ITANAGAR, May 12: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has demanded the North
East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) for implementation of
one man one post policy when the Board of Management (BoM) meet on May 21.
ALSU further called for assess qualification as well reservation policy and appointments
as per MHRD guidelines.
ANYA unit demands adequate relief to fire victims
ITANAGAR, May 12: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Lower Subansiri district unit
has appealed to the state Govt to provide adequate assistance for relief and rehabilitation
of the fire victims of Boasimla. Around 50 houses were gutted in a devastating fire
at Boasimla on Tuesday. The ANYA unit also appealed to the Raga MLA and panchayat
leaders to visit the accident site.
A team of ANYA district unit also visited the fire accident site on May 10 and
distributed items like blanket etc. It also lauded the members of its parents body,
deputy commissioner and others who have extending helping hand to the fire victims
in the hours of need.
Provide electricity, demands Union
ITANAGAR, May 12: All Palin Chambang Yangte Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union
(APCYGTSU) today appealed to power (E) department to provide electricity to all the
villages under Palin circle at the earliest.
Except Palin town, all the villages under Palin constituency are deprived of electricity,
the union said.
In spite of assurance given by the state power minister during the chief minister’s
visit to the area in last January, the area is still reeling under darkness, the
Orgs decide to boycott USDIF bandh
ITANAGAR, May 12: Various organizations of Upper Subansiri district have decided
to boycott the proposed Daporijo bandh called by Upper Subansiri District Intellectual
Forum (USDIF) on May 15. The Forum proposed this bandh in protest against the alleged
irregularities in tender process regarding upgradation of 18 km road from Subansiri
bridge point to Segi circle Hq.
The representatives of various organizations including Daporijo bazaar committee,
district students union, Dumporijo Gusar and Baririjo Collegian Forum, unemployed
youths of Segi-Gusar and All Tator Area Welfare Society (ATTAWS) in a joint meeting
held at Dumporijo on May 11 have unanimously decided to boycott the proposed USDIF
bandh as it badly affects the life of common masses and hamper business and development
activities, said ATTAWS in a release today.
Regarding allegation of unfair tendering process, it was informed in the meeting
that a committee constituted by Panchayat members and the ATTAWS representatives
enquired about the allegation and found no unfair activity in tender process. ATTAWS
further said there is no question of misappropriation of fund as the project is yet
to start. The proposed bandh call is totally against the development process in
Segi-Gusar circle, it said.
Solve border issue: Union
ITANAGAR, May 12: All West Siang Border Student Union demanded the Arunachal Govt
to immediately solve the Arunachal-Assam boundary dispute and compensate the destroyed
properties of Mime Taipodia Riba by the Assam Police.
It said that they would be forced to call a 100 hours agitation against state govt
if the atrocities are not stopped and govt do not initiate action.
ITANAGAR, May 12: As world celebrates Nurses' day, enthusiastic nurses of Community
Health Centre, Chowkham joined the celebration on May 12. To mark the day, they cleaned
Chowkham hospital compound; followed by a gathering at nurses' room to pay floral
tribute to their selfless and pioneering leader Florence Nightingale. This was informed
by Dr.Taka Zirdo of CHC Chowkham.
Orgs reiterate demand
ITANAGAR, May 12: Arunachal Pradesh Abo Tani Clans Youth Organization, All Nyishi
Youth Council and All Arunachal Youth Forum today reiterated its demand for immediate
cancellation of illegal land allotment to the non-APSTs.
Pointing out the committee formed by the Govt to enquire into such illegal land allotment,
the organizations give a week time to the state government to pay heed to their demand.
Curb Maoists presence in Arunachal: Home Minister
PC denies presence of NSCN factions
ITANAGAR, May 12: Home Minister P Chidambaram who was on a day long visit to Itanagar
today to review the internal security of state held a meeting with Governor J J Singh
at Rajbhawan and addressed a high level meeting held at Banquet hall.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, ministers, parliamentary secretaries, senior officers
from state police and home affairs attended the meeting.
It was a closed door meeting which lasted for more than 2 hours and no press persons
were allowed access to the meeting.
However according to the source Union Home Minister during the meeting expressed
serious concern over report of the spread of red terror (Maoist) in Arunachal.
Later addressing the media persons in the conference room of Banquet Hall, Chidambaram
stated that there is minimal presence of Maoist along Assam-Arunachal boundary area.
“Assam government is doing their best to curb the Maoist elements. And am sure Arunachal
govt too will work in same line. I also appeal the people of Arunachal not to give
chance to the Maoist element to get foothold in the state. Arunachal is one of the
most peaceful states and let it remain so,” said Chidambaram
In a statement which may storm up a controversy in the state, Chidambaram refused
to accept the presence of NSCN groups in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts.
“The central government does not recognize the presence of NSCN in the three districts.
That is the reason ceasefire agreement signed with both faction of NSCN does not
extend to these districts,” said Chidambaram.
However despite thrashing report of NSCN presence, he added, “Central govt is worried
for Tirap, Longding and Changlang districts. Recently police recruitment drive was
conducted in Changlang district especially for the local youths. This will give employment
opportunities to the youths of the two districts.”
On the report of factional clashes between various Naga groups in the three districts
he said if the report is true, then it is duty of state government to tackle such
law and order problem. Home Minister also informed that as part of the ongoing process,
Arunachal Pradesh Police will be modernized in days to come so that it is well equipped
to deal with the prevailing situation and more additional central forces will be
sent to the state. Chidambaram also said long pending boundary problem between Assam
and Arunachal need to be solved peacefully under the guidance of Supreme Court constituted
“The one man committee headed by Justice Tarun Chatterjee is working towards it and
most probably in the month of June he is going to call meeting of chief ministers
of Assam and Arunachal in this regard,” stated Chidambaram.
He also informed that last year central government had sanctioned Rs 154 crore for
the development of border areas. This year union govt had released 92 crore till
date and will be releasing more after examining various requests.
He also expressed ignorance about Chakma-Hajong refugee creating problems for local
citizen at Lohit and Changlang districts. “I am not aware of any such report. State
govt will in better position to answer,” he retorted when this journalist specifically
asked him whether central govt is aware of about Chakma-Hajong refugee creating problems
for local citizen of Lohit and Changlang districts.
Home Minister was accompanied by Jitendra Singh, minister of state for home and Joint
Director I B during the visit.
AAPPTF convention cum traffic awareness prog
Sanjoy calls for strict traffic management
BOMDILA, May 12: Lok Sabha MP Takam Sanjoy today urged the drivers and vehicle owners
to strictly follow the traffic rules for their own safety and security.
While addressing the huge gathering at the 1st ever convention-cum-traffic awareness
programme of All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation (AAPPTF) at Buddha
Stadium, Bomdila here this morning, Sanjoy also called upon the traffic cell and
law enforcing authority to take stringent action against traffic violators.
Stressing on the need of maintaining discipline in every sphere of life in a civilized
society, the MP said discipline is equally important for vehicle owners/drivers and
Taking serious note of violation of road safety norms and traffic rules in Capital
Complex, Sanjoy said “Capital Complex, Itanagar needs more traffic awareness
programme than any other places of the state.” He urged AAPPTF to conduct mega traffic
awareness programme in state Capital and also suggested the Federation members to
join hands with Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) so that such awareness
programme can be organized in a better way.
Pointing out the uproar regarding contractual works, the MP said people should seek
contract works in their respective districts only so that the local people shouldn’t
be deprived of their rights.
Regarding the initiatives being taken for construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway,
the MP said that some individuals were allegedly constructing new dwelling houses
along the proposed Highway only to claim compensation from the Govt. Informing
that only genuine cases would be considered for compensation benefit, he said interference
in highway developmental activities will not be tolerated. He appealed the people
not to involve in any activities which may prove them losers.
The MP also expressed serious concerned over ongoing construction work of Balipara-Tawang
road, which is of strategic importance from country’s defence point of view, and
assured to take up the matter with Defence Minister A K Anthony.
Rs 92 crores have already been sanctioned for establishment of mountaineering institute
at Dirang, Sanjoy informed while announcing Rs 5 lakh from his MP LAD fund for Anshu
Jamsenpa as token of appreciation for her outstanding achievements in the field of
Thrizino-Buragaon MLA Kumsi Sidisaw suggested the AAPPTF members to make the federation
more disciplined and organized so as to render better services to the people of state.
He also requested the people of every community to work in unison for development.
Local MLA R T Kunjuju urged the drivers/vehicle owners, particularly youths to strictly
follow traffic rules and stressed on strict traffic management.
APB&OCWWB Chairman and Chief Advisor AAPPTF Jalley Sonam also appealed to the people
to follow traffic rules and avoid rough driving. He suggested the Federation to initiate
steps to fix a particular colour for commercial taxi in the line of Shillong.
AAPPTF State president Takar Goi informed that only 9 DTOs and MVIs were appointed
in the state. He appealed to the govt to create more posts of DTO and MVI. He also
advocated for provision of vehicles for each DTO for better service within this financial
Goi informed that there are 42,400 commercial vehicles in the state, out of which
30 per cent of vehicles are hired from neighbouring Assam and others states.
The army personnel from Tenga valley, Union and state Govt establishments and private
establishments are hiring vehicles from other states despite availability of large
number of commercial vehicles in Arunachal, he lamented. Hiring of commercial vehicles
from other states directly affects the state economy, more particularly the unemployed
youths who had purchased commercial vehicles with bank loans.
Highlighting the grievances of vehicle owners AAPPTF general secretary D Sonam appealed
to the MP to impress upon the govt to look into the existing road tax system, which
he said was not appropriate. He appealed to the Govt for reduction of existing road
tax from 10 years to 5 years considering the life expectancy of vehicles in mountainous
roads and requested for reconsideration of double taxation system. He further urged
the state govt to intervene in the forceful requisition of passenger vehicles by
He informed that AAPPTF had signed MoA with Arunachal State Co-Operative apex bank
to provide commercial vehicles to unemployed youths of state.
West Kameng DC, Rinchin Tashi, SP S N Mosobi and others also spoke on the occasion
and enlightened the gathering on importance of traffic rules and regulations.
Besides the cultural pogramme presented by cultural troupes across the state, band
display by the Indian Army jawans was added flavor to the convention. Renowned singer
Anumoti Sisam and West Kameng Idol enthralled the jam packed crowd on the occasion.
Meyor community accuses Indian Army of land grabbing
ITANAGAR, May 12: Meyor community of Anjaw has alleged that without the permission
of the villagers, the Indian Army has initiated construction of bunkers at Barakumdun
Village and I.E Mule Shed at Krowti under Kibitho circle.
The Meyors reside in Kibitho and Walong circles along the international boundary
with China where the Indian Army has a massive presence.
Army is acquiring agricultural land of Meyor community without following due process
of law and consent of actual land owners and knowledge of District administration,
said Chung Meyor who heads the Meyor Welfare Association.
Recently Indian Army started construction of bunker in the agricultural land of Chaping
Meyor, a recipient of gold medal for his service to Indian Army, where an injunction
order was passed by the Circle Officer of Kibitho. Subsequently, the District Administration
wrote to the 82 Mountain Brigade seeking the comment on the issue in February this
The Meyor community is however agitated that the District administration is not aware
of status of the development which they say is evident from a letter of District
Administration No.ANJ/J/-10/10-11/1015-6 Dtd 21st Feb'2012 instead of taking action
against the Army for disobedience of injunction order passed earlier. The Meyors
say that thousands of hectares of land have been grabbed by the Indian Army without
following the land acquisition process.
Without observing proceeding of land acquisition act and without consent of inhabitants
and even without any rehabilitation initiatives, the Indian Army cannot continue
such oppression, said Chung Meyor during a conversation with this daily.
East Siang faces threat of food scarcity as it battles bamboo flowering
Pasighat, May 12: The Upper Ramle Banggo and Legong Banggo of East Siang district
have been witnessing gregarious bamboo flowering.
The flowering has affected most of the areas ranging from Tabi-Ripo to Korang village
of Ramle Banggo and from Ledum to Miglung village of Legong Banggo.
Bamboos like Dendrocalsmus hamiltonii (Hate/Ee) and Schizosta-chyum arunachalensis
(Tabum) are the species found flowering, affecting the local population in house
construction, shoot consumption and other handicraft purposes, while the Dendrocalsmus
latiflorous (Epo) are sporadic.
According to survey and field study conducted by State Forest Research Institute
(SFRI) headed by scientist RK Taj on Friday, more than 1000 households are likely
to be affected due to rodent and insect pest population outbreak which may cause
damage to crops.
When contacted, Taj informed that the rodent damage may continue for one causing
severe shortage of food grains and other crops particularly under jhum cultivation
in the entire area and there will be severe shortage of bamboo based construction
materials for another 5-6 years.
During a recent visit by this reporter, Ledum ASM Tayam Dupak informed that due to
heavy damage of bamboo, the people of the area have been forced to purchase bamboo
products from Pasighat for consumption.
Dupak appealed the state government to release financial assistance for the affected
people and implement alternative rehabilitation programme for the affected people
“Due to massive flowering, the people of Koyu circle are facing acute hardship in
house construction as people have been forced to abandon the construction materials”,
revealed Koyu HGB Gokar Koyu. The authority need to implement bamboo plantation programmes
by providing quality planting materials to the interested and needy villagers through
AdiSU demands re-conduct of public hearing
Public hearing conducted at gun point: SBF
ITANAGAR, May 12: Adi Students Union (AdiSU) said that public hearing conducted at
Pene village under West Siang district on May 11 for the 1000 MW Naying Hydro Electric
Project was a fraud and biggest drama staged by the authorities with heavy presence
of the paramilitary forces. The union demanded re-conduct of the public hearing as
it questioned “when the public are not aware on the affects of the hydro power project,
how can the authorities conduct the public hearing, that too with the might of the
The authorities had stationed one battalion of IRBn personnel at Kaying so that the
downstream people opposing the project would not reach the scheduled place for the
public hearing. Further, around 300 IRBn personnel were present at Pene village and
cordoned off the area. It was surprising to witness that the number of police personnel
easily outnumbered the people gathered. Altogether four buses were used for transporting
the para-military forces, the Union which is spearheading a movement against large
hydro projects said.
This incident before the public hearing and conduct of the public hearing under the
gaze of the police forces illustrates how the authorities are bringing in para-military
forces from outside and bullying the people and creating fear psychosis among the
affected people of the hydro power projects, AdiSu said in a statement.
It was a serious violation of human rights for the people of Siang. The democratic,
human and indigenous rights were totally abolished before and during the public hearing,
they alleged. The public hearing witnessed no affected people’s participation particularly
the people from the downstream side of the project, they added.
The voices and concerns of the people against the mega-hydro power projects were
snubbed as they were not allowed to reach the venue and enter the place where the
public hearing was conducted, the students alleged.
Earlier, on May 10, five boys were severely assaulted by the IRBn forces near Kaying,
the students further alleged.
The Union further came down heavily on West Siang DC in-charge Sachin Shinde while
accusing him of discrimination and undermining the Adis using draconian tactic. Accusing
him of being a racist for using force against the peaceful people of Kaying area,
they questioned the handling of the public hearing.
The authorities should rather use those large forces in insurgency affected Tirap
–Changlang or else station them at Likabali and other inter-state boundary areas
to protect the people of the state from the marauders of Assam. Bringing in such
large number of forces only disrupted the law and order in peaceful Kaying and Pene
The organisations duo further said that they would continue their fight against large
projects and that the conduct of the public hearing has only pushed them further.
It said that DS Construction, the developer for the project will be responsible for
Condemning the reported assault on three youth by police personnel during the public
hearing of 1000 MW Naying hydro project on Friday, Siang Bachao Federation (SBF)
today demanded immediate suspension of West Siang Deputy Commissioner in-charge,
alleging that youths were beaten up without any provocation and the public hearing
was held at gun point with hundreds of IRBn personnel to mow down the anti -dam protestors.
Federation also claimed that public was not allowed to express their opinion by
the district administration and police personnel during the hearing as the local
people were outnumbered by police personnel.
Aalo orgs resent bad roads, power cuts
ITANAGAR, May 12: Paktu Area People’s Forum (PAPF) and Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association
(PAYWA) during a recently held meeting discussed various issues pertaining to their
area including power, road and supply of LPG.
They further decried the deteriorating BRTF Road in between Aalo and Basar. They
said that BRTF authorities had given commitment to the people of Aalo in January
2011 to complete the resurfacing work of Aalo Likabali road but the Aalo -Basar sector
is still not attended causing immense inconvenience to the commuters.
They further alleged that township road was of sub-standard quality and yet to be
completed. The road project under SPA 2010-11 was poorly implemented and has started
tearing out within a year before the work is completed. The public want that responsibility
is fixed and action initiated against officials and contractor for improper use of
public resources, it said.
The organizations further demanded renovation of Yeggo Micro Hydel and commission
of Siru Tali Liromoba Micro Hydel. The Yeggo-Hydel built in 1975 was approved under
Central Scheme for renovation in the fiscal year 2004-05 at an estimated cost of
Rs Two crores. But instead of renovating the plant all the old machineries have been
sold as scrap item without replacing it with new machineries as provided in the scheme.
They also expressed strong resentment at erratic BSNL services. The BSNL authority
has given commitment for early remedial but the problem still persists and the subscribers
have lost patience, they said.
They also raised the issue of LPG scarcity and adulteration of petroleum products
by various Oil Auto agencies of Aalo.
They called for early solution to the problems being faced by the people of the area
by the authority or face agitations.
Orientation cum training prog for BTM & SMS
ITANAGAR, May 12: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Papum Pare (a Wing of ICAR) organized
a one day Orientation cum training programme for new recruitees (BTM & SMS) of ATMA
of Papum Pare on May 12 at Nirjuli sponsored by the Project Director ATMA.
The on-campus training is one of the initiative of the Kendra to enlighten the knowledge
of new recruitees of ATMA on ‘Development of Agri- allied sector for livelihood Improvement’.
All together, 16 new recruitees were benefitted in this training programme.
OSD KVK N. Pertin highlighted the role of ATMA new recruitees among the farming community
in technology dissémination.
Deputy Director Horticulture Bokaro Riba gave a detailed picture on the role of horticulture
mission in the district.
Programme Co-ordinator of the Kendra Dr. T. Heli, informed the participants and
various resource persons of the line department about the role of extension factionnaires
in technology dissémination in the remotest areas of the district.
The particants was trainined by the specilised trainer from différent discipline
like Dr. B.C. Borah scientist has covering the topic of cultivation technology
of oyster mushroom in papumpare district.