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Centre urges Arunachal Govt to set up SCERT

Siram assures Centre to enforce NCF-2005

Ojing Tayeng

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The 47th general council meeting of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) was held at New Delhi on November 27, which was presided over by Minister of State for Human Resource Development, D Purandeswari and attended by all the education ministers of the country, commissioners, officers, Secretary and Joint Secretary of NCERT.

In the meeting, Minister of State HRD, D Purandeswari appreciating the steps taken by Arunachal Pradesh government to revamp the state education sector, advised the Arunachal Pradesh  government to establish its own State Council of Educational and Research Training immediately and initiates introduction of Text Book in the school syllabus appropriately reflecting state’s rich cultural heritage, flora and fauna and the people.

The Council meeting was  attended by state Education Minister Bosiram Siram accompanied by  Commissioner, Education Hage Koda, Director, School Education Tapang Taloh and Programme Officer AK Sharma.

Siram highlighted various policies and programmes of the state’s education department in the meeting. He pleaded council for need to replace the NCERT Text Book especially at the primary and elementary stages immediately, and inclusion of the Chapter on geography, history, cultural heritage and ethos of the people in the syllabus to promote emotional integration of the people of North East Region and Arunachal Pradesh in particular  with the people of the rest of the country.

Siram, strongly urged the council for inclusion of important topics of the state in the NCERT text Book and quoting the importance of the Tawang Monastery and various religious importance places of the state, he said that the Tawang Monastery, which is 2nd largest monastery in the world has not been mentioned in the NCERT Text Book. Similarly, the Parsuramkundh located in Lohit District, Malinithan in West Siang and so many other  important places of state, which are associated with Hindu culture and Mythology and also with other religion too, do not find mentioned in the NCERT Book, he pointed out.

Siram appealed the general council to ensure timely printing and supply of NCERT Text Book. So that, distribution of the Books in far flung areas could be made on time.

In the meeting appointments of teachers, working in various level of grade in education department in all states of the country were also seriously re-viewed.

Meanwhile, Siram suggested the need to maintain national norms in recruitment of teachers in the country.

He further pleaded that the recruitment of primary teachers should be taken more seriously to strengthen the foundation of education among the children.

Conveying his gratitude to the Union Minister, eminent educationists and NCERT authority for their untiring efforts to push up the country’s education scenario in the council meeting, Siram further highlighting various problems of the state pointed that Arunachal Pradesh being a hilly state and located in most north eastern part of the country is facing lots of problems for want of proper communication and transportation facilities for which the head load system is being introduced for dropping of books and other commodities in far flung areas. He advocated for  certain relaxations and more financial assistance from the central government, for smooth supply of study materials.

He assured council that National Curriculum Framework (NCF) 2005 will be enforced in the schools and also assured to follow 100% NCERT and CBSE curriculum in the state.

He further assured immediate step for state government teachers’ training and also to seriously view the appointments of untrained  teachers and teachers having less requisite qualification in the state.

He suggested that one member from each state’s education department, preferably the person having experienced in writing and publishing Text Book  be taken in the council.

Meanwhile, in the meeting Siram termed the China’s claims over the territory of Arunachal Pradesh as baseless and unfounded, adding that at any point of time Arunachal Pradesh was never under the Chinese dominion.


Arunachal’s development takes backseat due to excessive security measures: NGO

Seminar identifies root-cause of tribals’ unrest  

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The people of Arunachal have been deprived of intra-infrastructure developments particularly road communication for more then four decades due to Govt’s excessive security measures on national interest. As a result the vital sectors like health, education and information have also been  put on backburner, commented  Arunachal Citizens’ Right (ACR) Chairperson, Bamang Tago while taking  part in the  two-day seminar on ‘Tribal Unrest In India and Empowerment for Self-Rule’ concluded at International Youth Centre, New Delhi on Nov 25 last.

Till 80s, defence ministry’s clearance have to be taken even for construction of mole/ potter tract roads, Tago said.

Welcoming the developmental initiative being taken by the Centre in principle in the state, the ACR chairman, however,  lamented  that the so-called development approach  to Arunachal including policies seems to be  Centre’s geo-political strategic projects’ without involving communities/stakeholders participation in the decision and planning making process.

On  China’s repeated claim over Arunachal, he said it  has created a fear psychosis and disturbance in the minds of Arunachalees particularly who are living in boarder areas, negating India’s supper power economic dreaming.

Tago expressed deep distress that Arunachal was being made a pawn in the power struggle between the two Asian giants.

The fact is that tribal rights on land, river, forest and mountains are defined in our tribal mythology, traditional convention and migratory history. Hence, question of having boundary disputes doesn’t arise at all in  Arunachal Pradesh, he said.

The seminar was jointly facilitated by Dimsa Peoples Council and All Dimasa Students Union in collaboration with Indian Confederation of Indigenous and Tribal People with an  intent to understand the root-cause of the Tribals’ unrest in India and more particular to North-East states. More then 300 Tribal community leaders across the country have participated in the seminar.

The seminar identified  dispossession of life supporting resources including land, forest, water and culture in the name of public interest and aggressive national development policies in the form of mining, industry, power plan, big-dams, wildlife sanctuaries and military installation threatening the very survival of the Indigenous and Tribal Peoples as the main issues and internal colonialism by dominant society as the main-causes.


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Governor emphasizes on timely completion of railway project

‘Land acquisition process to complete soon’

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Emphasizing on timely completion of the Harmuty-Itanagar railway project, Governor Gen JJ Singh today directed the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng  to remain in touch with the railway authority and get the construction work expedited. The   direction came after an aerial survey of the construction of railway line and the Green Airport area at Karsingsa by the Governor along with the Doimukh MLA Nabum Rebia, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries and Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso. Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner Bidol Tayeng and Civil Aviation Assistant Director Toko Audil also accompanied the high level team.

The high-level team assessed the excavation and earth filling works along the proposed broad gauge railway line from Gomto to Borum, which is going on full swing. The team flew over Borum, Tarjuli, Tigdo, Yupia, Doimukh, Emch, Amba and Gumto villages to see the alignment of the board gauge railway line and also the progress of the construction work. They also hovered over the proposed site of Green Field Airport at Karsingsa.

While interacting with the team members, Gen Singh, who has been monitoring all the projects under PM’s Package, also stressed that the proposed board gauge railway line should not terminate at Naralagun, but should reach up to Itanagar in the 2nd phase.

Apprising on the works under railway project, Tayeng informed that earth filling works of the railway line are likely to be completed before onset of the next monsoon, i.e. by April 2010. The seven-pillar

270 meters long RCC bridge over River Dikrong is also likely to be completed during this winter itself, he added.  

The District Administration Papum Pare is expediting land acquisition process and to handover the 10Km length of land to NF Railway by the end of this month. The total length of the first phase railway line is about 11.45KM. (PRO to Governor)


Close shave for state BJP president

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: State BJP president and MLA  Dr. Tangor Tapak had a narrow escape from a close range gun firing at 7 mile from Pasighat town at around 08.30 PM last night. The incident occurred when he was on his way to Rani Village from Pasighat, said BJP in a press release today.

He was safe, but the window glasses of the vehicle  completely damaged under the impact of firing, the BJP said. Fortunately at the moment of incident the President was in other vehicle and the car attacked was his younger brother who was going ahead, the BJP added.  An FIR was filed with the PS, Pasighat demanding immediate arrest of culprits and action against them, it said.

BJP  informed that state  Home Minister  visited the spot today and assured prompt action by the state government. Condemning the incident as unbecoming, the minister assured to book the culprits immediately, the party  said.  

Meanwhile, state BJP strongly condemned the incident and demanded adequate security measures for its president and proper investigation in to the incident and book the culprits involved in such barbaric act. Tapak, is currently on his official tour to the villages of his home constituency.

The party and public appreciated the home minister for his prompt initiative and spot visit to assess the situation, the release added.


MLA appeals for affable academic atmosphere

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Expressed deep anguish over the November 26 Dera Natung Govt College incident where college properties were damaged, Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso appealed the college authority and the directorate of higher and technical education to work in tandem to ensure a congenial atmosphere for healthy growth of academic excellence  including safety and security of the students.

In a statement the MLA also called upon one and all to maintain peace and normalcy in the college campus so that the examination scheduled to be held from the first week of December is conducted peacefully. “I am deeply pained and hurt at the incident and it is very shameful for denizens of capital to witness such murky incident in the temple of learning. This is not a healthy sign on the part of the students’ community as they are the future leader of the society”, he said.

District administration should take all possible measures hereafter to avert such possible catastrophe and constitute a judicial inquiry into the shameful episode and punish the culprits as per rule of law, the MLA said and appealed the CM and Education minister to visit the college.


Proper  policy needed to ensure ‘Right to food’ for all

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov. 28: Roti, Kapda and Makan are the three basic necessities for which every human being strives hard. However in a state like Arunachal, Roti and Makan seem to be distant dream for many people, particularly living in rural areas. Lack of proper housing facilities and effective food supply system  often plagued by corruptions charges has been affecting the weaker section of society. These were the some of the issues which was rallying point at the beginning of two days state level meet on “Right to Food” conducted by Human Rights Law Network  of India held at Hotel Arun Subansiri.

In a state which is already embroiled in ‘Public distribution system’ (PDS) controversy, this meet provided an opportunity to many participants to gather knowledge about their basic right of having three meals a day.

Dwelling on the importance of right to food for everyone, Rakesh of Human Rights Law Network told, “Article 21 of Indian Constitution talks about right to life and this is directly related to the right to food.” He also spoke on the issue of irregular running of fair price shop in the state. “As per Supreme Court order, fair price shops are supposed to open through out the year. Those persons  using ration card facilities are entitled to get rice, wheat, kerosene, sugar etc on the basis of BPL or APL grade.”

Various public participating on the day highlighted ever decreasing service of PDS in Arunachal Pradesh.  One of participants from  West Siang District echoed, “Now am 30 years old and If I recall  the last  time I had availed kerosene oil from fair price shop was during my school days. Also quantities of rice supplied under PDS are going down every year. I wonder whether government of India is neglecting us or some ghosts are eating away these supplies.” He also complained that in complete violation of Supreme Court order, fair price shops in state usually open once or twice in a month.

Lizum Nosi,  Asst. Prof. of  Rajiv Gandhi University said that in our state there is no shortage of food. “There is deprivation of food supply in our state. The most important thing is that we lack good infrastructure in the form of road to reach every part of state to supply food grains,” highlighted Lizum Nosi.

It is to be noted that in Arunachal Pradesh 80 percent population live below poverty line. The importance of PDS is immense under these circumstances. In this scenario right to food plays a crucial role as this calls for proper access to the most vulnerable people of society who often live at the edge of starvation and shortage of food.


Training on promotion of SHGS held

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: The Deputy Director (ICDS), Yupia in collaboration with N.ABARD, ltanagar has organized two days training on promotion of Self Help Group (SHG) under Micro Finance Vision 2011 from November 27 to 28  at Middle Level Training Centre, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar.

In the inaugural ceremony, Member Secretary, Women Commission, Arunachal Pradesh Mamta Riba, who was the Chief Guest of the programme emphasized that the SHG is the right way for women to create their own identity and bring in  social awareness. She appealed the Anganwadi workers to bring together women from all sections irrespective of community, tribes, color and religion and work collectively to achieve the obvious mission.

On the occasion Deputy Director, RD Department B. Doye also shared her experience in formation of SHG in Rural Department with Anganwadi Workers and Helpers.

Deputy Director. ICDS, Division Cell. Yupia P.E. Angu who is also Nodal Officer of Papum-Pare District for Micro Finance Vision 2011 highlighted the aims and objectives of the Micro Finance Vision 2011. She exhorted that benefits can be achieved only through active participation of Anganwadi Workers under the supervision of concerned CDPOs. She also informed that the mission of the DLMC was achieving the target of 500 SHGs during year 2009 to 2011 and to provide credit linkage at least to 400 SHGs out of 500 SHGs.

Chief Manager, SBI, Itanagar Branch S.S. Dev along with Lead Bank Manager, SBI. Itanagar N. Pal representative from NABARD and Popi Marak, SHG Training Coordinator of Mahila Shakti Kendra, Era Gaon, Balipara were attended as resource persons of the programme.

Master Trainer of the programme CDPO, Itanagar T. Haidar delivered lecture on process and procedure of conducting SHG meetings, Characteristics and functions of SHGs, Book keeping and accounting, Procedures of applying for loan from financial institutions, framing of bye-laws, Internal Lending, Opening and maintenance of bank accounts.

The training was attended by CDPO, Doimukh,  Nir_juli, Naharlagun, Kimin, Itanagar ICDS Project along with Anganwadi Workers and Helper from respective project.

Earlier, District Level Monitoring Committee for Micro Finance Vision 2011 meeting was also conducted on November 26 at Yupia.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: All Raga Area Students’ Union (ARASU) organized a two days social service cum tree plantation programme at Government secondary school, Godak and Boa-Simla, Government higher secondary school, Raga and at Pamluk on November 23 and 24 last.

Meanwhile, Principal Government higher secondary school, Raga Nani Shalla appreciated the union for organizing the programme.

ARASU, General Secretary, Pei Tater Maga and Vice President, Pilo Maga thanked to WRD, AE Raga Sub Division Er Marmik Rina, AAPSU executive member Tater Hui, public and student community for their co-operation during the social service.


Awareness campaign

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Awareness campaign cum meeting on scientific farming was held at Pangin and Boleng, East Siang District on November 26 by members of Siang Belt Farmers’ Association.


Joint Christmas celebration

ITANAGAR, Nov 28: Tali Pip Sorang Gospel committee is going to celebrate Christmas jointly at Ruhi general ground of Kurung Kumay district from  Dec 23  to 25 wherein 14 Christian Revival Churches will take part. The Christian Graduate Prayer fellowship, Itanagar president Yumri Taipodia and Monachou from Manipur will be the main speakers.


Steps against hunting, fishing

ITANAGAR, Nov. 28: In a recent meeting held, youth and well wishers of Leel Village has passed various rules and regulations to monitor cases of hunting and fishing in the area.


SBI asked to pay compensation for service deficiency

TEZU, Nov 28: The Lohit District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum directed the State Bank of India (SBI) branch, Tezu to pay compensation amount of Rs.10, 000 to Nang Anuwati Insha within one month for deficiency in service.

Forum President  Kaling Tayeng while passing the judgment on 26th November observed  that the SBI branch Tezu was very callous in rendering service to its customers and because of which the consumers of the bank were facing  great difficulties and loss frequently.

In August last  Insha lodged a complaint in the Forum stating that because of the recklessness shown by staff of the bank she lost one year of academic year and prayed before the forum that the bank should pay her an amount of Rs.25, 000 as a compensation for causing her tremendous mental agony.

According to complainant on 8th of August 2009 she deposited an amount of Rs.550 at the window of the bank for issue of Demand Draft in favour of National Institute of Open School (NIOS) for admission. The last date of admission was 10th August 2009.  After receiving the receipt from the window she left the bank as it was crowded. Later when she came back to collect the draft she found that the date in demand draft was wrong ,she therefore approached the bank authorities to rectify the mistake and urged them to issue the demand draft of 8th August and not that of 11th November 2009 which was in her hand. But the mistake was irreversible and the bank staff couldn’t do anything to rectify the mistake.

Forum asked the bank authorities to clarify on the matter. But the bank authorities failed to substantiate that the charge was wrong and simultaneously it could not convince the forum.  Hearing both the parties and examining the case in detail the forum ruled that State Bank of India could not produce evidence indicating that it did not commit deficiency of service and passed the verdict in favour of the complainant.  


Don Bosco School annual sports week held

Itanagar, Nov 28: Massive drill display, march past and race finals marked the concluding day of  the annual sports week of Don Bosco School here today .  

Attending the closing ceremony as chief guest, Bupendra Kumar, Commandant, 138 Bn, Itanagar exhorted the student community to actively take part in games and sports to keep themselves physically fit and keep various diseases at bay. Speaking about the positive sides of games and sports, Kumar said that it teaches a person to be disciplined and the spirit of  team-work and concentration.  While informing about career opportunities in CRPF, the chief guest said that sportspersons are always given preference in armed forces.

Later, at the flag down ceremony, Fr. Philip P.C., SDB., Principal DBS, appreciated the staff and students for their efforts in making the sports week a grand success.


Memo Sports Club win DSA Football tourney

Aalo Nov 28: Memo Sports Club defeated Bogdo-Panya Sports Club 3-0 in the final played here today and became champion of this year’s football tournament organized by the District Sports Association, West Siang.

The winner was leading 1-0 in the first half and scored two goals in the second half to seal victory.

PD Sona, MLA cum Chairman Agriculture Marketing Board attended the closing ceremony as chief guest. He lauded the organizing committee for the tournament and said that such tournaments provide good platform to expose football talents in remote areas.