November 04


News Impact



CM expresses concern over decline in wildlife

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed serious concern over dwindling wildlife population and appealed to all sections of the society to make a concerted effort to save them from extinction.

Participating in a mass awareness campaign on conservation of forests and wildlife at Rono ground, Doimukh today, Tuki said that there is still time to save our forest and wildlife species.

Tuki, who also holds the Forest and Environment portfolio, directed strict enforcement of all laws by the Forest and Administrative officers as well as civil society to ensure protection of rich environment of Arunachal Pradesh.

While responding to the plea of Speaker Nabam Rebia in his address at the mass awareness campaign, the CM referred to the global concern over the wanton destruction of environment. He exhorted the natur-loving Arunachalees to turn eco-friendly to show the path to the world.

Suggesting strengthening forest management committees from village to state level to achieve the goal, Tuki proposed incentives to protectors by evolving need-based schemes under 13th Finance Commission grant and Compensatory Afforestation Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for their economic benefits.

Appreciating the Ghora Aabhe Society (GAS) for protecting Hornbills, he advocated converting vast forest areas free from developmental activities to protected areas for conservation, the CM cited the example of Ompuli, which had turned into a natural elephant habitat.

Rebia, in his address, said, “We have no right to call ourselves descendents of Abotani, who never advocated nature’s destruction where he lived. You have not invested anything in forest thus have no rights to destroy it.”

Pointing out that wild meat is being sold in the open, children hunting birds and there was no single conviction under Forest Act so far, Rebia flayed the Forest and Environment Department for being a silent spectator. He suggested appointment of informers in each village and the GBs to strictly monitor and seize guns of hunters for the DC to cancel the licenses.

Rebia also administered a pledge to the huge gathering of villagers, PRI leaders and GBs besides Parliamentary Secretary Techi Kaso, MLAs Nikh Kamin, Pani Taram, Tirong Aboh, senior forest officials and administrative officers to protect and conserve wildlife and forests.

Earlier, PCCF Omkar Singh underscored the importance of vegetation and announced to conduct a mass plantation programme to increase forest cover in the state.

While two youths surrendered two air-guns to mark the occasion, Banderdewa DFO (Silviculture) Chukhu Loma highlighted the rich flora and fauna of the state and stressed on the urgent need to conserve forests.

Seijosa based GAS Chairman Nabam Takum also spoke on various efforts in conserving Hornbills, followed by WWF Coordinator Kamal Medi on community based conservation in Western Arunachal.

Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister inaugurated the newly upgraded SDO headquarters, Doimukh. Recently, the Cabinet had approved upgradation of the Doimukh EAC headquarters to SDO headquarters and notification issued a day later.



DoNER to release central share of Rs 89.94 Cr for 17 projects


NEW DELHI, Nov 03: The DoNER ministry would consider releasing Rs 89.94 crore during this fiscal of the total Rs 120.41 crore against 17 projects for which state shares were cleared and utilization certificate certificates submitted to the ministry.

This was informed by DoNER secretary R Vijay Kumar and joint secretary A M Singh and NEC joint secretary V B Pathak during a discussion on various roads with PWD Minister Gojen Gadi here today.

With hardly six working months in the state and one month gone, delay in release of funds would escalate the project costs and would require resubmission of the projects, Gadi said to justify his plea.

Gadi had received assurance from Union MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju for release of central share for 17 NLCPR projects at Ziro after submitting the DPRs prepared by PWD (Highway) western and eastern zone chief engineers at Ziro on September 26 last and pleaded for early release of central share amounting to over Rs 89.9 crore for 2014-15.

On Gadi’s request, they assured to find out the cause behind inordinate delay in sanction of the long pending 35-km Koyu-Ego road (Phase-II) for which a proposal worth Rs 96 crore was submitted. “We will take it up immediate”, they assured.

On Gadi’s request, they assured to find out the cause behind inordinate delay in sanction of the long pending 35-km Koyu-Ego road (Phase-II) for which a proposal worth Rs 96 crore was submitted. “We will take it up immediate”, they assured.

Gadi accompanied with Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina, in a joint memorandum, addressed to the Union MoS for DoNER, had submitted a copy to Rijiju and NEC secretary at Ziro with a request for early construction of the Koyu-Ego road, pending for the last two decades.

During threadbare discussion on construction of road networks in the land-locked state and new PWD schemes under the non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR), the trio clarified that all ongoing schemes would get priority and new ones considered later.   

They also informed that the ministry has so far released the highest funds to Arunachal Pradesh among all North East states. The ministry has already released 60 percent of the 100 percent funds earmarked for Arunachal, Kumar told Gadi.



Villagers ready to provide land for Airport

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Reacting to a news item published in a national and sections of local dailies that India may build an airport at Tawang near China border, Tourism Minister Pema Khandu informed that a team of Airport Authority of India (AAI) recently conducted feasibility study and identified Saulatse at Lumla in Tawang technically feasible for construction of airport.

“The villagers have already agreed to provide land for the Airport project and the district administration is in the process of acquiring the land”, said Lumla MLA Jambey Tashi.

“Construction of Airport in Tawang will not only boost our defense stand but also improve the socio-economic condition of the people in the remote border district,” said Pema. He also informed that the people of the district are quite enthusiastic of the proposed Airport project and are ready to provide land anywhere in the district apart from the present proposed site.

Tsering Tashi, local MLA of Tawang lamented, “The road from the nearest Airport at Tezpur in the state of Assam to Tawang is in deplorable condition and takes a pain-staking 12 to 14 hours travel-time to cover just about 360 Km”, the airport at Tawang will provide as an alternate and a faster means of transportation to the general public and the tourist in particular”, he added.

The only route to the remote Indo-China border district of Tawang is the BCT (Balipara-Charduar-Tawang) road maintained by Border Road Organization (BRO) and is still under construction (widening) even after more than a decade.



Education most powerful weapon to change the world: Ering

PASIGHAT, Nov 03: “Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world,” said Member of Parliament Ninong Ering today. He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the 48th College Day celebration of JN College, Pasighat.  

Hailing the students for their active participation in the celebration, Ering hoped that such activities would improve unity and develop their personality. Addressing the students, he said students need to acquire latest knowledge through rigorous academic process. According to him, discipline was equally essential for all age group but for students it holds a great value. Success would be theirs who value and practice self-discipline in life, he opined.

Saying that Swachh Bharat Abhiyan has received a tremendous response, Ering urged the collegians to adopt cleanliness as a permanent ethos of their life and work for generating awareness regarding clean atmosphere, personal hygiene and pollution free campus. He further urged them to strengthen the mission by carrying it to common people in nearby localities.

Ering while advising the teaching community to impart quality education said students must be taught how to think, not what to think. They should put all-out efforts to make the society vibrant and advanced.

Earlier, lauding the faculties and students for their untiring efforts towards the achievement of the college with the declaration of “Centre for Excellence” by UGC and B++ grade by NACC, Kaling Dai, ZPC said the college has produced many scholars, administrators, leaders to feel Arunachal proud.

Principal T. Talom presented annual report of the college and advised the students to be punctual and sincere in studies. DIPRO



54 teachers yet to join duty in East Kameng: EKSWCO

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: A team of East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization led by its Chairman Safar Pao and General Secretary Nikam Tallang today called on Education Minister Tapang Taloh over delay in joining of 54 teachers who were recently posted at East Kameng district.

Highlighting the shortage of teachers, particularly subject teachers in various schools in the district, EKSWCO pleaded the Education Minister to ensure immediate joining of the teachers in their respective place of posting in the district.

Briefing the deteriorating education scenario of the district, EKSWCO chairman Safar Pao expressed dismay after learning the fact that many subject teachers were transferred out from the district but no relievers were sent till date. Pao urged the minister to post 46 more teachers to meet the current requirement of 100 teachers.

EKSWCO also claimed that more than 20 schools in the remote areas in East Kameng are on verge of defunct and many more schools are yet to see subject teachers.

General Secretary Nikam Tallang sought Taloh’s intervention before the situation goes from bad to worse.  

Meanwhile, the Education Minister assured the EKSWCO members to look into matter to restore the education system.

It is said that teachers who were posted in East Kameng are reluctant to join duty after the state government had constituted two committee headed by Director School Education and Director Elementary School so that  genuine cases of teachers could be reconsidered.



YSR Foundation colleges falter, promises broken; allege parents

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The parents of the students selected under free education scheme of YSR Foundation in association with AAPSU has expressed serious concern over the future of the students alleging that things are not going as per promise made to them in the beginning.

More than 200 students had applied for the scholarship and accordingly had paid money in advance during the counseling programme held in Itanagar. The parents alleged that though more than two months have passed but still they are in confusion. “The students have not been admitted in any particular college till now. They had initially promised us that students will get admission in the colleges run by YSR Foundation. Later when we got to know that the colleges under YSR Foundation are not affiliated with AITCE, the students were shifted to different colleges. Now we don’t know whether the scholarship is applicable in those new colleges. We want to know who is giving scholarship, is it YSR Foundation, AAPSU or Govt. of AP,” the parents questioned.

Further they added, “At present the college where students have been admitted are not treating them properly. 15 students are forced to share single congested room. They are sleeping on the floor and no furniture, mattress, bed etc have been provided to them. This has forced the students to stay in rented house whereas YSR Foundation and AAPSU made promises to provide accommodation from their side.” The parents alleged that due to such problems, students are getting depressed and many are returning home from Telangana.

“There is so no clarity with regards to fee paid to YSR Foundation and AAPSU by us. As we were told that poor students will get scholarship, so we had applied for this scheme. But now the situation has drastically changed. The future of our children looks bleak and we appeal YSR Foundation and AAPSU to clarify the matter before things get late,” the parents continued. However the parents made it clear that they are not against AAPSU and are just worried about the future of their children.

“Particularly three executive members of AAPSU who were actively involved in this initiative has since then gone missing. They are not cooperating with us. We want to make it clear that we are not against AAPSU. In fact we appeal AAPSU to help us as we are suffering because of the misdeed by few of their members,” said the group of parents.

Meanwhile when contacted AAPSU President Kamta Lapung informed that he will soon meet the agitating parents and discuss the matter.

“Right now I am not in Itanagar. Parents had informed me about this development. I also don’t have much idea as this process was initiated by few of my executive members. Even though I have no role in this regard, I assure parents that soon I will meet them and will listen to their grievances. AAPSU always stands for the cause of student communities and we will not let them down,” said the AAPSU President.



Ruksin people demand independent ADC, sub-treasury office


RUKSIN, Nov 03: Expressing their happiness at the state government’s recent decision to upgrade Ruskin Sub-divisional headquarters (HQs) in East Siang district to ADC HQs, the people of the sub-division including Bilat and Sille-Oyan circles have demanded the government to appoint the ADC with independent charge.

The state government recently approved the proposal to upgrade Ruksin SDO headquarters to ADC headquarters and Jengging CO headquarters to EAC and Kimin EAC to SDO headquarters.

Upgradation of the SDO HQs to ADC was a long-felt demand of the local people. The state’s Chief Minister during the last assembly election had assured to fulfill the public demand for an ADC office at Ruksin.

The local people also demanded to set up a Sub-treasury office at Ruksin. Locals said that lack of Treasury Office in the vast area is forcing the people to go to Pasighat.

Similar problem is also being faced by the people of Nari-Seren circles. Though there is an ADC office at Nari, the people have to go to Pasighat. “Establishment of ADC office at Ruksin will undoubtedly ease the people’s hardships up to a certain extent,” said Ruksin Block ZPM, Tonggeng Panyang. .



Modi failed to retrieve black money’: Narayanasamy

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Former Union Minister and in-charge of Congress Affairs in NE states V Narayanasamy said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has failed has to keep the election promise to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks.  He was addressing the party functionaries and office bearers of Pradesh Congress Committee at Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.

“Modi promised that he would bring black money stashed away in foreign banks within three months of coming to power. But he has failed to keep his promises,” said Narayanasamy.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who was also present in the meeting, emphasized on the need to develop skills of youths and advocated for free registration of unemployed engineers as contractor. He asked the people of the state to avail maximum benefit of his Universal Health Insurance Scheme.

APCC president Padi Richo suggested coordination between the Govt, and the party workers so that the Govt, plans and policies can be implemented in letter and spirit for the benefit of the people. He exhorted the party cadres and workers to work sincerely in coordination with the Govt, while implementing these schemes.

Parliamentary Secretaries, Congress legislators, APCC office bearers and Heads of frontal organizations attended the meeting.

Two karate players from Arunachal to represent country at World C’ship

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: P Nobin Jomoh and Runa Dada from Arunachal Pradesh will represent India at 22nd WKF World Championship to be held at Bremen, Germany from November 5 to 9.

Both Nobin and Runa will be leaving New Delhi tonight for Germany along with the Indian team, informed Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA).

Meanwhile, Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has wished both Nobin and Runa best of luck in the championship.


Palin to host state karate championship

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Arunachal Karate Do Association (AKA) will conduct the 19th Sub-Junior, Cadet cum 20th Senior State Level Karate Championship at Palin, Kurung Kumey district from December 4 to 6, according to AKA.


Ram Tagang wins ‘Voice of East Kameng’ contest

SEPPA, Nov 03:  Ram Tagang was declared the winner of “Voice of East Kameng.”

The grand finale of ‘Voice of East Kameng season-2’ organized by East Kameng Artist Society (EKAS) was held at Govt. HSS, Auditorium, Seppa on October 31.

Parliamentary Secretary (Tax & Excise) Tapuk Taku while attending the programme said that there is no dearth of talents in East Kameng but they fail to reach the goal due to lack of endurance and commitment. He reiterated of the need to avoid early marriage and also to pursue proper education.

Acknowledging the efforts of the EKAS to provide a platform to show singing talents, he called upon the youths to refrain from taking drugs, consuming alcohol and other addictive items.

EKAS chairman Bantaran Gyadi appealed to the people to extend necessary support and cooperation its endeavor to hunt and promotion of singing talents in the district. DIPRO


DC inspects Sigin Bridge

DAPORIJO, Nov 03: Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner K. Dulom along with Commander 23 BRTF Col. SP Singh inspected the weak Sigin Bailey bridge over Sigin river at Daporijo. The bridge is in a dilapidated condition due to years of wear and tear posting great threat to users of the bridge.

The DC has cautioned against movement of heavy vehicles on the bridge until the maintenance work is complete. The Commander informed that the maintenance work would begin as soon as the parts were available. DIPRO


Societies seek promotion of Arunachalee singers

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The Nyishi Art & Culture Welfare Society, Itanagar (NACWS) and West Siang District Socio-Culture and Economic Development Society, Aalo (WSDCEDS) in a joint memorandum have sought cooperation of the state government in adapting a policy for promoting indigenous Arunachalee singers and full utilization of music teachers appointed by the Government in different schools in the state by providing necessary musical instruments etc.

There are numerous Arunachalee singers in different communities and their singing talent is nothing less than that of any famous playback singer of India. But it is often found and seen that whenever there is a celebration of mega festivals and events, the singers of other Indian states are invited on the occasion by paying huge amounts of money by obtaining funds from the government which is a sheer wastage of public money, it wrote in its memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister.

It suggested for not granting any government fund to outsiders other than singers from Arunachal whenever any society, organization, committee or groups approach for granting government money for such purpose. This will go a long way in the promotion of indigenous singers, it added.

It further sought opening of an art and culture school in the state stating that the music teachers appointed in various schools of the state, instead of teaching music, are being asked to take other subject classes.

Because of this they are neither doing justice to their assigned duty nor can they impart proper education to them, stated the memorandum.


NE Sports Competition under RGKA from Dec 10

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The department of Sports and Youth Affairs in a meeting with sports associations of all the nine sports disciplines in the state chalked out strategies for successful conduct of the North East Sports Competition (2014-15) under Rajiv Gandhi Khel Abhiyan (RGKA) at Itanagar from December 10 to 13.

The department also held meeting with the District Sports Officers, Assistant Sports Officers regarding conduct of the second edition of Chief Minister’s Trophy on Football and Volleyball (men and women) which was kicked off at Sagalee on Saturday last. The meeting discussed on development sports infrastructure/complex at block level and sought proposals from concern district for further submission of the same to the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, Govt of India.


AAPANWA seeks basic amenities

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: All Arunachal Pradesh Abotani Nibu (Priest) Welfare Association (AAPANWA) has demanded basic amenities in Nibu Nijik Modern Village, Jami Jaate here.

It said that the Modern village which was established in 1992 still has no road, bridge over Jaate river, lacks in water supply, electrification, health and education facilities. The association has written to the Chief Secretary in this regard.


YOMA alleges irregularity in the appointment of BEOs

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Alleging irregularity in the appointment of Block Education Officer (BEO), the Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) has demanded a probe into it.

In a complaint letter to the Education Commissioner, YOMA pointed out that the candidates seeking appointment as BEO should be a Junior Teacher. It claimed that 71 has been appointed illegally out of the 147 BEOs in the state.

It gave the department 15 days to rectify the irregularity failing which YOMA threatened to launch rigorous democratic movement for fulfillment of its demand.


Cleanliness drive

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The women folk of Dirang drawing inspiration from motivational words of Union Minister of State for Home Khiren Rijuju during his maiden visit to the area organized a social service as part of “Mission Swachh Bharat“.

The sanitation drive covered the villages of Dirang dzong, Chur, Dukphung,  Ganlang, Thangrisa , Gazangpharang  and Khachipa.  

Senior Medical Officer of Dirang CHC Dr. S.K Sigh dealt in length on the importance of maintaining high degree of health and sanitation practices.

C.R Meena, OC, 120  RCC, assured all possible cooperation from his unit for the cause.

The social service was organized under the aegis of Women Welfare Association of Dirang.


GPF reiterates demand for establishment of IIT/AIIMS in West Siang

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Reiterating its demand for the establishments of IIT and AIIMS in West Siang district, the Galo Peoples’ Federation (GPF) in a release today made a fervent appeal to all the stakeholders of the community to ponder on the matter and put pressure on the State Govt. and its legislators to take the matter to a logical and a positive conclusion.

The forum assured of a peaceful and congenial atmosphere of learning, free from outer interference, for the students if the aforesaid premier institutions were established in the West Siang district.

Further, GPF appealed to the youths to join in the awareness campaign for “De-alcoholism in Galo society”.

Meanwhile, GPF opined that the Railways have always been a boon to the development and progress of any nation and State with low cost transportation facility. The Forum appealed to the State Govt. to start the Railway service for the benefit of the people of Arunachal Pradesh at the earliest.

It dis-approved the theory that the crime-graph may go up with the coming of Railways. It opined that the crime and criminals can only be checked and controlled by good policing.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The Barapani Social Service Forum (BSSF) Naharlagun organized a mass social service on November 1 at Barapani Pipe Company. A large number of people turned up for the social service, claimed a release.

A prohibitory notice board was also erected in the area for imposing penalties to those who throw garbage in the area after the social service.


NNSPSU celebrates foundation day

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: Nyapin Nyobia Sangram Phassang Students Union (NNSPSU) celebrated its  9th Foundation Day with theme “Youth For Peace and Development" at Nyapin, Kurung Kumey on October 2.

The celebration started with hosting of union flag by the president of the union followed by volleyball competition for both men and women.

Tadar Taniang Govt. College Nyapin, Govt. Higher Secondary School Sangram won the men’s Volleyball title and Govt. Higher Secondary School Nyapin won the women’s volleyball title.

The NNSPSU team also conducted social service at Govt. Higher Secondary School Sangram and constructed temporary wall around the school compound.

Meanwhile, NNSPSU demanded concern department to take immediate step to demarcate school boundary and construct permanent boundary of the Government Higher Secondary School Sangram.


AVP’s youth project workers conference concludes

ITANAGAR, Nov 03: The three days ‘Youth Project Workers’ conference of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP) concluded at Abotani Vidya Niketan, Pachin, yesterday.

Archery, patriotic song and local prayer song competitions were conducted during the three days programme.

Lower Siang, Upper Subansiri and Lower Dibang Valley secured the first, second and third position in patriotic song competition respectively while East Kameng, East Siang and Changlang won the first, second third positions respectively in the prayer song competition.

In Archery, the boys from Papum Pare district Taba Jamsai, Karo Juna and Taro Gumso won the first, second and third position in Sub Junior category.

In girls category, Kumari Nabam Anjala (Papum Pare), Amblasi Manyu (Lohit) and Roshika were adjudged first, second and third respectively. In junior boys category, Nabam Rikam of Papum Pare, Vasu Domp of Kurung Kumey won the first and second position while in senior category, Bengia Tagu of Kurung Kumey and Damka Tayum of East Kameng secured the first and second position respectively.

A total of 500 delegates and volunteers from 20 different communities from 182 villages from 60 circles of 18 districts attended the camp.

Attending the function, Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society of Arunachal Pradesh president and APPSC Chairman Dr. Ligu Tacho appealed to the participating youths to work for eradicating social evils like drug addiction, consumption of alcohol etc from the society.

Sandeep Kavishwar, state organizing secretary of AVP recalled Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo and his movement for promotion and protection of Indigenous faith and culture in Arunachal Pradesh.

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Unless backed by research, agri-horti potential will not be realized

Alarming news about “Citrus Decline” in the state, especially in Lohit and Lower Dibang Valley districts, affecting orange cultivation in large scale has sent shockwaves among the farming communities of state. Similar problem has been reported from East Siang and Papum Pare districts too. As per the research carried out by Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Research and Development Mission (APHRDM) hundreds of hectares of Orange orchards are being abandoned as the decline has completely engulfed the plantations and is fast spreading to other areas. There is an urgent need to arrest the problem before it spreads to other districts which will be a total disaster for the citrus industry in the state.

The survey team of APHRDM suspects three causes; Nutrient deficiency (especially Zinc deficiency), Citrus Greening disease and viral infections (Tristeza and Yellow corky Vein virus) to be responsible for the present crisis. Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Research and Development Mission should be appreciated for finding out this serious problem. Such kind of research activities will immensely help the farming community. Government of Arunachal should take note of this finding and try to find out the scientific solution. State government need to support such research activities by making fund available.   One of the main reasons for Arunachal failing to tap the rich agri-horti potential is lack of proper research activities. Government need to understand that unless backed by strong research, the agri-horti potential will never be realized in true sense.

----Readers Forum ----



Start the selection process

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, we would like to thank the department of Industry, GOAP for cancelling the walk-in –interview for the post of Economic Investigator, Extension officer and other posts.

At the same time, we would also like to appeal the concerned department to conduct written exam for the above mentioned posts as soon as possible. Because written exam is best way to select the right and deserving candidates and minimize the outer pressure in the selection process.


Tashi Tering

John Wanmgsu




Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS)

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the attention of the Finance (Pension) Department and all the state govt. employees who are contributing to the Contributory Pension Scheme (CPS) about the various flaws in the implementation of the scheme in our state;

1.Lack of proper guidelines:- It is very sad that, most of the account branches of various departments in our district have not yet received proper guidelines about the scheme. As contributors we have the right to know about the guidelines and rules of the scheme but when we approach the accounts branche of our office for it, the only reply we get is that, they don't have it and we should en-quire at the Directorate of Audit and Pension, which I feel is a very silly advice. One cannot go to Itanagar just for the sake of procuring guidelines because the account section should provide it in the district.

2. Lack of Annual Accounts Statement (AAS):-As the account section of our department was unable to give any information I did some search and found an article related to the implementation of CPS in Tamil Nadu. It was given that the office is generating and dispatching the Annual Account Statement (AAS) for all the account holders to respective DDO, every year after closure of accounts. It is surprising that in our state none of the CPS account holders have received even a single AAS. The non furnishing shows that there is no transparency in this matter. Who knows where our hard earned money is going? Maybe it is being misused or being diverted. We are contributing, so we have the right to know about our money.

So I request the department concerned to immediately furnish the Annual Account Statement to all the employees right from the year of opening of CPS account.

3. Non deduction of arrears contribution from DA arrears:- It is found that in other states DA arrears are deducted in the month of account and shown separately as "OTHER ARREARS" in installments. DA is a part of the salary and deduction should be made from it, but it has come to my knowledge that no deduction for CPS is being made from the DA arrears in our state. By doing so the government is saving its contribution that it should give to our CPS account, thereby fooling us. It should be understood that we are losing the contribution that govt. should be giving to us. Presently it wont pinch much but when the 7th pay commission comes into implementation we are going to lose a huge amount of money if things go the way it is now.

The 7th pay commission will come into action from 1st January 2016 but all of us know that in our state it will take at least two years to be implemented. If deduction is not made from the pay commission arrears then we are going to lose an equal amount of contribution which we should get from the govt for our CPS account.

4. Non receipt  of Permanent Retirement Account Number(PRAN) Card:- It has come to my knowledge that employees in other states have got a Permanent Retirement Account Number but we are yet to receive it.  

 So it is that our employees are facing so many problems but the irony here is that neither the government nor any of the employees associations of our state have looked into these problems.

I want to know what is COSAAP doing about this? Are they ignorant or not at all interested? Maybe because why would a GPF holder care to look into the problems of CPF.

An age old saying goes "A stitch in time saves nine" so we need to immediately solve whatever problems we are facing before it blows out of proportion.

Therefore I request all the service associations of our state to take up this matter as urgent and bring much needed remedy. I also appeal all the CPS account holders to spread the message and come forward to solve these problems. Friends it is high time that we leave our "ho jaayega" attitude and look into this matter seriously.

Lastly I humbly and earnestly request the finance (pension) department to leave their lackadaisical attitude and understand the fact that every hard earned penny we contribute is accountable. We won't be getting pension and CPS is our only retirement solution so we don't want any trouble related to it.


Tuter Rupuk




Be aware

Dear Editor,

We all have noticed that many a times during recruitment, usually the selected candidates have their own godfather in the form of govt officers and political leaders. There is corruption in the selection process and seldom is it fair.

So, I am afraid that one day the educated unemployed youth may become frustrated. Therefore, I request the higher authority to look into the matter as soon as possible.


Lii Riba

Lohit hostel, RGU




'Flights of Fantasy'

Dear Editor,

'Flights of Fantasy' was scintillating and riveting. Perhaps a similar anecdote was shared here earlier in the context of a different occasion. At that time I didn't keenly observe the contributor's name.

Thought he could be anyone from among the heroes guarding our airspace with distinction and dedication.

This time, however, the surname of the writer sounded familiar. It reminded of the similar surname of a classmate. We were in awe of the batch mate who reportedly had a sibling as pilot.

It was truly inspirational for younger generation and nostalgic for aged like us though most of us hadn't boarded even in a civil avionics, let alone commanding a Sukhoi - 30 squadron.

Looking forward to more flights of fancy.








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