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Arunachal to implement Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Arunachal Pradesh will be the 24th state in the country to implement the Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) Scheme. 40,000 families in the state that are registered under Below Poverty Line will be benefited from the scheme and it will be implemented from this financial year, informed Director of Rural Development J. Angu.  

The RSBY scheme launched by the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Government of India provides insurance coverage for hospitalization expenses upto Rs.30, 000/- for a family of five on a floater basis under the BPL category with the aim to improve access to quality healthcare for poor people and empowering them by giving power of choice.

To this effect a state level workshop on Rashtriya Swasthya Bima Yojana (RSBY) -the health Insurance coverage Scheme for BPL category -was organized today at state banquet hall here to sensitize the stakeholders on the various aspects of the scheme.  

Addressing the inaugural session the Minister for Rural Development, Takar Marde assured that the DCs and other Govt. stakeholders would make their best efforts for successful implementation of the Scheme for the benefit of poor people of the state. The Minister also called for commitment of the Insurance Company in the implementation of the scheme while adding that poor people should not face any sort of problems while availing the scheme.    

Earlier, Director General, Labour Welfare, Govt. of India, Anil Swarup stressed that  for the success of the Scheme to a large extent the proactive initiatives of the DCs is very vital and urged upon  them to commit themselves to the Scheme for the benefit of the poor of the state. He informed that the Scheme has been evolved with various features which are very user friendly. The Smart cards which are issued to beneficiaries form the basis of the Scheme – being portable and user friendly the beneficiary can avail the facility in the empanelled govt. and private hospitals anywhere in the country. Through the RSBY one of the main factors of poverty i.e hospitalization leading to debt trap can be addressed thus reducing/eliminating an aspect of the miseries of the poorest of the poor of the country.  On the issue of providing state share of 10% of the premium under the 90:10 Centre State share,  the Director Rural Development, J. Angu also informed that the Department is evolving ways to mobilize state matching share as enrolment of beneficiaries will start after the State Government provide the State share of premium.  

Highlighting the various features of the scheme Dr. Nishant Jain, resource person from Labour Welfare, Ministry of Labour and Employment also stressed on awareness creation and outlined the roles and responsible of State Government, role of District Key Manager (DKM), Healthcare providers and Insurance Company.     

Representatives of the Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram also made a presentation on role of Insurance Company.

The workshop was attended by the Deputy Commissioners, Dist. Medical Officers (DMO), and Project Directors (DRDA) of the state including representatives of the Insurance Company, Royal Sundaram. (DIPRO)


Six children find their way back home from Nepal

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Six Arunachal children from Bana, East Kameng  who were reported missing in Nepal has come back home. This was informed by SP East Kameng Tumme Amo.

The six boys, August Kino, Ajay Richo,  Bano Rangmo, Dipok Sapong,Vicky Dabo, Vishal Degio are amongst the 17 from Bana area and 3 from Thrizino and Nafra circles of West Kameng, who were taken to Phuntsok Choeling Monastery at Swayambhu in Kathmandu with a promise of free education in English by a native from Dirang. Allured by promise of free education, the parents had even arranged for 3500 each for the transportation of the young children.

The children had told the East Kameng officials that they ran away from the monastery after being told that for five years they would not be allowed to go home and that education would not be in English. They further said that Hindi was forbidden at the Monastery.  

After escaping from Phuntsok Choeling Monastery on February 16, these children landed at an eatery on highway between Kathmandu and Kakarbhitta where they worked in a Dhaba for a month.

Amo said that the children reached Bhalukpong on Tuesday from where they boarded a night bus to Seppa. The SP who later met the boys in Bana said that children are doing alright.

The parents of these children earlier this month had written to the State government for facilitating the return of the children. The Chief Minister had assured the parents that state government would take up the case with the External Affairs Ministry and the Nepal Embassy in India. It is reported that fifteen from Bana area are still lodged at the Monastery along with some hundred children from Tawang and West Kameng area.  

The state government has assured but it remains to be seen what kind of action government initiates to stop such incidents from occurring again in future.


Work to strengthen the party: Mein

NAMSAI, Mar 25: PHED Minister, Chowna Mein while taking part at a programe to commemorate Dandi Yatra at Namsai today appealed the entire Congress worker to work whole heartedly to strengthen the party and to unite all. The Yatra which started on March 12, 1930 led by Gandhiji alongwith 78 satyagrahis from the Sabarmati Ashram to Dandi could garner the support of general mass and led to civil disobedience movement.

Mein also called upon all the frontal wings to work with cohesiveness so that the party workers work for unity, peace and development.

Hundreds of Congress workers took out a rally starting from Congress Bhawan to the Namsai Town Club where the rally culminated into a commemorative meeting. The rally was organised under the auspices of Namsai Block Congress Committee.

Participating in the meeting as resource person APCC Teachers cell chairman Sonam Tesering Thongon termed the Dandi Yatra as a major turning point in the country’s freedom movement as it had shaken the foundation of British Empire. Speaking on the occasion APPC Secy and In-charge Lohit District, Fesom Sekong expressed happiness on the organization of Dandi Yatra. He requested all the workers to work devotedly to0 strengthen the party and assured to extend all required help from his side. He appealed all to be united and to work as per the ideology of the Congress Party.


ASHAs training ends in Tirap

KHONSA, Mar 25:  Training of ASHA’s, the voluntary link workers of health department at village level, organized by District Health Society has been completed successfully in Tirap District up to module 5. The training for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd module which started on 13th July, 2009 ended on 12th August, 2009. The 4th and 5th module training started on 3rd December, 2009 at Khonsa block and ended at Wakka circle on 14th March 2010.

At Wakka circle training was formally inaugurated by L.Thungon, Circle officer, Wakka in presence of Dr. K.Perme DRCHO Khonsa and Ran Singh, Asst. Commandant, 36Bn Coy CRPF, Wakka. The training at Wakka was organized by Karuna Trust in collaboration with District Health Society, Tirap under Public Private Partnership. Dr.K.Perme, DRCHO, expressed his special thanks to Dr.K.Matey, Medical Officer, Wakka Public Health Centre, who was helping the District Health Society throughout the training course. Training was organized block wise to ensure more participation of ASHA. The module training Nishchay (a rapid test for detecting pregnancy) was also imparted to voluntary workers. ASHA’s have also been distributed drug kits and emergency contraceptive pills. The resource persons consisted of Dr.K.Perme, Dr.W.A.Singh MO Kanubari, Dr.K.Matey MO, Wakka PHC, Dr.D.Lowang MO Longding, and A.Das DMP Tirap District. (DIPRO)

Quality and timely completion!


Dear Editor,

I was reading online Business standard and came across topic: Bidding process for Trans Arunachal highway complete and spontaneously it reminded me of the 24000 crores central fund given to our state for the road inter-connectivity of the all districts of state. Now the state government has taken initial step and subsequently bidding has been done and won by BRO(border roads organization) and PWD (public works department) with the completion tenure of 5 years as mentioned. Now it is very interesting to note and challenging for both parties to live upto peoples expectation with quality and timely completion, which are govern by central and state government respectively.

The bidding, tendering etc. are done for any projects by forecasting any kind of eventualities into account, so there is least scope for excuses for both parties. People of state have got golden chance to know our state government and PWD department performances in this five years over this prestigious project.

Responsible people of state should track the project proportionately in progress of both parties for quality and timely completion of project. And would be acid test for PWD and BRO employees to come up with what they have promised. We people of state should start new year celebration with small discussion on “track our trans-highway project progress” , because it’s the money given to people of state by central government and peoples deserves the smoothest ride on road they dream. Ultimately this kind of mega infrastructure projects hold prime importance for tourism development for state, so people of state should become watch man for this project.


Smooth ride dreamer

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Give priority in solving boundary problems


Dear Editor,

MLAs who represent people from boundary areas with neighbouring Assam know the exact problem of border disputes with Assam. This time I also hope that some of MLAs will surely raise the issue of border problem with neighboring state.

I think that some of the MLAs won the election as people believe that they will bring a solution to the boundary problems. But people’s hope shattered as there was no voice raised on boundary dispute in the recently concluded assembly session.

Why our elected leaders and state authorities are closing eyes on this border dispute? Does the students’ organization always remind them to wake up? Should only the district administrations visit to evicted places in boundary area?

I do request all the MLAs from border affected area discuss the boundary issue or raise the issue in assembly to pressurize the state Govt to find out early amicable solution of border dispute.

I also request state govt. provide infrastructure development at those newly created police posts at Kakoi, Gumto and Tarasso as these areas  come under sensitive boundary area.


Nabam Akin Hina

Asstt. Gen. Secy, ANSU


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Seminar on efficient management of technical institutions in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: The Department of Humanities and Social Science and Centre for Management Studies of North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli is organizing All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) sponsored two days National Conference on efficient management of technical institutions in Arunachal Pradesh from March 26.

During the two-day seminar several academicians and scholars including from Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar and NERIST will present their research papers on effective human resource management, resource constrains, innovative solutions for the development of higher and technical education in North East region, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. The seminar will also focus on area-specific research options for better mobilization of local resources and Industry-Institute linkage for the professional institutes of the region and to identify the problems encountered in smooth functioning of the same.


DAH division on goodwill mission

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: An Army expedition team comprising of one officer, one JCO and 14 Jawans of 20th Batallion, the Rajputana Rifles, 5 Mountain Brigade visited 12 villages of Upper and Lower Subansiri districts on foot covering a distance of 115 Kms.

Enroute the Expedition party indulged in ‘SADHBHAVNA’ activities in order to spread goodwill and camaraderie among Army and the civil population. The occasion was also ued for distribution of blankets to the villagers, which was sponsored by Ramakrishna Mission, Aalo.

The team was led by Captain Anand Shirali.

By reaching out to people staying in remote areas of the country, the Army fosters cordial socio-military relationship even in these areas through its civic activities, said a release. This trekking expedition will facilitate better awareness and co-operation between the Army and the local population and also encourage the potential youth to join the Army and serve the nation. The expedition was flagged off recently by the Deputy Commissioner Upper Subansiri HK Shalla.

The Flagging off ceremony was also attended by ADC, SP, GB’s and various army officials.


AAPSU to highlight boundary problem in NESO meet

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) is taking part in the three days North East Students Organisation (NESO) meet at Guwahati from tomorrow.

AAPSU president Takam Tatung and General Secretary Tujum Poyom will highlight the various problems concerning Arunachal Pradesh.

During the meet, the AAPSU leaders are also expected to highlight the inter-state boundary problems, repeated violence and harassment on Arunachalee commuters passing through the Assam route.

“We will also discuss on peaceful existence of all the states, especially among the north eastern region, by encouraging regular meetings between the people of the region so as to embolden the bonhomie”, says Tujum Poyom.  


AR crackdown on drug peddlers in Changlang

Changlang, Mar 25: Changlang district suffers from widespread drug abuse in terms of narcotics and contraband liquor amongst the youth as well as the older generation.  This widespread drug abuse has led to physical, social and moral degradation of the general population of this district thereby resulting in various health hazards and risks as well as poor socio-economic condition.   The district administration, police and the 25 Assam Rifles, troops of the DAH Division are making concerted efforts in fighting this social evil and help eradicate it from the society. A positive step in this direction was taken by the 25 ASSAM RIFLES, troops of the DAH DIVISION when they apprehended drug peddlers from Changlang town and handed them over to the Changlang Police on March 23.  

Based on information regarding the presence of drug peddler in Changlang town, a team from the 25 Assam Rifles apprehended of drug peddler namely Kamwang Jugli, 38 Years of village New Shallang of Changlang were apprehended alongwith 80 grams of Kani worth Rs. 8,000/- alongwith cash Rs. 1260/-.

After initial interrogation and confirmation of these individuals as drug peddlers, they were handed over to the Police Station Changlang.


Dirang and Thembang AS chairpersons impeached after high drama

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Tsering Tashi, ASM of Yewang Village and Rinchin Buthi, ASM of Rahung village were elected chairpersons of Dirang and Thembang Anchal Samities respectively in West Kameng district today with big margins by the members. This was informed by President of BCC, Dirang Block Tamrin Bapu.

The incumbents Bodumba and Phurpha Droima were shown the door following their defection from the Congress during the last assembly election to Phurpha Tsering, a PPA MLA.

These newly elected pledged their loyalty to senior Congress leader and former Minister Tsering Gyurme, according to the report.

The process of impeachment and re-election was not without its share of drama though as two days before the date of no confidence motion was fixed, the ADC issued a notice cancelling the meeting as he had already given the recommendation of termination of Bodumba and Phurpa Droima and 26 others who were expelled by the INC party and that there was no need for re election.

But the ASMs of the INC party who had moved the No confidence motion moved the High Court after the ADC issued the notice.

In turn, Itanagar Bench of Guahati High Court, issued an order asking the ADC, Dirang to stand by his previous order for conduct of the no confidence motion.  Accordingly the Deputy Commissioner West Kameng District fixed the date for elections.

There was more drama to follow because as soon as the ADC who was merely following the Rules and Regulations in conducting the whole affair as per provisions of the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Acts, he was transferred out of Dirang.

This time too, High Court stepped in and passed an interim order for the stay of the transfer of ADC till Friday.

Bapu wanted to know if the ADC had indeed recommended the termination of Bodumba and Purpa Droima both as chairpersons along with 26 others who were expelled in October immediately after the last assembly elections in October 2010, why was there no action taken in accordance with the provision of the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Acts all this while. Why was the ADC, Dirang transferred suddenly after he recommended the Election as per rules and regulations, Bapu asked.


APCU honors Priests on International Year of Priests

Naharlagun, Mar 25: The Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) honoured Rev. Dr. John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar and around hundred priests and religious of the Diocese of Itanagar on the occasion of International Year of Priests during the Chrism Mass held today at Sacred Heart Church, Naharlagun.

Despite the odd weather many devout Christians from nearby parishes and other denominations marked this day by partaking prayed for priests and religious in the Arunachal Pradesh.

While presiding over the Holy Mass, Bishop John Thomas preached the significance of the Chrism Mass and said that it is the largest diocesan celebration held during the year.

In this liturgy priests and people gather with the Bishop for the blessing of the Holy Oils that will be used in all the parishes in the coming year – the oil of the sick, the oil of Catechumens and the oil of Chrism, from which the Mass receives its name.  

It is a special time to gather as a diocesan family – bishop, priests and people – to support and pray for one another, to remember and pray for the people of our Diocese. Like Jesus, through our sacramental anointing at baptism, confirmation and holy orders, we have been set apart to serve others, the Bishop said.

Priests celebrating the Mass renewed their commitment to Christ, and in unison expressed their desire and willingness to imitate him, and to be faithful ministers through devout celebration of Mass and teaching of the faith.

After the Holy Mass the APCU organized a felicitation programme in which Tok Buttum, the president of APCU expressed gratitude to the priests and religious for their dedication and selfless service to the uplift of the people of Arunachal Pradesh particularly to the poor and the marginalised in the remote areas. He together with many other dignitaries honoured the priests and religious with mementos and gifts.

“The   educational, health and   other developmental organizations run by the Catholic Church for welfare activities will be granted all support and help by the APCU in their effort to make people of Arunachal Pradesh prosperous and literate, he promised.

Dominic Tadar, the General Secretary of the Parish recalled the healing hands of the Priests and religious and great sacrifices for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

The veteran catechist Boa Tarin of Naharlagun Parish was specially facilitated for his priest like sacrifices and untiring efforts for the growth of believer, who also led the concluding prayer.      

Taw Tabin the General Secretary, APCU, said “We are proud to have many dedicated and committed priests and religious in the Diocese of Itanagar. We promise you that the APCU will collaborate with you to take the growing Catholic Church ahead at any cost.”  He also remembered the pioneers of the seed of Christian faith in Arunachal.


Awareness rally marks World TB Day

DAPORIJO, Mar 25: A mass TB awareness rally was organized at Daporijo on March 24 to mark the World TB day.

The rally which was flagged off by ADC G. Ete in the presence of doctors and medical staff started from the District Hospital, Daporijo with the participation of the enthusiastic students from Blue Mount School with the slogan ‘On the move against Tuberculosis, innovate to accelerate action.’

ASHAs Yali Marde of Marde village and Yajen Jeram of Sikarijo were presented certificates and cash rewards for doing exemplary work in providing DOTS to those suffering from TB. DIPRO

CHANGLANG DIPRO adds: Around 300 participants from IRBn, school students, public and medical staff took part in a rally shouting the slogan, “On the move against tuberculosis-innovate to accelerate action” at Diyun yesterday to mark the World Tuberculosis Day. DOTS posters were also seen displayed in various points of the area.

The programme was organized by the  District Health Society (RNTCP).

Later, a community meeting was convened at Diyun club which was chaired by D Riba, EAC, Diyun circle. The meeting was attended by R Deori, ZPM, Diyun Medical Officers & staff, ASHAs, Gaoh Burahs, villagers, patients and general public of Diyun area.

EAC, Diyun and Goah Burahs shared their valuable views regarding the implementation of DOTS.

Earlier, District Programme Officer, RNTCP, Changlang Dr M Khimhun  gave the power point presentation on district performance and all the facilities at all PHIs.


Farm school at Kimin

KIMIN, Mar 25: Kimin Circle Officer Tasso Gambo inaugurated a farm school in presence of  large number of farmers and  Govt staff here recently.  The school has been  established by the Block Technology Team (BTT) with the support of ATMA Papum Pare to impart knowledge of latest farming technology to the farmers.

Speaking on the occasion Gambo urged the farmers to  adopt the latest challenges in food production in agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry and fishery activities for higher  production and economic sustainability.

Earlier, the programme co-ordinator Tadar Kachi, ADO Kimin highlighting  the proposed activities of the farm school urged the progressive farmers of the area to share knowledge  with fellow farmers for all round development of the area.

Dr. Takio Taram SVO Kimin and A.K Singh HDO both BTT members also took part in the day-long programme and interacted with the farmers.

The farmers’ team were taken to Lower Sher and Upper Sher village for demonstration on farm school activities. At Lower Sher the farmers visited Teyi Baath’s agriculture farm and interacted with him on various farm activities.

It may be mentioned here that Teyi Baath is a renowned farmer of the area who won the best farmer’s award on Statehood Day on 20th Feb. 1998.  The 84 years old farmer is still active in his farm. The farmers’ team interacted with this experienced farmer  and gained knowledge on farming. He called on the farmers to use locally available organic manures to enhance the production of all crops. Later in the evening, the framers visited community vermicompost centre in Upper Sher village.

Meanwhile, appreciating the BTT team and ATMA, the farmers appealed the team to organize more such farm demonstration programme on spot for the first hand experience of farmers, according to an official release.


Govt move welcomed

ITANAGAR, Mar 25:  All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union has welcomed the recent assurance given by chief minister Dorjee Khandu on state assembly for regularization of those casual employees who had served various departments for years to post of work charge (WC).

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labours Union (AAPGDLU) today said the Chief Minister has assured its delegation to conduct head counting after receiving photocopy from labourers of various departments and  regularize the WC casual labours. This assurance came when the delegation met the CM at his office chamber, said the union press release.


District officers asked to obtain written permission from DC

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: All the district heads of department including works departments in the districts were directed to obtain written permission from the respective Deputy Commissioner before leaving their station on duty or tour or leave out of the district.

In accordance with the Cabinet decision of January 19 last, Commissioner District Administration V K Dev has issued a notification recently directing the district level officers to ensure compliance of the Cabinet without fail.

The notification further directed the Deputy Commissioners/Addl. Deputy Commissioners to monitor the conduct of district level officers and report the matter to the Chief Secretary in case of any violation of the order. All the heads of departments were also directed to issue requisite instructions to their officers posted in the districts to follow the cabinet decision strictly, the notification stated. DIPR


18 Assam Rifles lift JMFT title

JAIRAMPUR, Mar 25: 18 Assam Rifles defeated Lekhapani Army Camp of Assam by 4-1 goals in the final and lifted the 3rd Jinem Memorial Football title at general ground here yesterday.

The winner and runner up trophy were handed over by ZPM Khingra Nong Tikhak and ADC M Roy who were the chief guest and guest of honor respectively.  

The best emerging player award went to T Mossang of Rising Club, Best Defender to Dompik of 9th Mile, Best Goal Keeper to WL Soyang of 25 AR, Best player to L Changlai 25 AR. TD Burman of 18 Assam Rifles became the highest scorer while 25 AR was adjudged the best team.

The tournament was sponsored by 18 Assam Rifles to mark its 175th Raising Day.


AKA selection trial

ITANAGAR, Mar 25: Arunachal Karate-Do-Association (AKA) would conduct selection trial at SAI, SAG, Naharlagun on April five to select players for the XXII North East Games to be held at Shillong, Meghalaya from April 20 to 23 next.

The selection trial would be held for male karatekas of weight categories between 25 kg -- 70 kg and above, female  25 kg -- 70 kg, Individual Kata Man & Women Open and Team Kumite (Men only).


Ban on lottery

NAHARLAGUN: The Government of Arunachal Pradesh has decided to prohibit sale, marketing and conduct of Lottery including A.P State Lottery in the State of Arunachal Pradesh with effect from April 1. (DIPR)


NCP awareness rally

ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) will kick start its statewide awareness rally on development issues from Riga Village, East Siang district on April 8.

NCP national secretary incharge NE Jimmy George, party national observer James Sangma and party MLAs of the state and Meghalaya besides all the NCP contested candidates of the state, party office bearers are expected to attend the rally.

Issues including Assam-Arunachal boundary problem, hydro project, unemployment, economic problems, regularization of SSA teachers,  non-preparation of AOP will get priority attention during the rally.


APDA mourns doctor’s death

ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Doctors Association has mourned the death of  Dr Nobin Dupit yesterday. Terming the death as untimely and unfortunate, the doctors said that death of a young Doctor in a road accident has shocked all the doctors across the state.  

Dupit was serving as Medical officer at Goiliang sub centre in Anjaw under NRHM since August 2009. He left behind his wife and his minor son. His body has been taken back from Hayulaing to Daporijo today where he will be laid to rest.

The association also advised all the doctors and medical staff in the state to exercise caution while travelling by road.

All Taliha-Paying Area Collegian Forum (ATPACF) has mourned the demise of Dr. Nobin Dupit.

The forum conveyed its condolence to the bereaved family members.



ITANAGAR, Mar 25:  Bath area welfare association has congratulated Kara Gambo for being selected as president of Papum Pare unit National Congress Party.


 New team

ITANAGAR, Mar 25:  Dessing-Passo farmer’s of Seijosa has formed a new executive team with Takum Nabam as chairman and Seage Kino as secretary.