March 01

Budget Highlights



@ Abolition of Wealth Tax.

@ Additional 2% surcharge for the super rich with income of over Rs. 1 crore.

@ Rate of corporate tax to be reduced to 25% over next four years.

@ No change in tax slabs.

@ Total exemption of up to Rs. 4,44,200 can be achieved.

@ 100% exemption for contribution to Swachch Bharat, apart from CSR.

@ Service tax increased to14 per cent.


@ Rs. 25,000 crore for Rural Infrastructure Development Bank.

@ Rs. 5,300 crore to support Micro Irrigation Programme.

@ Farmers credit - target of 8.5 lakh crore.


@ Rs. 70,000 crores to Infrastructure sector.

@ Tax-free bonds for projects in rail road and irrigation

@ PPP model for infrastructure development to be revitalised and govt. to bear majority of the risk.

@ Atal Innovation Mission to be established to draw on expertise of entrepreneurs, and researchers to foster scientific innovations; allocation of Rs. 150 crore.

@  Govt. proposes to set up 5 ultra mega power projects, each of 4000MW.


@ AIIMS in Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar and Assam.

@ IIT in Karnataka; Indian School of Mines in Dhanbad to be upgraded to IIT.

@ PG institute of Horticulture in Amritsar.

@ Kerala to have University of Disability Studies

@ Centre of film production, animation and gaming to come up in Arunachal Pradesh.

@ IIM for Jammu and Kashmir and Andhra Pradesh.


@ Allocation of Rs. 2,46,726 crore; an increase of 9.87 per cent over last year.

@ Focus on Make in India for quick manufacturing of Defence equipment.


@ 50,000 toilets  under Swachh Bharath Abhiyan.

@ Two other programmes to be introduced- GST & JAM Trinity. GST will be implemented by April 2016.

@ MUDRA bank will refinance micro finance orgs. to encourage first generation SC/ST entrepreneurs.

@ Housing for all by 2020.

@ Upgradation of  80,000 secondary schools.

@ DBT will be further be expanded from 1 crore to 10.3 crore.

@ For the Atal Pension Yojna, govt. will contribute 50% of the premium limited to Rs. 1000 a year.

@ New scheme for physical aids and assisted living devices for people aged over 80 .

@ Govt to use Rs. 9000 crore unclaimed funds in PPF/EPF for Senior Citizens Fund.

@ Rs. 5,000 crore additional allocation for MGNREGA.

@ Govt. to create universal social security system for all Indians.


@ Rs. 75 crore for electric cars production.

@ Renewable energy target for 2022: 100K MW in solar; 60K MW in wind; 10K MW in biomass and 5K MW in small hydro


@  Develpoment schemes for churches and convents in old Goa; Hampi, Elephanta caves, Forests of Rajasthan, Leh palace, Varanasi , Jallianwala Bagh, Qutb Shahi tombs at Hyderabad to be under the new toursim scheme.

@ Visa on Arrival for 150 countries.


@ Forward Markets Commission to be merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India

@ NBFCs registered with the RBI and having asset size of Rs 500 crore and above to be considered as ‘financial institution’ under Sarfaesi Act, 2002, enabling them to fund SME and mid-corporate businesses

@ Permanent Establishment norms to be modified to that mere presence of offshore fund managers in the country does not lead to “adverse tax consequences.”


Nyokum celebrated with enthusiasm

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Nyokum, the annual agriculture based festival of Nyishis was celebrated with much enthusiasm and traditional gaiety at Parang circle on February  26 last.

Addressing the  festive revelers, Civil Aviation, Science and Technology Minister Thangwang Wangham called upon them to promote and preserve the rich culture  and heritage.

“The land of Parang is God gifted, he said while  exhorting the people to protect  the forest resources. He stressed on taking up horticulture in the region and  gave emphasis on less jhum cultivation to save the greenery of forest.

Among others, Techi Tagi Tara,  treasurer, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Er. Techi Ramda, E.E PWD, Division, Sagalee attended the festival.

The Nyokum Yullo was celebrated with traditional farvour at Kheel general ground from February 23 to 26 last. A host of dignitaries including Lham Tashi, OSD to Chief Minister, Nabam Aka, Chairperson Zilla Parishad, Papum Pare district, HoDs, Panchayat leaders and public of Toru circle attended the festival.

The main attraction of the festival was games and sports and cultural competitions, besides the exhibition stall on local cuisine.

Attending the  Nyokum  Yullo celebration at Pachin, Naharlagun on February 26,  secretary, tourism and   DoTCL, Joram Beda  exhorted the gathering to maintain and promote the age-old traditional system.  He further advised the parents to speak  in and promote  own dialect/language   which will help  preserve the  tradition and culture.

Superintending Engineer Er Taba Teni, PHE and WS, Itanagar circle (W/Z), Naharlagun also  stressed on the need of pressing rich culture of the Nyishi community.

Chief patron of the  festival Kipa Babu, Deputy Chief  Municipal Councillor, Itanagar dwelt at length on the origin of  Langte-Lote Nyokum Yullo. Among others, chief advisor of the  celebration committee Er Tadar Mangku also spoke on the occasion.


Parents Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Feb 28:  The Model English School celebrated its annual Parents Day here at its school premises on February 28.

Speaking on the occasion, Regional Director, IGNOU- Dr Joshep Kuba urged upon the outgoing students to maintain discipline to achieve their goals in life. He also appealed the students to refrain from any kind of anti-social activities that could hamper their future.

While claiming Parents as the first teachers of any students he  appealed them to maintain  a frankly relations with their wards for positive growth. ‘One wrong beat can spoil the whole music, as the same one wrong direction can spoil the whole carrier of a students’ added Dr Kuba. Briefing on the newly launched IGNOU-Academy of Music, he also urged the students to take advantage of the courses while assuring to extend his possible support.

Speaking on the occasion school Principal Zaseyi Veswii also extended best wishes to the outgoing students and advised them to follow right  track for  successful future. Beside regular programme, cultural programme like action songs by students of Kindergarten, Dance performance by the students of junior classes and songs from Girls band were the show stoppers of the daylong ‘Parents Day cum Farewell programme.

Among others Managing Director of School Martha Ronya, Chairman-School Management Committee, MES B Ronya and Secretary, SMC, Model English School, K Membom  were present on the occasion.


Panchayat Bye-Poll at Ruksin


RUKSIN, Feb 28: Preparation to hold Panchayat bye-poll four Gram Panchayat seats in Ruksin sub-division is almost complete.

Bye-election will be held for Rayang- I (Ruksin), Oyan (Sille-Oyan), Mirem IV and Ledum-I gram segments under Pasighat-West constituency on March 2.

Preparation for Myoko festival in full swing

ZIRO, Feb 28: People of Hiichi villages i.e. Bamin-Michi, Mudang-Tage, Dutta and Hija who reside outside Ziro have started arriving from various corner of the state and also from other states to participate the ensuing Myoko festival celebration 2015 which will commence from March 20 next.

Rejuvenation of religious taboos such as Lapang, erection of babo etc is going on to welcome the deities on time.

Meanwhile, Diibo Welfare Committee (DWC) in its meeting held here today unanimously adopted  various resolutions including banning on use of Indian Made Foreign Liquor for maintaining peace during festival.  For smooth flow of traffic in village, it was also directed for removable of firewood, construction materials such as sand, stone etc from piling in roadside which are to be completed on or before March 15 next else DWC will seized the materials.


Burglars nabbed, stolen goods recovered

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Feb 28: A team of Daporijo police has nabbed two burglars in the wee hours today while they were running away with the stolen goods  from shops in Daporijo. The  team lead by Sub-Inspector W. Kamhua also recovered many stolen electronics items including mobile accessories.

Sources said that two burglars broke into the electronic shops at Gandhi Market and New Market around 1.30 am today, the police caught them while they were on the run with stolen materials.

The Daporijo police is on high  alert after receiving serious complaints regarding burglary in the town for last two months.

According to S I W. Kamhua most of the burglar and other criminal offences are committed by juvenile in the township. Two other suspects are also being interrogated as they were found in the same time in  the area.

A case has been registered under section 457/380/34 IPC. The accused were detained in police custody  and  interrogation is going on.


Talar’s dream run halted by Korean

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Jun Su Lee of Korea today ended the dream run of Laa Talar of Arunachal Pradesh with a 21-19, 13-21, 21-15 victory in the fourth round in the Yonex Dutch Junior International Badminton Tournaments 2015 being held in the Netherlands.

Talar, who had a bye in first round, defeated his rivals Christopher Klauer of Germany 21-8, 21-7 in second round and Jung Soo Byun of Korea 19-21, 21-15,21-16 in the third round, informed Arunachal State Badminton Association.


Dwelling house gutted at Jote

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: A dwelling house of one Teli Takang was reportedly burnt down on 25th February last Jote village under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare district. The fire accident is believed to have occurred due to short circuit. The belongings of the house were completely reduced to ashes, a release stated. Meanwhile, All Papum Poma Students Union appealed to the authority to provide immediate relief to the fire victims.


Trekking event

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Nehru Yuva Kendra, Pasighat organised a seven days Siang Trail Trekking under National Programme for Youth Adolescent Development which started from Feb 21.  The week-long trekking was flagged off from Siang Bridge Pasighat by District Youth Coordinator. Altogether 15 volunteers from Papum Pare, Upper and West Siang participated at the trekking. The team led by K Taye, trekked from Pasighat in East Siang to Mechukha in West Siang via Mariyang in Upper Siang district. The objective of the trekking was to explore the trek route and survey the feasibility of adventure sports.


Three more PET and PST Centres in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Central Govt has decided to open three more PET and PST centres in Arunachal Pradesh in addition to existing Centres at Itanagar and Tezu. This was made possible due to relentless efforts of Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, according to an official release.

Now for Arunachal Pradesh the PET and PST for recruitment to the posts of Constable/GD for Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Sashatra Seema Bal (SSB) and Assam Rifles (AR), which has been advertised on January 24, 2015 will be held in  138 Bn. Itanagar, ITBP, Lohitpur, Tezu, Bomdila (West Kameng), Aalo (West Siang),  and Khonsa ( Tirap district) for male  and  female candidates.

It is worth mentioning here that a total of 62,390 vacancies are to be filled through constable/GD Exam -2015, out of which 6583 vacancies are earmarked to be filled by the youth of NE States (including Sikkim) only in their respective categories.

Rijiju appealed to all the youths of Arunachal Pradesh to apply for these posts to serve in the CAPFs and to ensure full representation of people of Arunachal Pradesh, the release said.


Officials to visit Sainik School site at Niglok


PASIGHAT, Feb 28: Officials of Sainik School Society (SSS) under Union Ministry of Defence will be arriving at Ruksin on March three along with state government representatives to conduct land survey of the proposed site for setting up Sainik School at Niglok IGC in East Siang district, district administration sources said.

It may be recalled that a joint survey team constituted by Arunachal Pradesh government during May last year visited Industrial Growth Centre (IGC) at Niglok under Ruksin circle and conducted primary survey for setting up a Sainik School there.

The six-member team submitted report on availability of land for the school, hostel, dispensary and playground besides water and electricity supply.

As per the report, the IGC Niglok has sufficient land measuring about 583 acres and the requirement of the school is just 40 acres with strength of 300 Students and 50 acres for 600 students.


News Impact

Union Budget focuses on border road networks with China, Pak

NEW DELHI, Feb 28: NDA government has in its infrastructure development initiatives focused on connecting with all weather roads along borders with nearly 100 per cent increase in allocation for construction of roads along Sino-India and Indo-Pak boundaries.

Keeping in mind the facilitation of troops along the 4,056-km Sino-India border stretching from 'Karakoram point' of Ladakh region in Jammu and Kashmir to 'Fish Tail' in Arunachal Pradesh, the Government has earmarked Rs 300 crore in 2015-16 budget, a figure which is almost double of allocation during the last fiscal when it stood at Rs 156.47 crore.

The infrastructure facilities along this border were needed as Indian troops - the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and the Army - have been facing severe restrictions in their movement whereas Chinese People's Liberation Army could reach the last post easily because of good metallic roads.

Similarly, the Government has increased the budgetary provision of construction of roads along the 1,751-km border from Rs 50 lakh in the revised budget of the last fiscal to Rs 300 crore in 2015-16.

The government had made a Rs 500-crore proposal in the last budget but ended up utilising only Rs 50 lakh.

A near 100 per cent increase has also been earmarked for construction of roads along the 3,323 Km Indo-Pak border which stretches from Jammu and Kashmir to Gujarat.

Roads along the Indo-Bhutan's 699 Kms will also be getting attention in this year's budget with Government earmarking Rs 50 crore for it. In the last fiscal, the Government had spent a mere Rs 1 lakh on the roads along this border.

Rs 20 crore have been earmarked for construction of roads and other infrastructure along the 1,643 Kms long Indo-Myanmar border. In the last fiscal Rs 11.12 crore were spent on this.  PTI



Govt proposes film production & gaming centre in Arunachal

Union Budget 2015-16

KOLKATA, Feb 28: For the North Eastern states, a centre for film production, animation and gaming will be set up in Arunachal Pradesh, said Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while presenting the Union Budget 2015 in Lok Sabha on Saturday.

The proposal by the Minister has been given a thumbs up by the industry players as they feel that Arunachal Pradesh should get promoted. “It is an encouraging step, no doubt about it,” said a media executive.

The blueprint might state in details all plans of the government for the film production, animation and gaming centre.

The government is also likely to launch a National Skills Mission through the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry. Jaitley said that the Mission will consolidate skill initiatives spread across several ministries. It will allow the government to standardize procedures and outcomes across 31 Sector Skill Councils, he added.

“India is one of the youngest nations in the world with more than 54 per cent of the total population below 25 years of age. Yet today less than five per cent of our potential workforce gets formal skill training to be employable and stay employable,” said Jaitley.

An Apprenticeship Training Institute for Women will be set in Haryana and Uttarakhand during the year 2015-16.

To enable all poor and middle class students to pursue higher education of their choice without any constraints of funds, a fully IT based Student Financial Aid Authority is proposed to be set up during the year 2015-16.

It will administer and monitor scholarships as well as Educational Loan Schemes, through the Pradhan Mantri Vidya Lakshmi Karyakaram to ensure that no student misses out on higher education for lack of funds.  Jaitley announced that the government will launch all India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Himachal Pradesh and Assam in the fiscal year 2015-16.

Similarly, to augment Medical Sciences in Bihar, another “AIIMS like” institute is proposed to be set in the state.

In his Budget Speech, the Finance Minister also proposed to set up an IIT in Karnataka and upgrade Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad into a full-fledged IIT.

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh has thanked the Union Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley for having sanctioned an All IndiaInstitute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Assam, Indian Institute of Science and Education Research in Nagaland, Centre for Film Production, Animation and Gaming inArunachal Pradesh and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for Jammu & Kashmir in the budget presented today.



Small tea growers flay CM’s subsidy scheme


ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Expressing their strong discontent with the way the Chief Minister’s Plantation Crop Mission’ scheme is being implemented, the tea farmers of East Siang district, including the members of Small Tea Growers’ Association of Siang basin, alleged that the scheme has totally failed to fulfil the needs and aspiration of the farmers.

They alleged that the scheme is benefitting some unscrupulous businessmen/contract suppliers only.

The small tea growers of the district are unhappy to know that many actual and needy farmers have been deprived from the benefit of the scheme. They allege that the district level selection committee does not select the beneficiaries on need base, verifying the plantation activities and availability of land thereby discouraging the progressive farmers.

Sources informed that the State Directorate of Trade & Commerce, the nodal department during November last year had supplied tea saplings for 22 tea farmers in East Siang district; but the  saplings (of 3-4-month old) were found immature whilst most of these saplings were damaged during transportation.

Moreover, the supplied saplings were handed over to the District Agriculture department for storage in its office premise where there were no any facilities to keep the young tea plants.

It further alleged that the District Agriculture department is not monitoring the tea plantation activities for which the new planters are facing problems in plantation and gardening processes.

The tea farmers of the district have demanded the authority to include cash component in the scheme to enable them to purchase quality tea sapling from the nurseries recommended by Tea Research Association (TRA). The tea growers association also demanded the nodal department to take scheme for establishment of commercial tea nursery in the district for the farmers’ convenience. The 'Chief Minister Plantation Crop Mission' scheme was launched in the state in order to give financial assistance to the horticulturists, who are involved in rubber and tea plantation activity. The scheme is initially covering six Upper-Arunachal districts, including East Siang, Lohit, Lower Dibang Valley, Tirap, Changlang and Longding besides West Siang, East Kameng and Papum Pare. Selection of beneficiary in this scheme is done by a Selection Committee headed by concerned Deputy Commissioner as Chairman, District Agriculture Officer and District Horticulture Officer as Members.

An amount of Rs 2 crore was earmarked by the state government for financial year 2013-14. As per provision in the scheme, there is financial assistance of Rs 1lakh for ‘Tea cultivation’ per family for 1 hectare, while the amount is only Rs 80,000 per hectare for Rubber planters.  Target allotted in the district for the last year was 27 units for Rubber and 21 units for tea.



Trial run on Balipara-Bhalukpong Railway track in April

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: After making the Itanagar Railway line functional by operating two trains - flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 29th Statehood Day - Indian Railways is all set with a road map to connect all important locations in Arunachal Pradesh.

“While Balipara-Bhalukpong Railway track is complete awaiting trial run in the month of April next, proposal for connecting Parshuram Kund and Pasighat through Tezu is in the pipeline,” revealed Indian Railways General Manager R K Singh, who along with a team of railway officers, called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here this evening.

Singh also mentioned about Along-Silapathar-North Lakhimpur rail line besides informing the CM that the much delayed Bogeebeel project above the mighty Brahmaputra would be completed by December 2016. He sought help from the state government on issues relating to land acquisition near the Naharlagun Railway Station to build a bridge over River Pachin to facilitate passengers. The visiting General Manager also asked the state government to help them in identifying a suitable land for construction of railway guest house and office. He further requested to facilitate periodical coordination meeting between the Railway and the state government agencies in order to clear pending issues.

Tuki assured all possible assistance and said that any kind of development is always welcome in Arunachal Pradesh. He appreciated the railway ministry for paying special attention to this landlocked state and hoped that soon all the district headquarters would be connected by rail links.

He gave a positive nod for identifying land sought for guest house and rail office at Itanagar apart from assuring to clear the land issues hampering construction of bridge over Pachin River near Naharlagun railway station.

CM agreed to conduct periodical coordination meeting with the railways and state government agencies and directed Secretary Planning to do the needful.

Among others, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay were present in the meeting.



Students saddened by non-responsive attitude of tourism department

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: Arunachal Students Union of Mumbai (ASUM) has expressed its strong feelings of sadness and disappointment over the non-responsive attitude of the state tourism department and the way the websites of the department are being managed.

“When contacted, there was no response from the department concerned nor did the telephone numbers given in the three official websites of the department work, alleged ASUM in a release.

The students union in a release informed that the vice principal of Wilson College had requested it to set up a stall of Arunachal Pradesh during an event of the college themed, “Ek Rang-Bridging Cultures". The Union responding to his request decided to contact Arunachal tourism department to set up the stall.  But to our utter surprise, we didn't get any response from the department despite repeated attempts, rued ASUM.

We, however, decided to do it on our own without any support from our government, ASUM said.

It further informed that exhibition stalls along with food stall of 14 different states were set up by the students of respective states with the help of their respective state government and tourism department.

The sad part is every other state had full support from their state government even if they had no or very little opportunity for tourism in their state, and on the other hand our state has ample opportunity for tourism and it was a very good platform to promote our rich cultural diversity and tourism attractions in the economy capital of India.

“How will our state benefit from the tourism industry if the department concerned is so negligent and carefree,” wondered ASUM.



ANSU, NES demand exemplary punishment for rapists

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: While expressing deep shock over the recent kidnap and rape of two school going minors in Seppa in East Kameng district, the All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has urged the state government, especially the home department, to act tough and prompt against the accused persons and give them exemplary punishment so that other are forewarned.

While condemning the heinous crime in its strongest term, ANSU urged the administration not to grant bail to the arrested person. It also demanded to apprehend the absconding accused at the earliest and book him under appropriate sections of the law.

“Rapist has no place in this civilized society of today’s world,” the Union said. It appealed to all sections of the society to come forward and extend their fullest cooperation to the administration in apprehending the culprits in order to curb the menace of such evil acts in near future. While condemning the inhumane and dastardly act of rape of two minors at Seppa in its strongest term, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) urged the district administration and police to arrest the remaining culprit, who is on the run, immediately and book them under appropriate sections of the law.

NES demanded that the alleged accused should be tried in a fast tract court to ensure their early punishment.

The National Students Union of India (NSUI), Arunachal Pradesh Unit also strongly condemned the Seppa rape case and demanded the authority to give exemplary punishment to both the rapists. It also requested the public to cooperate with the police in nabbing the absconding accused at the earliest.



7th Foundation Day of Gaon Bura

Do not communalise personal issues: Lower Subansiri GB says

Ziro, Feb 28: The 7th foundation day of All Lower Subansiri district Gaon Bura Welfare Association Ziro was celebrated in at Abotani Hall, Hapoli today. Unanimously, a resolution was adopted that no individual conflict or fight between an Apatani and a Nyishi shall be made into communal issue. If any person found making their individual cases a communal issue, appropriate action shall be taken against such person by the association.

Speaking on the occasion, Tage Taki MLA, 17 Ziro Hapoli said that the age-old institution of Goan Buras functional even before independence is the law makers and caretakers at the grass root level. It has a big responsibility in building communal harmony; he added and exhorted them to safeguard the dignity of the red coat.

“The institution is like a sleeping giant who needs to arise, awake, educate and enlighten themselves with the powers conferred to them by the Assam Frontier Regulation Act, 1945 to be the true caretakers of the society “he also added.

To encourage the GBs to perform well, he announced a reward of Rs. 10,000 to the best performing GB, one from each Nyishi and Apatani belt. He promised a financial assistance of one lakh from his salary for the Foundation Day celebration throughout his tenure as the MLA.

While responding to the memorandum submitted by the association regarding the 2 point free electricity for the GBs as assured by CM Nabum Tuki in 2013, Taki informed that their representation has already been endorsed to the CM.

Speaking on the occasion ZPC, Hage Kobin called for a united effort from all the GBs to restore the glory of the GB institution. He donated his one year’s honorarium to the GBs of Hari village. Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang while speaking on the occasion advised the GBs to avoid groupism and refrain from political influences which could influence their decision making.

SP Tumme Amo educated the GBs about the Assam Frontier Regulation Act, 1945. He also suggested that Performa’s of the GBs be maintained to encourage them to perform better. They should be keen to take up cases and prompt and uniform in their decisions for people from all the sections of the society, he added.

Bath Khilli , President All Lower Subansiri district Gaon Bura Welfare Association  and GBs from all the blocks also spoke on the occasion.

Beside GBs EAC Mokar Riba, DSO Nani Sambyo, VP Tanii  Supun Dukun Er Lyagi Miri, ZPMs and ACPs also participated in the program.



Remove the lacuna in Statehood Act : PPA

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) said that the present sorry status of the state could be linked with the defective Statehood Act of 1987 which has ‘wrongfully’ placed Arunachal under Article 371- H instead of granting the state Article 371-A status which Constitutionally could give ownership rights to the people of the state over its natural resources- land, water and forest.

This lacuna in the Statehood Act 1987 has made the state virtually dependent on Center, said PPA in its memorandum to Governor of Arunachal Pradesh.

“The decades old dependency syndrome of the state on central grants coupled with unchecked misappropriation of funds by the ruling political elites, have shaken the confidence and good will of the public over the misgovernance of the present government. The state is in a state of fiscal mess and many of the central sponsored schemes like PMG5Y has been hampered for non-payment of contractors for over 7 to 8 months leading to lawlessness in the state in the form of series of bank robberies, the party claimed.

The party said that controversial issues like Airport at Hollongi, and Chakma issues need to be discussed and debated involving all political parties, students' organization, intellectual bodies and other civil societies, whereas the people at large are wondering what the stand of the government on these issues are.

There are more burning issues like the immediate threat to the demographic composition of the indigenous tribal people because of the reckless signing of MoA's/ MoU's on hydro power projects in the state, said that party.

“To talk of resettling 145 Chakma families from Hollongi to a nearby area against the Hollongi Airport project will be a Himalayan blunder. The plan to resettle the Chakma families will amount to recognizing them as bonafied native citizen of the state. This step can bring doom to the social fabric of the state in future,” it said.

The party urged the Governor to intervene and initiate appropriate steps considering the extremely poor financial status of the state to contain the situation from deteriorating further.



Grow high altitude medicinal plants to earn more

Dr Ashwini Kumar Tiwari1, Dr Anjana Nand Tripathi2  & Dr Indu3

Medicinal plants are important for human life, most of the medicinal plants found are wild in nature. These medicinal plants are source of Indian health care system known as Ayurveda. Beside it, these medicinal plants also have important place in Chinese and Tibetan system of health care.

Growth of medicinal plant is affected by different factors like physiographic factor, climatic and soil agents of a particular region. Unscientific exploitation of the medicinal plant  has pushed some species to extinct and some others are at an endangered stage.

Taking into account the medicinal importance of these medicinal plants and the lack of knowledge on adequate cultivation practice, this article has been written to acquaint the farmer of Arunachal Pradesh to the cultivation practices of some medicinal plants which can be grown successfully and have the potential to change the economic status of farmers. The state has huge scope in cultivation of medicinal plants, particularly,  High Altitude Medicinal plants  such  as  Aconitum heterophyllum, Nardostychus jatamansi,  Piccrorhiza kurroa, Swertia chirata and Area suitable for cultivation of these high altitude medicinal plants are Tawang, West Kameng, Upper reaches of West Siang, Upper Subansiri and  Anjaw district.

1. Scientific Name: Aconitum heterophyllum Wall.

Vernacular Name: Atis, Aconite

English Name: Indian Atis

Family: Ranunculaceae

The economic part of this plant is root. The active compound of commercial importance found in this  plant are Heterophylline, Heterophyllidine, Atisine and Atidine. It has wide range of medicinal properties, its root are bitter in taste , it is used as antidote for snake bite, hypotensive and its anti stress properties on nervous system makes it very important plant from medicinal point of view.

This  plant  is cultivated at an altitude of 3000-4000(m) above sea level. The normal sowing time of this plant is April-May. This plant is propagated by seed, however rhizome may also be used for propagation. 5-7 kg seed is sufficient to plant these plants in 1 hectare area.  The seed should be sown at a spacing of   60cmX30cm.  The plants become ready for harvesting after 3 years in the month of September- October.

Yield: A well managed crop of Atis, will yield 3-4q of dried roots of commercial importance from 1 hectare area. Although this plant is difficult to propagate, comes under endangered species but by little care it can be grown successfully in higher elevation of Arunachal Pradesh.

2. Scientific name: Nardostachys jatamansi D.C.

Vernacular name : Jatamansi

English name : Indian spikenard

Family: Valerianaceae

The economic part of this plant is root. The active compound  of commercial importance found in this plant are Jatamansone, Jatamanshine and Nardostachone. It has wide range of medicinal properties. Its root is used as tonic, act as stimulant, antihysteric, in heart diseases and dysentery.

The plant is cultivated at an altitude of 2500-4000 (m) above sea level. The normal sowing time of this plant is April-May. This plant can be propagated by seed or rhizome. If seed is used as means of propagation, then 1 kg seed is sufficient for planting 1 hectare area and if rhizome is used for   propagation, then 100 kg seed is required for planting 1 hectare area. The normal spacing for sowing of this crop is 60 cm x 30 cm. The plants become ready for harvesting in the month of October – November, after  two years.

Yield: A well managed crop of Jatamansi will yield 10 q dried roots, this plant also comes under endangered species.

3. Scientific name: Picrorrhiza kurrooa Royale ex Benth

Vernacular name: Kutki, karru

English name: Helle bore, Kutki

Family: Scrophulariaceae

The economic part of this plant is root and rhizomes. The active compound from this plant are Kutkin, Kutkoside and Picroside I and II, which are used as Tonic, improves apetite, act as purgative and used in curing jaundice and in influenza.

This plant is cultivated from 2500 – 4000 (m) above sea level. The normal sowing time of  this crop is April – May, it is sown by seed or stolen segments. If it is sown by seed, then 1 kg seed is sufficient for sowing 1 hectare area, if sown by stolen segments, then quantity required for sowing 1 hectare area is 80 – 100 kg. The seed or stolen segments should be sown at an spacing of 60cm x 30cm. The plants become ready for harvesting after 3 years in October and November.

Yield: A well managed crop will yield 5 – 6 q dried roots, stolen and 5 kg seed from 1 hectare area.

4. Scientific Name: Swertia chirata Buch.

Vernacular name: Chirayta

English name: Chiretta

Family: Gentianaceae

The whole plant of this medicinal plant is important, but from commercial point of view its root are very valuable. The compound  found in this plant which have medicinal importance are Gentianine,  Swerchirin  and gentiopicroside. In medicine it is used as anti inflammatory drug, beside it, also used in cure of piles, ulcers, skin diseases, stomachic and as a antihelminthic.

This plant is cultivated at an altitude of 2000 – 3200 (m) above sea level. The normal sowing time of this plant is April – May. The plant is propagated by seed. 2 – 3 kg seed is sufficient for planting 1 hectare  area. The seed should be sown at a spacing of 30cm x 30cm. The plants become ready for harvesting in the month of September – October after eight months.

Yield: A well managed crop of chirayata, will yield 6 – 8q dried plants from 1 hectare area. This plant is also difficult to propagate and comes under threatened species.

(1.SMS (Horticulture) KVK-TAWANG, 2. Programme Coordinator, KVK-YACHULI, 3. Programme Coordinator, KVK-TAWANG.



Celebrate the religious diversity: First Lady

AOL hosts inter-faith gathering

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The First lady of the State Jyotsna Sharma attended the ‘Sneh Milan’ an inter-faith gathering of various religious organisations of Arunachal Pradesh at The Art of Living campus, Jollang village here today.

The day-long ‘Sneh Milan’, organised by the Art of Living, Arunachal Pradesh in its campus aimed to strengthen the religious harmony and co-existence by rekindling the idea of Vasundhara Kutumbakam, i.e, seeing the whole world as one family.

Speaking on the occasion, the First Lady of the State said that every religion is practised in Arunachal Pradesh with time-honoured fervour and passion. She advised for respecting the marvellous values of every religion for good of the society.

Sharing the view of Raj Bhawan towards communal harmony, the First Lady pointed that tribal consciousness is very high amongst the various tribes of the State. She urged upon the people celebrate the diversity and strives toward peaceful co-existence and tranquillity.

The leaders of various religious organisations present expressed gratitude to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for initiating steps towards religious amity in the State. ‘Sneh Milan’ is the follow up of the ‘All Faith Meeting’ conducted by Raj Bhawan, Itanagar.

Earlier, in an audiovisual message Sri Shri Ravi Shankar expressed hope that such meetings will be held regularly and bring people of all faiths together. He advised all the participants to be connected to love and God.

Large numbers of people representing various faith groups attended the function. Schoolchildren from Sri Sri Ravi Sankar Vidhya Mandir, Itanagar presented a dance depicting communal harmony. Chanting of prayers and sharing of views were part of the programme.



Achievers felicitated

Byaling denounces the culture of easy money making

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: A social interaction cum felicitation programme exclusively for the Topo clan of Tagin society was organised by Tagin Welfare Society (TWS) at Banquet Hall here yesterday.

Attending the programme as a senior member of the Tagin society, Home Minister Tanga Byaling said that the “Culture of free and easy money making adopted by the youth in present days is a major concern for the state government. It is crippling like communicable disease across the state which should be controlled by each and every responsible society of the state.”  He added that there are several government schemes like Chief Minister Universal Health insurance scheme, Chief Minister Pariyatan Vikas Yojna, Chief Minister Skill Development Programme, Chief Minister Agri- Mechanism Programme and other development programmes which should be properly utilized by the society to fight against the problem cropped out due to tendency of easy money making. He called upon the  youths of the  state to take up self-employment ventures as there are no sufficient Govt jobs to accommodate  maximum number of unemployed youths.

Byaling also appealed the TWS in particular that evil practise of the society should be shorted out by them for smooth development in the state.

Regarding the education system in Upper Subansiri district, he said equal distribution of teachers particularly in rural area should be made for quality education in the district.

He further appealed Tagin Cultural Society (TCS) and TWS to shoulder responsibility for smooth functioning of  administration and improved law and order system in Upper Subansiri district.

The  programme is exclusively dedicated to Topo clan,  said TWS chairman Rudham Sindhu. He said the society organised such programme to strength the brotherhood and to facilitate the youth of the society who achieved remarkable places in the fields of education, sports, culture and traditions etc.

Senior member and  Executive Engineer, PWD Naharlagun, Taniya Soki  said “there are several positive and negative layers in every society and one should not feel disgrace to introduce themselves with their own identity in the society.”

Informing that  transportation and poor connectivity is a cause of concern for the Upper Subansiri district, Soki   said the problem should be shorted out at the earliest by opening a short route with Assam for faster development of the district.

Talking against the bandh culture, he called upon the youths of the district to extend cooperation in construction of  ongoing Arunachal Trans High Way project in the district. “Local or commercial business cannot be sustained until we don’t find better market to distribute our commodities,” he further said.

Secretary General TWS, Advocate Tambo Loriak, MLA, Daporijo Dikto Yekar and other senior member also spoke  on the occasion.

Later, the youth icons of the society were felicitated. The awardees for games and sports include Nishu Koni, who earlier in 2014 won Mr. Arunachal Pradesh and Mr. North Eastern Zonal Body Building Championship held in Imphal, Manipur while Tachung Dupit  and Kakio Siga were felicitated for winning the Grand Master, State Chess Championship on 2014 and to achieve  Kumite, Judge C category under Karate Association of India respectively.

In education sector, Oyi Nasi, Kajen Lusi Debom and Taro Jeram were facilitied for achieving Assistance Engineer post in APPSC examination while Dekio Gumja, Niajar Gussar and Tabom Soki were felicitated for topping the post of CDPO and ACF in APPSC examination during the session of 2012 and 2013 respectively.     

Kokia Rigia, Yaro Nayam and Duma Dujom Loriak were felicitated for their hard labour in delivering best cultural dress and  music composition respectively while Diyum Bui Memorial Public School, Dumporijo was felicitated for outstanding contribution in education sector.



Include “Kí:líng-lí:dung’ in tourist curcuit: DC

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: The Kí:líng-lí:dung, a historical important place should be turned into a tourist spot and included in the tourist circuit map of the state said Upper Siang District, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki after visiting “Kí:líng-Lí:dung' the memorial stone or monument at Kakro village recently.

After visiting the historical natural stone monument, Kamki suggests the people living nearby the location particularly the Adis to protect the historical place, beautify and preserved the area for greater interest of the people.

The Deputy Commissioner also appealed the Karko Village Welfare Society, PRI members, local administrative officer to take initiative for beautification, protection and preservation of the stone and its location to make it a tourist destination.

It is worth mentioned that Kí:líng-Lí:dung a natural memorial stone, a historical monument is located above the top hill of Karko village, in the right bank of the mighty Siang river.

The oral historians of the Adis have given the nomenclature 'Kí:líng-lí:dung' a big stone where all Adis once migrated and settled here.

On every occasion of conference, convention, public gathering etc. the kébang orator use, 'Kí:líng-Lí:dung' in their deliberations in rhapsodic and poetical verse recalling and expressing that all Adis once settled here and later departed from this place and started migrating towards different locations and directions.

In other words, it is said in Adi language- 'Kí:líng-lí:dung mé tudung géyela kanggey lí:ta mé tuge géyela' dongkung sibyongém byoto', meaning after throwing 'Kí:líng-Lí:dung' upwards and kicking 'Kangge lí:ta' the smaller stone downwards, the Adis had migrated towards the plains and shifted to respective different locations- i.e. present settlements.

Kamki also disclosed that as per the oral history, Kamki clan of present Galo community has also once settled in Kí:ling Lí:dung along with 'Saroh' and 'Saring' and later on the three clans departed from this historic place.

In Galos it is said “Ki:lí Lídu ém hobo lídubé tupu nendakku, Roi lí:tak ém yekpo lítak bé tuyak nendakku”. The forefather of Kamki moved from this historic place and settled at Kamki-Kamba area after crossing Loyor-Dité and Siyom (Yomgo) river.

The Deputy Commissioner was accompanied by Circle Officer Nikita Panggam, officers, Local PRI leaders. DIPRO



T20 cricket match organized to create awareness against drugs abuse

ITANAGAR, Feb 28: District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI beat Menle Botom Tourist Lodge- XI by 38 runs in the T20 Cricket match held at Rijo Ground, Daporijo today.

The tournament with theme “Say No to drugs, No to crime, and No to kill wildlife” was coined by Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom, Civil Judge- JMFC of Upper Subansiri Domo Padu and Managing Director of Menle Botom Tourist Lodge Dosh Dasi.

District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI, who won the toss and decided to bat first, set Menle Botom Tourist Lodge-XI a target of 169 run to win.

While chasing the target, Menle Botom Tourist Lodge-XI could manage to score 130 run only in their allotted 20 over.

Kombin Hacheng of District Bar Association/JMFC Civil Judge-XI was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for outstanding 50 runs and 2 wicket haul.



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