November 23

DM issues prohibitory order

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: District Magistrate, Itanagar Capital Complex in an order 144 CrPC has prohibited meeting, rallies, or any kind of assembly of large number of people in any public place to avoid security risk.

The order further banned carrying of any kind of lethal weapons, like firearms, dao, knife, khukari, including sticks within Capital Complex with immediate effect.

The order has been promulgated following suggestions from the Superintendent of Police, Capital Complex, Itanagar apprehending serious breach of law and order within Capital Complex. DIPRO


FIR registered against alleged rapist

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: An FIR has been registered against one Sonam Namgey  of Tawang at Women Police Station, Itanagar under section 376 (Z)/323 for allegedly raping a school girl at Naharlagun on November 18.

Meanwhile, the All Sajolang (MIJI) Student's Union (ASSU) has demanded a magisterial level inquiry into the case and punishment for the culprit who is said to be personnel of IRBn.

The alleged accused should be tried at a special Fast Track Court and, if found guilty, he be given exemplary punishment for committing the most inhumane act, ASSU said.

While demanding adequate compensation and proper treatment of the victim, the union said that the alleged accused must not be granted bail under any circumstances.

The students union also appealed to the All Arunachal Pradesh Student's Union (AAPSU) to come forward and raise voice against the brutal rape and physical assault on a minor school girl by man in uniform.


Burglars nabbed with booties

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Nov 22: In a major breakthrough, Daporijo Police nabbed three burglars allegedly involved in a series of theft cases reported during the last few months here.

Acting on information, Daporijo Police under close supervision of Superintendent of Police (SP) Taru Gusar swung into action and apprehended the thieves on Thursday.

Many costly mobile phones and various other electronics goods were recovered from their possession.

Three accused were allegedly involved in the recent mobile shop robbery at New Market on November 10 and are reportedly under age.  The Daporijo Police has registered a case against the alleged accused Under Section 457/380/34 IPC.

As per Daporijo Police record, two of them are habitual and professional thieves, informed IO in-charge SI M Ngupak.

Police also swung into action to nab other culprits involved in other similar cases in the township, the SP said.


Brown Sugar, Heroine seized at Diyun

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: In a major drugs haul, Diyun Police seized 220 gm of suspected Brown Sugar and 22.82 gm of Heroine after a raid at the house of one Sumita Chakma of Diyun circle under Changlang district on Friday night.

The team of police led by Sub-Inspector Tania Uli also arrested one Bikash Chakma, 28, a drug peddler, and recovered Brown Sugar from his possession.


NCP flays BJP for Speaker impeachment move

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The State Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) said that the state BJP’s political exercise to dislodge Speaker Nabam Rebia from the Legislative Assembly to indirectly topple the Tuki led Govt. by leveling various allegations will remain a distant dream.

The BJP’s move for impeachment motion against Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia is nothing but to counter the impeachment motion filed against Deputy Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thungdok by the MLAs for his dissident activities against Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, an NCP press statement said.

“The Speaker acts as neutral umpire between the ruling party and the opposition. Deputy Speaker T. Norbu’s open dissidence activities against the sitting Chief Minister by violating all laid down rules and regulations of statutory body of legislative assembly deserved for impeachment and removal,” the party opined.


Committee hails Supreme Court judgment

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Joint Action Committee Arunachal Pradesh (JACAP) has hailed the Supreme Court judgment which has declined to interfere in the order passed by the Gauhati High Court granting stay of the notification declaring Kanubari and Khonsa East Assembly seats as vacant.

This historic judgment is a victory of the people of the state against the evil design of the present regime. This was a fight between truth and evil. And finally truth has prevailed, it said in a release.

It further demanded the CM to return all the fake resignation papers of the remaining 14 MLAs and asked both the CM and the speaker to step down from their posts.


Quiz competition among schools of Jigaon

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: A quiz competition was conducted at Jigaon, West Kameng by non-governmental organization Zgang Depga among the students of schools in Jigaon.

Govt. Middle School, Sang Academy and the students of Residential School participated enthusiastically in the quiz competition.

On the occasion, Gorkha Sangha member Ratan Subba and his team were felicitated for sponsoring orphan and needy children to pursue their education in Govt. Residential School Jigaon.

The Gorkha Sangha donated school uniforms and cloths to poor students.

Further, the Zgang Depga felicitated Rinchin Wangdi Mosobi of Jigaon village for winning a bronze medal in the 60th National School Games, (Boxing) organized by School Games Federation of India in Anandpur Sahip, Punjab. He represented Arunachal Pradesh in the National School Games 2014.


Smart City Raath concludes

PASIGHAT, Nov 22: The Smart City on wheels – ‘Smart City Raath’ journey concluded with maximum participation of the local people today at Rengging village. The campaign drew large numbers of public in the last leg which was conducted in the neighbouring villages of Rengging, Mebo, Takilalung adjoining Pasighat.   

Thanking the public of Pasighat and neighbouring villages for the support in the entire Smart City on wheels campaign, Pasighat Municipality Deputy Chief Councillor, Kaling Darang appealed for maximum participation in the online campaign at www.my gov.in. Darang requested the public to give in their valuable suggestions regarding what kind of programmes and facilities should be implemented for Smart City.

Darang also lauded Chief Councilor, Denong Tamuk, ADC cum MEO, councillors and the team of SCM for their tireless effort, suggestion and cooperation in the whole programme.

The Smart City on wheel campaign witnessed maximum participation and imparted awareness to the citizens of Pasighat and adjoining villages.

Asst. Prof. Narmi Darang and retired Engineer T Gammeng spoke on various aspects about the Smart City campaign at Rengging. Elders of the village also spoke and expressed their support for Smart City.

Among others EAC Ainstein Koyu, Dr Jayanto Perme, ABK Secy East Siang, Talut Siram, public of Rengging and Smart City Mission on wheel members were present in the concluding campaign.


News Impact


SC dismiss Arunachal’s petition on

Chakma-Hajong refugees

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The Supreme Court has rejected the govt of Arunachal’s application seeking permission for review petition and to file additional facts and documents regarding the Supreme Court’s verdict granting citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees.

The Court in an order issued on Nov 19 states that applications for permission to file review petition and hearing in open Court are rejected.

Arunachal Pradesh govt. and All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union have said that they will file curative petitions against the SC latest’s order.

Speaking to reporters at Bomdila on the issue, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said that Home Ministry will challenge the Supreme Court decision.

“We are not against Chakma-Hajong being granted Indian citizenship but we are against Chakma-Hajong being settled in Arunachal Pradesh overlooking the Inner Line Permit” Rijiju said on the highly emotive issue.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has termed the dismissal of the Special Review Petition of the Arunachal Government by Supreme Court on the Chakma Hajong Issue as unexpected. The Chief Minister said that , “We are not against the grant of Indian citizenship to the Chakma Hajong refugees, but opposed to their permanent settlement in Arunachal Pradesh and the exemption of Inner Line Permit”.  

He mentioned that the State Government would again take legal recourse in the form of a curative petition before the Apex court on the issue. He mentioned that this has been a long pending issue regarding which many political decisions were taken in the past. Also, the collective sentiments of the people of Arunachal Pradesh especially that of the organisations that are agitating for the interests of the state has to be given careful consideration as per the provisions of the law, he mentioned.

The Chief Minister mentioned that the people should not to be carried away by rumours on the issue and appealed for maintaining peace and amity till a final resolution is arrived at.

Speaking to this daily, the AAPSU spokesperson Tanya Agu said that the Union would file a curative petition after the SC’s refusal to admit the review petition. AAPSU had filled a review petition on   Oct 15, though it is not a respondent in the case. Aggrieved at the Sept 17 Supreme Court decision to grant citizenship to Chakma and Hajong refugees who fled to India between 1964-69 from Chittagong hills, Bangladesh, following religious persecutions and environmental displacement because of Kaptai Dam, the state government had filled for review petition on Oct 26.

The state govt had contended that out of total 4637 applications, 4213 applications for citizenship do not fulfill the criteria of signing of oath of allegiance, as per the second schedule to the Citizenship Act, 1955. The verification had to be done for only those Chakma and Hajong who were accommodated between 1964-1969. The petition also questioned the SC stand on non-applicability of Inner Line Permit for refugees whereas any non-indigenous person, including the government officials are required to have one to get entry into the state.



Rijiju calls for concerted effort to fight terrorism

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Stating that terrorism is a threat to all human kind cutting across caste, creed, race and religions, Union MoS Home, Kiren Rijiju called for a joint fight against terrorism. He was speaking at the silver jubilee celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh Christian Revival Church Women Wing (APCRCWW), Council which concluded on Sunday.

Attending the jubilee service, Rijiju said although many governments are united and up against terrorism globally with weapons, the role of religious leaders with religious values, word of love and tolerance is very pivotal. “The church leaders and especially the pioneers have a greater role to play for global peace. This is the crucial hour when we need to tolerate each other more and embrace each other. We should not misinterpret the beauty of religion”, he said. Today Northeast India is infested with insurgency and terrorism, there are bandhs and strikes, dharnas and killings every now and then and therefore we as inhabitants of this beautiful region need to introspect and retrospect where the things have gone wrong, he added.

Rijiju said that the spirit of secularism is flourishing and prevailing in the nation and therefore each and every citizen has the right to practice whichever faith one likes, but at the same time, he stressed that one should remain connected with their own cultural root as well.

Rijiju opined that the advent of Christianity has brought many good things in the Arunachal society.

Earlier, APCRCC General Secretary Tai Ete informed about the achievements of the organization and also highlighted the problems being faced by the churches in few districts of the state and appealed the government for earnest interventions.

Rijiju was felicitated by the jubilee organizing committee for his recent conferment of United Nations title of Disaster Risk Reduction Champion for the Asia Region on Nov 17th.

Organising chairperson, Bengia Dipti Tadar, APCRCC President Tarh Kama, Adviser APCRCWW Aijoni Nabam also spoke on the occasion.

More than fifteen thousand delegates and believers and leaders from various districts and Capital Complex of the state, and neighbouring Assam, Nagaland, and as far from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand participated in the three day programme. The closing day of the celebration marked offering for downtrodden and needy section of the society.



Bomdila Festival-2015 commence

[ Amar Sangno ]

BOMDILA, Nov 22: The colourful tribes showcasing the unique cultural mosaic of West Kameng and the state marked the beginning of three-day Bomdila Festival-2015 here today.

This is the second edition of Bomdila Festival 2015 erstwhile known as West Kameng Indigenous Festival, which showcases the rich culture of the six tribes namely Monpa, Aka (Hrusso), Miji(Sajolang), Sherdukpen, Bugun and Sartang.

In his inaugural address, MoS (Home), Kiren Rijiju, said, People from rest of India are keen to visit NE region but get scared to visit because of negative impact of insurgency. Though communication and infrastructure facilities pose problems, but what is needed is behavioural change of the people, particularly tour operators to attract tourists, he said.

Enlisting the tourism activities, including adventure and culture, he said the GoI would sanction Rs. 150 crore to state’s tourism sector, including West Kameng by next month. He announced to arrange funds annually for this festival from next year. Rijiju also suggested International Tourism Festival at Tawang to continue but revive Buddha Mohatsava at Bomdila while this indigenous festival could be celebrated at different locations on rotation basis.

The centre would not distinguish on party line for the development of the state, but should be accountable, he said adding that it releases Rs. 516 crore monthly to the GoAP.

He said that Union MoS (Finance) Jayant Sinha during his recent Itanagar visit found that there was no dearth of fund but the state lacked in fund allocation and project implementation.

He further said that project for building all border villages including smallest village of the state would be approved soon. The sooner the state submits the DPR for roads, the quicker it would be approved. He asked the West Kameng DC to direct the RWD authority accordingly.

He said that border trade with Bleting (Bhutan) and Pangsau Pass (Myanmar) would be introduced soon.

The incantations of priest from Miji, Hrusso and Sartang tribes with unique and sacred ritual materials displayed for the public was the main attraction of the event. As part of the rituals, the priests offers food comprising of maize, rice and fishes to their deities.

The Bomdila Festival 2015 is being organised by West Kameng Indigenous People Society (WKIPS) with the aim to promote and preserve rich culture and traditions of the district. The festival, themed - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by PH&WS, environment protection by Environment & Forest department and communal harmony by district administration on each day – aim at reflecting the uniqueness of the tribes, West Kameng DC A K Singh said, and advocated for making the festival a calendar event of the state’s tourism department.

Hundreds of visitors thronged Buddha Stadium, the venue where district’s six major tribes – Monpa, Miji (Sajolang), Aka (Hrusso), Sherdukpen, Sartang and Bugun – demonstrated their rituals, exhibited their traditional attires, ornaments  besides offering mouth-watering local dishes for the visitors to relish, while the visitors, particularly the youth evinced keen interest in the ‘Know your Army’ stalls.



Hollongi-Gohpur four lane road on the roll

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: The construction of four lane highway in between Hollongi and Gohpur is going on in full swing. At multiple places, the construction agency, TK Engineering private limited, is carrying out earth cutting work on war footing and have deployed massive manpower as well as machineries to fast-track the work.

“The recent order of Capital District magistrate banning the plying of vehicle between Hollongi and Chimpu starting from 20th November to till 20th December has been of immense help. We do understand that public is facing difficulty due to closure of road for a month. On our part we are not wasting even a single hour and are making best use of this time.  We are thankful to public as well as capital administration for extending cooperation,” said a representative of TK Engineering.

Further, he also assured that work on the stretch between Chimpu and Chandranagar will be completed by coming January. “We are putting our best effort to construct a world class four lane highway. But without the constant support of public and district administration it will not be possible. Everyone should put effort to create a congenial atmosphere, so that work can be carried out without any hindrance.”

It is to be noted here that Gohpur-Hollongi four lane highway works has already missed its completion deadline. Earlier SRK Company, which won the tender, left the work in between following which TK Engineering group took it over from them.

No official reasons were cited but it was widely assumed that SRK left due to hostile attitude of the local people.

“Due to various factors, they found it extremely difficult to continue the work. But the main reason was the repeated extortion activities by various groups. They received constant threat. We tried our best to help them but things did not work out,” said an official of PWD (Highway).

It’s not that situation has changed since SRK left but being an Arunachal based company, TK Engineering is determined to complete work come whatever.

“Now also various groups keep on trying to make things difficult for us. A section of Arunachalee people has unfortunately developed anti-development attitude. If this continues then no major infrastructure project will ever succeed in Arunachal. However we would like assure that definitely we will complete the four lane project,” continued the official of TK Engineering.



The Roads that we drive on and on

Monday Musing

[ Azing Pertin ]

It has been a while that commuting through the roads in the Itanagar Capital Complex, particularly the main arterial road-NH 52 is the last thing on any resident’s mind. Not quite a joyride, but albeit the rare patches of smooth blacktopping, the commuters are forced to endure some crude form of Camel-ride. The ordeal is a daily one. Some take it grudgingly while others with a pinch of salt, adding it to the other weird oddities of a normal life in Itanagar Capital Complex.

All sorts of thoughts fly thick and fast when commuting on these roads, but suddenly one comes back to reality when the vehicle behind you whizzes ahead in a flash. Most of the time, that would be a SUV, but smaller cars also have an attitude of their own in Itanagar. In Naharlagun, you don’t have the space and clear sight to overtake as dust plays an added role to the ordeal.

Driving sense in Capital Complex is a subject of extreme ramifications if you question the other driver; forget how you overtook the driver in the first place.  The sixth sense and survival of the fittest theory plays a larger role in how we drive than maintaining civic sense. Irregular the roads, more peculiar the driving habits. But building of speed breakers are always welcome and would never do any harm to the speeding cars. Most to benefit from the speed breakers would be the motorcyclists, as they could slowdown and overtake the bigger vehicle ahead with elan.  

Whether the Walk-Overs erected in the Capital Complex are serving their purpose or have become free spaces to hoist banners and billboards is a strange issue. Hopefully the strong metal Walk-Overs would not crash down under the weight of the countless banners tied almost everyday by all the self serving individuals and organisations.

It is understood that footpaths and drainage are basic necessities like water and power supply which any civic and civil society deserves. Further footpaths and drainage compliments a proper road. If the Capital Complex is yet to have those luxuries of a proper road with footpath and drainage system, it would be a long wait considering that fruits of the schemes like JNNURM are yet to materialise.

When it comes to Zebra Crossings, hardly any road painted with the cautionary marks can be visualized and come to the mind. It was in June-July 2010 that the authorities concerned had- had the roads painted with the Zebra stripes which were washed away soon by the rains and forgotten in time. It was a different matter at all that the Zebra crossings were used or not.

Lately, the Paved Shoulders have been added to the main road creating a dilemma for both the drivers and the pedestrians. Roads have been expanded for the vehicles to ease traffic congestion, but at the cost of the pedestrians who now have no space to walk on. Witnessing the continuing work and the finished Paved Shoulders, it seems the provision of footpaths were never in the plan. It is a field day for all the vehicles as the last inch of the road is for them to ride on while the pedestrians are having a harrowing time negotiating the road.



Self-help road connect villages of LDV and East Siang

[ Karyir Riba ]

ROING, Nov 22: In an effort for development through self help, the committee members of the OK (Okep Perme) Ghat, conducted a social service for constructing a new single road from Bizari village via newly established Anpum in Lower Dibang valley district to Seram in East Siang district. The road measuring around 15kms is mainly for the convenience of daily commuters.

The social service was a joint venture of the committee members of both the districts, Lower Dibang Valley and East Siang, and was headed by President Anggine Mikhu and General Secretary Migom Pertin.

The road was later inaugurated by Atudu Umbey, a senior citizen of Bizari village, in presence of GBs, ASMs, PRI members, Banggo secretary, and the general public of Bizari, Anpum, Seram, Dhunabari and Kiyit villages.  In his speech, Umbey appreciated all the members of OK ghat committee for their help in constructing the road in such a short period. "This road will connect Bizari and Dhunabari to Pasighat via Anpum-Seram village and will be very helpful to the people of the two districts, especially during the rainy season, it will be the only life line for the commuters, vehicles and peddlers", he said.

HGB Kiyit village, Ruglik Pertin said that the road will immensely help the people of the area for transporting their Agri-products to nearby towns like Pasighat for trade.

Bomzir-Anpum, ASM Chairperson, Oriak Perme while appreciating the hardwork of the OK ghat committee, said that she will approach and pursue with the MLA, district administration, and other authorities to sanction the required amount to renovate the road, so that the hardship faced by the people of the area is mitigated.



Orgs seeks public apology from Taga on Taraso comment

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Taraso Circle Youth Association (TCYA) and NCP has vehemently condemned Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga for leveling allegation against Speaker, AP Legislative Assembly Nabam Rebia that the he was involved in Taraso firing incident as reported in media.

Terming the allegation as completely irrelevant, concocted and aimed at tarnishing the image of the Speaker as well as gaining political mileage out of it, TCYA demanded the Leaders of Opposition to tender public apology for his allegation against Rebia, who also is MLA of the area.

“Rebia is also the local MLA of the concern area and he is duty bound to look after the people of his own constituency in case of any eventuality,” the TCYA said as it cautioned Taga to refrain from making such sensitive press statement without having proper knowledge on the facts.  The Association also said that “It is the duty of the investigation agency to ascertain the truth behind the Taraso incident and that is why the CBI is investigating the case.”

NCP has condemned Leader of Opposition Tamiyo Taga for his allegation against Speaker Nabam Rebia that the latter was involved in the Tarasso firing incident.

“The Tarasso incident was born out of boundary disputes between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh and outfits were involved to create misunderstandings between the people of the two sisterly states,” the party said.

“The central and state Govt. intelligence agency should put Taga under intelligence lens in connection with the Tarasso firing case,” the press statement added.




Minister emphasise on gender equality

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Transport, Civil Aviation and Cooperation Minister Jomde Kena has emphasized on gender equality.

“Gone are the days when tribal women were confined to their homes and fields. Today, they take active part in decision making process of the country,” he said while addressing the concluding event of the annual day celebration of Govt Women’s college at Lekhi, which is the state’s first Women’s college on Saturday.

“Unless women are granted equal status in all walks of life; economic, education and social sphere of any region cannot progress,” he further added.

Former NESO general secretary Gumjum Haider urging the students to protect the state from Chakma Hajong refugees said, “Bangladesh is one of the weakest countries in the world and Chakma-Hajong is the weakest community of that country. If we are defeated by the weakest of the weakest in our own land, imagine how weak we would become.”

Principal of the college, Dr Aruna Gyati Lod while informing that the pass percentage of the college was 94 percent in the previous university exam expected better result in the coming days.

The celebration which started on November 18 had the students divided into three houses in the name of women achievers of the state; Nyari Welly, Binny yanga and Omem Deori.

Omem Deori house was declared the champion house. The best individual performers in cultural, sports and literary events were Likha Yari, Likha Ruth and Yani Hakhom respectively. Miss college title was won by Yani Hakhom.



Regular health checkups can save

life, money: Governor

ITANAGAR, Nov 22: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa said that a regular medical examination can save many lives and huge financial expenses.

Rajkhowa, who inaugurated the Health Mela cum Awareness Camp, organized by Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers’ Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB), at Raj Bhavan Dispensary here this morning, said that timely screening and regular health check ups can prevent diseases in long run and save many lives and huge financial burdens involved in medical treatments.

The Governor expressed the hope that the camp will be a step towards Healthy Arunachal and then Healthy India.

“Raj Bhavan will always be with the APB&CWWB for any programme for the benefit of the people of the State,” the Governor assured.

Rajkhowa advised APB&CWWB to conduct such camps in the districts and inaccessible border areas.

“Since the State is sparsely populated, setting up of numerous Primary Health Centres in different and remote places is not viable. Health camps need to be organized as much as possible at different locations as a supplementary measure,” he said.

The Governor also called for maintaining purity of water bodies. He appealed to the people of twin city of Itanagar and Naharlagun to keep the rivers clean by stopping dumping of wastes.

Citing the recent cleanliness drive at Kley River in Ziro, the Governor said the people of Ziro have demonstrated the ‘Youth Power’ and sent a strong message to all on importance of cleaning and preserving the nature.   

While lauding the Board for its notable service to the workers in the last eight years, the Governor advised the Board to increase the age bracket from 18 to 65 years which will immensely benefit the senior and aged workers.

Minister for Transport, Cooperation and Civil Aviation Jomde Kena highlighted on Chief Minister Universal Health Insurance Scheme and urged upon the people to avail the benefit from the scheme.

Participating in the Health Camp, Parliamentary Secretary for Health and Family Welfare Karya Bagang assured all kind of assistances from Health Department to the Workers’ Welfare Board for organizing Health Camps in future.

Parliamentary Secretary, Labour & Employment, Civil Supplies and Consumer Affairs Nyamar Karbak, who also is Chairman of APB&OCWWB, said that the Board is organizing the day-long free screening programme of the labour force for timely detection of any health related issues. He informed that in case of detection of Hepatitis B positive case, the Board will bear the cost of further confirmatory test which is quite high.

Earlier, Labour Commissioner and APB&OCWWB Secretary Ojing Darung informed that the camp is being organised for the benefit of all the registered workers of the State which stands at 18,200, their families and others. The Commissioner also highlighted the other benefits provided by the Board to the registered workers.

Dr. Jennifer Tayeng, Senior Medical Officer, Raj Bhavan Dispensary, Itanagar also spoke on the occasion.

A large number of workers, their family members and people from Raj Bhavan and its nearby areas attended the inaugural function.

The Team of doctors led by Deputy Medical Superintend, Arunachal State Hospital, Dr. Keni Ete, Dr. Radhe Natung, Dr. Tomar Kamsi along with Laboratory Technicians conducted the camp. Medical officers and nursing staff of Raj Bhavan Dispensary, Itanagar also actively participated in the Camp. PRO to Raj Bhawan

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Bailey bridge on collapse spree

In the last 10 days two Bailey bridge have collapsed in the state. The first was Bailey bridge to collapse is over Pang River near Sagalee. On Friday 200-feet-long Bailey bridge over Menga River collapsed cutting off three circles of Upper Subansiri district of Siyum, Nacho and Taliha from rest of the country. The bridge suddenly collapsed when a truck loaded with sand-gravels was midway across it. At Pang too, the bridge collapsed when an overloaded truck was passing through it. The collapse of bridge besides cutting off area from rest of the state makes life miserable for the people. Prices of essential items go up and ailing citizens find it hard to visit hospitals.

Tagin Cultural Society and All Tagin Youth Organisation have held the Border Road Organization (BRO) solely responsible for the unfortunate incident and lodged FIR against them. They alleged that BRO failed to maintain the bridge due to it broke down. The collapse of two bridges within such short span is matter of deep concern. Government of Arunachal should properly investigate the matter and find out the cause of collapse. Majority of the Bailey bridge constructed by BRO during 70s are quite old and have outlived their lifespan. Government should carry out proper survey and find out such bridges whose lifespan is already over. Immediately those bridges should be repaired, so as to avoid any unfortunate incident.




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A clarification

Dear Editor,

This is in response to the news item published on Nov 20 under the heading "BDO under Scanner for MGNREGA funds misappropriation, PRI leaders demand action".

With deep shock and dismay, the undersigned would like to place light on the alleged misappropriation of MGNREGA funds leveled against the undersigned and publication of the false news item by the vested PRI leaders.

At the very outset it is submitted that the amount mentioned in your news item i.e., Rs. 1,76,82,762/- is itself incorrect and false. It is crystal clear from my cash book and recommendation by the Additional Deputy Commissioner, Seppa, and the inquiry committee that the following amount mentioned below (in break ups) totaling Rs 1,20,93,334/- were received by the undersigned from DRDA, Seppa:-

1) Rs 23,41,000/-  vide Sanction order No/DRD/Acct-2013-14 dated 28/10/2013

2) Rs 14,89,920/- vide Sanction order No/ DRD/Acct-2013-2014 dated 05/11/2013

3) Rs 57,42,885/- vide Sanction order No/DRD/ acct-2013-14 liabilities component. Dated 05/11/13

4) Rs 14,68,629/- vide Sanction order No/DRD/NREGS-2/2014-15 dated 18/07/2014

5) Rs 3,41,000/- vide Sanction order No/ DRDA/NREGS-15/ 2014-15 dated 22/10/2014

6) RS 7,09,900/- vide Sanction order No/DRD/NREGS-15| 2014-15 dated 28/11/2014

Thus, the total amount received during the two year period of the undersigned was Rs 1,20,93,334/- from the DRDA, which the undersigned made expenditures in the ratio of 40%-60%. It is very unlikely that there would have any misappropriation of Rs. 1,76,82,762/, as mentioned in the news item. The very figure mentioned in your news item is imaginary and not based on evidence.

Moreover, the undersigned made expenditures for non wages @Rs 48,37,336/- and for wages @Rs 72,56,000/- in 3 (three) phases i.e. Rs 57,42,885/-, and liabilities @Rs.38,30,920/- and Rs 25,19,529/- respectively, which is visible in the inquiry report itself.

Further, before implementation of the Scheme, all the PRI members were duly intimated with regard to day to day basis @60% wages. All materials were delivered in their respective work site. It is pertinent to mention that there were few PRI leaders who had bad relation with the undersigned, and only because of their ill motive, the entire episode of alleged misappropriation was initiated coupled with vengeance.

Since, the payment of wages were made through account and cash payment after obtaining proper money receipt from ASM or GPCs, the receipts can be seen in the enquiry report of the ADC.

It is very unlikely that if payments are made through account transfer to the account of beneficiaries, any private transactions could have been made to the private account of the undersigned. Moreover, it is also pertinent to mention that not only Seppa, the undersigned do not possess any account in the Apex Bank in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, under which any transaction could have been done from the master account of BDO, pakke-Kesang.

In the report of the ADC, all the muster roll, completion certificate and photographs of work done by beneficiaries could be seen which were submitted by the respective ASMs and Gram Chairperson in three phases respectively. The cheque has been deposited to master account and again transferred to GPC account, as per the household of GPC segment. Question of transfer amount from muster roll to personal account doesn't arise since the cheque is jointly signed by the GPC at Panchayat level and co-signatory with VO/PA at PO level. In the enquiry report, it is also clearly stated that with regard to the payment of wages, all the PRI leaders were satisfied.

Now, when the undersigned received an expenditure Rs.1,20,93,334/- approx. during the two years period of service, how there would have been embezzlement of Rs. 1,76,82,762/-.

The ZPM and Anchal Chairperson of 9th Papu Valley had befooled not only the authorities but also the innocent public and PRIs leader to defame the undersigned. Hence, the allegation leveled by the both person are baseless and concocted.

It is also submitted that the undersigned has filed a Criminal Petition No.27/2015 before the Hon'ble High Court, Naharlagun, against the complaint lodged before the CJM, Seppa. The investigating agencies are doing their work fairly and soon the truth will prevail. Before the investigating agency or the Hon'ble Court finds anything against the undersigned, any such news publication is very defamatory.

Therefore, it is hereby requested to issue this clarification against the above referred news item in your esteemed daily so as to undo the damage done by the false news item. It is urged that before publishing any such news item, there should have been some research upon the facts and evidences as alleged.


Kipa Taro

BDO, Namsai



Lessons from Sootea

Dear Editor,

The tragedy that took place at Sootea, Assam would have never taken place if we had our own means of transportation at a certain level.

It has been a major setback for the people of Arunachal Pradesh since there is still no proper road connectivity that links every major District and villages through the state capital and each other .The past few years have been giving us hope that the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) which is still under construction would be our major achievement. Because only proper road connectivity can take us a step ahead to development in different aspects. But it seems that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and the concerned contractors that have taken up the projects are still on a fight for their own pockets showing negligence on the major interest of the citizens of Arunachal Pradesh.

Now coming to the Sootea tragedy, everyone should understand that this is not the first time that we are facing this issue; it is a common factor that takes place once in a month or two in different parts of Assam. The question is how we could prevent it: for now I am sorry there is no prevention, until our GoAP take things seriously and work for the interest of the people of AP and find a proper solution that will benefit our state as a whole.

I am not trying to be biased here but people of Assam should understand that, Highways are firstly meant for vehicles .I am saying this because I've experienced it personally many times that whenever we travel through Assam; bicycles are literally on the middle of the road/highway and ; after the end of school session or junior colleges, students are dispersed here and there on the highway turning deaf ears to the loud honking of the vehicles, which creates unnecessary irritation and nuisance.

My point here is accidents are not intentional; it is the outcome of negligence. The worst part is people antagonizing the situation and harassing the innocent ones inhumanly.

Now the question arises what if the same thing happens to their native people living in Arunachal. They should understand that thousands of Assamese people are also residing in Arunachal Pradesh earning their livelihoods in various different ways. As we respect them in our state they should do the same by respecting the innocent travelers travelling to and through Assam for various reasons and purposes.