BJP sniffs ‘Cong hidden agenda’
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The State Bharatiya Janata Party, which has been mounting pressure
on the ruling Congress Government in the state to resign for allegedly being reduced
to minority govt., has urged the Raj Bhawan to either advance the session of the
state legislative assembly or summon a special session to clear air on the current
The party observed that there may be some hidden political agenda of the ruling government
behind the long political stalemate in Arunachal Pradesh. It urged the Governor to
act swiftly to end the long political stalemate by summoning the session of the assembly
without any further delay, stated a state BJP release.
Meanwhile, State BJP president Tai Tagak has congratulated his Manipur counterpart
Chouba Singh and his team for winning both the bye-elections to 05-Thongju and 09-Thanmeiband
Assembly seats in Manipur defeating rival Congress party candidates, the results
of which were declared today.
Govt may seek NERIST, NIT expertise
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Government of Arunachal is reported to be exploring the possibilities
of using expert from NERIST and NIT, premier engineering institutes in the state
to monitor the road projects, so that quality is not compromised. The plan is to
start the monitoring project in the Capital Complex and take it to the rest of the
state, said senior government official.
The decision was prompted by report of poor quality work in the ongoing construction
of CC road and widening of national highway, which the government has taken seriously.
While talking to this daily, the official informed that they have received complaint
from several quarters and matter has been raised with PWD officials.
“PWD has assured that quality work will be done. In coming days, we should expect
more strict supervision of both CC road and national highway widening project,” informed
the govt. official.
He also added that government will take strict action against both engineers and
contractors if they are found to compromise with the quality.
Legislators meet on HIV/AIDs
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: One day advocacy meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislator’s
Forum on HIV/AIDs with the theme ‘Focus, partner and achieved; An AIDs free generation’
will be held on the occasion of World AIDs day, December 1 next, at Nokmey Namati
VKV, Itanagar Science Exhibition 2015
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A science exhibition was organised by the Billey Science Club of
VKV Itanagar for students of Class III to XII. A total of 150 students exhibited
their innovative science models in the daylong event.
Curator, Science Centre, Vivek Kumar, DN College, HoD Dept. of Physics, Dr. Anuradha
Panigrahi, Incharge for Himalayan Studies, Prasanna Samal and CWC, E.E, DC Bhatt
were the judges and gave feedback to the students. The best 20 models were selected
Job Mela at Koloriang and Ziro
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Job Mela cum selection of candidates for undergoing training
under Chief Minister’s Skill Development Programme are being held as per schedule
across the state.
Such Job Melas and skill development awareness training and rallies for selection
of candidates were held at Koloriang and Ziro today.
At Koloriang, 150 unemployed youths have enrolled during Job Mela -cum- Skill Development
Awareness and Trainees’ Selection Rally at Halipad Ground.
The programme was inaugurated by Yowa Tapu, ADC, (I/c Deputy Commissioner, Kurung
Kumey). He expressed optimism that this Job Mela will go a long way in building careers
of many unemployed youths. Encouraging the selected unemployed youths to avail the
benefit of this youth friendly opportunity that the Government has conceived, the
ADC advised the youths to make proper use of the time, energy and opportunity during
their training period, so that they are really worthy to be absorbed in any public
or private sectors once their training is over.
Attending the Job Mela, Dr. Joram Anu, District Planning Officer, Kurung Kumey District
called upon the participants to be sincere, dedicated and honest towards the chosen
trade. He said that the state Government is vigorously pursuing to create one lakh
jobs within the 14th Five Year Plan.
In his key note address, P. Wangjen, ADI, Koloriang explained details of the programmes
and policy of Job Mela –cum- Skill Development Awareness and Trainees Selection Rally-
2015 in every district headquarters of the state.
Bamang Chai, District Coordinator on Skill Development and Employment Generation
also spoke on the occasion.
At Ziro, the programme was organized at Abotani Hall, Hapoli today by the Department
of Skill Development, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh.
Joint Director of Industry (JDI) Gyati Mali emphasized on more publicity of the CM’s
flagship programme to attract unemployed youths even from the remote villages. He
suggested for providing the District Industries Department with vouchers and pamphlets
of the vocational training providers to facilitate better consultations with the
All together 10 vocational training providers from across the country took part and
138 trainees enrolled for training at Ziro. DIPROs
PFMS training for block officials under NHM
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: State NHM, Mission Director, P.N. Thungon has asked the trainees
to upgrade their skills in accounts maintenance and keep themselves abreast of the
latest technology in financial accounting to ensure efficient utilization of funds
and transparent recording and reporting system under National Health Mission (NHM).
He was addressing at the training programme on Public Financial Management System
(PFMS) organised by the Arunachal Pradesh State Health Society for Block Accounts
Manager under National Health Mission (NHM) from Nov 16 to 23 at the Mission Directorate,
Thungon pointed out that financial management policy of the Govt. under NHM is regularly
updated to ensure higher level of transparency and accountability in fund management,
adding that accounts officials need to keep pace with the advancement in the accounting
technology of the modern world.
All the accounts officials working in the 84 blocks of the State successfully underwent
the hands-on training on Public Financial Management System (PFMS) which was conducted
by resource persons from Financial Management Group (FMG) of the Mission Directorate
comprising Arup Paul, State Finance Manager & Nodal Officer (PFMS) and State Audit
Manager, Rohit Jomo under the overall supervision of the Training Nodal Officer,
Dr. Tara Taku.
Speaking in the training, Additional Mission Director, Habung Lampung advised the
participants to handle the funds carefully and try every possible way so that each
and every penny meant for targeted beneficiary reaches while there should not be
any scope for pilferage.
Director (Finance) of National Health Mission, Habung Youngbow, dwelt at length on
the duties and responsibilities of accounts personnel under NHM in terms of accounts
maintenance, financial reporting and financial management. He informed that for the
first time in the State, Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) through PFMS has been operationalised
in 16 districts and a total of 1692 agencies and 996 ASHA were registered in PFMS
Org against shops opening till late
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Informing that many shops in Banderdewa market area remain open
till late midnight creating nuisance in the area, the Banderdewa Circle Youth Organization
has urged Capital DC to issue strict directive for closing the shops by 8 PM.
It also raised question on the alleged selling of alcohols by many hotels, restaurants
Check overloaded vehicles, urge union
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Arunachal Anti-Corruption Union has urged Capital administration
to check overloaded vehicles plying in Capital roads saying that they are responsible
for the damage of roads. They have written to the Capital DC in this regard.
Arunachal to take part in Kolkata Book Fair
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Publishers from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Nagaland will participate
in the 40th edition of the International Kolkata Book Fair (IKBF) that begins at
Kolkata on January 27. Organised by the Publishers and Booksellers Guild, the 12-day
event will be inaugurated at Milan Mela on January 25 by West Bengal Chief Minister
The IKBF will focus on Bolivia as its theme country and Vietnam will participate
as the special guest of honour country celebrating 40 years of the Vietnam War. Guatemala,
Norway and China are the fresh entrants this year. Of the 600 book stalls, around
50 will be from Indian states, excluding Bengal, according to sources.
Lohit DA to check unruly, rash driving
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Lohit District Administration will tighten vigil on unruly and
rash driving within Tezu Township.
The district administration has constituted a six-member committee headed by the
EAC (Jud)/Town Magistrate as chairman and DSP/ASP, DTO, MVI, OC in-charge of Tezu
Police Station and Traffic Cell to check cases of traffic violations.
The Board members will conduct unannounced checking of motor vehicles twice in a
week and also meet every Friday at 3.30 pm in the office of the chairman to chalk
out the details of checking and submission of report. It will also organize awareness
campaign on safe driving on the road among public, informed Lohit Deputy Commissioner.
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: A team of officials of Legal Metrology and Consumer Affairs department,
Basar conducted checking in various shops and business establishments at New Market
and surrounding areas and booked several traders and shopkeepers for violation of
provisions under Legal Metrology Acts and Rules.
During inspection, the team found the traders selling packaged commodities beyond
maximum retail price printed on the label. Some of the traders were also found transacting
business by using unverified weights and measures. A total of 12 irregularities were
detected during the checking drive and all the cases were booked under the provision
of the law, informed Gorik Dirchi, Controller, Department of Legal Metrology and
Consumer Affairs, Naharlagun.
The Department appealed to all consumers of the area to keep vigil on unscrupulous
trade practices and requested the citizens to come forward with their grievances
either to the nearest office of Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs department, or
lodge complaints before nearest District Forum.
The Department also appealed to the traders to avoid any kind of malpractice like
hooking of weighing balance, use of stone/iron pieces as weights, smudging of printed
SP emphasises on community policing
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: East Siang Superintendent of Police, R.S. Chauhan stressed for
community policing and community participation of the police officers in the handling
of affairs. He was speaking at a consultative meeting on Monday with the police officers
to take stock of the present law and order situation of the district.
During the interaction, the SP called on the officers to be sincere, dedicated, punctual,
careful and disciplined. He also called for delivering prompt services to protect
life and property of the citizens, especially for children, women and senior citizens
with a mission to bridge the gap between the police personnel and public.
Chauhan who joined as SP East Siang on Nov 20, was serving as AIGP (Modernization)
at PHQ, Itanagar. DIPRO
Free yarn distributed to weavers at Dirang
BOMDILA, Nov 24: Minister, Hydro-Power Development and Animal Husbandry, Veterinary
& Dairy Development, Phurpa Tsering distributed free yarn to 139 weavers of Dirang
and Thembang blocks under “Chief Minister Grant Loin Loom Scheme” at the conference
hall of the National Research Centre on Yak, Dirang on Monday.
Speaking on the occasion, Tsering said that as the traditional dress of Monpas was
designed keeping in view of the cold climatic condition of the area, efforts should
be also made to produce separate fabrics which can be suitable for the warm climate
Tsering also highlighted the various Flagship Schemes
He announced to keep a provision of Rs.15 to Rs.20 Lakhs from his MLALAD Fund to
provide the incentives to the poor and needy weavers of Dirang area.
Speaking on the occasion, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Dirang, Dagbom Riba called
on the weavers to take up weaving of Khada as it has the potential to uplift the
economic condition of the weavers. Encouraging the weavers, he said that, the weavers
should continue to preserve and promote their rich traditional dresses.
Earlier, highlighting the details of the Chief Minster’s Grant Loin Loom Scheme,
Deputy Director of Textile & Handicrafts, Bomdila, Dorjee Phuntso urged the weavers
to make best use of the benefit extended under the flagship scheme.
ALA conducts Moot Court
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Moot Court competition of Arunachal Law Academy (ALA) was organised
by the Moot Court Society in the Moot Court Hall of ALA.
The case of the Moot Court was on the topic- ‘Euthanasia’ which became a global concern
after the death of Aruna Shanbaug in Mumbai, stated a release.
The first day of the annual show witnessed a fair but disciplined competition amongst
the rival participants. Four teams were made counsels for petitioner while four teams
were counsels for the respondent. The teams made replies to tackle the arguments
of their opponents but also the questions put to them by the judges. The second day
of the competition was for the final between the two best teams of the competition.
The judges declared counsels for petitioner as winner and counsels for respondent
as runners up. The award for the best memorial was given to D. Dohu Robin and team.
And the best mooter award was given to Pekyum Kayi.
Governor, CM extend festival greetings
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa and Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki in separate messages has extended Chalo Loku greetings to the people of the
The Governor expressed the hope that the socio-religious festival will be the binding
force amongst the communities and also help in showcasing the cultural mosaic of
On the auspicious occasion, the Governor joins the Nocte community in offering prayer
to ‘Almighty Rang’ for peace, prosperity and well being of all, stated a Raj Bhawan
The Governor also conveyed warm greetings to all, particularly the Sikh community,
for the Guru Nanak Jayanti. He expressed hope that the occasion will help all in
imbibing Guruji’s divine ideals of humanity, equality and brotherhood.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today conveyed his best wishes on the auspicious
occasion of Chalo Loku festival to the people, especially those belonging to the
“Like all our festivals, Chalo Loku also fosters love, unity and brotherhood. Let
us share happiness and joy with our fellow beings and invoke the blessings of the
Almighty Rang for good crops, health and happiness for all,” Tuki said in the message.
He called upon all to join their Nocte brethrens in the three-day festival and come
together in protecting traditional systems of celebrations.
APSCW condemns rape
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), Itanagar
has vehemently condemned the rape of a 17 years old minor girl by IRBN personnel
In a release APSCW stated that, if a person who has been trained for the safety and
security of the society goes against the law, whom would the society, rely on.
The APSCW has written a letter to the Superintendent of Police Itanagar Capital Complex
to expedite the case and award exemplary punishment to the culprit under relevant
sections of the law, stated the release.
Govt is stable
BASAR, Nov 24: The GoAP led by Chief Minister is strong and sound, PWD Minister Gojen
Gadi said terming the instability rumours as baseless while addressing the PRI leaders
and public at a function here on Monday.
Pointing out that he has already given a new thrust to education and health sectors,
Gadi said that the efforts would continue to achieve all-round development.
Stop road widening, demands AYO
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The Arunachal Youth Organization (AYO) has demanded for immediate
stopping of the ongoing road widening work from Banderdewa to Itanagar saying that
it is wastage of fund as the project of four lane highway has already been sanctioned
for the portion.
In its representation to the chief secretary, while also saying that the work done
is not upto the mark, it claimed that the PWD has not obtained NOC from BSNL and
PHED for carrying out the work.
Instead of making unnecessary expenses, GoAP should build roads, bridges and culverts
in remote areas of the state where there are no roads, the letter read.
Public apology demanded from Taga
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The All Papum Poma Students’ Union (APPSU) has demanded public
apology from leader of opposition Tamiyo Taga for saying that Arunachal Pradesh Legislative
Assembly Speaker cum Doimukh MLA Nabam Rebia was involved in Tarasso firing incident
during a press conference held on November 20 last.
In a release while saying that the statement has shocked people of Tarasso circle,
it urged him not to politicize Tarasso incident.
Cargo helicopters to replace PDS
head load carriage system
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The existing head load system of distribution of food grains under
PDS items will be replaced with cargo helicopter lifting with immediate effect. The
state govt will not accept any proposal for extension of head load carriage contract.
This was informed by the Principal Secretary Finance Satya Gopal during a video conferencing
with all the Deputy Commissioners and District Food & Civil Supplies Officers.
He asked Deputy Commissioners to give necessary inputs on creation of civil supplies
corporation. He said that computerization of TPDS is must under NFSA.
The conferencing was held by the Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi with regard to overhauling
of the activities of Food & Civil Supplies department on the line of high level meeting
held on Nov 10, chaired Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and decision taken thereof in view
of the implementation of National Food Security Act (NFSA).
All the existing old godowns located in the interior administrative headquarters
where dropping of ration items by air sorties will be carried out are required to
be either upgraded or new construction be taken up. Godowns should have sufficient
space for stocking of six month’s food grains requirement of the people living in
that particular administrative circles. DCs are to verify all godowns located in
the interior administrative headquarters by their administrative officers and submit
proposal for upgradation or new construction through BADP and other schemes. He also
asked the DCs to ensure early submission of RE budget.
The key issues discussed were preparedness for implementation of the important Act
and latest communication received from the ministry of Food, Public Distribution
and Consumer Affairs, Govt of India.
In his address, Negi stressed on the need for sensitizations of provision of the
NFSA through local bodies like Panchayati Raj, Municipal councils, Gaon Buras, Women
SHG etc. The DCs have been asked to revisit AAY and priority household beneficiaries
and directed them to minimize the gap especially short selection of the beneficiaries.
To maintain transparency in the distribution of food grains, the monitoring and
vigilance committees at various level and the Local Panchayat/Municipal members be
properly activated, he suggested.
For the convenience of aggrieved beneficiaries, complaint box should be installed
in the offices of the SDO/EAC/Circle headquarters as well as in the DGROs in the
district headquarters. The DCs should ensure that Aadhaar seeding of the digitized
beneficiaries by engaging the officials of the nodal department and the department
of Food & Civil Supplies on priority basis, the CS added.
Secretary Food & Civil Supplies Gamli Padu informed that the decision has been taken
to designate Arunachal Pradesh Commission for Women to function as State Food Commission
in the initial stage.
He asked the district authorities to evolve mechanism to ensure proper supply and
distribution of TPDS items be put in place. The consignment wise Dispatch Challans
may be based for the purpose by demanding Dispatch Challan dully receipted by the
FPS and countersigned by the members of the vigilance committees and Local Panchayat/Municipal
Members and the Local Administrative Officers.
This should be properly compiled and recorded in the district office and use as reference
for submission of periodical reports and for preparation of transport bills. He
also informed that all ADCs/SDO (Sadar) have been designated as DGROs and the DFCSOs
designated as Nodal Officer under NFSA provisions.
The issue relating to allotment of land for FCI base depots in various districts
too were discussed. The video conferencing was attended among others by FCI team
headed by General Manager Chander Shekar and officers of the department of Food &
Civil Supplies headed by in-charge Director Tojir Kadu.
Ministers, MPs concern over delay in North East projects
NEW DELHI, Nov 24: Union Ministers and MPs cutting across party lines on Tuesday
expressed concern over the delay in completion of various development projects in
the Northeast and asked the state governments to ensure their speedy completion.
At the 3rd meeting of the Consultative Committee for the DoNER Ministry held here,
Union Minister Jitendra Singh said state governments have a tendency to seek funds
for new projects while the ongoing projects remained pending for long. Secretary,
DoNER, Naveen Verma informed the members that the backlog of projects now ran into
more than Rs 2,000 crore.
Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who participated in the discussion
as a special invitee, underlined that project delays are unacceptable.
Singh stresses on timely completion of DoNER projects by the state governments.
Participating in the discussion, former Lok Sabha Speaker and National People's Party
MP P A Sangma said the DoNER Ministry and the North-Eastern Council should not merely
act as funding agencies, but also plan and monitor the projects. Congress MP from
Meghalaya Vincent H Pala proposed that vigilance and monitoring committee be constituted
to oversee the timely execution of projects.
Members and the Union Minister also discussed the utilisation of Non Lapsable Central
Pool of Resources (NLCPR). They also expressed concern over the delays in projects
implementation and misappropriation of funds. PTI
PWD delay in bridge, culvert work irks citizens
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The inordinate delay in completion of the bridge at Papu Nallah
near petrol pump and a culvert nearby Niba Hospital by PWD is causing untold misery
to the motorists. The bridge and culvert were severely damaged during the monsoon
season. At present two small Bailey bridges have been put up near petrol pump to
cater to the needs of motorists.
However, even the conditions of Bailey bridge are precarious and motorists fear that
it might collapse anytime.
“PWD should fast-track the construction of new bridge as the Bailey bridges might
collapse anytime. However, they should also ensure that quality is not compromised,”
shared a harassed commuter.
The delay in construction of culvert near Niba hospital is also causing concern
to the road users.
“After lengthy delay, PWD has constructed one side of the culvert. But they are
yet to construct the other one. Often heavy traffic jam is witnessed in the stretch
due to delay in construction of the culvert,” shared another commuter. PWD should
complete the construction of said bridge and culvert at the earliest, he added.
On the other hand, adding to the problems of the commuters, PWD is yet to start repairing
cum re-carpeting of the capital road, even though the monsoon has ended. The pathetic
condition of Itanagar-Banderdewa road has become a motorist’s nightmare.
However, for the reason best known to PWD (highway), they are yet to start the repairing
cum re-carpeting of Itanagar-Banderdewa stretch of national highway.
[ Tongam Rina ]
The cool winter evening breeze is calming after bout of humid summer which was followed
by heavy rains and destruction. New paddy has already arrived and so has oranges
adding to the riot of colours in the vegetable markets in the warmer parts of the
state. But one can’t stop long to admire the many colours of winter. Like many
things in life, soon one realises that even the warmth of soothing winter sun comes
at a cost because of our own doing. Gusts of dust afflict you and bring you back
to reality, in case of twin Capital towns. Forever a dusty and bad construction site,
this winter too, citizens are confronted by dust because of road works. PWD and its
contractors only know whether it’s worth it for the citizens to bear the dusts hoping
for good roads that will last a season, at least. Even an average technologically
challenged person can gauge that quality of work is being compromised, even though
it is pet project of govt, beleaguered it may be. But we will bear it hoping for
roads worth calling road. That’s typical of us Arunachalees, hoping against hope
while we annoy each other with arguments how everything should be.
Winter also is time for picnics. Every village will have a picnic by the river, taking
a well deserved break from hard agricultural work. As one move to the towns, the
excuse to have a picnic gets bigger, ranging from clan to tribe picnics.
Perhaps some sulk and wonder why we would want to go to a picnic inviting just the
clan members when we are worried about inclusive pan Arunachal!
It’s not only time for good occasions as winter also is the time, when maximum motor
vehicular as well as fire accidents will happen. The comforting winter sun makes
us forget the bad roads, as speeding drivers and bikers compete with each other,
feeling invincible. But then our reality is that roads are bad and we don’t have
emergency medical facilities to deal with accidents.
Fire that comforts us in winter also is a cause of worry, with our houses built so
compact. Most places, including towns do not have access to fire tenders. We are
very much left on our archaic practices to douse the fire. Ziro, Pasighat, Aalo
and Daporijo are few towns that face major fire accidents every year. Perhaps, time
has come for protective mechanism.
In capital region, even though it has access to few fire tenders, in an event of
fire accidents, it gets worse as the roads are congested; our own doing and yet again,
our feeling of being invincible. We have built houses in every available inch of
land. It’s difficult to figure out where the road ends and houses begin. But then
the elements like earth, fire and water have minds of their own, way smarter and
destructive than us.
May this winter be better for all of us, minus the dusts, bad road and fire accidents
as we celebrate the season with picnics and gorge on fresh oranges from the organic
orchards, sitting in sun.
As we talk about comfort of winter sun, there is hope that no one sleeps in the biting
cold without a warm cover. Arunachal winter does not last long but let our hope last
‘Arunachal towards progress’
Tuki showers Daprorijo with promises
DAPORIJO, Nov 24: To highlight the programmes and achievement of the state, a Vikas
Rally with theme 'Arunachal Pradesh towards Progress' was organized by the state
government here today.
Addressing huge gathering Chief Minister Nabam Tuki divulged in length on the people
centric plans, policies and programmes initiated by his government.
“Our initiatives on social security, economic sustainability and smart governance
is being recognised and appreciated by world leaders and many states have approached
us for emulating our model” said the Chief Minister.
While exhorting the people to be active partners to development, Chief Minister appealed
the citizens to closely monitor each and every developmental works with effective
“It is our government and therefore it is our responsibility to ensure that the development
fruit is reached to the targeted section” Tuki emphatically said. He asked the local
denizens to file complaints if they find or see any substandard work is undertaken
or they haven’t received the benefits meant for them through social security schemes
initiated by the state government. While responding to series of memorandums submitted
by various organisations and local people, Chief Minister assured to establish district
session court at Daporijo. Presently all the criminal cases are being trailed at
Tezu session court. Tuki also agreed to place Upper Subansiri district under the
western zone sessions division under District and sessions court, Yupia.
On the demand for Kebang Ghar, Tuki announced to provide Rs 50 lakhs, while for establishment
of a skill development centre at Daporijo, a sum of Rs. 1 Crore was assured. He also
hailed the initiative of Horticulture Minister Tanga Byaling to convert Upper Subansiri
district into horticultural hub and assured to sanction Rs. 20 Cr for promotion of
agri-allied sector in the area which would be utilised for growing large cardamom
and such other horticultural products according to feasibility of the area. Five
crore was announced for flood control against the area.
Taking note of the dilapidated school building and auditorium, Chief Minister announced
Rs. 5 Cr for reconstruction of school building while Rs 2 Crore was announced for
construction of Auditorium. Another 3 crore was announced to develop the advance
landing ground with an appeal to the general public to refrain from encroaching the
For District Secretariat – Rs 25 Cr was announced while the town beautification and
CC pavement road would get Rs. 44 Cr under RIDF. In order to encourage local weavers,
handloom centre was announced to be established at Daporijo with an amount of Rs,
5 Lakhs. Indoor stadium got 1 Cr, besides providing TV sets to GBs and Gaon Buris
for their role in maintaining peace, law and order at grassroots level, under the
Chief Minister's Rural Information Schemes to all GBs in the state.
Minister for Home, Power (elect) Horticulture Tanga Byaling in his address hailed
the Chief Minister for his visionary ideology. Saying that horticulture has huge
potential to raise socio-economic status of the state, Byaling stressed the need
of developing a proper mechanism to make the state one of the top horticulture producing
states. He called upon the people to focus more on economic activities like agri
and allied sector.
Lawmakers Punji Mara, Dikto Yekar and Nyamar Karbak spoke on the achievements made
under the leadership of Nabam Tuki. Former MP Takam Sanjoy and APCC President Padi
Richo also hailed Tuki for leading the state towards remarkable development in all
The day also saw distribution of TV sets to GBs and 1000 mosquito nets and mobile
sets to working class under APBOWWB.
ANSU demands Governor’s ouster
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: The All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has today served a 10 days
ultimatum to the state government demanding immediate recall of the state Governor
JP Rajkhowa for his recent alleged anti-development and anti-Arunachal statements.
Casting doubts over the Governor’s integrity, ANSU General Secretary, Nyanya Gollo
while addressing a press conference at the Press Club here, said that continuation
of the Governor in the state will be detrimental for a peaceful solution of the Assam–Arunachal
Gollo also condemned the alleged statement of Tamiyo Taga suggesting the central
government to abandon the Hollongi airport and instead upgrade the Lilabari airport
While, strongly condemning another recent statement made by MLA Tamiyo Taga alleging
the involvement of Speaker Nabam Rebia in the Tarasso firing incident, ANSU president
Byabang Joram termed his allegations as baseless and demanded his apology. The issue
concerns the state’s security, hence, no one should come up with such baseless allegations
which may harm the peace and security of the two states, Joram said adding that the
MLA should be held responsible if any untoward incident takes place as repercussion
following his unfounded statement.
Speaking about the 4 lanning of NH 415, Joram blamed the central government of politicizing
the vital issue at the cost of the state’s development by thrice returning the unapproved
compensation estimates submitted by the state government. He said that the Union
has also met the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju many times
but the central government is yet to sanction funds against the said project.
General Secretary Nyanya Gollo further alleged the RO, Ministry of Road Transport
& Highways, Itanagar of submitting a wrong report which stated that the land acquisition
of 40 m RoW is not needed as per GoAP notification vide No. DUD/TP-150/2005-06 dated
13.3.2006. Such misguiding report is creating hindrance resulting in the delay in
sanctioning of the vital project, he rued. He further, termed the MoRT&H’s direction
for an alternate proposal as merely a delay tactics and demanded withdrawal of the
new alternate proposal as suggested by the MoRT&H and maintaining the present alignment
of NH415 i.e, from Itanagar to Banderdewa stretch, besides immediate sanction of
compensation estimates submitted earlier by the GoAP and its subsequent payment.
It happens only in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Encroachment of Government lands and quarters are not a new thing
in Arunachal Pradesh but selling of government quarter/land illegally by the occupant
in East Kameng district has come as a surprise to even the hardened encroachers.
As per complaint lodged with the Chief Secretary by International Human Rights Association
(IHRA), one Kashok Solung, who was serving as Range Forest Officer (RFO) at Chayang
Tajo allegedly sold a Type-III quarter (no. 2) of Forest Colony, Seppa in which he
was living, to one AS Taku, serving as Constable in APP at Rs. 2 lakh in October
2011. The RFO is currently posted at Khupi under Divisional Forest Office, Bomdila.
The complainant also informed the CS that an OB type residential building has been
constructed at the said plot of land by the buyer.
But, the entire episode became more controversial with contradictory statements given
by both the parties and involvement of a ‘third party’.
As per statement given by Solung, the buyer Taku had agreed to pay him Rs.2 lakh
only as the cost of the SPT house which the seller (Solung) built in his government
quarter premises with prior permission from then DFO, stated a letter submitted to
the Chief Conservator of Forest (CCF) by the present Divisional Forest Officer of
Seppa Forest Range, a copy of which was made available to this daily by the IHRA.
Solung, however, did not provide any paper obtaining permission from then DFO, the
DFO’s letter claimed.
In contradiction to Solung’s statement, buyer Taku, in his statement claimed that
he paid the said amount of Rs.2 lakh in the name of one Wari Gyadi and he was simply
a witness, the DFO’s letter to CCF said.
On the other hand, Wari Gyadi claimed to have paid Rs.20 lakh to K Solung as the
cost of a plot of land near the forest quarter at Forest Colony Type-III Seppa, the
letter to CCF said. She, however, did not provide any documents to substantiate her
claim, the DFO informed the CCF.
According to the DFO, the claim of K Solung seemed untrue as the money receipt which
bears his signature and written statement of AS Taku and Wari Gyadi clearly mentioned
that the said amount has been paid to him for the plot of land near his allotted
govt quarter at Forest Colony, Seppa.
Meanwhile, IHRA has sought the intervention of the Chief Secretary to take stern
action against K Solung and order for a thorough inquiry into whole episode to ascertain
Governor confers Mahabir Lachit Award to environmentalist Jadob Payeng
ITANAGAR, Nov 24: Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa conferred Mahabir Lachit
Award 2015, instituted by Tai Ahom Yuva Parishad, Assam to renowned Environmentalist
of Assam Jadob Payeng on the occasion of Mahabir Lachit Divas, at Guwahati today.
The Governor congratulated Payeng for his dedicated endeavour of more than three
decades long mission to save the forest cover. He said that Payeng’s forest stands
tall, defying the annual cycle of floods and constant erosion caused by the mighty
Brahmaputra. People of Assam and North Eastern Region are proud of him and draw inspiration
from his Mission.
The Governor said that Payeng’s effort will go a long way in addressing global warming.
Speaking on the historical day in Assam’s history, the Governor recalled the bravery
and leadership of Lachit Borphukhan and said that because of his courage, valour
and military skills, he defeated the Mughal aggressors. The Governor urged upon the
youth to draw inspiration from one of the greatest warriors and Generals of North
The Governor also commended the Tai Ahom Yuba Parishad for organising the Mahabir
Lachit Divas for the third consecutive years.
The day commemorates the heroic exploits of Borphukan, a commander in the erstwhile
Ahom kingdom, who led an army in the historic battle of Saraighat in 1671 which saw
the defeat of the Mughals. PRO to Raj Bhawan
60 percent youth would not choose Agriculture
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: In a recent participatory rural appraisal programme, it was found
that most of the village youths prefer government job and other business than agriculture.
Only a sizeable number of rural youth prefers allied agriculture as their occupation
like fisheries, piggery, diary, poultry and goat farming. The researchers in their
study found that 60 percent of the village youth are not interested in agriculture
as an occupation and only 23 percent are interested to take-up agriculture and rest
The study under ICSSR sponsored project implemented by the Central Agricultural University
(CAU), College of Horticulture and Forestry, Pasighat was conducted by a team of
researchers led by Ponung Kakki and under the guidance of the Project Director, Associate
Professor (Extension Education and Rural Sociology), Dr. R. Saravanan. The participatory
rural appraisal and focused group discussion on “Agriculture and Socio- Economic
Issues among Rural Tribal Youth in North East Hill Region of India” was conducted
at Rani Village of East Siang district.
According to the programme, the main causes for the youth’s disliking for agriculture
is that the production from agriculture is very low which is insufficient and cannot
fulfill their family’s needs, the rural youth want to have a decent living, which
cannot be had from doing substance farming, they opined.
Further, the study indicated that lack of training opportunities for skill enhancement
and modern technology, non-availability of timely agricultural advisory services
for better farming makes agriculture less preferred occupation for the rural youth.
It is also observed that 10 per cent of the youth preferred to migrate for job in
During the discussion, the Project Director, Dr. R. Saravanan indicated that the
research team is planning to have a village level consultation and focused group
discussions in the selected 112 villages from 56 blocks of seven states of North-East
hill region characterized by the socio-economically less developed and developed,
mountainous and also plain areas. Along with this, research team is also conducting
individual household survey among the rural youth to document the status of youth
migration, employment, gender and socio-economic issues, attitude and training needs
of rural youth in agriculture.
Demand for separate ICDS project under PMC area figures in meeting
PASIGHAT, Nov 24: The Pasighat Municipality has expressed the need for a separate
Urban ICDS project at Pasighat Municipality Area. The demand for the separate ICDS
project prominently figured in the Block Level Monitoring & Review Committee (BLMRC)
meeting of Pasighat Municipality Area for ICDS Scheme held today at Solung Ground,
The meeting assessed and reviewed the services and activities being carried out in
Anganwadi Centres running in various locations under Pasighat Municipality area.
Presiding over the meeting, PMC Dy. Chief Councillor, Kaling Darang appealed the
ICDS functionaries for better delivery of services under the scheme to the targeted
beneficiaries. He advised and encouraged the AWWs to work with an open heart and
on a missionary mode.
Earlier, the CDPO Pasighat, O Panyang detailed the various activities undertaken
by the Women & Child Development department, role and responsibilities of Supervisors,
Gramsevikas and Anganwadi Workers. He also outlined about the convergence of services
with the linked department like Education, Medical, PHED etc. Medical Supdtt. Dr.
YR Darang advised the AWWs to cooperate with the ASHA for health care of children
and women in the Anganwadi Centres. She suggested for identification of disabled
children in the AWC who may be referred for further medical aids and other facilities.
The reports of Anganwadi Level Monitoring & Review Committee (ALMRC) presented by
respective AWWs were discussed and relevant issues would be placed in the District
Level Monitoring & Review Committee (DLMRC) meeting. The relevant views and suggestions
given by the Councillors and other members of the BLMRC were duly recorded, particularly
the demands for a separate Urban ICDS Project for Pasighat, stated a release. DIPRO
Mr. & Miss Chalo Loku-2015 contests
DC exhorts youth to catch up with rest of fast moving world
KHONSA, Nov 24: Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha exhorted the youths to make sincere
effort to catch up with the rest of the fast moving world. He was speaking during
Mr. and Miss Chalo Loku pageant-2015 organized by Nocte Chalo Loku Committee here
Appreciating the organizers and sponsors of the event for providing opportunity to
the youth to showcase their traditional culture and talent through such platform,
Jha suggested the organizers to involve participants from interior areas also. The
DC passionately appealed to the youth to zealously guard and preserve their rich
culture and traditions adding that their culture was their identity.
He also told the huge gathering that efforts should be made to open tourism ventures
to employ the youth gainfully and assured to extend all possible help and support
from District Administration.
The Deputy Commissioner crowned the Mr. Chalo Loku and Miss Chalo Loku and gave away
the awards to winners of various categories.
Tangbang Bangyang and Ngunthan Mema won the Mr. Chalo Loku and Miss Chalo Loku, 2015
titles respectively and were awarded cash prizes. Donglin Tangdong and Danwang Moidam
won the Mr. Chalo Loku first and second runners up titles respectively. The sub-title
for ‘best dress’ and ‘best stylish walk’ were won by Kowang Mesia and Wangjun Wangsam.
Pheron Loham and Thetcha Lowang won the first and second runners up title in Miss
Chalo Loku contest respectively.
Subtitle for Best dress went to Hocha Poakna while the sub-title for Best Personality
was bagged by Chasiat Lowang. Best Cat Walk award went to Jumcha Lamaty.
Speaking on the occasion, Wangmaan Lowangcha, a prominent public leader said that
this sort of event would bring unity, oneness, understanding among the Noctes of
different villages in particular and district as a whole. Lowangcha urged the Nocte
youths to follow the footprint of the ancestors in preserving, protecting and promoting
the aged old Nocte traditional culture adding that a society without culture is called
The beauty pageant organized as a part of Chalo Loku celebration was sponsored by
Wangmaan Lowangcha and his family.
Sumo falls into deep gorge, 3 dead, 10 injured
AALO, Nov. 24: In a fatal motor vehicle accident, a Yomcha bound Tata Sumo carrying
13 people, including the driver; fell into a deep gorge at Kalamati in between Tabasora
and Yomcha leaving three dead and 10 injured grievously on Monday.
The driver of the vehicle succumbed to his injuries in the wee hours today at General
Hospital here taking the death toll to three.
The survivor among the passengers is a courageous kid who screamed for help.
The situation could have gone worse but timely humanitarian interventions at all
level in terms of immediate rescue operation, uploads of information on social networking
sites did wonders to save many precious lives.
Yomcha ADC Kego Jilen immediately rushed to the spot with his entire manpower at
Yomcha, evacuated all the injured to the General Hospital within a short time. West
Siang DMO, Dr. Marbom Basar along with nurses too rushed up to Tabasora to treat
the injured persons at General Hospital, Aalo.
Meanwhile, KKWS, who helped in the rescue process has deeply mourned the death of
three passengers and wished speedy recovery of the injured. DIPRO
Expressing shock and grief over death of three persons in the accident Galo Students’
Union appealed to the District Administration to take necessary steps to prevent
such untoward incidents in near future. GSU also appealed to all the public, youth
and students to follow traffic rules and avoid rash and reckless driving.
The accident had reportedly occurred due to negligence of the driver, GSU was told
by the passengers who survived the accident.
Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: One Nandalal Singh (39), a driver serving in State
Health Department died in a road accident in Assam on November 22.
Singh, who was riding on a bike was mowed down by a 10-wheeler truck coming from
opposite direction on National Highway 52 at Laimekuri Tinali around 25 km from here.
Singh hailed from Hojai in Nagaon district of Assam.
He was an active member of All Arunachal Pradesh Workers Union (AAPWU), Nari-Koyu
Meanwhile, AAPWU, Nari-Koyu unit urged the State Government to extend ex-gratia to
his family members as per government norms and provision. Singh left behind his wife
and two young daughters.