March  22


News Impact


Kabang Borang passes away


ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Former Home Minister and social worker Kabang Borang passed away this afternoon at Chennai. He was unwell for quite some time. The mortal remains of Late Borang is being brought back from Chennai and he will be laid to rest at Pasighat.

He leaves behind his wife, five children and hosts of grand children. One of his sons is the Legislator Ralom Borang who represents Mebo in East Siang at the Legislative assembly.

Born in 1939 at Ayang village in present East Siang district, Late Borang, during his long political career represented 40-Geku-Mariyang A/C for three terms. After getting elected to the first Legislative Assembly in March, 1990, he subsequently served the state as minister in various portfolios including Home (2001-2003), Forest, PWD, Planning, law, judicial, environment and cooperation.

He was re-elected in 1995 and 1999.

His role during the 1962 Chinese aggression is legendary and he is often hailed as a hero for his assistance rendered during the trying times.  He played an active role in assisting the central Govt to rehabilitate the affected local population to different camps setup in Assam and overseeing their welfare. He mobilized Home Guards (Village Defence groups) to assist the central Govt and was awarded Governor’s Gold Medal twice in recognition of his commendable services rendered to the people of the state during the Chinese aggression.

1967 was another momentous year for Borang when he met the then Congress President K Kamranj who deeply influenced him with the Congress ideology. It also marked the beginning of the Congress influence in NEFA.  In 1971, he formally joined the   Indian National Congress as active member and was elected to NEFA Agency Council by the members (Zilla) of Siang Frontier Division.

He was also one of the first leaders of the Panchayat Raj Institutions in the NEFA. Between 1968-71, he was elected as Gram Sabha member, Anchal Samiti Member and Zilla Parishad Member.

Before joining the Congress, he was elected as the first General Secretary of NEFA Sangam, first regional political Party of NEFA under the presidentship of Dr Daying Ering, then Union Minister for  Food & Agriculture during 1966-67.

Between 1972-1975, he was appointed as Pradesh Councillor to advise the Governor of  Assam on the affairs of Arunachal Pradesh (UT). He was appointed as President of Siang District Congress Committee in 1981.

He was selected to represent NEFA at the Republic Day Celebration in New Delhi and met the then Prime Minister of India Late Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru in 1955.

Among many other contributions, his services rendered as General Secretary of Kebang Koret Sawmill Co-operative society, Pasighat for the development activities for local population is widely regarded. He was also a member of Telecommunication for North Eastern Region, Shillong and North Eastern Frontier Railways, Industrial Development Bank of India, Board of directors for Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Chairman, Public Accounts Committee. He was also awarded Vijay Ratna award by the India International Friendship Society for enriching human life and outstanding attainments and to mark 50th year of India’s independence.


State mourns, recalls his contributions

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this evening expressed shock and grief on receipt of the sad news of the demise of Late Borang.

“Late Borang was one of the pioneers of Arunachal politics and a great source of inspiration for me. In his demise we have lost not only a fatherly figure but also a great statesman. His guidance and advices would be missed by the present crop of leaders,” he said in a condolence message.

Tuki while praying for eternal peace of the departed leader hailed Late Borang as an exceptional human being, who besides being an able politician was a frontrunner in ensuring that the rich cultural heritage of the state was preserved in its correct perspective.

“At this time of grief I also pray Almighty Donyi-Polo to give the bereaved family members the strength to face the immeasurable pain and loss,” the Chief Minister added.

Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh has condoled the sudden demise of Kabang Borang.

In his condolence message, the Governor recalled Late Borang as a distinguished personality, who made immense contributions towards socio-economic development of people in various capacities during his long and distinguished political career.

While conveying sincere and heartfelt condolence on behalf of the people of Arunachal Pradesh and for eternal peace of the departed soul, the Governor said that in his death, people of Arunachal Pradesh have lost a pioneer and great statesman of the state. Former Higher Education Director Pratik Potom has also expressed shock at the demise. School Classmate of Late Borang, Potom recalled him as very courageous and said that it was due to his perseverance that he became one of the most successful political leaders of the State. Meanwhile, Central Executive members of Adi Baane Kebang (ABK), its Youth and Women Wing also deeply mourned the demise of former Minister Kabang Borang.

The ABK members observed two minute silence as mark of respect and termed his demise as great loss to the state as he was one of the architects of the state.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, MP Ninong Ering, MLA Tako Dabii and  East Siang DC Talem Tapok expressed deep shock at the demise of Borang.



ALSU stages dharna, threatens to intensify stir

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) today staged a peaceful dharna in front of Raj Bhawan here in protest against the state Govt failure to meet its demands.

Christened as IG Park Bachao Andolan, the dharna was participated by large number of students with placards and banners demanding the state government to halt the on-going conventional hall project work at IG Park.  

Earlier, ALSU also demanded the authority to launch eviction drive against the illegal occupants of government land in the Capital Complex and cancellation of their land allotment certificates.

Expressing resentment over Govt’s lackadaisical attitude towards its demands, ALSU president Tadar Tarish said that he was not against the development projects but against the rampant encroachment of I G Park.   Under what circumstances the forest department gave clearance for the ongoing project, the ALSU questioned.  Further, the Union submitted a five-point charter of demands to the Governor for consideration  and necessary action and threatened to intensify its agitation  if the demands  are not met.

Meanwhile, All Arunachal Youngster United Federation has supported the demands of  the ALSU. Stating that IG Park should be saved for the future, the Federation urged state government to shift conventional hall to a suitable place so that beauty of the park is not lost in the name of development.



Yingkiong cut off from rest of the state

Amar Sangno & Mingkeng Osik

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  The picturesque Yinkiong, district headquarters of Upper Siang is cut off from the rest of the state, after a massive landslide swept away portion of road and caused heavy blockade at 24 kilometers away from the town. The landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall.

Stones and debris are falling incessantly at the block point, which has left many passengers and vehicles stranded.

A woman reportedly  received severe head injury while crossing the block point.  Many vehicles including APST bus and heavy loaded trucks carrying tons of edible items are also stranded.

 According to a source, restoration work is yet to be initiated either by the  district administration or the BRTF.

It further informed that only earth mover which was put in service to clear up the debris is not of much use because of mechanical defect.  “The restoration would be started only when earthmover is repaired” said Rajan Chatterjee, a Border Road Task Force personnel.

When contacted DC Yingkiong, who is out of town, assured for early restoration of the road.



Arunachal opens gates to private educational institutions

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: In a major decision taken yesterday, Arunachal Pradesh cabinet approved establishment of Arunachal University at Pasighat, Arunachal University of Studies (private) at Namsai, Venkateswar Open University and Himalayan University at Itanagar, government college at Yupia, model degree college at Palin, Jairampur and Longding and two more polytechnic college one each at Miao and Charju. This was informed by Government Spokesman Nabam Rebia while giving details of Tuesday’s cabinet’s decision to media persons in a press meet this evening.

It has also approved creation of 38 numbers of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service (APCS) posts in various ranks.

Rebia  further disclosed that the cabinet has approved for establishment of Courts of Chief Judicial Magistrate cum Civil Judge (senior division) and Magistrate cum Civil Judge (junior division) and creation of 176 numbers of various categories of post, constitution of an Employment Generation and skill development Councils to help the unemployed educated youth get employment opportunities.

Introduction of Chief Minister Health Insurance Scheme to cover people living below poverty line, enhancement of students stipend, reservation of 10 per cent quota for sports persons in Police and Sports department and establishment of Rajya Sainik Board are some of the points which was taken up.

In order to fulfill the demands for fire station in the state, Rebia informed that there is a proposal for opening of fire stations, sub-fire stations and creation of manpower   to man the fire stations.

Regarding ex-gratia, the cabinet has decided to adopt government of India’s order on lump sum ex-gratia payment to civilian employees who dies in harness.

Other decisions taken during the cabinet meeting are, up-gradation of Taliha CO headquarters to ADC head quarters, Sangram CO headquarters to SDO head quarters, Dollungmukh CO headquarters to SDO head quarters, Dumporijo EAC headquarters to ADC head- quarter, Chayang Tajo SDO headquarter to ADC (Independent) headquarter. The other proposals included upgradation of SDO post at Hakte, Ripa and Baririjo.

Meanwhile, MLA  and  SPB deputy chairman Takar Marde expressed happiness over the cabinet decision for updradation of Dumporijo EAC Hq and Baririjo CO Hq.  



26th North East Games

Arunachal’s medal tally climbs to 30 on day-2

M. Doley

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Lifters and Taekwondo players won four gold medals for Arunachal Pradesh on the second day of the 26th North East Games at Aizawl, Mizoram today.

While Meno Tajo won the yellow metal in 53 kg Women’s category, Yunia Ruji bagged the second gold in Boy’s 56 kg category. Kipa Chaku and Longpu Romen (69kg) also won a bronze medal apiece while H Jacnia Tadi a silver in weightlifting.

In Taekwondo, Laxmi Mugli (U-53 kg) and L Rita bagged a gold medal each in girl’s category while M Somo Rani Devi and M Delona won a bronze medal each.

Nipa Tara (U-63 kg) and W Johnson (U-87kg) won a bronze medal each in Boy’s category of the event and Tao Tayo bagged a silver in under 74 kg category.

In Boxing, Darik Ete (49 kg), Rajib Wangsa (56 kg), Dari Laknia (64 kg) won bronze medal apiece in boy’s category while H Tonibala Chanu and Mamta Bagang bagged a bronze each in girl’s category.

Boxers M Kalyani Devi and Lakia Shoibam advanced to the finals in Girls 57 kg and 60 kg weight category respectively while the lone survivor of today’s semifinal bouts in Boys category was Torak Lucky.

The Judokas also bagged six bronze and silver today.

The medal winners are: (Boys), Dinda Chukla (40kg) Silver, Samuel Wangchu (35 kg) Bronze, Toko Tachu (45kg) Bronze, Tai Abu (50kg) Bronze, (Girls) Tosen Pangkhu (30 kg) Bronze, Kobin Doyum (35kg) Bronze, Jumter Tatu (44kg) Bronze.

In addition to yesterday’s 3 bronze, Arunachal's medal tally climbed to 30--4 gold, 4 silver and 22 bronze

Arunachal Pradesh won Bronze in Badminton in both Men’s and Women’s Team events.

In Athletics, Mido Yirang reached the finals in both 100 m and 200 m race.

The wrestlers and Table Tennis players drew blank while the football team was knocked out of the competition by Manipur. The team went down fighting 0-2 in a crucial league level match today.



DA concern over rampant

illegal encroachment

YINGKIONG, Mar 21: Deputy Commissioner, Upper Siang District, Yingkiong, Liyon Borang in a public awareness meeting held at Mariyang expressed serious concern over the rampant illegal encroachment and erection of structures within Mariyang Township without proper and valid government allotment order.

He said the common people need development and progress of the sub- divisional headquarter but there is no more land for infrastructure development for Govt offices and institutions  due rampant illegal encroachment of  government land.

Borang warned the encroachers that after thorough checking and examinations, the District Administration and Estate Officer would start taking serious action against the violators including demolition of structures erected by the encroachers as per the provisions of the Public Premises Eviction Act. The Deputy Commissioner appealed people to think, act and cooperate with the government for the development and beautification of the town and make the oldest sub-divisional headquarter as a model town to attract tourists.

Meanwhile, Taro Mize, EAC  incharge, SDO, Mariyang has been entrusted the duties and responsibilities to examine the situation and submit detail report to the District Magistrate for further action.



Apatani Bamboo take its root in Mechuka Valley

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) has taken up bamboo plantation as a part of its ‘best practices programme’ in beautiful Mechuka valley with the help of community members of Apatani plateau.

In total, 1100 Apatani Bamboo (Phyllostachys Mannii) rhizomes were brought in Mechuka Valley from Hong village of Ziro and distributed to Lhalung, Dongsar, Farge, Dorjeeling, Bomjipanga and Borangang villagers. The bamboo rizhomes were in great demand in Mechuka. In fact, the quantity of rhizomes brought from Ziro could not suffice the demand of the villagers.

The bamboo plantation programme was supported by Agriculture department, Mechuka with active initiative of Sub Divisional Agriculture Officer, R K Kanaujiya.

The idea behind the initiative is to replicate best practices of the Apatani community in the Mechuka valley. As the Apatani plateau and Mechuka Valley share similar climatic and geographical features, the natural resource such as the Apatani bamboo may flourish in Mechuka valley where vast land scape is available for bamboo plantation.

FGA executive director Nalong Mize hoped that with the propagation of the Apatani bamboo, sustainable resource will be  available in Mechuka valley making a huge difference in the life of the local people. It will also lead to reduction in wood or timber consumption for domestic purposes and help the villager to take up bamboo-based cottage industry which could enhance the rural economy.

Meanwhile, FGA members in collaboration with the agriculture department conducted a one-day training on bamboo plantation.  Narang Tam, Member, FGA and Secretary of Ngunu Ziro, an NGO, was the resource person of the training programme. Among others, Panchayat members, agriculture department officials, women’s action group and villagers participated in it.



SBA training for serving nurses


PASIGHAT, Mar 21: A three-week-long training on “Skilled Birth Attendance (SBA)” for the serving nurses began at Pasighat General Hospital Auditorium on March 6.  Altogether, 19 in-service nurses are being trained under the “Rotational training for health workers programme” which will come to an end on March 26.

Sponsored by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the training programme aims at reducing maternal and infant mortality rate in the state and the country as a whole and it is being conducted jointly by District Health and other health societies in the state.

The training coordinator Tanying Taggu informed that in this last batch training of this year  19 participants (ANM & GNM)  from West Kameng, Tirap and Papum Pare districts are being imparted intensive training on special neo-natal cares and management of the post natal complications. Two faculty members Dr Dilip Dutta and Dr Jonney Darrang are imparting training

The District Health Society earlier conducted four such Nurse Training programmes at Pasighat General Hospital covering all 16 districts of the state including training on Medical Termination Pregnancy (MTP)  and birth control. It also conducted a series of training on Integrated Management of Neonatal and Child Illness (IMNCI) for the in-service doctors, nurses and Anganwadi Workers during this fiscal year.

Taggu, who is a health educator working under the District Medical Officer, informed that Pasighat General Hospital is one the two recommended hospitals in the state for conducting skill development programme  for health workers. The other is Naharlagun State Hospital.



Gamlin  calls for vigorous  cooperative movement in state

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  A coordination meeting of the officers of the cooperation department and apex cooperative societies of the state was held on March 19.

Presiding over the meeting, Cooperation Minister Jarkar Gamlin called upon the cooperative societies to promote cooperative movement in the state for the benefit of needy people.

Hage Khoda Shalla, Secretary-cum-RCS, informed that  an official team of the NCDC  will visit the state  soon and conduct study in order to prepare the second phase of integrated cooperative development project in Arunachal. He requested all the cooperative officers in the districts to extend every possible help to the NCDC  team.

A T Kulo, chairman of the state cooperative union, requested the minister and the RCS to extend all possible help to the Union which is the apex cooperative organization of the state to strengthen  the cooperative movement. All the officers of the cooperation department and apex cooperatives in the state participated in the day long meeting.

Yanga honoured

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  Binny Yanga, Chairperson of Oju Welfare Association and social activist has been conferred the National Tribal Award in  recognition for her exemplary community services in 2011-12.  The award, comprises of cash prize of Rs  5 lakh, a citation and a trophy,  was  presented by Union Tribal Affairs Minister V Kishor Chandra S Deo and Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Mahadeo Singh Khandela during  Prakriti festivals-2012  held at New Delhi on March 20.


Scientific fish culture for sustainable development

KHONSA, Mar 21: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tirap District organised a 6-days training programme on ‘Scientific fish culture for sustainable development’ at Deomali.

Altogether 10 participants from 6 different villages of Tirap district were trained during the programme.

In the inaugural session, Dr. D. S. Chhonkar, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Tirap district elaborated the mandates of KVK and requested the farmers to take full benefit from the training programmes and utilize the knowledge to make the district self-sufficient in fish production.

There were presentations on Composite fish culture, scientific construction of a fish pond, Fish health and Water quality management in fish culture, Good quality fish seed and different integrated fish farming systems including screening of documentaries related to scientific fish culture practices during the programme.

Later, an interactive session between the fish farmers and the resource persons was held during the concluding session of the programme.

The training programme was conducted by Dr. Rajdeep Dutta, SMS (Fisheries) and Dr. Jitumoni Das, SMS (AS).


Mirku villagers face water crisis


PASIGHAT, Mar 21: The people of Mirku village near Pasighat are facing acute drinking water shortage.  Huge fund had already been spent for improvement of water supply system, but the situation remains the same as it was, lamented the villagers.

It is alleged that the PHE department has spent Rs. 85.36 lakh in Mirku village water supply project, but it failed to continue water supply in the villages.

Annoyed with the water crisis, the villagers in a meeting constituted a 12-member “Fact Finding Committee’ in order to find out the cause of prevailing water shortage in the villages. The committee will be headed by one Ongin Gao.

Mirku village, an oldest village in the area, had been provided water pipe connectivity in 1964. But, scarcity of drinking water remains as a problem for the villagers till today.


AASSATA unit threatens stir

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Papum Pare Unit of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) has threatened to launch mass pen down strike if the government fails to release arrears and enhanced salary of SSA teachers with this month.


YWC working committee meet held

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  A National Working Committee meeting of Young Worker’s Council (YWC), a youth wing of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), was held in New Delhi yesterday. YWC chairmen from different parts of  country participated.

Addressing the gathering Arunachal Pradesh YWC chairman Honipa Sono Yangfo highlighted the contributions of former chief minister Late Dorjee Khandu  for  welfare of workers in Arunachal Pradesh.

Yangfo called for formulation of  effective industrial policy keeping in mind the unemployed educated youths of the state.

Meanwhile, Yangfo has been inducted as the Member of  Central Working Committee, INTUC.


Society demands relief for fire victim

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Ramle Banggo Welfare Society, Itanagar today urged East Siang district administration to provide immediate relief to the fire victim Taluk Gadi of Lumpo village, who lost his SP type building in a fire mishap at around 3.30 am on March 20. However , there was no loss of life, the Society said.

Society has appealed to the state government to establish fire service station at Nari town to prevent fire incidents. Society has further reiterated its demand for delegation of full-fledged administrative power to Nari ADC.


Prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: In view of Assembly session beginning on March 22, Capital Complex district magistrate under section 144 CrPC has prohibited strike, dharna and procession etc within the 500 metre radius of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, the magistrate directed the capital police including traffic cell to restrict entry of heavy trucks in Capital during peak hours as per the executive order issued in May last year.


Sakhi and Sahelis training

TEZU, Mar 21: Under the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent Girls (SABLA), the office of the CDPO, ICDS Project, Tezu organized a one day training programme for Sakhi and Sahelis recently at Chowsali Memorial M.E. School, Sunpura Circle.

Speaking on the occasion, CDPO W. Tangha briefed about the aims and objective, role and responsibility of Sakhi and Sahelis.

N.Towong, Head GB, C. A. Mein, ASM and M. Lego, Headmaster of M.E. School, C. Lowang, ANM, Gramsevikas, Supervisors and Anganwadi workers participated in the programme. DIPRO


Workshop on PC-PNDT held

AALO Mar 21: A one day workshop on Pre-natal Care(PC) and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) was held at Aalo yesterday.

Dr. Linya Lollen, Medical Superintendent, Specialist Dr. G. Doke, Y. Tato, Dr. Rina, spoke in details on sex determination and  said that balance sex ratio in the tribal society reveals that the sex determination is not practiced by local population.

M. Devi, DMEIO and Yomto Lollen, DPM also spoke on the occasion.

In the interactive session ZPM Yaman Bagra, Senior citizen Mimar Lollen and Legal Advisor Yomge Ado shared their views. DIPRO


SC dismisses HC directive

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: The Supreme Court of India has dismissed the judgment passed by the Gauhati High Court directing District Returning Officer, Papum Pare to produce the record of Register of voters’ counterfoils (in Form (17A) of Itanagar Assembly constituency.

The order was passed by Supreme Court Judges Deepak Verma and H.L. Gokhale while granting a leave petition filed by appellant Markio Tado to quash the Gauhati High Court order passed against a Miscellaneous Case (EP) No. 05(AP) 2010 in election petition No 01 (AP)/2009 filed by respondent Takam Sorang.

“In our view the order passed by the learned Single Judge is illegal and unsustainable,” both the judges observed after thoroughly examining the merit of the HC directive.

It may be mentioned here that Sorang had filed an election petition as well as an interlocutory application in Gauhati High Court in 2009 for calling of records of register of voters’ counterfoils of Itanagar Assembly constituency alleging double enrollment. However, the HC had rejected the petition. Again, Sorang had filed another miscellaneous application on the same matter after few months of rejection of his earlier petition.

Tado had to knock the door of SC after his petition challenging Sorang’s election petition was rejected by Gauhati High Court.


‘Stick to guidelines’

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: All East Kameng Contractor’s Welfare Association (AEKCWA) urged the executing agencies to strictly adhere to the guidelines under various centrally sponsored schemes including special plan assistance schemes, border area development programme and Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna  which are being implemented in East Kameng district.

The Association said that various departments do not comply with the guidelines in the district which resulted in poor quality of works.

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Activate mobile tower

Dear Editor,

Sangram is one of the oldest Administrative circles of Kurung-Kumey district in the state. The distance between Sangram and the state capital (Itanagar) is above 300 km and it takes a full day to reach Sangram from Itanagar.  BSNL tower at Sangram  was erected during last couple of years but it is only in name’s sake without functioning properly. As a matter of fact, the quickest means of communication at Sangram is in total failure forcing the people to  face  numerous problems. Lack of telecom (mobile) service compels the people to travel other places only to communicate people even for small piece of work.

Due to total failure of such communication, the poor people  are spending their money, energy and time to interact with the people of far-flung areas.

On the other hand authorities concerned and local leaders are not giving attention towards   this problem.

Therefore, I on behalf of the people of Sangram would like to appeal the concerned authority and public leaders to take up the matter with BSNL authority immediately  to activate the mobile tower.


Tai Mayang

I.B. Colony, Sangram



Restore IG Park’s lost glory

Dear Editor,

It’s really heartening to see some few plunging in to save the lone park of the capital (IG Park) from further destruction. The initiation a little late but step taken is praiseworthy.

Recalling the innocent past, said in the glory of IG parks, when I was a kid then – ‘IG park bahut badha aur sundhar hei, Itanagar me rehne se dhin bhar hum           usme bahut khelne aur gumneh dil hota hei ’ (IG park is so big and beautiful, when I am in Itanagar, I feels like playing and hanging in the park whole day).

Now when I see the present view of the park, it’s sad to see the diminishing glory of the park day by day.

Indira Gandhi Park since late 2000 has been acting in a forceful mode of entertaining everyone, being transformed into a hub of festivals and gatherings. Peoples          now hardly flogs in large daily, they just wait for the festivals to brighten the park, to enthrall their mood.

Those were the days when the park used to smile, witnessing many players of different age, playing their respective concerned part in the park daily from dusk till   dawn. With the fast changing years, the park being ignored, the players too have decreased. Most of the greenery part of the park has almost been plastered with mud and dust, the flowers hardly blooms, the stream that used to flow is now begging for water, the park lane crying everyday for maintenance and the area of the park slowly and steadily decreasing its width and length but alas!, no one hearing the pleas.

The construction of conventional hall causing a threat to the park is just a one piece of concern raised; if we have to really take a big leap in saving the park, then I feel the inclusion of all the aspects of threats that are attacking the park too must be included alongside the voice raised.

Charity begins at home as said, but if the charity is done by destroying owns precious possessions, then that charity work done is always not praise worthy,    hopes the state govt. cares to think of the negative impact before it’s too late to rectify it and chalk out a well planned strategy to restore IG parks lost glory.

Lastly, the atmosphere is changing; global warming is already a threat worldwide. Let’s start the ‘Save Game’ in our own way and ‘Go green.’


Gomi Maro




Be example for rest of Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor

In addition to my previous letter “Revive the lost glory of Pasighat” I would like to highlight some more facts about Pasighat which has happened in past few years. The infrastructure are in ruin. APST station is in dilapidated condition, need urgent face lift. The sumo station do not have toilet and urinal facility, which should have mandatory. District administrators should be blamed for not having such facilities.

JNC needs massive face-lift and upgradation to higher learning centre.

I am deeply concern to see the Raneghat Bridge over Siang, which took nearly 25 years to complete, yet there appears to be a fault in the construction alignment. I am not the expert but to my layman eye there is fault. Bridge should be either perfect straight line or evenly curved. There is asymmetry in the bridge; there is a kink at the eastern end. I hope engineering expert has noticed the way my layman eye has. If there is any natural disaster like the 2000 Siang flood or earthquake, then bridge is likely to break at the kink.

Road safety authority should inspect the bridge on a regular interval; otherwise it is disaster waiting to happen in future.

Pasighat still has beautiful layout compared to other town. If there is vision in the mind of  leaders, indigenous people, administrators and various luminaries of present and past, Pasighat has every potential  to develop up to the expectation not like Itanagar where infrastructures are simply not coping with the phase of development. Need of the hour at this time is strong infrastructure, good roads/streets, proper town planning, good medical and education centres. Investment from other states will come automatically if infrastructures are good. Hope this letter will bring awareness to the people to works towards the upliftment of our beloved historic town and help them to be example for rest of Arunachal.


Dr. Bojir Perme





Dear Editor,

This is in reference to the news item “AASSATA unit threatens hunger strike” (March  20).

We would like to clarify here that no such ultimatum has been served to the district authority since we believe that DDSE and district authority has nothing to do with the releasing of salaries and arrears until the central govt. (MoHRD) releases the fund for the entire state. The association is in constant touch with state Govt.  regarding payment and arrear of our SSA teacher.

It is fact that we are really facing very tough time at this age of sky rocketing prices of essential commodities to maintain the livelihood for self and our family, especially our school going children for admission. But at the same time we have to honor the words given to us, to fulfill the demand within stipulated time by the Chief Minister and Education Minister. Since, the time taken by the Govt has yet not expired, so being Govt. employees we need to keep patient and wait for the positive outcome.

Further, Lower Subansiri district unit  has nothing to do with the article published on March 20. We also appeal to all the SSA teachers to avoid such kind of baseless news item in local dailies and other audio visual media in near future.

We, therefore AASSATA district Unit Lower Subansiri district strongly condemn such deeds of impersonate AASSATA official by some unknown persons. Such act creates mere misunderstanding amongst teaching fraternity of SSA as well as district authority and state Govt.


Narang Samo, Secretary

Chukhu Epa, President




Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to extend my gratefulness and heartfelt thanks to the Chief Minister cum APCC President Nabam Tuki and the General Secretary, B.C Tok for revocation of all 31 Panchayat leaders and workers of Aalo East Constituent Assembly including the ZPM and ASM Chairperson of 2-Aalo, East Upper Constituency.


Dagmo Lollen, ASM,

Kombo Jirdin, 31st Aalo East Assembly




Punish the culprits

Dear Editor,

Recent desecration of the statues of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Dr D Ering by the miscreants at Pasighat created a shock wave across the state. Today they vandalized the statues of Bapuji and Dr Ering, tomorrow they may try to  attack the political leaders and  other dignitaries of the state.

Therefore, I would  like  to request the state Govt to look into the matter seriously and punish the culprits who were involved in such shameful act.


Tajek Ruji

Chief Auditor

All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare



Welcome move

It is unlikely that increase the funding for rural health will help  improve the dismal state of health care to a large extent in India. Experts time and again suggested that if the vision of ‘Health for All’ is to be achieved by 2020, India will have to pump in 6 per cent of its GDP in the health care sector.

India’s public spending on health as a proportion of the GDP – currently at around 1 per cent of the GDP - is among the lowest in the world. Despite the launch of the National Rural Health Mission in 2005, India continues to grapple with a 33 per cent shortage of rural hospitals or Community Health Centers (CHCs). Even in the ones present, there is an acute shortage of staff.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there is a shortage of 50-70 per cent of physicians, specialists, lab technicians and radiographers at the CHCs. And around 10-15 per cent of them even lack basic amenities such as water supply and electricity.

Nevertheless, the launch of the National Urban Health Mission to encompass the primary healthcare needs of people in the urban areas is a welcome move. So is the upgradation of seven more Government medical colleges under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) which aims at setting up of AIIMS-like institutions.