ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today laid the foundation stone for construction
of IPR office as “Soochna Bhawan” at Papu Nallah, Naharlagun.
Addressing the occasion, the Chief Minister emphasized on quality of services and
stressed on the need to have collective effort towards upgrading the department to
a major one with better works and assignments.
Speaking on the significance of the departments of IPR & P as the main machinery
of the government in terms of dissemination of information and publicity of various
government policies and programmes, Tuki called for having close coordination and
liaisoning with various departments to speed up the dissemination of information,
better news services to meet up the need of the hour. He further opined for having
separate liaisoning wings in each department with a nodal officer for better coordination
with the press for smooth functioning of the government, besides avoiding any communication
Giving a brief outline of the department since its inception during NEFA days, Tuki
stated that the construction of a permanent office building had always been in the
agenda but could not be materialized due to technical and other financial reasons,
adding that Arunachal Pradesh must have been the only state without a Soochna Bhawan.
Congratulating the department for making a beginning towards fulfilling the vision
of Soochna Bhawan, Tuki, who is also the Minister in charge of IPR said that the
construction of Soochna Bhawan was conceived in the year 2003-04 and gained the present
status through the constant efforts of the state government by placing the proposal
under the Ministry of DoNER with funding of Rs 956.64 lakhs under NLCPR with 10 per
cent state matching share. He informed that the department of Planning has released
Rs 335.64 lakh as first installment out of the sanctioned amount that includes 10
per cent state matching share of Rs 34 lakh during current AoP. He hoped that the
construction of Soochna Bhawan with multi-media facilities for media persons including
state-of-the- art conference hall for press conferences and media briefings, which
is expected to be completed within 18-24 months, would facilitate effective functioning
of the Nodal department with proper office building.
The Chief Minister further stated that the department would be strengthened and become
the nodal agency for routing all government advertisements for which proper instructions
have already been issued from his end. He also informed on setting up of Film Division
to cover the rich cultural diversity and bio-diversity of the state, adding that
this would generate more employment avenues.
On the occasion, he informed that the department of Planning & Development has been
entrusted to prepare a ‘Working Calendar’ for each department to streamline the working
system for completion of projects in time, besides avoiding cost escalation.
Earlier, in her welcome address, Secretary IPR and Printing Indira Mallo Jain while
outlining the activities of the department said that, the IPR department has been
functioning as a linkage of the people and the government. Highlighting on the problems
the department is facing, she sought financial support from government to accomplish
the need. Mallo also informed that a proposal has been made for creation of Sub Divisional
Information & Public Relations Officers (SDIPRO) at all independent ADC Hqs for strengthening
the IPR services in the districts.
Executive Engineer, Naharlagun PWD Division, R Techi informed that the project starting
from April 2 next would be completed within September 2013.
Director IPR Leki Phuntso said that the long felt need of the department has been
fulfilled with the laying of foundation stone of the Soochna Bhawan. He exuded hope
that with its completion the department would be able to provide better services
to meet up the need of the time.
Parliamentary Secretary IPR and Printing Thangwang Wangham, local MLA Techi Kaso
and Officers and officials of IPR & R department were present on the occasion. DIPR
Workshop on population and health related issues begins at RGU
RONO HILLS, Mar 29: Two days national workshop cum seminar on “Population and Health
Related Issues” began at EDUSAT Centre, Rajiv Gandhi University today. The workshop
is being organized by RGU department of education and sponsored by UGC SAP-DRS II.
Students and research scholars from different parts of the country are participating
Addressing the inaugural function, RGU Vice Chancellor David R Shiemlieh said while
the whole country is discussing a lot about the rapid growth of population, slow
growth of population in Arunachal Pradesh is showing a different picture.
Citing the example of sudden growth of population in Nagaland, Assam and Meghalaya,
he urged the students and the participants to conduct study on growth of population.
Quality of life is determined by the happiness of every individual, he said adding
that Gross National Happiness has come to human practice after systematic study on
happiness carried out by the National University of Bhutan which attracts scholars
across the world.
Dr J Sahoo stated that discussion on inter-relation between population growth and
the health issues in broader sense started from 2011 onwards.
On his key note address, Dr K C Kapoor said that birth rate and death rate are the
two determinants of population of any state, country and the world as a whole. Highlighting
the growth of population of India since 1901, he said today every 1/6 person of the
world is Indian. Dr Kapoor further said India witnessed 43 child births per minute.
India has also witnessed decline in female sex ratio. 940 females per 1000 males
at present are lower than 972 females per 1000 males recorded in 1972 census, he
0-25 years of age that shares 50 per cent of the total population in India is regarded
as highly productive through proper human resource management. But above the 70 years
of age accounts around 20 per cent of the total population which is said to be non-productive,
added Dr Kapoor.
Disclosing the female sex ratio of North Eastern region, Dr Kapoor informed that
the female sex ratio is still in better position than other parts of the country
which record 920 females per 1000 males in Arunachal Pradesh, 954 in Assam and 986
in Meghalaya. But Pondicherry and Kerala are in a better position in terms of equal
growth of sex ratio.
Prof J C Soni also spoke on the occasion. (By the student of dept. of Mass communication,
Sonam calls for close coordination
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Constructions Workers Welfare
Board (APBOCWB) Chairman Jalley Sonam called for the close coordination among the
workers of the entire nation. He was addressing at Chhattisgarh Metal Workers Meet
organized by Chhattisgarh Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) at Champa,
Chhattisgarh on March 27. Sonam further urged the workers to stand united and help
each other irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.
Around 2000 metal and industries workers attended the meet. Among others Sudhershan
Rao Sarde, Director South Asia Region International Metal Workers Federation, RD
Tripathi, president of Madhya Pradesh branch INTUC and Sanjay Kumar Singh, president
INTUC Chattisgarh were present on the occasion. While visiting the Prakash Steel
Industry in Chhattisgarh which believes to be one of the biggest industries in Asia,
he exuded his confidence that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will transform Arunachal
Pradesh into industrial hub in days to come.
Meanwhile, Sonam participated in the North East Regional Conference on the Vedic
Culture held at Kumalia, Biswanath Charali in Assam today. In is address, he called
upon the gathering to spread peace and harmony and stressed on preservation of Vedic
culture. The conference was organized under the aegis of Maharishi Sandipani Rashtriya
Ved Vidya Prasthan, Ujjain and sponsored by the Union ministry of human resource
Sena calls for effective master plan
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The Agri-Horti and Vety Minister Setong Sena exhorted the officers
of his department to develop a good master plan for agriculture and its allied sectors.
Attending a joint coordination meeting of agriculture and allied departments with
planning department here today, Sena advised the officers of the line departments
to do a massive exercise in the 12th five year plan for the development agri and
allied sector as both the state and central governments have given top priority on
this sector for the benefit of farming community..
He informed that the central government has indicated incremental increase of 25%
in budget allocation for the agri and allied sectors. He, however, cautioned that
the allied departments should be very clear and thorough about the programmes to
be proposed and implemented.
Giving a special emphasis on development in marketing front, he emphasized on introduction
of Minimum Support Price and creation of market infrastructures in 12th five year
plan beside strengthening R&D activities to ensure quality planting materials and
location specific technologies available to the farmers.
While supplementing the minister’s remarks, the Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture)
Honchun Ngandam said that since Arunachal Pradesh has got varied agro-climatic conditions,
research has to be done to identify most profitable crops to be taken up according
to the location. He also emphasized on massive terracing of jhum lands to make it
settled agriculture land to contain the jhum practice. The drug menace which is prevalent
in the districts like Tirap-Changlang, Anjaw, Lohit etc can only be solved through
implementation of agriculture and allied schemes.
While outlining the priority in 12th five year plan like integrated agriculture development,
agriculture tourism hub, alternative model for shifting cultivation etc, the Parliamentary
Secretary (Agriculture) Likha Saaya, said that the time has come to do serious programmes
on agriculture and allied department in the state. The Parliamentary Secretary (Animal
Husbandry) Phosum Khimhun said that the government should request the Planning Commission
to allow the schemes other than infrastructure development, such as crop cultivations,
to be taken up under SPA as there is no meaning of creating infrastructures where
there is no cultivation. He also emphasized on sufficient manpower in the line departments
to deliver more extension services to the far-plunged areas of the state which has
The Commissioner (Agri & Horti) Hage Kojeen emphasized on updating the Agriculture
Policy 2000 and also spoke on the importance of market channelization.
Earlier, the Secretary Planning Ankur Garg called upon the officers to prepare the
schemes which have measurable and monitorable outputs.
Director Planning (PPP&PMU) Sonam Chombay also highlighted about the progress in
preparation of Master Plan for Special Package from Centre on agriculture and allied
sectors during 12th FYP, the initiative taken up by the planning department.
All the directors of the line departments spoke on issues relating to the programmes
to be taken up in the 12th FYP.
Tingkhatra stresses on tea plantation for self-employment
YUPIA, Mar 29: Water Resources Development Minister Newlai Tingkhatra advised the
people of Ross Panchayat to take up tea and rubber cultivation as self employment
Addressing a public meeting today, Tingkhatra said that there was enough scope for
large scale rubber and tea cultivation as the area is best suited for such cultivation.
He also suggested the villagers and unemployed youths to take up agriculture and
horticulture activities for self reliant.
While highlighting the various development initiative of the state government, the
minister suggested the villagers to avail the various beneficiary schemes of his
Earlier in the day, Tingkhatra inaugurated a wire rope suspension (WRS) bridge at
Sopo Jampa village under Doimukh sub-division.
Local MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary (Planning) Nabam Rebia exhorted the people
to develop work culture and refrain from any unjustified demands. Reiterating his
commitment for the development of the area, Rebia asked the people to keep patience
and cooperate with the NEEPCO authority for successful completion of the project.
He said that once the project is completed, the revenue generated from it could be
utulised for various developmental activities in the area, he said. He also informed
the people that it is mandatory on the part of the power developers to implement
corporate social responsibility (CSR) in the project affected areas.
Responding to the four-point memorandum submitted by the public, he assured to take
up the matters with the Government.
Panchayat members of Ross panchayat and GBs also spoke on the occasion. Head of Department,
NEEPCO officers and staff were also present on the occasion. DIPRO
NSU demands review of security arrangement in Tirap
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The Nocte Students Union (NSU) has expressed serious concern over
deteriorating law and order situation in Deomali town. Referring to the recent alleged
Human Right violation against two engineers in Deomali, NSU called on state government
to ensure protection of Human Rights and review the security scenario in Tirap.
In a release NSU said poor security scenario of Tirap is deeply affecting the lives
of ordinary citizens. “Insurgency and security forces together have made life miserable
for us. Even though people are living in pitiable condition, state government is
not showing any concern at all,” said NSU president Hinwang Lowang. Further he added,
“In the state capital where even capsizing of a tanker hits the front page and brings
a good sum of security forces to halt further chaos, on the other hand, people of
Tirap live in sheer fear and let it subside unaided.”
The Union said that just creamy layer of the society is enjoying all benefits and
the rest are living in utter distraught.
Regarding permanent site for Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College, the union wanted to know
the result of three-man high level expert committee comprising of Hage Khoda, the
then education commissioner, Ankur Garg Secretary Planning and deputy commissioner
Tirap which was constituted by state Govt to find out suitable location to establish
Wangcha Rajkumar Govt College. The report was never made public and still there is
confusion about permanent site for the college, it said.
Quality seed production of cereals for livelihood training held
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: A three days training programme on “Quality Seed Production of
Cereals for Livelihood Improvement and Seed Village Concept for Awareness” was conducted
successfully at KVK West Siang, ICAR Research Complex recently. The NABARD sponsored
programme was participated by 31 members of the KVK West Siang.
The course co-ordinator, A. Kirankumar Singh, SMS (Agronomy) through power point
presentation highlighted on “General Principles of Quality Seed Production of Cereals
and Seed Village Concept for Livelihood Improvement”, “Problems and Prospects of
Quality Seed Production of Cereals with reference to West Siang District”, “System
of Rice Intensification-An Ideal System for Higher Production of Quality Seeds for
He has also presented a technical film on “Comparison of Traditional Paddy Cultivation
and System of Rice Intensification (SRI)” to acquaint the participants with the system
carried out in other parts of the country as well as in ICAR, Basar.
Dr. V.K. Choudhary, Scientist (Agronomy) highlighted the importance of “Quality Seed
Production of Maize in West Siang”.
Rita Nongthombam, SMS (Plant Breeding and Genetics) delivered the lectures with power
point presentation on “Quality Seed Production of Rice in the Context of West Siang
District” and “Importance and Modalities of Seed Village Concept for the Livelihood
Dr. S.P. Singh, SMS (Plant Protection) highlighted the “Importance of Disease Management
for Quality Seed Production of Cereals” whereas Anupchandra, Scientist (Entomology)
highlighted the “Importance of Pre and Post Harvest Management of Insect Pests for
Different Cereal Crops for Quality Seed Production.” Goutom Bhagawati, Technical
Officer (Agromet) delivered his lecture on “Importance of Different Parameters of
Weather-Their Effects and Mitigation Strategies for Quality Seed Production of Cereals”.
Total Sanitation Campaign
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Continuing its effort to bring the rural population under the coverage
of Total Sanitation Campaign (TSC), the N N Charitable Society (NNCS) in collaboration
with District Water and Sanitation Committee (DWSC), under PHED division Yupia recently
organized village level IEC components of TSC at Lower Gai, Upper Gai and Gotopu
villages of Sagalee circle.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Tad Pipi, IDEA Animator for Sagalee
area stressed on the maintaining health and hygiene. She appealed to the gathering
to ensure proper implementation of the TSC schemes.
Resource person Techi Ragi (PO NNCS) also advised the participants to cooperate with
implementing agency for any developmental projects in their respective area. He also
urged the villagers to maintain cleanliness and adopt individual house-hold latrine.
Nangbia Amar Dui, Chairman NNCS, urged the villagers to take advantage of TSC and
also directed the Panchayat leaders to work hard and extend cooperation with the
department for proper implementation of the sanitation scheme.
Nabam Sania, HGB Lower Gai, Techi Karu, GB Gotopu, Techi Yania, GPM Gotopu, Techi
Tajik GB Gotopu, Techi Kaya GB appealed for immediate implementation of the IHHL
in the villages.
School hostel gutted
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: 40-bed OBT hostel building of government IV School, Nargang, Papum
Pare district was completely gutted in a fire at around 13 pm on March 20.
Revealing the cause of the fire, ADEO Papum Pare informed that a six-year old class-I
student, who is treated as mentally retarded, set fire on a wasted paper near bamboo
wall of the hostel which later engulfed the whole hostel building. However, there
was no any human causality, he added.
He appealed to the state government to initiate step for reconstruction of the 40
bed boys’ hostel building before the beginning of next academic session.
Two die in a bizarre incident
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: In a bizarre incident two persons were stabbed to death at Ramda
under Thrizino circle in West Kameng bordering East Kameng on Tuesday night. According
to Rupa police station the deceased persons were identified as Kanti Gyodii (29)
and Achum Puriok (35). Police said the incident occurred after heated argument exchanged
between two deceased persons, in which former stabbed the latter to death. Incidentally,
Gyodii of Yaasing village under Bana circle in East Kameng was also allegedly killed
in retaliation. A person was arrested in this connection and remanded to Bomdila
police custody. The body of Kanti Gyodii was handed over to his brother Kumar Gyodii.
However the body of Achum Puriok still remains at Rupa police station, police informed.
IMCLS applauds university bills
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Idu Mishmi Cultural and Literary Society welcomed the passage of
the Venkateshwara Open University Bill 2012 and the Arunachal University of Studies
Bill 2012 by the Nabam Tuki government.
Since the Venkateshwara Open University is to be established by the private sector,
it is a step towards attracting private sector investments in the state.
Our state needs more investments in higher education sector, particularly in engineering,
medical and management. If Sikkim Manipal University can attract students from mainland
india to northeastern state of Sikkim, the same can be emulated in Arunachal Pradesh
by establishing quality professional institutes, the society said.
The promise of 25 percent reservations and free education for the BPL student is
also a welcome step.
The establishment of higher educational institutes within the state can be a boon
for most of our Arunachalee students, who cannot afford higher study outside, it
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The Director of School Education (DSE) described the allegations
leveled against him by All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) as baseless and
Reacting to the news item published in this daily on March 28 alleging his involvement
in mismanagement of fund during his tenure as DDPI at Pasighat in 1995, the DSE clarified
that a high-power enquiry body had investigated the reported mismanagement of fund
thoroughly and closed down the case after awarding ‘a censure so as to be more cautious
about the office functionaries.’ In a release today, DSE further said he was never
charged with financial management.
Regarding alleged illegal appointments, the release said the appointments in school
education department were made in accordance with the Govt norms as per the cabinet
decision of item No D of 7th June 2007. Such false allegation by an organization
like AAPYF is unbelievable and far from true, the DSE said in his release.
Free health camp
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: More then 350 patients were benefited from a two days free health
camp organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Constructions Workers
Welfare Board (APBOCWB) at Leporiang under Sagalee on March 26-27. Four specialist
doctors including dental and eye specialists from General Hospital, Naharlagun and
medical staff of Sagalee primary and community health centres conducted the camp.
Speaking on occasion, Board Secretary Ojing Darung highlighted the importance of
such health camp.
Arunachal MGNREGA budget for April fixed at Rs 35 crore
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: Labour budget under MGNREGA for Arunachal Pradesh was fixed at
Rs 35.58 crore for April month. The amount was fixed by the union Ministry of Rural
Development in a meeting on labour budget under MGNREGA held with Rural Development
Minister Tanga Byaling and Rural Development director Jokey Angu at Krishi Bhawan,
New Delhi recently.
It is worth mentioning here that the total budget for Arunachal Pradesh under MG-NREGA
will stand at around Rs. 427.00 crores. Participating in the meeting, officers of
union RD Ministry advised the state Govt to chalk out strategy for proper monitoring
of the scheme. Byaling also assured the ministry of judicious implementation the
scheme in Arunachal Pradesh.
AWSBSU condemns Assam Govt.
ITANAGAR, Mar 29: The All West Siang Border Student Union (AWSBSU) strongly condemned
the Assam Government for stopping the construction of a multi-purpose stage in Malini
Mela ground, Likabali by Malini Mela Celebration Committee.
Since the multi-purpose stage is meant for the visitors and devotees, we demand the
Arunachal Pradesh government to immediately construct it so that the visitors do
not face accommodation problem and feel any discomfort during the Mela, AWSBSU said
in a release.
It further urged Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to take up the issue with his Assam counterpart
immediately and also declare the Lower Siang district headquarters at Likhabali.
In another release, Dini Welfare Society also condemned the Assam official led by
HK Pegu, SDO for opposing construction activities inside Arunachal territory. It
said that the Assam official had no right to disturb and interfere in the Malini
Mela celebration at Likabali as the land belongs to Arunachal.
The Assam official should not try to encroach the land and create a fear psychosis
among the public for cheap personal interest. Celebration of Malini Mela at Likabali
is not a new one. It is an annual event that has been celebrated since many years.
The Assam official should check the influx of refugees in their own state instead
of adopting land encroachment tactics, it said. The Assam government should respect
and obey the Supreme Court Order and accordingly both the states should maintain
status quo on each side of the inter-state boundary till a logical conclusion was
arrived on the decades-old border dispute between the two states.
The DWS strongly appeal the state government to take up the matter with Assam counterpart
and solve the matter amicably. It also appealed for deployment of more police force
in the area to check further disturbances from Assam official.
I would like to draw the kind attention of the Chief Minister regarding socio-political
and economic issues arising out of the developmental activities like implementation
of NLCPR and SPA schemes under Panging Boleng assembly constituency. Such developmental
schemes are to be carried out after maintaining codal formalities and tender norms.
But when this core condition itself is diluted to accommodate the economic welfare
of the people, the Govt must see to it that the works are fairly distributed among
the public cutting across the party line without comprising with the quality of works.
SPA fund amounting to 2.5 crore for the year 2010-11 under Water Resources department
was literally misused using forged names of the illiterate villagers.
Whatever happened had happened. Now Chief Minister must make a timely intervention
to prevent further misuse of funds. It is a matter of serious concern that the monitoring
teams arriving from Delhi and Mumbai would visit only the nearest sites without possessing
the DPRs of the schemes. In many places overlapping of schemes has been detected.
I request all bureaucrats and technocrats serving in Panging Boleng Assembly constituency
not to be party to any activities, official or non-official, which is detrimental
to public interest.
NCP leader, Pangin Boleng Assembly
Govt has done something good
The passage of University Bill in the recently concluded Assembly session delighted
us. The CM and other legislators did a good job indeed. For the first time Arunachal
Govt has decided to do something good in the education sector. As we know that education
is the foundation of a person's life. So, the very first step to ensure a developed
Arunachal Pradesh should be to impart good education to the younger generation. Also,
the reservation proposal is very commendable. Hope, this system will be followed
in NIT and NERIST also.
I would like to request our leaders that instead of naming these institutions again
after Gandhi family, they should be named after any of the great men of our state.
For example, the name of proposed Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science
University may be renamed after any of our local heroes or should be given a local
While these Bills are really appreciable, still this year also all the students including
me will be sufferer, as there hasn’t been any discussions about the present stipend/scholarship
rate of our state. We are not receiving the assured and enhanced stipend till date.
Also, the stipend is given at the end of the session. If the amount was given in
the beginning of academic session, at least we could buy some books or stationeries.
So, I do request our student bodies to pay heed to the matter and help our students.
Ngilyang L Richo,
The passage of a University Bill in recent Assembly session for establishment of
State University at the campus of J N College, Pasighat is a remarkable development
in the education sector. I am very much pleased with the Govt decision to establish
such an institute of higher learning at Pasighat which will accommodate large number
of students who are unable not continue their study due to non-availability of
seat in the existing university.
Indeed, J C College, which produced many intellectuals and high level officers, is
blessed with the proposed university.
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Need to revamp education strategies
The Internet today provides access to a wealth of resources, yet most centres of
education – especially in Africa – still suffer from acute bandwidth constraints,
and teaching staff struggle to identify resources that are both relevant and available.
Likewise, devices of one kind or another have been heralded as step changes in the
way students learn, yet the right combination of functionality and affordability
has so far been elusive – until now.
In October 2011, the Indian government launched a seven-inch tablet computer called
the Aakash at a price of US$35, or $65 before subsidy. By all accounts, the device
was not perfect, but it went a long way in satisfying the functionality and affordability
As a result, the vision of “one student, one computer” is likely to be realised in
the shorter term, and developing country governments will be able to place e-learning
at the heart of their education strategies.
The reality is that old habits die hard, and the spread of high-speed Internet is
uneven, especially in countries with low per-capita income. Moreover, affordable
access to eBooks, and the availability of relevant, high-quality, open education
resources continues to be a constraint – although this, too, is changing as the publishing
industry adjusts to new technologies and universities encourage the development of