ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Arunachal Pradesh Finance Minister Chowna Mein on Saturday presented
a Rs 290.81 crore deficit budget for the year 2013-14 with new tax proposals.
The budget gave stress on economic growth, infrastructure development, strengthening
human and intellectual capital, social capital and physical capital in all sectors
of the state’s economy.
The budget estimate shows a receipt of Rs 8164.87 crore under the consolidated fund
out of which Rs 8161.02 crore is on revenue account and the remaining Rs 3.85 crore
under capital account, Mein said in his budget speech.
“Total expenditure from the consolidated fund of the state in 2013-14 under Non-Plan
is estimated at Rs 3368.02 crore of which 3135.28 crore is on revenue account and
232.74 crore on capital account,” he said.
The budget also proposed to initiate measures to increase tax collection by way of
better tax administration mechanism. To increase the tax collection, the finance
minister proposed to levy Luxury Tax on luxuries provided in hotels and resorts besides
professional tax for certain professions.
The budget further proposed to revise the rate of civic charges by 20 per cent which
was last revised during 2007.
A new interest waiver scheme was also proposed for recovering outstanding electricity
bills. “In order to recover outstanding dues quickly, I propose an interest waiver
schemes in which if an outstanding electricity due as on 31st December 2012 is paid
in one installment, the state Govt will waive 100 per cent of interest incurred thereon,”
the minister said in his budget proposal.
Education sector: the Finance Minister said that by the end of the 12th Five Year
Plan period, the state Government is committed to raise the literary rate in the
state to eighty percent from the present 66 percent.
Proposing best school award, best three principal/principal in-charge award and
best three male/female teacher awards, the minister further said that a new fixed
deposit scheme ‘VIDYA’ will be launched for girl students of class V for continuing
education with an initial deposit of Rs 5000. This will be made available to them
only after completion of Class XII,” Mein said.
“During 2013-14, fund to the extent of Rs 5 lakh for the purchase of furniture and
Rs 2 lakh for purchase of sports equipments for schools will be provided to each
deputy commissioner,” the Finance minister said.
The minister said five new polytechnics at Dirang, Laying, Pasighat, Namsai and Roing
would start functioning from July and more such institutions would be opened in other
Agriculture: “To boost agriculture sector, Arunachal Pradesh Krishi Karman Award
will be instituted besides providing financial benefit to farmers under the chief
minister’s agriculture mechanisation programme launched in December,” Mein said.
The government proposed to establish a Tea Board and a Rubber Board in the state
for encouraging local entrepreneurs and also proposed to reduce VAT on local sale
of tea from the existing 12.5 to 4 per cent.
Disctrict creation on the basis of people’s demand: CM
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: New district, ADC, sub-division and circle headquarters are being
created on the basis of demand of the public and with due consideration of geographical
location of a particular area, said Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while responding to
a questioned raised by MLA Laeta Umbrey.
Pointing out the difficult topography of the state, the Chief Minister said that
Arunachal can not go by population. “There are still 22 administrative centre which
have no road connectivity. The districts are created not on population basis in
the state but for its difficult geographical area, the Chief Minister said adding
that the demand for creation of Lower Siang is long-felt demand of the people.
Umbrey in his question said that there must be certain system to follow while agreeing
on the demand for creation of administrative headquarters. He also wanted to know
details of the expenditure involves in establishment of new district.
Admitting that Arunchal is a resource crunch state, the Chief Minister said Govt
would take strong decision to generate revenue to meet the expenditure. “ We are
people first Govt, we are for the service to the people” the CM added.
While responding to another question raised by MLA Kamthok Lowang regarding posting
of APPBn personnel in Tirap and Changlang, the Chief Minister informed the Assembly
that one Coy of 2nd APPBn had been deployed in Changlang district and 2 platoon
deployed in Tirap district which were withdrawn in the year 2005 after the deployment
of 1st and 2nd IRBn in these districts. In addition to IRBn,CRPF, Assam Rifles personnel,
the newly recruited police personnel will be deployed in Tirap and Changlang after
completion of their training, the Chief Minister informed. On a question raised by
Laeta Umbrey regarding creation of one lakh jobs in the state, the Chief Minister
happily announced that target for creation of employment opportunities for the current
year ( the first year of the 12th five year plan ) was 10,000, which the Govt has
not only fully achieved but have exceeded.
Responding to a supplementary questioned raised by MLA Tamiya Taga, Education Minister
Bosiram Siram informed that the state Govt is trying its level best to overcome
shortage of ST teachers.
When enquired about the scheme for construction of Road from Maro to Baririjo
SDO heardquarters under DoNER, PWD Minister Chowna Mein informed that the scheme
has been prioritized at Sl No 25. But the scheme is yet to be retained/sanctioned
by ministry of DoNER. However, the Minister assured to take up the scheme on priority
basis during 2013-14.
The Assembly also passed the Arunachal Pradesh Cooperative Societies (Amendment)
Private Member motion: MLA Takar Marde has withdrawn the private member motion with
a request to the state Govt to hold special session of the Assembly for discussion
threadbare the loopholes and inconsistencies in the present legal framework relating
to Panchayat Raj in the state. Earliler, Marde requested the house to take a decision
for postponement of Panchayat Election until the final report of the ad-hoc committee
Appreciating Marde for taking up an important issue in the Assembly, Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki, however, opined that there is no legal provision to postpone the Panchayat
Raj election. The Govt has no much rule to interfere in election process except
providing logistic support to EC for the same.
Moreover, the state Govt may be deprived of huge fund amounting to Rs 500 to
700 crore annually under TFC fund and JnNURM schemes besides the MGNREGA scheme
if the panchayat and municipality elections are not conducted on time. “We have
no option but to abide by the provision of the constitution”, the CM said.
Advocate general Dr. Ashok Saraf has also observed that election cannot be deferred/postponed
under any circumstances except natural calamities like earthquake. The state Govt
bound to abide by the Constitution, he added.
Members Tako Dabii,Laeta Umbrey, J K Panggeng, Tamiyo Taga, Minister Chowna Mein
also took part in the healthy discussion.
Conference on tourism stakeholder held at Ziro
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The one day conference on tourism stakeholder was organized by
the district administration under the sponsorship of the Department of Tourism, Itanagar
on 14th of this month at Ziro. The conference was attended by various tourism stakeholder
of the district like tour operators, hoteliers, home stay operators and selected
beneficiaries of the Mukhya Mantri Paryatan Vikas Yojna of Lower Subansiri district
in huge numbers.
P.K. Dong, tourism consultant of Sikkim, Chukhu Mama, lecturer of the Rajiv Gandhi
Polytechnic College, Itanagar, Dr. Tage Kano, Koj Mama and Tilling Yam were the resource
person for the day. They made power point presentation in this regard. Tater Mize,
District Tourism Officer, Ziro while welcoming the participants inform that the conference
is a part of an effort of the Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh for
making tourism proposer in the beautiful Ziro valley. He also informed that the
Department of Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh is making all out effort to make
tourism a major income generation source in the state.
P.K. Dong while deliberating on his subject about Rural Tourism with special reference
to the Home Stay Concept said that the home stay is the best tourism concept to be
adopted in the North Eastern State specially in the place like Ziro where the unique
vibrant culture and the mesmerizing natural surroundings of the area ads more beauty
to the place. He appealed to the people to be tourism oriented and make Ziro the
hot tourist destination. He also urged the entire tourism stake holder that “good
is not enough in tourism industry you have to give more than the best”. Chukhu Mama
while explaining the importance of Tourism said that the smoke less tourism industry
is a sustainable business where the stakeholder can earn lot in minimum investment.
Tage Kano, Pediatrician, appeals the people to co-operate with every tourist who
visits Ziro. He also highlighted the need for keeping Hapoli bazar area clean and
the successful implementation of the solid waste management system. Tilling Yam,
the district and state youth awardees explained in details regarding her subject
“the role of women in the tourism activities”. She told that the women are the backbone
for prosperity of tourism, specially the rural tourism. She has appealed to the women
to have confident and give the best to attract more tourists in the valley. Koj Mama,
President Arunachal Pradesh Birding Club delivered in detail about the finding of
the various species of birds in the Ziro and called for protection and preservation
of the birds. Earlier Taru Talo, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri expressed his
happiness to the department of tourism for sponsoring the conference. He advocated
the participants to take full advantage of the conference and implement them in practical
life. He specially appealed to the beneficiaries of Mukhya Mantri Paryatan Vikas
Yojna scheme to utilize the subsidized vehicle in the tourism business and make state
a hot tourism destination.
Tirap witnesses heavy exchanges of fire
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The Soha village located nearby Deomali town this evening turned
into battlefield as it witnessed heavy fighting between NSCN (IM) militant and Assam
Rifle jawans. The exchange of firing started around 3 PM in the afternoon and lasted
till 6 PM. There was no report of any casualties from both the sides till the filing
of this report.
Talking to this daily SP Tirap Vikramjit Singh informed that a complaint was made
against NSCN (IM) alleging that they had beaten up staffs of Public Health Centre
(PHC) Soha yesterday. “Today Deomali OC, circle officer and Assam Rifle team comprising
15 members had gone to the area. As soon as the team reached, they came under heavy
fire from NSCN (IM) cadres. The Assam Rifle jawans returned fire and exchange of
fire lasted more than 3 hour,” said SP Tirap. He further added, “We don’t have specific
information but as per our source the NSCN cadres numbered around 40 and were heavily
armed. Though less in number, the Assam Rifle jawans stood ground and bravely fought
against them.” Since then reinforcement team from Khonsa has been sent to the area
and security forces have launched massive manhunt around the area. The latest incident
has created fear psychosis among citizens of area, especially government employees
are living under extreme duress. There are reports that many of the employees are
fleeing the area. The staffs of Soha PHC are also believed to have fled fearing for
AAPSU opposes citizenship to Chakma-Hajong refugee
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: On 12th of March at Banquet Hall, Itanagar a meeting was called
by the high power committee for refugee issue in which members of the said committee,
Deputy Commissioners of Papum Pare, Lohit and Changlang Districts, Chakma members
and representative of All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) lead by its President
Kamta Lapung and legal advisor to AAPSU advocate T.T Tara were present.
The meeting was chaired by Indra Mallo Jain, Political Secretary. The meeting was
convened in the context of issuing a citizenship to the Chakma and Hajongs residing
in the territory of Arunachal Pradesh.
However, the meeting couldn’t take place as the AAPSU President at the very outset
of his statement urged the house present to put a halt in discussing this vexed sensitive
issue of giving citizenship to Chakma and Hajongs on the account of their numerous
repeated anti social and criminal activities towards the innocent indigenous people
of Arunachal Pradesh. Thus, AAPSU boycotted the High Power Committee for Refugees
framed by the State Government.
AAPSU President spoke about various hindrances and trouble given by the Chakma and
Hajong people to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He cited example like recent rape
incident case where an indigenous minor Khampti girl was allegedly raped by unidentified
Chakma people at Chowkham. AAPSU in the light of above incident urged the Chakma
people to voluntarily apologize to the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh.
AAPSU also strongly called on the Chakma and Hajong people to stop the anti-social
activities and encroachment of indigenous people’s land rather respect the demarcated
map. Union stated that until and unless Chakma and Hajong people don’t stop their
unwanted criminal activities of disturbing the life and property of indigenous people
of Arunachal Pradesh, AAPSU won’t go for any sort of discussion in the context of
giving citizenship to them.
Exclude Adi land from proposed Lower Siang: AdiSU
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: In continuation of its democratic movement against the state govt’s
decision to include Adi land in proposed ‘Lower Siang’ district for which the Bill
has already been introduced in the ongoing House session, the members of AdiSU, ABK
and Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum today staged a peaceful dharna outside the Assembly
at Naharlagun for the second day today.
Stating that the State govt as well as all the lawmakers need to know the “facts”
before coming into any kind of conclusion regarding physical boundary between proposed
Lower Siang and present East Siang district, AdiSU said, “The need of the hour is
to feel the sentiment and emotional attachment of the Adi people with the land”.
The govt should amend the Bill while considering the will and interest of people
as there is traditionally established fact which is recognized by the people from
“This entire democratic movement is to make aware the people that we won’t compromise
with our sentiments and if the govt fails to redress our demand, we won’t be in a
position to cooperate with the govt in coming days”, said AdiSU president Sokun Siboh
while addressing the gathering.
The dharna was followed by a public meeting, where the AdiSU general secretary Obuk
Gao advised the young people “not to misinterpret or misunderstand the issue”. Taking
serious note on some “unacceptable updates” on the issue in few sections of social
networking sites, Gao said such kind of updates deserve condemnation. All young mind
should be cultured with love and affection for mankind, but claiming your legitimate
rights your duty to you family.
DASU oppose inclusion of Adi villages
The Dibang Adi Students' Union (DASU) while extending solidarity to the Apex Students’
union of Adi community, AdiSU, has urged the Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to re-consider
the decision for including Adi Villages or Land in the proposed Lower Siang District
The DASU stated that they are not against the creation of Lower Siang Distt but against
the forceful inclusion of Adi Villages in proposed district. They said they will
be forced to launch a democratic movement if government does not listen to their
To be, or not to be
The tranquil peace of New Anaya once shattered with the echoes of ‘Go back NHPC’.
That was five years ago. On March 12, 2008, people in New Anaya had forced the NHPC
officials to turn back. A road blockade was staged on the day with strong affirmation
for ‘no compromise upon construction of dam in our soil’.
This time the mood was different. The villagers, as seemed to have surrendered to
their fate, patiently attended the public hearing held on March 13, 2013. The hearing
lasted till 9 pm. It was their last opportunity to be heard.
At the end of the hearing, officials from NHPC and local administration were seen
congratulating each other. The public consultation process for grant of environmental
clearance to NHPC Ltd’s 3000MW Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP) was over. Just two
days earlier, the first public hearing was held at Roing.
As per NHPC’s estimation, the public hearing for DMP was postponed for 14 times since
May 2007. The public hearing had to be cancelled several times under pressure from
Collectively, 17 dams are to be built in the Dibang (Talon) river basin. So the overall
concern raised during the hearing was for the need for a cumulative impact study
on the Dibang basin. Also concerns on land use restriction in Catchment Area and
lack of compensatory benefits were raised. Many villages will be submerged partially
by the reservoir making the land unfit for habitation.
During the New Anaya hearing, anxiety was high. “The situation today is like that
of a widow watching the grave of her deceased husband,” one speaker had said. The
villagers nodded silently in affirmation. They were seated outside the overcrowded
venue hall. In some few years, the hall would be under the water.
Echoing similar concern, another speaker said, “We are told to vacate the land that
belonged to our ancestors. What will be left off to show our children?”
But they were assured of handsome returns. They were to become ‘crorepati’ within
a year. It is estimated that minimum compensation rate for 1 hectare land is Rs 8
lakhs with other additional benefits. With such promises, claims and counter claims
over community land surfaced during the hearing. Frustrated, a speaker remarked that
the public hearing has become a ‘package hearing’. A friendly visitor from Itanagar
who had come to attend the public hearing foresaw internal social conflict.
That turned out to be true. People grew suspicious of each other. With promises for
crores of rupees, they had started to weave dreams. Dreams, if broken may result
in disillusionment and anger.
But will it matter to the government? It is the moment the government of India had
waited long. It took almost seven years for public consultation process to get complete.
People scrambling for compensation money is a music to their ears. Atleast, the larger
debate on dams is out of scene.
For some educated youths, the huge ‘compensation package’ can be a break to start
something new - a hope born out of decades of economic stagnation. A generation in
the community had starved of money after the December 1996 Supreme Court’s interim
order for ban on timber felling.
Nevertheless, some speakers were persistent - “Our real wealth is land, rivers, forests
and animals. Let us take care of it.” To those dreaming high, these voices were too
Caught in this debate for over six years, the community was in Hamlet’s dilemma of
‘to be, or not to be.’ While caught in the impasse, the public hearing noose lay
tightened. So a compromise was made to break the deadlock. The stand of absolute
opposition to dam was given up unsure of what lay ahead. Also in a competing environment
where seeds of mistrust are sowed between communities, ideology took a back seat.
The greatest obstacle to the hearing was the students union, capable of standing
on its own conviction. But the government had absolute plans this time. And the students
union fell in the trap of collective conscience.
But those unwilling to submit to developmental designs boycotted the hearing. For
them, attending the hearing would only legitimize the clearance process.
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
Judge visits OWA
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Dr. Indira Shah, a judge of Gauhati High Court of Itanagar Permanent
Bench paid a visit to Oju Welfare Association, Naharlagun yesterday. She was very
impressed by seeing the activities while interacting with the various staff and students.
“My visit to this institution is like my visit to temple. It is amazing to see the
innocent faces. The work done by the members more particularly by Binny Yanga is
not only praiseworthy but it has led me to say that I am speechless,” she was quoted
to have told.
Encroachment menace reaches Pakke-Kessang
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Claiming that government lands were being illegally encroached
by the public at Pakke-Kessang a remote EAC headquarter in East Kameng district,
All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students’ Union today urged the
district administration to carry out eviction drive before the menace become rampant.
In a letter addressed to deputy commissioner union said that encroachment is become
hurdles for the town expansion as more building and infrastructures are yet to come
at EAC headquarter.
12 houses gutted down
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The 12 houses were reportedly gutted down leading to the loss of
properties in a fire accident which broke out on 4th and 5th of this month at Old
Sumlam village bordering Myanmar under Yatdam circle near Panlom village and another
at Jongpho Hate village under Changlang circle of Changlang district respectively.
The house-hold properties worth lakh of rupees got destroyed in the fire mishap which
includes bambooo garden, horticulture garden and domestic animal. Meanwhile the Tang-S
hang Rhong Union informed that they provided some relief items to the victim families
and has appealed to the govt to provide relief to them at the earliest.
Free-eye check up camp held
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: A free-eye check up camp was organised by Kidzee Smart Kids School,
H-Sector, Ganga, Itanagar at school campus here today. The eye check up was conducted
by a Dr Lopsang Tselim and his medical team from Ramakrishna Missing Hospital.
More than 50 children were screened in the camp. Vision screening test was done by
using ‘Snellen Chart’ and detailed eye examination by portable Slit Lamp and Direct
Ophthalmoscope. Needy children were given free medicines. Children who needed further
investigation were advised accordingly. The day-long camp concluded with distribution
of sweets and other eatables to the children by the visiting team.
Village gets water connection
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The Nyokilanghi Village Development Committee in a release claims
that Nyokil-anghi, which is one of the remotest villages of Phassang circle of Kurung
Kumey district has been provided drinking water connection on 21st January. Executed
by PHE, Sangram division the project cost is around 29 lacs.
DNGC Students Union calls off bandh
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The students’ Union of Dera Natung Govt. College has called off
the proposed bandh call which was declared on 18th March. The bandh was called off
following a meeting which was held on 13th of this month in the office chamber of
the Director Higher and Technical Education Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh. The meeting
was chaired by Dr. Joram Begi Director of Higher & Technical Education and discussed
in lengths regarding the demands of students union of DNGC.
Accordingly in the meeting some of the demands were fulfilled such as street lighting
of college, installation of CCTV and providing of two more buses for the college,
the DNGC student union claimed in a release. However union expressed dissatisfaction
over non-fulfillment of the some of their demands. Further union added that bandh
has been called off keeping mind the CBSE exam and also because of hope shown by
director higher and technical education over various demands of the union.
APCC discuss party strategies
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: In a meeting convened here today, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee
(APCC) has rolled out its party strategies for the ensuing panchayat and municipal
election 2013 in the state. The meeting was attended by chief minister Nabam Tuki
and All India Congress Committee (AICC) Arunachal Pradesh In charge Sanjay Bapna.
During the meet selection of candidates and fulfillment of women reservation were
Union irks at poor power supply
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union today condemned
the power department for poor power supply in the district. In a release union district
sought explanation from the department, reasons for failing to give uninterrupted
power supply. The union also urged the district administration to look into the matter.
Another bandh on 20th March
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Claiming that the state government has failed to address its
demands like appointment of home minister, immediate removal of unauthorized red
light flasher and immediate eviction of illegal government land encroachers, Arunachal
Minority Students Union(AMSU) today declared 12 hours capital bandh on March 20 next.
TLY condemns ‘irresponsible’ demand
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: The Top Lod Youth (TLY) has condemned the demand of the Paktu Ao
Welfare Society for renovation of Paktu Linn by Galos of Dumporijo circle. They stated
that a pillar can always be repaired anytime but who will bring back life of late
Goto Yudik. Claiming that police are yet to arrest the mastermind behind the killing
of late Yudik, TLY appealed the concerned authority to punish the masterminds of
The TLY further stated they are running out of patience and if justice is delayed
it might lead to worsening of relation between Top Lod Youths and Paktu Ao Welfare
Society in the days to come. They also appealed to the likeminded citizens of Paktu
not to support person with criminal background and ensure that those people responsible
for death of late Goto Yudik be given proper punishment.
Teacher passes away
ITANAGAR, Mar 16: Onima Tamuk Taki, a junior teacher serving under SSA at Govt Middle
school Tarak in East Siang district passed away on 9th of this month after a brief
illness. She leaves behind her six year old son and husband.
244 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.