Plan afoot to purchase new
vehicles for Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa recently wrote a letter
to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking reconsideration of airport project at Hollongi
citing high cost for land acquisition and instead suggested for upgradation of Lilabari
airport. However, when it is a matter of buying new vehicles for his office, the
governor seems to apply different yardstick and looks least worried about financial
issue. As per the documents available with this daily, the office of Resident Commissioner,
New Delhi in July this year placed demand for buying of two new vehicles for the
According to a letter written by Minik Damin, deputy secretary to Governor to the
Secretary (GA), GoAP, "the matter has been discussed with the Governor as to which
vehicle and make to be purchased." The letter further said that governor consented
to replace the present Mercedes Benz E class by Mercedes Benz C class and present
Honda Civic hybrid should be replaced by Toyota Camry Hybrid. The colour of both
the vehicle should be Metallic silver.
The decision to buy costly vehicles is contrary to the idea of financial prudence
which he is advocating for.
Rape accused bail plea rejected
SEPPA, Nov 02: The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) has rejected the bail plea
of rape accused Logo Singhi, bringing solace to the Women Welfare Organisation (WWO),
East Kameng who have been championing the cause of the 5-year-old victim.
While rejecting the bail plea, JMFC S. Sengupta said, "Crime was heinous and of deplorable
nature and the victim is of mere 5 years, so enlarging the accused on bail will create
public outcry which may lead to law and order problems." The WWO (East Kameng) lauded
the decision for rejecting the bail petition while also lauded investigating officer
SI A Pansa and East Kameng Bar Association for not entertaining the case of the accused.
"If similar team effort is made against all the evils, we will definitely minimize
the crime rate from the society," the WWO said.
APCC condemns Rijiju on Nehru statements
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) has vehemently condemned
the statements of Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju, accusing Jawaharlal
Nehru for letting the people of Northeast region down during the 1962 Indo-China
In a release, APCC president Padi Richo stated that Rijiju has no right to criticize
the legacy of Nehru because due to Panchsheel proposed by Nehru, Arunachal was saved
from external and internal aggression till today.
Rijiju's false propaganda on the Nehru legacy is nothing but to appease the Modi-led
Govt. at the centre so that he will not be dismissed from the ministry, added the
Further, the APCC release stated that Rijiju should clarify his stand on eating beef,
whether people of Arunachal should eat beef or not? Citing Rijiju's statements made
on eating beef during his visit to Aizawl, the AICC release asked whether Rijiju
would stand for the cause of Arunachal Pradesh on beef eating and its development.
Minor rescued at Hapoli
[ Yachang Tacho ]
ZIRO, Nov 2: Acting on a tip of, a team of officers today rescued a child who was
engaged as a labourer in a restaurant here at Hapoli and handed over to Shelter Home
run by an NGO Achukuru Welfare Society, Ziro. The child has been identified as Ajay
Kenwa, 13 years old.
This morning, Child Line Itanagar received an anonymous call saying that an underage
child has been engaged as labourer at a restaurant. Child Line Itanagar on its turn
passed on the unconfirmed message to Deputy Director, ICDS cum District Child Protection
Officer, Ziro. Accordingly, the team led by Gyati Bath, SA (ICDS), Lower Subansiri
district and I.Lollen, OC police station Ziro along with police personnel raided
the restaurant and found the child.
Later, after completing necessary formalities, SA (ICDS) and OC PS Ziro handed over
the rescued child to the shelter home. Bath, talking to this media person, suggested
people to contact Child Line Itanagar - 9436231477/9402788373 or District Child Protection
Officer Ziro - 8014232372 if they find underage child engaged as labourer at any
business, residence, construction work or agricultural field.
YUPIA, Nov 2: Junior Teacher (JT) of Govt. Secondary School Banderdewa S PN Singh
breathed his last on October 29 at Agra, UP.
Singh hailed from Parauna under Saran Chapra district in Bihar joined in Education
department as Junior Teacher in September1988 in Lohit district and served many interior
schools of the districts with sincerity and dedication for more than 27 years.
He was presently serving in Papum Pare district.
Expressing grief and sorrow over his demise, the Deputy Director of Education, Papum
Pare TT Tara in a condolence message said that his contribution towards the education
department will always be remembered, appreciated and cherished.
Tara on behalf of the officers and officials of the DDSE, conveyed heartfelt condolence
to the bereaved family and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
CoSAAP withdraws pen down strike
ITANAGR, Nov 2: The Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP)
has withdrawn its pen down strike proposed on November 3 next. The decision came
after the arrest of Tabu Guha, the alleged assaulter of the DDSE Marken Kadu on October
28 last. The DDSE was assaulted on October 23rd last while on duty.
Reassess road project
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Alleging that the Khenewa to Nampe road in East Kameng district
has not been constructed as per the guidelines of PMGSY and of sub-standard quality,
the All Pabing, Pangia, Jomoh, Jokhio, Nampe & Lamnio Intellectual Vigilance Committee
(APPJJNLIVC) today appealed to the Chief Executive Officer (ARRDA), Rural Works Department,
Itanagar to reassess the status of the said project and ensure that the said work
is carried out as per the DPR at the earliest.
The APPJJNLIVC in its release, also alleged that the department of Rural Works has
released 90% of the payment to the contractor without actual assessment of the road
construction work, which it claimed is not according to the DPR.
NPR updation training held
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Training cum briefing session to develop proper approach for the
updating of the National Population Register (NPR) database and seeding of Aadhaar
number in NPR database was held today at the conference hall of the Capital Deputy
Highlighting on the objective of the training, Deputy Commissioner Mige Kamki informed
that the percentage of Biometric Enrolment at Papum Pare including the Capital Complex
is 64% as of now. As the target is to make it 100% by the end of this year, so we
really need to speed up the process of biometric enrolment, stressed the DC. He further
urged the administrative officers who are also the charge officers to work in coordination
with each other so that the process is completed in a smooth manner within the stipulated
Census Operations, Jt. Director, in charge of Arunachal Pradesh, Bharati Chandra
briefed on the objectives, system and process of biometric enrolment under NPR and
also discussed in detail the manual of instructions for the updation of the NPR database.
Informing that the updation process would start from Nov 15th for a period of one
month, she asked the charge officers to appoint enumerators for the same and proper
training to be provided to them. During the updation, the enumerators would visit
each household and update the NPR. She also informed that earlier those who were
not enrolled in the 2010 census were asked to fill up the NPR forms for further enrolment
and permanent enrolment centers were also set up at the respective Deputy Commissioner's
office for the left out public.
The NPR is a comprehensive electronic database of all usual residents in the country
containing 15 fields of demographic data and the biometrics namely photographs, ten
finger prints and IRIS prints. The Biometric is then used for the generation of Aadhar
Among others, all the administrative officers of Capital Complex and the DSO Yupia
attended the meeting. DIPRO
Byaling kicks off 3rd CM's Trophy at Kimin
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The 3rd Edition of Chief Minister's Trophy on Football and Volleyball
(Men & Women) was formally kicked off by Minister for Home, Power Tanga Byaling at
ITBP Ground, Kimin yesterday in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his cabinet
colleagues, Parliamentary Secretaries and party MLAs, officers and officials of the
A friendly Football match was played between CM-XI and Speaker-XI to mark the launching
of the event. CM-XI won the match by 5-1 goals.
The Constituency, District and State level competitions are tentatively scheduled
to be held from November 1 to December 14, December 15 to January 31, 2016 and February
9 to 20, 2016 respectively.
Release staff salary: AAPLU
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Claiming that the staff salaries and labour wages of AP Forest
Corporation Limited have not been paid for the last three months, the All Arunachal
Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has called for early release of funds meant for the
payment of the salaries.
In its memorandum submitted to the chief minister, it said that the labourers of
the corporation have not received their bonus since 2006.
Plea for CMUHIS
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Stating that Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister's Universal Health
Insurance Scheme is yet to reach the people of Tali and Pipsorang circle under Kra-Daadi
district, the Block Congress Seva Dal Committee has requested the concerned authority
to provide the scheme in the remote circles of the district.
In a release, it stated that due to lack of communication to Tali & Pipsorang, the
rural people of both the circles people are yet to enroll for the health insurance
Tirap & Longding PR leaders call on CM
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: The elected Panchayat members of Tirap and Longding districts have
called on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his office today.
Expressing concern over prolonged absence of their legislators, the leaders requested
the Chief Minister to intervene and not allow the development process to be hampered,
which have been initiated in good spirit under his leadership. They assured the Chief
Minister to extend their cooperation and support in maintaining the pro-people image
of the state government at the grass root level.
They further extended their service in ensuring proper implementation and monitoring
of various developmental flagship programmes initiated by the Chief Minister.
AAPWU LDV unit cries foul
on absence of RO
ROING, Nov 02: Stating that the Registration Officer appointed for Lower Dibang Valley
by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Worker Welfare Board (APBOCWWB)
is yet to join the district, the All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU) unit
of Lower Dibang Valley has appealed the Deputy Commissioner Roing to immediately
take necessary action.
In a letter to the DC Roing, the AAPWU claimed that the Registration Officer (RO)
appointed for Lower Dibang Valley has never joined at the district, however, the
salary of the RO is being drawn from Itanagar without any consent or notification
of the district welfare board.
The union stated the absence of RO in the districts of DibangValley, Lower Dibang
Valley, Lohit and Anjaw, is hampering in the disbursement of the welfare schemes
declared by the state government at regular intervals. All declared beneficiary schemes
have remained defunct in these districts, it added.
AdiSU seeks subject teachers
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: The Adi Students' Union (AdiSU) had drawn the attention of education
authority towards pathetic condition of Dambuk Hr. Secondary School. In its representation
submitted to the DDSE Lower Dibang Valley district, AdiSU expressed deep concern
over shortage of teachers in the said school. The union claimed that since last two
months there has been no Biology classes as Biology teacher who was posted in the
school refuse to join his duty. AdiSU also lamented that though the examination is
nearing, the school is running without Chemistry teacher (ST), Hindi teacher (JT)
and English teacher (JT). The union demanded the authority to depute the required
subject teachers immediately for the greater interest of the school.
The Dambuk School was established in the year 1946 and is one of the oldest schools
in the entire state.
Residential Kalamitra Karmashala concludes
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: The four-day long Sanskar Bharati Poorvottar Vision 2020 Arunachal
Pradesh organized state-level Residential Kalamitra Karmashala concluded at Art of
Living Campus, Jully Village here today.
In the workshop, over ninety participants from different parts of the state were
trained in vocal, folk dance, classical dance and theatre.
Addressing the valedictory function of the workshop, Director, Trade and Commerce,
Tokong Pertin lauded the organizers of the workshop for their initiative to train
and provide a platform to the state's budding artists and assured to extend all possible
support to Sanskar Bharati in their endeavor to protect and promote art and culture.
Presentation of colorful cultural programmes, patriotic songs, drama, folk dances
of Adi and Nyishi tribes and mega classical dance by participants of the workshop
enthralled the audience on the occasion.
Sanskar Bharati Northeast chief Dhananjay Kushre, social activist Ha Tatu, SBAP vice
president, Chief Estate Officer, Talo Potom, Director Housing, Techi Govind, Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service Commission Deputy Secretary, Tayi Taggu and All India Assistant
organizing secretary, Sanskar Bharati, Amirchand attended the programme.
FLAP conducted for villagers
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: A Financial Literacy Awareness Programme (FLAP) was conducted by
the NABARD Arunachal Pradesh Regional Office, Itanagar in collaboration with a local
NGO-AMYAA for the villagers of Bolung village in Lower Dibang Valley district today.
During the programme which was aimed at creating awareness among the general public
regarding various financial schemes being offered by banks, NABARD APM, Kamal Roy
informed the gathering about various NABARD implemented schemes for villagers. He
also spoke about financial inclusion, financial planning, various financial schemes
like saving account, RD, FD, loans and advances, PMJDY, PMSSY, PMJJBY, APY, KCC,
Farmers Producer Organizations (FPO) and Bhoomiheen Kishan Yojana through formation
of Joint Farmer Groups (JLG).
AMYAA Secretary, R K Paul Chawang also highlighted the effective role Self Help Groups
(SHG) play in bringing about over-all socio-economic development at the village level
and urged the SHGs to maintain records, conduct regular meetings, grant regular internal
loans etc, for availing loans and subsidies on GoI schemes.
The programme was also attended by Roing, AP Rural Bank Branch Manager, GK Deori.
Students attend workshop on
Life Skill Development
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: In all, 75 students from various institutions of the Capital Complex
took part in a day-long workshop on Life Skill Development conducted by the Kerala
Kala Samskarika Vedi (KKSV) in association with National Service Scheme (NSS) State
Cell, Itanagar at Don Bosco Youth Center here on Sunday.
Higher and Technical Education Director, Tejum Padu inaugurated the workshop which
was also attended by Regional Director NSS NE Region, Sunil Kr. Basumatari, NSS SLO,
Dr. VN Sharma and Don Bosco Youth Center Director, Fr. Cyriac as resource person.
During the workshop, students were imparted training on inculcating leadership quality,
enhancing confidence and developing overall personality to unleash their potential.
Senior SP Tashi Nguso dies
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: Tashi Nguso, Senior Superintendent of Police (Retd.) breathed his
last on October 30.
He had a brilliant career in the Arunachal Pradesh Police Service. He joined in Police
Department as Sub-Inspector, APP in 1972. He was promoted as Circle Inspector in
1978, as DSP in 1986. He was elevated to the post of Superintendent of Police in
1991-92 and served in Khonsa, Aalo, Tawang, Daporijo and Naharlagun. He was finally
elevated to the post of Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) at Itanagar in 2003.
He retired in 2008, informed Lower Siang Elite Forum.
Born at Takso village under Gensi circle of West Siang district in October 1, Tashi
did his schooling from Takso Government Primary School and Aalo Government Higher
Secondary and graduated from JN College, Pasighat in 1971.
He left behind two sons and two daughters.
The LSEF members saluted and paid last respect to late Nguso and prayed for eternal
peace of the departed soul. They also conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved
family to bear the irreparable loss.
DBC College Week celebration begins
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: The Annual College Week celebration of Don Bosco College, Itanagar
began today with theme, "Respect All, Fear None".
Jarpum Gamlin, member of World Economic Forum and former president of Arunachal Press
Club, who attended the inaugural function, advised the students to keep learning
and strive for academic excellence for a bright future.
Dr. Fr. Nicholas also attended the function.
The students were divided into four houses, namely Canopus, Draco, Orion and Phoenix.
College Week celebrated
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: Students and teaching staff of Rang-Frah Govt. College, Changlang
celebrated its 20th College Week with various literary and sports activities at Changlang
In his inaugural speech, Principal Dr. Kangki Megu exhorted the students to take
part in co-curricular activities to develop sportsmanship spirit and leadership qualities.
Local food stalls were also set up during the week-long celebrations.
Taekwondo team leaves for 33rd
Sub-junior National Championship
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: Arunachal Taekwondo Sub-Junior team left for Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh
yesterday to participate in the 33rd Sub-junior National Taekwondo Championship,
2015 beginning on November 4.
The team is accompanied by Noksom Lowang, joint secretary, Arunachal Taekwondo Association
as coach and Bim Bahadur Thapa as manager and Tana Suraj (National Referee), informed
ATA general secretary Tarh Tagin.
Football tourney at Yupia
ITANAGAR, Nov 2: The first-ever Gyamar Tajik Memorial Football Tournament organized
by Yupia Youth Welfare Association (YYWA) will begin at Yupia village on November
15. The winner, runners up teams will awarded handsome cash prizes besides prizes
to individual achievers, such as Best Player, Best Goalkeeper, Disciplined team etc.
The interested teams are suggested to confirm their participation on or before November
Arunachal’s financial situation improved with Centre’s help, claims MoS Finance
Centre cautions state against misuse of fund
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha who was on a day long
visit to Itanagar today reviewed the financial situation of the state and also the
status of various financial inclusive programme like Mudra scheme, Jan Dhan Yojana
etc. He claimed that financial condition of Arunachal has improved due to the help
extended by central government. Sinha informed that Arunachal government will receive
annual grant of Rs 7391 crore for the year 2015-16 as part of the recommendation
of 14th Finance Commission.
Addressing a press conference here at Banquet Hall after the review meeting, the
Union Minister, however, did caution that central government will strictly monitor
the implementation of schemes. "We have strong mechanism in place to monitor implementation
of schemes and funds. We will not allow anyone misuse the fund. People of Arunachal
should also remain vigilant and question state government if they see misuse of fund.
He also assured that central government will extend every possible help to state
government for betterment of state.
"Arunachal has received massive boost from the recommendation of 14th Finance Commission.
In the next 5 year the state will get Rs 55897 crore. If properly used, the money
received under 14th Finance Commission will change fate of Arunachal forever. In
2014-15 the state received Rs 4466 crore from central government. The money is not
an issue here. The question is how state government uses the money. They should especially
concentrate on improving road and telecom connectivity," said the Minister.
However he did express his concern over excessive expenditure in non-plan head. "There
is unusual heavy spending from non-plan head. This is something which worries us.
More money should be spent on asset creation with proper planning. New schools, hospitals
and roads should be constructed. More money should be spent from plan head," said
MoS finance. Further Sinha expressed serious concern regarding repeated over draft
situation faced by state government. "I had gone through records and got to know
that on couple of occasion Govt of Arunachal faced over draft problem. This is very
strange considering the fact that Arunachal is one of the few states which has positive
treasury holding. I have placed my concern to Chief Minister and Chief Secretary
in this regard. We understand the fact that some of the NE states have faced difficult
time in managing finance in the past. But its time they take steps to manage finance
and we are ready to extend every possible in this regard," said Sinha.
He urged government of Arunachal to speed up the work as working season has started.
"Govt. should start all the pending infrastructure work on war footing. Arunachal
has limited working season and therefore authority cannot afford to waste time. Also
I would like to inform that government of India has agreed to 90:10 and in some case
80:20 for various centrally sponsored schemes for north eastern states. With this
policy being adopted, now more money will start flowing into the state. But the onus
lies on state government to ensure that money is properly used so that every Arunachalee
enjoy the benefit of development," stated minister Sinha.
Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament kicks off
APP beat Capital Complex 2-1 in opener
TEZU, Nov 02: The 14th Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament was kicked
off by Minister for Health Rajesh Tacho amid huge gathering of soccer lovers at Jubilee
Ground here today.
Addressing the gathering at the opening ceremony, Tacho stressed the importance of
games and sports in one's life. Talking about footbal, which has emerged one of the
most popular sports in the world in modern times, he said that many players have
made their country proud by making big in this game.
He expressed his pleasure to find that young people are coming forward in support
of this game. He encouraged the young players to do well in the tournament and maintain
sportsman spirit throughout the tournament.
He also encouraged all the young and inspiring talents to go ahead with their games
and sports skills and participate in all the major events in India and abroad. He
informed that the State Government has given special emphasis towards development
of sports and sportspersons. The Government has made special provision for the sports
persons who bring laurels to the state in different sporting events at national and
international level events. He also informed about 10 percent job reservation for
meritorious sportspersons in Government departments.
He asked the participants to uphold and maintain discipline stating that winning
and losing are part and parcel of any game and the players must learn to accept defeat
gracefully, he said.
He also highlighted on the State Government's developmental programme and policies,
such as Chief Minister's Universal Health Insurance Scheme. Former MP and Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association President Takam Sanjay, who was also present on the
occasion, encouraged the sportspersons to take up sports seriously and make career
out of it. He informed that many young Arunachalees are bringing laurels to the State
through their outstanding performance in various sports disciplines, like karate,
weightlifting, archery, badminton etc. He asked the young players to strive for the
best in the field of football and bring glory to the State.
Meanwhile, Sanjoy asked the players to maintain strict discipline throughout the
tournament saying that discipline is the most important essence of our lives. Anyone
violating the rule will not be allowed to play football and participate in Tadar
Tang, the APFA president cautioned the players and members.
Local legislator Dr. Mohesh Chai appealed to all the players and management officials
to continue their sportsmanship during their stay in Tezu.
Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman of the Organizing Committee Tamiyo Tatak briefed
the teams and players about the existing executive orders and asked them to refrain
from any aggression, indiscipline and violence.
Kindly maintain cleanliness and hygiene and be careful not to destroy public property,
DC sought full cooperation from the players and team members for a successful and
peaceful conduct of the Tournament.
Superintendent of Police Ved Prakash Surya highlighted on the law and order and security
arrangements for the tournament at Tezu. The matches will be played in Jubilee ground
and Government Higher Secondary School, Tezu playground.
A Peace and Action Committee was also formed to monitor and solve the conflicts or
misunderstandings which may arise within or between two or more teams.
The Peace and Action Committee consists of DC, SP, EAC (Jud), one representative
from every team, OC police Station and the local MLA as its Chief Patron.
It has also been informed that the players for Santosh Trophy and Dr. T. Ao Tournament
will be selected from this tournament.
The Tournament is being organized by the Lohit District Administration under the
aegis of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association and sponsored by Department of Sports,
Government of Arunachal Pradesh.
Barbarra Harris White and Vandana Upadhyay, economists from Oxford University and
Rajiv Gandhi University also attended the inaugural ceremony.
Tadar Tang Memorial State Level Football Tournament is an annual sporting event organized
by the Government of Arunachal Pradesh in memory and in recognition of the contributions
of the Tadar Tang who was a great leader and an ardent sports lover.
Arunachal Pradesh Police team defeated Capital Complex 2-1 in the inaugural match.
Local MLA dr. Mohesh Chai, DC Lohit, DC Anjaw, SP Tezu, District HoDs, Sports Authorities
from Itanagar, team members and players, Gaon Burahs, PRI members, students and general
public witnessed the inaugural ceremony.
Eighteen districts, including Tirap, West Siang, East Siang, East Kameng, Kra Dadi,
Lohit, Kurung Kumey, Upper Siang, Papumpare, Namsai, Dibang Valley, Longding, Lower
Dibang Valley, Capital Complex, Anjaw, Lower Subansiri and Upper Subansiri will battle
it out for the top honour at the tournament. DIPRO
Capital highway paved shoulder road works
to be completed this month
[ Appu Gapak ]
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: To ease traffic congestion in the Capital Complex, 'Paved Shoulders'
along NH 415, formerly known as NH 52-A, is being taken up at selected stretches
between Chandra Nagar to Banderdewa.
Paved Shoulders are extensions beyond the carriage way. It, often serving as an emergency
stopping lane, is a reserved lane by the verge of a road or motorway. It has multiple
usage such as; in the event of an emergency or breakdown, a motorist can pull into
the shoulder to get out of the flow of traffic and obtain a greater degree of safety,
emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars may use the shoulder to bypass
traffic congestion, shoulders are used as travel lanes during peak commuting hours.
"Chief Secretary is very keen to see Paved Shoulder and it's because of his initiatives,
funds could be made available. We have been allotted Rs 10 crores during current
financial year. This is a short term measure on the existing Highway. The works will
be completed by November end," informed Chief Engineer Highway Bora Ete.
"We are taking up two kinds of road works in the Capital Complex - short term and
long term. Improvement of Riding Quality Programme (IRQP) or the periodical renewal
(renovation) for about 16-km of the existing NH-415 which is short term and the four-laning
of the highway for long term," he said.
"Since paved shoulders are already on job, bituminous work cannot also be taken up
now as it will add on to traffic congestion," Ete said and adding that the periodical
renewal or the renovation of the NH-415 will begin by the end of December as the
equipment is yet to reach the plant site."
The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Government of India had scrapped
the much anticipated Itanagar-Banderdewa 4-lane road project. The Union ministry
had instructed the state government to submit fresh alternative proposals for construction
of road. The ministry had also rejected the compensation estimate submitted by the
state government. Earlier, Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH)
Nitin Gadkari in the presence of MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, had informed Chief Minister
Nabam Tuki in a meeting at New Delhi on July 30 last that Itanagar - Banderdewa road
will have a Cement Concrete 4-lane road.
The state PWD, meanwhile, has decided to go ahead with its decision that the 2/4
Lane Highway will be developed on existing NH-52A (NH-415) depending on the availability
of land width by making use of Cement Concrete Pavement for carriageway.
"The 4-Lane project is being pursued in the Ministry at present. The issue is being
resolved. The project is definitely on," Chief Engineer Highway Bora Ete said.
"We want to build a world class road for Itanagar," he said.
CM urges Centre to clear pending proposals
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki requested the Union Minister of State
for Finance Jayant Sinha to impress upon his ministry to clear the pending proposals
amounting to Rs. 4571.55 submitted to NITI Aayog by the state government.
The Chief Minister informed the Union minister, who called him today morning, said
that the state- a late starter in development process - is taking up the pace of
"We have enormous resources but these need to be rightly tapped to reap the benefits,"
the CM said and sought support and assistance from the Union Government to make the
state at par with other developed states.
The proposal includes projects like Greenfield airport at Hollongi, drinking water
& drainages, district/mini secretariats, CC roads, stadiums, helipads, High court
building, infrastructure for newly created districts, etc. Sinha while minutely going
through the presentation on financial status said that the debt burden of the state
is within the permissible limit and the overdraft and ways and means on advance availed
is also under control. He assured funds through DONER in lieu of absence of external
funding to the state.
He also emphasized for development of hydro power besides stressing on making marketing
linkages with Bangladesh and Burma for economic sustainability.
The Union Minister was in the state capital today to review schemes like PM's Jan
Dhan Yojana, Atal Pension Yojana and other financial inclusion programmes of the
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister exhorted the bankers to recruit more and more local
youths in the branches in Arunachal Pradesh besides opening new branches in far flung
interior border blocks to ensure the benefits of central as well as the state government
programs reach the needy.
During the meeting State Bank of India (SBI) Chief General Manager P.V. Murty gave
a detail presentation on implementation of Government of India's Programmes. State
Planning Secretary Sonam Chombay placed an overview of the state finances, Fourteenth
Finance Commission award and developmental initiatives taken up by the state government.
Home Minister Tanga Byaling, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi, Government Spokesperson Bamang
Felix, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Commissioner to CM Hage Kojeen, Secretary Planning
Sonam Chombay, Secretary, Finance Daulat Hawaldar among others were present in the
BJP apprises MoS for Finance of
'poor' financial position
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: A team of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headed by party president
Tai Tagak called on Union Minister of State for Finance Jayant Sinha at a city hotel
here today and apprised him of the alleged precarious financial position of the state.
The team informed the Union Minister that ruling Congress government is leading the
state to bankruptcy by resorting to rampant corrupt practices and financial mismanagement.
The team urged the central government for proper monitoring on the utilization of
The Party also apprised the Union Minister over the Congress' accusation that the
BJP Government at the Centre is not releasing funds to Arunachal Pradesh for being
a Congress ruled state.
The party also urged the Minister for necessary directives from the concern authority
to the Banks for holistic implementation of all the people centric schemes. The
BJP leaders also apprised the Union Minister on the poor implementation of various
Social Security Schemes initiated by the BJP led NDA government at Centre.
Meanwhile, the union minister denied the Congress accusation and said that the Centre
has been regularly releasing all due funds to the state. He urged the people of the
state to remain alert and watchful on the utilization of the funds coming from the
NES demands recall of the Governor
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Nyishi Elite Society vociferously condemned the erratic statement
of the constitutional authority, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, JP Rajkhowa who
recently suggested Prime Minister to upgrade Lilabari airport and reconsider the
decision to set up a green field airport in the state in view of the "high cost"
Endorsing the press statements of ANSU, AAPSU, ACR etc demanding immediate recall
of the Governor, NES in a release said that the Governor is physically in Arunachal
Pradesh but his heart and soul rests in his home state and has failed to carry out
his constitutional obligation.
"He has mentioned the name of the leader of the opposition suggesting upgradation
of Lilabari airport in Assam but has not mentioned the name of the so called other
organizations. The Governor must come up openly and clarify whether the Governor
or the Leader of the Opposition is a liar, NES said while referring to Tamiyo Taga's
clarification. This is an unusual and erratic behaviour on the part of the first
citizen of the state.
NES said that it sensed anti-Arunachal and anti-development mindset of the incumbent
Governor from day one he assumed the office as Governor of the state.
"It is an open secret that all the HoDs are fed-up with his behaviour like an executive
head of the state. Such letters cannot be issued by a titular head without the knowledge
of the Government," NES said. NES called upon all the community based organizations
and civil society of the state headed by the apex-Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum
(AITF) to rigorously move for immediate ouster of the Governor for his 'anti-Arunachal'
The Society also urged all the political parties, more pertinently, the INC and BJP
not to politicize the developmental issue in the best interest of the state.
Meanwhile, the Apatani Students' Union (ASU) has condemned the reported statement
of Governor J P Rajkhowa urging the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reconsider the
decision to set up a green field airport in the state in view of the "high cost".
While endorsing AAPSU's demand for construction of airport in the state, the ASU
also said that office of Governor and the state government should not move in two
opposite directions in their strategic decisions on developmental issues.
PWD refutes allegation, Forum files
case against officers
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Reacting at news item under caption, "EMRS Bana faces uncertainties,
ARTIAF seeks Governor Intervention" the Superindenting Engineer PWD Sagalee circle
today refuted the allegation by stating that under the project 'Construction of Additional
Infrastructure for Eklavya Model Residential School (EMRS) at Bana in East Kameng
district (C/o Boys Hostel and Play Ground)' an amount of Rs 161.35 lakh was sanctioned
in the year 2011-2012.
Fund of Rs 122.83 lakhs was placed by the Department of Social Justice & Empowerment
and Tribal Affairs to PWD and in the year 2012-2013, balance amount of Rs 35. 34
lakhs was placed which remained unspent due to late receipt of fund from the client
department, the SE added.
He further said that repeated request to release unspent amount of Rs 35.34 lakhs
by PWD to the client department went in vain. SE also maintained that on the receipt
of the fund the remaining works of Girls Hostel and Play Ground will be completed
within a short period of time.
The project 'Construction of Additional infrastructure for EMRS Bana (C/o Girls Hostel
and playground)' was sanctioned with Rs 200.00 lakhs and fund placement of Rs 196.00
lakhs was made by the client department in the year 2012-13.
The work is yet to be completed; Utilization Certificate for the full amount has
already been submitted, the SE Sagalee added.
Meanwhile, taking the issue forward, Arunachal RTI Activist Forum (ARTIAF) today
lodged FIR against then three officers namely Chief Engineer Tacha Gongo, Executive
Engineer, Nabam Tado and Assistant Engineer Sunil Degio and others with SP Special
Investigation Cell (SIC) Vigilance, alleging embezzlement of an amount Rs 3.61 crore
released during financial year 2011-2012 for EMRS Bana. In its FIR copy, ARTIAF alleged
that said officers, including the nodal department had dishonestly discharged their
duty leading to the current state of the said school. The forum also claimed that
then Chief Engineer PWD Western Zone had accepted the forged and fake utilization
certificate (UC) without physical verification of the project and forwarded to nodal
agency. The whistle blower activists demanded the SIC SP to initiate a legal action
against the officers responsible for the embezzlement and book them under appropriate
section of law.
Governor urges NERIST faculties to rise
to challenges of society
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa today called upon the
students and faculty members of the NERIST to rise to the challenges of the society
using their technical knowledge. He said that they must be useful to the society
as an institution and at the same time as a technical individual. The Governor was
addressing the gathering at the SONABYSS'15, the annual techno-cultural festival
of North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST), Nirjuli in
its campus today.
The Governor, who is also the President, NERIST Society exhorted them to explore
the best ways and means to construct durable roads and other infrastructure in this
sub-Himalayan region which is supposed to have peculiar geological formation. He
also advised them to explore and develop effective ways to tackle the menace of annual
floods and other natural calamities.
The Governor, who have been steering the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, called upon the NERIST
Society to strive initially for Clean and Green NERIST and then for Clean and Green
The Governor opined that either to do good to the society or to do great things,
there is no substitute to hard work and perseverance. He also advised the people
to develop better work culture amongst the people of the State, especially among
the government servants. Expressing concern on the drug addiction problem, he called
for initiating awareness activities against drug abuse during the festival.
Commending the faculty members and students for the multicultural annual festival,
which also include SHRISTI 2015 the Governor emphasised on the maximum participation
by the student community under the active guidance of the faculty. He said that extracurricular
activities are means to relieve the mental stress during studies. The Governor added
that such activities contribute to the growth of the institute along with strengthening
camaraderie and brotherhood amongst the members of the institute.
Referring to his meetings on state of roads in the State four months earlier, the
Governor once again called upon the State Government to form a task force constituting
representatives from the Central Road Research Institute, Delhi, Indian Institute
of Technology, Guwahati, North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology,
Nirjuli and senior engineers from the State Works Departments.
Speaking on the occasion, NERIST Director, Prof. P.K. Das gave a brief about the
history of the institution to the Governor. He also highlighted the achievements
and challenges of the institution so far.
Students' Affairs Dean, Prof. Binay Singh, NERIST Gymkhana Chairman, Ashwini Kumar
Patra, Recreation and Creative Activity Forum (RACAF) Secretary, Yike Lomri and Shristi
2015 Secretary, Techi Tader also spoke on the occasion.
First Lady of the State, Rita Rajkhowa, Deans and Faculty members, officers and staff
members of NERIST and students attended the programme. Cultural items, including
Indian classical dances, dances of Nagaland, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim,
Assam and Mizoram, reflecting the multicultural assets of NERIST campus were presented
in the inaugural function of the four-day festival. (PRO to Governor)
Organic farming for tea cultivation
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
RUKSIN, Nov 02: With a view to reduce use of chemicals in tea and vegetable cultivation,
Siang Tea Industries Pvt Ltd has launched a series of training on organic farming
for the tea planters and commercial horticulturists of the state.
The first training initiated by the tea company was conducted at Shantivan Tea Estate
today with participation of as many as 45 farmers from different parts of East Siang
district and Jonai of neighbouring Assam.
The participants were taught the methods and materials for preparation of organic
manures and pesticides with practical demonstrations.
Welfare Officer of Siang Tea, Kaling Moyong, who imparted the training as resource
person said the company has been conducting such programme to educate the tea planters
and vegetable farmers on organic farming. Narrating on research-based output of "non-chemical
strategies" for plantation and protection of green plants, which has only option
for healthy future generations, Moyong claimed that the aim was to gradually minimize
use of chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides and promoters) from tea gardens and crop
fields in the region. He imparted training to the participants on organic preparations
such as jeevamrit, pit compost, ghanamrit, bio-dynamic compose, vermi-wash unit and
two methods of vermicompose and panchagabya etc with their mode of application with
Speaking the occasion, Pasighat ADO (Agri), N Nonang discouraged use of chemical
fertilizers, weedicides and pesticides, suggested the farmers to go on organic to
ensure healthy environment. Informed that the centre is putting special attention
to make the NE states as organic hub, Nonang urged them to adopt organic farming
practices by using the locally available raw materials without wastage.
The company earlier conducted training programme on preparation of Green Tea in Upper
Siang district covering the tea planters and commercial horticulturists of Komsing,
Jaro and Jhorsing villages.
Among others, Assistant Engineer (WRD), B Daring, Linka village HGB Taje Tapak, Bilat
HSS principal, Okiam Tatin, Bimal Lego attended the day-long training.
1st round CCC concludes on positive note
Moyong calls for concerted efforts to
make SCM successful
PASIGHAT, Nov 02: The first round of Citizens Consultation Campaign (CCC) concluded
on Sunday night at Gandhi Chowk with a positive note.
Giving a clarion call to the citizens, Pasighat MLA, Kaling Moyong has said that
the Smart City Proposal (SCP) being prepared to be submitted to the concerned union
ministry should include plans related to the possibilities of involving the civil
society in the governance.
The Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) of cities shortlisted for the smart city project had
been directed by the Urban Development Ministry to submit proposals on the schemes
that could be executed under the project. It has been planned to select 20 cities
for the project in the first phase and the selection would be made after assessing
the proposals submitted by urban local bodies, the MLA informed.
Pasighat has all the potential to get selected for the project and citizens should
share their experiences and present proposals to improve people's life and PMC should
draw up a plan in this regard and include it in the smart city proposal, he opined.
The MLA while urging the youths to dream for a better tomorrow stated the city is
well connected by road, rail, air and waterways and maintenance of cleanliness in
public places and traffic management could be better with involvement of general
public. Going by the schedule prepared by the Union Ministry, the 100 cities which
were selected in the first round of Smart City competition should present the detailed
project reports by the second week of December, he informed.
MEO Deepak Shinde said that local administration had planned to put in place a strong
digital infrastructure to ensure expeditious and efficient deliverance of government
services through digital technology and to ensure access to internet, which had been
considered as a gateway for people to acquire knowledge from all the sections of
society. The urban local bodies could build a strong public grievance redressal mechanism
adopting information technology at all levels of administration and include it in
smart city proposal, he said. City stakeholders who are keen on sending in their
suggestions and proposals could submit in the "Drop Boxes" installed at JNC, Jansuvidha
Kendra, SBI and main market area. Smart City Lab has been setup at Panchayat office
where anyone can submit (offline) vision statement or suggestions. People can also
come to NIC, ABK office (near DTDC building) for online registration in "mygov portal".
A draft vision document would be prepared based on the inputs received from various
city stakeholders and from public consultations. DIPRO
Parl Secy Tayeng impressed with
tomato cultivation at Rupa
BOMDILA, Nov 02: Parliamentary Secretary (Water Resources) Gum Tayeng said that she
was very impressed with large scale tomato and other cash crops cultivation by the
public of Rupa and adjoining areas.
While visiting the flood management programmes and Pipe irrigation projects at Rupa
and adjoining areas, Tayeng lauded the public of the areas for bringing about a tomato
revolution in the district which has become main source of earning for the farmers.
She appreciated the ambitious pipe irrigation projects through which assured irrigation
water is provided to each and every cultivable plot through network of distribution
pipes. Tayeng asked the departmental officers to come up with more such innovative
projects to fulfill the irrigation water requirement of the district.
Tayeng was accompanied by Dirang Dirang ADC Dagbom Riba.
The Parliamentary Secretary during her second leg of visit to West Kameng and Tawang
from October 27 reviewed the on-going flood protection works at Digging River and
visited the command area of Lish MI Project located at Dirang where farmers are cultivating
Paddy, Maize and other case crops including Kiwi.
During his tour, she also inspected the two indoor wards of district hospital Tawang
funded under SPA. One of the projects has already been completed and handed over
to the concern department and another one is currently under construction at an amount
of Rs 110 lakhs. DIPRO/source
CCKA team for Mini Olympics announced
ITANAGAR, Nov 02: Capital Complex Karate-Do Association has announced the final list
of selected senior players for the ensuing first ever Mini Olympic Games to be held
here from December two to five, 2015. The selected players will be given coaching/training
at Sangey Lhaden Sports Academy ground, informed CCKA general secretary Tagiu Tachu
in a release. He urged the players to concentrate on their games and practice hard
to prepare themselves for the ensuing Games.
The team (Male): Byabang Rana (-50kg), Tai Tani (-55kg), Gokia Mahanto (-60kg), Dongro
Dodum (-68kg), Tadar Taruh (-75kg), Shakti Lomgu (-84kg), Biplob Devnath (+84kg);
(Female): Ha Rimi (-48kg), Satam Yakio (-50kg), Gida Yaro (-61kg), Mepung Tana (+68kg).
Ex-servicemen launch indefinite dharna at Delhi
NEW Delhi, Nov 02: Adhering to their announcement made earlier of launching an indefinite
dharna, the state committee members of All India Central Para Military Forces Ex-Servicemen
Welfare Association (AICPMFEWA) began its indefinite dharna at Jantar Mantar, New
Demanding equal status and equal facilities for paramilitary forces, executive members
of AICPMFEWA representing Arunachal Pradesh headed by its state vice president Takhe
Dibo, along with district vice president Tade Garam, district general secretary Paksingh
Garam and district treasurer Lamdak Tani also joined the dharna.
AICPMFEWA state committee secretary, Honi Tazing said the scheme is not in tune with
the principle of one rank one pension, and alleged that the Government of India is
pouring all facilities to defence forces and completely neglecting paramilitary men.
Apart from the demand of one rank one pension, the association demanded formation
of separate service and pension rule instead of the CSS Rules, grant of ex-servicemen
stratus with all consequential benefits, extended CSD canteen and ECHS facilities,
change of present nomenclature of Central Armed Police Forces to Central Para-Military
Forces, grant of statutory Para-Military Welfare Board similar to Sainik Welfare
Board, Exemption from new contributory pension system to servicing CPMF personnel,
and grant of para-military service pay.