May 03

National Florence Nightingale Nurses Award for Arunachalee Nurse

ITANAGAR, May 02: Gyati Jailyang, Staff Nurse (OT) of Arunachal State Hospital Naharlagun has been selected for ‘National Florence Nightingale Nurses Award 2014’. Director of Health Services, Dr. K Nishing has expressed great joy about the news and congratulated her. “Staffs like her who dedicated their time and energy in the services of people are role model and should inspire others. She has sacrificed a lot and devoted decades of her life in the Operation Theatre” said Dr. Nishing. When contacted, she expressed her surprise and expressed gratitude to all her colleagues for their cooperation. National Florence Nightingale Nurses Award is given as mark of recognition to the meritorious services rendered by nurses and nursing professionals in the country. This award is given on 12th of May every year by President of India as 12th May is celebrated all over the World as “International Nurse’s Day” on the occasion of birthday of Florence Nightingale.


SIT to probe into Mathew Dabi death case

ITANAGAR, May 02: The Governor has ordered for SIT investigation into the death of polling official Mathew Dabi.

“The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh is pleased to order for investigating the suspected kidnapping and killing of Lt Mathew Dabi, P. 0 / P.S Nari, East Siang District Pasighat who was on election duty as Polling Officer in the recent Lok Sabha/Assembly election, 2014 in the State by the SIT, PHQ, Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar immediately,”  a Govt release said.


One arrested for forest fire

ITANAGAR, May 02: One person named Shamal Kanti Chakma of Kokila village was arrested by a team of forest officials on Tuesday for destroying the forest habitat by setting it on fire under Drupong Reserve Forest, according to an official release.  The accused was handed over to Balijan Police Station for further investigation.

The arrest was made under section of 25 d and f of Assam Forest Regulation Act 1891 during intensive patrolling led by Hollongi Forest beat officer Biri Tarang. During the operation senior citizens, gaon burahs and public leaders were involved. The forest team also requested the people to protect forest and not to destroy it for jhum cultivation.

A person may face 3 years maximum imprisonment or penalty or both imprisonment and penalty under section of 25 d and f of Assam Forest Regulation Act 1891.


International labour day celebrated

ITANAGAR, May 02: The International Labour Day was celebrated by the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Arunachal Pradesh unit in its office premises at Nithi Vihar, here yesterday.

Attending the occasion, the rank and files of the INTUC central executive members recalled the sacrifice made by labourers during the period of industrial revolution. Speaking on the occasion, INTUC women wing president Longnya Sumnyan  said that the best way to make the celebration successful is to honor the contribution of working men and women by providing them a better environment as well as opportunity to face various challenges. Sumnyan further opined that a nation can go far ahead in development front by defending the rights and safeguarding the interests of the labour class.

INTUC secretary general Kenkar Yomcha also expressed commitment to bring in positive reforms for the working class of the society. Among others, T Gadi, INTUC general secretary (western zone) also attended the celebration.


AAPLU celebrates International Labour Day

ITANAGAR, May 02: The All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has celebrated the International Labour Day, also known as May Day at its headquarters, Nirjuli in a befitting manner on May 1.  The celebration began with the hoisting of the flag by AAPLU president Dana Tadu in  presence of a large number of workers/labourers.

In his address on the occasion, Tadu highlighted various welfare measures meant for the benefits of labour class. He also gave a brief account on the history of labour day being celebrated in India and world.   While appreciating the labour force for their sincerity and dedication, Tadu urged upon them to maintain the same tempo and spirit  for proper development of Arunachal Pradesh.


Complaint against poor quality works

ITANAGAR, May 02: The Lotong Banggo Students' Union Lohit & Namsai has lodged a complaint to the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Namsai Sub Division, Lohit against the ‘inferior quality construction’ of  Samuguri  Govt. Middle school  boundary wall/ fencing.

In its complaint letter to ADC, the Union alleged that boundary works still remain incomplete but the  contractor had already drawn the bill amount. It demanded reconstruction of boundary wall/fencing and action against official concerned who cleared the bill allegedly without inspecting the  project.


Seminar on Apatani culture and traditions organized

ITANAGAR, May 02: For peaceful coexistence in the society and to stay at par with the culture and traditions, the ABA organized its third one-day seminar on "Culture and Traditions of Apatani"  at Immanuel Baptist Church today. The seminar was organized by ABA Mission Department. A total of 130 participants registered for the seminar.

The key note address was delivered by ABA Mission Secretary Pastor Tallo Apa who eventually led the seminar.

There were four sessions and the participants were divided into ten groups. The group leaders well moderated the group discussions on the basis of formatted handouts given to them by the ABA Mission Department.

The Final remarks and observations was put forth by Pura Chobing Joint Director, Director i/c KVIC-cum-Joint Secretary ABA and Rev. Tage Donyi, Executive Secretary, ABA.


NBWS endorses demands placed by Sissen village

ITANAGAR, May 02: The Nugong Banggo Welfare Society (NBWS) has endorsed the demand placed by the Sissen villagers in a meeting held in Sissen village on April 27 last. The villagers of Sissen had boycotted the simultaneous election demanding road connectivity in the village.

It resolved to formulate policies and prepare roadmap for construction of road from Pongging village in Upper Siang to Riew village in East Siang which will pass through Sissen, Pangi, Komsing (Karo), Komsing, Mopit, Beging villages.

It also decided to take up the issue of non progress of Nugong Bridge executed by PWD and set ultimatum to complete the bridge by 31/03/2015, PMGSY schemes from Jorsing to Komsing (Kumku) and Riew to Rasing (Mopit) and not back till the demands are met.


Fresh poll demand refuted

ITANAGAR, May 02: Reacting to the news report about Tali- Pipsorang Peoples’ Forum (TPPF) seeking fresh poll in 15-Richik, 2- Ruhi, 6-Giba and 21- Ha polling stations of 20-Tali constituency, the election agent of INC candidate of the constituency has termed it as totally unlawful and out of election process.

In his clarification to the chief electoral officer, he said, polling in the four polling stations in question was conducted as per laid down procedures, rules and guidelines with deployment of sufficient paramilitary forces and sector magistrate.

The poll for 2-Ruhi and 21-Ha polling stations was conducted on April 9 with free and fair voting and there was no any complaint lodged from any voters/polling agents to the presiding officer and sector magistrate on the day of poll. 6-Giba and 15-Richik polling stations were recently re-polled on April 19 with free and fair voting under the surveillance of more than 30 IRBn and CRPF jawans including sector magistrate. So any anomaly in these polling stations is out of imagination, the letter further read.


News Impact

CBI files charge sheet in Nido Tania death case

NEW DELHI, May 02: CBI today filed a charge sheet against seven people, including three juveniles, in connection with the death of 19-year-old student Nido Tania, son of an Arunachal Pradesh MLA, and said the victim was killed after an altercation over breaking of a glass counter.

The charge sheet was filed in a Chief Metropolitan Court here today in which CBI has alleged seven persons were involved in the assault on Tania.

CBI has pressed charges of culpable homicide, illegal confinement and offences under the SC/ST Atrocities Act against Farman, Pawan, Sunder and Sunny Uppal, the agency alleged.

The proceedings against the three juveniles will be carried out by the Juvenile Justice Board, the agency said.

Son of Congress MLA Nido Pavitra from Arunachal Pradesh, Tania, a BA first year student in a private university, had an altercation with some shopkeepers at Lajpat Nagar here on January 29 this year after they made fun of his hairstyle, following which they allegedly thrashed him.

He was found dead the next day at his residence. Delhi Police have already slapped murder charges against four persons in connection with the case.

The police had informed a local court that it had booked accused Farman, Sunder, Pawan and Sunny Uppal under section 302 (murder) of IPC after the postmortem report revealed that Tania died of injuries to his head and face caused by a blunt object.

The case was transferred to CBI from Delhi Police for further probe after the victim's parents had met Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, demanding speedy justice for Tania.

CBI said it had pressed for sector 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) as the death was due to sudden fight which was precipitated due to breaking of glass counter and that there no weapon used in the attack was found other than a stick. PTI



DC visits Sissen and Pongging villages, villagers appeal for road link

PASIGHAT, May 02: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Shrivastava visited Pongging village and interacted with the villagers of Pongging and Sissen today. She also visited the bridge site over Yamne river. The villagers especially of Sissen appealed for road connectivity to Pasighat via Pongging with a bridge at Reglat which will be of around 25 km.

“I am duty bound to work for the welfare of the public. Hence the grievances of the public will be brought to the notice of the Govts,” said the East Siang DC. The suitability and feasibility of the road will be ascertained after proper survey and investigation. Shrivastava instructed the RWD to carry out survey and investigation and prepare estimate immediately. She appealed all to co-operate and support the Govt.  and the administration.

For the road from Jorsing to Komsing under PMGSY, she said that a timeline has to set for its completion. She also assured to look into the status of the Nugong bridge. Since Pongging comes under Upper Siang district, Shrivastava informed that she will also hold discussions with her counterpart of Upper Siang. DIPRO



AEMA to ensure growth of electronic media

ITANAGAR, May 02: The states electronic media formed a new association titled “Arunachal Electronic Media Association” (AEMA) with veteran TV Journalist Taro Chatung as President and senior journalist of Dy 365 Mukul Pathak as General Secretary. The new association will address the needs and demands of electronic media houses as well as media persons working in Arunachal Pradesh.

“To ensure welfare and growth of the electronic media and media persons in Arunachal Pradesh, a new media association has been initiated by the electronic media persons working in Arunachal Pradesh in a meeting in Arunachal Press Club office today” stated Taro Chatung.  Chatung said “Though the number of persons are less, exposures are limited and facilities are very minimum in Arunachal Pradesh so far the electronic media is concerned, but the state still has a brief history of electronic media co-existing with all the hurdles in front of it.” Chatung further added that after the launch of a TV channel from Arunachal Pradesh and other regional TV channels deputing their correspondents in Arunachal Pradesh, now a good number of people are serving for electronic media.

It may be mentioned that in the year 2012, an initiative was taken by few members of the electronic media to form an association but could not be materialized. However, this time most of the electronic media persons unanimously agreed to constitute an association which could be beneficial for the electronic media groups working in the state. Senior Journalist Hiba Kaha, Bureau Chief of North East Live Supriyo Dev and electronic media person Tumter Riba will head the board of advisors in AEMA.



Small tea growers taken to study tour at Wakro & Dibrugarh

ITANAGAR, May 02: A 12-member team of Small Tea Growers of Arunachal Pradesh were taken to Wakro and Dibrugarh on an exposure cum study tour by Tea Board Regional Office, Itanagar from April 28 to May 2. The team included the All Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association president and  tea growers from Daporijo, Kurung Kumey, Balen, Tuting etc. who had planted tea in remote areas where there is no tea processing unit in nearby areas.

The team first visited the mini factory established by a woman named Basamlu Krisko at Wakro  and had experienced how green tea is manufactured in a small unit. Growers also visited her organic garden and gathered knowledge on preparation of organic medicines / pesticides, vermicomposting etc. Her green tea is sold @ Rs 1600 per Kg at local market. She is a pioneer organic tea grower of North east and motivated growers to set up own small factory.

Tea growers also visited the Heritage Tea factory at Lahoal (Assam) where Rajen Baruah, owner of the company, described details of tea processing. Baruah has more than 30 years experience in tea manufacturing and he has been exporting his tea to USA and EU at very lucrative price.  He tested a tea sample carried by Paben Nyten, a STG of Balen and viewed that such tea can be sold in EU market at Rs 4000  per kg. Baruah also promised to help in establishing small tea factory in Arunachal  and provide necessary expertise as well as marketing channel.  The team also visited “Prithvi SHG” at Naharkatia and gathered knowledge on how to prepare handmade tea. They  further visited organic tea garden as well as processing unit of Dhiren Phukan at Sapekhati.  Phukan trained the growers how to prepare organic medicine / pesticide using different types of plants with mixing mustard cake, cow urine, gur etc.  The green tea prepared by Phukan  is exported to Canada. They also visited the workshop of Sardar K. Singh. of Dirbugarh where all  mini/micro tea machineries are  made.

 The team returned from tour today and expressed their gratitude to Tea Board for providing such an opportunity.

During March 12 to 18 last, a 12-member team of small tea growers from Pasighat, Runglo, Kanubari, Balijan, Dollungmukh area had also visited various tea gardens  of  small tea growers in Tripura to gain practical knowledge.



RSS turns Arunachal tribals towards Hinduism

By Nitin Sethi  

If Ramakant Keshav Desphande, founder of the RSS-affiliated Adivasi Kalyan Ashram, were alive, would he be proud of this achievement? Nearly 10 years after he passed away, his photograph hangs just above the god's idol in a thatched-roof temple in New Chingsa village, from where it looks upon the devotees. In row with Desphande's photograph are paintings of Swami Vivekanda and Buddha. It's quite a feat considering that New Chingsa is a village of 80-odd Tangsa tribal families in Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh, bordering Myanmar. It is all the more incredible because Tangsa people have traditionally been animists, with their supreme spirit, the Rangfraa, not bound to temples, idols or any form.

On a Sunday morning, the atmosphere in the temple in the New Chingsa is frenetic. "Jai Rangfraa, Jai Rangfraa, Jai Rangfraa." The devotees' incantations pick up a feverish pace as the half a dozen priests standing near the idol slip into a trance, shaking and shivering. The Rangfraa idol looks like a Mongoloid white Shiva. This Shiva-like Rangfraa is a creation of the RSS affiliates who have converted the animist belief system of Tangsa in to a sect of Hinduism and Rangfraa into a clone of Shiva.

The Tangsa, migrants from the Indo-Tibetan plateau, number about 21,000 today and are classified as "other Naga tribes". Initially animists, many of them converted to Christianity with the advent of missionaries - mostly Baptists. The rest remained true to the animist Rangfraa beliefs.

The RSS affiliates, famous for converting tribals to Hinduism in central India, are having a field day now in Arunachal just as the missionaries had earlier. And, it's a relatively discreet effort. The Rangfraa cult is not their first project. Donyi Polo, a syncretic new religion, has already spread through the Abotani central belt of the state and Intayism similarly has been established in the Idu Mishmi tribe. Shivling keep propping up across the state, marking new territory for the project.

In the late 1990s, the RSS worked with some Tangsa leaders, including L Khimun, an engineer, to hold a painting competition at Changlang. Khimun says he and others were working to set up a society for reforms but realised it needed a religious tenor. Then he met the RSS. The painting competition was held to give a form to the god, Rangfraa. "More than 100 people participated. The winning painting just happened to look like Shiva with some traditional imagery. The painting was sent to Jodhpur. From there came the first 300-kg marble sculpture of the Rangfraa in 1997," tells the soft-spoken Khimun, now the secretary-general of the Rangfraa Faith Promotion Society. The RSS affiliates paid part of the cost of the making and transporting of the idol.

Khimun has written several holy books codifying the religion. They seem to pick ideas and moral lessons from all over but affirm that Rangfraaism is a part of the Hindu fold. Of the role of RSS and its sister organisations, he says, "They are always with us to guide and help. They provide training and resources. People from Nagpur come here at times."

"We have made a key contribution to the movement," says Kampa Taisam, the Miao block president of the Arunachal Vikas Parishad, a RSS organisation. "We distribute medicines, hold medical camps and other activities and contribute to the cost of building temples." He is also proud of his meeting RSS head Mohan Bhagwat in Nagpur.

The cult or religion now has about 1,000 members from the Tangsa, Tutsa and Nocte communities spread across Tirap and Changlang districts. That is still only two to three per cent of the total population of the three tribes put together. Many villages have Rangfraa temples now and village-level convenors.

For the RSS, looking to convert tribals to Hinduism, Arunachal Pradesh has been a ripe fruit to pick. About 20 main tribes, with hundreds of sub-tribes, are spread sparsely over difficult terrain. In towns, the relatively better off, still bound to traditional filial structures, have modern aspirations and seek to create a unique identity that gels with the rest of India. In villages, the poorer survive abysmal infrastructure in a state of near disconnect from the world outside. There is a strong sense of alienation but it largely does not boil down to secessionist desires. Many students from the state have passed through Vivekananda Kendra schools, imbibing the basic tenets of Hinduism and learning Hindi, which is spoken along with Assamese between tribes.

"They provide basic health facilities and education. The missionaries do the same. The state is all but absent when it comes to providing the basics. They come and fill the void," says a young Tangsa leader.

The anti-Christian subtext remains strong in the new Rangfraa religion, which conflates Hinduism with nationalism. There has been violence on occasions in the state between Christian tribals and the revivalist groups.

"As per our definition, all those who are willing to die and live for Hindustan are Hindu. Those who are anti-Hindu or anti-national, they criticise Rangfraaites. Especially the Christians, I shall say openly," says Khimun. His holy books speak of the need to reconvert proselytised Christians. Khimung says about 100 Christian tribals have converted to Rangfraa so far.

But the Rangfraa project has not yielded an exact replica of the Gangetic-belt Hinduism. The tribals of Arunachal Pradesh are not as vulnerable as many in Central India to cede their identity in entirety. The new gods have given birth to syncretic religions, borrowing symbolism and ideas and traditions freely. If the shaman-based system of earlier beliefs have been shun, new "mediums" have emerged providing cure and miracles. The cult has banned sacrifices of animals for rituals but going vegetarian is just an ideal. People adapt to live complex lives with several gods, benefactors and belief systems.

The project is also yet to led to any political gains for the BJP thus far. Clan and tribe relations overpower most other dynamics. "No, people won't accept our involvement in electoral politics yet," says Kampa Taisam. In Miao town, the Arunachal Vikas Parishad is still a family enterprise that he, his brother and wife run.

The irony is that these people are incidental to the larger project of Hinduisation just as they remain incidental to the Central government's strategic regulation of this frontier. Morphing lives, traditions and cultures of the Tangsa or thousands others living in villages, like New Chingsa, hardly bothers either's strategy. (writer is associate editor of Business Standard and this report was published on 29th April edition of Business Standard)



First ever Para-motor air show fascinates Daporijo people


DAPORIJO, May 02:  First ever para-motor air how was organized at Daporijo which was witnessed by thousands of people today. Experts from Bhopal demonstrated two day’s paramotoring skill in the air at Airfield Daporijo.

The show was organized by Jumni Ligu from Daporijo, who learnt the paramotoring skill at Bhopal. He has also brought all the paramotoring equipments from Bhopal.

“Paramotoring is one of the adventure sports and it does not involve huge money. The purpose of the para-motor air show was to encourage the youths and popularize the sports in the state,” Ligu said. He also appealed to the state govt. to promote this air sports.

Many youths came forward and expressed their willingness to learn para-motor sports wherein the participants fly in the air with the help of paraglider or paramotor wing.

According to Jumni Ligu, paramotor can continuously fly in the air for three hours and one can reach Itanagar in one and half-an-hour from Daporijo by para-motor. They are also planning to establish para-motor sports club in near future in the state.



Training of officials for successful counting of votes conducted

AALO, May 02: Training-cum practice programme for all the officers and officials engaged for counting of result for 1 Arunachal West Parliamentary constituency and 6 Assembly constituencies was organized at Gumin Kiin Donyi-polo Dere Aalo here today.

Returning Officer Manoj Kumar Sahoo briefed the gathering and requested to all the officers and officials to sincerely discharge their respective duties for successful counting of votes on 16th May at Aalo Club.

The arrangement of Counting Hall to Tabulation for Parliamentary constituency and Assembly constituency (Both EVM and Postal Ballot), EVM distribution, sealing of EVM and election papers, postal ballot (Scrutiny and Distribution), Computer/Genesis Operation (for Trends and Result Dissemination Counting Application), Communication/Fax/Hotline, Media Room, PA system and Videography, specific persons have been assigned for the purpose of assisting the RP/DEO in the counting of votes. DIPRO



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Media becoming victim of political mudslinging


The controversy surrounding BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s interview with DD News has once again brought role of media to the forefront. BJP alleged that DD edited part of the interview wherein Modi had refused to criticize Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for her vitriolic attack on Modi. The principal opposition party further called for carrying out investigation in this regard to find out on whose behalf editing was done. This election has been witnessing personalize attack on each other by the politicians. They have stoop to such a low that even marriage and relationship status is being used to target rivals.

Media too has become victim of the mudslinging done by political parties. Today it is DD News which is at the centre of controversy. Few days ago Aam Aadmi Party leveled serious allegation against some of the national news channel alleging them of taking money from political parties. AAP leader Somnath Bharti openly asked a reporter, “how much money you got from BJP to run story against us?” The incident shocked everyone and was naturally condemned by everyone. There is also unconfirmed report about, how some of the senior journalists cutting across organizations had to lose job for filing report which exposed wrongdoing of certain politicians. It is unfortunate that media and media persons are becoming victim of political fight. The politicians and political parties should let media function freely and stop interfering in their work.

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Stop issueing of ILP

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to appeal to the district administration to stop issuing of new ILP to non-APST until the problem of railway is solved. We know that ILP system was introduced by the Britishers under Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act (1873) to safeguard the indignity and ethnicity of innocent and backward tribal people. I wonder how our own national leaders could overlook its importance while outsiders i.e., Britisher’s didn't. The recent Railway connectivity to the state capital is useless to our military forces as they can never reach out to the border outpost due to the mighty Himalayan terrain, in contrast to the development on the other side of border i.e., China. However, Trans-Arunachal Highway would be a better approach in respect to both our Military forces and to the development of the tribal people of Arunachal Pradesh. Lastly I would like to appeal all unions and organizations of the state and to every Arunachalee to stand united and strongly raise voice against railway connection to our state.    


Igol Riba





We must learn from Tripura and Assam

Dear Editor,

Any change entails excitement as well as apprehension. The arrival of train to our land locked state has been much highlighted by the government. But it remains to be seen whether the arrival translate itself into a boon or a pandora box is unlocked instead. As with everything, only time will reveal. In the mean time, the apprehension is not unfounded. We are not oblivious to the unfolding problems of socio-economic, political and ethnic nature linked with illegal immigrants in our neighbouring states. The not so distant 2012 violence in Kokrajhar and its adjoining districts in Assam were triggered by ethnic unrest actuated by immigrants. And in the state of Tripura, the native indigenous people have been reduced to minority in their own state.

History beckons us to learn from it, so as to avoid the mistakes of our forbearers’. The case of Tripura is very relevant in present context. The historical blunder committed by the state not to check illegal immigration has reduced the indigenous peoples of Tripura, the Boroks, into a minority in the land and territory of their own. The Boroks, whose population were once more than 85 per cent, now constitute only about 30 per cent of the total population of the state. Today, the immigrants had not only outnumbered the Boroks but also have marginalized them and dominate over the economic, political, administrative and social spheres of the state. This process naturally makes the Borok insecure, creating a sense of discontentment. All these cumulate into ethnic tension and acrimony.

With the arrival of train here and the unabated influx of illegal migrants, who could guarantee that our state will not follow the likes of Assam and Tripura? Of course, one cannot and should not cocoon itself from the world outside. But the contact must not be at the cost of indigenous people. No society has flourished in isolation and an encounter with the outside world is inevitable. However, the rendezvous must be with cautions and only within the safety ambit of proper implementation of Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act, 1873. Post independence and 1971 war witnessed a dangerous turn in the immigration of people from erstwhile East Pakistan, not only because of the magnitude and scale of immigration, although it was, but primarily because the government did not have any definite policy to tackle the problem. As Tripura has witnessed, the government cannot afford to show indifference to the idea of protecting the territorial integrity and identity of the indigenous people. Else, it is not far when demographic imbalance tilting against the indigenous population spiral into seemingly never ending ethnic conflicts. We must learn from the past, lest it punish us in the future.


Mudang Taro,





Kimin is new hub of anti-social elements

Dear editor,

Through your esteemed daily I would like to high light the rampant encroachment of government land, destruction of government buildings and ineffectiveness of local administration and policing at Kimin Township. It has become the talk of the town that some Panchayat leaders, ex-Panchayat leaders and so called senior leaders of Kimin circle have lost their morality and are deeply rooted behind these illegal activities. For quite a long time, such activities were successfully kept under control by previous Deputy Commissioner of Papum Pare, Mr. Pige Ligu. After he was transfer, all of a sudden, people with anti-social mentality are gaining upper hand. Such people misuse their closeness to local Legislator who in return for their loyalty is bound to defend them directly or indirectly.

The recent demolition of medical quarter at Medical colony/Shantinagar and erection of private wall around PWD quarter near General ground, Kimin is strong and standing evidence to it. The Police OC of Kimin refused to act citing that his retirement is due in 03 months and does not want to get into any high profile case involving local goons. The EAC Kimin is out of station. Looks like it was a well planned and well executed case of government land encroachment with technical support from the local administration!

One more unprecedented incident of lawlessness relating to poll violence, which occupied pages of your daily for more than couple of days needs public attention as well as of Election Commission of India/State Election Commission. Why police required permission from local politician to go ahead with FIR and failed to book under appropriate sections of IPC, when the victim suffered fatal injuries?

After witnessing the above, the following are the questions in the mind of common man/woman of Kimin:-

1. Is Kimin, a land of outlaws?

2. The local Administration of Kimin, are they not paid to protect and preserve government/public land and property? Or their functions are limited to issuing certificates, hoisting flags, moving around with legislators, counter signing Panchayati Raj cheque books, becoming yes man to local leader’s etc. etc .etc.

3. Whether being elected or once being elected as Panchayat leader has become the eligibility criteria for grabbing government land and demolishing government building at Kimin?

Electing the local MLA unopposed has given some form of courage to such anti-social elements. It is the duty of the local MLA to see that undue favor is not given to selected few at the cost of greater public interest. We believe our legislator is a veteran politician and will deal suitably with such matter of great concern.

The DC and SP Papum Pare is humbly requested to instruct their officers at Kimin to treat cases of illegal government land encroachment with top priority and with immediate and visible action without bias so that grabbing government land no more becomes a reward for political loyalty. The District administration should make sure that all application for land allotment & LPC from Kimin Town should be properly verified before allotting certificate. All government land, buildings and quarters at Kimin should be mapped and displayed in public places and department notice boards at the earliest.


Y. Kana,







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