October 11

MPs take stock of school vandalism

ROING, Oct 10: Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, East Parliamentary Constituency, Ninong Ering and Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Mukut Mithi today visited the Government Higher Secondary School Roing to take stock of the situation after yesterday’s vandalism incident.

Condemning the incident, both the MPs expressed unhappiness over the school's destruction.

While Ering assured that he will sanction funds for maintenance of the school, Mithi pointed out the need for a new structure for the school as the present building is very old. He assured that the proposal for this will be pursued at the Centre.


Call to curb criminal activity

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Claiming that various criminals’ activities are taking place at Niti Vihar area, the councillor of ward no. 8, Itanagar Municipal Council Donik Tayu has demanded that a police control post be established at Lower Niti Vihar area.

In its memorandum of demands served to the chief minister, he also demanded installation of high mast light, provision of street lights and repair of roads and footpaths among others.


JAC demands Governor’s intervention

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A Joint Action Committee (JAC) appealed to the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh to withhold the recommendation of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for dropping few cabinet ministers until the issue of dismissal of the two MLAs is solved.

Expressing concern over the current political mess, the JAC said that democracy is being murdered in the state under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.

The instant case of dismissal of the two MLAs is a total murder of democratic spirit and aspiration of people of the state leading to communal and regional faction and tension in the state, it said.

The JAC further informed the Governor about various alleged mis-governance by the Nabam Tuki-led government that led to a precarious financial position of the state government.


DDSE-cum-DPO inspects schools

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  Papum Pare DDSE-cum-DPO T T Tara alongwith Sagalee BEO-cum-BRCC and CRCC of concern Circles inspected the schools of Toru, Sagalee and Leporiang Circle under Sagalee Block from  Oct 7 to 9 to have first hand information about the functioning of the school, implementation of MDM, teachers absenteeism and issues faced by the teachers and students.

The team inspected a total of 18 schools and interacted with teachers, students and SMC members. During the interaction, the teachers apprised the team about accommodation problem and non-release of salary for last three months of SSA teachers serving in remote areas of the block. SMC members also sought for posting of subject teachers at Government Secondary School, Leporiang, teachers’ quarters, repairing and renovation of school and hostel building and furniture etc.

The DDSE-cum-DPO on his part assured the SMC members and teachers to look into the issues at the earliest. During the inspection, the DDSE also took model classes at Government Secondary School, Toru, Government Upper Primary School, Ompoli and Government Girls Residential School, Sarkhahappa.  


UGC-CPE sponsored week-long training concludes

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: UGC-CPE sponsored week-long training programme on research methodology and data analysis using SPSS, jointly organized by XIMIT, Guwahati and APCTA, Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNC) unit, concluded at JNC, Pasighat on Friday.

Addressing the valedictory function, JNC Principal Tayek Talom appreciated the participants for their keen interest in the programme which saw the presence of participants from various parts of the nation.

Prof G C Talukdar of IIM, Kolkata, Dr Pranab Jyoti Neog, Xavier Foundation President and Dr Bijit Debbarma, Director Academics, XIMIT were the resource persons.

The college’s Vice Principal, S D Choudhury and Principal Tayek Talom also spoke on the occasion.


Tree plantation drive at JNC Pasighat

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A tree plantation programme was held today at Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat with the theme ‘Green JNC, Clean JNC’.

The team JNC consisting of all PG and UG students led by JNC Principal T Talom took active part in the plantation drive in and around the college general ground. Dr S N Jha, Dr K K Jha, Dr S K Sinha, N Darang, D Rai, Taree Talom also planted tree saplings and inspired the students to engage themselves in such welfare works in future too, stated a release.


NSUI conducts social service cum tree plantation

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) State Social Media Coordination Committee, Arunachal Pradesh today conducted a day-long social service cum tree plantation programme at the premises of Donyi-Polo Mission School for Hearing  Impaired, Chimpu.

A large number of people including Likha Tejji, under secretary, education department, Hinwang Hosai, UPO, urban development, Kipa Kaha, APCSD chief organizer, NSUI state president  Tanu Nima, school children and teachers  led by  NSUI  vice president  Jotam Toko Hannan and its  social media coordinator  Takar Rie  attended the programme.         


ATSU dissatisfied with pace of investigation

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: All Tagin Students' Union (ATSU) expressed dismay over failure of police to make nay headway in Kali Buli murder case.

Alleging police inaction, a team of ATSU today met West Siang Superintendent of Police (SP) and reiterated its demand to the law agency to put all effort to nab the culprit as soon as possible.

“Police is still clueless in the murder case even after three months of the incident,” ATSU said.

The person involved in the heinous crime should have been arrested by police by now as Mechuka is a small and thinly populated area, it said.

“Justice delayed is justice denied,” ATSU said and demanded the SP to expedite the investigation using its all resources.


Khunnu Youth FC lift TW Memorial Football trophy

KHONSA, Oct 10: Khunnu Youth FC lifted the first Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament trophy besting Khonsa Bazar FC 3-2 in the final at Nehru Stadium here today.

While addressing the huge gathering of football lovers, Nampong MLA Laisam Simai asked the youths of Tirap to take up sports seriously and make a career out of it. He said that there was no dearth of sporting talents in Tirap, Changlang and Longding districts and urged the youths to hone their inherent skills through constant practice.

Wanglin Lowangdong said that the tournament had generated great enthusiasm and interest among the players and the spectators.

Major General Sandeep Sharma, VSM, GOC, 2nd Mountain Division, DC Tirap and Chairman of the organising committee, SP Tirap, CO 1st Assam Rifles, officers and prominent public leaders were present during the grand finale programme.

For Khunnu Youth Football Club, Nokkhu, Pongdi Hutto and Tumwang Hutto scored one goal each. The scorers of Khonsa Bazar FC were Tonwang Moidam and Phongwang Kumkho.

The tournament was organized by Tirap district administration in memory of Rani of Borduria Thansen Wanghadong and sponsored by Wanglin Lowangdong and his family. DIPRO

Ex-MP suggests govt. to extract mineral deposit to enrich state’s coffer


Marathon organised as part of Chindang

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A marathon covering a distance of 6 Kms from Bhalukpong check gate to Chindang Festival Ground, Tippi, was organised today by the Chindang Festival Celebration Committee Tippi 2015.

EAC, Bhalukpong, Rujjum Rakshap, participated in the event with other govt officials. Around 130 participants including men and women ran for the cause of Unity and Drugs-Free Environment.

Disino Medi, Subah Miji and Sajan Khonjuju emerged as winner, runners up and second runners up respectively in the Men’s category, while Gerik Bomyo, Annu Aglasow and Nanu Miji were the respective winners in the Women’s category, stated a release from Chindang Festival Celebration Committee 2015 Tippi.


News Impact

Assam, Arunachal losses whopping

Rs 3993.89 cr due to bandh

GUWAHATI, Oct 10: As per records available from 2012, there were 116 bandhs in Arunachal, and the estimate for working days loss from 2011-12 to 2014-15 is Rs 1050.89 cr, reports Times of India.

According to senior advocate Bhaskar Dev Konwar, Arunachal Pradesh has filed its affidavit in a PIL seeking intervention of the High Court to deal with the menace of bandhs which results in violence, death, injuries to persons and properties, financial loss, loss of earnings. There are 5407 organisations registered under the Societies Registration Act in the state.

Konwar said that the Supreme Court has declared that bandh are illegal and unconstitutional which results in wide spread disruption of public life.

Assam lost a whopping Rs 2,943 crore as a result of the 68 bandhs it faced, according to an estimate by the Assam government.

The estimates emerged from an exercise undertaken by the state government to quantify the loss, following an order from the Gauhati high court. The court had asked the government to prepare the report on a PIL filed in 2012. The report was prepared by Assam's home and political department and has been submitted in the court on Friday.

As per statistics in the report, in the year 2014 apart from 68 Assam Bandhs, there were nine part Assam bandhs, 32 district bandhs and 21 locality bandhs. The loss incurred has been estimated based on GSDP at current prices of 2014-15.

As per GSDP at current prices 2014-15 (Advance) the loss due to Assam bandhs has been estimated to be Rs 4328 lakh per day.



Lok Adalats settle 105 cases in state

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: A total of 105 cases of various natures, including criminal and money suits involving more than Rs.10 lakhs were settled by Lok Adalats held in various civil courts in the state today.

The Lok Adalat held at the court of Jaweplu Chai, Additional District and Sessions Judge, Basar disposed off 74 cases of money suits out of the total 93 involving Rs.10 Lakh.

The Lok Adalat held in the court of Tailang Laji, Judicial Magistrate (First Class), Tawang settled 12 pre-litigation/bank recovery cases out of the total 22 listed.

Seven criminal cases were settled out of the total 11 taken up during the Lok Adalat held in the court of Damge Niri, Judicial Magistrate (first class, Khonsa, involving Rs 5000 (fine) and Rs. 10,000 (compensation).

In Lok Adalat held at Daporijo in the court of Domo Padu, Judicial Magistrate (first class) disposed off nine criminal cases. At Pasighat, three out of the 16 cases of various natures were disposed off in the Lok Adalat held in the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Ito Basar.



36th Foundation Day of APWWS celebrated

Call for Commission for children,

protection of Women’s rights

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) has celebrated its 36th Foundation Day today with a legal awareness on child and women rights which saw the participation of survivors of violence and high school children at Oju Welfare Association Complex in collaboration with Arunachal Pradesh State Legal Service Authority (APSLSA) and Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women.

Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW)Mitali Tingkhatra called for creation of separate State Commission for Welfare of Children in the state. She said that there were many crimes against children including child labour in the state which needs serious intervention of the stakeholders. Currently, the APSCW is looking after the Children’s Commission as well.

She further said that Arunachal have a long way to go in terms of equal rights for all as she said that women were denied basic rights including property right in the state.

Her demand for separate Commission for Children was echoed by former chairperson APSCW Jarjum Ete who said that there is acute need for a separate Commission for Children.  

Ete spoke on polygamy and its impact as well as fallout of domestic violence on children, families and the society at large. She underscored the need to have access to legal rights as well as protection to women and children.

Budhi Habung, District Session Judge, Yupia and Member Secretary of APSLSA who spoke on Juvenile Justice Act 2002 emphasized the need to do more to prevent juvenile offenders from becoming hardened criminals. He spoke about the lack of juvenile homes in the state. It is the obligation of the state to implement all the laws related to protection of children, he said.

He also agreed to open legal aid clinic at Oju Mission Complex to enable women and children to have access to legal rights at the suggestion of Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women Mitali Tingkhatra.

Samnem Ngemu, Secretary General of the Organisation informed that the APWWS was formed to fight against anti social practices like child and forced marriages, polygamy and for better educational opportunities for girl child in Arunachal Pradesh. Because of intervention of APWWS, there have been some women friendly policies formulated by the government including establishment of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women in 2005, gender budgeting in 2011, inclusion of 33%reservation in Panchayat Raj and appointment of woman members in key Commissions in the state, Ngemu said.

Human Rights Activist Sunil Mow speaking on laws related to Children’s Rights and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act  said that though there are several laws, few have been utilised in absence of proper facility in the state. Citing the example of Juvenile Justice Board, he said that even after several years, it is still in the process of proper implementation in the state. He called for implementation of Integrated Child Protection Scheme in the state as well as creation of corrective and observation homes for juveniles and juvenile police teams.

Lawyer Nikita Danggen spoke on sexual harassment at workplaces. She called for establishment of complaints committees at all work places as well activation of local compliant committee by Deputy Commissioners in the district. Among others, APWWS president Gumri Ringu and senior activists Tadar Yadir, Yabin Dabi Zirdo, Dipty Bengia,Duyu Yankang, Yapi Taggu, Goter Tali, Legal Advisor to APSCW Kani Nada Maling and Ratan Anya, chairperson of Oju welfare missiontook part at the daylong event.


APWWS: the journey so far

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Formed in 1979, against Child and Forced Marriage, Polygamy and to seek for better educational opportunities for girls in the state,  Arunachal Pradesh Women Welfare Society, a pan Arunachal organisation, has come a long way since.

It was officially registered under the societies Act on 10th April’ 1981, with its by-laws drafted by Mediram Dodum, D Mihu Malo as the first president and Lomtey Riba as the secretary general .

APWWS has for long been advocating for codification of customary practices with modification wherein women and children rights are protected especially property inheritance, rights of girl child within the ambit of customary Laws.

In 1994 a bill was passed on customary practices, which was partial to the rights of women and girls, much to the resentment of APWWS.

Its intervention led to withdrawal of Arunachal Pradesh customary practices bill which was passed in the State Legislature. Society intervened by withholding accent of President of India for re-examination of the said bills so that the women /girl child rights are protected. The bill was withdrawn in 2005.

During the long span of over three decades, the struggle of Apex Women Organization for equality of opportunities and economic, political and social empowerment has been achieved to some extend in the form of establishment of APSCW in 2005, Gender Budgeting from 2011, inclusion of 33% reservation in Panchayat Raj, Establishment of Women Police Station in Capital City and district headquarters, appointment of women member in Arunachal Pradesh State Civil Service Commission, and A.P. State Information Commission.  

At present there are more than 30 branches of APWWS and affiliated bodies which works under the banner of the APWWS thus forming a strong network of women's group.

The arduous journey towards inclusive development, peace and harmony continues for APWWS as there are continued challenges including crimes against women and children.



Community mental health awareness and outreach prog

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Community mental health awareness and outreach programmes were organized in three villages of Papum Pare district on the occasion of World Mental Health Day 2015 today.

The team of doctors and staff from Midpu Mental Hospital and Arunachal State Hospital (ASH) headed by Dr. Haniya Payee, senior Psychiatrist cum SPO, (mental health) and Dr. Nan Ete, senior Psychiatrist (ASH) conducted counselling for persons with mental health problem, IEC (information, education and communication) activities to create public awareness so that people with mental health problem too can participate in community life, get equal access to education and housing, social support and employment.

Speaking to the participants, Dr.Payee observed that people with mental illnesses are deprived of their human rights. They are not only discriminated, stigmatized and marginalized but also subjected to emotional and physical abuse.

The theme for this year’s Mental Health Day being “Dignity In Mental Health,” he emphasized that we can do a lot to ensure that people with mental health condition can continue to live with dignity and rights by providing community based Mental health services, support people with mental health condition to participate in community life. The camps were conducted at Harahapa, Hoj and Jampa villages of Papum Pare.

Psychiatric as well as general medicines were distributed to the participants free of costs.



Villagers for inquiry into PMGSY work at Chetam

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Oct 10: Citing that no physical progress has been made in the construction of Sippi to Chetam road under PMGSY, the people of Chetam circle has appealed the Superintendent Engineer, Rural Work Department to immediately inquire into the matter and expedite the work without further delay.

In a complaint to the SE, RWD, the people of Chetam circle claimed that despite their repeated requests made to the concern department and contractor for early and quality work, no sign of progress in the work has been seen. RWD Daporijo is reported to have released payment of Rs. 2 crores for the physical achievement of work done till now.

It alleged that the existing road was destroyed by the contractor in connivance with the department stating widening of the road and to get bogus payment. The road has worsened now and has turned unfit for vehicles to ply compared to the earlier condition of the road.

As per the contract agreement, 12 months have passed out of 18 months stipulated time given to complete the work, but yet no sign of work progress has been witnessed, added Tari Guha, Anchal Chairperson, Chetam Anchal Block.

Expressing deep shock over the irresponsible attitude of the contractor and the department concern, the villagers appealed the higher authority to make spot verification along with villagers and strictly direct officers to expedite the work without further delay.

Inaction to their appeal will lead to litigation against the department concern and contractor, added the Anchal Chairperson.



Learn new skills to become self-reliant: Nikh Kamin

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  Parliamentary Secretary, Social Justice, Empowerment & Tribal Affairs and Women and Child Development, Nikh Kamin exhorted youths to learn new skills and   become economically self-reliant.

He was addressing the trainees of the Department of Social Justice, Empowerment and Tribal Affairs (SJETA) organized month-long ‘Skills for Employability Training’ during its valedictory function held here today.

The selected trainees will be leaving for Kolkata and join Orion Edutech and undergo five months training in hospitality.  

Highlighting the state government’s initiatives to impart skill development training to the youths, Kamin urged them especially; school dropouts to take full advantage of the training.

While informing about the contents of the month-long training which includes, English fluency, good personality, grooming and knowledge of computer, SJETA Director, Taw Tebin advised the youths to improve the said skills which can help them secure employment.

Speaking as special guest, Director, Trade and Commerce, Tokong Pertin, informed about government of India initiated ‘Skilling India Mission’ which aims at the welfare of unemployed youths and advised the trainees to get such trainings which not only develop skills but also create good habits and self-discipline.    

SJETA Deputy Director, Yumlam Kaha and NSS, SLO, Dr. V N Sharma also interacted with the trainees.



46 youths selected to undergo

skill development training

ITANAGAR, Oct 10:  The Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation organized a briefing–cum-send off programme for 46 selected youths under the Chief Minister’s flagship programme on Skill Development and Employment Generation in Udyog Sadan here today.

The youths will undergo skill development training in Integrated Course in Beauty & Hair Dressing at O2 Spa Centre at Hyderabad.

Director, Skill Development and Employment Generation, Subu Tabin along with Deputy Director (Skill Development), K Sarma, Assistant Director J Riba and representative of O2 Spa briefed the youth about the training, train journey, essential to acclimatize in new place, food habit and security.

The cost of the training including travelling to and fro, training fees, boarding and lodging will be borne by state government under Chief Minister’s flagship programme on skill development and employment generation.

O2 Spa, Hyderabad will impart 6 months training, both theory and practical including soft skill like spoken English, communication skill, internet browsing etc. At the end of the training, the candidates will undergo an assessment to be conducted by an empanelled and professional organization. The trade certificate will be provided to successful candidate by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), New Delhi.

The Director further informed that another round of Job Mela-cum-skill development awareness and candidate selection rally will commence at Longding from Oct. 30th to Dec. 1st 2015, which will complete in three phases.



District Governing Body meeting held at Chayangtajo

SEPPA, Oct 10: The 55th governing body meeting of District Rural Development Agency Seppa presided over by ZPC Meyuk Cheda was held at ADC’s conference hall at Chayangtajo on Oct 9.

This is laudable step of East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh to conduct the meeting at Chayangtajo, 84 KMs away from Seppa with a motto to reach out to the doorstep of the people.

PD, DRDA, K. Nyodu briefed about the fund position and expenditure till date and also physical and financial achievement under centrally sponsored schemes. All the BDOs presented their annual action plan of 2015-16 selected through IPPE which have been approved in principle.

DC Sandeep Kumar Singh stressed on the need to maintain proper records and registers of beneficiaries and timely addition and deletion in case of migration, death or absorption in job by BDOs with proper MIS entry. He suggested that creation of durable assets should be the main consideration in selection of schemes rather than repetitive nature of schemes like land development and water supply system. Keeping a halt on the proposals of Bamboo and Rangbang plantations naturally growing in the area, he asked them to take up Rubber, Cardamom and other cash crop. Further, he informed that fund will be transferred directly to BDOs for implementation of schemes in consultation with PRI members. He added that a committee will be formed with ADC as chairman to fix rates of material components under MGNREGA at local level due to variation of distance and non-availability of roads in some areas.

ZPC M. Cheda stressed on the need to work as a team taking along PRI members into confidence during the process of implementation.

ADC Bameng, Tamuna Messar said the BDOs should work hand in hand with the PRI members as they are the custodian of local self governance. He also stressed on proper monitoring of schemes either from administrative officers or PRI members to ensure quality of works.

ADC Pooja Jain, ADC Chayangtajo Ashok Tajo, ADC Seijosa T.R.Tapu also spoke on the occasion.           

In the second session, district level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting held was attended by the HoDs and PRI members.

DC cum member secretary, DLV & MC Sandeep Kumar Singh announced that salary of staffs posted at Bameng shall not be released unless duly certified by ADC Bameng about their presence.

He also asked the HoDs of work departments not to let heavy machineries cross through Bana Bridge. He asked the HODs to submit quarterly progress report of the schemes/works funded by the Ministry of Rural Development, Govt of India. The DC also directed the EE (Electrical) to initiate starting of billing system at Bameng and also BDOs to rectify the error in MIS entry.

ASW, RWD Er. Kaku Pagia informed that 20 road projects were completed and 22 projects are being taken up out of the 42 numbers of PMGSY projects sanctioned. The work for the major bridge at Chayangtajo to Yangfo road will start soon, he informed.

EE WRD, Pai Dawe informed that District Irrigation Plan Committee shall be constituted to examine the potentials, irrigated and to be irrigated fields in the district with minimum projects of 100 hectares.

ADC Bameng T Messar urged the Dy. Director, ICDs to direct the CDPO along with staffs to stay at Bameng and let SNP items be issued at Bameng rather than at Seppa.

It was also decided that the guidelines of educational qualification for Anganwadi workers shall be issued by Dy. Director, ICDs and selection of beneficiaries under TSC to be done in consultation with the DC.

Earlier, DC Sandeep Kumar Singh inaugurated the Tourist lodge and BDO office at Chayangtajo. DIPRO



Carry back home message of love and peace: Ering

ROING, Oct 10: ‘Carry back home the message of love and peace’, said Lok Sabha Member Ninong Ering, in his address during the inaugural function of St. Mary’s Catholic Church at Rayang village here today. He exhorted everyone to carry back home the message of love and humanity and to spread it to fellow beings. He also called upon the people to cooperate with the police and administration in maintaining peace and harmony.

Also present on the occasion was Rajya Sabha Member, Mukut Mithi, who said that the Catholic Mission besides imparting education and religious teachings should also help to preserve the traditional values like culture and language of the indigenous people of the state. Lauding the Catholic Mission for imparting quality education to the people of state, Mithi expressed hope that they will continue in their endeavour. Mithi further assured to develop a children park in the premises of the church and to improve the approach road to the church.

Lower Dibang Valley DC Ravi Dhawan, in his address said that religious tolerance is the need of the hour and asked people to guard themselves from fundamentalism and radicalism.

Bishop of Miao, Rt. Rev. Dr George Pallipparambil and Regional Superior Society of the Divine Word Fr. Augustine P A also spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)



72nd APLS literary session held

ITANAGAR, Oct 10: Second Saturdays monthly literary festival, a conventional programme of Arunachal Pradesh Literary Society, Itanagar was held at conference hall, J. N. State Museum to perpetuate in its 72nd uninterrupted series. The literary discourse was transacted by its president Y D Thongchi.

In his address, Thongchi conveyed gratitude to state Governor J P Rajkhowa for his noble gesture in the form donation of some amount to APLS.  “It will act as moral boosting for widening literary activities for members of the literary organization,” Thongchi said.

While congratulating Kaling Borang, noted writer and president of the Siang Literary Forum, Pasighat on being conferred the “Surendra Nath Gogoi Memorial award by Dhemaji District Assam Sahitaya Sabha unit, the APLS chief said  “It will strengthen the bond of friendship among the people of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.”

The literary session was started with the presentation of melodious song by Krish Kumar Bania, a class five student of K.V.NO-2, Itanagar. Later on two maiden participants Bakut Jomyang and Reechi Beyong presented five poems and an article in English respectively which drew profound admiration from the listeners.

Indira Phukan recited two Assamese poems while Dipak Sharma presented an Assamese poem, Jahnavi Gogoi read out her beautiful story in Assamese language, published in Nandini, a magazine of repute while Mukul Pathak recited his self composed poem in Assamese delighting the members present. A tiny student of K.V.NO. 2 Princy Priya Bania recited a Hindi poem. Inumoni Das Borah presented two Assamese poems -- a depiction of delicate human relations.

In concluding part, two satirical presentations were enjoyed by the members presented by Dr. Pekba Ringu with two Hindi poems and R. N. Koley with mini story.

Among others, Dr. Tage Tada, Beni Madhab Bhattacharya, Dr. S.K.Ghosh, Mantu Kr. Bhyam took part in literary session.



Former APIC chief advocates  for

mineral-based industry

[ Prafulla Kaman ]

RUKSIN, Oct 10: Former Arunachal MP (Rajya Sabha) cum retired Chief Information Commissioner of APIC (RTI), Nyodek Yonggam suggested the Nabam Tuki led state government to enrich the state exchequer through development of mineral based industries as the hilly state is full of valuable minerals of various kinds, including oil and natural gas.

Referring to a survey report of Geology and Mining Department, Yonggam stated that the hill state of Arunachal Pradesh is blessed with rich mineral deposits and there was huge scope for setting up mineral based industries. He said the minerals of various economic values (except underground oil and coal) are still unexplored and untapped. Thus, worthy minerals, such as lime stone, dolomite, graphite, marble, lead, zinc and oil and natural gas are lying unused in the riverbeds and hilly soils of the state.

Lime stone, which is an important raw material in manufacturing of cement, is available in Tidding in Lohit district, Pagging and Lokpe area of Siang and parts of West Siang, Lower Dibang Valley and Upper Subansiri districts. Existence of Dolomite found in Rupa and Kapspi in West Kameng while rich presence of graphite has been explored in different parts of two Subansiri districts.

The geological survey also traced deposits of marble in Tezu and Dara areas of Lohit district besides Hunli and Pyali of Lower Dibang Valley district, while it has traced availability of Lead and Zinc at Shergaon in West Kameng district.

It is said that underground oil and natural gas is available in easternmost Changlang and Longding districts bordering Assam and Nagaland. Other minor minerals are also available in almost everywhere in the state.

The former MP Yonggam, who has won special appreciation from Arunachal Governor for his outstanding public welfare activities, lamented that the successive state governments have not taken step for extraction of the valuable minerals.

“Our state has been governed by a single party for more than three decades, but none of the elected leaders has ever made any step to tap the minerals resources,” lamented Yonggam.

Meanwhile, Yonggam has submitted a memorandum to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki urging him to take step for proper extraction and exploration of the rich mineral deposits either by public or inviting private companies.

“The mineral resources, if extracted in proper and scientific way, will enhance state exchequer and also generate employment opportunities. Development of mineral based industries can meet the financial crisis of the state which may help the government to take the state on the fast tract of all round development”, opined Yonggam in the memorandum.


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