May 01

Farm school inaugurated

ITANAGAR, Apr 30: To educate the farmers about the latest technology of Agri¬-allied sector, a farm school was inaugurated at Ruru Hapa village, Banderdewa circle sponsored by Agricultural Technology Management Agency (ATMA) Yupia and promoted by Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Papum Pare.

KVK Programme Coordinator Dr. Taba Heli while highlighting the importance and role of farm school, he urged the farmers to take the farm school as common platform where strategies and issues regarding farming can be discussed and brought into light of different state and central government’s sight.

Subject Matter Specialist in Animal Science Dr. Tiling Tayo instructed the farmers according to the village topography and location specific for piggery and goattery, two important livestock component of the village that can be reared without much investment for improving the economy.

Tadang Meena, Subject Matter Specialist in Agronomy enlightened the participants on harmful effect of jhum cultivation and importance of Agro forestry activities for environment sustainability. She emphasized on multi-storied plantation wherein cash crop like ginger, turmeric, black pepper are grown along with forest tree species like gomari, hollock, teak etc.

Nane Taga, SMS in Home science gave brief introduction about home science discipline and its importance in our society. She also explained about group dynamic and formation procedure of Self Help Group (SHG) and farmers Club in details.

Hemanta Ngangbam, SMS in Horticulture pointed out the scope of pineapple, ginger, tapioca, colocassia and other tuber crops cultivation in the village for self sustainability. He further stressed on establishment of community farm with latest horticulture technologies for community development. He also requested the farmers not to set fire unscrupulously while developing farm in the vicinity of forest area to check the hazard of forest fire.

The farmers expressed their gratitude for opening the Farm School for the sake of farming community. They also said that KVK team is first Govt. organization to approach them to popularize the agri allied activities in the said village.

About 25 farmers, including the rural youth, participated in the program with great enthusiasm.

The event concluded with distribution of farm tools, sprayer machines and seeds among the participating farmers.


One attacked seriously, assaulter escapes

PASIGHAT, April 30: In a bizarre incident, one Taying Taggu of Diking Village here was physically assaulted with stone by one Toni Meitei, Asstt. Librarian in College of Horticulture & Forestry at Pasighat on April 14 last. The victim received severe head injuries and is undergoing intensive treatment at Aditya Nursing Home, Dibrugarh after General Hospital Pasighat referred the case to Dibrugarh.

Meanwhile, Kepang Welfare Society (KWS) submitted a letter to DC Pasighat seeking district adminis-tration’s interference for early arrest of attacker (Meitei) who has reportedly managed to flee to his home town Manipur before police could arrest him. The incident reportedly occurred at Taloh Pharmacy Complex in High Region at around 6 PM and a case of assault and attempt to murder was registered at Pasighat PS Vide Psgt PS Case No. 42/2014 U/S 325 IPC on 15th April.

As per report mentioned in the FIR, Meitei already has criminal cases which includes robbery of Blue-hill Bus at Simen Chapori, Assam (the then railway bridge) for which he was in Dhemaji Jail. The family member of Taggu also questions the College of Horticulture & Forestry administration, how a criminal is allowed in the job and sought for his early dismissal.


Saddened by death of poll officials, NES for peaceful conclusion of election process

ITANAGAR, April 30: Claiming that the just concluded polling was by and large peaceful in the state, Nyishi Elite Society (NES) today appealed to the people of the state in general and the law enforcing authority in particular to bring a peaceful end to the election process on and after the counting day scheduled on May 16.

After reviewing the overall social life and situation during the simultaneous election, NES appreciated the role of the voters and contesting candidates in creating a congenial atmosphere during the election.

“The Chief Electoral Officer and his team of election officials, including security personnel deserve appreciation from all for ‘smooth’ conduct of the election,” said NES said in a release.

NES, however, was saddened by the mysterious death of polling official Methew Dabi and appealed to the authority concerned to speed up the inquiry and ensure foolproof investigations into the death case.

While condemning the brutal assault on DRDA Project Director Kego Jilen in the office complex of East Kameng Deputy Commissioner on April 10, NES said, “Whatever may be the reasons behind the attack taking law into their own hand cannot be justified in a civilized society.”

NES urged the authority to investigate the matter and punish the culprits as per law.


EE fined for defying SIC order

ITANAGAR, April 30: The State Information Commission under the single bench of Information Commissioner Abraham K Techi imposed penalty of Rs. 25,000 on PIO/Executive Engineer of Mechuka division for repeatedly defying the Commission’s order to provide information as sought by an appellant.

Appellant T Vijay Samior sought information regarding construction of road and bridges under Mechuka Division (PW), but the PIO/Executive Engineer has neither provided the information as sought by the appellant nor reported it to the Commission despite he was served several notices through WT messages.

The EE is asked to pay the penalty before May 16. Failure to comply with the order may compel the Commission to initiate action against him under Section 18 and Section 20(2) of RTI Act 2005, according to an Arunachal Pradesh State Information Commission release.


Orgs demand more mobile tower at Seppa

ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Highlighting the problem faced by the people due to poor mobile network at Seppa, the All East Kameng Students’ Union (AEKSU) and East Kameng Social Welfare & Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) urged the Chief General Manager (CGM) of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), North East Region (Shillong) to install one more mobile tower in the district headquarters in addition to the existing two.

In their representation to the CGM, both AEKSU and EKSWCO claimed that BSNL network users were facing extreme problem due to network congestion resulting in frequent call drops and non-availability of service.

When two base trans-receiver stations (BTS) is sufficient for only 2000-3000 users then how can it provide service to more than 6000-7000 users with single tower, they questioned.

They demanded for providing/improving multi-media service through broadband connection and also to provide mini internet service in the district headquarters immediately.

While highlighting the problem faced by the staff of BSNL there due to non-availability of quarters, the representation also urged the CGM to provide quarters to its staff within as soon as possible.


Five NERIST students qualified for Ph.D

ITANAGAR, April 30: Bipul Saikia (Forestry), Rakesh Srivastava (HSS), Moitreyee Saikia (Forestry), Rubul Buragohain (Forestry), Probin Bora (Chemistry) have qualified for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from the North Eastern Regional Institute of Science & Technology on the basis of the thesis “Taxonomic diversity, utilization and market potential of wild edible plants in Sonitpur district of Assam”, Impact of Linkages and Sustainability of SHGs A study on SHGs in selected areas of Arunachal Pradesh and Assam”, “In-vitro regeneration of Aquilaria malaccensis Lam. and acclimatization with endo-mycorrhizal symbiosis for enhanced field establishment”, “Studies on Taxonomic Diversity and Socio- Economic Value of Moraceae in Arunachal Pradesh”, Synthesis and Characterization of Oxovanadium (IV) Complexes with Ligands Nitrogen Donor Atoms” respectively submitted by them under the guidance and supervision of Prof. P. Rethy, Prof. R.M. Pant, Dr. Karuna Shrivastava, Dr. P.R. Gajurel, Prof. H.S Yadav.


Aggrieved resource teachers appeal for absorption

ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The All Arunachal Pradesh Resource Teachers’ and Volunteer Teachers’ Association (AAPRTVTA) has requested the state Govt particularly State Project Director, SSA Rajya Mission, Itanagar to immediately absorb all the existing Resource Teachers and Volunteer Teachers appointed under the Inclusive Education (IE) scheme of SSA Rajya Mission as Resource Persons under their respective BRCC Heads. The department has issued discontinuation order of the scheme on January 01, 2014.

Referring to various points in support of its demand like experience, training etc., the Association in a memorandum submitted to the SPD, stated that the SSA Rajya Mission should immediately absorb all the existing Resource Teachers and Volunteer Teachers as Resource Person under their respective BRCC Heads as per their performance and experience and extend the services of others.


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Strategies chalked out for effective ILP checking

ITANAGAR, April 30: Following the hue and cry raised by the civil societies over the unabated illegal entry of outsiders through the railway service and subsequent demands for strict ILP checking, state Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi today urged both the railway authorities and Govt machinery of the state to make all out efforts  to chalk out strategy for effective ILP checking at Railway stations in order to thwart entry of outsiders without proper ILP and to bring awareness on ILP among the railway passengers.

Addressing a high level meeting attended by N D Rao additional divisional railway manager, NFR, IGP (Admn) Arvind Deep, IPR Secretary Dani Salu and other bureaucrats of the state at his conference hall here, the chief secretary called upon all the departments concerned to work in coordination as it is a new concept in the state and a learning experience for everyone. He also directed the Railway Construction wing to take proper steps for construction of boundary wall of the stations or erection of barbed wire, installation of CCTV  camera and also to set up a hall for proper checking of ILP. He also asked them to set up notices and hoardings preferably in Assamese on the need of ILP at all railway stations.

The CS further directed Dani Salu to prepare pamphlet which can be distributed to sensitize the passengers on ILP system and also asked the SP Papum Pare Mari Riba to coordinate so that police personnel visit Gohpur railway station (Assam)  for pamphlet distribution and bringing awareness among the Arunachal-bound passengers about the need of ILP. The process would begin from May 3 next and an internal review would also take place on May 8,informed the CS.

Both the IPR Secretary and SP assured action in this regard.

The visitors are basically tourists without any specific purpose, informed Papum Pare DC Ashok Kumar.

N D Rao assured to take up all the proposals with higher authority and cooperate with the State Government.

Briefing on the security scenario, the SP informed that security personnel have already been deployed at Gumto and Naharlagun railway stations since April 7 last. The exit gate at Naharlagun railway station is also properly monitored and controlled. However, so far 28,000 passengers who were mostly tourists, have been sent back. One and half section besides the railway protection force have been deployed and 30 more personnel at Naharlagun and 10 at Gumto are further required. Political secretary Bilatee Pertin terming railway service a mixed blessing suggested that until a proper mechanism is prepared for the facilitation of passengers the service should be temporary terminated.

IGP(Admn) Arvind Deep also assured action on security aspect.

Among others Sadhana Deori Joint Secretary (GA), CM Longphong Director IPR, M Suresh RPF and Keni Bagra DySP Papumpare attended the meeting. DIPRO



Governor call for augmentation of resources in health & edn sectors

ITANAGAR, April 30: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma visited Tawang on 29th April. The Governor, who was accompanied by Principal Secretary (Home) Dharmendra Sharma was accorded a traditional reception led by Deputy Commissioner Abhishek Dev and Superintendent of Police Smt Nupur Prasad. Tourism Minister Pema Khandu, MLA was also present to receive the Governor.

Addressing the District Heads of departments (HoDs), the Governor advised them to synergize their resources and efforts. He emphasized on augmentation of resources especially in heath and education sectors, while suggesting availing of assistance from the armed forces.

Emphasizing on harnessing the potential of the youth, the Governor exhorted the District officers to pick up the role of mentors. While appreciating District HoDs and officers who are contributing towards education in the district, he asked them to adopt some meritorious students and ensure that those children receive proper education.

The Governor expressed his concern on thinning out of population in the border areas. The advised the district administration and District HoDs to make the border villages self sustaining and provide basic resources and facilities.

The Governor said that Tawang is one of most important border districts of India and it is very crucial for all. He advised on projecting Tawang, which is blessed with enormous tourism potential and cultural richness as a model place for tourist and pilgrimage at international platform.

For that, Governor said that local population has to be energized and encouraged to partake in the development process. The spirit of ‘Athiti Deva Bhavo’ has to be further strengthened. On the developmental issues, the Governor said road connectivity is vital for the district as well as for tourism and hydropower. He stressed on concerted effort at all levels in removing the impediments such as forest clearance and land acquisitions in the implementation of road projects.

The Governor opined that the people should be encourage partake in the development process and they should be encouraged to facilitating the executing agencies and works departments in implementation of any projects in the district. The Governor laid wreath at Tawang War Memorial paying homage to the martyrs of 1962 war.  Later in the afternoon, the Governor visited the Tawang Monastery, interacted with local NGOs working on ‘Clean Tawang, Plastic Free Tawang’, ‘Hand made paper’, artisan from Mukto, Jhamtse Ghatsal Society, Childuk School Lumla and appreciated their efforts for providing education to orphanage of Lumla village, next day before departing to Guwahati, the Governor visited Mahabodhi Society, Old age and Children’s Home.  (PRO to Governor)



Tuki enquires about Tingkhatra’s health condition

NEW DELHI, April 30: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, accompanied by senior colleague Tanga Byaling, visited Medanta Hospital at Gurgaon today to enquire about the health condition of former Minister of Transport and Co-operation Newlai Tingkhatra. In what is his third visit to the hospital since Tingkhatra was admitted in a critical condition here on 25th April evening, a visibly concerned Tuki met the team of neurosurgeons of the hospital to take an overview of Tingkhatra’s condition.

The doctors apprised Tuki that they were taking the best possible course of treatment to restore the condition of Tingkhatra who suffered a massive brain stroke in the wee hours of 24th April at his hometown Kanubari.

In the presence of family members of Tingkhatra, CM requested the doctors to explore all possible options to revive the patient to normalcy. The CM also called on the CMD of the hospital Dr.Naresh Trehan to discuss the matter, who assured all possible assistance from his side. Earlier in the day, Tuki officially intimated the Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad about Tingkhatra’s condition and deputed Chief Advisor to the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and ex Chief Secretary Hare Krishna Paliwal to seek opinions from leading experts from institutions like All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The Chief Minister has appealed to the people of the state belonging to all faiths to offer prayers for the recovery of the ailing leader. (CM’s media cell)



GWS team visits late Dabi’s family, urges police to speed up investigation

ITANAGAR, April 30: East Siang Deputy Commissioner cum DEO has assured Galo Welfare Society (GWS) to recommend to the state government for providing an appropriate job to the wife of late Mathew Baki Dabi as and when the family members request for the same.

The DC gave this assurance to a delegation of GWS, when the latter met the former yesterday and submitted a representation requesting her to recommend for the same since Dabi was the lone bread winner of the family, according to a GWS release.

The delegation thanked the DC cum DEO for her quick initiation in granting and releasing ex-gratia payment to the family of late Dabi.

The delegation led by GWS president Dr. Emi Rumi and Secretary General Mokir Ori, also met the Superintendent of Police and requested him to expedite the investigation of Dabi's death case.

Dabi, a junior teacher of Namey village of Nari circle, died near Siine village under Boleng circle while performing election duty at Siine polling station. His body was recovered by police on April 17 after he went missing on the day of polling on April nine.

Suspecting foul play in his death, GWS argued, Dabi’s body was recovered from an inaccessible place after nine days of his missing, and urged the SP, especially the IO to investigate the matter thoroughly. As per the post mortem report two ribs etc. of Dabi were found broken, GWS quoted the SP as saying.

GWS claimed the SP had agreed to intensify police investigation to unearth the mysterious death of Dabi.

The team also met the magistrate in charge of the inquiry on the unnatural death of Dabi and urged for free and fair inquiry and submission of the report to the DEO cum DC and the CEO as soon as possible.

The GWS team also met the East Siang DDSE, who also agreed to extend all possible help from his side to provide a job to the wife of late Dabi on compassionate ground.

Earlier, the team visited the family members of late Dabi at Namey village.

The GWS team accompanied by the Nari ADC, the president and general secretary of Ramle Bango Welfare Society (RBWS), general secretary and games and sports secretary of Galo Students Union, East Siang district unit of president of GWS and other members had a brief meeting with the victim's family at their home.

Meanwhile, the wife of late Dabi has expressed gratitude to GWS for taking up the matter with authority for thorough and quick investigation into her husband’s mysterious death.

Earlier on April 26, the executive members of Ramle Bango Elite Society (RBES) led by its secretary general Yigo Tacha visited the bereaved family of late Dabi at Name village on April 26 and offered prayer for eternal peace of the departed soul in the graveyard of the deceased in presence of the family members.

During the visit, RBES assured to extend all support and cooperation to the bereaved family in delivering justice to Lt. Dabi and his family.



KVIC financial adviser visits Arunachal

ITANAGAR, April 30: The Financial Adviser of the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) D C Pattnayak visited Arunachal on April 26 and 27. During his visit Pattnayak took stock of the implementation of village industries by the KVIC at Ziro and Itanagar.  He was accompanied by A. P. Chobin, i/c Director, KVIC, Arunachal Pradesh and K B Rao, Deputy Director, FA Cell, KVIC, Mumbai during his visit.

While visiting the PMEGP units, RISC and SFURTI Cluster at Ziro, he appreciated RISC Scheme successfully implemented by Achi Kuru Society besides doing yeoman service by giving shelter to destitute people. He advised Director, KVIC to give them more and more training under HRD program. He also assured to take up the matter with Central Office, Mumbai for any possible help. Apart from RISC & SFURTI, he also visited PMEGP units at Hija Village, Ziro and Hapoli town.

Moreover, he also visited Multi Disciplinary Training Centre (MDTC) & Khadi Institution, Arunachal Pradesh Seva Sangh, Doimukh and informed that the MDTC has already been proposed for upgradation to National Training Centre.

Later, he visited Broom Making, PMEGP Unit at Sangdupota under Balijan Circle and interacted with the officials and artisans. He advised Director, KVIC to provide them peripheral Training and help to open account under Aam Aadmi Jansharee Bima Yojana which cover the insurance of the artisans. He also suggested the Director to send the samples of Broom products at Head Office, Mumbai for trial in the market.

AP Chobin said that the Sangdupota Self Help Group PMEGP unit is first in the state who had requested to visit and inaugurate the units but the beneficiaries never come to meet or inform about the units after availing loan. Financial Adviser also informed the possibility of upgradation of existing PMEGP units which is under discussion. He also assured to extend any possible help to the artisans and wish to visit again in near future, according to an official release.



Poultry farming an economic boon for East Siang villages

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, April 30: The high income yielding occupation of poultry farming, confined mostly to big and medium cities so far, has reached to different nook and corner of East Siang district.

Some small and marginal farmers in nondescript villages in and around Pasighat town has adopted the business as a viable livelihood option and raised their standard of living.

Situated on the right bank of mighty Siang river with high humidity environs, the poor farmers have set sight on the low cost Broiler fowl farming as an alternative way of high cost horticulture. Increasing cost of agricultural inputs has created similar conditions in most villages in the region.

Poultry farming as a profitable livelihood opportunity was identified by the training instructor in 2009, after setting up of the Veterinary Training Institute (VTI) in the outskirt of Pasighat town. Studying the geographical conditions of the area and demand of fowl meat in the market, the institute imparted training to rural farmers on scientific rearing of Broiler fowl and its and management.

The institutes itself initially ran a big Poultry farm inside the office premise. But, the rural farmers after learning the techniques of poultry farming later captured the local market.

Presently, about three dozens rural farmers are running Broiler fowl farm in and around Pasighat and they have been supplying average 40 tones Broiler Meat to local markets per month.

The chick demand in the farms set up at Pasighat and adjoining areas is ranging from 2000 to 2,500 per month. The chick demand decreases to 1000 from the month of November to February, which the farmers term “off season”.

However, the local production can not meet the demand of the local markets due to which the traders import a huge quantity of broiler fowl from neighbouring Assam on weekly basis.

Explaining about climatic potentiality of poultry farming and its commercial prospect, officials of Pasighat VTI said that growth of fowl is mostly depends upon management of the farms. The VTI officials also informed that there was a ‘Hatchery unit’ in the VTI having capacity of hatching 15,000 eggs at one time. But, the unit installed during 1986 is lying defunct for want of regular power supply.

According to a poultry farmer at Pasighat, he had earned nominal profit while he reared 50 fowls in a batch. But, he subsequently increased the number of chicks to about 500, which gave him bigger profits @ Rs 25,000 or more per batch.



Call to improve health scenario at district level

ITANAGAR, April 30: Three days state coordination-cum-review meeting of Health Department concluded on April 29 at Banquet Hall here with a call to improve the health scenario at district level and enhance coordinaton among the officers and officials of district health society.  

The meeting which was presided over by Indra Mallo, Secretary (Health & FW), was attended by Director Health Services, Addl. DHS, Mission Director (NRHM), Jt.DHS, District Medical Officers, District Reproductive Child Health Officers, District Programme Managers, District Accounts Managers, District Community Mobilizers, District Data Managers of all the districts, officers of all the vertical programme, senior officers and staffs of the Mission Directorate, NRHM, Naharlagun.

In her address, Indra Mallo expressed her concern over low performance of the health programme and emphasized on the need of real convergence & coordination among the officers and officials of the respective District Health Society. HMIS reporting and review must be done on time, she added. She also stressed on timely data uploading from the districts which is the responsibility of the District Data Managers.  Negligence on the part of districts was found in filling up reports which helps in measuring performance and hence districts are accountable for such incompetence, she added.

P. N. Thungon, Mission Director (NRHM) urged all the District Programme Officers to give more inputs and efforts to improve the health conditions in the districts. District Programme Managers, District Accounts Managers, District Community Mobilizers, District Data Managers and Block Accounts Managers must plan and work sincerely to achieve the objective of the health mission, he added.

Earlier, Dr. K. Nishing, Director Health Services delivered the welcome address and the meeting began with display of short documentary film on ‘Status of service delivery and patient experience’ in health institutions under Papumpare district and a PowerPoint presentation on ‘Bio-Medical Waste Management and Nursing School under Health Department’ by Dr. Kampu, Deputy Director (P&D).

Detailed of the NRHM was presented by Dr. D. Padung, Nodal officer (NRHM) which were followed by RNTCP, NVBDCP and other vertical programmes.

Before the meeting, all the members present  led by Dr K Nishing observed two minutes’ silence  and prayed for eternal peace of two officers -  Late Dr. Litum Bagra, DRCHO, Longding and Late Dr. Okit Peyang, MO, Bana CHC, East Kameng.



Chief Secretary visits JnNURM parking lot

ITANAGAR, April 30: Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi along with IPR Secretary Dani Salu, Director UD and Housing, chief engineer Taba Tedir and Deputy Director Gymar Tachung today visited the ongoing construction of parking lots under JNNURM scheme at Bank Tinali which will have 3 floor parking lot, one exhibition hall and one rooftop restaurant.

Negi, while inspecting the 5-storey building expressed his satisfaction on ongoing work progress and advised the department to setup an ATM machine as well after the compilation of the building. He further asked them to furnish budget estimate for a bore well, lift, drainage system and rooftop restaurant and submit to him.

The team also visited Municipal Solid Waste Management Plant, Chimpu, where the Director explained the procedure of the waste management system and how the end product (BIOPLUS) can be used as fertilizer. The director also informed that in one-month time they are installing three more dumpers in the city and eighteen Tata Ace (small truck) to collect the garbage.

While showing his contentment with the activity altogether, the Chief Secretary advised the management to provide a sample packet of Bioplus to all the visitors so that they can tryout. DIPR



AAPYO-AASAA meet calls for concerted efforts to promote relationship

ITANAGAR, April 30: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO) and All Adivasi Students Association of Assam (AASAA) today held a joint interaction meeting with an aim to promote the age-old relationship between the two neibhouring states.

“The task of building a good relationship among the people of Assam and Arunachal cannot be completed overnight but we must work together and work hard so that our future generations can reap the fruit of our efforts”, said AAPYO president Biri Joy while addressing the meeting.

Speaking on the Assam-Arunachal boundary dispute, Joy opined that “the dispute should be done away with as soon as possible, even if both states have to compromise few inches of its respective lands”.

AASAA president Raphael Kujur while speaking on the border dispute opined that “various organizations of both the states should jointly approach the central government to find permanent solution to the border dispute so that people residing in border areas could live in peace”.

Lauding the initiative taken by the AAPYO president to promote cordial relations among the two neighbouring states, Kujur assured to convey the message of peace to the people of Assam.

“We will undertake more of such interactive sessions and will put our best effort to bring peace and brotherhood among the people of the two neighbouring states; it is just the beginning”, Kujur added.

The meeting was attended by all the executive members of AAPYO and a fifteen member delegation team of AASAA’s central executives.



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Forest Fire creates Havoc at Fringe area of Itanagar wildlife sanctuary

Dear Editor,

Recently massive forest fire created havoc in the fringe area of Itanagar Wildlife Sanctuary. To contain such large scale fire, the environment and forest department need to act quickly and swiftly before hand as it is obvious that forest fire engulfs periphery of capital complex every year. Slow response by concern department is the symbol of un­professionalism and weak planning.

In this regard, department has to evolve comprehensive planning in phased manner which should be taken up by involving PRIs and Municipal leaders /NGO etc of capital complex. Violators should be strongly dealt and punished. Through awareness programme, let people know that capital complex is being surrounded by Durpung Reserve Forest and Itanagar Wildlife sanctuary respectively as most of the people are not aware that there are Reserve forests and Sanctuary in Papum-Pare District. So, it is utmost important to spread awareness among people to refrain them from carrying out illegal activities like wanton destruction of forest through the jhum cultivation and timber sawing. Strict action should be taken against the culprit as they are main factor for causing forest fire.

I wonder how the higher authority of forest department are not interested to take up their responsibilities to protect very important area like Doria Hill range (starting from the point of Papu-Hill upto Batt,Poma village). Once upon a time, this hill range was abundant with beautiful natural vegetation. The area has been destroyed by local immigrant but no person has been booked till date as per prevailing law.

It is observed that PCCF just passes an order to sub-ordinate officer by sitting in the air-conditioned room just to skip from their responsibility and to please the higher authority. Now the question is, are they really concerned about the protection and preservation of the Sanctuary or just beating around the bush. Under the initiative of DFO’s concerned many schemes like Forest Fire line cutting, creation of Orchid unit, aforestation plan, C/o Watch Tower, c/o foot tract for regular patrolling etc are being proposed in every Annual action Plan (AOP) but it is rejected at PCCF office without any reason thereof.

Why such projects do not get sanctioned and executed in the aforesaid affected fringes area.

In my opinion, there is no any remedy against forest fire and deforestation process until and unless the department comes out with proper planning. They should take following steps (1,) Re­activate Task Force Committee constituted in the year-2009 (2) Provide an substitute/ alternate for the jhum cultivation with aforestation policy by incorporating the scheme for Rubber/ Dalchenni/grapes/commercial timber/coffees/tea plantations or whichever is suitable for particular (3) Declare as green belt zone to all water catchment area under Itanagar Wildlife sanctuary. ( 4) Immediately declare jurisdiction maps of capital complex separating it from Itanagar wildlife sanctuary and Durpong reserved forest ( 5 ) Constitute Green Task force Committee comprising officer of PHED / Forest /Fisheries /Police/ PRIs / Municipal/' administration/ local NGOs/ GB’s/Media and all other related department.


Kara Topu

Gram Panchayat Member,

Batt Village




Justice denied

Dear editor,

I was physically attacked by a son of the MLA of my constituency on 11 June 2012. On that fateful day when I was returning from my quarry, the assaulters who were waiting urged me to stop my car. All of a sudden, the assaulter went on to attack me. The assaulter forcefully snatched my local Dao and threw it away. Then he overpowered me and subsequently pushed me down into a deep gorge. I received severe injury in my legs and despite repeated request for help; the assaulter again came down to the gorge and repeatedly thrashed me.

This incident has permanently paralyzed my physical fitness. Despite repeated appeal, the police officials of the locality could not initiate appropriate step against the assaulter even after two years of incident.

I have submitted all the relevant documents to previous Deputy Commissioner and SP, Aalo to take necessary action against the assaulter but till today the case remains pending and still I am waiting for justice from concerned authority. Even the parents of the assaulter did not turn up to console me after the incident. Further they also did not turn up for local Kebang hearing regarding my case.

It is unfortunate that the file containing my case is also missing from the office of Superintendent of Police Crime branch.

I thought that, the Arunachal Pradesh Police is dedicated to the service of the people of Arunachal Pradesh regardless of their caste, creed or language. Its aim is to prevent and detect the crime, protect life and property by enforcing of laws and maintain fairness and transparency while handling the case. But it is opposite in my case. Inspite of my best efforts, police administration is not working judiciously. The Officer In-charge of my case has not done any investigation and framed charge sheet till today. The Officer In-Charge has even hidden the file which contained all the relevant documents. Therefore, I appeal to the DGP to look into the matter seriously and direct the concerned Police Officers of the West Siang District to initiate necessary action in this case.

I also hope, my case will be taken up with utmost priority by the present DGP.


Tayu Jerang

Rampa(Patum) Village

West Siang District.




Discrimination in releasing of stipend

Dear Editor,

I on behalf of the post graduate students of Jawaharlal Nehru College Pasighat would like to write down our stipend woes. I want to question the delay for releasing our stipend. The post graduate students of Rajiv Gandhi University has already availed their stipend last week but still we aren't getting our share. So, it is my humble request to concern authority, please don't discriminate us as we are Arunachalees too. Who is the responsible for the delaying of our stipend? Is it state Govt.? Has the fund been used in last MLA and MP election? Therefore, I request to the concern authority, to kindly release our stipend without further delay.


Tumbin Dakma,

J.N College Pasighat (A.P)




Price rise due to donation

Dear Editor

Through your esteemed daily I would like to write down few lines against the floating price rise in capital complex. It has been observed that there are no control over the price tag and the price system in our state. There are variations of price of an article in different shops. Further when asked for the reasons, the simple and the straight answer shoot by the vendor is that "Saab, yaha itna donation hai", thus knowingly we have to raise our price. But who are these "Donation Wala?" When asked the same, the answer was “sabhi log”.  Oh, that includes me. Now the worst thing is that because of the act of some organization, society, group etc, a common man like me are also blamed. Price rise is a different issue and not providing bill is another issue. The straight question goes to the government, can there be a system to control price rise?


TC Tayum








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A lesson for everyone


In of the incident which will be a lesson for many, union minister Manish Tewari today tendered an unconditional apology to BJP leader Nitin Gadkari following the recent filing of defamation complaint by former national president of the Bharatiya Janata Party against Mr Tiwari. Gadkari has alleged that as a Congress spokesperson, Tewari, three years ago, made libelous statements against him. Gadkari's criminal complaint took exception to quotes appearing in the media in November 2010 attributed to Tewari about the BJP leader's alleged connection to Adarsh scam.

In Arunachal Pradesh, it’s been noticed that often students unions and other civil society groups resorts to leveling of wild allegation whenever things does not go as per their wishes. Many government officers, politicians and even media persons have been victim of such practices. It is unfortunate that innocent people have to go through trauma due to leveling of wild allegation which has no substances. Leaders especially those heading political parties, associations and unions should be careful before leveling allegation against any person if they have no proper evidence to back up. Gadkari-Tiwari episode has been an eye opener for everyone and hopefully people will take cue from it and stop charging baseless allegation which can harm someone’s hard earned reputation.