May 11

22 cases disposed in Lok Adalat

ITANAGAR, May 10: The Arunachal Pradesh state legal services authority in coordination with the judicial officers of district sessions court, Yupia yesterday conducted the monthly Lok Adalat.

Chief Judicial Magistrate Yupia, judicial magistrate first class of Daporijo and Khonsa conducted the monthly Lok Adalat on motor accident claims, criminal and civil cases as a part of the monthly national Lok Adalat.

A total of five motor accident cases with settlement of Rs 20, 75, 000 to the claimants were disposed by the district and sessions court, Yupia. CJM Yupia also disposed off six cases which included two motor vehicle cases, three criminal cases and one money suit with settlement of Rs 18, 10,400. The judicial magistrate first class Daporijo disposed off six criminal cases and judicial magistrate first class Khonsa disposed of five criminal cases. Budi Habung, Member Secretary APSLSA and JMFC Yupia Mary Kamsi along with other members presided over the proceedings.


CoSAAP defends donation

ITANAGAR, May 10: While defending the move to donate one day’s salary of the state govt. employees for earthquake victims of Nepal, CoSAAP said that the decision was taken after a coordination meeting held on 4th May at Hotel Arun Subansiri with the federation units including APCS officers Association to contribute one day salary through Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

“It is painful to see that some organization/individuals with vested interest and malafide intensions are opposing the humanitarian initiatives of CoSAAP, it said, while adding that they are making issue out of no issues with a view to advertise their presence in the society without really doing anything good for the society.


AACJM threatens defamation suit

ITANAGAR, May 10: Anjaw Anti Corruption Jagruti Movement (AACJM) has threatened to file defamation case against former minister Kalikho Pul, if can’t prove his allegations leveled against it.

Reacting sharply to the press statement of the former minister, who alleged that chief minister Nabam Tuki had been extending support to AACJM and some other organizations fighting the corruption issue which was published in sections of local dailies and electronic media, the AACJM termed the allegations as untrue, fabricated and an attempt to mislead the people.  “We have been fighting corruption since decades independently without any (financial) support from any political party or organization, said AACJM in a release while clarifying its stand on the issue.

We strongly condemned the former minister for making such false and fabricated statement against us and the chief minister”, the release said.


Students union concerned over illegal claim of land ownership


ITANAGAR, May 10: All Siyom Banggo Students’ Union (ASBSU) has expressed concern over alleged illegal occupation of government notified land at Jomlo Mobuk village in West Siang district (presently in newly created Siang district) by some local villagers and urged them to withdraw their claim against compensation.

The union in a press release said that the villagers of the area voluntarily donated a large plot of community land to state government in 1972 but some unscrupulous local people are claiming ownership on the donated land thereby creating confusion among the people.

Official records have revealed that an agreement was executed between the then Deputy Commissioner and District Agriculture Officer of ‘Undivided Siang District’ and the land donors, who had donated about 200 acres of land voluntarily at Jomlo Mobuk village in September, 1972.

The government of Arunachal Pradesh (Department of Land Management) on 18th Dec 2011 issued preliminary notification measuring an area-14407372 sq. meters land along with a description of boundary. The authority gave a period of 30 days for filing claims and objections on the notified land, but no objections had come from any corner. Later, the government by final notification vide no. LM-164/2011 dated 18th July, 2012 declared the plot as government land under the provisions of Land Acquisition Act, 1894.

The government had a plan to set up Jomlo Mobuk Circle HQ under Rumgong sub-division of then West Siang district.


ACS against direct recruitment

ITANAGAR, May 10: Expressing apprehension of biasness in the process of direct recruitment, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) has sought the intervention of the Chief Secretary to conduct the recruitment of three joint BDOs in RD Department through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC).

ACS in a release said that there is every possibility of biasness in the departmentally conducted direct recruitment process depriving the genuine and talented candidates. It appealed to the Chief Secretary to give necessary instruction to the Secretary and Director of Rural Development Department to hand over the posts to APPSC and float fresh advertisement.


State unit at BJMM national executive meeting

ITANAGAR, May 10: The national executive meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Mahila Morcha (BJMM) being held at Bhopal concluded today. The meeting chaired by national president, Bharatiya Janata Mahila Morcha chief Vijaya Rahatkar had started yesterday. Meeting was attended by the BJP National President, Amit Shah, Dr. Saroj Pandey, National General Secretary, BJP and In-charge National Maha Sampark Abhiyan, Shivraj Chauhan, Chief Minister, Madhya Pradesh.

The delegates of Bharatiya Janata Mahila Morcha, Arunachal Pradesh unit included Padmeswari Jamoh, State President, BJMM, Bengia Yayang, State General Secretary, Techi Momta, State General Secretary, BJMM and Kenjum Pakam, National Executive Member, BJMM. In the meeting the delegates were informed about the various new programmes started by the NDA Govt. which will benefit the common people of the country like Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Abhiyan, Pradhan Mantri Sukanya Yojna, Jeevan Jyoti Yojna, Jeevan Beema Yojna, Atal Penssion Yojna, Jeevan Surakhsa Yojna, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan etc.


Fire station at Mebo demanded


ITANAGAR, May 10: Itanagar Mebobian Welfare Kebang (IMWK) has demanded a fire station at Mebo ADC headquarter to deal with any fire incidents.

The IMWK, in a representation to East Siang Deputy Commissioner and Superintendent of Police urged them to set up a fire station at Mebo with adequate fire-fighters to effectively deal with any fire accident. They claimed that the area witnessed many major and minor fire incidents in the last couple years incurring heavy losses to the victims.

The association recently conducted a public awareness camp on fire safety rules and other socio-economic issues at Kiyit village under Mebo circle.

The IMWK also requested the local MLA to initiate establishment of the fire station, preferably at densely populated Kiyit.


Cultural event at Siro-Rijo

AALO May 10: District Art and Cultural Department organised a two day long cultural event at

Siro-Rijo on 8th of May last.

Ejum Angu, Circle Officer Yomcha inaugurated the event by beating the traditional drum.  

Yayum Gangkak, Director Siro-Rijo Tea Garden said that our rich art, folklores, songs and dances cannot

take a back seat with the invasion of modernity. Art and Culture and tribal way of life need promotion and protection through awareness programme from time to time, she said.

District Art and Culture Officer Tapun Taki disclosed that annual celebration of Art and Culture week is intended to popularize culture handed down to us by our forefathers to infuse sense of pride among the younger generation who are the future of our society. (DIPRO)


Workshop on ‘Research Methodology’

ITANAGAR, May 10: A daylong UGC sponsored Workshop on ‘Research Methodology’ was organised under the aegis of the Research Cell of Indira Gandhi Government College, Tezu on 10th May.  

Deputy Commissioner, Lohit Dr. B. M. Mishra viewed research as a systematic thinking and urged for an applied research to be undertaken in the governance and developmental processes.

Principal Dr. Tasi Taloh highlighted the emergent issues of Research Methodology and exhorted upon the participants to explore the unexplored areas in different disciplines to come out with original and pioneering work. He further added that teaching and research must be blended together to fetch higher academic dividends.

The Vice-Principal of the College S.C. Pradhan called upon the participants for serious discourse on different aspects of Research Methodology.

Principal, VKV, Tezu Sailu Billai suggested finding out innovative mechanisms to resolve the challenges looming large over the traditional Arunachalee society.

SDO, Tezu Gautam Hazarika underlining the pressing problems confronting the youth insisted for an inclusive approach to research methods in Social Sciences.


Fish seed distributed to farmers

ITANAGAR, May 10: In an endeavour to motivate progressive fish farmers to take up fish farming on large scale for enhanced fish production in Papum Pare District, free Fish-Seed distribution programme was held on 10th May 2015. Farmers of Balijan,Tarasso and Sangdupota circles of Papum Pare districts were the beneficiaries. Total of one lakh fifty thousand fingerlings were distributed to the farmers.

Karya Bagang, Parliamentary Secretary Fisheries, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh encouraged the farmers to take advantage of free seed distribution which helps in income generation to the rural people. After the distribution, she also visited the completed work of model Fish Farm at Gumto and visited the fish farms of Kafa Bengia and Tana Hari at Emchi village accompanied by Nabam Tania, DFDO Papum Pare.

Earlier, on 8th May, free fish seeds were distributed to the farmers of Leporiang, Sagalee, Parang, Silsango-Mengio and Toru by J.Taba, Director Fisheries, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh in presence of DFDO Papum Pare, and other field functionaries of the department. Total of one lakh twenty thousand fish seeds were distributed.

Remaining circles of Papum Pare district, Doimukh, Kimin, Kakoi, Banderdewa and Capital Complex will be covered on May 13.


News Impact

Arunachal tops in Poppy cultivation; raises security concerns

New Delhi, May 10: Arunachal Pradesh has emerged on the top among the illegal opium poppy producers in the country, ringing alarm bells among security agencies given its proximity with Myanmar and other nations notorious for cultivation of the contraband.

Of the total 2,530 acres of poppy crop destroyed across the country by Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) during 2014-15, the sparsely populated state with a population of just 13.82 lakh, as per official figures, accounted for nearly 40 per cent with 1,067 acres.

During 2013-14, of around the same acreage of poppy destroyed by NCB, 1,222 acres were in Arunachal Pradesh.

Due to geographic closeness with the 'Golden Triangle' of Myanmar, Lao PDR and Thailand, infamous for opium and heroin production and trafficking, security agencies are concerned that the state with favourable climate for poppy cultivation has started to act as an extension of the international mafia indulging in the illegal trade and a report in this regard has been submitted to the Union Home Ministry.

Making matters worse, the drug enforcement agency has noticed a spurt in illegal cultivation over the last couple of years.

According to officials, armed militia guard the farms where clandestine cultivation takes place and officials have been attacked when they tried to step in to stop the illegal activity.

"In 2012 we destroyed less than 400 acres of poppy in Arunachal, which jumped to 1,222 acres and 1,067 acres, respectively, in the next two years. The government is serious over the development," NCB Deputy Director General (Operations) Deb Jyoti Ray told PTI.

The figures could be just the tip of the iceberg as NCB sources said they could not penetrate deep into the remote state as their teams assisted by administrative officials of the concerned districts were attacked by armed locals.

"Our teams went to Arunachal Pradesh after noticing widespread poppy cultivation in satellite imagery provided by Secundarabad-based Advanced Data Processing Research Institute (ADRIN).  We faced ferocious attacks by the locals and had to pull back due to security reasons," an NCB source said.

"We also noticed involvement of people from outside in poppy cultivation in Arunachal. Armed militia, possibly part Naga insurgent groups, guard the farms. Our agency has sent a detailed report to the central government on the issue," the source added.

Corroborating the widespread cultivation of opium in Arunachal Pradesh, Romesh Bhattacharji, a former Narcotics Commissioner of India and past president of Institute of Narcotic Studies and Analysis (INSA), said "the state is being lost to opium".

"INSA had conducted a ground-based extensive survey on opium in Lohit and Anjaw districts there in 2010. It was sponsored by the government of Arunachal Pradesh and discovered that poppy was being farmed on 16,441 hectares in just these two districts," Bhattacharji said.

Adding that "the situation was much worse now" with cultivation pattern shifting from small farms to commercial scale, Bhattacharji said the scenario can spell doom not only for internal and external security, but also the society, which was submitting itself to widespread drug abuse and increasing violence.

"Sadly, nothing much is being done to contain the situation in Arunachal. It may become a lost case in the coming years," he said.

According to NCB officials, apart from Lohit and Anjaw districts, there have been reports of poppy cultivation from Changlang, Longding, Upper Siang and Tirap districts.

"Lohit and Anjaw are districts bordering Myanmar and China. So far there have been no indications that the extracted opium from the poppy pods is refined into heroin in India. This means that it is being smuggled to Myanmar, which is one of the largest heroin producers in the region," an NCB official said.

The official also pointed out that so far India has been on the global heroin trafficking map only as a transit country, but the emerging Arunachal scenario is like a "game changer", linking the country to its production.

"It's a known fact that opium is refined close to source and then trafficked. Seeing the rapid growth of poppy cultivation and low population of Arunachal Pradesh, there is a distinct possibility that the state is beginning to act as an extension of international mafia indulging in opium and heroin trafficking," an NCB source said.

People in Arunachal extract opium in a unique way by lancing poppy pods with blades and collecting the viscous fluid on a fabric made of nettles. PTI



City Police seizes large quantities of arms and ammo

ITANAGAR, May 10: City Police on Saturday recovered and seized large quantities of arms and ammunition from Togo Rebe, accused in abduction and drugs peddling cases.

Rebe, who was arrested in connection with an abduction case few days ago, disclosed on further police interrogation that he possessed illegal firearms which he had concealed in a suitcase in his house at Julli village. He led the police team to his house that led to seizure of one 7.65 mm Pistol with three live 7.62 rounds, 11 AK-47 ammunitions, one bayonet with scabbard, seven 0.32 ammunitions and cash amount Rs. 24,000, informed Superintendent of Police (City) D. Mishra.

A case has been registered in this connection at Itanagar police station U/S 25(1B) (a) under Arms Act and further investigation launched.



DA and Dept clash on Planetarium construction

I.G. Park an important place in the event of Natural Disaster

ITANAGAR, May 10: The war of words between the district administration and the nodal department (Science and Technology) over the suspension of ongoing construction of Innovation Hub and Digital Space Exposition Theatre (Planetarium) at IG Park Itanagar is brewing as Deputy Commissioner Capital Complex Mige Kamki today strongly reacted at the press statements of T Ronya, Director Science and Technology.

In a point to point reaction, Kamki said, ‘The importance and significance of I.G. Park requires no elaboration as this is the only open space available not only as a breathing space for city dwellers but also requires for hosting of important events with the extra parking space during mega events”.  He also pointed out that  the Capital Complex District Emergency Operating Centre for Disaster Management has identified I.G. Park as one of the important place for “command, control and management of relief and rehabilitation” in the event of a natural disaster.

DC added that any act of downsizing the I.G. Park will compromise with the traffic management and security related issues during the celebration of major public events as the park already has restricted space.

The DC Capital Complex stated that any department having fund at their disposal for any scheme start eyeing on IG Park and demand portion of it in order to ground their schemes, which has put the fate of park at stake. He further added that the importance of any institution or availability of fund should not be a justification to encroach upon I.G. Park citing that so called Innovation Hub and Digital Space Exposition Theatre (Planetarium) can be constructed elsewhere.

Denying the allegation of joint inspection, the DC Kamki clarified that he did not visit the site though he visited the park to keep close watch on the activities. He termed the allegation of Director Science and Technology for slowing down the allotment process as baseless claiming that his office did not receive any government approval for allotment of land for the said project. He stated that the process for allotment of land was not initiated on ground that the proposed land falls within the allotted area of I.G. Park. The DC maintained that mere obtaining NOC from the land allottee is not mandatory for the Deputy Commissioner to give land allotment to any department.  

Further the DC expressed surprise that despite being questioned by the state vigilance over allotment of land to individuals and government department (vide letter No.VIG-24/2015/43, dated 9th March, 2015), the Forest Department issued NOC for allotment of land to the Science & Technology Department at I.G. Park.

On clarification of Director Science and Technology that the department is nowhere involved in construction part, DC said that whether the construction is done by any private contractor or by the State PWD Department, responsibility for encroachment on the said portion of the I.G. Park, defacement and damage caused to the Park by partitioning children’s play ground lies on the Nodal Department.

Slamming the executing department for hastily starting construction without obtaining allotment, the district administration stated that the Department shall be liable for the damages and compensation to the Park. DA also said that instead of going to the Press, the Department should approach appropriate authority for addressing the grievances.



Shopkeepers fined for not possessing valid papers

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, May 10: Shopkeepers and owners of Roing town are being put under the scanner by the Enforcement Wing from Itanagar of the Tax and Excise Department since Thursday last.

Led by Superintendent Tax and Excise A. Nokar, the team went from shop to shop checking the legal papers necessary to run a trade in the market.

"We have been conducting the checking drive since the last two days but none of the shop owners has been found to possess proper documents of registration or tax payment”, informed Nokar. The defaulters were penalised on the spot by the team.

The enforcement team reportedly barged into shops and started giving out challans making assumptions of total value of items present in the shop.

"Some of us have our papers being processed at the Tax and Excise office here, even for a simple VAT registration we have to run around for weeks, but ultimately we are the ones who have to pay the penalty", said a shop owner.

Another shop owner said, "Before imposing such hefty fine on us, the Tax and Excise office of our district should be given proper training about all these, and they should create awareness amongst the traders. Some of us have little idea about tax payment but we do pay whatever is being imposed against our trading licence officially by the Tax and Excise office. It is overall a case of negligence".

Reportedly, the Enforcement Wing had carried out this process in 2013 as well, and most of the defaulters listed at that time have also been found to be guilty again. The team assured that no cash is being taken on the spot. "We are only handing out challans for them to pay at the bank", informed an official of the team.

According to information given by the officials of the Enforcement Wing, penalty of non-registration may range from Rs 10,000 to Rs one lakh, non-filing of return in due time accounts to a fine of Rs 100 per day, non-payment of tax in due time may be fined from 12-24% under section 44 clause 9, and entry tax payment may be accounted on the spot as per schedule, by the Tax and Excise Department.

The Superintendent T&E of the district was unavailable for explanation why all the traders were found to be defaulters despite of an established office of the tax and excise present at the heart of the district.



Relief material from Arunachal reaches Nepal

ITANAGAR, May 10: Relief materials provided by the govt of Arunachal Pradesh have reached Nepalese authorities at Kagarbitta today. Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had committed to provide one thousand tents to the earthquake ravaged Nepal.

Truck loaded with tents was received by Rohit Raj Pokharel, Assistant Chief District Officer, Jhapa for the earthquake victims on behalf of the Nepal govt.

The relief mission team of Arunachal Pradesh was headed by Thutan Wangchu, Disaster Management Officer attached with CM and assisted by I. Halim, Assistant Commissioner, Customs Siliguri, Inspector DK Singh, Customs, Pani Tanki and SI Sanjay Yadev, 2nd Bn, NDRF Siliguri, B. Bhuiyan and Dipen the employees of TK Engineering Consortium.  

Further, on request of the Nepalese authorities, the truck with tents has been sent to Sengja district which is beyond 600 kilometres from the designated collection centre at Birta More as the tents were urgently required there to provide temporary shelters to the victims as most of the villagers became homeless after the catastrophe of April 25.

The Nepal Government while acknowledging the receipt of relief materials have expressed their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. A letter of appreciation from the Nepal Government addressed to the Chief Minister, Arunachal Pradesh was handed over to Thutan Wangchu.  

Meanwhile the Chief Minister has reiterated the State’s solidarity with the quake victims and assured all possible help from the state government.



Veterinary Dept. rules out FMD outbreak in Kra-Dadi

ITANAGAR, May 10: The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Department has ruled out any outbreak of Foot and Mouth Diseases (FMD) in Mithun in Kra Dadi district.

Responding to the reported outbreak of FMD in the district, the Department rushed a Rapid Response Team (RRT) comprising three veterinary officers and field staff with sufficient medicines to Palin to inquire into the case and initiate control measures, if any. However, the report claiming death of over 500 Mithun is found to be fake after thorough investigation by the team, informed Dr. Tachi Taku, Deputy Director (Animal Health), Department of AHV & DD.

The team visited different villages falling under Kra-Dadi district and found no FMD case anywhere in the district, said Dr. Taku.

Deputy Commissioner in-charge Pisa Tatup, Gaon Burahs, all the Panchayat leaders, including Palin ZPM Rido Mina and all the villagers have also denied any outbreak of FMD in Mithuns. Instead, they cautioned the said organization to refrain from giving such false information which may bring bad name to the district, said Dr. Taku. The villagers, however, told to the visiting team that few Mithuns have died in the recent past which may be due to consumption of succulent greens leading to tympanitis and bloat.  However, there was no sign or symptoms of FMD in any one of the observed cases, he said.

The Department requested the Mithun owners, NGOs and general public to contact with the local Veterinary Officer or District Veterinary Officer of the concern district in case of any outbreak of FMD or diseases that require immediate medical intervention.

Earlier, the All Arunachal Agriculture Horticulture Input Suppliers Registered Dealership Association recently had claimed death of over 500 Mithuns due to FMD in Kra-Dadi district which was published in this daily.



Seva Dal sniffs ‘divisive political agenda’ in movement

ITANAGAR, May 10: The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) has appealed to the various organizations, including Arunachal Anti-Corruption Sena (AACS), to come to the table for discussion with the government to know the correct financial position instead of protesting against the alleged financial mismanagement.

“Even after repeated clarifications given by the State Government on its financial position, organizations like AACS are continuing their protests, which is very unfortunate”, said APCSD Chief Organiser Kipa Kaha in a release today. Claiming that their protests/dharnas are politically motivated and driven, the Seva Dal Chief said that “Any social organization that work for the welfare of public should not surrender itself to petty political interests”. The repeated demand for resignation of a popularly elected Chief Minister is nothing but a desperate attempt driven by a divisive political agenda. This is not in the long term interests of the State, said the Seva Dal Chief.

He also alleged that the Opposition party is trying to socially divide the youth of the state with a hidden agenda to capture power which may endanger the future of the talented youths of the State.  

He appealed to all the NGOs and youths of Arunachal to engage their youthful energies in gainful and constructive activities for the betterment of the society as well as their bright future.  

While responding to the press statement of MLA Tage Taki, Seva Dal Chief Kaha giving without any evidences or documents or proof claimed that the Save Arunachal Youth Association (SAYA) was enjoying financial backing from the MLA.

The Seva Dal chief claimed he had proof that the MLA continues to back the association financially even before and after he was elected as MLA for which he should tender public apology.



Kiwi success may push Arunachal for more fruit wine production

Itanagar, May 10: After the successful launch of a drink made from kiwi fruits grown in Arunachal Pradesh, experts have suggested that the state government venture into making fruit wine from the various fruits which are abundant in the northeastern state.

Arunachal, which enjoys the distinction of being the largest kiwi producing state in the country, annually produces an average of 30,945.2 MT of apples, 4,720.5 MT of kiwi, 1,76,707 MT citrus and 67,580 MT of pineapples.

According to official data, the state has 18 lakh hectares of land available for horticulture of which only 1.13 lakh hectares have till date been brought under cultivation.

"Fruit wine could be a money spinner for the state. The state government could seriously think about its potential and go for wine manufacturing from various available fruits in the state," said Akalpit Prabhune, director of Pune-based Hill Crest Foods and Beverages Pvt Ltd, who was here on May 6 to launch Arun Kiwi Wine.

The Arunachal Pradesh Horticultural Produce Marketing & Processing Board (APHPM&PB) had signed an MoU with the company in December 2013 for producing kiwi wine.

Rhythm Winery, a part of the company, is sourcing over 2.5 tonnes of kiwi from Arunachal for brewing the wine.

According to the terms of the MoU, the revenue from the business would go to APHPM&PB while Rhythm Winery is only a service provider working on a project basis.

The state government has fully funded the project and borne the full cost of Rs 18,84,000 incurred on it.

Prabhune said that kiwi has high aroma and a refreshing flavour. It is of high acidic nature and has sugar levels similar to that of grapes.

"Kiwi has several health benefits as it has a high percentage of anti-oxidants and Vitamin C," he said, adding that fruit wine as a processing industry could produce high end products at low cost.  PTI


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---- Editorial ----


Value the role of media

Aam Admi Party which is in a loggerhead with media has taken the fight to the next level.  On Saturday, the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal urged officials with the Delhi Government to lodge complaints against defamatory news items which damage the reputation of the government with the Principal Secretary of the Home Ministry. Kejriwal had recently called for public trial of media persons alleging that media is trying to tarnish the image of his party and Delhi govt.

His latest tirade against media has been strongly criticized by political parties as well as media associations. The AAP’s crusade against media has baffled many people including political pundits and journalists. It is well known that, an unknown political entity ‘Aam Aadmi Party’ was brought into limelight by the very same media whom Kejriwal and his party are now targeting. Starting with Anna movement, it was media which made people like Kejriwal a household name. Instead of targeting media, Mr CM should concentrate in governance. He should not try to divert the attention from wrong doing of his government by taking on media and painting himself as victim. AAP should understand that in a democracy role of media is very important. Kejriwal should shed his anti-democratic attitude for the sake of his own party.





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Give us an explanation

Dear Editor,

The recent suspension of construction of the work of Planetarium with Rs 2 crore budget at IG Park by District Collector indicates that something is fishy.

In a district any major government construction work and project needs DC's official approval. If the work of Planetarium project was approved by Chief Minister, then it should be definitely approved by concerned DC also. Without the approval of DC how could PWD execute the work? If PWD might have got the construction order from CM's office, then also I think PWD should get the approval of concerned DC, but I am not sure about it since I am not an office bearer of any of the above departments.

But, my point is that because of the ignorance of the office bearers about their official procedures and protocols to be followed, the interest of the public is hindered and is at stake. Planetarium would stimulate the scientific nerve in the young students of AP and hindering such a glorious project on account of the officer's lack of knowledge about official procedures is not befitting. Recently, there was such an issue with the chief estate officer and DC. Why is the jurisdiction of such government offices so fuzzy or are they intentionally made fuzzy on account of their ego and ulterior motives. In the context of "fund filter model of corruption in India", fund for every project is filtered at every level of ministry and department. So, is the Planetarium work construction halted because there was some bypass made in the fund filter model?

A common man like me can think in this direction.

Can the PWD clarify who asked it to start the construction work without the approval of DC? Can DC, PWD and nodal officer department of Science and Technology tell the public about the true state of the official proceedings?

My views are expressed because of the importance of the project to the public of AP, especially student community.


Takam Tadar,

Delhi University




Setting a trend for others

Dear Editor,

The APPSC has created a record of sorts by its repeated extension of the exam for close to 4 years now. I am sure nowhere else in the country; this kind of feat has been achieved till date, so hats off to the commission. They are taking the reputation of our state being one of the most corrupted to new heights altogether.

Being the top job recruiting body of the state, they should have been setting example for transparent recruitment but have failed miserably in that. It’s no wonder when other departments follow them and show the perennial lackadaisical attitude in recruitment processes. There are many candidates who are waiting in anticipation either for this exam or the next one but there seems to be absolute silence on the part of the commission regarding the exam dates.

Much water has flown under the bridge since the notification came out in 2012 but it seems the commission has not learnt its lesson acting like they don't care at all & continues to remain in denial mode as if it’s a norm in this state to do as you please no matter how much hardship aspirants go through. It’s really discouraging & disheartening, and those candidates who keep requesting for extending the exam dates again and again should keep in mind that they are not the only ones, there are others who have almost reached the upper age limit for this exam, some left jobs, left higher studies, took extended study leaves ignoring other pursuits, shifted to capital, just with the hope of cracking this exam despite many difficulties. So if ever the commission zeroes down on an exact date it should be final without any further extension, academic exams shouldn't be an excuse for another extension given the exam dates don't collide.

After all its competition and has been long overdue.


Oten Tatak, Itanagar




Give all equal chance

Dear Editor,

In latest syllabi issued by APPSC , the concerned authority has set the procedure for holding Arunachal Pradesh combined competitive exam: schedule –ii, under rule 2001, it is clearly written that APPSC will hold combined competitive exam for the 17 service of which Finance and Account officer / Treasury officer is one of them. And the minimum educational qualification required for appearing the exam is graduation in any discipline. But in recent advertisement education qualification for the said post is something else. So our question is why APPSC is contradicting their own rules and regulation?

All we want is chance to appear in the exam and compete with the other aspirants, so that only deserving candidate may get the job not because someone posses degree in particular stream. Already we are facing the problem of unemployment, so we do not want to miss even single opportunity.

Therefore, we would like to appeal to APPSC to re-consider the education qualification for the said post and also allow the graduates of other stream. There is no harm in allowing graduates of other stream to appear in the said exam for earlier there was no such restriction and many of Arts graduate are holding those post.


Tasaar Apa

Hage Tajung

Taba Rahki

Young Pertin

Rajiv Gandhi university,

Rono Hill




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