October 09

Political in-fight weakening refugee issue: AAPSU

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Condemning the present political infighting in the state, the All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) stated that it has weakened the ongoing fight on the refugee issue.

In a release, AAPSU stated that the Chakma-Hajong refugee issue should have been the paramount concern in the state considering the recent Supreme Court directive, but party politics in the state has always undermined the issue.        

The internal rift among the Legislative Assembly Members in the state is unfortunate as the state government is in the process to file review petition against the SC directive, added AAPSU.

In place of fighting the refugees, leaders of the state are busy for their individual up-manship, it said while adding that it would be best if the political leaders of the state avoid the blame game and come forward for the cause of the state.

Informing that AAPSU will be filing a petition in the Supreme Court, the release stated that every political party should spearhead the issue voluntarily and help each other to get justice.

Further, AAPSU stated that the “Joint High Power Committee (JHPC) which was constituted by the government of India under the Ministry of Home Affairs in 2010 is still working on data collection. The JHPC is supposed to submit its report after completion of the work but the Supreme Court has issued the verdict for granting citizenship right to the refugees prematurely. AAPSU was supposed to put fresh demands after the conclusion of the JHPC but things did not materialise because of premature judgment”.

Meanwhile, the release informed that AAPSU is organising a massive dharna at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi Oct 16. It appealed voluntary participation from all concerned citizens of the state and organisations for the dharna.


ANYA reiterates demand

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Reiterating its charter of demands, All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) has urged the state government to immediately create two more new districts Khamle and Pakke Kesang along with rollback of re-paid energy meter system, repeal of Arunachal Pradesh District based Entrepreneurs and Professionals Act 2015.

Addressing the reporters at press club today, President ANYA Biri Kakum said creation of Khamle and Pakke Kessang districts is the long pending demands of the people  but government of Arunachal has not given due interest yet.

While speaking on PPEM, Kakum alleged that state government has cheated both ANYA and common public.

As per resolution taken on February last, government has assured to rollback the PPEM but to our utter surprise, Department of power has installed pre-paid meter in various location of capital complex, asserted President ANYA.

Meanwhile,  he also demanded repeal of Arunachal Pradesh Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, inclusion of Itanagar under Smart City mission, establishment of AIIMS in Itanagar failing which union has threatened to call phase wise bandh in capital complex as well as in all the Nyishi inhabited areas.


Sexual assaulters will be punished:HM

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Home Minister has said that the man accused of raping a 5 year old girl will be punished. He said this while addressing the media persons in Itanagar today.

Meanwhile, the All Singhi Welfare Association (ASWA) has appealed to the people and organisations not to make false statements in newspapers and in public before the investigation on the recent rape case is completed. It may dilute the ongoing process being carried out by the district administration and police, it added.

The ASWA in a meeting assured to support and cooperate with the district administration for further investigation. It added that before establishment of sufficient evidence against the accused, one should not judge the crime, which would mislead the society as well as disturb the investigating process, added ASWA.

The release added that, the Seppa DSP has informed that the evidences will be sent to a forensic lab in Guwahati which may take some days.

The All Pakke Kessang Pijeriang Dissing-Passo Students’ Union (APPDSSU) has demanded exemplary punishment for the accused involved in the rape of a 5 year old girl at Seppa and urged that he should not be granted bail.

It further appealed that no one should come forward to support the accused.


Regular director for NERIST sought

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Students’ Union of NERIST (SUN) has sought appointment of a regular director for the institute.

In its letter to the Ministry of Human Resource Development, saying that the institute is involved in appointing officers on deputation basis, asked for setting up of enquiry committee to probe into alleged illegal promotions and appointments.

It also claimed that the academic level of the institute is going down day by day as good faculty members are leaving the institute because of non- conducive atmosphere.


DC prohibits opium cultivation

ROING, Oct 8: Lower Dibang Valley district Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan in a circular has prohibited the cultivation of opium and ganja in the district. He has directed all GBs to restrain individuals from illegal cultivation of opium and ganja. The circular further informed that enforcement drives shall be vigorously conducted to destroy any such illegal cultivation in the district and the guilty, if found, shall be dealt with as per appropriate provisions of law.

In another order, the District Magistrate has directed all the owners of domestic animals to confine their animals within a period of 15 days from the date of issue of this order, failing which action shall be initiated under appropriate sections of law.

Haphazard movement of domesticated animals in public places has become a cause of motor vehicle accidents, contamination of water bodies and health hazards, the order said.  DIPRO


Villagers’ plea to CS for intervention in land allotments

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Alleging that the community donated land for development of Daring circle headquarter has been arbitrarily allotted to private individuals, the villagers of Daring village have requested the Chief Secretary to intervene and take necessary action against the erring officials.

In a complaint to the CS, the villagers stated that the then Daring Circle Officer had made land allotments and approved them without any notification.

The villagers stated the development of the Circle headquarter should be kept as priority as the land was donated for that purpose.       


HC stays contract work on Bameng -Lada road

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Guahati High Court Itanagar Permanent bench on Tuesday gave stay order on contract work of Bameng to Lada road under PMGSY of Rural Works Department in East Kameng district.  Earlier, M/s Nayak Infrastructure Private Limited was awarded to execute the project.

The court in its ruling observed that the award of contract work has violated sub-clause (b) of clause 5.8 which specifically prohibited the opening of single tender.


Raids against illegal use of LPG cylinders

ROING, Oct 8: Lower Dibang Valley District Administration has seized 32 LPG cylinders and 11 LPG cards for illegal utilization of domestic cylinders for commercial purposes during raids that have been conducted in hotels, restaurants in the Roing township for the last several days.

In order to check illegal use of domestic LPG cylinders, such kinds of raid will be carried out from time to time in future too, informed an administrative officer. DIPRO


KVK Anjaw conducts training on oyster mushroom cultivation

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A daylong training programme on Oyster Mushroom production technology was organised by KVK, Anjaw at Paya on Oct 7. More than 40 farm women and rural youth attended the training.

Prasanta Mahanta, Farm Manager briefed the gathering about the importance of the training and also highlighted the role of Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Agriculture and allied fields.

Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection) Senpon Ngomle coordinated the training. He acquainted the participants on various aspects of mushroom cultivation and urged the participants to start cultivating mushroom on commercial scale.

Deciding to take up mushroom cultivation during the coming season, farmers B. Halai and S. Tulang appreciated the training provided.


Sanitation awareness rally

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A rally to create awareness on sanitation and cleanliness was organized by the department of PHE&WS, Ziro division as part of the month-long sanitation campaign being held nation-wide.

Over 300 students from various schools along with their teachers, PRI members and representatives from various NGOs took part in the rally holding placards and banners displaying messages on sanitation and cleanliness. The rally started from TPD ME School and passed through five villages--Bamin, Michi, Mudang-Tage, Duta and Hija--before its culmination at Dree ground.

The departmental officials through public announcement (PA) system suggested people to replace their old traditional style of toilets with more hygienic type and assured necessary assistance from the department for it.

Later, addressing the gathering at Dree ground, Apatani Youth Association (AYA) president Taku Chatung, who flagged off the rally along with Hija ZPM Dani Buker, said that the rally will greatly impact the minds of people and encourage them to maintain good sanitation practices and also help achieve the goal of ‘clean and green’ Ziro movement.

He also disclosed that the “Clean Kiile River” programme taken up by AYA will be started in November this year and appealed all to participate in cleaning the lone river of the Ziro Valley.

The organizing department distributed water testing kits to all the participating schools which were handed over by ZPM Dani Buker.


ATSU demands fair investigation

Karda Natam

DAPORIJO, Oct 8: All Tagin Students’ Union (ATSU) demanded Police to conduct thorough and fair investigation into the minor girl rape case of Aalo on September 23.

Expressing dissatisfaction over the manner in which the investigation is being conducted by Aalo Police, ATSU demanded legal action against the mother of the alleged rapist too as she was alleged to be one of the accomplices that led to the rape.

As per the description given by the victim, ATSU claimed, the gun which was used by the rapist during the incident did not match with the one (air gun) which was seized by the police.


Wildlife week celebrated

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Wildlife week was celebrated in the school premise of Wild Life and Green Sisters Society, Papu Nalah near Naharlagun on October 6 last. During the celebration, the students were taught about utility and beauty of nature and how to preserve endangered animals.


Tirap DEC recommends 22 FDR schemes

KHONSA, Oct 8: The District Executive Committee (DEC) of Tirap has recommended 22 Flood Damage Repair (FDR) schemes for submission to the government. The recommendation was made based on Board verification reports in a meeting of the DEC held here yesterday.

Tirap Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha, who presided over the meeting, expressed concern over the extensive damages caused to public and private properties, including standing crops, roads and buildings etc. during the last monsoon.

He asked the District Agriculture Officer (DAO) to resubmit the damage reports of four villages and also directed all other departments to prepare authentic and error-free reports pertaining to their departments regarding losses and damages due to natural calamities in Tirap district.

The DC also asked the administrative officers from different circles to immediately submit reports on natural calamities, especially on house damage due to fire, flood and landslide. He further asked the EE, PWD to prepare an estimate for early restoration of the footpath from DC office to the District Hospital. DIPRO


Free computer course

PASIGHAT, Oct 8: East Siang unit of All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has tied up with “Third Eye Computer Education” to provide free of cost computer training to unprivileged youths.

Local MLA Kaling Moyong inaugurated the first batch training at Mirmir Tiniali here today and appreciated the efforts of AAPLU. He emphasised on conducting such trainings to make the unemployed youths computer literate which will provide them better employment opportunities.

According to coordinator cum Institute Incharge Meen Sonar, 25 students will be attending the six months training.

The MLA assured to convince the district administration to allot a separate plot of land for establishment of the union’s office.

He also assured the executive members of APPLU that he would convince his colleague MLAs to adopt a policy to impart free computer training for the unprivileged youths in other parts of the state.

Zonal Chairman, APPLU Tabiram Moyong highlighted the computer course contents. DIPRO


Bazar FC to meet Khunnu FC in final

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Bazar FC will face Khunnu FC in the final of the first Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament on October 10.

Khunnu FC entered into final beating Lapnam FC 2-1 in a keenly contested match which was witnessed by 94-year-old Senphak Lowangcha, mother of former Home Minister Wanglat  Lowangcha.

Bazar FC beat Deomali FC 3-1 in the first semifinal yesterday.


News Impact

City police bust major criminal gang, arrest nine

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8:  Capital Police have busted a major criminal gang, thereby, preventing an imminent bank robbery from taking place.

Nine criminals have been arrested in this regard. The arrested persons are Aftab Sheikh, Bamang Rokpu, Tamchi Ponung, Hiba Tajuk, Tamchi Natung, Bamang John, Bake Takar, Hiba Siku and Hiba Changriang.

SP Itanagar Devender Arya made this revelation today during a press conference at police headquarters.

The group had allegedly planned to loot bank and had conducted reccee in and around Capital Complex, Papum Pare and Lower Subansiri districts.

However, due to the swift and prompt action by police, the same has been averted and entire gang arrested.

Giving details of the case SP informed, “Acting on an input that few notorious criminals were planning a bank robbery, a team was formed. SDPO ltanagar Techi Hanyir and SDPO Naharlagun, Jummar Basar along with SI Techi Nega and SI Karbom Tao were immediately tasked with verification of known criminals and their associates. This was followed by intense collection of intelligence,” shared SP Arya. “First, breakthrough came when a source informed about involvement of a criminal named Aftab Sheikh. He is a known bike lifter. Acting on this information, a search team was immediately detailed to verify all known addresses and hideouts. However he was not found at any places. Thereafter, search team zeroed on his wife who was interrogated and she disclosed about a new number Aftab was using to call her. She also informed that one Bamang Rokpu had called him after which he disappeared.

On 27th September morning, Aftab disappeared and kept on evading police,” informed SP. Further he added, “The search for Bamang Rokpu was conducted at all the known places. He was hiding himself along with his car. A raid was planned in Senki-View area on the information that his car was sighted in that area. The raid was successful and Bamang Rokpu along with Tamchi Ponung and Tamchi Natung were detained on 1st October. They were partying there. All the three were interrogated and they revealed the entire plan. As per their statement, the whole conspiracy was hatched by one Hiba Tajuk, a known and dreaded bank dacoit. He also disclosed the involvement of Bamang John, who was Hiba Tajuk's accomplice in various other robbery cases. Also involved was Bake Takar, who has been involved in three earlier robberies with arms.”

Based on the information collected from trio, capital police conducted raids in the area around Nyokum-Lapang.

“Close associates Hiba Siku and Hiba Changriang was arrested from Nyokum Lapang. Hiba Siku was wanted in many cases of robberies and was evading police arrest for the last one year. Siku is an engineering graduate and was also running a fake financial institution.  ASP Dipankar Mishra along with SI P Taku played a key role in this regard,” said SP Arya.

On the basis of information gathered, police raids were carried out in the forest areas around Kakoi and inter-state boundary in Kimin Circle under Papum Pare district. Raids were however not successful as Phassang Tapin, a resident of Kakoi allegedly helped them in escaping. He was subsequently arrested and interrogated by the police.

On the other hand, SI T.Habung and his team laid a trap to arrest Aftab Sheikh and were successful in arresting him.

On 5th of this month, police received input that Hiba Tajuk is hiding at Yazali.

“As soon as we got this information, OC Itanagar T Bage swung into action and contacted Yazali PS. Immediately, a team of Yazali police led by SI Inya Ete arrested Tajuk and that’s how the case was solved,” stated SP.

The police also seized huge cache of lethal Arms and Ammunitions, mobile phones, many SIM cards, tools to break open locks and the vehicles being used by the gang.



State police gearing up to tackle cyber crime

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8:  In a news which will be not please Facebook and Twitter users with fake names, the state police is finally putting all out efforts to fight against the growing cyber crime. Informing this, SP Capital Devender Arya, who has compiled a booklet on cyber crime which was released today by Home Minister Tanga Byaling stated that police has achieved some success in this regard.

“Police have received many complaints of people using fake Facebook ids to tarnish image and hurt sentiment of others. We have managed to crack some cases.  Remaining cases are in various stages and hopefully it will all be solved in days to come. It might take some time but we are certain about cracking all such cases,” said SP Capital.

Further he added, “We are regularly sending sub-inspectors to various centres to get training on cyber crime. Recently DSP rank officers have also been sent for training. With such effort, we are hoping to develop strong force to fight cyber crime.”

The booklet released on the occasion contained various information regarding how to tackle cyber crimes.



Citizens’ duty to share law and order upkeep: Byaling

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8:  Home Minister Tanga Byaling today said it is duty of every Arunachalee to ensure that law and order situation continues to improve in the state. Byaling said this while addressing the media persons at Police Headquarter.

“Every Arunachalee born in this state will one day die here only. We have no other home but only Arunachal. If we all don’t come together to make Arunachal a better place to live, who else will do? We all have to join hand together and work for the better future of state,” said Byaling.

Home Minister also claimed that law and order situation in Arunachal is much better compared to other states.

“If we compare with other NE states, our state is very peaceful. Our police force is also doing very good job. But it is only few misguided youths who form various unions, associations and thus create law and order problem by calling bandh call, holding rallies etc,” said HM.

He went on to add, “When these children breaks law, we are left with no choice but to take action as per law. But honestly, it does not give us any happiness to either lathicharge or put them behind bar. I appeal these youths to think for future and don’t become obstacle in the path of development.”

Byaling also called upon civil society bodies, intellectuals, senior citizens to come forward and help police in maintaining law and order. “Police alone will not be able to take care of every little thing. The role of citizens is very important. Criminals should be treated as criminals and should not be attached to any group. Just because a criminal is related to someone, they should not help such person.

What is the guarantee that such criminals will again not commit crime in the future,” said Byaling.

Home Minister felicitated the team of Itanagar police who were involved in busting of dacoit gang and also the team of women police station who recently rescued a minor girl who was sold by her own father.

DGP S Nithianandam, IGP N Payeng, AIGP Taba Tusar along with senior police officials was present on the occasion.



Himalayan legislators call for mountain specific policies, continuation of border schemes


IVth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit


Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8:  Himalayan Legislators have called for mountain specific policies and programmes and continuation of various schemes and projects meant for border areas.

The call came today during Indian Himalayan Legislator’s meet at the conference hall of the department of tourism as part of the ongoing 4th edition of Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, Itanagar.

A legislator from Jammu and Kashmir, Punchok Tashi talking about consequences of climate changes informed about how villages are being shifted.

“Policies which are being made in New Delhi do not take into account the various hardships that mountainous states have to face. With different topography, the needs of our states are different. What can we do if we are cut off for almost 6 months in a year,” he said making his point.

He stressed on involving more local populace during crisis.

Another legislator from Uttarakhand AP Maikhuri, who is also the Deputy Speaker, pointing out that places which were termed safe are no longer safe because of the climate change, called for concerted effort to combat global warming.

“We provide oxygen, pure water supply to the world. But in return, we get nothing,” he said focusing on why government should grant green bonus to the Himalayan state.

He also stressed on why government of India need to continue various schemes and projects meant for border areas saying that people are leaving border areas to shift to cities.

“The villages in the border areas need to be taken care of,” he said.

Legislator Meghalaya Kenedy C Khyriem while sharing how Cherapunji, which till sometime back was considered to be receiving the heaviest rainfall in the world, has lost to its nearby Mawsynram because of global warming wanted to know what GoI was doing to fight global warming and how legislators can help in achieving the much required transformation.

MLA from Nagaland Mmhonlumo Kikon who is also the parliamentary secretary for labour and employment suggested that a concrete proposal be included so that it can be discussed. He also urged that countries like Bhutan and Nepal also be included in such summits so that their perspective can be taken into account.

Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia delivering the keynote address emphasized on how the mountain states and their sensitive ecosystems are extremely vulnerable to climate change impacts.

President and general secretary of GLOBE India MPs Bhubaneshwar Kalita and PD Rai both urged that the legislators need to help state government in coming up with an action plan to help deal with climate change.

Shilpa Chohan of Indian Environment Law Offices made a presentation on climate change adaptation: role and relevance of international climate negotiations for Himalayan states and stressed on promoting organic farming. She emphasized on the proactive role of legislators to combat climate change so that inputs can be given for better solution.

Ravi Kishan of Climate Action Network South Asia made a presentation on Global Climate Change Debate: Indian Perspective. He warned that if the country fails to meet 2020-Emission, the cost of adaptation will increase and the available technologies will not be sufficient to tackle the climate change.

“The action has to be taken now. Or else it would be too late,” he said.

Scientist Dr RS Rawal spoke on Himalaya: features, facts and future under changing climate scenario.

Lok Sabha MP Arunachal East Ninong Ering, PHED Minister Takam Pario, Parliamentary Secretaries Nikh Kamin, Gum Tayeng, Mama Natung, Karya Bagang, Pani Taram and MLA Nyamar Karbak also attended the programme among others.



UNDP ready to partner with mountain states

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8:  UNDP Resident Coordinator, India Yuri Afanasiev has said that it is ready to extend help to the 11 mountain states as he asked the states to provide their views and inputs regarding strategic issues, sectoral priorities and key capacity gaps.

He said this while addressing the Chief Secretaries’ Conclave held at the sidelines of the IVth Sustainable Mountain Development Summit, at UD conference hall here today.

Afanasiev urged the states to work as joint collaborators with the UNDP by arriving on a common agenda for better development of the mountain states.

He said that the UNDP cannot become a major fund provider for the states, it can only act as a collaborator who needs the active support of the states in developing rural livelihood, he added.  

Highlighting the importance of National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the UN Resident Coordinator further urged the mountain states to roll out risk analysis and trace loses of funds.

He emphasised on priority issues like disaster prevention and  risk assessment with all the mountain states while adding that every time there is a disaster of any kind, the development activities of the mountain states are thrown 10 years back.

Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi said that issues like nutrition, proper marketing of resources besides, integration in agriculture, fishery and veterinary policy should be addressed.

Underscoring the need for special allocation to harness state’s forest resources, the Chief Secretary also called for developing the inherent talents of the locals with support of programmes like NERCORMP and NABARD etc.  He also highlighted the need for strict implemention of Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Act,  to ensure transparency in fiscal operation of the government and that funds are judiciously used for people’s welfare.

While highlighting the key issues affecting the proper implementation of funds in the North East and Himalayan states, UNDP Consultant, DR. NC Saxena suggested setting up a cell with the Chief Secretaries of the 8 North East and 3 Himalayan states to improve the capacity of department to design, formulate proposals and implement policies and programmes including speedy clearance of large projects.

Expressing concern over the present poor state of the planning, Prof. Manoj Pant of the Centre for International, School of International Studies, JNU New Delhi, Trade and Development called for reinventing of the department.

  Integrated Mountain Initiative, Programme Director, Mridula Paul and Integrated Mountain Initiative Vice-President Alemtemshi Jamir also spoke on the occasion.  



Safeguard tribal rights over the land, river and forest

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: In a joint representation submitted to the Chairman, Parliamentary Committee on Govt Assurance on Hydropower, Husain Dalwai, MP, Rajya Sabha who were on a study tour to the state capital, project affected people of four Siang Districts of Arunachal Pradesh in a joint representation has called for safeguarding the tribal rights over the land, river and forest.

They said this in the backdrop of proposed hydroelectric projects over the mighty Siang, Siyom (Yomgo) rivers and its tributaries in Siang Valley.

44 large and small Dams are proposed to be constructed in the Valley.

MoU/MoA has been already executed with various power developers by the state government without any consultation or consent with affected peoples of the proposed projects, the memorandum read as it expressed its opposition to the dams.

Power policies adopted by the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh needs to be reviewed as there are no clear cut guidelines for Relief & Rehabilitation.

They also called for review of MoU/MoA as there are lots of discrepancies before obtaining the Environmental & forest Clearance.

It further stated that EIA reports have been prepared without verifying the facts ignoring basic indigenous rights.

Ministry of Environment and Forest should not grant Forest and Environmental Clearance unless the concerns of the people are addressed, the representation said.

Dalwai is reported to have assured that the necessary recommendation shall be made to safeguard the rights of indigenous tribes of Siang basin.

Nyiko Bachao Forum, Siang Peoples Forum, Siang Bachao Federation, Forum for Siang Dialogue, Mebo Bachao Committee, Siang Indigenous Farmers Forum, Dam Affected Peoples Forum & Dam Affected Peoples Forum of Siyom & Sirit Banggo gave the joint memorandum to the Committee chairman.



Involvement of young generation essential for wildlife conservation

Wildlife week celebration ends


Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The 61st Wildlife Week celebration came to an end today with a program with young people at the office of Principal Chief Conservator of Forest.

Speaking at the event, PCCF  and principal secretary E & F Dr Shasi Kumar informed that one of the main objectives for celebrating the Wildlife Week was to  bring awareness on importance of wildlife among the younger generation, which he hoped was achieved from the competitions where several schools participated.  He also highlighted the role of children and students in conservation of biodiversity and urged them to carry forward the message to the people of the state of the need to conserve forest and wildlife.

Appreciating the tribal culture, where both human and wildlife co-exist in harmony, Dr Kumar stressed on continuing the tribal culture for the benefit of both. He added that the importance of wildlife which tribal society has known since ages should be passed down to the younger generation.

Dr. Rabindra Kumar, PCCF (WL&BD) and CWLW briefed about the importance and significance of celebrating the wildlife week and various activities taken up by the Department during the celebration from October 2.

A couple of students also spoke on the occasion. The function was attended by school children, their parents and teachers which was coordinated by Joram Dopum, deputy wildlife warden, Itanagar.

The event also saw distribution of prizes to the winners of an essay competition held recently on the topic ‘Wildlife and its Importance’ and Drawing competition on the topic ‘Any wild animal or bird of Arunachal” held at Biological Park.

Moji Bogo (Class IX) of VKV, Itanagar was adjudged as the winner of the essay competition while Toyum Ngomdir (Class X) of KV No. 1, Naharlagun and Syed Tariful Islam (Class IX) of VKV Itanagar were adjudged as the second and third prize winner respectively under senior category. Rubu Nampi (Class VIII) of VKV Vivek Vihar, Ashly Ann Shibu (Class VIII) of KV no 2, Itanagar and Jirbi Karlo (Class VIII) of VKV Vivek Vihar were adjudged as first, second and third prize winners of essay competition under junior category. Aryan Chetia (Class V) of VKV Chimpu, Sanchali Deb (Class IV) of VKV Vivek Vihar, and Siba Sikom (Class II) were adjudged as first, second and third prize winners of drawing and painting competition.



India, China hold border talks to avoid stand-offs

BEIJING, Oct 8:  Indian and Chinese officials have held talks in Beijing to review measures to avoid stand-offs between their troops along the disputed border amid allegations by the PLA that removal of a surveillance hut by Indian soldiers last month was a violation of consensus to maintain peace.

The Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China Border Affairs (WMCC) consisting of officials from the foreign ministries and militaries of both countries met recently to review its functioning.

The mechanism has become a crucial avenue since 2013 for both sides to address tensions arising from stand-offs between the two militaries aggressively patrolling the areas claimed by both sides.

While Indian officials declined to comment on the talks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told a media briefing here today "we hope that through these consultations we can work out how to better safeguard the peace and tranquility in the border areas and implement the consensus reached by our leaders".

Since the 2013 face off at Depsang in Ladakh during which Chinese troops pitched tents ahead of the crucial visit of Premier Li Keqiang to India, few more such stand offs have taken place in Ladakh region.

A similar face off took place at Chumar in Ladakh during President Xi Jinping's visit to India in 2014. It was resolved after several weeks of talks.

The WMCC talks are also being held ahead of the annual anti-terrorism exercises between the two militaries in China's Kunming city from 11 to 24 October in which 144 troops from both sides will take part.

In the last round of WMCC talks held in New Delhi last year, both sides reached consensus on several additional confidence building measures and agreed to implement them at the earliest.

The measures include regular interaction between the army headquarters and field commands of the two sides, opening of additional border personnel meeting points and more telecommunication linkages between forward posts of the two sides at mutually agreed locations.

Since then, the two sides held sectoral commanders meetings at different places and exchanged greetings during their respective national days.PTI



2nd State Boxing Championship begins today

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The second state level boxing championship will be held at RG Stadium, Naharlagun from October 9.

Over 200 pugilists from 12 districts and Boxing Capital Complex are participating in the championship. The participating districts are Kurung Kumey, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kra Daadi, West Siang, Tirap, Changlang, Longding, East Kameng, West Kameng, Dibang Valley, Papum Pare.

Officials from Army Boys Company of Gorkha Training Centre, Shillong will be here on boxing talent hunt during the championship and observe the performance of the boxers. Selected players will be admitted in GTC, Shillong and groom them.

Currently, there are three boxers in GTC from Arunachal Pradesh namely Kogam Potom, Hongrang Kongkang and Ghanshyam Chettry.  

Sports Authority of Arunachal Chairman Gora Makik will inaugurate the tournament on October 9 along with Arunachal Weightlifting Association President Abraham K Techi, according to organizing committee.



CM’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran

Badminton Championship re-scheduled


ITANAGAR, Oct 08: The Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has decided to organize the second edition of the Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Badminton Championship 2015 from December 11 to 13 next which was supposedly to be conducted from November 6 to 8.

The decision was taken following revision of Badminton Association of India's (BAI) calendar and busy schedule and engagement of the state players with the Zonal Badminton Championship, said ASBA Secretary Bamang Tago.

Organizing Committee Chairman Kalyan Dutta informed that the event this time is being organized by the state players so that they can gain experience in order to conduct major tournaments in the future.

He further urged everyone to perform their part with full dedication and sincerity.

Organizing Secretary Penya Bagra informed that the championship would be held for players of age 35 years, 40 years, 45 years and 50 years and above in singles, doubles and mixed doubles.



ATA favours appointment on seniority basis

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA) favoured filling up the vacant post of Director of Elementary Education and soon-to-be vacant post of Director of Secondary Education from amongst the senior most Joint Directors of Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Principal SCERT.

ATA adopted the resolution in a meeting taking into account the long experiences and expertise of these senior officers in the field of education, according to an ATA release.

In its release, ATA stated that these senior officers are quite eligible for their legitimate promotion to the posts of Directors since they have been enjoying the grade pay of Rs7, 600 since the implementation of the 6th CPC as there is no separate grade pay for the post of Principals, DDSEs and the Joint Directors.

ATA also vehemently opposed the reported move of the present incumbent Director of Secondary Education (DSE) for extension of his service period. “Such practice of availing service extension would adversely affect the morale of the junior officers which may lead to curtailment of promotional avenues of immediate successors who are next on waiting for the same post,” stated ATA in the release.

ATA said it has submitted a memorandum to the Education Minister urging him to consider the demands of the teachers in the greater interest of the state.

The post of Director of Elementary Education is lying vacant after the retirement of Bodong Yirang on August 31 while Director of Secondary Education Tapang Taloh is retiring on October 31 this year, informed ATA.



DA holds coordination meeting to thwart sexual assaults in schools

YINGKIONG, Oct  8: Taking serous note of sexually assault case of minor girl at Geku last month, Upper Siang  district administration  has  conducted a coordination meeting of owners/principals of private and residential schools including KGB/JNV/ Kendra Vidhyalay in the  district here today. The main objective of the meeting was to inculcate awareness among the teachers and school management committees in order to prevent recurrence of such sexual abuse in future.

Presiding over the meeting, Deputy Commissioner Remo Kamki while stressing on maintaining strict discipline, asked the teachers to impart quality education to the students. He suggested Principals to engage female wardens for girls’ hostel and separate dining hall for boys and girls.

The Deputy Commissioner also asked the DDSE to depute officers of education department to inspect all the schools and conduct coordination meeting with the principals and teachers at least twice in a year.

Kamki further  called upon  the  school Principals to  ensure participation of their schools in government programmes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan and  anti-drug awareness campaign. DIPRO



UN representatives meet Tuki

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: A UN delegation led by UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative of India, Dr. Yuri Afanasiev called on Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at his official residence today as part of the visit to the state to participate in the fourth edition of the annual Sustainable Mountain Development Summit that brings together representatives from twelve mountain states to discuss common issues and developmental challenges.

 The area of discussion common to the mountain states ranged from forest conservation to agriculture and allied sector and included suggestions on alternate source of funding on viable schemes and programmes in the state.

 The UN team appreciated the state for maintaining its rich forest resource and said that it has been contributing immensely in containing the alarming global warming.

Afanasiev shared that the UN delegation was participating in the Summit to listen to the concerns of the mountain states and to explore how a regional approach could address common concerns. The team referred to a specific regional programme on Medicinal Plant Conservation that is producing interesting results

CM Tuki, while assuring to provide all possible help and support, divulged upon the steps initiated by his government in the direction. He also pointed out that there is a huge community participation in protection and preservation of forest in the state led by common citizens that provides ownership of the forests and environment by the people –a sure measure of sustainable management in which the women play an important role.

Being a late starter in the process of development, the state needs lot of support from various quarters to catch up with other developed states, Tuki emphatically said. He further revealed on growing culture of opium cultivation in certain parts of eastern Arunachal and pointed to the need to create alternative sources of income for the farmers that would not only provide enhanced resources but also wean away the farmers from destructive farming

The UN team included Dr. Jaco Cilliers, Country Director UNDP, Dr. NC Saxena, Senior Advisor, UNDP India and Radhika Kaul Batra, UN Coordination Advisor; and Ruchi Pant, Programme Officer, UNDP. From the state, Education Minister TapangTaloh, Advocate General Ranji Thomas and Political Secretary to CM BamangTago were present.



Huge quantities of illegal alcohol confiscated

Karyir Riba

ROING, Oct 8: Huge quantities of illegally manufactured local alcohol was confiscated in a raid conducted by the Adi Bane Kebang Women Wing (ABKWW) Lower Dibang Valley district at Shantipur Dakkin Line area here yesterday. The raid was assisted by CO Kamin Darang and OC Singh and was conducted following repeated complaints against the illegal sale of alcohol in the area.

Huge quantities of IMFL and Roksi (local alcohol) were seized from around 20 houses.

ABKWW general secretary Oseng Apum Yirang lauded the prompt action taken by DC Roing Ravi Dhavan in favour of raid. It has been brought to our notice that even after numerous raids in this area, the residents are adamant to go against the law. We hope that the DA and the police department conduct regular raids and impose rule of law in this area, she said.

While informing that the Roksi is prepared under unhygienic conditions using extremely dirty and poisonous substances, she said that such illegal alcohol is not only harming the younger generation but also killing them.

ABKWW president Tinam Tayeng Lego informed that most of the customers of the area were found to be youths. "It was very sad for us to see mostly young boys were  drinking this poisonous substance", she said.

"According to the OC incharge of Shantipur, only 8 police personnel are posted and so it is difficult to curb the menace. Once the raid is over, they start it again", she adds.



Gadi takes stock of roads and bridges in capital

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: PWD Minister Gojen Gadi today inspected the ongoing road and bridge works in various sectors and colonies within capital complex.

He visited the ongoing CC pavement road from RK Mission tri-junction to Capital Division-B at Senki Park along with Chief Engineer, PWD (WZ) Katung Wage and other departmental engineers and verified the recently completed 1 km CC road of Chandanagar. He also took stock of the ongoing RCC bridge construction at E Sector-Niti Vihar road via Abo-Tani colony and instructed the department concerned to complete the bridge soon. He allocated Rs 80 lakhs to complete the work immediately so as to minimize the traffic congestion on the national highway.

Later, Gadi and the team of officials also visited the proposed bypass road from ‘0’ Point Tinali to Pach-Ali and verified the damaged culverts and landslides during the last torrential rain snapping the road.

He suggested the accompanying departmental officials/engineers to start restoration work immediately. He assured to provide fund for procurement of materials so that the work could be completed very soon.



4th Himalayan photography competition exhibit at SMDS-IV


Chow Bilaseng Namchoom

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit-IV (SMDS-IV) at Banquet Hall Itanagar is hosting its 4th Himalayan photography competition exhibit till Oct 9. The photo exhibition was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in presence of host of delegates from 11 Himalayan Mountain states where he also gave away certificates and cash awards to the winners of the photo competition at Banquet Hall, Itanagar yesterday.

A total of 94 photos on the themes of Natural Disaster, Water & Forest and Mountain Agriculture are being exhibited where eight rare photos from the archives of Directorate of Information & Public Relations along with 18 photos from Sustainable Development Forum Arunachal Pradesh (SDFA) and two from Arunachal Press Club (APC) are being exhibited at the venue of SMDS-IV.

From the 94 photos in the gallery, 72 photos were received as entries to the Photo Competition which were divided into Senior and Student categories. Out of the 72 photographs, only 6 photos earned a prize ribbon. Winners in the senior category are Kishon Tekseng, first place for his photo titled on theme “Natural Disaster”, Minken Tassar, second place for “Mountain Agriculture” and Nabam Tadi and Dr. Marak Pertin jointly shared the third place for their “Mountain Agriculture” & “Forest & Water”. In the student category, Zena Pertin, bagged the first prize for her piece titled “Life on high hills” and Taro Sia got the second place for her photo on “Natural Disaster”.

The judges for the photo competition were K.K.Chakraborty, Photography Officer in DIPR, Sunil Koijam, HoD of Mass Communication, RGU, Hali Welly, President Arunachal Photography Club and Moyir Riba from CCRD. Chow Bilaseng Namchoom was the organizer of Photography Competition SMDS-IV. The photos for the competition were judged based on creativity, how best picture captures the theme, quality and genuineness/authenticity of the content.

The competitions goal was to showcase the best in mountain-themed photo essays-to recognize the best stories told through a series of still images illustrating the mountain related stories on the themes of Natural Disaster, Forest & Water and Mountain Agriculture.



Arunachal police doing commendable job: HM

Itanagar, Oct 8: Arunachal Pradesh Home Minister Tanga Byaling today said the law and order situation in the state is comparatively better in comparison to other states of North East.

"Though the crime figure (IPC cases) of 1884 cases in 2014 rose to 1980 till August 31 this year, the police in the state are doing exceptionally well to contain crimes and criminals," he said at the police headquarters here.

The percentage of cases solved this year is 80 in comparison to 65.67 last year, he told a press conference in which DGP S Nithiyandam, IGP (Law and Order) Navin Payeng and other senior police officials were persent.

"Arunachal stands second to Tripura (in the North East region in crime cases," the home minister said.

Terming bandh culture as a deterrent to development, he said efforts should be made to curb the menace.

"People should realize that what they have been doing will have a direct bearing on the future generation," he said adding, law and order is the duty of all, not just of the police or the home minister who is a 'casual labourer'.

Byaling advocated promotion on the basis of performance and not on seniority as performers may be deprived in that case, he said.

To a question, the DGP said the total number of registered Chakma-Hajong refugees in the state is 51,507.

The Supreme Court in September directed the Centre and Arunachal Pradesh government to grant citizenship within three months to Chakmas and Hajongs tribals who had migrated from Bangladesh, saying they cannot be discriminated in any manner.

Referring to that order, IGP Payeng said if situation deteriorates the state would seek central forces as the state has comparatively less police strength. PTI



‘Get your child immunized to avoid common and vaccine preventable diseases’

ITANAGAR, Oct 8: The second phase of Mission Indradhanush for immunization of children of age 0-2 years against seven vaccine preventable diseases has been launched in all the identified districts yesterday.

At Khonsa, Deputy Commissioner Ravi Jha and the DMO formally launched the immunization programme in the district by administering polio vaccines (drops) to a child at Anganwadi centre, ALC Colony. House to house vaccination programme was also carried out in and around the colony by the nurses and health workers later in the day.

The district medical officer and officers and official of child development department were present during the launching programme.

At Daporijo, the district headquarters of Upper Subansiri, the programme was launched by Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom administering oral vaccine to a child at the District Hospital.

The DC hoped the district would achieve maximum immunization coverage with active participation of all the stakeholders.  He gave emphasis on good micro level planning for successful implementation of the programme.

The aim of the programme is to fully immunize all the left-out and drop out children and pregnant women, informed DRCHO Dr. G Hangkar, adding that the four-month-long vaccination programme will be carried out seven days in a month starting on the 7th day of each month.

The DMO Dr. R Tatan briefed on the necessity of carrying out the second phase of the immunization programme.

Immunization programme was also launched in all the blocks and health facilities and centres of Papum Pare district, Yupia.

Dr. J. Ado, DRCHO cum CEO, DHS, Yupia appealed to the parents and guidance to get their child immunized in order to avoid most common and vaccine preventable diseases.

At Pasighat, Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla launched the immunization programme at Dony Polo Tea Estate, Sille-Oyan in presence of DMO Dr. Mandip Perme, Deputy Director (ICDS) Ponung Ering Angu, DRCHO Dr. Tatok, Oyan CO O Gao and Panchayat leaders.

The Deputy Commissioner emphasized on the need to create mass awareness on health schemes and programmes. She urged the parents to come forward without any hesitation and get their child vaccinated. She urged the GBs to create awareness amongst the villagers to remove misconceptions, if any, about vaccination. According to official sources six children and one pregnant lady were immunized during the day.

The GBs, local people and workers of tea garden were present on the occasion.

Mission Indradhanush-II was also launched at Bordumsa.



Rijiju says illegal migration,trafficking pose threats to stability

NEW DELHI, Oct 8: Illegal migration, coupled with human trafficking, drugs, weapons smuggling cartels and hawala trade, pose serious threat to stability of nations, Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said today.

In his opening address to the first ministerial meeting of the head of migration authorities of BRICS countries at Sochi in Russia, Rijiju said India is committed against illegal migration and will continue to take all steps to curb the same.  

Maintaining that India does not have contentious migration issues with BRICS partners, Rijiju said this should facilitate freer travel of Indians to other BRICS countries through liberalised visa regimes.

The Union Minister said all BRICS countries -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- encounter serious problems related to illegal migration from the neighbouring countries, along with issues related to human trafficking and smuggling.

The issue is associated with the expansion of number of people located outside the legal framework, proliferation of organised crime, the growing corruption, child abuse and other types of exploitation of human beings. "Not only this, human trafficking rackets have increasingly been in league with drugs and weapons smuggling and creates serious security breaches, along with illegal financial transfers in financing various illegal activities including terrorism, the Minister of State for Home said.

Underlying the positive impacts of migration, Rijiju pointed out the pressure posed by illegal migration on the labour market and social fabric.

He said large scale immigration leads to the fear of erosion of local culture, ethnic and religious unity of the receiving society.

"Sometimes these issues become highly emotive and threaten the basis fabric of society. India has witnessed large scale illegal migration and its impact on socio-economic and cultural fabric of the society," he said, according to an official release here. PTI



Health sector getting healthier

Dodum Yangfo

Recently someone had posted on Facebook (which in fact is the most happening field in communication medium at the moment) thanking the state government and particularly the Chief Minister for the benevolent and never-thought-before scheme called the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme (APCMUHIS). In SMS-genre English, the person shared how the scheme saved the life of a relative by availing free treatment, who otherwise could not have afforded it owing to his poor family background. Like him, hundreds and thousands of Arunachalees are availing the benefits of the scheme, which may not be visible in general but is being realized gratefully by family and friends.

 The APCMUHIS was introduced during the year 2013-14. It has so far enrolled 86 percent eligible households. It is a no-mean achievement that more than 6000 individuals have successfully availed benefits from this scheme so far.

 The benefits of the scheme are multi-pronged. While poor families are availing cash-free treatment for various diseases in government empanelled hospitals across the country through smart cards offered on enrolment, the burden on public exchequer has been lessened to a large extent in terms of paying medical reimbursement claimed by government employees. For information, all government employees (non-APST too) - except a few belonging to the creamy layer - are eligible for the scheme.

 As per official records, the premium paid last financial year for insurance coverage was only Rs. 10 crore compared to the annual outflow of about Rs. 30 crore in the form of medical reimbursement. This is a huge saving. The saved money can well be utilized in other sectors such as education and infrastructure development.

 Considering the immense benefit being provided to the people from this single social welfare scheme; besides keeping in mind the savings it made to the exchequer, the state government this year has increased the insurance cover from Rs. 2 lakhs to Rs. 3 lakhs per household per annum. Compare it to the insurance cover being provided by the Center under the newly launched Health Insurance Scheme which offers a cover of only Rs 50000 per annum on payment of a premium of Rs 700-800 per year. APCMUHIS must be the highest paying insurance scheme of the country. Add to it that the insurer doesn’t have to pay anything – neither for enrolment nor the annual premium. The government does it for the insurer.

It is appreciable that the recently formed State Development Council (SDC) in its meeting has resolved to extend the reach of the scheme and cover under it all remaining uncovered households. An amount of Rs. 30 crore has been placed for implementation of the scheme this year, which is a quantum jump from last year’s Rs 10 crore.

The scheme has drawn the attention of many. It has been reported that several states, especially of the North East, have sought the formula of the scheme from the state government. As a proof of its success, APCMUHIS has been rated amongst the ‘Top 12 Health Projects in India’ for the year 2015. On September 24 the project was awarded “Skoch Order of Merit” in a glittering ceremony at India Habitat Center, New Delhi. Known for its independent and exceptional research, Skoch Award is also distinctive in awardees selection approach. The Skoch Award is known to follow the most rigorous process of selection and it is a no mean achievement for Arunachal to bag the award for the unique health insurance scheme.

No doubt the insurance scheme is quite benevolent and a boon to the needy and poor, but its proper implementation is a must. Time and again complaints have been reported of alleged mis-utilization of the scheme, particularly by empanelled hospitals as well as the beneficiaries themselves. Few hospitals have been accused of raising inflated bills and charge it from the insurer’s account. In other words, if the insurer has availed treatment of say about Rs 30000, the hospital would charge and bill for about Rs 1 lakh. This is a gross manipulation – while the government would be unnecessarily paying more, the insurer will lose precious extra from his insurance cover. A fool-proof system has to be put in place to check such misdemeanors. On the other hand, few unscrupulous beneficiaries are also taking extra benefits from the scheme by way of getting each of their family members insured separately. If it is so, a family of five members would be availing a benefit of insurance cover of Rs 15 lakhs per annum. The decision of the government to consider EPIC and census records of citizens for enrolment under the insurance scheme is probably a suitable solution to this issue.     

APCMUHIS apart, the state government also needs a pat on its back for some other novel initiatives to boost the health sector. A new and a novel initiative is the provision of low cost generic drug stores to be introduced in all district hospitals of the state in convergence with the Center’s Jan Aushadi Scheme. Under this programme, the people specially the poor can avail generic medicines at a cheaper price. Besides this, according to health authorities, an amount of Rs. 10 crore has been allotted for procurement of medicines and Rs. 2 crore for procurement of machineries and equipments for the five General Hospitals and 12 District Hospitals of the state this year. Further, in order that people get quality treatment, about 65 posts of Specialist in various sections has been proposed to be filled up this year.

The academic session of GNM schools has already started at Naharlagun & Pasighat while, that of Daporijo is to be started in the next academic session. Similarly, ANM Schools are to be started at Tawang, Aalo and Namsai. This is going to add a good numbers of medical personnel/staff to the various hospitals besides generating employment avenues for those students wanting to join the medical profession.

With the curving out of new districts, more hospitals and health care centers are required. As such, the government has opted for construction of six new District Hospital Buildings (of 100 beds) at Doimukh, Longding, Namsai, Lower Siang, Siang, and Kra-Daadi. The project is to be taken up in a phased manner, official sources informed.

It has also been proposed that the Tertiary Cancer Centre at Naharlagun will be equipped with a radiation cobalt therapy source which shall be procured from Atomic Energy Regularity Board (AERB).

Another major initiative of the government that needs mention is the directive to the Health department to collect data on places of postings of its employees and rationalize their placement equitably in all the districts, preferably within one month. In the recent SDC meetings it was made clear that all the CHCs and PHCs have to be made functional with systematic transfer and posting of medical staff. This is a welcome step, especially when it is everybody’s knowledge that several CHCs and PHCs are lying defunct or somehow running without adequate staff and medicine. All said and done, the real test, for the government lies ahead in making its projects and initiatives a reality on the ground. If the words of mouth and words on papers remain only where it originated, people will not give any credit to the government. The onus, therefore, lies on the people at the helm of affairs.


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Message of tolerance

The unfortunate killing of a Muslim man recently over suspicion that he ate beef has triggered massive debate across the country. Even as whole country was debating over this issue, Prime Minister Narendra Modi kept quite. Opposition parties as well as right activists questioned his deafening silence. But today PM finally broke his silence and spoke about the issue. Addressing an election rally at Nawada in Bihar, Modi said Hindus and Muslims should work together to fight the common enemy of poverty.

Without referring to Dadri lynching incident he asked people to ignore controversial statements made by politicians, saying they are doing so for political gains. President Pranab Mukherjee also today warned that "hate speech and fear mongering" should stop and asserted that religion should not be used as a mask to satisfy hunger for power of some individuals.  He said this in an interview to Arabic daily Al Ghad ahead of his visit to Jordan. The statements of President and Prime Minister should send out strong message of religious tolerance. For centuries people from various religious groups have peacefully lived together in India.  Infact India has won respect across the world for its cultural as well as religious diversity. Few fringe elements have no right to destroy the century old social fabric of the nation. President Mukherjee and PM Modi have shown the path of religious tolerance with their strong statements. Hopefully people of India will take their words seriously and maintain communal harmony.




---- Readers Forum ----


Peoples' Voices Missing from Sustainable Mountain Development Summit – IV


Dear Editor,

The Sustainable Mountain Development Summit is an opportunity for peoples of the mountain states to articulate their visions and ideas for their wholistic development and progress. It is a space where decision makers formulate ideas for securing economic and ecological security of the mountain regions based on deep consultations with a variety of representatives from elected bodies, various sectors, specialised institutions, experts, community organisations, peoples forums, international agencies, etc. The Summit also provides a space for critiquing existing policies and schemes and for making a pitch to evolving new ones that reflect the aspirations of mountain communities. This year the Summit is also a historic opportunity for various mountain states and the Government of India to integrate development policies and schemes with the overarching need of working with the community of nations in tackling climate change in preparation for the 21st Conference of Parties on Climate Change due to be held in Paris this December.

It is indeed heartening that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh, along with various other regional Governments and affiliate organisations, have brought together a variety of representatives to discuss issues and concerns relating to Forests, Disaster Risk Reduction and Mountain Agriculture as focal themes of the Summit with the intention of formulating key recommendations.

The seriousness attached to listening in to the Summit's discussions and recommendations that are evolving is evident in the fact that Mr. Nabam Tuki, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, participated in the Summit and freely and informally interacted with participants. Similarly, Surendra Singh Negi, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, AYUSH and Science and Technology of Uttarkhand participated and addressed the gathering, thus emphasising the importance of the Summit across the length and breadth of the Himalayan region. Besides, Legislators from several mountain States have disarmingly participated in the Summit and set precedents for fresh ways of democratic engagement.

That said, what is starkly evident in the Summit is the almost total absence of community leaders from villages and indigenous peoples networks, and of civil society representatives but for a handful.

From a review of the sessions of the Summit, it is further evident that there has been little attention paid to address various critical concerns that are key to the mountain peoples. In particular:

1. The Government of India through the Ministry of Environment and Forests, & Climate Change, has proposed a formulation of a new Forest Policy to replace the National Forest Policy, 1988. This exercise is being undertaken by Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, and other such agencies, but with least participation from Legislators and Parliamentarians across the country. People at large are wholly ignorant of the whole exercise. The Summit has failed to capture the enormous importance of this ongoing process and it is critical that it recommends strongly to the Union Government that such policy formulation has to be done transparently, and with deep and widespread participation from across India.

2. Peoples of the Himalayan Mountain states are also particularly vulnerable to massive displacement and dislocation as their Right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent in promoting various developments has been given the go-by due to the decision of the Union Government to exempt defence projects, border roads and various other infrastructure projects from the need to secure prior environmental and forest clearances if they are within 100 kms of the Line of Control. This would, in effect, result in the suspension of the due Fundamental and Community Rights of local communities, particularly those directly and indirectly impacted by proposed projects, and takes away various safeguards and guarantees enshrined in the Constitution of India. It also appears that this decision of the Union Government is being exploited to bring in a variety of infrastructure projects, especially dams, without in any manner comprehending their environmental and social impacts. In all progressive nations of the world, defense projects are not spared from civilian oversight for their environmental and social impacts, and there is no reason why India and its mountain states should adopt such regressive measures. In effect, this has resulted in a suspension of democratic participation of peoples from thousands of villages and towns all along the Line of Control, and is a decision that must quickly be withdrawn.

3. The Summit has addressed reasonably well the critical importance of highlighting the special needs of mountain communities. However, there is lack of focus on the need for evolving laws, policies and schemes appropriate for the region, and the need for reviewing existing ones to make adapt with the special ways of life and individual and collective ownership of forests and other natural resources, especially in the North-Eastern States. This gap needs to be closed with due dispatch.

4. The Himalayan states of India are a treasure trove of agro-ecological biodiversity. With about 60% of the forests directly owned and controlled by communities or under private ownership, especially in the North-Eastern states, there clearly is a case for the rest of India to acknowledge this immense contribution being made by the mountain peoples to the nation's economy. Despite all the threats and disturbances, communities have held on to their nature and people centric structures of governance in sustainably utilising and protecting forests, rivers and biodiversity. Such paradigms of development to be sustained for posterity, it is imperative that communities must be supported through the strengthening of the local economy rather than integrating them to the unsustainable global markets.

5. The Summit seems to be investing undue emphasis on changing the highly nature centric and economically sustainable production of food and other needs in Himalayan mountain states, to a highly financialised and capital intensive agro-products market system. This is likely to erode the control of farming and indigenous communities over their lands, natural resources and knowledge systems.

6. The focus in the Summit appears to be on building capital intensive and mega-projects, which entail massive risks – economic, social and ecological. There is little or no emphasis for evolving existing small towns and cities as sustainable urban areas that are capable of retaining the creative zeal of the predominantly young population of the mountain regions. There is an acute need for evolving an urbanisation policy suitable for the mountain areas, that comprehends acutely the environmental limits for urbanisation and the minimal capacities the region has in to and mitigating environmental impacts.

7. The Summit's focus could have been more on increasing the capacities for saving lives and livelihoods due to natural and human induced disasters, rather than on projecting and protecting big investments and infrastructure as the way forward.

It is hoped that in the day that is remaining of the Summit, these critical concerns would find the focus necessary so that the hopes and aspirations of the Himalayan Mountain peoples is acknowledged. The undersigned representatives of various civil society organisations appeal to the Summit participants to propose policies and developments that are ecologically sustainable, economically viable and socially just.


North-East Peoples Alliance

All India Union of Forest Working People

Bharat Jan Vigyan Jatha Environment Support Group, Bangalore

Beyond Copenhagen Collective



A good idea

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to article by Mr Basu on separate page for environment. He has truly got a superb idea. Such initiative will really bring clean environment awareness among local people. These days mostly because of lack of such awareness people throw their garbage here and there which not only makes surrounding dirty but also spread several diseases. We urge our dear editor to implement such marvellous idea into action and witness the changes they bring.


Concerned Citizen



Our MLA can do no wrong

Dear Editor,

The news of resignation of the people’s representative of 55-Khonsa East Assembly constituency MLA Wanglam Sawin from the hallowed State Legislative Assembly has come like a bolt from the blue for the people of Tirap district in general and of 55-Khonsa East Constituency in particular. As a matter of fact, no MLA can resign from the State Assembly on his own without consulting his people. It has never happened in the political history of the state. The news of the resignation of MLA Wanglam Sawin has been spread by people having a vested interest. There is absolutely no iota of truth in the rumour making the round. MLA Sawin was elected by the people of 55-Khonsa East with a thumping majority in the last Assembly elections and they repose their unflinching faith in his able leadership. It’s a matter of simple common sense that no MLA would belie the hopes and aspirations of his voters and negate their mandate.

Moreover, MLA Wanglam Sawin himself has clarified in the press stating that the signature was taken by one MLA on an undated paper from 17 MLAs during a meeting on 16th September-2015.

Now, the pertinent question is where are the other 15 MLAs? Why are there names not mentioned anywhere in the media? Why are MLAs Wanglam Sawin and Gabriel D. Wangsu singled out? This smacks of a foul play by some unscrupulous individuals.

MLA Wanglam Sawin has not done any wrong as he is a firm believer in the democratic set up of the state and the country.

As die-hard supporters of Sawin, we the voters of 55-Khonsa East Assembly Constituency are hurt and deeply shocked by the baseless news spread by some people who harbour a vendetta against the people of 55-Khonsa East Assembly Constituency. Having said that we are law-abiding people and the law of the land will take its own course. However, we say with conviction that our MLA has not done anything wrong. He cannot do wrong.

Lastly, we vehemently condemn the unbecoming and undemocratic action of some individuals who are trying to tarnish the good image of our MLA Wanglam Sawin. Such undemocratic and abominable act should not repeat in the future.        


H. Hosai,

Rianlang Bosai

Wangjet Kuma

Nokjo Wanghop




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