ITANAGAR, May 5: The Pasighat based Abu NGO organised a TB (Tuberculosis) awareness
programme for community leaders at Takilalung village recently.
Speaking in the programme, Khansing Chamroy, Co-ordinator of the NGO stressed the
importance of community leaders’ participation to prevent TB in the society. He said
that more than 10 persons with TB positive are detected in Pasighat every month out
of which 4 are migrant labourers. He claimed that non-completion of treatment by
the patients was spreading the disease in the area.
Describing the various mode of spreading of the disease, he urged the TB patients
to avails DOTS medicine provided by the Govt free of cost. Tanyo Taki, Head Gaon
Bura, Tabang Panking, Gaon Bura, Tapor Taning, Gram Panchayat chairperson and public
leaders spoke in the programme and assured their support to work with the NGO to
eradicate TB from the society. Takilalung village leaders have also decided to form
a Village Health Committee (VHC) to look after health problem in the community.
Forum reiterates demand
ITANAGAR, May 5: Arunachal Righteous Forum (ARF) has reiterated its demand for immediate
suspension of Chief Engineer, Power, transmission and monitoring, Anong Perme for
his alleged involvement in financial irregularities and illegal appointments.
Forum further demanded the Power and RD minister to make his stand clear as to why
he had allegedly misled the Assembly in particular and the state as a whole regarding
execution of APDRP and RGGVY schemes.
Meanwhile, Papum Pare Youth Forum strongly supported the issues raised by the Arunachal
Righteous Forum. Such corrupt practices should be discouraged, the Forum said while
demanding suspension of Anong Perme. It further demanded investigation to ascertain
the truth behind the allegations levelled against him.
AAPMEA demands appoints of malaria officers in all districts
ITANAGAR, May 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Malaria Employee’s Association (AAPMEA) has
appealed to the state Govt to appoint District Malaria Officers (DMOs) in all the
districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
District Malaria Officers’ posts are still lying vacant in all the districts except
Upper Subansiri, the Association said while demanding appointments of senior Assistant
Malaria Officers (AMOs) as District Malaria officers.
The Association further resented that the district malaria officers are considered
as group B non-gazetted staff while the MBBS cadres are accorded the status of gazette
officers, which, the association said, is against the recruitment rules. Association
also raised voice against direct recruitment of MBBS cadres as District Malaria Officers
saying they should first gain experience as AMOs.
Check extortion, says CASTA-AP
ITANAGAR, May 5: Cement and Steel Traders Association (CASTA-AP) has appealed to
the law enforcing authority to check extortion and intimidation to the traders and
other unlawful activities in Capital Complex.
The Association claimed that its volunteers has caught some boys recently while extorting
money from cement and steel suppliers of Capital Complex. In a complaint letter addressed
to Itanagar PS, the Association further alleged that one Ranjit Dutta of Sonitpur,
Assam has threatened Biri Tabing, CASTA-AP president over telephone recently
without valid reason.
AAPANWA demands action
ITANAGAR, May 5: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu Welfare Association lodged an
FIR at Itanagar Police Station against a group of persons for allegedly damaging
houses of Nyibus at Jammi Jaate area recently.
It appealed to the authority to take action against the culprits involved in the
ITANAGAR, May 5: While reviewing its 10 days ultimatum served to the SRK Company,
All Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Welfare Association (AAPTWA) in its meeting on April
4 found that the ultimatum issued to the RSK does not carry any sense. The Association
apologized to the PRO SRK group of companies and assured that no any activities like
donation collection would be repeated in future.
Earlier, the Association gave a ten days time to SRK Company to apologize for alleging
the Association of forceful collection of money from them.
EPS distributes blanket to senior citizens
ITANAGAR, May 5: The members of Environmental Protection Society (EPS) toured the
some of the remotest villages of Tawang like Kharung, Bongleng, Blaiteng, Namtsering,
etc from May 3 to 5 and distributed about 60 blankets to the disabled and needy senior
citizens of the villages.
The society also encouraged the villagers to plant more trees and save the rare wildlife
to maintain the balance in the ecosystem.
Fire accident at Nyorch village
ITANAGAR, May 5: The RCC framed SPT building and kitchens of a joint family at Nyorch
village were burnt down in between 4 am to 4:30 am today.
Inspite of all efforts by local dwellers and ITBP personnel, the kitchen houses and
bed room building could not be saved. The RCC framed kitchen house were completely
burnt down before the fire brigade arrived the accident spot from Naharlagun. However,
the RCC framed SPT residential building was saved from complete destruction, informed
a family member of the victims.
All easily perishable materials inside the residential building like wooden and steel
almirah, clothes etc were completely burnt to ashes. The properties lost in the fire
accident is estimated at around Rs..25,76,800, he added.
Meanwhile, the families of the victim appealed to the authority concerned to provide
ITANAGAR, May 5: The North East Homeopathic Medical College Students’ Welfare Association
(NEHMCSWA) today opposed the intervention of All Arunachal Homoeopathic Students’
Union (AAHSU) in ‘internal problems of the homoeopathic college.’
Reacting to the AAHSU’s press statement, the Association described it unwanted intervention
in internal problems and burning issues without having the full knowledge and understanding
of the same.
Terming the AAHSU’s statement as misleading and fabricated, the Association said
it had never sought help from the Union’s president or any intervention in the
internal matters or problems which affects the regular students and ultimately to
its Guardians/Parents. Earlier, AAHSU said that a team of the Union discussed various
issues related to the colleges with its chairman on May 2 wherein the chairman approved
fund for development of college infrastructure.
“Many a times, we were also told about infrastructure development like library,
laboratory instruments and technicians and faculties but nothing has been turned
in action” the Association said. While welcoming the approach of the AAHSU president
regarding solution to internship problems, the Association further said the Parents
Coordination Committee has already taken up the matter and it is better to let the
parents and students body to tackle the present situation.
MHA’s reward to Changlang police
ITANAGAR, May 5: The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has rewarded the team of Narcotics
Control Bureau (NCB), the Civil Police of Changlang and the Magistrate, who destroyed
opium/poppy field at Khimyong circle, during March 2011, with cash award.
It may be mentioned that 470 acres of illicit opium/poppy plantations were destroyed
and about 2350 kg of raw opium burnt under the leadership and guidance of Er. Tumme
Amo, SP Changlang during March 2011.
While SP Amo was awarded Rs 25,000, Inspector T Tangha and SI PK Kalita were given
Rs 20,000 each.
ASI C. Wangpan, Lct. Tem Mepo and Lct. C. Jokham were awarded Rs 15,000 each. Rs
10,000 each was given to Ct. C. Matcha, Ct. C.b. Pansa, Ct. R. Longchang, Ct. S.
Prasad, Ct. L.Patgiri and Ct (dvr) K Eshi.
Free medical camp
ITANAGAR, May 5: All Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union in collaboration with
District Medical Office, Daporijo and All Lomdak-Yedi Youth Association conducted
two days free malaria, Hepatitis screening and pregnancy check-up camp at Puchi-Geko
Out of 1200 screened patients, 112 Malaria and 22 Hepatitis suspected cases were
The team also distributed 500 mosquito nets and medicines during the two days camp
under DVBDCPO, NRHM. The Hepatitis testing kits were provided by Navratis India Limited.
Meanwhile, the union assured to conduct more such camp in near future.
AAPSU calls state-wide bandh on May 18,demands white paper on financial status
ITANAGAR, May 5: The tussle between All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU)
and Govt of Arunachal Pradesh over poor financial status of state is going to another
level. In a show of strength today apex student body of state conducted general council
meeting at Hotel Donyi Polo Ashoka where federal members of AAPSU including districts,
branch and university student unions took part. Later addressing the press conference
at Arunachal Press Club building, AAPSU President Takam Tatung informed in details
about the outcome of meeting..
“Govt has presented deficit budget and therefore has put ban of payment to all contractors
citing overdraft of state exchequer. This ban has caused extreme to many small time
contractors. On behalf of people of Arunachal, AAPSU had sought white paper on the
financial status of state. But state Govt is not responding to our demand and therefore
on 18th May we are going ahead with 24 hour first phase statewide bandh call,” informed
Further he added, “We had also demanded independent home minister for the state.
Chief Minister who is also holding portfolio of home ministry is not able to give
enough time and therefore it is leading to deteriorating law and order problem in
the state.” Citing example of mysterious death of young boy at Papu Nallah and another
lady at Chimpu, attack on office of The Arunachal Times, death of a mother and her
two children at Nirjuli fire incident, Haku Tatak attack case, union said all these
incident shows that home ministry and capital police has totally failed to bring
law and order under control in the state capital. AAPSU further called on Congress
governments of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and UPA govt at centre to bring a solution
to decade Assam-Arunachal boundary problem. “People living in boundary areas are
suffering because of constant skirmishes over boundary issue. Congress party is ruling
at Assam, Arunachal and at centre. This is the best time to solve it. We appeal Union
government to come out with a solution so that people living in boundary area do
not have to suffer,” stated Tatung. Expressing concern over mushrooming of various
unions in the name of student, AAPSU stated that they only recognize those who are
affiliated to AAPSU.
Deplorable MMJ road causes communication hardship
RUKSIN, May 5: The common people of Ruksin area have expressed concern over the present
state of 14-km- long Mirem-Mikong-Jonai PWD road, which is causing great hardship
The road, which connects the Mirem, Mikong and Bilat areas with Ruksin HQ is lying
un-repaired for the last several years. The dilapidated condition of the road with
numerous large potholes all across the road from Ruksin to Mirem Tiniali put the
movement of vehicles at risk. The MMJ road is vital lifeline for the interior villages
to communicate with Ruksin headquarters. A pair of passenger buses besides some light
vehicles ply on the route on daily basis.
The weak Bailey bridges along MMJ road are also lying un-repaired. There was a prohibition
on vehicular movement on the Bailey bridge over Peneng river, but the passenger vehicles
are crossing the weak bridge despite prohibition putting life at risk as there was
no alternative way.
The officials of PWD department reportedly moved the government for grating fund
for renovation of MMJ road. As such, three projects have been submitted to the authority
for approval but nothing has been fruited so far. The senior citizens of the area
including some PRI leaders have criticized the role of the local MLA alleging his
indifferent attitude towards the people’s problem in the area.
Silver Medalist bring laurels to the state
JAIRAMPUR, May 4: Arif Siddiqui, a silver medalist of the state, added another feather
to his impressively decorated cap when the in-flight magazine of Air India published
a feature on him, which in fact is a big achievement for Arunachal Pradesh.
Siddiqui who is a highway engineer posted at Jairampur, through his work of photography
has been responsible in bringing Arunachal Pradesh in the map of global backpackers.
For his diligent efforts, Arunachal government awarded him with a silver medal on
Earlier, besides Asian Geographic Magazine published in Singapore and hordes of other
international magazines, a German company has also published photographs clicked
by him in a promotional calendar of FIFA soccer world cup 2009. He also promotes
Arunachal tourism for free through his website www.amazingarunachal.com along with
his two friends – Kamlesh Mehta, a graphic designer from Mumbai and Tom Simai, a
It must be mentioned that a photograph of Tawang clicked by him embellishes the Air
India, international carriers VIP lounge.
Lack of state information service creates chaos to IPR department
ITANAGAR, May 5: The District Information and Public Relation Officers (DIPROs) and
Public Relation Officers (PROs) are the backbone of Information and Public relation
(IPR) department. It is the mouth piece of the state government. But the service
conditions and importance given to the department and the officers is just the contrary.
It needs to be streamlined, made more pragmatic and proactive.
It is very unfortunate to see that the department so far does not have service cadre
and common service/cadre rule for the officers. The recruitment rules for the individuals
are also so outdated that no good service condition can be expected out of it. There
are few Group-A posts in the department, like assistant director, photographic officer
and art expert, with no promotional avenues at all, which need to be brought under
the same cadre of DIPRO/PRO after upgrading the post of DIPRO/PRO to Group-A, to
avoid stagnancy of incumbents holding these ex-cadre posts. Hence, there is need
for immediate constitution of service cadre called Arunachal Pradesh Information
Service (APIS) in line with those of APCS, APPS, APHS, APFS etc. and frame a common
service rule (cadre rule) for all the officers of the department right from APRO/PM
to director level. The other state such as Mizoram, Assam, Sikkim etc. had got their
own information service, but ours is still lagging behind.
“The matter has already been submitted to the government on two different occasions,
but no concrete step has been taken on the matter so far”, said Arunachal Pradesh
Information Service Officers’ Association (APISOA) president Denga Bengia.
“The proposed draft cadre rule would give benefits to the un-employed youths having
mass communication background and to the already appointed IPR officials, if the
government approved the proposal once”, he asserted.
During an interaction with this reporter, Bengia underscored the need for enhancement
of their payment, saying that the present pay band is very much meagre in comparison
with the other district officers, adding that the information officers in the state
is least paid in the country.
“It is not only a matter of financial benefit but matter of status and dignity as
well, even branch and section officers of the department look down upon DIPROs as
lower grade officers for the lower pay scale”, he said.
The officers in the department are overburdened and stagnated in promotion due to
acute shortage of manpower in the directorate and at the districts, where the officers
of 1988 batch are still languishing for last 24 years at their entry grade.
“The creation of posts would infuse new blood to the department as it would not only
streamline and speed up the works of the department but also create promotional avenues
for the officers”, Bengia said.
At the directorate level, posts of additional director, joint director and number
of posts of deputy directors separately for advertisement, publication, administration,
film, photo, press relation, public relation, art and exhibition, development, motor
vehicles, nazrath and posts of assistant directors separately for advertisement,
publication, senior editor, editor, sub-editors, translators, engineer (electronics)
are required to be created.
While creation of SDIPROs/APROs at the districts and sub-division will help to assist
the overburdened DIPROs in public/press relations works. There is also need to upgrade
the post of PRO to CM and Governor at least to the grade of deputy director in line
with the status of the office and environment in which they work, whereas in other
state, these two important media cells are headed by a joint secretary.
The department and the present set of officers in particular could do wonders in
boosting the image of the state government and state as a whole, if those facilities
and requirements are provided.
Attack on AAPSU GS: Condemnations pour in
ITANAGAR, May 5: Condemnation poured in from various organizations over attack on
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) general secretary Tujom Poyom by its
own members on May 3.
Describing the incident very unfortunate and barbaric, the Paktu Area Peoples Forum
(PAPF) and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association (PAYWA) in a joint meeting today urged
the State Government to take stern action against the culprits and create conducive
atmosphere in the State capital for peaceful co-existence. The two organizations
suggested the State Government to constitute a committee in the capital area to curb
such types of criminal activities.
“Although it appears to be an internal matter of AAPSU, we cannot remain a silent
spectators to the incident that sets a wrong precedence for all,” NIHRO, ACR and
GHRO said while strongly condemning the brutal attack on Poyom.
Appreciating the action taken by AAPSU against its criminal members, the three organizations
in a joint press release, appealed AAPSU leaders, past and present, to rise to the
occasion to save the face of the apex students’ body.
“It is now the turn of the state government to prove its capability to put a stop
to the violent trend and ensure peace and security in the capital complex,” the release
said and appealed to all the denizens, civil societies and other NGOs to make a concerted
efforts to check such unlawful activities.
They demand the state government to take stern action against the attackers as per
law of the land.
“We appeal to all concerned to give peace a chance and let rule of law prevail over
emotions, “ the release added. While welcoming the decision of AAPSU to expel the
member attackers from the union and its quick response to the incident, Kargu Kardi
Students’ Union (KKSU) appealed to the general masses not to entertain such criminal
and selfish minded people in any responsible post in future. Goons like them would
only stain the organization and the group they represent.
“As the law and order system in the state is already under question and also the
accused have fearlessly made a mockery of law by abducting and attempting to murder
the general secretary AAPSU in broad day light, KKSU appealed to the state government
and the police department of the capital to set an example by awarding exemplary
punishment to the accused.
If the accused are let loose without being punished, then it will send a wrong and
discouraging message to the general masses, it said appealed to the common public
not to give a political and communal colour to this particular issue as this is for
the sake of the entire state and its future. Every one should cooperate the law and
wrong doers have to be punished in any condition, the Union added.
Training & Workshop cum capacity building
ITANAGAR, May 5: A training, workshop cum capacity building programme for the staff
of Anjaw Forest Division, including the field-staff of its three range offices, was
organized under State CAMPA, 2011-12 by Anjaw Forest Division at its Camp Office
at Tezu yesterday.
The main idea was to impart as well as enhance the qualitative capabilities of the
ministerial and field-staffs so as to achieve smooth functioning of the office and
also in implementing the field-works effectively, efficiently and quickly.
Initiating the day-long programme, Divisional Forest Officer, Nyali Ete exhorted
all the participants to take advantage of the opportunities saying that training
provides an opportunity to broaden one’s knowledge; it widens the horizon of thoughts,
vision and subsequent actions.
RS Prashanth, CCF, EAC, Tezu, emphasized on the need to organize such training programmes
Speaking as the resource person, Jumto Riba, ADCF, Attached Officer, CCF, EAC, Tezu
briefly shared his ideas. He said that the attitude of the individual was the main
source of all the inspiration. He added, “Any learning, any improvement or any achievement
happens not by chance; but by sheer dedication and devotion.
Another Resource Person Jepet Nyodo, Assistant of the District Food & Civil Supply
Officer, Anjaw meticulously explained the Office Procedures: Right from initiation
of a file, file-noting, punctuality, conduct in the office to operating Computer,
Xerox, Fax, Telephone, etc. to the participants. He said, “Ministerial Staffs are
the pillars of any office. Without them, no office would be able to function properly.
He said that all the staff, including casual workers, contingency staff should not
feel as less important persons in the system of governance. “You are equally important.
You are also the part of the government. So, your responsibilities are also connected
with that of your senior officers and the DFO,” he added.
Later, Kidak Lollen, RFO, Ditchu Range highlighted the difficulties and other problems
faced in the field, notably shortage of staff, problem of mobility, and the like.
He requested the CCF, EAC, Tezu to look into the matter sympathetically and to do
something for his Range.
The Head Assistant of the Anjaw Forest Division, K M Baruah said, “Just attending
office and no work is as good as not attending. It’s always good to be useful or
for some use in office. Nobody knows everything from the beginning; everyone learns
and knows things through experience. So, we shouldn’t shy away from asking from colleagues,
seniors, and even from juniors. It’s always good to learn something new.”
All the ministerial staff of the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF), Eastern Arunachal
Circle, Tezu also attended the programme.
Expert meet on ginger cultivation and marketing strategy for farmers
ITANAGAR, May 5: N.N. Charitable Society (NNCS) in collaboration with the Richa
Sangcha Farmers’s Club organized a one day “Meet with Expert Programme on ginger
cultivation and marketing management” at Sakiang on May 4. The programme was organized
mainly for the benefit of the six farmers clubs of Mengio circle.
Speaking on the occasion as resource person, Punio Reena, Project Supervisor of Future
Generation Arunachal (FGA), Yazalee appreciated the farmers community of Megia circle
for their bold step to boost rural economy through formation of farmers’ clubs.
She appealed the farmer community to cooperate with NN Charitable Society (NNCS)
NNCS Project Officer Techi Ragi appealed to the agriculture and other line departments
and Panchayat leaders to extend cooperation to the farmer for marketing of the products.
Though the farmers under Richa Sangcha Farmers Club of Mengio harvested 10 tons
of ginger fiber crops, but they are facing marketing problems, he said while urging
the farmers to make proper plan for marking of their problems with minimum profit.
Nangbia Amar Dui, Chairman NNCS assured the farmers to extend full support for marketing
of Ginger. He briefed on the role of NABARD for the development of farmers. The APRB
Yazali also sanctioned a sum of Rs. One Lakh as term loan to the Richa Sangcha Farmers’
Club as part of NABARD Bank Linkages programme, he informed and requested the clubs
to repay the loan amount in time.
The Farmers Club leaders also spoke on the occasion.
Anjushree Burman, a simple housewife residing in Upper Subansiri made it possible
again through help of National Agricultural Innovation Project (NAIP) of ICAR.
Anjushree was living idle before starting of NAIP and could not improve her family
status due to low income of her husband (Rs 3000 per month). Initially, there were
only 10 members in the SHG group formed under the NAIP sub project entitled Economic
Empowerment of Rural Women and Unemployed Youth through Self Help Group (SHGs). They
were provided with embroidery and stitching machines. Now her monthly income is Rs
15,000 to 20,000. SHG is presently running a small tailoring shop at Dumporijo area.
Anjushree is the president of their SHG and Monalisha Burman is the secretary.
They make salwar-shoot, school uniform and etc. for ladies and curtains stitching.
They charge Rs 20 per curtain stitching, Rs 200 for salwar, Rs 180 for blouse and
Rs 250 for school uniform.
This SHG extended their heartfelt thanks to NAIP In-charge Dr. Manish Kanwat, Scientist
Agricultural Extension, ICAR for NEH Region Arunachal Centre, Dr. R. Bhagawati, Joint
Director, ICAR for NEH Region, Arunachal Centre and entire ICAR team for making them
self reliant. (Source NAIP, ICAR, Basar)