November 04

Essay writing competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: An essay writing competition on topic “Dengue is preventable, lets prevent it,” was organized among the students at Secondary School, Supliang, Anjaw on October 30.

Onaisi Krong and Junilu Chaitom, both from KGB Vidyala and Gagan Minin of Govt. Middle School won the first, second and third prizes respectively. The winners were given cash awards.

The competition was organized by District Vector Borne Disease Control Society, Anjaw as a part of awareness generation among the school going children on vector borne diseases.


Social service

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Bapu Welfare Society of Tafragam village conducted a social service to clean the campus of VKV Tafrogam recently.

While appreciating the BWS members for conducting the cleanliness drive, Principal of the school PK Pandey explained the need of such social service in the society.


KAWA meeting

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The second central executive body meeting of Karko-Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) held under the chairmanship of KAWA president and former minister Eken Riba at Tarak village of East Siang yesterday, has adopted few resolutions, which included publication of genealogy of Tirki- odong, matpang and Manmong clan under KAWA residing in East Siang and Upper Siang districts and construction of its head office at Basar.


CoSAAP’s memo to CM

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: A team of  Confederation of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) today called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and submitted a memorandum for early fulfillment of its few pending demands.

Some of the demands of CoSAAP are to increase the retirement age, children education allowance, transport allowance and grant of lumpsum amount with monthly pay as medical allowances etc.

Meanwhile, CoSAAP, in a release claimed that the CM has assured to look into the demands and review those executive orders issued from time to time by the government in the interest of the Govt. employees.


Children’s Science Congress held

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The District Level National Children Science Congress, 2013 was held at BRC Hall, Doimukh today.

Arunava Dutta and Kr Sachidananda Soaham Gupta of VKV Chimpu stood first in the Science Congress. The second position went to Hage Tunya, Tasso Rohnya, Arpita Paul, Shrestha Biswas and Koj Pinky of VKV, Vivek Vihar, Itanagar. Amar Kumar and Tania Benl of Govt. Hr Sec School, Itanagar bagged the third position.


IFCSAP dist. Unit meet held

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Upper Subansiri district unit of Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh (IFCSAP) in a meeting today decided to celebrate the Indigenous Faith Day on December 1 in a grand manner at district level.

The meeting attended by MLA Tapin Siga, DMO Dr. T Gongo and IFCSAP state unit General Secretary Gichik Taaza highlighted the role and efforts IFCSAP to protect, preserve and promote indigenous culture and faiths of the state. They also defended the reasons for changing the annual Indigenous Faith Day celebration from December 31 to December one.


Voluntary blood donation camp at RKMH

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: All Tirap Changlang Lohit and Longding Students Union, Itanagar in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Aids Control Society organized a voluntary blood donation cum awareness camp at RK Mission Hospital (RKMH) here yesterday to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda.

Twenty units of blood were collected during the camp. Over 50 students turned up for the blood donation camp.

Kamtu Manai, Deputy Director, Statistics and Economics also attended the programme.


East Siang observes World Thrift Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: World Thrift Day was observed at Pasighat at District Treasury Office recently.

On the occasion, District Treasury Officer Robo Megu emphasized on creating public awareness about the importance and significance of small savings and advised the District Field Publicity Officer (small savings) and agents to work towards achieving the goal. He, however, informed that due to paucity of fund and shortage of staff, the field publicity officer was not in a position to conduct such mass awareness campaign. He said that the concern higher authority should earmark some fund for the purpose. He also informed that many villagers are now showing reluctance to open account in private firms due to recent incidence of fraud.

Field Publicity Officer (small saving) Okep Megu briefed about the “World Thrift day.” He also advised the agents to improve their performance and disseminate the values and importance of small savings to villagers and businessmen.

The programme was attended by small saving agents of the district.


LBSU appeals for early resettlement of flood affected villagers

ITANAGAR, Nov 03:  Lotong Banggo Students’ Union (LBSU), in a memorandum, has appealed to the Chief Minister to take necessary step for resettlement/ rehabilitation of the 2004 flood victims of Mabira, Morapat and Mazgaon of Chowkjiam circle.

Lamenting that the Govt. had not taken any initiative for resettlement of the flood affected people despite repeated pleas in the form of memorandum, LBSU urged the CM to initiative necessary step for quick rehabilitation of the affected people.

The students’ union said that a memorandum in this regard was submitted to then CM in 2006, but nothing has been initiated so far.

As per Govt. notification, the LBSU informed that the present area of the three villages are no more suitable for human settlement.

According to the release, the villagers have been struggling for their survival since their villages were ravaged by flood.

Meanwhile, the Union has strongly opposed the establishment of military and paramilitary headquarters at Jaipur.

The union claimed that the land donated for establishment of Headquarters of Divisional Commissioner (East) at Jaipur are being used as military and paramilitary headquarters against the interest of the land donors and the people of the area.

The union sought the chief minister’s intervention in the matter.


Women Craft Day celebrated

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The 12th Women Craft Day was celebrated by Ganga Baptist Church with religious fervor.

The day-long celebration was marked by display of varieties of wooden, bamboo handicrafts and knitted and weaved items by the participants. The women and youths displayed cultural items during the celebration.

The Women Craft Day is celebrated every year to promote and encourage craftsmanship among the members of the church which also provides them with platform to display their products.


ABK (WW) team reaches Kaying

KAYING, Nov 03: The touring Adi Bane Kebang (ABK) women wing team conducted an Education Awareness Camp at Government Pame Inter Village School on Saturday and interacted with the students, teachers and villagers of both Pame and Reying villages of Payum circle under West Siang district.

During the interaction, Pame GPM chairperson Tanung Pame apprised the visiting team about the need for upgradation of the inter village school to middle school due to increasing number of students.

While informing about acute shortage of teachers in schools of entire Payum circle due to reluctance of the teachers to stay in their respective places of posting, the youth leader expressed the need for posting more teachers in the circle including non-tribal teachers.

The touring team also found the school building in dilapidated condition with walls cracking and rainwater seeping.  There were no basic facilities, such as toilets, safe drinking water, hostels for students in the school.

Earlier, ABK women wing president Yamek Mize Taggu exhorted the teachers to discharge their duty sincerely and live upto the society’s expectation.


News Impact

Tuki seeks Goa’s cooperation in Sports and Tourism sectors

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today extended invitation to Narvelim Sporting Club, one of the most active football clubs in the Goa, to inspect and find means for cooperation with Arunachal Pradesh in developing the game and hunting talents in the state.

While attending the valedictory function of the ongoing 32nd edition of the All Goa Inter-Village Football Tournament for Gold/Silver Rolling Trophy and watching the final match, Tuki observed that Goa and Arunachal Pradesh could foster a relationship in the sporting arena, particularly in football – a game loved, played and prayed in both the states.

“Let us coordinate and cooperate in fields like sports and tourism. Let us bridge the huge geographical distance between us by bonding in friendship and cooperation. I take this opportunity to throw this invitation to you all to visit Arunachal Pradesh and may be the Narvelim Sporting Club can play a few games in our state with our youths. Let us work out in this direction too!” he said in his brief speech to players, spectators and organizers.

The tournament is organized every year by the Narvelim Sporting Club under the guidance of Luizinho Faleiro, former Chief Minister of Goa and AICC General Secretary, who is party in-Charge of North East including Arunachal Pradesh.

Tuki also paid rich tributes to Joaqim Fernandes – late father of Luizinho Falerio – in whose memory this tournament is organized every year to promote and propagate football at all levels in the state.

“I must congratulate Luizinho Falerio and his family for dedicating their time and energy in shaping the career of budding soccer talents and taking the game to newer heights in the country,” he said.

Falerio, playing host, thanked Tuki for accepting his invitation and being a part of the conclusion of one of the most popular football tournament of Goa.

Also present on the occasion was Avertaw Furtado, Goa Minister for Fisheries, RD, Labour, etc.

The Chief Minister was accompanied by Hage Khoda, Secretary, Panchayat, Rural Development, Protocol, Legal Metrology, NRI Affairs, Government of Goa, Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Vice President Nyamar Karbak.  



Delay in compensation evokes protest in Tato

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Delay in disbursement of compensation in respect of Tato-II Hydro Power Project by the Reliance Power Limited has evoked strong protests among the affected land owners in Tato circle. The irate land owners under the banner of Project Affected Peoples’ Action Committee (PAPAC) on October 29 launched an indefinite strike against the power developer in the area for its alleged indifferent attitude and delay in disbursement of compensation without any valid reason.  

The angry people, mainly comprised of youths, also took out a protest rally in Tato Township on October 29 demanding immediate disbursement of compensation amount. The protesters raised slogans denouncing the alleged indiscriminate attitude of the Power Developer to the land owners.

Reportedly, a Scorpio car owned by the Reliance Company was partially damaged by the angry youths during the rally.

L Rida, one of the land owners, told over telephone that the indefinite strike will continue till their genuine demand is fulfilled.

“Why is the authority of Reliance Company reluctant to give us our money when the entire paper works, environmental clearance etc have been done,” he questioned.

Meanwhile, PAPAC has strongly appealed to the district administration to intervene into the matter before the situation is aggravated.



Gambling items seized, several arrested

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: A large quantities of gambling items were seized and several gamblers arrested from various sectors of Capital Complex by City Police during raids conducted in the last two days.

City police led by SDPO Jummar Basar and Itanagar Police station Officer in-charge Tabi Bage conducted raids at various sectors and locations within Capital Complex which led to seizure of the gambling items (dice) and arrest of those gamblers, informed Capital Complex SP Nabam Gungte, in a release.

“Several persons, who were found playing dice (jhandi munda) during the raids have also been arrested for violating the prohibition order,” the SP said adding that action would be initiated against them under appropriate section of the Arunachal Pradesh Gambling (Prohibition) Act, 2012.

The District Administration after imposing a blanket ban on playing dice (jhandi munda) during this Diwali launched patrolling by deploying magistrate supported by a strong team of police headed by an officer in Itanagar, Naharlagun and Banderdewa areas since 5 pm of October 31.

Meanwhile, our Daporijo correspondent informed that gambling (jhandi munda) was going on unabated at Rijo ground, Daporijo on November two despite ban.



Tourism dept. organizes skill dev. Training

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The first batch of 100 unemployed youths belonging to economically weaker section of the society has been given training in hospitality under ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Tak’ (HSRT), a scheme launched by Union Ministry of Tourism to create employable skills in youth.

The training was given on Food Production, Food & Beverages Service, Housekeeping, Bakery and Pastries. The training also gave emphasis on how to improve behavior and personal attitude.  Designed by National Council of Hotel Management & Catering Technology the course was conducted by faculties from the department of Tourism & Hotel Management, RGGP and ITDC run Hotel Donyi Polo Ashoka etc.

The passing out ceremony was attended by Tourism Director Taru Talo.

Course completion certificates to the participants were distributed by Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombay.

Master Trainer of the training programme S Kar along with Nodal officer of ‘Hunar Se Rojgar Tak’ Bengia Manna Sonam, Assistant Director of Tourism expressed their satisfaction and appreciated the local youths who have come forward to undergo the training with utmost sincerity and enthusiasm.  

The department has facilitated placement opportunities at some hotels in capital. Representatives from some renowned hotels in state capital also attended the passing out ceremony and assured maximum placement to the passed out trainees in their respective hotels and restaurants.



IWF appoints Abraham as international referee

By Staff Reporter

NAHARLAGUN, Nov 03: Indian Weightlifting Federation joint secretary and Arunachal Weightlifting Association president Abraham K Techi has been appointed an international referee (weightlifting), the first from the state.

Budapest-based International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) president Dr Tamas Ajan of Hungary and general secretary Ma Wenguang of China issued the honour to Abraham, making him the fourth international referee from North East India after Sunil Elangbam of Manipur, Birendra Prasad Baishya (IWF president & Rajya Sabha member) and Bhabajyoti Goswami (Assam Weightlifting Association general secretary). However, Arunachal has five national weightlifting referees - Teli, AWA coach Kumar Doka and former weightlifters P Taipodia, Biku Sarita and Tarh Tassar - all of whom had to qualify at a national level test.

A former Sagalee ZPM, Abraham, along with AWA secretary Daniel Teli, had put Arunachal’s weightlifters on the global map, and was a state award (gold medal) recipient in 2012.

Besides being the Eastern Indian Body Building Association vice president, he was member of the organising committee, in charge of sports presentation and medal ceremony (weightlifting), the Commonwealth Games 2010, New Delhi and manager of the Indian weightlifting teams that went to Cyprus, Uzbekistan and Malaysia.



A confused generation

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: They say every society has to go through a transitional phase and we in Arunachal assume that our state is going that period now. The way things are going in the state, the young generations are facing tough time to choose what is best for them and the state? Now a day wherever group of people meet, they will discuss about corruption issue and all the bad things that are happening. Endless discussion takes places about corruption and need to fight against it but nothing materializes.

Last few years within short period of time, large section of people in the state has amassed immense fortune through unfair means. On the other hand, the hard working citizen has got stuck somewhere and are way behind these new found rich elites. These wealthy people financially support many local goons who in turn helps them to orchestra their evil design.  These goons become the leaders of various unions and association to carry out their mission. They create problem in developmental activities when things don’t go their way. Major developmental projects in the state are all suffering due to disturbances created by local elements. The filing of PIL and dragging matter to court if any person or group loose tender is becoming new trend. It’s unfortunate that such strong weapon to fight against corruption like PIL and RTI are being grossly misused by section of people in the state. Situation is so bad that these days people tend to doubt integrity of honest RTI seeker due to misdeed of majority. “There was some corruption allegation in regards to a developmental project in my village. I went to the concern office to file RTI. After submitting application even before I reached home, I got this call from contractor and officer to meet them. I was shocked when they asked me to withdraw application in lieu of money,” shared a citizen. Most of contractors especially those hailing from outside the state currently operating in the state complain of lack of support from local citizen. “See we are coming all the way from mainland India to be part of developmental process. No doubt we want to make profit but we also want to experience the satisfaction of completing major project in a difficult state like Arunachal. But local citizen are not supportive,” shared an official of multination company currently based in Itanagar. He also added that most of officials at New Delhi are aware that developmental projects usually fail in the state.

“The ministry officials know everything and therefore take their share whenever they give green signal to any project. Infact the moment they comes to know that there is project for Arunachal, they take special interest. The reputation of this state has taken beating at New Delhi too,” shared an official of Itanagar based multinational company. He further continued, “We always read in local newspaper that so and so unions, associations are demanding speedy developmental activities. However they act totally different when they visit our office and will start threatening us for money. This is really sad. If people of this state do not support developmental projects then I see doom for coming generation.”

Interestingly these goons are the one who makes fortune quickly and becomes rich within short span of time. The present generation are confused whether to emulate these goons and become rich overnight or to work hard to build better future. As sound of Deepawali crackers makes loud noise throughout state, many youths will be scratching their heads and trying to figure out what is best for them?



Arunachal school bags 2nd position in regional folk dance competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Arunodaya Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Itanagar won the second position in the regional level folk dance competition for North Eastern & Eastern states held at Shri Krishna Science Centre, Patna, Bihar on October 28.

The Regional level competition was a part of the National Role Play & Folk Dance Competition on Population & Adolescence Education being conducted for school students by the NCERT, New Delhi every year.

The main objective of this competition is to provide experiential learning situations to the students on various issues of Population and Adolescence Education so as to enable the adolescent students develop specific life skills for a better quality of life.

The theme selected by the Arunachal students for the folk dance competition’ this year was ‘Respect for our Elders’.

A. Tang, teacher of Arunodaya GHSS had developed the theme song, choreographed and prepared the students for the regional level competition under the guidance of G.C.Baral, Co-ordinator, Adolescence Education Cell of  State Council of Educational Research & Training (SCERT), Itanagar.

Tang and Abhay Kr. Das, both teachers of the school and Baral of SCERT accompanied the student participants to Bihar.

The folk dance team of the school has been invited to participate in the National Role Play & Folk Dance Competition on Population & Adolescence Education-2013 to be conducted by the NCERT at New Delhi from December 11 to 13.

The school team won the state level folk dance competition on Population Education.



JNC organises UGC-CPE sponsored entrepreneurship awareness camp

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: A UGC-CPE sponsored Entrepreneurship Awareness Camp (EAC) was organized by the Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat yesterday.

Attending the programme, Principal TayekTalom advised the participants to choose entrepreneurship as their ultimate career looking to the vast entrepreneurial opportunities in Arunachal Pradesh.

Dr. Naresh Kumar, Head of Department of Commerce and EDC Project Leader briefed the objective of the workshop.

Dr. AK Pandey, Professor and Dean, College of Horticulture and Forestry, Central Agriculture University, Pasighat emphasized for development of horticulture and the eimportance of value addition of agri-horti products.

Vice Principal (JNC) SR Chowdhury also highlighted on different entrepreneurial opportunities in Arunachal Pradesh while Programme coordinator Dr. MK Jana, Associate Professor, narrated the purpose and importance of EAC to create awareness among the young graduates to opt for entrepreneurship as their career.

Resource persons from College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat imparted training on mushroom cultivation, vermicompost and vermiculture, entrepreneurship on processing and value addition of horticultural crops, prospects of medicinal and aromatic plants cultivation, fish farming for income generating etc.

UGC-CPE coordinator Dr. DP Panda, Associate Professor, focused on “Mindset for Entrepreneurship”.

The programme was attended by 102 students from Commerce Department, who also actively took part in the deliberation and discussion.

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Unfair to blame present generation

Dear Editor,

Please refrain from pointing accusatory fingers at the so called Facebook generation just because they display intent to clean up the mess created by earlier generations. I take it that the term “Facebook generation” used in a recent cartoon published in this daily denotes the millennial generation: those born between the early eighties onwards to the nineties. Millennial did not create the scam-ridden garbage of PDS, SSA, and many others yet to be investigated so on and so forth, it is the legacy of a still clueless Gen X. If anything, the GenY active online should be praised for having the right intention and encouraged to do something constructive for their community, not ridiculed openly for their vain attempts at seeming significant. What do the earlier generations have to show for themselves? Land encroachment? Fund embezzlement? Open nepotism? Dividing Arunachal along tribal identities? And so on and so forth?

A few young civilians, students mostly, set an example on proper public hygiene by literally digging their hands into the dirt. One cannot seriously expect all of them to take up picking street garbage as a career.

One, because of the current demographic preponderance of millennials in South-east Asia; two, because young adults tend to be more sociable and they make friends easily; and three, because a younger television viewer is easier to entice, Facebook ads specifically target the this demographic cohort to generate an increase in the online traffic towards its website, whereas people of all age groups worldwide are to be found hobnobbing on the social networking site Facebook. There is no such thing as a “Facebook generation”. Idealism is a bug that bites indiscriminately when one is young. Those who criticize this generation of Web addicts forget who raised them. Too much television viewing inevitably skews the perspectives of even the cleverest.


Ozzoh Rijiju,

Bazar Line, Bomdila.



Let us not forget our root

Dear Editor,

Do you know, the world's most endangered language is spoken by only two people who don’t talk to each other? Surprised? so was I. Zoque- Ayapaneco, an indigenous Mexican language is considered most likely to become extinct because the only two people in the world that speak it fluently and who are in their 70's do not talk to each other just because they don’t have much in common.

According to UNESCO out of 6000 to 7000 languages that are spoken in the world, 60-90% of these would have been extinct by the year 2100.A research by the world body SIL International says that in every 14 days a language is lost and becomes a dead or extinct language. What an awry situation! A matter of serious concern!

In our next door ,you will be surprised to know that once a very popular and widely spoken Ahom language has lost into the pages of history, it is extinct. The present Assamese language is a porridge made out of Hindi and Sanskrit.

A chilling sense of grave apprehension ran through my spines when i came to know that in our own home of Arunachal Pradesh there are numerous languages {dialects} which are in the UNESCO'S list of endangered languages v.i.z Nyishi, Galo, Pasi, Padam, in the list of Vulnerable languages and Aka,Miji, Apatani and Singpho in the list of critically endangered languages .These are just to name a few as there are numerous unrecorded data.

Some scholars opine that Obsolescence or language death is a part of human evolution and cultural development. But I’m of the opinion that those who advocate such a development is like a fool sitting on branch of a tree and cutting the very branch where he sits. No development is a development until and unless it gives us the firm belief of ourselves and our roots.

Language is the thread that connects and binds us to the richness of our cultural heritage. As communities lose their language they also lose parts of the cultural tradition which are tied to that language such as folk songs, myths, and poetry. These in turn affect the sense of our identity producing a weakened social cohesion as their values and traditions replaced by new ones.

Globalization and neo-colonialism has led to the entry of economically dominant languages like English, Hindi, etc. This has undermined the minority languages especially like ours where there is no written documentation and script. No doubt these languages and neo-cultures equip us to find greener pastures, gives us wings to fly but most of us are carried away just by glamour and Yo-Yo Factor. But we know not, what we are losing. How much we pretend to, we would be like the mythological Bat who had the teeth like animals and wings like birds but still forgot that he was nowhere among them. This stupid Bat maligned the image of the entire bat community.

Some may question, then should we stop talking English, Hindi and other languages, stop interacting with fellow brethren of different religions and cultures? Won't it breed communalism, casteism, regionalism, a total Chauvinism? Wouldn’t we be reduced to The Frog of the well? To this question of yours here is what Gandhiji said, “I don’t want my house to be walled in on all sides and my windows to be stuffed. I want the cultures of all the land to be blown about my house as freely as possible but I refuse to be blown off my feet by any,"

It’s not too late, time for all of us to re-introspect ourselves and figure out what went wrong and where? Why do we pretend to be something what we are not? Religion, neo-cultures, and neo languages can be adopted but our cultural heritage is something that runs in our veins like the blood, but for it we are nowhere to exist. A consensus effort from all quarters, politicians, intellectuals, academicians, elders and every individual is of utmost necessity to prevent our languages and rich cultural heritage from dying a slow death.

What can we do then? Language documentation can be done by audio- video recording in a scientific manner. This has been successfully used in many countries. Recently our Adi brethren released the Adi Grammar which is a healthy sign of cultural preservation, and needs serious appreciation. Secondly language revitalization should be taken up and added to school curriculum, but in a multicultural-multilingual state of ours it is not feasible, moreover it involves huge capital. Then here I suggest an alternative which is simple and doesn’t involve a penny. I name it Home Based Language Revitalization {HBLR}.Our parents and elders ought to make it mandatory to speak to their children in their native languages (dialects) at home and take effort to teach them. If they fail to impart their children their mother tongue they are committing a heinous crime of snatching away their identity knowingly or unknowingly. And the last thing you can do is being a part of our program, SPEAK FOR IDENTITY’. Each and every individual should pledge to speak their own language at least in some important occasions like our festivals, rituals, cultural ceremonies, and on Arunachal Day. Above all speak to each other even if you don’t have much in common. It’s time to rediscover ourselves , our identity, lets dream together ,put efforts together to save our cultural heritage from dying a slow death. Above all let’s save ourselves.


Dr Khioram Bagang








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Trans Arunachal highway an elusive dream

According to the recent report China has opened a key 117-km highway connecting a remote part of Tibet located near the frontier with Arunachal Pradesh, with Chinese analysts saying the road will help safeguard sovereignty and territory as the region borders India. The highway links the strategically important Medog County in Tibet to the rest of China, ending the region's status as the only one in the country inaccessible by road.

This news is wake call for the New Delhi administrators. The government of India has miserably failed to upgrade infrastructure project in Arunachal Pradesh which shares international boundary with China. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Itanagar in January 31, 2008 announced Trans Arunachal highway project for better connectivity in this landlocked state. The Trans-Arunachal (declared as National Highway 229) highway from Tawang to Mahadevpur will pass through Bomdila, Nechipu, Seppa, Sagalee, Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo, Pasighat, Roing, Tezu, Mahadevpur, Namchik, Changlang, Khonsa and Kanubari. The project components include construction of two-lane feeder roads connecting all district headquarters. However 5 years after the announcement, the project is still progressing at snail pace. In February this year the then Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways C.P. Joshi revealed that only 100 km of the 2,400-km Trans-Arunachal Highway announced under the Prime Minister’s package for Arunachal Pradesh had been completed so far. This does not sound good for the state of Arunachal. Government of India should put more pressure on govt of Arunachal to ensure timely completion of all major infrastructure project funded by central especially the Trans Arunachal Highway.