
utilization of MPLAD fund and appealed the members to take care of plantation and
flowering inside the complex to make the ground beautiful, clean and hygienic. He
also urged the literary committee of CSFCC for timely publication of ARSI on public
The CSFCC President Ojong Yomso, Secretary Okop Tamin and Chairman Publicity Onyok
Pertin on behalf of CSFCC thanked Mithi for his contribution.
Anini to be joined by two-lane highways soon: BRO
ROING, Mar 18: Anini located at the border district of Dibang valley is yet to have
proper road connectivity in spite of its approach road that poised through high altitude,
Mihao wild life sanctuary, snowfall point at Mayudia, number of sinking and slide
points due to loose rocky mountains and hills.
The BRO has been facing tough time to give a permanent shape of this 22-km Anini-Roing
road due to difficult terrain. “Our manpower is engaged around the day to restore
the road link during blockade despite shortage of man power that we are facing, said
the one of the BRO officials.
However, with the new alignment of two-lane road to Anini through Chidu, Alopa, Munli,
along the left bank of Dibang River, the Anini will find a good and durable connectivity
with short duration of time coverage.
The Special Accelerated Road Development Programme-NE (SARDP-NE) two-lane highway
will start from Meka through Roing Bazaar with take off point at Kebali village reducing
40 Km of distance at an estimated cost of Rs 600 Crores. According to BRO sources,
this re-alignment road will also compensate 20 Km submergence road occurred due to
40 Km back water reservoir created under the 3000 MW Dibang Multi-Purpose Project.
DPR is in process and likely to be completed within two month. However, it may take
another three months for approval from the Ministry of National Highway Authority
of India (NHAI).
“The re-alignment double lane-road if developed could be far better than the existing
road. After approval of the DPR from ministry concerned the work will start. It may
take five years to complete the road project. The road is strategically given priority
on defense point of view with more deployment of forces at this border district in
recent days to come”, reveal Kuldeep Raj OC 62 RCC.
The highways will also having 3 numbers of bridges namely, Eri, Ethun and Kri and
with limited average U-turn curve easing better speed for vehicular movement, he
He is also hopeful that after completion of the road, socio-economic development
of the entire Dibang region will get a boost.
When asked about the deprived of Hunli-Sub division, the OC said that the re-alignment
road will also has provision to connect Hunli, however the existing road will be
abandoned following non-existence of human settlement in between the Roing to Hunli
road except at 28 KM.
“The proposed two-lane re-alignment road if executed accelerate the pace of development
in the region”, hopes one of the resident of Anini.
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit (ANYACCU) has
expressed strong resentment against city police for their failure to nab the killer
of late Ratan Shanti, a class VI student who was murdered by unknown miscreant on
25th December 2009. They further alleged that Naharlagun police officials are not
co-operating with parents of late Shanti.
ANYACCU has condemned the killing of businessman Rajendra Choudhary. They requested
state government to review law and order situation in capital complex and take necessary
steps to make capital safer.
Women awareness prog conducted
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Banyum Abu Welfare Society recently organized awareness generation
program for women about their rights at Sakiang village under Mengio circle on March
16 last. This program sponsored by central social welfare board and implemented by
Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board was great success.
Rikam Nabam, headmaster govt. secondary school, Sakiang and Uma Saha Pader, Headmistress
Banyum Abu English School were the resource persons for the day. Both the speakers
highlighted issues related to uplift women in our society.
SMO’s death condoled
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Death of Dr. Ravi Kipa, senior medical officer (SMO) of state health
department in a bus accident at Digboi town has shocked the civil society and health
department. Dr. Ravi, who was SMO of Kharsang PHC, was well known throughout the
state for his work towards drug de-addiction in Changlang district.
All officers and staff members of directorate of health service (DHS), Naharlagun
assembled in the DHS office to mourn death of late Dr. Ravi Kipa by observing two
minute silence and praying for his soul.
Meanwhile Kipa Brother’s Forum (KBF) has also condoled untimely death Dr. Ravi and
expressed their heartfelt condolences to bereaved family members. KBF termed his
death as great loss to state and hope government would duly compensate the family
of late Dr. Ravi. Arunachal Pradesh Doctor’s Association has also mourned the death
of Dr. Ravi Kipa.
Meanwhile, Kipa Brother’s Forum (KBF) has also expressed sadness over death of
late Kipa Halley who was working as peon in the office of executive engineer, PWD,
Workshop suggests core group on agriculture sector
BASAR, Mar 18: State Agriculture Director T Basar has called for coordinated efforts
between Krishi Vigyan Kendras, ICAR and the line departments for overall development,
particulary agriculture sector of Arunachal Pradesh.
Basar was addressing the awareness workshop on issues of agricultural development
and role of KVK in Arunachal Pradesh held at ICAR, Arunachal centre, Basar on March
Presiding over the workshop, he stressed on utilization of various Govt schemes on
better way through KVKs and ICAR. He also requested the media to give right coverage
to agricultural activities and also asked the Doordarshan to take responsibility
for disseminating agricultural technologies to the interior places of the state.
Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint Director of Basar ICAR during his presentation on “Issues
of Agricultural development and role of KVK in Arunachal Pradesh” stressed the importance
of producing quality seeds and planting material as it is the most important critical
input for increasing the farm income.
He also stressed on the establishment of state variety release committee and seed
certification agency in the state. Farm mechanization, conserving natural resources
and setting up of agricultural universities are the need of the hour, he said.
He also delivered on “Concept of Integrated AAS involving all the service providers”
in which he stressed the importance of KVK in taking the agromet advisories to the
farmers of respective districts and the rural farmers should get benefit from the
agro advisory services, weather forecast to increase the farm yield.
Dr A K Gogoi, Zonal Project Director (Zone III), Meghalaya, emphasized on water
preservation. Water is so precious that virtual water trade will become reality
in the near future, he said. Coordination, convergence and competitiveness are the
keys for holistic development for agriculture and allied sectors, he added.
A.K. Pasrija, Deputy General Manager, NABARD Itanagar delivered the topics “Farmer
first and what needs to be done differently”. He briefed the dignitaries about the
different activities of NABARD and how best NABARD can help the KVKs in the way of
sponsoring different programmes for the well being of farming community. He explained
about the micro finance system, rural credit, farmers development oriented innovative
Dr. P. Suresh Kumar, Scientist (Horticulture) delivered the presentation on “Protection
of Plant Variety and Farmers Right Act and its impact on agricultural development”
and he briefly described about the registration of farmers variety and its importance.
He stressed protecting the traditional farmers varieties and giving benefit to the
farmers is very important.
All the programme coordinators of each KVK are requested to make an extensive exploration
for collection of local farmers variety and to prepare descriptor, observing those
varieties & registration proposal be prepared in coordination with ICAR, Basar on
priority basis. Programme coordinators from different KVKs presented their salient
activities in the forum.
Lastly the members gave their suggestions and recommendations for agricultural development
of the state through KVKs and proposed to form a core group under Director of Agriculture,
Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to prepare drafts on policy issues for further action.
Next group workshop be arranged within six months.
Among others Scientists and SMS of ICAR Basar, officers from different line departments
along with progressive farmers, farm women and entrepreneurs of the district attended
Cong Seva Dal convention
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal will attend one day national
level convention of All India Congress Seva Dal on 29th March at Ambedkar Stadium,
EDP on biotechnology
ITANAGAR, Mar 18: Four days long Entrepreneurship Development Programme on Biotechnology
under the sponsorship of Department of Biotechnology, Government of India is underway
at Arunachal Pradesh Science Centre, Indira Gandhi Park, Itanagar from yesterday.
The prgramme is being organized by Biotech Consortium India Limited, New Delhi in
association with Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar.
Speaking on the inaugural day as chief guest Director cum Member Secretary, Arunachal
Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology Kemo Lollen stressed that awareness,
interest, involvement and participation of all stakeholders is functional for growth
of biotechnology in Arunachal Pradesh.
He emphasized that biotechnology-based programmes in the areas of cultivation of
medicinal and aromatic plants, biofuels, production of bio-fertilizers and bio-pesticides,
organic farming, aquaculture, apiculture, mushroom cultivation, vermicomposting,
floriculture, orchid culture, poultry and livestock fanning etc. would be very much
viable and suited for benefit of the people of Arunachal Pradesh for developing entrepreneurial
ventures in consideration of the richness of biodiversity and wide ranging agro-climatic
variation the state provides.
Manager, BCIL Dr. Shiv Kant Shukla, highlighted the aim and objectives of the programme
and the scopes for development entrepreneurial ventures based on Biotechnology in
Arunachal Pradesh. Scientist-'C', APSCS&T Dr. Debajit Mahanta also spoke on the occasion.
During this four days long programme resource persons, experts from outside institutes
from Chennai, New Delhi and business houses dealing with biotechnology will deliver
lectures, demonstration on aspects like Marketing Management, Human Resource Management,
Entrepreneurial Opportunities in Biotechnology & GoI Initiatives to promote Biotech
Entrepreneurship, Micropropagation. Biofertiiizers and Biopest-icides, Orchid
Culture, Herbal Extracts, Enzymes and Biofuels.
Dr. N N Sharma, Dean, Assam Management Institute, Guwahati, Dr. Debajit Mahanta,
Scientist -'C'. Arunachal Pradesh State Council for Science & Technology, Itanagar,
Sayed Md. Mashfuqulla, Project Associate, BCIL and host of participants from various
institutes of the capital complex, research scholars, students, prospective entrepreneurs
NGO representatives attended the inaugural day.
World TB Day
ITANAGAR: District Health Society (RNTCP) in collaboration with State Health Society
(RNTCP) is observing the World TB Day on March 24 at Vivekananda Hall, RK Mission,
Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister Tanga Byaling has consented to attend
the programme as chief guest.
Rectify pay structure of asstt. teachers (A)
ITANAGAR: The central executive committee (CEC) of the Arunachal Teachers Association
(ATA) has appealed the education minister to rectify the existing pay structure of
Since the implementation of the 5th Pay Commission Recommendation, the ATs (A) have
been deprived of their pay scale in full. As a result, the ATs(A) are facing the
problem of pay structure under the 6th CPC, said the ATA delegation including representatives
of the assistant teachers of different district who called on the education minister
The representation also advocated that 50 per cent of the JT posts should be filled
up by the senior AT (A), according to a ATA release.