May 02

TAH affected people demand compensation

ITANAGAR, May 01: The All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highway Land Affected People’s Forum, in a representation to the Union Minister for Road, Transport & Highways (MORTH), appealed for early release of compensation to the TAH land affected people from Potin to Bopi in Lower Subansiri district.

Although the ground level assessment from Potin to Bopi for compensation was completed in August, 2014 and bills submitted to RO MORTH, Itanagar,  no action has been taken yet by the authorities concerned in the last eight months to release the compensation, rued Forum in its representation.

“On many occasions, we submitted several memoranda and reminders to the authority, but our cries fell on to deaf ears, claimed representation, and sought the Union Minister’s intervention for early release of compensation for quick rehabilitation of the displaced people.

Describing the deplorable condition of the defense road from Kimin to Daporijo via Hawa Camp, the Forum further sought the minister’s quick intervention for improving the road.


APSCW condemns rape and murder

ITANAGAR, May 01: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) has vehemently condemned the recent incident of rape and murder of a woman in Jairampur, Changlang district.

Expressing grave concern over increasing incidents of such crime despite presence of strong law, APSCW demanded that the accused should be tried at Fast Track Court (FTC) and awarded exemplary punishment as per provisions of the law.

The Commission appealed to the administrative and the Police departments to take effective actions so that the justice is delivered to the family of the victim.

In the meantime, the Commission appealed to the State Govt. to equip the FTC with sufficient manpower and facilities and the Judiciary to take up such cases on priority basis.

The Commission requested the district administration to immediately process for compensation to the victim’s family as per the Arunachal Pradesh Victim Compensation Scheme 2011.


Continuing special states status not a solution to NE problem: PPA

ITANAGAR, May 01: The system of continued ‘dependency syndrome' on central assistance can never be an all time panacea for the economic backwardness of the Northeastern states, more so for the state of Arunachal Pradesh, commented PPA on continued Special States Status Category to Northeast States in a party meeting.

The Chief Ministers of all the Northeastern States instead of adopting resolution seeking the Prime Minister’s intervention to continue with the Special States Category status to NE states should fight, henceforth, for equal representation of the states in the Upper house (Rajya Sabha) of the Indian Parliament, opined Kaling Jerang, Secretary General of the party.

He said that the number of seats in the House of People (Lok Sabha) anyway is directly linked to the population and there is no need to duplicate the principle. A balance of power between the states inter se is desirable and this is possible only through equality of representation in the Rajya Sabha. The functioning of Rajya Sabha should be reformed to achieve the original purpose of federal equilibrium, said Jerang.

“The Northeastern Chief Ministers instead of pleading for economic packages should in united fight for amendment of the relevant provisions to give equality of seats to states in the Rajya Sabha, irrespective of their population size. The parliament should act restoring section 3 of the Representation of People Act as it originally stood to redeem the federal balance in shared governance.”


DC tours remote Lada

SEPPA, May 01: Braving all odds, East Kameng Deputy Commissioner accompanied by a team of officers and officials foot marched to Lada via Rapong on April 29 and 30 to gather firsthand experience of various problems and hardship faced by the people of the area.

The team has inspected various schemes undertaken under BADP, MLALAD, MPLAD, PMGSY, IAY including school buildings, staff quarters, roads, porter tracks, water treatment plants, health centres, dropping zone at Lada, foot suspension bridge, anganwadi centres and other hosts of infrastructure.

A public meeting was conducted at Lada where the people highlighted their grievances before the team.

While accepting the memorandum and understanding their grievances, Deputy Commissioner Singh assured the public to make all efforts to redress their grievances. He exhorted implementing agencies of various schemes to maintain quality of works.

The Deputy Commissioner also said that a special camp will be organized shortly to enroll all the leftout person under CM’s Health Insurance Scheme.

Taking serious note on absenteeism by government officers and officials, he assured to deal with the problem sternly and urged the public to lodge complaint against such irregular employees.

DDSE Kata Rangmo also urged the public to lodge written complaint against such absentee teachers so that action can be initiated against them.

Bameng BDP Chagam Dolo and ADO Tadee Dodum informed the villagers on various schemes and projects available in their respective departments. Chagam asked the job card holders under MGNREGA to open bank account, if not opened yet, to avail the benefit through DBT system.

ADC Taper Pada made fervent appeal to the public to extend cooperation in the process of development.

ADC Pooja Jain cautioned the public to shun the practices of social evils, especially the child marriage system, and to stay away from anti-social activities.  

Meanwhile, the team has informed the public about the launching of Mission Indradhanush to vaccinate all unvaccinated children for prevention of seven vaccine preventable diseases. They urged them to bring their children to the nearest health camp for immunisation on the scheduled date. DIPRO


Election office to handle Aadhaar cards

ITANAGAR, May 01: Aadhaar Cards received by the post offices of  Naharlagun and Itanagar, will be directly handed over to the AERO cum EAC, Naharlagun and Itanagar.

This decision was taken at a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Electoral Officer Kaling Tayeng, with DC cum DEO Papum Pare district, DC Capital Complex, ERO (Hq) Yupia, Post Masters of Itanagar on May 1 to discuss various issues pertaining to implementation of National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP).

In the meeting, Election Officers and representatives of postal department highlighted the problems and prospects pertaining to linkage of Aadhaar number with EPIC database.

The Election offices will sort out Aadhaar cards serially while maintaining a register and record. The Aadhaar cards found below 18 years of age will be kept aside and the Aadhaar cards of those voters whose names are enrolled in the master Electoral Roll will be uploaded in the National Service Voters’ Portal, as per the directives of ECI.

Further Aadhaar cards will be distributed to concerned individual Aadhaar card owners from the office of EAC cum AERO Naharlagun and Itanagar.

NERPAP is a comprehensive national programme launched all over India, by the ECI.


Former MLA Tarik Rava dies

ITANAGAR, May 01: Former Nacho MLA Tarik Rava has passed away after prolonged illness at Nacho today. He was born in 1943 and is survived by 2 wives, 5 sons and 9 daughters.

Late Rava was an Anchal Samity Member (ASM), Political Interpreters (PI) and Vice President of Panchayati Raj Institution, Nacho Block and then elected as MLA during 1995-1999.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today expressed deep shock at the demise of former Nacho MLA Tarik Rava.

In a condolence message to Smti Yamak Rava,  wife of Late Tarik Rava,  Chief Minister said “It pains my heart to write to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain you and your family are going through. In his death we have lost a sincere social worker and a dedicated Congress leader, who worked in the grass root to strengthen the Country’s largest political party. He had been actively engaged in social works and was instrumental in working for the backward people.”

At this moment of grief, me, my family and people of Arunachal Pradesh extend our solidarity with you and share the pain inflicted on you and your family by this irreparable loss, the message said.  The Chief Minister prayed to the Almighty God to bestow enough  strength to  the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss and for eternal peace of the departed soul.

Meanwhile, Home, Power and NCRE Minister Tanga Byaling expressed deep shock at the demise of Tarik Rava.

“In his death, we have lost a sincere social worker and a dedicated Congress leader who worked in the grassroot level to strengthen the party. His untimely demise has created a vacuum in Tagin Society and the society lost a popular and dedicated leader. He will always be remembered for his noble deeds,” said Byaling in a condolence message.

The minister conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and prayed  for the departed soul for his eternal peace.

Kurung Kumey Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sangha Tagik also deeply condoled the death of Tarik Rava.

Tagik  in his message said Late Rava was the first Gumsang community leader and one of the pioneer workers in shaping the Gumsang society. In his death, Gumsang and Massang community have lost one of the most matured and devoted leader.

All the members of Gumsang and Massang community conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family and offered prayers to Almighty God, ‘Donyi-polo’ for his eternal peace.


Awareness rally against tobacco

SEPPA, May 01: Mass public awareness campaign and rallies highlighting the harmful effects of smoking and tobacco consumption is being conducted by Nyishi Belt Zingang Hama Association at Seppa from April 27.

Explaining the hazardous effects of tobacco consumption and the need for its prevention during a rally, resource person M Gyadi stated that it is always advantageous to start any work sooner than later. He exhorted the public to take a vow to fight against the menace of tobacco and save the future generation and youth from drowning in the sea of nicotine and other harmful substances.

Chogung Jokhio, President and Uni Toko, women wing President of the association have cautioned against sale of tobacco products in the markets and sought support from all the stakeholders to extend their hands in fight against tobacco. They made an appeal to the public to shun the practices of tobacco consumption.

The duo further spoke in length about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption, factors responsible for its consumption and a comprehensive mitigation plan. DIPRO


World Malaria Day observed in Siang

PASIGHAT, May 01: As a part of World Malaria Day an awareness campaign was conducted at Parong & Pareng villages under Dite Dime and Supple PHC in Siang district.  All PR members, GBs, youths and students group participated in the program. The theme of the observation was “Let us join together to fight against the scourge of malaria.”

Dr. T. Talom (DVBDCPO) spoke on the topics mainly Malaria, IRS (DDT spray), the importance of LLIN. Public were informed about the importance of the World Malaria Day and made aware of malaria disease. The plasmodium falciparium infection is increasing even at villages located in high altitude  area. The villagers also made aware of leprosy as leprosy cases are detected in the village area. The LLIN were also distributed to all households on the occasion.

Others who spoke on the occasion were  ASM Y Taga and HGB T. Tatin. DIPRO


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR,  May 01: Hali Valley Youths Association (HVYA), a Anjaw based organization, conducted social service at health Sub-Centre Siet and  at Khrat recently. The Association informed that the health sub-centre has not been used for past ten years owing to non availability of medical staff and lack of infrastructure. However, the Association chairman Sodyong Kri managed  to donate a wooden bed, a table and a bench to Sub –Centre Siet.

On the other hand, the youths cleared the road blockade at Khrat  for smooth traffic movement. Khrat remained cut off due to road blockade since first monsoon rainfall of this year.


Students seek IOC intervention

ITANAGAR, May 01: The All Kurung Kumey District Students Union (AKKDSU) has written to Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) informing about problems being faced by people of district due to non-availability of petrol pump. Union has appealed to area manager, IOC, Tezpur to install petrol pump within the district at the earliest for the benefit of the common people.


AASSATA gets support

ITANAGAR, May 01: The All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers Association (AASSATA) Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi district units have welcomed the decision of AASSATA central body to launch democratic movement if the demands placed by them are not fulfilled.

Recently while submitting a memorandum, AASSATA had urged education minister to fulfill its four-point charter of demand by May 6. The demands of the AASSATA are, immediate appointment 24 Assistant teachers which have already  been cleared by DPC, conduct of DPC for remaining 1st batch (2003 batch) ATs and JTs, enhancement of salary and implementation of RTE as per revised norms for teachers. The AASSATA KK and KD units have also appealed all the teaching communities to join hand with central AASSATA in the fight for justice.


Union alleges use of poor quality material

ITANAGAR, May 01: The All Nyishi Youth Association Capital Complex Unit has claimed that materials used for repairing of Karingsa block point is of poor quality. They have appealed to the concern department to look into the matter and pass on instruction to the contractor to work as per DPR guidelines.


Social service

ITANAGAR, May 01: The E-Sector Indira Gandhi Park Forest Colony Welfare Committee conducted social service from 25th to 1st May. As part of social service, a diverted road connecting convention hall to central power house was constructed. Also boundary of govt. primary school was demarcated. Further committee members constructed two rooms at govt. primary school.  Large number of publics of IG park area, ward no. 11, students and Chief Councillor took part in the social service.


DC prohibits sale of gutka, pan masala

Aalo, May 01: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner has issued executive order prohibiting manufacture, storage, distribution or sale of any kind of Gutka, Pan Masala containing Tobacco and Nicotine in the district for a period of one year effective from April one, 2015.

The order has been given under various sections of Food Safety and Standard Act 2006, Food Safety and Standard (Prohibition and Restriction on sales) Regulation Act 2011, Food Safety and Standard Act 2006. DIPRO


Dance Yingkiong Dance

YINGKIONG, May 01:  Kanin Osik was adjudged as the winner of the Dance Yingkiong Dance (DYD), Season –one--a dancing competition organized by Upper Siang based Mobang Welfare Association for Radiant Society (MWARS) at community hall here.

Misinam Pangkam and Janu Panggeng (Duet) were adjudged as the first runners up while Ogam Jopir was adjudged as the second runner up. Angki Tamang and Eliza Aje (Duet) were the third runners up.

The judges of the competition were Oyam Perme, Okobereng Boli and Paney Kamey.

The event was organized to hunt dancing talents in Upper Siang district and also to promote and encourage the budding talents. DIPRO


RSS takes out road march

ITANAGAR,  May 01: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) members took out a road march in Tezu township today as a part of  20 days RSS officers training camp (OTC) which commenced from April 20 at Tamla Nagar.  Members from across the state are taking part in the OTC.

Large number of prominent RSS members including Sunil Kulkarni, Akhil Bharatiya Sharirik Shiksan Pramukh, Gouri Shankar Chakravarty, Sah Kshetra Pracharak, Dr. Sunil Mohanty, Prant Pracharak participated in the rally. The members also planted saplings of different species in Tamla-Du to mark the occasion.


News Impact

Security and economic development key to Arunachal’s wellbeing: Governor

Three-day Tawang festival gets off

[ Amar Sangno ]

TAWANG, May 01:  For sometime it appeared that Tawang had draped the mini-Arunachal gown, as the participants from different tribes, donning their respective traditional attire waited for the Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma to arrive at SSB ground to inaugurate the Tawang Festival today, a three-day event.  

 The bad weather delayed the Governor’s arrival for an hour. However, the Governor declared Tawang Festival open amidst prayers, drum beating and Dungchen from the Lamas.  

Addressing a sizeable crowd from the Festival podium, Governor Sharma said security and economic development were key to Arunachal’s wellbeing. Without naming neighbouring country China, the Governor said, “The War Memorial at Tawang bears testimony to the price paid to preserve our territorial integrity”.

Calling for unity between men in uniform and civilians,  Governor Sharma said that both have peace as their common goal.  On economic development, he said that Tourism not only plays a vital role in the economic development of a country, but brings the universe closer.

He added tourism promotes better understanding of diversity, appreciation for nature and the need for its preservation.  The governor further emphasized on improvement of connectivity and better communication for growth of tourism sector.

Extolling Tawang scenic beauty, he said that nothing should be done to harm the nature’s bounty and unspoiled beauty of the State.  The Governor also hailed the contribution of Environmental Protection Society (EPS) a Tawang based environmental NGO who is spearheading the campaign on environmental preservation.

Tourism Minister Pema Khandu in his address said that Festival gives a platform to promote Tawang. He urged the people to concentrate in home stays and other tourism related entrepreneurship.

The footstalls from various tribes, cultural shows, World Wild Life exhibition stalls were among the center of attraction.

Among others present during the opening ceremony were Reverent Jangtse Choeje Rinpoche, Parliamentary Secretaries  Jambey Tashi, Mama Natung, MLAs Tsering Tashi, Chau Zignu Namchoom, DC Tawang Abishek Dev.

As a part of Tawang Festival, Akampa, a festival of music, food, adventure and camping is also kick started at Chuje Maythang, 6 kilometers away from Tawang town. Akampa is being organized by PR Northeast and NESS. The participants are given opportunity to camp in the bunkers built in 1962.



AFSPA to stay, Itanagar kept out

NEW DELHI,  May 1: The Centre and Arunachal Pradesh are reported to have agreed on the issue of imposing the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and have agreed to reduce the area of its applicability and keep Itanagar out of its jurisdiction.  

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs will withdraw a month-old notification that had placed the entire area of 12 districts bordering the state of Assam under the act. The ministry will instead issue a new notification, limiting the act to the jurisdiction of 16 police stations in nine districts, according to news published in Economic Times.

With this, the area under coverage in the nine districts will widen to a 30-km belt along the Arunachal-Assam border from 20 km before the current notification was issued. The three other border districts — Tirap, Changlang and Longding — will continue to be covered entirely by AFSPA, as has been the case since the 1990s.

On March 27, the home ministry had extended AFSPA to the entire area of these 12 districts, drawing protests from people across the state.



International Labour Day

Arunachal to enhance wages of workers: Tuki

ITANAGAR, May 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has assured to enhance the wages of the workers in organized and unorganized sectors besides fixing the wages of the employees who work in private firms.

Addressing the joint International Labour Day celebration at Indira Gandhi Park here today, the Chief Minister assured that there will be no delay even for a day in releasing the wages/salaries of the workers from today onwards.

Tuki said that all salaries and wages have been released except for the CSS (Centrally Sponsored Scheme) due to non-release of money by the Centre. He said this while responding to a 17-point memorandum submitted by Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) President Padi Richo.

Tuki also agreed to the demand for establishment of Labor Colony. He asked the Parliamentary Secretary of Land Management and Urban Town Planning Techi Kaso to list out waste land under Capital Complex for the purpose.

With regard to construction of labor hospitals, the CM reminded the public of the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (CMUHIS) where Rs. Two Lakhs per household per year has been provided.  Tuki said that people especially workers should avail the health insurance card.

While replying to the demand for establishment of labor co-operative centre for labor communities in every district of the state, the Chief Minister asked the workers to form a cooperative society and for availing the benefit of free ration even if they aren't ration card holders.

With regard to demands for providing parking facilities for all Commercial vehicles at Capital Complex and all district headquarters, the Chief Minister said that it is the duty of the Govt. to provide parking facilities for all commercial vehicles at Capital Complex and in all district headquarters and sub-divisions.

Replying to the reservation of 80% jobs in PSUs like NEEPCO, NHPC etc. the CM said MoU has already been signed with these power companies and people will get it accordingly.

While taking interest into the demand for establishment of Labor Court in the State, the CM said separate Labor Court is necessary as it helps address the grievances and settle labor cases. He asked the Principal Secretary of labor department to examine the matter which will be brought to the cabinet for finalization.

Later, the Chief Minster announced the packages for the existing benefits of the workers who have registered with APBOCWWB. Housing loan has been increased to Rs One Lakh from Rs. 50,000, Disability Pension Scheme to Rs.1000 from Rs.150 per month. Tools purchasing loan was also increased from Rs.5,000 to Rs. 15,000, Death benefit to Rs One Lakh from Rs.50,000. Medical assistance was also hiked to Rs.25,000. Besides, financial assistance for marriage has been increased from the earlier Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 10,000.

The Chief Minister also announced packages of financial assistance to students doing courses like Engineering, MBBS, and other technical courses. CM announced that the education expense of children of labourers doing MBBS and Engineering courses will be borne fully by the State Govt.

Earlier, INTUC president Padi Richo highlighted the burning issues and grievances confronting the labour force in the State.

 The celebration was jointly organized by INTUC, All Arunachal Pradesh Motor Transport Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Labor Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Government Departmental Labors Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Worker's Union, All Arunachal Pradesh Forest Workers Union and Ail Arunachal PHE Workers Union.

More than 5000 people, mostly workers both registered and unregistered attended the programme.

All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), Papum Pare district unit has celebrated the International Labour Day at Doimukh.

Speaking on the occasion, Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia called upon the workers to maintain unity and work sincerely for development of the state. He further assured all possible help to the labour force at the time of needs.

Doimukh Human Rights Citizenship Forum President Tana Pahi Tara, while emphasizing on unity of the labour force,  said that every labour should work in the right direction.

AAPWU district unit president Paul Tad  has requested the officers to refrain from engaging the labour for their personal work.  Large number of workers from various blocks participated in the celebration.

Lohit district unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) celebrated International Labour Day at Tezu.

Attending the celebration, MLA Dr. Mohesh Chai briefed about the importance and history of celebrating the occasion since 1886. He further noted on the various issues raised by the workers and assured them to settle the matters as early as possible.

He handed over one set of computer and 100 plastic chairs to the union.

Earlier, the MLA distributed gifts to all the best workers for their dedication and contribution in their respective field.

Tezu SDO Gautam Hazarika  also attended the celebration.

The members of All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union (AAPWA), Nari-Koyu sub-unit today took out a procession in and around Nari town to mark the International Labour Day at Nari.

Later addressing the gathering, AAPWA president Jhon Ngupok urged the labours to work unitedly for upholding the dignity of labour.  Many problems related to labour community were also discussed in the meeting. (reports our correspondent from Ruksin)



5,130 crore worth road projects for 3 NE states

SHILLONG, May 01: Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Nitin Gadkari on Friday announced Rs. 5,130 crore worth road projects for Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh, to improve their road network.

The new roads were important for the economic growth of the north east, he said, adding that the 102-km Jowai-Ratacherra road in Meghalaya would be built at an estimated cost of Rs. 630 crore. “The Centre has allocated Rs. 5,130 crore for road projects for Meghalaya, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh,” Gadkari said.

The Jowai-Ratacherra road would be the lifeline for the eastern Meghalaya district of East Jaintia Hills, he said, adding “I assure you that we will start this project within three months.” The Centre, Gadkari said, had sanctioned three projects in Nagaland. The detailed project reports have been prepared and work on them would start in three to four months.

The projects are four-laning of 48-km Dimapur-Kohima road, the 35-km-long four-lane Dimapur by-pass and the 17-km-long Kohima by-pass, he said.

Gadkari said the cost for construction of the 100-km road in Nagaland is estimated to be Rs. 2,000 crore. Referring to Arunachal Pradesh, he said a new road project costing Rs. 2,500 crore is expected to start within two months.

On the East-West corridor in Assam, the Union Minister said the project which is important for Assam, Meghalaya and Nagaland is expected to be completed by December 2015. “About 570-km road length has been completed under various packages...The remaining length of 69-km is likely to be completed by December 2015,” he said, adding that some packages from Jatinga and ahead in Assam were held up due to land acquisition and landslide issues.

The Union Minister was here to dedicate to the nation two important roads in Meghalaya, which also connect Tripura, Mizoram, lower eastern Assam and parts of Manipur with the rest of the country.



Centre & state come together  to build capacity of local contractors

NAHARLAGUN, May 01: The Arunachal Pradesh Govt and the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways in a joint meeting here took a groundbreaking initiative to build capacity of Arunachal contractors to ensure their involvement in infrastructure development while constructing quality roads in the state. The meeting held in presence of the Union Minister, Road Transport and Highways and state Chief Minister decided that infrastructure development in the state must also benefit the local contractors besides having quality roads.

The meeting resolved that  the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (NHIDCL) in consultation with the state PWD will devise a mechanism to make small packages of road projects so that local contractors can participate in the tender process. The  State PWD will prepare list of top 150 contractors in the state and send them for capacity building workshop being hosted in Guwahati in the month of May. This will be followed by more capacity building programmes for the Arunachalee contractors.

It is worth mentioning here that major road projects (2470 KM) are under way in the Arunachal Package under the SARDP (NE), which includes the Trans Arunachal highway and district connectivity.

This initiative will go a long way in up-scaling the entrepreneurial capabilities of the local contractors.

For the small contractors also, the state Govt will organise similar capacity building by sensitising them to latest technology, accounting practices etc. DIPR



AIMSU registers protest against cancellation of beneficiaries from PMEGP list


ROING, May 01: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) along with deprived beneficiaries today protested before the State Bank of India (SBI), Roing for revoking the PMEGP beneficiaries’ list.

The protest was organized after the end of seven days ultimatum given to the Bank authority to explain the revocation of selected beneficiaries list.

Only ten out of the 61 originally selected beneficiaries were listed by the SBI.

"Under the guidelines of PMEGP, once selection of beneficiaries is done and training is provided, their names cannot be revoked. However, without giving any valid reason to the beneficiaries, they were told that their names are not in the list any more", informed the AIMSU President.

As per the bank, the reason for the cancellation of names is repetitive schemes.

Reportedly, the SBI has given words to the AIMSU that these revoked beneficiaries will be given first preference in the next year's PMEGP. However, the deprived beneficiaries said that they cannot trust on the bank until and unless they give written assurance.

"The bank never said anything to us about our schemes not being eligible for the PMEGP benefit, instead we were given training and certificates of the same after our selection. Also, we were asked to get all the necessary paperwork ready for availing the benefit. After submission of all the paperwork, we were told that our scheme money would be given to us after March 15, but now all of a sudden we were told that our names are not on the list", said one of the deprived beneficiaries.

These beneficiaries have been said to have spent around Rs 6000 each during the process of the selection, paperwork and travelling for training from their respective villages.

The AIMSU also took the opportunity to demand the SBI to introduce token system in the bank for systematic banking convenience for people who have to stand in long queues for hours, and also an ATM booth near the market area.

The CM SBI Roing while complying with the demands has promised to sign a written agreement to the union this Saturday.



Sectoral coordination meeting on security scenario held  at Pasighat

PASIGHAT, May 01: The Central Range Sectoral Coordination meeting was held under the chairmanship of the Central Range DIG LH Shanliana in his conference hall recently to review security scenario including UG activities, deployment of force, sharing of intelligence by all security agencies.

Addressing the house, DIG Shanliana shared his views for successful operations against militancy. He sought cooperation of the people of the respective areas and asked them to share intelligence inputs. The DIG also assured to conduct such meeting quarterly and instructed the concerned SPs to hold monthly meeting in their respective jurisdictions with all stakeholders for better coordination  for  containing militancy in the region.

IGP Payeng dwelt at length about the need of sharing intelligence input and laid stress on effective cooperation from all quarters. SPs of Siang, East, West and Upper Siang, Upper Subansiri updated the superiors about security in the meeting.

Among others, 186 Bn CRPF and ITBP Bn, SIB including representatives of Army from 103 Bde Rayang, Cos of 5th IRBn and 2nd APP Bn Aalo attended the meeting. DIPRO



CM, Orgs mourn death of Kulo

ITANAGAR, May 01: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and grief over the demise of A T Kullo, a senior Congress leader and a social activist of the state, who contributed to the development of the state and its society. A T Kulo passed away after prolonged illness on Thursday.

Recalling his association with Late Kullo, Tuki remembered him as a straight-forward person who believed in his ideals. He was associated with Indian National Congress (INC) since 1984 and worked for the party in various capacities. At the time of his demise he was holding the post of State President of All India Rajiv Gandhi Vichar Manch International and PCC Executive Member.

“Late Kullo will be always remembered as a true Congressman and the void created by his demise will be felt by the Party for a long time,” Tuki said in a condolence message today.

The Chief Minister while praying for eternal peace of the departed leader wished that enough strength will prevail on the bereaved family members to bear the loss.

“He was a dedicated social worker, dynamic leader and a good orator. His moral and physical contribution towards the Kara Welfare Society and GWS would always be remembered,” said GWS in a condolence message.

His demise has caused an irreparable loss to the Galo Society in particular and the state in general and the vacuum created by his death will be difficult to fill in, said the message.

While conveying heart-felt condolence to the bereaved family, GWS prayed to almighty to give them enough courage and strength to bear the pain of loss. “May almighty rest his soul in peace”.

Meanwhile, a team of GWS led by Secretary General Mokir Ori paid homage late Kulo at his Itanagar residence yesterday evening. They also observed two minutes silence as mark of respect to the departed leader.

Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Arunachal Pradesh unit President Gicho Kabak, Vice President Nima Sangey Saling along with state office bearers expressed deep sense of condolence over death of veteran political figure Kulo.

Recalling his contribution for all development of the state as a Chairman, Vice chairman and Executive Director of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Union (APSCU), students leader, politician, social worker in various capacities, the party in condolence message termed his sudden demise a great loss for the state.

The party conveyed condolence to the bereaved family and observed two minutes silence as a mark of tribute to the departed soul and prayed for his eternal peace.

The Catholic Community of Itanagar under the aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) offered special prayers for the repose of the soul of Alexander Taji Kulo who passed away on Thursday last.

In the commemorative prayers held today at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Itanagar, Taw Tebin, President APCA, spoke of the qualities of the heart and head that Kulo possessed and termed his demise “as a great loss to everyone in Arunachal, especially to the Catholics”, and added that he contributed greatly to the growth of Catholic Church and education in the state.

Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) also deeply mourned the untimely death of Kulo.

Recalling Kulo’s numerous contributions towards the welfare of Galo society in various capacities, the GPF in condolence message said that in his death the Galo Society has lost a brave soldier and a guide, creating a void which would be very difficult to fill in.

The members of GPF prayed to almighty to rest his departed soul in eternal peace and give strength to the bereaved family.

A two-minute silence was observed as mark of respect to the departed soul.



Tirap NERCORMP convergence meeting held

KHONSA, May 01: A convergence meeting of Northeast Region Community Resource Management Project (NERCORMP) Tirap and its line departments with financial institutions was held in the DC’s conference hall here under the aegis of NERCORMP today.

In his address Tirap Deputy Commissioner briefed about the method of convergence and urged the departments to dovetail certain ongoing projects under them with the initiative of NERCORMP. He said that convergence of different departments to execute a scheme would benefit the targeted people more. He also urged the HoDs of various government departments to maintain close working coordination and liaison between them.

Many states in India had adopted convergence to accelerate the pace of development and also to expand the scopes and activities which had proved to be worth-emulating by the people of Arunachal, especially Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts which were lagging behind, the DC said.

Expressing happiness over the progress of the schemes under NERCORMP  that have been already undertaken in Tirap district, he stated that the areas of focus for NERCORMP were sustainable, livelihood generation, environmental protection. It also helps to mitigate the opium cultivation through alternative cropping and livelihood, he added.

The Project Manager of NERCORMP, Tirap Lily Rose Jajo made a power-point presentation under different heads and sought assistance from different departments like Agriculture, Horticulture Forestry, Fishery and Veterinary. She said that only with the willing cooperation and support of the line departments and the financial institutions tangible results could be achieved. Proper information about the villages was of paramount importance for successful execution of schemes, she further said while highlighting the activities undertaken under NERCORMP in different places of Tirap district.

The HoDs, while sharing their views and suggestions, assured their unwavering support to NERCOEMP members in the greater interest of the district. DIPRO


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Ensure completionof projects on time

The visit of union minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari to the state has given hope that major road projects of Arunachal will speed up in days to come. At present most of projects including the prestigious Trans-Arunachal highway project announced by previous UPA regime is progressing at a snail pace. The slow pace of work has frustrated the citizens. Gadkari while laying the foundation stone of five roads with total length of 542.27 km involving an estimated cost of Rs 3,286.28 crore claim that these projects will accelerate development in the land-locked state.

Union minister laid the foundation stone of two laning of Potin to Panging section of NH 229, two laning of Pasighat to Panging section of NH 229, two laning of Changlang/Tirap district boundary to Changlang section of NH 52 B, two laning of Mahadevpur to Buri Dihing section of NH 52 B and two laning of Longding to Kanubari section of NH 52 B. These projects if completed on time will be boon for the state. The absence of reliable road connectivity has been one of the biggest problems affecting the development of Arunachal. The laying of foundation stone and announcement of the slew of new road projects by union minister has definitely injected new hope. But unless the projects are completed on time the doubts will linger around. In the past, people of state had bitter experience about the incomplete projects. Therefore onus lies with state government along with ministry of road transport and highway to ensure that all the road projects are completed on time.

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We are not cheats

Dear Editor,

This is in response to letter published under the title "The Missing Computer Institute" written by Dukhum Manju.

We would like to clarify here that we are not fraud and we have not cheated anyone. We have halted our institute operation for last few months due to some technical problem. We have halted only after informing students and so we have not enrolled any new student. Also, after she left we had informed her to pay her dues and we will provide her certificate. After that we didn't hear from her. Instead of writing here, she should have contacted us as she had our contact numbers. Also, we have been trying to contact her since long but the number that she gave during her admission isn't working. So, all these are happening due to lack of proper communication.

So, we regret the misunderstanding that has cropped up due to lack of communication. And, also we would like to request the person to contact us on our numbers for further information please. And, we would like to request all to bear with us for few more days as we are going through some technical problems.


AIIT Computer Education Center,





Through proper channel

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed of daily, I would like to appreciate ANSU for exposing corrupt practices in APB&OCWWB. This time ANSU has done a very good job by tracing out misappropriation of fund and illegal appointments in APB&OCWWB. Even APB&OCWWB officials themselves admitted the illegal appointments by releasing the statement that the appointments were made out of compulsion. The clarification given by APB&OCWWB surprised us because there are no rules and provisions to appoint on the basis of compulsion ground.

Some posts like RO are very important posts that should be filled through following proper recruitment process. Since Registering Officer(RO) is a group A(gazetted) post if regularized in future, they will become head of APB&OCWWB at district level. So, the appointment of such post should be made in a fair and transparent way, not in a secret way.

Hence, I urge all intellectuals and goodwill organisations/unions not to maintain pin drop silence rather come forward to support ANSU in this case.


Tasso Tallu,





APPSCCE schedule

Dear Editor,

It was a sensible and genuine decision by the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission not to conduct the APPSCCE Mains 2013-15 in the tentatively scheduled month of May as it coincided with the semester examination of Rajiv Gandhi University.

The decision has certainly given chance to many students (M.A. MSC, B.ed) of university to appear in the most coveted examination.

According to UPSC rules also, no civil service competitive examination dates should coincide with examination dates of colleges or institutes recognised by UGC.

At this juncture, I on behalf of all the Law students of Arunachal Law Academy who are also going to appear in the APPSCCE Mains would like to request the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission not to conduct the exams in June as we have our semester exam. As we are affiliated to Rajiv Gandhi University, the aforesaid norms of UPSC are also applicable to us. So we have also every right to appear in the APPSCCE Mains like the university students of RGU.

I would also like to request the Arunachal Law Students Union to take up the matter and discuss the same with concerned authority.


A Law Candidate




Maddening rush

Dear Editor,

Divisive and vindictive politicking has proven to be extremely detrimental for a cohesive human society and make it more regressive and dangerous.

Maddening rush to become politician, obviously ruling party! Just because, the system is so devised in the country that, the control and distribution of public resources is an extremely murky affair with the ruling clique in power having lot of arbitrary discretion to mould in the manner they wish. And that is primary reason behind this ruling party-opposition party stuff taking centre stage in the polity here than common welfare of the people and development of the nation. The passion to occupy power, exploit national resources and propagate the murky system drives the polity.

But these practices are simply harmful. It's detrimental for those who keeps the flawed vision and perpetrate these practices as well as for the people who have to bear the brunt. And also because, in these fluctuating fortune in politics, who would be in ruling at certain time is also bound by the rule of uncertainty.

These harmful practices of the ruling party subjugating the opposition party and in the process neglecting the third party, the common people hurts the solidarity, unity & productivity of people since it steals their initiative and creativity.

The country is one unified human society and the people doesn't need to continue the avoidable and unwanted practice of living with the sword of uncertainty hung over them perpetually while they have sea of opportunities to flourish in unity, peace and harmony together.

The political system need to be re-devised to make it merit-based, transparent, accountable, all accommodating and efficient.

The investment and distribution of national resources need to be made highly equitable and tightly guarded by written law to do away with the scope of discretionary actions which forms major root of debilitating corruption and concentration of resources only to privileged groups. The human intellect has receptive intelligence to appreciate meritocracy. A merit based system infuses trust, cohesiveness, creativity, initiative and enhanced contribution because the urge for perfection drives everything in progressive direction and which effects common good and welfare. A leader of the people will lead towards greater probability of certainty & opportunities.


Tagam Mibang



Some hope for the unemployed

Dear Editor,

Thanks to ANSU who revealed the illegal appointment of certain posts under Arunachal Pradesh Building and other Construction Workers Welfare Board ( APB&OCWWB).

And as per the clarification given by the chairman of the Board, those were appointed for only three months. . So, it is good news for unemployed youths of the state that 7 posts of Registration officer, few post of clerk and peon are laying vacant and it also means ,we unemployed youths, can hope that at least after 4-5 months, recruitment notice of those posts will be floated in the local papers. So we are waiting and watching.

Through this esteemed daily, we would also like to appeal the concerned Board to hand over those 7 posts of Registration officer to APPSC.


Techi Takam






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