New Delhi, Apr 30: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar will undertake a three-day visit
starting tomorrow to Arunachal Pradesh, just days before Prime Minister Narendra
Modi's trip to China.
Parrikar will visit Army stations in the state and will also attend the Tawang festival.
Modi is scheduled to travel to China in May. China had objected to the visit of former
Defence Minister A K Antony to Arunachal Pradesh to which China lays its claim. Hitting
back, Antony had criticized China for raising objections to his visit to Arunachal
Arunachal extends help to Nepal
ITANAGAR, April 30: Extending a helping hand to the destruction ravaged Nepal in
the aftermath of the devastating earthquake on April 25, Arunachal Pradesh will send
one thousand tents for establishment of relief camps and temporary shelter for those
who lost their home and hearth in the calamity. The decision was taken by Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki taking a cue from the Central Government, which is doing all
it can to provide relief to the people of Nepal.
State government officials have been directed to immediately procure the tents and
send these to Nepal by-road via Siliguri in West Bengal.
The tents along with other relief materials will be escorted by officials of the
state Disaster Management Department and hand over the same to authorities overseeing
relief and rehabilitation operations in the neighboring country.
The Chief Minister has reiterated the State’s solidarity with the quake victims and
assured all possible help from the state government.
A day earlier, the Chief Minister had written letters to the Prime Minister of Nepal
as well as the Chief Ministers of affected states of Bihar and West Bengal conveying
deep condolences for those killed in the earthquake and prayed for speedy recovery
of the injured and a successful relief and rehabilitation process. (Media Cell,
Review meeting of PHE&WS held
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Two days joint review meeting of PHE&WS Department was held on
April 29th and 30 to discuss the issues and achievement made under drinking water
sector during 2014-15 under Rural as well as Urban areas, review of Swachh Bharat
Mission (Gramin)- achievements and shortcomings. The vision document 2030 prepared
by the Department was also discussed in detail to make it a comprehensive and fulfilling
The manual on technology option on Solid Liquid Waste Management was also released
on the occasion.
Tajom Taloh, Commissioner (PHE&WSD) while expressing satisfaction with the overall
achievement of the Department, called upon the officials to look for ways and means
to improve upon the efficiency through dedicated trainings, committed individual
contribution, close coordination and quarterly basis reviews at the field level.
He also advised for right assessment of water sources while formulating the project
reports, so that situation of drying up of sources afterwards thereby rendering redundancy
to the project can be avoided. On Swachh Bharat Mission, however, he opined that
much is needed to be done. He called for rigorous and time bound awareness campaigns
involving other relevant Department, as well. He also highlighted the importance
to promote the sense of ownership of the programme amongst the officers.
Minister (PHE&WSD) Takam Pario impressed upon the Department to be transparent
in its dealing and initiate necessary steps to make the people aware of its activities
and encourage their participation. He also outlined the importance on protection
of catchment area of water sources.
Further, he advised the officers to take the most important programme of Swachh Bharat
Mission on priority to help the state achieve the target of cleanliness and safe
The Department which already documents its achievements through photographs and power
point presentations, resolved to include co-ordinates in each photographs of the
completed works to avoid any sort of duplicity of works which is initiated in few
of its Divisions already.
Tomi Ete, former Secretary (PHE&WSD) also attended the meeting on the second day
and shared his experiences and knowledge with the Departmental officers.
Training on Biometric Enrolment under NPR
Aalo, Apr 30: A district level training cum awareness on Biometric enrolment under
National Population Registration organized by Directorate of Census Operation and
attended by all administrative officers and link departments was held under the chairmanship
of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu at Conference Hall of DC Office on 29th
Chairing the meet, Ligu asked one and all to take up the training keenly to equip
themselves for the long drawn national exercise that will benefit all immensely in
the years to come.
Exhorting the officers to take up the landmark programme of Govt. of India, he said
team effort and motivation is essential to gear up the programme in the district
The Joint Director of Census Operations, Shillong Bharati Chanda and Assistant Director
Utpal Sharma disclosed that the national duty has to be taken up in a realistic manner
at all levels to create a comprehensive digital data base identity for registering
the entire citizens of the country.
It is process driven to complete the survey of all citizens at a particular place
in a given point of time. (DIPRO)
Orgs to launch democratic movement
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal (YOMA) recently held
a joint meeting with Arunachal Youth Organization and Save Arunachal Youth Organization
where they decided to launch democratic movement in a phased manner seeking fulfillment
of various demands placed by them.
Their demands include repealing of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention)
Act, furnish white paper on current financial crisis, immediate imposition of President
Rule and lastly CBI or CVC investigation into the alleged financial mismanagement.
MGNREGA performance reviewed
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The performance of MGNREGA during 2014-15 and plan for its effective
implementation in the current financial year 2015-16 was reviewed in a meeting held
at the conference of SIRD here on April 28. The PDs of the DRDAs and the BDOs were
present in it.
While reviewing the implementation of processes of the schemes, RD Commissioner
T Taggu directed all the PDs and BDOs to follow the procedure as per the Labour Budget
and ensure effective implementation of all the CSS programmes meant for the rural
poor of the state.
RD Commissioner, who has also presided over the meeting, requested the Deputy Commissioners
to strictly monitor the implementation of the CSS programme and also directed to
follow the instructions issued by the Union Ministry Rural Development.
The RD Commissioner directed the concerned officers to ensure mandatory 100 per
cent uploading of DATA in the MIS and also ensure opening of bank account of all
the registered households under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana and to make payment
both wages and non-wages through respective accounts. The performance of the BDOs
shall be reviewed monthly basis, he further said.
Earlier, in his keynote address RD Director Tarin Dakpe highlighted the decision
taken by the Empowered Committee meeting held on March 20 last at New Delhi under
the chairmanship of RS secretary (RD), Union Ministry of Rural Development.
Sanjib Das, PO (MGNREGA) through power-point presentation explained detailed about
the Projected Labour Budget and Agreed Labour Budget of 2015-16. He also explained
the procedure to revamp the implementing process of MGNREGA.
The meeting also reviewed the implementation of the lAY/IWMP/SECC/Aam-Admi Bima
Yojana, SAGY and installation of V-Sat Data connectivity installed by TATA Net.
All the DRDAs presented the district-wise performance and photographs of 2014-15
CEO refutes allegations
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: CEO cum ADM Talo Potom today termed the allegations of misusing
his power and encroachment of Govt land at Itafort area as baseless and without
any iota of truth.
Reacting to the allegations of Arunachal Pradesh Youth Volunteer Activities that
Potom has abused his power and encroached Itafort Monument protected area at Itanagar,
the CEO said that the land under question were developed long time back and present
land under occupation does not encroach the Itafort.
Equipped with necessary documents he further said CEO was appointed and given power
and function, much after the land was occupied by the parents of CEO cum ADM in the
year 1989 and regularized in the year 1995.
The CEO also furnished various enquiry reports which were conducted earlier on the
same allegations. The enquiry report of Director of Research, Department of Cultural
Affairs, Govt, of A.P. conducted after same allegation was lodged before Chief Secretary
in the year 2013 found that “the boundary wall erected by nodal department is in
the same position where the earlier boundary fencing was erected, there is no trace
In another inquiry against CEO cum ADM conducted by DC cum District Vigilance Officer
in the same issue and in the same area on December 28, 2010 found that “the National
Monument (Itafort) at ESS-Sector is bounded with fencing and security wall. The overall
inspection found that there is no encroachment and destruction of security wall.”
The compound wall constructed by the Research Department has not been disturbed since
beginning and till date. Had there been any encroachment in the Itafort, the Department
of Research should have lodged complaint to the competent authority, the CEO said
in a release.
Anjaw BJP unit demands enquiry into Halai Pani hydro project implementation
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Anjaw district has demanded high-level
inquiry into delay in implementation of the 16 MW Hydro Project at Halai Pani, Anjaw
In a representation submitted to the Governor, the BJP unit alleged that sanctioned
amount of Rs. Fifty one crores thirty seven lakhs) for the project was completely
used, but the progress of the Halai Pani Project remains the same as it was during
the initial stage.
In addition to this, additional funds were also sanctioned for the same project by
citing several seasons and also by preparing the DPR thrice. The total amount sanctioned
till 2012 for this project is Rs One hundred nineteen crores & eighty one lakhs thirty
four thousand, the representation said. Only a portion of the RCC foundation not
worth even a crore was washed away by landslide during June 2012, but it was shown
that damages on the ongoing project had occurred several times due to natural calamities,
the BJP further alleged.
Awareness programme on livestock health and management
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: A day long Awareness Programme on Livestock Health and Management
was organized by District Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Officer, Kurung Kumey district
at Nikja-Taipa village, Koloriang on April 29.
Attending the programme, Bengia Tapo, Anchal Chairperson, Lower Koloriang said that
animal husbandry plays a major role in sustaining our livelihood and there is a huge
potential in Animal husbandry enterprise as all our meat requirement comes from Assam.
Attending as resource person Dr. Bamang Raja, Veterinary Officer, Palin asked Panchayat
leaders and Goan Burah to be proactive and farmers to cooperate with the Department
during vaccination programme. He also taught scientific method of piggery farming,
Mithun rearing, dairy farming, goat rearing and poultry farming and its scope in
the district in particular and state as a whole.
APCSOA terms CEO’s behavior as appalling
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: While throwing its weight behind ICC Deputy Commissioner, Mige
Kamki, Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service Officers’ Association (APCSCOA) condemned
the appalling behaviour of Chief Estate Officer, Talo Potom directing a superior
authority to handover land record documents.
“It is not only an act of insubordination but also imperils the importance of the
institution of Deputy Commissioner if his ‘order’ has got the backing of people in
the decision making level,” the release said.
It is intriguing as to how a person without clearing the judicial or civil service
exams could become an Additional District Magistrate; but modifying rules and jumping
conventions with a sole objective of benefiting one individual is not appreciable,
the Association said while requesting the government not to amend certain sections
of the AP Public Premises (Eviction of un-authorized Occupants) Act, 2003 exclusively
for Talo Potom’s cause.
APCSOA also questioned the wasteful expenditure of the CEO in self-extolling print
advertisements and flex signboards with his name and education qualifications all
over the capital complex.
Meanwhile, APCSOA in a meeting on Wednesday also discussed action plan in the wake
of government’s dilly-dallying in implementing the Bagra Committee Report to look
into the grievances of APCS officers’ association. It reviewed the progress of the
state government’s response towards its service condition related demands pending
for a long time.
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) along
with several other organizations yesterday held a meeting to discuss about proposed
hunger strike by AACWA. The member present decided to constitute Joint Action Committee
(JAC) in due consultation with other supporting civil societies till all the demands
of association is fulfilled by the state government.
Some of the major demands of AACWA are declaration of financial emergency in the
state, immediate constitution of Lokaayukta and repealing Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful
Activities Prevention Act. 2014.
No formal proposal to link connectivity projects with China
Arunachal inalienable part of India, Govt tells China
New Delhi, Apr 30: Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha today on whether China has
asked India to link its Silk Road with India's Spice Route and Mausam Projects, Minister
of State for External Affairs V K Singh said there was no formal proposal to link
the two Indian projects with connectivity projects of other countries.
Meanwhile, Government today asserted that Arunachal Pradesh was an integral and inalienable
part of India which has been "clearly" conveyed to China on several occasions.
Singh further said both the countries agreed that peace and tranquility on the border
is the basis for continued expansion of India-China relations. China disputes the
international boundary between India and China. In the Eastern Sector, China claims
approximately 90,000 square kilometres of Indian Territory in Arunachal Pradesh.
"It is reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral and inalienable part of
India. This has been clearly conveyed to the Chinese side on several occasions, including
at the highest level," Singh said.
He said the two sides are committed to resolving bilateral issues through dialogue
and peaceful negotiations and mutually acceptable manner. Asked whether government
has taken up with Beijing the issue of intrusions by Chinese troops in Eastern Ladakh
recently, Singh said there was no commonly delineated Line of Actual Control (LAC)
in the border between the two countries and that government regularly takes up with
China incidents of transgression through established mechanisms. "From time to time,
on account of differences in the perception of the LAC, situations have arisen on
the ground that could have been avoided if we had a common perception of the LAC,"
he said. PTI
Governor seeks Centre’s attention on road works
Gadkari visits Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Citing slow progress of road works, Arunachal Pradesh Governor
Lt. General Nirbhay Sharma (Retd) called for personal attention of the Union Minister
Nitin Gadkari on the projects in view of its strategic importance.
Governor said this at Raj Bhawan, today when Union Minister for Road Transport &
Highways called on him where they discussed on road communication and its impacts
in the developmental process of the State.
The Governor emphasised on expediting the road projects in the State. The Governor
said that these roads can bring huge economic prosperity in Arunachal Pradesh.
The Governor also thanked the Union Minister for dedicating the 32.50 km Stilwell
road section from Jairampur to Pangsu Pass in the Indo-Myanmar border to the nation
and laying the foundation stones for six 2-laning road projects in different parts
of the State.
Meanwhile, Union minister Road Transport Highways and Shipping, Nitin Jairam Gadkari’s
planned visit to Ziro to lay the foundation stone for many projects could not be
materialized due to bad weather. Instead inauguration plaque was unveiled simultaneously
at Raj Bhavan by Gadkari and at Ziro by MLA Tage Taki, Deputy Commissioner Kanki
Darang in the presence of all the HODs, PRI members and representatives from TKECON.
Earlier addressing the people, Minister PWD Gojen Gadi, requested cooperation from
all stakeholders for smooth and early completion of the Trans Highway Project.
Parliamentary secretary Sports and youth affairs Likha Saaya, MLAs Tamar Murtem and
Tage Taki and host of other officials from the NHIDCL and TKECON were present, DIPRO
Tourism Dept. yet to clear Pasighat debris
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: Following its blooper of an attempt called ‘Arunachal Spring Carnival’
in Pasighat in March, the tourism department is now organizing another festival,
this time in Tawang, from May 1-3.
However, the department is yet to clear all the debris it created in Pasighat.
The festival in Pasighat was organized from March 17 to 19 last in a hush-hush manner
and without much publicity. The festival ended midway, mostly due to mismanagement
by the department and partly due to lack of coordination among the locals and the
And meanwhile, Takap Tagri, winner of the festival’s angling competition, is yet
to receive his cash award of Rs 25,000.
"I've approached tourism deputy director Gedo Eshe many a time, but he keeps on denying
me my award on one pretext or another,” Tagri rued. "It would have been a real shame
for the state if some foreign angler had won the prize," he added.
Several foreigners and people from outside Arunachal Pradesh had participated in
the competition. Besides Tagri, the second and third place winners are also yet to
receive their cash awards. A source informed that the North East Council on March
23 released the first installment of Rs 6 lakhs for the Pasighat fest, with the state’s
matching share of 10 percent for the Rs 25-lakh festival.
Development challenges for NE states in the changed policy scenario
The development of the North Eastern Region has been given adequate thrust by successive
Governments’ in the Centre in recent times. The Shukla Commission Report on Transforming
the North East in 1997 under the Chairmanship of then Member of Planning Commission
S.P Shukla gave a detailed analysis on the basic minimum backlogs of the NE Region.
It was following the recommendations of this report commissioned by the regime under
then Prime Minister H.D Devegowda that a separate Department of Development North
Eastern Region was created in 2001 and was subsequently upgraded to a Ministry in
2004 to what we now know as the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
In addition to the already existing North Eastern Council (NEC), the creation of
Ministry of DONER enhanced the scope of the Centre to foster development in the NE
States. In retrospect, it would require a comprehensive analysis to summarize the
achievements of DoNER and NEC but they continue to remain the two critical agencies
- the mandate of which embodies the development aspirations of the people of the
North Eastern Region.
In this context, it is important to examine the implications of the new policy changes
in the wake of the creation of the NITI Aayog and Fourteenth Finance Commission recommendations
on the development landscape of the NE States. There have been apprehensions from
different quarters on the discontinuation of the Special Category Status for the
NE States which have been listed in the recent Joint Resolution of the NE Chief Ministers
submitted to the Prime Minister recently. This is a significant development and there
has been concern, rightly so on the abolition of special windows of funding like
the Normal Central Assistance (NCA), Normal Plan Assistance (NPA), Special Plan Assistance
(SPA) etc. It is important to understand that many of the NE states are late starters
in the development journey with the momentum starting from the 11th Plan Period.
Therefore, it is important that funding pattern of 90:10 should continue to ensure
the completion of projects under the 12th Plan Period.
The recent budget announcement to delink many Central Sector Schemes (CSS) needs
some serious rethinking by the Centre. The allocation under CSS in 2013-14 was Rs.
2.14 lac crores and 2014-15 was Rs. 2.52 lac crores. With the budget announcements,
for the year 2015-16 a reduction of 33 per cent has been made for CSS schemes with
the total allocation being Rs. 1.69 Crores. The rationale that greater devolution
of taxes would offset the reduction of CSS allocation holds true only for larger
states and would negatively impact the finances of the smaller states, especially
the NE States.
The meetings of the CM’s Sub Group on the Rationalization of CSS Schemes under the
aegis of NITI Aayog have come out with some important observations and comments.
Many member Chief Ministers including Chief Minister of Arunachal have rightly called
for continuing the existing Flagship Central Sector Schemes (CSS) encompassing various
development sectors. It is also important that Flagship Schemes like National Food
Security Act (NFSA), RTE, MNREGA etc backed by effective legislation be continued
with 100 per cent funding by the Centre.
There is a need to give adequate weight age to local requirements while framing new
Central Sector policies which will ensure the proper direction of development and
growth of the states, particularly in the NE Region. Moreover, the flow of funds
through the special funding windows should continue. At times of institutional restructuring,
the Centre has to be sensitive to the problems afflicting the NE Region. Any attempt
to impose unnecessary conditionalities which are general in nature would defy the
very essence of Regional Planning for which agencies such as NEC and DoNER were created.
The thrust has to be on customizing the ambitious campaigns such an Act East, Make
In India in line with the competencies – both geographical and otherwise – of the
NE States. Only a set of progressive policy prescriptions covering critical sectors
over a period of time would ensure the growth of NE States at par with the rest of
the country. (Mahesh Khatik is a Policy Analyst and an alumnus of IIT Mumbai)
Aftermath of the 25th April Nepal earthquake: Where do we stand?
Dr. Tage Rupa
What is an earthquake? How does it originate? What are its effects? To a layperson,
earthquake is a sudden vibration of the earth.
Our planet Earth is a dynamic in the sense that its lithosphere is broken up into
different tectonic plates and these plates are always in motion in different direction.
It’s within these plate boundaries that majority of the world's active volcanoes
and the earthquake occurs.
According to the record, the Indian plate is currently moving in North East direction
at the rate of 5cm per year (geologically its very fast), while another plate, Eurasian
plate moving towards South West at only 2cm per year. This is causing the Eurasian
plate to deform and Indian plate to compress at a rate of 4 mm or 0.15 inch per year.
Unless the movement is faster than its normal speed we would not feel its vibration.
According to Hongfeng Yang, an earthquake expert at the Chinese University of Hong
Kong, in the case of recent Nepal earth quake, the Indian plate jumped forward about
2 meters or 6.5 feet.
The mountainous region of Himalayan belt is tectonically very active and fragile.
Sudden with high intensity of earthquake will be always associated with immeasurable
effects and damages. It's not only the building that fails under the stress of seismic
waves. Often the unstable region of hills and mountains also fails due to failure
in the bearing capacity of the rocks which results large to medium landslides. The
Geological Survey of India, Eastern Region, Kolkata have observed and identified
that the 2011 Sikkim earthquake triggered several landslide in the region that have
not only destroyed the properties and life, even many important roads were blocked.
The rescue operations were hampered by the dozens of landslides. The torrential rain
and low clouds hampered movement of air supplies and threatened to trigger more mudslides.
The large landslides can even create a temporary dam in the upper course of the river
which may create a potential situation for flash floods in the lower course (e.g.
Siang flood of 2001). In many of cases, when the surface is underlain by a saturated,
sand rich layer of soil, prolonged shaking of the earth can cause the expulsion of
fluids from the sand layer resulting into blowing of huge amount of sand with fluid.
Liquefaction can also cause other problems as the soil loses its ability to resist
shear and flows much like quick sand. Anything relying on the sub - strata for support
can shift, tilt, rupture, or collapse.
The twin capital Naharlagun and Itanagar area is covered with the Siwalik rocks which
shows that they are nothing else than the alluvial detritus derived from the sub
- aerial waste of the mountains, that are swept down by the numerous river. The rocks
are composed of coarsely - bedded sandstone, sand rock, clay and conglomerated. The
sandstones shows poor stratification and are generally ungraded as regards the grain
size. The region is having number of lineaments and active faults which have made
the area more vulnerable to the landslides.
The National Highway 52A which runs only 34.5Km connecting Banderdewa - Nirjuli -
Naharlagun - Itanagar - Chimpu - Gohpur is the lifeline for the people residing in
Large scale landslide is occurring frequently during the monsoon season within this
short stretch of road. Landslides, resulting subsidence and sinking and blockage
of road through accumulation of huge amount of debris, has affected the adjacent
settlement during monsoon season.
During the 2008 landslide, all the entry points from northern Assam to the NH 52A
to the hill state was blocked. The main block point was at Karsingsa where there
was hardly any kilometre of road left without landslide.
On 10th September, 2010 landslide triggered after the heavy rainfall in the capital
(790 cm that month) region caused damages to road and communication, life and properties
and affected water and electric supply line. During that monsoon the road connection
between Itanagar and Naharlagun was under threat with the washing away of a major
culvert near Shiv Mandir.
Due to severe damage of road at Karsingsa NH 52 –A, the connectivity between Assam
and State capital was at halt for 2 months.
In the recent past almost all of the developmental activities have come up within
this National Highway and any damages in any part of this stretch are going to hamper
the city dwellers. We have seen in the last two earthquakes (Sikkim and Nepal) in
the Himalayan region, how the road as a lifeline have effected smooth delivery of
relief and rescue procedure.
In the past the North Eastern region has experienced major earthquake in 1897 and
1950 with a magnitude of 8.1 and 8.7 Richter scale respectively. That shows that
the region is due for another major earthquake to strike.
Therefore, are we ready for the worst? Be Alert, be safe. (The contributor is Senior
Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills)
AIRGVM state president A T Kulo passes away
ITANAGAR, Apr 30: All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch (AIRGVM), Arunachal Pradesh
unit president and Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) executive member A
T Kulo passed away after prolonged illness at around 12.30 pm today. He wrestled
for his life in R.K. Mission for more than a week and breathed his last on way to
Shillong for further treatment at NEGRIIMS. He was 53 years and is survived by wife,
four sons and one daughter.
Born in 1962 at Kulo village under Baririjo circle in Upper Subansiri district, he
did his graduation in Humanity from erstwhile Govt, Degree College (now DNG College)
Late Kulo was associated with Indian National Congress (INC) since 1984 and worked
for the party in various capacities as 1st president of NSUI, Govt. College, Itanagar
in 1984-1986, Vice-President of NSUI State Unit from 1988-92, Chairman, Minority
Cell, APCC from 1993-96, Chairman of Public Grievances & Minority Cell, APCC from
1997-2000, Secretary APCC, incharge Vigilance from 2008-2011, State President of
All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International from 2009 and PCC Executive Member
from 2010 to till date.
He was also actively associated with many student organizations and NGOs, especially
in cooperative movement of Arunachal Pradesh. He also held various portfolios like
Telecom Advisory Committee member from 2001-2002, Vice-President of Arunachal Pradesh
State Cooperative Union (APSCU) from 2004-2006 and chairman and Executive Director
Meanwhile, APCC deeply condoled the death of its executive member & state president
of AIRGVM, Late A T Kulo.
In a condolence message, the APCC president Padi Richo said “Late Kulo was a hard-working
and energetic person who contributed for the party with sincerity and dedication
since last three decades. His untimely demise is great loss to the INC in particular
and the state as a whole. His contribution for the welfare of the state will always
be remembered by the people, the message said.
Meanwhile, Kara Welfare Society (KWS) also mourned the demise of Alexander Taji Kulo.
Late Kulo will be remembered by the people as dynamic leader, best orator, founder
member of GWS and social reformer. His contributions towards the Kara Welfare society
and Galo Welfare Society shall always be remembered. His demise is a great loss
for the society and vacuum created on his death will be difficult to fill in, the
Society said in a condolence message.
The Galo Students' Union (Apex) has expressed shock at sudden demise of Alexander
Taji Kulo today. With the demise of Late Kulo, a sudden vacuum has been created which
will take a very long time to fill, it said. A pioneer and a towering personality,
he was the founder Secretary General of Galo Welfare Society, the Union said.
The GSU team led by its president Damik Gameh offered two-minutes condolence as a
mark of respect for the departed soul and also prayed to the almighty to give strength
to the family members in this moment of grief.
SEWA conducts medical awareness prog with differently abled people
Chow Bilaseng Namchoom
NAMSAI, Apr 30: Awareness programme for persons with disability as preventive intervention
for rural areas of Namsai and Chongkham was held on April 28 & 29 last. The awareness
programme was conducted by the Socio-Economic Welfare Association (SEWA) of Namsai
in collaboration with Composite Rehabilitation Centre (CRC) Guwahati for the differently
At Namsai, the programme was held at Town club on April 28 where of the total 180
participants, 85 persons with different kind of disabilities benefitted.
Dr. Sunil Kumar Ram (OT) Lecturer cum HOD in CRC Guwahati examined patients and also
gave practical tips to the parents of those children suffering from cerebral palsy,
musculo-skeletal disorder, Mental retardation, Dawn syndrome.
The three Physiotherapist and occupational educationist for differently able persons,
Chau Mukul Chowlu, Nang Simitra Mein and Pankaj Neo also provided Preventive and
therapeutic physiotherapy to the participants.
Speaking at the inaugural function Deputy Commissioner of Namsai R K Sharma informed
the audience of various scheme available for the differently able person, with 3%
reservation in Govt. Jobs. He urged all not to discriminate the differently-abled
DC appreciated the organizer and CRC Guwahati for conducting the awareness programme
benefitting the poor who cannot afford to go for specialized treatment.
Dr. C M Thamoung, President of SEWA expressed his gratefulness to all for their support
and cooperation in bringing the differently abled persons to attend the one-day programe.
He also spoke the need on therapeutic counselling for the parents/guardians and patients
and physiotherapy techniques.
The day ended with mass prayer and one minute silence for the victims of Earth quake
at Nepal and India where thousands succumbed to nature’s fury.
The Chongkham camp was held at Arunachal Pali Vidyapit (APV) school, next day where
70 participants benefited. Most of the cases in Chongkham were patients suffering
from cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, mentally retardation.
Beside some chronic case of Neuropathic pain and weakness, Hemiplegia from post stroke,
child with post Meningitis and Post cerebral malaria complication also attended
ABK takes action against shopkeeper
ROING, Apr 30: The Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW) of the district yesterday caught
a shop owner selling alcohol illegally without license here, near the forest office.
They had earlier conducted a rally against illegal trading and abusing drugs and
alcohol, and had circulated notice about strict action against defaulters to shop
owners from Shantipur Gate to Roing town.
"Our members had personally gone from shop to shop handing the circular asking shop
owners to refrain from selling alcohol or drugs without license or face strict action.
We have since been on a constant vigil, and yesterday after getting a tip off, led
by our President and GS, we raided this shop and caught the shopkeeper red handed",
said a member of ABKWW. Reportedly, they found 44 bottles of beer and whisky at the
According to the ABKWW, the guilty shop owner has been tried as per the local Adi
customary law which includes a fine of a certain amount and a written agreement stating
that she will never indulge in such activities in future, and if repeated she may
be handed over to the police by the Kebang. They also informed that after a lot of
homework they have found out a list of names of drug peddlers in the district, and
they have submitted the list to the administration, hopeful that the concern department
will deal with the peddlers according to law.
Month-long training on ‘Food Processing’ concludes
RUKSIN, Apr 30: The month long “Entrepreneurship and skill development training on
food processing’ at Oyan village by the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE),
Guwahati sponsored by Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Entrepreneurs (MSME), Govt
of India, in support of Lisang Donyi Welfare Society (NGO), concluded today.
Sille-Oyan block ADO (Agril), Meghnath Bori urged the participants to avail opportunities
provided by the MSME to increase their entrepreneur skill and work to enhance their
household economy through production and trading of processed food.
Welcoming the participants Lisang Donyi Welfare Society (LDWS) secretary, Jitendra
Pait requested local unemployed youths to take the path of self employment through
Master Trainer entrusted from IIE, Vijoy Singh imparted training on preparation of
pickle, jam, jelly squash, candy and juice from the locally available fruits and
vegetables with practical demonstration and also taught on preservation measures.
The manager of Oyan branch of Arunachal Pradesh Rural Bank, Ebom Zirdo, assured all
possible help to the local entrepreneurs. He also distributed the certificates to
the trainees on their successful completion of the month-long training.
Thirty local unemployed youths participated in the skill development training.
For long India has been alleging that Chinese government is tacitly supporting the
armed insurgent groups of the North East region. Even though Chinese totally denies
it some of the report collected by intelligence agency definitely point finger towards
them. MoS Home Kiren Rijiju while making a statement in Rajya Sabha yesterday informed
that government have received reports about various insurgent groups operating in
the country's North Eastern region procuring arms and sophisticated weapons from
China-Myanmar border towns and South-East Asia. Though government is yet to find
any information about direct involvement of Chinese, all signs tells that without
their support such activities cannot take place.
Recently there was report that as many as nine Northeast militant outfits, including
the ULFA (I), NDFB(S) and NSCN(K) have formed a joint front. At least three rounds
of meetings were held among representatives of the outfits at undisclosed locations
in Sagaing division of Myanmar over the last few months, after which the joint front
christened as the United National Liberation Front of West South East Asia (UNLFW)
was floated. The move to form a joint front by the NE rebel groups has been in the
offing since 2011. Indian intelligence quarters suspect that this move by NE rebel
outfits has implicit Chinese support, with Beijing upping the pressure on Delhi to
gain an upper hand on the border issue. It may also be the Red Dragon’s way of getting
even with India for hosting the Tibetan government-in-exile on its soil. Dalai Lama,
who formed the Tibetan government-in-exile in 1959 at Dharamshala in Himachal, is
referred to as an insurgent by Beijing.
---- Readers Forum ----
Redress my financial problems
Through your esteem daily, I would like to express my grievances regarding payment
of bill for construction of Govt Primary school at Ruyi, Kamba under SSA Scheme,
I was awarded a work order vide No. LED/SSA/CW-I/2013-14 dated 11th November 2014
for an amount of Rs- 20,000,00/- ( Twenty Lakh) only for construction of Govt Primary
School at Ruyi under SSA Scheme and I was directed to complete the construction work
within 6 months from the date of issue of work order.
Accordingly I completed the work within stipulated period.
The authority concern haf also assured to sanction atleast 30% of the total amount
upto 31th March 2015 as running bill. But till today, no payment has been made to
me, even the 30% which has been assured by the concerned authority.
Moreover, the recent publication in Arunachal Times regarding the RBI AGM direction
to SBI to stop the Payment to Arunachal Government cheque has broken my heart. Now
I am in embarrassing situation as I have already taken Rs 5, 00,000/- (Five Lakh)
from other source at the @ 5% interest to start the work and if I don’t get the money
on time, it will be very embarrassing.
Hence, through your esteem daily, I request the authority concerned particularly,
the Chief Minister cum Finance Minister to readdress my grievances by granting at
least 30% of the whole amount to reduce the burden of the common man like me.
Kamba, West Siang
Rhetoric versus Reality
While the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is clamouring for President’s
Rule in the state, citing financial crisis and corruption, expelled MLA Kalikho Pul
recently alleged financial mismanagement to the tune of Rs 6000 crore against the
GoAP spokesperson Bamang Felix later clarified that the government is not facing
a deficit of Rs 6000 crore as alleged. He, however, admitted to an ‘accumulated deficit’
of Rs 4486.74 crore. This accumulation, Felix added, took place over the past 10
years (from Rs 146.47 crore in 2005-2006).
While claims and counter-claims over the state’s financial health will go on and
on, laymen like us will never understand the true meaning of all this political mumbo-jumbo.
Arunachalis by virtue of their simplicity do not understand the rhetoric of these
leaders. However, like yours truly, many feel that compared to the erstwhile UPA
government, the BJP at the centre has given nothing to Arunachal Pradesh.
The then prime minister, Dr Manmohan Singh visited Itanagar on 31 January, 2008,
and announced a Rs 24,000-crore special package for the state’s development. This
year, Narendra Modi visited the same place and filled the air at IG Park with rhetoric.
He blasted the Tuki government but failed to announce a single project, and left
for New Delhi after inaugurating the railway project gifted by the previous government.
There is a joke doing the rounds in Arunachal: while the Congress government gifted
SPA (special planning assistance), the BJP government has handed us the AF-SPA -
a draconian Act rejected by every right thinking person in the state.
The BJP at the centre should refrain from allowing its politics to influence the
allocation of funds to this cash-starved yet strategically located state. The Centre
should not dilly-dally in releasing it share of the CSS. The way the Centre is penny-pinching,
it would seem that the Centre itself is reeling under a financial crisis. I can’t
help but cry imposition of president rule in the Centre for it failed to release
funds in many States.
Arunachal would have gotten the required funds if the claims of these leaders during
the elections were true.
At the same time, the Tuki-led state government should maintain transparency and
accountability with regard to all centrally funded schemes.
However, no matter what the crisis, it will all be resolved soon. The important thing
for both the Centre and the state is that we are Indians and Arunachalees first and
should work together for the sake of humanity.
An act of humanity would be to come to the relief of the earthquake victims in Nepal
and parts of India. We should rise above petty things and stop blaming each other.
Every political party knows the true face of politics they play.
Do not deprive APST students of Post-Matric Scholarship
The Post-Matric Scholarship (PMS) for ST students is a 100% Centrally Sponsored Scheme
implemented by the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations to provide
financial assistance to the Scheduled Tribe students studying at post matriculation
or post-secondary stage and beyond under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt of
India. Any Scheduled Tribe candidates who have passed the matriculation or higher
secondary or any higher examination of a recognized University or Board of Secondary
Education are eligible.
The aforesaid scheme is equally applicable to the State of Arunachal Pradesh with
the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment as the nodal department. Scholarships
are available for studies in India only which means that any APST students pursuing
their studies outside the State of Arunachal Pradesh are also entitled.
However, the nodal department in Arunachal Pradesh has curtailed the benefits of
the scholarship to the students studying in Class XI & XII. The nodal department
is providing the scholarship benefits to students pursuing studies after passing
Class XII [i.e, undergraduate & above] only who can avail the State stipend. It is
not understood as why the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt of Arunachal
Pradesh is depriving the benefits to the APST students of Class XI & XII. The scheme
is 100% centrally sponsored scheme. Further, the State Govt does not provide any
scholarship/stipend to the students of Class XI & XII to APST students pursuing their
studies outside the State of Arunachal Pradesh. When the scholarship is not paid
through State exchequer, it is not understood as to why the scholarship is being
curtailed to the Class XI & XII students which is highly discriminatory.
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to request the concern department not to
deprive the APST students and to ensure that the benefits of the central scheme of
PMS are provided to the deserving APST students of Class XI & XII.
Adi Baane Kebang,
Stand tall like mighty Himalayas
Tears well up in our eyes as we see the heart-breaking pictures of Nepal in ruins
post the devastating earthquake, which has rendered thousands homeless and many who
have lost their kith and kin and many who still pray and hope that their loved ones
may be still alive buried under debris.
Though disaster is a phenomenon experienced by humans since time immemorial, but
it poses a big challenge to mankind and despite technological advancements it is
difficult to predict exactly time of their occurrence and somehow the disasters surpass
all the preparedness.
It will definitely be a herculean task to resurrect the economy of Nepal. But people
of Nepal will once again rise like phoenix and stand tall like mighty Himalayas as
they know “That the quake can only crumble the houses and crack the walls, but can
never crush the spirit of brave people of Nepal.”
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