While I chase my dream
I acquired number of certificates with the hope that someday it would put me on a
smooth sofa in a luxury official room.
Fortunately, on 24th April 2010, I saw an advertisement in the Arunachal Times from
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) for the post of District Statistics
Officer/ Research Officer (DSO/ RO). I thought, it was very good opportunity to try
my luck by giving my best performance. Date for walk in interview for the post of
DSO/ RO was scheduled on 14th May 2010. In the night of 13th May, I neatly placed
my necessary documents in a pretty file since it was matter of impression and had
my sound sleep.
On 14th May as usual I woke up around 5 O’clock early morning and went to the balcony
to enjoy cool breeze. Then I showered in cold water and had breakfast. I knew, I
had to go for interview and wore my clean and neat dark black suit and was prepared
Suddenly, someone gently knocked at my door. When I opened, I saw the newspaper wala
who gave a gentle smile and handed over the newspaper. I knew, I didn’t have time
to read newspaper, since it takes about one hour to reach Itanagar from Nirjuli.
Even than I browsed through the first page of newspaper and came to the last page.
My eyes directly fell on small bold letters “Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission
Itanagar”. Before browsing it, thought came to my mind that it could be another opportunity
for the job. But when I browse through it, it was about the cancellation of walk
in interview for the post of DSO/ RO. I was shocked and embarrassed by such press
notice on the very day of interview.
Really, it is a kind of humiliating and mocking at all the eligible and qualified
candidates who were trying to put their best performance for the mentioned post.
I request the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission not to repeat such type
of undisciplined decision in near future. Instead of it, give concrete and cogent
decision and judgment so that Commission is appreciated and trusted.
For the sake of the employees
I have served Industrial Training Institute (ITI), which comes under Department of
Industries for last six years in the difficult areas. But I don't think department
is really concerned for the welfare of its staff.
We came to know that regularization file has been turned down by the finance department
as many as eight times, which is unbelievable. This despite the fact that we were
selected after proper procedure.
We have had enough patience. We all want to know that our parent department (Industries)
is really concerned for us. We have family too and it becomes difficult to cater
to the needs of our loved ones.
Moreover, these educational institutions are permanent asset of govt. of Arunachal
Therefore, I kindly request Minister of Industries, Education Minister and other
concern departments to look into this matter for the welfare of trainees in the institute
and for the serving staff.
A concerned employee
When the Thief is the Guard
In the days of monarchy, the king used to appoint the person who is worthy for that
particular job. In Assam, Bodo king Mahamanikya appointed Madhav Kandali to translate
the Sanskrit Ramayan into the Assamese language because he was best for the job.
The Ahom king appointed Lachit Barphukan as the general of the army because he was
the most worthy for the post. In democracy job allocation is entirely opposite.
Going by the portfolios of some ministers in the Assam ministry, the popular adage
in Assam which says “Udok bhaeta rokhiya pota” (The thief is made the guard) comes
into play. The best example is the state minister for forest Rockybul Hussain. Under
his tenure, Assam’s forest land has been diminished and he is also patronizing encroachments
by migrants from Bangladesh in reserve forest and reserved sanctuaries like Kaziranga,
Orang National Park etc. We know that our’s is a democracy of huge number of gullible
illiterates thereby justifying Aristotle’s definition of democracy as “fool’s government”.
Should responsible positions like that of conservation of forests and environment
go to power hungry ministers like Rockybul Hussain. What has been there credentials
for the post? Should there be a minister for the job? In today’s Assam the best person
who can work as the conservator of forests of the state with all heart and integrity
is the legendary ranger Dharanidhar Boro. But he has no distinction of being ‘elected’
by our ‘enlightened’ electorate. Here lies the shortcoming of democracy in a country
where the electorate is largely illiterate and ignorant of ground realities.
(on email), Guwahati
Lets do something for the mithuns
The constitution of India provides Animal Protection by Article 51 ensuring "compassion
to all Living Creatures". The Parliament of India established the Animal Welfare
Board of India under provisions of the prevention of cruelty to animal Act, 1960,
with the object of preventing infliction of unnecessary pain and sufferings to animals.
`it shall be the fundamental duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve
the natural environment including forests, lakes, rivers and wild life, and to have
compassion for all living creatures'. To quote Mahavira: "All beings are fond of
themselves, they like pleasure, they hate pain, they shun destruction, they like
and want to live long. To all, life is dear; hence their life should be protected...."
Many tribal of Arunachal favour Mithun as our State Animal, but they do not think
twice before slaughtering Mithun for a feast. In traditional weddings, the rich and
influential people slaughter 40 to 50 Mithuns at a time. During elections Mithuns
are always slaughtered in large numbers. Apart from ritual and ceremonial killings,
the local butchers are also slaughtering Mithuns every day to eke out their livings.
Please contemplate, if a butcher in a town kills 30 Mithuns in a month, then what
could be the impact of such killing after 5 years? If a single butcher can kill 1800
numbers of Mithuns, then what could be the grand total of such slaughtering for all
ceremonial, ritual, and business purpose for entire states? Do we really have as
many as Mithuns to satiate the desires of those people?
Many organizations are taking up the cause of conservation of Mithuns, but mostly
on papers, they rarely have any solution to restrain people from wanton slaughtering
of Mithuns. Even the Galo Welfare Society has tried to regulate and restrict slaughtering
of maximum 10 Mithuns in a local wedding, but who cares? The rich still continue
to perpetuate killing of 20 to 50 Mithuns in a wedding ceremony. But there is no
such law to punish them. Some organizations are trying to felicitate Mithuns with
the title of "Bovine Mr & Mrs Papum Pare" but those honoured animals would also be
killed at the time of needs by some body. On the other hand, some organizations are
trying to organize "Bos Fontail Festival 2010" with a motto to conserve Mithun. We
appreciate their efforts, but there is still no Law to restrict and curtail such
wanton killings. It is therefore suggested that the state Government may declare
the Mithun as protected state Animal.
NE Dev. Welfare Society
Tell us whether rules were followed
The entire route connecting from Tawang to Mahadevpur of Trans Arunachal Highway
has been notified as National Highway on 16.05.2008. Subsequently, DPR for various
packages was prepared and tender bids have been floated since 2009.
As per Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) Govt. Of India, Environment clearance
for infrastructure such as highway project, tarred road in Himalayan and forest area,
except relating to improvement of road works is required.
If the said 2 lane highway comes under the purview of environment clearance, then
public hearing could be conducted before floating of tender as per phase II (step-III)
of environment clearance procedure of EIA. Without assessing proper land acquisition,
loss assessment of immovable public property, proper announcement of compensation
package, process of floating tender seems like overlapping the entire procedure
of EC. Bidding and construction activity of any project starts after getting prior
approval from MoEF and the public hearing is the mandatory part of environmental
I hope the Department of Road, Transport & Highway Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh will
come out with suitable clarification to avoid further confusion among the public.
Taw Teri (On email)
Food crisis looms large in Arunachal
NCP chief threatens to resign
ITANAGAR, May 14: Food crisis is looming large over state as the state government
cannot lift essential items under Public Distribution System from the godown to the
interior areas because of non release of subsidy amount.
Minister Health and Family Welfare, Food and Civil supply, Tanga Byaling while presenting
a grim picture of days ahead said that food crisis is set to aggravate with the PDS
carriage contractors contemplating to stop supply.
Minister informed that state was already facing shortage of food items after Centre
reduced amount of rice supplied to Arunachal from 6,700 to 4,475 metric tons in 2010.
The present situation aroused after Centre refused to grant fund to Food Corporation
of India (FCI) for supply of PDS items on the charges that state PDS system was plagued
by numerous problems.
Further Byaling said Centre only send fund for PDS and it is FCI that implements
supply of items in the state. Just because of mistake committed by some people, now
entire state is facing problems, he said while adding that all bills of PDS contractors
should be cleared at the earliest so that they can resume their work.
Byaling also informed that before monsoon state government keep buffer stock of food
items to meet any eventuality. However this year FCI did not provide any food items
to be kept as buffer stock.
He warned that if present situation does not improve state will face severe food
crisis in coming month. PDS distribution is sole responsibilities of FCI and it is
time they take over the responsibilities, he added. Byaling who is leaving for Delhi
to meet central leaders in this regard, hoped that soon some solution will come out.
On the other hand NCP president Ngurang Pinch in a letter to the NCP Chief Sharad
Pawer threatened to resign if the Centre did not act on the needs of the state. He
said that PDS quota in the state must be enhanced and Hill Transport Subsidy should
be released to the state government.
However things could improve if the central government intervenes as a meeting is
scheduled soon after an Arunachal delegation led by MP Takam Sanjay, accompanied
by Parliamentary Secretaries Gadam Ete and Nido Pavitra and NCP Chief Arunachal Ngurang
Pinch met the Food Minister Sharad Pawar to apprise him of the impending food crisis
in the state. The team apprised the minister on inadequate supply of essential commodities
to the state due to lackadaisical attitude of FCI officials and non release of HTS
pending bills for the last five years and called for his intervention.
Centre calls on Arunachal to prepare plans for economically backward classes
ITANAGAR May 14: Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment has called upon the state
government to come up with viable plans to uplift the economically backward classes
in the state for which the commission assured to provide all possible assistance.
This was intimated when a high level central team of Commission for Economically
Backward Classes headed by its member Narendra Kumar called on to the State Chief
Minister Dorjee Khandu in his Niti Vihar office this morning.
Kumar, who is on three days tour to this landlocked state, was accompanied by the
commission’s member secretary Mahendra Singh, Sr. Research Officer L M Dorlikar and
Consultant M P Aggarwal during the call on.
Apprising the chief minister about plan and functions of the Commission, the visiting
team gave a clear picture of the activities to be done for upliftment of the backward
classes in the state as well as the country.
Khandu while lamenting over the consideration of schemes based on population criteria
by Government of India, said Arunachal being the largest state area wise in the entire
northeast should be given special preference and consideration. He urged the members
to take up the matter with the union government to relax the population criteria
in respect of the state for various schemes.
The chief minister further directed the state social welfare department to initiate
viable schemes in order to be forwarded to the commission for active consideration.
Among others Secretary Social Welfare Ajit Srivastava, Director Social Welfare &
Child Development R T Riba were present in the meeting. PRO to CM
‘Anti-erosion work on right track, allegations baseless’
ITANAGAR, May 14: Panchayat members of Seijosa circle today said that construction
of anti-erosion work at Pakke River to protect Seijosa township is going on smoothly
as per the specification given by the department of water resources department. They
were reacting to the allegation of faulty implementation of Anti- Erosion works leveled
by the Lower Seijosa Flood and Erosion Affected People’s Front.
Terming the allegation as fabricated, baseless and politically motivated, a group
of panchayat leaders headed by Raphik Tachang, ASM Bali, clarified that senior
officers of WRD have visited the work site and appreciated the work progress with
quality. Therefore, the question of faulty implementation of project work does not
arise, they said in a release.
The panchayat leaders also appealed the WRD Minister and Chief Engineer of the department
to visit the project to find out the truth.
ANYA bandh to go ahead even as Institutions & AAPSU appeals
ITANAGAR, May 14: All Nyishi Youth Association has said that it would go ahead with
the proposed 24 hours bandh starting from May 17 next. While informing this decision,
its General Secretary Taring Mama said that government has not been able to address
the demand of the Union which has prompted the government to go ahead with the bandh.
The Union is demanding white paper on AOP.
He further informed that they had met the PWD minister Nabum Tuki on the issues who
could not pacify the demands of the Union
Meanwhile, AAPSU has requested the All Nyishi Youth Association to defer their proposed
24 hour bandh call on May 17 to 18 as it is coincides with the post graduate level
examination of Rajiv Gandhi University. Rajiv Gandhi University authority has requested
ANYA to allow the University bus to fly on May 17 for students who will commute from
capital complex to attend the Post Graduate Examination.
Rajiv Gandhi Govt Polytechnic Students Welfare Committee has appealed the All Nyishi
Youth Association to exempt the on-going semester examination of the polytechnic
from the purview of the proposed bandh.
The semester examinations had already begun from May 10 and will come to an end May
28. The bandh call will badly affect the career of the examinees as most them are
arriving from Nirjuli, Naharlagun and other parts of the Capital Complex to appear
in the examination, the committee said.
Conference on Audit held
ZIRO, May 14: An ‘entry conference on District Centric Audit’ was held by the office
of Accountant General, Arunachal Pradesh in liaison with the District Administration
at Abotani Hall here today.
The main aim of the conference is to systematize the auditing process, informed the
Deputy Accountant General, S. Suklabaidya. With the increasing investment by the
Government on socio-economic development programmes with district as the focal point,
it has become imperative to assess the robustness of the planning process at the
district and lower levels besides the efficiency and economy on execution of developmental
programmes, he added.
Appreciating the participation of large number of officers in the programme, the
DAG appealed members to extend all possible co-operation to the audit party.
Lower Subansiri DC, Sadhana Deori and 66 district heads of Department and other
officers attended the function. DIPRO
CM approves chopper service to Anini
ANINI, May 14: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today formally approved
special Jagson chopper service for next week to Anini for air lifting of stranded
people from calamity hit Dibang Valley district.
The approval came after Parliamentary Secretary Rajesh Tacho called on the CM this
morning and apprised him of difficulties being faced by the people in the district
due to disruption in road link followed by incessant rain. Tacho also expressed
his gratitude to CM for his prompt action.
Tacho further informed that essential commodities are being sold in exorbitant price,
while hospital and health Centres are running out of medicines following non-supply
essential commodities and medicine in the district due to washed out of many strategic
bridges and roads.
Meanwhile, he also contacted the Eastern Air Command at Shillong, who in turn also
has given his nod for special IAF chopper service for dropping relief and bridge
materials as and when weather get improves. DIPRO incharge
Security Commission meet
ITANAGAR May 14: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu today presided over
the first ever State Security Commission Meeting here in his Niti Vihar office chamber.
The meeting was aimed towards bettering the security scenario of the state wherein
thorough discussion on various topics relating to law & order, security, welfare
measures, border problems, drug addiction etc. were undertaken.
The meeting organized by the State Police department was attended by Home Minister
Tako Dabi, Chief Secretary Tabom Bam, Home Commissioner T Taloh, DGP Vimla Mehra,
representatives from paramilitary forces, NGOs, press fraternity and host of senior
police officers. (PRO to CM)
Roing reels under stormy weather
ROING, May 14: Stormy weather has frequented Roing Township over the last few days
causing heavy damages to private and govt properties. On Wednesday many trees were
uprooted and tree tops broken in and around the township and roofs of many govt.
quarters blown away.
The roof of four classrooms of VKV school building was also blown away in the last
A team of officials headed by Deputy Commissioner, YW Ringu visited the spot and
she assured to provide financial assistance for renovation of the school building
as an immediate relief as the school is re-opening on June 1st next.
K Tassar, DFO(T) have submitted a report to the Deputy Commissioner Office yesterday
according to which 32 trees uprooted and 50 tree tops were broken inside the Jawarlal
Nehru Van Udhyan cum Children Park near Deopani river. The forest trees varied from
valuable timber to avenue species were damaged in the storm. He informed that the
departmental labours have been engaged since yesterday to clean up the debris.
Meanwhile, departmental sources informed that fresh landslide occurred at 2.97 km
point in the diversion channel of Deopani Hydel and the blasting of the stones that
blocked the diversion channel which was to be carried out today could not be done
due to bad weather condition and the date was deferred until a favourable weather
conditions. However, Mrs Oseng Apum, AE Hydropower (Civil) informed that restoration
work for Deopani Hydel Phase-I are in progress despite bad weathers.
BRTF sources informed that efforts are on to make the Roing-Hunli road through at
the earliest but due to bad weather condition combined by fresh slide at 81 km point
the restoration work has been delayed.
In the meantime, the district administration has sought for 2-ration sortie and 1-ration
sortie for Dambuk and Hunli Sub-Division respectively owing to road blockade to these
places for the last few days. The departmental sources informed that 1 ration sortie
for Desali Circle has already been approved by the govt. (DIPRO)
AAPSU hails cancelation of walk in interview
ITANAGAR, May 14: The All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has expressed satisfaction
at cancellation of walk in interview for the post of District Statistics Officer/Research
Officer which was scheduled to be held on 14th May.
The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has issued the cancellation order
in a press notification on “direct recruitment” of District Statistics Officer and
Research Officer under the Directorate of Economics & Statistics.
AAPSU on Thursday had shot a letter to the Director, Economic and Statistic for the
immediate cancellation of the walk-in-interview which the Union viewed as another
form of malpractice. The Union also called for immediate conduct of written test
for the same.
Avail benefits under welfare board, Sonam urges labourer
BOMDILA, May 14: Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare
Board chairman Jalley Sonam today called upon the labourers and construction workers
of the state to avail the benefit under Building and Other Construction (Regulation
of Employment & Condition of Service) Act, 1996 and the Building and Others Construction
Workers Welfare Cess Act, 1996.
Addressing a gathering of labourers, construction workers and Govt officials and
AAPWU and INTUC members at Officer Club here today, Sonam said labourers/workers
can now avail housing loan besides advance medical assistance, tools advance, maternity
Under Chief Minister Welfare Scheme a labour can avail benefits like Chief Minister
Group Insurance Scheme (Mukhya Mantri Swastha Bima Yojna), Janashree Bima Yojana,
free exercises books for children, scholarship etc, he added.
However, the labourers have to register their names under Workers’ Welfare Board
to avail the benefit, Sonam said.
Sonam also informed that Arunachal Pradesh was the first state amongst the North-eastern
states to constitute a State Welfare Board with Padi Richo as the first chairman
in August 2007.
Labour officer West Kameng T. Jerang explained procedures of registration.
Earlier awareness camp was held at Bhalukpong and Rupa on May 11 last and at Kalaktang
on May 12 last. Jalley Sonam, is on official tour to East Kameng, West Kameng &
Town planning team meet CM
ITANAGAR May 14: A high level team from Town and Country Planning Organisation, Ministry
of UD, Government of India led by J B Kshirsagar, Chief Planner called on to the
chief minister Dorjee Khandu this afternoon.
The visiting guest apprised the Chief Minister that the team has prepared an interim
development plan for the twin capital city of the state. They appreciated prompt
response of the state government in providing them with all kinds of help and assistance.
ITANAGAR, May 14: All the existing cricket clubs under Kurung Kumey district have
been asked to get affiliated with the district cricket association concerned, according
to Kurung Kumey District Cricket Association.
Gen Singh on popularizing golf in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, May 14: His passion for golf and endeavour to popularize the game in the
State have encouraged Arunachal Pradesh Governor Gen JJ Singh to put all efforts
to take it to the indigenous youths.
After setting up the first Golf Drive Range of the state at Sangey Lhaden Sports
Academy, Chimpu, Gen Singh was again at the premier sports institute of the state
today for setting up of some putting greens, where the golf enthusiasts can learn
the finer points of the sport.
In presence of Sport Secretary DS Pandit, Director Sport PR Mazumdar and SLSA Principal
Pubi Lombi, Gen Singh instructed the ground officials on basics requirement and set
He also presented some more golf balls for the Institution. Gen Singh went on gifting
children golf balls to some children of nearby villages today.
Exhorting the officials to put in effort to bring up a world class green in the Sports
Complex, Gen Singh also suggested on landscaping of the area without concrete cement
Having revived Raj Bhavan golf course in record time of eight months, he initiated
in conducting the first ever golf orientation camp in the state. Students from 13
schools attended the camp. Participants were from the schools of Arunachal Pradesh,
Manipur and Meghalaya.
His passion for outdoor sports has also driven him to popularizing other outdoor
sports, like football and cricket. He distributes sports items like cricket sets,
footballs etc to children wherever he goes. He distributed such items to children
on many occasions in the past too, who otherwise find it difficult to get. (PRO to