March 13

3rd phase of training for polling personnel held at Seppa

SEPPA, Mar 12: The third phase of training for polling personnel conducted at Kameng Hall, Seppa today. The training is imparted to the polling personnel on their duties & responsibilities, EVM operational parts and filling of forms and other statutory papers for error free election during the polling day.

DEO Cum DC Tarin Dakpe directed the HoDs to ensure that their staff attend the training. He urged the trainees to clarify the confusion if any during the training with the master trainers. He also asked the polling team to discharge their duties sincerely and conduct election in a free  and fair manner without fear or favour.

D. Lama, EAC (Eln) urged the trainees to be serious during the training and well-based with every aspect for conduct of the election. He informed that transits training office has been opened in election office to clarify confusion besides training.

Further, he informed that the training for female staffs fixed on 13th March. DIPRO


Election related orders issued

ZIRO, Mar 12: In order to maintain the law and order, peace and tranquility during the election period, Lower Subansiri district DEO-cum-district Magistrate Krishna Mohan Uppu in exercise of powers conferred under section 144 Cr.PC has directed all arms license holders of 17-Ziro Hapoli(ST) and 16-Yachuli(ST) ACs to deposit their arms to the respective police stations of their areas in accordance with Sec. 21 of the Arms Act, 1995 by 25th of march. The arms shall be returned to the lecence after two weeks from the date of the declaration of results.

Public complaint & Grievances redressal cell

Lower Subansiri District Public Complaint & Grievances Redressal Cell has been made functional yesterday by the District Election Officer cum Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu. The cell is opened as part of the precautionary measures being taken up in connection with the ensuing election. He appealed people to inform the Cell immediately at its Helpline Line Number (03788 – 224093) of any suspicious activities in the district which may hamper public harmony and violates Model Code of Conduct during the election period. DIPRO


‘Separate date for JEE’

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Keeping in view the clash of dates of board’s examination with the dates of Computer Based Examination of JEE (Main) -2014  as mentioned by some of the candidates, the executive director (JAB), the  Central Board of Secondary Education (Joint Entrance Examination) informed that “other available date of computer based examination of JEE (main)-2014 will be allotted to those candidates.” Such candidates may send the copy of class 12th admit card by e-mail jeemain@nic.in  latest by March 25.  They should also mention their application number of JEE (Main)-2014. The Copy of admit card being sent by post or any other mail ID will not be entertained, according to a release issued by CBSE regional office Guwahati.


All eligible voters must take part in elections  for healthy democracy: Observer

PASIGHAT, Mar 12: Engaging all eligible citizens in free and fair manner, in the democratic process is prime requisite for participative, informed, effective, and healthy democracy, stated the Awareness Observer Dhiraj Kakadia while addressing the Chairman and members of Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). Gradual decline in voters’ participation  in  election process is a major challenge for the democracy across India and for addressing the issue,  the ECI has initiated a national program titled SVEEP (Systematic Voters’ Education and Electoral Participation) for higher and more informed electoral participation of citizens. There is a need to enhance the participation of voters in electoral process and SVEEP would help to overcome the gap in awareness of voters, asserted Kakadia. He categorically briefed the roles of MCMC, Video Surveillance Team and Video Viewing Team and gave few tips on ‘paid news’ and other monitoring activities.

DEO Nidhi Srivastava informed the observer that the MCMC members are thoroughly trained and active. Extensive Motivation Campaigns aiming at education and awareness of voters would be strategically planned and implemented so that voters could understand that vote casting is not only right but also national duty for every citizen.  DIPRO


Potin-Doimukh road reopens

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Potin-Doimukh stretch of the Trans-Arunachal Highway has been opened on Tuesday, said an official release.

Various organizations particularly All Yachuli Students’ Union have been repeatedly demanding the authority concerned to reopen the said road, saying its closure for more than a year was causing serious inconvenience to commuters of Lower Subansiri and other districts. However, the said road is yet to be completed in full structure and the executing agency will continue their work, release added while requesting the commuters to bear the inconvenience they face while travelling through that stretch as the work is still going on.


Salary of SSA teachers cleared upto November

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Much to the respite of SSA teachers, the education department today informed that the salary of the SSA teachers has been cleared up to the month of November last.  

Disclosing that the salary for three months – December to February -2014, could not be released due to delay in receipt of 2nd installment from the Govt of India, the departmental release further informed that the GoAP is in constant touch with the Centre and it is expected that the 2nd installment would be released in a couple of days thereby paving the  way for releasing the salary of remaining months.


PPA announces first list of candidates for assembly polls

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) has declared its first list of six candidates for the upcoming State Assembly Election.

It includes candidates for 43 - Roing, 36 - Nari - Koyu, 49- Bordumsa - Diyun, 56 - Khonsa West, 55 - Khonsa East, and 59- Kanubari assembly constituencies

Party president Nikh Kamin will contest from Bordumsa – Diyun constituency while sitting MLA Laeta Umbrey has been retained as candidates from Roing.

The party fielded Kenyyir Ringu from Nari - Koyu, Tirong Aboh from 56 - Khonsa West,Wanglam Sawin from 55 - Khonsa East and Rongnai Manham from 59- Kanubari constituencies.


Training programme on RTI and PIL held

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: North East Diocesan Social Service Society has organized two days capacity building programme  on Right to Information Act under SHELTER project on  March 11 and 12  at its conference hall. This programme is supported by Indo Global Social Service Society.

Speaking on the occasion, Ranjan K Baruah of North East Youth Foundation shared his experiences and other case studies related to RTI Act. He had mentioned in details how the Act has evolved and what are the processes to seek information from various government departments. He has appealed to participants to prepare well when they work with community and seek information as most of the corrupt officials or businesspersons try to disturb activist who seek information through RTI Act. The other sessions includes Public Interest Litigation, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Food security Act 2013 and was facilitated by Saito Basumatary.  

This two day training programme was inaugurated by Fr Varghese Velickakam, Director of NEDSSS.  Participants were from project partners associated with SHELTER projects spread in different parts of the region.


News Impact

Large amount of money, liquors, gift items seized ahead of polls

ITANAGAR, Mar 12:  The Flying Squads and Static Surveillance teams deployed in the state to monitor and check possible violation of ‘Model Code of Conduct’ made seizure of large amount of money, liquors, blankets, CGI sheets etc. suspected to be meant for distribution among voters from various parts of the state.

The teams seized money amounting Rs.7,42,000, 289 bottles Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL), 280 bottles beer, 20 litres local wine, 491 pieces of blankets, 99 CGI Sheets today from various parts of the state, informed State Nodal Officer (Training) RK Sharma on behalf of the CEO in a release.

Yesterday, the teams seized 14478 bottles of illicit beer and 1453 bottles of IMFL.

In Itanagar, a wine shop at Gohpur Tinali has been sealed and licence cancelled for violating terms and conditions of liquor licence and not closing the shop after 7 pm thus violating the “Model Code of Conduct,” City SP informed in a release.

The Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner has cancelled the licence of the wine shop based on the report of the City Police, the SP said.

City Police has also seized one 0.32 mm Pistol, one Revolver and 16 rounds of live ammunitions. A case has been registered in this regard at Itanagar Police Station under section 188 IPC for violation of orders given by Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner under section 144 CrPC restricting people to carry any kind of weapon, the SP informed.

The Static Surveillance team of Capital has also seized 14 daos during checking.

Further, 2320 bottles IMFL have also been seized at Banderdewa during checking by a team of magistrate and police.

Over 141 vehicles have also been fined for violation of various sections of MV Act and Rs.24,020 has been realized as fine from the violators, the SP added.



Mobile phones, copying materials seized from examinees

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Mobile phones and copying materials were seized from examination hall of a school here during an unannounced inspection by a team of education officers today.

The team comprising Secretary, Education RK Mishra, Director of School Education T Taloh and Deputy Director Secondary Education (A) T Tatak seized the items from some of the examinees during class 12 (CBSE) Chemistry examination today and handed them over to the centre superintendent, informed Director of School Education Taloh in a release.

The team instructed the Centre Superintendent of the school to ensure free and fair conduct of examination with help of the invigilators and maintain complete decorum of the examination hall.

In contrast, there was a pin-drop silence in the examination hall of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Itanagar where 116 students were writing the same examination today, the release said.

The team appreciated centre superintendent of the school Koj Tajang for smooth conduct of examination in the school.

The team also visited various schools in capital complex to take stock of the on-going examinations.



DEO seeks daily report  on poll activities

YUPIA, Mar 12: The Deputy Commissioner cum DEO Ashok Kumar has convened a coordination meeting of all sector officers appointed for ensuing Parliamentary and Assembly Election- 2014 at ZPC conference hall today. Kumar while presiding over the meeting requested the officers to actively involve in their assigned job as they are responsible for election management till the completion of poll process. He further said all Sector Officers need to furnish their reports on daily basis  to DEO on   matters relating to law and order, vulnerability mapping, District Election Plan preparation (including communication plan), poll day arrangements including preparation of polling stations, Model Code of Conduct,  route and transport planning and preparation, EVM Do's and basic debugging, receipt dispatch of polling parties, monitoring and reporting (esp. on poll day) rules, regulation and guidelines relating to conduct of polls, postal ballots, SVEEP etc. He also inform that as per new guidelines of ECI Sector Officers also have to organize a voters awareness campaign to generate more participation of voters during the poll.  Mabi Taipodia EAC cum Nodal Officers also requested the officers to submit report on daily basis to DEO on their findings in their respective jurisdiction. AERO Shania Mize and all appointed Sector Officers attended the meet. DIPRO



RGU researchers takes part inIntl conference on food security

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Dr. Pallabi Kalita Hui, Researcher in Biotechnology from Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Itanagar took part in the International Conference on Global Food Security held at Miami, Florida, USA from March 10-12. The conference was organized by World Academy of Science, Engineering & Technology (WASET).

Dr. Pallabi was among the few selected researchers from India who had been invited by the International Scientific Committee of WASET to represent India.

Dr. Hui Tag, Department of Botany, RGU, was also invited to chair the technical session in the conference. However, Dr. Tag had to cancel the trip at last moment due to hectic official assignment.

While representing RGU, Dr. Pallabi gave two oral presentations of her research papers related to nutritional potential and traditional use of wild food plants resources of East Himalayan Biodiversity Hotspots for global and regional food security using biotechnological interventions in the multidi-sciplinary mega conference. Her two papers have been finally accepted for publication in WASET journals after four successive stages of rigorous peer-review by the subject experts. The two joint papers of the researcher couple from RGU have received wide response and attention from WASET team and experts this time due to their potential future applications.

It is worth mentioning here that this international multiconference of WASET is a major annual international conference, devoted to original research and innovation in science, engineering and technology, hosted in six continents by 34 different countries.



Probe ordered into alleged misappropriation of fund

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Court of Special Judge (Anti-Corruption), Eastern Zone, Pasighat has ordered a SIC investigation into the alleged misappropriation of fund by Congress leader Bosiram Siram and others. The East & Upper Siang District Bar Association (EUSDBA) had filed a corruption case (No PC. 01/2014 Dt 3rd March, 2014) against Siram and some engineers from PWD, Pasighat division alleging swindling of money meant for repair and maintenance of District Court Building, Pasighat, East Siang district.

After hearing the counsel for the Bar Association and going through the strength of the averments stated in the petition, the Special Judge, under the provisions of Section 156 (3) of Cr.PC, has ordered the Superintendent of Police, Special Investigation Cell (SIC), Itanagar to investigate the alleged corruption by registering a regular case under Prevention of Corruption Act 1988, EUSDBA president Tonning Pertin said while citing the court order.

Meanwhile, Pertin has clarified that  the Bar members have no political ambition. It has nothing to do with Bosiram Siram personally, he  said adding that Siram’s name  has been cropped up in the case as the  executive engineer PWD, Pasighat division  had clearly mentioned his name saying that  “because of  the order from Siram, the work was carried out hurriedly”.



Consultation prog on ‘People’s Manifesto’ held

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: Authopupo Social Foundation (ASF) and a national level NGO ‘Wada Na Todo Abhiyan’ in collaboration with Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) conducted a one day consultation on “People’s Manifesto”.

Several issues concerning education, health, infrastructure, law and order, road connectivity, electricity were raised on the meeting which could be included in the “People’s Manifesto”. Empowerment of women, special schemes for differently abled, establishment of shelter homes, children homes for juveniles in conflict with law were also highlighted, according to a release.

“It was a platform for collective negotiation with political parties on ‘People’s Priorities’ for the coming General Election 2014,” the release said.

‘People’s Manifesto’ is an ambitious plan for extensive, decentralised and cumulative process to develop people’s aspirations, hopes and demands for governance and equitable development across all the parliamentary constituencies of the country.

The main objective of this program is to let the political party know the real and existing problems faced by the common people. The People’s Manifesto from all over the states of India will be collectively submitted to all the contesting political parties, so that the voice of the common people reach to them, the release added.

Participants were from different sections of the society including social activists, civil societies, academicians, lawyers, students, public leaders. Use of mobile phones and practicing unfair means by students in examination halls in the on-going class 12 CBSE examination have been detected in an examination hall of a school here during an unannounced visit by a team of officers from education department here today.



Workshop on cultivation and exploration of therapeutic potential of medicinal plants held

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The two days national workshop organized by Ayurveda Regional Research Institute (ARRI) Itanagar, a constituent body of Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Science (CCRAS), Department of AYUSH, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare gave emphasis on exploration, cultivation and exploration of therapeutic potential of medicinal plants of north- eastern states.

Addressing the inaugural session, Health Secretary Indra Mallo gave a detailed presentation on Ayush service through the Health Department and National Rural Health Mission in Arunachal Pradesh. She also highlighted the extensive use of traditional medicines by local traditional healers in curing various diseases. She appreciated the organization of the workshop in the state.

CCRAS Director General Prof. Abhimanu Kumar said that the floral biodiversity of Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya and other Northeastern states was quite different from other parts of the country. He acknowledged the services rendered by Ayurveda Regional Research Institute, Itanagar in field of medicinal plants and its sustainable utilization in Ayurvedic pharmaceuticals.

Director of Health Services Dr. Kartik Nishing acknowledged the efficacy and use of Ayurvedic medicine since time immemorial while citing the example of use of ‘Sanjeevani’ to save life of Lakshamana. He said that herbs are still used for curing many diseases by local traditional healers in different parts of the country.

Director of State Forest Research Institute CD Singh informed that seven medicinal plant conservation sites have been identified and survey and conservation efforts are being made by the State Forest Research Institute and other forest staff.

Prof. VK Joshi (Department of Dravaguna) from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, give emphasis on exploration of medicinal wealth of Arunachal Pradesh. He praised the contributions made by ARRI Itanagar in field of medicinal plants exploration in the North eastern states.

Book on conservation, cultivation and exploration of therapeutic potential of medicinal plants of northeastern states was released during the workshop.

Live medicinal plants, Herbarium sheets of folklores and Ayurvedic medicinal plants, publications of the organization with photographs and broachers etc. were exhibited highlighting the activities and achievement of the ARRI, Itanagar. The exhibition was inaugurated by the CCRAS Director General. Book on Conservation, Cultivation and Exploration of Therapeutic potential of Medicinal Plants of North eastern states has been released during the workshop.

At the end of the Inaugural session, formal Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. KK Brahma, Scientist of Ayurveda Regional Research Institute Itanagar.

Senior Assistant Professor Dr. Hui Tag (Department of Botany) of Rajiv Gandhi University highlighted the exploration policies of medicinal plants in Arunachal Pradesh during the technical session. His presentation was followed by presentation on cultivation of Aquillaria malccensis (Agar) by Dr. LR Bhuiya, Scientist, State Forest Research Institute, Chimpu, Itanagar.

Prof. VK Joshi spoke on the inclusion of Anukut Dravyas in Ayurvedic Pharmacopeia: Challenges and scope in North Eastern states.

Associate Professor (Geo) Kiran Kumari of Raiv Gandhi University Geographical spoke on geographical aspects of conservation of medicinal plants in Arunachal Pradesh.

In the afternoon session, Prof. RN Acharya from Jamnagar Ayurveda University delivered speech on Sodhana as a detoxification technique of poisonous medicinal plants  while Dr. Binay Singh, Professor in the Department of Forestry, NERIST, Nirjuli on cultivation technology, future prospects  and Dr. Padmaraj Gajurel, also from NERIST on commercially important medicinal plants of Arunachal Pradesh. He gave emphasis on correct identification of medicinal plants at species level.

Prof.  BP Sarma, Dean, Government Ayurvedic College, Guwahati delivered on health care through herbs where he described use of single drugs/ compound formulation in management of health.

A field visit to Chesa was organized the next day for the participants to witness the medicinal plants nursery of Van Vigyan Kendra.

Certificates of participation were distributed to the participants, resource persons.



Involvment of Govt. servants in electioneering will not be tolerated: DEO

Election Round-Up

AALO, Mar 12: In a strongly worded message to government officers and officials in a meeting here today, West Siang District Election Officer (DEO) M K Sahoo said that indulgence of any Govt. servant in electioneering will not be tolerated at any cost. “Though political affiliation is inherent but that should not affect the professional career of Govt. servants due to their involvements. They should avoid giving room for any suspicion and should restrain themselves from campaigning or canvassing in  favour of any party or candidate.  The challenges this time is enormous due to simultaneous election, the  DEO said and sought cooperation of all in the successful conduct of election. No exemption from election duty should be made nor should any kind of leave be granted by the HoDs without the consent of the District Election Officer as staff requirement on election duty is very heavy this time, he said.

Participating in the discussion Rajesh Kumar, Superintendent of Police said that this district is not without history of violence as 60/62 cases of election related offences were registered in the past. Police is there to assist the administration to contain such incidents during this election. The police personnel have been briefed thoroughly to be impartial and contain all unlawful activities without showing any leniency and clear instruction have been passed on to all men in uniform. DIPRO

First phase of training for 2nd batch polling personnel held

A proper and professionally organized training forms the core of human resource management as such training holds key to successful conduct of election, said M. K. Sahoo while attending the first phase of training to second batch of Polling Personnel at Gumin Kinn yesterday.

A proper training programme holds key for successful conduct of polls,  Sahoo said adding that more emphasis should be given on encouraging questions and doubts rather than making the training only one way communication. Nodal Officer (Training) should plan well in advance about all these mandatory requirements to make the training more effective. Security arrangement at the venue is done with the help of local police. Since there will be simultaneous elections for Parliament and Assembly, the RO of ACs and AROs should take all these measures to make the training more meaningful and effective, he said. The much needed training was imparted by Dege Ete, PD DRDA and Henrik Basar, HDO.

Series of election related executive orders issued

Meanwhile, after dashing back to West Siang to handle the mantle of Parliamentary and Assembly election simultaneously, the West Siang DEO M. K Sahoo has passed series of prohibitory orders prohibiting carrying of all kinds of weapons like firearms, daos, lathis, bow and arrows at the meeting and public places as a precautionary measures to avert occurrence of disturbances to the public peace and tranquility. All kind of firearms have been ordered to be deposited to their nearest police stations latest by 22nd of March.  Defacement of public property has also banned under Arunachal Pradesh Prevention of Defacement Act, 1997. Restriction on printing pamphlets, posters etc. without the set guidelines of ECI has also been banned, accommodations in the hotels, Guest House, lodge and rent without identity proof has also been restricted to contain anti social elements that may seek hide out in different areas of the district. The DM has also prohibited carrying out any civil, digging activities, jungle cutting along the road side during election period to ensure disruption of uninterrupted telecom network. The violators of all executive order will be dealt seriously as per appropriate section of law.

The DM has issued clear cut order that instruction to Superintendent of Police to communicate all executive orders and circulars to all the officers in-charges of respective police stations to implement the order in letter and spirit. DIPRO



National secretary INTUC rejects allegation

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Arunachal State unit of Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) expressed strong resentment over the news article which was published in the local dailies based on the statement made to the press persons of the state yesterday at press club, Itanagar by Dinesh Sharma Sundriyal proclaiming himself as the national president of INTUC along with his companions.

The allegation made by Dinesh Sharma saying “many people are running INTUC in the state level with no knowledge of the national bodies” is completely baseless and has no valid reason. Rejecting the allegation Padi Richo, President and Longnya Sumnyan, President (Women Wing), INTUC, Arunachal Pradesh state unit in a joint press release said that since 1997, the state unit of INTUC has been in operation with full consent and conscience of both the Centre and the State govt and has never received any complaint and allegation from any quarter while it was formed as per the norms and constitution of INTUC.

Richo, the present INTUC president while approving his statement said that he has been associating with INTUC state unit as president in much tenure since 1998 and never came close to such unsubstantiated false accusation. And referring the recent inauguration of the INTUC office by MP Takam Sanjay in the presence of other dignified ministers and MLAs of the state in Itanagar on March 9, last the president duo said, “Every ups and down and advancement of INTUC activities are strictly scrutinized, well guided and complied by both the state and the centre government. Therefore, there is no room for allegation by such self-styled national president and team”.

Altercating the statement made by Dinesh, PJ Raju, National Secretary, INTUC said “The group of persons headed by Dinesh Sundriyal was using the INTUC letter head and registered address. We would like to clarify that Dinesh Sundriyal has no connection with INTUC and his claim is illegal”.

The INTUC is headed by Dr G Sanjeeva Reddy, Ex-M.P. as its President along with other office-bearers and Working Committee members as per election held on 7th October, 2012 at Thane, Maharashtra. The 30th Plenary Session of INTUC was recently held at Raipur, Chhattisgarh which was inaugurated by Digvijay Singh, General Secretary, AICC. Moreover, Sonia Gandhi, Congress President addressed INTUC Rally organised along with its 286th Working Committee meeting at Kollam on 15th February. Dinesh Sharma Sundriyal and his team has never been associated in any of these programs, Raju further informed.



Election training on modified standard operating procedure held

YINGKIONG, Mar 12: Training on Modified standard operating procedure for flying squad and static surveillance was conducted here yesterday to ensure free, fair and peaceful conduct of the ensuing simultaneous Lok Sabha and  Arunachal Pradesh Assembly  elections. The officers appointed as personnel of flying squad team, video surveillance team, video viewing team, District Level Media certification and monitoring team and accounting team participated the training.

Additional training of the first phase of presiding and polling officers was also conducted in the same hall today.

Addressing the trainees the Deputy Commissioner-cum-Returning officer Dr. Tariq Thomas instructed all the officers and officials so appointed to act strictly according to the electoral manual book guidelines and rules to ensure free, fair and peaceful conduct of election.

Speaking on the point of checking high expenditure of the candidates Dr. Thomas said that excessive expenditure during the time of election is one of the root causes of corruption in the democratic system. During the two days hectic training the Master Trainers comprising Hengo Basar PD, Dr. K. Dai DMO, Starlie Jamoh EAC, Adong Pertin EAC as Nodal Training officer, Dr. Ahik Miyu as Master Training imparted the trainer through power point presentation and in case of EVMs through video and practical demonstration with the EVMs.

Micro-observers training conducted

Earlier on March 10, training of Micro-observers of Upper Siang district for the ensuing Lok Sabha polls was conducted at Yingkiong. 27 Micro-observers chosen from employees of the Central government and semi- government undertakings participated the training.

The Master Trainer Hengo Basar PD and Adong Pertin EAC-cum-Nodal Office Training Management imparted the training and asked the trainees to be well acquainted with the electoral rules and procedure and give feed back information to the general central observer and DEO during the day of polling. The DC-cum-DEO Dr. Tariq Thomas said the election is a sensitive issue and the officers and officials who have been deployed on election duty must take it seriously and sincerely and asked the trainees to discharge their duties in impartial manner for free and fair conduct of elections. DIPRO



Lohit DEO conducts meeting with polling officials

TEZU, Mar 12: The Lohit District Election Officer cum Returning Officer for 2nd East Arunachal Parliamentary constituency Dr. B.M. Mishra convened a meeting with the Sector Magistrates, Sector Officers and Nodal Officers of entire Lohit district at his Conference Hall in Tezu today. Superintendent of Police and ADC Namsai were also present in the meeting.

The meeting was convened to sensitize and summarize all the responsibilities of the officers and appointed for the ensuing Parliamentary election.

The DEO gave detail description of duties for polling officials and said that none of them can afford to be ignorant and partial. “Ignorance will not come as a defense for your fault” he said.  To minimize human error to zero level he asked all the appointed officers to go through the guidelines provided by the ECI so that they able to guide their subordinate officials assigned under them.

He asked all the designated officers of the district to perform their respective duties diligently so that the motto of Election Commission of India for Ethical Voting where voters can vote without influence could be met at complete success in the district.

ADC Namsai speaking on the occasion asked all the officers entrusted with election related responsibilities to cooperate and coordinate with each other for better conduct of election in the district. Establish proper contact and cooperation amongst yourselves for free and fair election, he said.

SP Tezu briefed the members on Flying Squads and Static Surveillance Team and instructed the Officers of the Fying Squads and SST should include elements of surprise visits and checks in the execution of their duties for better result.

He also identified certain critical, sensitive, and hyper sensitive polling stations and suggested for a join training of Magistrates and police personnel. DIPRO



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---- Readers Forum ----


Students are being denied right to exercise universal adult franchise

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to convey the sentiments which frustrate minds of the students of various colleges and universities of state in particular and all citizens of state in general. There are saying that “Students are the backbone of the nation, they are nation builders and they are future”. They can change the state from developing to develop in all spheres by choosing right representative from their own concerns though it may be Lok Sabha or Assembly or Panchayat election. But, it seems that all these saying will go on waste as election for 16th Lok Sabha and 6th State Assembly election is scheduled in April, which is examination month for colleges and universities of the state.

India is a democratic country and it has given the right of universal adult franchise (UAF) to the citizen who attains 18 (eighteen) years of age. But our franchise right has been totally curtailed by the conduction of election in this particular month. Here the question is, “What kind of injustice is being done to the students of colleges and universities”.

We have waited long to attain the age of 18 year and we had the option to choose right leader in this election. However the sad part is that our dream to cast vote and choose leader of our choice will remain dream only because of the election date.

Five years is not a short span, it is all together 1826 days. Here, I want to say that govt. has done injustice not only to students but also to all the people of state as intellectuals are being denied right to participate in election process.  The misguided ignorant villagers whom undeserved politicians can easily misguide through their sweet tongue or money power need our guidance, as there is a quotation, “Political leaders promise to build a bridge where there is no river”.

I would like to criticize the move of dissolving 5th Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly 224 days ahead of schedule without keeping interest of general public in mind as state can change a lot in 224 days. Dissolving of state Assembly and holding simultaneous polls of Lok Sabha and Assembly election is totally undemocratic and injustice to the citizens of state.


Kenya Riba Karga

Senki Park



CEC AASSATA is there to work for the interest of SSA community

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to one newly formed association in the name of All Arunachal Pradesh Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Assistant Teacher Association (AAPSSAATA) published in your esteemed daily on 11th March. Undersigned on behalf of central executive committee (CEC) of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) along with our district federal unit strongly opposed formation of this new body.

It is worth mentioning that AASSATA was formed & constituted to protect and secure all teachers working under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Mission on 5th December 2004. We adopted and enacted constitution for the welfare of teaching fraternity (SSA teacher) of the state.

It was formed with an aim to protect the interest of SSA teachers of Arunachal Pradesh in particular & SSA community in general. Thus, at the moment CEC AASSATA acts as apex central statutory body to protect the interest of SSA teachers (whether it may be assistant teacher or junior teacher).

CEC AASSATA is well recognized by state govt., State Rajya mission, Deputy Commissioners, DDSE-cum DPOs, district federal unit AASSATA, & we were mandated by all district representatives of the state.

While representing SSA teaching community of the state CEC AASSATA try their best to resolve any problem pertaining to SSA teachers without distinguishing as AT & JT. Even in the process of regularization ratio, 85 percent are reserved for AT and 25 percent only for junior teacher.

Regarding formation of new association in the name of SSA teacher, the CEC AASSATA opine that in district level federal AASSATA unit & in block level AASSATA sub-ordinate are there to deal in their respective jurisdiction for the cause of SSA teachers. At present both CEC AASSATA and district federal unit are maintaining cordial relation with each other for the greater benefit of SSA teaching fraternity. Therefore the need of forming new association in the name of SSA teachers does not arise by any mean, as already CEC AASSATA is here to tackle any issues.


Tagru Kasha



Yang Yangfo

General Secretary




Release stipend

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to draw kind attention of concern authority of Education Department and Government of Arunachal Pradesh. We, the Nerist Arunachal Pradesh Student Association (NAPSA) urge govt. Arunachal Pradesh to release the stipend at the earliest. We are having inconvenience due to delay in releasing of the stipend. Though our semester is almost going to get over but there is no sign of stipend which is usually dispatched in the month of March. Therefore please take note of the above mention account and do the needful.


Logyo Tagu

Asst. General

Secretary, NAPSA



Women safety is major concern

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to express my opinion about the poor condition of women in India. The second season of “SATYAMEV JAYATE” show is being aired from 2nd March 2014.The show highlights sensitive social issues prevalent in India such as female foeticides, child sexual abuse, dowry, medical malpractice, honour killing, domestic violence, pesticide poisoning, alcoholism, un-touchability, etc. The shooting of show took place in several state of India, like, Rajasthan, Kashmir, Kerala, Delhi, and in the North East.

The “SATYAMEV JAYATE” has become a platform for people who cannot raise their voice. Recently, the first episode of the show was against rape cases from across India.

After watching Satyamev Jayate, it looks like our society does want to change its mind-set towards women. Political leaders are becoming corrupted day by day and they do not care for people’s problem. This is modern technology age, but, people are still deep rooted in their so called tradition and norms set by male dominating society. Such platform gives opportunity to people who suffer or want to raise their voice against evils.

Today, women are afraid of walking on road even in broad daylight. Parents may stop sending their girl child to school if situation prevails like this. So, I hereby put my question to Govt. and all political leaders how they cannot hear helpless woman knocking in front of parliament. Why don’t they raise this issue?


Tugli Dong

Media student







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Let this be beginning

Arunachal is plagued by high rate of corruption and in many cases accused never get punishment for their misdeeds. The classic example is that of Rs 1000 crore PDS scam which brought shame to state of Arunachal. Today some of the main accused of PDS scam has become MLAs and some are aspiring for it. The contractors and officers who in cohesion looted food meant for poor citizen are enjoying as law has miserably failed to punish them. Corruption is so deep rooted in our society that people eulogize those govt. officials and businessmen who indulges in corruption and become rich right overnight.

In the midst of such dark hour, the news about suspension of Director, Joint Director and Finance & Account Officer of Food and Civil Supplies department in the alleged swindling of land transport subsidy (LTS) worth Rs 26 crore is soothing to hear. Also it is believed that an arrest warrant have been issued against them. Its early to say whether these officers were involve in the alleged corruption case, but, there is no doubt that due to their negligence Rs 26 crore was illegally withdrawn through a fake power of attorney. The decision of state government to act tough against erring officials of food and civil supply department deserve round of applause. However government needs to act uniformity and show similar enthusiasm in dealing with other corruption cases.