March 11

4 feared dead in road accident

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: In a tragic road accident, at least four people are feared killed while four others critically injured when a small car veered off the road near Munna Camp, Dirang in West Kameng at around 11 PM last night.

The victims are reported to be from Tezpur and were on their way to Munna Camp to meet their relatives. Four critically injured persons were given first aid at Dirang Community Health Centre and later they were shifted to Tezpur in Assam for further treatment.   

While deeply mourning the deaths in the unfortunate accident, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki announced ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakhs each to next of kith and kins of the deceased.

He appealed to the commuters and vehicle drivers to be extra cautious while driving in the curves of hilly terrains to avoid such kinds of unfortunate incidences.


Elementary Education Teachers’ Workshop

TEZU, Mar 10: Ten days workshop on Diploma in Elementary Education programme conducted at Programme Study Centre at Tezu by the Education Department concluded yesterday.

Altogether, 133 Diploma in Elementary Education Learners participated in the programme.

Addressing the meeting, DDSE M Linggi emphasized on discipline, sincerity and punctuality in order to create a favourable atmosphere for study in the school and at the same time become an example for the young students to follow by imbibing these traits in them.

Dr. Suchitra Kakoty Principal of Dening Teachers Training College (B.Ed) Tezu, encouraged the learners to attend such professional trainings on skilled development as such training provides huge knowledge to teachers to meet the challenges of the present education system.

Resource persons, A.K. Mishra, Joseph Pertin, S Chopra, C.B. Mishra, P.C. Tiwari, R.C. Pandey , Sunil Kumar, R.P Sati imparted training on preparation of lesson plans, teaching aids, orientation and demonstration of lesson plans on language, mathematics, right to education, continuous and comprehensive evaluation etc.

Group discussions and group activities of D.El.Ed and practical sessions were also conducted. DIPRO


Coordination meeting at Tezu

TEZU, Mar 10: A co-ordination meeting  with Panchayat leaders and Heads of Departments was held at DC Office Tezu today.

Deputy Commissioner, Dr. B.M. Mishra informed that the construction of National Highway and Alubari-Digaru Bridge over Lohit River will be completed by Dec’2015. He also informed that the Tezu Airport will be functional by Jan’2016. The DC advised all the PRI members and HoDs to create awareness and divert the attention of youths towards constructive roles like business and self employment.

He directed the departments to maintain transparency, co-operation and involvement of the PRI members for selection of beneficiaries in implementation of beneficiary oriented schemes. He also urged the departments to upload the detail information of various schemes in the NIC website provided by DIO, Lohit.

Superintendent of Police, Ved Prakash Surya expressed his concern over the negative impact of opium. He urged the PRI members to create awareness among common masses to co-operate administration in combating opium cultivation.

ZPM H. Kri, said that the future of Lohit will depend on Agriculture, Horticulture, Veterinary and Fishery activities. She urged the department to provide quality planting materials especially Orange, Rubber & Tea. She also urged the departments to be transparent in implementation of departmental schemes and the PRI members should be involved during selection of beneficiaries in order to reduce the communication gap between departments and PRI members. DIPRO



Training on disaster  preparedness commences

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Three days ‘community based disaster preparedness’ training has commenced at Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun today.

Sponsored by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT), Govt. of India the training programme is being attended by 30 participants from various Govt. departments and various community based NGOs.

YW Ringu, Director, Disaster Management, GoAP  is the main resource person of the training.

ATI Director Pate Marik, Assistant Director Nani Khambo and Programme Coordinator T Lodo were present during the inaugural function.


Library awareness programme held

Seppa, Mar 10: A library awareness programme organized by district library was conducted at Govt. Middle School, Pabua of East Kameng on recently.

DLIO Lokia Tem while encouraging the students to adopt reading habits informed that good numbers of quality books are available for readers in the district library. He urged them to avail the facilities.

CO Takam Nicholas asked the students to enroll themselves as library members and avail the benefits of all reading materials.

D.K Thungon, CDPO and the school headmaster also spoke on the occasion. DIPRO


NSUI holds meeting

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  Nation Students Union of India (NSUI) today held a meeting at Rajiv Bhawan, Itanagar. In the meeting state NSUI in charge Kamrul Islam Chaudhary advised office state level and district office bearers to work strongly for the organization.

He also launched Medhavi national level quiz competition to mark the 125 birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru. State NSUI President Tanu Nima stated that they always try to work for the welfare of the student communities of state and Congress party.


RCH camp held

SEPPA, Mar 10: RCH and health awareness camp were conducted at Dipik and Digolmukh sub-centres under Dissing Passo circle recently.

The team of doctors led by Dr.Ngage Geyi along with Dr. Tana Autana, Dr.Kamku Pordung and host of staffs from CHC Sejijosa, PHC Baliso, Dipik & Digolmukh attended the awareness cum RCH camps.

During the camp, the speakers in their deliberation gave awareness on mortality rate, malaria, swine flu, Japanese Encephalitis and water borne diseases. The role of ASHAs and ASHA facilitator on various health related issues were told to the villager’s.

A total of 105 patient at Digolmukh and 119 at Dipik were checked during the camp.

The team provided ANC to women and immunized vaccines and vitamin to children. They also distributed mosquito nets to the public at Digolmukh.

Meanwhile, the GBS of these villages submitted a memorandum to the DMO for posting of medical staff and proper infrastructures in sub-centers. They also urged the DMO for sufficient medicines to be stocked in various sub-centre for rainy season.

DMO Dr. Nyage Geiyi assured to take up the grievances with appropriate authority. DIPRO


Administration beefs up security measures

BOMDILA, Mar 10: Taking cognizance of the financial year ending issues the district administration today called a coordination meeting of the S.Es and E.Es of all the departments in the district to formulate means and ways to tackle the extortion menace and to strengthen the security measures during the March ending.

Underscoring the need to beef up the security measures in the district, the Deputy Commissioner AK Singh asserted that adequate security would be provided to the identified officers and departments. In addition to the PCR Van which is on mobility 24x7, additional forces would be deployed with magistrates to check and monitor the government accommodations and offices from time to time. Private hotels and other accommodations too would also be checked and the checking of vehicles at Nag Mandir Police Check gate would be intensified.

Superintendent of Police, Dr. A Koan appealed the engineers, who mostly bear the brunt, to help identify and share information so that strict action could be taken against the mischief mongers. He assured of keeping the informants name secret. He also highlighted the security arrangements to be made in the district for a hassle free financial year ending. DIPRO


WHS Consultative Committee meeting held

ZIRO, Mar 10: The Local Consultative Committee for World Heritage Site (WHS) convened a meeting at Deputy Commissioner Office Ziro to discuss on WHS plan.

The Chairman of the committee cum Deputy Commissioner Kanki Darang felt the immediate need to demarcate the core zone so that the physical and cultural mapping for WHS can be initiated at the earliest. While extending all logistics support for the movement, he also exhorted the members to put extra effort to realize the WHS dream.

Later, a sub committee was formed for preparation of dossiers and physical and cultural mapping.

It was also decided that Ziro specific scheme that would abide by the WHS requirements would be proposed to the govt. The WRD department in the district would revamp irrigation canals and the wells with locally available materials.

While highlighting the disadvantage of using cement and concrete in the irrigation channels and "agar" (the small pathways in the field) AYA president Taku Chatung said that it destroys the aquatic life in the fields. The Apatani plateau known for its rice cum pisciculture would become a history if usage of cement and concrete is not stopped.

DRO, Dr. Radhe Yampi felt the need for garbage management in the settlement areas. She also insisted involving of village sanitation committee and reviving of such committees in all the villages of Ziro area. DIPRO


ABSU resolves to work for student community

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: All Bogong Students Union in its general conference at Mírku Musup, East Siang District on yesterday has resolved to work for the development of education scenario in Bogong area.

ABSU President, Baku Tamin, Vice President Ogam Dai and General Secretary Shalendor Jamoh said that the union will work for over all development of the students.

They said that numbers of school infrastructure in Bogong area needs renovation and some school are lacking civic amenities; the union will meet concerned department officers and appraised them about the student’s grievances for early redressal.


Miscreants ransack DNGC student union office

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Students Union of Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar demanded the authority concerned to immediately book the miscreant involved in ransacking the Union Office and destroying the college property on February 22 around 1am.

The matter was reported to the Officer In-Charge (OC), Itanagar and subsequently FIR has been lodged on March 2 for initiation of early necessary action. The union made delay in lodging FIR with the belief that, if there is any involvement of college students, they might take the responsibility and make unconditional apology to the college authority. But till today no individual or group has taken the responsibility, the Students Union of he College informed in a release.

Meanwhile, the Students Union also appealed to the state government for early fulfillment of its long-pending demands, including provision for more buses to ferry students to the college, sufficient street lights in the college campus so that no unwanted elements takes the opportunity during the night hours, separate road for Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic College, well equipped security personnel with proper check gate so that anti-social elements can not have access to college campus for committing criminal acts.


Social Service

DAPORIJO, Mar 10: Rijo ground here was thoroughly cleaned and grabage dumped outside the township during a social service organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) under the initiative its Member Duma Yekar.

Department of UD provided a truck for the social service. Besides the APSCW members the cleanliness drive was also actively participated by PRI members of the district, HoDs, representative from NGOs and various other organizations.


Students union urges Govt to keep promises

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: All Papum Poma Students' Union (APPSU), in a release, claimed that Home Minister Tanga Byaling has assured to establish the headquarters of 4th IRBn cum Training Centre and firing Range at Tarasso observing the feasibility of the land and people’s willingness to donate sufficient land free of cost for the purposes.

The Home Minister has reportedly assured this to APPSU during his recent visit to Tarasso circle under Papum Pare district along with local MLA cum Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia.

Meanwhile, the union appreciated the visit made by the Minister along with the team lead by local MLA to Tarasso and hope that they had witness the ground realities of entire road connectivity, boundary related problems with neighboring state, Assam and the entire problems being faced by the people of the area.

The local MLA has also instructed the engineer and contractor concerned to immediately complete the maintenance works and broadening of Tarasso road before the end of March this year. Also, he reportedly announced that the bridge over Papum river connecting Tarasso will be constructed within 2 months, the release informed.

While urging the state government to keep promises and assurance, APPSU further appealed to the people and leaders to cooperate with the state govt. and work hand in hand for all round development of the area.





In a news item under the headline “MLAs and Govt officials violate Govt order” published in this daily on March 10,  it was wrongly mentioned as “…. just concluded Assembly session” in place of “….on-going Assembly session.”  The inadvertent error is deeply regretted.


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Minister admits involvement of officers in instigating people into illegal construction

ITANAGAR, Mar 10:  PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today admitted involvement of officers up to the rank of Deputy Commissioner in instigating people to construct illegal structures along the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) for claiming undue compensation.

Responding to a short duration discussion in the Assembly on “Implementation of Trans Arunachal Highway” by Independent MLA Paknga Bage, Gadi assured strong action against those officers as directed by Speaker Nabam Rebia in his ruling.

Expressing concern over the issue, which has become a bone of contention in expediting the ambitious project causing inordinate delay, the minister said a high level committee was constituted to probe into the issue.

In a recent high level meeting, the home minister and the MLAs have given their observation in this regard, he said.

"Action will be initiated against those officers who have indulged in instigating the people to construct illegal construction along the Right of Way (RoW) in the TAH to claim exorbitant compensation," Gadi said adding the problem was only in the Abotani belt but not in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.

He urged the members to create awareness among the people in their respective constituencies on the issue.

Participating in the discussion, state Home Minister Tanga Byaling called for introducing a resolution in the House for demolition of illegal structures.

"Such problem will crop up even in comprehensive power transmission line project to be executed by the Power Grid of India Limited (PGCIL) in the state," he added.

Accusing the opposition for boycotting the session and not participating in such an important discussion, Congress MLA Mutchu Mithi said the TAH, which could be treated as the backbone of the state, was mired with controversy. He, however, said that people of his constituency are cooperating with the administration in construction of highway.

Stating that TAH envisaged uniting people of the state from Tirap to Tawang district, Kanubari MLA Gabriel D Wangsu said "Compensation has become a deadly disease in the state, which is going to pose a serious challenge in all future projects." Wondering whether the TAH project would ever see light of the day, Wangsu urged the state government to initiate corrective measures to remove the bottlenecks.

Earlier, initiating the discussion, Bage said that illegal construction along the Right of Way (RoW) in the TAH particularly in Upper Subansiri, Lower Subansiri and Kurung Kumey may create hurdles in early execution of the road project. There should be land acquisition, proper assessment of compensation before inviting tender for the TAH project, he opined.

Expressing serious concern over people’s interference in highway construction, MLA Pani Taram said there is an urgent need of awareness on the necessity of development works like road project in the state.

Participating in the discussion, MLA Mama Natung emphasized on coordination between local leaders and construction agencies for smooth execution of the road project. MLA Nyamar Karbak also participated in the discussion.

Earlier, yesterday in the Assembly, Gadi had informed the house that the state PWD was awarded 22 packages of the TAH project out of which eight packages were yet to be allotted by the MoRTH while of the 14 packages, 3 have been completed namely - Shantipur to Meka (19.5 km), Jairampur to Pangsau Pass under NH 153 in two phases of 15 km and 15.48 km respectively. PTI/ATNS


Quotes of the day

1. Naukri mangne ki bajai naukri denewala ban sakte hain: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while mentioning the provisions in Hydro Power policy for involvement of local youths/entrepreneur in hydro project development.  

2. Paying of compensation is going to be major challenge in all the development works in future: Gabriel D. Wangsu  while participating in short duration discussion on implementation of Trans Arunachal  Highway



Global University Bill passed in Assembly

Assembly adjourned sine die

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly today passed the Global University Arunachal Pradesh (Amendment) Bill 2015 by voice vote.

The Bill moved by Education Minister Tapang Taloh on January 29 last during the third session of the assembly, which was referred to a select committee by Speaker Nabam Rebia to rectify the objections raised by various members.

Participating in the discussion Taloh informed that the present government with a special thrust to education had been toeing Swami Vivekananda's philosophy - 'If poor cannot reach education, education should reach them' and making all out effort to improve the education scenario.

Giving a synopsis of growth of higher education in the state, the education minister said that large number of students goes outside the state every year for higher education spending large amount of money.

"With establishment of such universities in the state, the growth of higher education will get a new dimension," he added.

Congress member Passang Dorjee Sona, who is one of the members of the select committee taking part in the discussion, said that it was prudent for the house to enact pragmatic laws for the future of the state.  "The committee had threadbare discussion for two consecutive days on the bill to remove all the lacunae," he said and suggested amendment to all university bills passed in the past taking the present one as the yardstick for future.

The house later passed the bill by voice vote before the speaker adjourned the house sine die.  PTI



An eye for an eye

[ Tongam Rina ]

The recent murder of a man, an alleged rapist by thousands of people in Dimapur has made headline news across the world. Many of us were left horrified at the deliverance of quick "justice" by the mob, very akin to ISIS way of execution. The man, an outsider, never had a chance in front of thousands of barbaric young people, out to get him with full force. There are no crimes as horrifying as rape and murder and both acts are despicable but the sheer crowd violence was maddening.  A crime occurred and law of retaliation followed; a slap on the face of judiciary and policing in India. Though mob violence is not new in this country, there are lessons to be learnt from Dimapur.

Home to various Naga tribes and the Dimasas, today it has more and more non natives coming in to make a living. Till that day of atrocious violence, it was seen as a forward looking town, a fashionable commercial hub of the North East.

Connected with air and railways, ILP is not enforced in Dimapur, unlike the rest of the state. As the city opened up, more people from outside the state has gained free access and many have chosen to settle down. Half of the total population consists of outsiders today and one need not be a local Naga to buy land in Dimapur.

While all appears alright from the surface, there is massive unemployment of local educated youth. Most menial jobs are not picked up by locals but lapped up by outsiders, many Bangladeshis. Majority of the business and financial activities are controlled by outsiders. Under such circumstance, there is palpable tension, triggered by control of economy by outsiders and perceived socio-cultural tensions. Perhaps the pent up anxiety triggered Dimapur violence.

In a few years time, the scenario will not be too different in our state if there is no tighter control on who gets in and out of the state, unless we are ready and able to accommodate all. But by the look of it, we will not be able to tackle the pressure of migrants and cheap labours as massive construction work is about to be rolled out in the state to develop the basic infrastructure facilities. Other than cultivating fields, most young people in our state consider it below their prestige to pick up boulders except perhaps the Buddhist community habiting some pockets of West and Upper Siang, Tawang, West Kameng. In such cases, outsiders, mostly the Bangladeshis will fill in the gap. They come in hordes and they come cheap. We have to have an effective governance and system in place. A system where we will not require the services of vigilantes.  A basic example is young people rounding up people without ILP in the streets of Itanagar and elsewhere in the state. What does it say?

The Dimapur mob violence will stay in our minds for a long time and it has thrown open lots of questions. What if we had an effective justice delivery system and better policing? Was it a case of reverse racism?

Hopefully, sooner we realise that an eye for an eye is not the solution. Meanwhile, let us hope that the girl is rehabilitated and supported so that she is able to come out of this numbing double tragedy.



State will earn Rs 445 Cr. annually from free power: CM

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Arunachal Pradesh will earn Rs 445 crore annually as revenue from 12 per cent free power after the commissioning of three ongoing hydropower projects in the state, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed the Assembly today.

Responding to zero-hour discussion on “ State revenue through hydro power sector”  in the house by Independent MLA Paknga Bage, Tuki said the 110 MW Pare project and 600 MW Kameng project by North East Electrical Power Corporation (NEEPCO) were expected to be commissioned by this year and next year respectively.

Work on the stalled 2000 MW Lower Subansiri hydro electric project would start soon, the CM hoped. Informing that construction materials to the project site could not be transported due to objection raised by some of the Assam NGOs, he said the Central Govt has taken the matter seriously. “We expect fruitful decision soon to start the project work,” he said.

All the power developers would have to give 12 per cent free power to the state, which would get annual revenue of Rs 17 crore from the Pare project, Rs 95 crore from Kameng project and Rs 333 crore from Lower Subansiri project, Tuki said.

By harnessing all the hydropower potential, Arunachal Pradesh could be a self-reliant in the power sector and immensely benefit other states of the north east, he said.

Terming Arunachal Pradesh as the 'power house' of the country with 60,000 MW hydropower potential, Tuki said the state could meet 40 per cent power requirement of the nation.

"Arunachal, which has been depending on the Centre for all development fund, could be a donor state in future if the hydropower potential of the state are harnessed scientifically," he said.

The state hydropower policy was in tune with the central policy and the consulting policies of other states of the country, particularly Himachal Pradesh, he said. It was the best with inbuilt incentives for local entrepreneurs and provisions for protecting the interest of the indigenous population, he added. As an encouragement, local entrepreneurs would be exempted from providing 12 per cent free power to the state government if they execute power projects of 1-5 MW capacity, which would make them owners as well as employers.

Earlier, Bage raising the issue pointed out that out of the 160 MoUs and MoAs inked for developing hydropower, a majority of the power developers had not started the execution of the projects.

Responding to this comment, Tuki said the government had already cancelled several MoUs and MoAs and also directed all the power developers to abide by the agreement executed.

Pointing out the technical problems involved in hydro project development, the Chief Minister informed that basin study for some of the projects have been completed.

Stressing on the need of mass awareness on the benefit of hydro projects, Chief Minister said that there is sufficient scope for compensation in hydro power policy. PTI/ATNS



China urged to re-start dialogue with Tibetan Government- in-Exile

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Tibet Support Group of Arunachal Pradesh President Gicho Kabak has appealed to the Chinese Government to re-start dialogue with the Tibetan Government- in-Exile at the earliest for the greater interest of the Tibetans.

Addressing the 56th Tibetan National Uprising Day observation here today, Gicho Kabak, who is also the State President of NCP Arunachal Pradesh voiced strong support to the Middle Way Approach of the Central Tibetan Administration to resolve the Tibet issue.

“The Middle Way Approach is a very good basis for real dialogue and I urge the Chinese Authority to accept this reach-out from the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people,” he said, adding that the middle way approach is in the proper interest of China because it is compatible with Chinese law.  He said that Tibetan Government-in-Exile is not demanding full independence for Tibet from China. Instead, they ask for genuine autonomy for the region for Tibet through the Middle Way Approach.

Informing that the total self–immolation toll inside Tibet rose to 135 since 2009, Nima Sangey Saling, Secretary of Tibet Support Group Arunachal Pradesh urged the Chinese authorities to address the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people to alleviate their sufferings.

He said that the blame as well as the solution for self-immolation lies with the Govt. of People’s Republic of China and urged the Chinese government to end its political repression, religious persecution, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction in Tibet which remain the main causes of the Tibetan self –immolation in Tibet.

He also appealed to the Tibetan people within Tibet to refrain from resorting to drastic actions including self –immolations as human life is precious.

The meeting observed two minutes silence to pay homage to hundreds of Tibetans who died of self-immolation for Tibetan cause and also prayed for long life of the Dalai Lama and the immediate resolution of the issue of Tibet.



25 camps, 4 huts evicted from RF

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Namsai district administration and police during joint eviction drive conducted at Tengapani and Manabhum Reserve Forest areas recently dismantled 25 temporary camps and 4 dwelling huts within the reserve forests. The eviction drive was carried following reports of encroachment in the reserved forest areas by Chakmas and other people on February 28 and March 1, informed Namsai Deputy Commissioner in an official release.

Although nobody was present in those dwelling houses during the time of eviction it seems the huts are under active occupation of the encroachers.

The team also cleared 4 to 5 hectares of land from the encroachers at different locations in Tengapani and Manabhum Reserve Forest areas and proposed plantation in order to reclaim the loss of vegetation.

Fresh clearance of forest and felling of trees over an area of three to four hectares (approx) was also noticed in the vicinity of these camps. However, the team could not further proceed to many encroached areas due to bad road condition.

In order to prevent and detect further encroachments, orders for patrolling in the area from time to time has been issued to the officers concerned, the DC said. The eviction drive was led by Namsai DFO Rini Riba, Magistrate O. Lego and SDPO K Padu.



Killer TB is completely curable

Tare Bage

Tuberculosis, commonly known as TB, is one of the oldest diseases affecting mankind and causing immense physical, social and economic loss to the society. TB is an infectious disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium Tuberculosis, which normally attacks the lungs but other human organs as well.

TB has emerged as one of the biggest public health problems. According to a governmental publication, about 40 percent Indians have latent TB, which though not infectious as it is but carries the potential of developing active TB, which is infectious.

India accounts for one-fifth of the global active TB cases and as per the TB WHO Global Report 2012, accessed on December 2013, nearly  2 million people in India develops TB every year and 300,000 die of it annually.

Today, two patients succumb to TB every three minutes as per the Baseline IEC document-RNTCP II-CTD, accessed on December, 2013.

There is also a lot of stigma and fear attached with TB. TB infected person of both gender have to deal with stigma at their workplace, in the community and in the household. It is, therefore, worth mentioning here that TB is completely curable and ceases to be infectious within 2-3 weeks after starting the TB medication under DOTs in case of pulmonary TB (Lung TB). However, the disease is not infectious in case of extra pulmonary TB (TB in organs other than lungs)

Today, we are faced with some serious new challenge plaguing our society with the emergence of MDR-TB (Multi Drug Resistant TB). When a patient’s body do not react to two of the important drugs for treating TB (Isoniazid and Rifampicin), then it is said that the person suffers from MDR-TB. The treatment duration of such patient becomes lengthy and it takes 24-27 months to be cured as compared to M.TB which normally takes 6-8 months. The MDR-TB occurs when a patient stops taking his medicine in between of the treatment as the patient normally feels better 2-3 weeks after starting the treatment. Also, a patient with MDR-TB can pass on to another person directly with the same bacilli. So, it is essential that a TB patient completes his/her course of treatment.

Intervention by the Government of India under the banner of Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) has come up as boon to the society. With Its visions, “A TB free India” the programme is striving to achieve its goal – Ensuring Universal Access to Quality Diagnosis and Treatment for all TB patients has been adopted.

In Arunachal Pradesh, RNTCP with DOTs strategy was launched in the year 2002. Now, many of us might be thinking what DOTs is? In simple parlance, DOTs (Directly Observed Treatment-short course) is a process of treatment in which the patients takes their medicines in front of a DOTs provider. A DOT provider is a health worker who acts as friend to the patient. He assures that the patient takes the medicine timely and regularly, helps in counseling and motivating the patient for completing the full course of treatment thus creating a patient friendly environment by providing services at the door step of the patient. RNTCP, provides free, high quality diagnosis, quality assured anti-TB drugs and treatment.

To deal with menace of TB in the State, RNTCP, Arunachal Pradesh has 14 District Tuberculosis Centres (DTCs), 34 Designated microscopic Centre (DMC) and more than 800 DOTs providers covering whole of the State. A DMC is a place where the sputum is tested for TB. When a person is suffering from cough and fever for more than two weeks or more, it is generally recommended that the person visits the nearest healthcare facility to get their sputum tested as it could mean TB. To diagnose MDR-TB, an Intermediate reference Laboratory (IRL) with WHO recommended Catridge Based Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (CBNAAT) which can detect MDR-TB in less than 2 hours has been established at Naharlagun thereby  saving  time, money and other hassles  of our people who earlier had to go outside the  state for seeking treatment.

As concerned citizens of the society we should understand that it is not just the responsibility of the Government but it is also our duty to raise awareness about TB, especially among those who are illiterate and ignorant about the disease and help eradicate TB and stigma attached with it. (The contributor of the article is State ACSM Officer, AP Health Society (RNTCP)



DMO dissatisfied with functioning of ASHAs, ASHA facilitators

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Papum Pare District Medical Officer Dr. S. Ronya lamented that in spite of repeated training programme provided every year, there has been no significant improvement in the functioning of ASHAs and ASHA facilitators.

Attending the one day refresher-cum-orientation training for the ASHAs and ASHA facilitators of Papum Pare conducted by District Health Society, Yupia at Nyikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli today, Dr. Ronya said that this refresher training is mainly focused on all those important topics which are required for facilitating the skills of ASHA and their performance.

He appealed to all the participants to pay attention and derive maximum benefit from the training so that each and every ASHA becomes well versed with their roles and responsibility.

DRCHO, Dr. Kipa Tuglik appealed to all the ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to start working with a new vigour from the coming financial session by maintaining proper records and submitting timely reports of their villages to the respective Sub Centre, PHC and CHCs. He opined that ASHAs are unable to avail their incentives because of not maintaining and submitting proper records in time. He expressed the hope that they will be able avail their incentives provided by the Government of India by maintaining records and timely submitting the reports to their respective blocks after this training.

Papum Pare Zilla Parishad ZP Chairperson Nabam Aka said that ASHAs should understand that they are self social health activist who have volunteered themselves for serving the society in health sector. If they are paid wages, then they will no longer become health activist, she opined. She appealed to all the ASHAs and ASHA facilitators to work selflessly and efficiently in bridging the health initiatives from the district level to the villages so that each and every villager is benefited.

Dr. Tania Raju, DANO, Papum Pare, who was one of the resource persons during the training, briefed the participants on the roles and responsibilities of ASHA and their various activities in which they could earn incentives. He also explained the participants about VHSNC fund utilization, how to conduct VHND, HBNC visits, reporting on MDR etc.

Debojit Borah, Consultant, RRC, who was also the resource person during the training, briefed the participants on topics like Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY), Janani Shisu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK), immunization etc. He also taught the participants on how to maintain Village Health Register, VHSNC register and also to fill up necessary forms through which the ASHAs could earn incentives provided by the government.

Jonggan Pertin, DCM, Yupia, who initiated the training briefed on the performance of ASHAs of the district during 2014-15.

The training was conducted for reorienting the ASHAs and ASHA Facilitators of their roles and responsibilities as a significant social health worker in the grass root levels.



Empower women to bring equality in society’

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Women empowerment is the key to bring equality in the society, said Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Chairperson Mitali Tingkhatra.

More women leadership in the business and in the field of art, culture and sports will have positive impact in the society, opined Mitali opined while addressing a mammoth gathering at Rijo ground Daporijo during a programme organized to celebrate the International Women’s Day.

“Women are the backbone of the society,” said Arunachal Pradesh State Social Welfare Board (APSSWB) Chairperson Marina Nido. She appealed to the womenfolk to understand their rights and responsibilities saying that mothers play a role model in the society in upbringing child.

“Every girl child is a princess of their parents and they should be treated equally in the family,” opined Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom. He also opined that girl child should also be given a share in their parental property.

Earlier, APSCW Member Duma Yekar in her welcome address informed that this year the APSCW selected Daporijo as a venue for the IWD celebration as few sensitive cases have been reported from this district in the recent past. Such incidents are happening due to ignorance of the law among the common masses.

SP Taru Gusar highlighted about various women related cases in the district. He appealed to the womenfolk not to take the law in their own hands and also appealed for shelter home within the police complex so as to accommodate the women victims and to provide immediate counseling. While expressing grave concern over the growing incidents of crime among the young generation in the district he urged the parents to guide their children in proper direction.

The Member Secretary Higio Yame thanked the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, local MLA Dikto Yekar for their support and district administration, various women groups/NGOs, Panchayat leaders, GBs for making the programme a successful one.  

The APSCW Member Hage Yassung, Legal Advisor Kani Nada Maling, District Town Planning Officer S. Timba and representative from Panchayat leaders and NGOs also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier, the programme began with a rally from Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Daporijo to Rijo ground.



ADC urges villagers to co-operate with Anganwadis

ITANAGAR, Mar 10: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Seppa, Pooja Jain appealed to the villagers to send their wards regularly to Anganwadi centers and co-operate with Anganwadi activities.

Attending a coordination meeting of Panchayat leaders and general public to discuss on functioning of Model Anganwadi Centres at KVK hall yesterday, the ADC asked the field functionaries of Seppa ICDS to discharge duty not only for the sake duty but for the welfare of the society. She appreciated the field functionaries of Seppa ICDS for their hard work and dedication towards their duty.

ADC jain also kicked off the intensive health check-up by RBSK Medical team at various model Anganwadi centres. So far, 45 children have benefited from the health check up camp and health cards were issued to the beneficiaries. Health check-up in AWC would continue for a week to cover all Model Anganwadi centres.

PowerPoint presentation was presented by DD (ICDS) expressing in detail the objective of ICDS Dept and the need of functional Anganwadi centre for the better society. He also presented a report on the achievement and working of the existing 10 model Anganwadi centre. He expressed gratitude to organisation and individual contributors for their support in the form of cash and kinds.

Dadi Rimo, ZPM, asked all officials and field functionaries to work hard in order to achieve the goal. He also announced to renovate AWC Pampoli with “Zilla LAD fund”.

Ajing Self Help Group, a Seppa based SHG voluntarily donated large quantity of toys, biscuits, and other teaching learning materials.

PK Das, EO, also handed over 50 Alpha-numerical charts and biscuits on the event.

This year’s Zilla Mahila Awardee Longmak Taniang Dada donated her award money of Rs 10,000 towards model Anganwadi centre as a token of encouragement.



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In the name of religion

Dear Editor,

Religion is purely a matter of individual choice; he or she solely decide which to follow and not to. It is a touchy subject. Article 25(1) of the Constitution of India guarantees the fundamental “right to freely profess, practice and propagate religion”, implicitly without recourse to fraud, deceit or bribery. Our country ensures that every individual right to religion is protected from being infringe and exploited. On 26 October 2014 great historian and writer Romila Thapar delivered a lecture at the Third Nikhil Chakravarti Memorial, she said “Value of religion is such that none preach violence. But that is not the values that are under question, it is the beliefs and actions of the organization that act in the name of religion, but not always in conformity with religious values. ” She was right as it is not value rather it’s state of being vulnerable to gross misrepresentation, mythification and mayhem. For instance, the recent massacre of the innocents at Peshawar in Pakistan: it perhaps show us that religion, as one element of identity, can also catalyse profound transformation inside the human mind. Pakistan is not the only country which is facing the wrath being unleashed in the name of religion. Every now and then we get to hear about the cases of religious identities and their politics we witness hate campaigns based on absurd fantasies about specific religion.

Our country is no immune to such atrocities in the name of religion. The situation of our country is tellingly reflected in this series of newspaper headlines, all from the formation of the new government: Love jihad, a massive ghar wapsi programme, Attack on church and Mohan Bhagwat remark upon mother Teresa, and above all the govt ad on 26th January 2015, omitting ‘secular’ and ‘socialist’ from the preamble of Indian constitution. Such incidents or an act only create bitterness and preclude ‘amity between different religions’; it display the every possible refinement of the human unkindness. We cherish and adore those societies where different religion families lived cheek by jowl. Not creating a lakshman rekha but instead going beyond that irrational order of a few religious groups to sow a seeds of love and trust for each other. We have to understand that true unity lies not in converting a Muslim to Hindu or Hindu to Muslim but rather in respecting the diversity of our country; where differences takes back seat and commonalities among them is revered and preserved, and also not interfering with one’s faith.

During the dawn of the BJP government there was a much well acclaimed slogan called “Acche din”, in the context of religious harmony it has failed to arrive and instead “bureh din” has started to create a bubble of resentment against the government.

In the sunshine of the BJP government benevolence, the worms of religious identities began crawling out of the woodwork. It is the silence of the PM that there has been a surge of such incidents. Later our prayer fell into his ears, and so he breaks his silence on 17th February by saying, “His government will strongly act against any religious violence.” And just when he sounded serious about taking strong action against such nuisance, very next day the church was attacked. It just shows the extent to which the effort is being made to torn apart secular fabric and to create new ambience. Hitherto hilarious speech has had been delivered which was blended with such sort of various ingredients that it almost made one mouth filled with water. It was exhilarating but enough of mouth watering recipe we just want government to walk the talk. I feel that the country has developed a disease and, if it is to be cured soon, it has to be given a dose of medicine even if it is a bitter dose. However dear a child may be, if doctor has prescribed bitter pills for him, they have to be administered for his cure. The so called medicine lies in the hand of the government; their benevolent attitude towards such groups will only throw us back to the dark days of bigotry, fanaticism and bloodshed.

Lastly, with the hope of arrival of “Acche Din”, I end my writing with the words of Mother Teresa, “A Christian should try to be a good Christian, a Muslim should try to be a good Muslim, and Hindu should try to be a good Hindu.”


T Menjo

New Abali,

Lower Dibang Valley




State government is neglecting H-Sector

Dear Editor,

Though the column of your esteemed daily I would like to express the sentiment of the residents of H-Sector Itanagar to the state government. They have totally neglected developmental activities of the sector. It has been observed that state government is developing almost all the sector of twin capital except H-Sector Itanagar. Most of the sector roads have been widened and drainages are being repaired but no such developmental activities have been carried out in H-Sector. Even common dustbin of H-Sector near Naamghar has been encroached by one influential prominent person of the state and in this regard the residents of area had lodged complaint of encroachment at ADM-cum-Chief Estate Office. But he is unable to take appropriate action against encroacher due to political pressure put on him.

I on behalf of the residents of H-Sector Itanagar would like to appeal state government to kindly take urgent step to improve road and drainage before arrival of monsoon season. Also I would like to request state government to keep developing state without any biasness.


Kasung Cheda

Resident of H-Sector





PRIs need to show the way

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the Panchayati Raj Leaders of the 22nd Nacho (ST) Assembly Constituency under Upper Subansiri District, Arunachal Pradesh. During the pre-election period they promised the innocent villagers all round development and improvement in School Infrastructure, Water Supply, and Medical Facilities. But they are not doing anything, other than frequenting the concern Ministers for their personal development. Most of their tenureship, they remain in the state capital.  

The role of the Zilla, Gram and Anchal is to bring awareness in various sections of the society to enlighten the illiterate and ignorant people on various scheme and beneficiary programme implemented by the central government. But, when it comes to sharing information and details of the central schemes in particular, the PRI leaders have been hiding the facts from the innocent villagers.  

As per as the duties of Panchayat leaders are concerned,  they must organize awareness programme relating to Education, Health, Rural Development, Agriculture in persistent manner after every interval of 3 months for the greater improvement of human development at grass root level. But, I am yet to see any.

I have just heard of Rocky Motu, newly elected Zilla Parishad Member of Sigin- I, who has been conducting awareness on Wild Conservation in his jurisdiction by walking a mile with the villagers and sharing information on the importance of Biodiversity. I salute him!

The School Infrastructure is in dilapidated condition, PHC centers & Sub-centers are lying astray without health attendant and medical supplies. People are still dependent on old cultivation practices with very low agro products and there is no proper water supply.

Last but not the least, this is my humble request to the PR leaders of the concern constituency to kindly  initiate timely awareness programme which can enlighten the people who are in slumber.


Babu Mosu





Do we have a new Railway station?

Dear Editor,

Quite interestingly, the arrow sign in the board erected near the Papu Nalah tri junction, indicating the way to the newly inaugurated railway station at Naharlagun, is pointing towards the SE Office PWD Naharlagun ! The matter of concern is, this sign board was put up much before the arrival of our Hon’ble PM Narendra Modi and it is still there, showing the wrong direction! Will the authorities concerned, now wake up from their deep slumber and get it corrected ? Our PM  was a dignitary of the highest order and he has left for New Delhi after inaugurating it for the general public. Now, will the dept responsible for that erection and wrong display of signage, please rectify it for general welfare ? In the given direction there is no Railway station anywhere to be seen unfortunately! And it will be an unnecessary harassment to the railway commuters  and  visitors or tourists to the state capital. Please save them of this inconvenience, after all they are our guests !!


Karmin & Jarman

‘E’ sector, Naharlagun






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Keep political difference aside

In a rare act of political one-upmanship opposition BJP led by its leader Tamiyo Taga yesterday staged a walkout from the Assembly protesting the tabling of Vote-on-Account by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki instead of a regular budget. Taga also accused the state Govt of siphoning off development funds and announced his party's decision to boycott the rest of the proceedings of the session. However the House later passed the Vote-on-Account by voice vote.

There is no doubt that BJP MLAs have raised a very valid point and they have every right to demand for regular budget. But the debatable question is did they took the right step by boycotting the remaining session of assembly? Instead of boycotting, they could have continued to attend the session and raise series of question over financial issues.  Also some of the present BJP MLAs are former government bureaucrats and some were once Congress ministers. They should also question themselves and ponder whether they too are responsible for financial mess that state is experiencing at the moment? From whatever we are presently experiencing, there is no doubt that in the political battle between BJP and Congress, it is the people of Arunachal who stand to lose. One can only hope that in coming days our politicians keep their political differences aside and work together for betterment of this tribal state.

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