November 01

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


Tabu wins title

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Tabu Dupit won the Upper Subansiri District Open Chess Championship which concluded at Singik Hall Daporijo on October 28.

Tabu collected 6.5 points from 7 round while Tachung Dupit earned 6 points to finish behind Tabu. The 3rd, 4th and 5th positions were won by Taw Baki, Tabu Duchok and Tare Riamuk respectively. Jinita Sorum was the lone woman participants.

Taliha circle officer Kipa Raja gave away cash prizes, trophies and certificates to the winners.

Upper Subansiri District Chess Association president Dr. Taga Nalo encouraged the participants to keep the spirit of the game up and participate in the forthcoming state chess championship scheduled from November 23 next.


UAEA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Unemployed Arunachalee Engineers Association (UAEA) (Electrical Wings), has reiterated its demands for re-advertisement of five posts of Junior Engineer (electro-mechanical) in department of hydro power development as per recruitment rules. The Association earlier had submitted a memorandum  to the department of hydro power on the same issue on Oct 15.


ACS to work for the welfare of downtrodden

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The first executive body meeting of Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) held today under the chairmanship of Tabom Jeram, convener of ACS has decided to work for the welfare of the downtrodden, particularly women and child of the state.

General secretary John Likha suggested the members to work sincerely and do the best to serve the society in a right direction in a right way.

The meeting was also addressed by the chairman of ACS, chairperson and general secretary of woman wing.


APITU demands action

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Pradesh Indigenous Tribes Union (APITU) has appealed to the state Govt  for early prosecution  sanction against 36 accused involved in PDS scam.

In a memorandum to the Chief Minister, the union demanded full-fledged state home minister to tackle law and order problems and resolve all the pending criminal cases.

It further said that all the ministers and parliamentary secretaries who are facing various court cases should resign as they are busy in running after the court and  can not find time to redress the pubic grievances.


AKA selects 19 players for first Open All India Karate C’ship

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Karate-Do Association (AKA) has selected 19 karate players to participate in the first Open All India Karate –Do championship to be held in New Delhi from November 8 to 10.

The team:  Cadat, Girl:  Anu Komi (-55 kg), Cadat Boy: Gimi Nima (-50 kg), Tayer ;  Junior Boy: Charu Govin  (-61 kg); Senior women: Biri Moni (-45 kg), Lokam Yajik (-50 kg), Higi Yamum (-55 kg), Mui Ama  (-68 kg), N Sumphi (-61 kg); Senior Men:  Takam Tatung (-50kg), Dunglin Natum (-55 kg), L Somin (-55 kg), Toko Robi (-60 kg), G Tape (-60kg), Aga Flago (-60 kg), L Rade (- 60 kg), N Obi (-60 kg), Tassar Tite (- 67kg), Likha Tayo (-75 kg), P Nobin Jomoh (+84kg).


Students donate blood

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The members of All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association (AEKCCSWA) have donated 15 units of blood in a voluntary blood donation camp organized by Arunachal State Hospital (ASH), Naharlagun under the aegis of APSACS as part of the month-long blood donation day program as well as to commemorate the 28th death anniversary of former prime minister late Indira Gandhi at the Blood Bank of ASH today.

Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Moji Jini highly appreciated the youths of AEKCCSWA for voluntarily coming forward to donate blood. Dr. Jini informed that AEKCCSWA had also expressed its willingness to participate in the blood donation program to be organized at RK Mission Hospital on November 2.  Earlier, Dr. K Ete, Senior Biochemist of ASH, explained the importance of voluntary blood donation through PowerPoint presentation in a seminar cum donor motivation camp organized prior to the blood donation camp. He urged the youths to take active part in spreading the message of importance of voluntary blood donation among masses.

Medical Superintendent Dr. D Raina, Dy Director (Blood Safety) Dr. Nabum Budh, Blood Bank Incharge Dr. G Padu, Consultant (Blood Safety) Doni Tayeng also present on the occasion and motivated the youths.


Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Flowering famine relief distribution  programme was flagged off by Itanagar MLA Techi Kaso  in a simple function held at the NBCC Mission compound today. A total of 3250 affected families  of Tali, Pipsorang, Gangte, Chambang circle of Kurung Kumey district and Kamporijo circle of Lower Subansiri district were provided rice and salt as relief assistance. The food materials were sponsored by Canadian Food Grain Bank and World Relief, Canada respectively and distributed by NEICORD in partnership with Nyishi Baptist  Church Council.


Medical  and Awareness camp on Hepatitis B

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: The Catholic Mission Siyum conducted a Free Medical and Awareness  camp on Hepatitis B at Govt. Primary School in the remote Ayingmurri village in the Upper Subansiri district on October 28.

The camp started with a PowerPoint presentation on Hepatitis B disease.

Dr. Susmitha, the coordinator of the camp, explained the common causes of transmission, symptoms, stages of infection, vulnerability and vaccination procedures of the silent killer disease. She also cleared the prevalent myths and fears about the spread of the disease among the local populace and exhorted them to take extreme care and not to go for self medication and self injections.  

Later, the team led by Dr. Susmitha conducted the free medical camp and held health checks and treated all patients including many infants and children for various ailments. 250 patients of the locality and various remote villagers benefited from the awareness programme and the free medical camp.

The camp was assisted by Fr. Siju Jose, Sr. Alin Therese, Catholic Mission Siyum, Mrs. Yajam Biaching and Yapa Singkom, Voluntary Health Workers, Divine Mercy Health centre, Siyum.


Army recruitment rally at Tezu

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Indian Army will be conducting a recruitment rally for  Soldier GD category at Tezu, the district headquarters of Lohit, from December 3 Dec to 5.

The candidates from all districts of Arunachal Pradesh can report at Jubilee Ground, Tezu from December 3 to 5, 2012 for screening.  Written Test for candidates, who are found fit in physical tests, documents check and medical examination, will be held on December 9 at Indira Gandhi Govt College, Tezu.

Candidates for Soldier (GD) should be at least 160 cm tall and class VIII pass. Candidates are advised to bring along with them original educational documents, birth certificate, Permanent Resident Certificate (PRC), Scheduled Tribe Certificate, character certificate and unmarried certificate. The educational documents should be countersigned by the DDSE.  The interested candidates may contact ARO, Jorhat (tele: 0376-2310830) or visit web site www.joinindianarmy.nic.in for further details, according to an Army release.


PTC win T20 Cricket tourney

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Police Training Centre (PTC) defeated Nirjuli Young Star Club in the final to win the T20 Cricket Tournament organized by Yumbin Welfare Society under the sponsorship of Horizon Agricare Pvt Ltd at BN ground Chimpu near here today.

The winning team was awarded cash prize of Rs 1,00,000 along with trophy and the runners up team was given cash prize of Rs  40,000.

Man of the Series B. Sharma and Man of the Match R. Pradhan were awarded cash prize of Rs 5,000 and Rs 3,000 respectively.

The prizes were given away by Taw Tebin, general secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association in the valedictory function today.

Both the team captains have expressed their appreciation to the society for organizing such kind of tournament.

Taw Tapa Nony, the chairman of the Yumbin Welfare Society and Ngurang Tana, project manager of the tournament also spoke on the occasion.





108 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


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Make the blood bank functional

Dear Editor,

Many emergency and serious patients of East Kameng district are being referred to either Capital hospital or Tezpur civil hospital due to non-functioning of the blood bank in district hospital, Seppa. There are trained manpower and required infrastructure to run a blood bank at Seppa hospital, but the blood bank remains defunct as the necessary equipments are not installed  yet  due to lack of interest  of the  district health authorities.

Functional blood bank in a remote district like East Kameng is necessary to  provide the poor patients blood transfusion service within the district.

Therefore, I strongly appeal the Health and Family Welfare Minister and District Medical Officer, Seppa to take all possible steps for making the blood bank functional.   


Rating Tabu (Fengche)


All East Kameng Capital Complex Students’ Welfare Association




We are waiting for outcome of enquiry report

Dear Editor,

The APP/IRBn constable recruitment drive was held from July 17 to 26 and the selected candidates had  faced the  written tests on September 2, 2012. The public of Upper Subansiri district had witnessed the  recruitment process and were satisfied as the Interview Board acted in a fair and free manner  without any objection.

Unfortunately, recruitment was halted following  complaint lodged by  someone with vested interests and  Govt constituted a one man enquiry committee headed by IAS officer. However, even after the submission of enquiry report, the results of written test have not yet been declared whereas the results were declared in other districts and selected candidates are now undergoing training. Therefore, such delay in declaration of result has brought untold mental agony to the deserving candidates.

General public, parents and candidates are waiting for the outcome of the enquiry report. Some of the candidates who appeared in the constable interview are in a dilemma.  They can not wait for uncertain period of time for  the  job while discontinuing their study.

Therefore, as senior citizens, we earnestly request the state Govt, especially home department to look into the matter seriously and reveal the outcome of the enquiry report at the earliest.


D D Raji


All Upper Subansiri District Contractors’ Welfare Association




Declare interview results

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of Tax & Excise department towards delay in declaration of written test examination results for the post of constables. How much time the Govt. department needs to complete the recruitment process and declare the written test result for the post of constables when the written examination was conducted in a fair manner. If the department buys more time, it will generate more doubt about the credibility of dept.

Many a times I have approached the department and enquired about the result only to get funny reply. We are clueless who are responsible for the undue delay in declaration of the results. Therefore, the Chief Minister  is requested to  intervene for early declaration of the results.


Tasong Nonang

A candidate

Arunachal remembers Indira Gandhi

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Along with the rest of the country, Arunachal Pradesh  today observed the 28th death anniversary of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi as Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day).

APCC president Mukut Mithi, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, ministers, MLAs, MP, Parliamentary Secretaries, PCC office bearers,  Congress leaders of frontal organizations  and Congress workers paid floral tribute to the portrait of Indira Gandhi on her death anniversary at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today. Artistes from Kristi Kendra Music Academy, Naharlagun performed Bhajan to befit the occasion.

A pledge was administered by Mithi  to the gathering to mark Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.

Later, the APCC leaders including  Mukut Mithi,  CM Nabam Tuki, along with rank  and file of APCC also paid floral tribute to the statue of Indiraji at I G Park.

Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal, district Congress Seva Dal and City Congress Seva Dal have also jointly observed the death anniversary of India Gandhi  at Congress Bhawan, Naharlagun.

The officers and staff of the Capital District administration observed the Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas at its office complex in a befitting manner. Patriotic song by the students of  Govt Middle School, D Sector, Naharlagun, administration of rededication pledge  were other highlights of the programme.

Addressing the gathering  Capital DC Sanjay Goel recalled the contribution of Indira Gandhi in nation building and  appealed the people to rededicate themselves to fulfill the dreams of former Prime Minister Indiraji.  At Ziro in Lower Subansiri District  the Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas was observed in the Deputy Commissioner’s Office Complex today. The entire staff, public leaders, HoDs, Bazaar Committee members turned up to pay floral tribute to the portrait of late Prime Minister Indira Gandh  on her 28th death anniversary.  DC Taru Talo advised the gathering  to redidate themselves and shun the path of violence for a progressive society.

The first woman Prime minister and one of the most charismatic leaders Priyadarshini Indira Gandhi  was remembered on her death anniversary at Khonsa. The officers and staff paid floral tributes to the portrait of Indiraji on the occasion. ADC  H. Matcha  read out an extract of one of the speeches of late Indira Gandhi in presence of Tirap DC Dr. Sachin Shinde, officers and staff.  Earlier, Matcha recalled the tremendous contributions of Indira Gandhi in making India vibrant, strong and self-reliant.  He urged all to follow the ideals of late Indira Gandhi.



Indo-Myanmar resolve to strengthen bilateral relations

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Several critical issues, like security, drug trafficking, communication barriers etc concerning both India and Myanmar and measures to curb them were discussed in details in the First Indo-Myanmar Border  Liaison officers’ meeting of Pangsau, Myanmar and Changlang held at Jairampur yesterday.

It was also stressed in the meeting that peace in the region could be achieved only with the consistent efforts by both the sides. The meeting gave more emphasis on cross-border culture and trade exchange between the two countries.

The meeting ended with commitment from both the parties in extending full co-operation for regional development, solving the critical issues involving the region and take necessary friendly steps in strengthening the existing bilateral relations.

The Myanmar team was led by U R U Sanchyu. Changlang Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav chaired the meeting from Indian side.

J.P.N. Singh, Director (NE-II) Ministry of Home Affairs, B.K.Singh  SP Changlang, Col. R.S. Chauhan Commdt. 18 AR, Tokong Pertin Director (Trade & Commerce) and various other dignitaries attended the meeting.



VKVs excel in district level Science Congress

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Vivekanada Kendra Vidyalayas (VKVs) made a clean sweep of all the three positions in the District Level Science Congress conducted at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Naharlagun today.

VKV Chimpu team led by Kaling Peyang won the first position while the second position was won by another team from the same school led by Ipsita Patir. The third position went to VKV Nirjuli team led by Tana Opu.

Speaking on the occasion Papum Pare DDSE TT Tara sought participation of more students in the Science Congress. He advised the students to create awareness among masses of the need to conserve, explore and harness energy in order to meet the local needs.

T Tatan, Principal, Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Naharlagun said that the main objective of the Science Congress is to develop scientific temperament among students as well as provide with them a platform to explore the hidden talent.

Dr. AK Mishra informed the gathering that the primary aim of children Science Congress.  



“Orientation Training Programme on disaster management conducted

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: A two days Orientation Training Programme on Disaster Management sponsored by Department of Disaster Management, Govt of Arunachal Pradesh concluded at SIRD Conference Hall here today. The programme was conducted for PRIs, teachers and Bharat Nirman Volunteers under Lab to Land Initiative of MoRD.

Inaugurating the programme on 30th October Y. W. Ringu, Director Department of Disaster Management said her department has given emphasis on sensitization and capacity building with an aim for enabling all concerned to be better equipped in managing disasters.

While explaining the cause of disaster, she  said there is an urgent need for better understanding at individual as well as community level about possible repercussion in meddling with nature by undesirable activities such as construction on river beds, indiscriminate cutting of forests in the name of development etc. She informed that the concept of Disaster Management has undergone a paradigm shift and is much more inclusive and holistic than merely relief and rehabilitation. Relief and Rehabilitation has now become an integral part of the overall process of disaster management. Accordingly the department of Relief Rehabilitation and Disaster Management is now renamed as Department of Disaster Management.

She further informed that Disaster Management activities at the national level are being co-ordinated by Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India and a National Disaster Management Authority has been constituted as an apex nodal agency at the national level. Similarly, Arunachal Pradesh has a state Disaster Management Authority in state and district levels. Emphasizing on greater awareness at household levels, she  stressed on  active participation of teachers and volunteers  on disaster awareness.  Ringu appreciated the efforts of SIRD Arunachal Pradesh for conducting the training and expressed that this training would provide food for thought to all participants for better disaster management.

Earlier speaking on the occasion, Nyabin Ete, Director SIRD dwelt on importance of capacity building and awareness on disaster management at community level.

Dr. Kirto Loyi Course Director informed about the programme details. Training Programme is co-ordinated by Dr. Kirto Loyi, Dy. Director, SIRD and S.W. Bagang, Assistant Director SIRD.



Odam Ering memorial football tourney begins

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Oct 31: The eleventh edition of ‘Odam Ering Memorial Football Tournament began at General Ground here today.

The opening match was played between Legong Banggo Eleven and Mirem team in which the former defeated the latter by a margin of 3-1 goal.

Tatem Taloh of Legong Banggo team scored 2 late goals in the second half to ensure the team’s victory.

Earlier, Bogong Anchal ZPM Okom Yosung inaugurated the tournament in presence of several local dignitaries, veteran footballers and soccer lovers. Yosung appreciated the District Football Association (DFA) for conducting the tournament saying that such sporting activities foster unity and brotherhood among the youths. He advised the budding players to show their hidden talents through such sport activities.

Addressing the players, DFA president Oshong Domin stressed of the need to maintain sportsman spirit and discipline by players. He appreciated Ering family for sponsoring the tournament.

The DFA president informed that teams from East Siang and Simen chapori of Assam are participating in the tournament. He further informed that the winner and runners up teams will be awarded with cash prizes of Rs 60,000 and Rs 30,000 respectively besides other individual prizes.

Mirku (Pasighat) will play against BFC in tomorrow’s first match while Mebo team will lock horns will Runne team in the second match.

As many as 20 football teams from the district and neighboring state Assam are participating in the tournament.

The tournament, which started in 2001, is an annual football event conducted in memory of Odam Ering, wife of architect of modern Arunachal late Dr Daying Ering and mother of present MP and union minister Ninong Ering.



Training on fourth round of DLHS

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: A five days training program for the fourth round of District Level Household and Facility Survey (DLHS-4) was conducted by Sambodhi Research & Communications in Naharlagun from October 26.

Inaugurating the training, Mission Director of NRHM Bidya Gadi, highlighted the importance of DLHS-4 project in policy making for the government. He also highlighted the functioning of NRHM in the state and how DLHS-4 will help the government to make new policies and its implementation in our state.

One of the project officers Parag Mudoi highlighted about the objectives of DLHS-4.

During the in-house classroom training the field coordinators Thangpong Tangha and Amit Mishra trained 50 members of mapping and listing teams under the supervision of Parag Mudoi and Gunindro Singh project officers from IIPS, Mumbai with the help power point presentation followed by mock/practical session.

Two days of field practice was also conducted in both rural and urban areas of Itanagar.

The training was managed by the Project Coordinator (Health), Dr N.Tangha and other team members of the Sambodhi team Rohit Singh, Durlov Ghosh and Bipin Mishra.

Sambodhi Research & Communications Pvt. Ltd. is a leading research and advisory organization based out in Delhi, providing services across the social and development sectors. Over the years, it has provided technical research and evaluation support to almost all multilateral, bilateral and government and non-government organizations such as DFID, USAID, World Bank, IFAD, UNICEF, UNDP, ILO, etc.

Going forward with research in the health sector, Sambodhi has been involved in the 4th round of District Level Household and Facility Survey which will be conducted in 2012-13.

The 4th round of District Level Household and Facility Survey has household survey and facility survey components. In Arunachal Pradesh, the project has a vast geographical coverage in all the 16 districts with a total of 160000 households. The Clinical, Anthropometric and Biochemical (CAB) component has also been introduced for the first time in DLHS, in order to obtain data on nutritional status and information on prevalence of certain lifestyle disorders like diabetes and hypertension at district level, some elementary tests for measurements like length/height, weight, and blood pressure, estimation of hemoglobin and fasting plasma glucose and testing of salt used by households for iodine. Under this more than 80000 people will be tested from all the 16 districts of Arunachal Pradesh.

The sample collected will help us estimate the burden of life style diseases in the state and help in making policy level changes.

The overall objective of the survey is to assess the performance with regard to implementation of various programs under NRHM at district level. The few specific objectives of the survey are to estimate or assess the Ante natal care and immunization coverage, extent of safe delivery and coverage of JSY, the contraceptive prevalence and unmet need for family planning, to evaluate the awareness about HIV/AIDS and reproductive and sexually transmitted infections, assessment of the availability and quality of Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) services and contribution of public-private sectors to RCH services are also the key information points of the survey. Moreover, the availability of critical inputs in public health care establishments through Facility Survey will also be brought together.

In DLHS-4, Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) will be used for data collection. Therefore, each investigator will be provided a mini laptop having a bilingual questionnaire for collection of the data.



ICDS Projects remember Indira Gandhi  

ITANAGAR, Oct 31: Urban ICDS Project, Itanagar remembered Late Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, the iron lady, on her 28th death anniversary today by paying rich floral tribute to her portrait.

Outlining the objectives of the gathering, SC Tok, CDPO of the Project mentioned the various services being delivered through Anganwadi centers (AWCs), specially the 6 services, namely SNP, Immunization, Health Check-up, Referrals Services, Nutrition a &Health Education and Pre-school Education-- a non formal education. A scheme namely, Indura Gandhi Matritva Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) launched dedicating her name has been implemented in the country using the AWCs as a focal point. He also requested all present to cooperate with him and other functionaries of the Project to implement the programmes successfully.

He asked all Anganwadi workers and helpers present to develop a sense of responsibility to make their AWCs functional smoothly and discharge their time to time assigned duties.

Attending the programme, Taba Niglo, ASM Jullang-Cum-President BCC, Itanagar and Ruhi Tagung, President, Itanagar City Development Welfare Association respectively have asked all the AWWs and other ICDS functionaries of the Project to be very dedicative towards their duties and responsibilities. Knowing the provision of numerous services under ICDS/AWCs, they were happy to learn about it and said that Anganwadi workers are fortunate enough to be a worker to serve the down trodden. Here the AWWs are having an opportunity to serve the society as an AWW, as a Nurse, as a doctor, as a leader, as a teacher and as a mother etc.     

P.E Angu, Dy. Director (ICDS), Distt. ICDS Cell, Papum Pare, Yupia, appreciating the initiative of the Project has dwelt about the importance of the day and contribution of Late Prime Minister to the Nation and Women and Child Development in particular. She asked all functionaries as well as other present to pave way for eligible beneficiaries to avail the various schemes of the Deptt., including the old age pensions under NSAP by properly attending the required conditions.



World Thrift Day celebration

TEZU, Oct 31:  Lohit district joined the rest of the country to celebrate the World Thrift Day by conducting a meeting participated by cross-section of the society, officials of various departments, small savings agents, panchayat members, women organizations, gaonburas and students in the DC’s Conference Hall, chaired by Mito Dirchi, EAC.

Addressing the meeting, Dirchi emphasized the need to save money to meet the requirements of the future so as to enjoy financial security and peace of mind in life.

N.K. Bandhopadhyay, Treasury Officer, in his welcome address stressed on the need to be cautious with bogus financial companies that offer high rates of interest to lure the public.

Jotho Yun, Field Publicity Officer, gave a detailed historical account of ‘World Thrift Day’ which aims to create awareness among the masses about the virtue of thrift and bring people in the fold of savings movement. The savings products of Ministry of Finance operated through Post Offices are structured in such a way that they cater to the need of different segments of the society,” Yun elaborated.

Participating in the celebration as resource person, Dr. K. Rajendra Babu of Indira Gandhi Government College conveyed the audience that of the Gross Domestic Savings (GDS), 69.6 percent of savings come from household sector, 26.0 per cent  from private corporate sector and the rest 4.4 percent is contributed by public sector.  The share of household savings in our country is 24.1 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), whereas it is more than 30 per cent in South East Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea etc. He further informed the audience that house hold savings comprises of financial savings and physical savings---financial savings include savings in currency and bank deposits, post office savings, shares and debentures, insurance policies, pension funds, provident funds etc, while physical savings of household include construction of houses and household equipments and appliances.

Quoting Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s worry of recent decline of household sector’s financial savings from 11.1 per cent in 2008-09 to 7.8 per cent of GDP in 2011-12, he informed that this decline brings an adverse impact on the government’s effort in stepping up investment needed for development.  Quoting the NCAER (National Council of Applied Economic Research)’s study which reveals that 36 per cent of households still prefer to keep cash at home, he emphasized the need to channelize this cash towards banks, post offices and financial institutions for the greater good of the nation by utilizing the services of agents and spreading financial literacy among the masses.

D.K. Deka, from the Department of Posts presented the audience with details of various post office savings schemes. DIPRO

Moral education

With increasing number of elderly being displaced from their homes and being abandoned, the issue of the elderly in India needs to be tackled. Recognising the part education has to play in sensitising young children towards the elderly, the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry has asked NCERT to look into the prospect of re-introducing moral and value-based education at the elementary level of education.

In order to do this in a systematic way, the Ministry has invited a delegation from the National Council of Educational Research and Training to ponder upon the issue at the 'National Conference on Ageing' which is scheduled for next month. The subject of moral education used to be a part of elementary schooling. Besides, other value-based topics like respect and sensitivity towards elderly used to be an important part of this subject. Therefore, the ministry has requested NCERT to look into the possibility of resuming this subject.

The conference among other things, will also take a look at the status of social, financial, and health issues faced by senior citizens and the status of implementation of various laws. The end result expected of this conference is to get a clear idea of the way forward to ensure a better future for the ageing population in India.