NEW DELHI, Oct 24: Delhi University is planning to offer short term certificate courses
in eight North East Indian languages in run up to its preparation for the heritage
tour to that region in December.
"There is a proposal to offer short term courses in eight different languages of
the North East which will include tutorials on basic working knowledge of the languages
and not the detailed scripts," DU Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh said.
"The Linguistic department is working on details as well as structure of the course
and we will have a plan of action soon," he added.
As many as 900 students will be given the opportunity to travel on "Dharodhar-Gyanodaya
Express" from December 20 to 30 which is all set to travel to northeast region this
year to enrich students about the culture and heritage of the region.
"While the university has invited proposals from the students regarding the projects
they would like to undertake during the journey, the short term certificate courses
will give an opportunity to the students to learn the languages irrespective of the
tour," Prof Chandrahekhar, Coordinator for the Gyanodyaa Express said.
The certificate courses which will run for a duration of one month will be open to
all students whether they are selected for the train journey or not.
"The languages for the proposed courses include Assamese, Nagamese, Manipuri, Arunachali
and Tripuri. There will be foundation courses in Nepali and Bengali as well which
are widely spoken in Sikkim and Tripura respectively," said Dr Santacruz, Deputy
Dean Students' Welfare and Coordinator for the North East students.
"However, no decision has been reached yet on whether these are one-time courses
or will be offered in future as well," he added.
According to the university records, around 5,000 students from the North Eastern
states are enrolled in various undergraduate and post graduate programmes.
While DU's linguistic department doesn't offer any full time courses in the North
Eastern language, the undergraduate students have an option of choosing either Assamese
or Manipuri as an elective during their three-year degree course. PTI
Awareness programme on drug abuse and de- addiction
Felix warns teachers and students to stay away from drugs
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: SSA, Rajya Mission Itanagar has taken up a new mission to make
aware to the public, through the students, the ill effects of drug abuse among the
youth of Arunachal Pradesh. As a first step, a two days state level awareness programme
on drug abuse and de-addiction was held at Namsai beginning from 21st Oct.
The awareness programme started off with a procession by the students of various
schools of Namsai headquarters.
The inaugural session started at the Town club, Namsai. Students and teachers from
different schools, public leaders and Gaon Burahs of different villages near Namsai
took part at the meeting chaired by Deputy Commissioner, Namsai R K Sharma.
Bamang Felix, Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR &P had a very lively interactive
session with the audience especially with the students who are the actual target
groups of the menace of drug abuse. He made them take pledge not to take drugs in
their lives and fight against the ill effects of the same. He wanted the educational
institutions to be drug free zones. Neither students nor teachers should be allowed
to pollute the educational environment by becoming as drug abuser or a drug peddler.
According to him, if a SSA teacher indulges in such drug abuse or drug peddling,
his or her service will be terminated so that the ill effects may not pollute the
He also requested the public leaders and MLAs of Namsai district not to interfere
politically or otherwise for taking action/registering cases against employees indulging
in cases of drug abuse.
Chowna Mein, Minister Horticulture, Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development
in his deliberation suggested alternative type of farming in place of opium cultivation.
He suggested having cash crops like cardamom, rubber, etc. to enhance the income
for the farmers. There is no dearth of land in Namsai, only thing we need is will
power to overcome this bad habit. He assured that there won’t be any political or
otherwise interference so as to save drug abusers from Police cases.
Deputy Commissioner, Namsai highlighted the difference between drug use and drug
abuse. He narrated how a person becomes a drug abuser from being a drug user. He
promised that the District Administration will not keep any stone unturned in fighting
the menace of drug abuse. He exhorted the students to be the torch bearers of this
Chow Tewa Mein, Parliamentary Secretary, Forest and Environment spoke at length on
the menace of the drug abuse craving the Khamti-Singpho-Mishmi societies. According
to him almost eighty percent of the young and old generations are addicted to drugs.
Strong steps from the administration and society only can recover this situation.
Chow Zingnu Namchoom, MLA Namsai stressed the need for more de-addiction camps and
activities against drug abuse. He said that the de-addiction camp at Lathao will
be handed over to Pali Vidya Peeth, Chowkham on 14th Nov 2014 for effective monitoring
of the de-addiction processes. He said that eclipse of drug menace has gripped the
youngest district Namsai of Arunachal Pradesh. Only a dedicated campaign and selfless
work by all concerned can save our district, he said.
Likha Sampu, Dy.SPD, SSA, Rajya Mission suggested to have community counselling to
the drug abusers so that they may come back to main stream.
Earlier an interactive session was held at the Circuit House, Namsai on 20th Oct
2014 wherein Parliamentary Secretary Education, IPR &P, Bamang Felix had a very open
interaction with teachers and education officers of Namsai district.
The heads of various schools were first given the opportunity to highlight the problems
faced by their respective schools which was followed by the Parliamentary Secretary
joining in to have a clear picture of the issues and needs. Felix also emphasized
the state government's zero tolerance policy in education sector.
The core problems posted by the teaching fraternity were the mid-session teachers
transfer and which has been in the news in recent times, insufficient textbooks and
that too delivered at varying stages of the academic session, lack of subject teachers
and teacher's quarters.
Felix has assured to consider and address the grievances while firmly stating that
mid- session transfer of teachers does impact on the academic activities but rationalization
was the need of the hour. He called upon the teachers to impart education beyond
the school campus and added that education is the panacea for social change.
DDSE dispatches MDM items, warns schools
ZIRO, Oct 24: To ensure that Mid-Day Meal (MDM) reach schools on time and also to
streamline it in Lower Subansiri district, a team of officers led by Deputy Director
of School Education (DDSE) Yumlam Tana along with carriage contractor dropped the
MDM rations at the respective schools of Ziro-I today.
Alarmed by the complaints from public that MDM ration items are not delivered on
time to schools, DDSE Y Tana said that the team dropped the ration items to all the
schools in Ziro-I so as to ensure that school children avail the facilities on time
and also to know the ground reality of ration supply. “From now onwards, BEOs and
MDM Coordinators of the area will monitor and keep constant vigil over the ration
supply to ensure that MDM is provided at any cost to the school children. Headmasters
and teachers in-charges of the schools shall be held responsible for any lapses or
irregularities in provisioning of MDM to the children,” Tana added.
The members beside DDSE were T H Grayu, BEO cum in-charge MDM Ziro-I, Taba Nipa,
Coordinator, MDM cum BEO Ziro-II and Pill Tayem, Coordinator, Redressal MDM, Lower
Any grievance or complaint related to MDM can be brought to the knowledge of DDSE
office at Mid Day Meal Redressal Cell which has already started functioning, said
Pill Tayem and suggested general public to lodge their complaints at the Cell.
They monitored and witnessed the dropping of ration items at Govt. Sec. School, Ziro
and eight other schools.
However, on reaching Govt. Middle School Hill-Top, the school was found closed. Only
the teacher in-charge of MDM was present there.
Even if there is thin attendance of students, there should be classes in all the
working days, DDSE maintained while announcing that action will be initiated against
the teachers and their salaries will be withheld.
Thingbu Circle remains cut off
Pema inspects flood damage sites
TAWANG, Oct 24: Pema Khandu, Minister Tourism, UD, Art & Culture today inspected
landslide and flood damage sites at Thingbu PMGSY road and Thingbu Hydel.
Thingbu Circle has been completely disconnected from the rest of the world for the
last two months as the PMGSY road connecting Thingbu has been washed away at several
points due to incessant rainfall this monsoon. The Thingbu PMGSY road is not only
the life line of the furthest village of Tawang district but is also of strategic
importance for Army convoy movement.
Owing to the harsh monsoon season, Thingbu hydel too has been severely damaged -
the weir and intake chamber, feeder and power channels have suffered catastrophic
damages because of which the circle and its peripheral villages have no access to
Pema inspected stretches of road by foot along with CO, Pemten in-charge ADC Jang,
EE RWD Phurpa Tsering, JE DHPD (Civil Power) and PRI representatives of the circle.
The ADC in-charge informed the Minister that a committee was formed to undertake
the restoration work and said that infrastructure damage report of Jang Sub-Division
has already been sent to the government in the month of September.
Pema urged the concerned committee to follow up on the report submitted for early
restoration of the damages. Highlighting the importance of road and power supply,
he said that, “as much as food and water, electricity and road connectivity are basic
needs without which life would be impossible to function”.
FAC recommendation can destroy 4577 HA rich forests
Dibang Hydro Electric Project
Reaching exasperating lows of environ-ment decision making, the Forest Advisory Committee
(FAC is a statutory body of the Ministry of Environment Forests and Climate Change
(MoEFCC) formed under the Forest Conservation Act of 1980. FAC appraises Forest diversion
proposals) has recommended Forest Clearance to the 3000 MW Dibang Project on Dibang
river in Arunachal Pradesh.
While we had already written against this recommendation, what is nearly unbelievable
is that this recommendation has come at just 10 meters height reduction of the dam
from the proposed 288 meters.
This was the very same NHPC proposal which was rejected twice by the FAC in the past,
despite this token 10 meter height reduction. In fact in April 2014, the FAC said
that 10 mt reduction does not take care of any pertinent impacts for which the proposal
was rejected in the first place in July 2013! A 10 m reduction would still mean destruction
of 3.24 lakh trees and submergence of 4577.84 hectares, nearly 12000 acres, of rich
The usually reticent MoEFCC (Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change,
MoEF earlier) too had issued a strong-worded rejection to this scheme in August 2014,
stating that 10 meters reduction is nothing in the face of what is being lost. The
rejection letter stated: “Such a marginal reduction in requirement of the forest
land (445 hectares reduction, reducing forest requirement from 5056 hectares to 4577
hectares) for the project may not be able to reduce the adverse impact of project
on such a biodiversity-rich mature forest ecosystem to the extent which could make
the project environmentally as well as socio-economically viable in forest dependent
tribal society of Arunachal Pradesh”.
This letter from the same ministry certified that the 10 m reduction proposal still
leaves the project environmentally, socio-economically unviable. So an environmentally
and socio-economically unviable project has been recommended clearance by the statutory
FAC (and also the separate recommendation a week earlier by the same MEFCC’s Expert
Appraisal Committee on River Valley Projects)!
This shows that the decision of FAC is devoid of merits, will invite huge opposition
from Arunachal Pradesh, Downstream Assam, North East India, and even beyond and will
not pass legal scrutiny. The decision seems to have been taken under pressure from
the political masters. Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal has been dreaming of clearance
to this project, as is clear from his road map published on completion of 100 days
of office for the new NDA government. He has also been pressurizing the MoEFCC
to clear the project by hook or by crook. The FAC was reconstituted and the reconstituted
FAC has obliged the minister in its very first meeting. In the process, the entire
FAC has violated its mandate and should be held accountable for this.
Regrettably, MoEFCC seems to have become the willing punching bag of not only above-mentioned
ministries, but even unrelated ministries like Ministry of Mines and Minerals, Ministry
of Steel ,etc., whose ministers and Secretaries were present for the meeting: “to
Expedite Clearances”. (Incidentally, when was the last time we heard MEFCC resisting
such arm-twisting, or forthrightly suggesting any pro-environment measures to other
Before the minutes of the September FAC meeting were out on Oct 22, 2014 (there was
an inordinate delay this time, raising suspicion of negotiated minutes and again
breaking all norms of conduct), there was discussion in media that Dibang was cleared,
but even the hard-core skeptics believed that this recommendation must have come
after a 20 meter or 40 meter height reduction, for obvious reasons. But the FAC seems
to have outdone itself. As stated above, the recommendation has come at 10 mts height
decrease, for which the FAC had rejected the project and MoEF had issued a rejection
letter in the past.
As we discussed in detail in our last blog on Dibang project, the twice-rejected
project was up for discussions again in Sept 2014 only after considerable arm-twisting
of the MEFCC by the Cabinet Committee of Investment, Ministry of Power, Project Developer
NHPC and Arunachal State Government. This time it was for a supposed sensitivity
analysis (done by the developer!) for studying the feasibility of reducing the height
of the project upto 40 meters from its original height of 288 meters.
This sensitivity analysis was not shared with anyone, not even the FAC members till
the day of the FAC meeting, breaking all codes of conduct of transparency, participation
and informed decision making in governance. SANDRP wrote about this to the Minister
and Secretary of MoEFCC as well as the Member of the FAC, but received no response.
Looking at the minutes, it is clear that the FAC members have lapped up the logic
presented by the developer and the Ministry of Power which in a nutshell says that
“10 meters reduction is sufficient as the ratio of forest land required per MW is
lowest at 10 meters reduction.” This twisted logic reduces all decision making related
to forests, even biodiversity-rich forests supporting endemic, unstudied species,
local protests, downstream impacts etc., to mere number crunching of forest per MW.
This criteria alone cannot be the basis for decision for forest appraisal committee.
As per the sensitivity analysis by NHPC, the ratio forest land required per MW for
40 meters reduction is 1.67 MW/ hectare, which is same as no height reduction and
1.78 MW/ hectare in case of 20 meter reduction. In terms of tariff, for 40 meters
reduction, the power tariff will be 6.24 Rs./unit while it is 5.66 Rs/unit 10 meters
reduction, 5.94 Rs./unit 20 meters reduction and 5.64 Rs. at zero reduction. The
installed capacity will reduce by 120 MW (4%) MW for 10 meters reduction, 600 MW
(20%) for 20 mt reduction and 780 MW (26%) for a 40 meter reduction.
The proponent said: “Decrease in dam height and consequent sacrifice of power generation
beyond 10 mt is not commensurate with saving forest land.”
How did NHPC reach this conclusion? What is the value of the mature, old growth forest
land considered by NHPC? Without knowing this, how can this conclusion be acceptable
to the FAC? It has to be remembered that Dibang is not an exclusive hydropower project,
but a multipurpose project with a flood moderation component and costs have to be
borne for this.
While the proponent and Ministry of Power did their best for pushing the project,
the FAC did not do its duty of stating that the sensitivity analysis put forth by
NHPC is a sham as it does not consider the worth of the forest being lost.
In this sabji-mandi haggling, when FAC had all the watertight justifications for
rejecting the project, it did not bat for even a 40 meter reduction, which could
have saved nearly 1355 hectares of forests and would have had a marginal impact on
other factors. Its unclear why this happened.
Only one of the FAC members tried to battle the case saying that 10-40 meter reduction
still does not address the upstream and downstream impacts, especially considering
the biodiversity rich area. The minutes do not disclose the name of this member,
but it seems the brute majority (majority of FAC members are govt officials) took
the official line, alleging “subjectivity” and said that “To reduce subjectivity,
it is important to analyse the issue objectively on objective parameters”. Forgetting
that this is Forest Appraisal committee, not Power Developer Committee.
This is ironical. It was indeed the duty of the FAC to appraise the project “objectively”
based on issues like destruction of 3.24 lakh trees, invaluable forests, unstudied
biodiversity, rich wildlife and several Schedule I species, community dependence,
traditional rights, downstream impacts, climate change impacts, options assessment,
etc. But it did nothing of that and has in fact recommended the project “subjectively”,
bowing to pressures outside their ambit.
Clearly, per MW forest land required and per Unit Tariff from a project are anything
but objective criteria for FAC. FAC is supposed to apply its mind to a number of
issues like the ones above. If FAC was not supposed to apply its mind to these aspects
and its judgment, there was no need for an FAC, Power ministry and developer could
have taken the decision independently.
The FAC decision does not address any pertinent issues raised by the same FAC while
rejecting the project, it also does not address downstream impacts on Assam or assume
any value for a rich forest. There is no discussion why 20 meters or 40 meters reduction
is not seriously considered by FAC. Decision-making based on such biased, proponent-driven
criteria is bound to be open to legal challenge and public protests.
Sham consideration of Downstream Impacts About Impact of the project on Dibru-Saikhowa
National Park, the User Agency said that the issue was considered by EAC in its meeting
on the 16th September (Please note this is just 6 days and 5 working days back from
FAC meeting. There is no chance of minutes being firmed up by then. They were not
in open domain in any case) and the EAC has recommended clearance based on the fact
that there is less than 1 meter level fluctuation at DSNP.
This claim in any case is patently incorrect, again a case of project-friendly, anti-environment
decision-making. The level fluctuation at DSNP can go way higher than a meter, anywhere
from 7-8 feet every day in lean season, according to the studies considered by the
EAC of the MEFCC itself. This has been pointed out by SANDRP to the EAC as well.
There has been no study of the impacts of this project on downstream Arunachal Pradesh
or Assam. The developer seems to assume that Dibru-Saikhowa is the only part of Assam
There is no compliance under Forest Rights Act (2006) for such a massive project
and despite this, FAC under some supposedly progressive members working on tribal
issues, does not bat an eyelid before recommending clearance!
To conclude, pricing mature, biodiversity-rich forests in terms of per MW terms is
an insult of those forests, the communities that depend on them and to the mandate
of FAC. Downstream impacts of Dibang project are not studied, the impacts on Dibru-Saikhowa
are based on compromised studies.
There is no merit in this decision from the newly appointed FAC which includes members
also from reputed environment protection organizations in North East and from Tribal
Welfare groups like Friends of Baripada. It is also sad to see that there is no dissenting
note from a single member. The unnamed member who expressed dissent in the meeting
has not written anything about this in public domain.
Decisions like Dibang lay further foundations for poor, pro-developer, anti-people,
anti-environment decisions taken due to pressure from proponent and other ministries.
Such decisions will not be legally tenable, nor acceptable to affected communities,
nor good for sustainability and equity. In fact, by such reversals, FAC decisions
are losing their sanctity. FAC has done this in the past too in case of Kalu Dam
in Western Ghats which would submerge 18 villages and 1000 hectares forest.
Isn’t it ironical that the new government changed the name of the MoEF to MoEFCC
but is sanctioning massive projects like Dibang which will have far reaching impacts
on Climate Change as well as adaption and mitigation abilities of the affected communities?
Without even considering these aspects or even mentioning them?
Govt. lays special thrust on girl education: Gadi
DARING, Oct 24: Education being panacea to all ills confronting the state, the GoAP
was committed to spread the light of education, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today said.
The sanction of residential girls’ schools at Daring, Gori at Basar and Pira at Tirbin
indicated special thrust to girl’s education, he said, adding Pira school has been
functioning since 2011 while other two are new, and exhorted the parents to educate
their daughters. ‘An educated mother could make her next generation educated’, he
Responding to demands by the people placed by ZPM Hengi Riba, the minister announced
that the Dali main road to Echi village has been included in the 2014-15 SPA while
improvement of Dari to East Siang via Zirdo would be taken up with the NEC.
“I being the local MLA would fulfill all aspirations of the people even if not demanded,
including roads to Jime and Ego Rijo villages within next five years” he said to
the applause of the gathering.
A statue of former chief minister T Riba would be installed at Ego tri-junction and
the Ego-Daring road would be named after him as a tribute, he informed.
Appreciating Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for initiating numerous schemes for accelerating
state’s all-round development, Gadi said that the CM has attached equal priority
to games and sports by reservation of 10% jobs for sports person and cash award for
medal winners of national event and even for taking part in global event.
The GoAP has adopted zero tolerance for education and health sectors to send a louder
message to not tolerate any lapses by any employee, said Education & IPR Parliamentary
Secretary Bamang Felix.
A mistake by a doctor or a nurse may kill a patient but a mistake by a teacher or
education officer would spoil a generation, Felix said, and appealed to one and all,
including the minister to not interfere when those found guilty are punished.
Reiterating to continue transfer till rationalisation of teachers’ posting, Felix
informed that the department has already projected the requirements of principals
and senior teachers for post creation as demanded by the villages. He disclosed that
recruitment would be conducted outside the state by one time relaxation of criteria
to meet the acute shortage of Science and Mathematics teachers.
Describing the tournament longest in the state which should be recognised by the
GoAP, he called upon the participants to reflect sportsman’s spirit but not their
Gadi as chief guest and Felix as guest of honour, accompanied with West Siang DC
Pige Ligu, host of officers and public leaders took part in a slew of inaugural functions
before addressing a public function at the general ground here.
Gadi inaugurated the residential girls’ school-cum-100-beded hostel building constructed
under the SSA at an estimated cost of Rs 90 lakh for Classes-VI to VIII students
to begin from next academic session and the community development block office to
meet the long pending demand of above 4,000 population of the area. The minister
also inaugurated the Ego Valley Open Tournament-cum-Festival-2014.
Felix inaugurated the higher secondary school upgraded from secondary school. The
primary school was set up in 1948.
The event was recognition of excellence as the organizing committee headed by headed
by president Nyato Riba and general secretary Jummar Basar felicitated school teacher
Pratibha Rani as best government staff, Dari-I - best anchal segment, Dali - best
managed school, highest employed village and best horticulture promoter, Dari -
best agriculture promoter, Old Dari - for best hygienic, Zirdo - best education promoter
& best disciplined village, Inya Riba - best GB of Padi under Dari circle & Rilu
- best educated village of Dari circle.
“We will continue this event even without any financial help from any quarter,” the
duo announced while the local leaders had all praises for the CM’s development initiatives.
Few local youths termed the tournament a platform to showcase their hidden talent.
“It is helping us to maintain improve our physical capability and encouraging taking
up sports and games with renewed vigour,” they added.
Daring, the birth place of former CM, late Riba, wore a new look while the people
were in festive mood and make-shift eateries were set up for the weeklong event.
Kimin inaugurates PRA workshop under NERCORMP
BORDUMSA, Oct 24: Diyun Bordumsa Constituency MLA Nikh Kamin inaugurated the Participatory
Rural Appraisal (PRA) workshop under North East Community Resource Management Programme
(NERCORMP) for upland areas at Rajanagar village here today.
Promising the NERCORMP’s team to extend every support and cooperation in their endeavor
to develop the constituency under the project, Kamin emphasized the importance of
the project and said that the people of Changlang district are fortunate enough as
the scheme is being initiated in the district. He sought the cooperation and participation
of the people for successful implementation of NERCORMP.
The MLA said that Rajanagar was once preferred to be built as a model village by
the then Lt. Governor in 1975. However, the project was never started. “Today, Rajanagar
has been adopted under NERCORMP to make it first Model village in Arunachal Pradesh.
The village under this ambitious scheme is supposed to get all the amenities like
community resource centre, constant water supply, livelihood units for all the villagers,
roads, bridges, market sheds, farms and many such facilities,” he said.
He further said that both Diyun and Bordumsa comprise some of the most deprived communities
and the scheme will uplift them and every household irrespective of caste, tribe
or religions get the benefits.
NERCORMP III, a project of the North Eastern Council, Government of India was launched
in January 2014 in Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur. The team led by Ruzing Bellai,
Project Manager, NERCORMP, Changlang has already started its operations and in the
next six year and the team will facilitate different livelihood and social infrastructural
developmental project in the whole Changlang District.
NERCORMP III will be implemented in five districts of two states of Northeast, Aunachal
Pradesh and Manipur with a grant of about Rs 540 crores. 292 villages are recognized
to be developed under this ambitious project from which 38 villages are included
from Diyun and Bordumsa circles in the first year.
Any village selected under this scheme will involve the community people to plan
livelihood, infrastructural and social development for their villages. They will
be trained extensively and will be provided the needed resources.
NERCORMP has been functioning in different upland areas of the country and has conceptualized
micro credit banking institutions for women, rural resource centre, built food processing
units, fisheries, piggery and farms, market sheds, roads, bridges, community halls,
water reservoir and many such rural developmental projects.
The program was also attended by Bordumsa ADC S. Miji besides other dignitaries.
Herculean task to bring education dept on right track: Felix
AALO, Oct 24: The Parliamentary Secretary Education and IPR, Bamang Felix, who is
on currently in West Siang, visited Likabali subdivision to get firsthand knowledge
on functioning and infrastructure conditions of the schools.
Celebrating the Diwali with the teachers, Felix said that the mess in which the department
has fallen in is a byproduct of disarrayed planning process accumulated over the
last two decades and needs herculean tasks to bring it in the right direction.
Citing instances of drug addict teachers and students in some districts, he said
that these practices are a cause of great concern as the virus of drug takes no time
to spread. School compounds will be declared as Drug free Zones restricting entry
of any drug addicts and teachers with such addicts have been cautioned to mend their
ways, he said.
He further said that infrastructures in the schools will be provided on the condition
and assurance that assets will be taken care even during the vacation.
Denying toilets and bathrooms for girl students is a crime as per the existing law;
he said and asked DDSE to start construction of additional toilets at Dipa Secondary
School and Girls hostel at Govt H.S. School Likabali.
Making visit to the private Poi Vidya Niketan Secondary School, the Parliamentary
Secretary insisted on placing fire extinguishers at all vulnerable locations with
at least six trained staffs on handling fire extinguishers.
During a visit to Pale Primary school, he assured to write to Home Minister to open
up a Police beat post to facilitate the teaching learning process without problem.
The department needs the support of administration for smooth functioning of the
schools and asked the ADC Likabali to hold coordination meeting with the HoDs to
mitigate the minor needs of the schools.
Darka Villagers repair Aalo-Likabali road
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The Darka villagers carried out a mass social service to repair
the Aalo-Likabali road from 1km point to 8 km point which had been lying in a deplorable
condition after the State PWD (Highway) took over the charge of the road from BRTF
and handed it over to MORTH for construction of Trans-Arunachal Highway.
The social service was organized by Darka Aalo Welfare Society (DAWS) in collaboration
with Kibom Padu Old Age Women Welfare Society headed by Jumbom Padu under the initiative
of West Siang Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu.
Besides the villagers and the Deputy Commissioner, the social service was also actively
participated by many officers from Darka village, former MLA Gadam Ete, DAWS office
bearers and students from Darka village.
The DC said that the stretch of road near Angu and Bagra would also be taken up on
voluntary basis with the generous help of the elders and youths of the area. He stated
that sometimes citizens should shoulder the responsibilities and give a helping hand
to the administration in such endeavours.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner P Ligu inspected the proposed realignment of Trans-Arunachal
Highway from Darka to Nigmoi(9km to 15km of Along-Likabali road).
A New Philosophy for North East India
Dr Topi Basar
North East India has got a new found identity now. It comes to the national limelight
for two extreme reasons or circumstances. First, in the situation of grave victimization
as a result of race or hate crimes and on the other spectrum for positive contributions
made to the country by sports persons like Mary Kom, Baichung Bhutia, Sarita Devi
etc. When China gives stapled visas to people of Arunachal Pradesh and makes open
claims on it. Not to forget that it is also noted and acknowledged for its natural
beauty and cultural diversity as a mystical land of tribal in the popular sense.
Whenever there is any crime or atrocities against people from north east in Capital
and NCR region, suddenly all the three pillars of democracy will demonstrate its
deepest concern and sensitivity for the NE people. Only to be forgotten after few
days until a new incident occurs which may be worse than the earlier ones and the
same cycle goes on and on.
The problems faced by the NE people in Delhi, NCR or other parts of India are not
new. It has been always there ever since large number of students and unemployed
youths migrated from their states for better educational prospects and career opportunities.
But unlike the situation now, in the last decade nobody really cared or bothered.
People silently suffered and went about doing their work and ones who could not cope
left with full of bitterness and never to come back. The moot question is ‘what is
the core issues involved?’ Identification of the root causes of the problem is necessary;
quick fix formula is not a permanent solution. We need to look at the issue holistically
by historically traversing past and present factors responsible for the present predicament.
There is a deep seated isolation amongst the people of NE which breeds sense of insecurity
and emotional disconnect with the outsiders. Where has this sense of isolation come
from? Pundit Jawaharlal Nehru’s foreword in Verrier Elwin’s book, ‘a philosophy for
NEFA’ meant as a bible book for officials and administrators from mainland India
to administer the tribal areas with a basic philosophy expressed in the words of
Nehru, “People should develop along the lines of their own genius and we should avoid
imposing anything on them. We should try to encourage in every way their own traditional
arts and culture. I am not at all sure which is the better way of living, the tribal
or own. In some respects I am quite certain theirs is better. Therefore, it is grossly
presumptuous on our part to approach them with an air of superiority, to tell them
how to behave or what to do and what not to do. There is no point in trying to make
of them a second-rate copy of ourselves.” Nehru also realized that they could not
be left cut off from the world as they were. Political and economic forces impinged
upon them and it was not possible or desirable to isolate them. Equally undesirable,
it seemed to him, was to allow these forces to function freely and upset their whole
life and culture, which had so much of good in them.
This became the dominant ideology for NEFA (North East Frontier Agency) in post-independence
era and got constitutional sanction in the form of VIth Schedules to the Constitution.
In fact the seed of isolationist policy was already sown by the British much before
the independence which was continued by the free India. It is interesting to read
the views of the Constituent Assembly Committee members debates on desirability or
otherwise of the VIth Schedules. It mainly revolves around how to integrate the tribal
people with mainstream culture slowly and gradually. Many of the prejudices and biases
manifest in some of the views of the members are still prevalent today although in
different form. Thus, today’s stereotyping of people of that region is as old as
our civilization itself. Whether such isolationist policy has been beneficial or
not is much debatable. It definitely led to long term cultural, social, geographical
and psychological isolation from mainland India for long only interrupted with the
sudden spurt of development and better transport and communication. The modern development
and change in policy suddenly disrupted the long isolation somewhat in an unsustainable
way. The lack of meaningful economic development, corruption and over reliance on
Centre to the extent of being totally crippled without central assistance in all
walks of life have further accentuated the problem. Therefore, the problem is not
only of law and order and having a stringent anti-racial law only (though strongly
recommended) but it is much more complex and deeper. The people and state governments
of North East must develop a strong sense of self dependence and self-reliance both
in intent and actions. Mantra is to truly realize our own geniuses and potentials
and don’t get bogged down by the social constructs of others. It is time to reinvent
our own notions of ourselves and fight all types of discriminations and injustices
in a positive and beneficial way without being overly sentimental. Even the North
East states as a whole need to reflect upon the situation of victimization, vulnerability
of youths, deprivation of rights and other disabilities suffered by its people. And
ponder where they have gone wrong. The Central Government should also think of newer
policies to make North Eeast states self-reliant and economically stronger. The policy
of appeasement based on notion of territorial sovereignty must give way to more genuine
and inclusive policies and North East States must come out of long comfort zone of
Central dependence and chart out its own path of development and realize its own
unique potential and geniuses.
(The author is an Assistant Professor, Faculty of Law, Delhi University and may be
contacted at [email protected])
APIC directs for action against EE
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Information Commissioner Abraham K Techi has directed Govt. of
Arunachal Pradesh to initiate disciplinary proceedings under relevant service rules
against Nich Tadar, EE (PWD), Tawang, former Executive Engineer (PWD),Tali division,
Kurung Kumey, for failing to comply with Commission’s order under the provisions
of the RTI Act, 2005.
Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC), in a release, said that the officer
has failed to comply with its orders to furnish information to an information seeker
from Lobi Colony here in connection with construction of a road from Chetam to Pipsorang
under BADP. The Information Commissioner further directed the state government to
initiate an inquiry into the implementation of the scheme.
The Information Commissioner has given state government one month to initiate action
and submit action taken report to the Commission.
The Commission has taken the decision after hearing the appeal on ten different dates.
One person arrested in Gumtu murder case
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Capital police have made a major breakthrough in the Taka Gumtu
murder case by arresting his estranged girl friend.
As per the police source one Minjir Kena is the prime suspect. She is believed to
be the girl friend of Late Gumtu. However, the relations between two allegedly got
strained because of which she took the extreme step.
While confirming the arrest, SP Capital Seju P Kuruvila informed that investigation
is still on. “For now it looks like a love triangle. However, we are still interrogating
the main suspect and detailed information will emerge in the coming days. It’s too
early to make any comment in this case right now,” said SP Capital. Meanwhile, All
Pei Welfare Association has condemned the incident and demanded strong punishment
to the accused involved in the killing of Late Gumtu, who was one of their members.
Cancer screening at ASH
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: To mark the National Cancer Awareness Day on Nov 7, the Arunachal
State Hospital is going to organise screening of oral, breast and cervical cancers
in the hospital from Nov 1 to 7 next, according to information received from the
Chief Medical Superintendent.
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: Jathi Pulu has retired as a member of the Arunachal Pradesh Public
Service Commission on Oct 17 as per the provision of the Constitution of India.
Apatani version of Bible released
ZIRO, Oct 24: The Christian community of Apatani tribe of Ziro Valley under Apatani
Baptist Association (ABA) has ‘successfully’ translated the New Testament into Apatani
language titled ‘Niti Gontu’ which has been released yesterday in a small but impressive
function by local MLA Tage Taki at Town Baptist Church, Pai Gate, Hapoli here.
Releasing the Apatani version of the holy book, Taki appreciated Pastor Tallo Apa
and his team for their hard work in translating the New Testament of Bible into Apatani
The Bible in Apatani language will not only help people, who do not understand other
languages but also help younger generation to learn, improve and preserve their mother
tongue, he said.
Observing possibility of misnomer or distortion of ideas or meaning while translating
the book, he suggested the people, especially the preachers of any religion to use
appropriate word so that common people could understand the accurate meaning and
also the ideas.
Pastor Tallo Apa highlighted how the job of translating the Bible was accomplished.
Under strict vigilance and supervision from Bible Society of India (BSI), Shillong,
we have completed the translation work in six and half years, he said.
Tapi Tai, Secretary, Apatani Cultural & Literary Society and Rev. Dr. W. Along Jamir,
Associate Translation Director, Bible Society of India were also present during the
releasing ceremony besides a large number of believers.
Voluntary blood donation
RUKSIN, Oct 24: The Ramle Banggo Adi Peoples’ Forum (RBAPF) in association of Ramle
Banggo unit AdiSU members on October 22 conducted a voluntary blood donation programme
at Pasighat General Hospital, informed RBAPF sources.
A total of 23 units of bloods of various groups (A+, AB+ and O+) were collected during
the day long programme.
Addressing the donors, Blood Bank Officer of Pasighat General Hospital, Dr. G. Jongkey
explained the importance of blood donation. He suggested the people to accept only
safe and bloods donated by voluntary donors.
Off campus training cum method demonstration
Basar, Oct 24: A team from KVK West Siang, ICAR Research Complex for NEH Region,
A. P. Centre, Basar conducted an off farm training programme with diagnostic visit
to farmers’ field at Regi Village and method demonstration on sowing of Toria.
During the training programme, A. Kirankumar Singh, Programme Coordinator, KVK West
Siang suggested the farmers to take up commercial farming in diversified way in order
to augment income. He also spoke on importance of intercropping for soil fertility
Letngam Touthang, scientist stressed on the importance of conserving indigenous germplasms
and the use of improved varieties of different crops.
Badapmain Makdoh Badapmain Makdoh, Scientist (Agronomy) suggested to adopt the in-situ
soil and water conservation measures to sustain the production and productivity of
Further, the team demonstrated the sowing of toria (TS-38) with proper spacing.
Sanitation awareness campaign
YINGKIONG, OCT 24: The Public Health Engineering and Water Supply department, Yingkiong
division organized a cleanliness drive around Yingkiong township on Monday last to
mark the National Sanitation Awareness campaign. A rally was also organized with
participation of NGO, SHG members and students to bring awareness among the public
about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Speaking on the occasion, the consultant water & sanitation I. Kamsi highlighted
the importance of sanitation and cleanliness. He further urged upon the NGOs, SHGs
and students to play active role in bringing awareness on sanitation and cleanliness.
Drawing competition on health and hygiene was also organised to mark the sanitation
campaign, according to an official release.
Home Stay training at Yazali
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: A home stay workshop cum training was conducted for the self-help
groups and women folks at Yazali town by the organizing committee of forth-coming
Panyor River Festival.
The workshop was organized in anticipation of the large number of tourists expected
during the festival which is scheduled to be held from 21st to 25th November this
The main objective of training was to impart knowledge to the local population for
generation of income through hospitality industry and facilitates stay for tourists
in the Yazali area. The resource person comprised of Kago Kampu of ABASA home stay
(Ziro), Chukhu Mama, Lecturer in Tourism and members from local tour operator.
Taba Techi organizing Chairman of Panyor River Festival speaking on the occasion
said," Yazali has potentials to attract tourist but due to lack of accommodation
facilities tourists and visitors only bypass via Yazali and visit Ziro. Through such
training programme, women folks will not only earn during the festival but it will
also provide alternate means of accommodation in the form of home stays.”
He expressed hope that through such training ample opportunities will be provided
to rural women to generate self income. The coming Panyor festival has created buzz
in the tourism circuit and there are high expectations.
The event coordinator of festival Chukhu Mama informed that they are receiving positive
response from across the globe and already bookings for tents and home stays have
Orientation Programme & PRA Exercise
Changlang, Oct 22: The NERCORMP, District Changlang, under the guidance of its Project
Manager Ruzing Bellai conducted an Orientation Programme of the four selected partner
NGOs namely Arunachal Vikas Parishad, AMYAA, Amik Matai Society and Seva Kendra East
H Blah and S Shangdiar were the two resource persons invited from NERCORMP, West
Khasi Hills, Meghalaya.
“Partner NGOs are one of the most important members for they will become the only
bridge between NERCORMP office and the community members. Since, the project happens
to be the flagship project of DoNER Ministry & NEC which is totally concerned with
livelihood improvement of the tribal families of North-Eastern region, our every
partner is expected to dedicatedly work for the cause,” said the Project Manager
addressing the programme.
The Orientation Programme was followed by Participatory Rural Appraisal Exercise
of NERCORMP in the district. The event took place in Old Changlang village where
all the community members took part cooperatively.
Later, partner NGOs and resource persons involved the whole village in different
kinds of PRA tools for formation of village mapping, socio-economic grading, mobility
chart, seasonality chart etc.
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The Kameng and Tawang District Welfare Society have condemned the
recent rape and murder of a woman at Jang. Further they claimed to have met ADC Jang
and demanded exemplary punishment to the accused.
AMSU celebrates silver jubilee
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The silver jubilee celebration of All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU)
concluded on 21st October at Govt. Secondary School, Sakiang. To mark the occasion,
sports, cultural and literary competitions were held.
All the schools of Mengio and Silsango circle along with the domicile students of
Mengio area who are studying in various schools of Papum Pare district actively participated
in the events.
The closing ceremony was attended by Nabam Yakum, ZPM Sagalee and Chera Renu, ASM
Chairperson Leporiang. Both of them highlighted the importance of study and advised
the students that while serving the society, study must not be compromised. They
further asked the students not to indulge in any anti-social activities.
Best discipline school was awarded to Govt. Residential School, Nyopang, Girls volley
ball competition was won by Govt. Residential School Pan and Girls Football competition
was won by Govt. Sec. School Sakiang.
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: All Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Gangte and Tarak-Langdi Students Union
called on the Executive Engineer, PWD Tali division to inaugurate the bridge over
Kumey River at the earliest. The bridge has already been completed the release
informed adding that, formal inauguration should be done within November so that
general public is allowed to use the bridge.
2nd Veteran Cup Football Tournament from Nov 25
ITANAGAR, Oct 24: The 2nd State Level Veteran Cup Football Tournament--2014 for age
group above 30 years will held from November 25 at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun,
Around nine teams are expected to participate in the tournament being organized by
Capital Complex Sporting Club (CCSC), in collaboration E&K’s under the aegis of Arunachal
Pradesh Football Association.
The first edition of the tournament was won by Naharlagun United and Arunachal United
Football Club was the runners up team.
---- Editorial ----
Diwali celebration causes rise in air pollution
Air quality in the national capital deteriorated alarmingly a day after Diwali as
pollution levels spiked more than five times higher than normal leaving many at the
risk of respiratory problems. The Respirable Suspended Particulate Matter (RSPM),
which directly affects breathing, has gone up by five times from the national ambiance
air quality standard informed scientists from System of Air quality and Weather Forecasting
and Research (SAFAR). There are also reports of poor air quality from cities like
Mumbai, Ludhiana, Chennai etc. post diwali celebration.
In our state capital Itanagar too massive amount of wastage is generated due to Diwali
celebration. It is due to such rise in pollution level, the environmentalists across
the country are campaigning against excessive burning of crackers during diwali festival.
Unfortunately some section of society has given communal colour to such movement.
They don't understand the fact that in the name of celebration, our own environment
is getting destroyed. The polluted environments will directly affect our life and
pose serious health hazard. Government of India should take note of such report and
work towards finding a solution. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Swacch Bharat Abhiyan
should include cleaning of air too.
----Readers Forum ----
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to draw the attention of
the concern authority towards the pathetic condition of road from Chandranagar to
The road from Chandranagar Bridge to Gophur, Chimpu is deteriorating and it seems
that no one bothers about it.
And at Gohpur it is so bad that tempos, auto-rickshaws and two-wheelers are being
I would like to remind the concern authority of this locality and state govt that
the pathetic road leads to many important govt offices as well as institutions like
Sangey Laden Sports Academy, IRBN camp, K.V school. Beside these, it also leads to
Ganga Lake and Zoology Park.
I would like to highly request the concern authority of this locality and state govt
to look into the matter and take necessary initiatives to restore the road for the
convenience of all at the earliest.
Dera Natung Govt. College, Itanagar
For the betterment of the students and teachers alike
I would like to appreciate the Deputy Director of School Education, East Kameng,
for the concrete steps taken to ensure that teachers attend their duties regularly.
Without the teachers taking regular classes, the student community suffers for the
present and the coming future.
Through this esteemed and popular paper, I would like to request all student unions
not only to get involved in political issues, but to take up issues which would benefit
both students and teachers at school and university levels.
Furthermore, I would like to request all the student unions to approach to the Chief
Minister and the Education ministry, for the quick release of all the arrears and
DA of thousands of teachers who are serving our children. Like how the PM Modi has
recently hiked the scholarship of students, our CM Tuki ought to disburse the pending
payments to our teachers and should initiate scholarships for meritorious students.
I express my views as a student, in gratitude to teachers, who have experienced the
blessing of having taught by good teachers.
Be the change you wish to see
Mahatma Gandhi, the man who inspired human rights movement worldwide all by spectacularly
living the simple non violent life he preached, once said-“you must be the change
you want to see in this world”. Gandhi said whatever you do will be insignificant
but it is very important that you do it because that’s the right way to live.
Today I ask you: what change do you like to see in the world? To figure that out,
I ask: what bothers you?? Like me, the digital divide, economic inequality, general
disparity in educational opportunity, the rising crimes and homelessness? If nothing
bothers you then I am saddened.
Today when we set back our lives after the long reckless, infuriating elections hoping
for the life’s best believing at “maximum governance and minimum Govt” as proclaimed
by the BJP led PM Narendra Modi ,what do we witness in our state? Yet again the unending
trend of corruption, nepotism, red-tapism, outraging price hikes in basic necessities
and the pathetic road condition.
These were the basic amenities we voted for in the recent assembly elections and
now are we enjoying our rights and benefits? In fact the tale of our woes seems to
be endless, everybody is waiting for a miracle to occur or awaiting for a superhero
to squall in and swipe out the evil from the society but nobody wants to be the catalyst
or the change factor. Under this cobweb of uncertainty nothing inspired me until
I saw the character played by Charlie Chaplin in the movie “The Dictator” where he
voices out to the masses that ….you the people, have the power, let us all unite.
Let us fight for a new world, a decent world that will give men a chance to work
that will give youth a future and old age a security. Let us fight to do away with
greed: with hate and tolerance. Let us fight for a world of reason, a world where
science and progress will lead to all men’s happiness.
To a public fatigued by the sclerotic and scam laden Govt no matter how large a mandate,
a democracy needs a robust opposition to function effectively. But alas in a state
like Arunachal Pradesh only a lion can be the king of the jungle. Its peak time that
we pay heed to the reverberations of our neighboring states where once passive land
prevailed is a bloodshed state today like Manipur and Nagaland and civil unrest has
become the order of the day. Now the grieving question is who are we going to hold
responsible for this foreseeable social and moral decay? Is it we?? The king framed
politicians or the lousy bureaucrats and the engineers who like to dance to the tunes
of the politicians?
When all these cynicism of the political clout is seeding at the top level, a common
man’s hope is crushed over and again and are always shrouded in obscurity and squandering
amidst a sea of self acting mules who only reacts to the initiatives like a cave
man and on the other hand the hopes of the educated youths soar as high as the stars
only to sink to the depths.
Every freedom comes with it a responsibility, every goal with it a price tag, and
if we think we are going to get political freedom and liberty without some sacrifices,
I think we are mistaken. The truth is…it’s all in our hands to bring about the change
in the system. Along the way you may be called idealistic or even stupid, but remember
those who have accomplished the most amazing feats were the ones not smart enough
to know those very feats were impossible.
To me, it means that I always won’t get an award or rewarded for every good deed
I do, but I should just do it, that’s how we build humanity in this mechanized world.
A Herculean task is ahead of us, let’s not deter until we bring back the sumptuousness
of our once enchanted land. So I am the next change, you are the next and the whole
citizens of this state are the next change. I hope you listen and I know you will
And it perfectly holds true that “As is a tale, so is life; not how long it is, but
how good it is, is what matters” Gandhigiri zindabaad.
Ngurang Learning Institute
Diwali and our contribution
The Diwali is one of the most colourful festivals of India. Everyone especially kids
love it. The reason is obvious. It brings excitement and happiness to families; for
many of them use this occasion as the reunion time.
On the other side, the reckless use of fireworks during the Diwali is a matter of
great concern. It adds up to the already polluted atmosphere. Each year during this
time of the year we ‘contribute’ thousands of tons of pollutants to our atmosphere.
We all know its consequences. It’s no rocket science.
It is high time the department of Environment (State/ Union) took some bold and pragmatic
steps to address this situation before it is too late. And at the same time, we should
discourage the use of these pollutants so extravagantly.
Looking forward for pollution free Diwali.
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