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Sensitization workshop for the bankers on micro finance

ITANAGAR, May 12: A sensitization workshop was organized today at the Conference Hall of State Bank of India, Itanagar under the aegis of NABARD and State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC). The workshop was attended by the officers from major Commercial Banks, APEX Bank and APRB  operating in Arunachal Pradesh.

The objectives of the workshop were to widen the perspective of bankers on micro finance and to update them on the recent developments and trends in micro finance sector and apprise the bankers on the gap between demand and supply of financial services in Arunachal and how the Bankers can meet this unmet demand

S S Deb, Chief Manager, Lead Bank, State Bank of India, shared his experience of financing SHGs in Assam and other neighbouring States as a result of which the profitability of the banks had increased many fold. He exhorted the Bankers to achieve the micro finance vision of Govt of Arunachal Pradesh and accelerate the pace of SHG – Bank linkage Programme.

Dr B G Mukhopadhyay, General Manager, NABARD in his inaugural address asked the Bankers to take the SHG – Bank Linkage as serious business proposition and not as a philanthropic or charitable act. That the people at the ‘bottom of the pyramid’ can be a good market for offering financial services by the Banks is amply proved by the success of SHG – Bank Linkage Programme across the country. The banks can earmark a day exclusively for the transaction of SHG members. No SHG should be refused the access of finance, Dr Mukhopadhyay added.

Vijay Swami, Project Director, Support Centre for Micro Finance shared his experience based on the field observations and empirical data on the potential for financing under SHGs.

S S Gotluru, AGM, O P Mounglang and K V Vaiphei, Managers from NABARD apprised the bankers on the details of micro-finance through SHGs and Joint – Liability groups in the State.

The officials from different Banks exuded optimism and promised to take the micro-finance vision at a rapid pace in the State by learning the best practices from all over the country.


ANSU submits memo, demands inter-district road connectivity

ITANAGAR, May 12: All Nyishi Students Union has demanded the state Govt to take urgent step for road connectivity in Nyishi areas.

In a memorandum to state PWD and UD Minister Nabam Tuki, the ANSU said the action should be taken immediately to provide road connectivity from Itanagar to Bhalukpong via Seijosa,Jote, Lao and Tapaiso,  from Doimukh to Dollungmukh via Kimin,  and from Naypin to Chayangtajo and Tamin to Tali.

Road connectivity has become a pressing need in the modern day society. The development of other sectors completely depends on road connectivity, ANSU said while justifying its demands. It said road connectivity would promote  the rural economy by facilitating easy transportation of agri produces to market. Moreover,  road infrastructure will reduce the unemployment problems of the rural areas, as  most of the  unemployed youths would  get employment opportunities in tourism and agriculture with improved road connectivity.

ANSU said that Govt officials posted  in interior areas, particularly health and education sectors,   miserably failed to  perform up to  the people’s expectation  as there is no proper road connectivity to their posting places. Road link  also brings various groups closer thereby promoting harmonious co-existence, the union  added.


AR nabs active cadre of NSCN (K)  

ITANAGAR, May 12: The troops of 25 Assam Rifles in a joint operation with civil police apprehended one hardcore active cadre of NSCN (K) Arem Tangha @ Amon today in Changlang Bazar.

He had come to collect medicine from the local pharmacy in Changlang Bazar to send it to insurgents’ camps across the Border when he was picked up. He was actively involved in collection of extortion money from local shops of Changlang Bazar and has confessed that he was involved in forcing the villagers to carry supply to insurgent camp across the Border.

Intelligence inputs in recent past were indicating that NSCN (K) cadres are trying to increase their influence in Changlang district. It had also come to light that attempts are being made by this UG group to carryout extortion from shopkeepers and villagers in this area said a AR release.


Wanton killing of Mithun opposed

ITANAGAR, May 12: North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS) is the latest organization to campaign for saving the Mithun with the society resolving to oppose wanton killing of the most important animal.

The society which met here recently said it will oppose tooth and nail killing of the animal in large scale in political events, marriage ceremony and for selling its meat in bazaars.

On preservation of culture and traditions, the society decided to organize seminar/camps involving atleast two representatives from each tribes and seek suggestions from them on the matter.

The society with help of forest department will plant trees in and around IG Park and Polo Park and initiate steps to restrain driving of motor vehicles inside the park as it has become a driving field for learners. Further, the society resolved to organize health camps, especially on HIV/AIDS and Eyes with help of Health Department throughout the state.


MPWs demand service regularisation

ITANAGAR, May 12: All Arunachal Pradesh Multipurpose Workers’ Association (AAPMPWA) has  appealed the state health minister to  take initiative for regularization of service  and enhancement of salary of the multipurpose workers (MPWs).

The Association said the MPWs have been working under Malaria section of health department  on contract basis in tough and hilly areas of the state since 2007.  But after three years of tough service , their service are not regularized, the Association rued. It also demanded enhancement of 60 per cent of salary to cope with the skyrocketing  prices of all essential commodities.  


BADP action plan submitted

ITANAGAR, May 12: BADP Annual Action Plan 2010-11 under Pipsorang circle has been submitted to the Kurung Kumey Deputy Commissioner for his recommendation to state level selection committee for further approval, informed Pipsorang ZPM R T Hake in a release today.

The Annual Action Plan was finalized in a meeting of the panchayat leaders held at Pipsorang on April 15,  the  ZPM said. He further informed that a total of 22 BADP schemes were finalized and approved  under the Plan after scrutinization of all the schemes/proposals submitted by the panchayat leaders.


Medical camp at Leporiang

ITANAGAR, May 12: More than 700 patients of the Leporiang and nearby areas have been benefitted from a two-day free medical camp organized at Leporiang town on May 6 and 7.

The medical camp was organized jointly by Leporiang Market Committee, All Leporiang People Welfare Committee, Capital Complex and Women Welfare Society, Leporiang with active involvement of panchayat leaders, GBs, HGBs and youths.

A team of doctors from Ramakrishna Mission Hospital Itanagar comprising Dr Turu  Gadi (child specialist), Dr Obang Ngupok (Orthopedic) and ENT specialist Dr K Zamal,  Dr T Tankha and Dr Doli Geyi (surgical specialist) conducted the health camp.  Panchayati Raj director Bida Gadi was also present on the occasion. He encouraged the organizers to conduct more such camp for benefit of local people.


Aalbe Aade!

ITANAGAR, May 12: Gonyabin cine production is shortly releasing a Galo modern video album titled: Aalbe Aade! (Goodbye) with famous singers of the state Gemo Diyum,Rerik Karlo lending their voices along with upcoming singer Bijoy Nalo.

The lyrics are written and composed by Rokom Bado and Nyabin Ete.

The videos were shot at Sela, Dirang, Sangti, Aalo among other places.

The album is directed by Bindiya Ete, a media proffessional. Aalbe Aade! is an ambitious project for the production house featuring all new actors and actressess. Its main aim is to create quality entertainment for the masses while giving a platform to the local actors of the state to show their talent in the field of acting and promoting local language and tradition among young generation.


S&G camp

ITANAGAR: The Scouts and Guides of Arunachal Pradesh were adjudged overall best in the regional level standard judging camp held at Maligaon, Assam recently.

The team won Grade ‘A’ in seven competitions, namely fire rescue, march past, colour party, B-P six exercise, cooking pioneering, camp craft and folk dance.

Nine Scouts and as many Guides from Govt. Higher Secondary School, Naharlagun, Govt. Higher Secondary School Polo Colony, Secondary School Nirjuli and ‘G’ sector represented the state in the camp which was held from May five to nine last, according to a BSG release.


AIPU appreciates S&GGF, Darin

ITANAGAR: The noble approach of the  Sokjar and Gamde Gamlin Foundation (S&GGF)   to promote the management education in the state would prove beneficial for the poor and needy students, said Arunachal Indigenous People’s Union (AIPU) today.

Appreciating the signing of MoU between S&GGF and First Indian School of Business (FISB), the AIPU hoped that both the organizations would maintain fairness while providing scholarship to indigenous youths.

Meanwhile, AIPU appreciated Annu Darin for cracking UPSC examination -2009. The achievement will inspire other aspirants of prestigious examinations, it said.


ALCGA ban hunting and fishing

ITANAGAR: All Leporiang Circle Gaonburah Association (ALCGA) unanimously prohibited use of any kind of traps and indiscriminate killing of wild animals under Leporiang circle. This decision was unanimously taken by the Association in its meeting held recently. Informer of indiscriminate killing of wild animals will be awarded Rs 5000, the Association said.

The meeting resolved to abide by the DC’s order to save wildlife and also prohibited killing of aquatic life and fish by using bleaching power, electric shock, blasting etc.  The violators would be imposed penalty of Rs 20,000, the meeting resolved.


Art of Living

ITANAGAR, May 12: Art of Living, Arunachal Chapter will celebrate the 54th birthday of its founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji at its Itanagar centre on May 13. Besides satsang and  meditation, there will be special prayers for world peace.



ITANAGAR, May 12: Narang Dolley and Tailyang Sambyo have been selected as Chairman and General Secretary of Ziro Chambers of Commerce and Industries for session 2010 to 2015. Mihin Tadii and B.L. Sharma were selected as vice chairmen.

Who is this AIPU?


Dear Editor,

Numerous unregistered societies without any credential or social sanction are functioning in the state from the domain of their houses; sometime even confusing their family members and still more there are some individual who are the eternal Chairman / President of one or the other organization wherever they go.

The chairman/president mongers have almost reduced the noble formation of NGOs to a household affair thereby defeating it very purpose.

It is unfortunate to see a self proclaimed organization called Arunachal Indigenous Peoples Union (AIPU) trying to derive cheap media publicity out of Apex students’ body (AAPSU) objection on Environment & Forest Minister Jairam Ramesh inclination in favor of Chinese expertise for building big Dams in the state.

The remark by Minister in China reflects the general attitudes of the mandarin in New Delhi and comes at a most unfortunate time, when China has shown their ill intention in more than one occasion.

At the same time the AIPU statement is self explanatory of the leaders who are running the organization as they have failed to understand the whole gamut of issue. It is a unhealthy trend that have swallowed up our state more particularly in the periphery of state capital with so many unregistered union functioning as a springboard for someone’s livelihood. It will be advisable if the leaders of AIPU at least venture out of Itanagar & see for themselves where they stand. If they ever have the opportunity, go down to the national capital; get a wind of consequences such inclination that too by a central minister can have in the international arena. It is always easy to take a dig at someone’s idea. It is alluring too when they have nobody to answer to.

We request the AAPSU leadership to keep going & do all the good they can do for the state and keep inspiring us.


Lingdum Taha

General Secretary, RGUSU (On Email)




Parents and NGO role vital to prevent road accidents


Dear Editor,

Many young people lost their live due to road accident particularly in the state Capital. But in my opinion most of these accidents are happening due to their ignorance about traffic guidelines and inept handling of the vehicles.

It is seen that motorcycle and scooter riders are between the age group of 30 to 50 years. However, the unfortunate accidents involving the age group is negligible and most of the accidents happen with the younger people. This is really an unfortunate trend being faced by our state. The actual misfortune falls on those parents who lost their young ones.

Considering all the factors that are responsible for accidents, I think, mandatory counseling on safe driving and traffic rules among the younger two-wheeler riders with involvement of NGOs would bring fruitful results and help minimize the road accident.

Moreover, the parents should have to take responsibility to educate young ones about the safe driving and by putting little restriction to their child while riding. I think if the young minds are guided properly about the ultimate result of rush driving than enforcement of traffic rules will no more be required. Perhaps, this way we can save the lives of our young people as well as regulate traffic.


Anima Gammeng

EO, Office of the

Directorate of Industries





Do away with this show piece


Dear Editor,

The defunct BSNL Mobile towers erected in Boa-Simla Township has been standing tall like a show piece for visitors for the last half a decade. I had personally approached the authorities concerned several times urging them to renovate the defunct towers, but yielded no results.

Such irresponsible attitude of the authorities has obviously not gone down well with the local villagers.

How many years, the authorities need to renovate the towers?  Now the power developers are likely to step in our areas to harness power potentials. Under such circumstance, restoration of mobile tower is urgently required.

Therefore, I on behalf of the people of Boa-Simla, Tamin, Kamporijo, Repari, Aye, Buscamp, Bomte villagers, Govt officials and Congress workers under Raga segments once again appeal to the BSNL authorities to renovate and make the mobile towers functional.


Guchi Tamar


Raga BCC (On email)




Commendable efforts


Dear Editor,

I am extremely delighted to learn that www.arunachalfilms.com has been created with the active input of eminent journalist Taro Chatung.

Being fascinated with media and films, I look forward with a conviction that besides emphasizing historical aspects of Arunachal’s film industry, it may serve as a device to bring forth the little known faces of local film personalities who have made some reasonable contributions in promoting indigenous culture besides addressing socio-economic political & general concerns.

I congratulate the film fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh for their commendable job.


Jumli Rina

Dimapur, (on email)

Pakke River anti erosion works under scanner

ITANAGAR, May 12: Lower Seijosa Flood and Erosion Affected People’s Front has alleged faulty implementation of Anti- Erosion works at Pakke river to protect Seijosa township. The allegation came after the Front led by ASM Niku Bagang as Chairman visited the project site.

The implementing agency has compromised with the quantity and quality of works violating Central Guidelines and has failed to implement the approved specification, it informed.

“Use of boulders sizes which were supposed to be 150 mm to 300mm as per sanctioned specification has been totally violated by using boulder size of 30 mm to 60 mm. The guide bund alignment has been deviated from the original scheme and laid upon on the river bed without proper digging”, it alleged.

It further added that the implementing agency has also compromised with the sizes and quality of sausages wires.

Informing that Rs. 166.00 Lakhs was released as a first installment from the estimated sanctioned amount of Rs. 559. 55 Lakhs in 2009-10 under Flood Management Programme, Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme (AMP), the Front called for intervention of Chief Engineer Water resource department for proper implementation of work. The scheme was initiated by the Brahmaputra Board after 2004 flash flood which devastated Seijosa area and part of neighboring Assam.


Mithuns vie for attention at Kisan Mela

ITANAGAR, May 12: The two-day Kisan Mela organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare in collaboration with Agri and Allied Department and Nyishi Agri-Allied Extension Society began today at Mani Village, Doimukh. Farmers from 11 different circles of Papum Pare district are participating in the Mela.

In her opening remark, DC Nandini Paliwal, urged farmers to use modern method of farming for better productivity. “Making best use of this Mela, farmers should interact with technical experts. This will help them to learn more about modern method of farming,” says DC.

The most interesting part of this Mela will be selection of Mr and Mrs Mithun, Papum Pare. Around 160 Mithun have been assembled at Mani school ground for this event. These Mithun were given vaccination and also micro-chip was implanted. Numerous attractive stalls have also been put up by farmers group at the venue.  

The opening day of Mela was graced by dignitaries like ZPM Doimukh Tana Bado, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Director Bero Ado and various Panchayat leaders of the area.


ANYA demands Khandu’s resignation

ITANAGAR, May 12: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has demanded that Dorjee Khandu step down as chief minister of the state owing moral responsibility for failing to issue white paper on AOP and meet other demands of the association.

"Khandu, who is also the Planning Minister, has miserably failed to run the welfare government as per obligation of the Constitution," ANYA claimed while describing him as inefficient and incapable to manage state's fiscal.

While expressing concern over Govt.’s "lackadaisical" attitude towards the demands of the association, ANYA rued that non-issue of white paper on AOP has reflected its poor financial management which hampered overall development of the state.

Meanwhile, the association has announced 24-hour Capital Bandh on May 17 from 5 am in support of its demands, which include white paper on AOP for the financial year 2009-2010 and establishment of the proposed National Institute of Technology (NIT) within capital region like Jote, Poma.


Bail plea rejected

KOLORIANG, May 12: The bail petition for release of the warden of the Palin Holy Angel Hostel, Probin Dola Kasharia was rejected by the court of district and session judge, Koloriang Bidol Tayeng today.

The bail petition was filed by Ranjan Dola Kasharia, younger brother of the accused on Tuesday and it came up for hearing on Wednesday.

Probin Dola Kasharia was arrested recently from his native village in Assam. He is in 14 days judicial remand at Koloriang. 10 minor children were burnt to death in a fire accident on February 10 at Holy Angel Hostel, Palin.


CM condoles death of four tourists

ITANAGAR May 12: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu has deeply mourned the death of four people including three women who died in a tragic road accident at Jaswant Garh near Tawang yesterday. The victims reportedly to be tourists from West Bengal met with the accident on the fateful night when their vehicle rolled down from the steep mountainous road due to dense fog and heavy downpour.

 Khandu appealed the people and tourists to avoid night journeys in such bad weather condition in the mountainous region in order to avert such accidents.

He has further directed the district administration to extend all possible assistance to the bereaved family members and prayed for speedy recovery of the persons injured in the accident.


ASUD upset at Ramesh statement

ITANAGAR, May 12: Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) expresses its resentment over the remark of MoS Environment & Forest Jairam Ramesh, that Chinese expertise may be needed in construction of Dam in Arunachal Pradesh.

The statement of the minister showing his inclination towards China tantamount to lobbying for our neighbor who claims our state as theirs.

The minister should have at least remembered that back home youths are protesting against the Chinese claim and that  AAPSU had organized Dharna in Jantar Mantar and courted arrest last year in New Delhi.


East Kameng gears up for MsDP

SEPPA, May 12: East Kameng district is bracing up for planned implementation of the Multi-sectoral Development Programmes (MsDP) for Minority Concentration District with the first meeting of District Level Committee taking place here on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissiomer Pige Ligu called upon the District’s line departments to present their suggestions as per the baseline survey within seven days for quick formulation of multi sectoral plans of the District.

The MsDP, which is one of the Prime Minister’s New 15 Point Programmes under the Union Ministry of Minority Affairs, aims to address the ‘developmental deficits’ particularly in districts having substantial minority population. The highlight of the MsDP’s strategies is to top up the funds of ongoing schemes/programmes of the Central Government or propose projects which are not catered to by existing schemes/programmes of the Central and State.

East Kameng district is one of the seven districts of the which have identified as Minority Concentration Districts (MCDs), the other six being L/Subansiri, Changlang, Tirap, Tawang, W/Kameng and Papum Pare, told Smti Liam Moyee, Deputy Director, ICDS, Seppa


Cyclone ravages Roing Forest Park


Roing, May 12: A trail of devastation hit the premises of the Jawaharlal Nehru Park last night by a massive cyclonic wind causing damages in the vegetable garden. As many as 32 trees  and ornamental plants were uprooted while at least fifty trees had their branches broken.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Van developed in the 1988 aiming recreation facilities and Children Park at the Eze (Deopani) River site where good number of vegetations are maintained. “The extent of damages is massive and has changed the entire scenario of the Park. A massive plantation drive has to be initiated to reshape the Van”, DFO Koj Tassar informed.

DFO along with his team of staff rushed to damaged site today.

The cyclone also created havoc at the Forest Training Institute (FTI) causing lots of damage in the plantation.


Stop squandering the name ‘Arunachal’

Raju Mimi  

Either way, the objective is same. AAPSU’s condemnation of the alleged comment made by Union Minister of Environment & Forests Jairam Ramesh, ‘proposing’ to hire Chinese expertise in implementing projects in Arunachal Pradesh or the Arunachal Indigenous Peoples’ Union (AIPU) refusing to buy AAPSU’s reaction by welcoming the ‘proposal’. One may want to believe, but they are not for head on collision, but both singing the same tune for advocating Arunachal as ‘India’s future power house’ and seem to represent ‘Arunachal’.

Around the world, the indigenous people are continuing to suffer because of the huge development projects forced upon their land contributing to their impoverishment. Therefore, a collective perspective calls for a need to maximize the understanding of tribal people to operate in policy spaces that influences the course of development and its operations. The understanding of this dimension requires capacity-development efforts focused at indigenous people.  

If AIPU feels that the tribal population is adequately aware and empowered to play a role in this development process, then they are welcome to go ahead. But before playing in the corridors of Itanagar, they must realize, Arunachal is a big state with different tribal groups with their own sets of aspirations while many still coping to come to terms with the realities of changing time.

Now it’s time to ask, what Arunachal means, when AIPU and AAPSU claims to represent the voice of Arunachal? Is it just a name that describes Arunachal as the land of rising sun? Can any group use it in their nomenclature to represent the aspirations of whole of Arunachal?

AAPSU objected to demand for autonomous council in the state, but remained silent over demand for separate Dept of Nyishi affairs. Such demands may be indisputable for groups representing a particular tribe. But wouldn’t AAPSU’s silence raise many eyebrows? Now who is more responsible for creating regional imbalances? Not long ago, CM Khandu was alleged for diverting more funds to the western districts.

It’s high time, the groups claiming to represent Arunachal stop playing with the sentiments of people perched far away from the capital. Seriously, no one is amused with the show of burning effigies and over pouring of patriotic sentiments.

For a healthy and united Arunachal, stop squandering the name ‘Arunachal’, for it does also represents people whose voices are still unheard.  (The contributor is an activist and freelance journalist)


Workshop on Panchayat planning process held at  Yingkiong

ITANAGAR, May 12: Avowed with a mission for mass involvement of people in development process of the  state,  Abo Chegum Multipurpose Society, an NGO organized its second workshop on ‘Panchayat Planning process and consultancy services’ at Yinkiong, Upper Siang district today.  

The chief guest of the programme and Deputy Commissioner Rajesh Panyang stressed the need of peoples and NGOs active participation to further the cause. Bida Gadi, Director of Panchayat Raj released a self-written manual on the planning process and explained the important points of manual through power point presentation. He also explained the plans and programmes of Panchayat in detail and about electronic Panchayat Raj System and other technological intervention in dealing with Panchayati Raj programmes, on Gram Panchayat Resource Centre, and on the role of DPDO and it’s implementation. He further stressed the need to know more about the know-how of technology for transparency in fair dealings.

Panchayat leaders including representatives of Zila Parishad, Anchal Samity,  and Govt officials participated in the workshop despite the bad weather and road blockade.

The workshop is the brain child of the  NESO generally secretary and NGO chairman Gumjum Haider. DIPRO


Neglected DNGC seeks Govt attention

ITANAGAR, May 12: Often regarded as mini-Arunachal, Dera Natung Government College (DNGC), situated in state capital is the pride of Arunachal. Ever since it came into existence, DNGC has churned out numerous officers, successful entrepreneurs, scholars, politicians and learned citizens among all. Despite all these achievements, not much has been done for upgrading infrastructure of the college.

Though at the moment 3400 regular students are  studying  in the college, but infrastructure available can cater to the needs of only around one thousand students. This poor infrastructure is affecting the quality of education and students feel that urgent steps should be taken to make DNGC a model college. “Some sort of guidelines should be followed while admitting new students. The unchecked admission has led to the crowding of classrooms. This hampers the education scenario of college,” says Nabam Tuna, General Secretary, DNGC.

Most of the buildings of college are in dilapidated condition but nobody bothers about it. Unless urgent repairing work is done, things will get worse in the coming days especially with monsoon arriving. However the biggest problem DNGC faces at moment is land grabbing by general public. “Most of the college land has been encroached upon by the public. Government need to strictly deal with these encroachers as DNGC need these lands for future development,” says Tuna. Though being the lone govt. degree college of capital, Tuna claims that government does not care much. “Every visitor from outside who comes to Itanagar will mock at the education system of state, if they visit our college. In fact government should provide DNGC with best facilities to make it an ideal college,” concluded Tuna. In its recent edition, The Arunachal Times has highlighted the poor infrastructure of Jawahar Lal Nehru College, Pasighat too. State government need to pull up its socks, especially education department and work towards providing best facilities to our students.


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