March 18


Against national character, Governor on Higio assault while Kiren says probe unsatisfactory

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh  P.B. Acharya in a statement has termed the attack on Higio Gungtey, an Arunachalee student studying in Bangalore "against the very spirit of national character".

Terming it criminal assault, the Governor said that such irresponsible and uncivilised behaviour of a few needs to be condemned by one and all.

The Governor took up the issue with Governor of Karnataka Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala. He requested the governor to give special attention towards these problems and challenges of students from North East.

The Governor also spoke to the Chief Secretary of Karnataka Subhash Chandra Khuntia and directed him to take immediate and strong action against the culprits. A criminal case under the provision of SC/ST Act may also be initiated against the culprits, the governor said.

The Governor met a delegation of relatives of Master Higio Gungtey at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar. They submitted a memorandum which was forwarded to Karnataka govt.

Governor spoke to Higio's parents Dr Higio Tama and Higio Yame, who are in Bangalore.

Apatani Youth Association has condemned inhumane torture meted to Higio Gungtey.

Terming the attack racial discrimination, AYA said that it was unfortunate that people of the North East continue to be at the receiving end elsewhere in India.  

Its president Taku Chatung said that the culprits should be punished stringently as per provision of SC/ST Act and Indian Penal Code.

He further urged the state govt to constantly monitor the situation to ensure justice to the young student.

Union Minister Kiren Rijiju has expressed unhappiness over the handling of probe into the assault on a student from Arunachal Pradesh in Bangalore saying investigation was not "satisfactory".

The Minister appealed to police forces of all states to be more prompt in taking action if there is any incident of attack on people from Northeast in any part of the country.

There have been protests by students from the Northeast in different parts of the country against the attack on the student from Arunachal Pradesh.

Students under the banner of Arunachal Students Union Shillong (ASUS) organized a peaceful rally  in protest against racial  attack on Higio Gungtey.

Gungtey, who hails from Arunachal Pradesh and is a fourth-semester student of Christ University, was allegedly beaten and forced to lick his house owner's shoes for using excessive water in Bengaluru on March 6 last. The house owner was identified as Hemanth Kumar.

The members of various organizations including Arunachal Boys Hostel, Shillong, Nyokum Yullo Celebration Committee, Shillong, Mopin Celebration Committee, Shillong, Arunachal Legal Forum, Shillong took part in the rally and described the  attack as a clear case of racial discrimination toward Northeast students.

Meanwhile, ASUS demanded that B Hemant Kumar, a lawyer by profession, be booked under the ST/SC Atrocities Act 1989.

While appreciating Chief Minister Pema Khandu for  taking up the matter with Karnataka counterpart, ASUS called for fair investigation into the case. It also requested the MoS for Home Kiren Rijiju to look into the case seriously to prevent such incidents in the future.




Young innovator to get govt support

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has assured support to the Anang Tadar, a class XI student of New Galaxy Academy, Nirjuli who has invented a gadget called Goggle for Blind (G4B).

Appreciating the brilliant innovation that is intended to make the life of visually impaired people easy, the Chief Minister offered full financial support to him to develop the gadget.

The Chief Minister assured that there will be no lack of support and that he could fully devote his time and energy to develop the machine that would bring joy to visually impaired people.

"We will setup proper institutional mechanism to encourage innovation and support innovators in the state for a "New Arunachal", said Khandu.

The invention was adjudged the most innovative award in recently concluded Regional Level Science Festival at Regional Science centre, Guwahati and was awarded the Dinanath Pandey Smart Idea Innovation Award.

Impressed by his innovation, the National Ignition Facility (NIF) and UNICEF willing to launch G4B in the market had asked Anang for creating few prototypes to test on the blind people. To develop these prototypes, Anang who comes from a poor family approached the CM for help.

PHED Minister, Bamang Felix who spotted the boy helped in arranging  meeting with CM so that Anang could find all possible support and encouragement from the state government towards his innovation.

When CM asked what motivated him to develop the gadget, the boy recalled a blind girl whom he saw few years back. Saddened at her plight, Anang decided to use technology to help visually impaired people. The technology he chose was similar to parking sensors used in cars.

Since then after developing the gadget, he has participated in National Level Science Exhibition at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi, on March 6 where Honey Bee Network, which is in collaboration with NIF, Society for Research and Initiatives for Sustainable Technologies and Institutions (SRISTI), Global Youth Action Network (GYAN) and UNICEF were quite impressed with his innovation.

Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman, Bamang Tago also attended the meeting.




Encroachment reported along Arunachal-Nagaland boundary

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Porous border and non-demarcation of inter-state boundary has reportedly led to encroachment of Arunachal Pradesh land. Surprisingly, this time dispute is not with Assam but with Nagaland.

In a press conference held here on Friday, Longding District Students' Union (LDSU) President Wanlem Wangsu informed that villagers of Zangkham village in Nagaland have encroached agriculture land of Longkhow village of Arunachal Pradesh by planting cardamom.  

LDSU said that slapdash approach to the vexed border issue by  the state government and authority is  encouraging brazen encroachment into Arunachal land by the neighbour states.

The encroachment is also an open violation to the Supreme Court's direction to maintain status quo along the boundary.

"Government should deploy its forces to the inter-state boundary, instead of leaving the people living along boundary to fend themselves off from such incidents" said Manlem.

However, the union clarified that encroachment was done by the villagers of Zangkham without being backed by the district administration. It is said that in 1970s, such sporadic land disputes arose between the two villages but was resolved by the village council.  

 The district students union submitted a representation to the Home Minister requesting him to take strict action against the encroachers while coordinating with Nagaland counterparts. It expressed apprehension that such incident may put both the villages into war like situation.  The union further claimed that similar land dispute was reported between Nokyan village of Nagaland and Zedua Village of Arunachal Pradesh which led to confrontation between the villagers.

When contacted, DC Longding Himansu Gupta informed that he had discussed with Deputy Commissioner of Mon district Nagaland and proposed a talk to resolve the dispute.

DC further informed that Longding ADC has already assessed the sites which have eased the tension.

 "Now situation is under control, as the Zangkham villagers haven't come back to site" said DC.

LDSU further sought for the redeployment of Arunachal Pradesh Civil Police in Tirap, Changlang and Longding district. The state government withdrew the APP and APPBN in 2005.

It further called for decentralization of the venue for the recruitment in civil Police.





NEEPCO denied RHEP land donors their legitimate rights: Committee

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  The Ranganadi Hydroelectric Project MoU Demand Committee (RMDC) has alleged the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) of unjustly denying the land donors of 405 MW Ranganadi Hydroelectric Project of their legitimate rights.

RMDC Secretary, Tao Tana while addressing media persons at the Press Club here on Friday, claimed that the hydropower developer has blatantly overlooked the legitimate rights of the land donors and project affected people violating the laid down provisions of the government.  

Citing information acquired through RTI, Tana disclosed that no memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed for the said 405 MW hydropower project which was commissioned way back in 2001.

'The hydropower developer only organized a public hearing two decades ago to get approval for the said project', he stated adding that the state government should now consider drafting a fresh memorandum of understanding by taking all the relief and rehabilitation issues under consideration.

'We have on Mar 13 last, submitted a nine-point memorandum to the Chairman-cum-Managing Director North East Electric Power Corporation, Meghalaya drawing the attention of the power developer towards the issues affecting the land donors and project affected people and sought early fulfillment of our legitimate demands', said Tana.

While speaking about the alleged injustice being meted out to the project affected people in terms of job reservation in the RHEP under various categories, RMDC Chairman, Taba Techi said that RHEP currently employs 208 employees, of which only 36 were selected from among the land affected people.

'According to guidelines 25% of local managerial/professional posts, 50% of ministerial/clerical posts besides, 25% and 75% of posts for skilled and unskilled jobs respectively, will be especially reserved for eligible candidates from project affected areas', informed Techi.

'Already the RHEP is facing shortage of employees. Of the 208 employed only 36 are locals while the rest are non-APST. There is no dearth of eligible local APST candidates, why can't the RHEP employ them instead of employing people from outside the state', he questioned and urged the RHEP to create another 500 posts at the earliest claiming that as per reports about 70% of the employees would already be retired from their posts till March this year.

The RMDC Chairman further stated that the expenditure on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) by the RHEP since its inception in 2001 totals to Rs. 1 crore 93 lakhs. He further disclosed that as per the guidelines NEEPCO should invest a share of 2.5% per year from its net profit for CSR and Community Development schemes for the project affected area.

Earlier, in its nine-point memorandum to the Chairman-cum-Managing Director North East Electric Power Corporation, Meghalaya, the RMDC sought early fulfillment of its demands which include; drafting of fresh memorandum of understanding, proper review of relief and rehabilitation work, action against NEEPCO officers for furnishing false and fabricated information regarding displacement of villages so affected, direct recruitment of existing vacancies in RHEP from the eligible candidates from project affected area in all cadres (Group A, B,C&D) as per existing manpower into Megawatt ratio norms allowed to power projects under operation and maintenance(O&M) projects as provisioned under National Electric Plan, Central Electricity Authority, Ministry of Power, GoI, implementation of 1% of total generated power for Local Area Development since 2008 as guaranteed under National Hydro Power Policy, Act 2008 from current fiscal 2008-09 on backlog  basis, immediate job regularization of recently W/C upgraded APST employees of RHEP, establishment of ED office at Itanagar, strict and regular implementation of  CSR-CD schemes on need basis, immediate cancellation of all ongoing and proposed recruitments against RHEP.    

It has further threatened to resort to democratic action in case its demands are not met within March 31 next.




Disseminate govt initiatives to society: Minister

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Information, Public Relations & Printing Minister Bamang Felix called upon the officers of  Information & Public Relations and Printing departments to work with team spirit for proper  dissemination of government initiatives so that it reaches all sections of society.

Taking stock of the activities of the departments at a coordination meeting held at the Media Centre in the Secretariat here on Friday, Felix appreciated the activities of both the departments and assured all out support in smooth functioning of the departments in their respective nature of works.

Congratulating the IPR team for successful conduct of this year's film festival, a programme he initiated in 2013 as the Parliamentary Secretary, Felix hoped that this would progress  further in years to come. He said that Printing department was once declared the most effective department and exhorted the officers to maintain the same tempo and work sincerely for betterment of the department.

Appreciating some of the vital issues including setting up of Film & Television Institute, construction of Soochna Bhawan, printing of text books of government schools besides pay up gradation of  DIPROs/PROs, the Minister assured his support towards strengthening of the departments.

IPR Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung while addressing the officers assured to work for the betterment of the department to facilitate dissemination of information to the grass root people.

Stating that the IPR department acts as a bridge between the government and people, Natung called for better coordination and team spirit among the officers and work sincerely under the CM's Team Arunachal mantra to take the state forward. He expressed grave concern at non completion of Soochna Bhawan, for which the construction started way back in 2011 and assured all possible means to manage fund from the government for its early completion.

Special Secretary IPR Mitali Namchoom sought the support and cooperation from the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for effective implementation of the schemes for proper functioning of the departments.

Earlier, both the Directors - Director IPR Obang Tayeng and Director Printing Tajuk Charu highlighted the activities of their respective departments through power point presentations and urged upon the Minister and Parliamentary Secretary to take up the issues like shortage of fund, shortage of man power and other infrastructure problems on priority.

Besides the officers of the two departments, the meeting was attended by Commissioner Printing Tahang Taggu. (DIPRO)





One dead, 2 injured in Miao road mishap

[ Indrajit Tingwa ]

Miao,  Mar 17 : One person has died while two are injured after collision between a car and a bike on Thursday evening on the Miao-Namchik Road in Namphai-II area.

The deceased has been identified as 32 years old biker-Phangrang Longri. The other two-40 years old Rimrai Tikhak and Serengkam Tikhak who were on the bike with the deceased sustained grievous injuries.

The driver of the car, Rustum Tamang who apparently was speeding managed to flee from the spot.  

Tamang is said to be a drug peddler and is suspected to have come to Miao for drug dealing.

Miao Police have registered a case vide No. 10/2017 u/s 279/304(A)/338 IPC. After inquest and post mortem, the deceased has been handed over to his family for last rites.

OC Maio P.S. Inspr.Randang Khomrang informed that messages to nearby police stations have been passed in order to nab the accused as soon as possible.





DC gives emphasis on cash crops to combat opium threat

TEZU, Mar 17: Deputy Commissioner Lohit, Danish Ashraf has stressed on the importance of alternative source of income for opium cultivation.

He was addressing a District Level Farmers Training Cum Farmer- Scientist Interaction under the ATMA Programme 2015-2016 at Amik Ringya Hall here on Friday.

He exhorted the farmers to grow medicinal and cash crops instead of opium. Saying that opium was a menace to the people of Lohit and society in general, the DC asked everyone not to indulge in such illegal practices. DC also mentioned the budget proposal of Rs 20 crore for providing plantation materials to the  farmers and youths  for taking up alternative cash crops.

He particularly stressed on growing cash crops like Spirulina, Stevia, Citronella etc which he termed as both profitable and less labour consuming during growing days.

Based on the budget proposal, Ashraf  insisted upon making Lohit a hub for organic products.

He added that GI approved oranges, ginger, turmeric and other viable crops must be given a push.  Further, he instructed the agricultural department and experts to dedicatedly work towards achieving this target.

Highlighting the details about reforms and activities under ATMA Lohit, DDA Cum PD Ajit Pao explained the importance of role played by the famers in the process of Agriculture technology management programme and the key functions of various extension functionaries.

ADO(ER) A. Gamre also spoke on the occasion.

 During interaction session, the resource persons from KVK, Chongkham, Chandra Moni Singh, SMS Horticulture, S. Rehman HDO, Tezu and Dr. N. Taipodia, DVO, Tezu answered numerous queries of the farmers. More than hundred progressive farmers from all the villages of the district along with respective AFAs and ADOs attended the programme. DIPRO




Change mindset or corruption will spoil Arunachal: Mosang

NIRJULI, Mar 17: Minister WRD, Geology and Mining, Kamlung Mosang said that if citizens of the state do not change their mindset, corruption will spoil future of state.

He said this while inaugurating the 5th general conference cum election of Arunachal Law Students Union at Nikum Niya Hall, Nirjuli on Friday.

As he called upon student communities of Arunachal to take a lead, Mosang said that most important part of life is to maintain discipline.

"Students are future of tomorrow. Therefore, students need to work hard to secure better future," said Mosang.

All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) President Hawa Bagang while giving a clarion call to start a movement against corruption and reformation of education system called upon all to join the movement.

"There is lack of legal awareness in state and law students needs to work on that. To fight corruption, change of mindset is urgently required right from top to bottom including lawmakers and students leaders," said Bagang.

Former RTI Commissioner and Former ALSU President Toko Anil appealed to the law graduates to help the members of society in getting justice.

ALSU President Tadar Tarish in his address elaborated work done in his tenure and urged the law fraternity members to maintain discipline and work for the development of society and deliverance of justice to needy and poor.

Tarish also informed that about two thousand students pursuing law are expected to take part in conference. Executive Member Gyamar Maya and Temi Pabo also addressed the gathering.




A Defective Indian

[ Ngurang Reena ]

"Demanding me to lick his boots, he said, you deserve it only because you are a dirty tribal from the north east". -Higio Gungte, Arunachal Pradesh.

I am an Indian, an optimist Indian, albeit a critical one. Today, 25 years of contemplation of society and self, I claim, I am a despondent citizen of India. I started as an optimist however lived short while, deliberated by theirs-who I called my own kinds- racism and its consequential prejudices, made me an Indian skeptic. My first encounter with the animal Racism was in India, in my own country. Racism wore superiority with pride. It walked loud and bold in the streets, in the shopping malls, in the airports and everywhere I walked.

But I met it, up close one evening in one the subways of Delhi in the year 2009. As I walked into the packed metro, I was rebuff by many eyes and disdained at my presence, their eyes examined me. Jittery, I turned away to one of the corners, only to allow my space felt corrode by two men slowly, but surely advancing.  They offered me money and it ascended-asking me discreetly ''how much do you charge for the night?''. I was stunned at the question and didn't know how to respond. Yet I did! Gathering courage, I said, you should watch your words! Well, he reprimanded, ''why don't you go back to where you belong!"

Well 2009 onward, racism and I had a frequent encounter- someday for coffee-rather light but most of the days, like the morning breakfast- extensively heavy. On my first visit to the prestigious Jaipur Lit Fest, my friends and I, all Indians but yes, from the North-East part of the country were denied entry into a hotel, and were asked to 'prove our nationality' on arriving at a hotel. The manager demanded that he sees our passports! We asserted we were Indians! we all speak excellent Hindi, and thought that it would just suffice. I mean, does it even matter?

Since then, I have been looking for home!

Through this article, I speak from, and of, and to, my country; to speak of a prerogative, gambled by few of my fellow Indians, for reasons known to them and unknown to me and to my brothers and sisters from the 8 North Eastern States of India. I write to speak of the county, the states and the cities, and of the many individuality and identities that comes with it, conditioned by the colours, features, names, languages, foods, songs, dances and others.  Most vividly, I write to question on the idea of 'Indianness'. Honestly, I don't even know if this word exists, but time has taught me that such ideas has dwelt here, uncontested. And some of us have lived here, at risk, unfree, assaulted and erased.

Hate Crimes and Dharnas

Slogans like - Racism down down! We want justice! We are Indians! are almost an everyday tune to our tongues now. One does not need to be reminded of the many past incidents of racial attacks and its similar bigotries perpetrated to certain communities of India, that do not fit in the Índian' design. Either one is 'not enough Indian' or rather 'you don't look like an Indian!'On 29th January 2014, when Nido Tania, a 20-year-old Student from Arunachal Pradesh was murdered in the Lajpat Nagar area of Delhi, it triggered widespread protests across the country. Many political parties joined in and some of them also assured, there will be no more Nido Tania and atrocities of similar kinds.

But, only few months later in October 2014, there were two separate but parallel incidents, one in which a 26 year-old engineering student was beaten by three men in Bangalore for not speaking Kannada. Second, where two students from Nagaland, Awang Newmei and Aloto Chishi were beaten and tortured brutally for hours by few local men in Gurgaon. What's terrifying is their intent. The perpetrators then chopped off one of their hair saying, "We want to send a message to all of you in the northeast. If you guys from Manipur or Nagaland come here, we will kill you." These are only few of the incidents; there are so many more- brutal and inhumane in nature. Besides, many of us are fighting a battle every day, trying to find ways-how to tackle- to the incessant subtle cynicism that we are subjected to almost every day.

Yet another attack

15th and 16th March 2016, another protest-peace march was organized. Once again the old slogans like, we want justice! And racism down down! Took over the streets of Bangalore, Delhi and Arunachal Pradesh. Reason? A criminal lawyer, Mr. B. Hemant Kumar (Landlord) in Bangalore thinks that tribal people from the North East are best kept at his boots, preferably to lick them. I am aghast at the incident that happened on the 6th of March on a young boy named Higio Gungte from Arunachal Pradesh, a college student of Christ College and was living as a tenant in one of Mr. Hemant's building for almost a year. I am sad to learn about the physical pain and the emotional trauma this little boy was inflicted with over a petty issue-excessive use of water. Gungte's family is a close relative of mine and after the tragic incident I had spoken to both his mother and sister. From their long conversation, one thing that troubled me, was the question his mom asked me, is, "what wrong has my son done to him (Landlord)? This is a clear case of Racism- a hate crime and an FIR has been lodged against the landlord at the Hulimavu police station in Bangalore but he is out on bail now.

Allow me to share with you few important details from the FIR in Gungte's words.

"Hemant Kumar has attacked me for no reason but because I come from North East. I and two of my friends are tenants in his rent house since March 2016, with the rent amount 12000 per month and the rent agreement was made in the name of my friends Mridupawan Bharali and Rajeev Ranjan Singh (hailing from Assam and Jharkhand respectively). He told us that my name need not appear in the rent agreement. It was on Monday March 6, 2017 our landlord Mr. B. Hemanth Kumar came to our house and he started attacking my friend while I was talking to my parents over the phone in the balcony. When I saw him dragging my friend by his neck, I immediately rushed into the room and tried to stop him but instead he started beating me. He beat me mercilessly in all part of my body. While beating me he said, "you dirty tribal from North East".

He kicked me in my stomach several times and I was choking and fell down on the floor because of the severe pain. In no time, again he kicked me on my chin and it started bleeding. My tongue got cut and it was too painful. Then I went to the bathroom to spit the blood out, he dragged me out of it and hit my right cheek, it was too painful. My mouth was full of blood. He punched me in my face. I was already very tired from the beating and dragging. He tried to kick my genitals as well but somehow, moved and escaped.

Mr. Hemanth told my two friends to slap me otherwise he will beat me more. As a result my two friends out of fear of him started slapping me.

While he was beating me, he abused verbally saying, "I will f… your mother and sister".

He forced me to lick his boots

While he was kicking me with his boots, one of the boots came out. He ordered me to put it back to his feet and tie the lace, and lick his boots. While licking his shoe he said, "You only deserve it because you are a dirty tribal from North East and don't show your face again in this city".

Please No More!

I felt my heart skipped a beat when I read his FIR. I was disappointed and disturbed by both the actions of Gungte's two friends and Mr. Hemanth, but much more by Mr. Hemanth. He is an educated man, a lawyer by profession. Gungte, in his wildest dreams must have never imagined, he would be ever treated like that. Only if one could read MR. Hemanth's thoughts. You see, no man is disturbed by things, but by his opinion about things. And I fail to understand, why does he hate the 'tribals from the north east?' I also struggle to reason out why Gungte’s friends (room mates) gave in to Mr. Hemant's threats. If only they could have gathered some courage, things would have been relatively calmer for Gungte and his family.

Gungte's noiselessness is very familiar to mine and many of us who are told every day we don't belong here. His voice is the offspring of many nations within a nation. And together our voices carry the many unheard stories of racial discrimination and its intolerance.

I believe, more than ever that the search for justice is the supreme foundation for activism in our time here and abroad, although the melody of misery and anguish has been consecrated in this country. I draw strength from the traditions of every brothers and sisters who without fear and inhibitions have dealt with racial discrimination and its biases; with every reason, have stood firm in their fight, and most remarkably to those who have lost their lives in the pursuit to finding one's identity like Nido Tania, Richard Loitam and many more.  But, when we condemn attacks in Kansas (shooting of two Indians' thinking they were Iranians) and Canada (Quebec mosque shooting) why do well fail to dismiss this one? They say when the horrors and pain of the people are louder than the babies crying and when the cry of your neighbours makes you more uncomfortable than the murder itself, something is awfully wrong. And It's time, that India, where differences were once accepted and celebrated, should introspect on this before it is too late  and before our attitudes harden.


Let me end it here:

The idea of home is so complicated to me; home isn't here people look at me like I am from somewhere else.

Where is home?


Writing became an expression of my discomfort

a language

an arrangement of unbroken rage

writing poetry to question


Poetry to reclaim my identity and to be




My body is yellow, white, brown and black

Is it my skin that betrays or is it my face?

I am still looking for an answer!


You tell me

How do I respond without making you angry and uncomfortable?

How do I wear a mask that doesn't event fit me!

Do you feel my pain?

Why can't you, my fellow Indians respond for me?

I want all of you to speak for us.

What are words if they aren't realized?

And realization is a distant dream

A dream to be an Indian

and here I am living despite it all

with a language that comforts me

in a language that sounds familiar.

I write to all the younger version of me, you are



Even the colour of my dreams scream


my blood is Indian

my bones are solid Indian

so, I am writing!

I am protesting as I write

I am protesting about being an outsider in my own land.

But, why am I still looking

for something that will define me?

I can't find my belonging here.

You will often catch me and many of us

searching for it

In the books and in passports


with resilience.


(The contributor is a PhD scholar,  JNU, Delhi).






Rs 4 Cr. fund earmarked for DPGC Science block: Minister

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Addressing the Mopin celebration at Donyi-Polo Government College, Kamki on  Friday, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Minister, Dr Mohesh Chai  announced the government's recent decision to introduce the Science stream at DPGC Kamki from next academic session.  An amount of Rs 4 Crore has been kept in budget 2017-18 for construction of new block for Science stream in fiscal year 2017-18, he said.

Dr Chai also disclosed that steps are being initiated  by the Govt to streamline the education sector by introducing smart classes in every government schools in phase manner.

 He called upon the students to avoid consumption of narcotic substances and give priority to their study and not to involve in unwanted activities.

Parliamentary Secretary, Planning, Personnel and Administrative Reforms & Training, Zingnu Namchoom urged the students to respect the teachers. Namchoom hoped that the college will get more development packages from state government in days to come.

In his address, Parliamentary secretary, Sports and Youth Affairs, Nyamar Karbak lauded the state government for keeping budget for introduction of Science stream in the college. He also called upon students to be disciplined, sincere and studious to become a successful person and serve the society in days to come.

Daporijo MLA Dikto Yekar also spoke on the occasion.

Among others, ZPC West Siang, Yaman Bagra,  Kamba ADC Switeka Sachan attended the pre-Mopin celebration.

Later the dignitaries visited the proposed site for new block for Science stream at college campus, according to a release.





Rajbhasha and Health workshop held at DFP

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The Regional office, Directorate of Field Publicity, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Itanagar organized a One day Workshop on Hindi Language on March 15 at its Regional Office, Itanagar.

Staffs and officers from 9 DFP Units of Arunachal Pradesh region participated in the workshop.

In his address Director, DFP Dr HR Keshavamurthy emphasized on the need to use Rajbhasha in daily official correspondence so that it develops into a stronger link language leading to national integration. While expressing concern over slow progress in the offices of DFP in the region, he advised them to attend trainings on the language.

Assistant Commandant, ITBP, Itanagar Surjit Singh who was a resource person stressed on the use of Hindi Language in day to day official activities.

Meanwhile, a Workshop on the Mother & Child Health and Mission Indradhanush Campaign organized with the support of ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Govt. of India was conducted by the Regional Directorate of DFP at Itanagar today. All the heads of 9 DFP units in the state participated in the workshop which reviewed the implementation of the programme in 2 phases during the year.

In his address Dr. H.R.Keshavamurthy, its Director called for more aggressive campaigning in coordination with state health department, Panchayat Raj institutions and NGOs so that institutional delivery becomes a norm in this state resulting in improved IMR/MMR rate and also 100% coverage of eligible children under vaccination programme. He also advised officials to involve ICDS project functionaries in a bigger way so that the utility of balanced diet and nutritious food in the overall development of mother and child is propagated by way of exhibition and education.

In his remarks Administrative Officer R.P.Chakraborty advised the unit officials to follow the financial rules meticulously while spending funds and ensure maximum benefit with available resources.




‘Empower people through RTI Act’

BOMDILA, Mar 17: Terming Right to Information Act as a Paradigm shift, a game changer and a sunshine Act, Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Joram Begi called for informed citizenry and empowerment of people.

In the daylong awareness campaign held today at DC's conference hall, Dr. Begi called for transparency and accountability.

Dwelling at length on the RTI Act 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner acknowledged that the Public Information Officers (PIO) do face certain hurdles and hiccups, but that should not be a deterrent. 'The PIOs should be and need to be pro-active' he said.

He also informed of the State Food Commission which is being looked after by the SIC where the issues of National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013, Mid Day Meal (MDM) and Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) are being dealt with.

Information Commissioners AK Techi and Matheim Linggi dealt on Guide to information seekers and Role of Public Information Officers respectively while Information Commissioner Nanom Jamoh elaborated on the National Food Security Act 2013.

The DF&CSO, DDSE and DD ICDS also made power point presentations on NFSA, MDM and SNP respectively.

In the interactive session that followed, social workers, representatives of the various NGOs, public and PRI leaders and HODs actively deliberated on the various aspects of RTI and the issues related with NFSA 2013 which led the Chief Information Commissioner to commit that a high level meeting of the Food & Civil Supplies officers would be convened soon after completion of the awareness campaigns in the state.

Summing up the day's proceedings, Deputy Commissioner Sonal Swaroop complementing the efforts of the Information Commission opined that such endeavors would go a long way in bringing about the desired change and that, transparency and accountability would be the game changers. The DC also assured the State Food Commission members to expedite the Aadhar card seeding in the district.

Among others, the awareness programme was attended by Superintendent of Police PN Khrimey, former Minister Tobar Jamoh, former MLA Rinchin Kharu, public leaders, PRI members, social workers, NGOs, administrative officers and HODs of the district. DIPRO




RGU seminar on public development policy

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: Two days long national seminar on anthropology and public development policy: Issues and Challenges, organized by the Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, started on Friday at Rajiv Gandhi University.

Education Minister Honchun Ngandam spoke at length on the education scenario of the state and regional development mainly focussing on higher education leading to socio-economic transformations and political development of the state.

Giving a comparative account of how other developed countries around the globe is giving impetus on higher education he stressed on developing vibrant human resource in the country.

He appreciated the efforts of RGU in promoting higher education in all disciplines and for instituting overall personality development of the students and for imparting quality education in this remote part of the country and urged the stakeholders to contribute more. He further emphasized on the necessity of introducing undergraduate courses in anthropology and sociology subjects in the government colleges of Arunachal Pradesh and assured that he would take up the matter on priority basis.

Prof. Tamo Mibang, Vice Chancellor, RGU discussed about how anthropological knowledge was used for public welfare policies by governments and administrators around the world. He highlighted the importance of Anthropology as an academic discipline at undergraduate level to generate new knowledge on cultural tolerance and also to promote human resource development.

Dr. SB Chakrabarty, General Secretary, The Asiatic Society, Kolkata spoke on anthropologists' contributions in disseminating their knowledge in tribal development based on the policies and ideas endorsed by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and Verrier Elwin.

Prof R K Mutatkar, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Group, Indian Council of Medical Research while delivering the keynote address on Anthropological Paradigm for Public Policy spoke about how anthropology from the very beginning contributed to public policy making owing to their holistic fieldwork. He noted about colonial ethnographer contributing a lot in tribal education and health policy of India pre and post independence period. Citing some eminent anthropologists like SC Dube and DN Majumdar, he emphasised their consultancy roles in shaping various governmental projects in various tribal areas.

The inaugural session was attended by large number of faculties and scholars from RGU besides anthropologists, paper presenters and researchers from different parts of the country.

Head, Department of Anthropology Dr. H Vokendro Singh and Director of IGRMS, Bhopal Prof. S K Chaudhuri also spoke on the occasion.





High turn up registration for Itanagar Mini Marathon

Itanagar Mar 17:  Office premises of the Controller Legal Metrology at C-Sector, Naharlagun filled with contenders for the proposed 2nd edition of Itanagar Mini Marathon race being organized for consumer awareness by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh on March 19 from I G Park, Itanagar to Rajiv Gandhi Park, Naharlagun .

"This time people's response is very high with registration of about 300 participants in last two days. We expect to register more than 600 participants. Registration will continue in office on Saturday, said Controller Legal Metrology & CA Hoktum Ori.

Considering interest of the people, number of prizes has been enhanced to eight each for men and women's categories.





Workshop on ‘Emerging Technologies in Networking’ conducted

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: An AICTE-NEQIP sponsored one-day workshop on the topic "Emerging Technologies in Networking" was organized by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic here on Friday.

Assistant Professor of CSE Department, NERIST, Amar Taggu with his team members - Kennong Rina and Dewan R. Alam, Network Administrator, NERIST - attended the workshop as the resource persons.

Taggu spoke about the "Network Technologies: Today and Tomorrow" and also on "Cyber security Threats". Rina presented a "Demonstration of software defined radios and applications," while Alam conducted a hands-on session on "Practical Networking and Internetworking concept".

Earlier, the workshop was inaugurated by AICTE-NEQIP co-coordinator, RGGP, D. Siddappa, who also spoke about NEQIP and the importance of such workshop for the students. HOD in-charge of CSE Department, RGGP, Tamo Tado encouraged the students to learn and take as much benefit as possible from such events.





Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Volunteers of the All Arunachal Pradesh Border Development Association (AAPBDA) conducted a cleanliness drive-cum-awareness programme on Swachch Bharat Abhiyan in the premises of RK Mission Hospital here on Friday. The drive was carried out under the supervision of the AAPBDA General Secretary Sorang Mayu.  




Awareness prog marks consumer rights day

PASIGHAT, Mar 17:  A day-long exhibition cum consumer awareness programe was organized by Legal Metrology and Consumers Affairs department on the occasion of World Consumer Rights Day here on Wednesday.

Briefing on importance of the day, Assistant Controller (LM & CA) D. Linggi said that under Consumer Protection Act, consumer grievances are redressed within three month through special redressal machinery set up in district, state and national level. He also demonstrated the method of detecting adulterated commodities like spices, pulses, honey etc. Inspector Lupha Sikhet also made the consumers aware of various methods being adopted to deceive the consumers. DIPRO




Students seek smart class

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: The All Pakke-Kessang Pijerang Dissing-Passo Seijosa Students' Union (APPDSSU) has written to Director of School Education requesting inclusion of Smart Classes at Government Higher Secondary School Seijosa.

The union in a release claimed that thousands of students are studying in the school and the school has contributed a lot in development of Pakke-Kessang area. The provision of smart class facility in the school will encourage and motivate the people of Seijosa Circle and Dissing-Passo Circle and 12th Pakke Kessang ST Assembly Constituency as a whole, they added.




Awareness prog on disaster management conducted

YUPIA, Mar 17: Papum Pare District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) in collaboration with 12Bn NDRF conducted a one-day awareness programme on disaster management at Girls Residential School Yupia on Friday. The NDRF team led by Sub Inspector Gyana Nand Shah  gave a demonstration  on relief and rescue operations during the natural calamities like earthquake, landslide, flood and fire accidents.  He also briefly highlighted on do's and don'ts on disaster preparedness and advised   the young students to take advantage of the awareness programme.

 School Head Mistress Teli Dimin said that the awareness programme will go a long way in helping the students to learn about the safety measures  during relief and rescue operations.

Earlier DDMO  in-charge Y. Jerang briefed about the objective of awareness camp. She advised the students to share the knowledge and information gained  in the programme with their family members, friends and relatives to spread more awareness on disaster preparedness.          

The students also enthusiastically participated in the demonstration programme.  School Management Committee Chairman Gyammar Pitor, teachers, students and public were present on the occasion. DIPRO




Training for farmers

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A three day's training programme on production technologies for sustainable agriculture cum field visit was held at Lipu Namchi village of West Siang from March 14 to 16.

Around fifty farmers attended the training programme by the scientists of ICAR, Basar.

Scientist (Veterinary Extension), Dr. Doni Jini who is also the coordinator of the programme highlighted the objective of the project pertaining to soil and water erosion and its conservation measures through various resilient technologies.

Technical officer (IMD) Kaushik Bhagawati shared about weather forecasting and its importance in relation to agriculture and livestock. Scientist (Horticulture) Dr. Theja Angami presented different resource conservation technologies - paddy straw mulching, minimum tillage with residue management in maize-pea cropping systems, soybean strip cropping in Jhum paddy field and the production techniques of pea.

Scientist (Agroforestry) Dr. Rajesh Alone spoke on the importance of Jalkund technology a low cost rainwater harvesting techniques for uphill conditions while Scientist (Plant breeding) L. Thoutang, requested the farmers to maintain indigenous varieties suitable for the region.

Dr. Doni Jini also spoke on common livestock and poultry diseases, their prevention and control before pre and post monsoon season.

A diagnostic visit was conducted in farmers field by scientists of ICAR AP centre Basar and problems related to crop and livestock were identified. Later, Vanaraja poultry birds, ginger, some kharif vegetable seeds, organic manure and veterinary medicine along with feed supplement were provided to the farmers.




Entrepreneurship Development Programme

ITANAGAR, Mar 17: A week-long Entrepreneurship Development Programme(EDP)-2017 being organized  by DIC, Capital Complex in collaboration with NN Charitable Society (NNCS), Doimukh began at DIC conference hall, Naharlagun on Friday.

 Addressing the inaugural function, Ward No. 27 Councillor, Taba Takia encouraged the participants to avail opportunity of entrepreneurship programme for self-reliant.  Capital Complex DIC joint director Kautak Sarma  spoke about the importance of EDP Programme. The Asstt. Director of MSME, Arun Difeo dwelt at length on the concept of MSME and importance of village and cottage industries development while interacting with the participants.

Among others, Asstt. Director of Industries, Gyamar Tabin, & NN Charitable Society  chairman, Nangbia Amar Dui also  attended the  programme as resource persons.




State level training on baseline assessment

ITANAGAR, Mar 17:  Training on baseline assessment for Staff nurse and newly appointed ANM commenced on March 17 for 80 nurses at National Health Mission office, training Hall, Naharla-gun. Organized by the A.P State Health Society, Training were given with objective to equip the newly appointed ANM and stuff nurse with knowledge and skill required to handle mother and baby care more efficiently.

Nodal Officer Training Dr. T Taku exhorted the participants to give their quality time in training and to update themselves with professional skills to provide quality service to the people.

Resource person Kejum Karga Deputy Director Nursing Council, Naharlagun informed that training will be imparted in five critical component- measuring BP, estimation of hemoglobin, new born resuscitation, insertion of Interval IUCD and  Partograph.

Other resources persons for the training are Boa Yania Taw, Natel Jamoh, Inu Borang and Aruna Chaudari   from nursing schools of Papum-Pare and Pasighat.




Siang District Chakka bandh passes off peacefully

[ Maksam Tayeng ]

PANGIN/PASIGHAT, Mar 17: The 2nd phase 60-hour Siang District Chakka bandh called by Siang District Headquarter Welfare Committee (SDHWC) ended peacefully without any untoward incident on Friday.

"If the state government continues to ignore our genuine demand we will be bound to launch an indefinite Siang District bandh," informed Tatok Panor, General Secretary, SDHWC, Pangin.

The chakka bandh was organized in protest against the alleged move of the state government to shift the district headquarters of Siang from its notified permanent headquarters Nyobo (Perang-Lampang). SDHWC has demanded the state government for early development of infrastructure at Nyobo, as it was already notified as permanent headquarters of Siang district on November 24, 2014 last.

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Huge expectation on BJP

With the assembly election over people of India will be hoping that government finally focuses on creating job opportunities for the youth and push forward the economic reform agenda. The BJP came to power in 2014 with promise of improving economy by introducing reform measures. However they have not been fully able to do it and have faced problem in passing major legislation in Rajya Sabha where they are in minority as of now.

 But party has won many assembly elections since 2014 and is expected to be in majority in Rajya Sabha by 2018. In the recent assembly election BJP won big mandate in UP and Uttarakhand. The huge victory in the Hindi heartland is seen as big thumps up to the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The scale of the BJP's victory in Uttar Pradesh may embolden the central government to push for economic and social reforms. During the remaining two years of the current government it is expected that we will see bolder initiatives than even the politically risky demonetisation move. These may include labour reforms, revisiting the issue of land acquisition and improving governance. Also the mammoth victory pulled off by the BJP in Uttar Pradesh is seen by some as an endorsement of the demonetization drive. People of India have given massive mandate to BJP in 2014 and has again reposed faith on them by electing party in various assembly election. There is huge expectation and now it is upto BJP to ensure that promises are fulfilled at the earliest.






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Equal distribution of teachers

Dear Editor,

The recent resolution of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly on equitable distribution of teachers is a welcome step. For many years, the needy people of the remote areas have been voicing for posting of adequate teachers. Better late than never. The government has taken notice of the serious problem. In fact, teachers of the government schools are today one of the most highly paid yet one of the most under-utilized sections of employees due to  reasons rightly identified by the AP Legislative Assembly. If implemented, it will be fulfillment of the longstanding aspiration of the students and their parents.

It is unfortunate that, in spite of thousands of teachers on pay-roll, the students of interior areas are still deprived due to imbalanced posting of teachers. Massive enhancement of their salaries as per successive CPC recommendations has not yielded the desired result. Also, the grant of several incentives is yet to boost the work culture. The fact that, the teachers of the Govt. schools themselves prefer the private schools for education of their children speaks volume about the issue. Recent research has shown that, even the people of lower income groups are impelled to keep their children in private schools due to unsatisfactory functioning of govt. schools in many areas.  Only an estimated 20-25 % of teachers are working in the rural schools. And this small percentage of sincere teachers is overworked. Lack of teachers in remote areas is one of the main reasons for continuous migration of people from rural to urban areas.

It is hoped, the much desired balanced distribution and optimal utilization of teachers will be a reality after implementation of the resolution.








Equal pay for equal work

Dear Editor,

I am just an ordinary guy employed as a contractual staff serving my people with utmost sense of responsibility and dedication since ages. And believe me , even today, such people really do exist  who execute their works with a zeal without expecting anything in return until he realized that he is being "overused" and "overlooked ".

One thing is clear and loud here, when a contractual staff is employed in any dept under GoAP. He/she is bounded by so called 'Contract ' which is sufficed by numerous No. Like No provisions for leave, No Allowances, No DA etc. and finally he/she has to be settled with consolidated but meager salary even without a right to claim  for regularisation which is the hallmark of contractual job.

Why so much disparity prevails between contractual and regular staff in terms of pay and benefits when such employees have gone through same stages of recruitment process from written and personal interview like that of regular staff, when such staff possesses similar qualifications and desirable skills like that of regular staff, when such staff executes their works at par with their counterparts with similar working norms?

Is there anything else that we have to prove to our administration?

It’s time the govt need to consider seriously towards equal pay for equal work along with usual no pay, no work policy.


A neglected  C/staff





Banyan tree and more

Dear Editor,

In my last writing, “An open letter to cm”, I just cited an example of banyan tree. Because I intended to convey my message in the simplest way as possible, in fact I even quoted it as pseudo situation. But, a fellow seems to be stuck with my banyan tree. All I can do is, request him to think out of the box. Let me tell you, botany is not a forestry it is just a chapter in the book of forestry. Environmental study is just a paragraph in book of forestry.  And please don’t get miscarried by my uses of figures of speech, that forestry studies only one book. I am afraid that you might again be thinking so. You rightly said that even class 8th student would know the scientific name of banyan tree and let me tell you, that, they also have environmental study book in their syllabus but none of the reasons make them qualified for the said interview.

 Our struggle for the reservation begun in the year 2001 and after a long struggle of 16 years we were granted a 50% reservation in 2016. And coming to the present scenario there are 32 seats for RFO, it is because the RFO interview was kept on hold for few years and now under 50% reservation we are getting 16 posts. It somehow sounds ok. But what if the APCS starts conducting the exam regularly. There will only be an average of 2 seats every year. In which we will be getting only one seat according to what people wants now. So we have a question to ourselves. Is it for this, we were struggling so hard? Actually if there were no reservation we have the probability of occupying both the seats. It is like fooling ourselves. We know very well that we are right in our stand, either ethically or legally. But we are enforced to struggle just because some sections of people are failing to respect the rules. People cannot overlook the laid rules on the basis their self-interest and greed. I even wonder how their conscience allows them to take such a wrong move publicly.


Kyagung Dafri





Public perception matters

Dear Editor,

This refers to your editorial “Difficult days ahead for congress” (AP- March 13). History and statistics show that a ‘dying party’ can resurrect itself. The Congress party has been suffering from a leadership crisis, with Rahul Gandhi widely seen as a failure, indifferent and incompetent. Launching Priyanka is the party’s last and desperate gamble. Priyanka is the most meritorious in her generation of Gandhis. Priyanka’s arrival will no doubt bound to eclipse Rahul Gandhi, and possibly give the Congress party an image makeover. Priyanka Gandhi could then take the mantle of the party and lead the battle from the front in a long-drawn political fight. The Congress is surely losing its power base across the country, and for good reason. The decline and fall of the Congress is an arresting story written time and again; but this time the party is at the nadir of its influence in national politics. The Congress’s failure to project a suitable chief ministerial candidate in most of the elections must have harmed its prospects. On ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ BJP is making a deeper dent. India is completely changed in last 15 years and the new generation wants development and an aggressive bold minded leader like Modi.

In politics, ultimately public perception matters.


Vinod C. Dixit







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