Compassionate candidates resent over recruitment norms
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Recent interviews held by Arunachal Pradesh Police for widows of
death policemen have run into controversy many questioning the recruitment process.
In this regard some of the widows have written to Chief Minister, Home Commissioner
and Director General of Police seeking their intervention in this regard. Most of
these widows are seeking recruitment under group D category.
In a representation to Chief Minister, the widows have sought immediate cancellation
of ongoing interview and urged government to appoint all the candidates on compassionate
ground. They claim that in the past government offered job to widows, sons, and
daughters without conducting any interview on compassionate ground. But during ongoing
recruitment drive authorities imposed many new rules.
One of widow while talking to this daily said, “I have 4 children and most of time
am busy in taking care of them having lost my husband. How can authorities expect
me to do high jump, long jump and running race as per their prescribed rule?”
Many widows from across the state have come to Itanagar hoping to get job after being
informed by concern authorities about recruitment drive for widows. “We came here
with great hope to get job. But this whole recruitment process has killed my dream.
I am 35 year old woman and seeking job in place of my death husband. Am not begging
and only seeking my right,” told another widow. She further added, “When I left home,
I promised my children of better life once I return. Now I don’t feel like to go
home also. What will I tell my children when I go back home.”
Meanwhile some of the widows have filed writ petition before Guwahati High Court,
Itanagar, challenging conduct of interview on 23rd of February for group D post.
Daporijo gets 3 high mast light towers
DAPORIJO, Mar 2: The nights at Daporijo, the headquarter of Upper Subansiri, has
become brighter with the inauguration of 3 High Mast lights here yesterday evening
by the local MLA Tapen Siga in the presence of ADC G. Ete, SP A. Bitin and others.
The lights were switched on at 3 locations in the town - District Hospital Complex,
Singik Hall Complex and Gandhi Market.
While inaugurating the High Mast light at the Hospital Complex, Siga said that three
more such lights would be put up in the near future. The lights have been put up
under the state SPA project 2009-2010 by the department of power, Daporijo Electrical
Meanwhile, the District Hospital, Daporijo has taken a step forward in its efforts
to improve the services provided to the public of the area with the starting of Pay
Clinic at the District Hospital here. All specialists such Gynecologist, Medicine,
Orthopedic, Chest and ENT experts will be available form 4.00 pm to 7.00 pm in the
evening. A 24 hours Laboratory Service has also started which will provide cheap
and quick service round the clock as compared to services provided by private Labs
The DMO Dr. D. Bagra informed that patients coming to the Pay Clinic would be charged
Rs 150, out of which Rs 100 would be paid to the doctor, Rs 20 to the government,
Rs 20 to the Hospital Management Committee and Rs 10 to the over duty staff. All
fund collected by the Hospital Management Committee through the Pay Clinic and Laboratory
Service will be put to good use to improve the hospital and maintain the equipment
of the hospital he added. DIPRO
NCP for adequate personnel at Likabali PS
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has
vehemently condemned the kidnapping of Anchal Samity Member (ASM) Mijum Ada at gun
point in broad day light without any rhyme or reason on February 26 at Likabali.
Expressing serious concern over rising anti-social activities in Likabali area which
has created fear psychosis among people, NCP demanded the Home department to further
strengthen the Likabali police station by providing necessary force and equipments
to tackle law and order situation. The party also strongly appealed the Home department
for immediate posting of an experienced SDPO along with vehicles at Likabali PS.
It, however, lauded the effort of OC T Bage and second OC T Dolum and Assam Police
personnel in rescuing the abducted person on the same day.
Meanwhile, NCP urged the state Govt. to provide fire tender at Likabali where infrastructure
for the same has already been constructed.
Primary school building demolished
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Vth Lower Balijan Youth Association has condemned the demolition
of the under construction primary school building at Chakma block –I under Balijan
circle on Feb 25.
The Association members in its meeting held today said that such destruction activities
has curtailed the entire development process in the area. It urged the authorities
to investigate the matter and book the miscreants immediately.
SAF seeks Centre’s intervention for review of MoAs on hydro projects
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Save Arunachal Forum (SAF) in a memorandum to Prime Minister demanded
for thorough review of all MOAs signed with hydro power developers as well as to
bring about major changes in hydro power and resettlement and rehabilitation policies
of the Centre as well as the state government. This was informed by Forum chairman
Kahfa Bengia in a faxed statement today.
A copy of memorandum was also submitted to Power Minister, tribal affairs minister
and Forest and Environment minister and other minister concerned, the statement said.
The Forum chairman further said it has pointed out numerous shortfalls in MOAs signed
such as absence of prior and informed consent of the land owners, PRI leaders, traditional
village authorities, full insurance cover to life and property of the down stream
population etc. In a separate memorandum addressed to UPA chairperson, the Forum
pleaded for immediate removal of the present Chief Minister ‘under whose leadership
the policy of protective development propounded by Pandit Jawarharlal Nehru has been
grossly massacred’, the Forum claimed. The SAF chairman claimed that it held press
conference today at the Press Club of India, highlighting various forms of corruptions
allegedly rocking the present Congress government in the state. Issues mainly the
alleged secrete and indiscriminate signing of more than 137 MoAs with total power
installation capacity of over 65000 mega watt by the state government with various
private power developers were highlighted, the Forum claimed.
Alleging that the scam committed in the shady dealings is even more than 2G spectrum
allocation, the Forum demanded for enquiry by High power parliamentary committee
or a committee headed by Supreme Court judge to unearth the truth.
AAPWU calls on CS, appeals for timely release of salary
ITANAGR, Mar 2: A delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers (AAPWU) led by its
secretary general Changma Tajo met the Chief Secretary yesterday to apprise him about
the problems being faced by the poor workers of the state due to non-payment of their
salaries in time.
Explaining in details about various problems being faced by the casual workers due
to delay in disbursement of their salaries in time, the Union said even the shop
keepers refuse to give anything to the workers, who lives hand to mouth with meager
amount of salary, in credit in such situations forcing them to live a miserable
AAPWU team requested the chief secretary to convene a meeting of HoDs of all working
departments along with authority concerned to find out the root cause of such delay
in disbursement of workers’ salary and also requested him to issue strict instructions
to all concern to release the salaries of all the casual workers within the first
week of every month.
The union claimed that Chief Secretary agreed to convene meeting in this regard at
the earliest and also assured to instruct all the departments to release the salaries
of all the casual workers within the first week of every month.
Meanwhile, reacting to proposed agitation/dharna called by All Arunachal Pradesh
Government Departmental Labour Union (AAPGDLU) on March 8 next at CM’s office as
published in some local dailies, AAPWU humbly requests all the workers/labours of
the departments not to participate in the proposed agitation/dharna as it does not
serve any purpose. Agitation/dharna in the larger interest of the workers/labours
will be welcomed and supported by AAPWU but dharna called for one’s selfish ends
that too by misleading the poor workers shall not be tolerated by the Union, said
Changma Tajo, Secretary General, AAPWU-cum-INTUC Pradesh Branch.
Shiv Ratri celebrated with spiritual fervour
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Rajyoga centers of Prajapita Brahma Kumaris Ishwariya Vishwa
Vidyalaya (PBKIVV) celebrated the Maha Shiv Ratri as 75th Divine Birth (extraordinary)
Day of Incorporeal Supreme Soul God-Shiva with spiritual piety at Itanagar, Naharlagun,
Nirjuli and Banderdewa today. Spiritual exhibitions were also organized at Linglaya
Shiv Mandir, 6-Kilo, Itanagar and Banderdewa to mark the occasion.
At Itanagar, an Inter-Faith Congregation was organised by the Raja Yoga Centre at
Riba Mansion, Bank Tinali on the occasion.
Lauding the activities of Brahma Kumaris in promoting religious harmony and social
cohesion, the chief guest of the celebration, Lokam Tasar, Parliamentary Secretary,
Food and Civil Supply, Consumer Affairs said that peace, love and happiness are
original temperament of human beings who were wrongly searching them outside. These
positive qualities could be sustained in life if some balance was struck between
materialism and spirituality which the Brahma Kumaris were always teaching, he said
and added that this Festival was designed to convey the same to the public. He appealed
one and all to pledge to discard negative traits such as anger, greed, ego, lust,
etc. and lead a life filled with love, compassion, respect, humility, cooperation,
responsibility, divinity by empowering our self through process of Supreme Communion
(Raja Yoga Meditation) as taught here. He expressed the hope that NGOs like Brahma
Kumaris will fulfill the need of the society and help the Government in building
a healthy and strong society. He also appealed to conduct stress management training
for Members of Legislative Assembly of AP which was accepted by BKWSU happily.
Dr Jayadeba Sahoo, Faculty, Brahma Kumaris and Head, Dept. of Education, Rajiv Gandhi
University explained Shiva as the Universal Name of God Incorporeal. Literally “Shiva”
also means the ‘Benevolent’ or ‘Benefactor’ or the benign or a divine dot i.e. who
is beneficial to all and ‘Linga’ means ‘symbol’, he said.
Rev. Fr. Policarf, Catholic Church, ESS Sector, Itanagar, Guests of Honour on the
occasion spoke about the need of spreading peace and strengthening moral values through
such programmes of universal brotherhood, religious harmony and social cohesion
among human beings as brothers and sisters being the children of one supreme Almighty
All present prayed to almighty for the eternal peace of the departed souls who were
charred to death in a tragic fire accident at Palin last year.
Brahma Kumari Junu, Center-in-Charge administered oath to all to discard negative
traits and adopt values in life. Nages Singh, In charge, Patanjali Yoga Samiti,
Arunachal Pradesh also spoke on the occasion. A ceremonial Flag representing ‘SHIVA
as Divine point of Light was hoisted by Lokam Tasar in presence of Swami Visweshanandaji
Maharaj, Secretary, Ramkrishna Mission Hospital, the guest of honour and other dignitaries.
Among others R.S. Sharma, Superintendent Engineer, RWD, Rimar Tasso, Executive Engineer,
PWD also graced the occasion.
The Shiv Ratri celebration will be followed by three day Raja Yoga Training Camps
in the premises of Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centres at Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli
and Banderdewa from March 4 to 7.
Nyokum celebrated in Tarak-Lengdi circle and Lada
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Nyokum Festival was celebrated for the first time at Restarting
of Tarak Lengdi circle of Kurung Kumey district on February 26 last. ANYA president
Taring Mama and Gangte-Tarak Lengdi ZPM Taring Bath attended the festival as chief
guest and guest of honour respectively. Speaking on the occasion both the Chief Guest
and Guest of Honour encouraged people of the area to promote and preserve rich cultural
heritage of Nyishi community. They also spelt out the literary meaning of Nyokum
in which Nyok stands for place and Kum for get together.
Various games & sports and dance competitions were also conducted to mark the celebration.
The first and second prize in Rikam Pada were won by Parte dance team of Rabang Cityee
and Taniotab Women’s team respectively while best singer and best dancer prizes went
to Taring Remi and Yend Yering respectively.
KGBV ‘A’ beat KGBV ‘B’ team, Kembing to win the women’s volleyball title while in
Men’s volleyball Rabang Ctiyee beat Restarting team in the final to win first prize.
The prize for disciplined team went to KGBV school, Kembing.
Taring Radhe was adjudged the best goalkeeper while Taring Takap was declared best
player and Taring Nikla became the highest scorer in football tournament.
The Nyishis of remote Lada circle near the international border in East Kameng district
also celebrated the first ever Nyokum Yullo festival with gaiety and religious fervor.
Lada’s circle officer Tajum Ronya who was also the chief patron of the festival informed
that mass participation from Miji and Puriok communities had added colour to the
festival. Speaking on the occasion as chief guest Arung Tawe, a prominent businessman
of the circle, has exhorted the people to jointly celebrate Nyokum irrespective of
caste, creed and religion. CO Lada urged the public not to distract from the mainstream
culture in pretext of religion.
Meanwhile Tawe Youth Welfare Society has emerged as winner in football competition
and in cultural activity Rapung cultural troupe bagged Nyokum cultural trophy. Chief
guest also announced Rs 1,50,000 for the renovation of Nyokum ground at Lada.
Festival body formed
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Gumkum-Gumpu Festival Celebration Committee-2011 was formed
with Kashuk Halley and Adang Yachu as chairman and general secretary for celebration
of the festival at Puroik Colony, Naharlagun from April 12 to 15.
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Galo Students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt college has celebrated
the Pre-Mopin festival at RWD Colony, here on Feb 25 and 26.
Dr Tejum Padu, joint director of Higher and Technical education and Marge Sora,
under secretary education attended the festival as chief guest and guest of honour
respectively. The toppers among the Galo students of DNG college for the session
-2009-2010 have been felicitated by the Chief Guest and Guest of honour during the
The union lauded the elders of Galo community residing in the Capital, especially
WRD secretary Gaken Ete, PWD chief engineer Kenjom Ete and Kamar Ete for their cooperation
for successful pre-Mopin celebration.
Ph. D degree
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: Kirto Loyi, Deputy Director (Admin) cum Senior Faculty, State Institute
of Rural Development (SIRD), Arunachal Pradesh has qualified for degree of Doctor
of Philosophy (Ph.D) for his thesis, titled, “Role of Panchayats in Community Based
Disaster Management - A Case Study of West Siang District in Arunachal Pradesh.”
He conducted his research work under the supervision of Dr. S.K Patnaik, Associate
Professor, Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University.
He is only the candidate in entire North East region who has done Ph.D in disaster
management on the role of elected PR leaders in CBDM and also the first person in
the state who did master degree in Rural Development and Planning. The Ph. D degree
will be conferred to Loyi at the next RGU convocation ceremony.
Society to conduct skill development progs
ITANAGAR, Mar 2: The Rural Development and Heritage Society (RD&HS) has decided
to conduct 42-days skill development programme (SDP) in various places of Kurung
Kumey district for the unemployed youths, farmers and self-help groups. While SDP
on cane and bamboo handicraft will begin at Nyapin and Sarli from March 15 and 20
respectively, the SDP on weaving will begin at Sangram on March 17. The programme
is being sponsored by NABARD.
ITANAGAR: The Semester Examination 2010 results of PG in English, Geography, Hindi,
Political Science, History (all I&III Semester), and Education (III Semester) and
Ph. D Course Work Exam of AITS, Commerce, CSE, Zoology, Botany, Economics, Education,
English, Hindi, History and Political Science have been declared by the Rajiv Gandhi
University. The result can be seen in the University website:www.rgu.ac.in and notice
board (Academic Block) of RGU, according to an official release.
Infratech to provide internet service
ITANAGAR: Cam Infratech Pvt Ltd (Alieson) has decided to construct internet tower
in entire Arunachal Pradesh.
The Company will first set up internet tower in state Capital and will cover East
Siang and West Siang and other districts later. The director of the Company in Arunachal
Pradesh Kardu Taipodia in a release said that it will construct free internet tower
in college, secondary and higher secondary schools where computer education is going
This is in response to the letter “Transparency being maintained’ (on Feb 28). It
is encouraging to hear that concerned officials of the nodal agency of JNNURM mission
are very much along the expected lines but as to the questions raised by Techi Necha
regarding the scheme executions and its transparency, we the general public have
yet to see more light on it and we thank Necha for bringing to our notice this whole
As we are also very much aware of the fact that the much needed development that
our capital needs is ultimately turning into a reality and we sincerely thank the
executing agency for the same. But being stakeholders at the same time, I would also
like to seek some more clarification from D Lewi, deputy director, UD and housing,
about the mission.
Firstly, the execution of the schemes have been haphazard and not at all systematic.
If one has to go through the CDP of Itanagar it is very evident that it contains
an accurate depiction of the reality. Can Mr. Lewi explain the logic behind making
the low floor JNNURM buses operational on the road much before the widening of the
roads or any proper bus terminal as per the CDP has envisaged for these buses? And
it has not been even a year since the JNNURM buses are plying, we can see now the
damages that these buses have incurred during their short span of existence, not
to mention the chaos and the traffic congestion that they have contributed to. Even
before the roads are completed some of the parking lots (near DC office Naharlagun)
have been completed and are already in deteriorating conditions.
Secondly, the whole process of road widening and construction of drain has been so
indiscriminate that the water supply and the telecommunication dept. have been totally
disregarded. The excavators have, in the digging process, snapped the telephone cables
and the water supply pipes and hence we are still without our telephone connection
since a month and are still buying water at exorbitant rates from the private vendors.
Now is this an appreciable work being done by the concerned authorities?
Thirdly, about the monitoring part, there is a provision under the JNNURM guidelines
for technical advisory groups which are to assist the SLNA, SLSC, ULBs etc while
realizing the mission. And as far as facts are concerned it is to my knowledge that
the advisory support group which had long been recruited for the purpose is embroiled
in a long drawn legal battle regarding their appointments and their wage realization.
It will be very helpful, if Lewi enlightens us all on this regard.
AAPSU’s response to MLA Tani Loffa
This refers to the letter “Stick to your job” by West Seppa MLA Tani Loffa published
in your esteem daily on Wednesday. In this regard I being president of All Arunachal
Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) would like to make certain points clear to the respected
MLA Tani Loffa. AAPSU while acknowledging and welcoming the views put forwarded by
the MLA feels pertinent to point out that the visit made by the members of apex students’
body of state to Seba village during the last part of February was an apolitical
one and nothing to do with politics of the area.
It seems respected MLA did not went through the news item “AAPSU team visit Seba
village” published in various dailies of state on Feb 26 properly. In the entire
news clip, I in the capacity of AAPSU president while giving byte to media did not
mention about issues concerning your assembly constituency for once also. I have
only spoken about the need of promoting Pappu valley as tourist destination and also
urged authorities to repair Sagalee-Seppa road for benefit of Arunachalee citizen.
My both appeals were made to the state government and not to the respected MLA.
Secondly in regards to your advice to AAPSU to confine ourselves to student welfare
activities, we are thankful to you for this suggestion. AAPSU always wanted to confine
itself in fighting for the cause of student communities but sadly in our state opposition
political parties of which you are also member do not play their part. And people
of this state expect AAPSU to play role of opposition and if we keep quiet on issues,
they question our integrity. For your kind information we also do raise issues for
benefit of student communities. For example like demanding increase of student stipend,
raising voice against harassment of Arunachalee students outside state, poor condition
of schools and several other issues confronting the student communities. We always
stand for integrity of state and in the process many times put our own life in risk.
Hope you also take note of our positive activities.
Thirdly I want to inform honourable MLA that being pressure group, AAPSU can visit
any place of Arunachal without anybody’s permission. Also being former ANSU General
Secretary you might know the role of student groups much better than us. During
our visit to Seba village, AAPSU only raised issue for sake of your constituency
but sadly you seem to have mis-understood. Tomorrow if Pappu Valley becomes tourist
attraction, it will only benefit people of your constituency and you. What will AAPSU
gain in return?
If you really want us to talk about education issues, then let me tell that in Seba
government middle school there were many loopholes. Only four SSA teachers are running
the school. There are no toilet and bathroom facilities and no hostel facility too.
If this is the condition of a middle school, then how can we expect children learn
better education in order to become officers in future? I take this opportunity
to appeal all the former student leaders who have now become MLAs that they should
not forget their root and work for upliftment of education sector. Once they were
also like us and fought against system for benefit of poor student and ordinary citizen
of Arunachal. We have special hope on these former student leaders and believe that
they will understand the pain of poor citizens in general and student communities
of state in particular. During assembly session they should raise issues concerning
to student communities. Also the salaries and perks offered to MLAs have been increased
but till now stipend amount of student have not been increased. AAPSU want few answers
from all MLAs in this regard.
Let’s appreciate for their noble work
It is observed that many of the concerns of those alleged engineers have commented
on the report published by this daily in its earlier edition which, I feel, was unnecessary.
Since our system or Govt. is no mood to tackle such illegal or in other word corruption
practices in the state, the works done by this daily in exposing or being medium
through which every single citizen become aware of even the tiny matters of each
day is truly deserve appreciation. I suggest those who are not up to the interest
of state affairs and its progress with good vision to not even comment on the others
who are trying to raise their voice for the good cause of the state.
If those engineers are innocent then why don’t they come up with clarifications on
the matter instead of engaging people to surpass the laudable work done by this daily?
I appeal the people not to make this cheap issue a sensational and try to curtail
the noble work of our most trusted local daily. It is necessary to brought to the
public notice to all wrong doers and corrupted persons especially at the time when
there is no stringent law available to punish them.
Commendable job indeed
The article “Deafening silence and Tirap” by Tongam Rina was awesome. Whenever someone
tries to write about Tirap, one gets bamboozled as from where to start off. But you
(Rina) have a credit of being the journalist of preeminent cadre which you have truly
corroborated here, nicely incorporating all facts and finer details into the core
of the subject, giving it a touch of veracity. Thanks for the coverage and commendable
Another thing, I would like to share is my opinion on the role of media in Arunachal.
In my humble opinion as the impact of media on general masses is quite enormous so
media must come with more initiative and ingenious ideas. As Arunachal Pradesh is
inhabited by around 26 tribes and sub-tribes displaying varying cultures and colourful
traditions and speaking different PATOIS, indeed the role of the media becomes more
protuberant here for diminishing differences and to bring about more emotional and
psychological bonding and integration among the masses. This was about the constructive
role media can play, but I think it has to go a long way as far as coverage is concerned.
I feel it’s coverage is limited to few happenings in-and-around capital complex and
that too are crowded with news reports on number of new associations formed, new
appointments etc with little coverage on core issues. It’s poignant but true that
the unfeigned issues of common people in far flung corners were hardly brought into
notice in true sense. Last time also taking advantage of their strong media uphold,
it’s counterpart in Assam had completely mishandled and misrepresented Arunachal-Assam
border conflict before the National arena, while here at Arunachal we had been left
with no choice just accepting or discarding the facts in anger and humiliation.
I am aware that media had its own limitations and boundaries especially in state
like Arunachal Pradesh where it is mostly influenced by the political parties coupled
with commercial compulsions, secret or obvious affiliations which make them compromise
on vital aspects of reporting and sharing. As the media and journalism in India are
doing the role of Fourth Estate, it is high time media should broaden its share
of responsibility and it’s in the interest of all to help media in Arunachal evolve
into that stature devoid of political influences and competent enough to reach out
up to the remotest corners and bring about social issues in public without any ingredients
of fear and compulsion.
Lastly, I have restricted myself to sharing views and perspectives only rather than
suggesting any magical remedial panacea, I left it on our elite think tanks to suggest
and implement it in action.
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