Tenth session of Fifth Legislative Assembly begins
Due importance given to agri-horticulture sector: Governor
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The tenth Session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly begun today
with the customary address of the Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh.
Presenting a short review of the achievements of the state Government during the
current financial year and highlighting the Govt’s vision for the new financial year,
the Governor in his address said that the state Govt has given due importance to
the agriculture sector as the agriculture is the backbone of the state’s economy.
“Our growth rate in this sector during the 11th Five Year Plan period has been three
times the national average and if we continue with this impressive performance, we
will achieve food security by 2017,” the governor said.
Governor informed that the Chief Minister Agriculture Mechanization programme will
provide benefits in the form of subsidies for purchase of power tillers, spray pumps
and tractors etc. to more than 1,700 small farmers. “A new bee-keeping venture has
also been undertaken during the last year to benefit 190 farmers in producing honey,
wax and candle etc. To provide a boost to the marketing of surplus produce and to
provide facilities for better agriculture marketing network, the department also
proposes to construct one Agriculture Shopping Mall at Naharlagun. During the 12th
Five Year Plan, the State Government will lay increased stress and focus on intensification
of cash crops, double cropping, market linkages and cold storage facilities, the
The Governor said that his Government is also according high priority to the Horticulture
sector as the State, blessed with an agreeable climate and fertile soil types, offers
enormous scope for production of various fruits, spices, medicinal and aromatic plants.
Singh further informed that horticulture sector recorded an overall growth of 87.03%
and average annual growth of 17.41% during the eleventh plan period. Such growth
rates are unprecedented anywhere in the country, he said.
“Our annual growth rate during the 11th Five Year Plan has been 9.4%, which is about
1.5% higher than the national growth rate. It is the first time ever in any five
year plan that we have performed better than the national average. This is true for
all the three sectors - agriculture, industry and services.”
On internal security, the Governor said that Arunachal Pradesh remained by and large
peaceful during the year. The governor said “we had a marked improvement on the law
and order front. We have been able to largely neutralize the 'bandh' culture which
was threatening to have severe ramifications on the overall law and order front as
well as on work efficiency. There has been praise-worthy coordination between Army,
para-military and State police forces which has led to the elimination of 13 UGs
and arrest of 107 others with recovery of a large cache of arms, ammunition, and
“Through active persuasion of my Government with the Government of India, Ministry
of Home Affairs (MHA) has released an amount of Rs.1.92 Cr. for Civil Defence Training
School at Pasighat. Further, the MHA has also released Rs.10 Cr. for logistic support
to the existing Paramilitary Forces deployed in the State,” the governor informed.
The governor in his 46-minute speech has touched almost every sector/department and
highlighted their achievements. He said “after a long gap, the State Government also
provided sufficient funds for purchase of essential medical equipment and supplies
to all District Hospitals. An amount of Rs. 11.00 Cr. was provided for purchase of
medicines and distribution to poor people at various health institutions across the
State.” He further informed the Assembly that the Government of India has also approved
setting up of two nursing schools at Naharlagun and Pasighat with an investment of
Rs. 10.00 Cr. each.
On education sector, the Governor said in addition to the existing 13 functional
Government degree colleges, the state Government has already approved opening of
7 new model degree colleges. For the first time in many years, adequate funds are
being provided for upgradation of college infrastructure with ear-marking of sufficient
funds for Government colleges at Deomali, Changlang, Itanagar, Pasighat, Doimukh,
Nyapin and Daporijo. The State Government is also contemplating to start 5 polytechnic
colleges (Dirang, Laying, Namsai, Pasighat and Roing) in the academic session from
2013-14 in 4 disciplines i.e. Civil, Electrical, Mechanical and Computer Science.
Regarding development in Power sector, the Governor said “Power will be the future
engine of growth of the State's economy. Under the PM package project for illumination
of 2121 border villages, more than 1,700 villages have been provided power connection
or solar home lighting systems till date. Works under Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyutikaran
Yojana are nearing completion in most districts. Several mini and micro-hydel projects
will be commissioned during the year thereby increasing our own generation and helping
us save on precious resources. The 110 MW Pare hydroelectric project is targeted
for completion by 2014.
On rural connectivity, the Governor informed that under the national flagship programme
PMGSY, 18 road works comprising 80.54 km road length have been completed benefiting
12 habitations during the year 2012-13. “The Ministry of Rural Development, Government
of India has approved taking up of PMGSY roads in 126 clusters of population below
250 in 10 international border districts of the State at an estimated cost of Rs.
1,200 Cr,” the governor informed.
PDS: In order to strengthen the functioning of Public Distribution System in Arunachal
Pradesh, the Department of Food & Civil Supplies has completed construction of 51
godowns with a total capacity of 5300MT across the State and in addition to these,
25 new godowns are under construction, the governor said.
The governor said that works on Trans-Arunachal highway are at different stages
of implementation in different stretches. Overall, works for almost 85% of the total
length of the highway have been awarded till date. Works are also on in full swing
for the 21 km long 4-lane Itanagar-Hollongi highway and it is expected that almost
8 km of this length will be four-laned before March 2013. In order to ease the traffic
congestion on the Itanagar-Naharlagun highway, Rs. 12 Cr. have been provided for
the Naharlagun bye-pass road through Jully under SPA.
The Governor further said that his government is implementing several development
and welfare schemes for the people of the insurgency affected Tirap, Changlang and
Longding districts. “Since its inception eight years ago, the department of Tirap-Changlang
and Longding has taken up around 4000 development projects and schemes under different
sectors,” the Governor said.
“My Government continues to give high focus and priority to monitoring of implementation
of projects. Towards this, the third party monitoring systems in the State have been
further strengthened,’ the Governor said.
The Governor announced in the Assembly that two very important projects of the Prime
Minister's package - the new Civil Secretariat and the railway line to Naharlagun
will also be functional in a few months from today.
Quotes of the Day
* Senior ko respect nehi korega to Arunachal ka nukshaan hoga – Minister Tanga Byaling
while supporting the resolution for renaming Daporijo Govt Model college after Tadak
* We have to establish so many colleges in future. I think there will be plenty of
colleges to be renamed – Minister Bosiram Siram while responding to private member
resolution for renaming of Daporijo college.
* His (Dulom) family seeks nothing from Govt, but simply renaming of that college
– Takar Marde.
* Tadak Dulom served the entire state… We are going to have lot of development projects
in Daporijo –CM Nabam Tuki
Two bills introduced in Assembly
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The first day of the tenth session of the Fifth Legislative Assembly
witnessed introduction of two bills namely - The Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Societies
(Amendment) Bill, 2013 moved by Jarkar Gamlin, Minister Cooperation and The Arunachal
Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2013 moved by Chief Minister
and Minister in-charge of District Administration Nabam Tuki.
Earlier, the members of the House led by Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong observed two
minutes silence as a mark of respect to late Kirge Eshi, former MLA and Late I K
Gujral, former Prime Minister.
Issues in Assembly
While making obituary reference to the late leaders Wanglin Lowangdong said that
late Gujral was a distinguished parliamentarian and served the nation in various
capacities. While mourning the demise of the former Prime Minister Gujral last year,
Lowangdong briefly spoke on his political life.
Paying his rich tribute to late Kirge Eshi, who passed away on 29th November 2012
at Dispur, Guwahati after prolonged illness at the age of 52 yrs, the Speaker said
that late Eshi was a renowned social activist known for his philanthropic works.
A born leader, he was associated with student organizations, served the state as
Circle Officer and as a political leader contributed for the socio-economic development
of the state, Lowangdong said.
Legislators Laeta Umbrey and Dr. Tangor Tapok also participated in making obituary
reference to the departed personalities. Umbrey termed late Gujral, a multi-faceted
man, adding his demise is an irreparable loss to the nation. Expressing his heart-
felt condolences on death of late Kirge Eshi, Umbrey called him a man of vision and
a born leader who displayed his ability since school days. In his tribute Dr. Tapok
spoke on his association with late Eshi and called him one of the most honest, sincere
and dedicated leaders who made tremendous developments in his area.
Panel of Chairmen: Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong announced the panel of Chairmen for
conduct of the assembly proceedings for the current session. They included MLAs Laeta
Umbrey, Ralom Borang, Dr. Tangor Tapak and Karya Bagang.
Business Advisory Committee Report:The house adopted the Tenth Report of the Business
Advisory Committee by voice vote, which was presented by the Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong
and moved by Bosiram Siram, Minister Parliamentary Affairs.
Interim Report of Ad-hoc Committee: Deputy Speaker Jomde Kena presented the Interim
Report of the Ad-hoc Committee for constitution of Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh
on the floor of the house.
Governor’s Assent to Bills: Secretary, Legislative Assembly laid two bills passed
by the Fifth Legislative Assembly during its ninth session and assented to by the
Governor. The bills are – The Arunachal Pradesh Rights to Slum Dwellers Bill, 2012
and The Arunachal Pradesh Forest and Special Tiger Protection Force Bill, 2012.
Private Member Resolution: A private member resolution on renaming of the Daporijo
Government Model College as Tadak Dulom Government Model College, Daporijo moved
by MLA Takar Marde was withdrawn following an assurance from the Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki to take the matter in the cabinet.
While acknowledging the immense contributions of late Tadak Dulom for the Tagin community
in particular and state in general, Tuki said late Dulom served in various capacities
in the state and helped in nation building. He added that since the college has started
functioning recently, besides permanent site for the college is yet to finalize,
the matter can be taken up in the cabinet.
While appreciating the mover of the resolution, Education Minister Bosiram Siram
informed the house that Government of India has approved for setting up of six model
colleges in the educationally backward districts of the state, namely at Seppa,
Palin, Daporijo, Basar, Geku and Roing. He said that as the funding pattern under
that programme and permanent site for the Daporijo college is yet to be finalized
and urged Marde to withdraw the resolution as it can be considered in future.
Earlier, Marde advocated for renaming of the college after Late Tadak Dulom by giving
a vivid account of the contributions of the late leader and sought support from the
house. Rural Development Minister Tanga Byaling, MLAs Laeta Umbrey and Tapen Siga
also participated and supported the resolution. Later, the Speaker adjourned the
house till next day. DIPR
East Siang BJP demands solution to water crisis at Pasighat
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The East Siang unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded
the state government to immediately sanction Shirpo project, all the seven bore well
schemes and Siang water lifting project to permanently solve the chronic water problem
The BJP in a meeting today also demanded the State Government to arrange five more
water tankers immediately to meet the present water scarcity in the oldest town of
Arunachal Pradesh as the departmental water tankers pressed into service were not
Describing the problem faced by the people due to severe water crisis, senior BJP
leader Kaling Moyong informed that the Public Health Engineering Department (PHED)
was supplying water with help of additional tankers provided by General Reserve Engineer
Force (GREF) Pasighat unit and Central University of Horticulture and Forestry. The
BJP leader, who contributed fuel to all the tankers which are engaged to supply potable
water in and around Pasighat Township, demanded the State Government to first solve
the drinking water crisis before going for swimming pool and amusement park since
water is the need of the hour.
Moyong thanked GREF, Pasighat unit and the Central University of Horticulture and
Forestry for helping PHE Department by giving their water tankers. He also appreciated
PHED, Pasighat division for their selfless service to meet the water scarcity.
BJM a mission to spread the spirit of unity: CM
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki described the month-long 3rd Bharat Jodo
Movement (BJM) a great mission to spread the spirit of unity and message of universal
love and peace.
Before flagging off the BJM at Indira Gandhi Park here Friday morning, Tuki, flanked
by Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Agriculture Minister Setong Sena and Gandhian Dr
SN Subba Rao, said that every Indian including the younger generation needs to work
with responsibility while discharging his/her duty.
“Our India is great. Every Indian should live with pride and discharge their duty
with responsibility reflecting the greatness of our great motherland”.
Sena, associated with the National Youth Project of which Dr Rao is the director,
recalled the pathbreaking initiatives of the voluntary organization that has spread
its activities to 42 nations.
‘Bharat Jodo’ slogan rent the air as the chief minister handed over the soil of the
‘Land of Rising sun’ to the Gandhians to carry it throughout the nation symbolising
‘Bharat ek mitti hai, ek desh hai aur ham sab ek hai (India is a single land, one
nation and all Indians same). Recalling the great Gandhian Baba Amte, who had launched
the 2nd BJM from Itanagar in 1989 that was flagged off by then governor RD Pradhan,
Dr Rao, lovingly called Bhaiji, said Gandhiji, who had lived for only four months
after India attained independence had desired that sensibility was the need for the
nation to remain united and great.
Sensibility among all sections of the society alone would help us live in communal
harmony, particularly the North East India which is victim of insurgency and drug
The Gandhians interacted with the CM and his ministerial colleagues when Nafisa Colombobala
from Gujarat was introduced to the dignitaries. She was the sari-clad cyclist to
pedal from Kanyakumari to Kashmir and Itanagar to Okhla.
The movement would reach Shantiniketan via eight NE states and continue covering
the entire nation rekindle the great ‘one India’ spirit.
Senior officers including trade & commerce director Tokong Pertin and students of
Hornbill English School attended the programme.
Arunachal seeks expert knowledge to popularize tea cultivation
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: With the GoAP giving top priority to agri-horti and allied sector,
particularly tea and rubber cultivation, trade & commerce secretary Indra Mallo Jain
has requested former Tea Research Association (TRA), Tocklai Experimental Station,
Jorhat director Prof. Mridul Hazarika to prepare a map with a unique model for tea
cultivation considering state’s peculiar topography, particularly organic.
Jain thanked Prof Hazarika, now chief scientist of Science Foundation for Tribal
& Rural Resource Development as tea cultivation gained movement in the state with
his constant guidance as TRA director, according to official sources. Her request
followed an hour long discussion with him in presence of T&C director Tokong Pertin
on steps to promote and popularise tea cultivation. However, Prof. Hazarika assured
to submit a proposal by March 31 next for final decision at the GoAP level.
Highlighting basic facts on cultivation of world’s most popular beverage, Prof suggested
against any casual approach in this hilly state experiencing constant soil degradation
because of sloppy gradation. Tea plantation has a life span of 100 years, he reasoned.
With a doctoral degree in Tea Biochemistry, he was instrumental in setting up of
Darjeeling Tea Research & Management Association, a training institute at Siliguri.
He is one of the pioneers in the study of Darjeeling flavour and found out for the
first time the role of terpenoids and non -terpenoids in flavour of Darjeeling tea.
He also studied the dynamics of the aflavins and the arubigins in processing of black
tea. He has been associated with research advisory committee/monitoring committee
of many institutions.
Pertin received appreciation form Prof Hazarika after he spelt out the steps taken
by the T&C department in translating the GoAP vision into a reality including future
World Consumers Rights Day observed
CHANGLANG, Mar 15: Along with the rest of the world, the “World Consumer Right Day”
was observed today at DIET Auditorium Changlang. To mark the occasion, a meeting-cum-exhibition
was held, highlighting the significance of the day, organized by department of Legal
Metrology & Consumer Affairs, Changlang District.
Speaking on the occasion, MC Roy, Addl. Deputy Commissioner Changlang, said the consumers
must be alert on goods and services, should look for expiry date, especially on children’s
food items and always insist on cash memos and receipts.
Roy informed that a Legal Metrology Laboratory is coming up within the office premises
of the Deputy Commissioner for testing adulteration, weight & measures, purity, quality
and quantity etc.
N.K. Longchang, Member, District Consumer Forum, advised to approach the district
Forum for full protection of their rights by lodging their complaints before the
Forum for redessal or compensation. He appealed to educate the innocent and illiterate
village people on various rights of consumers so that they are not easily duped while
buying and selling.
Happa Taidong, public leader, said the real victims are the village people, who do
not know how to read and write. He appealed for thorough implementation of the consumer
protection act, the legislation enacted for protecting the interest of consumers
by establishing the forum for settlement of consumer dispute.
M. Munglang, Inspector Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs (ILMS&CA) explained the
aim and objective of the World Consumer Right Day observation.
The Department of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs, Daporijo also observed World
Consumer Day today. Minte Siga, Assistant Controller, LM and CA briefed the rights
of consumer and to le of the traders as every one is a consumer of either sides.
He also urged the Bazar Committees and NGOs to give proper knowledge to the common
consumer along with the traders about the consumer law within their reach.
The meeting was participated by panchayat leaders and leaders of three NGOs, namely
All Arunachal Pradesh Consumer Association Upper Subansiri District Unit, Lune Educational
Foundation Charitable Trust and Ringdung Welfare Society. DIPROs
Student leaders inspect Yingkiong helipad
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: An AAPSU team accompanied by the central executive body members
of All Upper Siang District Students Union (AUSDSU) inspected the Yingkiong helipad,
district headquarter of Upper Siang which is reportedly lying in a dilapidated condition.
According to the team’s finding, the airfield is not fit for either landing or taking
off as it has been damaged to a great extent in the floods in 2000. “If it is not
maintained properly the airfield will be totally damaged and the people of Upper
Siang will be deprived of helicopter services even in time of emergency, AUSDSU said
in a release and urged the authority concerned to take immediate necessary step for
renovation of the airfield.
Further, the union informed that the students of Government Higher Secondary School
Tuting have been deprived of science education at plus-2 level due to acute shortage
of subject teachers and science stream.
“The science stream was opened in the school in 2006, but proper attention has never
been paid by the authorities concerned for posting of science teachers and as result
of which the science stream is almost defunct presently, “ the release claimed.
“Keeping in mind the importance of science education we demand that the science stream
should immediately made functional and the required numbers of teachers be posted
at the earliest,” it demanded.
The union also rued the poor and erratic power supply in Upper Subansiri district
and demanded the authorities concerned to address this chronic problem at the earliest.
It said that despite submission of several memoranda highlighting the problems face
by the people, especially students appearing CBSE final examination, the power scenario
has not improved. Irregular power supply has also affected smooth functioning of
health emergency services like X-ray and other tests in the hospital.
DLRC and DCC meeting held
ROING, Mar 15: The District Level Review Committee and District Consultative Committee
Meeting under the Lead Bank Scheme of Lower Dibang District for December quarter
2012 was held under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar in his office
Taking serious note on unsatisfactory performance under various schemes, like KCC,
PMEGP, SGSY, etc. the Deputy Commissioner asked the bankers to reach out to the people.
He also asked the fields departments like Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary,
Industry and BDOs to prepare and recommend only those projects which are viable.
Upset by the poor recovery position of the banks, he asked the bankers to tie up
with the departments and grant loans only to those applicants, who are recommended
by the department after proper verification by their field officers. He cautioned
that the bank loans under KCC should be allowed to avail by the genuine farming community
only and not by others.
He insisted on formation of Farmers’ Club in every village and more SHGs. He also
asked DRDA, Roing to conduct awareness cum training programme for SHGs within this
month enabling them to avail Govt. subsidy, etc.
The meeting also reviewed performance of Banks under District Credit Plan 2012-13,
Credit Deposit Ratio, Security Arrangements of Banks and other miscellaneous issues.
The meeting was actively participated by Branch Managers of State Bank of India,
Arunachal Pradesh State Apex Bank, Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Roing and Officers
from various field departments, DRDA and BDOs. DIPRO
Biometric does the trick: There is spring in employees’ strides
These days in Khonsa there is a tangible change in the strides of the government
employees as they walk towards the office with a sense of urgency and purpose. They
have to reach the office before 9.30 am to mark their attendance in the Biometric
device. There are no two opinions about the fact that this little electronic gadget
called Biometric has succeeded where man has failed in mending the ways of the habitual
late comers to the office and office bunkers. After the installation of this device
in the Deputy Commissioner’s office for the employees of DC’s office and its adjoining
offices, there has been a marked improvement in the punctuality and attendance of
the employees. In the not too distant past circulars after circulars used to be issued
asking the employees to reach office on time and leave the office at the stipulated
time. But these circulars had no effect on the employees. However, there is no escape
now as the Biometric will record the timing of the employees’ attendance. The employees
are also under the scan of CCTV. There is virtually no option for them other than
reaching and leaving the office on time.
However, this device has also brought out the funny sides of some of the employees.
Some weighty ladies can be seen walking up the cement concrete steps huffing and
puffing with no semblance of smiles on their faces because they have to reach the
office on time. As they walk up they may be cursing the little device because in
the past they used to come leisurely to the office and leave the office at will.
Some employees can also be seen pressing the device with full force, anger written
all over their faces. When the Biometric says a sweet ‘thank you’ after the employee
had press his thumb he walks away angrily giving a stern look at the device. They
[employees] have a side glance at the device whenever they walk past it probably
saying ‘because of you our peace of mind has been disturbed.’ Some women employees
can also be seen hurriedly completing their household chores murmuring ‘that little
device will catch us if we are late.’
It is worth-mentioning that Tirap has been the first district to introduce Biometric
device. The credit for this should be attributed to Tirap Deputy Commissioner Dr
Sachin Shinde and DIO, NIC Ajay Singh. In fact, Tirap has always been in the forefront
so far as e-governance is concerned. Tirap model e-PDS, Jansuvidha etc had been in
operation much before the other districts of the state had started. This is in spite
of the disturbed law and order scenario in the district. This is an ample proof of
the fact that if the district administration is willing anything can be achieved
however trying and difficult the condition may be. Since Biometric device has improved
the work culture among the employees, it should be implemented in all the districts,
especially in the capital Itanagar’s offices. We face great hardships whenever we
go from the districts to Itanagar for some work due to the absence of some of the
officers and officials. It does not make any difference for the sincere and dedicated
employees but the habitual late comers, beware Biometric is coming to your office
soon. I dare say that this device is indeed God-send to mend the ways of the callous
and insincere government employees. (The writer is DIPRO, Khonsa and can be reached
at [email protected])
Cash reward stands
The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving
information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate
Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be
kept secret. The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006
5 days entrepreneurship training for women gets underway
AALO Mar 15: Five days entrepreneurship training for 25 selected women from various
parts of West Siang got underway at District Industries Centre today.
West Siang Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete attended the inaugural session of the training
along with resource persons from line departments. Addressing the gathering, the
DC said that tangible development of society and family cannot be thought of without
proper development of women. Exhorting participants to take up the programme seriously,
he said that job opportunities are drying up today and women, young boys and girls
should be encouraged and inculcated the habit of self dependence through formation
of Self Help Groups to earn their livelihood and lift up their economy. There is
no substitute to hard work in this competitive age and younger generation should
be nurtured and nourished on that line, he said. He also inspected the District Emporium.
Deputy Director of Industries Gomar Angu highlighted the aims and objectives of the
training programme. DIPRO
Pre-Mopin celebration at RGU
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Galo students and employees of Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono
Hills, Doimukh celebrated pre-Mopin at university campus with a two days programme
on March 14 and 15.
Former Chief Minister Jarbom Gamlin, RGU Vice Chancellor Prof. Tamo Mibang and Registrar
Dr. Rachob Taba attended the celebration.
In his speech, Gamlin encouraged the youths to preserve the rich culture and tradition
of the community.
Popir Parties from Itanagar and Naharlagun participated in the celebration. Executive
Engineer Tumto Kamchi also joined the celebration.
Refresher training for in-service teachers
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: A 5-day refresher training for in-service teachers organized by
Pedagogical Cell of DLMC, SSA, Lohit District, Tezu yesterday at BRC, Namsai.
The programme is being attended by 130 participants of Namsai Block.
Attending the inaugural session of the training, BP Sinha, State Resource Person,
SSA Rajya Mission explained about RTE/CCE to the teachers and advised them to remain
prepared all the time.
Dr. S Chakraborty, Associate Professor, IG Govt. College, Tezu spoke on value based
education and appealed to the teachers to join hands in the noble venture of teaching
to change the ‘deteriorating’ condition of our society.
VS Tiwari, District Pedagogy & Training Coordinator (SSA), Lohit explained the need
of professional training and also explained about D.EL ED Programme and its broad
knowledge and implementation in the District.
Forum writes to DC
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Ziro-II Anti-Corruption Youth Forum has written to deputy commissioner
Lower Subansiri district regarding improper supply of PDS items within Ziro-II area.
They have suggested three major points in order to streamline the supply. They called
on DC to direct all the FPS under Ziro-II area to open with proper sign board within
short period. Food grains supply be directly dropped at each FPS of Ziro-II area.
Also ration card should be provided to real needy and poor people, it said.
Farmers seek electricity facility
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The Farmer Club Tarajuli (F) Village today appealed to the local
MLA to provide electricity facility in the village.
In its letter addressed to local MLA, Farmer Club said that village is deprived of
various basic facilities such as land possession certificate, Kishan credit card,
Arm license, primary health centre and drinking water supply.
World Consumer Rights Day observed at Daporijo
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The department of legal metrology & consumer affairs Daporijo today
observed World Consumer Rights Day in a befitting manner. The bazaar committee, Panchayat
leaders and non-governmental organizations also took part during the celebration.
During the occasion Assistant Controller LM&CA Minte Siga has highlighted on consumers
rights and role of traders.
Voters complain of deletion
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Claiming that names of many eligible voters of Kapu Dada under
Chayang Tajo Assembly constituency in East Kameng were deliberately deleted from
voter list, Assembly Youth Congress Committee today appealed the authorities to take
up corrective measures immediately. It claimed that as many as hundreds and seventy
regular voters were left out in the recent electoral roll process for the upcoming
Panchayati raj election. In a complaint letter addressed to district election officer,
one villager Nepa Dada claimed that many voters who had applied for inclusion were
misplaced. He also alleged that many voters who did not turn up during the hearing
were included in voter list. He further appealed to authority to look into the matter.
Demand for new district gaining momentum
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Singing in same chorus with All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA)
in demanding for creation of two more new districts at Pakke-Kessang in East Kameng
and Kamla at Raga, the various organizations namely ANYA Lower Subansiri unit, All
Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing Passo Seijosa Students Union and Kamla District Demanding
Committee today said that demand made by ANYA is genuine one and it should be fulfilled
by the state government.
In a separate release organization stated that people of the respective areas are
deprived in developmental fronts due to topographically variation.
Five days trainer training concludes
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: The second batch of a five-day trainers’ training on vector borne
disease for district level trainers was concluded today at administrative training
institute Naharlagun. Altogether nine officers from nine districts took part in the
training. Dr S Verma special secretary health and family welfare pointed out that
all vector borne disease is a preventable and curable disease, however in term of
mortality the malaria is number one public health problem in Arunachal Pradesh. Dr
K. Nishing, director of health service, said more emphasis should be given in form
of information, education and communication (IEC) activity. Earlier similar training
of first batch was held on 18 to 22th February.
AdiSU leaders allegedly detained
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: AdiSU general secretary Obuk Gao and RBAPF president Tamat Gamoh
received minor injury when Police allegedly resorted to mild lathi charge to disperse
a dharna staged by AdiSU near Takar Complex, Naharlagun today, alleged an AdiSU release.
The AdiSU president and three others were also detained by Naharlagun Police in the
morning under preventative measure and later released, the release informed.
It further alleged that AdiSU’s Itanagar unit vice president Nang Gao was mercilessly
beaten by IRBn personnel.
The dharna was withdrawn after Police intervention as AdiSU did not intimate the
administration about their agitation in advance.
However, the agitators shown their emotional outburst by displaying placards and
banners, the release said.
The Dharna was in continuation of the democratic movement for exclusion of Adi land
from the Lower Siang district.
AdiSU has decided to hold dharna on the same spot tomorrow, the release added.
Data dissemination workshop at IGG College
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: A data dissemination workshop on Housing and House listing Data
- Census of India 2011 was organized by the Director of Census Operations, Arunachal
Pradesh at Indira Gandhi Government College (IGGC), Tezu yesterday.
Deputy Commissioner RK Sharma elucidated the process of enumeration and the hurdles
faced during the census process in Lohit.
Bharati Chanda, Joint Director of Census Operations, Arunachal Pradesh, elaborated
on presentation on housing data, availability of amenities, assets possess by the
households - census of India 2011.
IGG Collge Principal Dr. BK Nath advised the students to learn from the workshop
which will prove beneficial for them in future.
Later a Documentary on Census 2011 was shown.
Tree plantation prog inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency vice chairman
Yura Tagung has inaugurated the tree plantation programme at Niya Colony, Nirjuli
In the speech, the vice chairman promised to provide all kind of help for the tree
and bamboo plantation in entire Nirjuli area. APBRDA will provide bamboo siblings
free of cost to the people of the area for plantation in near future, he said.
Member Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency Choku
Loma was also present in the function.
The motto of the Programme organised by Niya Colony Development Committee, Nirjuli
was “Green & Clean” Colony.
Solar reading lamps given to deserving students
ITANAGAR, Mar 15: Solar reading lamps were given to deserving students of Miao area
free of costs by Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters today.
FASS is an international, ‘Think-tank’ non-profit non-governmental welfare organization
for the general welfare of North East India comprising the states of Assam, Arunachal
Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim.
FASS under the project named “Let there be lights for education in Assam and Seven
Sisters” has already distributed 35 solar reading lamps in Jorhat, Assam and Imphal,
Manipur in January last.
243 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
The World Consumer Rights Day was observed to create awareness about consumer rights
and this year’s theme was Consumer Justice Now.
Observed for the first time on 15th March, 1983, World Consumer Rights Day commemorates
the historic 1962 declaration by former US President John F. Kennedy of the four
basic consumer rights of- right to safety, right to be informed, right to choose
and the right to be heard.
The theme this year is, Consumer Justice Now. Several functions are being held across
India to raise awareness about consumer rights and duties among people.
World Consumer Rights Day is being observed to create awareness about consumer rights
and consumer protection measures to ensure fair trade and business practices.
In 1986, the Indian Parliament enacted the Consumer Protection Act providing for
the establishment of consumer councils to settle consum¬er disputes and related matters
The government is taking all steps to further strengthen the consumer redressal process
and the Consumer Protection Act is being reviewed to make it more effective.
The Department of Consumer Affairs is also exploring the possibility of producing
tele-serials educating and empowering consumers of their rights and responsibilities.
Successful public campaigns, like Jago Grahak Jago, have achieved high recognition
among consumers in creating awareness.
An issue worth supporting
After a long time I did feel that the concerns raised by some associations was worthy
of being given a thought to. The issue of granting PRC to non-tribals in the district
of Lohit has been nagging at the back of my mind since it first saw the lights in
our media. Surely, this one issue raised by the ALSU and APPDSU is really appreciable.
It escapes the logic of my mind as to what prompts the state govt. to resort to such
follies time and again? A year or so earlier, lots of hue and cry was raised by various
organizations when the govt. had started issuing the PRC to the non-APSTs residing
in the district of Lohit. Now, when such a move had already been opposed, the state
govt. has again come with this diabolic design to issue PRC to non-APSTs within our
state, totally undermining the sentiments of the indigenous people and without caring
to safeguard the interests of the indigenous people. As far as my information and
knowledge goes, the district of Lohit is already reeling from the aftermath of the
influx of outsiders and has been witnessing a precarious rise in the crime rates
with each passing day. So under these circumstances would it be right thing for the
govt to issue PRC to non-tribals in the state?
The Britishers were considerate enough to provide for statues way back in the 19th
century to protect and safeguard the interest of the indigenous people by prescribing
for inner line permit and further making it unlawful for any person, not being a
native of the district to acquire any interest in the land beyond the inner line.
Now, the act of the state govt. in issuing PRC would further lead to demands for
LPC/land allotment to these persons, which is totally repugnant to the intent of
framing such a Regulation. The govt. might debate that the PRCs would be issued after
proper verification, but can they assure that every such certificate issued shall
be a genuine one? One mistake committed would lead to volley of such mistakes, especially
in today’s age, where anything can be bought with money. The state govt. is itself
sanctioning such an action, which would have wide spread repercussions in the future.
I don’t’ understand what might be the considerations behind such moves of the govt.
but whatever it is, it surely doesn’t seem right. May wisdom prevail.
Nyishi community has a big role to play for unity of state
Communalism has no proper place in a civilized society. The physical assault case
of DSE does not represent communalism in any way. Nyishi societies especially its
parental body NES and few senior members in their individual capacity has already
disown such anti-social individuals. Physical assault on a fellow Arunachalee who
is fatherly figure and a senior citizen without second thought deserved condemnation.
I believe that the hue and cry of some Adi members are not more than asking justice
for the victim and expression of emotional pain, confusion and frustration only without
any kind of intention. It is but natural that members will get confuse when one of
their senior members get victimized with physical assault inside public office. He
was not in the public office for his personal work. Others need to understand their
state of mind. If we read letter of Nomni Pertin also without haste, he was not dragging
the CM into the episode. He very much claims honourable CM of his own.
The Nyishi leader of different organization including student union deserves appreciation.
I think, Nyishi leader has nicely played the role of elder brother by calling for
unity of every Arunachalee in the capital followed by Adi leaders. Since both the
group loves unity, there is no point of communalism. Communalism is the lowest and
dirtiest one can ever play.
Mowb – II, Itanagar
Union will be blamed for any incident
Through your esteem daily I would like to make an appeal to the funny student organizations
of state. I address them as funny because they claim themselves to be working for
the welfare of students but always act against our interest. Thankfully today’s bandh
was called off and all the students managed to attend CBSE exam without any issue.
Another bandh call is looming large on 18th issued by DNGC student union. To make
matter worse on 18th class CBSE students have Hindi exam. If am not wrong 4 months
back same DNGC student union had issued a press release urging various not to call
capital bandh as it hampers the student. Now funnily they are calling bandh. If any
students or teachers get injured or if student do not get chance to write exam due
to any unfortunate incidents during the day because of bandh, DNGC Student Union
will be blamed for it. March, April, May, June and July is the season of exams and
admissions. My appeal to all the bandh callers of state, please chalk out a calendar
of bandh and exempt these months from your nefarious bandhs. You will truly work
for the benefit of student communities if you don’t declare bandh in the above mention
months. Lastly capital administration, you always declare bandh as illegal but do
you really ever make any arrests??
Taro T, Itanagar
Take inspiration from great achievers
Through the your esteem daily, I would like to draw attention of the youth of Arunachal
Pradesh towards the need to keep focus in maintaining communal harmony and make our
state a peaceful zone by being united and disciplined. We should emulate our great
achievers like Indra Mallo, Kuru Hassang, Jomin Tayeng, YD Thongchi etc. Let us abandon
jealousy, greedy, arrogance and corrupt politics.
Unbiased investigation is need of hour
Through the column of your esteem daily, I, too, would like to voice my views regarding
the recent ‘DSE Assault Case’. As rightly pointed out by Radhe Obing of Ziro via
his letter in this forum, the matter has been exaggerated and aggravated by one and
all. I condemn the assault too, but not because it involved a high ranking official.
This matter would have been long subsided if the assault had taken place the other
way around. There are many a cases where government officials are found guilty of
not adhering to the moral code of conduct too. No one is above the law. Keeping that
in mind, an unbiased investigation should indeed be carried out and the law should
be allowed to take its course of action. It does not justify resorting to violent
acts of assault but if found guilty, practising of nepotism is an equally condemnable
act. Last but not the least, there should not be any mention of the word “communal”
in this or any other case of any nature or seriousness since it unnecessarily provokes
the brethren of our otherwise peace-loving state.
D- Sector, Itanagar
We would be a minority in our own land
Picture this, Meghalaya clamouring for ILP (Inner Line Permit), so too Manipur, bloody
clashes between the locals and the migrants in Bodoland.
In all these cases, there is an underlying commonality. They will to preserve the
indigenous people’s right to land and their originality, which in the recent times
has taken quite a beating.
And surprise of surprise, in Arunachal Pradesh, we are deliberating whether we should
give PRC to Non-Tribals or not!
Before I come to any conclusion, mind it, the aforesaid areas of Manipur and Meghalaya
(viz. Shillong) can be bracketed as more developed economically and in infrastructure
development. Now when they are demanding for the ILP's and tough measures against
the outsider's, why are we hell bent on giving them the PRC.
Already in Arunachal, the migrants are monopolising the business, jobs, economy and
what not? Many will agree with me if I say, the migrants will win in Capital Complex
if any of their candidates are given the right to stand for MLA elections.
Ask any of the college students who studied outside whether they were harassed, subjected
to racial taunts, or in some probability abused, the answer will be a big YES in
unison. Compare to the life we had outside, the migrants here are living a life worth
Now if the PRC is given to them, within a decade or two, I believe, in all certainty,
we would be a minority in our own land. We don't have to look far for inspiration,
Tripura and Assam completes the scenario. To sum up, here's the big question, what
we are leaving behind for the coming generations. A land where they will be the proverbial
owner but mostly landless!!!
Just like in Tripura, where any tribal people who voice dissents are branded the
terrorist, same could be the situation here in the future.
So what's the solution? It's simple, a big "NO" to the issuance of PRC to Non-Tribals.
Save Mariyang town
Through your esteem daily I, on behalf of the indigenous citizen of Mariyang area
in general and the local selfless land donors of Mariyang Town in particular would
like to bring into notice the long hidden agony and anguish over the encroachment
of Govt land by private individuals who proclaimed themselves as private owner of
the encroached Govt land or else dispose off the land to some greedy idiot who can
pay them exorbitant rate.
It worth mentioning here that the land for Mariyang Town was voluntarily donated
years back by the selfless and far sighted private land owners who really have sacrificed
their priceless land just for the sake of Mariyang Town and for the future development
of area without claiming for single penny as compensation. The Master Plan Map of
Mariyang Township was prepared with specific boundary to an specific area sq. meter
considering the landscape and topography of the area by then qualified and reliable
Land Management staffs under the strict supervision of the then impeccable transparent
administrator team of Tagom Darang, Deputy Commissioner Yingkiong , Tamuna Mesar
C.O (L/M) with due consultation and guidance from elderly locals which we got notified,
registered and recognized as present complete and beautiful Mariyang Town.
While lauding the supreme sacrificed done by the selfless private land donors and
forward initiative of the then administrators and the elderly locals to give birth
to such a beautiful town like Mariyang, the present Deputy Commissioner Yingkiong
and Sub-Divisional Officer Mariyang are hereby given a wakeup call to awake from
your deep slumber and look around. Please do not encourage selling and buying business
of Govt notified land / conversion of Govt land to private land rather you should
initiate legal proceedings against those land grabber with truth and evidences irrespective
of clan, caste, creed, rich and poor without politicizing the issue. Mr. Deputy Commissioner
Yingkiong, it would be wise to forewarned you here that till date you have been known
as bold and transparent administrator above all a responsible and a good human being
and hence, please be aware of wrong doers/private individuals who deliberately convert
Govt notified land to private land are waiting along three boundary lines of Mariyang
Town like groups of hungry Hynas would sneak into you with untold tactics, fabricated
tales to emotionally blackmail you wherein you should never ever be blown away instead
you being head of a district should in fact motivate and educate them before they
could tarnish and corrode your hard earned name, fame and image away. Oh! Yes, Mr.
Deputy commissioner, in this war of protecting and preventing Mariyang Town from
tearing apart by private land convertor you are not alone. Don't worry and never
hesitate to take action against them as you are equipped with documents, SDO Mariyang,
LRSO and L/M staff Ykg, Gaon Burahs of Mariyang area and huge number of army of public
stood by you. Many of my friends got both their residential and commercial plot
allotted; fortunately plots are located in the heart of Mariyang Town far away from
Govt notified land bordering private land. Sir, shall we consider these allotments
authentic and reliable? Still we feel unsecure, the fear and apprehension of losing
our allotted land is looming around unless you stop the selling and buying business
of Govt land by private individuals bordering private land and then claiming themselves
to be an ancestral owner. At the behest of single insatiable land grabber family
tearing Mariyang Town apart without honouring the dignity and authenticity of the
Master Plan Map look totally unfair and illegal. We condemned these activities in
strongest term rather we are looking forward the means to expand and upgrade Mariyang
Town and Mariyang Sub Division to ADC head quarter as stated and demanded by Dukkang
Pertin, ZPM on behalf of entire Mariyang area. We failed to find the differences
in color, texture, flavour and vegetations of Govt land soil from private land which
compelled all of us together to believe and have faith in the Master Plan Map. If
DC really want us to prove transparency while delivering justice to the righteous
then we'll expect him to start recommending the applicant for allotment of land from
four corners of Mariyang Town bordering private land instead of starting from heart
of the town with due consultation from concerned officers (SDO,LRSO) and documented
document (Master Plan Map).
Give us back our son
In response to the article published in your daily today under the headline Paktu
People take out rally, demands renovation of Paktu Linn", where the AAPAWS has demanded
the Dumporijo Galo Brothers to renovate the desecrated Paktu Linn within three months.
We the Family members of Goto Yudik, take the full responsibility of the demolition
of the pillar and we swear, we will erect as many pillars wherever you wish to within
a day or two but in return we want back Goto Yudik.