ITANAGAR, Mar 01: All Arunachal Pradesh Border Students’ Union (AAPBSU) has called
24-hours Capital Bandh on March 4 in protest against non-fulfillment of its single-point
demand for creation of the 3rd batch Arunachal Armed Police Battalion (AAPBn) with
strength of 977 personnel.
AAPBSU has repeatedly been demanding for creation of the third batch battalion in
view of acute shortage of armed forces to guard the state’s boundaries, various work
places of the Trans-Arunachal Highway and various power projects where law and order
problem is often reported.
The Union had submitted a memorandum to the Chief Secretary demanding creation of
the third AAPBn on August 28, 2014, gave him one month’s ultimatum on December 16
last year before finally calling a 12-hr Capital bandh on January 29 this year.
Essential services like, ambulances, pharmacies, hospitals, fire brigade, water supply,
milk vans and press are exempted from the purview of the bandh call.
Two arrested for travelling without ILP and ticket
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Two persons were arrested from Naharlagun railway station for travelling
without ILP and railway ticket this morning. The duo arrived this morning at Naharlagun
Railway Station by Naharlagun-Guwahati Inter-City Express. Arrested persons have
been identified as one Nabur Ali from Borpetta, Assam and Lalit Sonar from Gohpur
This was informed by TK Kopak, DTO cum incharge tourist ILP facilitation centre.
A team led by DTO Kopak and assisted by GRP and 2nd IRBN team handed over the duo
to Naharlagun Police Station for further investigation.
AFF hails Modi Govt. for Film and TV institute
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The Arunachal Film Federation, Itanagar has hailed the Narendra
Modi led NDA Government for the historic decision to set up a centre for film production,
animation and gaming for entire North East region in Arunachal Pradesh.
This institute will benefit the younger generation of the region interested in film
and television industry, where they will get the opportunities of learning world
class education in film, television, game, animation etc at their door step.
“This is a bold and praiseworthy initiative indeed,” said Arunachal Film Federation
President Taro Chatung and credited Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for the same.
WWO condemns rape incident
ITANAGAR, Mar 01: Along with various other organizations, East Kameng Women Welfare
Organization (WWO) today strongly condemned the abduction and rape incident of two
minor girls in Seppa on 25th February last. In a statement WWO Chairman Yatak Rimo
Riang termed the incident as an unfortunate and inhuman act. She also added the accused
needs to be booked under appropriate section of law. She further appealed to the
law enforcing agencies to punish the rapists under strict section so that such crime
never happens again in the town.
Sunday Market inaugurated
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: APMC Rural Primary Market Shed cum Sunday Market Naharlagun was
inaugurated today by Parliamentary Secretary UD, Town Planning and Land Management
Techi Kaso in presence of Ngurang Pinch Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Agriculture Marketing
Board along with officials from District Agriculture offices.
ITP Training Project
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The village level on cluster basis ITP, training programme on the
Intensive Training Programme (ITP) for capacity building of frontline Govt. functionaries
including PRI Members, NGOs, SHGs, village/Church elders, youth and students etc
in poverty reduction exercises was held at community hall Yigi Kaum on Feb 27.
Anchal Samiti Chairperson, Ubu-Banggo Anchal Segment, Rebi Rime inaugurated the training
being sponsored by DoPT, GoI, New-Delhi in collaboration with Administrative Training
Institute (ATI) Naharlagun the programme. Addressing the participants, Rime called
upon the participants to take full advances of the training programme by highlighting
the various schemes and the projects of the state Govt.
Master Trainer –cum- Dist. Training Coordinator, ITP, Project, Tamar Baki, briefed
on the need and major objectives of the ITP programme. He also spoke on the important
issues and various aspects, scopes to be covered including issues and importance
of planning process under Saansad Aadarsh Gram Yojna, office procedures of providing
information as per RTI Act; role and responsible of Panchayati raj institute, managerial
skills in leadership, motivation and team building at workplace and procedure of
developmental schemes in the identified core sectors under ITP project.
Chairperson, Gram Panchayat, Yige-Kaum Bindak Ori and Dy. Director (RTD.) –cum- SNO
(ITP), ATI, Naharlagun T.Lodo highlighted the course content on four sectors on sanitation
and water supply in rural areas, development of rural education, rural health, rural
livelihood and rural development and its implementation through ATI, Naharlagun.
Nyokum Yullo at Yazali
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Nyokum Yullo was celebrated with traditional fervour and gaiety
at Yazali from Feb 17 to 27. The competitions for various games and sports events
among the contending teams of Yazali Circle started on Feb 17. The main attraction
was convergence of entire people of Yazali circle on the festival day in traditional
attire at the Nyokum ground. The whole town wore a festive look with everyone in
local attire. Bhuya and Rikham Pada were performed from government higher secondary
school ground which culminated at General ground where the altar for ritual sacrifice
A notable feature of the celebration was that there was no chief guest system. The
celebration was attended by senior officers, public leaders and common public. Speaking
in the occasion, NES President, Bengia Tolum, reminded that preparation for golden
jubilee celebration in the year 2018 should begin at right earnest. It may be mentioned
here that the 2nd edition of Nyokum was celebrated at Yazali in the year 1968, with
its inaugural edition having been celebrated at Joram in the previous year. Founder
member Chukhu Tallar expressed his satisfaction that the youths of the society have
now joined and the great tradition will now be carried forward.
The celebration ended with traditional ritual sacrifice for bumper harvest and prosperous
and harmonious well being of the people of Yazali Circle in particular and entire
human race of the world in general.
Co-ordination meeting held
SEPPA, Mar 1: A co-ordination meeting of district administration and HoDs was held
at Seppa recently.
Deputy Commissioner Sandeep Kumar Singh while initiating the discussion enquired
about the performance of civil works of Pacha Hydel.
SP Apang Tamut while talking about law and order asked the HODs especially the Executive
Engineers to avail security under special circumstances keeping in view the financial
HoDs also highlighted their department’s activity reports.
The other topic of discussions made on Swine Flu, activities of ATMA, CBSE exam preparations,
forest royalty etc. Meanwhile, the district magistrate has banned selling of pork
in the entire district. DIPRO
Union threatens more bandh call
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The 12 hour 18th Palin Chambang constituency bandh call on 27th
February by All Palin Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union ended
peacefully. The union had resorted to bandh call alleging non fulfillment of their
demands which includes early completion of RGGVY electrification from Dokio Langpo
to Langdang, electrical connection from Dha Hill to Gangte circle from Lower Subansiri
district and shifting of forest beat office from Gai-III to Gangte town.
Union further warned that if their demands are not met within 7 days, they will call
a 24 hour bandh in the area.
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: The All Arunachal Pradesh Gorkha Youth Welfare Association conducted
cleanliness drive here at Ganga Sumo stand and RK Mission Hospital today. The association
also donated three dustbins and twelve brooms to the hospital.
NSS conducts special camp-cum-cleanliness drive
Seppa, Mar 1: National Service Scheme (NSS) Unit of Government College Seppa conducted
a two days special camp-cum-cleanliness drive at Bebo colony, Seppa recently.
The 60 NSS volunteers along with staff of the college cleared the drainage system
and the jungle in and around the college campus during the two days cleanliness drive.
On the occasion, EKSWCO chairman Kya Safar Pao encouraged the volunteers to participate
in such events voluntarily and on regular basis. He urged them to lead the awareness
movement against the social evils through NSS.
Principal Govt College, Seppa Robin Hisang highlighted the values of students’ participation
in such social activities which imbibed a sense of responsibility and discipline
in their personal life.
Assistant Professor cum Programme Officer Pussang Tama briefed the students on the
motto, ‘not me but you’ and asked them to pay back to the society through such social
activities conduct by NSS from time to time. DIPRO
One dies involving GREF vehicle, Protestors set truck on fire
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: Protestors set on fire a truck belonging to GREF (BRO) after a young
man was killed in a road mishap in GTC, Pasighat on Saturday evening.
The victim, Okit Yosung, Vice President (Protocol) All Bogong Students’ Union (ABSU)
was on a two wheeler when he was hit by the truck. He died at the spot. The driver
of the truck Brijesh Kumar escaped from the scene.
As the news spread, local residents rushed to the spot and enraged by the accident,
set the truck on fire.
Earlier this morning senior members of the society along with activists of various
social, welfare and students unions/organizations including Bogong Students’ Union,
Bogong banggo kébang, Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang, Adi Bane Kebang protested inside
the GREF Camp, Raneghat premise with their three point demands including early arrest
of the driver.
As the police, GREF officers and public could not resolve the crisis, DC In-charge
Ruchika Katyal (ADC) along with administrative officers held a meeting with them.
Accepting the public demands, the GREF authority assured to handover the driver.
GREF also assured to pay ex-gratia and all other compensation as per law under Adi
Kebang under decree of the court. The GREF officers also assured to construct a memorial
of Lt. Okit with due consent of the family members of the victim.
OC (APP) Pasighat informed that FIRs have been lodged by the victim’s family members
and also by the GREF officials and a case has registered. PME was conducted and the
search operation to find out the absconding driver is going on, he added. Meanwhile,
Bogong Banggo Yameng Kebang General Secretary Manning Moyong expressed deep shock
at the untimely demise of young student leader.
The BBYK General Secretary demanded the GREF authority to fulfil the demands of the
ABSU and arrest the absconding driver of the truck immediately. (with inputs from
Delhi CS row: Kejriwal turns down center’s options, suggests another name
New Delhi, Mar 1: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal
in a letter to the Home minister Rajnath Singh, has questioned the logic behind not
appointing Ramesh Negi as chief secretary of Delhi.
In a face off between Delhi and centre Government over the appointment of chief Secretary
has now come in open with Kejriwal turning down the three other options given to
him and instead suggesting his another choice.
He has suggested that if Negi can not be appointed than approve the name of K.K.
Sharma who is currently serving as chief secretary of Goa.
The Home Ministry seems to have refused the appointment Negi on the ground that there
are senior IAS officers who could not be surpassed.
However, Kejriwal said,” I would like to attract your attention to the fact that
he is currently the chief secretary of Arunachal Pradesh . Then how was he appointed
as one if he was not senior”?
“You sent me an panel of three people as choices. I disagree wih all three. I request
you that in case you cannot appoint of Negi then kindly approve of KK sharma , who
is currently chief secretary Goa.”
Water purifying filters for Dello villagers
Dello, Mar 1: International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and Wildlife Trust of
India facilitated 100 villagers of Dello with drinking water filters as a part of
community livelihood support to boost their conservation efforts in the eastern horizon
of Arunachal Pradesh.
The event was organised by IFAW-WTI with Arunachal Pradesh Forest department supported
by the local Panchayat body in Dello on Feb 28.
It is to be mentioned here that Dello, is the area where “Amalo”, the eastern hoolock
gibbons are suffering due to less canopy and habitat for the last few decades. IFAW-WTI,
under Dibang Valley Conservation Project (DVCP) has been active for the gibbon conservation
in Arunachal and successfully translocated 9 gibbon families of 26 individuals to
a nearby safer habitat in Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary in the state. The initiative of
water filter distribution is a part of strengthening the NGO and local community
relationship in the conservation activity fields under DVCP with Arunachal Pradesh
Ipra Mekola, member, State Wildlife Advisory Board said, “Through this support we
want to involve more and more villagers to conservation action. It is not only the
eastern hoolock gibbons but also the environment and ecosystem need attention at
large for the conservation of the wildlife habitat of Arunachal Pradesh.”
Shanti Mimi, GP Chairman, Delo expressed that if such community support will be continued
for the wellbeing of the local villagers, the community will also reciprocate that
with responsibility for conservation works in this part of Arunachal Pradesh.”
The water filter support in the fringe village of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary that too
in the foothills is a help for the villagers as there is scarcity of purified drinking
According to Kenjum Rina, the Divisional Forest Officer of Mehao Wildlife Sanctuary
(Mehao WLS-Roing), “The water filter support from IFAW-WTI is thanksgiving to the
community for their feeling for conservation. It will strengthen the relation between
the forest departments, NGOs like IFAW- WTI with the villagers of the fringe areas
of the Mehao WLS which is indeed a need of the hour.”
Minoti Riba conferred the title of ‘Samannoy Setu’
ITANAGAR, Mar 01: The ‘Samannoy Setu’ title was conferred upon Minoti Riba, one of
the doyens of the Cooperative movement in the state and wife of former Chief Minister
Late Tomo Riba, by Lakhimpur District Lekhika Samaroh Samiti (Lakhimpur District
Women’s Writers Committee) during the 12th Annual Conference of the Asom-Arunachal
Lekhika Sanmmanoy Rakkshi Somaroh Samiti (Assam-Arunachal Women Writers Coordination
Committee), Arunachal branch, at Kristi Kendra, Naharlagun today.
She was conferred the title in recognition of her immense contribution for promotion
and development of Assamese literature as well as for acting as a bridge between
the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.
“In spite of the fact that you got married to an Arunachalee long ago and got accustomed
to a new culture, your heart still beats for your mother tongue. The formation of
Asom-Arunachal Lekhika Sanmmanoy Rakkshi Somaroh Samity, Arunachal Branch for promotion
and development of Assamese language and literature is testimony to your unparalleled
love and respect for it,” the memento presented to Minoti read. “In true sense, you
are the true ambassador for cultural integration, promotion and development of languages
of both the states,” added the memento.
Overwhelmed by the love and respect shown to her, Minati appealed to all to maintain
the age-old relationship between the people of both the sisterly states.
“The people of both the states have equal responsibilities to keep this cordial relationship
alive and intact,” she said.
Speaking on the occasion, award winning author and Chief Information Commissioner
YD Thongchi highlighted the achievements of Assamese women writers and said that
eleven Sahitya Academy Awards have so far been bagged by women writers in Assam which
“If women are marching equally along with their male counterpart in Assam then it
is in literature front,” Thongchi, who himself is a noted Assamese writer, said.
In regards to literature activities in Arunachal Pradesh, Thongchi opined that lack
of a common language has badly affected the field of literature in the state.
Several speakers on the occasion stressed on further strengthening the already existed
cordial relationships between the people of the two states.
“Even though we were separated geographically, the bond we have since time immemorial
will remain so for ever,” they affirmed.
The meeting was attended, among others, by Assam Lekhika Samaroh Samity Secretary,
Subarna Saikia Bordoloi, Lakhimpur District Lekhika Samaroh Samiti president Deepanjali
Dutta, Secretary Swarna Bora and Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society Convenor cum
Assistant general secretary Dr Pekba Ringu.
Meder Nello Council 11th foundation day
ITANAGAR, Mar 01: The 11th Foundation Day of Apatani Meder Nello Council, headquartered
at Itanagar was celebrated at Dree Ground, Papu Nallah, Naharlagun with traditional
fervor on February 27.
Ziro-I MLA, Tage Taki, who unfurled the Meder Nello flag emphasized the need for
preservation of age-old traditional faith and culture, particularly indigenous belief
system, preservation and documentation of priestly chanting of hymns like Diima Hama,
Iijang Meder, Liimi Tiinning, etc. for general wellbeing of the mankind.
In the face of slow extinction of Apatani Nyibus (Priests), such promotion, preservation
and documentation is the need of the hour, he said.
Swami Vishwesha-nanda, Secretary, R.K. Mission, Itanagar appreciated the Meder Nello
Council for its continuous movement towards preservation and promotion of indigenous
faith and belief system of Apatanis.
Earlier, the celebration started with the chanting of ‘Diima Hama’ for general wellbeing
of mankind followed by colourful cultural presentation by various troupes representing
Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa Meder Nellos and beautiful traditional dances
by youth group.
The other highlights of the day included launching of Meder Nello website by the
Earlier, Bamin Hinda, Chairman, Meder Nello Council highlighted the importance of
Meder Nello movement and recalled Late Nani Tachang and Late Tage Dibo, both founder
member under whose initiative the Meder Nello movement started for preserving indigenous
faith and belief system. He informed the gathering that as of today, Apatanis have
13 Meder Nello established at Ziro and Capital Complex.
Gyati Rana, Member Secretary, Meder Nello Council highlighted the activities of the
Council in preserving our traditional culture, faith and belief system while supporting
and encouraging the already established Meder Nellos for its continuous movement.
The function was attended, among others, by the Presidents and Secretaries of Indigenous
Faith & Culture Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP), Nyishi Indigenous Faith &
Culture Society (NIFCS), Galo Indigenous Faith & Culture Society (GIFCS), Nyder Namlo,
Arunachal Pradesh Vikash Parisad, Kristi Kendra, etc.
The believers of indigenous faith, young and old, women and children with their best
traditional attires attended the function.
Modi, Northeast, and terrorism
By Abhimanyu Chandra
On January 20, four Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) detonated in Manipur. By
the end of the week eight had gone off in the state, including one near the chief
minister’s office. It is not clear which of Manipur’s 40 militant organizations was
responsible. No comment came from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
On February 6, an IED exploded in Arunachal Pradesh. Attackers also engaged army
personnel in a gun battle. Two civilians and one soldier dead. 8 army personnel critically
injured. The banned terrorist outfit United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and
another militant group, National Socialist Council of Nagaland--Khaplang (NSCN(K)),
appear to have been responsible. No statement came from Mr. Modi.
On February 13, a bomb went off in Assam. Two deaths. ULFA, again, seems to have
had a hand. The prime minister was still silent.
There is no reason to doubt Mr. Modi’s commitment to the Northeast’s eight states
(counting also the Himalayan state of Sikkim). He was in the region just recently,
visiting Arunachal Pradesh on February 20 for its annual Statehood Day celebrations.
And before that he visited Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, and Tripura in November and
December, reviewing matters, conducting meetings, making addresses.
Beyond his frequent visits Mr. Modi has engaged the region in other laudatory ways
as well. As just one example, all union ministers—most of whom have little to no
exposure to the region—have been ordered to visit it and consult with their counterparts
there regularly; a mechanism has been set up and eight union ministers at least will
be in the Northeast every fortnight. This measure should facilitate multi-dimensional
progress in the region. As Modi put it in Arunachal, Northeast leaders will not need
to constantly travel to New Delhi with their problems anymore; instead, New Delhi
will directly and regularly engage them in the Northeast itself.
Yet, despite his many efforts towards the Northeast, Mr. Modi has remained silent—at
least in public—on terrorism there. Blasts occur and the prime minister, it appears,
carries on with his day-to-day work, as if nothing exceptional had occurred. And
the three episodes highlighted above don’t even constitute all attacks in the region
over the past six weeks, not to mention the nine months that Mr. Modi has been prime
minister; many more have occurred.
To gauge how shocking the prime minister’s silence is, consider, by way of comparison,
how, say, an American president would react to serial blasts on American soil. He
would be unsparing, clinical and vocal. Everything else would be secondary; the blasts
would be the business of the day, of the week, of the month: no matter if they occurred
in New England or the Midwest or the West Coast. The president would express condolences
for the deceased and announce a policy response.
And all of this would be as it should. After all, ensuring the physical safety of
his compatriots is any head of state’s first and sacred responsibility.
Through his overall, multipronged efforts towards the Northeast, it appears Mr. Modi
aims to change the nation’s outlook towards the region—long one of ignorance, indifference
and paternalism. (As one indication of the earlier outlook, consider that Manmohan
Singh did not visit Nagaland even once in his 10 years as prime minister.) Mr. Modi’s
objective is praiseworthy. But by staying silent on terrorism, he is overlooking
his responsibility, as prime minister, to ensure every Indian’s physical security.
He is also overlooking an opportunity for advancing his objective for the region.
Publicly addressing terrorism in the Northeast would generate broader awareness about
the geographically isolated region, according it the importance it deserves. It will
compel the media to cover the region more proactively; currently not one national
paper maintains a bureau in the region’s largest state, Arunachal Pradesh.
Defending the prime minister’s silence by saying his policy is a more sunny one,
and therefore uninterested—at least for the time being—on bleak matters such as counterterrorism
would be unconvincing. Why can’t sunny things and bleak things go hand-in-hand? Doesn’t
ignoring terrorism, in light of recurrent blasts, come down to ignoring reality?
Furthermore, saying that a Northeast policy that includes counterterrorism would
be harsh towards the region would also be unconvincing. To the contrary, such a policy
would be humane because the people most affected by terrorism in the region are,
of course, Northeast people themselves—the vast majority of whom seek peace. Thus
by going after terrorism the prime minister would signal to the region’s people that
he firmly stands with them. As a corollary, the prime minister would let terrorists
know where exactly he stands in position to them, sending them a message that they
cannot operate much longer, and certainly not with impunity.
Will Mr. Modi make the change? Let us hope so. He did not—at least not publicly—broach
terrorism during his recent visit to the region. But let us hope that through one
means or another—in a formal address or over twitter—he will condemn the ongoing,
serial attacks. A public response to terrorism in the Northeast is long overdue from
the prime minister. (Writer is a Yale Charles P. Howland fellow. An earlier version
of this column appeared in Huffington Post India, on February 22)
Joint Accord Declaration 2015
ITANAGAR, Mar 1: A Joint Accord convention among East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural
Organisation (EKSWCO) and Hrusso (Aka) Welfare Society was held on Saturday under
the chairmanship of EKSWCO chairman Khya Safar Pao.
Hrusso (Aka) Welfare Society chairman Govardan Nimasow, school authorities of St.
Xavier School, School Management Committee (SMC) chairman Palizi, panchayat leaders,
gaon buras and parents were present on the ocassion.
The house present has strongly condemned the involvement of local public in ransacking
and damaging the school’s infrastructure for ‘minor dispute’ amongst the students
of the school on February 19 last. The house has also unanimously decided to take
strong action against any students who had violated the school’s rules and regulations
or created sense of indiscipline within the campus.
It was also decided in the convention that the decision of school authority shall
be final and binding and shall not entertain any interference from parents, local
guardian or public. Other decisions of the convention includes, strict prohibition
in entering the school campus after 2:30 pm, introduction of Parents Day by the school
authority once in a year, any damages to the school property to be borne entirely
by the responsible person for the damage, and not to make an individual disputes
communal and to be dealt individually as per the appropriate provision of the law.
Meanwhile, reacting to the recent rape of two minor girls in Seppa, general secretary
EKSWCO, Nikam Tallang in a press communiqué also condemned the act, terming it as
“inhuman act” and that such heinous crime has no place in a society. EKSWCO team
has assured to extend support to the police officials in fast tracking the case and
appealed the relatives of the culprits not to interfere in the proceedings.
Through the column of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the kind attention
of concerned authority towards the need of establishing M.Sc. Biodiversity in Rajiv
Rajiv Gandhi University in its 30th years after establishment still have only two
departments (Botany & Zoology) in life science that accommodates only 25 students
in each department every year. And RGU being the lone university of the state needs
to start more departments in life science to accommodate those students who are good
in studies but are unable to afford for their studies outside the state.
The current one year programme of Advance Post-Graduate Diploma in Biodiversity (APGDB)
which is of two semesters provides enough knowledge and inspiration to work for the
conservation of our rich biodiversity, but provides less scope for the students to
work as an environmentalist. This contradiction could be sort out if APGDB is extended
with two more semesters and made as Master’s Degree Programme rather than just being
a PG Diploma.
Moreover, Arunachal Pradesh is one o the most biodiversity rich area in the world,
and it is included amongst the 39 hotspots of the world. Therefore, my earnest request
to the authority concerned is to please include M.Sc. Biodiversity in RGU by next
session so that more students get the opportunity of doing their Master’s Degree
and also they can take up the environmental issues of the state and the nation as
Railways - Beyond ILP
To much delight of the people of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar became the 2nd state
capital among the NE states after Guwahati to be put on the railway map of India
on April 7, 2014. Sadly and necessarily, the train service could run barely few weeks
and then was kept in abeyance for 10 long months due to the lack of proper Inner-Line
Permit (ILP) issuance and checking mechanism which led to unprecedented influx of
an estimated 30,000 ILP defaulters in just three weeks but were sent back. Sad because,
had the administration along with the railway authorities already developed a robust
ILP mechanism; our people would have been well acquainted with the railways and would
have already reaped the early benefits of the railways by now. Necessary because,
we sure can’t afford to be another Tripura or Kokrajhar.
It is now learnt that a good number of around 10 counters have been set up at the
Naharlagun railway station for facilitating ‘ILP on Arrival’ system for those non-APSTs
who don’t have one. The passengers are informed while ticketing both through online
and offline means about the need for ILP and the requisite documents to get it on
arrival. I think the ‘ILP on Arrival’ system will go a long way in facilitating the
quick access to ILP and keeping the defaulters at bay. In addition, I would suggest
the concerned authorities to confine the service to only full AC trains and goods
train for a pilot period, thus, leaving out the sleeper class and general class in
which most of the ILP defaulters travel.
Till now, railways for us have been intertwined and reduced to just an ILP narrative.
We need to see now what the railways have for us in the offing. The first thing that
strikes in my mind is bypassing of long tiresome Guwahati journey and changing the
mode of transportation every time we travel outside North-East India or vice-versa.
Besides just connectivity and commutation, the railways have been called as the backbone
of development by PM Modi in his speech on our 29th Statehood Day. Along with prospects
of employment opportunities, trade and tourism could be the prime beneficiaries of
the coming of railways. The power developers in our state could now make maximum
utilisation of railways for transporting raw materials and labour.
Further, we could expect the prices of the essential commodities to come down and
see capital complex markets being flooded with fancy items from affordable markets
of Lucknow and Delhi.
However, with the boon of railways at our disposal, we should also take care of it
in order not to turn it into a bane anytime soon. God forbid, but, any form of protest
which might damage the railway properties would be direly detrimental for our state.
Meantime, cleanliness and maintenance of the trains and stations are also an important
aspect of the whole service. Personally, I don’t want to see people openly defecate
on the tracks and litter around the station.
One more thing we can vow to stop and change is the ‘tip culture’ that is prevalent
in most AC trains especially Rajdhani Express.
On a personal note, it has been an absolute privilege to have been one of the first
travellers to make the return journey from the national capital to the state capital
on 24th Feb last in the new Naharlagun – New Delhi AC Express which was flagged off
by PM Modi on the 29th Statehood Day of our state. The train is said to be on the
trial run now before it is officially announced as the Rajdhani Express. The initial
fares look cheap since the catering charges are not included in it. I hope enough
ticket quotas have been reserved for the APSTs to meet the worst case scenario of
Finally, the cheapest mode of transportation has embraced us, it is now up to us
how we embrace it back and make its optimum utilization.
For starters, I think I’ve done my part in the very first journey with literally
carrying the whole house all the way from NDLS to NHLN.
We all appreciate the commitment of our state Govt under the leadership of Nabam
Tuki in taking state to new height. But it’s a matter of great concern that development
in some area like Dumporijo constituency, Kra Daadi, Boleng are lagging much behind
in almost every field-job opportunity, health, education, infrastructure etc. Not
a single college is there. Every time we hear of new development coming up its all
reserved for capital or Pasighat only. I believe we all Arunachalee are different
parts of the same body. It’s the responsibility of the Govt to take care of all body
parts without any prejudice. In nutshell, even if the heart and liver of a body is
quite healthy and other parts are shaky and ailing, that person is not considered
Therefore, its my earnest request to Tuki Govt to pay special attention to backward
areas to generate uniform development in all corners.
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Implement budget announcement in true spirit
Though much was expected but still union budget did not really disappointed people
of Arunachal. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced a centre for film production,
animation and gaming to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh. The institute will be set
up on the line of Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Arunachal
along with few other NE states were lobbying hard to get this prestigious institute.
Union government has also given priority to develop infrastructure along the international
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 intention of union government
looks good and if they are true to their words, indeed Arunachal stands to gain in
days to come. They should ensure that entire announcement made in the budget is implemented
at the earliest in true spirit and it should in no way remain as a mere publicity