ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Government will strictly monitor all the road renovation being
carried out in capital complex and make sure that quality is not compromised, promised
PWD and UD minister Nabam Tuki while addressing media persons today. In recent days
UD and Highway department had come under heavy criticism for their erratic way of
carrying out road renovation and beautification of state capital. In various parts
of capital recently renovated road have developed potholes raising serious concern
over quality of materials being used.
Ordinary citizen of capital who is bearing brunt of heavy traffic jam due to ongoing
road repairing work has expressed shock over developing of potholes.
“If report of potholes developing in those recently renovated road is true, we will
take strict action against the contractors. Quality control is must and we will not
tolerate if any sub-standard material is used by contractors,” said Tuki.
He further added that before monsoon arrives all the debris will be cleared from
capital road. Tuki urged public to bear with authorities in carrying out beautification
of capital complex. “We understand that capital denizens are facing trouble because
of various beautification works. But these projects are being implemented keeping
in mind the future needs. I hope capital citizen will continue cooperating with authorities,”
During the press meet issue of heavy traffic jam arising out of road renovation work
also came up. On being queried about possibility of carrying out road renovation
work during night time to avoid harassing citizens, one of the engineers told, “For
some technical reason we can’t work during night time. We are trying our best to
minimize traffic jam and in recent days things have improved.”
Anini battle forest fire for 8 hours, averts disaster
Anini, Feb 28: With winter and dry vegetation all around. Anini, the most vulnerable
area to natural calamity is yet again surmounted by a threat from forest fire.
On the evening of Feb 25 last, a major forest fire broke out from the side of Dri
River posing a grave threat to the entire Anini Township.
In absence of fire station and fighting equipments, the threat was more grave.
The DC along with other officer rushed to the spot and immediate measures to avert
the danger were chalked out.
Though extinguishing the fire was not possible as it was quite windy and the movement
of the fire was swift and was towards the township, DC suggested making a fire line
in order to change the direction of fire movement toward river side to secure the
safety of the town first.
The team comprising of officer and villagers initiated the operation from three directions.
By the time, the team started control operation; it had already engulfed around 20
hectares of land including forest, agriculture and horticulture fields. After eight
hours of heavy fire -fight, the team could mould the direction towards river side
by cutting a fire line of about width six feet and length about thousand meter long
stretch. Later ITBP Force and APP also joined the operation.
The whole fire control operation went on continuously from 6:00 PM and lasted till
2:00 AM morning.
DC Abu Tayeng, expressed his appreciation and thank all those who contributed by
whatever way possible during the time of need.
“Forest fire is common problem every year. We spend sleepless nights with fear of
losing our huts, our fields, granaries, our livestock and even our life too during
this time of the year.”
We have requested the govt. on several occasions for establishment of one fire station
here but so far it seems a distant dream, lamented a villager.
APIC gets video conferencing facility
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Video conferencing system of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission
has been formally launched in its office premise by outgoing, State Chief Information
Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam today.
With the launching of the system, hearing of the complainants and appeal cases of
various districts where the video conferencing system is available could be done
easily, Yonggam said. This would beneficial to both the PIOs and appellants. The
precious time and energy wasted to attend hearing in Itanagar would be saved henceforth,
he said, adding that citizens and PIOs can also get their doubts on the Act cleared
through the system.
The launching ceremony was attended by Bani Danggen, Habung Payeng, Nipo Nabam and
Toko Anil, all state information commissioners, Horki Diyum, deputy registrar, APIC,
Er. Tasso Habung and his colleague from the NIC.
Yonggam, had an interaction with West Siang DC Amjad Tak, Pasighat and Bomdila ADCs,
Yupia PIO through video conferencing and cleared some doubts raised by them.
Orgs suggest CM to replace ministers
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Ex AAPSU Forum (EAF) and All Arunachal Contractors Welfare Association
(AACWA) suggested the Chief Minister to apply his constitutional right to replace
some of the sitting ministers and parliamentary secretaries for over all interest
of the state.
The Forum claimed that the political instability is being created by some vested
interest leaders within the Govt. Such instability directly affects the development
programmes of the present Govt, it added.
“Such irresponsible act of some vested interest group of politicians cannot be tolerated
by right thinking and pro-development citizens of the state”, the Forum further said
and requested them to have patience so that Dorjee Khandu led Govt complete its full
term and dissident leaders openly seek public mandate.
AAPWU demands cancellation of illegal appointments
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Workers’ Union in a letter to Chief Engineer
WRD today alleged that numbers of Group C and D Staff have been appointed in WRD
during 2009-10 by violating the departmental promotion and recruitment rules.
It demanded the authority to cancel or terminate all those illegally appointed group
C and D staff of the department within 15 days.
The union threatens to stage dharna in front of Chief Engineer WRD Office if their
demands are not fulfilled within the stipulated time as 1st phase of agitation which
will be followed by 2nd and 3rd movement in form of peaceful procession and capital
complex black out.
Awareness prog on monuments and antiquities
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA), New Delhi
and Arunachal Pradesh Research Directorate will jointly organize a two-day awareness
programme on importance of documentation and preservation of the cultural heritage
like historical and archaeological monuments, site and antiquities here on March
10 and 11.
NMMA director Dr R S Fonia and other experts from archaeological survey of India,
New Delhi will deliver lectures on the occasion. Audio-video presentation and photo
exhibition will be the part of the programme.
Along with the rest of the states in the country, the NMMA mission was launched in
Arunachal Pradesh with research director Tage Tada as state project coordinator
in June last year.
DC inspects DRDA schemes at Rumgong
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Amjad Tak accompanied by Govt
officers and officials inspected DRDA schemes like Hariyali and NREGA under Rumgong
The DC along with PD DRDA, ADC Rumgong, APOS, BDO, CO Jomlo Mobuk and other DRDA
officials visited Mopung, Mori, Jomlo Mobuk, Pangkeng and other places under Rumgong
Appreciating the implementation of some need based schemes, the DC also insisted
on more people-centric schemes in different places for the benefit of rural masses.
While emphasizing the need to maintain transparency in scheme implementation, he
further said that people should be made aware of the Govt programme and policies
so that they extend their cooperation in developmental activities. (DIPRO)
Expedite implementation of
rail project: Governor
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Monitoring projects implementation under Prime Minister’s economic
package to Arunachal Pradesh, Governor Gen JJ Singh today undertook an aerial survey
of work progress of the on-going Itanagar-Harmoty railway project.
Accompanied by Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg, Special Secretary (Transport) Sonam
Chombay, Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu and Northeast Frontier Railway
Deputy Chief Engineer S. Kanojia, Governor saw the sites of Borum-Tarajuli (Naharlagun)
main station and Gumto sub-station, Gumto yard, progress of works of the bridges
and earth works of the track all along route upto the Harmoty point.
The team also witnessed the work progress of Trans Arunachal Highway near Capital
Interacting with the officials, Governor suggested for two-shift work schedule as
the weather is good and also asked the railway officers to expedite civil works of
the railway stations. We are losing working season, he added.
Everything should be done in parallel and synchronized manner and if necessary I
will take up the matter with my counter part in Assam, Gen Singh said when apprised
of the slow pace of progress in the Assam section of the project. Railway is a major
infrastructure that integrates our country, he opined.
Governor expressed displeasure on the board gauzing work of Assam section connecting
the Arunachal link.
Earlier Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu briefed the Governor on the work
progress in Arunachal Pradesh section of the project. Giving details on the 11.29
km part of the 20 km broad gauge railway line, Ligu apprised the Governor on land
acquisition and other administrative matters. Northeast Frontier Railway Deputy Chief
Engineer S. Kanojia informed that for the 11.3 km, 103.8 hectare of land was acquired
and handed over, whereas in 8.7 km part in Assam, of the 36.4 hectare acquired land
only 12.43 hectare was handed over. Of the 12 major bridges in the 20 km route, 7
are in Arunachal part including one over Dikrong River. There are 45 minor bridges
with 21 of it in Arunachal part.
Kanojia further informed that there will be two stations in the route, main station
near Naharlagun and sub station at Gumto. The main station will have two high level
passenger platforms, circulating area with paved approach road and one goods siding
with goods circulating area. The Gumto sub station will have one high level passenger
platforms and circulating area with paved approach road, he added.
Northeast Frontier Railway Deputy Chief Engineer also informed that rails have arrived
and sleepers will be arriving very soon. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
Trans-Arunachal to take off soon
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Finally the ground work in much talked about Trans-Arunachal highway
is going to start soon. Disclosing this in a press meet today PWD and UD minister
Nabam Tuki gave detailed information about 1,554 kilometre proposed Trans-Arunachal
highway which will run through the mid-belt of state connecting 11 different district
Two agencies namely Border Road Organization (BRO) and Arunachal Pradesh Public Work
Department (APPWD) along with ministry of road transport and highway (MoRTH) will
implement the project. PWD has been entrusted 422 kilometer, of which works have
seen progress in 179 km. DPR for remaining 244 km will be completed by March 2011.
MoRTH will implement 740Km of highway through BoT (Annuity) model, while PWD will
undertake necessary pre-construction clearances and provide field support. On the
other hand, BRO will execute Tawang to Nechipu (233 km) and 150 km of road segment
on NH-52 from Pasighat to Mahadevpur aggregating to 383 Km. Works on these segments
are already in advance stage.
Under the BoT programme, the MoRTH is directly taking up two major bridge projects
of 2.1 km over river Lohit connecting Digaru and Alubari-ghat and 5.17 Km over Dibang
river system including connecting roads, totaling up to 31 km on NH-52 between Pasighat
and Mahadevpur. The BoT projects on these two sectors have been awarded and works
are in progress. The major chunk of highway programme from Nechipu-Hoj (311 Km) and
Potin-Pangin (407 Km) are undergoing bidding for 3rd time. Outcome will be known
by March 2011 end. The 4-Lane Itanagar-Holongi (20.40 Km) and Roing-Shantipur (19.50
Km) which are also part of PM's announcement, have also been sanctioned by MoRTH.
These two projects have been entrusted to PWD Arunachal Pradesh. The 5 district headquarters
which are being left out of proposed Trans-Arunachal Highway, namely Koloriang, Yupia,
Yingkiong, Anini and Hawai will be connected by 2-Lane state roads, aggregating up
to 804.50 Km. Out of these PWD have already started work in Yupia and Yingkiong.
All these projects have time limit to complete work before March 2015.
Though confident of completing all projects within set time frame, PWD and UD minister
Nabam Tuki said certain issues like difficult terrain, remoteness and heavy rainfall
may create hurdle. He further appealed to the citizens to create conducive environment
for implementation of Highway projects by various Road Construction Companies to
Silver lining for Chubam
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: With the conduct of physical survey headed by Ngamjang Wangsu,
ADC Longding on February 25 last to earmark area for creation of a new circle headquarter,
the long awaited dream of having a circle headquarter at Chubam have seen a silver
Every rank and files of different departments besides hundreds of villagers and Panchayat
leaders of Chanu, Longsom, Ozakho, Chatong, Langmai, Chajem attended the programme
with enthusiasm and an MoU was signed between the land donors and the administration.
While welcoming the government's positive gesture towards the underdeveloped area
of Tirap district, the people thanked the initiation and support rendered by Horticulture
Minister Honchun Ngandam, Parliamentary Secretary (SWCD) N. Tingkhatra and Parliamentary
Secretary (UD) Thangwang Wangham and hoped that the proposal would meet the approval
of the government soon which would usher a new dawn of all round development in the
The Chubam area is rich in terrestrial resources and found quite viable for establishment
of and administrative headquarter to meet the aspiration of one of the most deprived
sections of the district.
Nyokum at Toru
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Nyokum, the agri-based festival of Nyishi community, was celebrated
at Toru on February 26 last.
PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki attended the celebration as chief guest. In his speech,
Tuki urged people to preserve rich culture tradition of Nyishi for identity. The
Minister released an audio album and distributed prizes to winners of various sports
and cultural competitions organized to mark the Nyokum celebration.
Papum Pare ZP chairperson Nabam Aka presided over the celebration as chairman.
Meanwhile, attending a Pre-Nyokum celebration at Sakiang (Mengio) Tuki urged people
not to mix tradition with religion saying the two were separate things. Nyokum is
the identity of Nyishi, therefore everyone should join the celebration enthusiastically
brushing aside all petty differences and pray to the Nyokum god and goddess for bumper
He announced few amounts for renovation of the Sakiang community hall, construction
of Nyokum pries house, market shade etc. and assured to give cash award of Rs.10,000
to class X and XII toppers securing 70% and above marks. He also announced Rs. Five
lakh for those who excel in the field of education, agriculture and horticulture
beside assuring financial assistance of Rs. One Crore for self-employment of unemployed
youth of the area in the next financial year.
Mengio ZPM Nabam Bate, guest of honour, encouraged the youths of the community to
preserve and nourish the custom and tradition for their identity.
Various cultural, games and sports competitions were organized as part of the Pre
Nyokum celebration. Tacha-Pan panchayat Youth Welfare Society and Bada Panchayat
Youth Association won the Men and Women’s Volleyball competitions respectively.
Union Budget does the Rawlsian Justice
Dr. B.G. Mukhopadhyay
The Union Budget 2011-12 presented by the Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
really takes care of the principles of justice and fairness as propounded by John
Rawls in his path-breaking work, “A Theory of Justice”.
The well-known Philosopher from Harvard, Late Prof. John Rawls argued that social
and economic inequality are to be arranged to benefit the least advantaged to the
greatest extent possible. Finance Minister in his budget has precisely done that
by maintaining equity and fairness to the disadvantaged sector (agriculture and handloom),
disadvantaged people (farmers, SHG women, SCs, STs and minorities) and disadvantaged
regions (Eastern and North Eastern States).
First, let us take the Agriculture Sector. For the first time in the post liberalization
period agriculture is witnessing 5.4% growth in 2010-11 which is a good news. The
National Commission on Farmers (NCF) under the Chairmanship of Dr. M.S. Swaminathan
has made extensive recommendations for improving the plight of farmers, agriculture
sector and the rural areas. The Govt. is implementing many of the recommendations
step by step in a phased manner.
Rural Credit is one of the important inputs for the farmers and the main actors for
purveying credit are Commercial Banks, Cooperative Banks and Regional Rural Banks.
The target for ground level credit disbursement has been pegged at Rs. 475000 crores
in 2011-12 from 375000 crores in 2010-11. This will help the small and marginal
farmers to increase the agricultural production. Further, the Govt. has raised the
interest subvention to 3% from the present rate of 2% and thus, the effective rate
of interest for the farmers under short term crop loan will be 4%. The Apex Bank
and APRB can now liberally finance the short term crop loan in Arunachal.
To purvey credit at the ground level, the financing and refinancing institutions
need to be strengthened. The Finance Minister has raised the equity base of NABARD
by infusing addition capital of Rs. 3000 crores in a phased manner. Besides, he
has made a provision of Rs. 10000 crores in NABARD for providing short term rural
credit fund to be given for crop loaning purpose. Alongside, there will be capital
infusion for week RRBs to the extent of Rs. 500 crores to maintain CRAR to at least
9%. APRB will be benefited by this initiative of Finance Minister.
In order to improve the rural infrastructure, the Finance Minister has raised the
corpus of RIDF (Rural Infrastructure Development Fund) to Rs. 18000 crores in 2011-12
from the present level of 16000 crores in 2010-11. Similarly, for improving the
production and productivity of coarse cereals, pulses, oilseed (oil palm) and vegetables,
Finance Minister has made allocation of Rs. 300 crore under each head. The erstwhile
programmes of RKVY and Green Revolution programme in Eastern Region are continued
with enhanced allocations.
Handloom weavers in our country are facing severe constraints of capital to revive
their age-old profession and maintain the livelihood. The support of Rs. 2300 crores
through NABARD to the Weavers Cooperative Societies will help to rejuvenate the sector
and the plight of 3 lakh handloom weavers in the country.
In the same way, the grant assistance to special category of states in NES will help
to tide over their difficult resource position. The investment and storage in cold
chain will help the farmers to integrate production with market and efficient post
The setting up of India Micro-finance Equity Fund of Rs. 100 crores with SIDBI and
Women SHG Development Fund will trigger the growth of urban micro finance for the
poor. The Scheduled Caste Sub-plan and Tribal Sub-plan will help to monitor the
development of SCs and STs in a coordinated manner.
In short, the Budget has made a finer balance amongst sectors, regions and disadvantaged
groups with an eye on fairness and equity as propounded by John Rawls. (The writer
is a General Manager, NABARD, regional office, Itanagar and the views expressed in
this article are of the author and not necessarily of the organization to which he
Union Budget 2011-12 Highlights
* Rs. 500 crore Women SHG Development Fund to be created
* Micro Small and Medium Enterprises MSME gets boost as Rs. 5000 crore provided
to SIDBI and Rs.3000 crore to NABARD
* Allocation under Rashtirya Krishi Vikas yojna (RKVY) increased to Rs.7860 crore
* Credit flow to farmers raised from Rs.3,75,000 crore to Rs.4,75,000 crore
* Rs.10,000 crore for NABARD’s Short Term Rural Credit Fund for 2011-12
* Allocation for social sector increased by 17% amounting to 36.4% of total plan
* Bharat Nirman allocation increased by Rs.10,000 crore
* Allocation for education increased by 24%. Rs.21,000 crore allocated for Sarv
Shikshya Abhiyan registering an increase of 40%
* Plan allocation for health stepped up by 20%
* Income Tax exemption limit for general category in individual tax payers enhanced
from Rs.1,60,000 to Rs.1,80,000
* Qualifying age for senior citizens lowered to 60; senior citizen above 80 year
to get Rs.5,00,000 IT exemption.
AAPGDLU’s dharna on March 8
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Claiming that the authorities did not respond to its memorandum
regarding dropping of APB and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board chairman within
15 days, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Department Labours Union (AAPGDLU) has
decided to stage its proposed dharna against the Board chairman in front of the CM
office on March 8. The dharna was earlier proposed to be held on March 1 but extended
due to scheduled inauguration of its office on March 5. The Union said, it has lost
faith on his credibility and want a person who can look for labour benefit.
ALSU office foundation stone laid
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Law Students’ Union (ALSU) president Lampop Laa has laid
down the foundation stone for construction of ALSU office at 6 Mile near Itanagar
in a simple function today.
ALSU central executives lauded its general secretary Kipa Kanam for donating the
plot of land for Union’s permanent office and said that it is a great achievement
of the union.
AICU resolves to look into the problem
Itanagar, Feb 28: Tok Buttum President and Taw Tebin Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh
Catholic Union (APCU) also the executive member of AICU attended AICU executive body
meeting at Mysore Karnataka from Feb 26-27.
Rt. Rev. Thomas Anthony Bijapilly, the Bishop of Mysore inaugurated the two days
AICU seriously viewed on atrocities committed on Christian minorities and Dalits.
AICU with All India Christian Council (AICC) would put pressure on authority in Delhi
to give proper directive to Federal States who are committing the inhuman acts.
AICU further decided to celebrate the Centenary of its formation in the year 2019
and as a part of its celebration, the AICU will campaign against all forms of human
right violations and deprivations of fundamental rights.
SAF formed to fight corruption
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Save Arunachal Forum (SAF), an NGO was formed in a general public
meeting held at Naharlagun today with former minister Kafha Bengia, public leaders
Kaling Jerang and Nakshang Tshring as chairman, president and secretary general respectively.
The main aims and objectives of the Forum is to fight against all forms of corruption
in the state, pressurize the authorities for immediate review of all MOAs signed
on hydro power and revision of state relief and rehabilitation policy and hydro power
policy and for bringing emotional integration amongst all tribes and communities
of Arunachal Pradesh.
New NSFC formed
ITANAGAR: Senior advocate Muk Pertin and Tapon Tali have been selected as president
and general secretary of the Naharlagun Solung Festival Committee in its meeting
held at Naharlagun on Feb 27.
Addressing the meeting, the outgoing general secretary Tadang Siram lauded all those
who had contributed for the successful conduct of the Solung festival during 2010
and hoped that they will maintain the same tempo in years to come.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Pradesh Junior Economics and Statistical Personnel’s
Welfare Association (APJESPWA) has urged the director of Economics and Statistics
to take immediate step against illegal encroachment of its office compound.
The Association said its members visited the directorate office on Feb 26 and found
that the existing boundary of the office was destroyed and new boundary wall erected
encroaching upon the land of the directorate compound. A complaint was lodged against
the encroacher with Itanagar Police station but encroachment is till going on and
no noticeable action was taken to stop such encroachment, the Association added.
ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) has urged the director
of Census not to include non-indigenous people in the population enumeration list
for the betterment of the state. Quoting a media report, the union also want to know
whether the predicted 14 to 15 lacs population is only indigenous people or both
indigenous and non-indigenous population.
When the entry of outsiders is restricted with ILP, their inclusion in population
enumeration in our state and providing equal rights are out of question, it said
adding that inclusion of their name in the census list will lead people to wrong
track. It urged upon the authorities to check loopholes rather than confronting the
The union observed that thousands of outsiders in the state are getting more facilities
then the indigenous people. Due to growing number of non-indigenous people who are
roaming freely, the state is also facing more law and order problem, it added. In
Arunachal Pradesh non-indigenous people are getting equal rights with indigenous
people such as ration card, land allotment, PRC, BPL facilities, medical facilities,
contract work, job reservation etc, it said.
ITANAGAR: State Chief Information Commissioner Nyodek Yonggam retired today. The
former Rajya Sabha Member joined the Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission as
its chief in October, 2006. Under his superintendence, Arunachal Pradesh Information
Commission had been awarded the best Information Commission in India in 2009-10 by
Public Cause Research Foundation, an NGO committed to the cause of RTI in India.
VAS reiterates CM’s removal
ITANAGAR: Voluntary Arunachal Sena (VAS), in a letter to AICC General Secretary Rahul
Gandhi, has demanded for immediate removal of Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu following
admittance of Special Leave Petition (SLP) by the Supreme Court on corruption charges.
VAS requested Gandhi to give the necessary directive to Khandu to immediately resign
from the post on moral ground since the allegation against Khandu has been admitted
in the Court.
VAS, in its letter, alleged Khandu of his involvement in corruption.
I would like to share an sms that was sent to me on Jan 12 by a helpless friend,
whom I would rather not mention.
"Can’t sleep at my own house because my hometown is a battle ground for NSCN. gun
firing in broad daylight be d govt z sleeping 8 my place.leaders earning, police
enjoying d scene n paramilitary forces luking 4 d wineer 4m 2 groups. plz forward
dz sms 2 all leaders in power, press, student unions n NGOs 2 help a simple man 2
sleep in his home peacefully. 4m a helpless Tirapian".
I did my part by further forwarding this message to my friends and others. In the
meantime I happened to be away from the papers for a month. But holding a newspaper
after one month showed that there had been little development to help my dear helpless
friend. In fact the situation had further aggravated and there seemed to be even
more gun firing and killing. Isn't it a pity that our fellow brothers in Tirap are
going through a nightmare and which surely is not a creation of one night. This hapless
situation has been there for more than a decade now.
I happened to be studying at Tirap, when the NSCN made the first major headline,
by assassination of late Ajay Rajkumar. And since then, the NSCN has gained loads,
in terms of everything. Surely it does makes everyone wonder, why the state govt.
has become a failure in addressing this menace to the public and the state as a whole.
Why does the govt show a step-motherly attitude towards the public from Tirap? It
is really saddening. Building new CM bungalow or a new secretariat or any other structure
does not only mean development of the state. The govt may go on making tall claims,
but to me, honestly, I feel it is nothing more than an empty vessel.
The govt came out with huge shouts that the present home minister visited the Tirap
district where the earlier home ministers dreaded to visit. But to my information,
the Hon'ble minister was a chief guest at the function of RKM School. Did this benefit
in any little way the helpless Tirapians? I guess not. Who is the govt. afraid of?
The cease fire is between the NSCN and the Centre, so what is the govt afraid of,
when it comes to flushing out these groups down the sewer. Can't the govt. even protect
its territory? In fact these failures of the state govt. is kindling the lust and
greed of our neighboring state, which we witness every now and then in the form of
In my most humble opinion, Politics is the reason, which is why the govt. has never
been able to initiate any stern action. It is again very surprising to see that all
the elected representatives of Tirap are camping in the capital, when their district
is burning and it is further very heart wrenching to see some politicians, attending
functions as chief guests, when their home is on fire.
Lets hope and pray, sense prevails over them soon otherwise our nation is becoming
a breeding center for people without any morality, who claim to be public servants
and a nation where even the swamis start preaching politics instead of yoga. I just
wish that everybody could have abstained from the election, to let the leaders know
that it is us, who are supposed to be leaders.
Naharlagun, (on email)
No one seems bothered about Tirap
I appreciate your newspaper for exposing the truth about Tirap district with a bold
front page headline on February 15.
Indeed, Tirap district is surely and effectively under the complete control of the
ultras. In fact, killings, kidnappings, threats, extortions, torture have been the
part of daily life for the last ten years or so. No one seems to be bothered-not
the central government or the state government.
No civil society or NGO’s came forward to raise their voice against the violence
and terror in Tirap district. Indeed, many prominent people of the district have
sacrificed their precious lives for the unity and integrity of the country and also
the state. The situation has turned from bad to worse due to the wrong policy of
the central Govt.
It was the Central Govt’s policy which facilitated the entry of the ultras into Tirap’s
territory and not the public or leaders of Tirap as it is commonly propagated through
The ultras have brutally killed many innocent civilians those who dared to resist
them. So, it sent out waves of terror throughout the region. Obviously, it is out
of sheer horror that the people or public leaders have to be accommodative to the
ultras for survival. Not a single person in Tirap genuinely supports the ultras or
desire to be part of Nagaland. Rich oral history handed down from ancestors reveals
that Tirap people were never a part of Naga or Nagaland. In a tribal society, issues
like ethnicity, language and religion are very sensitive and no one should attempt
to subjugate or submerge others ethnic identity.
Moreover, territorial boundary of the state of Arunachal Pradesh once established
should not be altered or surrendered to appease any organization irrespective of
the intensity of the demand. So it is my earnest appeal to the youth, students, civil
society to take up the issue with the central Govt to put an end to violence, threats
and extortions; and to restore peace and tranquility in Tirap district.
Itanagar, (on email)
Ziro is ready for other service providers
Today is time of internet. But unfortunately many people do not have internet access
though they can afford it.
Speed of BSNL data card is very slow in Ziro. So, we feel that other private companies
like Tata Photon, Reliance should come to Ziro. In fact private internet service
provider should have come to Ziro, long ago for it is nearest district to state capital.
We would like assure private companies that there are many consumers in Ziro who
are fed up with low speed of BSNL data card and they want to try the services of
other private internet providers.
N oka, Tage Ram
Hapoli (on email)
Apropos to article ' Army Conducts National Integration Tour For Arunachalee Children.'
It is really a commendable effort by the Jawans of Dah Division of Army.
This tour will immensely encourage the youths of remote areas besides they will get
exposure and experience from such tours.
The Army should organise more such activities in coming days.
Koj Kapa, (on email)
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