November 13


News Impact



63rd NEC plenary meeting to discuss development issues

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The 63rd plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council will be held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on November 19. The meeting is expected to be attended by the Governors and Chief Ministers of all NE states. Discussions will be held on the various developmental activities taken up in the North East by different Ministries and Government  agencies. The Annual Plan and the Gross Budgetary Support of the North Eastern Council will also be discussed, according to an official release.


Youths urged to involve in game and sports

KHONSA, Nov 12: MLA Tirong Aboh today urged the youth to utilize their full energy in positive way of Games & Sports activities instead of indulging in taking opium / alcohol which is prevailing in  twin districts of Tirap and Longding.

He said that there is very good scope for central and state Governments’ jobs as per the guidelines wherein 5 per cent job under sports quota is being kept reserved for sports persons in every Govt recruitment. Given an example of MC Mary Kom, an Olympic medalist world famous female boxer, he appealed all the youth to be a pro-active in games & sports particularly in athletics which would also help physical exercise. Aboh was speaking at a meeting which was held in order to form Tirap district Athletics Association.

Col. Prashant Nayar, CO 1st AR highlighted the importance of athletic in India, he stated Somgang Lowang, Black belt Shito-Ryu Sieko-Kai Karate-Do Khonsa is one of the best example in Tirap district who actively trained Martial Arts in Shito-Ryu Sieko-Kai Karate-Do to his students.  He stated that 1st AR Coy are friends of the hill people and ready to support the youth of Tirap in their positive works. He assured to motivate all the youth of Tirap to participate in athletic competition comprising of male & female within 6 month in Khonsa H/Q.

Earlier, Noah Mongku, Athletics coach had briefed regarding formation of Tirap District Athletics Association. Among others Moaliam Khoisia, public leader, youth from Lazu and Dadam circles were present. DIPRO


Ducklings distributed to farmers

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Lohit under ICAR-NRC on Yak, Dirang distributed 310 Khaki campbell ducklings to 40 villagers of eight villages of Namsai district.

The ducklings were distributed to villagers of Mahaloni, Guhain Gaon, Namsai, Manphai Seng, Sengsup, Lathao, Namliang and Chongkham under duck cum fish culture sponsored by ATMA, Namsai and KVK.

The newly introduced duck cum fish culture technology is expected to reduce the cost of fish culture and increase the oxygen level of pond water, which in turn will increase the growth of fish thus increasing the return.

Ducks are considered as an alternative poultry bird for both eggs and meat, especially where resources for duck farming is available. However comparative performance of Khaki Campbell with fish has not been assessed earlier.

Dr. Debasis Sasmal, Programme Coordinator in-chare and subject matter specialist in fishery Science and SMSs Dr. S. Kumar and Dr. BKD Borah are trying for adoption of this technology to the fish farmers by giving them training and holding field days and demonstration.


NERIST observes National Education Day

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Centre for Management Studies of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) observed the 7th National Education Day commemorating the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.

Speaking on the occasion, NERIST Director Prof. PK Das said Mulana Abul Kalam Azad as the first minister of education had a challenging task of conceiving an education system to develop a national spirit, an element that was missing in the colonial system. The Director described Maulana Azad as an institution builder and said that, University Grants Commission (UGC), Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) and other bodies owe their origins to his tireless efforts.

To create socio-religious and cultural inter-linkages in India, he set up a number of institutions - Lalit Kala Academy, Sangeet Natak Academy and Sahitya Academy, he said.

Igo Kamduk, a student of the institute gave a brief speech on significance of observing the National Education Day, which was followed by a documentary and a slide show presentation on Maulana Abul Kalam Azad.


PMC repudiates allegation

PASIGHAT, Nov 12:  While responding to an allegation levelled against Pasighat Municipal Council by one of its councilor Kange Moyong regarding misappropriation of huge funds by converting and diverting it in other projects, the PMC led by Municipal Executive Officer Nixon Lego and Chief Councilor Denong Tamuk  besides other members of Empowered Standing Committee, termed the allegation of Moyong as unfortunate and baseless.

The Pasighat Municipal Council team in an emergency meeting held at Pasighat today, condemned the allegation levelled by Ward 12 councilor Kange Moyong and termed his allegation as immature and baseless which bears no truth.

MEO Nixon Lego said that, there was no any such misappropriation of funds so far as the PMC hasn’t received any fund allocation against any project till date leaving some funds received as Ward Development Fund (WDF). “Out of Rs. 72 lacs received @ rate of Rs. 6 lacs per councilor for 12 councilors as Grant-in-aid under WDF from the state government on dated 15th August 2014, Rs. 19 lacs was released so far to all councilors including Moyong for their work carried out and other local adjustments made, record of which is well maintained as payments were all made after due discussion of Empowered standing Committee”, added MEO Lego. He also stated that, if Moyong has any short of evidences against such misappropriation, he has to produce the documents.

Chief Councillor Denong Tamuk also termed the allegation as immature and unfortunate which is tarnishing the image of PMC. He further said that “Audit Committee and Vigilance team from Itanagar may come and do the necessary auditing and investigation if such misappropriation is there.

Meanwhile, Councilor Kange Moyong, who levelled allegation against the Pasighat Municipal Council said that, he has all the evidences supporting his allegation against the PMC to which he has already produced before the Deputy Commissioner, East Siang District for verification.


ANSU, ACF mourn Ranjeev

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: All Nyishi Students Union (ANSU) has deeply mourned the death of prominent social activist Taring Ranjeev on Saturday after a prolonged illness.

Expressing his sadness at the sudden demise of Ranjeev, ANSU president Byabang Joram termed his death a huge loss for entire society and Nyishi community in particular.

“May god rest his soul in peace and bestow courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss,” said the ANSU president.

While expressing grief and sorrow at the premature demise of Ranjeev, Arunachal Christian Forum (ACF) said that he was an active and renowned social worker and his premature death is an irreparable loss for the society.

ACF on behalf of the Christian community of the state conveyed deep sense of condolence to the family members of the deceased and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.


Students demand early solution

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Toru Circle Students' Union (TCSU), while appreciating the Papum Pare Deputy Commissioner for visiting the site of boundary dispute between Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri, appealed to the deputy commissioner to find a concrete solution to the alleged dispute.

Clarifying that the Union was not against the DC, TCSU urged the district Papum Pare administration to take action against defaulter(s) and solve the issue immediately.


DPGC celebrates annual college day

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has assured to develop the Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki as Model College. Rijiju assured this while responding to a memorandum submitted by the college Principal Rejir Karlo and the General Secretary of the College during the inaugural function of the Annual College Day celebration on November 10, informed principal Karlo.

Rijiju, who inaugurated the annual day of the college on November 10, appreciated the performance of the college in various fields, particularly academic and student’s enrollment.

The Annual College Day celebration came to end yesterday with a colorful valedictory function which was addressed by former minister Lijum Ronya.


Basar people submit memo to Rijiju

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The public of Basar submitted a memorandum to Union Minister Kiren Rijiju during his maiden visit to the area as Union Minister yesterday for building a defence cum civilian airport near Bame and establishment of an AIIMS branch at Basar.

According to a Mandal BJP release, the Union Minister has assured to look into the proposals positively.


APPDSU bats for bonafide applicants

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: All Papum Pare District Students Union (APPDSU) today urged the Papum Pare district deputy commissioner to ensure bonafide candidates get preference in the recent advertised vacant posts of UDC and LDC under district administration for various circles. APPDSU claimed that various people especially from other districts have dual residential certificate which enable them to take advantage in any interview which only meant for bonafide candidates of Papumpare district.  


Mass social service

SEPPA, Nov  12: A mass social service was conducted at Charwa colony, New Seppa in  East Kameng  District  yesterday under Swachch Bharat Abhiyan to promote cleanliness and maintain safe environment of the locality. The programme was organized in collaboration with Seva Bharat East Kameng unit and development committee of Charwa colony. The members of the Charwa colony actively took part in the social service and repaired road, drainage system and cleaned the debris of the colony.

While guiding the participants in the programme, Akong Bagang the chairmen of colony and Ropo Chega Sewa promuk Seva Bharati appealed the people of the colony to join the Swachch Bharat Abhiyan.  DIPRO


Teacher’s absence affects students learning

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Students learning process at Primary School of Niaunu in Longding dsitrict has been badly affected due to absence of teacher, informed All Niaunu Students’ Association (ANSA).

The lone teacher of the school has remained absent from duty for the six to seven months without prior approval of leave-approving authority, which is badly affecting the learning of the students, claimed ANSA.

Considering future of the students, the members of ANSA started teaching of the students twice in a week.

The association informed that they had approached the authorities concerned several times informing the prevailing situation of the school. But their pleas fell on deaf ears.

It strongly urged the higher authorities of the education department to look into the matter seriously.


Todo United stun Oil India Ltd 2-0

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Itanagar-based football club Todo United FC stunned the Dulijan based Oil India Limited team 2-0.in the North East India Football Tournament at Lakhimpur, Assam today.

Striker Pani Raju scored both the goals through free kicks, informed Arunachal Pradesh Football Players Association secretary Kipa Ajay.

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Great initiative by Lohit district administration

Drug addiction has become major cause of concern in the state. Various agencies are fighting hard to eradicate this social evil. Lohit Deputy Commissioner Dr. B M Mishra yesterday initiated a bold step in this fight against drug addiction. DC appealed all the civil society and government staff and organizations to shoulder responsibilities in the fight against opium menace in the district. DC expressed concern over wide-scale cultivation of opium in the district and devised a plan to involve NGOs, government employees, PRI members, GBs, public leaders, teachers and students, medical officers etc to generate awareness among general populace through public meetings on social impacts and health hazards of opium in the district.

As per the report in local dailies DC also expressed his dismay about reports of the involvement of some section of government employees in opium cultivation/trade, peddling and use of drugs in various forms. He warned strong action against such employees. Two mobile enforcement teams were constituted to take action against person indulging in opium cultivation. The step taken by DC Lohit is inspiring. Hopefully other deputy commissioner's of Arunachal will take cue and start massive fight against illegal opium grower and drug peddlers. However, DC Lohit also needs to ensure that his words are translated into action and we get to see some real action at ground level.

70 houses gutted in West Siang

AALO, Nov 12: 70 well-built houses were gutted down in a devastating fire that broke out at Kerang village under Kaying Circle in West Siang district around 1.30am this morning rendering many families homeless.  The fire victims lost properties worth crores of rupees in the fire mishap.

The West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, SP Mari Riba, DSO T. Ketan rushed to the spot after getting the information to take stock of the situation. The DC has announced 20 quintals of rice and emergency relief in cash to the victims. He has assured to take up the matter with State Chief Minister and MLA concerned to give all possible assistances from their side. The army and ITBP will also be kept in touch to put emergency tents for the victims.

Consoling the weeping women of the village, the DC appealed villagers to unite in the hour of crisis without accusing each other.

The DC assured to depute Aalo ADC, EAC Kaying and DDMO to look into damages and keep in touch with the administration for any emergency needs.

The hanging bridge with span of more than 100m connecting the village on the right bank of the river is also in bad shape and assured to look into ways and means for the maintenance of the bridge. DIPRO Meanwhile, concerned about the devastating Kerang fire accident, Adi Baane Kebang wrote a letter to Director of Relief & Rehabilitation, Itanagar today.

The ABK said that although no loss of life is reported but properties worth crores of rupees were destroyed in the fire accident. The people could not take out any of their properties and victims are in urgent need of clothing and utensils with ration materials.

The ABK appealed to the Director to initiate necessary steps in this regard and to provide necessary household relief materials and also urged the Director to sanction an amount of Rs. 10 lakhs as immediate and urgent assistance to the victims.

The ABK also urged the Director to provide long term relief assistance to the fire victims for reconstruction of their dwelling houses and compensate their total losses as per the lost estimate of the concerned government officials.

ABK West Siang Unit also appealed the state government to provide immediate relief to the victims and also submitted a memorandum to the EAC Kaying to provide all possible help to the fire victims.


CM expresses grave concern, appeals for precautionary measures

ITANAGAR: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed shock and pain over the unfortunate fire mishap that engulfed remote Kerang village under Kaying circle in West Siang district. However, no report of any human casualty has been reported so far.

Taking stock of the situation from the district administration, the Chief Minister directed the concerned department to immediately provide relief to the victims as per relief norms. He also sought a detailed report on the unfortunate incident.

According to official sources, Anchal Samiti Member (ASM) of the area has reported that at least 56 households have been affected in the incident. As immediate relief assistance to the victims, the West Siang Disaster Management department has provided an amount of Rs 4000 each to the victim households. The detail assessment of damage done and lose caused is still awaited.

While assuring the victims of assistance from the government as per norms, Tuki expressed grave concern over repeated fire mishaps reported from various parts of the state. He appealed people to observe extreme caution and practice precautionary measures to avoid fire mishaps.

“With the onset of winter, use of fire for household purposes will increase. It is the peak time to observe extreme precautionary measures, especially in interior villages, which are prone to fire accidents and unreachable by fire services,” Tuki said in a statement this morning. He called upon the district administrations, concerned departments, panchayat leaders, civil society and student organizations to create awareness on fire mishaps amongst the rural folks.

“Fire mishaps are man-made and hence can be avoided if we practice preventive measures,” he added.



Chinese incursion into Arunachal not serious issue: Parrikar

PANAJI, Nov 12: Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today said reported incursions by China into Arunachal Pradesh were "not serious" and being effectively tackled by Army on day-to-day basis even as he underlined the need to set up infrastructural back up to handle "these kind of problems".

"Chinese intrusion is not a serious issue. It is a serious issue for media. The incidents of incursions by China are a small issue that is being tackled by Army chief or the concerned commander in that area," Parrikar told reporters at a press conference here on his first visit to his home state after taking charge as Defence minister.

Parrikar said there are large tracts of land along the imaginary border and many a times the forces cross it.

"The issue should be considered as serious when they (China) set up their camps in our territory," he said.

Parrikar said the incursions like the one reported in Arunachal Pradesh "happen many a times in many sectors and are tackled within a day or couple of days." "It is not correct to call them as major intrusions. They are breach of LAC," he added.

Launching a scathing attack on Congress, Parrikar said most of the defence deals executed during the erstwhile Congress-led regime got "stuck up" due to lobbying, vested interest and kickbacks involved.

Underlining the need to remove procedural bottlenecks, Parrikar said if not done it would affect the procurement process.

"The issue of procurement for armed forces has been taken on priority. This is very crucial to build the capability of the armed forces," the defence minister said.

Interestingly, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju had last month denied any incursion by China's People's Liberation Army in Taksing area of Arunachal Pradesh in recent times.

"It is a natural phenomenon as troops from both the sides usually trespass into each other's territory by mistake as there is no definite demarcation of the border," he had said. PTI



Rise above politics for development: Rijiju

AALO, Nov 12: Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju has called upon the people to rise above political affiliations to make Arunachal a vibrant state.

“Fighting election on party lines is a democratic process and it is our duty to rise above political affiliations after getting the mandate of the people to keep the wheel of development moving  and to make Arunachal a vibrant state”, said Rijiju while addressing a public meeting at Kombo Secondary School Football Ground yesterday.

He said the Central Govt will always keep in touch with state Govts to bring light of development to the nook and corner of the country in all important sectors like communication networks, road connectivity, electricity, drinking water etc. by 2019.

While assuring to do whatever possible for West Siang district as a Union minister, Rijiju said “the people of West Siang live in my heart for their love and support to me in three consecutive Lok Sabha elections.”

Observing the deteriorating road condition while travelling along the Aalo-Kombo road, the Minister assured black topping of all roads leading to the villages. He further assured establishment of any big institution or a technical college (if desired by the people) in future to accommodate the students of seven constituencies of the district.  The people of Kombo scattered over seven villages with vast areas of land surrounded by bounties of nature emerges as the most productive area in terms of human resources, horticulture, agriculture, future expansions and establishment of big intuitions in future. Pointing out growing expectations and aspirations of the people for development in their respective village, Aalo East MLA Jarkar Gamlin, speaking on the occasion,  appealed the minister to look into the demands of the people on merit basis. He also stressed on construction of RCC hostel for boys and girls, multipurpose RCC Auditorium to have durable assets. West Siang district with seven constituencies is a big district but don’t have science Stream College despite our best effort for many years.

Ex-Minister Doi Ado disclosed that Kombo people have donated 35 acres of land to VKV, 30 acres to JNV and cater water needs of the Aalo Township in its contribution towards the growth. There is still plenty of land to be donated for Airport or any Technical College in future. Nyajum Ado and Kenba Diyum Vice President All Kombo Welfare Association also spoke on the occasion.

The Minister was accompanied by Er. Tumke Bagra, MLA Aalo West West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu, SP Mari Riba, West Siang Zilla Chairperson Yaman Bagra and HoDs of the district. DIPRO



Local cuisines steal hearts of visitors at [email protected] Mechukha

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The womenfolk of Self Help Group (SHG) federation of Mechukha stole the hearts of visitors with traditional local cuisines at their food stall during the just concluded [email protected] Mechukha Festival, informed Future Generations Arunachal (FGA).

Local handmade pickles were the centre of attraction for all in the food stall where everyone enjoyed it and appreciated the initiative.  The SHGs members with traditional dresses also earned little income through photo shoots which they provided to the visitors.

It is worth mentioning here that Future Generations Arunachal (FGA) with its initiative trying to promote the SHGs for their livable future in many location through capacity building training and support.

Moreover, in health sector, FGA is managing two units of Primary Health Centers (PHCs) of Government of Arunachal Pradesh under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) since 2006.



Generate awareness on Oil Palm cultivation:  Mein

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Agri-Horti, Veterinary and Dairy Development Minister Chowna Mein impressed upon the Oil Palm developers and the department to start aggressive awareness and sensitization programmes so that a large number of farmers in the potential areas come forward to adopt this new crop.

Addressing the departmental officers and private Oil Palm developers at a meeting here today, Mein opined that the agro climatic situation and other logistics in Arunachal Pradesh are quite advantageous as compared to other Northeastern states where Oil Palm cultivation has been taken up.

Assuring his all support to the new venture, Mein informed that some of the issues requiring dispensation from the existing guidelines of National Mission on Oilseeds & Oil Palm (NMOOP) would be taken up with the appropriate authority of the State and Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of India. He also requested the department to assist the Oil Palm developers and educate the farmers about benefits of this crop so as to instill confidence in the farming community for active participation in the Oil Palm mission.

Three private Oil Palm developers, namely, Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd, 3 F Oil Palm Agrotech and Sivasais Oil Palm Ltd engaged through MoU for Oil Palm plantation and processing in the potential areas of the state briefed about the steps taken so far in Tirap, Changlang, Namsai, Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang districts.

A nursery at Jairampur has already been established for raising seedlings and one more is to start at Kherem shortly. Similarly, nursery raising in Roing and Pasighat is underway, they informed.  Hage Khoda, Commissioner, Agriculture raised a few issues for resolving through the state and central govt. for effective implementation of the ambitious programme of Oil Palm development for economic upliftment of the farming community.

It is worth mentioning here that Oil Palm is the only crop that gives yield round the year and since the implementation is in contract farming mode with buy back guarantee of the produce, this crop is expected to be a major income assuring crop to the farmers in the foothill areas in near future, he said.



AAPSA, PSAZ hold teachers’ effectiveness training

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: The All Arunachal Private Schools Association (AAPSA) in collaboration with Private School Association of Ziro (PSAZ) held Teachers Effectiveness Training for 25 private schools of Lower Subansiri at Don Bosco School, Hapoli.  

Speaking at the inaugural function, Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Kamki Darang called upon teachers to keep growing and said “when we stop growing, we stop learning”. He stressed on the need to organize such training and appreciated both AAPSA and PSAZ for the noble initiative.  

DDSE Yumlam Tana spoke about the importance of extra curricula activities in schools and called upon the teachers to inculcate the love for fine arts and culture in student community.  Tana also invited all private schools to develop sporting, musical and creative talents of students.  

Nyishi Elite Society president Bengia Tolum encouraged the teaching community to be dedicated and enthusiastic in the teaching profession.  He also called upon all to respect all religions and cultures and inculcate moral and humane qualities in the students.

“Service of humanity should be the religion of all teachers,” said Tolom, and requested the Government to recognize the services rendered to the state by private educational institutions.  

Liagi Miri, Advisor Member of PSAZ, called upon the teachers to be resourceful and said, “What counts is not what you teach, but what the students learn.”

Fr. Cyriac and Fr. Mathai from Don Bosco Youth Centre, Itanagar imparted technical training on Classroom management, understanding student psychology and challenges of education today.  

The programme which began with welcome speech by Fr. Xavier Mushahary, Principal Don Bosco School, Hapoli was attended by 98 teachers.



Shoot with camera, not with gun: Jamoh

PASIGHAT, Nov 12: Parliamentary Secretary (Industries) Tatung Jamoh has conducted a day-long tour to Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWLS) today. He was accompanied by ZPC Kaling Dai, DFO Tashi Mize, host of officers, forest personnel, PRI and Eco-tourism Development Committee (EDS) members during his trip to the sanctuary.

Fascinated by the scenic beauty of  the sanctuary with presence of migratory birds and roaming of wild animals, Jamoh gave a clarion calls to conserve the flora and fauna and adopt eco-tourism as a livelihood with missionary zeal.  Jamoh exhorted not to kill but to enjoy the nature’s virginity where wild animals are roaming fearlessly and variety of endemic and migratory birds seen in the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary (DEWLS).

The Parliament Secretary, who is also executive member of EDS of DEWLS said “Wonderful animals and strangest birds are masters of stealth but their existence in large are felt now in the sanctuary. The awareness program initiated by the DFO (wildlife) Tashi Mize for protection of the sanctuary was praiseworthy and the lush green island was a perfect destination for nature lovers”.

He advised the EDS to go extra miles under active supervision and guidance of Wildlife department to protect the sanctuary. While sharing his views on eco-tourism in particular, he opined that EDS should prioritize the maintenance of ecological balance through the conservation of biological diversity, water management and increase of tree cover etc. Roads, traditional huts and potable water should also be a priority. Unless we develop these, any tourism activity would be futile, he added.

ZPC Kaling Dai stated that lack of awareness led delayed responses. Forest degradation and poaching were major threats to wildlife and natural habitats. For many decades, wildlife had been considered to be crop destroyers, foods, hunting spots or sources of income etc. but now we observe substantial change in our traditional views. Our people now understand the value of wildlife and a healthy natural environment. We guard and protect them. Citing an example, Dai informed that three years back one magnificent deer was roaming in human habitat crossing the river during Aran Puja (traditional hunting time) but instead of killing it was released into the sanctuary by Yung Tayeng (former ASM of Borguli).

Earlir, during discussion on development issues, DFO (WL) Mize hoped that PS Jamoh’s visit would provide a fillip to developing infrastructure and show new way to explore its tourism potential. He assured the visiting team members that there would be no space for virtual human activities or commercial exploitation of forest produces in the interest of wildlife conservation.

According to office record, the said 190 square kilometers River Island was covered with 70% grassland, 12% vegetation areas and 18% water-body. Fortunately during his tenure it was recognized by the “Bird Society of India” in 2012.  

While referring the future plan he disclosed that it closely represents an actual policy on protection of wildlife and strengthening of area network and promotion of eco-tourism. Elephant safari and establishment of traditional huts with the help of government and EDS would be taken care under government aids. The department was also gathering consent of experts to introduce “Ropeway” and Aero-sports soon in the area to attract huge tourists in coming days, he informed.  DIPRO



Fisheries Commissioner takes stock of fisheries activities at Balijan

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Commissioner (Fisheries) Huzar Lollen today visited Balijan circle to inspect and take stock of the fishery activities and implementation of various fisheries programme at ground level.

During his daylong visit, he inspected the fish ponds of seven fish farmers and appreciated the hardworking people of the circle. He was happy to see the harvesting in the fish ponds of three fish farmers, namely Raha Takar, Bonia Yabang and Techi Kaya, He also interacted with the fish farmers, PRI members and advised them to keep the tempo of fish farming which will give good returns. He appealed to the villagers to emulate fish farming activity for the overall economic development of the rural households.

While addressing the farmers and villagers at Dipu Village, he advised to inculcate the habit of patience to get good return and not to run after activity for quick return.

During the visit he tried to know the problems of the farmers and assured them to sort out the issues at the earliest at Directorate level. He also assured the fish farmers to provide market support for their produce by the Department of Fisheries. The commissioner also advised the villagers to maintain and preserve the local culture and live in harmony with the people of neighbouring state.

J. Taba, Director of Fisheries, assured to extend all possible help and advised them to adopt the practices of intensive fish farming as Balijan is a potential area for fisheries development.

Balijan ZPM Tana Puna Tara expressed his happiness for the visit of Lollen and remarked the visit as a historic for the circle.

 Lollen was accompanied by Balijan ADC Chuku Takar, EAC M.Loyi, DFDO Nabam Tania and ASM Chairperson Teli Kai during the visit.



Small tea growers urged to adopt IPM

ITANAGAR, Nov 12: Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers’ Association (APSTGA) has suggested tea farmers of the state to adopt non-chemical and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) practices for controlling pests and diseases of tea.

Addressing the small tea growers of the state in its annual general body meeting here yesterday, the APSTGA president Tadak Gab urged them to follow the Plant Protection Code (Version 2) for sustainability of tea production while striving to improve the quality of tea for consumers.

Terming them as the first generation tea growers, who have acquired adequate skills and practical experience on tea cultivation over the years, Gab said chemical pesticide should only be used a last resort.

Prominent tea growers Nydek Yonggam of Oyan village advised all growers to form self-help group (SHG) and avail the benefits under Tea Board’ Scheme. He also informed how his SHG Siang Basin SHG could avail a financial benefit of 4.23 lakh from Tea Board of India (TBI) recently.

It was also informed in the meeting that another two SHGs, namely Rising SHG and Khalap SHG of Longding district have also availed Board’s benefit of Rs 4.10 lakh & 4.40 lakh recently.

The organic tea growers elaborated how organic tea is produced and marketed locally. They answered various queries of small tea growers on how to prepare organic manure, organic medicines to control pests of tea.

Sumo Linggi, a prominent grower from Roing requested to work out a strategy to repeal the Supreme Court’s directives on requirement of “Forest Clearance” from Ministry of Environment and Forest to avail subsidy of Rs 76000 per hectare from Central Govt.’s new planting scheme by small team growers.

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Improve the standard of govt. schools

Dear Editor,

Degradation of quality education in govt. run schools of Arunachal Pradesh is due to the lack of proper polices in education sector. Huge amount of funding are being done by Ministry of Human resources development, Govt of India for missions like Sarva Sikhsa Abhiyan (SSA), Rastriya Madymaik Sikhsa Abhiyan (RMSA) etc. Besides various other central funds are being pumped in for the development of govt. schools in Arunachal.  In reality our own politicians, officers and some panchayat level leaders are using funds for their self motives.  For their individual benefit these people together manages to get fund sanctioned in the name of school development without checking whether the said school has any students or not. They don’t bother about feasibility while establishing the schools. Because of such attitude many schools turns into animal sheds. To make matter worse in those schools where teachers quarters are desperately needed, many a times teachers are forced to stay in rented house due to the lack of accommodation. It is all happening because of the uneven distribution of funds.  

No doubt to become politicians, officers and panchayat leaders they invest huge amount of money but they should not make it compulsory to reimburse it. If they carry out good work public will surely give them re-mandate without taking money next time. In our state funds are used only for new constructions. In place of new construction work, the fund should be used for the existing schools which are in bad conditions. Money should be spent on those existing schools which are facing shortage of classroom, table, teachers quarter, games and sports items, bench, toilets, and even for laboratories facilities at secondary and higher secondary school.  

It is my earnest request to those responsible persons holding important position that they should think for the revival of govt. schools to provide quality education. Majority of our children depends only on govt. schools as every parent cannot afford to send their children to the private schools to get quality education. Concerned authorities should adopt clear cut policies on education sector like creation of new schools, proper transfer and posting of teachers, provide accommodations to teachers, provide drinking water facilities, toilets and other infrastructure facilities at govt. schools so that poor children who study at govt. schools may get proper teaching and knowledge with quality education and later they serve the society.


Nabam Akin Hina


Education and Cultural Development Society




An open letter to State Legislative Assembly Member of Arunachal Pradesh

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I on behalf of the villagers would like to fervently appeal to all dignified members of our state Legislative Assembly to take up new welfare scheme for the villages in particular. Launching of new scheme namely Saansad Adharsh Gram Yojana by Government of India under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Honorable Prime Minister of India would be a great boon for villages in which each & every Member of Parliament would adopt a village under SAGY scheme and make it a model village.

Likewise our state government can also initiate such scheme in the name of members of Legislative Assembly which may suitably be called ‘VIDHAYAK ADHARSH GRAM YOJANA’ through which a village can be adopted and developed into a model village by the MLAs. For instance, the Gujarat Government has already taken up the same for the welfare of villages. As we are aware that crores and crores of fund have been invested on various welfare schemes so far, but the outcome is negligible. No benefit reaches to the poor people. But this time I hope villages would be developed through new governments initiatives and benefits would reach to the poorest. Adopting e-governance system in all departments would help reduce corruption and also help turn corrupt state into a corruption free state. At last not the least I request state government to devolve power to PRIs and release funds at the earliest that was declared nearly two years ago on the day of statehood celebration in presence of His Excellency the present Governor of Arunachal by Nabum Tuki led Govt.


Sum Apum, GPC

Debing Village




Absentee Govt. officers of twin capital

Dear Editor,

With humble submission, I would like to share some words through your esteemed daily. In our twin capital region there are many govt. departments where some officer never properly attends the offices. They have made their own rules and regulations. Due to this, common mass get harasses and whenever they want to meet the officer, the officer tells, “Right now I'm busy or going somewhere," come next day.

However next day when we visit the office, they do not come to the office. So, I want to ask the concern HODs is there any rule and regulation to check such absentee officer? If no action is initiated by them, we will think that even HODs are part of this office absentee group.


Bengia Nachung,


Capital youth

organization (C.Y.O)






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