ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Political parties in the state has reacted angrily to the NSCN (K)
statement in which it had directed all the minister and MLAs to resign from the Dorjee
Khandu led Congress government by March 10.
“Handy work of few”
Such statement, accusing the Dorjee Khandu led Government of indulging NSCN (IM)
in the State and also as the “killer of Naga people of Tirap and Changlang District”
is nothing but to create confusion & panic amongst the common people of the State.
This is purely a handy work & political game of few vested interest people to malign
the image of an efficient and popular Chief Minister, said Arunachal Pradesh Congress
APCC appealed the people of the State not to get confused by such cheap statement
by anti-social elements, as all the Congress legislators are united and have full
faith in the dynamic & able leadership of Dorjee Khandu as Chief Minister.
The legislators of Tirap and Changlang are the representatives of the people and
they are responsible and matured enough to work in the larger interests of the people
of the two districts, its spokesperson Vishal P Nabum said.
Khandu led Government is always working diligently for all round development of the
State and all the State and Central Government developmental packages/funds has been
equally distributed to all the Districts including Tirap and Changlang. Moreover,
a separate Department of Tirap & Changlang (DoTC) has been created to look after
the affairs of both the Districts in order to benefit the people, it said.
The Party further said that if the daily which published the letter of the NSCN (K)
feels that it is also a stakeholder in the developmental process as well as peace
and tranquillity of the State, they should come with the source of the said letter
Don’t interfere: AITC
All India Trinamool Congress, Arunachal Pradesh Unit has strongly condemned the interference
by the NSCN (K) in state politics. It is not wise for the underground elements to
take part or dictate in the politics of the state, it said.
The interference from outside underground elements in state politics will creates
chaos and confusion in the minds of the state, it said.
The party appealed both factions of the NSCN to restrain themselves from interfering
in the state politics for the peace and tranquillity of the two district of state,
Tirap and Changlang, in particular and the whole state.
NSCN “direction” a silly proposition: NCP
The State NCP president Ngurang Pinch has stated in a release that it is extremely
surprising and shocking to find the media report that an outlawed outfit of the north
east India NSCN (K) has dared to “direct” MLAs and ministers from Tirap and Changlang
to “withdraw support“ from the Dorjee Khandu government.
Apart from the NSCN “direction” being a silly proposition, it also exposes a very
uncomfortable fact that the state government appears to have absolved itself from
the Tirap-Changlang affair so much so that the NSCN (K) shows the guts for directing
the people’s elected representatives from Tirap-Changlang and even threats them of
“consequences” if they fail to oblige, observes Pinch.
He added that normally, this directions and threats from a section of NSCN do not
deserve attention or comment but since the situation in these two districts has remained
alarming for a considerable period of time and as Tirap-Changlang, besides being
sufferers from gross non-development, have been reduced to a battle ground of the
warring factions NSCN (K) and NSCN (I-M) causing untold misery to the people of the
districts, the state government seems doing precious little to reverse the situation
and let the people over there live peacefully.
Now, adding insult to injury, NSCN (K) is issuing directives to the MLAs lawfully
elected by the people of Tirap and Changlang to disown the government for which they
have been elected. This is not only shameful for the government for letting the thing
go to that extent, but it also raises the doubt whether any government is at all
there in Tirap and Changlang districts in particular and Arunachal Pradesh in general,
NCP spokesperson described the reported threat to the legislators of Tirap and Changlang,
as unethical and unaccepted in a democratic set up.
No organization has any right whatsoever to interfere in the democratic process to
dictate who would be the chief minister.
Such unethical practices have put a question mark on the democratic process of the
state in the past, spokesperson Bamang Felix said.
I am deeply concerned over the oft-repeated fractional clashes in Tirap since mid-December
forcing the villagers to escort the cadres, cook for them and guard them round the
clock using the villagers as human shield and putting the life of civilians to great
risk. Regrettably, both the districts were declared disturbed under the Armed Forces
(Special Powers) Act, 1958 since September 17, 1991 which has destroyed the peace
and development of the people, he added.
BJP question nexus with UG elements
BJP said that the alleged nexus between the leaders of the successive Congress state
governments in Arunachal Pradesh with the underground outfit organizations is nothing
new since early 1990s from elections to leadership infighting and manipulations of
various central funds and corruptions.
The notice as carried in the local media for the MLAs from Tirap Changlang District
to 12 MLAs is not a good sign for a state like Arunachal Pradesh and is a matter
of serious concern, it said.
The BJP demanded explanations from the state government as to why people of Tirap
and Changlang are being victimized and butchered by the party in power and the underground
It questioned the lack of proper and definite policy measures or steps taken up by
the state government.
It further called for impartial and thorough investigations into the alleged Congress
leaders nexus with the underground organizations and criminalization of Politics.
Innocent populations have to bear the brunt of such nexus, it said.
The party said that given the situation special provision as envisaged under the
Constitution of Indian giving special power to the institution of Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh should be invoked, if required.
Ete receives best farmers’ award at North-East Zone Regional Agri-Fair
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Altogether 16 Farmers from different blocks of West Siang District
led by Agriculture Development Officers Jumdo Jini and Nitum Riba represented Arunachal
Pradesh in the recently concluded North-East Zone Regional Agri-Fair'2010-11at Megalaya
from February 28- March 2.
The event was organised by the ICAR Complex for NEH Region, Umiam, Meghalaya and
co-sponsored by the NEC and NABARD.
On the occasion, Kade Ete, a progressive farmer, from Gune-Bane Village, Aalo has
been felicitated with best farmer’s award for his innovation in multiple cropping
in his composite Agriculture Farm at his native Village.
The farmers have also visited Central Potato Research Station, Shillong and interacted
with the scientists and discussed at length on various diseases & pest in Potatoes
and learnt about techiniques of potato storage. The farmers were selected from the
12 Blocks of West Siang District under Agriculture reform programme through ATMA
and RKVY West Siang District; for Inter-state exposure visits during the Financial
Year 2010-1 l.
The fair was inaugurated by Governor of Meghalaya as the Chief Guest and the valedictory
function was attended by the secretary NEC, Shillong as Chief Guest.
Farmers from NE States participated at the Agri-Fair.
Tuki wishes on IWD
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: On the eve of 100 years of the International Women’s Day, APCC president
and PWD Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed hope that the womenfolk of the state
would play a pivotal role in the socioeconomic and political development of the state
in the years to come.
Pointing out that Arunachalee women have proved their mettle in various fields including
in man-dominated ones, like mountaineering, literature and sports and games, Tuki,
in a statement, wished the state’s women a very successful celebration to renew their
resolve for a better tomorrow. The Congress-led UPA government is committed to the
all-round development of women through their empowerment and emancipation, Tuki said,
adding the party’s commitment to the cause was proved beyond doubt with President
of India (Dr Pratibha Devisingh Patil) and president of the oldest party of the country
(Sonia Gandhi) being women.
Four arrested for tiger poaching
Itanagar, Mar 7: Four persons have been arrested by forest officials at Dibang Valley
districts, for their alleged involvement in poaching of tigers.
One arrest was made at Anini while the three others, reportedly all women were made
The alleged poachers are reported to have come from Haryana on tourist permits.
The details are being awaited.
Officials from wild life board, Delhi are expected to arrive in the two districts
to ascertain the facts on Tuesday.
From 40,000 in 1947, the population of tiger has shrunken to about 1,400 today, prompting
the government to launch a nationwide tiger conservation program, pumping in billions
of rupees every year.
AAPSU launch tirade against ghutka
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has launched tirade against
gutkha and pan masala.
Gutkha, an addictive with brand names of Tiranga, Shikar, Rajnigandha etc. is sold
at pan shops. AAPSU and other organizations have time and again appealed for administrative
steps to curb the sale of gutkha.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung said that the decision was necessitated in view of mushrooming
consumers especially amongst students and youths. “Chewing gutkha is not only hazardous
but it also litters our beautiful place. Everywhere; be it school, hospital office
and other major one is welcomed with red-stain which reflects poorly on our civic
As part of its modus operandi, the apex students union will be raiding against the
gutkha, starting from capital complex, to make Arunachal a gutkha- free-state. However,
it urged the districts administration to help them in their noble endeavor and ensure
that the hazardous substances are not sold in the shops.
This is worth mentioning that the Supreme Court has banned on sale of tobacco products
like gutkha and pan masala in plastic sachets. Respecting the verdict, many States
have abided by the decree.
It is reported that 86 percent of oral cancer in the world originate from India and
of these, 90 per cent are from chewing tobacco products.
Unsatisfactory performance of banks in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: District Level Consultative Committee (DCC) meeting was held at
Khonsa, Tirap district on March 3 to review the performance of banks in the district
for the quarter ended 31 December 2010.
The important issues discussed were CD Ratio, Kisan Credit Cards, and recovery position
of loans issued under agriculture. The target for CD ratio is 60% and the achievement
so far is only 28.31%. The number of KCCs issued as on the quarter ended December
2010 was 49 against target of 200 which was 24.50% achievement. The statutory norms
for lending under priority sector of 40% were fulfilled with the achievement made
by the banks at 40.68% and the target of 18% for agriculture within the priority
sector was also just achieved.
DC advised the bankers to take due care in identification of beneficiaries for better
recovery and take necessary steps for improvement of CD ratio in the district.
MM Majumder, Chief Manager, Lead Bank requested bankers in the district to take the
help of NABARD for promoting farmers clubs, SHGs and implement various developmental
schemes which will ultimately improve the CD ratio.
SBI branch Manager Khonsa, opined that disbursements under business is not picking
up as the license holders are local people while businesses are run by the people
coming from outside the State.
Upendra Bagh and K. Vaiphei, officers from NABARD, explained the various schemes
of NABARD for improving credit flow and requested the bankers to extend credit to
the people trained under the schemes.
Center to release RD funds
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Union Rural Development Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh has assured early
release of Rs 150 crore pleaded for by Arunachal Pradesh RWD Minister Kalikho Pul
during his meeting with the former recently.
Disclosing it to this daily today immediately after receiving communication from
the union minister, Pul said this could be possible because of his forceful presentation
of the ground realities of this hilly, landlocked, sparsely populated state through
an official memorandum, which he had submitted to the minister in his Delhi office.
Arunachal Pradesh, the sensitive eastern most border state of the country, though
listed in the ‘special category’ among 12 states in the country, deserves special
consideration because of its strategic importance, hilly terrain, harsh and hostile
climate and unfriendly topography that increases the cost of any developmental project,
Pointing out that the national criteria for infrastructure development cannot be
applicable to this state, Pul pleaded for considering connectivity proposals for
habitations with 250+ population, saying a review is necessary for Arunachal Pradesh
where only 12.3% habitations fall under the category. His other requests included
increase of length of bridges from 50 mtr span to 150 mtr, increase of road length
from 5.5 mtr road to at least 7 mtr and fund for maintenance of the created infrastructure,
which get eroded by long spell of rain for about seven months in a year.
The transportation cost of materials is very high in the state, which leaves the
project topsy-turvy, he told the minister.
On his invitation to attend the review meeting of RD ministers of NE states here
in April next, Deshmukh consented to visit the state to know the ground realities
for himself, Pul informed.
Former Kurung Kumey DC Yowa Takar passes away
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Former Kurung Kumey DC Yowa Takar passed away at his residence,
model village, Naharlagun on March 6 after prolonged illness.
Born in 1st March, 19 46, Late Yowa Takar completed his graduation from J N College,
Pasighat in 1968 and joined Govt service as junior teacher on July 11, 1968. Later
he was appointed as sub-inspector of school in 1971 and also passed B T from Guwahati
University the same year.
On the merit of this bureaucratic acumen, he was appointed as circle officer in 1976,
promoted to APCS –II as EAC on Feb 2, 1990 and as ADC on July 28, 1998. Subsequently
he was posted in Kurung Kumey as DC and retired on superannuation on Feb 29, 2004.
He also served the state in various other capacities like DRDA project director (1993
-2002) and director of land record. Various organizations including Arunachal Pradesh
Congress Committee (APCC), All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU), Doimukh Youth Association
(DYA) expressed deep sock at the untimely demise of Yowa Takar.
The death of Takar is an irreparable loss to the state. He will always be remembered
by the people of the state for his dedication and sincere service towards the upliftment
of the society, the APCC said in a condolence message.
ANSU in its condolence message said, apart from being an administrator par excellence,
late Takar rendered tireless service for the cause of the Nyisity society. His
contributions towards the state and the society will always be remembered in years
to come, the union said.
The people of Doimukh in particular and state as a whole lost an efficient administrator
and able leader due to death of Yowa Takar, DYA said in a message.
The rank and file of the APCC, ANSU and DYA conveyed deep sense of condolence to
the bereaved family and prayed to the Almighty for eternal peace of the departed
AAPSU mourns death of Takar
ITANAGAR Mar 7: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has deeply mourned the demise
of Yowa Takar, former Deputy Commissioner who passed away last evening at his Model
Village residence. In a condolence message, AAPSU conveyed its heartfelt
condolence to the bereaved family. It said that his departure is an irreparable loss
to the people of Arunachal.
Redress grievances of widows: BJP
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Arunachal Pradesh called upon the
state government to address the grievances of the widows of policemen in the state.
The party said that Govt should evolve necessary welfare measures with humane touch
for the wellbeing of the widows.
Claiming that various state Govts in the country have formulated policies and programmes
for police personnel and their families and widows, like compassionate appointments
and stipends to their children, the party said that there must be recruitment rules
and other welfare measures with the state Police administration for the wellbeing
of police force.
The BJP media cell in a release further said that the anomalies and manipulations
in various departments under the successive Congress governments in the state as
exposed through RTI from various quarters indicates how the democratically elected
government have been functioning legalizing the illegalities. Despite HC ruling prohibiting
illegal means of recruitment process like adhoc appointments, state Govt has time
and again taken the same root through one time relaxations in almost all the departments,
the party said while adding that large number of illegal appointments were made
without following the recruitment rules and as such the deserving candidates were
BJP alleged that the posting and transfer and placements of the key officers are
randomly made to serve the purpose of the leaders in power than development interest.
Questioning the existence of any vigilance department in the state, the party further
asked whom the people will approach for redressal of their grievances.
The BJP demanded proper enquiry and investigations by independent agency on the merit
of ‘one time special relaxation’ of recruitment implemented in the state.
Efforts to save Mishmi Takin
TEZU, Mar 7: Wildlife Care Society of Mishmi (WCSM) in collaboration with Wildlife
Trust of India (WTI) launched a series of awareness campaign to protect and preserve
the habitats of Mishmi Takin (Takan), a high altitude species that belongs to goat
antelope family. It is mainly found in the Mishmi Hills, which covers four districts
of Lohit, Dibang Valley, Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw.
The campaign was conducted during the annual conference of Cultural and Literary
Society of Mishmi (CALSOM) held at Hawai in Anjaw district and also during Tamla-Du
festival at Tafragam village, Tezu on Feb 15 last.
The WCSM Society is a community initiative to protect and conserve the biodiversity
of the Mishmi Hills.
Mishmi Takin faces high risk of extinction due to rampant hunting and habitat loss.
It is listed under Schedule –I species of Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972
and has been categorized as Vulnerable and threatened species.
The Society also undertook Mishmi Takin distribution survey in the area bordering
Lohit, Anjaw and Dibang Valley with the help and technical support of the WTI. A
seminar on the importance of wildlife and the impact of hunting was also conducted
recently at office chamber of DC Tezu. Mr Dilip Deori from WTI, resource person informed
the seminar on habitats of the Mishmi Takin and the importance of conserving the
species from extinction.
The seminar was attended by Chief Conservator of Forest, Eastern Circle, ADC, Tezu,
DFO, Anjaw District, villagers including Gaon Buras and PRI representatives
Local villagers of Boo Clan from Loiliang Village, Tezu has offered land for Community
Conservation Area (CCA) in the high altitude mountain areas where the endangered
Mishmi Takin and other important wild species has been traced.
A baseline survey for the proposed CCA that concluded on 2nd March last was conducted
by donor clan and WTI members.
SSA contract workers on pen and tool down
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Contractual Employees Association
(APSSACEA) has decided to go for the second phase of ‘Pen and Tool Down” agitation
in protest against non-fulfillment of its various demand from March 8 to 9.
Despite submission of several memoranda urging the Government for fulfillment of
our demands, no initiative has been taken yet by the authority to redress the grievances,
APSSACEA said in its letter to Commissioner Education and Director of School Education
cum State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission today. APSSACEA has been demanding
for 50% hike in salary of all the employees working under SSA establishment (Ministerial
staff), regularization of services of SSA non-teaching staff in line with SSA teachers
and clarification regarding an advertisement by Director of School Education.
Papum Pare completes formalities for Trans-Arunachal Highway
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: The Deputy Commissioner, Papum Pare District Pige Ligu handed over
land acquisitioned for construction of district connectivity cum Trans-Arunachal
Highway to Er.B.Pelen, Executive Engineer (Highway), Doimukh Division today.
The land handed over comprises of 0.00KM to 6.700KM and 39.500KM to 53.00KM located
in Pappu Nallah to Nyorch river and water fall point to Potin.
It stated that land handed over to the requiring department are free from encumbrance
after exercising the codal formalities as per the Jhum Land Regulation Act,1947,
and by paying adequate compensation to the affected land owners as per the govt approved
With the handing and taking over of entire stretch of proposed District Connectivity
cum Trans Arunachal Highway from Pappu Nallah to Potin( KM 0.00 to Km 53.00) the
whole process of land acquisition of the project have been completed.
Earlier in Jan, stretch falling under jurisdiction of Deputy Commissioner was handed
LRSO Techi Hitlar briefed the officers about the details of land acquisitions and
other related matters and expressed his satisfaction over successful completion of
land acquisition works of the district.
It is worthwhile to mention that Papum Pare District is first District in Arunachal
to implement the Trans-Arunachal Highway road project under the special PMs Package.
The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has deeply mourned the demise of Yowa Takar,
former Deputy Commissioner who passed away last evening at his Model Village residence.
In a condolence message, AAPSU conveyed its heartfelt condolence to the bereaved
family. It said that his departure is an irreparable loss to the people of Arunachal.
State govt’s apathy towards Ruksin area decried
RUKSIN, Mar 7: Several sub divisional office set up at Ruksin in East Siang district
is yet to be established, which is a major impediment in socio-economic development
of the area.
Senior citizens have decried the state government’s apathy towards the development
of the important border area.
Ruksin administrative sub-division may appear to have grown from some perspectives
in the last decades, but the ground reality at times denotes that the very meaning
of development has not yet encompassed the densely populated villages spread across
three circles- Ruksin, Bilat and Oyan-Silley. Basic amenities are still eluding the
area while the residents are crying for rural road connectivity.
Ruksin area has a strategic importance as there is an inner line point to enter
Siang belt and Dibang valley of East Arunachal.
Moreover, various anti social activists are reportedly using the National Highway-52
passing along Assam-Arunachal border.
Declared as a full pledged sub division in 1952, the people of the sub division
are yet to see important offices. No sub divisional office of agriculture and allied
departments, PWD, handloom & textile, industry,
PHE, panchayat office, employment exchange and others have been established so far.
Moreover, due to lack of office building, the Block Development Office, Circle office
and sub post are operating from the SDO office. There is an agriculture field station
near the SDO office, which is running without necessary infrastructure.
But, the people have been demanding separate BDO and Sub divisional Agriculture Office
to facilitate the local farmers in various agricultural activities.
The Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) PWD road, which is the vital lifeline of the villagers
to communicate with bordering Assam and interior Arunachal villages has been lying
un-repaired for decades. About 14 km stretch of the road is in deplorable state,
causing problems to the commuters.
Establishment of a fire station at Ruksin town is a long pending public demand.
Residential quarters, Police colony, forest office buildings, APST station and other
business establishment are within a limited site and the area is prone to fire hazards.
“Lack of a fire station at Ruksin is forcing us to seek help from Jonai police station
of Assam near here”, a police officer said.
For a cause called VKV School
Chayang Tajo, Mar 7: They are poor, old and barefooted. All they earn is a paltry
sum of about 4000 bucks each in a year as ‘honorarium’ from the state government
in return of their services. Yet for the cause of establishment of a VKV school at
Chayang Tajo they are more than ready to donate half of the honorarium, no matter,
even if it meant two-bag-less rice for them.
The gaon burahs (village elders) of Chayang Tajo, with this, go on to show that they
got big hearts if not big literate heads.
“In addition to this (honorarium), I’ll give away one mithun to the cause,” declares,
amidst a loud applause, Taffe Eri, the president of Chayang Tajo Goan Burah Welfare
Association. “No body could better understand than us what it meant to be not educated,”
he adds while speaking in a public meeting on 27th February last.
A day before the said public meeting, Honchun Ngandam, Minister for Horticulture,
had laid the foundation stone of Vivekanda Kendriya Vidyalaya at SIB complex Chayang
Tajo in presence of Karya Bagang, the local MLA and hundreds of villagers. The minister
on the same day graced the NyokumYullo Festival’s eventful sacrifice day as chief
guest while the director horticulture, J Ratan as the guest of honour.
The native government servants, Panchayat members and general publics, toeing the
line of goan burahs’ generosity, also pledged to part away with some fortunes from
their earnings to the VKV’s cause. While, some offered to donate in kind like fowls,
cattle and timbers, the landowners of the proposed school site declared to donate
the entire land (about 3 hectares) for free of cost.
“The establishment of VKV here at Chayang Tajo shall be a dream come true for me
as I found VKV chain of schools one the bests in Arunachal Pradesh,” says Tara Bagang,
a senior public leader of the area, who played a pivotal role together with his wife
Karya Bagang in getting the government and VKV AP Trust’s approval for establishment
of VKV school at Chayang Tajo.
Pointing out that the establishment of VKV at Chayang Tajo would be one the remarkable
achievements for her constituency in recent time, Karya Bagang, at her humble best,
said, “the school will not belong to me or my family members or anyone in particular
but to all. So please join hands in my efforts. There should not be partisan politics
in development.” She appreciated the generous initiatives of the GBs, local government
servants, panchayat members and land donors.
This outburst of public generosity was apparently triggered by the VKV AP Trust’s
pre-conditions of Rupees ten crore one-time corpus fund for establishment of VKV
at Chayang Tajo in addition to infrastructure and free land. The proceeds from voluntary
donations will help to make a beginning but are not enough to meet up the actual
requirements. The local MLA and well-wishers of the school are scratching their heads
looking for sources to the corpus fund. The resources available with the MLA are
limited. Hence, undeniably, all hopeful eyes are set on the generosity of the Dorjee
Khandu led government.
While Minister Honchun Ngandam have already committed his support to all efforts
for materialization of the corpus fund, an steering committee for establishment of
VKV at Chayang Tajo was formed with the local MLA as chairperson, Tara Bagang as
advisors, Ashok Tajo, Deputy Project Director SSA (A.P) by virtue of his being a
native of area, SDO Chayang Tajo and 10 others as members. Coordinators (two each)
from Sawa, Pipu-Dipu and Gyawepurang circles, which fall under 9-Chayang Tajo Assembly
Constituency, have also been nominated. A separate committee had also been formed
to raise fund through public donation.
The positive thing about the movement for establishment of VKV at Chayang Tajo is
that peoples irrespective of the party line and individual differences stand united
for the cause.
Emerging women leaders who transformed a community
Rakhe Maria & Boni Anima
Fr. Ivan Vas SVD
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: The residents of Kamporijo Circle in Lower Subansiri District were
leading a marginalized existence both socially and economically for a long time.
Majority of them being migrated from interior villages and settled around the hillocks,
life was a hard battle.
On a visit to the area in 2006 Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) team
identified two women who could be a catalyst within, in the time to come. So both
Maria and Anima were sent for a two months intensive training in Integrated Development
and Community Management that brought winds of change within themselves and the community.
Soon after the completion of the training these two women returned with confidence
and courage to shape the destiny of a so far hidden community.
An unfolding success story
The first step Maria and Anima had taken was to share their dream to the village
women and assure them an era of change. Under the guidance of IDEA soon these barefoot
leaders initiated the formation of women self-help groups.
The participants were apprehensive because participation in the SHG would mean extra
burden on them. Family chores consumed most of their time and they feared they had
no education to comprehend the idea of an SHG.
The challenge was accepted by both Maria and Anima who were already impressed by
the work of SHGs during their training and exposure program in Assam, Manipur, Tamil
Nadu, Pune, etc. They took the mantle of the leader and tried to motivate village
More than five years on, Maria and Anima and other members are happy to note what
they have achieved for their community. The beginning has been small, yet incisive.
The baby step has turned into a big stride soon and transformed the way the Boasimla
community was looked at by others. Presently there are 45 SHGs and 42 farmer’s Clubs,
2 village schools, a number of pretty shops of SHGs and undertaken several rural
Informed women are powerful women
IDEA is committed to form Informed Women as a catalyst for change, offering new energy,
drawing on long-standing ideas and values, and bringing together men and women from
different societies and communities in a shared endeavour.
Capacity building of primary and secondary stakeholders is the major work of IDEA.
Training include – training of trainers in participatory methodology, step by step
in approaching sustainable SHGs, livelihood promotion and community based micro-finance
institutions, expanding women’s voice, leadership and participation; ending violence
against women; ensuring women’s full participation in conflict resolution; enhancing
women’s economic empowerment; and gender equality.
They truly value education as one's foundation in life. Two years ago the collective
action of IDEA SHG Women paved the way for two village kindergarten schools to ensure
the education of every child in the village. Their hard work with the support of
IDEA has changed the way they raise and educate their children today.
Nurtured by IDEA Maria and Anima have engineered their way to lead the women to success.
They groom the young and old alike through IDEA street theatre team, presenting a
number of street plays, dance, drama on social transformation and upliftment.
Together with few more drop-out girls from the villages Maria and Anima were also
trained in rural health care by IDEA. Being in a Malaria prone area they are there
with their expertise and caring hand to reach out to the hundreds of villagers with
preventive health care and those that are affected and ailing they accompany them
to the St. Anne’s Health centre at Boasimla.
Creating a socio-economic space from the realms of wilderness
The small savings of these SHGs is emerging into a micro credit revolution in the
area; creating pockets of economic power and giving rural women the opportunity to
chart their own course of livelihood. They help the village women to apply for loans
and schemes, advise them where they have to go, discuss whom to meet, etc.
They are in the process of overcoming poverty through group economic and saving activities.
Subsequently, the SHGs have commenced internal lending. Intrigued by their promptness,
dynamism of the members and their creditworthiness of the SHGs, NABARD has come forward
to support the Farmer’s Clubs.
They have started exploring the possibilities of starting income generating activities.
They have taken over 25 acres of land on lease and have begun horticulture, agronomy
and varied agro-based activities.
From simple ignorant women who could not even speak up for themselves they have metamorphosed
into confident decision makers, investors and mentors to their families.
Day by day they are seeing a way to make things better. They are big dreamers and
big doers. They have become a house hold name and exemplary role models for rural
women in the Lower Subansiri District. Truly an IDEA has changed their life.
In this centenary year of International Women’s Day let us join together to celebrate
the achievements, hopes and aspirations of Maria and Anima and their women groups
who have transformed the lives of so many women in the remotest villages. (The contributor
is Director of Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA)
Meet on 5th North East Chess Championship
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Chess Association (AAPCA), in a meeting yesterday,
discussed various issues relating to development of the game in Arunachal as well
as the 5th North East Championship to be held in the state in January next year.
The meeting, after a threadbare discussion, unanimously dissolved the recently formed
committee constituted for conduct of the regional chess championship and empowered
the president and general secretary of AAPCA to form a new committee for the same
purpose. The meeting also decided to promote the game of 64 squares in village, school
and college level.
14 - member Arunachal team for Karate championship
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: A 14-member karate team from Arunachal Pradesh, including two officials,
left here today for New Delhi to participate in the two-day All India Karate-Do-Championship
beginning at Talkatora Indoor Stadium, New Delhi on March 11.
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) has named 24 probables
for the North East Games scheduled to begin at Dirang, West Kameng district from
second week of April, 2011. Selection trial/coaching of the probables to select the
main team would be held at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy playground from March 15
The names of the probables:
Tapi Apa, Kaling Dabi, Gyamar Omi (Goalkeepers), Dani Vicky, Padi Johny, Tai Bhai,
Bamin Susil, Tarh Rajkumar, Atum Bagang, Pura Bhai, Habung Takar (Defenders), Ganga
Rimo, Koj Chatu, Kangkiram Moyong, Nyado Tao, Techi Takar, Kaya Sango (Midfielder),
Loi Kena, Taba Rakesh, Techi Tassar, Toko Polium, Tero Dodum, Kabum Rovi, Pani Raju
Welly visits Papu Valley, assures development
PIJIRANG, Mar 7: WRD and Civil Aviation Minister Atum Welly has conducted a two-day
tour to Palin, Pakro, Pijirang CO headquarter and Veo Natung of East Kameng district
on March 5 and 6 and assured development of the area in a phase wise manner.
After inspecting the new office building of CO, Pijirang, the minister directed
executing agency PWD to submit the estimate for the complete renovation of the office
building. He also assured to provide fund from his MLAD for its renovation.
Stressing the need to make the CO office fully functional, the minister said it
would be difficult to run the administration for Govt officials without proper office
which ultimately hampers the development process.
Responding to the memorandum submitted by the villagers, the minister informed that
the proposal for the drinking water supply amounting to Rs 45 lac have been made
and soon to be submitted in the govt. level for approval. Regarding extension of
the road to school point and up gradation of the school, Welly further said that
a proposal have also been made through the concern department. However he made it
clear that he shall talk with MLA Tani Loffa for the construction of the suspension
bridge over Papu River.
Responding the memorandum at Veo Natung, the Minister informed that proposal for
the construction of compound wall at Veo M E School have been made under DDSE, Seppa
and assures to take up the matter at Govt level for approval of fund. Regarding
the upgradation of the ME School, Veo, the Minister informed that the matter has
already been taken up.
Meanwhile Welly appealed all the people of Papu Valley to maintain the quality of
work in the ongoing 17 crore MIP project under the Valley. According to WRD department,
the project consist of 86 minor irrigation schemes is nearing completion.
Govt officers including the engineers accompanied the minister during his visit.
SLIC meeting cum awareness prog on monuments and antiquities
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: The first ever State Level Implementation Committee (SLIC) meeting
on the National Mission on Monuments and Antiquities (NMMA) is going to be held on
March 9 at Itanagar to review the activities and achievement of NMMA documentation
works, approval of budget among others. This would be followed by two days’ awareness
programme on importance of documentation, preservation, conservation of the ancient
monuments like Itafort, Malinithan, Bhismaknagar, Vijoynagar, Rani Gomsi etc, and
antiquities like sculpture, statues and other items of cultural values (not less
than 75 years old) and heritage like monasteries, Gompa/Vihar and other ancient
historical building of 60 years old.
Chief Information Commissioner Y D Thongchi has consented to be the chief guest
of the inaugural session of the programme on March 10. NMMA director Dr. R S Fonia
and other experts of Archaeological Survey of India, New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati
will participate and deliver lecture on the topic with audio, video means and photo-exhibition
at J.N. State Museum, Itanagar on March 10 and 11. The officers from the Directorate
of Research and district level officers of research directorate and representatives
of the institutional museums and NGOs from various places including Tawang, Bomdila,
Chongkham will participate in the programme.
The NMMA was constituted in 2007 with a director as its head and actual activities
of documentation and constitution of State Level Implementation Committee (SLIC)
began since January 2010.
In Arunachal Pradesh, the SLIC was constituted in January' 2010 with the Commissioner/Secretary,
Department of Cultural Affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, as the chairman with
nominees from Government of India and state Government as members and Superintending
Archaeologist, Guwahati Circle as Member Secretary.
Tage Tada, state Director of Research is one of the members of the SLIC and also
the State Project Coordinator, NMMA with effect from June 2010.
Basar, first Arunachalee to get Phd in law
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Dr. Topi Basar, Daughter of Dakto Basar of Village Gori, District
West Siang has been conferred with Doctorate degree in Law on Feb 26 at the 88th
Annual Convocation of Delhi University.
Her Ph.D. research was in Legal Protection of Traditional Knowledge in India which
is an important area in the present intellectual property regime. She hopes to publish
her thesis into a book in near future.
She did her LL.B, LL.M and Ph.D. from Faulty of Law, University of Delhi. She is
also the first Arunachalee to get Masters in Law(L.L.M.) and thereafter the first
Ph.D. in Law from the State.
She is currently working as an Assistant Professor at the same Faculty of Law, Delhi
University since 2005.
NABARD prog on developmental and promotional schemes
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office in collaboration with District
Administration Tirap also organized a one-day workshop on the developmental and promotional
schemes of NABARD for the educated unemployed youth, farmers and SHGs at Khonsa on
Deputy Commissioner, Tirap W. Lowang, inaugurated the workshop which was attended
by ADC Khonsa, officials from DRDA, line departments, bankers, Scientist from KVK
and representatives of NGOs with resource persons from NABARD.
DC, while inaugurating the workshop appreciated the efforts of NABARD in reaching
out to the rural people for livelihood promotion and advised the necessity of creating
a few successful models to motivate the educated unemployed youth and to take the
programmes on a larger scale in the district.
He also identified, during his discussion with NABARD officials, activities like
wood carving, broom making, handloom weaving and buffalo and pig rearing as potential
activities for the district.
Upendra Bagh, AGM, NABARD in his welcome explained the participants about the objective
of the workshop.
K Vaiphei, Manager NABARD made power point presentation on the various schemes of
NABARD under farm and non-farm sectors covering Farmers Club, Self Help Groups, Entrepreneurship
and Skill Development Programmes, Cluster, Rural Mart, Rural Haat and support available
for innovative ideas and activities. In addition to NABARD programmes, he also explained
the various capital subsidy and interest free loan based schemes implemented by GOI
with NABARD as nodal agency such as dairy, poultry and pig development, rearing of
sheep, goat, rabbit, buffalo and solar energy scheme under Jawaharlal Nehru National
The participants actively took the help of NABARD officials for preparing their proposals.
KVK Deomali was advised to explore possibilities of implementing a project with kiwi
as the main crop under Tribal Development Fund in the higher altitude areas of the
DRDA would prepare and submit rural haat proposals for selected locations. NABARD
assured conducting similar programmes at the block and circle level in collaboration
with District Administration. DC assured that he would recommend viable proposals
from the district to NABARD for sanction.
ASHA’s get bicycle
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: ASHAs of Lekang Block of Lohit district procured bicycle each for
their easy movement while they are discharging duties.
They procured the bicycles from Village Health & Sanitation untied fund after consultation
with EAC and PRI members.
This is for the first time in the state such management for the ASHAs have been done.
On Mar 2, the ZPM of the Lekang block handed over the bicycles to the ASHAs.
DMO, Dr.N.Ninu, DRCHO Dr.Nani Rika and MO i/c Dr C.Manchay Mahadepur PHC were present
during the programme.
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Mangha Welfare Society working for uplifting the socio-economic
status of marginalized people in villages of Kurung Kumey district organized awareness
programme on issues like women empowerment, child nutrition and modern sanitationetc.
at Yangte and Tagum villages under Sangram circle recently.
Over 50 participants from various SHGs, farmers clubs and women groups have been
benefited by the social awareness programme which was sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh
State Social Welfare Board.
An interaction session with the participants on the key topics was also held. Hiba
Tanak, ASM, Biri Rajaram, Teacher, Govt Primary school Sangram, Ngurang Tado, president,
MWS were the resource persons.
Committee appeals for relief
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Nyokum Lapang Welfare Committee (NLWC) has appealed to the state
government to provide immediate relief and other necessary assistance to the fire
victims of Nyokum Lapang for their quick rehabilitation.
It also appealed to all sports lovers and others to follow the guidelines of the
committee while using the Nyokum Lapang ground which is open for them from 2 pm to
Union alleges of fake engineering degree
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) Chief Editor Karik
Osik lodged a FIR against Yingkiong Executive Engineer WRD Tadam Kamcham at police
station, Yingkiong today for allegedly holding and submitting a fake B. Tech Civil
Engineering Degree certificate to Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Osik alleged that the B. Tech Civil Engineering Degree Certificate by the Executive
Engineer, is fake as per the information collected from the Sir Chhotu Ram Institute
of Engineering and Technology, Ch. Charan Singh University Campus, Meerut.
He further said that, as per the information gathered from the Director, SCR institute
of Engineering and Technology, CCS University Campus, Meerut, the institute is not
offering B. Tech Civil Engineering course.
Tadam was never enrolled as a student at this institute; if he represents himself
as a student of institute then the case is totally false and wrong, read the Director’s
Osik appealed to the Chief Minister, Home Minister, Governor and Chief Secretary
to intervene in the matter immediately and also appealed the Officer In-charge, Police
Station Yingkiong to arrest Kamcham.
APGDLU postpone Dharna
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labour Union (APGDLU)
conducted its executive meeting at its office today.
In the meeting the house unanimously decided to postpone its proposed Dharna against
Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board, Chairman
cum AAPWU President Jalley Sonam.
Phd for ZebinaTaki
ITANAGAR Mar 7: Zebina Taki has qualified for degree of philosophy (Ph.D) for her
thesis titled ‘Adi Lok Sahitya Ka Sanskritik Adhayan’.
She conducted her research work under the supervision of professor AK Nath, HOD,
department of Hindi Tezpur University and formerly HOD of Hindi department RGU.
Zebina Taki has become the first candidate to have conducted research in folk literature
of Adi in Hindi. She will be conferred Ph.D degree at the next RGU convocation ceremony.
SSA teachers appeals for release of salary and arrear
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA)
East Kameng District Unit appealed to the concerned authority to release the three
months Salary and remaining five months arrear of the SSA teachers immediately.
They claimed that the SSA teachers are serving without salary for last three months
and thereby facing hardship in their day to day management.
They further expressed displeasure over the delay in payment of their arrear and
said that the five months arrear of the SSA teachers are still pending which should
be released as early as possible.
Ultimatum for arrest
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Itanagar Market Welfare Association and All Arunachal Pradesh Drugs
Shopkeepers Association (AAPDSA) have jointly served a day’s ultimatum to the law
enforcing authority to arrest those involved in vandalism of a city based pharmacy.
“Some ‘ill-minded’ youths have repeatedly torched the Life Care Pharmacy, Ganga and
manhandled its staff on Sunday and Monday,” IMWA informed in a release. They didn’t
spare even the doctor sitting in side the pharmacy, it added.
The affray which started yesterday after a little altercation between the shopkeepers
and the youths was mutually settled yesterday by Police so that the incident do not
recur, IMWA informed.
Both the associations have threatened to close down the pharmacies of Itanagar for
a indefinite period if the culprits are not arrested within the given period. It
also decided to lodge an FIR with police against the culprits.
Tuki meets Selja
ITANAGAR, Mar 7: Minister, PWD and UD Nabam Tuki held a meeting with Union Minister,
Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja in New Delhi and requested to
clear several projects in her Ministry.
The Union Minister has assured to sanction the maximum projects which have been submitted
by the state Govt.
Parliamentary Secretary, Urban Development Tangham Wangham and Director, Urban Development
Taba Tedir accompanied the minister.
Mushroom Training at Nongtham
ITANAGAR, March 7: The AMYAA (NGO) of Namphai-I, Miao organized training in Mushroom
Cultivation for 30 Women participants comprising mainly of Kimsing and Atapha SHGs
members, Nongtham Village, Kharsang of Changlang District.
The resource persons R. K. Paul Chawang Secretary (AMYAA), Jangam Pansa, Staff of
AMYAA, Taikam Jugli, Roilu Nyaimong and Hongnem Taikam facilitated the training.
The training in Mushroom Cultivation was organized by the AMYAA (NGO) at the request
of Nongtham Village SHGs after the success of Mushroom Cultivation by the Sanya SHG
of Khasan Village, Kharsang Circle.
The Participants prepared 45 Mushroom Cylinders.
The interest and vigor shown by each participants of the training made the training
programme a success, said an NGO release.
The AMYAA (NGO) with her various short and long term programmes follows the bottom-top
approach aims at redefining the lives of the rural poor in the target areas of the
NMWC silver jubilee celebration
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries, president Techi Lala and
Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun, General Secretary Tok Buttung have consented
to attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour at the opening ceremony of the Silver
Jubilee Celebration of Nirjuli Market Welfare Committee at Nyokum ground, Nirjuli
on March 19.
Games and Sports, cultural events including trade, fun and food fairs and flower
show are the major attraction of the eight-day long silver jubilee celebration, said
New ALSU team sworn in
ITANAGAR: New team of Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) was sworn in today.
In a simple ceremony held at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli, the recently elected ALSU
executives led by president Tadar Tarish and General secretary Romik Jagu were sworn
in along with other members.
Present on the occasion was outgoing ALSU executive members and election commission
members led by chief election commissioner Chera Tamak.
This is in reference to article “Withdraw support from Khandu Govt: NSCN (K)” dated
7th march. It was shocking to see the letter from the chief of NSCN (K).
As per my knowledge is concerned, leaders from Tirap & Changlang had given asylum
to these militant organizations for political gain without realizing what would be
its negative impact in near future.
Now the time has come for them to pay the price for their deeds.
Is it a political trick to throw the curtain on public eye by using the name of NSCN
(K)? If not then what leaders from the two mentioned districts are going to do now?
Are they going to withdraw their support from Khandu’s govt. and make someone else
as CM of state or will they stick with Khandu without worrying about their life?
An unanswerable question but we will come to know with passage of time.
The situation of State is turning worse from bad. Earlier the fear and problem of
NSCN was confined to Tirap & Changlang district only but see the guts of these groups.
They come-out openly and is creating disturbance in the mind of citizens of entire
I wish Govt. had taken preventive measure in initial phase but now the control of
two infested district is not in hand of Govt. still it’s not too late to act. So,
its my earnest request to Govt. to stop making tall claims about internal security
arrangement in the state and make our state secure place to live in by taking up
whatever possible measure.
We are peace loving people, we love to roam around freely, we love to sleep peacefully
at night and we don’t want our state to became like Manipur where lives of people
has became hell because of so called self styled militant groups.
Citizens of Arunachal, this time let's lend our hand with Govt. and provide whatever
support we can give to Govt.
Let’s get up and act before our state became battle ground. Let’s save our state
from turning into hell.
A letter to APCSC chairman
We the final year students of Mumbai University, Nagpur University, Pune University
of Maharashtra and Anna University and Annamalai University of Tamil Nadu would like
to request the APCSC chairman to conduct the examination/ interview for the posts
of assistant engineers under various departments after completion of the final semester
examination of the technical branches of the universities so that we would be able
to appear for the interview.
The Commission had mentioned in the advertisement that Final year students of Engineering
Degree Courses who are to appear for such Final year examination shall also be eligible
to apply and we are confident that Commission would conduct the selection procedure
with credible norms and criteria under recruitment rules.
It is our request to the Commission that while announcing the date of the interview/written
test and viva-voice, it should consider the fact that All India technical branch
Universities examinations run up to the month of mid July every year. The period/date
for examination/interview should be finalized considering the final semester examination
of the technical Universities.
Finally, authorities should also look into it that sufficient time is given for the
students studying in different colleges/universities of the country to prepare and
appear the interview.
Tom Khoda, Nani Khoda, L Apang, Nabam Budh, and many other engineering students.
Arunachal will decide for herself
It is indeed, disgusting, and unfortunate to see the letter allegedly written by
NSCN K directing the elected representative of our State to withdraw the support
to the Dorjee khandu govt.
In democracy only the people who vote and elect the representative can call them
to support or withdraw the elected government not by external force. The people of
Arunachal will decide by our self in this matter. We don’t need some other agency
or state to interfere in our internal matter. We the common people of Arunachal are
not foolish to judge that who are the killer and extortionist of the people of Tirap
We respect the hope and aspiration of Naga but not at the cost of our people and
Our ministers of Tirap and changlang should learn by now. They are the one who gave
them shelter, money and power for their vested interest. Otherwise these people were
never harmful to Arunachalees during early parts of 90s although they were present.
It is only the leaders of Tirap and changlang who created this mess.
Start online submission
I would like to urge all the Departments of our State and Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission to start online application form submission. In this era of Science
& Technology, application form submission on plain paper is outdated.
If application form submission is made online then it will make everything convenient
for the aspiring candidates and the officials.
Authorities of concerned departments should look into the matter and start online
application form submission in upcoming competitive exams.
Khonsa, (on email)
One can only hope
The open threat issued by the self declared leaders of Nagaland to all the elected
legislators from Changlang and Tirap district to withdraw their support from the
Khandu led congress government before March 10 is a very serious matter.
As an ordinary citizen of Arunachal Pradesh, I do not know what actually is the ground
reality or the major feud going on between the two factions of NSCN and the alleged
support by our Govt. to the other faction(NSCN IM)but the way the threat was issued
openly in a state daily without fear of any consequence shows the deadly nexus between
our leaders and these groups.
If the legislators actually withdraw their support and fall to these demands the
future of our state is really fragile and bleak, controlled by handlers from outside.
One can only hope.
Tami, Tamil Nadu,
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