NAHARLAGUN, May 25: The 9-Chayangtajo BJP candidate LK Yangfo, who lost the poll
battle to Congress candidate Karya Bagang by 386 votes, congratulated the latter
on her victory and hoped she would continue the developmental work in the constituency.
‘I extend my sincere congratulation for the victory and best wishes in your entire
endeavour,’ Yangfo said in a press statement.
Offering his support for Chayangtajo’s development Yangfo, however, said,
“In the spirit of a true opposition leader’ he would monitor the MLA and point out
the mistakes whenever necessitated.”
Extending his best wishes to Nabam Tuki led government, the BJP MLA candidate hoped
that Tuki would complete the developmental works left pending in the last two years
of his governance and take the state to a newer height.
Crying hoarse for his defeat, he blamed the alleged ‘unholy nexus’ between the Congress
candidate and the PPA candidate just before the poll day that, he believed, resulted
into his defeat.
Yangfo alleged that the PPA candidate retreated from the poll-fight in the last moment
and instead supported the Congress candidate after ‘fixing a deal,’ while urging
the PPA central leaders to be careful in issuing party ticket to people with doubtful
ABK demands speedy inquiry into Aroti death case
ITANAGAR, May 25: The Adi Baane Kebang (ABK) has condemned the alleged kidnapping,
raping and murdering of Aroti Mize of Takilalung village.
Terming the incident as dastardly, ABK vice-president Tony Pertin in a press release
has demanded the authorities to take swift action and to award stringent punishment
to the accused.
Urging that law should be allowed to take its own course, ABK has appealed not to
treat the issue on community line as the perpetrator did not commit the offence representing
a particular community. The act of kidnapping, raping and murdering is an offence
against humanity especially against womenfolk and, hence, it deserves condemnation
from one and all, stated Pertin.
Tenshinkan Shotokan karate team bags 8 medals
ITANAGAR, May 25: The state Tenshinkan Shotokan karate team finished overall third
with eight medals, including four gold, in the 27th National Tenshinkan Shotokan
Karate Championship, which concluded at Nainital, Uttarakhand, today.
While Gollo Joseph won a gold medal in Boys (Cadet) in 14-15 years category Lokam
Maya and Karsang Yanga won a gold medal each in below 54 kg and above 54 kg weight
category respectively in Girls Cadet group. Biplab Devnath won a gold medal in +76
kg category in Junior Boys 16-17 years group, informed coach and manager of the team
Other medal winners are, Gida Yaro, Silver, in -53 kg weight category in girls 16-17
years group, Tai Rija, Bronze, in -48 kg weight category in girls 16-17 years group,
Sibon Engti, Bronze, in below 55 kg category in Junior Boys 16-17 years group and
Tamchi Tayam in below 68 kg category.
The Arunachal Team was also adjudged as the ‘Best Disciplined’ team.
AYA assures support and cooperation
ITANAGAR, May 25: Apatani Youth Association (AYA) has assured all possible help and
support to the authority and the family members of late Aroti Mize in delivering
justice to the deceased.
Reacting to a news item published in this daily today, AYA said that it had neither
supported nor tried to defend the alleged accused of Aroti Mize death case.
“Our earlier statement should not be misconstrued at this juncture in the interest
of delivering justice to the deceased and to maintain peace,” AYA urged the AdiSU
and ABK youth front.
While conveying heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, AYA prayed to almighty
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
Meanwhile, AYA supported the candlelight vigil being organized by AdiSU and ABK Youth
Forum to protest against increasing crime against women as well as to demand justice
for late Mize.
Effort to wean youths away from opium addiction
ITANAGAR, May 25: In an effort to wean away the local youths from opium addiction
and to bridge the gap between local community and the security forces, the 25th BN
Indo-Tibetan Police Force (ITBP) stationed at Tezu organized one day friendly T20
cricket match in association with local NGO, Amik Matai Society, Tezu at Parshuram
The cricket match played between Rusan Club promoted by Amik Matai Society and 25th
BN ITBP cricket team was inaugurated by W. Inaobi Singh, 2nd in Command, 25th BN
ITBP Force in presence of the NGO representatives and ranks of the force.
Rusan Club won the cricket match by 10 wickets.
In his concluding speech, W. Inaobi Singh who himself was a national champion in
gymnastics informed that ITBP will promote sports and games to build people to people
contact and to establish trust with security authorities by the local community.
He advised the youths to refrain from opium addiction and assured to extend all possible
support to promote sports and games for the benefit of the local community.
Secretary, Amik Matai Society requested the authorities of ITBP to support the initiatives
of the organization in the field of sports and games under their civic action programme.
He felt that their support will not only develop cordial relations and co-operation
with the villagers in rural areas but also divert the youth energy in a constructive
way for the benefit of the society.
Women groups recognize and honour Arunachal’s Florence Nightingale
ITANAGAR, May 25: “Mothers are the homemakers but in the case of our own Florence
Nightingale Gyati Jailang (Duyu), she has not only made her home but also earned
accolades and blessings from numerous families of Arunachal Pradesh”, said the chairperson
of Diilyang-Diibu Welfare Society, Capital Complex (DDWS, CC) Tage Habung Napi while
felicitating Jailang at a city hotel here today.
DDWS, CC Secretary Duyu Kojing Yakang said that achievement of Jailang was outstanding
and prestigious for the entire medical fraternity of Arunachal Pradesh. ‘Our colleague
Jailang is one amongst the 35 nurses recognized and awarded by President of India
from all over India for her excellent services in the field of nursing this year.
This is a matter of great pride for entire Arunachal Pradesh and I hope this will
inspire and motivate other young girls to chose nursing profession and excel like
her’, she said.
The 22 member DDWS, CC presented a trophy, citation and traditional dress gift items
Later in the day, another 15-member senior Apatani women group “Kolo-Ajing Group”
(KAG) also felicitated Jailang with a trophy and traditional dress gift items. The
wives of senior Apatani citizens and officers of Capital Complex recreated their
nostalgic younger days with colourful dance and song numbers at a city hotel and
hoisted a lunch programme in her honour.
“We hope and pray many more of our friends receive such recognition and award from
the President of India so that we can frequently come under one platform, enjoy and
re-create our past nostalgic younger days”, echoed Kuru Sera Ampi and Hibu Dolley
Dindi, wives of PWD (Central Zone) chief engineer Kuru Sera and Chief Conservator
of Forest Hibu Dolley.
Meanwhile, secretary of ‘Talyang Uru Clan’ of Ziro Er. Gyati Rabin Atto on behalf
of the entire clan congratulated Jailang on her spectacular and rare achievement
and wished her family a long and prosperous life ahead.
Pasighat-West people expect a ministerial berth for Jamoh
RUKSIN, May 25: The people of Pasighat-West constituency (Ruksin) including the ZPMs
and 37th Block Congress (I) Committee have appealed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
to give their new MLA Tatung Jamoh a cabinet berth in the state government.
The dejected people, who have been suffering from innumerable problems, are cherishing
a new hope after the constituency has come under Congress captivity. The former BJP
MLA, who had been representing the area, has miserably failed to address the perennial
problems of the area and his incapability led the people to think for a change in
The active Congressmen of Pasighat-West constituency stated that their MLA Jamoh
deserves a cabinet berth not only to the fact that he has technical knowledge on
the developmental issues but also to fulfill the commitment of the Chief Minister
made during the election rally. The Congress leaders also appealed to the APCC bigwigs
to fulfill the hopes and aspiration of the dejected people of the area by inducting
MLA Jamoh in the council of ministers.
Ruksin area bordering to Dhemaji district of Assam has strategic importance as there
is an inner line entry point to enter the Siang belt and Dibang valley of Eastern
Arunachal. Thus, it is considered as a gateway to five upper Arunachal districts
with several tourist destinations. But, the area is still deprived of fruits of development
in all fronts.
It is reflected through various public allegations that no particular development
has been achieved by the elected representatives in the last two decades. Considered
as life-line of the area, the 14 Km- stretch of Mirem-Mikong-Jonai (MMJ) PWD road,
which connects the interior villages with Ruksin headquarter is still in a pathetic
condition. Besides, the weak Bailey bridges along the road are not yet repaired.
The villages settled on hilly terrains and foothills have enormous scope for agriculture
and allied sectors like horticulture, apiculture (honey rearing), pisciculture and
animal farming, but due to lack of proper facilities and modern technologies, the
farmers have to depend on natural factors. Moreover, establishment of many sub division
offices including Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery and others departments is some
of the long pending demands of the rural people of the area.
Mutchu’s electoral success - how he did it
Mutchu Mithi, son of APCC President Mukut Mithi surprised everyone with his record
winning margin in the recently held assembly polls. He defeated PPA's chief ministerial
candidate Laeta Umbrey by 2185 votes.
It is learnt that elsewhere in Arunachal, the news of Mutchu's victory itself came
as a big surprise. This is perhaps because Umbrey had scored two successive victories
against the ruling party candidate in 2006 bye-election and 2009 general elections.
It had helped bolster his image of being 'unbeatable'.
So why is Umbrey revered as one of the best leaders in the state failed to make a
mark in his own home constituency? The answer perhaps lay in the resurgence of Mithi
in the state politics in 2012 as APCC president. He had temporarily withdrawn from
state's active politics when he was offered the gubernatorial role in 2006. Soon
after Mithi's return as APCC president, Umbrey started to lose support on the ground.
All his key supporters defected and joined with Mithi. So it was imminent that -
Umbrey couldn't survive the election. Meanwhile, Umbrey kept himself alive in everyone's
imagination by being vocal in assembly.
This phenomenon of changing equation is explained from the voting behaviour in Arunachal
where voter preference for ruling party is high. Likewise, voting behaviour in Roing
is shaped by the perception generated of who commands power in Itanagar. In 2009
elections, Umbrey comfortable rode as Mithi had lost much of influence in the state
government. A similar attempt to create perception of Mithi being sidelined in the
government was attempted in this election. But it failed to work because of Mithi's
strong hold in the state Congress party as APCC chief coupled with strong anti-incumbency
The anti-incumbency factor in recent times has also emerged as key factor in Roing
politics. This is unlike previous times, when a person could rule for more than 20
years riding on an image of being 'invincible'. A strong anti-incumbency wave against
Mithi in 2009 helped Umbrey rose to power. In 2014, the same factor worked in favour
During Umbrey's tenure, he failed to address several major issues affecting the common
man. Most prominent of them was the water crisis. Water is an issue that has affected
all, irrespective of one's economic or social background. It is not that Umbrey sat
quiet on the issue, but was left handicapped being seated in the opposition. He had
repeatedly blamed his failure to a political conspiracy, where he claimed that his
proposals and files on drinking water went missing or was blocked. To Umbrey's bad
luck, the political tussle that goes in the power corridor, the common people fails
to understand. They are convinced only with the tangible output - of how much water
and of what quality comes out from their tap. So it became apparent that Umbrey had
no influence in the state capital. So eventually people decided to vote for one who
wields power to move files.
To counter the growing clout of Mithi in the state politics, Umbrey also made several
political manoeuvres. He joined PPA and got himself declared as the chief ministerial
candidate. However, all these strategies backfired, and Umbrey started losing support
in Roing. It became quite evident that Umbrey was making big political miscalculations.
People were least sure of PPA to emerge as a strong regional power when BJP was looming
around. Even then the loss could have been made up for if Umbrey had joined BJP.
But that became only as mere wish for many of Umbrey's well wisher. Even today, some
Congress party members admit that had Umbrey contested from BJP, the fight would
have been tougher.
The present political equations and the anti-incumbency factor did lead Mutchu to
win the election. However, the record winning margin is credited to Mutchu's own
personal charm and his army of dedicated party workers. The difference lay perhaps
in the attitude of the two leaders. While Umbrey is always high on confidence, and
his leadership built around his personality, Mutchu is self-critiquing and derives
his confidence based purely on his performance; or in his ability to perform. Perhaps
this is one reason why Umbrey impresses the masses outside Roing, and Mutchu with
his realistic approach is more convincing to his home crowd.
Also Mutchu during the election campaign presented himself as different from the
older generation of leadership. He asserted himself more as a learner than as a leader.
This attitude made him to connect well with the people. He gave people the sense
of 'ownership' over their life, and gave them the confidence that personally they
could make a difference in it. He talked about realistic things, of issues, and promises
that are achievable. Perhaps what did the trick was his 'honest' approach. He didn't
have qualms even to express his leadership as being inferior to Umbrey, offering
to learn from his experiences. So Mutchu's own perceived weakness and self-correcting
attitude became his strong point.
Modi to be sworn-in as 15th Prime Minister of India today
SAARC leaders to attend the swearing-in ceremony
NEW DELHI, May 25: Narendra Modi, who led BJP to an astounding victory in the Lok
Sabha polls, will be sworn in as the Prime Minister tomorrow in the forecourt of
the majestic Rashtrapati Bhawan at a grand function to be attended by foreign dignitaries
including SAARC leaders.
The swearing-in ceremony of the 15th Prime Minister of India would be attended by
nearly 3,000 guests, including top leaders from SAARC countries like Pakistan Prime
Minister Nawaz Sharif and Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will also attend the swearing-in ceremony
as he has been invited for the function by PM elect Modi.
President Pranab Mukherjee will administer the oath of office and secrecy to the
63-year-old Modi and his Council of Ministers in the presence of a host of leaders,
including outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi
and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi, besides leaders of various other parties and
Chief Ministers of a number of states.
Modi’s mother Hiraben is also expected to attend the ceremony. Besides Sharif and
Rajapaksa, Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay,
Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul
Gayoom will be among the foreign dignitaries attending the ceremony.
Bangladesh will be represented by Speaker Shirin Chaudhury as Premier Sheikh Hasina
would be travelling to Japan at the time of the swearing-in ceremony.
This is the first time that the heads of states of SAARC nations have been invited
to attend the swearing-in ceremony of the Indian Prime Minister.
Following in the footsteps of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Modi had expressed his desire
to be sworn in at the forecourt so that a large number of visitors can be accommodated
for the ceremony.
Earlier, Chandrashekar was another Prime Minister who had taken oath at the same
The historic Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan is the usual venue for such ceremonies.
But since it can accommodate about 500 people, the forecourt was decided as the suitable
Jaitley, Rajnath, Gadkari likely in Modi Cabinet
New Delhi, May 25: Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari and Shiv Sena's Anant
Geete are likely to figure in a compact Narendra Modi cabinet which will involve
a radical restructuring of various ministries with one cabinet minister heading a
cluster of departments in complementary sectors.
In a clear indication that Modi is opting for major changes in the structure of the
government, a statement issued by his secretariat here tonight said that "focus is
on convergence in the activities of various ministries where one cabinet minister
will be heading a cluster of ministries which are working in complementary sectors".
Modi is eventually aiming at "smart governance" where the top layers of Government
will be downsized and there would be expansion at the grass root level.
In forming his cabinet, Modi has adopted the principle of "minimum government and
maximum governance" and also "rationalisation with a commitment to bring a change
in the work culture and style of governance," the statement issued from Gujarat Bhawan
The statement came at the end of another day of guessing game about the names of
ministers to figure in the Modi cabinet that will be sworn in at 6 pm tomorrow.
Till late tonight, even Rashtrapati Bhavan had received no list of ministers from
the Prime Minister-designate. However, indications were that Jaitley would get Finance,
Rajnath will be in charge of Home and Gadkari one of the infrastructure ministries.
Geete would also have a Cabinet portfolio.
Other names making the rounds for the cabinet include Sushma Swaraj, Venkaiah Naidu,
Ananth Kumar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Uma Bharti, Harsh Vardhan and Piyush Goel.
Sources said that the number of ministries would be between 30 and 35 which would
be much smaller than usual. However, an expansion of the ministry may take place
There was no clarity on the role of Advani with some reports suggesting that he may
not be made lok Sabha Speaker which he is said to favour but he may continue as NDA
In that case, Sumitra Mahajan, senior BJP Paarliamentarian and former minister, may
become the Speaker.
The statement said Modi is aware of the "high expectations" of the people. For whole
of four days, he was busy with the formation of the ministry and discussing various
alternatives to effective governance, convergence and coordination between various
ministries, it said. PTI
Really it’s hard to lose someone before the time comes. My heartfelt condolence goes
to late Aroti Mize and I pray for bereaved family to have enough strength to bear
the irreparable loss. In the mean time am surprised with the nose pulling and exchange
of words of allegation between ADISU, AYA etc. I would like to remind them that
they have nothing to do with this case. Let law enforcing authority and law of the
land take its own course of action. If you can, just pressurize for free and fair
investigation and justice to the victim. Let’s not degrade the situation and age
old peaceful relation between two tribes. It’s time to fight together for justice
of late Aroti Mize and her family. Let’s show our oneness despite certain differences.
Duyu Tagio, Itanagar
Political appointments at what cost?
I fully agree with the view and concern of journalist Taba Ajum as expressed in the
article under the headline “Political appointments burden on state coffers” published
in your esteemed daily on 24/05/2014 issue. Through this column, I would also like
to express my view and concern by asking the following few question:-
1. Are the service of Chairmen and Vice- Chairmen of sick and nil revenue earning
govt. undertaking really required?
2. These departments (undertaking) do not earn revenue for the state for which
they have been established. In such situation, one wonders whether they have been
established only to fill up the political appointments, so that those appointed person
enjoys the perks including free furnished accommodation, luxury vehicles etc.
3. As they are not earning revenue, are the appointments made on political considerations
only to bring burden on state coffers?
In the beginning, vice- chairmen were appointed with conditions that they are not
entitled to any perks. But now this condition has been removed by manipulation and
they claims entitlement of big furnished accommodation, luxury vehicles etc. With
cost of maintenance rising, it is bound to bring additional burden on state coffers.
Instead of unnecessary burden on state coffers at the cost of development due to
such injustice political appointments, the concerned ministers/ parliamentary secretaries/
Principal Secretaries/ Commissioners / Secretaries head of the department as requires,
be made ex- officio Chairmen without extra expenditure, so that these undertakings
can earn revenue for development.
Apart from political appointments of chairmen/ Vice – Chairmen under
state Govt. undertaking including those which are good as defunct, the state Govt.
is re-employing the retired all India Service/ Central Service officers including
HK Paliwal, IAS (Retd.) from UP cadre as Advisor to the Arunachal Govt. which is
highly objectionable and unjustified. His appointment should be cancelled immediately.
The action of the state govt. in appointing retired IAS officers as advisors to the
state govt. gives rise to the following question:-
1. Is Arunachal Pradesh not for Arunachalees but for those retired officers?
2. Is state Govt. cannot function without retired IAS officer? If so, what is
the use of serving IAS officers which consumes lion share of the state coffers in
salaries and perks?
3. Instead of paying high salary to such retired IAS officers along with perks,
why not create few lower posts with that money to give employment to few educated
but unemployed youths of the sate who are running from office to office in search
of job, instead of saying no fund for creation of post?
Finally, I would like to appeal to the State Govt. to cancel/stop political appointments
and re- employment of retired IAS/ Central Service officers at once. Else the organizations
that are sincerely concerned for the development of state in general and youths in
particular, will have no other option but to take agitation/ democratic path to
fight against the anti development as well as anti-People / youth policy/ action
of state Govt.
Arunachal Law Student Union (ALSU)
Let retired people enjoy post retirement life
Through your esteemed daily, first of all I would like to congratulate Tongam Rina
for being mentioned among 100 information heroes of world. She has made whole Arunachal
proud and brought us to the limelight of world. Also I would like to fully support
the article published on 24th May under the headline “Political appointments burden
on state coffers.” It’s true that appointment of too many parliamentary secretaries
and OSDs by state govt. is useless and simply wastage of state exchequer. Also why
Tuki led state govt. is caring so much about ex CS HK Paliwal? He should not be allowed
to continue in the post of adviser to govt. of AP. Is there dearth of knowledgeable
man in our state? How long can we depend on people like Mr Paliwal? Enough is enough
and let him go and spend his post retirement life peacefully rather than hitting
his head post retirement.
Good initiative by Arunachal Times
I am thankful to your newspaper for carrying out reports on two important issues
in your daily titled - (1) Political appointments burden on state coffers on 24th
May and (2) When lawmaker turns law breaker on 23rd May 2014.
Really your paper is very much concerned about Indian Democracy and condition of
Arunachal’s economy. Such write ups are outcome of your better exposure to other
parts of this country, I guess. You are really maintaining the role of a mass media.
Keep it up.
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Jostle for cabinet berth
Hectic parleys were held on Sunday for government formation involving Narendra Modi,
BJP president Rajnath Singh and other senior leaders as also the RSS, but there was
a veil of secrecy in the exercise, triggering speculation on who gets key ministries.
The list of council of ministers, who will take oath along with Modi on Monday evening,
is expected to be conveyed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan by Monday morning. The allies
Shiv Sena, TDP, Akali are also reportedly bargaining hard for cabinet berths.
BJP leaders today went into huddle to hammer out any differences before government
formation. But there was complete silence over who will take oath along with Modi
tomorrow. It has lead to speculation among who can be probable candidates for cabinet
berth. As BJP remained out of power for 10 long years it is believed that there is
intense lobbying going on for cabinet berth among party leaders. Adding to the woes,
the pre-poll alliance partners are also vying for their share. Hope the allurement
of cabinet berth will not spoil the good governance as promised by Narendra Modi.