May  03

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006






Prohibitory order

AALO, May 02: District Magistrate, West Siang has prohibited carrying of all kinds of lethal weapons, like daos, lathis, bows and arrows and all kinds of fire arms during electioneering meeting by various political parties in West Siang effective immediately. This order has been issued as a precautionary measure to contain breach of public peace and tranquility in such public gathering and in the interest of conducting free and fair Panchayat Raj election.

The order will come into force with immediate effect and will remain in force through out the district till May 30.

The violation of this order will be dwelt in accordance with the relevant penal provisions.  DIPRO


PIL on airport project

ITANAGAR, May 2: While accepting the PIL (No 6/2013) filed by one Taniang Kipa challenging the proposal to shift Greenfield Airport project from Karsingsa/Banderdewa to Hollongi, the Gauhati High Court in its order passed on April 25 called for maintenance of status quo as to the location of the  project.

The Court in its judgment said “… the abrupt change in decision as to the location of the airport may not, prima facie, appear to be in public interest. However, this aspect will have to be further examined in the light of any further material which may be placed by the respondents.” The  court also issued notice to the respondents – Union of India and Ors and said “In the meantime, the respondents will maintain status quo as to the location of the project.”


Orientation camp for youths

DAPORIJO, May 02: A five days orientation camp called ‘Parichay Varg’ was conducted by the Upper Subansiri district unit of Arunachal Vikas Parishad at VKV, Kuporijo from April 25. About 55 youths from 30 villages of 10 circles of the district attended the camp.

Morning yoga, pranayam, group discussions on burning issues of the state, inspiring and thought provoking lectures by the resource persons, games, patriotic songs, life sketches of great personalities,  social service, cultural programmes were the main features of the camp.

Tassa Muri attended the inaugural function while the valedictory function was attended by BL Parashar and Satish Dureja, both social activists from New Delhi.

Retired Major MS Shoora from Rajasthan also shared his experiences with the youngsters.

The trainees displayed yoga, drill, patriotic songs, folk dances in the concluding programme.

The trainees also planted trees at Donyi Polo Namlo, Kuporijo.


Death mourned

ITANAGAR, May 02: The department of education, directorate of elementary and secondary education has mourned the demise of Suresh Pal Singh, lecturer, DIET, Naharlagun who expired at GNRC, Guwahati on April 30 last.

It is a great loss for the department, said the condolence message.

Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul.


Changlang DA conducts vocational training for youths

CHANGLANG, May 02: District Administration, Changlang has organized “Employment Oriented Vocational Training in Computer and Other related skills” at Miao and Jairampur. 35 trainees from Miao and 60 from Jairampur Sub-Division are undergoing computer training in various courses in phase manner.

The primary objective of the training is to increase the professional qualification of the trainees, hone computer skills and make them fit and well equipped for employment in this age of Information Technology. DIPRO


Students demand adequate fund for school boundary

ITANAGAR, May 02: The All Sagalee Students’ Union (ASSU) carried out eviction drive on the premises of Govt. Higher Secondary School, Sagalee yesterday.

The drive was necessitated after some people illegally occupied portion of the school land. The encroachers were earlier served with a seven days ultimatum to vacate the land and the matter was also placed before ADC, Sagalee earlier.

Meanwhile, the union in a letter addressed to the DDSE Papum Pare has requested to take necessary initiative to prepare proper map of the school land and also to provide adequate fund for the boundary wall.


DACO Linggi retires

ROING, May 02: The Staff of DC Office, Roing bade farewell to Gogoi Linggi, DACO on his superannuation at Anchal Samiti Hall here yesterday.  

He first joined service as Socio-Cultural Organizer (SCO) in 1981 and later he was promoted to the present post of DACO  in 1996 and continued in the same post  till his retirement on April 30.

“It is indeed a great achievement to complete superannuation with good health. The officer has done his duty with sincerity and full dedication whatever job was entrusted to him till his retiring age,” Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar said.

He wished him a happy family life ahead saying that “superannuation is not a retirement from family and social life, rather one get more time to share with family and shoulder more social responsibilities”.

Retiring officer, Gogoi Linggi who is always found to be cheerful felt fortunate to complete long service tenure successfully and exhorted the officers to work joyfully and enjoy one’s duty with sincerity to have long service career.

W. Tikhak, ADC, A Pertin, SDO Hunli, Branch Officers and Officials of DC office also spoke on the occasion.  Meanwhile, T Tatak, DTO (Tourism) was given the charge of DACO Roing till posting of a regular DACO in the district. DIPRO


DC inspects district hospital, takes stock of facilities

ZIRO, May 02: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete inspected the District Hospital to take stock of the health facilities and problems of the hospital.

The Deputy Commissioner accompanied by District Medical Officer Dr. Hage Tam and Medical Superintendent Dr. Subu Habung visited all the OPD rooms, laboratories, wards and equipment rooms.

Both the DMO Dr. Tam and Medical Superintendent Dr. Subu informed the DC about various problems faced by the hospital in delivering smooth health services. They informed about non- posting of surgeon against a sanctioned post and shortage of doctors.

It was also brought to the knowledge of the DC that the Blood Bank Building which was built in 1998 has not been made suitable for storage of blood though work relating to transmission of blood is being carried out in the hospital. The X-Ray unit was also lying defunct due to non functional of the transformer and the patients are being referred to outside to get their X-Rays done. They also informed the DC about shortage of Homeopathy medicines in the hospital.

A building is being constructed under SPA fund in the hospital complex which will be functioning as ward, the DMO informed. DIPRO


May Day celebrated

AALO, May 02: May Day was celebrated in a befitting manner at Gumin Kiin yesterday.

Unfurling the ceremonial flag on the occasion, Tummar Bagra narrated the history and origin of the Labour Movement and called upon the workers of the district to rededicate themselves on the day as workforce to be reckoned with. He exhorted them to work with dedication despite odds faced by them to sustain their families from their meager earnings.

Tuter Nima said that there is no alternative to hard work and dedicated workforce is the key to success of any industry/ department.

The labourers can get their genuine dues and there are labour laws that protect their interests and it is important to know the various provisions under these laws, he said.

The CDPO Aalo East and West also highlighted the significance of the day.

President, AAPWU Aalo Unit Tumar Bagra and Secretary Donga Kayi and the representatives from Anganwadi dwelt at length on the aims and objectives, various grievances and steps taken to ameliorate the condition of the workers.








291 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


News Impact


White water rafting concludes with positive note

ITANAGAR, May 02: The 45 days long White Water River rafting cum recee organized by Arunachal Adventure Association (AAA) in collaboration with department of tourism, Govt of Arunachal ended today at Pasighat. For the last leg, the team conducted rafting expedition cum recee from Menchuka to Pasighat passing through river Yargap Chu, Siyom (Yomgo) and Siang. The expedition was followed by 5 days basic course training on white water river rafting held at Pasighat town. The local youths of East and West Siang district including girls were imparted training during the duration.

The venue for the training was at Raneghat on the bank of river Siang. The training which began of 28th of April concluded today.

The 45 days long programme begin on 28th of March at Seppa town with advance course being imparted to the local youths and it was followed by expedition cum recee on river Kameng from Marjingla to Bhalukpong.  In the second leg, the youths of Daporijo were given basic course on white water river rafting. The training was followed by expedition cum recee on river Subansiri from Sippi (Daporijo) to Gerukamukh.

 The Arunachal Adventure Association chairman Chukhu Mama expressed satisfaction over the completion of event.

“It has been a great learning experience for all of us. We manage to impart both basic as well advance course to many local youths of Upper Subansiri, East Kameng, West Siang and East Siang districts. This pool of youth if groomed properly can become river guide in the future and it will open up door of employment generation,” stated Mama. Further he added, “We are extremely grateful to tourism department especially it’s secretary, director and assistant director for giving us the chance to be part of this historic initiative. For the first time in such large scale the local youths were given training on white water river rafting. We also extend our gratitude to the district tourism officers of Seppa, Daporijo, Pasighat and local administration for extending all possible help during the entire time of programme.” The whole training cum expedition could not have been possible without the assistance and expertise of the members of Indian Rafting Foundation and Donyi Hango Tours, concluded Mama.


ABK women raid shops, seize tobacco products


RUKSIN, May 02: As a part of their continuous efforts to make the area free from tobacco, narcotics and other contraband drugs, the women activists of Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) with the help of local police today seized huge quantities of tobacco products and other narcotic substances from ghumtis, shops and other business establishment in different corners of the Sub-division.

The activists raided shops and ghumtis at Linka, Ngorlung, Niglok, Debing, Rayang and Ruksin, Adi Leku villages and Ruksin township and seized huge quantities of Gutkha (Tiranga, Nurkagul) and some cartoons of illicit country made foreign liquor from the shop keepers.

Reports have revealed that a large section of the young generation have fallen into trap of this detrimental practice, which is causing concern among the parents.

It is alleged that the anti-socials, taking advantage of loophole in police and excise vigilance along Assam-Arunachal boundary area are continuing the illicit business.

It is observed that the ABK women wing has launched massive postering drive at every nook and corner of East Siang district. It has appealed to the elite section of the society to extend their moral support towards their endeavor to curb the growing drug menace.



Delhi police-NE students coordination meet held

New Delhi, May 02: The coordination cum review meeting between Delhi Police and NE students/employee representative was held today at Arunachal House New Delhi in the presence of DRC and ARCs of Arunachal Bhawan and Assam Bhawan, Church leaders, NGOs, Student activist/leaders of various organization and scholars.

The meeting was presided over by Chief Coordinator of North East Student/Employee residing in Delhi, Joint Commissioner of Delhi Police Robin Hibu.

Hibu elaborated various initiatives of Delhi Police through PowerPoint presentation and sought cooperation from all the appointed representatives of respective state for the well being of NE fraternity in Delhi/NCR in the hour of necessity.

“We want inputs on how we can further improve our syllabus and suggestions on gender sensitive policing," said joint commissioner of police (training) Robin Hibu.

General Secretary of North East Support Centre and Helpline, Dr. Alena Golmai emphasizing on further improving gender policing in Delhi suggested various points on how to improve the security of northeast people in Delhi and to improve the proficiency of the forum.  Meanwhile, feedbacks and suggestion were also taken from the student to improve the security of the student community inside and out side college campus.

Nine more students were appointed as the Delhi Police representative from Tripura, Manipur and Mizoram.

The meeting was attended by representatives from Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi, All Assamese Students’ Association New Delhi, All Bodo Students Union Delhi Unit, Naga Students’ Union Delhi, Kuki Students Organization Delhi, Tripura Students Forum Delhi, Delhi Achik Youth Association (Meghalaya), Sikkim Students Association Delhi,

Manipur Student Association Delhi and Delhi Mizo Zerlai Paul (Mizoram).



26 candidates in fray in Pasighat civic poll


PASIGHAT, May 02: East Siang district administration is preparing to conduct first ever Municipal Election in century-old Pasighat town, the district HQ, which is coincided with the ensuing Panchayat poll due on May16 next.

Assistant Municipal Returning Officer (AMRO) of Pasighat S Jamoh informed that the poll processes including scrutiny of nomination papers of the candidates was completed in time. There are a total 26 candidates in the election out of which two candidates were declared unopposed.

The authority is introducing 10 Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) in this poll. Six polling personnel including the presiding officers have been engaged in each of the 10 polling stations to conduct the polling activities.

Out of the total 9,567 voters in the Municipality, about 7,772 voters will exercise their franchise to elect 10 councilors.

The Pasighat Municipal council has twelve wards and four out of the total seats are reserved for women candidates. The unopposed winners are Kaling Darang of Ward 4 and Atik Pertin of Ward 5. The duo was nominated by ruling Congress party.

As per rule, Pasighat town having more than 23,000 (as per 2011 Census) should be allotted 13 Wards. But, it is alleged that the authority is allotting only 12 wards in Pasighat Civic Body and thereby violating the norms stated in the provisions of section 89 of Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act, 2009.



The core of democracy is to protect individual’s interest: IFDP

ITANAGAR, May 02: “No matter how democracy has been variously conceptualized by power holders in different regions, the core of democracy is to protect individual’s interest by their respective governments, opined chairman of International Forum for Democracy and Peace (IFDP) Tuna Beklevic of Turkey on the concluding day of the 3rd General Assembly of the IFDP.

Whether we are advantageous or disadvantageous, democracy should be our protector. Though human are born free, but for centuries people have been subjected to enslavement, torture and other various forms of actions that violate the very basics of human rights. But coming together here in Istanbul Summit 2013 shows our dedication to protect and defend human rights of the world, Beklevic said.

There is no reason for us to unite together in favour of protection of human rights. In the modern world, democracy and rule of law appeared as the only two guarantees of human rights, he said adding that “Our aim is to form a common future agreement based on those principles.

The ideologies, ethnicities, nationalities and religious identities, might be different, yet we can meet in a “common future”.

We believe that the silent majority supporting peace should dominate the noisy conflict. The idea of securing human rights via the establishment of rule of law and democracy is what brings us together. This is a dream beyond political parties and the states, he added.

Vice President of IraqTariq Al Hashimi said after ten years of liberation of Iraq from Saddam Hussain regime has not achieved any democracy in Iraq. The Republic of Iraq is becoming republic of ‘fear’ with more corruption and more backwardness gripping the citizens of the country, he said. Recent public polls have shown Iraqis’ bitter disappointment and frustration that more than 60 per cent prefer the former regime to the present one, he claimed.

This means that all the Iraqi people’s huge sacrifices in lives and wealth have just gone in vain. He also said that the poor turnout in the provincial elections last week shows that people do not believe in Nouri Almaliki’s regime where less than 40 per cent of the people participated. The government has lost credibility among its people. The masses are completely alienated from participation in the Governing process, he said.

He urged upon assembly to see the sufferings of the people of Palestine which deserve understanding and support of International Community to establish their own state of identity on their home land with Holly Alquds as a capital of Palestine. He also urged the gathering to remember neighbouring country, Syria where people are suffering from an oppressing despot whose killing machine does not exclude women, children, old men, or even the disabled. He appealed, to do whatever is possible to stop the bloodshed in Syria and to end the horrible nightmare of Bashar Al Asad regime. He said it is the responsibility of world community in defending the people who dream of a better life for peace and democracy. He requested the message be spread out to peoples and governments of the globe. What is happening in Syria is a shame on humanity and on the free world, which has lost credibility because of the double standard culture.

Goran Lindblad, the three time Swedish parliamentarian, who served as Vice President of Parliamentary Assembly Council of Europe (PACE) speaking on the occasion has advocated for the removal of tyrants regime all over the world.  Lindblad, who is known internationally for his work to promote democracy and human rights, has called for the need of international condemnation of crimes of totalitarian regimes against humanity in various part of the world.

Aya Burweila, from Libya who is a Senior Analyst at the Athens-based intelligence and security think tank, RIEAS (The Research Institute for European and American Studies), who is also a member of the International Advisory Board for the Mediterranean Council of Intelligence Studies strongly emphasised on Improving Human right condition of in Libya and Arabic nations.

Meanwhile the Assembly has decided to move forward with the major resolutions adopted at the 3rd General Assembly held in Istanbul, Turkey and resolved to have its 4rth General Assembly of IFDP at Mexico City in Mexico.

Former NESO secretary general Gumjum Haider also attended the Summit.



Arunachal Charity Home’ craving for govt’s attention


PASIGHAT, May 02: The Arunachal Charity Home (ACH), a Pasighat based NGO dedicated to the community health service and protection of environment is craving for attention from the state government’s end for carrying out activities smoothly.

The NGO has been rendering yeoman services since its inception in 2007. It has been moving the government for some financial help time to time, but no one is attending their pleas.

The chairman of ACH Jobang Modi has said his society has not yet received proper attention from the government. He affirmed that despite the severe financial constrain and other odds faced by the Charity Home, his mission so far is dispensing voluntary service to nearly 5000 poor and destitute patients of the state.

“The state and central government are not paying any heed to our grievances even after repeated move. The authority should realize that our society members are voluntarily working to help the poor and needy patients,” a visibly desperate Modi lamented before this correspondent.

Modi informed that the Society (ACH) submitted petition to the state’s Chief Minister seeking fund for ‘Construction of Charity Home Building cum Office’ at Pasighat during February last year. Earlier too, it moved the state government during former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in 2008, but to no avail. The local MLA cum Education Minister Bosiram Siram is well aware of the facts and forwarded the petition to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki with a request of granting fund to the Home. But the society members are still eagerly waiting for any positive outcome in this regard.

Modi further informed that the district administration has allotted a plot of land measuring 2 Bighas near Pasighat town Club, but the land is yet to be developed for any construction work.

It may be mentioned that the Charity Home is running a low-cost rental building at Dibrugarh in Assam, providing accommodation for poor and emergency patents at a minimal rate of Rs 100 to 150 per room/per day. Moreover, it facilitates ‘Ambulance Service’ for transporting the patients with complicated ailment with a minimum charge of fuel cost. At Pasighat, the society is running its temporary office in a PWD Inspection Bungalow on monthly rental basis.



Training for presiding and polling officers held in various districts

ITANAGAR, May 02: The first phase of election training for presiding and polling officers who will be carrying out the forthcoming Panchayat elections in Tirap districts was held at Khonsa yesterday in which 400 trainees attended.

Techu Aran, PD and Master Trainer in his address told the trainees to take the training seriously as it would immensely help them during the polling. He asked them to read the presiding officers’ hand book thoroughly to ensure that all the intricacies of conducting the elections were covered.

ADC and DPDO H. Matcha highlighted the importance of the election training which would brush up their knowledge of conducting elections without any flaws. He asked all the trainees to attend all the trainings.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner and DEO Dr Sachin Shinde supervised the training and told the participants to ensure that every minute detail pertaining to the ensuing elections was kept in mind for a free and fair polling.

The training was imparted by the resource persons from DIET and government higher secondary school, Khonsa. The trainees were divided into two batches of 200 members each and the training was held in two phases, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

Two days phase-wise training programme for Presiding and Polling Officers under Papum Pare district for the ensuing Panchayati Raj Election began at DRDA Conference hall here today.

Altogether 83 Polling Stations are earmarked in Papum Pare district for the Panchayati Raj Election2013.

Bomdila : The first round of training for the Presiding and Polling officers of West Kameng district was held in Bomdila today. Returning Officer for 9-Jerigaon Anchal Block; Project Director (DRDA) Tasso Gambo spelt on the seriousness and sincerity attached with the responsibility delegated. He urged for perfect execution of one’s duty in a free and fair manner.

‘The responsibility begins with sincere attendance in such training programmes and acquiring thorough knowledge of the whole process, he added.

The second and third rounds of the training programme would be conducted on May 6 and 13.

SEPPA: East Kameng DC cum DEO Tope Bam advised the Polling Personnel to be sincere and attentive during the training so as to get well-versed for successful conduct of the PR Election.

Addressing the polling personnel in a theoretical and practical training here today, Bam directed all those engaged in election duty to discharge their duties sincerely without compromising the provisions of the PR Act and Rules. He suggested the presiding officers to arrange meeting with the GBs on reaching their respective destination for co-operation and help more especially for detection of under-aged voters.

The Training is being imparted on phase-wise manner for different locations. The Master Trainers for the day were R Pathak, Pedagogy Co-coordinator; D.B Sinah, ST, SD Pandey, Lecturer, DIET and AK Das, ST.



Grassroots democracy in Arunachal Pradesh

Gandhi Siga

Panchayati Raj Institutions are important political innovations of India for the establishment of grassroots level democracy and to ensure greater participation of people in political system of the country. The prime objectives of Panchayati Raj system is democratic decentralization of power at grassroots level which gives powers to the villagers. 

Gandhiji had aptly remarked that independence must begin at the bottom. Every village ought to be a republic or panchayat with the authority and resources to realize the potential for economic and social development of the village. Gandhiji’s views found articulation in Article 40 of the Constitution. It enjoins that ‘the States shall take steps to organize village panchayats with such powers and authority as may be necessary to enable them to function as units of self-government’.

During the last fifty years, several attempts have been made to bring about effective decentralization, both political and economic, with limited success. However, the year 1992 marks a new era in the federal democratic set up of the country for the establishment of grassroots democratic institutions, which is popularly known as 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act in the history of Indian parliament. This 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992 conferred Constitutional status on the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs). It envisages the establishment of a democratic decentralized development process through people’s participation in decision-making, implementation and delivery. In order to achieve this objective, the Constitution provides for devolution of powers and responsibilities upon panchayats at appropriate levels by adding 29 Subjects listed in the Eleventh Schedule of the Constitution have been identified for devolution to the PRIs.

In Arunachal Pradesh system of Panchayat bodies have been the first modern political institutions. Democratic political process was started in the erstwhile NEFA (North East Frontier Agency) in 1969 with the inauguration of Panchayati Raj. The first Prime Minister of India Pandit Nehru’s Government followed Verrier Elwin’s idea of retaining the identity of the tribes and also the British policy of isolation until 1962 when China attacked this part of India. Elwin’s view as expressed in A Philosophy for NEFA, “let the tribes grow in their own way on their own heritage, according to their own genius and tradition”.  Pt. Nehru also favoured the Elwin principles of tribal development and he wrote in his forward to V. Elwin’s Philosophy for NEFA-”I had a feeling that we should help them to grow in their own way”. 

As a result, Nehru adopted the policy of development but without interferences in internal affairs of the traditional political institutions of tribes of the region.

However, after the Sino-Indian war of 1962, the Government of India was compelled to change its policies towards NEFA and undertook a number of measures for its speedy politico-economic developments to bring the indigenous tribes into national mainstream. A committee was appointed under the Chairmanship of Daying Ering for the purpose and specially to recommend regarding the democratic decentralization in NEFA. As a result of the historic recommendation of the Daying Ering Committee, the modern democratic political institutions were introduced first time in NEFA, which incorporated the same in North-East Frontier Agency Panchayati Raj Regulation, 1967 with few modifications. Significantly, the modern Panchayati Raj Institutions were introduced in NEFA (Present Arunachal Pradesh) on the backdrop of existing traditional tribal councils.

In the first stage of development of Panchayati Raj System during the NEFA period has a significant positive impacts on this little known tribal belts.  The indigenous isolated tribal communities were first time exposed to modern grassroots political process and subsequently a new framework of participatory development and village management was introduced which mobilized the tribes to a great extent. Thus, the Panchayat Raj Institutions engineered the modern political process in Arunachal Pradesh at grassroots level as well as state.

It can be assumed that the introduction of modern political institutions in Arunachal Pradesh have been an instrumental to brought  many significant changes for the development of village life. The people got the opportunity to exercise their franchise for the first time in the panchayat elections. So the PRIs have become an eye opener for the village communities so far as the grassroots democratic political process is concerned.  Since the introduction of the Panchayati Raj in Arunachal, the people are actively participating in the electoral process of the state. There are many good impacts on rural leadership pattern in the state as set of new young leadership emerged with the shifting of authority from traditional to an elected one. The political parties made entry into the village level which significantly playing a political socialization to rural people and broadened their political perceptions and attitudes. The Panchayat leaders dominated the village affairs, replacing the numerically learner clans. The political outlook of the people is now increasing to broad level and subsequently the narrow ethnic interests of the village people were minimized in a large extend. Thus, the Panchayati Raj system has brought a new dimension to the traditional ethnic political process of Arunachal Pradesh through a method of gradual modernization.

In a subsequent period of time, the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Bill, 1997 duly passed by the Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly received the assent of the President of India on 13 April 2001(Act no.5 of 2001).  This  Act is known as the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Act, 1997. This is an Act to replace the NEFA Panchayati Raj Regulation 1967 by a comprehensive law in line with 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992. The Act of 1997 extends to the whole of Arunachal Pradesh. This act provides for three-tier Panchayat system with wider representation as well as expanded developmental functions.

In fact, the new Act has become a landmark step so far as modernizing the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Institutions in line with all India pattern. With this development the panchayat bodies have been revitalized to provide more representation to the socially disadvantage groups particularly tribal women in the state. Further, the new Panchayati Raj Act has entrusted a sizeable developmental functions for bringing rapid socio-economic development in village of Arunachal Pradesh. On the whole, the Panchayati Raj Institutions have played a great role in shaping the modern political process of Arunachal Pradesh. However, despite of the introduction of new provisions, the present Panchayati Raj Institutions in Arunachal has a limited role to functioning owing to the numbers of resistances from different quarters.

Critical Evaluations:

Panchayat Raj is indeed one of the most remarkable social and political reforms in the state. However, Panchayati Raj Institutions today faces a number of daunting challenges in the state due to the State Government’s reluctance to devolve the decentralization of power to grassroots political institutions. Therefore, importance and effectiveness of working of Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh is an interesting subject to understand whether these institutions are effective political institutions for the rural development and for the modern grassroots democratic political participation of the people?

Although there are positive notes about some achievements in the functioning of Panchayati Raj in Arunachal Pradesh, but there is a general feelings today that the 73rd Constitutions Amendment Act, has not been implemented in letter and spirit in Arunachal Pradesh. It has been observed that the functioning of grassroots democratic institutions depend heavily even today on State Government assistance or aid. The 73rd Constitution Amendment Act makes it clear that 29 types of power and functions should be transferred to the PRIs. In addition to these powers and functions the Arunachal Panchayati Raj Act 1997 provided with certain power and functions to PRIs. However, the state government has yet to implement or devolve these power and function to grassroots level of political institutions. A series of Government has given  assurance to devolve the constitutional power and functions to Panchayati Raj Institutions but it has never been practically implemented and devolution of power to PRIs in many respects remained a distant dream for the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

Further it  was expected that the newly created panchayat system drawing strength from the constitutional provisions would emerge as effective tools of local self-governance and would strongly further the primary objectives of economic growth and social justice. Unfortunately, the expectations remained unfulfilled in case of Arunachal Pradesh as many of the rural areas are yet to see the light of development and large section of the people remained poor and illiterate.

It seems that the ground reality of the working of Panchayati Raj system indicates very weak and ineffective implementation which led to little progress on the path of real democratic decentralization. There are many different factors, which are responsible for the ineffective functioning of panchayati raj institutions in state like the resistance and non-cooperation from bureaucracy, political class, or elites, who view panchayats as a serious threat to their interests and hegemony. On the other hands, lack of  capacities at grassroots level, lack of information among common people about Panchayati Raj and lack of political education among the ordinary people whose political role is critical for effective Panchayat functioning. Political leaders of high order (Member of Legislative Assembly) control financial powers of panchayats thus totally paralyzing the panchayat raj institutions in financial front. Today election to the panchayat bodies fight on party lines, which often resulted into political rivalries at the clan and community level. Factional fighting is largely witnessed in most of the rural areas during the panchayat election. It is yet to see the true working of democratic decentralization of power to the villagers in Arunachal Pradesh which is big question mark for the people of Arunachal.


To become a strong and vibrant grassroots level political institutions the Panchayati Raj Institutions today need a number of corrective measures in Arunachal Pradesh. Still today, the functioning of self-governance is heavily depending upon the State Government.

As per my study and personal observations the State Government should decentralize all the 29 subjects of power and functions conferred to Panchayati Raj institutions under 73rd Amendment Act of 1992. Despite the repeated demands from the panchayat bodies to State Government for setting up of separate Finance Commission for panchayat the state government is still reluctant to give financial power to panchayat bodies.  Interference of high political hands on basis of political parties should be debarred from panchayat politics in order to give a freedom of choice to the villagers on the spirit of true democratic process. Reservations of women should not be restricted only at 33 per cent to encourage more women participation in grassroots level. In state like Arunachal Pradesh with low literacy rate, comprehensive training programmes can improve upon the competence and capacities of rural leaders. Proper training programme should be imparted at District, Block and village level and it should be made compulsory for all the elected panchayat members. The recent steps taken by the State Election Commission (SEC) to restrict the slaughter of animals like Mithun, Pig, Cow etc during the election period is a appreciable step which indirectly would control the flowing of money power in the election. Cooperative attitudes from the implementing agency like Executives or Bureaucracy is most urgent requires of the present functioning of Panchayati Raj Institutions and on the other side a positive approach from the local leadership is very significant in implementation of various projects and schemes for the rural development. Power to the people is the real power in every democratic set up, so Panchayati Raj Institutions should be strengthened in every possible way by devolving the power conferred under the Constitutional Acts, which would be the wishes of people from State Government.  (The writer is a research student, Political Science Department, Rajiv Gandhi University, Doimukh)


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Arunachal version of IPL

Dear Editor,

This IPL stands for Inflation Panchayat League which is befitting for Arunachal Pradesh in present scenario. Most of our people are fragile with money. Due to over expenditure on a voter, it leads to election of wrong leader. Dear voters remember, if the candidates are contesting by the money power, be sure that they have a dark vision. After being elected, these leaders will not lead you rather leave you at the need of hour.

Mind it- taking a glass of liquor or cold drinks in this IPL will claim for stoppage of development of area. And taking a penny will cost you mum when leader will loot development schemes in front of your eye. Here I mean, if we are pure then development are sure.

I want to tell the ensuing IPL voters an example of the election. One of the elected candidates for ASM of Assam told that "heitu election tu juti bol karone besi poisa pelaisu". Means, he had spent a lot of money to get elected. Later, one of my aunty asked about money spent, then he said Rs. 20,000(twenty thousand). You may be laughing on it, but still Assam is far developed than our state. In fact, it is given to a single voter in our state. It happens because of our (voters) unawareness. This signifies that one can only clap with two hands. So, do not blame leaders only, just wake up and look onto own. Last but not least, it's an appeal to both the voters and leaders for win-win situation:

To voters and campaigners- please choose and elect the best leader who have a quality, energy, dedication and bright vision that she/he can lead the society/area to the path of development. And do not lost brethren feelings and good relationship in the process of persuasion/campaign.

To leaders- Be a leader for whole society/area wherever your jurisdiction limits, not only for your voters. Workout your vision in action. You readers may think these are inherited trend and fixed system. But there is still time to alter those chains. We can change it by changing ourselves.


Taba Tath




Is RKM Hospital only for rich and influential?

Dear Editor,

Those were the days when we trusted Doctors and consider them as second God. But these days being a Doctor means easy way to earn money and in that process one who suffers is the middle class people and the poor who do not have the social recognition and the enough money to donate them. The days were gone by when we consider RKM Hospital and its staff the one of its kind. With passing of time everything has changed, the Samaritan does not exist there anymore. From a trainee nurse to a senior MO and the Head of the Hospital, things are not same now as like the predecessor. The staffs do not bother about the pain of the patients. This is the outcry of my personal experienced and I do believe that there are many other who had suffered similarly because of poor treatment of the RKM Hospital authorities. A patient is admitted for her delivery and is to be done by cesarean, but in the OT room to her utter surprise there was another show right in front of her. The Anesthesiologist and the trainee nurse where busy in their fun play. Their behaviors are such condemnable that one can never imagine this thing could happen in a hospital. Inside the OT, there are lots of things to be taken care of but they didn’t bother about it, they were into themselves so much that they forgot, a patient is lying there and is praying for the baby to be come and for her well being. Even the senior staff nurses were performing their duty from their duty room; they actually didn’t visit and check the patients. The only thing they are expert is, in commanding the trainees from duty room. After the delivery the Doctors are suppose to visit the patients and check the condition of the baby and the mother. But in my case there was no Doctor to check me and not even a staff nurse. If they are not willing to perform their duty better give it to the desirable one. We’ve been told there is no vacate cabin available at the time, where as a cabin was lying unoccupied there. When I asked about it, they said it’s been already booked for about 15 days by a Gynecologist of the Hospital itself. Why this indifference exists in a reputed hospital like RKMH? For these 15 days they should let the needy to occupy it and when their time arrives they should occupy it. It is the responsibility of the Gynea department to look after the baby and mother after the delivery. It is upon them we patient trust blindly, no one comes in the Hospital idly. But the scene was different; there was no hospitality and proper nursing of the patient. And that’s not enough, there was another surprise gift for me, they discharged me without any intimation whereas I still had not fully gained my sense because of anesthesia. This patient has lost her baby due to negligence of Doctor and she herself is in critical condition now. What worst could be happened to a mother who even didn’t see the face of her precious one. At the end who has to pay for all this, it is the family who lost their dear one and the mother who protect the baby for nine months inside her womb. And for the negligence of few irresponsible duty holders they lost the dear one in few minutes. Does the patient has to remind them of how to perform their duty, or is this hospital only meant for those who are economically sound and have the social recognition??? Hospital, meaning itself is nursing the sick and injured people and providing hospitality. But I think for RKM Hospital these words are lost far behind.


Viola Tana

P-Sector Itanagar



Negligence cost a life

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to share my experience regarding the incident which took place at IGG College campus, Tezu, on the night of 27th April 2013. A student of said college named M Pertin met with an bike accident around 10.30 pm and he was taken to hospital by some of his colleagues around 11.00 pm. When I reached hospital, there we found that the pharmacist, who was supposed to be on night duty, was missing. So we couldn’t get the requirement immediately and after that doctor examined the patient and referred him to Dibrugarh. Thereafter when we asked for the ambulance, the medical authority informed that there is no fuel in the ambulance. After that we rushed here and there in search of fuel, and after 3 hours we could manage the fuel and the ambulance left for Dibrugarh around 2 am via Parsuram kund route, but the patient took his last breath on the way at Namsai. The reason why I am  writing this article is to disclose the negligence of medical Authority of Tezu and all the District Hospitals in our state that due to this kind of negligence and carelessness so many patient dies whose life could be saved if the medical authority take this kind of case seriously and carefully.  What I want to outburst my anger here is that, if the ambulance was fueled in advance for any emergency case, the valuable time spent for searching fuel would have been saved. If ambulance had left early it could have reached Dibrugarh in right time and the patient might have been saved.


Raju Tayeng,




Chief Minister please  intervene

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to bring the attention of Honorable chief minister toward the recent episode of Assistant Inspector (T&E).

Our chief minister has set target of creating huge number of employment in 12th five year plan. Then how can government of Arunacahal Pradesh remain silent on this issue. Or our state government is also following the central government by supporting the corruption. This is not the first time that such allegation has been made against Tax and Excise department. Then why the government is not taking any step. Through your esteemed daily I would like to inform all the political parties of our state that voters of state is not comprised of government employees , business men or farmer only, it also consist of students and unemployed youths.

Since student unions of state is not interested in such issue (though they talk of student welfare), responsibility to fight corruption lies with the determined individuals.


Bokar Riba




Garbage management

Delhi faces the prospect of being buried in its own garbage (a massive 9000 tons of rubbish it churns out every day), unless it fixes its woeful waste disposal system on a war footing. The facts are scary indeed: Two of the city's three overflowing landfills are close to being shut down. Worse, there are no replacements in sight to handle the capital's burgeoning mountain of muck that is likely to double by 2020 and require a dumping ground as large as the entire Luyten's Bungalow zone to handle. Since this is clearly impossible, the city must look at ways of reducing its rubbish by segregating waste, an area that has received scant attention thus far.

Even as its landfills choke to death, the fact is that 85 per cent of the city doesn't even have a formal door-to-door trash pick-up system. Alongside, the 2,500-odd filthy community bins that collect trash in thousands of colonies across three municipal areas are on the brink of collapse, raising the prospect of garbage overflowing onto its streets and forcing residents to start throwing waste out.

The situation may soon go the Bangalore way, where the waste management system collapsed transforming the entire city into a garbage heap last year when villagers blocked the way to the lone landfill because of environmental concerns.

In a scenario as grim as this effective segregation of waste appears to be the only way out of the mess for the city. This is because 50 per cent of the waste is fit for composting and about 30 per cent can be recycled, leaving only 20 per cent of the refuse for dumping at landfill sites. However, the city's keepers seem hardly serious, and instead of effective segregation random picking continues to be the order of the day.