IAF Advanced Landing Ground at Vijaynagar re-activated
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) at Vijaynagar in Changlang district
was re-activated with Arunachal Pradesh Governor JJ Singh inaugurating the newly
upgraded subsidiary airfield today in presence of Air Marshal S Varthaman, Air Officer
Commanding in Chief, Eastern Air Command and Lt Gen. Rameshwar Roy, DG Assam Rifles
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Governor Singh said that the first landing
of the AN-32 aircraft of IAF on the newly resurfaced airfield would ultimately pave
the way for landing of civilian aircrafts thereby putting Vijaynagar in aviation
map of India.
The Governor while dedicating this new airfield to the people of the state informed
that this airfield is one of the first PM Package projects to be implemented since
the MoU for the upgradation of ALGs was signed between the State Government and Ministry
of Defence in June 2008.
He expressed his gratitude to Indian Air Force and State PWD for completing the work
in a record time. He said that with the up-gradation of the airfield, now the people
of the area will have the fastest mode of transportation at their disposal and hoped
that with the start of AN-32 sorties, delivery of essential PDS commodities will
This is the first advanced landing ground (ALG) in the North East to be upgraded
under military infrastructure development activities. Besides this, plan to upgrade
ALGs in Pasighat, Mechukha, Walong, Tuting and Ziro including helipads is also on
Meanwhile, Singh advised the people of Vijoynagar to save and protect flora and fauna
of the area and strongly advised them to promote tourism sector by adopting home-stay
Taking serious note over the disruption of recently constructed road from Miao to
Vijaynagar during the last monsoon season, the Governor assured that he would take
initiative for construction of all weather road soon. He, however, said that construction
of such (all weather) road would not be possible within Namdapha National Park area.
Air Marshal S Varthaman said that since Vijaynagar is only accessible by air, revival
of this ALG will provide immense relief to the local population.
UNI adds from Bangalore: Meanwhile, talking to reporters , Chief of Air Staff, Air
Chief Marshal N A K Browne informed that in addition to AN-32 now, C130 transport
aircraft would also be operated from the Vijaynagar airfield in due course but it
is too small for fighter aircraft.
“The renovated air base will support the army and the Arunachal government with better
air connectivity to its troops and people in the region.” Browne said.
The ALG was renovated by PWD (EZ) under the guidance of chief engineer Er. Toli Basar.
The Governor was accompanied by State First Lady Anupama Singh, Principal Secretary
H.K. Paliwal and Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg.
Present on the occasion were SOA HQ EAC Air vice Marshal KS Gill, AOC, 10 Wing AF
Air CMDE TK Sinha among others. Earlier, the Governor at Pasighat Aerodrome, underscored
the potential of tourism sector in East Siang and suggested for exposure tour for
youth and entrepreneurs in tourism sector.
He also discussed on various developmental issues with the Deputy Commissioner In-charge
SC Debnath and HoDs and directed them to implement all the welfare projects and schemes
properly for better future and prosperity of the state.
The Vijaynagar ALG is located at an Altitude of 1275.00 Mtrs and Longitude of 79-00-0
and is surrounded by Indo-Myanmar border in south and China in the north.
This ALG was constructed during 1966-68 for a runway length of 1287.00 Mtr and 21.60
Mtr width with 3 layers WBM and Premix carpeting. However, the middle strip for a
length of 311.50 Mtrs was constructed of Perforated Steel Plate (PSP) sheet laid
over grassy runway. But later, due to unsafe landing conditions of the ground particularly
for fixed wing sortie landing of AN32 craft, the use of airfield was discontinued
However, Ministry of Defence, Government of India and Government of Arunachal Pradesh
have signed an MoU in June 2009. Accordingly handing/taking of the ALG, Vijaynagar
between Ministry of Defence represented by Air Force Authorities, Jorhat was held
on February 27, 2010.
Later, Air Force Authorities decided to renovate it in the year 2010 and provided
Rs.90 lakhs to PWD, Jairampur Division as a deposit work.
Till then the PWD Jairampur Division with the help of Air Force Authorities started
the renovation work and completed the assigned task on October 2011.
ANSU observes Tallang & Hira’s death anniversary
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) observed the 20th death anniversary
of Biki Tallang and Kabak Hira at its office complex at Tallang- Hira Memorial here
The ANSU executive members along with the parents of Tallang and Kabak paid floral
tributes and offered prayers at the memorials of both Tallang and Kabak at ANSU office
Biki Tallang, a former ANSU vice president and Kabak Hira died in a road accident
“Tallang was a very sincere, dedicated and energetic student leader and he will be
remembered as long as ANSU exists,” said ANSU general secretary Arjun Panye.
The parents of Tallang and Hira appealed to ANSU to properly maintain the memorials
and also to erect statues of both Tallang and Hira, if possible.
Japan conference creates hospital void
DIRANG, Nov 18: Dirang CHC senior medical officer Dr. S.K Singh (S/G) has left for
Kyoto, Japan to attend the 2-day International conference on: “Quality of life and
optimal ageing learning from the wisdom of highland civilizations” from 25 to 27
However, his departure for the important meet is also said to have created a difficult
situation for the hospital.
“Dr. Singh is the lone human doctor posted at CHC Dirang. The public including the
local legislator of the constituency have been pressing hard and requesting the state
health department to post adequate doctors for the past one year but no action has
been forthcoming so far. With his departure, there is no human doctor to look after
the CHC and its administrative duties are being temporarily looked after by the dental
“Now, we do not know what will happen to the fate of patients who throng the hospital
from various far-off and remote villages traversing huge distances. Perhaps they
will have to go either to Bomdila or Tezpur for their medical treatments, which will
be unprecedented in this 21 st century of today,” said Dirang ZPM Dor Tsering. Added
senior public leader Senge Tsering: ‘Health authorities could have atleast deputed
a doctor for the time being to attend the patients. I think they should close down
the hospital temporarily if they have no doctor to spare since a hospital without
a doctor is harassment to patients and public’, he suggested.
KVK organizes training for fish farmers at Deomali
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tirap organized a day-long method demonstration
programme on ‘Fish Health Management Techniques’ under Agricultural Technology Management
Agency (ATMA), Tirap for the fish farmers of the district at Deomali today.
As many as 20 fish farmers from nine different villages of Tirap district, including
Wasathong, Vivek Nagar, Subang Otongkhua, Makat, Doidam, Sipini, Namsang and Natun
Kheti actively participated in the training programme. The demonstration programme
was planned mainly to educate and aware the progressive fish farmers of the district
about different management measures to prevent occurrence of common fish diseases.
The programme was inaugurated by Dr. D.S. Chhonkar, Programme Coordinator, KVK, Tirap.
In his inaugural speech Dr. Chhonkar urged the fish farmers to avail full benefit
of the programme and utilize the knowledge gained for prevention of common fish diseases
in their ponds.
The method demonstrations were conducted at Govt. fish farm, Deomali. Rajdeep Dutta,
SMS (Fisheries), KVK, Tirap explained the farmers about different commonly occurred
fish diseases in Tirap and their symptoms, cause and preventive measures.
The different management techniques for prevention of fish diseases like monitoring
of pond water pH, application of quick lime, application of potassium permanganate,
dip treatment, application of different medicines and antibiotics for control of
fish diseases etc. were demonstrated to the farmers during the programme.
Habon Khoisia, FD, Dept of Fisheries, Govt. Of A.P., Tirap briefed the farmers about
different precautions to be taken while dealing with any fish disease to prevent
it from spreading. The farmers were also provided with some critical inputs like
pH paper, quick lime and potassium permanganate required for prevention of fish diseases
during the programme.
Association expresses displeasure over omission of Gadam Ete from cabinet
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Paktu Ao Youth Association (PAYWA) along with Paktu Area People’s
Forum (PAPF) extended its gratitude to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his kind gesture
towards their sentiment by constituting four member committee headed by minister
Tanga Byaling as Chairman to look into the various grievances put forward by them.
However, the PAYWA and PAPF expressed their regret over AICC’s interference in expansion
of Nabam Tuki cabinet.
“AICC has denied CM the chance to pick his own independent ministers which resulted
in omission of Gadam Ete from getting cabinet berth,”.
Both the organization said they were surprised over the inclusion of Jarkar Gamlin
as cabinet minister by superseding the seniors like Gadam Ete, Jomde Kena and Gojen
Gadi from West Siang district. They cautioned that the new minister who represents
Paktu area should consult each and every developmental work with both the organizations
before giving it a final shape.
They further urged MLA Gadam Ete, who is a Paktu Ao member, to take up the various
issues of Paktu Ao with utmost care and priorities.
Land encroachment by Assam people alleged
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Thousands of People from Assam have illegally occupied large areas
of Arunachal land at Taraso circle under Papum Pare district, alleged Taraso ZPM
The ZPM, who visited the area yesterday, alleged that thousands of people from Assam
have illegally settled down near Radhaso, Tallumso, Hokin Hote and Tasumso villages
under Taraso circle. He urged the state government to immediately send a team to
visit the area to take stock of the gravity of the situation.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: As many as 20 farmers from various villages of Kurung Kumey district
were taken to 3 days training cum exposure tour to Meghalaya from November 14 to
17 last by Rural Development and Heritage Society (RDHS), Sangram.
The farmers team led by Tamchi Niania, Chairman, RDHS were taken to Rural Resource
and Training Centre (RRTC), St Joseph, A.T.C. Umran, Meghalaya.
The main purpose of the tour was to train the farmers on low cost vermicompost technology
using earthworms to turn organic wastes into high quality compost instead of using
Resource persons Kulendia Sarania and instructor Monica Lyngdoh of Rural Resource
and Training centre trained the farmers on vermicomposting.
The team also visited Cheraponji and gathered knowledge on integrated fish farming,
bee keeping etc.
Ashinu Lokiong, Coordinator, Meghalaya Rural development Society (MRDS) distributed
certificates to the trainees.
The RRTC staff appreciated General Manager NABARD, Itanagar for sponsoring the exposure
trip and also promised to set up vermicompost unit in their respective villages.
EKMZSU bats for brave youths
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: In its representation to the deputy commissioner of the district,
East Kameng Middle Zone Students’ Union (EKMZSU) demanded the district administration
for recognition of local youths, who saved many lives during the horrifying bridge
collapse incident at Seppa on October 29 last.
Sixteen people had lost life and 30 more were injured in the tragic incident.
The union further called for early disbursement of ex-gratia relief to the victims’
family as announced by the Chief Minister . The union delegation led by its general
secretary Karda Singhi and convenor John Hiffo, submitted eight-points memorandum
to the deputy commissioner which was received by additional deputy commissioner in
absence of DC.
The memorandum urged the administration to involve union in third party monitoring
committee for reconstruction of hanging bridge for effective and transparent execution.
It further urged the authority to curb encroachment of the Seppa Government Hr. Sec.
The union also demanded for establishment of police check gate at Hari Bridge, Seppa
to prevent unauthorized and illegal activities in the town in particular and district
as whole. It also urged the local MLAs and authority to submit new proposal for
construction of new RCC Bridge at Seppa alongwith a DPR.
Climate change and agriculture
AGRICULTURE AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Indian economy is fully dependent on monsoon since time immemorial.Rising temperatures
and changes in rainfall patterns have direct effects on crop yields as well as an
indirect effects on irrigation water availability.
Recent studies have shown that the rain fed yield changes are driven by both precipitation
and temperature changes; the irrigated yield effects are from temperature changes
alone. The results of the research suggest that in developing countries, yield declines
predominate for most crops. Irrigated wheat and irrigated rice are especially hard
hit. On an average, yields in developed countries are affected less than those in
developing countries. For a few crops, climate change actually increases yields in
the developed-country. In the East Asia and Pacific region, some crops fare reasonably
well because higher future temperatures are favourable in locations where current
temperatures are at the low end of the crop’s optimal temperature. South Asia is
particularly hard hit by climate change. For almost all crops, it is the region with
the greatest yield decline. Rainfed maize and irrigated and rainfed wheat still see
substantial areas of reduced yields. Sub-Saharan Africa sees mixed results, with
small declines or increases in maize yields and large negative effects on rainfed
wheat. The Latin America and Caribbean region also has mixed yield effects, with
some crops up slightly and some down.
AGRICULTURE AND MOISTURE STRESS
In the coming decades the availability of water for agriculture will be a key issue
for crop production. The demand for water for irrigation is projected to rise in
a warmer climate, bringing increased competition between agriculture, urban as well
as industrial users. Falling water tables and the resulting increase in the energy
needed to pump water will make the practice of irrigation more expensive, particularly
when with drier conditions more water will be required per acre. Peak irrigation
demands are also predicted to rise due to more severe heat waves. Additional investment
for dams, reservoirs, canals, wells, pumps, and piping may be needed to develop irrigation
networks in new locations. Finally, intensified evaporation will increase the hazard
of salt accumulation in the soil.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND QUALITY DEPRECIATION
Grain quality of wheat (e.g. protein content) is highly susceptible to current variations
in climate and affects the type of foods that can be produced through, for example,
gluten levels and related dough strength will affect crop storage and thereby increase
the cost of transportation and storage. Other impacts on crop quality include pests
and diseases, such as dangerous levels of mycotoxin contamination of groundnuts.
Vegetable and fruits dehydrate and get contaminated besides losing texture and human
find it difficult to consume.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND SOIL FERTILITY
Higher air temperatures will also affect the soil, where warmer conditions are likely
to speed the natural decomposition of organic matter and to increase the rates of
other soil processes that affect fertility. With dryer condition lesser water the
decomposition will make available NPK for the plants to grow. This would also enhance
the depletion of micronutrients and it availability and reduce the quality of produce
from the land. Additional application of fertilizer may be needed to counteract these
processes and to take advantage of the potential for enhanced crop growth that can
result from increased atmospheric CO2. However, of adequate irrigation not provided
the application of fertilizer will serve no purpose. Further excess application of
fertiliser to overcome stress would pose a severe cost to environment impact water
and air quality besides contamination of food chain. The continual cycling of plant
nutrients (carbon, nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, and sulphur) in the soil-plant-atmosphere
system is also likely to accelerate in warmer conditions, enhancing CO2 and N2O
greenhouse gas emissions.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND PEST AND DISEASES
In warmer climates, severe stress in climate with erratic rainfalls helps proliferation
of insect pests. Longer growing seasons will enable insects such as grasshoppers
to complete a greater number of reproductive cycles during the spring, summer, and
autumn. Warmer winter temperatures may also allow larvae to winter-over in areas
where they are now limited by cold, thus causing greater infestation during the following
crop season. Altered wind patterns may change the spread of both wind-borne pests
and of the bacteria and fungi that are the agents of crop disease. Crop-pest interactions
may shift as the timing of development stages in both hosts and pests is altered.
Livestock diseases may be similarly affected. The possible increases in pest infestations
may bring about greater use of chemical pesticides to control them, a situation that
will require further development and application of
integrated pest management techniques.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND MONSOON IMPACT
With a disturbed monsoon and unpredictable weather, rice cultivation would be worst
affected. Scheduled planting and harvesting based on weather patterns will become
less effective. Normal planting of rice crops begins in October and harvested by
January. However, as climate change affects ENSO and consequently delays planting,
harvesting will be late and in drier conditions, resulting in less potential yields.
CLIMATE CHANGE AND INDIAN AGRICULTURE
Agriculture and allied sector still constitutes the single largest component of around
17% of the Gross Domestic Product and providing an employment of around two thirds
of the total work force. Its contribution to exports is close to 11 % and its intricate
linkage with food prices makes it critical to providing not just the food needs of
the country but also its neighboring South Asia region. At the country level the
agriculture contributes 28 percentages of total GHG emissions. This share in agriculture
does not include the fuel used in agriculture for energy use. The main GHG emission
in agriculture comes from enteric fermentation which forms close to 60 % followed
by methane emission from rice cultivation close to 23 %. The impact of climate change
on India agriculture has received very less attention in terms of policy mainly on
account of differences emerging in the quantification of the effect arising from
the change in temperature and build up of CO2 concentration. Even the methane emission
from rice has received sharp criticism wherein western media reports of high methane
emission have been proved erroneous. Notwithstanding this difference there is no
denying that temperature has changed significantly in the country. Recent reports
from different studies show that the surface temperature across the country is increasing.
The global increase over the period of 100 years was close to 0.85oC and for India
it was close to 0.54oC.
This increase in temperature is cause of alarm with the level of industrialization
and growth model that is being pursued. The increase in temperature is a result of
the buildup of the GHG emission accumulating in the region. This is and will result
in more frequent hot days, hot nights and heat waves. This will also result in erratic
precipitation and rise in sea level and low lying agriculture will be seriously affected.
Even the tropical cyclones in the Bay of Bengal is set to increase and the glaciers
in the Himalayas are going to contract flooding the perennial rivers like Ganga,
Yamuna and Brahmaputra’s.
More specifically the clear impact of climate change is the increase in vulnerability
of the crops, livestock, plantation crops, fisheries, soil fertility and water balance.
This in turn will make the ecology unstable. An increase in CO2 to a level of 550
parts per million (ppm) increases the yields of rice, wheat, legumes and oilseeds
by 10-20 %. However an increase of 1o C in temperature reduces yields of wheat, soybean,
mustard, groundnut and potato by 3-7%. Reports indicate that the productivity of
most crops decrease marginally by 2020 but by 10-40% by 2100. The variation in temperature
will also affect yields of apples (including ripening), coconuts and all fruits and
On account of increase in temperature water balance is going to get disturbed. With
increase in surface temperature and without adaptation it is anticipated the water
bodies like the lakes, ponds are going to disappear on account of the heat. Already
on account of unscrupulous exploitation fertile lands with rich biomass is being
converted to industrial and residential and commercial purpose which is depleting
the natural carbon sinks contributing to further build up of Green House Gases (GHG).
On meeting the growing demand commercial cultivation in Indian farm using synthetic
fertilizer and chemicals is further adding to the GHG emission and degrading the
fertility and productivity of Indian agriculture.
The new farming policies using Genetically Modified (GM) seeds is posing a serious
threat since these crops use more water and synthetic fertilizers and chemicals which
add to the carbon foot-prints and further aggravate climate change. These crops also
reduce the biomass and biodiversity of the region and pose a threat and extinction
of traditional crops and varieties.
However, the mitigation is possible only in the context of natural farming wherein
less Carbon intensive agriculture is used. There is greater need to pursue a natural
farming with more in situ (or in farm input resources which would reduce the cost
of cultivation as well as help in mitigation).
(The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized in Tea Husbandry and technology
sponsored by TEA BOARD OF INDIA and former tea consultant to the state planning department
govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: G-Sector Welfare Committee today demanded the authority concerned
to grant ex-gratia to next of kin of late Nyajum Kakki. Nyajum a promising journalist
died due to electrocution at Naharlagun near Town Baptist Church on 14 November last.
The committee blamed the department concerned for the accident.
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Jigo-Yego Youth Association (JYYA) has deeply mourned the untimely
demise of Kirjum Taso and Taani Nada.
Kirjum Taso, a young documentary film maker, died on November 11 and Taani Nada,
who was the first Arunachalee to establish pharmacy, died on Tuesday last.
Stating that their death has created vacuum in the society, the association prayed
to almighty for eternal peace of departed souls.
Meanwhile Nani Employees Welfare Association (NEWA) has deeply mourned the sudden
death of Nani Chobin, head assistant, Hydro Power Department Naharlagun and prayed
for eternal peace of the departed soul.
The association prayed to almighty to bestow enough strength to bereaved family to
bear the irreparable loss.
Surily Awaaz Ki Koj concluded
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Kunal Baja and Jini Kena won the first and second prize respectively
in the month-long singing talent hunt ‘Surily Awaaz Ki Khoj’ organized by Diso-Katu
Youth Club. The programme concluded on Thursday at Sainik Hall, Daporijo.
APLS lauds CM
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) has lauded the state
government, particularly Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for honouring its request to name
the road from Arunachal State Hospital to Prem Nagar, Naharlagun after late Lummer
Dai, one of the literary giants and founding father of journalism in Arunachal Pradesh.
The APLS appreciated chief minister for his magnanimity as he had accorded approval
to the proposal immediately after submission of a memorandum by APLS general secretary
Tokong Pertin during the National Press Day celebration here on November 16 last.
The APLS also welcomed the decision of the chief minister for announcing a high level
committee headed by Sahitya Akademy awardee and noted writer Y D Thongchi, who is
also the president of APLS, to suggest modalities to the State Government for recognizing
the immense contributions of music maestro Dr Bhupen Hazarika in the field of socio-cultural
development of Arunachal Pradesh since the early 60’s.
Meanwhile, the extra ordinary sitting of the APLS would be conducted on November
20 next at state museum to discuss various important issues.
ANYA urges govt to provide sports infra
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has appealed to the State Government
to provide the basic infrastructure and other facilities to the sportspersons of
Mentioning spectacular performance of few sportspersons despite limited facility,
ANYA appealed to the Govt to reward those sportspersons suitably, who have excelled
in various national and international level competitions.
Meanwhile, ANYA and All Marki Socio-economic Welfare Association have lauded the
medal winning performance of Tadang Anga in All India Inter-University Archery Championship
held and Patiala, Punjab. Both the associations hoped that Anga would bring more
laurels to the state by winning more medals in future.
Sport cum Literary Meet
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: The 8th Sports, Cultural cum Literary Meet of All Mengio Students
Union (AMSU) would be held from November 24 to 27 next at Government Secondary School
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) general secretary Arjun Panye and All Papum Pare
District Students’ Union (APPDSU) president Nabum John will attend the function as
chief guest and guest of honour respectively.
KGBV students shine at block level competition
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Kashturba Gandhi Balika Vidalaya (KGBV), Bameng shone with medals
in block level games and sports competition held at Bameng in East Kameng district
Mebing Waii of KGBV won the first positions in 100 meter race and high jump while
Lungchung Sonam won first position in shot- put.
PR leader resents functioning of health centers
ITANAGAR, Nov 18: Tuting Block Anchal Chairperson Dechen Jobo has expressed resentment
over the functioning of NGO-run community health centres.
In a release, he claimed that health centres at Singa and Gelling circle are presently
run by a single homeopathic doctor, who also prescribes allopathic medicines. The
PR leader further alleged that NGO Karuna Trust is running community health centre
of Tuting as Primary Health Centre despite having MoU signed with the state government.
Seeking immediate posting of sufficient staff at health centers, the PR leader appealed
to the state government to look into the matter seriously.
AAPSU denounces ‘Supra State Body’
ITANAGAR: All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU) has denounced the Centre’s
proposed ‘Supra State Body’ for Naga inhabited areas.
Reacting to news item on Centre’s proposed Supra Body, Takam Tatung stated that people
will never accept such kind of proposal.
“If Supra State Body is implemented, parts of our state will be administered from
Kohima,” he said, adding that Government of India should not play with sentiments
of Arunachalee people.
Tatung, who attended the cultural cultural event of inter college youth festival
at RGU as special guest, said that “RGU is highest intellectual hub of state. And
here representatives of students from different colleges of state have come to be
part of this celebration. Taking this opportunity, I want to urge every young student
to understand the evil design of Naga rebel group and time has come for us to stand
united against such evil design.”
While welcoming the new VC, Tatung hoped that under his guidance RGU will attain
new height of success in years to come.
FCI store empty
ITANAGAR: The Food Cooperation of India (FCI) is once again hitting headline for
wrong reason in Arunachal.
The Head Load Area Fair Price Shop Welfare Committee, a Koloriang based NGO today
claimed that no essential commodities is available at Ziro FCI store for the last
two months which has created acute shortage essential items in Kurung Kumey district.
The committee fervently appealed to the authority concerned to ensure regular supply
of PDS items to the district at earliest.
Valedictory function of CADENCE
ITANAGAR: The valedictory function of IX Inter-College Youth Festival (CADENCE 2011)
will be held at Rajiv Gandhi University Campus on November 19. Minister Atum Welly
will attend the Valedictory Function as the Chief Guest.
Tuki chief guest
ITANAGAR: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and Member of Parliament Takam Sanjoy have consented
to be the chief guest and guest of honour of the Golden Jubilee celebration of Govt.
Hr. Sec School, Tali on November 29.
This is in response to the letter written by Nabam Tado, Tarak Eha and Nido Joram,
member of APPDSU where they have alleged district administration Papum Pare of implementing
the Highway Project with iron fist, khusi-khusi rates thereby depriving their rights
and privileges in the entire process.
First, it is mention that vide order no LM-14/2010 dated 27th Jan, 2010, the Government
of Arunachal Pradesh constituted a High Power Committee (HPC) to oversee the implementation
of Highway Project in the state of Arunachal Pradesh with Commissioner, LM as Chairman
and Deputy Commissioners of those districts through which the highway is passing
as a members.
The committee was entrusted to look after the land acquisition and compensation package
for smooth execution of the highway project. The HPC had its first sitting on February
24, 2010 under the chairmanship of Commissioner, LM and had fixed the land value
category wise. For rest of the assets value it was decided to implement the rates
in vogue submitted by the allied department and so rate being fixed ‘khusi-khusi’
by DC Yupia and LRSO does not arise.
Secondly, 99% of rates that had been implemented in the Highway project are extracted
item wise rates from the DPR copy of Pappu-Yupia-Hoj-Potin (53Km) District Connectivity-cum-Trans
Arunachal Highway Package submitted to DC Yupia by PWD Highway Division Doimukh on
October 4, 2010. Therefore, there is no question of implementing bogus and un-authentic
rates by DC and LRSO.
During final compensation survey and assessment some minor items like flower plants,
RCC post, Angel Post etc, were recorded on the ground for which there was no rates
in the list and payment were made on the basis of analysis rates after due consultation
with PWD department because district administration was bound to compensate the land
owners once items were recorded in the ground assessment sheet and for such minor
items the public interest project can’t be halted.
In the public hearing at Doimukh on November 9, 2010 for Pappu-Yupia Hoj-Potin and
Hollongi on August 18, 2011 for 4-lane Highway, the affected land owners were insisting
that copy of the rate be disclosed to them before conducting the hearing. Since,
there was no rate copy in single volume, we had to exercise it by extracting item
wise rate from the approved and sanctioned DPR copy of MoRTH and some rates fixed
by HPC which PWD had submitted to us. Afterwards, these compiled rate copies were
distributed to affected land owners to maintain utmost transparency. Now, these aggrieved
youths are questioning the authenticity of these compiled rate copies which were
done for convenience of land owners because we can't distribute the whole DPR copy
to all the land owners and tell them to see the rates of item through it.
Regarding involvement of technical department in preparation of compensation package,
it is to clarify that every project involving compensation package is routed through
district administration only in the district. The final compensation amount so prepared
against affected land owners are on the basis of simple calculation i.e. multiplying
approved rates with plinth area/RM for standing structures, per tree/nos for plantation
items and in term of quintal or hectare for agriculture produce etc. We need not
have to calculate item wise valuation from top to bottom for a single item and need
not a measurement book (MB) like that of engineering department where each and every
item is recorded.
Thirdly, the Durpong Reserve Forest notification of 1978 had excluded 14 sqkm of
area for Chakma settlement from Chengmara in the east to Magoni river in the west
and all along the foothills in the north (approx. 2Km length) and Rajgarh road in
the south bordering Assam.
Also, recently the Government had issued directives to all the DCs to issue LPCs
to the native people living along the inter-state boundary area with Assam, even
inside the RF area for documentation of record on our part and so LPCs are being
issued to all the native people after observing due codal formalities. But that does
not mean that allottee had been vested with absolute ownership where they can do
at their will to establish factories or claim compensation inside RF area beyond
norms. Issue of LPCs inside the RF area was done for the benefits of the native people
and on leniency ground for seeking financial assistance from nationalized bank for
agri-horti schemes and if it becomes a hindrance to district administration in implementing
a public interest project then there is no problem in cancelling the same when required.
Also, the statement that DC Yupia is exercising his power along 12 Km stretch of
4-lane Highway project is totally false. It is to inform that the total length from
PHQ, Itanagar (0 point) to Hollongi charali (end point) is 20 Km out of which DC
Yupia jurisdiction is 8 km only starting from 12 Km point on the existing road and
DC Capital’s jurisdiction is from "0" point at PHQ, Itanagar to 12 mile towards Hollongi.
Furnishing of such false and misleading data should be avoided when one does not
have the factual knowledge. It was also alleged that the Trans-Highway rate should
be confined only to it and should not be extend to 4-lane project. Here, it is to
clarify that whether 4-lane or 2-lane, the funding, sanctioning and monitoring authority
is the MoRTH Delhi. The fund for execution of the Highway project as well as compensation
package prepared from district is directly sent to MoRTH, New Delhi for sanction.
So how can one expect a variation of rates for the same project.
Regarding furnishing of clarification on 12 points submitted to DC’s office on October
21, 2011, the clarification could have been furnished had the way of seeking clarification
was in a cordial manner and way. Instead the clarification seekers used dictating
words and terms which were not acceptable. Moreover, they are not the competent authority
to whom a govt. servant should give clarification.
Lastly, I would like to request those youths on behalf of the district administration
Papum Pare to use their inherent knowledge and talent in welfare activities in instead
of opposing it.
Techi Hitlar, LRSO
For Deputy Commissioner,
Papum Pare Dist. Yupia
May you take Arunachal to new prosperity
My congratulations to 11 MLAs who made it to the final list of cabinet and deep sympathy
for those who couldn’t make it in spite of 6 months of rigorous fight for leadership
change. May they take Arunachal to prosperity.
Just few things prick me. Why Mr. Chief Minister choose MLAs who were very recently
marred with charges of corruption and nepotism?
I ask NES and ANSU to keep continue your track on Pradeep Thakur issue or else you
will end up making people believe that you simply wanted the post of CM by using
the issue of TOI/DC.
Pradeep Thakur has already tarnished the image of our community a lot; please do
not contribute to his effort.
Itanagar, (on email).
Its Kalaktang-Rupa (ST) Constituency!
This is in response to your news item “Former MLA joins BJP” dated November 18.
The Nomenclature used by Arunachal Times every time is Incorrect. Its Kalaktang-Rupa(ST)
Constituency Officially and it has been like this since the day the constituency
was born. I repeat its not Rupa-Kalaktang (ST) But Kalaktang-Rupa(ST) Constituency.
I appeal Arunachal Times to stop circulating wrong information regarding Nomenclature
since you are the only reliable media in our state and Nomenclature does play a major
role in Tribal States.
Hoping the mistake would be corrected at the earliest and would not be repeated again
in the future course of time.
Yeshi Wangchu Kharma
Delhi, (on email).
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address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), India’s flagship
rural employment programme will start paying cash directly to wage earners in some
This step has been taken to reduce delays in making payments.
The other likely reforms for the programe includes participatory rural planning,
demand-driven legal entitlements through ICTs, full payment of wages, and reducing
A draft note on reforms in MGNREGA implementation had been published in the public
domain for inputs and comments as part of the reforms.
Though the Act has helped many rural households, there have many instances of corruption
Many of the states revised the wages several times after the MGNREGA was introduced.
However the reach of the programe has been limited because of delay in payments and
in many cases wages going to the wrong people.
The Act was noti?ed in 200 districts in the ?rst phase with effect from February
2006 and then extended to additional 130 districts in the ?nancial year 2007-2008
with effect from April Ist 2007 which were later gradually increased.
Thus MGNREGA covers the entire country with the exception of districts that have
a hundred percent urban population.
The Act was implemented for inclusive growth ranging from basic wage security and
recharging rural economy to a transformative empowerment process of democracy.
However the ministry and states will have to ensure that people who actually need
the benefits are under the purview of the Act.
There are reports of acute decline of work demand in Naxal affected areas and other
tribal areas, attributed to delay in payments.