Post result tremor jolts Arunachal’s Capital
ITANAGAR, Oct. 24: The whole capital complex was shut down on Friday after group
of miscreants created ruckus all over by closing shops across the twin town of Naharlagun
and Itanagar just a day after the declaration of Assembly Election results.
Group of people in around 10 vehicles zooms past market area and asks all the shops
to close their shutters. In helter-shelter everybody close shops and run for the
cover. Well, this is not the scene from any Hindi movie; this was the scene at Akashdeep
market in central Itanagar on Friday. Just few group of people within a second brought
whole Capital Complex to standstill.
It was a gloomy day as within few second of men creating mayhem, the entire capital
complex turned into a fortress as men in uniform outnumbered public in the street
Timely action prevented any damage to the life or property. Capital Complex police
have arrested 7 people in this regard and all have been put behind the bar.
According to the police all the detained men are supporters of Indian National Congress
(INC) and further investigation is on.
For now police have been able to bring situation under control but there is simmering
anger among the public of Capital Complex as such kind of act show the failure of
This reporter himself was present at Akashdeep market with few friends and witnesses
all the mayhem. Those guys sitting in car and shouting all shops to close, was so
much behaving like way Taliban often does in Afghanistan. They had no regards for
law of the state and were having fun by creating terror. From which ever party or
section they belong, but their behaviors have been a blot in the democratic system
of our state. In the last few days there has been lot of resentment against some
paramilitary forces because of a particular incident at Seppa. However if situation
prevail like this we may see more number of military men in the street of Capital
Everyone in the street is talking that these incident happened because of the outcome
of election result. These way general public have been deeply hurt by this mayhem
and they expect our respected politicians to show their real leadership quality and
make sure that this kind of shameful act should not happen again in the future. The
whole of India has been shining in the recent past with major economic development,
however it’s sorry to say our state wont’ be shining in any way if today’s episode
is any example. The ugly side our state was today exposed to the rest of world and
this will go down as one of the dark day in the history of Arunachal Pradesh. This
is really tragic and if it gives any indication of things to come in future, it’s
Raj Bhavan ready for Swearing in
ITANAGAR, Oct 23: As the results of recently conducted election are out, the Raj
Bhavan is all set for the swearing in. Dedicated efforts are put in to give a befitting
adornment to the Darbar Hall, the venue for the all-important-function.
Striding forward for the ceremony, State Governor Gen JJ Singh dedicated the newly
renovated and redesigned Darbar hall, which has a terrace garden to the people of
Arunachal Pradesh here today. It worth noting here that under the auspices of the
Governor and the first lady Anupama Singh, the hall has been redesigned and renovated
infused with innovative ideas and touches of Arunachalee cultural through handicrafts,
artifacts and pictorial displays.
Cane and Bamboo materials have been thoroughly used in the refurbishment.
Right after joining as the Governor of the State, Gen Singh transformed the Darbar
Hall, inside out. The old concrete roof has been transformed into a green lawn, which
serves as a sit out with pleasant view overlooking the Raj Bhavan golf course and
the Capital city. Arrangement has been made so as to have the high tea on the lawn
on the top of Darbar Hall.
Interacting with the people during the function today, the Governor pointed Darbar
Hall is a sacred place and efforts will continue to make it befitting to the occasions.
Commenting on the use of cane and bamboo materials in the refurbishment, Gen Singh
said Arunachal Pradesh is proud of its green gold and it is my endeavour to use these
eco-friendly natural resources in every constructions and works. I hope people will
be inspired and work in the spirit of eco-friendly initiatives, he added.
The First Lady who oversaw the work herself said, we live in Arunachal Pradesh and
have been proud of its tribal culture. Therefore, attempt has been made to give a
tribal look to the Darbar hall which carries lots to all Arunachalees. We will adore
the main hall with handicrafts, handlooms and artifacts of each tribe of the State
in the future, she added.
A dress rehearsal of the swearing ceremony was conducted at Darbar Hall under the
watchful eyes of the Secretary to Governor P.S. Lokhande today. Interacting with
those involved in the preparation, Lokhande called for utmost care in ensuring proper
clockwise sequence of the important function as it herald the new beginning in the
phase of development of the State.
The Darbar Hall, which saw the swearing in of nine Governors, four chief ministers
and numerous councils of minister was inaugurated by the then Governor of Arunachal
Pradesh Mata Prasad on 6th May 1999. (PRO, Raj Bhavan)
Four drug peddlers arrested in Changlang
CHANGLANG, Oct 23: 25 ASSAM RIFLES, troops of the DAH DIVISION apprehended drug peddlers
from Changlang town and handed them over to the Changlang Police. Based on information
regarding the presence of some anti-social elements in Changlang town, a team from
the 25 ASSAM RIFLES led by Maj Anuj Dhoundial conducted a search operation in the
power house complex area inside the town.
During the search operation, Longhum Khumhun of Khimyong, Wangshum Ngemu, of Yanman,
Monglang Ngemu, of Khimyong and Pinki Nochi of Changlang town were apprehended alongwith
15 grams of brown sugar worth Rs. 35,000/-.
After initial interrogation and confirmation of these individuals as drug peddlers,
they were handed over to the Police Station Changlang.
Changlang district suffers from widespread drug abuse in terms of narcotics and contraband
liquor amongst the youth as well as the older generation. This widespread drug abuse
has led to physical, social and moral degradation of the general population of this
district thereby resulting in various health hazards and risks as well as poor socio-economic
condition of the population.
The district administration, police and the 25 ASSAM RIFLES, troops of the DAH DIVISION
are making concerted efforts in fighting this social evil and help eradicate it from
Umbrey, Tayeng assure to fulfill people’s aspiration
ROING, Oct 23: Laeta Umbrey once again proved his mettle and won the Roing Assembly
seat by defeating his nearest rival Pomaya Mithi of INC by a margin of 833 votes.
Umbrey fought the election as All India Trinamool Congress candidate this time.
Of the total 9120 vote cast, INC got 4159 and AITC secured 4961 votes. Umbrey was
leading by a margin of 571 votes since the beginning of the first round of counting.
INC, however, took the lead from the interior areas but could not reduce the huge
The jubilant supporters took out a spectacular procession from the counting hall
to Umbrey’s residence.
Talking to this correspondent, Umbrey said “this is the victory of the people and
democracy’. He reiterated that peace and tranquility, development besides the common
minimum programmes as mentioned in the manifesto are in his priority agenda.
“People reposed faith on me and I will try my level best to fulfill the hopes and
aspiration of the people’, he said.
On the other hand former chief secretary of Meghalaya and NCP candidate from Dambuk
Assembly constituency Jomin Tayeng defeated his rival with a margin of 130 votes.
Tayeng fought last assembly election unsuccessfully.
Of the total 9662 votes cast, INC secured 4735 and NCP received 4927 votes.
In his brief interaction, Tayeng also gave credit to electorate. “The area is still
cut off from the mainstream and my prime endeavour will be to give connectivity to
the Dambuk subdivision and to fulfill various other common issues that I promised
to the voters. Power connectively, good roads, health & education, drinking water
would be given priority” MLA assured.
Brokpas of Dirang
Dr Tomo Riba
ITANAGAR, Oct 23: Brokpas of Dirang exhibits both the characteristics of Nomadic
Herding and the Transhumance. The main economic activity of the Brokpas is the seasonal
migration along with their flock of animals, esp. the yak. They move up the mountain
during summer season and down the hill during winter.
The Brokpas of Dirang who live between Merakmukh and Dongchikpu covers about 50 km
while negotiating four major grazing ground; Merakmukh and Jangbrangsha, Nagajiji
Traditionally they depend on animal for food and cloths. They are the main supplier
of cheese and butter to non-Brokpas.
It is a perfect human adjustment to ecological set up of the area where there is
enough space and less population. Being amid the fresh air and water of sub-tropical
deciduous forests, regular physical work and rich food of animal products have made
them healthy and wealthy; compared to general inhabitants of the settle dwellers.
They are content, as their requirement is limited.
The status of women among the Brokpas is very high. Mostly they go for late marriage
which helps in slowing the population growth. Brokpas are also Buddhist. Thus, there
is no any social distinction between Brokpas and Umpas (Non-Brokpas). They can marry
each other, celebrate Lossar.
They also exercise their franchise in electing the representatives for parliament
and assembly. They have very good social relationships at individual and community
As per the view of investigators, the Brokpas have some perennial problems like other
tribal societies of the state. The school, health centre, veterinary, market, etc.
are too far for them. The children of Brokpas remain in the forest with their parents
in herding the animals. Use of herbal medicines is the traditional healing system
they practice to cure minor ailments. Moving with whole family and domestic assets
while shifting from one grazing ground to another is the major problem of these people.
Change is inevitable. No society can remain isolated for longer duration. Same is
the case of Brokpas of Dirang of Arunachal Pradesh. Many changes have come either
from the society itself or brought by the external forces. The main root of all the
changes is the construction of road passing through the forest where the nomadic
herders live. The road has brought many bad offshoots along equal number of good
fortunes. With the coming of road, the life of the people have become easier. Now
they can travel in vehicle while instead of travelling in yak and horse while disposing
off the animal products and collecting items from the market. Now, there are two
shops from where they can obtain minor item like salt, sugar, tea, candle, soap,
etc. Sick people can also be evacuated to nearest health centre by road.
But along with the good things, the development of road has led to clearing of age
old perennial forest while developing the road, establishment of office and Labour
camps of Border Road Development Organisation, ITBP (Indo Tibetan Boarder Police)
camp. The shops sell more wine than other commodities.
One of the major changes is the creation of new grazing ground near to road side
by the Brokpas themselves. Many trees have been killed by peeling the bark around
the trunk. Another undesirable change observed during the visit was the practice
of logging along the road side. Many forests, in between Merakmukh and Jangbrangsha
have burnt down.
The Dungkarpa Clan Society, a registered society has come up with a noble idea to
resettle them at a permanent location. The society has selected the Merakmukh, the
lowest grazing ground (2,970 mt.) with the help of the Department of Veterinary Govt.
of India. Under the leadership of Mr. Rinchin Tsering, Chairman, the society has
constructed the following structures.
One Primary School with teacher quarters, twenty seven numbers of residential house
for all the Brokpas, one veterinary dispensary with quarters and one guest house.
But till today the responses of Brokpas are very cool to new proposals. Dungkarpa
Society has also protected a large area under recently germinated bamboo after flowering
at Merakmukh itself for future use of resettled Brokpas.
Dr. Ando Kazuo, Team Leader from Kyoto University for RIHN commented “Why do you
want to resettle them at a permanent place. If you want help them, give them a mobile
education. Let school move. This same problem Japan is facing; villages are empty”.
Any new change is unfavorable as one has to shift from old system to new one. Sudden
changes bring more harms rather than benefiting from it. For example, no doubt, the
construction of new road has given many advantages to the life of the people; it
has also brought along with it commercial logging, clearing of more forest along
road side, wine shops, etc. We cannot accept all the changes, but should filter only
the good changes.
It is a must, after few decades these all nomadic herding would be replaced either
by livestock ranching and commercial farming which have already started moving upward
from bottom of the valley.
Planning for giving education to children of the Brokpas should be more related to
the life situation of the people, which will bring bread and butter. Now road has
come, there can be two schools, one summer school and other one for winter. Winter
school should be at Merakmukh where Brokpas station for seven to eight months and
the summer school should be at Nagajiji, in between Dongchikpu and Jangbrangsha.
Other facility will follow the road gradually.
(Dr. Tomo Riba, Associate Professor, Dept of Geography, Rajiv Gandhi University talked
about “Transhumance and ecological modification: (A Case Study of Dirang Brokpas
of Arunachal Pradesh” at the University Weekly Series Talk which is organized every
Wednesday at its campus).
ITBP organize Blood Donation Camp
ITANAGAR, Oct 23: 10 ITBP organized a voluntary Blood Donation Camp at its unit HQ
Kimin yesterday with the assistance of Blood Blood Bank of Civil Hospital, North
Lakhimpur on the eve of the 48th Raising Day of ITBP Force.
Manoj Kumar Singh Comdt 10 Bn ITB Police inaugurated the blood donation camp and
was also the first donator. Total 24 unit of blood was donated.
In his inaugural speech, Commandant said that ITBP is always keen to help and extend
it best possible assistance for healthy human lives and civic action programmes for
the society. He urged the Jawans to come forward and to be volunteers for such humane
donation. He further expressed that besides guarding of borders, 10 ITBP is also
devoted to its duties towards countrymen & this donation camp is a shining example
He especially made mention of efforts on the part of unit Medical Officer, Dr. Dipankar
Nayak, CMO (SG) who educated and encouraged unit personnel from time to time for
Narrating it as a mile stone in a series of various civic action programmes run by
ITBP, Commandant said that from this year this unit is going to start a new tradition
and it will donate maximum possible units of blood on the occasion of Force Raising
Day every year.
Bhajan Hajarika, ICTC HIV Counsellor, Civil Hospital Blood Bank- NLP said that every
section of the society are having all the praise to civic action posture of 10th
ITBP. He congratulated unit personnel for this initiative and expressed his hope
that this will definitely motivated other organization/establishments also of this
region to come forward and take such great steps of brotherhood.
Tawang Mobile Unit
Tawang, 23 Oct: The Second Health Camp of Tawang Mobile Medical Unit was conducted
at Lhou village recently. This was in continuation with the First Mobile Health Unit
which was held in Zemithang.
Total 317 cases were registered in the camp. The camp was a success and the villagers
not only from Lhou but also from neighbouring villages benefitted from the MMU.
In the camp Specialized Diagnostic Procedures like Ultrasonographic scanning, ECG,
and General Lab with Biochemistry examinations were taken up. General examination
of patients' eyes, dental and gynaecological examinations were carried out by the
concerned health specialists of MMU.
Medicines were distributed free of cost and immunization activity and family welfare
activities were also carried out by the MMU, informed Dr. T.C. Khrimey, DMO, Tawang
The cataract cases detected in the camp have been brought under NPCB and free Cataract
Surgical service is being offered. "We are treating the suspected TB patients and
they are kept for further investigation. Their treatment is free, carried by the
RNTCP centre", said Dr. Khrimey. (DIPRO)
High and lows of Arunachal State Information Commission
New Delhi, Oct 23: Arunachal Pradesh information commission has bagged the 3rd highest
spot in a list of 23 information commissions in terms of ‘Deterrent Impact’, which
means it has a strong tendency to impose penalties on the public information officers
(PIOs) who don’t release information within the statutory timeframe.
In a nationwide study of the performance of information commissioners, Arunachal
Pradesh also bagged the 3rd highest spot in a list of 25 information commissions
in terms of ‘Pro-disclosure Factor’, which means it has a strong tendency to make
decisions in favour of information seekers.
Arunachal Pradesh, however, could not be assessed on two important parameters of
Overall Public Satisfaction (OPS) and Effectiveness because hardly any appellant
or complainant responded to a questionnaire that sought their opinion on the decisions
of the state information commission.
The study, conducted by Public Cause Research Foundation (PCRF), a Delhi-based NGO
as a part of National RTI Awards-2009, was based on analyses of 51,128 orders passed
by information commissions across the country in the year 2008 as well as responses
of 6000 people who had filed appeals or complaints.
Notably, the study found that out of 100 people who filed their appeals or complaints
at any of the 28 information commissions in the country, only 27 were able to finally
obtain the information requested.
The 27 per cent figure, described as ‘Overall Public Satisfaction’ (OPS) of all the
information commissions, indicates the poor performance of the commissions in enforcing
the rights of the citizens under the Right to Information Act, 2005.
The study also found that even if an RTI applicant was able to get a pro-disclosure
order passed by an information commission, there was only 39 per cent chance – termed
‘Effectiveness’ -- that he would finally get the full information that he’d requested
in his application.
That means that out of all cases where an information commission directed a PIO to
provide all information requested by a citizen, there were 61 per cent cases where
there was no enforcement of or compliance with the orders of information commission.
The study found that Arunachal Pradesh information commission passed 43 orders in
the year 2008, out of which 40 orders were ‘pro-disclosure’, i.e. 93 per cent orders
An order or decision is counted as ‘pro-disclosure’ if the information commission
determines that information requested had already been provided to the applicant
or orders the PIO to provide the information to the applicant.
PCRF, which conducted the study, sent letters to the 43 appellants/complainants to
ask them a simple question: Did they really receive the information that the state
information commission had assumed they had received or ordered to be provided to
Only one person responded to that question, saying he did not receive the information
he had requested even after a favourable order of the state information commission.
Though just one response is obviously inadequate in forming an opinion about the
‘OPS’ or ‘Effectiveness’ of Arunachal Pradesh information commission, it is enough
to indicate that the situation in the state may well be in line with the nation-wide
trend of poor OPS and Effectiveness.
PCRF, however, has admitted the inadequacy of data and refrained from rating or ranking
Arunachal Pradesh’s information commission and commissioners on the parameters of
OPS and Effectiveness.
It is still inviting responses from the people of Arunachal Pradesh, who had received
orders from their state information commission in 2008, in time for the National
RTI Awards-2009 to be presented in December 01, 2009.
With ‘Pro-disclosure Factor’ of 93 per cent, Arunachal Pradesh information commission
is behind Assam information commission (top spot with Pro-disclosure Factor of 98%)
and Chhattisgarh (second spot with 95.3%).
The bottom three states on the parameter of Pro-disclosure Factor are Maharashtra
(43.6%), Uttarakhand (34.7%), and Andhra Pradesh (32.2%).
Arunachal Pradesh information commission has also bagged the 3rd spot on the parameter
of ‘Deterrent Impact’ with a score of 17.5 per cent, which measures its tendency
to impose penalties on erring PIOs, behind Mizoram (25%) and Nagaland (22.2%).
A score of 17.5 per cent means that out of 100 cases, where Arunachal information
commission made a ‘pro-disclosure order’, it imposed penalty on PIO in only 17.5
cases. That compares well with the national average of only 2% (two per cent) on
the parameter of Deterrent Impact.
Significantly, a pro-disclosure order made by an information commission clearly establishes
the violation of RTI Act and should necessarily invite penalty in all such cases.
The study found that Arunachal Pradesh information commission fared poorly in terms
to speed with which it heard and disposed of appeals and complaints. It took an average
of 4 months for its 5 (five) information commissioners to dispose of an appeal or
Given the small number of cases being heard by the Arunachal Pradesh information
commission and a handsome number of commissioners, one would not only expect better
speed in disposing of cases and sound orders, but also very high level of compliance
of its orders.
PCRF has also sought a statement of the annual budget and expenditure of the Arunachal
information commission in order to get an idea of the public funds spent in its functioning.
It has yet to get those figures from the commission.
( “If an order was passed by any information commissioner in your favour in the year
2008, did you finally get the information? Share the details by calling at 09711222577
or log on www.rtiawards.org )
APSCW congratulates Bagang and Mein
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women congratulated Karya Bagang
and Nang Sati Mein for making it to the Legislative Assembly. After a gap of five
years, the assembly would feel the presence of women.
The political empowerment of women is rightly perceived as a powerful and indispensible
tool for eliminating gender inequality and discrimination, its Chairperson Komoli
The Commission further congratulated all the women candidates who put up brave fight
in the elections. While calling for more women participation, it further expressed
the hope that they would continue to be active agents of change for development of
women in the state.
ITANAGAR: The Re-checking and Revaluation result of BA/B.Scc/B.Com II year (Pass
& Honours), have been declared. Students who have passed after re-evaluation may
submit their original marks sheet to Section officer Exam to get fresh marks sheet.
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Youth Federation has said that Dorjee Khandu should not be allowed
to continue as the Chief Minister as the state has seen deteriorating law and order
problem, nepotisms and corruption reaching its peak under his regime.
The Federation further questioned the Chief Minister’s ‘close affinity with Dalai
Lama and his cultural and social similarity and his deep concerned for the Tibet
While citing the Chinese claim on the state, it further said that never before the
people of the state has felt tremendous insecurity and fear psychosis.
The Federation further alleged the state has witnessed highest rate of corruption
especially in department of Hydropower and civil supply.