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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SC dismiss Arunachal’s petition on
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
[ 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",
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
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
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 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
“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
---- Editorial ----
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
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.
---- Readers Forum ----
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.
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.
Lessons from Sootea
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
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.