Various Works Depts of state misappropriate crores of money: CAG

Misappropriation of Rs 4.16 cr by Doimukh PWD division

CAG report

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  The Comptroller and Auditor General in its report claims that Public Works Department, Doimukh Division misappropriated Rs 4.16 crore on purchase of spare parts for two old bulldozers and five old Road Rollers, as the spares were neither accounted for in the Material-at-site account nor was their utilization documented.

Under sub-section 7.2 of the CPWD Works Manual (Chapter-I), the measurement book is the basic document wherein all the details are required to be entered. It should be so written that the transactions are readily traceable. Further, as per the delegation of financial powers, the divisional officer is empowered to issue work orders without inviting tenders only up to Rs 1.25 lakh in a single case in a year. PWD Doimukh Division has two bulldozers which are 30 years old and five road rollers which are three to 34 years old (one - three year old, one - eighth year old, one - 21 year old and two 34 years old). The two bulldozers and five road rollers were originally purchased at a total cost of Rs 73.53 lakh.

Test check of records in November 2009 of the Executive Engineer, PWD Division, Doimukh, by CAG revealed that between February 2008 and March 2009, the Division incurred an expenditure of Rs 4.16 crore on procurement of spare parts for these vehicles(1026 items) by issuing 344 work orders to 35 local firms. The spare parts were shown to have been received and recorded in the measurement book in March 2009. Besides, these purchase orders were placed without inviting any tenders and were split in such a way that the value of each was within the delegated power of the Divisional Officer, with the intention to avoid seeking approval of the competent authority. However, these spare parts were neither accounted for in the Material-at-Site account of the Divisional workshop, which is the prescribed system for capturing the movement of spare parts, and nor were these found recorded in the dismantled register, which monitors the actual utilization of spare parts. Moreover, even after this expenditure of Rs 4.16 crore was incurred on spare parts, the bulldozers and road rollers were only sparingly used during February 2008 to March 2009. A market survey revealed that the market price of two new bulldozers and five Road rollers of the same make/brand was only Rs 1.90 crore.

In view of the above, the entire purported purchases of spare parts appears fraudulent because neither were stock accounts maintained and nor could their physical movement/existence be verified, CAG observed. When pointed out, the department in November 2010 stated that the said payments pertained to procurements made in earlier years. Reply of the department is a deliberate attempt to cover up the fraud, as the records maintained clearly shows that the purchases were made during February 2008 to March 2009, the CAG stated in its report.


Irregularities in PMGSY road construction

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  The government of India under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana approved Rs 8.57 crore for construction of road from Hayuliang (Dalai bridge point) to Bajigam totaling 9.894 kilometer in March 2008. The estimate provided for survey and investigation, jungle clearance, formation cutting, etc.

In November 2009, the Executive Engineer (EE), Rural Works Division (RWD), Hawai, awarded ‘Formation Cutting’ work in different classes of soils from chainage 0 to 9.894 km. to a contractor as per tender approved rates with a stipulation to complete the work within 12 months that is by 10th November 2010.

Test check of the records of Executive Engineer, Rural Works Department, Hawai, by Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) on October 2010 revealed that the Division paid Rs 90.23 lakh in March 2010 to the contractor for excavating 35,524.42 cum of earth work in different chainage from 0 to 9.894 km. at rates applicable for excavation of hard rock by utilizing explosives @ Rs 254 per cum. Neither explosives (Gelatine, etc,) were issued by the Division to the contractor for excavation of hard rock by blasting nor any certificate regarding issue and use of blasting materials was found to be recorded on the body of the bill and the measurement book, in terms of Rule 25.3 under Section 25 of the CPWD Works Manual. However, it was seen that payment was made to the contractor for 35,524.42 cum at the higher rate of Rs 254/- per cum, applicable for hard rock, involving blasting. In the absence of any evidence to prove that excavation was done by the use of explosives, the payment made to the contractor at higher rate of Rs 254/- per cum instead of the rates applicable for excavation without use of explosive at Rs 147/- per cum was excessive. This has resulted in undue benefit of Rs 38.01 lakh to the contractor. Collusion between the departmental officials and the contractor could not be ruled out and the matter needs to be investigated, CAG observed in its report. The matter was referred to the Government in May 2011 but no reply has been received till October 2011, the CAG noted.


Mode of hiring bulldozer questioned

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  According to Rule 129 (I) (IV) of the GFR and Section 14:1 of the Central Public Works Department(CPWD) manual, before the commencement of any work or incurring any liability, there should be competitive bidding and wide publicity. The Chief Engineer (CE) Western Zone on October 2006, approved the hiring of bulldozer D-5-A-15 @ Rs 8640/- per day (Rs 2523/- per hour) inclusive of fuel charges in both cases with a maximum of eight working hours per day.

Test check of records by CAG in January 2011 shows that Executive Engineer, Boleng PWD Division, revealed that the division without following the prescribed procedure, hired bulldozers (September 2009 to March 2010) from two private agencies at Rs 3510 and Rs 4910 per hour for execution of earthwork under the work scheme of ‘Improvement and extension of Dosing-Paren-Sine-Yibuk-Legging Road (0-18 km)’. Records also indicated that two bulldozers were hired at rates approved by the EE, ignoring the prescribed rate approved by the CE, which was not within the EE’s delegated financial powers. The bulldozers were utilized for a total of 1377 hours from September 2009 to March  2010 and Rs 60.58 lakh was paid as hire charges on an hourly basis.  CAG observed that the bulldozers were hired almost continuously except for a few days in between. This clearly indicated that the Department could have hired the bulldozers on a daily basis, which was more economical than hourly basis as the nature of the work necessitated the use of bulldozers for a continuous period.

Failure of the EE to exercise simple financial prudence resulted in avoidable extra expenditure of Rs 45.37 lakh, CAG stated.

On this being pointed out, the Department accepted the fact, but stated in September 2011 that since the Departmental bulldozers were old and under repair, the only option was to hire from private contractors. The reply is irrelevant as it is not the fact of hiring of machinery that has been questioned, but the mode of hiring, the CAG noted. The matter was referred to the Government in July 2011; no reply has been received till October 2011.


Undue financial benefit to contractor

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  The work ‘Construction of Road from Dumporijo to Hali (45 km)’ estimated at Rs 31.76 crore, was administratively approved and financial sanction was accorded by the Government of India (GOI), Ministry of DoNER under NLCPR Project in March 2008, with the stipulation to complete the work by March 2011. The estimate provided for earthwork in formation cutting from Chainage 23 to 38 km, having a formation width of 6 metres.

On execution of the work between Chainage 23 to 34.564 km, the Executive Engineer, Dumporijo PWD Division incurred an expenditure of Rs 5.99 crore from March 2009 to June 2010 on account of earthwork in different classes of soil. Of this, an amount of Rs 2.93 crore was spent on excavation of 1,98,451 cum of hard rock, requiring blasting. The scrutiny of records by CAG on March 2011 further revealed that the Division (from March 2009 to May 2010) issued 7300 kg of gelatine to the contractor for excavation of hard rock by blasting. As per standard norms adopted by the State Public Works Department, 0.07 kg of gelatine was required for excavation of one cum of hard rock by blasting. Accordingly, with the 7300 kg of gelatine issued by the Division, the contractor would have excavated a maximum of 104,286 cum of hard rock. However, the Division claimed to have excavated 198,451 cum of hard rock, in which case, the requirement of gelatine would have been 13,892 kg (198,451 x 0.07) as per norms. As only 104,286 cum of hard rock could have been excavated with the 7,300 kg of gelatine issued by the Division, the remaining 94,165 cum payment made to the contractor at enhanced rate is questionable the CAG observed and added that undue benefit passed on the contractor on this account works out to be Rs 53.49 lakh.

Thus, in allowing the enhanced rate (Rs 147.60 per cum) to the contractor due to wrong classification of 94,165 cum of ordinary rock as hard rock requiring blasting, the Division had incurred an extra expenditure of Rs 53.49 lakh.

In addition, the Executive Engineer, Dumporijo PWD Division, also failed to deduct Rs 56.16 lakh as VAT at source as statutorily required (@ 12.5 per cent of the value of the bill after deduction of 25 per cent from the gross value of the bill, CAG reported. This amounted to extending undue financial benefit to the contractor in the shape of excess payment to the extent of Rs 56.16 lakh and resultant loss to the State exchequer.

On this being pointed out by CAG, the Divisional Officer stated that there was no wrong classification of rock but less quantity of explosive was used for blasting due to application of an indigenous method, and that the contractor was asked to do the work without claiming higher rates. The contention of the Division is untenable because as per Schedule of Rates 2009, the rate per cum for excavation of hard rock by indigenous/manual methods is almost four times higher (@ Rs 583.00 per cum) than the rate applicable for hard rock requiring blasting (Rs 147.60 per cum), at which rate no contractor would be willing to execute any work, inviting such huge losses. The CAG further reported that the Division remained silent on the issue of non-deduction of VAT. The matter was referred to the government in July 2011 but no reply was received till October 2011.



Chauhan remains traceless Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The whereabout of missing IPS officer Mayank Chauhan is still unknown. Even though police have launched massive manhunt, they have not been able to make any breakthrough in this regard.

Chauhan, who was heading special investigation cell probing multi crore PDS scam in the state before his transfer to Delhi last month, had mysteriously gone missing from Tippi in West Kameng district around 2.30 PM on Wednesday.

When contacted Arvind Deep, IGP, informed that investigating agency has got some definite clue and are hoping to crack the case soon. On being questioned about chances of Chauhan getting kidnapped, the IGP refused to divulge more details. Superintendent of police West Kameng, T T Lama stated that police is investigating the matter from every possible angle and exudes hope that soon there will some update in this case.

Meanwhile, expressing deep shock over the missing incident of Chauhan, All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Organization (AAPYO)  demanded immediate enquiry over the unfortunate incident and urged the home ministry to take up the matter seriously.



Arunachal communities applauded for conservation practices at COP11

Moji Riba

HYDERABAD, Oct 18: At a time when there is an overarching concern about the paradigms of development and protection of natural resources in Arunachal Pradesh, it was a very proud moment when the State and its traditional communities were applauded today for their sustainable use and management of resources at the COP11 in Hyderabad. Various responses from the international audience at the side event on Different Indigenous and New Approaches in Natural Resource Management in the Bio-Culturally Diverse State of Arunachal Pradesh organized at the Conference showered great praise on the traditional practices and natural resource management systems being followed by the tribal people and expressed how it is these communities who are at the forefront of protecting the world’s biodiversity.

These responses from the diverse audience that comprised of scientists, researchers, academics, activists and development agencies besides hi-ranking government representatives drove home the knowledge that in the protection of our bio-diversity, as in any other initiative, the community remains at the hub of implementation and success.

In the opening remarks of the event, APSMPB Chairman Bamang Felix said “the challenge today is not whether to look at development and natural resource management as conflicts. Rather to see how they can jointly enrich the sustainable livelihoods of people.” He appealed to the international and national community to support such conservation endeavors of the tribal communities and in the process, empower them. He shared that the State government had the highest level of commitment to ensure that the traditional ethos of conservation of our tribes do not just survive, but also flourish.

He earlier released a pictorial publication on globally significant medicinal plants authored by Dr. D Yonggam, scientist at the State Medicinal Plants Board.

The highlight of the side event was the interaction that the audience had with representatives of various community organisations from Arunachal who had travelled to Hyderabad for the event. This included Takam Nabum of the Ghora-Abbey Society, an organization of Gaon Buras who are spearheading a hornbill protection programme through nest adoption at Seijosa. Mudang Challiang of the Hong Biodiversity Management Committee also shared the community’s own experience in interfacing with new conservation approaches introduced. Kara Topu of Bath VFMC also interacted with the audience. Tado Tayum, a traditional healer who works out of his home in Nirjuli drew the audience’s attention with his candid remarks on the current state of traditional healers and shared how he had been able to treat even critically ill patients that modern medicine had given up on.

Earlier, presentations on various aspects of conservation were made by a panel of experts that included T Gapak, Member Secretary, APSMPB on Medicinal Plant Conservation Areas, Jayahari from Inspire on the value addition to rhododendron and Amruta Rane from Nature Conservation Foundation who spoke on the Hornbill nest adoption programme being carried out in Seijosa.

In the joint presentation made by Dr. P K Samal of GB Pant Institute, Itanagar and Dr. Piyush Dutta of World Wildlife Fund, learning points for biodiversity conservation, ecological and economic security were explored through the prism of community based resource management.

Dr. Kenjum Bagra of the AP Biodiversity Board spoke on conservation through traditional faith and belief and filmmaker Appu Gapak’s film “Wisdom of Traditional Healing” was screened.

CCRD Executive Director Moji Riba made an audiovisual presentation on the state’s bio-cultural diversity.

In his concluding remarks, BS Sajawan, PCCF spoke on how these traditional practices were already ahead in achieving quite a few of the Aichi Targets on biodiversity. He said that there is a need today to take these initiatives further into the communities and to have a participatory approach for their true success. Putting at rest concerns about intellectual property rights of the tribes and bio-piracy, he emphasized that recent initiatives like the People’s Biodiversity register and the Bio-Cultural Community Protocols that have been taken up by some communities will go a long way in protecting their rights over resources.

Dr. Ruchi Pant from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Vice Chairman of the APSMPB Soni Degio also attended the event special guests.

The presence of the Arunachal delegation and the holding of the side event at this highly significant Conference of Parties attended by representatives of 175 countries have helped put its people and their concerns on the global canvas in a big way. What will now become important for the team as well as the government is to take the learnings from this event and translate them into action that will truly reflect India’s commitment to the CBD and the mandate of nurturing the environment. Only then will the State’s participation at the event be remembered as first in the list of many steps.



East Siang bandh hits normal life for third day


RUKSIN, Oct 18: East Siang bandh called by Pasighat Peoples Welfare Committee (PPWC) and its allies is affecting normal life in Pasighat and Ruksin area for the third today as banks, oil depots, shops and other business establishments remained closed and vehicular movement was off the road for third consecutive day.

The shops at Ruksin town, which were opened yesterday seen closed again for the day.

Except some police-public confrontation at Pasighat, the bandh during the day hours is reported to be total and peaceful.

The ongoing 72-hrs bandh will be over at 5.00 am tomorrow.

On the other hand, the 24 –hrs bandh proposed by All East Siang District Students Union on October 20, has been temporarily suspended due to Durga Puja occasion. In fact, different sections of people in the district requested the union to call off the bandh saying that it would diminish the spirit of the festive occasion.



Training on MCTS

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: A four days training in two batches on Mother & Child Tracking System (MCTS) and Introduction to Integrated RCH Register commenced on October 16 at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun organized by National Rural Health Mission, Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Regional Resource Centre-North East (RRC-NE) Guwahati, National Informatics Centre, Arunachal Pradesh.

The participants of the training are ANM/GNM, Block Accountant cum- Data Assistant, Health Assistant from all the districts.

Dr. A. Perme Ete, Programme officer (Monitoring & Evaluation) informed that reports in the form of Registers were maintained in EPI System previously which will now be replaced by MCTS where reports will be updated on web portal.

Dr. D. Padung, N.O. (NRHM) insisted on the need to record work. The recorded work needs to be compiled and then checked for no. of Routine Immunization (RI) and Ante Natal Care (ANC) services provided to the mother and child, he said. The target as such can be analysed and checked.

He informed that GoI has introduced MCTS with an aim to check if Mother and Child are being provided with the facilities of ANC and RI. Every pregnant woman visiting the health facility shall be registered in web-portal through MCTS, he said. A Unique Identification No. for each pregnant woman is then generated and entered in web portal through which she can be tracked and services provided to her irrespective of whichever district she may avail it from. With the provision of datas available on web portal through MCTS, ANC of pregnant woman for the next month can be analysed and checked in advance and thereby informed to the pregnant woman on her due ANC service for the ensuing month, he shared. As such, MCTS has been introduced to ensure full ANC and RI to Mother and child and hence performance can be improved. He further informed that one register for each village will now be maintained instead of one register for Sub centre as previously maintained.

Bidya Gadi, MD (NRHM), opined that reporting system and Target achievement is very poor despite repeated training imparted to service providers on MCTS. He encouraged all to work with a missionary zeal in order to improve the performance. He impressed upon the participants to motivate the pregnant woman to avail the ANC and RI services.

The aim of GoI is to reduce the MMR and IMR for which we have been deputed to work towards its achievement, he said. Absence of MO’s at their posting place contributes to a major lacuna in service delivery in the state which leads to weak reporting system, he opined. People in villages have more faith on ANM/GNM than MO. Therefore, they need to motivate the community and ensure reports are maintained and updated on web-portal for tracking record of services provided to Mother and child. The figures/reports just need to be entered in the given format on web-portal. Due to delay in uploading of reports by BA/DA, the state lags behind and is not able to show the performance to the central govt. He encouraged the participants to have an interactive training session by sharing, raising queries, clarifying confusions and properly imparting it in the district.

Bhaswat Kumar Das, Consultant RRC-NE, senior officers and staff of the Mission Directorate, NRHM attended the program.



IDEA conducts training for Women Voluntary Village Health Guides

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted a five days training for women voluntary health workers in the Catholic Mission at Siyum.

The training mainly aimed at reducing the mortality and morbidity due to infectious diseases especially in the remote village by imparting training to voluntary health workers on various general health practices for the benefit of rural masses.

Sessions were given on the role of health workers, human anatomy and physiology, personal and environmental hygiene, antenatal and post natal care etc. Training was also given on diarrhea, dysentery, fever and first aid management. Multimedia presentations on awareness tips on malaria, typhoid hepatitis B etc. were conducted.  The health workers presented an awareness skit on hepatitis B and cleared the misconceptions about the disease prevalent among the villagers during the valedictory function to mark the conclusion of the training and adult literacy programme.

Dr. Susmitha, the coordinator of the training elucidated that the ultimate goal of this kind of training was to build up the concept of “Barefoot Doctors” who will voluntarily work as agents of change in the community to bring about better health and hygiene levels and to cater to the primary medical assistance in the remote villages. The training was assisted by Sr. Mercy and Sr. Celine IDEA, Itanagar and Sr. Alin and Sr. Josin Divine Mercy Health Centre, Siyum. Twenty five adults who completed the Literacy Programme Level 1 were awarded certificates according to their performance by Fr. Siju Jose, Parish Priest, Catholic Mission, Siyum. He in his address exhorted the gathering that a healthy, literate society is a basic ingredient to human, socio-economic and cultural development and said that programmes of this nature will be initiated in the future as well for the welfare of the people.

Twenty village women from various remote villages of Siyum circle participated in the training programme.  



AIMSU demands fresh AAPBn interview


ROING, Oct 18: All Idu Mishmi Students Union (AIMSU) has demanded fresh interview to the selection for the post of constables in Arunachal Armed Police Battalion (AAPBn)/India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) held recently for the Lower Dibang Valley district.

In a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, the union has contended the selection process stating that only two candidates from Idu Mishmi community were selected out of forty four vacant seats for the district.

Casting doubt on the selection procedure, AIMSU said the members of the selection board were changed and replaced midway during the selection process. It said two members Sangita Yirang, EAC and M Tato, EAC were removed from the board midway and replaced by KB Pandey, Executive Engineer (WRD), Roing.

 The union also stated that their recent demand for the transfer of Deputy Commissioner Garima Gupta and Superintendent of Police Veenu Bansal could have affected the outcome of the selection.

Expressing total reservation, AIMSU alleged that corruption and nepotism took place in the selection and therefore, demanded fresh interview to be held under the chairmanship of new SP.



ECDS advocates for fund for victims of illegal eviction in boundary area

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Education and Cultural Development Society (ECDS) chairman Nabam Akin Hina urged  state govt. to allocate special corpus funds to all Deputy Commissioners of bordering districts having boundary disputes with Assam for relief and rehabilitation of the victims of illegal evictions.

The poor Arunachalee people living in boundary areas are often threatened and victimized by act of illegal eviction by Assam, ECDS said in a release and advocated that there should be a provision of corpus fund for rehabilitation of the poor evicted people.

Alleging that the state government is not paying much attention towards development of border areas, ECDS demanded for full functioning of the Directorate Border Affairs created during 2009-10 to tackle border problems by appointing staff at all Deputy commissioners’ of bordering districts.

It also suggested for creation of DIGP of western and eastern zone in Arunachal Pradesh Police for border affairs for better management.



Mt. Gorichen expedition team accorded warm welcome

TAWANG, Oct 18: After conquering the Mt Gorichen, the Expedition Team arrived here at Tawang today. The team was given a warm welcome at the Circuit House Tawang by the Deputy Commissioner Tawang Kemo Lollen, HoDs and public leaders for the successful summit climb. The DC hoped that the successful summit of the Mt Gorichen by the team will invite more mountain expedition to Arunachal Pradesh in the near future. The DC Tawang also hosted a lunch for the team at the circuit house.

The expedition team under the leadership of Dr K Romeo Meetei  was flagged off by the Governor Gen JJ Singh at Itanagar on September 22 last. The team led by Dr. K R Romeo, includes KN Damo, LO/Field Advisor,  Anshu Jamsenpa, Everester, Tine Mina, Everester, Nima Lama, Inspector Lobsang Sherpa, Everester, i/c Eqpmts,  ITBP,  Anil Boudh,  Member, ITBP,  Rinchin Dolma,  Member, Shanti Rai, Member, Sikkim, Hokson Lyngdoh,  Member, Megalaya,  Joram Sanga,  I/c Medical, Mizoram. Khorsing Terang, Assam.

All team members are physically fit and sound and the team made it to the summit on October 9th October 2012 at 0700 Hrs. The team had left for the Summit climb from Jang on 27th Sept last. All the members of the team made it to the summit as per schedule via Jang, Dushinthang, Mago, Jithang and Merathang. The team thanked the District administration, 190 Mtn Bde and 40 Mtn Bde Tawang for their hospitality, support and help during the expedition.

It is worth mentioning here that this is the first civilian expedition to Mt. Gorichen organized by the Dept of Sports & Youths Affairs Govt of Arunachal Pradesh in collaboration with Indian Mountaineering Foundation.

Mt. Gorichen is a technical peak and only seasoned climber can make it to the top (6488 Mtr). During the last Indian Army Expedition to Mt. Gorichen, two of their best mountaineers lost their lives and the third one was critically injured while negotiating a climb between Camp-2 and the Summit Camp.

It is also the third highest peak in North East excepting the Sikkim Himalayas. The other two unclimbed and virgin mountain peaks located in Arunachal are Mt. Kangto (7090 mtr) and Mt. Nyegikangsang (7050 mtr). DIPRO incharge





CM launches CMLMS, spells out Govt dev. initiatives

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The CM’s Livelihood Mission School (CMLMS) became the essence of every address during the day-long visit of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to Jairampur and Nampong in Changlang district here today.

Tuki, who launched the pilot project at Nampong, told a massive public meeting at Terit Nagar after inaugurating the new ADC HQ building built on mini secretariat line that development is the buzzword of his government.

With agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy development, tea, rubber cultivation, tourism, health, education and sports and youth development being the thrust areas of development, the CM said while new policies are being framed to achieve various goals, higher, technical and medical colleges are being opened to develop skilled manpower.   The Tea Board of India and Rubber Board of India at his initiative are ready to extend help in tea and rubber cultivation. New policies of the Tuki government includes self-employment schemes for youth with Rs 4 crore earmarked for schemes with 50% subsidy, Rs 3 crore for CM’s Health Insurance scheme, Rs 3 lakh subsidy for creating facilities, become tour operators and guides to boost tourism, Rs 25 lakh and Rs one crore for taking part and winning gold medal in Olympics respectively. Besides fund for conducting rural sports, Rs 6.23 crore earmarked for sports infrastructures all over the state covering each village, Rs  36 crore sanctioned for developing a Cultural village at Itanagar, Rs 1.5 crore earmarked for tribal festivals and Rs 1,000 monthly allowance for the handicapped.

Peace is essential for development, Tuki said responding to concerns of locals about insurgency problems. The efforts of GoI on Naga talks would bring peace as Arunachal has no objection to the outcome between Nagaland and GoI but let peace rule Arunachal, he said.

Responding to a number of memoranda, including by a groups of public leaders led by Izmir Tikhak, East-Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president James T Jugli and Eastern Tea Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. (ETGS), CM lauded the officers and engineers for the ADC HQ building.

Reflecting that it proves ‘paisa kam kaam jyada’ he happily announced sanction of Rs 2.38 crore under SPA this fiscal for its completion. He also announced Rs 2 crore this fiscal for tea and rubber cultivation as pleaded by ETGM for toeing GoAP line; township roads for Manmao, Nampong and Rima-Putak circles to be taken under RIDF, CRPF, NLCPR schemes and Rs 1crore under SPA this fiscal for building a convention hall with 500-capacity at Terit Nagar. He, however, informed that creation of posts is banned as financial discipline will be considered on need-basis.

Tuki assured that water supply schemes would be considered next year under NRDWP while informing another tourist lodge with indigenous architect would be recommended to the Center. He also assured funds for Jairampur circuit house and to take up the issue of extension of gas pipeline from Jagun in Assam to Jairampur with ONGC. Auguring fund under SPA for Rangfra College, he directed the PWD SE Duggam Ete to send a priority list to the GoAP to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

On the problem of shortage of PDS items, the CM said that the present system has to be changed by making the people self-sufficient to not depend on government supply.

Highlighting numerous initiatives of his government, he said the green corridor along the foothill areas would bring pollution-free industries to herald a new era. The state enriched with hills, plains, water and huge minerals is waiting to be tapped. Coal unwanted few years ago has turned diamond today, he said, adding the resources of the state are yet to be surveyed.

Moreover, the Stillwell road needs to be reopened soon to link the rich South East Asian countries as Arunachal is located centrally to 10 countries within 1,000 km aerial distance.

The CM appreciated the tourist lodge, which was inaugurated earlier by Agri, Horti, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena.

Hydropower production, expansion of health facilities, education, drinking water are must to ensure that development and electricity reach each household,” he asserted.

During the programme, the Chief Minister launched the first newspaper to be published from Jairampur sub-division. By the name ‘Terik Weekly’, it would be published by Eastern Tea Grower’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Jairampur with seasoned journalist Tom Simai as the Editor.

Pointing out that GoAP is evolving a master plan for sustainable agri-horti development, Finance, PWD & Planning Minister Chowna Mein, in his address, said the GDP growth of the state was higher than the nation.

He advocated that the state leaders should move the GoAP for early reopening of the Stillwell road in the greater welfare of entire North Eastern region. Timber and other products from Myanmar would boost the regions’ economy, he justified.

While highlighting his development initiatives, Sena pleaded with the CM to honour the demands of the public as the projects taken up so far, particularly the CMLMS and ETGS are ‘stepping stones for GoAP priorities.

He lauded the CM for accepting his development ideas while explaining the philosophy behind the CMLSM and developing the ETGS, the second inspired by Mein, who earlier inaugurated the tea factory set up at an estimated cost of Rs 8.17 crore by 249 share holders with Rs 6.39 crore loan from NCDC with a capacity to produce 25,000 kg tea daily. He thanked Izmir Tikhak and Lemkhung Mossang and land donors of Longwan village for their contributions.

The present GoAP initiatives would herald a new era by tapping the vast natural resources of the state while developing skilled manpower through the innovative school, said WRD Parliamentary Secretary Tinghap Taiju.

Changlang deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav, ADC M Roy and Jugli, among others, spoke on the occasion.              

Earlier at Nampong, National Youth Project (NYP) director Dr S N Subba Rao wished success to the CMLMS, which he hoped would turn into the lighthouse of India.

“Like the sun rises from Arunachal Pradesh, this revolutionary concept conceived by a man (Sena) from eastern most part of India and initiated by the GoAP would turn into the lighthouse of India,” Dr Rao, the living legend, said before the CM launched the pilot project.

Like the invention of electricity was disclosed in a small room in London to the dismay of the gathering unaware of its utility, the CMLMS being launched in this small room would positively spread the light of knowledge and positive attitude to bring peace for making India a stronger and prosperous nation,” the Gandhian added.

Terming Sena’s novel idea, who leading a 10-member team including Agri-Horti commissioner Hage Kojeen and senior journalist Pradeep Kumar had visited Sikkim to have a firsthand experience of the school, before moving the cabinet for approval.   

This school by imparting skill development training would help tap the vast potentials of this Himalayan state, bring 100% self-employment and make the state self-sufficient.

Though humble such school would be set up in each assembly constituency too and become an example for the country, Arunachal in particular, Tuki said while lauding Sena.

Appreciating the NYP for its commitment for state building, the CM assured all possible support and help to ensure the success of the school.

Responding to a memorandum from septuagenarian Manorama Saikia, secretary of Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh (BASS), running a stay home for about 84 poor and downtrodden girls, the CM donated Rs one lakh and assured grant-in-aid.

Mein, accompanying the CM, assured grant-in-aid on receipt of proposal from Sena.

The DC said that the CMLMS would turn the school dropouts productive skilled manpower, having demand within and outside the state, so also their products.

A 7-member NYP-AP team including president Hari Pado Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar were present.



Need of a permanent solution to electric crisis

Onyok Pertin

The power supplied from NEEPCO’s Ranganadi hydel project to Pasighat via Ziro, Daporijo, Aalo and local sources Yembung, Siley and Rina Mini Hydor Power Projects are not sufficient to meet the power requirement of Pasighat town and nearby areas due to fast growing population, expansion of town area, increasing number of institutions of government, semi government undertakings and private organizations etc.

Power cut due to landslide, storms is a natural phenomenon, especially during monsoon and spring season. Power disruption in one way or the other is more possible in such a long supply line, and Pasighat being the end point is the worse sufferer. The same situation would continue to prevail until and unless there are some local sources.

There is controversy among the people whether to get power by exploiting the locally available resources or import power from the outside only. One school of thought opines that mini hydel projects should be constructed in small rivers and steams. But this has already been tested and experienced by the power (civil wing) which proved inefficient because of certain reasons.

The state government has initiated and encouraged private power developer to construct mega dam over big rivers to meet the power demands.

Talking on source of power, an anti-mega dam activist said: mini hydel projects can be constructed over small rivers and streams which he feels will have less impact on local inhabitants both up stream and downstream. But, now the proposal of construction of small dams is also being opposed like the way the mega dams are being opposed due to “interference, provocation and influence from outside of the state”.

Another reason for opposition, especially in Adi belt, is due to prevalence of ownership system of small rivers and streams by family, sub-clan or clan, who oppose construction of mini-hydel projects over their rivers and streams until and unless they are fully  facilitated or compensated before the construction. Even if the owners agree with the government or the concern company, the others at up and down streams start opposing the move in the similar manner ultimately leading to failure of the proposed project. The environmentalists, various non-governmental organizations from outside the state, particularly neighbouring state of Assam located in the down stream inflict constant pressure, misguiding many of our youths, young generations to act as anti-dam.

One obvious reason why neighbouring Assam is opposing dam is that the Brahmaputra flood control Board had made prolonged effort to construct mega dam at Rottung and established its office at Pasighat which later was taken up by NHPC and then now JP Company. Later, they were forced to withdraw from there and shifted to Gerukhamukh now executed by the NHPC. The BFCB had to abandon and leave from the Gerukhamukh also.

The present arrangement and maintenance of Yembung, Sille, Rina and other is purely temporary and won't give permanent solution and sufficient powers to the fast growing consumers. The people, especially younger generations should look forward, search, find out source for a permanent solution to over come the present crisis as no developments can take place in this age without sufficient power. Let everyone's common saying; “Arunachal Pradesh is a store house of power” stands true. Before doing any big achievement, consultation of mass public opinion, process of negotiation, dialogue is the first and foremost step. To get sufficient power, there is no any other alternative but big dam alone can provide this basic facility.


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Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006


ATASU memo to local MLA

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  All Tali Area Students Union (ATASU) today demanded its local MLA to provide immediate relief to the victims of bamboo flowering in Tali and Pipsorang circles. In a nine-point memorandum submitted to local representative, the union  said that people of the area are facing hardship due to rodent menace at their  paddy fields.

Claiming that Tali circle has been facing scarcity of ration since the last couple of months, ATASU requested the local MLA to pursue the authority to enhance the air sorties quota for the district. Further union drew his attention towards the poor condition of road and said that ongoing work progress is too slow. It also highlighted the absence of government staffs posted in the circle and alleged malfunctioning of the government offices.


3 karatekas from Arunachal leave for Sri Lanka

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Three karate players from Arunachal Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Association are leaving New Delhi for Colombo, Sri Lanka to night along with the Indian team to participate in the International Seiko Kai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do-Championship beginning there from October 22.

The participating players are, Bananso Twosik, (U-50 kg) of Anjaw, Charu Govind (-65kg) of Papum Pare and Yusenso Yun (-84kg) from IRBn, Chimpu.

Dunglin Natum could not take part due to visa/passport problem.


Yuki Bhambri-Divij Sharan pair make shock exit

Nanjing, Oct 18: The top-seeded Indian pair of Yuki Bhambri and Divij Sharan crashed out of the men’s doubles event of the Asia-Pacific Australian Open wild card play-off tournament after suffering an upset straight set defeat, on Thursday.

Yuki and left-handed Divij lost 6-7 4-6 to local pair of Mao-Xin Gong and Ze Zhang in the second round.

Yuki and Divij had got a bye in the first round.


Workshop on Youth for Peace & Harmony

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Saint Claret College, Ziro in collaboration with Anthropological institute, Guwahati (Sanskriti) organized a workshop on Youth for peace and harmony.

Rev. Fr. Jose K, SVD, the Director of Anthropological Institute, Guwahati was the resource person.

In his address Fr. Jose encouraged the students to be messengers of peace and harmony in the society in which they live.

Rev. Fr. Clement SVD, the Director of Youth Commission for the Diocese of Itanagar heighted the importance of being motivated to explore different possibilities to bring out the best in them. It was a time for the students to look into themselves and felt the need to transform the society. The interactive sessions made the workshop alive and participatory.


World Sight Day observed

TEZU, Oct 18: On the occasion of World Sight Day 2012, a program on ‘blindness: its causes and cure’ was organized by the District Blindness Control Society, Lohit on October 11 last at Conference Hall of District Hospital, Tezu.

Dr. A Wailong, eye specialist of District Hospital, Tezu spoke on blindness, its causes, curative and preventive measures. He stressed on proper care of eye for preventing blindness and related problems.

Chaired by Dr. U. K. Nath, DPO (RNTCP) cum in-charge District Programme Officer (NPCB) the programme was attended by entire staff of Medical Department of District Hospital, Tezu and other vertical Programme Officers. DIPRO


Fill up the vacant posts under NRHM: Associations

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The Unemployed Dental Surgeon Association of Arunachal (UDSAA) and Arunachal Pradesh Unemployed Ayush Doctors Association (APUADA) have strongly demanded for immediate advertisement of all the posts of General Duty Medical Officers (GDMOs) lying vacant under NRHM since March 2012.

Despite several memoranda to the health authorities and reminders no concrete step has been taken to fill up the vacant posts, both the organizations said in a release.

Reacting to a news item published in this daily yesterday, both the organizations informed that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh while regularizing the services of 71 GDMOs has put off all the contractual posts under NRHM.

It appealed to the Chief Minister, Health Minister and Parliamentary Secretary (Health Affairs) to look into the matter seriously on priority basis keeping in mind the agony of the unemployed doctors failing which both the unions threatened to launch rigorous democratic movement.


Project Sarathi for computerization of driving licence

Aalo, Oct. 18: Computerized Driving License system under Sarathi Project in West Siang district was formally inaugurated by Deputy Commissioner Marnya Ete in presence of Branch Officers of DC Office yesterday.

This project would facilitate on line issue, verification and detection of fake driving licenses. Biometrics of the thumb impression as well as signatures can be obtained and easily retrievable. To start with, the driving license of the Aalo DC was issued on the spot.

The District Transport Officer Aalo, Remar Gab and MVI Sumit Boruah demonstrated the operational aspects and spelt out the facilities under the project.

The DIO K.C. Wangmo and Nyaken Ori supervised for successful launching of the project. DIPRO


Landslide  disrupts road link

YINGKIONG, Oct 18: A major landslide has occurred in between Gosang village and Moying camp on Jengging-Tuting BRTF road today disrupting road communication, reports DIPRO. The BRO sources informed that the road would be cleared within two-three days. DIPRO


Rijiju returns to BJP

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Former BJP Lok Sabha member Kiren Rijiju today returned to the BJP fold after a hiatus of about three years.

He has joined BJP in a flagging off ceremony of the Shahid Shraddanjali Yatra  being organized at Guwahati to commemorate the  50 years of Indo-China war. BJP national president Nitin Gadkari, who flagged off the yatra, welcomed Rijiju into the party, according to party sources.

Earlier, 41-year old Rijiju had resigned from the primary membership of the BJP and joined Congress on August 24, 2009.


Union reacts against demolition of Anganwadi centre at Buka

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:  All Arunachal Pradesh Anganwadi Workers and Helpers Union (AAPAWHU)  today strongly reacted against the demolition of Anganwadi Centre at Buka village in Kimin circle by Assam forest and police personnel on Saturday.  Union condemned the act of Assam officials saying the importance of Anganwadi centre should be realized by all. It further vowed to take up the matter with the chief minister and governor of the state.


Install microwaves tower, association asks BSNL

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:   All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) Upper Subansiri district unit today appealed to the Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited to install microwave tower at Gigi Village, Daporijo for the improvement of service.  ANYA unit in its representation to the general manager BSNL today said that land had been already donated for the installation of tower; however the tower project has not been materialized yet. Association further opined that with the installation of microwaves tower, the network congestion will be reduced and  service will be improved.


Organization seeks road renovation

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:   Expressing concern over the deteriorating condition of Bhalukpong to Bomdila road, Kameng Youth Organization today taken the matter with the commanding officer of Border Road Task Force (BRTF). Organization further demanded the BRTF to renovate the road particularly near Hotel Sulu at Upper Bhalukpong within the five months and  Rupa moor road with one and half months.


CM intervention sought

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Claiming that people of the Balijan area are facing hardship in their day-to-day life  due to slow progress of the four-lane highway construction works from Hollongi to Itanagar, All Arunachal Youth Association in its representation to Chief Minister sought the state government’s intervention for the early construction of  the said road. Further, the Association appealed the government to look into the matter so that work can be expedited in working seasons.


Society mourns death of its member

ITANAGAR, Oct 18:   Tali ADC Town Planning Development Committee has expressed its deep shock at the demise of  Dai Takum who passed away on 4th October 2012.  Late Takum was former Anchal Samiti Chairperson of 12th Tali Panchayat Segment in 2004-07. Death of  Takum created vacuum in the society, it said.


Compensation demanded

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: The 4 Lane Affected People’s Forum in a one-point memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister appealed him to direct the capital district administration or highway executing agency  for immediate disbursement of compensation to all land affected people due to Hollongi-Itanagar highway road construction. It alleged that the four-lane highway construction work is going on full swing without paying the compensation of affected land owners.


AESDSU defers bandh

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Responding to the request of Pasighat Market Welfare Association and the local public, All East Siang District Students’ Union (AESDSU) has deferred its proposed second phase 24 hours district bandh called on October 20 till next meeting of the union.

PMWA yesterday urged the AESDSU to defer its district bandh for smooth celebration of the ensuing Durga Puja.


Fogging operation in Capital

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Fogging operation against Dengue would be conducted in all sectors in Capital Complex and affected areas from October 20 from 6 am to 9 a.m in the morning and 2 pm to 4.30 pm in the afternoon along with IEC material distribution.

People are instructed to keep all edible items, utensils and water covered; windows and doors of their houses open during the fogging operation. Patients suffering from Asthma and pregnant women are advised to avoid direct contact with fog during the operation, according to a health department release.


Training course on fashion designing

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: A convocation program was held on October 8 last following successful completion of the training course on Garment Designing and Fashion Designing by the second batch trainees conducted by Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA).

The training was organized under the leadership of Sr. Rose Mary SABS the IDEA Co-ordinator of Daporijo unit in view of the interest shown by the school drop out and women in learning the skills of Garment Designing.

Rev. Sr. Siba the Vice Provincial of SABS issued the tailoring certificate of 2nd batch 2012.


Orgs demand action

ITANAGAR, Oct 18: Alleging physical assault on Maklek Yomso, President BBYK and insult to Yameng (Youth) Kebang by DSP BS Mehra today morning, the Bogong Banggo Kebang, Bogong Banggo Yameng (Youth) Kebang, Boggong Student Union and All East Siang District Students Union (AESDSU), have demanded the East Siang district authority to transfer the DSP, from this District within 24 hours. They also threatened to call Pasighat bandh on October 21 if the DA fails to act as demanded by them.

An FIR has also been lodged against the DSP with Deputy Commissioner, East Siang for necessary action, the four organizations claimed in a joint press release.







95 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 


Contribute something to society

Dear Editor,

Calm and silence everywhere due to bandh call. As I was sitting ideal a thought strike me. There are some advantages of frequent band calls in context of Arunachal Pradesh.

Pollution control: No sound of irritating tempos and trekkers; complete peace of mind to sleep, walk, read. Indirectly, it was a non-honking day.

Air pollution - No exhaust of harmful gases like SO2, NO2, CO2 etc from vehicles. Fresh air to breathe and no global warming and melting of polar ice. Environmentalists are happy !

Land pollution - At least the city is saved from plastics, papers for a day or two. Garbage dumped and thrown every nook and corner get time to degrade comfortably. UD have no time. Let it happens biologically.

Pollution Control Board of Arunachal and Urban Development should be happy as the bandh callers are helping them directly or indirectly. The board better ties up or sign a MoU with bandh callers.

Other notable advantages are:

Life saving: No accidents of cars and bikes at least for a day on the already congested and dilapidated NH-52A. Save of life, money, medicines.

Money saving: No need to attend duty and hence no need to pay exorbitant rupees for a kilometer of journey. A day saved from daylight robbery from taxi wallas, autowallas etc.

And above all bandh callers are preserving our culture as a saying goes ‘loss of culture is loss of identity’. Hence, the bandh callers are helping us doing so. The bandh callers are preserving the culture of potholes on roads, garbage, no airport, unemployment, traffic jams, murders, crimes, chaos etc. These things have become identity card and culture of the land of rising sun.

When will our people refrain from strikes, bandh calls and rather help in development of the state. There are various other democratic movements to protest rather than destroying public properties, causing losses to common people. It’s the common people who have to suffer most at no fault of theirs. I through your esteemed would like to appeal the youths to think rationally and contribute something to the society.

It won’t be wrong to coin our state as a ‘Failed state’.


Techi Raju





We are here to bring happiness

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily, I, on behalf of UD deptt, Pasighat would like to express my deep regret for causing inconvenience to the people of Solung ground and some other places at Pasighat town.

We could not inform the public in advance due to shortage of time at the start of the work but the restoration of pipelines shall be done within shortage possible time.

However, it is sad to know that news item on Oct 16  -“People blame UD deptt for drinking water problem" was tagging the UD deptt as villain by saying - … ‘is accustomed to break drinking water pipeline without any hesitation thus showing utter irresponsibility.’

Being a responsible department, we highly respect and regards public sentiment. Our endeavour is to bring happiness to the people at all the places through our sincere, dedication and sheer hard work. Whether it is cleanliness of town or any other work, our aim is to multiply happiness and comfort of people.

It is however sad to know that such highly esteemed and responsible person in society are tagging UD deptt as villain which is rather irresponsible, illogical and irrelevant  and unbecoming of their stature.


UPO, Pasighat




Law and order deteriorating

Dear Editor,

Through this daily I would like to inform the higher authorities of the Govt that there has been complete breakdown of law and order at Hapoli town. Market remains closed for last five days as a mark of protest against inaction from police and district administration to nab the miscreants who seriously injured businessman R Chakravorty. Common people are feeling insecure. Police are inefficient and an adequate. Therefore, I on behalf of Apatani Youth Association demand immediate transfer of all police officers and replace them with efficient officers and post more police forces at the earliest.


Bulo Taser

President AYA,  Ziro.

Wetlands continue to be ravaged

The fact that wetlands play a key role in supporting human life and biodiversity needs to be not just recognised but has to be at the core of any move towards a resource-efficient and sustainable world economy, says a recent report by TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity). The study underlines the threat posed by the emergence of destructive industries, unsustainable agricultural practices and poorly managed urban expansion to water security and freshwater biodiversity.

Everywhere water cycles are reliant on healthy and productive wetlands, which are a source of water both for drinking and agriculture. They also regulate floods and support biodiversity and industries like fisheries and tourism. However, despite their value, wetlands continue to be ravaged at an alarming pace according to the report, released for consultation at the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention for Biological Diversity.

Half of the world’s wetlands disappeared through the twentieth century because of intensive agriculture, unsustainable water extraction for domestic and industrial use, urbanization, infrastructure development and pollution. Their continuing degradation is now posing an unprecedented economic threat to communities, countries and businesses. The report highlights that the restoration of wetlands offers significant opportunities for evolving cost-effective water management solutions.

The report sets out a raft of recommendations that would slow and ultimately halt the degradation of wetlands, among them: Taking account of the value of water and wetlands in public policy and private decisions;  Fully integrating the management of wetlands and securing their wise use in water management and  Prioritizing the further loss and conversion of wetlands through strategic environmental assessments.

Between 1900 and 2003, the world lost an estimated 50 per cent of its wetlands. Recent coastal wetland loss in some places, notably East Asia, has been up to 1.6 per cent a year. This has led to 20 per cent loss of mangrove forest coverage since 1980.


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