March  31


News Impact


Water project inspected


ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Planning, Finance and PWD Minister Chowna Mein accompanied with Doimukh MLA and Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia and Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso led by a group of engineers headed by PHE&WS secretary Er. Tomi Ete inspected the augmentation of water supply for Itanagar township phase-II project up to the intake point at Ludi-Rasap stream, 32 km from here, today.

The Rs 77.25-crore project is targeted to be commissioned by May next with 85% work progress.

The secretary urged the minister to release Rs 7 crore for the department to get the last installment of Rs 25 crore from GoI, which would be reimbursed only after the formation of local bodies, like municipality.

“We are confident of hitting the target,” PHE&WS SE Toko Jyoti said with confidence, while EE Tadar Mangku informed that the locals have been extending cooperation. About 300 labourers supported by six JCBs are working tirelessly, informed AE Bamang Tadh.

Mein, the former PHED Minister, on his second visit to the project, opined that completion of this prestigious project, which has been inspected by former chief minister Dorjee Khandu and Planning Commission member BK Chaturvedi and received the PC’s appreciation, is a foregone conclusion as the locals, including Doimukh and Itanagar MLAs are extending their wholehearted support.

Disclosing that the GoAP has given Rs 38 crore gap funding, he assured all possible supports and development of the local area.

Kaso, however, disclosed that as the present Lobi source was drying up, he as ZPM in 2005 had suggested the then PHED minister Tatar Kipa about the Mapu-Mehi water source, which was finalized in 2007-08.  

He urged the locals not to create any hurdle for any reason as every problem was solvable. He said the bridge over Poma River is an achievement which would benefit the locals immensely and their cooperation for any project should benefit them first. About 70% roads and drainages of Capital Complex were complete and this project would be a boon for the Itanagarians, he added.     

On complaints about illegal hunting, Rebia directed the GB to protect the catchment area right from Karoi near Sagalee, where the Mehi stream originates, till the intake point here located at 562 mtr above the sea level.

There has to be complete ban on human settlement, jhuming, hunting, fishing, wanton killing of wildlife and felling of trees to save the cathment areas and maintain the purity of the water to facilitate sufficient discharge of water, Rebia, said, adding Papum Pare DC would be issuing prohibitory orders under relevant provisions of the law for the administrative officers, PRI leaders, GBs, NGOs and the civil society to protect the national properties. Any violation of the orders should be treated as anti-national under the National Security Act and dealt with accordingly, Rebia said without mincing any words and assured to make surprise visit to ensure compliance of the orders.

Poma panchayat ASM Techi Ana and GB Tayum Singkam were also present.



Catholic community prays for new Longding district

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The Catholic community of the Diocese of Miao prayed for peace and prosperity of the newly created Longding district and its simple and hardworking Wancho people.

Partricipating the special prayer session organised at Don Bosco Church Bishop on March 28, PK George exhorted the people of the district to maintain oneness, peace and tranquility in the society for all round development of the newly created district.

Local pastor Wanghon Khanghan said, “Let us take this as a pilgrimage of peace and I am sure our combined prayer will produce great results”

The Catholic Community was celebrating the traditional, annual “Chrism Mass,” where Bishop of the region along with the priests and people prayed together. On that day they commemorated the day when Jesus established Priesthood. The priests renewed their commitment infront of the people to work together for peace and prosperity of the people of the district.



Arunachal and the role of opposition party

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: In a rarest of rare case, the people of Arunachal Pradesh witnessed fiery exchange of words between ruling Indian National Congress (INC) and the main opposition party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on state budget for 2012. For a state like Arunachal, where presence of opposition party is almost non-existent and the MLAs, irrespective of which party they belong to, never say a word against the ruling government, such war of words between Congress and BJP is a welcome sign.

It all began when BJP national general secretary Tapir Gao severely criticized the Rs 218.05 crore deficit budget for the year 2012-13 presented by finance minister Chowna Mein on the floor of state legislative assembly on March 24. He termed this year’s budget as monotonous, lifeless and carbon copy of last year’s budget.

Tagak went on to make many more allegations against the ruling party for misusing funds and for failing to tap the abundant natural resources of the state for the benefit of the people.

Stung by the unexpected criticism, the Congress party  retaliated with party president and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki coming down heavily on BJP.

Tuki termed BJP as divided house stating that their MLAs had fully backed the budget on the floor of assembly. But astonishingly, the party’s general secretary was speaking in different tone outside the house. Highlighting various programmes and policies implemented by the ruling Congress for the benefit of Arunachalee citizen, Tuki urged BJP leaders to get proper knowledge about planning and financing policies first before going to media for ‘cheap’ popularity.

Proving wrong the people’s speculation that it was just a political gimmick played by two national parties, BJP yesterday hit back at Congress more rigorously. The party (BJP) while defending its general secretary Tapir Gao, said that the ruling Congress Govt in the state is trying to divert the attention of people from their wrong doings by levelling baseless and concocted allegation against the party. BJP claims that the ruling Congress government is afraid of its’s growing popularity in Arunachal Pradesh and that is why the Congress is trying to defame the party with such vitriolic attack.

The claim and counterclaim is a welcome sign for Arunachal Pradesh as presence of opposition party in Arunachal Pradesh is almost non-existent.

There are considerable numbers of MLAs from BJP, NCP and Trinamol Congress in the 60-member state legislative assembly. But these MLAs hardly dare to criticize the programmes and policies of the ruling party. Assembly sessions are so clumsy that majorities of media persons always try to find some excuse to skip it.

With almost all MLAs, barring one or two, singing in one tune, assembly session becomes so monotonous.

Today, states like Karnataka, Maharasthra, Tamil Nadu and even Bihar are witnessing rapid development because of the active role played by the opposition parties since opposition parties and media play a crucial role in the development of a state.

And that is why the war of words between Congress and BJP is so significant for Arunachal Pradesh. It would be wrong on the part of the opposition party to remain a mute spectator on every programme and  policy of the ruling party.

A big round of applause to both Congress and BJP for giving us the taste of democracy in Arunachal in true sense. Hail democracy!!



BJP mourns Agarwal’s death

Itanagar, Mar 30: The rank and file of the State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed deep shock and sorrow over demise of Lalit Agarwal, Party’s former state convenor (Trade and Commerce) and first generation businessman in the state capital.

“He was a man with an open-heart and an inspirational person,” the party said in a release.

The party leaders led by state president, Dr. Tangor Tapak, MLA, National Council member, Bai Gadi and General secretary-in-charge (org.), Tai Tagak in a condolence meeting here today deeply mourned Agarwal’s sudden demise and prayed to almighty for eternal peace of the departed soul.

The party also conveyed its deep sense of condolence to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

While mourning the death of Agarwal, Bazar Welfare Committee, Naharlagun, said that his untimely demise is an irreparable loss not only to his family members but also business community and the state. The shopkeepers and traders of Naharlagun area today rolled down their shutters for three hours as mark of respect to late Agarwal.



APPBn Commandant visits BOPs

Permanent beat post at border demanded


RUKSIN, Mar 30: Two beat out posts (BOP) of Arunachal Pradesh Police Battalion (APPBn) set up at Siga and Debing portion of Assam-Arunachal border have been running with myriad of problems, causing great deal of dissatisfaction among the police personnel and local people.

The out posts are running without minimum requirements like building structure, water supply and electricity for the years. Moreover, there is no wireless communication facility and protective bunker around the camp.

The Platoon Commandant of Pasighat based 2nd APPBn, Orem Tagi today visited the BOPs and took stock of the present situation. He interacted with the local Gaon Burahs, PRI leaders and assured them to take up their grievances with the home department for the development of the police beat posts.

The police beat out post at Debing comes under Ruksin police station while the Siga BOP is controlled by Nari police station. Both the beat posts are located at the vulnerable area bordering Jonai subdivision of Assam.  It may be recalled that the local people of Debing led by Kamin Apum, an Anchal Samity Member earlier moved the authority for providing necessary infrastructure and facilities to Debing beat post, but nothing has fruited yet.

Alleging that the problems being faced by the beat post at Debing is known to the higher ups of the department, the locals have demanded a permanent beat post with adequate police personnel and full facility.



Brown sugar worth Rs 5 lakhs seized

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Brown sugar worth over Rs 5 lakh in international market and cash amount of Rs. 61,740 were seized by Bordumsa Police from a house at Bijoypur–I village under Bordumsa circle yesterday.

Acting  on a tip off,  the Bordumsa Police under the command of SI P.Tatu, OC and SI T.Langching, 2nd officer assisted by ASI A.K.Biswa raided the house of one Doni Chakma of Bijoypur–I village yesterday at around 7 pm and seized brown sugar weighing about 50 gram, weighing apparatus and huge quantity of drugs packaging materials and inhaling pipes from the house, Bordumsa police said.

However, the drug peddler Chakma, sensing the arrival of police, managed to fled from his hideout.

The police registered a case against Doni Chakma at Bordumsa police station and man haunt launched to nab the drugs peddler.

The seized materials with cash amount were produced before the court of Kento Riba, Judicial Magistrate First Class, Bordumsa with the preliminary case investigation report by the investigating officer for taking cognizance .

While informing this, ADC, Riba appreciated the efforts put in by the Bordumsa Police in seizing  the drugs and the apparatus. The local administration and the police have tightened belts to put behind the bar all those involved in drugs trafficking and appealed to all the sensible denizens to extend their cooperation with police to minimize the drugs menace in the locality.



6 from Arunachal attend training on Geriatric Care

Itanagar, Mar 30: Six participants from Arunachal Pradesh attended a week-long training programme on “Geriatric Care” which concluded at Agartala on March 23. The programme was organized by National Institute of Social Defense (NISD), Govt. of India in collaboration with Abhoy Mission, Agartala and was supported by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India.

The main objectives of the training was to develop a cadre of frontline skilled/trained personnel of Geriatric Caregivers that specializes in home care in family, community setting and creating a team of frontline personnel in old age care.

Three from Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) and one each from Community Learning & Doing Center (CLDC), Palin, Rintey Dene Welfare Society, Palin and Ngunu Ziro, Ziro participated in the training programme. Participants from Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland and local citizens of Agartala also attended the programme.

The programme covered various issues on basic care of elderly people, role of police personnel for care and protection of senior citizens, protective laws, promoting health and active ageing, dietary at older age and recreational activities for older people. The participants also visited old age homes/ashram at Gokulnagar and Gandhi-gram in Agartala and interacted with the older people and children with disability and tried to know about various challenges being faced by them.

It is worth mentioning here that the Abhoy Mission is a voluntary organization with the objective of providing well-structured and multidimensional services to the persons with disabilities and senior citizens and reduce disability in the state as well as to grow confidence in the minds of senior citizens.

The training programme was coordinate by Mone Gurung, Program Coordinator, Future Generations Arunachal.



All necessary steps taken before giving nod to power project: MoEF

NEW DELHI, Mar 30: The Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) has claimed before the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it had taken “all necessary steps” before granting environmental clearance to a mega hydro-power project in Arunachal Pradesh on Lohit river, which originates in China.

The MoEF counsel made the submission to the Tribunal in response to a petition by an challenging the environmental clearance granted to the 1,750 MW Demwe Lower Hydro Electric project on February 15 by the ministry despite majority of wildlife experts on the ministerial committee opposing it.

“MoEF and the state government of Arunachal Pradesh have taken all necessary steps in this regards,” senior advocate A D N Rao, appearing for the Ministry, told an NGT bench of its Acting Chairperson Justice A Suryanarayan Naidu and Gopal Krishna Pandey.

“Each and every thing that could have been considered has been considered before granting clearance. All the objections raised by the petitioner were considered,” Rao added.

The statement was, however, opposed by advocate Ritwick Dutta, who, appearing for NGO North East Affected Area Development Society, contended that environmental clearance was granted to the project even before the requisite studies under the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Notification of 2006 were completed.

“The Environment Appraisal Committee and the Forest Appraisal Committee say comprehensive study has to be now done. So those studies were not complete and some of them are still pending while the environment clearance has been granted,” Dutta said.

Advocate Dutta claimed all studies were done after the clearance to the project was given.

“The whole EIA looses its meaning if these reports are done post (clearance). The public has nothing to review before the clearance,” he said.

The environmental clearance to the project was challenged by the NGO contending that it would have a serious impact on the ecology, wildlife and also the livelihood of people living upstream and downstream in neighbouring Assam.

The 1750 MW project is a joint enterprise of Athena Demwe Power and the Arunachal Pradesh government.

The work project was scheduled to begin from April 2011 but it is now scheduled to start in May this year.

On being asked by the bench, the counsel for the MoEF and the Athena said 882 hectares land has been acquired till now and the award is yet to be passed after which the compensation will be paid to the project-affected people.

Rao said Arunachal Pradesh has a potential of producing 57,000 MW hydro power out of which only 450 MW is being produced as of now. PTI

AAPBSU condemns Assam Govt.

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students' Union (AAPBSU) condemned the act of Assam Government obstructing the construction of a multi-purpose stage at Malinitan Mela ground.

It said that Malinithan is situated within the area of Arunachal Pradesh and the Malini Mela is celebrated every year. But this time Assam officials are objecting to it which is intolerable. Further, there is no reason as to why we should obtain permission from Assam for construction of a  stage within Malinithan.

Alleging forceful construction of house inside the Arunachal territory by Assam at Taraso circle, the Union appealed to the state government to stop encroachment of Arunachal land by people of Assam.

It also urged the Assam Government to maintain status quo till the final verdict of the pending boundary case between both the states is solved. It urged both Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments to solve the boundary disputes amicably.


Training on EDP

Daporijo, Mar 30: The 10 days training programme on entrepreneurship development programme (EDP) on PMEGP, Industrial Policy 2008, Food Processing and Industrial Management for Nacho circle concluded at the office of the deputy director (Industries) here today.

The concluding day programme was attended by G. Ete, ADC.

Tuli Basar, DDI, Dr. B Paul, (i/c Tresury Officer), J. Ligu (LEO), Minte Siga (ACLM), D. Riba (ADS), Hage Yakang (SMS, KVK), Miss Gyati(SMS, KVK) and John Rai (EI) were the resource persons of the 10- day-long training pro-gramme. DIPRO


Nurses assoc. welcomes

Govt decision

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Trained Nurses Association of India, Arunachal Pradesh unit while welcoming the state government’s decision to grant nursing uniform and washing allowances, has  appealed for considering other demands of the association, like creation of post for DDHS nursing, Assistant Director Nursing, Nursing Superintendent/Metron, Assistant Nursing Superintendent and Ward Sister, removal of pay anomalies of ANMs & LHVs and releasing arrears as per 6th CPC recommendation.


‘APTET will bring quality education’

ITANAGAR, Mar 30:  All Arunachal Pradesh Diploma Holder in Elementary Education Association Upper Subansiri Unit said that proposed Arunachal Pradesh Teacher Eligibility Test (APTET) would bring quality education in the state.

Further, the association urged the authorities concerned to conduct interview for all the vacant posts of teachers by floating advertisement of the vacant posts at the earliest.


Consultative committee meeting held

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The consultative committee meeting of department of Agriculture held here yesterday discussed various problems, policies and programmes of the department. The participants shared their views for working efficiently.

The meeting was attended by Parliamentary secretary (Agriculture) Likha Saaya, consultative committee members MLA Alo Libang, MLA Bamang Felix, commission Agriculture Hage Kojeen and senior officers of the department.


Assoc . demands check gate at Likabali bazaar

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Lendo Ao Welfare Association appealed to the local MLA to construct check gate at entry point of Likabali main Bazaar to check illegal encroachment.

It also appealed to the public of both Assam and Arunachal living in  border areas to maintain peace and tranquility.


‘Allegation politically motivated’

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: A group of Panchayat leaders of Pipsorang Anchal Samity, in a signed statement, strongly condemned the allegation of misuse of BADP fund levelled against CO cum BDO, Pipsorang by All Pipsorang Youth Association (APYA).

Terming the allegation against the official as false, unfounded and politically motivated, they said that it is nothing but malicious design made with an intent to tarnish the clean image of the official. They claimed that payments for 2009-10 were made to all the genuine contractors as per their entitlement and none of the contractors are complaining about the disbursement.


Fact finding committee

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: Angry over delay in solving the case of desecration of statues of Mahatma Gandhi and Late Daying Ering by the authority, the All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU) Pasighat in a meeting yesterday constituted a joint Fact Finding Committee to investigate the matter. The meeting was attended by representatives from various students unions, including AESDSU, AASU, East Siang AdiSU, Eastern AdiSU, LBSU, ABBSU.


Mebo bandh ends peacefully

ITANAGAR, Mar 30: The 8-hour Mebo bandh called by Bharatiya Janata Party of Mebo Mondal, East Siang on March 29 in protest against corruption ended peacefully.   

Earlier, in its memorandum submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, East Siang district, the party demanded for supply of sufficient medicines in all the Public Health Centres at Mebo, providing proper road communication to Bodak, Silluk, Aohali, Kongkul and Namsing villages, proper distribution of PDS items, proper implementation of agricultural and horticulture schemes and projects, proper maintenance and supply of water and electricity, judicious implementation of below poverty line schemes, strict enforcement of law and order in the area etc.  

The party appealed to the authority concerned to fulfill the demands at the earliest.


DC clarifies

PASIGHAT, Mar 30: Reacting to a news item of breaking boundary wall near circuit house here, East Siang deputy commissioner has clarified that the incident was completely a civil case wherein the accused has partially broken the wall to clear a path for his residence, who resides just behind the compound.

Police sources confirmed that Taga is ready to compensate the loss. Hence, the question of vandalism does not arise. DIPRO

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We deserve a better deal

Dear Editor,

It is seen that, most of the time; the transport bus catering to office staffs of Mowb-II is always full to the brim. It’s not that the capacity of the bus is insufficient. The public unwittingly board the bus in absence of scrolling display. Surprisingly the display works fine in the case of other JnNURM transport bus like the buses meant for College and Chimpu.

If needed more buses should be pressed into service to avoid crowding to this route. No passenger should be allowed to travel standing. Not a long time ago when a major accident occurred in between the twin capital township the authority seem to have put restriction on allowing standing commuters in the buses. Now the situation seems to be free for all until another major accident jolt them out of their deep slumber. It is a complete disregard for the right to life of daily commuters in such a treacherous terrain.

The public are aware of the Government’s sincerity in boosting the revenue of the state coffer. But the drive may prove to be a hard bargain in the long run. A worker who jostled for a space to stand in the crowded bus for hours together can hardly be expected to be in the right frame of mind to discharge the duty with full potential at office. Add to it the perennial scarcity of water in the twin township. At times the citizens are deprived of even a decent bath for weeks together.

If the Government is so serious about augmenting its revenue, it can easily avoid the practice of procuring Scorpios for the officers every year. If the state Transport Department can’t live up to expectation the department concerned should arrange for conveyance of the staffs. It is pertinent to remember that a decent institution like a private primary school can arrange conveyance for its students’ at a nominal fee of Rupees 10.00 (ten) per student per day.

The departments maintain a fleet of light vehicles. Another addition of a suitable category of transport system to cater to the remaining 90% of workers seems justifiable. We seem to live amidst our own people, not in a colonized territory. No prizes for guessing who are at the receiving end.

The battle hardened common citizen who never get time to relax at office as well as at residence deserve a better deal than this please.


A citizen



Tuki deserves appreciation

Dear Editor,

At the very outset I extend my heartiest congratulation to Govt of Arunachal Pradesh lead by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for historic achievement in the field of education sector by passing 3 private University bills, 2012 in the recently concluded Legislative Assembly Session. I also extend my heartiest congratulation to Education Minister, Bosiram Siram for bringing up successfully these bills on time in the Legislative Assembly. Minister Siram is doing excellent job in the field of education and deserved appreciation from the common masses. Bringing these Universities in the state would be a big helping hand for our up-coming generation to get their required education at the doorstep. The economic burden of every parent shall also be lessened. Chief Minister Tuki has taken a very good and bold decision to give free education to those below poverty line (BPL) families and 25% seat reservation under these private universities.

However I would like request Chief Minister to keep watch on the activities of the newly born private universities so that the dream of the better education is not shattered. This is also to be noted that the fee structure of the Universities should be strictly monitored by the state government and no monopoly business is carried out in the name of educating our young boys and girls. These universities need to be nurtured in proper manner, so that is can grow in proper way and benefit the state in true sense.

At the same time, I will not forget to mention my sincere and special thanks to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on behalf of people of Ziro Valley specially for passing of Indira Gandhi Technological and Medical Science University, 2012 in the Assembly which will be established at Ziro. If the proposed university comes up in reality then this would be great help to coming generation in days to come. But the above proposed university was suppose to be established during the year 2004 but why it was delayed is best known by the authority of the World Institute of Building programme (WIBP), which is based at Delhi. But, I have already drawn the attention of Dr. P.R Trivedi, the President of WIBP and all other concern authority of the WIBP to keep seat reservation, job reservation and fees concession for the children of the land donor which is to be seriously noted by the state government. During the year-2003-04, Bullo, Mudang, Tinyo and Takhe clans of Hong village have generously donated 150 hectors of land free of cost to said NGO called WIBP for establishment of same university at Ziro and accordingly the Deputy Commissioner, Ziro had already given provisional allotment in the name of NGO. Secondly I also welcome vision of Chief Minister to create mini secretariat in all the district of the state which will be the noblest job in the state as of now. At last but not the least I wish these private Universities BiIIs, 2012 are effectively implemented in the state at the larger interest of the state and nation as a whole.


Nani Rebia,

Ex-MLA, Ziro



Mixed up priorities!

Dear Editor,

Ruma of “Spare a day to help Ruma clean up!” seem to have mixed up her priorities. What is needed is cleaning up of rusted minds of people. More so of the people in the helm of affairs. Thought the leaders and top bureaucrats are allowed to sojourn in foreign countries at the cost of public exchequer. Can’t they see the clean streets of those countries?

It is useless to think the people will learn from a good example like this. What is need is a strict rule and a mechanism to enforce it with zeal. If our institutions are so weak that even such a simple cleanlineless drive can’t be enforced, then there must be something seriously wrong with us as a society. Creamy layer and torch bearer of our society need to ponder over it before it is too late for resurrection.


A lazy citizen



Postpone exam for sake of students

Dear Editor,

I would like to put forward my grievances regarding interview to be conducted by education department. I had applied for the post of Laboratory Assistant and Attendent vide Advt. No.ED.2/126/2011 dated Itanagar, 21st Feb ‘2011. The education department has come up with lot of mistakes. After waiting for more than 1 years, I received admit card only for the post of Lab attendant, what about Lab assistant?   Further to my difficulty, examination centre is at Aalo, West Siang while am residing at Ziro. I would like to inform that in advertisement it was clearly mentioned that interview will be held in the Directorate of School Education, Itanagar. Also, the examination date falls on 21st & 22nd April, which coincides with university examination. So, in this regard I would like to request concerned authorities to immediately notify for the post of lab assistant. We also seek postponing of examination date till university exam gets over.



A Candidate



State University a boon for Arunachal

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, we the Adi Students' Union, would like to sincerely extend our gratitude to the state government for passing the State University Bill. We profoundly welcome and hail the decision of the state government to establish the State University at Pasighat. We hope that the State University Bill passed in the recent legislative assembly session would go a long way in improving the education scenario in the state.

It was a long felt demand, and most appropriate and befitting one for the Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat, the oldest college in the state which has been grooming generations of luminaries for the state. We are sincerely thankful to the government under the dynamic leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. We also heartily express our thanks to Education Minister Bosiram Siram, other cabinet ministers and the MLAs of the august house.


Shokun Siboh


Adi Students’ Union




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Odisha kidnapping case: an eye opener for Arunachal

The recent abduction of two Italian nationals and one Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA has drawn the attention of international communities towards Naxals moment in India. By carrying out such audacious kidnapping, naxalites are only trying to prove their might to the government. The abduction of the BJD MLA is surprising as negotiations were being held on the given lines of the Naxals regarding release of two kidnapped Italians. In spite of the government’s concerted effort to get released the Italians, the Naxals carried out this daring act. What the Naxals actually want is not clear. But it is evident that they want to put the government in a helpless position. Unable to handle the crisis, Odisha government has sought Centre’s help in this regard. But to what extent the Centre will provide help to Odisha is yet to be seen as Naveen Patnaik was the first Chief Minister to oppose the setting up of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC). Does he now realize that Terrorism and Naxalism are not just law and order problem? Both the Centre and State governments must work in tandem to fight this threat. However giving him some breathing space, naxals have released one of the kidnapped Italians.

The way some state governments opposed the NCTC alleging infringement of their rights only strengthened the anti-national elements that are a threat to the nation’s security. The Centre and the state have failed miserably to work in tandem to find a solution for the Naxal problem. Several times the government and the Naxal affected states have held meeting and discussions but no result came out. The NCTC could have proved to be a bridge between the Centre and the states but some Chief Ministers for mere petty gains ignored its importance. For state like Arunachal recent kidnapping incident at Odisha is a big learning experience. State is battling with insurgency problem in districts like Tirap, Changlang and Longding. There is also report of Naxals making its way into Arunachal. The time has come to have serious look into internal security scenario of state. Every year thousands of tourist visit Arunachal and their safety concern should be given top priorities by the state government.