Director, producer of Crossing Bridges receive awards from President
ITANAGAR, May 06: The director and producer of Sherdukpen film Crossing Bridges have
received the Rajat Kamal award from President Pranab Mukherjee at 61st National Film
Awards in New Delhi on May 3.
The award carries Rajat Kamal and Rs One lakh each for the producer and director.
The film was chosen under 'the best feature film in the language specified other
than Schedule-VIII of the Constitution'.
Earlier, in his inaugural speech, Secretary, Information and Broadcasting, Government
of India, Manish Tiwari made a special mention of the film saying that the makers
of “Crossing Bridges” gave an impressive performance and the entire team including
the director and producers deserve appreciation. He also announced that for the first
time in the history of the National film awards a Sherdukpen film has won the Rajat
ACS calls for end to stapled visa issue
Itanagar, May 06: Hundreds of people under the banner of Arunachal Civil Society,
Capital Youth Organization and Arunachal Pradesh Karate Association on April 5 took
out a mass rally at Itanagar in protest against the lackadaisical attitude of Central
Govt on the issue of stapled visa being granted by China against the Arunachalees,
especially sportspersons who are supposed to participate in international sports
events in China. Large number of students also voluntary participated in the rally.
The protestors, however, could not proceed to Raj Bhawan as they are stopped by
police at D sector following the order of the capital DC. Later in a memorandum
submitted to Governor, the ACS sought clarification regarding issuance of stapled
visa to sportspersons from the state by the Chinese authority and also demanded provision
of regular visa for the people of Arunachal Pradesh in order to facilitate their
visit to China without any condition immediately.
ACS chairman Patey Tayum stated that despite repeated pleas to the authorities they
have failed to bring a solution to the issue. He said, it was the weakness of Centre
and the state government to follow it up with the Chinese authorities. “Due to such
ill-treatment from both the Indian and Chinese governments the deserving sportspersons
are always deprived from participating in various national and international sports
events”, added Tayum.
HYWS alleges misappropriation of MGNREGA fund, demands action
ITANAGAR, May 06: Hoj Youth Welfare Society (HYWS) has appealed to the Papum Pare
Deputy Commissioner to take action against those panchayat leaders who have allegedly
misappropriated the fund under MGNREGA scheme.
In a complaint letter submitted to the DC, the HYWS president alleged that some panchayat
leaders of Dakte Hoj panchayat under Toru circle in collusion with some of the officials
of Sagalee CD block have looted the MGNREGA fund by forging the signatures of the
Equipped with the RTI papers, the Society further said “it is very shameful that
the panchayat leaders put signatures of those public who even do not know how to
sign.” It demanded stringent action against those corrupt persons/leaders involved
in misappropriation of MGNREGA fund.
Free consultation programme
ITANAGAR, May 06: The Down Town Hospital Ltd, Guwahati is organising ‘Free Consultation’
for Liver and Heart related problems on May 8 at Arunachal State Hospital, Naharlagun.
The consultation team will be led by Sr. Consultant HPB & Liver Transplantation Surgeon
Dr Dibyajyoti Bora, and MD, DM, Intervention Cardiology, Down Town Hospital, Guwahati,
Dr Indra Kuladhipati.
Non-working court day
ITANAGAR, May 06: The Gauhati High Court has declared November 1 as non-working
court day for its Itanagar bench.
APCRCWW Rising Day celebrated
ITANAGAR, May 06: The Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Churches Women Wing (APCRCWW)
Rising Day was celebrated at CRC Karsingsa jointly by eight churches of Banderdewa
with a three days programme from May 4.
Altogether, 300 women attended a training organized on the occasion on theme “Spiritual
and chaste women are precious in the sight of God”.
A cleanliness drive was organized within Karsingsa locality area today as part of
APCRCWW president Bengia Dipti Tadar, was the resource person. She taught the womenfolk
about how to maintain home and take care of their children and husband.
Quoting the verse from Bible (proverb 14:1), ‘A wise woman builds her house, but
the foolish pulls it down with own hand’, she suggested the women to become living
example for other.
Dr. Kipa Seema Phassang explained the women on hygiene and family health.
Banderdewa ZPM Kipa Uruni attended the closing ceremony.
APPHE & WSDWU allege illegal water connection
ITANAGAR, May 06: The All Arunachal Pradesh Public Health Engineer & Water Supply
Department Workers Union (AAPPHE &WSDWU) has claimed that some dwellers of Capital
Complex are involved in illegal water connection.
In its complaint letter to the chief councillor requesting to cut down of illegal
connection and to ensure proper distribution of water, it said, due to these illegal
water connections, most of the deserving dwellers of capital complex are deprived
DC reviews security plan for the counting day
ZIRO, May 06: Lower Subansiri district Deputy Commissioner Krishna Mohan Uppu reviewed
the security plans for the counting of polled EVMs of Lok Sabha and Assembly elections
for both 16 Yachuli and 17 Ziro Hapoli today.
He was accompanied by Superintendent of Police P N Khirmey, ADC Borthakur, SDO T
Messar and other officials.
The DC inspected the counting center and made elaborate plans to ensure security
in and around the center for the D day. Sitting arrangements, entry points for counting
officials, counting agents etc were planned in detail.
SP was also instructed to install Door Frame Metal Detector in the vital entry points.
Barricades shall be constructed and a three level cordon will be placed to ensure
security, he added. With an experience of two back to back elections at Delhi behind
him, the DC is leaving no stones unturned to peacefully complete the entire election
ATASU urge ADC to intervene
ITANAGAR, May 06: The All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) has urged the Tali ADC
for his intervention claiming that some unknown miscreants are creating law and order
problem in Yangte-Tali Road by blocking the path and restraining the movement of
In its letter, it said, Yangte-Tali road is the only motorable road that connects
Tali and all the daily requirements of the people residing in Tali and Pip- Sorang
area is carried out through this road.
State to have own forest laws soon
ITANAGAR, May 06: Arunachal Pradesh will soon enact its own Forest Act to protect
its forests besides various flora and fauna species in the state.
According to a release issued by Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forest
(RE) Dr. R Kemp, the Draft Arunachal Pradesh Forest Act formulated by a Committee
constituted by the Department of Environment and Forests has been submitted to PCCF
and Principal Secretary (E&F) AK Wahal, today.
The committee comprised of Additional PCCF Dr. Rabindra Kumar and Dr. R Kemp, CCF
RK Singh, RSC Jayaraj and DCF S. Manyu after thorough deliberation and repeated meeting,
finalized the draft Arunachal Pradesh Forest Act and finally submitted it to the
PCCF and Principal Secretary (E&F) today, the release informed.
The draft will now be placed in the website of the department (arunachalforests.gov.in)
inviting views and suggestions of the public and other stakeholders.
A workshop involving experts from all over the country will also be organized for
improvement/fine tuning of the draft Act, before its formal submission to the Government.
Arunachal Pradesh does not have its own Forest Act and is still following the Assam
Forest Regulation, 1891 for administration of its forests.
Enrollment under CMUHIS starts
ITANAGAR, May 06: The Department of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) has appealed
public to register/enroll themselves for availing the benefits of the Chief Minister's
Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS).
Though the process of free enrollment/registration of beneficiaries has started on
May two, there has been lukewarm response from public mainly due to lack of awareness
about the ambitious scheme, said Dr. Nabam Peter, Health Research Scientist cum Zonal
Nodal Officer, APCMUHIS in a release.
Some of the salient features of the schemes are- Cashless Hospitalization facility
through smart cards in empanelled Hospitals up to Rs. 2 Lakh per year per family.
Free-day care procedures – gynae, eye care, dental procedures, fractures, ENT, dialysis,
cancer treatment etc.
Rs.100 per day will be provided to the head of the family during the period of his
hospitalization as allowance (up to maximum seven days). One way transportation to
the patient from residence to the hospital within Arunachal Pradesh as per the state
transport rates and outside Arunachal Pradesh, railway sleeper class fare only for
Cashless facility in Arunachal Pradesh, Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Tezpur, Delhi,
Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai and Vellore. However, the scheme
does not cover central Govt. employees, MPs, MLAs, and chairpersons of municipalities/Panchayats,
all class ‘B’ and above category of contractors.
Free enrollment process in Itanagar will be held at Ward no 15, Ward No.18, Ward
No.19, Ward No.22, Ward No.26, Ward No.29 on May 8 and 9. It will be held at Ward
No.7, Ward No.8, Ward No.9, Ward No.21, Ward No. 23, Ward No. 24, Ward No. 25, Ward
No. 27 on May 10 and 11.
The enrollment process will be held at Doimukh. Kimin, Jote, Basarnello on May 12
and 13 while the enrollment at Balijan, Tarasso and Mengio will be held on May 14
Other areas not covered will be conveyed after consultation with the Municipal Councilors,
PRI Members and local administration.
All are requested to bring with them domicile certificate of Arunachal Pradesh (PRC,
bank saving passbook, ration card, govt. Identity card etc.) and submit it at enrollment
station. They are also requested to come with all family members for the family picture
and thumb impression of all beneficiaries.
Expedite NEIFM building construction works: Sanyal
PASIGHAT, May 06: Nilanjan Sanyal, Secretary, Department of AYUSH, Ministry of Health
and Family Welfare (GoI) along with Otem Dai, Director NEIFM today inspected the
construction work of the NEIFM (North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine) G+3 building
at Pasighat to know the latest status of the project. During his maiden visit, Sanyal
examined the construction works thoroughly and gave valuable suggestions and tips
for betterment. While directing the officials of HLL Life Care consultancy and the
contractor of Tama Fabrication to expedite the construction work he advised to put
extra efforts so that building is completed in all respects in a time-bound manner
and ready by 2nd October next to inaugurate.
Sanyal was also having an interactive session with the Director NEIFM and top officials
of HLL, led by its Principal Chief Engineer AK Nagar to review the project. He called
upon the officials to walk the extra mile so that quality is maintained and finished
timely. Taking privilege, the HLL personnel in their addresses highlighted various
hurdles like shortage of labors, cost escalation, geographical difficulties etc but
they assured to complete the work by September end this year. The Union Secretary
has expressed extreme satisfaction while visiting the ‘Medicinal Plants firming project/
experimental nursery garden’ to acquaint him with what was happening at the site.
Director NEIFM, Otem Dai informed that proper care was being taken to preserve many
valued and rare species but to protect the entire firm, boundary wall and proper
fencing would be required. Later, the Union Secretary visited the temporary office
of the Director NEIFM at the TB Hospital complex, interacted with the doctors and
staffs. Sanyal also visited the construction site of 10-bedded double storied AYUSH
Hospital, situated inside the General Hospital, Pasighat. He was accompanied by Otem
Dai, JDHS (T&R) Dr. Kabang Lego and Dr. BBS Murty JDHS (AYUSH). While interacting
with the constructing agency DRDA, the Secretary directed the officials to start
purchasing equipment and other articles for the new building so that there was no
delay in starting it once the building was handed over by the contractor after four
Notably, in an effort to promote folk medicine traditions of the Northeastern region,
the institute is being set up in the state by the Union Government at the cost of
Rs32.88 crore. The construction was started on 31st October, 2010 and about 73% has
been completed, according to official sources. DIPRO
Dulom writes to APCC, terms BCC’s ‘expulsion order’ baseless
ITANAGAR, May 06: Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee (APMCC) president Yari
Dulom today strongly reacted to the ‘expulsion notice’ issued against her by Daporijo
Block Congress Committee which was published in this daily today.
In a letter to Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president, Dulom requested
him to examine the ‘expulsion order’ and review the ‘verdict’ under Article XIX (f)
(iv) - sub-clause 8 (a), (b) and (c) of the INC constitution.
Describing the ‘expulsion from INC for her alleged anti-party activities against
INC candidate in both Lok Sabha and Assembly elections – 2014 under the relevant
Articles XIX (f) (iv) sub-clause 4 of the INC constitution’ as baseless and politically
motivated, Dulom further said that ‘to exercise such power has been conferred to
the executives of the DCCs to forward the cases to the PCC for initiating further
course of action and not to the Block Congress’. In this connection, she also referred
the Sub-Clause 2 of Article XIX (f) (iv) of the party constitution.
Strongly refuting the charges level against her, Dulom observed that “expulsion order
has been taken in haste under pressure of vested interests.”
Dulom, a senior INC worker, who served the party and the state for last many decades,
further regretted that Sub-Clause 5 (a) & (b) of Article XIX (f) (iv) has not been
followed in her case.
As per the Article XIX (f) (iv)-Sub-Clause 5 (a) ‘No disciplinary action shall be
taken without an opportunity being given with at least two weeks notice to the committee
or individual concerned to explain its or his/her case and answer such charges as
are made against it or him/her. However, the Working Committee can reduce the period
of notice when it deems fit to do so. Sub-Clause 5 (b) read that ‘Notice can be
issued at the instance of the President of the Committee, competent to take disciplinary
action, provided that he feels there is a prima facie breach of discipline against
the Committee or person concerned.
“Its seems to me that this whole ‘hocus-focus’ of publishing my expulsion in the
news paper without any ground realities has been exercised by Tatak Nilling, (the
signatory of the expulsion order) to tarnish my hard earned reputation as a true
INC worker since last 45 years,” Dulom added.
Monitoring Committee Meeting held
TEZU, May 06: For development of our area, I am ready to take up any issue or matter
to higher level, said Dr. B M Mishra Deputy Commissioner, Lohit District in the Monitoring
Committee meeting which was held at his Conference Hall today. The meeting was convened
by the DC to monitor and assess the major developmental projects and its achievements
vis-à-vis road, highway, bridges, airport etc by different agencies in the district.
The DC ordered for immediate action by District Land Revenue and Settlement Officer
with reference to all the proposed areas for proper clearance from Land and Forest
& Environment departments for speedy execution of all the pending works.
As for objections from public in land acquisition matters he said, we will sensitize
them and make them understand to cooperate with us. It is our prime responsibility
to secure our land and for that we will have to encourage infrastructural development
in our area and local issues should be solved amicably, he added.
Illegal and unwanted disturbances in development projects will not be tolerated and
anyone involved in any anti-social activities with malicious intention to hamper
the developmental works will be dealt with iron fists, the DC remarked.
He asked everyone to work as a team, supporting each other’s weaknesses and strengths
Col. P.K. Tripathi, Commander, 48 BRTF (GREF), informed the house on the progress
made by his Task Force on Trans Arunachal Highway and District Connectivity Road,
Digaru-Tezu Road, Tezu-Demwe Road, Namsai-Chowkham Road, with all fact and figures
through power point presentation.
He also cited unavailability of local workers (labourers) and limited working period
as major hindrances for timely completion of works.
The Project Manager of Navayuga Engineering Company and AE PWD Highway stated that
given all the clearance from Electrical, Forest and Environment and Land departments,
the Bridge over Central Lohit will be completed by June 2015.
The Project Incharge of Tezu Airport highlighted on physical achievements of Airport
runway, apron, electricity, terminal building etc. However, he also pointed some
hindrances on land acquisition, encroachments in land allotted for residential building
for AAI officials etc. to the DC.
All senior officers from BRTF (GREF), PWD Highway, Navayuga Engineering Company and
Airport Authority of India were present along with the executing firms and companies
besides the Head of Departments of Lohit District. SP Tumme Amo and ADC Namsai Ravi
Jhah were also present in the meeting. DIPRO
APRVTA urges for revocation of discontinuation order
ITANAGAR, May 06: The All Arunachal Pradesh Resource & Volunteer Teacher Association
(APRVTA) has asked for revocation of discontinuation order passed on April 1 last.
In its letter submitted to the education secretary, it detailed, the candidates were
selected by the interview boards to perform the functions of CWSN Children and were
appointed from October 2010 for unspecific time run till the Inclusive Education
Scheme ran. The required qualification for the post of Resource Teacher (R/T) was
a pass certificate in class XII and for Volunteer Teacher (V/T), a pass certificate
in class X. After joining the duty, they received rigorous training programme in
Itanagar several times, conducted by the State Project Director (SPD).
They performed their duties after training sessions as R/Ts and V/Ts by collecting
reports from remote areas of the concerned blocks and sent them to the SPD Office
every year. An order regarding Foundation Course of Inclusive Education (IE) for
the R/Ts came from the SPD Office on February 11, 2011 in which many of them successfully
completed the FC-SEDE (RCI) from different study centres. Another remainder order
dated July 25, 2011 came for the R/Ts to obtain either special B. Ed or Diploma Course
on disability field by the year 2015 by Correspondence Curriculum mode of study.
They followed the said orders and took admission in different study centres last
year. They have also filed for more than 3 year experience certificate as R/Ts and
V/Ts under IE Intervention, the letter read.
Further seeking consideration of their performance, experience and qualification
in other professional fields and demanding extension in their service period and
promotion to higher posts, it warned of resorting to democratic movement if the department
fails to fulfill the demand.
A tribute to “Head Makbo”
Bungalow No.6, Niti Vihar, Itanagar, - In the intermittent jingling rhythmic sound
of Kiiring (Musical Instrument) and miri-yoksa (Musical Machete, used by the Ponung
Miri), followed by the chorus of the ponung belle, the author of this write-up was
in a dilemma, being unable to make comprehend the role and meaning of the designation
‘Director, Trade & Commerce’ that I hold to a wiseman of Kiyit Village of Mebo Sub-Division
under East Siang District, who shares alike name with me, but preferred to be pronounced
as “Tokkong”, the Headgam of Kiyit Village, Tokkong Tayeng, during an introduction
in a party hosted by Lombo Tayeng, the then Minister of PHED etc. of Arunachal Pradesh.
To honour the visiting team of Headgams and Gams of various villages of Mebo Sub-Division
to Itanagar, the grand party was organized by Lombo Tayeng and I was honoured as
one of the invitees. I was fortunate to meet my alike name Tokkong Tayeng, Headgam
of Kiyit Village (Shri. Tokkong Tayeng is one of the most respected & influential
elders who have indepth command and oratory skill in tribal kebang systems of the
Adis) and as relayed earlier, I was miserably failing to make the wiseman of Kiyit
village to understand my official designation “Director” due to the sole reason that
we don’t have similar or equivalent word in our tribal dialect.
At that tumultuous moment, Late Jomin Tayeng just appeared in the scene and witnessed
my fruitless effort to make the wiseman to understand my designation. Late Jomin
Tayeng’s beaming smile and infectious laughter is always either accompanied by a
brilliant idea or solution to a problem. The problem faced by both of us in a communication
gap of understanding the meaning of my designation was easily solved by Late Tayeng
in his witty & humorous but simple & innovative way. He explained to the Head-gam
in lucid colloquial language, “Look, you are the Head Gam of Kiyit Village and I
am the Head Makbo of Tintum (a gutra of Pertin Clan to which the writer of this write-up
belongs). Likewise, Tokong Pertin is the Head Gam of Trade & Commerce Department
which is a Government Department.”
After hearing the simple expression, the wise-man from Kiyit village, Tokkong Tayeng,
nodded his head several times to convey his acceptance to Late Jomin Tayeng’s explanation
and said……“Yes, Yes, I now understand. We three are Head Gams of each one of ours
standing.” Since then, whenever I met Late Tayeng, in lighter vain, I used to call
him Head-Makbo. Otherwise, I call him ‘Sir’, not because he was an IAS officer or
an ex-Chief Secretary of the State of Meghalaya.
The incident dates back to earlier times to my childhood days when I was studying
in Government Middle School, Dambuk of then Lohit District, presently Lower Dibang
Valley District of Arunachal Pradesh. Jomin Tayeng, often, used to come to our school
and took classes and at times, told us many interesting motivational stories. I still
vividly remember his spellbound story telling skill, which is a rare quality that
most of us don’t possess. Those days, his wife, Gum Pertin Tayeng, Ex-MLA, also,
present contestant from 42-Dambuk ST AC, was working in the school as a teacher and
perhaps it was during his college/ university vacations that he used to visit our
school and provide his voluntary services in teaching and telling inspirational and
motivational stories to the students. Since then, I, rather we, addressed him (Late
Tayeng) as “Sir”. This voluntary services of Late Tayeng would be remembered by many
of the students of Dambuk School and who have made a benchmark and many of my seniors
and contemporaries who have gone on to become IAS, IFS and Senior Admin Grade Officers
in various Departments including APCS.
The wish to be different with a positive perspective in life, not just in outlook
but from within, can ascertain a man’s journey of life to a different angle from
an ordinary man’s life. The mind reveals the profile of a person. Late Jomin Tayeng
was a man personified for his works, for his struggles that make the journey of his
life a worthy example to many. The man with utmost calmness, sincerity in his eyes
and the values of a principled man that has made him the first direct Indian Administrative
Service (IAS’1968) Officer from the State of Arunachal Pradesh is not just a compliment
for an individual but a proud moment for each one of us.
He started his schooling in Dambuk School in 1947, which was then known as Pangkom
School (established in 1946) as the school was located on the bank of a small stream
called ‘Pangkom’. Later he went on to study in the Teacher’s Demonstration School
at Sadiya, Assam, which was then shifted to Margherita in Assam as during the great
earthquake of 1950, Sadiya town was completely washed away. He passed ME (Class VI)
from the same school in 1956 and then shifted to Pasighat High School, then NEFA
(North East Frontier Agency) now Arunachal Pradesh. He passed his matriculation in
1st division from Pasighat High School and became the first student from NEFA to
matriculate with 1st division. Later some of the teachers advised him to go for higher
studies and accordingly, alongwith some friends; he was taken in a group to Shillong
and admitted into ISC (Intermediate Science) first year in St. Edmunds College. He
passed his ISC in 1962 in 1st division and then joined MBBS course in Assam Medical
College (AMC), Dibrugarh, but his stay at AMC, Dibrugarh was short-lived as his senior
had a human-skeleton full-time in the corner of his hostel-room and a skull of a
human being on the side-table. This scene disturbed Late Tayeng during his sleep.
As a result, Late Tayeng took permission for a few days leave from the then Principal
of AMC, Dibrugarh, Dr. Mathura Bhattacharjee, to visit Shillong and did not return
to Dibrugarh, instead got admitted in St. Edmunds College again to pursue his graduation.
He completed his BA with English Honours in 1964 to become the first Honours Graduate
from the then NEFA and went for further studies in law from the Law Faculty, Delhi
University. While he was studying law, he was also preparing for the competitive
examination like IAS and completed his LLB in the year 1967, once again to become
the first Law Graduate of the then NEFA.
In a question asked during an interview with the author, if his parents felt averse
to sent him outside of Arunachal Pradesh, Late Jomin Tayeng had answered saying,
“My parents left me in my childhood and therefore as an orphan the question of my
parents being averse did not arise. However the two people who were very instrumental
in my education were: i) Indira Miri, Padmashree, the first Education Officer who
started the Teacher’s Demonstration School and also an orphanage, where poor and
helpless children were taken and provided schooling. (ii) Late Dugyon Lego, the first
missionary teacher of NEFA days who came to Dambuk and was responsible for getting
me admitted to the Teacher’s Demonstration School at Sadiya as an orphan. These are
the two people I am very grateful to for my education.” The magnanimity of a man,
who did not hold any grudge against life even after facing hardships at an early
days of his life, can be seen in his sheer will-power that made him accomplish his
Born to Late Bapang Tayeng and Late Oshor Lego Tayeng of Dambuk, Late Jomin Tayeng
was the youngest among the five siblings. The exact date of Late Jomin Tayeng birth
is not known because during those days our parents were not educated enough to record
such events. This problem was common to all and it was the school teachers who recorded
our date of birth in assumption based on our physical appearances.
While serving as an MLA of 42-Dambuk ST AC, he expired on 7th May’2013 leaving the
uncrowned “Head Makboship” to an unknown Head Makbo of the Tintum gutra (clan). I
pay my tribute to the “Head Makbo” through this writing. May this great man’s soul
be in God’s keeping. (The author is the General Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Literary
Society and is presently holding the post of Director Trade and Commerce, Government
of Arunachal Pradesh, can be reached at [email protected])
This is in response to the news article titled 'RSS turns Arunachal Tribals towards
Hinduism' by one Nitin Sethi, that appeared twice in some sections of the local dailies
few days back. This write-up is not to criticize his viewpoints totally but the
main motive is to clarify some of the things that come to our minds after perusal
of the article.
At the outset, let me tell that, among many RSS affiliates( vivid chetra) as referred
to by the reporter, there is no organization called 'Adivasi Kalyan Ashram'. Yes,
an organization called "Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram" has been in action dedicatedly to
serve the tribals leading a resource less life in remote areas untouched by modern
developments since its inception in the year 1952 to push them on true path of development.
RSS is the largest socio-cultural organisation of the world. But people who have
not come under its direct or indirect contact, don't have correct knowledge about
it. Conversion is not at all in the agenda of RSS activities. Its sole mission is
"national regeneration". History is evident that our once, great, glorious, prosperous
nation had to witness dark ages due to repeated foreign invasions. Our country is
also referred to as "Hindustan".
Moreover, Hon'ble Supreme Court of India had said that, “Hinduism is not religion
and it’s a way of life". "Hinduism is Secularism par excellence. It accepts and respects
But the term 'religion' is not the exact translation of the word "Dharma." In our
day to day practice, we say, maatri dharma, pitri dharma, puttra dharma, parosi dharma,
raaj dharma, etc. Do we say mothers religion, fathers religion, sons religion, neighbours
religion or rulers religion? Or somebody tell me, who is the founder of Hinduism,
if it is to be considered as religion like any other religions of the world which
has only one founder, only one holy book, and only one place of worship.
And, nature worship is the most ancient form of worshipping. It was in practice even
before the advent of all the religions of world. Hence, Donyi Poloism can never be
a new religion as opined by Sethiji. Yes, Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo started Donyo Polo
Movement in Arunachal, but it was before the coming of RSS in Arunachal Pradesh.
Hence, let’s not be misguided friends.
Regarding "Rangfraa", the holy deity of our Tangsa brothers, I think no one should
have any objection as to in which form the devotees wish to see their God. One must
remember that at the end of the day, "God is One". As Sri Ramakrishna Paramhamsa
said, "We may call water by any other name (i.e jal, jol, pani, ekwa, etc.) but the
life giving attributes of water remains the same. Its nature to quench our thirst
will not change with its different names."Therefore, there should be anything like
mongoloid white Shiva or negroid black Shiva or Caucasian grey Shiva. Let the Tangsa
brothers see their God as per their own belief system.
Lastly, but not the least, I request Sethiji to know RSS from a closer look and learn
by own experience rather than believing in hear-say stories. So far as I am concern,
I have been in touch with this organisation since last eleven years but I am not
yet converted. And I am proud of our ancient Donyi-Polo Faith and our ancestral father
Abotani more than ever before.
Overdraft situation-a big scam in making ?
Through your esteemed daily I would like to express the problems faced by the govt.
employees of Arunachal Pradesh due to non release of pay for the month of April 2014.After
performing election duty in April, everyone thought that salary will be released
on usual time. But to our utter surprise, we are hearing that salary will be late
for more than a month because of silly reason i.e. "financial overdraft of pay and
Here our question is, how can our matured govt. with expert panels can make silly
mistake of over drafting pay and allowances? It was informed by Finance Department
that only Rs. 50 crores is with State Exchequer whereas it was supposed to have more
than Rs. 150 crores for the month of April 2014. Who misused the money? Is it a
big scam or a silly technical mistake?
Moreover, the main sufferers are the children’s whose admissions are still not done
due to non release of salary for the month of April. It is also to inform that govt.
of other states declared their Dearness Allowances(D/A) from January 2014 to its
employees before declaration of election code of conduct but our govt. in this front
also, failed to announce DA from January 2014.
It is our sincere appeal to the law enforcing authorities to book the culprits who
had misused or invested our money which led to delay in release of pay for the month
of April 2014. CoSAAP must play a pro active role to ensure immediate release of
pay for the month of April 2014 and DA from January 2014.
State Government is silent on salary issue
This is in response to the news item 'Amidst financial constraint, employees urged
not to panic’ published in today’s edition of your esteemed daily. In this regard,
I would like to opine that how CoSAAP can ask state government employees not to panic
over reports of financial crisis like guarantor in this case. The assurance need
to come from Govt. side rather than CoSAAP. However CoSAAP effort to keep in touch
with finance department is commendable.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
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Arm twisting by APMU
Fuel crisis is looming large over state as after May 9, Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union
(APMU) has threatened to launch agitation, including boycott of loading and unloading
of petroleum products from May 10 onwards in protest against non-release of an Oil
tanker which is currently in custody of Papum Pare police. APMU claim that oil tanker
is under the custody of Papum Pare police since February 2, 2014. Despite repeated
plea, police has not released the tanker yet, they further alleged.
It is not clear, exactly, for what reason oil tanker has been taken into custody
by Papum Pare police. As it looks like a police case, the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor
Union should have left law to take its own course of action in this regard. Such
kind of arm-twisting activity by APMU is not all appreciable. In the past too, same
union had resorted to similar method in pressing for their demand. People of Arunachal
had to suffer a lot as whole state witnessed chaotic scene after oil supply to state
was stopped. APMU has every right to fight for justice, but they should stop blackmailing
in support of their demand.