Orgs reacts to defamation threat by CM secretariat, terms it arm twisting of media
ITANAGAR Mar 15: Various student organizations have reacted sharply to Chief Minister’s
Secretariat’s letter threatening to file defamation case against The Arunachal Times
for publishing a letter by former MLA of Tali questioning the silence of Chief Minister
Dorjee Khandu on the letter issued by the NSCN (K) asking all legislators Tirap and
Changlang to resign.
All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) while urging for restrain from both
side in this regard said that “Media is fourth pillar of democracy and authorities
should not try to intimidate media with such defamation cases”.
“We should let media work freely as only active media makes society vibrant,” said
its president Takam Tatung.
“We oppose any move to curtail independency of media and hope our state government
will also respect media institutions for their immense contribution towards shaping
our society,” he said.
He further appealed media groups to show some sensitivity while reporting about sensitive
Galo Students Union took strong exception to “arm twisting tactics” used by Dorjee
Khandu led government to rein in media from working independently.
Reacting to report of CM office threatening to file defamation case against The Arunachal
Times, GSU General Secretary Pakmik Taipodia stated that this step will go down as
black day in history of Arunachal media.
“Letter was written by an ex-MLA and Arunachal Times only published his opinion in
Reader’s Forum which is open for ordinary citizens.
On what basis, CM office wants to file defamation case, Taipodia asked while adding
that the people of Arunachal are watching and that they “won’t forgive the Chief
Minister for trying to curtail media”.
He urged civil societies to come out and raise voice against dictatorial attitude
of Chief Minister’s office. “In absence of active opposition, Arunachalee citizens
are dependent on media to fight against corrupt system. If politicians try to harm
media, whole citizen should rally behind media.”
All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) strongly condemned the move by the
Chief Minister Secretariat.
It is an act of indirect arm twisting tactics to pressurize the media houses of the
state from functioning independently, the Union said.
In the recent times it has been seen that the media houses of the state are playing
a proactive role in highlighting the genuine problems of the state, it said while
adding that no modern human society can prosper without the effective role of the
It will be good gesture on part of the CM Secretariat to sort out any differences
amicably and being the Chief Executive of the state Dorjee Khandu must have the wisdom
to know that the fourth pillar of the state cannot function as per an individual’s
like or dislike.
The Union further urged the Chief Minister to bring an end to the present turmoil
in Tirap and Changlang with the help of the central govt.
The divine intervention
The letter by NSCN (K) to this daily and Assam based media houses calling for withdrawal
of support to Congress led government by legislators from Tirap and Changlang did
not come as a surprise to many of us. Though we may have never talked about it openly,
Naga insurgency groups do have a say in every sphere of life. So much so that one
of the faction had the courage to dictate terms to the elected representatives.
But the core issue has been sidelined by our leaders and organisations. More than
the issue, the authenticity of the letter is in question. Who are we trying to fool
Government has said that it would investigate into the authenticity of the letter.
We are all looking forward to the outcome of the investigation since the outfit itself
has not come forward with anything about the mail.
While Tirap continue to burn, all dramas are being played out in the media, more
so in this daily. The NSCN (K) and (IM) are still battling it out for supremacy and
number of Indian Army has been raised. Don’t be surprised if there are more fresh
turf wars in Tirap in sometime.
Citizens continue to bear it all while those sitting in the comfort of Itanagar are
waging a war through the media.
One would wish that instead of all these well orchestrated dramas in media, thereby
killing the core issue itself, some concrete actions were taken.
What exactly is the government stand? Apart from the letter, that has created ripples
in the political circle, one is left with no choice but wonder whether our elected
government is serious about the problems in the two districts, more so in Tirap.
On the other hand, the collective leadership of NSCN, currently in talks with government
of India is too confused to put forward their demands and ideas since they cannot
stop fighting for supremacy. But then it has not stopped them from making Arunachal
their battleground, where they dance to their chosen tunes and makes us dance as
Sadly, our state has ended up as the favorite battleground for insurgents without
a cause and Indian Army.
Citizens will continue to pay the price because of wrong decision taken by self serving
and myopic politicians. Tirap is just an example today.
While we continue to debate and discuss, this office was not surprised to read the
letter threatening a legal action from Chief Minister’s secretariat. Thankfully,
we have been warned in advance that legal action will be taken against us, unlike
the other time by our one time favorite politician Kiren Rijiju.
We are not sure whether he has actually decided to sue us but we did get a notice
from his lawyers informing us that he plans to sue us if information required was
not given to him. All we did was make space for a letter calling him the Rasputin
of Arunachal for his role in getting power projects in Arunachal. We are not very
sure what happened to the MOUs, though govt documents do say almost all the politicians,
irrespective of their political affiliation did write to the Chief Minister recommending
While we discuss the problem confronting the state in leisure, one of the ministers
in the present government has blamed all the wrongs in the state to bad omens, while
addressing the media some weeks back.
Maybe, we all actually join in him doing the necessary Puja to ward off the bad omens.
We do need some divine intervention!
ACCI questions department action
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACCI) in a letter
to Controller, Legal Metrology, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh, has called for specific
notification within three days on the meaning of standard weight and measure and
bring awareness among the traders.
This call from the ACCI came after the officials from the department took action
against shopkeepers for violation of the norms set by the department.
While most of the packaged commodities carry a brand name with MRP, the locally manufactured
unpacked ones also follow the same rule. But many locally produced and packed commodities
are unbranded and without MRP against which there is no circular by any department,
nor any awareness campaign/ meeting conducted involving traders and their bodies,
said a letter by ACCI general secy Tarh Nachung.
Without any specific notification in this regard by the department, the ongoing
activities is an avoidable harassment to the poor traders, the letter further read
while mentioning that the clothes and utensils have been seized.
The ACCI further called on the Chief Secretary to inquire into the matter and initiate
Child trafficker arrested, 2 rescued
RUKSIN, Mar 15: Ruksin police in East Siang district have achieved a major breakthrough
by arresting a hardcore criminal, who abducted children from Santivan Tea Estate
near here. The police, following investigation had safely traced the abducted children
from a tea garden at Borduria, in Tirap headquarter.
According to report received lately, one Arun Padi alias Arun Niji (25) had been
working in the tea estate, who reportedly abducted two children including a girl
child of his labour colleague on August-19 last year. Missing report of two children
from the tea estate was immediately reported to the police by their parents.
The police following a case No- 16/ 2010, U/S- 363 IPC registered in Ruksin police
station, continued search operation for seven months.
Assistant Sub-Inspector of Ruksin police station, C Joseph, who led the search operation,
informed that the police, following a tip off rushed to Borduria and arrested the
accused from a tea garden on February 22 this year.
The abducted children also traced out from a labour house, where they were kept hidden.
The police have come to know that accused Arun hails from Dumporijo and has a criminal
Police have already handed over the children to their legal guardians while the accused
has been remanded to judicial custody of East Siang district magistrate.
IMWA calls for solution to water crisis
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Expressing concern over the acute shortage of drinking water being
faced by the people of Itanagar for last many days, the Itanagar Market Welfare Association
(IMWA) has appealed the state Govt, particularly the water supply minister to evolve
mechanism to solve the water crisis in the Capital.
It suggested that the Govt should consider financial assistance to the every house-hold
for digging wells to mitigate water crisis in emergency situation.
Despite making payment of water bill, most of the city dwellers are rushing to water
sources like nallah and water fall due to shortage of water supply, the Association
said. Though the department concerned has been trying its best to deliver water through
tanker, the water crisis still remains a cause of concern, it said.
City Police recovers pistol, arrests one
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Acting on a tip off, Itanagar police led by OC Itanagar Make Bui
arrested one Logyo Tamin in Chimpu area and recovered from his possession one .32
pistol with 10 rounds of live ammunition.
On further interrogation, the arms dealer Kukil @ Papu Boruah of Gohpur, was arrested
from whom the pistol was procured.
The police are working on various inputs regarding illegal weapons in the Capital
and are hopeful of arresting people with illegal arms. The Banderdewa Police led
by SI K Dev in a covert operation succeeded in arresting two cheats namely Zakir
Hussain and Nurul Amin of Bihpuria, Assam. They have been duping people of large
sum of money. The modus operandi is by exploiting the greediness of the people. They
collected mobile numbers of Arunachalee and offer them to double the money they have.
The people are easily trapped into believing them after they perform preplanned simple
trick of doubling the currency note. It is learnt that they were recently released
from a jail in Nagaland. Since then they have been looking for soft targets which
they got without much difficulty in Arunachal.
The City Police has advised the citizens to watch for fake companies that are on
the prowl. There are fake financial institutions and telecom companies that have
already cheated people of huge amount of money. The police is investigating the
Thongchi calls for documentation of local languages
Prog on compilation of bibliographies on North East Indian Languages
ITANAGAR Mar 15: Three days Workshop cum Training Programme on compilation of bibliographies
on North East Indian Languages is being conducted by the Department of Public Libraries
which is sponsored by Central Referance Library, Kolkata.
Chief Information Commissioner, YD Thongchi who attended the programme as the Chief
Guest spoke of the need to document local languages of the state.
He further said time has come to identify all the languages in the state and document
it as the younger generations of our state are forgetting their own languages.
Earlier, the Director of the State Library J Borang highlighted on the importance
of the listing and documentation of the languages.
Prof. N Lohakar of Guwahati University who was the guest of honor and K K Dekha a
resources person for Central Referance Library also spoke on the occasion. The programme
was attended by Resources Persons from Kolkata, participants from Mizoram and all
the districts of AP. DIPR
AAPSU GS evicted from Circuit House, students demands ouster of DC
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The General Secretary, All Arunachal Pradesh Student Union Tujum
Poyom was reportedly evicted from Aalo circuit House today. While the district administration
states that the student leader was compelled to be evicted from for his unruly behavior
and creating disturbances to govt offices in the peak of its working month.
The Galo Welfare Society has strongly reacted to the incident. It termed the incident
a slap on the face of Arunachalees.
The official version stated that Poyom has been occupying the circuit House Aalo
unauthorizedly for the last 21 days and indulging in filing RTI at DC office, seeking
contractual benefits from different departments and creating an uncongenial atmosphere
in the township. The leader of the Apex student Body was adamant about govt order
issued to him to vacate circuit house and in turn resorted to abusive languages to
law enforcing authority in the district, it said while adding that his Vehicle was
parked in the VIP shed during his stay at Aalo. The Magistrate and Police personal
vacated the room and kept the lock and key of the room with them but after the departure
of magistrate and police personnel, Poyom is reported to have broke open the lock
and entered again to stay.
Such unmindful act of a responsible student leader is uncalled for and never a healthy
trend, it said while adding that his arguments with police and magistrate on duty
are captured in the camera.
Galo Students Union (GSU) has expressed anger over report of AAPSU general secretary
being dragged out of Aalo circuit house forcibly by authority.
According to GSU West Siang deputy commissioner (DC) Amjad Tak brought police force
and dragged out AAPSU GS Tujom Poyom who was staying there.
GSU general secretary Pakmik Taipodia said that “whatever may be issue, DC should
have behaved responsibly while dealing with student leader. Forcing someone out of
circuit house is humiliation and we strongly condemn DC for his irresponsible behavior,”
Further he urged state government to immediately transfer Amjad Tak from West Siang
district. “His act has angered people of Galo community. We will give authority seven
days to transfer him out of West Siang. If our demand is not meet, we will blame
authority if any law and order problem breaks out,” stated GSU general secretary.
GSU further added the DC of dictatorial and corrupt attitude for quite long time.
Kargu-Kardi Student’s Union (KKSU) in a joint press statement with the West Siang
District Students’ Union (WSDSU) condemned the action of Amjad Tak. The Union said
that eviction was done right after Poyom filed an RTI against the Lower Siang Hydro
Electrical Project (3X2000 KW) taken up by NHPC at Likabali.
It is an attempt by the highest authority of a district to curtail ones right to
file RTI against any government undertaking, it said while adding that the DC has
misused his authority to settle his personal hostility with an organization.
The student bodies demanded that the Amjad Taak apologize in public for his against
the student leader.
If he fails to do so within the given time of one week, we will be compelled to call
a District bandh, said president KKSU, Mr. Binya Ronya. The Unions further appealled
the AAPSU, Galo Students Union (GSU) and other students union to cooperate in this
fight against “ irresponsible officials” in the state.
SIC Chief’s wife under custody
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Delhi police have arrested an IndiGo pilot who had allegedly forged
her marksheet to clear a test to become captain.
The pilot, Parminder Kaur Gulati (38), was picked up from her residence in Kirti
Nagar, west Delhi, on 8th of March and sent to police remand for questioning.
Interestingly Parminder Kaur Gulati is wife of UT cadre IPS officer, Mayank Sheel
Chauhan, who is chief of SIC, the agency investigating infamous multi-crore PDS scam
of Arunachal Pradesh.
Even within the state, many organizations had questioned integrity of Chauhan and
his closeness with certain politicians. Of late SIC and MS Chauhan have been completely
maintaining silent on PDS issue and there has been no update about the progress of
Review on performances of various Govt.sponsored Schemes at Anjaw
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: District Consultative Committee meeting at Hayuliang, Anjaw district
reviewed the performances of various Govt.sponsored Schemes at Hayuliang on March
It was observed that as against a target of 60%, CD ratio in the district was only
22%. Achievement under priority sector lending was satisfactory at 40% as against
a target of 40%, achievement under agriculture lending was very poor at 3% against
a target of 18% and performance under weaker section was satisfactory and achievement
as on 31.12.10 was 46% against a target of 10%. Achievement under ACP 2010-11 as
on 31.12.10 was 74 lakh against a target of 184 lakh which was 40% of ACP. Performance
under govt. Sponsored programmes as on 31.12.11 was not satisfactory as only 02 nos.
of KCCs was issued against a physical target of 250. Under PMEGP 02 applications
were sanctioned against a target of 02 number). However, performance under SHGs was
satisfactory as 10 units with an assistance of 20 lakh were sanctioned against a
target of 5 units.
S. Mazumder, Manager, NABARD requested DC to write to the RO of SBI to increase the
staff strength of SBI and explore the possibility of opening of a APRB branch. He
also advised the branch manager to improve the CD ratio and issue KCC as per target
assigned. The DC also expressed his concern over the performance of bank and advised
that kisan melas should be organised in the villages so as to provide information
on various bank’s schemes and awareness creation on Govt. Sponsored schemes. The
ADC also expressed his willingness to conduct some of the promotional programmes
of NABARD in the district. The LDM while extending vote of thanks indicated that
all possible efforts would be initiated to achieve the targets assigned in the district
by 31 March 2011.
Prog on disaster risk reduction
ROING, March 15: A District Level Advocacy Workshops on Mainstreaming Disaster Risk
Reduction (DRR) in to Development Planning organized by Department of Relief and
Rehabilitation was held at Anchal Samiti Hall here today.
Project Director DRDA Tamyo Tatak in his inaugural speech requested all the participants
to take full benefit of the workshop in order to keep oneself prepared in an event
He suggested DRRO to involve all working departments and panchayat leaders of the
district to fulfill the objective of mainstreaming DRR in to development planning.
He also suggested for organizing awareness campaign emphasizing local hazards like
landslides and floods, which frequently occur in the district so as to enable the
people to meet such situations more efficiently.
M K Debariyal, EE (WRD), H Mobbing, EE (Drilling) and A Perme, DRRO also spoke on
the occasion. Community Contingency Plan (A guide book for facilitators), Pamphlets
on earthquake, flood, landslide and fire were distributed to the participants during
the programme. Govt. Officers, Panchayat Members and Public were present in the programme.
DA conducts sports tournaments at Tezu
Tezu, Mar 15: The three days district level football, volleyball and badminton tournaments
organized by Lohit district administration (DA) under the sponsorship of Sports and
Youth Affairs, Lohit ended at Jubilee Ground here yesterday.
The football final was played between Tezu and Wakro in which the former defeated
the latter by 2-0 goals. Trophy for volleyball went to Sunpura Team. The badminton
singles title for men and women were won by Toli Tacha and Moli Jida of Tezu respectively.
Jumsang Takaliang and Mary Jida of Tezu defeated the pair of Roshni Tayang and Kegelu
Tayang of Sunpura to win Women’s doubles title while Sonam Phuntso and Talik Rupok
defeated Benjamin Koyu and Toli Tacha of Tezu to win the men’s doubles title.
Winners were awarded cash prize along with citation and trophies.
Tezu ADC W. Khimun attended the closing ceremony as chief guest and gave away trophies
to the winners.
Teams from all the circles under the district participated in the tournament.
Earlier, inaugurating tournament as chief guest on March 12, Lohit Deputy Commissioner
R K Sharma informed about the Centre’s efforts to promote games and sports at grassroot
level through the centrally sponsored scheme Panchayat Yuva Krida Aur Khel Abhiyaan.
St. Thomas Catholic Church celebrates silver jubilee
PASIGHAT, Mar 15: The Silver Jubilee of the Namey St. Thomas Catholic Church is being
celebrated with great pomp. The celebration was formally inaugurated by the Rt.
Rev John Thomas, Bishop of Itanagar on Mar 13 last. This was followed by lighting
of ceremonial lamp by Kenyom Dabi and Rev.Fr Mathew Puthumana, Principal SFS School
Telam(Assam) Parish Father of Namey St. Thomas Church.
The Home Minister Tako Dabi also joined the holy occasion. In his address, Dabi advised
all to lead a decent life, generate good feelings for world peace and prosperity.
He also prayed for peace and progress of the nation and for the Tsunami affected
people in Japan.
Thousands of believers from Nari-Namey, Pasighat, Jonai, Silapather, Telam and nearby
areas of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh participated in the celebration. The other highlights
of the day were a Eucharistic Procession, cultural programs and prize distribution
to the achievers.
Meanwhile the ZPM Kenyom Dabi informed that the church was established and inaugurated
by the then Bishop of Dibrugarh (Assam) Rt. Rev. Thomas Menampurambil during the
year 1986. DIPRO
Lohit Technology week
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit District organized a Technology week
from March 5 at KVK Chongkham. The programme was sponsored by NABARD, Itanagar. 88
participants including parliamentary Secretary Animal husbandry & Vety Chow Tewa
Mein, , Director, National Research Centre on YAK(ICAR), Dirang Dr. K. K. Baruah
Project Director ATMA Lohit Dist cum DTO Kherem, trainees from thirteen villages,
Govt. officers and farmers representatives from different villages attended the meeting.
The programme included technical sessions, demonstrations and field exposure visits.
Subject Matter Specialists from different disciplines took active part in fulfilling
the proposed activity.
Mein, in his speech stressed upon judicious use of manures, fertilizers and insecticide.
He warned about the adverse effects of the chemicals on human health and environment.
Dr. K. K. Barua stressed upon the need of such programmes and requested all the trainees
to take active part in the training.
Training manuals of Fishery Sc., Agronomy, Plant Protection and Animal Sc., were
inaugurated by chief guest, Chairman and other dignitaries.
The fishery training was started by Dr.Debasis Sasmal (SMS, Fishery Sc.) with P.
Ramaswamy, ADF, Namsai, and H. C. Nath, FEO, Namsai, as resource persons for training
Self Help Groups Lotus Group of Nongkhan, Milan Juti of Araloni and Moongtai group
of Saloong-II were selected as trainees. The three days training programme was conducted
at office campus, KVK farm site, Govt. fish farm and private fish farms. The trainees
were given demonstration on pond preparation, water quality management –like liming,
manuring, maintenance of pH, type of fishes to be cultured, food and feeding of fishes,
animals to be reared with fish culture.
The training and demonstration programme on vermicompost production technology and
its use in agriculture was also held.
The progressive farmers from Chongkham, Pangkhau, Momong, Napatia and Alubari were
selected as trainees.
In the first day Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy) in his training detailed about importance
and advantages of organic manure, site selection, raw materials, earthworm species,
and procedure of vermicompost production technology. Details on commercial production
of vermicompost and its use in different crops were also discussed. In the second
day farmers were taken for exposure visit to Sunpura village. In that day, they were
shown vermicompost production unit established in Sunpura village with help from
ATMA Lohit Dist. Practical demonstration on the technology were made with active
participation from the trainees.
The Apiculture training programme and demonstration programme on Broiler farming
and its economics was also taken up. The progressive farmers from Chongkham, Juna-I,
Juna-III, Juna-IV, Juna kachary and Kheram were selected as trainees.
SMS students win national glory
PASIGHAT, Mar 14: Eight students of Siang Model School (SMS) have been selected for
Gold medals in different categories for their brilliant performance and extraordinary
talents at All India Talent Search Examiniation-2010 (AITSE), which was conducted
by the National Teachers Council (NTC), Bengaluru in November 2010.
The nation’s best gold medal winner master Ashutosh Anand is a student of Class III.
He is son of KK Yadav and Kabita Yadav. He will also receive a laptop, memento and
certificate in September 2011 next at Bangaluru, informed the NTC authority.
The other gold medal winner are Merin V. Jolly, Taris Takar Taloh, Gunjan Kumar,
Frincy Alice Tabing, Tadgi Perme, Suman Taki and Eva PC.
“It is basically a diagnostic test that helps the students in improving their skills
and offers feedback,” said school Principal Deepa Sudheer while congratulating the
Appreciating the excellent performances, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Director
Education T Taloh and East Siang Deputy Commissioner Onit Panyang congratulated all
the winners and wished them for brighter academic career. DIPRO
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: Education Minister Bosiram Siram and Art and Culture Deputy director
Jomnya Siram have consented to attend the Mopin celebration at Baririjo in Upper
Subansiri district on April 5.
A host of other dignitaries including Takar Marde, RD Minister and local MLA, Dr
Tado Karlo and Rodak Blange of NERIST, Cooperative Union chairman A T Kulo and NESO
general secretary Gumjum Haidar, Kara Welfare Society president Tabe Haidar have
also consented to be special invitees on the occasion, said Mopin Celebration Organizing
Committee (MCOC) in a release today.
Meanwhile Puya Yoka and Duba Gee have been selected as chairperson and secretary
of the MCOC. Jenli Haidar Kara will be the Pingi-Niri and Perko Kena Kara shall
be the priest, the release added.
The Galo Students Union (GSU) of Rajiv Gandhi University is going to celebrate the
Pre-Mopin at University campus on March 17 and 18.
All India Youth Congress zonal coordinator and in-charge of Kerala and North East
Nyamar Karbak and AAPSU finance secretary Debia Muj have consented to grace the occasion
as chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: While the indigenous unemployed youths of the state are crying
for job opportunities, the Govt employees are busy in contract works and running
business in the name of their kin and kiths, said All Arunachal Youth Association
(AAYA) in a complaint letter addressed to the state chief secretary.
The state Govt did not take any step to check the growing unemployment problems
in the state, association further said and alleged that list of the contractors
under the JNNURM schemes includes maximum number of Govt employees and kin and kiths
of the officers. It appealed the CS to issue directives to the respective department
for transparent works.
PPADC appeals to DC
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: The Parsi Parlo Area Development Committee (PPADC) has sought personnel
intervention of the Kurung Kumey deputy commissioner for investigation into the on-going
PDS operation, particularly in Parsi-Parlo area.
“Not a single kg of rice has reached in the area since the re-introduction of the
head load carriage system in August 2010 in Kurung Kumey district,” the union said
and claimed that the real and genuine BLP family members are not getting the BPL,
AAY rice for last one year.
In a representation to the DC, the Committee further demanded constitution of third
party monitoring committee for effective distribution of relief and rehabilitation
measures for the victims of rat menace followed by bamboo flowering in Parsi-Parlo
area. The Committee claimed that most of the people in the area have been facing
starvation due to rat menace and migrating to the capital complex in search of shelter
MP funds to be effective from April
New Delhi, Mar 14: Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee today announced in the
Rajya Sabha an increase in the MPLADS fund from Rs two crore to Rs five crore to
be implemented from April 1, 2011.
"At present it will be applicable in those states which are not going to poll," he
"The scheme will be extended to the polling staes after the election process is completed
there," Mukherjee added. UNI
SC for probe in bungling of funds
New Delhi, Mar 14: Taking serious note of alleged bungling in the implementation
of UPA government flagship scheme Mahatma Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme,
the Supreme Court has indicated that it is willing to order a CBI probe into the
The apex court has sought the response of the Centre on the petition seeking CBI
investigation into the alleged misuse of MGREGA funds under which employment is assured
to persons meeting the criteria, assured employment for 100 days in a year. UNI
Sangma to address election rally
ITANAGAR, May 14: Former Lok Shaba Speaker and NCP leader P.A. Sangma, is scheduled
to arrive at Itanagar on March 24 as part of his election rally in Bihpuria constituency
of Assam which he is scheduled to address on March 25. NCP MLA Profulo Bora is contesting
as NCP nominee from the constituency. NCP leaders from state are expected to join
Mean while President of NCP state unit Ngurang Pinch has been appointed as central
observer for the Assam State Assembly Election by the Party High Command.
EDP for women
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: One week Entrepreneurship Development Program for Women which is
being organized by D.I.C. Yingkiong was inaugurated by Pawan Kumar Sain ,Deputy Commissioner
Upper Saing today.
Speaking on the occasion Sain, appreciated the trainees for their keenness to learn.
There are lot of avenues for self employment and generating income. However, guidance
and training for selecting trade is needed. So, such training is arranged by the
govt, he said.
All has to take up the training seriously and utilize the knowledge for developing
their family and the society, he said while adding that they should put in hard labour
and mould the future of their offspring and set example for others.
Rajesh Panyang ,ADC and J.Diyum, DPO also addressed the trainees.
Kago Batt,ADI said that attendance of the training is more than the invited. He hoped
that the training will be very helpful for the womenfolk.(DIPRO)
ITANAGAR, Mar 14: All Papum Pare Youth Association ( APPYA), a unit of AAYA, has
decided to organize a six-day long tree plantation cum awareness programme on environment
and climate change at Doimukh from April 25 to 30 next. It will also create awareness
about the need to safe Mithun and preserve flora and fauna, particularly in Papum
A commendable act by Chief Minister’s Secretariat!
The response of Chief Minister’s Secretariat (CMS) to a letter published in this
daily, written by a former MLA should be encouraged, not for its contents but for
the promptness and microscopic details. It is very rare that we get a full page response
from Govt. on any of the burning issue related to State. If this noble trend continues,
the day is not far when the citizens will get Item No. 3 and Item No. 15 of MOU
signed with various corporates on mega dams projects, Item No.3 and Item No.15 of
SIC investigation on PDS. Item No. 3 and Item No.15 on action taken against border
dispute so on and so forth.
I appreciate CMS for coming out and clearing all the cloud related to Tirap and Changlang
The letter stated and I quote “Arunachal Government has got nothing to do in NSCN
issues when the same is being dealt at the Government of India level”. So it is crystal
clear for the citizens of the two districts that they have to fend for themselves
or take Rajdhani Express from Guwahati. It also made it clear, why the Govt. of AP
has been showing Nelson’s eye to issue of Tirap and Changlang.
Citizens need to encourage this trend of Govt. in general and CMS in particular as
this trend would save lots of money of common man.
With such prompt and detail response at Readers Forum of the daily, people need
not have to sell out Yaks and Mithuns for RTI fees which has been set to mammoth
Rs 10 per copy.
The usage of words like “bizarre" ,"mischievous", "frustration", “vested interest
and ulterior political motives" ,"nexus and defamation suit” makes it a good read
comparable to Robert Ludlum’s thriller but threat of defamation can also send a
wrong signal to the mass ,of Government’s intolerance to open public opinion, which
is indeed an essence of democratic set up.
In trying to act more responsible, CMS has stepped on a wrong foot. It has alleged
the former MLA of being politically and socially irresponsible and also part and
parcel of the vested political game. The statements can also be tried in the court
of law if former MLA goes for it. If done CMS might end up in wrong side of history.
All said and done, I would like to request CMS to continue with the noble act of
responding to people’s issue which has the great potential to bring transparency
Dorjee K Thungon
Chennai (on email)
MHS Yeggo and power scenario
We would like to question the office of the Executive Engineer, Aalo (E&M) Division
for the reason behind the defunct state of MHS (3X100KW) Yeggo, at Aalo. It is learnt
that from the financial year 2007 to 2011 (current Financial Year) an amount of Rupees
1, 34, 62,000 approx (one crore thirty four lakhs sixty two thousand) from PM’s Package
and SPA respectively, has been sanctioned so far particularly for the renovation
and maintenance work of the mentioned MHS.
In spite of involvement of such huge amount of fund the MHS Yeggo is still to function
or produce any electricity for the public consumption even to the town itself. It
is a matter of great concern that the concerned department has utilized such huge
amount of fund with no any out come so far. As the district is dealing with the age
old power crises with no any solution coming so far the delay shown by the Hydro
Power Development Department in its various scheme and project has added more salt
to the old wound. The district has the potential to be self sufficient in its production
of electricity through hydro power but we are made to depend on the other source
located in far off places which is the main reason behind the constant power crises.
The concern office should explain the public the reason behind there delay and shortages
they are making in spite of such huge financial assistance they are getting from
The union appeals the monitoring team to inspect the work site and initiate necessary
action for the proper uses of the fund.
Kargu-Kardi Student’s Union (KKSU)
SSA teachers and delayed salaries
We the SSA Teachers under Kurung Kumey district would like to point out some of the
We would like to ask, why only SSA teachers are treated like step children and ignored
Why we are always made to starve for months? We also have the right to live as in
the constitution of India guarantees that every citizen of India has the right to
life but we are deprived from getting those rights.
We would like to ask the Government what is the reason behind delay of the salaries
of SSA teachers.
Have you ever thought of those families, who are totally depended on us for their
livelihood and also think of these SSA Teachers who are the sole bread earner of
the family. We all know that market price is very high and in such situation have
you ever realized how we are surviving.
We are exempted by the shopkeepers to get credit because they consider that giving
SSA Teachers credit is their loss. More ever, most of the SSA teachers have family
and their kids are school going too.
Sometimes it is very difficult for them to manage the requirements of their kids
because of such condition.
On the other hand, our Government/Competent Authority, instead of praising the hard
labour that we are putting whole heartedly, they not only ignore but also expect
us to work more and more with empty stomach.
We know that regularization process has long way to go but timely disbursement of
workers salary is must for sustainable livelihood.
We are expecting immediate disbursement of our three months salaries and four months
arrear before March 15 without anymore delay. Otherwise don’t expect us to teach
properly with empty stomach, because without energy one cannot deliver his or her
Give us space too
Our highest regard for the sanctity, glory and honour of AAPSU is un-doubtedful and
un-questionable, we too were proud members of this body who had sacrificed our precious
and youthful part of our life since its inception.
We honestly compliment the present AAPSU leadership for their sincere commitment
to address the un-fulfilled issues concerning our state and our whole-hearted co-operation
will be always with them.
However, it is painful to see the news article that appeared in some of the local
dailies questioning the very existence of Ex-AAPSU forum and AAPSU's direction not
to use word AAPSU.
In this regard, we would like to clarify that the main objective of our forum. is
to raise a voice for the General interest of the state as well as for the welfare
of our own members.
The couple of statements released some days back are purely independent and we do
not require sanction from anybody.
Our motive is not to enter into a conflict zone with any organisation so others should
not interfere into our internal affairs.
Therefore, we being elder members of the state would like to solicit AAPSU leaders
to show little maturity by not shunning their door for its elders and parent by making
If AAPSU dare to challenge the authenticity of our member being Ex-AAPSU leaders
and activists, we invite them to discuss in the appropriate forum rather than going
Moreover, as claimed by AAPSU, our statement released earlier is not to confuse the
public rather we expressed our concern for deteriorating state of affairs confronting
our state which is everybody's concern.
Moreover, we also would like to remind that we are not doing anything to draw cheap
popularity as we do not requires any more publicity.
The present leaders of AAPSU will also retire some day or other and the newly created
Ex-AAPSU forum is for them too.
Takam Padu, Tarh Atung
Bajap Jilen, Goge Sora
A fate worse than theirs
The turbulences in West Asia are due to autocracy, unemployment, rising prices, and
above all the rampant corruption and amassing of wealth by the rulers at the cost
of citizens. These attributes sound familiar in our context. We are living in a fool’s
paradise. Theoretically we are in a democracy. But the ground reality is far from
the truth. Our fate is far worse than the people who are on the streets to fight
for their just causes. They are able to voice their grievances at the risk of being
trampled by the military Tanks.
We are too meek to risk our lives. We live just for our own belly. We love comfort
and never bother to take risk for common good. This tendency might someday prove
to be the cause of our own nemesis. We as a social being can’t afford to make comfortable
living as raison d’etre. Agreed, we can’t fight. But we can make effort to mobilize
opinion to see reason to our fellow being. Hope the institutions dedicated to this
cause live up to expectation.
John (on email)
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