May 07

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 Kamal Award.


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 beneficiaries.

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 the celebration.

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 of water.


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 process. DIPRO


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 public.

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.


News Impact

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 APST.

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 and15.

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 months.

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 equally.

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 dreams.

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 tokongpertin@gmail.com.)



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Donyi Poloism is not a new religion

Dear editor,

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  every religion."

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.


Nido Sakter

ESS Sector





Overdraft situation-a big scam in making ?

Dear Editor,

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 allowances".

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.



Nyokum Lapang




State Government is silent on salary issue

Dear Editor,

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.


Atto Tassang






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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.