Ering takes oath, becomes MoS for minority affairs

17 new faces in Team Manmohan

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Much to the delight of the people of Arunachal Pradesh,  Member of Parliament (MP) from Eastern Parliamentary constituency, Ninong Ering today took oath as union minister. He was given the charge as Minister of State for Minority Affairs.

President Pranab Mukherjee administered the oath of office and secrecy to Ering  at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan which was attended, among others, by Vice President Hamid Ansari, the Prime Minister, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Cabinet Ministers and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj. Born on January 3, 1959 at Pasighat in East Siang district, Ering was elected to the 15th Lok Sabha in 2009. Son of late Daying Ering, the Nahru’s cabinet colleague, Ering was the Deputy Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly from 2002 to 2004.

With the induction of Ering in the Union Cabinet, the North Eastern region gets two new ministers of state in Union  cabinet, another being Lakhimpur (Assam) MP Ranee Narah who  was given the charge of tribal affairs ministry.

In a major reshuffle Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inducted 17 new faces in his cabinet and altogether 22 ministers were administered the oath of office and secrecy.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Governor General (Retd) J.J. Singh and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today congratulated Ninong Ering for being inducted  in Union Cabinet. Governor said that induction is a matter of pride for people of the Frontier State.

The Governor expressed his confidence that with his years of experience and wisdom, Ering will live up to the expectations of the common people and continue to serve the State and Nation.

Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who is presently on his tour to Tawang  said, “It is a dream come true”. While expressing his gratitude to  Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Congress Youth leader Rahul Gandhi for  selection of Ering, Tuki said the Centre’s  soft corner for Arunachal Pradesh has been testified by this noble deed.

The CM hoped that Ering with his vast experience and acumen will prove his mettle with so many innovative ideas to uplift the minority section of the country. In context of Arunachal Pradesh, the CM said that with Ering’s induction the state will benefit a lot. “I am confident Ering will live upto the people’s expectations”, Tuki added. Former MLA Nani Ribia also congratulated Ninon Ering for his unduction in the Union council of Ministers.

“It is not his achievement but it is a glorious day  for every people of North East. He has created a new chapter in the political history of Arunachal Pradesh in particular and North East in general,” said Ribia. Ering has to play a major role in all round development of state and nation, the former MLA said.

PTI Adds from New Delhi: Salman Khurshid was today named the new External Affairs Minister and Veerappa Moily given Petroleum portfolio in the major reshuffle of the Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The much talked about revamp of the government that has been facing criticism over perceived policy paralysis and corruption allegations saw Pawan Kumar Bansal getting Railways while S Jaipal Reddy lost the high profile Petroleum and moved to Science and Technology and Earth Sciences.

With the coming Winter session of Parliament expected to be stormy, Parliamentary Affairs, which was handled by Bansal, has also been given to Congress veteran Kamal Nath who will continue to have the Urban Development portfolio. Water Resources, which was also handled by Bansal, goes to Harish Rawat in his elevated rank as Cabinet minister.

Shashi Tharoor, who had to quit as Minister of State as External Affairs in April 2010 in the wake of allegations of wrongdoing in buying stakes in an IPL team, has made a comeback as MoS in Human Resources Development.

The new faces brought in included actor-turned-politician Chiranjeevi who has been made MoS with Independent charge in the Ministry of Tourism while Manish Tewari has been given I&B, a portfolio held by Ambika Soni who resigned yesterday.

Former Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman and veteran leader from Karnataka K Rahman Khan made a re-entry into the government as Minority Affairs Minister, a portfolio held by Khurshid. In UPA-I, Khan was a Minister of State.

Surprisingly, Khurshid, who also held the portfolio of Law, got the high-profile External Affairs Ministry despite the controversy surrounding him over allegations of financial bungling by a trust run by him and his wife in Uttar Pradesh.

Dinsha Patel was promoted as Cabinet Minister in Mines Ministry in the reshuffle and expansion that raised the strength of the Council of Ministers to 78 from 67.

Rahul Gandhi, who was earlier speculated to join the government, kept away with the Prime Minister saying the young leader wants to strengthen the party, notwithstanding his request to become a minister.

The exercise, which the Prime Minister said was "hopefully, probably the last" before next Lok Sabha polls, was confined to Congress party barring the inclusion of Tariq Anwar of NCP as a Minister of State.

Significant changes have also been made by upgrading three young Ministers of State, considered close to Rahul Gandhi, and giving them independent charge.

They are Jyotiraditya Scindia who has been given Power and Sachin Pilot Corporate Affairs, both of which were held by Moily in Cabinet rank. Jitendra Singh, who was MoS in Home Ministry, has been given Youth and Sports Affairs.

The Prime Minister took away portfolios from ministers holding more than one charge and filled in the vacancies created by exit of six Trinamool Ministers, death of Vilasrao Deshmukh and resignation of eight Ministers including S M Krishna, Virbhadra Singh, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and Subodh Kant Sahai.

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal shed HRD portfolio to M M Pallam Raju, who has been promoted in the reshuffle. Earlier, Raju was Minister of State for Defence.

Another significant promotion has been made in the case of Ashwani Kumar who has been upgraded to the Cabinet rank and given the charge of the Law Ministry held by Khurshid.

Yet another upgradation has been made in the case of Harish Rawat, who was overlooked for the post of Chief Minister of Uttarakhand earlier this year and had revolted. From MoS in Agriculture Ministry, he has now been made a Cabinet Minister for Water Resources.

The other promotions are Dinsha Patel from MoS to Cabinet Minister in the Mines Ministry and Ajay Maken, who has been shifted from Sports to Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation.

Veteran Congress leader and MoS K H Muniyappa has been shifted from Railways to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Bharatsinh Solanki from Railways to Drinking Water and Sanitation with Independent charge.

The other Ministers of State who have been shifted are D Purandeswari (from HRD to Commerce and Industry), Jitin Prasada (from Road Transport to Defence and HRD), S Jagathrakshakan (from I&B to New and Renewable Energy), K C Venugopal (from Power to Civil Aviation) and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajiv Shukla who gets additional charge of Planning.

MoS External Affairs E Ahamed has shed the additional charge of HRD while R P N Singh has been shifted from Petroleum to Home.

Cabinet Minister Vayalar Ravi retains Overseas Indian Affairs, Kapil Sibal Communications and IT, Jairam Ramesh Rural Development while Selja has been shifted from HUPA to Social Justice and Empowerment.

The new faces who have been inducted as MoS are K Suresh (Labour and Employment), Tariq Anwar (Agriculture and Food Processing Industries), K J Suryaprakash Reddy (Railways), Ranee Narah (Tribal Affairs), Adhir Ranjan Chowdhry (Railways), A H Khan Chowdhry (Health and Family Welfare), S Satyanarayana (Road Transport and Highways), Ninong Ering (Minority Affairs), Deepa Dasmunsi (Urban Development), P Balram Naik (Social Justice and Empowerment), K Kruparani (Communications and IT) and Lalchand Kataria (Defence).

Railways portfolio was being held by C P Joshi as additional charge since Trinamool Congress quit the government last month. PTI



Inside story of Arunachal media

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Often people in Arunachal complain about local media being not so effective like their counterparts from rest of the country. In this regard, various reasons could be attributed for this ineffectiveness of the media in Arunachal Pradesh. By virtue of working as a journalist in the state for the last 3 years, I had done my own assessment in this regard and zeroed down some reasons for ineffectiveness of the local media.

The first and foremost deterring factor which puts off journalist is hostility towards media persons. The July 15 attack on associate editor of this daily Tongam Rina is one prime example. During  recent various protest rally organized by civil society against attack on Tongam Rina, I had the chance to speak with many budding journalists. Majority of them told me that incident had deeply affected their psyche and they do not see a future for themselves in media.

“I took up journalism against the wishes of my parents. But attack on Rina has shaken us and we are having second thought    about taking up journalism as a career,” told a young mass communication student. The second reason is fear of backlash from government agencies. Majority of young journalists have their family members working in various government departments. In most occasions it is seen that whenever any journalists exposes the corrupt act, the government agencies give punishment posting to their relatives  as a retaliation. Besides many budding journalist fears that in future if there is any opportunity to join the government service, they may be victimized for writing against the corrupt system. Because of the meager salary and insecure nature of private job, many young journalists do not foresee long future for themselves in media industry. “Majority of us had joined media with the aim of contributing something for the society. However constant threat, abuse and adding to it the job security issue deter us from becoming a hardcore journalist,” shared a young journalist.

Unlike other profession, media industry is very different and it needs to be professional run by someone with proper journalism background. But in our state, most of the newspaper owners who are either businessmen or politicians themselves become editor or designate one of their family members as editor. On and off, conflict between journalists and owners of media houses takes place over the content of news. In the past many bright journalists left media because they could not bear the interference of their unprofessional owners who wanted them to work breaking the ethics of journalism. And if the media owners do not mend their way of working, no hardcore journalists will continue working in the state. In such situation, left with no choice, the journalists usually join government service and become part of the system.



Roing-Anini road reopens


ROING, Oct 28: After days of work, the Border Road Task Force (BRTF) has reopened the 232 km long Roing-Anini highway after it remained closed following landslides and damages to bridges at several points along the route caused by heavy showers of September-October.

The last phase of road repair work was completed today at 11 am after BRTF forces under the command of Brigadier Arjun Rawat, Chief Engineer, Project Udayak successfully cut down a diversion route to bypass a damaged bridge at 6km point from Roing.

BRTF Officer Commanding 62 RCC B Kishan said it took 13 days to repair all the major damage points along the highway to finally open the road for traffic, after the last spell of monsoon rains ceased on October 13.

 “It is a record that we could reopen the road weeks ahead of the schedule,” he said.

While it could have taken months for repair, the reconstruction work took a slow pace following unhindered flow of men and machineries for fixing the damages.  For the task to be accomplished within short time, AK Mishra, Commander, 752 BRTF gave the go ahead for diverting all the resources engaged for Damroh-Etalin road, Hunli-Desali road and Roing-Bhismaknagar NH52 highway to Roing-Anini highway, the BRTF sources said.   “About 400 labourers supported with 3 proclains and 8 heavy earth moving vehicles were simultaneously engaged at Roing, Hunli (90km), Ryalli (133km), Angolin (169km) and Anini (232km),” OC BRTF said.   

 The road connectivity from Roing to Anini had remained cut off since June, after mid monsoon rain washed mud, rocks and debris onto the road at several points along the highway. Further, the three waves of heavy monsoon rains in September 12-24, October 2-6 and October 10-12 left a trail of devastation along the highway triggering food crisis in the hills. "Besides support from senior officers in BRTF, the organization also received encouragement from local authorities," said Kishan. On Thursday, Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey and Anini Deputy Commissioner Tamune Miso had visited the damaged bridge at 6km point to inspect the final phase of work done by BRTF.



Seminar on Purvottar Ki Loksampada: Lok Aur Sambhavnayein

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: A two-day national seminar on “Purvottar Ki Loksampada: Lok Aur Sambhavnayein” organized by the Department of Hindi, Rajiv Gandhi University was inaugurated at the Rono Hills today.

In a first of its kind, six books were released during the inaugural session which included “Tulsi Ka Adhunik Sandarbh” and “Bhasha, Sahitya aur Sanskriti” (collection of essays) written by Dr. Harish Kr. Sharma, Associate Prof. Dept. of Hindi, RGU, “Manipur: Hindi Ke Vimarsh” (critical analysis) and “Kshitij” (translation of Manipuri stories) by Dr. E Vijayalaxmi, Asst. Prof, Dept of Hindi, Manipur University, Imphal, “Sakshi Hai Pibal” (collection of stories) by Dr. Joram Yalam Nabam, Asst. Prof, Doimukh College, Itanagar, and “Dadu Panth: Sahitya Aur Samaj Darshan” (critical analysis) by Dr. Oken Lego, Head and Asst. Prof. RGU.

Delivering the keynote address, Prof. Devraj stated that folklore originated and still survived with the occupation of cultivation. Folklore was a properly designed system for resolving day-to-day problems in terms of administration, medication, and cultivation and as a whole to survive balancing the relationships among human kind, animal species and the environment and forests. Folklore is the constitution of a full form of education. Only getting education does increase our literacy but education along with knowledge of folklore make educated individuals that reflects a sound behavior.

Prof. Devraj said that while there was a critique of Asia not having a tradition of classical documented history, folklore has always been a way of documenting history as examples from Assam and Manipur reveal.

He hoped that the seminar will break the myth of folklore as just consisting of five elements and said that we need to question if we should neglect the richness of this whole body of knowledge, because in folklore we find a whole system of values and not just a collection and passage of information.  Pointing out the rich body of research done by the AITS, he expressed hope that the University would consider the collaboration of the AITS and the Department of Hindi in the translation of this documented knowledge so that there is wider access to it.

 Prof. Tamo Mibang, Director of the Arunachal Institute of Tribal Studies (AITS) in his speech as Chairperson of the function said that indigenous knowledge system originates from our cultural heritage. To regain knowledge, wisdom and old civilization, one has to revisit to the villages.   

RGU Vice Chancellor (Acting), Prof. K C Kapoor attending as the Chief Guest congratulated all the writers for the books released today on various issues pertaining to tribal communities during the release ceremony. He also urged to improve the quality of research on the occasion.

Dr. Oken Lego (HOD), Dept. of Hindi welcomed all the dignitaries who came from different Universities across India and hoped that the deliberations would prove fruitful to the cause of folklore. The program started with lighting of the ceremonial lamp by Prof. K C Kapoor and Prof. Tamo Mibang followed by welcome song performed by a group of students from the Department of Hindi.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: 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


Eminent writers inspire VKV students

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The high achievers of class VIII students got a chance to meet the eminent writers of Arunachal Pradesh Tokong Pertin and Yamuna Binny during Prachodaya Shibir of 2012 yesterday. Both the writer duo guided and motivated the students of VKV in creative thinking and writing by their charming speech in the lecture session of the camp.

They invited the students to meet them on any second Sunday in their literary society for further discussion on the composition of poems, short stories etc, according to a VKV, Itanagar release.


Wrestler Riba wins gold

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Budding Arunachalee wrestler Dada Riba won a gold medal in the Inter BSC (Boys Sports Centre) Army Competition held in Pune from October 24 to 26.

Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Wrestling Association president Ruto Techi and general secretary Dari Lokam lauded the consistent performance of Riba.


Gaon burahs allege wrong demarcation of Bhutan-Arunachal boundary

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Goan Burah Welfare Association (APGBWA) claimed that 22 Arunachal villages along Arunachal-Bhutan border fell unknowingly within the territory of Bhutan due to wrong demarcation of boundary. The fact was revealed by the villagers before the visiting team of the Gaon Bura Association in Tawang on October 25 last, APGBWA claimed in a release and urged the state government to look into the matter seriously,

The Association also opposed the temporary appointment of Goan Burah of Tawang only for three years by the District Administration. It claimed that Gaon Buraha should be appointed for lifetime on the basis of his/her merit and Assam Frontier Regulation Act of 1945.

The Association further urged that State Government to provide all facilities to GBs of Arunachal Pradesh, especially to Tawang district, as per provision.


EUDSBA to conduct legal awareness campaign Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Oct 28: The first ever general conference of East and Upper Siang District Bar Association (EUDSBA), which was constituted on July 10 this year with the objective to unite the serving advocates of the two Siang districts, was conducted at Pasighat today.

The meeting chaired by the its president Tony Pertin, discussed on various  laws and legal issues, including ethics of serving advocates and Advocates Act-1961. The importance of codification of local customary laws in Adi societies was also discussed in datails. Stressing on creating legal awareness among masses, the meeting further decided to organize legal awareness campaign in various places of the two Siang districts

The meeting was attended by representatives from Bar Association of  Itanagar Permanent Bench of Gauhati High Court.


Two houses gutted at Ziro

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Two houses were completely gutted in a horrifying fire accident at SP Colony, Hapoli today.

The fire that broke out from a SPT labour barrack at around 12.10 pm spread to the house of one Hage  Khoda, a Work Charge staff of Power Department and gutted it too.  No possessions could be retrieved from both the Houses as occupants were not at home when the fire broke out. Hage Khoda is stated to be out of station during the fire incident.

The timely intervention of fire service personnel prevented the fire from spreading further to the nearby houses. The cause of the fire is being investigated and the losses of property assessed. There is no report of casualty, the report added.


Solve public grievances: JYSU

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Jigo Yego Students Union (JYSU) has urged the concern authorities to ensure regular state transport service on  Gensi-Likabali road.

The state transport department had introduced the bus service 10 years ago on this road but instead of giving solace, the irregular service adds woes to already suffering people of Gensi area. The people are now travelling by Sumo which charges exorbitant amount of Rs 250 per head as bus fare.

The union also urged the authorities to post doctors to Gensi CHC and ensure regular  supply to electricity to the Gensi town. It further appealed the local MLA to redress public grievances.


Parents must know value of culture : Sonam

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Parents must realize the values of arts and culture and should encourage their wards to take participate in cultural events and competitions, said Jalley Sonam Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Building and Others Construction Workers Welfare Board while inaugurating the Dance Arunachal Dance (DAD) Little Master  on Saturday at Nikim Niya Hall.

Sonam also said that young kids should take advantage to expose their talents. First ever DAD little master was sponsored by Dawblit Public School Rono Village Doimukh and Rose Valley Happiness Unlimited. Sonam was accompanied by Soni Degio, Vice Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Medicinal Plant Board.






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We pray for your speedy recovery

Dear Editor,

(This letter is dedicated to ailing Sir Moge Doji.)

Sir, it has been one of my greatest desire to spend a few valuable moment with a singing icon of Galo songs like you. Since when I start listening songs, you are the one whom I heartily believe as a singing icon of Galo Modern Songs. Even though some of your mesmerizing songs are out of my reach to feel its actual metaphor, but my longing to know about it is fortunately fulfilled by some village folks. And when I come with a meaning, it really heart touching.

Some of your evergreen songs like :- "Dinyi e nyile la..", "yegap hika mabe dola.." and lot more which I think is not enough to enlist here, are the songs that I still do keeps on listening. And when you combined with other icons like Marto Kamdak, Jomnya Siram etc, it's a fire set on rain.

On your tough and uninvited circumstances, my words seems to be fruitless attempt to beguile an icon like you. But as a fan, I can't refrain myself to bewail on your tough condition.

But still I heartily believe that you will make a way out of it and will add few more ballads on your musical library.

I, on behalf of all your fans, pray almighty god to spare your valuable life for all of us.


Pakli Lombi and fans

Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.




Let  development takes place

Dear Editor,

Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of the authorities regarding payment of compensation to the land affected people of on-going Hollongi-Itanagar four lane highway  road project.  

Majority of land affected people have welcomed the four lane road project for better communication in state Capital and they are supporting such development activities.   As per the Govt order, public hearing was done in Oct last year, one month notice served regarding claim and objection, high-level committee formed, therefore, there is no question of seeking extra time  again for claim and objection.

Therefore, I would like to suggest the DC that any individual complaint or grievance regarding payment of compensation should be investigated in individual level instead of making  it a public issue which may hamper development process. Such cases should be taken up separately for solution   so that development work goes on  smoothly.


Tai Tapum

SRPL Colony, Chandranagar

Education and employment

There is a need to enhance participation of Muslims in governance to increase their participation in the education space, says a recent report - Education And Employment Among Muslims In India by the Observer Research Foundation.

The report  finds that as compared to other religions, Muslims nurse a deeper feeling of being meted out unfair treatment and this sense of discrimination is especially strong in the employment and education spaces. Participation of Muslims is relatively low in the education space, but has improved in recent years. However, the situation is particularly poor in urban areas, especially for Muslim males.

The participation of Muslims in higher education is particularly poor but once they cross the threshold of school education, and other factors that affect participation in higher education, the deficits for Muslims decline significantly. Therefore, a focus on eligibility is as critical for Muslims, if not more, as it is for other marginalized groups: Consequently, the links between secondary and tertiary education are quite important for the Muslims, especially because the drop-out rates are quite high after middle school;

While limited access to schools and discrimination is not ruled out, household endowments along with location play a critical role in determining the participation of Muslims in the education space. There is some evidence to suggest that the community does not fully appreciate the rewards of education. Muslims are predominantly engaged in self-employment and their participation as regular workers, especially in the tertiary sector (that has grown in recent years) in urban areas is low.


Ajay, Siram meet ailing Doji, plead for support

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  The Arunachal Cultural Society chairman Kipa Ajay along with deputy director art and culture, Govt of AP Jomnya Siram today paid a visit to ailing singer Moge Doji, who is admitted at a hospital, Dibrugarh.

The duo appealed members of civil society and state government to come out and support Doji in this hours of need. “We have lost many popular artistes like Abe Perme, Taruk Ngukir, Taken Ngomdir and Tanyum Haji  in the past. These artistes entertained us whole life but died without getting any help and recognization,” stated Kipa Ajay. He further added, “Moge Doji had sung song in various dialects. He had immensely contributed in the popularizing tribal culture and tradition. It is time everyone should come forward and help him.”   He was felicitated on 29th February by Arunachal Guild For Cultural Society during legendary artiste felicitation function held at IG Park.

Moge Doji hailing from West Siang district is very popular figure in the field of music. He graduated from Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat in 1980.  He recorded song like Modi Tolok kose kole and Takar Tesinm for AIR Dibrugarh in 1975.  He had rare opportunities to sing in tandem with late Dr. B. Hazarika in 1974 at Aalo. His popular songs include Si gi moko si Kuena, dinyie nyilela, lune bane, tani sisang yenam si, siang ane. Besides Galo, he has sung for other tribes including Nyishi and Adi. Moge has recorded around 140 songs till date.



Holy mission from a holy place

TAWANG, Oct 28: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki this morning flagged off the Clean Arunachal campaign at the Galden Namgyal Lhatse Monastery, popularly known as Tawang Monastery.

“We are starting holy mission from a holy place. This is a pious beginning and we should ensure success of the mission,” he said while giving a clarion call to the people of Arunachal to religiously follow the mission of clean and green Arunachal.

In his address to the students of Tawang based schools-Little Star, Govt Middle (PWD Colony), Govt Middle (Khremthang), Govt Middle (Kakaling) and activists of Environment Protection Society and Eco Wildlife & Pollution Control Society, Tuki said that the message of the mission should be followed in letter and spirit by all and sundry.

He asked the educated youths to involve their parents and neighbours in the clean and green mission and to emulate practices of developed countries where people themselves take part in cleanliness drives without government’s aid.  

While stating that tourism in Arunachal begins from Tawang, Tuki urged the citizens to preserve their innate quality of hospitality along with cleanliness to attract more tourists.

Tourism Parliamentary Secretary Passang Dorjee Sona said cleanliness and tourism are two sides of the same coin and exhorted the youths to take lead role in the clean drive mission.

Earlier, welcoming all Tourism Secretary Sonam Chombey said that the Chief Minister is taking personal interest in promoting the clean Arunachal mission and not limiting it to tokenism kind of campaign.

Later, Tuki administered the pledge of clean Arunachal to the students, environmental activists and all present.

The students and activists then carried out a social service by cleaning the premises of the 400 hundred years old monastery.

A Government of India initiative under the name ‘Clean India Campaign’, the mission is being implemented all over the State. The mission has already been launched in Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and West Kameng districts.

UD Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary for Art and Culture Tsewang Dondup, Parliamentary Secretary for PWD T N Thongdok, OSD to CM Dr Hatobin Mai, DC Kemo Lollen, SP S N Mosobi attended the program among others.



Governor pays courtesy visit to the family of Late Khandu

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh made a courtesy visit to the family members of former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu at Lemberdung, near Tawang today.

In a traditional Buddhist way of paying tributes to former Chief Minister, the Governor offered ‘Khandha’ and lighted butter lamp at the under construction memorial of Late Khandu.

Interacting with Late Khandu wives and children including State Tourism Minister Shri Pema Khandu, the Governor stated that Late Khandu was a one of the most beloved sons of the State, who had a vision for development of the State.  Most of important developments in the State in term of power, tourism and road communication were initiated by Late Khandu. He added that onus is on all Arunachalees to carry forward his good work and Raj Bhavan will do everything to make his dreams come true.

Joined by the immediate family members of the Late Khandu ji, the Governor offered prayers for eternal peace of the departed soul. (PRO to Governor)



Draw of 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket C’ship 2012 held

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 28:  The drawing of lots ceremony for the 3rd Yaja Waii Memorial T20 Cricket Championship 2012, which will be held in Seppa in East Kameng district from November 21, took place here today.

All the 12 participating teams are divided into four pools of three teams. Four teams, including defending champion Pacha Higlanders, champion of first edition of the championship The Gorkhas, Runners up of second edition of the Championship Papu Vikings and Semifinalist Pare Rangers made direct entry into the championship through wild cards.

Meanwhile, a formal pre-match meeting of the organizing committee on logo, jersey and kits and flags etc was held under the chairmanship of Championship Commissioner Dahey Sangno in a city based hotel today.

The meeting was attended by the captains of all the 12 participating teams and organizing committee members Raju Gyadi, Akhiya Pordung and Takar Yangda.




ACA observes first foundation day

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The first foundation day of Arunachal Carrom Association (ACA) was observed at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun today.

The function was attended by Local MLA Techi Kaso, Director of Sports and Youth Affairs DK Dinglow, APYC vice president Nyamar Karbak, Arunachal Weightlifting Association (AWA) president Abraham K Techi, general secretary Daniel Teli, Arunachal Karate Association (AKA) general secretary L Marik, among others.

Speaking on the occasion, Kaso advised the ACA to make efforts for promotion of the sport in the state. While responding to the request of ACA president Dikbi Gangkak for providing help to the association, Kaso advised him to make an estimate to be routed through sports directorate on the basis of which he will approach the authority concerned for early release of the necessary fund. In case of any delay in releasing the fund, Kaso assured to extend all possible help from his own side for conducting the proposed state Carrom Championship scheduled in December next.

SYA Director Dinglow suggested the ACA to submit the budget estimate to the Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) for necessary financial and other assistance.

APYC vice president Karbak, in his brief speech, informed about initiative taken by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for all round development of games and sports sector in the state.

Earlier, ACA president Gangkak described the poor financial status of the association and urged the dignitaries present on the occasion for extending help to the association by contributing generously to whatever most needed.



Women Empowerment and Leadership training program

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) organized a ‘Women Empowerment and Leadership’ training program at Don Bosco School, Ziro.

The day-long program was divided into two sessions.

Sr. Mercy while emphasizing on women empowerment in the morning session dwelt at length on the women’s rights enshrined in the Constitution. The resource persons Sr. Mercy along with Sr. Prema Tirkey screened documentary film and movies on women empowerment successful woman like Kiran Bedi which motivated the participating women.

The afternoon session on Leadership was conducted by Sanjit Basumatary, IDEA Project Coordinator. The resource person encouraged the women to come up with the spirit of leadership with qualities. He stated that women are not deprived by the Govt. But it is the society which deprives them, Basumatary opined. Women can do a lot with the same competency as their male counterparts, he said. Documentary film on women empowerment and good leadership quality were shown to the participants.

Fr. Xavier Mushahary also attended the program and encouraged the women of Ziro Valley.

All together 85 participants took part for the program.



In search of youth talent’

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The Four-day long Youth Meet with the theme “In search of Youth Talent” conducted by St. Mary Parish Youth at St. Mary Church Itanagar came to an end with MLA Techi Kaso giving away the prizes to the participants from Itanagar, Jollang, Chimpu and Gohpur.

Speaking on the occasion, Techi Kaso said the   power of young people should be the channelized of peace and forgiveness. Citing example from his personal life he said, forgiveness is the key to living a happy and prosperous life. The state capital would be much more beautiful if young people could shed away the elements of exorbitant fine and other demands in cases of accidents and conflicts.

Tok Botum, the President of All Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Union (APCU) said “Today’s young people are shying away from their culture and tradition. He said young people are reluctant to speak in their own dialect which will cause serious erosion of traditional cultural traits.

Fr. Tom Karthik Parish Priest St. Mary Parish speaking on the occasion said the parents and elders need to spend valuable time with young people in order to shape their future.

The valedictory function was attended by S P Hibu Tamang, S P Kime Aya, General Secretary APCU Taw Tebin, and Executive Members of APCU from East Arunachal Pradesh, parents and well wishers of St. Mary’s Parish.

St. Mary Parish Youth Meet 2012 was organised by Catholic Youth of Capital Complex comprising of Itanagar, Jollang, Chimpu and Gohpur. It was a four-day program filled with sports, literary and cultural events.

Earlier, the Youth Meet 2012 was inaugurated by D.K. Dinglow Director Sports & Youth Affairs, Chimpu, Itanagar along with Nabam Vishal.

Bamin Nime, EAC Sagalee, Arun Panye General Secretary ANSU and N. Pingkup Protocol Officer Arunachal Pradesh were some of the dignitaries, who attended various cultural events.

Yumlam Kaha, ACR chairperson Taring Mama and FCI officer Yumlam Achung were other leaders of the society, who played important role to bring the youth of Capital region for unity, peace and integrity.  

The inaugural function was presided over by Rt. Rev. John Thomas Bishop of Itanagar.



East Siang DC takes stock of flood damages

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: The East Siang deputy commissioner R K Mishra along with additional Deputy Commissioner S C Debnath, ZPM Namuk Taloh and HODs conducted an extensive survey to assess the quantum of damages caused by recent flood triggered by heavy downpour in Yagrung area recently. The heavy rain led to the huge loss of agricultural and horticultural fields, besides loss of livestock and properties.

Later in a public meeting organized by the villagers at the village Dere (community hall), DC Mishra interacted with the local officers,  leaders, GBs and villagers.

In his address the DC stated that many ongoing projects have also been adversely affected by the abrupt monsoon rains and cloud bursts in the district. He advised village representatives to forward need based proposals for larger interests of the common people and sought wholehearted cooperation and participation in restoration works and other development activities being carried out by the district administration.

He sanctioned one lakh as a special relief package to the flood affected people and assured to take initiative for maintenance and extension of the Dere from the MP and MLA local area development funds.

Reacting to the memorandum submitted to him in the meeting, Mishra assured to entrust one Circle Officer soon to ensure smooth and prompt administration in the area.

While strongly coming against the bandh culture the DC appealed the organization(s) not to jeopardize the social fabric. Referring power supply management and utilities, he stated that people should be more cooperative and extend their helps in power supply generation, development and its distribution systems for a better future. They should welcome outside investors voluntarily donating their lands for infrastructure developments and industrial growth etc. Considering vast fertile lands in the area he emphasized on tea cultivation for self prosperity in particular and economic growth of the state as a whole.  

While advising the teachers Mishra said they must have sense of responsibilities to make the students worthy citizens for the state as well as for the nation and exhorted the students to fully utilize the ample opportunities and facilities being provided by the government urging to imbibe a sense of patriotism and concentrate in studies, stated the DC Mishra in his speech.

Earlier Namukh Taloh in his brief deliberation highlighted various problems of the locals and historic background of Yagrung village where the great warrior and freedom fighter Matmur Jamoh was born who fought and killed the British officer Dr. Noel Williamson. (DIPRO)



GSU lambasts Govt,  gives 15 days to fulfill demands

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Galo Students’ Union (GSU) has expressed strong resentment over Govt’s alleged lack of interest in addressing the various problems and demands of the union.

The union lamented that though it had been demanding the government for fulfillment of its various demands since 2009, the issues were never taken up seriously. The chief minister has failed to keep his words given to the union in January last by not raising the issue of creation of Lower Subansiri district in the last Assembly Session, GSU alleged in its memorandum to the Chief Miniser.

“We are extremely sad to state that you did not keep your word given to us by not raising the issue for creation of Lower Siang District in the September, 2012 Assembly Session,” a memorandum submitted to the chief minister by GSU said. GSU further said that a one-point memorandum was submitted on September 19, but the Lower Siang issue was never tabled for discussion on the floor of the house.

Besides the early creation of the Lower Siang district, GSU has been demanding for up-gradation of District Hospital Aalo to General Hospital, infrastructure development of various schools, multipurpose community hall at Donyi Polo Government College, Kamki, NEC Road from Paka Rijo to Gogamukh, establishment of Sainik School in West Siang District, revival of Nigmoi Fruit Processing Industry etc.

Meanwhile, GSU served 15 days ultimatum to the Government for fulfillment of the demands in the greater interest of Galo Community in particular and Arunachal Pradesh as a whole failing which GSU would be compelled to launch series of democratic agitations.

In another memorandum to education minister, the union also demanded construction of auditorium  at Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki, Reconstruction and Renovations of Infrastructure of Various Government run Schools, including hostels for both girls and boys of Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Aalo, Boys hostel of Govt. Sec. School, Maro of Upper Subansiri, Construction of Teacher Quater at Govt. Primary School at Rikpu Ronya Village, Posting of sufficient teachers at various schools of Galo inhibited areas.



Arunachalee woman weightlifter Menu Tajo to represent India in Asian Weightlifting C’ship

ITANAGAR, Oct 28: Arunachalee woman weightlifter Menu Tajo would be leaving for Yangon, Myanmar to participate in the 19th Women Asian Weightlifting Championship representing India on November 7.

Menu would compete in 53kg weight category instead of 48 kg as her weight category has been raised before being selected for National Coaching Camp at NIS Patiala by Indian Weightlifting Federation. Vidyavati Channu from Manipur is the other weightlifter of her weight category participating in the championship which is beginning from November 8 to 13.

Hailing from Chayang Tajo and presently staying at Naharlagun, Meno is the daughter of Tanung Tajo and Damsap Tajo.

She won 3 silver medals each at Dirang NE Games and National Weightlifting Championship in 2011, Arunachal Weightlifting Association general secretary Daniel Teli informed in a release.

Baptism into Indian Forest Service

Nyalleescopy By Nyali Ete


A day in Jhajra Forest Range

It was the first ever field visit to Forest Range for 2008-2010 IFS (P) batch, our batch. Surely, every one of us was really excited, elated and pretty curious as well, ostensibly because, for many of us, it was a maiden visit to the forest and the fact that we would finally trek the dense, woody vegetation, and might possibly encounter some fauna filled us with moments of anxiousness, apprehensions and delight. Dressed in dark-olive colored field dress, which we got stitched recently, all of us started from our hostel at 8.30 o’clock in the morning. The IGNFA bus steadily meandered through the Chakrata road. Also, Cameras started flashing at short intervals inside the bus.

Jhajra Forest Range falls within the administration of Dehradun Forest Division. It’s located at a distance of 8 km from Dehradun. We reached the Guest House of the Range at around 9.00 am. This Guest House was constructed way back in 1885, the remnant of the colonial era; but the legacy as well as the witness to the beginning of scientific forestry in India. In about 15 minutes, Sir Rabi Kumar briefed us as to why and for what purpose the visit to the forest was important. He succinctly explained to us what we were supposed to do. Basically, now onwards, he convinced us that we should observe and feel forest closely: observing it by its crop composition, crown structure, stratification, types of branches, stems, kinds of soil, and so on. They were very essential to get into the nitty-gritty of forest management, and an inevitable knowledge, Resource managers like us must be sufficiently acquainted with. Thereafter, Mam Anu Nagar added some more inputs.

Now, we were there inside the forest, beginning with observation and identification of plant species, including various management practices and anything that is unique, fauna, etc. The entire batch was divided into 6 small groups. So, members of each group would do the task together, though moving beside other groups. We entered the forest through 4th compartment and walked ahead. The forest was predominantly of Sal (Shorearobusta). It was a moist deciduous forest.


In the junction between 4th& 2nd compartments, we turned left. Just across the road, along the boundary of the 2nd compartment, a cattle-proof trench had been dug and Agave sp. in staggered manner had also been planted in the ridge/raised portion of the trench. It had been done so for protecting the regeneration in the 2nd compartment from cattle and wild animals. Towards the end, near a fire-line, which moves almost perpendicular to the road, Dendrocalamus sp. had also been planted along-with the Agave sp. The fire-lines clearly demarcated the compartments into smaller units. They’d been created to arrest the spread of forest fires from one compartment to another, a proven fire management practice.

The upper canopy was occupied by Sal crown. The close associates of Sal such as Terminaliatomentosa, Terminaliabellerica, Mallotusphilipensis were also present; but they occupied the mid-storey and in lesser density. The Sal at some patches, particularly in some portions of 5th compartment was attacked by the notorious borer, Heterocerambyxspinicornis. However, it wasn’t easily identifiable. The tree remained healthy from outside, and it required close observation of yellow-colored secretion on the trunk, a manifestation of response of Sal to the infestation, to ascertain its infestation. Further ahead, the density of Mallotusphilipensis was more and taller too, while the Sal density decreased, and whatever number was present, they looked weak and stunted. It was obviously because of attack by the Sal borer on the Sal, and consequent increase in the incidence of solar radiation in certain portions as a result of death of these infested Sal individuals that the Mallotusphilipensis was more and taller. Wild turmeric plant, bhalukaja, Maleciaauriculata predominantly occupied the ground vegetation. Maleciaauriculata was a woody climber; but it looked like a shrub with woody stem standing straight on the ground, at least until the tip of the plant gradually metamorphosed into climber and beginning to lean towards the adjoining trees for support. Besides, at some places, all of the bhalukaja plants were dead, while new shoots were coming up from the old stumps. Rabi sir explained that it was because of controlled burning done some time prior to summer season during which they had been burned and subsequently dried up.

We then trekked along a rivulet. It contained no water, even though it was rainy season. Nevertheless, there were ample evidences of the characteristics of the rivulet. The velocity of the flow of water must be really high and turbulent as was vividly visible from the damages done to Gabian structures- spurs constructed along the banks of this rivulet to streamline the direction as well as velocity of flow of the water. The associates of Sal along the bank of the rivulet slightly changed. We encountered more of Syzygiumcumini (Jamun tree) and Terminalia sp. Mallotusphilipensis was nearly absent. In addition, the forest would give the look of a mono crop of Sal to a layman; but many other plant species were also identified. Though a scientifically managed forest, it certainly was no less than any natural forest. Some of the other major plant species found were: Murrayakoenigii; Albizia-procera; Costusspeciosus; Kydiacalycyna; Glycosma-pentaphyllum; Cassia tora; Jatrophacurcas; Sepiumserviferum; Lantana camara; Acacia pinnata; Vitexnegundo; etc.

Last but not the least, mention of the foot-prints or pug marks of some wild carnivores spotted on our trek is important. We couldn’t identify them; however, some of us were excited about that. Well, the exhaustive tracking of about 10 km in about 5 hrs was the highlight of our first field visit. Our association with the forest and its realities and management has already been begun. The experience was awesome and would linger on in my memory through the times.


Field Visit to Barkot Forest Range

We visited Barkot Forest Range of the Dehradun Division as a part of practical for Silvicultural practices course and also to equip ourselves with the first hand exposure of the field situation in the management of Silvicultural practices. We reached Barkot Rest House around 10 am. After a cup of tea, the day’s program began. The Divisional Forest Officer, Dehradun,  Gangte, an IFS officer of 1996 batch joined us.

In the beginning,  Rabi Kumar Sir gave a brief idea about activities we were all supposed to do: close observation of the tree, its phenology; forest floor, including the soil condition and litter; natural regeneration; evidence of wildlife; etc. Thereafter, we boarded the bus and proceeded slowly through the Tropical moist deciduous sal forest. The sal trees were profusely flowering.

The very first patch of the forest was Compartment#1, also called Sail Kot, which derived its name from the local name of Terminaliatomentosa, which might have been sufficiently distributed in the past along-with the sal in the area. Even today, we could see quite a few number of Terminaliatomentosa individuals there. However, as per the erstwhile working plan prescriptions, the entire range had been worked upon and managed under the Silvicultural system of Conversion to Uniform. Naturally, the trees were fairly similar in height, bole and perhaps age and quality also, and predominantly of sal obviously.

Within a distance of about 200 m from the Rest House, a large-sized pit with a dimension of 20 ft × 20 ft ×10 ft had been dug up just beside the right-hand side of the road. Mr. Gangte informed us that the pit was being used for preparing compost. Leaves of sal would be collected from the forest floor from the entire area and dumped into the pit. A good amount of Farm Yard Manure (FYM), earthworms and water would be added and then left as such for about 5-6 months. Through anaerobic conditions in the pit, the leaves would decompose and, thus would produce the compost.


From the initial experience, the compost so obtained had been of very high quality. The pit of that dimension would produce around 50 quintal.  He further informed that this activity had been leased out to private individual, who, in turn would give the department a nominal fee of  Re 1/quintal, though the private individual would sell at Rs. 4/kg. Anyways, he said, “It is helping the department in controlling the forest fire. The litter which readily serves as the fuel for fire is removed without much cost and labor to the department by these contractors. The department is able to use its man-power in various other works. So, it’s good only.”

From here, we went ahead and stopped at the tri-junction of the forest road and a 100ft fire line. Along the road, we found a strip of teak plantation on the right-hand side of the road. These teak trees weren’t so vigorous and many were infested by leaf skeletonizer. We got off the bus at the tri-junction and had a discussion for sometimes. We discussed about the consequences of teak being planted there. Rabi sir told that teak being a strong light demander, so was the sal, the two wouldn’t co-exist. One would always be detrimental to the proper growth of the other.

We trekked through the fire line: very well-maintained and properly managed to prevent any fire-hazard in the forest. We also stopped briefly at a Research plot of 50 ha, fenced all around and dedicated to study the natural regeneration of the sal, being funded by the World Bank. The study was being done under the supervision of Silvicultural Division, headquartered at Haldwani. Thereafter, Mr. Gangte showed us the works being done under the Integrated Forest Protection Scheme, a centrally-funded scheme, in which the Dehradun division had taken up ‘Lantana Eradication Program’ 3 years back. He told us that the lantana should be cut below the collar region so that new shoots wouldn’t emerge again; otherwise, many new shoots would come up vigorously, if cut above the collar region. “It’s better not removing lantana than cutting them above the collar region to eradicate”, he reiterated. Further ahead, he showed us the place where the lantana had been completely removed recently using the same technique, which until last year was full of lantana. He sounded pretty satisfied narrating the eradication activities and expressed hopes that lantana wouldn’t come up again.

We came to an old, dilapidated, erstwhile Rest House constructed during 1892-94. It remained useful till 1992, until the terrorists of Khalistan movement occupied it and destroyed it. Mr. Gangte had taken an interest to renovate it, and also got Rs. 12 lakhs sanctioned for the same.

From this point, Mr. Gangte left for attending other official works, we continued our march through the forest. We reached the Bibiwala compartment, where 50 ha area had been identified for Aided Natural Regeneration, the work had already commenced from 2005. Various management activities were undertaken to assist the natural regeneration to come up like demarcating the area by digging cattle proof trenches along the boundary; soil and water conservation measures; seedling coppicing; singling of shoots for vigorous growth of new shoots; fire protection measures like control burning; inspection lines; etc. Rabi sir informed that physical enumeration of each and every individual tree had been carried out in the beginning. The works were periodically monitored and treatment plans prepared accordingly. Yes, we could observe lot of natural regeneration, many of them were already established. Surprisingly, in this 50 ha area, I could hardly find any Mallotusphilipennsistree. Even the sal trees were less in number, and instead lots of Pterospermum individuals were present, including great number of its seedlings on the ground along-with sal seedlings. In fact, sal seedlings were far and few in between compared to Pterospermum seedlings. I discussed it with Rabi sir. He told that not only top canopy of sal; but also the middle canopy should be removed to ensure proper penetration of sunlight to the forest floor for natural regeneration to be successful. He added that since the area was absent of Mallotus, which forms the middle canopy in the sal forest, the natural regeneration was successful.

Hereafter, we had our lunch by the side of a small river. Our program ended here. After debriefing session, we returned to IGNFA.


3 months of Foundation Course (FC) in LBSNAA got finished by the 2nd week of December. So, we were back to our Academy, IGNFA for the Professional Training. Prior to going to Mussorie for FC, we had already stayed in IGNFA for almost a month, 19 days precisely. So, we felt so relieved; a tremendous peace prevailed upon all the senses, a feeling of at-home. Yes, it was, as if, a home-coming after successful completion of years of ordeal in the world of uncertainties.  By the way, stay in LBSNAA was pretty good; we have beautiful memories to keep alive the experiences there. As and when we stepped out of the bus, our Course Director, Ms. Anu Nagar was waiting outside the New Hostel for IFS Probationers. With a beautiful, big smile on her face radiating elderly, tender and caring love, concern and well-being welcome us. “Long time; how are you all? A very warmth welcome back to Academy! How was FC? I hope everything was fine and you all have lots of good memories, isn’t it?” she greeted us.

We barely settled down, not even a week since we

returned on the evening of 12th December, 2008, and the professional training was looming large right ahead. Many of our luggage was yet untied; they were still lying on one of the corners of our respective rooms and hadn’t occupied the cupboards till then.    Meanwhile, we were up for a new task. Well, no one was really of know of what was coming our way. Within days, we were ready yet again to move out for ‘Introductory Tour’.


As the name itself suggests, Introductory tour aims to further acquaint as well as equip us with the elementary knowledge of forestry practices so as to develop a solid foundational perspective of the natural resource management. Naturally, this tour introduced us to the forest and vice-versa, and in the process helped establishing an impeccable bond between the forestry profession and the nature. Poanta Division, Himachal Pradesh had been chosen for the Introductory tour. Situated on the foothills of the lower Himalayas, right across the holy river, Yamuna on the immediate western boundary with the Uttarakhand, Poanta Division is not very different from Dehradun, either in physiognomy or in climatic conditions. In fact, it lies on the western most flank of the ‘Doon’ valley. This Division falls within the administrative jurisdiction of Nahan Circle. Our Course Director, Ms. Anu Nagar herself accompanied us for 6 days of stay in the forest. The place where we were put up was hardly 4-5 km from Poanta-sahib town, the Head-quarters of the Poanta Division. 20 tents, with facilities of 2 easily, portable beds, made of light-wood; 2 tables and 2 chairs each, and electricity, had already been pitched nearby, rather in the immediate neighborhood of the Forest Rest House. Between the Rest house and the tents, there was a wide-enough space, where we would play games, mainly cricket, football, badminton as and when we got free from day’s works in evenings. Just by the side of the Rest house, a big and hugely branched, and numerous supporting roots emanating from these branches, apparently to provide support to these aging branches, Banyan tree still stood stoutly.

Since it was December, understandably, winter was in its full bloom. As the night fell in, darkness began to reign. Daily hasty life started disappearing and silence engulfed the surrounding. Birds were already safe in their nests, so were people in their homes with sheer rest.The night sky was very clear; innumerable stars dotted all across the space, calmly twinkling and illuminating nature’s grace upon million of its creatures for peaceful co-existence and co-operation. In the midst, the blooming moon- shinning as a boon- partly wiped the darkness showering endless joy and happiness. With the place still enveloped in deep darkness; the literally biting chill in the air outside; the echo of trickling sounds of the dew-drops, seemingly producing a symphony of an orchestra, as they hit on the tents, and the tired, fatigued body, due to previous day’s rigorous physical activities, still wrapped under the warmth of quilt, sleeping was unavoidably pleasing and intoxicatingly luring. Waking up early, waking we must, seemed a torturous punishment; if I could have it my way, I would have foregone or exchanged anything for a little bit more sleep. Alas, it wasn’t to be! But once we were out of the bed, howsoever much reluctant we might have been though, a new day had knocked on the door. The sun hadn’t yet arrived on the horizon, but the surrounding was all-visible with the illumination of the dawn. The air was filled with immense freshness; everything around seemed lively; birds, monkeys and little squirrels restored their energy; village emerged with activities from the dead-end and stillness of previous night; village-folk began untying their animals and their women started cooking.  


During our 6 days stay, important and inevitable it was, the schedule had been designed very tight; through the day, we were kept busy. Dressed in olive-green uniform, camouflaging with the dark green background of the dense forest, we would assemble underneath the crown of the banyan tree right after breakfast for day’s works. The batch would be divided into small groups of 4-6 members each. Initially, speakers, either faculty or invited guest Resource person, would succinctly brief us regarding the main points or steps to be followed for any particular job. It would then be followed by foot-march through the forests with necessary instruments and equipments until noon when we would return to the Rest house for meal. After lunch, similarly, we would go inside the forest again for the remaining exercises. In the night, just before dinner, we would again gather for de-briefing session in which each group would share the observations, experiences and other works of the day. Sometimes, the sessions dragged little longer and our dinner got delayed consequently. Right after dinner, sitting round the bonfire, Antakshiri and other gossips would enliven our spirit and ease our troubled mind.

Faculties namely Professor C. Bhaskar, Associate Professors Alok Nagar and Saurabh Gupta visited us. Our Director, Dr. R. D. Jakati also came. Bhaskar sir told about the general structure of the forest department throughout the country. He also dealt with the elementary forestry terms of daily usage like compartment, compartment map, compartment history, plantation journal, boundary pillars and the like. He led us to one of the boundaries between forest and agricultural land to show boundary pillars and also to demonstrate how to make measurements of bearings (Forward as well as Back bearings) between consecutive boundary pillars to ensure the continuity of the boundary on the ground. Thereafter, he took us into the forest, trekking through rain-drained, undulating forest road, which also functioned as both fire line and compartment boundary, for botanization.

Alok sir and Saurabh sir had especially come to tell us about the basics of map reading and hands-on experience of handling GPS (Global Positioning System), compass and measurement of bearings. In order to assess our understanding, we were put to test. The batch was divided into three small groups, and instructed to move through the forest and reach a point in the ridge following a definite compass bearing assigned to each group. Of course, they were accompanying two groups respectively; yet they wouldn’t guide; but only trek. So, those two groups would have to determine the path themselves using the map, compass and GPS. One of the groups would proceed on their own. This trekking was the most trying and the interesting event of our Introductory tour.

With packed-lunch, water bottles, other eatables all-ready in respective kit bags hanging behind our back, we set out for the trek. First few kilometers were low-lying, though undulating, banks of the streams, which no longer possessed water. Saurabh sir came along-with the group in which I was there.


He said, “Observe the vegetation and its gradual change from the river banks towards the forests. This is called the Riveraine Succession of sal.”  Also, while moving up, he told us to carefully observe vegetation, the status of regeneration, wildlife and so on. As we moved forward, the going got tougher and tougher, obviously because the forest was denser, slope grew more and more steep, as we climbed up the hills; the path became all the more ambiguous, lot more rugged and rocky, and, all of them combined, inevitably, rendered any small forward movement very difficult. We were undeterred, for we had to climb it anyways. We continued climbing, though slowly and steadily, and, thankfully, managed to reach the point in the ridge eventually. In fact, our group was the first to reach the summit. We waited and waited for the other two groups, which got entangled in the maze of dense forest. After more than 2 hrs of anxious wait, they resurfaced. Anu mam, certainly, looked much relieved. She hadn’t accompanied any group; but she climbed from the other side and was waiting for all of us at the ridge. The two groups started narrating their trek. It appeared that they got lost off the track completely; their climb was much worse than our’s. Nevertheless, they too overcame the ordeal all fit and fine; no casualty, nothing. Certainly, it was definitely an experience worth remembering always and repeatedly being mentioned or cited as and when needed.

By then, darkness was lurking. So, we began climbing down-hill on the other side of the ridge. Yes, a lot more walking still remained. Climbing down was relatively easier; so, we could reach the forest road in less time. Meanwhile, 4 km of trekking lay ahead before we could find our bus.  It was already dark; the road was not properly visible. While we all increased pace, the pain in joints, knees and thighs and backache were, as if, pulling us back. Thoroughly exhausted and physically fatigued, we found our bus waiting: everyone’s only wish at that time; really a great piece of delight to our eyes. When we reached our base camp, it was slightly fast our dinner time.

From Wildlife Institute of India, Dhananjay Mohan, 1988 batch IFS from Uttarakhand cadre came, exclusively for bird watching session. So, we woke up early and reached the Simbalwara Wildlife sanctuary situated in the Shiwalik hills on the side of Haryana. He said, “For bird watching, early morning is the most appropriate time because birds and, for that matter, animals, make a move for their daily search for food. Like human beings, lives of the ‘maximum’ number of birds begin with the break of the dawn. So, we must wake up early for bird watching.” Our Director visited us later in the day and led a trekking through the Simbalwara Wildlife Sanctuary. While walking through the forest, he stopped by frequently to identify the plants, trees for our benefits. Even at the age of 50+ years, he didn’t look tired at all; he was walking quite smartly all through the trek: at least 5 km. “Isn’t he Inspiring?” I murmured to myself. I became his great fan then onwards. We reached a Forest House situated atop a hillock right beside a river. We had lunch here. Thereafter, a single dog-squad of the patrolling and search unit of the Haryana Wildlife wing demonstrated the skills of the dog- German shepherd, to track the remains or pieces of wildlife flesh, skin or other articles through its strong inherent smelling ability. It was one of the only two dogs employed by the Forest department of Haryana. In fact, no other forest department had employed even one yet. We were told that it was still in the experiment stage.  Later on, we trekked back all over again through the same road.

Our Introductory tour concluded successfully after 6 days of close interaction and association with the forests. We were more aware of our profession; developed better appreciation of the forest and wildlife; and greater commitment to the cause of forest management and nature conservation. Though we felt so fatigued physically as mentioned previously, we thoroughly enjoyed this experience. With this, initiation of the process of the Baptism into the Indian Forest Service began in full swing.

Special Attachments

Generally, forests are located at remote areas without much of, rather minimal infrastructure, deliberately so in many instances so as to preserve them as they are, to keep it away from human interference and so on. As of now, these forests are confined to hilly-mountainous tracts. Hence, they are inaccessible more or less, and Foresters, however, should reach these areas, no matter what! As a matter of fact, the natural resources, particularly forests are dwindling rapidly and the natural scenery as well as the wildlife diversity is being progressively destroyed. In such emerging circumstances, the foresters as the primary custodians of the natural resources have multiples of role. Presently, the word ‘forester’ has diverse connotations, notably guardian, manager or soldier of the ‘Ecological Security’ of the country. It’s not a bluff, I believe. The majority of the citizens are still ignorant about the roles and responsibilities of the foresters in making the goods and services derived from our natural resources available to the nation as well as the entire mankind.

Forests being the hot-spots as well as the repository of knowledge and the raw-materials required for every human activity, including modern economic system like industries, they are being looked upon with very exploitative, greedy and lustful intentions. Truly, the remaining forests are the last frontiers of the human civilization. There is, therefore, a sort of explosion of illegal activities in these areas of late. These activities range from petty offences like lopping of trees to organized crimes like multi-million dollar poaching, timber-mafia and so on. Coincidentally, the much-talked about Naxalism labeled as the biggest threat to country’s internal security, and acknowledged by the honorable Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, also finds safe-haven in our country’s forests.


Evidently, the foresters have now myriad of problems to deal with. In view of the ever-increasing complexity and consequently, to well-equip forest managers with requisite attitudes to deal these realities; to acquaint and develop us physically, mentally and emotionally, apart from professional core-forestry training, various special modules are conducted where inputs are imparted to Indian Forest Service Probationers.

Weapon Training, Indian Military Academy

In our neighborhood, there’s a very old, yet prestigious Institution, obviously like our own IGNFA, considered the ultimate epitome of excellence, perseverance and patriotism for ages. Undoubtedly! I’m mentioning about none other than the Indian Military Academy, IMA popularly called. Three Modules: Weapon Training, Horse Riding and Swimming for the benefits of the IFS probationers are conducted in collaboration with the IMA.

I, for sure, was very excited about it. Actually, prior to joining IFS, I always aspired to join Indian Army. In fact, my eyes still glow with exuberance, pride and honor whenever I see any armed personnel; for once at least, I want to don the olive-green uniform. The selection process for Defense Forces in India is one of the toughest in the world, and therefore, only truly able-bodied, eligible and genuine people can get through the selection process. I’ve also been recommended by the Service Selection Board, Allahabad; I also cleared the selection. Fortunately or unfortunately, I couldn’t eventually join it. Because of some dental problem, I wasn’t eventually included on medical ground. That time, it was a big blow, really! Nevertheless, I recuperated soon enough. So, that’s how I know sufficiently enough how meticulous and tedious is the whole chain of selection. Also, during college days, I took active part in NCC activities and attended many camps: Annual Training Camps, Pre-Republic Day Parade Camp, etc. I got ‘C’ certificate as well. It’s one of the highest certificates in NCC senior division; but it doesn’t come easy. Candidates have to sit for written examination followed by practical, physical and personal test. The assessment is made all of them combined together. Naturally, I was pretty aware of, not only march-fast or parade, which is essentially what is commonly taught or imparted; but also little exposed to weapon training like information about various arms, weapon-drill, shooting, map-reading, section formation and so on. It came very handy during weapon training attachment.

“Savdan, visraam; dahinyemurr, bayeinmurr” echoed through our ears. Standing in a line of 3s, we were anxious and were little perplexed as the ‘Ustads’, Army-trainers commanded us for the first time. Very disciplined, perfectionist and tremendous themselves, they expected the same vigor in us. Alas, we were all novice, raw and less-enthusiastic lot, if I may put it that way to describe our ignorance, innocence and lack of zest, zeal and confidence right then. Having briefed us about the basic principles of handling any weapon, i.e. to carefully handle it; not to play with it; to respect it; to keep it clean; to check it for its working condition, so on and on, they took us into the weapon room. All of us stood in queue outside it longingly waiting, while only one person was allowed to enter. Respectively, we all got one arm each- INSAS Rifle, one of the latest weapons which the Armed as well as Para-military forces are commonly using. “Aabtohmeinbhi Gun chalanasikjawunga”, excitedly uttered Dilraj. “Right, right…me too!!” joined the chorus.

Understandably, all of us were behaving like children, touching each part curiously, wondering frequently, and the like. It was a great sight, too good to miss! Yeah, I’ve no doubt in my mind that the memories of IMA weapon training attachment have been imprinted in our respective memories for ever. That’s how weapon training began and continued for next 6 days. By the end of the week, thanks mostly to the hard-works and genuine interests shown by the Instructors, and yeah....our child-like curiosity rather than interest really, we managed to learn to shoot, though it’s different matter and obviously funny and interesting that many of us missed the target altogether. Just kidding….we did pretty well.


Horse Riding

In olden days, when there was no modern transportation system like today; when traveling from one place to another used to consume days-together, horse-riding was one of the popular modes of transportation. Though it was a bit unaffordable for common people, bureaucrats and government servants were, invariably, required to know the art of riding a horse. So, it was a necessity then. Of late, its usage has reduced as a result of wide-spread development of different modes of transportation. Nevertheless, it hasn’t really become obsolete; though confined to few, mostly affluent, it has its own charms. In fact, horse-riding is a very thrilling experience. It’s pretty adventurous, wonderful and daring as well. That’s why we still find horse-racing, polo in the domain of sports, and necessarily as a part of training in various well-known Institutions like Armed forces, Para-military forces, Police, Administrative, Forest and other Civil Services.

Truly, as a part of customary practice or traditional training regime for Forest Service Probationers, IMA has been organizing the Horse-riding Module. Our batch, being one of the dynamic batches in recent times, eagerly, yet anxiously waited for this module. Our anxiousness was more to do with our enthusiasm. By now, IMA wasn’t unfamiliar to us; already, we had done weapon training not very long ago as mentioned already before. So, as we reached the equitation section, we found horses in different shades like brownish-black, black, white, etc. lined up ready to taste our courage and skill.  


With their very tall, imposing stature; stout built; bright, glaring, staring eyes; restlessly waging beautifully grown, long tails laden with bunchy, dark, long hairs at the tips; occasionally punching feet on the ground faking anger or really unhappy, might be; and naughtily sneering aloud at times, almost jeering at us, the horses were undoubtedly looking like robust mountainous task. I don’t know it’s even proper to compare poor, innocent horses with unfriendly, rough, tough and undulating mountains (hey, don’t get me wrong…………mountains are equally exquisite, and provide a terrific picturesque view. I know for sure; I’m from one such place: Arunachal Pradesh, the land of rising sun); but I guess in both the cases, climbing, taming and conquering them are definitely no easy achievement. That was exactly what we were trying to do.  

Many of us have had experienced horse-riding in LBSNAA as part of Extra-curriculum Module (ECM). Certainly, they were pretty confident about themselves. Understandably, also, they had some necessary kits all-ready from before. Why to name them only, in fact, I too got a boot ready especially for horse-riding. Yeah, for those of you out there, let me give you this bit of information that for horse-riding, the sole of the boot should be plain or flat. Many a times, people fall-down from the horse; in such cases, shoes having uneven sole get stuck in the cradle. Obviously, the horse, either excitedly or out of fear or both, keeps running around, and in the process, keeps dragging the rider. It’s quite dangerous. It may be fatal at times. So, flat sole is a kind of prevention against being dragged and hurt. In addition, the boot/shoe should ideally have a long extension, preferably as long as the knee-height. Otherwise, a big, thick, greenish, bandage-type, flat rope, made of jute is inevitably wrapped around the leg from knee downward up to top portion of the shoe. Besides, the trouser is also especial one, stretchable and comfortable. While riding horse, helmet is necessarily required for precaution against any unforeseen incident like falling down to ground. It prevents any head injury. Now, a person is fully ready, at least in terms of get-up, to make the horses subservient to him/her.

It’s almost a ritual that something funny or unforgettable incident accompany our first encounter with any new module or session. Well, there was nothing so funny about what I’m describing right here; it would normally happen with every first-timer. Seeing the horses, our ever-excited, Gubbi, goaded by unrealistic compliments from his close associates and of course his own bubbling self-confidence rather self-illusion of real competence in controlling horses to put it appropriately, walked quickly towards them, ignoring all others. Among us, he was the only one fully, properly attired. In relative sense, his tiny body along with his hoarse, husky voice pretending loud and enormous, still looked so unmatched to the huge sizes of the horses. I wondered it would be really amazing to see Gubbi taking control of the most notorious one and immediately riding it around. Yes, he did exactly that. The trainers took a sigh of relief as he successfully boarded one which was seemingly very smart and obviously restless too. “Bahutb-adiya, bahutbadiya…… Gubbi,”every body applauded.


To rest of us, the trainers asked to just hold the Rein, the leather belt fasten at the mouth of the horse, and to walk rounds within the equitation ground. Alem, nervous and tensed as always, came to me and said, “Hey, I’m too scared to even go close to these horses; I don’t know how I will board and ride. As usual, I tried to console and pacify her uneasiness, “Look, they are very well-trained ones; moreover, these horses are the most docile in the lot. So, you don’t be worried.”   In fact, I was trying to calm down my own anxiousness through these apparently soothing words. Apt came her reply, “Yeah, I know riding; I did horse-riding in LBSNAA; but these horses seem to be more big and fearsome. Anyways, I’ll manage it somehow, yet I’m still very worried. I don’t want to fall down.” Seating far away from the horses, and evidently relaxed, my comrade, Naidu added, “Come on guys, take it easy. Why unnecessarily troubling your own mind. See, Gubbi has done it easily. If he can do it, every one can surely do without any problem.” At this, everybody burst into laughter.

But our Kathikeyan took it literally. He dared to go ahead. Now, everybody cheered him more vigorously. Naturally, he was all the more emboldened. His initial reluctance gave way to enthusiasm. He held rein more firmly and, with his new-found energy, pulled the poor horse closer towards himself little too much.

This definitely irritated and annoyed the horse. “One, two, three and heisa, heisa….,” murmured Karthikeyan as he put his leg in the cradle and trying to mount atop the horse. It was no easy job; every time, he failed, at least for quite sometimes. “Hurray, I’ve done it, I’ve done it,” he proudly announced loudly. He deliberately began showing-off. By the way, his buttock landed on the saddle little heavily. “Oh, it must be very painful for both Karthikeyan and horse too,” I genuinely opined seeing him taking seat on the saddle. While mounting, he still held the rein very firmly. Consequently, it pained the horse too much. It repeatedly screamed aloud. The horseji seemed to be really unhappy. Obviously, our Kartikeyan’s sense of delight and accomplishment was short-lived. He was really struggling to hold himself atop the horse. He was holding the horse’s neck tightly with his both hands. Horseji began running hither and thither. It was already out of his control. Now, only the inevitable was left, and it happened right immediately. Bum! Suddenly, an enormous sound echoed through the air.  Yes, our poor Karthikeyan fell-off.  This time, his neck landed. That was a big, terrible, painful fall! He was sitting idle, almost unconscious. Everyone rushed to him quickly. Thankfully, there was no serious injury. Karthikeyan turned gloomy; everyone suggested him to take rest. So, he decided to sit aside. After few moments of anxiety on everyone’s face, it was routine as usual.

Let’s see what was happening with our lady officers. Honestly, our lady officers are no less; they are pretty adventurous, courageous and risk-takers. Tripti also did horse-riding during LBSNAA. Undoubtedly, she was aware of the basics. Though it would be exaggeration to say she was really excited to mount, she definitely wanted to start riding. Sounding mildly complaining, she quipped, “Kyayaar, abtoh ye lagampakrekechakkarkatna bas bhikaro. I want to mount and begin riding.” And immediately mounted and began strolling. Three cheers, Tripti! Walking just behind her were Padma and Sreelakshmi. I felt some kind of thought: blended with a little envy, quickly crossed their head like we could also do similarly; it wasn’t that difficult or something like that. Rightly so, they too tried, but of course without success time and again. Nevertheless, their effort and will was inspiring. Though they had to walk round and round along with their respective horses in the first day, by second day, they also could eventually mount and ride on their own.

There were many other interesting incidents, yet I’ve chosen these major highlights of the first day of our horse-riding module. We knew we wouldn’t get horse-riding again during our rest of the probationary time in the Academy. Hence, we just wanted to enjoy to the fullest. Yeah, there were some hurts, some initial failures; but we were never lacking in enthusiasm and interest. Every time it was thorough fun and laughter; we couldn’t realize how fast times passed by, and a week was just over. By the end of the module, all of us learnt enough to not only mount and ride, but also to tame and control the horse; we actually improved our riding skills; many of us were effortlessly cantering and even galloping their horses. Horse-riding module was one eventful experience.

Swimming Pool: Ripples of Emotions

I was taken aback by the amount of curiosity and enthusiasm among my colleagues with the very mention of swimming. I didn’t know, rather never imagined that swimming was such a great fun, until, of course, Swimming Module began. It’s not to say that I never did swimming before. Yes, in my childhood, in the midst of friends, I very often frequented the ‘Hipu’, a  small and beautiful river; but full of ecstasy, meandering through the small valley which, in turn, gives rise to a sufficiently large tracts of plains, far and wide enough on either sides of the river; which support the agricultural fields of my village, ‘Darka’.

Honestly, the swimming that made my colleagues so excited about and anxious for is actually an integral part of childhood of every Arunachalee. The childhood days revolved round my nostalgia. Momentarily, the eyes got moistened; but tears were too small and ephemeral. I felt, as if, the soul was devoid of any more emotions that it (Soul) didn’t even dwell enough in the good old days of childhood, at least virtually. It’s helpless; it’s been imprisoned by the realities around.

Then I decided to check my Spirituality Quotient (S.Q.). Spirituality is not always detachment from reality. I know reality bites, but spirituality, in my view, is more about dealing with the different facets of reality, and it, therefore, is the manifestation of the urge buried deep-within towards physical, mental and emotional enlightenment, rather than only being in sync with the virtual reality or mysticism. Spirituality, so, is the ultimate positioning of one’s own self in the endeavor of life.

Coming back to swimming, I must appreciate the unbounded child-like enthusiasm and unique sense of fashion and creativity of my friends: draped in a variety of swimming-costumes in different colors, designs and styles. Gubbi, with black swimming goggles and a headgear, dressed in dark, tight-fitting shorts, resembled an amateur swimmer from West Indies. Bhutia cried, “DarrkeAageJeetHain”, as heovercame his anxiety and phobia for the deep water, while taking a plunge from the 5m height. Yes, he did it! Naidu was sinking still with floater tied around his back; Badola’s hands were flapping faster than that of humming-birds, yet he remained where he was: zero displacement, as Gajju put it in lighter vein. Real fun, truly! (Concluded)