November 11

Arunachal Football League

CCSC, TNSC share points

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC) drew 3-3 with Tagung Neri Sportig Club (TNSC) to share point on the second day of the Second Arunachal Football League being held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

TNSC shot into lead 4 minute into the match through a fine header by Kalu Rai before B Drai made it 2-0.

CCSC was awarded a spot kick in 28th minute against TNSC for handling the ball by its defender. Biku Dipu made no mistake in converting the penalty kick to a goal and reduce the margin to 1-2. Gyammar Kuku scored another goal just before the breather to level the score 2-2.

The second half saw both TNSC and CCSC scoring one goal each in 74th minute and 88th minutes through Atum Bagang and B Drai to make the final score 3-3.

Lok Sabha member Takam Sanjoy, who also is president of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association, and IMC Councilor Kipa Takum joined football lovers at RG stadium to enjoy the match.       

Tagung Neri SC will meet Todo United FC tomorrow at 2 pm. Todo FC lost 1-2 to Bamang Taji XI in the inaugural match yesterday.


APVA demands re-arrest of person accused of physical assault

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Taking serious note of the physical assault on Dr. Rajen Perme, Deputy Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary in his official residence at Regional Sheep Breeding Farm, Sangti, Dirang recently by a sub-ordinate staff, the  Arunachal Pradesh Veterinary Association (APVA) has demanded the West Kameng District authority to immediately re-arrest the accused.

While expressing strong resentment over grant of bail to the accused within few hours of his arrest instead of producing him before judicial magistrate, APVA claimed that the accused should not have been granted bail. The association demanded the authority concerned to take up the matter seriously for delivering justice to Dr. Perme.


Inclusion of Manmong Olung clan in KAWA genealogy opposed

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: The Manmong Olung clan has opposed the inclusion of their clan in the genealogy of KAWA claiming that they (Manmong Olung) had their own ancestors.

The clan members urged the Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) to rectify its recent press statement regarding inclusion of Manmong Olung clan in KAWA genealogy.


Enhancement of scale of pay demanded


DAPORIJO, Nov 10: Upper Subansiri District unit of Lower Division Clerk and Store Keeper Association (LDCSKA) has expressed strong resentment over non-fulfillment of its demand for enhancement of scale of pay despite repeated pleas.

The Association, in a meeting yesterday, rued that the demand for enhancement of the scale of pay of the LDC and Storekeepers have not been fulfilled by the authority despite repeated appeals and submission of representations whereas the demand of the UDCs have been fulfilled. The association claimed that both the UDCs and LDCs had requested for enhancement of their scale of pay in same time. But the demand of the LDCs and Storekeepers remained unfulfilled, the association informed. It said that the difference of scale of pay between the Group ‘D’ Ministerial staff and LDCs is only Rs 100, which according to the association, is discriminatory.

The Association has been demanding for enhancement of the pay scale of LDCs and Storekeepers from Rs.1900 to Rs.2400.


It is Mechukha, not Menchukha:ALBRSU

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: At a time when the entire Mechuka Sub-disvion of West Siang district was agog with festivity of Adventure Festival, All Libo Bokar Ramo Students’ Union (ALBRSU) expressed its resentment over the alleged change of the sub-division’s name from Mechukha to Menchukha.  

In a release, ALBRSU stated that the original and official nomenclature of the Sub-Division is Mechukha, but not Menchukha.  

It said that frequent appearance of the sub-division’s name as Menchukha in the just concluded Adventure festival has created confusion among the people of state and nation as whole.

While appreciating the state government for organizing the adventure festival in ‘Mechukha’, the union expressed its displeasure over the alleged role of the local MLA in promoting the name ‘Menchukha’ instead of ‘Mechukha.’ It also criticized the tourism department for using the name ‘Menchukha’ ‘without official recognition’.


Food crisis likely to hit Kurung Kumey

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Food crisis is likely to hit Kurung Kumey district as there is no stock of rice in Food Corporation of India (FCI)’s Ziro sub-depot, informed Kurung Kumey District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Nabam Tagum.

“If the situation persists for more than a week then the district administration will be unable to control it,” Tagum said, and urged the authority concerned to take immediate step to dispatch rice to the FCI sub-depot before the situation is aggravated.

The Ziro sub-depot is the base depot for both Kurung Kumey and Lower Subansiri district. The public and Govt. staff of Kurung Kumey are solely dependent on PDS rice.


News Impact

Border trade through Pangsau Passwill be operationalized soon

Nampong ready to be India’s gateway to ASEAN

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Union Minister of State for Trade and Commerce and Industries Dr. E M S Natchippan announced that border trade through Pangsau Pass along the Indo-Myanmar border in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh will be operationalized very soon. The Union Minister announced this during his recent two-day visit to Nampong and Jairampur along with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering and Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena.

Dr. Natchippan along with Ering and Sena visited the border and market areas of Pangsau Pass to gather first hand information about infrastructure facilities. They also interacted with a delegation of Myanmarese officials and traders and discussed about the possibilities of early opening of the border trade through the route.

While announcing for establishment of a food processing unit at Jairampur, Dr Natchippan advised the State Government to organize an Investors’ Meet at Nampong to capitalize the trading potentials to its fullest. The Union Minister has promised to extend full support to develop Nampong as an important international trading hub as well as India’s gateway to ASEAN countries.

Addressing a public meeting, Ering said that Arunachal Pradesh can change the scenario of entire North East, if Indo-Myanmar trade is opened through Pangsau Pass and Indo-China trade is explored through Kibitho in Anjaw, Gelling in Upper Siang and Taksing in Upper Subansiri. He said that all those routes are very well connected and all weather major trade is possible through the routes. Sena requested the union minister duo that Arunachal Pradesh should be made member of High Level Committee on Promotion of Trade and Commerce between India and Myanmar. He further stressed the need for taking prompt initiative to set Look East Policy in motion.

It is pertaining to mention here that the Centre had approved opening up of a Border Haat at Pangsau Pass along the Indo-Myanmar border in Changlang in March this year to boost border trade with South East Asia in tune to its Look East Policy.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki had last year written a letter to the Prime Minister requesting for opening up border trade on few specific points along the International border that Arunachal Pradesh shares with neighbouring countries.



Tuki appreciates Dikshit for ensuring safety of NE students

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has appreciated Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's efforts for ensuring the safety of youths, especially students and working women, of the north eastern region staying in the national capital.

A special police cell for the safety and security of north eastern youth formed last year has greatly strengthened the security apparatus for the youth of the north eastern region in the National Capital Region, Tuki said while addressing the closing ceremony of the two day Northeast Festival at New Delhi yesterday.

The Delhi government, he said, has provided land for building hostels for ladies in Delhi University and a northeast hostel at JNU.

He also informed that the Delhi Chief Minister has assured them of providing land for building a separate North East Cultural Centre in Delhi.

On the feeling of insecurity of youths outside the north eastern region, Tuki said "These insecurities are sometimes fuelled by anti-social elements and we should not let ourselves be overpowered by these forces".

Emphasising the role of youth as "very significant" in shaping the future of the country, Tuki said, "It is inevitable that we need to focus our energy to nurture the youth and make them capable of driving our region and country forward."  "Ours is a region which gives the highest regard to cultural sensitivity and has strong socio-cultural and moral traditions," he said.

The North-East Festival which was organized with the support of the Union Home Ministry, Ministry of DoNER, Planning Commission and the State Governments of the eight North Eastern states, felicitated the North East Icons, like Mary Kom, Actor Adil Hussain and journalist Arnab Goswami among a host of others.

While lauding the organizers for conceptualizing such programme, Tuki believed that North East Festival would go a long way in promoting the salient features of beautiful NE region.

“As we all know India’s North East is a region with tremendous possibilities. Its geography and diversity makes it a unique tourism destination and offers variety of options to tourists from all over the world. The Region has seen rapid development in the past few years to make up for the basic infrastructural gaps to make the region at par with the rest of the country in the parameters of development.

A lot of work is happening on the ground and we strongly believe that the results will be visible in a few years from now. There have been efforts to increase our engagements – both economic and cultural – with the bordering South East Asian countries. The full implementation of the features of the Look East Policy would greatly enhance the collective scope of the region” Tuki emphatically said.

While admiring the North East icons for facing many challenges and adversity to take the country and the region in national and international heights, the Chief Minister called upon the youths to recognize their attainments and take it as inspiration to put their best foot forward to achieve desired milestones.

“Their lives are lessons in themselves and goes on to prove that we can also be the best in all that we do, the question is only about the perseverance, resolve and dedication to our tasks. As we continue to derive strength from our diversity and look forward towards a better and meaningful tomorrow, I congratulate the icons and wish them all the best and I am sure they will continue to inspire us in the times ahead” he exhorted.

Tuki underscored the role of youth as very significant in shaping the future of the region and country.

“It is therefore, inevitable that we need to focus all our energies to nurture the youth and make them capable of driving our region and country forward,” he assertively said.

Later, Tuki, accompanied by Pema Khandu, Tourism Minister and Brahma Chaudhary, Advisor (NE), Planning Commission visited the Arunachal Tourism stall set up in the festival to highlight the tourism potentials of the state. Apart from providing printed promotional materials, the visitors were shown eye-catching video clippings of several places of tourist interest and destinations in Arunchal Pradesh.



Tawang erupts in anger over power crisis

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: The picturesque Tawang town today erupted in anger over acute power shortage prevailing in the district headquarter. With the onset of harsh winter, residents are battling for survival due to erratic power supply. To express displeasure, a massive public rally was held today which was organized by monks of Save Mon Region Federation (SMRF) popularly known as SMRF. The rally which started from Tawang monastery ended at old bazaar.

Thousands of people from far flung places of the district attended the protest rally.

Addressing the huge gathering, Lobsang Gyatso, general secretary of SMRF accused the power department of failing to give regular electricity in the district. He claimed that Tawang has been battling power crisis for the last many months. “Though there is power crisis, department is not taking any step to address the situation. Instead power department is ill treating poor citizen by indulging in unequal distribution. The VIPs get regular supply while poor are living in darkness,” claimed Lobsang Gyatso.

He also stressed the public to know their basic rights and appealed to the people of Tawang to fight for their rights. The SMRF also accused Border Road Organization (BRO) for not taking serious steps to improve the road conditions of Tawang district. They called for setting timeline, so that BRO speed up the construction work. Many gaon burahs of nearby villages also expressed their concern regarding erratic power supply and poor road condition. The public threatened to lock down the power stations if their demand for equal and continuous distribution of power is not met. Later on DC Tawang, SP and Zilla Parisad Chairperson appealed the public to maintain law and order while assuring that the administration has taken a serious note of power crisis, the SMRF claimed.



Prasar Bharati to launch separate TV channel for Arunachal and Sikkim

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Prasar Bharati, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jawahar Sircar said that a separate TV channel “Prabha” would be launched very soon specially for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim.

Addressing the staff of All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan Kendra (DDK), Itanagar in a city hotel here today, the CEO said that launching of the new channel would help promote rich art and culture of these two northeastern states. He urged the DDK staff to extend all support so that the proposed channel can be launched very soon.

Recalling the huge popularity of radio in the past, Sircar advised AIR staff to revive the past glory of radio by bringing innovation into programmes.

ADG (P) NER - C. Lalrosanga expressed his gratitude to CEO for his maiden visit to Itanagar and expressed the hope that his visit would have a positive impact on the functioning of DDK and AIR, Itanagar.

Present on the occasion were ADG (E) - CBS Maurya and Amol Ghosh amongst others.

A cultural troupe from Pasighat displayed famous Tapu dance on the occasion. Apatani, Nyishi, Nocte, Tagin and Adi cultural troupe Ngargo Raseng presented folk and modern dances on the occasion.



Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it’

Kaling Jerang

‘The tribes are being spoilt’ is a cry that has been and is often heard in the power corridors of New Delhi, ‘Cut off funds and let them try running their schools, hospitals and engineering services out of their own resources, only then will they understand how much they have to be grateful for’.

Keeping in mind the fact that ‘history should not be ignored, for if you forget the past, you are doomed to repeating it’, it has to be remembered that it was not NEFA (as Arunachal was called and known then) who took initiative in seeking and establishing contacts outside their habitat but it was the latter  who, for purposes of industrial growth, strategic necessity or other considerations of self interest did initiate contacts that were neither initiated nor desired by the tribal people themselves.

Meaning to say that Arunachal Pradesh with all its numerous resources ranging from water and hydropower, rich and varied flora and fauna, the deep and dark timber forests, various mines and minerals and the untapped tourism potential, can still manage to have a self sufficient and self reliant economy without fully being dependent and administered like a medieval fiefdom of New Delhi based ‘high commands’.

The time surely has arrived when we need to initiate serious re-thinking exercises for developing a non-dependent, self reliant and pragmatic and viable resource generating state economic policy based on an Arunachal centric vision document.

To my mind, to achieve what we are dreaming about, we need a complete restructuring of the conventional policies and programmes designed, developed and propagated from New Delhi to cater to the national needs. Instances like mindless signing of numerous MoAs with the power developers without the prior and informed consent of the local dwellers with unseen kickbacks running into crores filling the coffers of the Phantoms living in New Delhi is nothing but broad daylight economic rape of a tribal state. No wonder it is New Delhi which decides who should be appointed the Chief Minister of a state when it comes to any national political parties.

These wrongs can be righted only if we resolve and pledge to build a home of our own form now on without frequenting New Delhi to seek ‘suggestions’ even to decide the right kind of materials for building a house! It is time to ponder how and why the Rio model of governance is so successful in the state of Nagaland.  Neiphiu Rio is heading the Naga Peoples’ Front for the third successive term. The same is the case with Sikkim. Sikkim, for that matter, is economically far poorer in terms of resources than Arunachal; why then Pawan Kumar Chamling has been so successfully governing this tiny state for more than a decade? These are issues and questions that each and every legislator including the educated sections of the state ought to discuss and debate so that we could evolve a similar model for our state specific to our needs and aspirations. It is said that if we re not part of a solution, then we are the problems ourselves.

Like Nagaland and Sikkim, Arunachal too has its own historical, geographical, economic and demographic peculiarity. It is of vital importance to have a regional party at the helm to mould the future of the state in a secure, healthy and desired direction.

The case of illegal immigration in Assam (former Governor of Assam Lt. Gen. (Retd.) SK Sinha’s report in this regard is well known), the fate of the indigenous tribals in Tripura etc are only some examples why we need a strong regional party to promote indigenous peoples’ long term interest. It is time we bypass the so-called national parties and give power to one of our own. Shouldn’t we then dream of, conceive, plan, build and promote the only existing regional party of the state- Peoples’ Party of Arunachal?



Sanskar Baharati organizes statelevel patriotic song competition

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: Commemorating the 50 years of the immortal Hindi patriotic song “Ae Mere Watan Ki Logo”, Sanskar Bharati Arunachal Pradesh organized the state level music competition at Naharlagun today.

Rupa Chador of Upper Subansiri, Master Sourav Choudhory of Papum Pare and Jompi Lollen of West Siang district have won the first, second and third prizes respectively. They will represent Arunachal Pradesh in the North East level competition to be held at Indira Gandhi Park here on November 22 as a part of Sarhad Ko Swaranjali mega event.

The first, second and third position winners were awarded cash prizes or Rs. 20,000, Rs. 15,000 and Rs.10,000 sponsored by Subharti Medical College, Meerut, NGF College of Engineering and Technology and Jai Polytechnic, Ambala.

The main motto of the competition is to commemorate the martyrs of 1962 India-China war, who sacrificed their lives for the motherland as well as to imbibe the spirit of patriotism among the younger generation.

Chief Councilor of Itanagar Municipality HigioAruni, Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh President Taba Hare, SBAP President Tony Koyu, vice president (SBAP) and IFCSAP general secretary Gichik Taaza attended the function.

General Secretary of Sanskar Bharati Poorvottar Prosenjit Roy Choudhory, renowned singer Bengia Hemento, classical music teacher Debjani Acharjee were the judges of the competition.

Cultural displays by youths from Medor Nello, Naharlagun, students of Polo Colony Higher Secondary School and Nrityangan Dance and Music Academy, Itanagar and song Ae Mere WatanKe Logon sang by participants of 13 districts enthralled the audience.



APLS’ monthly literary sitting held

ITANAGAR, Nov 10: The 53rd monthly literary session of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society (APLS) was studded with contributions of children just to cherish the forthcoming Children’s Day (14th November) at the Conference Hall of J N State Museum, Itanagar chaired by its president Y D Thongchi.

The literary sitting was initiated with two presentations titled “The dream world” and “Jealous is a Hell” by Aryaman Das Borah, a student of class VI, followed by beautiful self-composed poem recitation “My dearest mom” by Rissum Diyum, a student of class VI. The next session was drawn with the presentation of melodious Hindi song by Baji Ringu, a class IV student. Takpi Game, a student of class XI (Sc), VKV presented his creative composition of an English poem titled ‘Courage’. Another young talent - Bake Yape, a student of Govt H S School, Itanagar presented two poems titled ‘Bamboo’ and ‘Value of each moment’.

Later, Roman Borah made a variation with presentation of ‘Bhupen Geet’ titled ‘Pratidhwani…….’

Inumoni Das Borah presented an Assamese poem – “Ekti Dooti Kabiter Stabak, Tomar Babe”, Dr Pakba Ringu presented a satire – “Shajahanor Uttarpurush” reflecting an enchanting debate of APLS sitting, while Ramendra Nath Koley presented his mini story – ‘Apanjan’ The literary sitting came to an end with the presentation of a shairee by Y D Thongchi.

Earlier, Dr Pekba Ringu, Asstt GS briefed the members on the visit of APLS team comprising of Tokong Pertin, Batem Pertin, Roman Borah, Inumoni Das Borah led by its president Y D Thongchi at Dholpur on the occasion of second death anniversary of Bhupen Hazarika organized by North-Lakhimpur and Narainpur Sahitaya Sabha on 5th November. The APLS team also participated in a rally while Thongchi released a souvenir published on the occasion. The audience felt emotional when Thongchi mentioned that ashes of Bhupenda were immersed in all rivers of Arunachal Pradesh. Batem Pertin, Tokong Pertin and Dr Pekba Ringu also spoke on the occasion.

Inumoni Das Borah recited a self-composed poem on Bhupen Hazarika. Rajeev Panyang from Arunachal Pradesh presented songs in a cultural programme organized in the evening. Samar Hazarika, the youngest brother of Bhupen Hazarika inaugurated the function. The chief guest said, “The activities of APLS will certainty boost the bond of unity between the people of two neigbouring states”.

Meanwhile, sources informed that Samar Hazarika and Tej Hazarika are expected to visit Itanagar to participate in the APLS foundation day scheduled to be held in December next.



School auditorium outside the campus opposed


PASIGHAT, Nov 10: Opposing the construction of Yagrung Secondary School auditorium outside of the school campus, the local people have demanded that the construction of the school auditorium near Pasighat-Ledum-Tene PWD road should be stopped immediately and the auditorium be constructed within the school campus.

According to some leading citizens of Yagrung, the school auditorium is being constructed near Pasighat-Ledum-Tene PWD road defying all public demand, who urged the authority to construct it within the school campus. According to them, some contractors with vested interests are constructing the building at their ‘own will’.

They say, construction of the school auditorium outside the school campus will not only create inconvenience to the school authority to look after it but also create problem in expansion of the PWD road in future.

While criticizing the officials of education department for allowing the contractors to construct the auditorium at an isolated place without consultation with the local people, Deniel Jamoh, a public leader of Yagrung, said that this type of irresponsibility by education department has caused great deal of dissatisfaction among the villagers.

The scheme of auditorium construction implemented by the education department is being funded under Special Plan Assistance (SPA) for the year 2011-12.

The department also executing three other auditorium schemes at Balek ,Mirbuk and Bilat schools respectively.

The estimated cost of each scheme is about Rs 1 crore.



Give BJP a chance to rule’


DAPORIJO, Nov 10: State BJP president Tai Tagak exhorted the party cadres and workers to promote communal harmony in the society and respect all irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.

Attending a party meeting here yesterday organized by its district unit, Tagak called upon party workers to work sincerely for further strengthening the party organization at all levels to ensure victory of the party in the Lok Sabha elections to be held in 2014. He said that the main motto of BJP is clean and corruption free administration for the welfare of ‘aam aadmi.’

Former MP Kiren Rijiju urged the party cadres to gear up activities for ensuring victory of BJP in the coming Lok Sabha election.

Local MLA Tapen Siga urged each and every party office bearer and worker to perform their assigned duties with utmost sincerity and dedication.

“To make a nation strong, we need strong representative at Centre,” he said, and appealed people to give the party a chance to form government.

State BJP General Secretary Dominic Tadar while highlighting the rampant corruptions and mis-governance by Congress-led UPA Government at Centre, exhorted the party workers to fight against all forms of corruption to make the country corruption free.

Earlier, district BJP president Tapa Dadi highlighted the aims and objectives of the meeting.

Representatives from all Mandals/ blocks and various morchas including Kisan Morcha, Yuva Morcha, Mahila Morcha and other senior leaders party leaders from Upper Subansiri district attended the meeting.



Wake me up when they are gone to sleep!

Vipasha Bhardwaj

First of all a caveat; If you are friends with such people, you are already half way down to the Great Indian Bore Well. As Indian we are quite lucky! Wonder why? We may face the perpetual scarcity of much essential items (forget about the essentials store that we are blessed with in Tezpur University, by evening, the ‘essentials’ are already digested) but we never run out of them-Bores. India or for that matter your immediate locality, that is, your classroom is swarmed with such brilliant all-time bores (Oh God! Why). Roti, kapda and makaan aren’t maintaining a legacy but bores have made a conglomeration of clan! Well, atleast we excel in something. The lineage could be traced back to India’s Parliament House where we have amazing iconic bores snoozing over screaming matches and fisticuffs and  our legendary netas, oblivious as they have always been towards the plight of the destitute, are too concerned with their power naps!

Even in as respected a game as cricket, bores have made an essential inroad. Just think back. Chandu Borde, Vijay Hazare, Bapu Nadkarni have put thousands of spectators to sleep (with due regards to their fabulous contribution to Indian cricket). The great Indian dirty old man, Khushwant Singh, specializes in re-writing the same old hackneyed jokes sent by his readers but lives in a self-complacency of having a witty repartee faculty.

Another kind of bore to run a mile away from is ‘Psy’ over whom the world is going nuts and his silly Gangnam style is the highest played track on the turntable. Honestly, its nothing compared to Salman Khan’s buckle dance.

Now the ‘heart of the matter’ is why do we put up with bores? May be we are secretly masochistic and crave punishment for all our past deeds that we inevitably or are pre-destined to fall in their company or maybe we see bores as harmless creatures. I’ve had my share of bores and my generalization is, they are more often than not self-obsessed, lousy braggarts, utter one syllable at a time and they tell their tales with such gusto and enthusiasm that I can’t gather courage to ask them to shut up. So it justifies my title, isn’t it? To misquote Oscar Wilde, “my own business always bores me to death. I prefer other people to leave me at my own risk”.


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Create tourist friendly atmosphere

The three-day Adventure Festival organized by dept of tourism at Mechuka came to an end yesterday evening with PWD, Finance & Planning Minister Chowna Mein declaring the gala event closed. This festival comes after recent Tawang festival which was celebrated last month at Tawang and Ziro music festival held in the month of September at Ziro valley. There are numerous other festivals lined up for celebration in coming month throughout the state. There is no doubt that these festivals are becoming major tourist attraction leading to increase inflow of tourists into the state.

However, the question lingers whether we are ready as ‘host’ to welcome the visiting tourist. Some of the region of state are notorious for hooliganism and in the past tourist had very bad experience. The tourism department should concentrate in giving awareness to these people. They should be taught nitty-gritty of hospitality. If our people are not tourist friendly there is no point in organizing so many festivals to woo the visitors. The tourism department should pay more attention towards creating tourist friendly atmosphere instead of celebrating innumerable number of festival and wasting money on construction of useless tourism infrastructure like lodge, cafeteria etc.

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Forestry students deprived

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, we would like to bring to the notice of state forest department regarding the increasing unemployment problem of forestry graduates in our state. Am writing this in connection, with the article written by Onima Mize and Bhanu Riba that appeared in Arunachal times dated 5thNov 2013 regarding pathetic condition of forestry graduates.

It is really matter of deep pain and anguish, the way concern department is neglecting forestry graduate in competitive examination of RFO and ACF. Since, from last many years the forest department has been ignoring the forestry graduate by not keeping reservation quotas for the forestry background after several requests by us. The inspector General of Forest of ICFRE( Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education) Dehradhun, Govt, of India has given directives to state govt, to recognize Forestry subject as Agri-Alleid subject with his letter (No. 11- 86/Edu/ICFRE/Pt/453)dated.20th sept.2012..

It is clearly written to consider forestry graduate in any open competitive examination like RFO and ACF. Several states like Himachal Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Jammu and Kashmir have their own reservation policies for recruitment of RFO/ACF, keeping quotas for forestry background. If we consider north-east region Meghalaya has separate reservation and Nagaland has made Forestry subject compulsory optional paper for (Paper-l and Paper-11,). In India 26 Universities offer forestry subjects in B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D levels, and every year an average of 10-15 Arunachalee students are passing out from various universities like NERIST and COLLEGE OF HORTICULTURE AND FORESTRY, PASIGHAT, UHF college Solan and FRI, Dehradun etc leading to rising unemployment problem. Besides these the department of Agriculture and Horticulture debars forestry graduates from attending interviews for the various posts for BTM and SMS under ATMA.


Talo Ekke


FOSAA(Forestry students Association of Arunachal),

NERIST, Nirjuli



Job dream is falling down

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, we would like to point out the shortcoming in providing training to various trainees who are undergoing training at different technical institution across the country, after getting selected through job Mela held at IG Park very recently by the state govt.

In order to get better employment avenues, the trainees who were mostly students studying in various institutions had left their academic career and joined the job mela for getting vocational training in different fields. But, now, it is revealed that only 75% placement facility will provided by those training institute after completion of the training successfully. Then my question is what will be the fate of rest 25% trainees who had already discontinued their studies hoping for 100% placement guarantee through the job mela.

Further, the trainee’s parents and guardians are not able to get touch with their wards as they are undergoing training in different institutions of the country which has no any branch in our state. The state govt should have given preference to those institutions for imparting training which has branches in our state so that the parents and guardians of the trainees could have easily got in touch with their wards.

The scheme is being implemented through Govt, of India funding scheme wherein all sorts of provision for fooding, lodging, transportation facility and training course is borne by the govt. We think the rate of unemployment will further rise to higher rate- after completion of the training by those trainees as the govt and the institute concern are not going to provide 100% placement to those trainees who had already left their academic career. Is this not a game- being played by the govt, and the training institute with the fate of the unemployed youth of the state?


Tana Rasso Tara

Asst. Finance Secretary APPDSU



Yupia deprived of basic facilities

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, we on behalf of indigenous people of Papum Pare District, would like to draw the kind attention of the concerned Deputy Commissioner, Yupia and Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh about the need to set up SBI branch and ATM facilities at district headquarter, Yupia.

Papum Pare District was created in 22nd Sept. 1992 and it’s headquarter is Yupia. However till today it lacks basic facilities like SBI branch and ATM facilities.

The people of Yupia are facing lots of problems due to lack of modern facilities. It also badly affects those who comes from outside for official work. They have to go back Naharlagun for withdrawing or deposit of their money. The nearest SBI branch and ATM facilities available at Naharlagun is quite far and during emergency cases it becomes very problematic especially for the pedestrian.

Therefore, we request Deputy Commissioner, Yupia and Govt, of Arunachal Pradesh, to immediately intervene and establish SBI branch and ATM facilities at district headquarter, Yupia for greater interest of district as well as state.


Tem Tama Tarh


Sangdupota Circle






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