ITANAGAR, May 8: Tago Rebe (24), Kishore Tamang (23) and Duyu Buker (23) were arrested
for kidnapping one Ahung Wangsa today.
Wangsa, who was confined in the house of Tago Rebe located at C-sector here since
yesterday evening, was rescued after OC PS Bordumsa informed of his kidnapping to
the Itanagar police station. Amok Wangsa, father of Ahung, had received a ransom
call from the kidnappers which prompted him to inform the case to Bordumsa police
which in turn informed Itanagar PS. A case of 121/2015 U/S 364(A)/34 IPC has been
registered against the accused. All the arrested accused are being forwarded to the
court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Yupia tomorrow.
Threat perception on Pul to be re-assessed
ITANAGAR, May 8: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has taken cognizance of the claims made
by former minister Kalikho Pul of threat perception on his life and family members
from ‘unknown miscreants’ as was published in various sections of the media on Thursday.
Tuki has written to the State Home Minister to re-assess and re-evaluate the threat
perception on Pul and his family members and take necessary steps for his security
if necessary as per norms.
Also taking note of the claim made by Pul that he has received threatening calls
and SMS on his phone, the Chief Minister advised the Home Minister to initiate a
thorough investigation into the claims after filing an FIR of the same.
Tamang, Meto and Siddique felicitated
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Nirbhay Sharma has felicitated
Asian Games Silver medalist Subedar Pemba Tamang, National Bravery Awardee Master
Rumoh Meto and National Himalayan Photographic Awardee Arif Siddique at Raj Bhawan
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that they are the pride of the Nation
and State and people of Arunachal Pradesh are proud of their achievements and bravery.
He advised them to be a role model for the youth and motivate younger generation
towards healthy lifestyle and hobbies. He was very pleased to learn that Master Meto
aims to be an Army officer.
The Governor also called upon the youth of the state to follow the path of Tamang
and Siddique in achieving excellence in the respected chosen fields. He said that
sports and photography will inspire the youth towards discipline, contentment and
healthier lifestyles. Youth of the state have the potential, they just require motivation
and refining, the Governor said and expressed hope that achievers like Subedar Tamang
and Siddique will help in bring up more individuals of national and international
repute in various fields.
Later the Governor handed over a cheque of Rs. 10 lakh to Subedar Tamang on behalf
of the state. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, State Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi were present
on the occasion. PRO to Governor.
APBDOWA opposed to direct recruitment
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Block Development Officers' Welfare Association
(APBDOWA) is opposed to the departmental direct recruitment to the post of Joint
Block Development Officer which was advertised vide No. CD - 301/2012 (E) Dated Itanagar,
the 5th May 2015.
As per existing Recruitment Rule of Joint BDO, the ratio of 70 percent of post on
promotion from the cadre of EO (Cr)/PA is to be maintained, 10 percent post on promotion
from the cadre of Assistant and 20 percent of post are direct recruitment through
Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC). There is no any provision to
recruit the post through departmental examination and it is clear cut violation of
the system which may invite legal complicacy in future and such violation indicates
malafide intention which may defame the department in later days, it stated in its
representation to the Rural Development Department Commissioner and requested to
fill up all the vacancies of post by promoting from feeder post on seniority basis.
We have no any objection to place the vacancies to APPSC for direct recruitment if
the post is against direct recruitment quota of 20 percent according to Recruitment
Rule of Jt BDO, it added.
ANYA condemns engineer attack
ITANAGAR, May 8: The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has condemned the May 5
attack on SE RWD, T Loriak.
Such acts and attitude displayed by certain people belonging to certain community
not only hamper the brotherhood of the diverse communities in the state, but also
hamper the sanctity and integrity of the overall processes of government procedures
and related aspects in today’s period, it said in a release.
Appealing everyone to maintain peaceful environment in the state, it appealed the
police department to book all the culprits involved in the attack.
Meanwhile, the association further called on all the concerned departments handling
road projects in the rural areas of the state and Nyishi inhabited districts in particular
to repair the dilapidated roads.
APSSTIC allege discrepancy in survey training
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Survey & Settlement Trainees Interim Committee
(APSSTIC) has alleged discrepancy in the six month survey and settlement training
course at Assam survey and settlement training centre held from April 14, 2014 sponsored
by directorate land management.
In its representation to the chief secretary, it claimed that the advertisement for
the training was illegal as the election code of conduct was already notified during
While claiming that the training was meant for APST youths, it said that the department
also selected non-APST candidates violating its own terms and that with the capacity
of only 60 seats the authorities allowed 13 more candidates making the total 73.
APSCW seeks info
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Meghalaya State Commission for Women has written to Arunachal
Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) informing them about a girl identified
as Mary Payeng, aged 18 years, daughter of Tashi Payeng of Parsi Parlo under Kurung
Kumey district, who was found loitering around Lumshyiap area, Shillong.
Since the address of the girl was not proper, the APSCW has written to the SPs of
Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri districts but till date no information has been
received from them. So, the parents and relatives of the girl are requested to approach
the commission so that she could be recovered from Meghalaya and handed over to them.
DC, IMWA set deadline to shopkeepers
ITANAGAR, May 8: Along with the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex, Itanagar Market
Welfare Association president and general secretary had inspected the land allegedly
encroached by shopkeepers in daily market area at Ganga market here. IMWA in a release
informed that, the district administration and IMWA jointly set a deadline of one
week for the shopkeepers who have allegedly encroached the lanes and footpaths causing
disturbance for the pedestrians and market goers to evacuate from their illegal occupied
Apex Bank signs MoU with LIC
ITANAGAR, May 8: A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Life Insurance
Corporation of India (LIC) and Arunachal Pradesh State Co operative Apex Bank Ltd.
at Jorhat divisional office of the LIC today. The MoU will facilitate the bank to
give insurance coverage to its savings bank account holders under Prime Minister
Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) to be launched by Prime Minister at Kolkata tomorrow.
Managing Director of Apex Bank Tsering Thongdok signed the MoU on behalf of the Bank
while Senior Divisional Manager, LIC, Jorhat Divisional Office, Biplob Toi signed
the MoU on LIC’s behalf in presence of officials from both the parties.
Apex Bank has 35 branches all over the state and the account holders of even the
most remote village will now get life insurance coverage under the GoI Scheme through
Apex Bank at a very low cost.
The senior divisional officer of LIC Toi offered all possible help to the Apex Bank
in implementing the scheme successfully.
The Managing Director of the Apex Bank expressed his sincere thanks to LIC for giving
them an opportunity to offer insurance coverage to their account holders.
Under the PMJJBY scheme, a person will be eligible for Life Insurance coverage of
Rs. 2 lakhs by paying a premium of Rs. 330 annually. The scheme can be renewed every
year and anybody enrolled with the scheme before May 31, 2015 will be eligible for
insurance cover from June 1,,2015 to May 31, 2016.
AASSATTA defers protest following assurance from Education Minister
ITANAGAR, May 8: Education Minister Tapang Taloh yesterday held meeting with the
central executive committee members of All Arunachal Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Teachers
Association (AASSATA) to discuss about the ultimatum served by AASSATA last month.
The main demands of association includes immediate appointment of 24 post of assistant
teachers which has been already cleared by DPC, conduct of DPC for remaining 1st
batch of ATs and JTs, enhancement of SSA teacher’s salary, urgent release of APTET
SSA teacher’s 10 month pending salary and implementation of RTE as per revised norms
After hearing to AASSATA, the minister assured to look into the matter. “The 24 number
of Assistant Teachers will be appointed as soon as possible after intimating in the
next cabinet meeting. The conduction of DPC to 1st batch will be formally acknowledged
in the cabinet meeting and then it will continue as usual as per the availability
of vacant posts”, the minister assured. He also added that pending salaries of SSA
teacher will be released soon.
Regarding the enhancement of SSA teachers salary and implementation of RTE as per
the revised norms, the minister constituted a committee under the chairmanship of
state Project Director (SPD) SSA, Rajya Mission to make detail study on the issue
and submit report within two months to the state government. In the view of the assurance
given by Minister, the CEC AASSATA has decided to defer the proposed protest.
MLA visits interior villages
BOMDILA, May 8: Dirang MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary for Hydro Power Development
Phurpa Tsering visited Mandelaphudung and Khellong yesterday as part of the last
leg of his constituency tour.
At Mandelaphudung, the MLA along with DC in-charge ADC Bomdila, ADC Dirang, GBs,
HoDs, public and PRI leaders surveyed suitable land for establishment of a circle
headquarter as people of Mandelaphudung, Khellong, Bambrok and other villages have
to travel a distance of around sixty two kilometers to reach Dirang administrative
circle for their official works.
The MLA also interacted with the villagers and the youth leaders of the area.
While responding to the grievances of local people, MLA Phurpa reasoned that as white
collared jobs and contract works are hard to come by in these days, the educated
unemployed youths should opt for self employment avenues and employment generating
He also emphasized on quality education and health and called upon the people of
the area to work together in the greater interest of the society. Among others, he
assured for complete electrification of Mandelaphudung within 60 days and providing
of potable drinking water for Bambrok village. DIPRO
Tayeng calls for greater community participation in school management
ROING, May 8: Parliamentary Secretary for WRD, Gum Tayeng has called for greater
participation of the community in school management.
While interacting with the School Management & Development Committee members and
public leaders during her visit to Govt Higher Secondary School at Bolung to take
stock of the school infrastructure on May 2 last, Tayeng emphasized on the need for
developing a feeling of belongingness and safeguarding the school infrastructure.
She also assured the SM&DC members of the school to look into the grievances they
had placed before her regarding the renovation of school building, teacher quarters,
school boundary wall, library and auditorium, etc of the school.
During her visit, the Parliamentary Secretary inspected the teacher quarters, girls
and boys hostels and class rooms. She was accompanied by Titel Pertin, ZPM Bolung-Ithili
Anchal Block, Panchayat and public leaders of the area.
It is worth mentioning here that Tayeng has been visiting schools under her constituency
regularly to take stock of the educational scenario and infrastructure development.
Mebo ADC (Ind) starts functioning
RUKSIN, May 8: Additional Deputy Commissioner, Mebo under East Siang district started
functioning of the office with independent charges, including financial power much
to the relief of the public.
The office has started issuing Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), Scheduled Tribes
(ST), Inner Line Permit, LPC and renewal of gun license from today.
Local MLA Lombo Tayeng handed over the first ST certificate issued to one Rutum Perme
of Kiyit village in presence of the local PRI members, Gaon Burahs and heads of departments
in a function at Mebo ADC office today.
The state government through a notification on March 2, 2009 upgraded Mebo SDO headquarters
to Independent ADC headquarters with immediate effect. But, the ADC office was not
effectively functioning due to lack office infrastructure and surface communication
One house burnt in fire accident
ITANAGAR, May 8: The house of one Lishi Ekha of Takho village under Pistana circle
of Lower Subansiri district was burnt down on in a fire mishap on May 1.
Properties worth lakhs of rupees was lost in the accident, informed Circle Officer
Pistana, Lower Subansiri, Gyamar Ampte.
Bus service extended
ITANAGAR, May 8: The APST bus service between Itanagar to Raga has been extended
to Daporijo as day super twice a week with immediate effect, informed state transport
Committee alleges flouting of guidelines
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Krema Pao Village Development Committee has written to Chief
Executive Officer (CEO), Arunachal Rural Road Development Agency, complaining that
road construction work under PMGSY from 64 Km Point of Seppa-C/Tajo Road to Krema
Pao is being constructed without following the guidelines of National Rural Road
Claiming that road has not been constructed properly, the committee alleged that
no action has been taken against the contractor M/S Capital Enterprises even after
repeated complaints. They went on to add that along with the contractors, the district
level officials of department are involved in the wrongdoing. Committee further alleged
that instead of punishing the defaulters, the CEO is giving payments to the contractors.
AEKSU requests for helicopter service
ITANAGAR, May 8: The East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU) has sought resuming of helicopter
service from Naharlagun to Seppa via Lada.
In its letter submitted to the Director Civil Aviation, it said people of East Kameng
district have suffered a lot since the service was stopped after the death of former
Dorjee Khandu in 2011..
Org calls for invoking article 360
ITANAGAR, May 8: Reacting to the allegations of financial mismanagement by the state
government, the All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Council (AAPYC) has written to the Governor
of the state to recommend for invoking Article 360 (financial emergency) in the state.
It also called for recommending CBI probe against the state government for the financial
DC urges Govt officers for early preparation of plan report
YINGKIONG, May 8: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki has called upon all
the heads of the departments in the district to prepare plan report in view of change
scenario of Planning Commission which was replaced by NITI AYOG. The report should
be prepared as per format prescribed by the Planning and Development department and
submit it at the earliest for onward submission to the state Govt, the DC further
He was addressing the Govt officers and officials of the various departments in a
coordination meeting held here today for preparation of Draft Five Year Plan under
14th Finance Commission for the period 2015-2020.
The DC and the District Planning Officer Sangha Babung also explained about the change
scenario of earlier Planning Commission which was replaced by NITI AYOG and its new
system of funding pattern and implementation of schemes. Representatives of all the
departments attended the coordination meeting. DIPRO
Demonstration on oyster mushroom production technology
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit, Namsai district has conducted
a demonstration on Oyster mushroom production technology at Chowkham village today.
The programme was funded by ATMA, FTC Kherem, Namsai district.
During the demonstration programme, Madhumita Sonowal Bora, SMS (Plant Protection)
thoroughly discussed about the concept and cultivation of Oyster Mushroom Production
While attending the programme the SHG female farmers expressed satisfaction and adopted
Capacity training on basic computer for KK and Kra Daadi concludes
ITANAGAR, May 8: The capacity building training programme on basic computer education
for the youths of Kurung Kumey and Kra Daadi districts came to an end at Don Bosco
Youth Centre (DBYC) here today. The training, sponsored by Department of Skill Development
and Employment Generation, GoAP, under BADP was organized by DBYC.
Addressing the valedictory function, Dr. V. N. Sharma, State Liaison Officer for
NSS spoke of the importance that computers play in daily life in the present times.
Kautuk Sharma, Deputy Director Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation
spoke about the aims and objectives that the Government has introduced skill development
and congratulated the trainees for being sincere and hardworking during the days
of the training. “The dropouts should try to make full use of skill development programmes
as they are the focus of the programme”, said Sharma.
Speaking on the occasion, MLA Paknga Bage urged the trainees to equip themselves
with computer skills. The MLA also informed the gathering that the Government is
keen to make development reach the border areas and that’s the reason for BADP.
Pani Taram, MLA, Koloriang appreciated DBYC for the training and the exposure which
itself contributes greatly to character formation.
Capital admin. halts construction of Planetarium
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, May 8: The ongoing construction of Innovation Hub and Digital Space Exposition
Theatre (Planetarium) at IG Park near Science Center under the department of Science
and Technology is being reportedly put on hold by the district administration on
the ground that it allegedly violated the norms. The Rs 2 crore project is being
funded by National Council for Science Museum under the Ministry of Culture Government
of India which is being executed by the state PWD.
The disagreement between the district administration and the department of Science
and Technology came to fore as the former issued an executive order on 6th May 2015
claiming that the construction for planetarium at IG Park is unauthorised as the
nodal department did not obtain permission from the Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex.
On being asked by The Arunachal Times, Director of Science and Technology, T Ronya
stated that the construction was started in anticipation that the Department of Forest
and Environment gave No Objection Certificate (NOC) to the DC Capital Complex on
6th April 2015 for the particular plot of land measuring 2500 square meters approximately.
Moreover, the Chief Secretary has extended his support for establishment of the innovative
project as it would also be included in the state tourism list besides attracting
lots of students, the director claimed.
The director also said that DC Capital Complex and Principal Chief Conservator of
Forest had visited the site on 1st May 2015 and took measurement of proposed site.
However, Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Mige Kamki said that the department
of Science and Technology has violated the process of office procedures by hastily
commencing the construction works, saying that the matter is still under process
for formal approval from Chief Minister and Chief Secretary.
“How come the nodal department (Science and Technology) hastily started construction
work in an anticipation basing on NOC given by the Forest and Environment Department”,
“NOC is not ultimate allotment rather it is a part of process”, DC further ridiculed
alleging that the nodal department has breached the office secrecy by accessing a
copy of NOC which was only for district administration.
“We are yet to submit the copy (NOC) to Chief Minister and Chief Secretary but how
could they manage to get a copy of NOC”, the DC added. The DC further exhorted that
IG Park should be preserved, saying that it is the only ‘breathing space’ in the
entire Capital region, however he made it clear that if the higher authority gives
green signal for allotment of Planetarium, he has no choice. He also informed that
few organisations have also lodged a complaint opposing against the construction
of Digital Space Theatre at IG Park.
The nodal department justified that the innovative project is initiated with objectives
to promote creativity, inspire and innovations. It would not only promote more effective
utilization of Science Centre, but would redefine their usage and role in fostering
problem solving and project based learning and provide hands and practical learning
and engagement in the process of science, technology and innovation.
In 2010, the state government had decided to transfer an area of 17,092 square metres
of IG Park from Forest Department to Urban Development and Housing Department out
of 2,56,180 square metres for construction of Convention Centre at western corner
of IG Park. Since then IG Park has become a battle field between the district administration
and other departments, as the former is claiming to save the lone public park from
shrinking and later want the infrastructures to be expanded to meet up the people’s
Centre heeds to protests, partially lifts AFSPA
ITANAGAR, May 8: Following the sustained pressure from the civil society groups and
in the wake of strong opposition from Govt. of Arunachal, the Ministry of Home Affairs
have bowed down to their demand and have scrapped the decision to impose Armed Forces
Special Power Act (AFSPA) 1958 in the districts bordering Assam. In the latest notification
issued on 5th May, the Home Ministry has declared nine police stations bordering
Assam as disturbed area leading to the imposition of AFSPA for next six months.
The police stations include Banderdewa, Doimukh, Balijan, Kimin (Papum Pare district),
Likabali (West Siang), Ruksin, Nari and Oyan (East Siang), Roing (Lower Dibang Valley),
Seijosa (East Kameng), Bhalukpong and Balemu (West Kameng), Namsai and Mahadevpur
(Namsai district), Sunpura (Lohit) and Dulung Mukh Police out post (Lower Subansiri).
Earlier in a vide notification S.O 869 dated 27.3.2015, the Government of India had
imposed AFSPA in all the districts bordering the state of Assam. The decision was
strongly opposed by the people of Arunachal Pradesh. The bitter opposition had caught
Govt. of India off guard. Despite damage control movement launched by MoS Home Kiren
Rijiju, the people of state relentless kept on opposing the imposition of AFSPA.
Govt rebuts allegation of financial mismanagement
ITANAGAR, May 8: The State Government today categorically rebutted the allegation
of ‘financial mismanagement’ as all market borrowings are within the prescribed ceiling
limit of Central Govt. At no point of time the State Govt has defaulted in repayment
of principal and interest of loan neither availed nor crossed the ceiling limit,
said Govt Spokesperson Bamang Felix in a press statement.
The Govt further clarified that the said ‘overdraft’ has been cleared by the State
Govt as on May 1 last and the RBI has resumed state Govt payments with effect from
May 5. Salaries, wages and pensions of the State Govt employees are being disbursed
starting May 6. Similarly, stipends of students are also being released, the Govt
Certain individuals and a section of the society are circulating misinformation of
‘financial mismanagement’ through media, the Govt spokesperson said and clarified
in clear terms that all such allegations are false and the people are being misinformed
to create confusion.
“The term ‘overdraft’ has been misunderstood and manipulated to level allegations
on the state Government. It should be noted that the state Govt Account is maintained
with Reserve Bank of India and the RBI has a provision of special drawing facility
by way of ways and means advance and overdraft to meet short term funding gaps. Therefore,
it is to be understood that ‘overdraft’ is a common phenomenon in running government
business, especially at the fag end of every financial year to fund developmental
projects and make government payments,” he said. The State Govt has utilized the
RBI provision of ‘overdraft’ to clear pending liabilities so that contractors and
common people do not suffer for no fault of theirs, the statement added. The state
Govt further clarified that Utilization Certificates (UCs) for all projects have
been submitted to the Government of India based on respective physical progresses
made or completed.
Those who are throwing wild allegations should remember that for the first time in
the history of Arunachal Pradesh so many innovative and novel flagship programmes
and pro-people schemes have been launched and are being implemented in true spirit.
When so many beneficial schemes are being implemented incurring huge government funds,
where from the question of financial mismanagement arises?, the Govt spokesperson
Claiming that majority of the population are happy with the functioning of the present
government, the Govt spokesperson said only few persons, who have failed to garner
public support, are frustrated and therefore resorting to tactics of creating confusion
by spreading misinformation through the media.
The Govt appealed all citizens not to believe in the misinformation being circulated
adding that the good work being done by the Govt is there for all to see, feel and
Comply with ‘Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act: Governor
NAHARLAGUN, May 08: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma said
that the state government must put in place a mechanism to ensure that The Arunachal
Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and the Budget Management Act is strictly complied
To ensure financial prudence, the Governor advised the state government to maintain
effectively the consolidated Sinking Fund account and create a Contingency Fund account
for catering to the financial liabilities accrued over a period of time and unforeseen
The Governor said this while reviewing the current financial position of the state
with the Chief Minister and senior officers in a meeting today.
Reiterating the importance of the process of making the budget document, he asked
the State government to make it realistic one. There must not be wide variation between
the budget estimates and the actual, he said.
The coming budget document must ensure that the committed liabilities are met on
priority involving salaries, wages and pensions and outstanding payments, said the
Governor, and asked the state government to ensure that Utilization Certificates
of various centrally sponsored schemes must be furnished timely.
The Governor advised the State Government to ensure that there should not be and
must not be recurrence of the overdraft leading to stoppage of payments.
The Chief Minister apprised the Governor of the financial constraints being faced
by the State due to past accumulative liabilities on account of various factors.
According to him, the current financial constraints is due to inadequate allocations
in the Thirteenth Finance Commission and non-plan liabilities accrued on account
of Sixth Pay Commission recommendation and annual Dearness Allowance and salary increment
The consistent increase in non-plan revenue expenditure has been one of the major
causes of concern for the Government, the Chief Minister said while informing that
overdraft has been cleared w.e.f. 01-05-2015.
APCSD says Pul’s statements misleading
ITANAGAR, May 8: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) has quashed the
allegations leveled against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki by the expelled Congress MLA
Kalikho Pul. Addressing presspersons today at the Press Club, APCSD chief organizer
Kipa Kaha alleged that Pul is misleading the public by labeling false allegations
against the state government on the pretext of financial mismanagement.
“Pul has been the longest serving finance minister of the state. Why was he silent
all these years if he thought there were discrepancies in the government? Only after
being expelled, he is going vocal against the same government of which he was very
much a part. The issue of overdraft and deficit started cropping up during his tenure
and he has been aware of the shortages all the while. Now he cannot blame the CM
who is holding the finance ministry. The situation today is the making of Pul himself”,
mocked the Svea Dal chief organizer. “When a government works, overdraft and budget
deficit is a normal thing. It has to happen”, Kaha maintained.
“Many of the flagship programmes that the present Chief Minister has launched have
been running successfully. No one till now has come up with a vision such as Arunachal
Vision 2030”, he said defending Tuki’s work.
“We have proof that several organizations, some of which were formed overnight, are
working on the behest of the expelled minister trying to tarnish the image of the
congress government”, he said. Kaiha claimed that Save Arunachal Youth Association
(SAYA) has been formed by BJP MLA Tage Taki.
APBRDA to set up mini paper mills in the state
ITANAGAR, May 08: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resource and Development Agency (APBRDA)
Chairman Zingnu Namchoom today informed that mini Paper Mills will be set up in the
border areas of Arunachal and Assam soon with the approval of Chief Minister for
the benefit of people and proper use of bamboo.
Talking to the media persons at his office on its first coordination meeting here
today, Namchoom informed that after the establishment of APBRDA, state government
with the help of National Mission of Bamboo, a Nodal Agency under Ministry of Agriculture
and Horticulture is working in the right direction to make the bamboo industry a
revenue generating sector for the state.
Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with more than 75 species of bamboo, Namchoom said adding
that APBRDA has to play a major role in bringing awareness on use of bamboo so that
people gain maximum benefit out of bamboo industry. Citing the neighbouring China
as producer of world’s largest bamboo products, Namchoom said that Arunachal will
be able to generate huge revenue from bamboo industry in near future.
APBRDA vice chairman Yora Tagung informed about the various plans and programmes
being taken by the Agency under National Bamboo Mission in the state. “We want to
show how bamboo can be money spinner in the state”, said Tagung.
Reconsider qualification, upper age limit, AAPSU urges Govt
ITANAGAR, May 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Students' Union (AAPSU) today urged the state
Govt to re-consider the educational qualification of 17 Govt services including Finance
and Account Officer/Treasury Officer under Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Combined
Competitive Examination (APPSCCE) schedule - II, under rule 2001.
While submitting a two-point memorandum to the Chief Secretary, Ramesh Negi, the
AAPSU delegation led by its general secretary Biru Nasi pointed out that in the recent
advertisement by the APPSC, the education qualification of above mentioned two services
(Finance and Account Officer/ Treasury Officer) has been changed causing undue injustice
to fresh aspirants. However, AAPSU said, the Chief Secretary assured to respond after
due consultation with the law department and the commissioner finance.
AAPSU also requested the CS to re-consider the upper age limit for new recruitments
under APPSCCE for APST candidates. Justifying its demands, AAPSU said APPSCC exams
are not held every year and even if they are held it takes around two to three years
or more for the recruitment process to complete and hence many candidates do not
get ample opportunities to get in the civil services. Moreover in Arunachal Pradesh
the students especially in Govt schools get enrolled in school lately.
AAPSU claimed that CM sought ten days time to respond to its memorandum.
Water supply augmented for Roing
ROING, May 8: To meet the growing demand of potable water supply in Roing town particularly
during the monsoon, Horticulture Parliamentary Secretary and Roing MLA Mutchu Mithi
today launched the raw water main for augmentation of water supply for Roing town.
The raw water main whose source is located 8 km away from the town in Mehao Lake
replaces the existing raw water conveyance of the Deopani River intake point.
Speaking during the inaugural event, Mutchu appreciated the department of PHED &
WS for completion of the laying of raw water main much ahead of the schedule, which
was to be completed by October 2016.
The raw water main built at an estimated Rs 13 crore is financed by the NABARD bank
under the RIDF scheme. The project was made possible through efforts from Rajya Sabha
MP Mukut Mithi in 2012, who on request from the department had pursued with the Chief
Minister for funds, informed Mure Linggi, Executive Engineer, PHED, Roing.
The raw water main has the capacity to supply 42 million litres per day (MLD) for
an estimated 18,000 population in the township. The department, however, estimates
higher population on account of floating population.
The parliamentary secretary also inspected the water treatment plant (WTP) situated
near the Deopani River, which is fed by the raw water main. Built at an estimated
amount of Rs 4.4 crore, the WTP plant was built in 2001 to provide safe drinking
water. The flood of 2004, however, damaged the water source in Eme River (tributary
of Deopani River). Since then the plant had remain non operational.
As per official source, the plant is designed to tap 5 million litre per day (MLD)
of raw water and to supply 2 MLD of treated water. If made operational, the treated
water will be made available for four hours a day, informed the department.
For efficient distribution of treated water, the department is currently working
on networking of pipelines, which is expected to be completed by this coming winter.
The networking will be equipped with four distribution tanks spread over the township,
"These distribution tanks will store the water from water main and redistribute the
water maintaining the pressure," he said. "Also to prevent water theft from water
main, it will be laid underground", added Linggi.
Further the department informed that a similar scheme at Samak River of Rs 4 crore
has been proposed in the Ministry to augment the water supply for lower side of the
township and Meka village.
Training on integrated farming system and vermi-composting
ITANAGAR, May 8: Agriculture department, Hayuliang in collaboration with ICAR, KVK
Anjaw organized a day-long training on integrated farming system (IFS) and Vermi-composting
under National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture (NMSA) at Chipru village under
Chaglagam block on May 6.
Practical demonstration of vermicomposting was conducted by S. Bhattacharjee, ADO,
Hayuliang and Chogelum Kora, AFA, Hayuliang. This was followed by distribution of
high yielding varieties of maize, paddy, pulses and vegetable seeds along with four
numbers of poly house to the farmers. Altogether 90 farmers including farm women
and rural youths attended the training programme.
Earlier, Dr. Tilling Tayo, Programme Coordinator in charge, ICAR, KVK Anjaw, highlighted
the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Agri & Allied field. Dr. Tilling Tayo also
delivered a lecture on the role of animal in integrated farming system.
Khelosa Talyo, ZPM, Chaglagam motivated the farmers to gather more information regarding
integrated farming system and vermin-composting from ADO Hayuling and resource persons
from ICAR, KVK, Anjaw. He further highlighted the schemes available under agriculture
department and urged the participant farmers to avail the benefit under the schemes.
Er. Uday Bhandari, Subject Matter Specialist (SMS) Agri. Engineer, KVK Anjaw spoke
on water conservation technology using different means viz. Jalkund, contour bunding
and graded bunding. He asked the farmers to opt for Jalkund which is very easy to
construct with the use of UV silpaulin to check seepage loss. Water store in the
Jalkund can be used for irrigation, fish pond and livestock etc., Bhandari said.
Aniyang Ratan, Circle Officer, Chaglagam called upon the farmers to change their
mindset and adopt scientific farming system for sustainable income generation instead
of seeking for contract work.
Local hospitality can be experienced through Home-stays: DC
PASIGHAT, May 8: The flavour of local hospitality could be experienced by introducing
‘Home-stays’ in rural tourism where nature and comforts can be merged to provide
an enriching time for tourists, stated East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava.
Interacting with the members Association for Conservation and Tourism, a leading
NGO in NE region, and officers of tourism department here today, the Srivastava said
that Home-stay is a combination of rural tourism, agro-farm tourism, cultural tourism,
and recreation activity operated under minimal funding by small entrepreneurs from
villages with assistance of the government.
The idea of rural tourism should not be limited to income generation but to bridge
the stark urban-rural divide. While doing so we have to ensure that the stay is worthwhile
for tourists, the villagers and the entire rural eco-system, she said.
District Tourism Officer (DTO) Nuyee Talong informed that awareness program on Rural
Tourism, Leadership and Home-stay hospitality was conducted last week by the department
in the DC’s conference hall aimed motivating the locals to open up home-stays and
concept of Rural Tourism.
Raj Basu, Sunil Chauhan and Soumyadeep Datta from ACT and Bengia Manna Sonam, Asst.
Director (Tourism) attended the programme as resource persons.
“Siang Eco-Tourism and Conservation Committee” (SECC) was formed to promote eco-tourism
in Siang belt which will work for poverty elevation, recognition of local skills
and conservation of local culture and nature besides ensuring standardization of
home-stay, resource mapping and making a basic dictionary of local dialect for the
tourists, assured DTO Talong. DIPRO
AAPSU condemns, Society demands stringent action to attackers
ITANAGAR, May 8: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) strongly condemned
the physical attack on Superintendent Engineer RWD, Rupa, Tanu Loriak by miscreants
over tender issue of C/O Bameng to Lada road under PMGSY on Tuesday. AAPSU further
appreciated the prompt action of the police department for arresting four accused
after committing the incident. It further appealed to everyone to maintain peaceful
atmosphere and not to give it a communal colour.
Meanwhile, Tamin Elite Society (TES) in its letter to Home Minister demanded stringent
action against the assaulters of Tanu Loriak Superintendent Engineer, RWD, Rupa.
A case has been registered with Rupa Police Station with case no.14/15 U/S 452/384/307/506/34
IPC read with section 25/27 of Arms Act.
The four persons are reportedly arrested, however one accused is still absconding,
the society informed. SE RWD was inflicted with grievous injury and currently undergoing
treatment. Alleging that a junior engineer of the same RWD division was illegally
involved in supplying tender process documents to the accused, the society demanded
for termination of the said junior engineer. Strongly condemning the brazen assault
on an officer on duty, the society demanded immediate arrest of all accused involved
in the incident and deployment of one senior competent officer to unearth the truth
behind the whole incident. It also demanded for charge sheet to be submitted within
the prescribed provision of the law so that exemplary punishment should be given
to the persons involved in the crime.
Medal winning Karate players felicitated
ITANAGAR, May 08: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) today felicitated the medal
winning players of the recently concluded Under-21 National Karate Championship conducted
by Karate Association India (KAI) in New Delhi.
Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya, Director of Sports
and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow, Assistant Director Tadar Appa, Arunachal Olympic Association
Secretary General G Doke, Information Commissioner and Indian Weightlifting Federation
Vice President Abraham K. Techi and AKA team led by its president Likha Tara felicitated
the players with bouquets in a function organized at a town hotel in Naharlagun today
and congratulated them for bringing laurel to the state.
Arunachal bagged 12 medals, including four gold and eight bronze, in the championship
which was held from May 1 to 3.
Mojum Dodum, Sinne Mikhu, Johny Mangkhiya and Minam Tekseng all bagged one gold medal
each while Nabam Radhe, Kamku Tallo, Niaimun Mara, Yorjum Sera, Yoisi Tawsik, Raja
Yangfo, Tade Bayor and Biplab Devnath won bronze medals.
Congratulating the players, Saaya expressed his immense happiness over the remarkable
performance by the state karate team.
“It is a matter of great pride that our (karate) players are continuing to perform
exceptionally well at national level competition in spite of limited facilities”,
said Saaya. He credited success of karate in Arunachal to dedicated team of AKA ably
led by its president Likha Tara.
Arunachal is currently ranked second in the national karate ranking behind Madhya
Giving advice to the players, Saaya asked them to keep up the tempo and practice
hard to further their karate skill.
Responding to a four-point memorandum submitted by the AKA president, Saaya said
he would discuss the players’ incentives issue with the Chief Minister immediately.
“The state government has accorded sports as one of the top priority sectors. You
will see tremendous change in this sector in the coming few years”, asserted Saaya.
With regards to demand for providing adequate fund to AOA for conduction of various
state and district level sports activities of all affiliated sports bodies, Saaya
asked the Director of Sports and Youth Affairs to take up the matter with the government.
Director of Sports and Youth Affairs, Dinglow highlighted the problem faced by the
department due to allotment of meager fund. He supported the AKA president’s demand
for allotment of sufficient fund for smooth conduct of sports activities.
Information Commissioner Abraham was also all praise for AKA and said karate will
achieve much more in future.
AOA Secretary General Doke urged the Parliamentary Secretary to give more attention
towards sports sector.
Earlier, AKA President Likha Tara submitted a memorandum to the Parliamentary Secretary
for extending financial support from the government to conduct state and district
level karate championship to tap and groom hidden talents, providing incentives to
meritorious sportspersons, who have won medals at national and international level
competitions, early release of pending bills of officials and players and grant of
financial assistance to conduct national level Karate Championship in the state capital
in the coming year under the banner of AKA.
While expressing his satisfaction over the team’s performance, Tara asked the players
who could not win medal not to lose heart.
“Winning medal in such highly competitive event is not an easy task. It takes lots
of efforts and dedication by player”, he said, and advised them to work hard.
Stressing the need of strict discipline among players, he said that whatever we have
achieved so far is duty to discipline and unity among the karate family.
Everester Tapi Mra, Arunachal Weightlifting Association General Secretary Daniel
Teli, AKA general secretary L Marik, vice presidents Yarda Niki, Tai Hipik, Dr. Marli
Ete, Joint Secretary Charu Tatung, senior karate players and instructors attended
the programme among others.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the ambitious Social Security Schemes pertaining
to the insurance and pension sector tomorrow at Kolkata. The two insurance schemes
to be launched, namely Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri
Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) would provide insurance cover in the unfortunate
event of death by any cause or disability due to an accident, whereas the pension
scheme, Atal Pension Yojana (APY), would address old age income security needs. PMSBY
will offer a renewable one year accidental death cum disability cover of Rs 2 lakh
(Rs 1 lakh for partial permanent disability) to all savings bank account holders
in the age group of 18 to 70 years for a premium of twelve rupees per annum per subscriber.
Besides the launch function at Kolkata, simultaneous launch functions of the schemes
will also be held at 129 places across the country.
Chief Ministers and Union Ministers will attend the launch function at these locations.
In Itanagar union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju will launch the scheme
in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. If properly implemented, the said schemes
will immensely benefit the poor and needy. The government of India should understand
that launching of schemes and ensuing success are two different things. In the past
also many such schemes were launched but some of them later died natural death. Union
govt. should learn from such past mistakes and make sure that Pradhan Mantri Suraksha
Bima Yojana (PMSBY) and Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY) along with
Atal Pension Yojana becomes success story.
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Dont get fooled by your representatives and bureaucrats
I would like to appreciate the local village level leaders who could understand the
anti-social and selfish politics of MLAs and bureaucrats and oppose Siang stage –II
hydro project as reported and published by this newspaper. In solidarity with our
tribal brothers and sisters of AP, I am of the view that developmental projects in
AP should be for the welfare of common people of AP and not for few MLAs, bureaucrats
Till date, GoAP has granted Memoranda of Agreement (MoA) to about 150 hydro projects
in AP without taking the consent of the community where the sites of these projects
are located. According to customary laws as provisioned in the constitution of India,
the sites of these projects legally belongs to the people of the community that have
been living there for thousands of years. The Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement
and R ecords) Act-2000, states that community land and rivers belongs to the people
of the community and not the GoAP. The GoI or GoAP can acquire community land only
according to The Land Acquisition Act 1894. According to The Land Acquisition Act
1894, GoI or GoAP should take the consent of every people of the community. Not mentioning
other details of the Act, the GoI or GoAP should adequately compensate every member
of the community. Now, the question is why did our MLAs and bureaucrats grant MoAs
of 150 hydro projects to private companies without the consent of the people? The
answer is simple, for our MLAs and bureaucrats’ only money matters and not the community
to which they belong. Our MLAs and bureaucrats might have gotten crores of money
for granting secret MoAs.
Yes, there is no physical proof of the bribe, but can they answer the simple question,
why didn’t they take people’s consent and didn’t follow the procedures as laid in
The Land Acquisition Act 1894?
I would like to suggest that, instead of allowing companies to totally own the community
land, rivers, forests etc. the community should lease it to companies and the people
of community should share the rent and cause the lease agreement to be renewed after
a decade or so.
The rent amount should be certain proportion of the total revenue generated by the
hydro project. I would suggest all the affected people to know The Land Acquisition
Act 1894 and learn the constitutional provisions provided for them and not be fooled
or persuaded by development and legal jargons of our MLAs and bureaucrats for their
A landmark verdict
I’m interested in placing my view regarding the recent Supreme Court’s verdict over
Section 66A IT Act 2000(now IT Act 2008). The Supreme Court has scrapped this contentious
Section 66A IT Act which was seen as major violation of the freedom of speech online
because it allowed or empowered authority to arrest a person for posting abusive
or offensive content. The flaws and wrongs with Section 66A IT: it prescribed a maximum
jail term of three years for anybody who sends an electronic message that could be
seen by another as “grossly offensive” or having “menacing character” or merely “causing
annoyance”. The section did not define clearly meaning of “grossly offensive” on
which ground it can be considered. There are a number of instances of use of this
Section like arrest of Aseem Trivedi for drawing cartoons lampooning parliament and
constitution, Jadavpur University professor Ambikesh Mahapatra was arrested for forwarding
caricatures of Mamata Banerjee on Facebook etc. On the other hand, the Section 66A
is itself invalid as it severely curtails freedom of speech and expression enshrined
in 19(1) (A) of the constitution. Whereas clause 2 of Article 19 of the constitution
makes it clear there are “reasonable restrictions on the exercise of the right” relating
threat to public order, defamation, committing contempt of court, incitement to offence,
etc as grounds to limit freedom. As per the constitution, restriction on speech cannot
go beyond this.
Therefore, the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down section 66A of the information
and Technology Act, 2000 upholds the legitimate exercise of natural and legal right
of the citizens of India. The verdict once again affirms that the true and central
role of India’s court as the guardian of our Fundamental Rights.
Kengo Dirchi, Nirjuli
For the cause of Arunachalees
This is in response to the news article ‘Govt. Employees to contribute for Nepal’.
I feel that the contribution should be voluntary not compulsory. Every individual
has the right to use his hard earned money in his own way. I fail to understand why
unions are hyper active when it comes to donations. Also I doubt if this money would
really reach Nepal or would be siphoned off like other relief funds.
I am not being selfish rather rational and practical. Just think what is the need
of contributing for Nepal? It is already getting billions in aid from the whole world.
There are so many poor Arunachalees out there at Vellore, Delhi and other hospitals
fighting for their lives.
I think they are in more need of our help. Patients suffering from all sorts of illnesses
are waiting for help. Some have taken loans; some sold their lands, some mithuns
etc. I think Arunachalees deserve more help. Make a call for it and I and many like-minded
will come out in full support. We should not waste resources just for popularity.
Let Modi and the rest of the world help Nepal. Let us use our contribution for really
poor patients of Arunachal who are in need.
Everybody will donate for Nepal to be in the news but who will donate for an Arunachalee
out there fighting for his life that too in a city like Vellore or Delhi ? Just think.
Commission should not give into meaningless demands
The advertisement for the APPSCCE exam was given on 1st of February 2012 and little
less than 4 years since then the much coveted exam is yet to complete even its halfway
stage. The Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission which is the recruiting agency
has no right to jeopardise the lives and careers of around 650 most talented youths
of the state vying for the 51 posts.
Extending the exam date has become a favourite pastime for the commission. There
are number of unemployed youths, in-service candidates and students who are still pursuing
some course or the other. Every section has their own respective problems. Some
have been employed elsewhere, some have become rich businessman, some have got married
and some has even gone on to bore children. How many type of demands are the commission
going to fulfil? The required educational qualification for the exam is only of degree
or graduation level, yet the commission is very much concerned about the university
students, law students and even the undergraduate students. How do you address the problems
of in-service candidates who are mostly peons, LDCs, contractual staffs etc? It is
learnt that some in-service candidates have gone for study leave for more than thrice
in these four years.
Therefore, the commission has to take a bold decision and not give into meaningless
demands of different sections to extend the written exam schedule. They should have
even honoured their commitment to conduct the exam on second week of May that they
made to the state after the protest led by the iron lady Ujum Perying.
Hence, under the prevailing circumstances, it would be best in the interest of all
if the exam is conducted on the 15th of July 2015. It is the unofficial confirmed
tentative date given by the commission. Two months from now, it would provide a level playing
field for all sections, keeping in mind the in-service candidates also who will have
ample time to apply for leave.
The other 15,000 approx candidates also who are waiting for the rumoured 100 odd
vacant posts under APPSC should also pursue the case since ’more late this exam gets
more late will be the new advertisement and new prelims’.
Iken L. Taipodia
World Laughter Day
On World Laughter Day, the picture of youthful senior citizens (mentally young) laughing
their way out in their laughter club was very inspiring. No doubt laughter is the
best medicine especially in today’s hectic life with high level of stress & tension.
Dr. Madan Kataria who pioneered laughter yoga and popularized it found that human
body cannot distinguish between genuine and pretended laughter as both produced the
same “Happy Chemistry.” In one of his sessions, he made us laugh without a reason
first by telling “credit card laughter” & we laughed a little & next he said “credit
card bill laughter” & people were rolling on floors and laughing uncontrollably.
Keeping in mind the escalating cost of apples, an apple a day to keep the doctor
away may seem an expensive affair but “laughter a day” will certainly keep many diseases
at bay. This is one venture where your investment is nil but returns are infinite.
T S Karthik
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