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March  - 05


Congress Working Committee announces new team

Shandil gets Arunachal

New Delhi, Mar 4: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday constituted a new Congress Working Committee (CWC), retaining key functionaries like Rahul Gandhi and Digvijay Singh.

The thousand-odd members of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) constitute the Electoral College for the CWC polls.

Of the entire CWC, there is a provision for election of 12 and nomination of 11. The Congress President and the parliamentary party leader of the party are always members of the CWC with the party chief heading the key body.

There has been no contest for the CWC since Gandhi took over the reins of the organisation in April 1998.

Dhani Ram Shandil has been appointed as AICC General Secretary In-charge of Arunachal Pradesh.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu welcomed the appointment.  

In his congratulatory letter to Shandil, the CM said “I am extremely confident that under your dynamism and vast experience in political arena, the party will undoubtedly earn the goodwill of the people and thereby strengthen the party at grass root level”.

Law Minister M Veerappa Moily has been relieved of his charge of Andhra Pradesh, Digvijay Singh retains the charge of Uttar Pradesh and Assam and Rahul Gandhi, the portfolio of youth and student wings.

In a major promotion, former spokesperson Mohan Prakash has been given charge of the key states of Maharashtra, Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir.

Motilal Vohra remains party treasurer, Ahmed Patel is chief political secretary, while Oscar Fernandes has been promoted to CWC and made a general secretary.

Those, who are selected as permanent invitees are P Chidambaram, Arjun Singh, Mohsina Kidwai, Dr Karan Singh, ML Fotedar, RK Dhawan, SC Jamir, Shivaji Rao Deshmukh, Beni Prasad Verma, MV Rajshekharan, Ajit Jogi, Shakeel Ahmed, Jagdish Tytler, Jagmeet Singh Brar, Luizinho Falero, Mohan Prakash, Gulchain Singh Charak.

Those dropped included Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithvi Raj Chavan and Vilasrao Deshmukh.


Gross violation of appointment rules

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The Sango Lamte Foundation and a group of unemployed youth alleged illegal appointments to the posts of Tax and excise inspector during 2007 and SCOs under department of Art and Culture. Armed with documents, they said that appointments were made with gross violation of recruitment rules. It further alleged that fraudulent means were applied by the higher ups for appointment of their kith and kins.   A FIR was lodged at Itanagar Police station on Feb 25 but the authority failed to register the case, they claimed.  It was further alleged that the officiating appointees were regularized later without observing codal formalities with total violation of RR rules of 1997.

It is worth mentioning here that responding to a complaint lodged by a group of unemployed youths in Sept 2010, the deputy commissioner (legal), department of tax and excise had clarified that the alleged appointments were made in the tax and excise department purely on administrative exigencies.

Due to urgent need of manpower and administrative exigency, these posts were withdrawn from the APPSC. Subsequently their officiating services have been regularized by constituting DPC members.

He further said that department had resorted to officiating appointment considering the administrative exigencies in order to plug the leakage of Govt revenue as the manpower was urgently needed to cover up the porous border with Assam.

The foundation also alleged illegal appointment of socio-cultural organizer.  


Pul conferred national achievement award


ITANAGAR, Mar 4:  RWD, Tax & Excise Minister Kalikho Pul was conferred with the ‘National Achievement Award for Architect in Financial Management and Planning’ at a glittering function in Mumbai recently.

Padmabibhusan Pandit Jasraj and noted singer Usha Mangeshkar gave away the award on behalf of the Image Welfare Achievers Forum in recognition of Pul’s ‘outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation and the society.’

A self-made man, Pul after completing his graduation from IGGC, Tezu in 1994, plunged into politics at a young age and won the first assembly election in 1995 to be inducted as deputy finance minister in the Gegong Apang ministry. There was no looking back for Pul, who won subsequent assembly polls with consistency to serve as MoS Power (1997-99); MoS Finance (1999-02); MoS Land Management (2002-03); Finance Minister (2003-05); chairman of high powered committee on PDS (2004-05); advisor to Chief Minister (2005-06); Finance, Planning and Tax & Excise Minister (2006-07); and Finance, Tax & Excise Minister(2007-09), and continuing as RWD, Taxation, Fisheries, Law & Justice Minister since 2009. His expertise in finance and planning had earned him the sobriquet ‘financial wizard’ after he got the Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM)  Act, 2006 passed to strengthen the resource base of the fund-poor state; guided the government and assisted Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu in implementing the 6th Pay Commission recommendations, besides setting up innovative need-based planning, decentralized purchase of medicines, expansion of VAT for flying traders to protect the genuine local businessman,  steps to check revenue pilferage, bold step to transfer 13,000 posts including assets from plan to non-plan in 2007-08 to reduce huge resource gap to pave the way for availing higher grants from 13th Finance Commission.

Former Deputy Prime Minister LK Advani in his public address here in 2003 had admitted Pul’s forceful presentation pleading for special dispensation for the state with logical support.

As a finance minister, Pul while assisting the chief minister during the annual plan allocation meeting on many occasions won laurels from Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Dr Montek Singh Ahluwalia for his grasp of the subject.


School Principal passes away

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Government Higher Secondary School Doimukh, Principal Takom Taloh passed away today after prolonged illness.

He joined the institution on November 2010.

Education Minister Bosiram Siram condoled the death of Doimukh GHSS Principal Taloh, prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Taloh was a dedicated teacher and in his death the Department has lost one of its most efficient officers, Siram said in a condolence message. The vacuum created by his death will be very difficult to fill up, he said and  prayed to almighty to give enough strength to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Taloh joined the Education Department as Junior Teacher in 1981 and he was promoted as Headmaster / vice principal in 2001. Later, he was promoted as Principal in May, 2009. Taloh was also closely associated with various social activities.

Doimukh Students’ Union, Students Welfare Committee and Doimukh Citizens Right Forum and teaching faternity, students and staff of Doimukh GHSS mourned the sudden demise of T Taloh. Meanwhile, the  Arunachal Teachers Association, Papum Pare district unit and students and teachers of the Govt Secondary School, RGU campus deeply mourned the demise of Taloh. The members conveyed deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family  and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, the ATA unit requested the education department to post a principle to the Hr secondary school, Doimukh as early as possible.


All set for Losar

ITANAGAR, March 4: Arunachal is all set to celebrate Losar, which marks the beginning of a New Year for section of the Buddhists community that follows the Tibetan calendar.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen J J Singh has extended greetings and best wishes to all the people of Arunachal Pradesh on the festive occasion of Losar.

In his festival message, Gen Singh has expressed his hope that Losar 2011, the year of the Yin Metal Rabbit 2138, which is considered one of the most auspicious of all possible years will usher-in tranquility, contentment and prosperity for all.

Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu also has extended his warm greetings on the auspicious occasion of Losar festival.

Khandu hoped that the Losar festival 2011 would bring with it peace, prosperity and lasting happiness to the people of the state and the country.

Meanwhile, Tawang and West Kameng districts are all set to celebrate Losar in a grand manner.

The festival which starts tomorrow is expected to witness many VIPs including State PWD minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretaries, Nabam Rebia and Kumar Waii besides MPs and MLAs from the state.

The foundation stone of newly created PWD division in Lumla will be laid by Tuki, while the newly built Sela Gate in Sela Pass will be inaugurated by Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu.


APB&OCWW Board Secretary clarifies allegations

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board Secretary cum Labour Commissioner Ojing Darung in a letter to Principal Secretary to Chief Minister regarding the allegation leveled against APB& OCWWB Chairman Jalley Sonam by All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union said that the allegation leveled against the APB& OCWWB Chairman is unfounded.

While clarifying the allegation, the secretary said that since the appointment of Sonam as Chairman of the board he has been tirelessly working for the welfare of the workers and labour.

Further allegation of misusing his power and function of Chairman is also unfounded as the power and function of the Chairman of the board is clearly defined under section 20 and 22 of the Building and Other Construction Workers (RE & CS Act, 1996) and under rules 254 to 263 of the APB&OCWR, 2006. The Chairman of the board is therefore bound to abide by the Act and Rules framed there under.

On the allegation regarding misleading and false promise to the Labours for the regularization of their jobs, service benefit such as the Honorary loan, Medical advance, marriage assistance and housing allowance etc, the Secretary clarified that regularization of job is done by appointing authorities through DPC and the Chairman of the Board cannot regularize the job of the workers as the Chairman is not their appointing authority.

However, it is the duty of the officials of the Board including the Chairman to inform the workers about the availability of various benefits to the registered workers under the Board. There is nothing personal in such deliberations by the Chairman.

It further clarifying the allegation regarding illegal or forceful collection of Rs. 160 from each Government employee of various departments, the secretary said that the registration fee of Rs. 25 and monthly contribution of Rs. 20 being membership fee are only collected/deposited with the Welfare Board and Chairman is not at all involved in such activities.


Union concerned atillegal timber operation

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: All Pakke-Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students’ Union (APPDSSU) has appealed to the legislators of the state to raise the issue of illegal timber operation in the on-going assembly session.

The association claimed that rampant looting of forest resources like timber, cane, stone, sand and bamboo have been going on in Dissing-Passo circle of East Kameng since last many years.

It said that forest guards  handicapped by insufficient force and artilleries are unable to check such illegal activities.

The devastating flood in 2004, which claimed many human lives at Seijosa and Dissing Passo area, was the direct impact of deforestation, the students union claimed, and appealed to the legislators, especially of BJP, NCP and PPA, to raise the serious issue in the assembly to check the menace permanently.


Tirap sports meet held

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: A week-long sports meet for both boys and girls under 16 was conducted by the department of sports and youth affairs which culminated at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa in Tirap district on Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh.

Events like athletics discus throw, shotput, javelin throw, badminton etc were included in the tournament.

Students from different schools participated in the tournament with great enthusiasm. District Sports officer, R. Mihu efficiently coordinated the whole tournament. Prizes including cash awards were distributed to the winners.

Later on Feb 26, a cricket tournament was jointly organized by the department of sports and youth affairs and Ollo Youth Association. Needless to add that Tirap district is going through a critical phase with reports of frequent clashes between the two factions of NSCN.  Such sports events can go a long way in weaning away the youths from going astray and also gives a momentary respite and joy to the youth who have been traumatized by the ugly incidents of violence of late.    DIPRO


Awareness workshop cum training programme

Sena advocates quality packaging of agri-horti products

ITANAGAR Mar 4:  An awareness programme on packaging of Agri, Horti product including tea of Arunachal Pradesh was jointly organized by the department of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh  in collaboration with the Indian Institute of packaging (IIP) Kolkata here today.

Setong Sena Finance, Trade and Commerce Minister, said that Arunachal Pradesh is endowed with favorable climatic condition and other suitable factors for growth of various exotic fruit and vegetables. Oranges, kiwis, gingers and various other exotic and high quality fruits and vegetables are abundantly produced in the state which has higher demand at the international and domestic market, but these products are unable to reach the competitive market owing to the lack of proper knowledge of packaging, handing and  required infrastructure of storage in the state, Sena observed.

The Minister hoped that the premier Indian Institute of Packing (IIP) Kolkata under the union ministry of commerce will help to improve the standard of package through research and development, training and education with current packaging practices, newer development and latest technologies available thought out the country as food packaging work as very important link between the food processor and the consumers. Fresh fruit and vegetables being perishable in nature requires a proper system of handing, distribution and packaging for prevention of losses and for its delivery to the consumer both at the domestic market as well as for exports. Quality deterioration of the food product could cause serious health hazard to the consumers and reduce its marketability, the minister said.  Sena hoped that such awareness programme would go a long way in generating awareness on packaging of fruits, vegetable and other products of the state.

The Minister further released the ‘study report on export potential survey: strategies for Arunachal Pradesh’ submitted by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Kolkata

Earlier Commissioner, Trade and Commerce Makbul Pertin, urged upon all the participants to take maximum benefits from this training programme and develop requisite skills for becoming successful entrepreneurs and exporter  of the state .

Apart from resource persons from IIP Kolkata and trainees, the programme was attended by representatives from various NGOs, head of the department of Trade and Commerce, unemployed youths, farmers, businessmen, exporters and entrepreneurs. DIPR


Workshop on sustainable sanitation and water quality monitoring

Lohit receives highest number of Nirmal Gram Puraskar

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: A district level workshop on Sustainable Sanitation  and Management of Drinking Water Quality Monitoring conducted at Pali Vidyapith, Chongkham in  Lohit district.

Deputy Commissioner cum chairman of the District Water and Sanitation Committee R.K. Sharma, inaugurated the workshop.

Sharma in his inaugural address said, Lohit district has received the highest numbers of Nirmal Gram Puruskar (NGP) in Arunachal Pradesh. He emphasized on achieving Nirmal district by 2015.

Lauding the officers and staff of PHE and  WS department in the district  for working against all odds to make the TSC programme successful, he asked them to keep up the same spirit.

He expressed happiness over receiving three numbers of Nirmal Gram Panchayat – 2011, namely, Kherem, Podumoni and Kumari Khampti Panchayats and congratulated all the people of these 3 panchayats. He also advised the PRIs of the district to become torch bearer in spreading the message of TSC in their respective segment in order to change the mind set of the people in use of Individual House Hold Latrine (IHHL) and in maintaining personal hygiene.

Er. L. Kri, SE, PHED, Miao   stressed the need for involvement of PRIs in implementation of people-centric TSC programme. He further disclosed that the assets created under drinking water supply through NRDW programme would be subsequently transferred and handed over to the respective PRIs for operation and maintenance after imparting proper training to them.

The Executive Engineer-cum- Member Secretary, DWSC Er.Tayum Tok, through Power Point presentation highlighted various activities of PHE & WS Department, Lohit district with special reference to TSC programme. He emphasized on reformation under TSC Programme like construction and proper maintenance of IHHL. He said that the stakeholder need to adopt the habit of personal hygiene as it is the first step for personal grooming and healthy life.

Er. A.N. Singh, Director, CCDU, PHE and WS Department, Itanagar participating in the programme as a resource person elaborately explained   the use of Field Testing Kids (FTKs). The district level workshop is an ambitious programme of Govt. of India under support activities of Bharat Nirman where the Drinking Water sources will be tested with the use of FTKs to find out the potability of Water, he said and disclosed that training to the PRIs on use of FTKs for testing of water quality of drinking water sources of every Panchayat would begin in every district of Arunachal very soon.

Dr. U. Nath, MO Tezu, highlighted about water, sanitation and health linkages through Power Point Presentation. The DMO and Deputy Direction, ICDS, Tezu also spoke on the occasion.


Awareness programs on mental retardation and associated disabilities

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of India, in collaboration with Donyi Polo School for Hearing Impaired, Chimpu, Itanagar has conducted various awareness and training programmes from February 28 to March 4.

A team comprising of Dr Beenapani Mohapatra, Clinical Psychologist and Dr T. Mugesh, Occupational Therapist along with PG scholars from NIMH conducted the training programe on early identification and intervention for the nursing students of Rama Krishna Mission hospital, Itanagar and training programme on mental retardation and associated disabilities for the students of north east homeopathic college, Itanagar on February 28 and March 1.

Awareness programs on mental retardation and associated disabilities have also been conducted for the students of Vivekanda Kendrya Vidyalaya, Little Flower School and Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic College, Itanagar.

They also conducted training programme on identification and Management of Mental retardation in school setups for the School teachers of Vivekanda Kendrya Vidyalaya and Central School Itanagar and has also conducted training programme for Parents, Anganwadi workers, NGO representatives, SSA Resource teachers, and other field Professionals on March3.

Today, the team conducted a composite rehabilitation camp at Donyi Polo Mission School for Hearing Impaired Chimpu, where in person with disabilities such as mental retardation, autism, Cerebral palsy, visual and hearing impairment were screened and necessary psychological, therapeutic and other support services were extended.

During the camp, 17 persons with mental retardation, 84 children with hearing impairment and 16 visual impairment and 3 locomotor disabled persons participated and availed the services today.

Earlier, this programe was inaugurated by Commissioner Disabilities, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, M. Pertin.

In his inaugural speech he strongly advocated the need and necessity of taking up such programmes in Arunachal Pradesh.


Awareness camp on PMEGP

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Rural Industrialization is the responsibility of the State Government as enshrined in the Directive Principle of the State Policy in the Constitution of India and efforts need to be made to make the process of industrialization vibrant, said DNG College Principal Tomar Ete.

Speaking at an awareness camp on Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP) organized by  Arunachal Pradesh Khadi and Village Industries Board (KVIB) in the college premise today, Ete said that Career Counselling Cell of DNGC has been doing its sincere endeavour in advocating entrepreneurship as a bright career option. He urged the KVIC and the KVIB to popularize the various schemes and policies under KVI sector in the institute so that students and others can reap benefits out of it.

In his keynote address, Sukamal Deb, chief executive officer, KVIB, informed that there is a specific directives from the Centre to reach out to various degree, engineering colleges and polytechnic institutes with the PMEGP as it has been carefully designed to include upcoming entrepreneurs. The youths of these institutes may serve as a ready pool of prospective future entrepreneurs, he said. He dwelt in details about the beauty of entrepreneurial careers. Describing that youths are the future potential entrepreneurs of the state and the nation, he emphasized the need of bringing about a momentum in the process of industrialization in the state. He also detailed the guidelines to avail the benefits under PMEGP, a flagship programme of the Ministry of MSME.

Dr. SK, Associate Professor of DNG College requested the organizer to support the students and other entrepreneurs by providing project profile and emphasized that the model project reports should be made available.

Dr. MQ Khan, Associate Professor and Head, Career Counseling Cell of the college, who was instrumental in organizing the programme, dwelt upon the various aspects of entreprenuership as vibrant career and supported the objective of PMEGP saying it can go a long way in pushing the industrialization process in the state.

A volley of questions and issues raised by the students and faculties were constructively responded by the chief executive officer in the open house discussion session.

Besides students a few faculties and other staff of the college attended the programme.


Conference of development trust

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The first ever conference cum executive body meeting of Golom-Gocham-Hui Development Trust (GGHDT) was held at Raga recently.

Speaking on the occasion, president of the Trust Dr. Hui Tag urged for integrated socio-economic and sustainable environmental development of the Raga area through application of appropriate science and technological knowledge. Highlighting the objective of the Trust, which is aiming for integration, unification and rehabilitation of scattered and jobless clan members, Dr. Tag said that the unplanned settlement that are taking place in various areas of Raga town and the state can be checked through proper rehabilitation of the scattered members in Eco Model Villages to be set up in their respective ancestral forest lands. He said that such process should be patronized by the state government through appropriate rural development package.

Golom Bogy, Secretary of the Trust, while submitting a 5-point memorandum to the chief guest Marina Nido, chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board (APSSWB), informed about the basic civic amenities required for better living in the up-coming Eco Model village at Jaal area. The memorandum includes financial assistance for development of Eco Model village/regrouping at Jaal, immediate black-topping of road from Saddle point to Jaal, Development of porter track for transportation of man and materials and ensuring electricity and water supply facility among others.

The chief guest, meanwhile, gave commitment to construct the porter track at the earliest and assured to take up the other demands with the appropriate authority.

Raga Area Development Committee Chairman Nido Tagom was the guest of honour.

Trust members Golom Tania, Golom Aken and Gicham Tacha also spoke in the meeting.

Earlier, the meeting formed the Golom-Gocham-Hui Development Trust (GGHDT) with Dr. Hui Tag as Chairman, Golom Aken as vice chairman and Golom Bogy as Secretary for integration, unification and rehabilitation of scattered and jobless clan brethren.


Success story of Sanya SHG

The success story of Sanya SHG of Khasan Jugli village under Kharsang circle of Changlang district has many an inspiring thought for hundreds of existing SHGs in the district.

The Sanya SHG has not gone through yet long history of existence since the formation on 13th August, 2010 under the initiative and supportive assistance of Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) an NGO based at Namphai-I, Miao. But this SHG has a spirit of working out a difference.

The Sanya SHG, not being satisfied with its routine activities and social services, has taken up mushroom cultivation  to enhance their income.  Having learnt to know-how about mushroom cultivation from AMYAA, an NGO, it started Mushrooms cultivation with rich harvesting which inspired the village communities.

With this success the SHG members have decided to go for larger scale of cultivation and to commercialize the products in the local markets. The secret of the success of this SHG goes without saying the strong bond of unity and understanding among the group members, individual commitment to group’s mission and their respect for dignity of labour and hard work. This success story of Sanya SHG may be an insignificant sort of narration to some but not for this SHG who now strongly feels that “Change is possible’ if there is “ courage within’ inspite of difference among their own group members. The success of this SHG should not be an isolated happenings but a lesson and challenge to number of other existing SHGs in the region. (Contributed by R. K. Paul Chawang, Secretary, AMYAA, Namphai-I, Miao)


Career awareness cum counseling prog held

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Career Counselling Cell of Dera Natung Govt.College, in collaboration with APPSC organized a Career Awareness cum Counseling Programme on the functions, role of Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission and the schemes of examinations  for the benefits of the students of  the college and other aspirants  at college auditorium today.

Speaking on the occasion, Rinchin Dorjee, Chairman of the APPSC exhorted the students and aspirants of civil services examination to be more serious and sincere in their preparation of the most prestigious Combined Civil Services Examination. He expressed happiness over participation of a large number of aspirants.

B.K.Chena, Member APPSC, advised students to be career conscious and serious about building their future as hard work bears golden fruits.

Jati Pullu, Member APPSC and Huzar Lollen, Secretary APPSC besides discussing the structure and schemes of examinations, also interacted with the aspirants. They answered to the various queries, doubts and confusions raised by several aspirants during the programme.

Tomar Ete, Principal of the college in his welcome address appreciated the democratic and fruitful efforts of the Commission to reach out the students and patted the aspirants for their career-consciousness and also lauded the endeavour and hard work done by the co-ordinator for the grand success of the programme.

Earlier talking about the objective of the programme, Dr. M.Q. Khan, the co-ordinator of the Career Counseling & Free Coaching Cell admired the aspirants for their active and massive participation. He called upon the aspirants to reap optimum benefits of the UGC-Free Intensive Coaching Programme.

The programme was attended by a large number of students and aspirants besides many faculty members of the college.


Matri-Puja   held to  foster parents-children  relations

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: The rare sight of Class (X) V.K.V. students washing the feet of their mothers, offering flowers, sprinkling holy water and mothers in turn blessing their children not only gave a deep insight into our age-old Indian culture of mother worship but presented an emotional parent-children meet on the occasion of Matri Puja conducted at VKV Jirdin in West Siang district on March 2 last.

The admit cards along with a pen were handed over to parent and children jointly during the Puja. One of the pioneers of V.K.V movements in Arunachal and joint secretary V.K.V. Dibrugarh, Didi Radha said that the rich Indian culture holds mother and mother land in high esteem but the eroding values of our culture is a serious threat on our society and existence. The militancy, crime, murder and other present day vices are off-shoots and by products of these eroding values, she said and stressed on imbibing value based culture that underpins unity and oneness among all.

The Swamijis from R.K. Mission who were invited on the occasion, appreciated the endeavor of the institution to promote cardinal relation among parents, children and teachers and urged them to keep up the healthy trend. The education officers from V.K.V. stressed on value based education along with modern education.

Principal of V.K.V Shanti Manohar spelt out her effort to build such an atmosphere where parents, children and teachers unitedly shoulder the responsibility to shape the destinies of the children. DIPRO


Demand for inclusion of Papu valley in the tourist circuit

ITANAGAR, Mar 4: Cheri Clan Welfare Society of Seppa has demanded both the Centre and State Government for inclusion of the Papu Valley in nation’s tourist circuit list.

The valley bestowed with natural scenic beauty which is also  home to flurry of flora and fauna and varied species has every potential to be included in the list of tourist circuits, the society said.

Supporting AAPSU president Takam Tatung’s recent demand for inclusion of the area in tourism map, the society said that the valley is well connected with road communication and there is also lodging facility for the visiting tourists.

It appealed to all to support the demand for growth of tourism sector in the state.


News Impact

APPSU call off bandh

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) has called off its proposed 12 hrs Papum Poma bandh call on March 4 after the authority assured to arrest and punish the culprit involved in damage of teacher quarter at government middle school, Kokila recently.


RGU Debate

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: The Rajiv Gandhi University is going to organize an Inter College Debate competition on ‘Eco-Tourism in Arunachal Pradesh: Prosperity?” on March 14 in the University Auditorium.

Two students each from the affiliated colleges of the University shall participate in the Debate Competition.


Union demands arrest of culprits

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Students’ Union Dera Natung Government College served 10 days ultimatum to the superintendent of Police today for their failure to arrest the alleged culprits involved in the physical assault of SUDNGC General Secretary on February 9 last.

The union threatening to launch a massive agitation after the expiry of the ultimatum said that despite their appeal for arrest, the authority could not arrest the culprits till today.


District NYC chief resigns

ITANAGAR, Mar 3: Tamo Taggu has resigned from the post of  East Siang district Nationalist Youth Congress (NYC) unit president due to personal problem.  

In an email release, Taggu said he has submitted his resignation letter to the district party office and party headquarters at Itanagar.


‘Phamak Layo’ ready  to hit the screen

ITANAGAR: Lham Dorjee’s new film ‘Phamak Layo’ (an unfortunate son) is ready to be released on the eve of the Lossar Festival under the banner of Tsering Dorjee Film Productions.

This is the Vth Monpa feature film from Tawang and it is produced by Tsering Dorjee and directed by Lham Dorjee, who is also the lead actor of the film. Tashi Drema plays the female lead.  

Dorjee had also played the lead role in the Tawang’s first ever feature film ‘Changngan’ (A boy in you).


Widow’s of police personnel demand

ITANAGAR: Surviving widows of police has come under one umbrella to fight for their cause. Under the banner of All Arunachal Pradesh Widows Association, it has decided to organize hunger Strike cum dharna on 5th of March in front of Chief Minister’s bungalow seeking cancellation  of interview number PHQ/PER-35/2009 being currently conducted for widows by Arunachal Pradesh police.

They are seeking immediate appointment of all the candidates on compassionate ground in place of their deceased husbands and fathers who lost life while serving the state.

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A catalyst to bind us together

Dear Editor,

The "Letters from a Mother!" in the readers forum was timely. Why is that such clarion calls are invariably from students who reside outside? It seems the identity is much sought after when we step outside of our dominion. We need an identity. Not of only for this and that tribe or community. We need a catalyst to bind all the people of our state. A common script could be a good beginning. But as earlier informal attempts to evolve a common script has shown, it is not possible due to rambling approach of different stakeholders. What next then? Is introducing separate script for each tribe serve the purpose?

In my opinion without a common legacy of our state there will always be a vacuum in the context of identity especially in the eyes of people from mainland India. Hindi is despised by many as silent invasion. Here goes my pick. Compose a state anthem in English. Let the students recite it in morning prayer along with national anthem. Make teaching in English or local dialect, if possible as compulsory in primary school level. From middle school level make teaching in English as compulsory. It might prove to be a twin edge sword. In one side we get rid of silent invasion and in other side the craze for admitting our children in convent schools at high cost will be halted.

We can't ban Bollywood and satellite television. But the parents can  limit the dose to the young ones. And there are a lot of good English entertainment channels which are available for subscription if at all it is necessary.


John (on email)



Services unfulfilled

Dear Editor,

I would like to highlight problem faced by the people of Changlang District Headquarter.

Chief Minister had announced Chopper service every Saturday to cover Changlang District last year at Changlang. Since, than the people of Changlang district were enthusiastic that they would reach state capital within short time. With much hope, the officers, publics even the MLAs waited for the chopper but hardly have we got the Chopper services.

I would like to appeal to the concern Director and authority to look into the matter and ensure regular service. Such irregular chopper service has caused immense loss to the Govt. official works and the people.

RGGVY project was launched way back in 2003; still the District Headquarter is reeling under darkness. The people of Changlang appeal the concern authority to pass instruction to the key contractor for early completion of the project.

Through your daily, the local public of 52-Changlang (North) would also like to appeal the District Administration to pass an instruction to the officers and staffs to be stationed at their respective place of posting. It is observed that most of the Officers and staffs of different departments are camping at Headquarters occupying Govt. accommodation causing scarcity of accommodation meant for the officers /staff of the Headquarters.

If the Govt staff follows this practice, the area cannot be developed. So, the people of the 52-Changlang (North) earnestly appeal the District Administration to direct the officers/staffs to vacate the Govt Quarter that is being occupied by the officers /staffs of the Administrative sub-Division of Khimiyong / Yatdam /Namtok etc.


Paseng Kenglang

Vice President DYC (I)




Need bus service in every college

Dear Editor,

As we know that demise of Soviet Russia in 1991 ended the cold world war, but now new cold war is going on in every college among students for a seat in the bus for attending classes.

There are more than 2500 students in each college, but they have only one bus of 40 seats. Many students are crying for bus as they miss the classes.

May I request all the Principals of the concerned colleges not to restrict attendance of the students for exam as well as for stipend.

Donyi-Polo Government College Kamki is still using the second hand bus since the establishment of College in 1996.

The government should provide at least 3 buses to each college. Hostel seat should be increased and 75% of students should be provided hostel.

I request the politicians, officers and students' bodies to take the  matter as very serious problem. I hope that the Education Minister B. Siram will solve the problems.


Kaluk Nomuk

Prem Nagar




Changing of Adi Marriage System

Dear Editor,

I am not happy with the present upcoming trends of Adi marriage system, which might become a social problem in long run. I am also calling, the Adi Elites, ABK, Adi Student Union and the most importantly Adi Women Body, to have a social correction measures as early as possible. My suggestions:

Adis shall continue our simple customary marriage system with exclusion of bad/social evils.

Adis traditionally have never sacrificed Pigs/Mithuns for marriage, it should be either reduced or stopped.

Discouraging the killing of squirrels, I suggest not to serve too many squirrels in the marriage, except a small 'Kepel and Taku'.

The social gathering may be encouraged only as an introductory and witness the duo. Here too, no singing or dancing is suggested.

Modern Adis should introduce a written record in marriage, keeping a Marriage Register, not only for records but also as witness to the event. That must be signed by groom and bride and counter signed by both parents, three selected community elders.

From the day or date of marriage, bride should wear the marriage Symbol.


Dr. K. Ering,

Pasighat, (on email)



Make use of the services

Dear Editor,

It is indeed a pleasure that 21 doctors from Arunachal have qualified the recently concluded All India Post Graduate Medical Entrance Examination.

Every year many of the brilliant doctors of our state have cleared this examination, however this time it is a record and highest among all north eastern states.

It is not only a proud moment for the doctors of Arunachal but also for the entire state. All these doctors will specialize in subjects of their choice and serve our people after completion.

But unfortunately due to inadequate creation of specialist posts and non availability of medical college in our state, these young doctors would be compelled to work in other states or in private sectors.

Today many of the specialist doctors of the state are working in private hospitals or in other states due to lack of posts or facilities in government set up.

On the other hand, many of the people of our state are dying every year due to lack of specialist care.

The concerned authority should look into the matter and try to avail the services specialist  doctors to the maximum for the benefit of the people of the state.

Congratulations to all successful young doctors.


Ori J. (on email)



We assures quality control on JNNURM projects

Dear Editor,

This is apropos the letter under the caption "Implement it well for the sake of the state" (March 2) wherein the writer, one Reg Tamo had expressed his doubtfulness on transparency and quality control in the implementation of JNNURM projects at mission city, Itanagar in absence of Third Party Monitoring and quality control team.

In this regard, it is to clarify that the Third party monitoring and quality control team called Independent Review and Monitory Agency (IRMA) has been constituted by the Govt. of India to ensure transparency and quality control for the entire JNNURM schemes for mission cities. MSV International Pvt. Ltd. Delhi has been appointed by the GOI against JNNURM (UIG) projects and M/s WABCOS Ltd. Gurgoan had been appointed against JNNURM (BSUP) projects for the state of Arunachal Pradesh. As per the guidelines of JNNURM, the IRMA will have to visit a minimum of ten times to each project under JNNURM. The IRMA team will have to visit each projects, at pre-construction, during construction and Post construction stage. They have already started their work and assessed the progress of pre-construction stage and assessing the work progress during construction stage. The fund released from the GOI is purely based on the review report of the IRMA team submitted to the GOI after each inspection.

The ongoing JNNURM projects has been firstly inspected by the third party monitoring team on 09.09.2009 headed by Hari Krisna Palival, Principal Secretary, PM package GOI and M. K Shankar Narayan Deputy Advisor, CPHEEO, GOI. Subsequently, the representatives of MSV International Inc, USA the third party monitoring team of Arunachal Pradesh, headed by retired Chief Engineers, has inspected the projects of JNNURM on 20/04/2010, 05/10/2010, and 14/01/2011. These third party monitoring teams are closely monitoring and guiding the department of UD & H for quality execution of the work and judiciously implementing at the ground level of all the JNNURM projects. Not only this, they imparting technical aspects also.

Separate fund provision for the consultancy services as per their number of visits in every project is kept by Govt. of India.

In order to have more transparency and for the quality control, the state monitoring team has also been constituted by the state Govt and they are reviewing the progress of the projects in every month. Every effort is being maintained at every level to execute the work with quality work specification.

Regarding the clarification sought by one N.Tatung, of Ganga, Itanagar         (March 3),  it may be noted that as per the prioritized components under JNNURM reflected in CDP of Capital region, there are 13 DPRs recommended by the state level steering committee (SLSC). These DPRs have been submitted to Govt. of India during the year 2006-07. The DPR for road improvement under urban renewal component, solid waste management under sanitation component and water supply for Itanagar township were the prioritized projects among others. Out of which, the Solid Waste Management and water supply for Itanagar township projects sanctioned under UIG component during 2006-07 and construction of 100 dwelling units for Safai Karamcharis at Pappu Nallah sanctioned under BSUP during the same year. The rest DPRs remained pending at ministry of urban Development, Govt. of India till 2008-09. After persistent persuasion of State Govt and liaising with central Govt, the Govt of India agreed to sanction against the projects for road improvement and creation of infrastructure for urban transport during 2008-09. Taking it as a noble gesture from big brother at centre we immediately submitted the DPRs for procurement of twenty three buses separately. While sanctioning, the Govt. of India directed the state Govt.to procure the buses within June 2009. Accordingly, 23 buses were procured with the 1st installment released and before widening of road works could taken up at JNNURM mission city Itanagar.

In regards to the disruption of the public utilities, we are perusing the power, PHED and BSNL authorities to shift the structure at proper locations from the road side since September last and constantly having liaised with them for early shifting. The damages of public utilities in redevelopment work are in evitable. However, the department is trying the best to have minimum damages and harmoniously working with the line department, PHED, POWER, and BSNL. Therefore, the question of damaging the structures of public utility disregarding the concern authority does not arise. The cutting and excavation work has been done as the working season is running out and the department wants to prevent inconveniences on the road during rainy season. However, whenever such damage is noticed, we immediately inform the counterpart field staff of concern department at the site of occurrence everyday for rectification. The Govt has also sanctioned the fund for cost of shifting of electrical poles, cables and water pipelines to the respective concern department as per their demand so that public inconvenience can be avoided. We are working for the interest of public and there is no intension to harass anybody.

The right monitoring and quality control team is IRMA which have already appointed by the Govt of India as mentioned above. The state Govt as well as Govt of India  are putting their best efforts to avoid any lapse in monitoring and quality control aspects in the implementation of the projects. At field level, right from Chief Engineer to AUPO are monitoring and supervising the works relentlessly to ensure quality constructions.

The objective of Govt. of India to appoint PMU/PIU were to recruit highly qualified, preferably Ph. D holders having minimum 5 to 10 years of experience in their respective professional lines preferably retired from high level post who can guide the field Engineers for successfully implementation of the projects using their service experience.  However, so called advisory group appointment is pending because of non-released of fund and further direction from Gol & State Govt.

I appreciate the esteemed denizens of Itanagar for their cooperation and patience in redeveloping work of Itanagar Township. I also appreciate the esteemed writers as they want to know more about the much coveted JNNURM schemes and it's implementation. It is our privilege, to highlight the implementation of JNNURM schemes to our esteemed general public. We the executing agency is also facing great difficulties in reshaping and improving the present road conditions of mission city Itanagar. Even then, we will not let down the expectation of the people and promise to make this dream true with quality and transparency. I appeal everyone to keep patience and cooperate with the department in implementing these schemes especially at the field level.


Er R D Lewi

Deputy Director, UD and Housing, Capital Complex division.



IT and Arunachal

Dear Editor,

I would like to share my view over the recruitment that is currently undergoing in dept of science and technology for post of LDC cum computer operator. Job done by concern department is innovative and commendable but has to go long way to reap the advantage of Information Technology (IT).

They are scheduling a written test in batch wise i.e. batch of some 20 candidate at a time, provide each candidate with computer and they are supposed to answer some preset questions in word processing tools(MS Word). It is good attempt as each student will be getting different set of questions so there is no or very little scope of copying from each other but there are drawbacks too, as candidates are supposed to write an answer in word processing tools and when it comes to English section you will find almost everything in word processing tool. Let it be automatic sentence correction or answering Synonym and Antonym questions. So in one sense you can say that concern department is fooling itself and checking manipulation ability of candidate not their skill.

Being parent department for IT (Information Technology) I would like to opine  them to go for Computerized Adaptive Test(CAT) system to rectify the drawbacks as well as save precious time that will spent for evaluating answers. It’s just a beginning.  Hope with time, concern department will come up with latest technology.

At same time I would like to appeal other departments too, especially to APPSC to adopt such a system. It will not only save precious time rather it will help in saving resource and maintaining transparency.

Lastly, I would like to request concern Minister and Head of Dept. of Information Technology to recruit some fresh minds i.e. IT(Information Technology) graduate in your various e-governance project for its smooth functioning and for proper implementations of projects. Today there are plenty of IT graduates in state. They are not getting an opportunity to make use of their skill and to serve the state. Having left with no options they are compelled to take up jobs in other field such as Teaching, Clerk etc. In one sense, I would like to say it’s kind of wastage of resource for State Govt. as they are spending lakhs of rupees on each student to get them admitted in Engineering Colleges.

It is really saddening to see that that IT department is having zero or no staffs from IT background.

Now my question to concern department is how officers from non IT background can handle IT related project such as  CIC(Community Information Centre), CSC(Common Service Centre) and various departmental website etc. which is already failed or not functioning properly in our state. All I can say is please provide us an opportunity too and recruit right person from right field.


Michi Tabyo,

Itanagar, (on email).







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