State Mini Olympics in Nov
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: A ‘Mini Olympics” will be held for the first time in the state
from November 15-18.
The event to be organized by Arunachal Olympic Association aims at exposing the
latent sports talents of the state, informed Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA)
president Padi Richo,
13 events--Karate, Football, Chess, Wushu, Boxing, Badminton, Carrom, Athletics,
Archery, Judo, Taekwondo, Weightlifting and Table Tennis—are included in the Mini
All the District Olympic Associations are suggested to conduct sports meet or select
sportspersons for the state level Mini Olympics on or before November 4.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, who also is holding the Sports Department, has provided
Rs. One crore for conduct of the event, Richo informed.
Lok Adalat settles 117 cases
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The cases settled in Lok Adalats held in the state yesterday rose
to 117 with disposal of 12 more cases in the court of Additional District and Session
ATA unit demands pay band rectification
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The Capital Complex unit of Arunachal Teachers’ Association (ATA)
appealed to the Department of Education for immediate rectification of pay band (PB)
of JTs in selection grade-I from PB-2 to PB-3 as per the notification issued by Ministry
of Finance, Department of Expenditure, Govt. of India.
The ATA unit said that the Department of Education in an order in January 2013 inducted
the PTI/PET and Junior Librarians in the PB-3 for which the TGT are also entitled.
Unions for APDBEA-2015 implementation
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The All Arunachal Contractor’s Welfare Association (AACWA) and
AdiSU have called for implementation of the Arunachal Pradesh District Based Entrepreneurs
AACWA said that it should be implemented in the entire state and not only in some
In a release, it stated that all upcoming entrepreneurs at various districts are
now getting an opportunity to get work under this Act as all classes have limited
participation and no one can over take the other registered contractor in various
categories. Further, stating that kith and kin of top officers and Ministers and
MLAs have been enlisted as registered contractors in APPWD, whereas the APPWD enlistment
rules implies that affidavits have to filed compulsorily and declare that there is
no relative working in govt. department. Accordingly, enlisting authorities should
strictly follow the rules and regulations during the time of enlistment. Most of
the works are awarded to the firms of kith and kin of senior officers, Ministers
and MLAs due to corrupt practices like influencing a tender, it said.
AACWA has also lauded the concern department and Minister for not paying unauthorised
works by various contractors in the Capital Complex. Many works have been executed
without work order and approval from the department. The association also called
upon the state government to carry out improvement of roads from Itanagar to Banderdewa.
Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has demanded district authorities of Adi belts to implement
the “Arunachal Pradesh District based Entrepreneurs & Professional (Incentive, Development
& Promotional) Act, 2015 in letter and spirit.
AdiSU claimed that many HoDs have reportedly awarded contract works to ‘outsiders’
and some capital based firms and contractor are allegedly grabbing contract works
‘forcibly’ disregarding the Act. Claiming that it has listed out few HoDs, who have
allegedly offered contract works to ‘outsiders’ violating the Act, AdiSU demanded
cancellation of the contract works awarded to the outsiders within a month.
ATSU dissatisfied with pace of investigation
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: All Tagin Students' Union (ATSU) expressed dismay over failure
of police to make 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 authority 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,”
The person involved in the heinous crime should have been arrested by now as Mechuka
is a small and thinly populated town, it said.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” ATSU said and demanded the SP to expedite the
investigation using all its resources.
Seminar on social evils
ROING, Oct 11: The Idu Mishmi Baptist Khumu Keba Enbo (IMBKKE) organised a seminar
on social evils with the theme 'Identify and Eradicate' at the Multipurpose Hall
Resource person of the seminar, Rev. Walu Walling spoke about various social evils
like drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence, polygamy, child marriage and how
to deal with such social evils. He urged people to form peer groups in order to discuss
and identify social evils in their area, and to find suitable ways to eradicate them.
Farmers technology training
by KVK Lower Subansiri
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: A district level training programme on technology demonstration
was organised by KVK, Lower Subansiri from Oct 9 to 10 at Joram Village.
The programme, sponsored by ATMA was inaugurated by District Training Officer (PD,
ATMA), Gamwang Hocha. He requested the farmers to apply new technologies, organic
farming and different varieties in fields to increase the production of farm produce.
SMS (Soil Science) Hage Munth imparted knowledge on Azola production in paddy cultivation
and GC Nainwal, SMS (Fishery) spoke on “A profitable venture of Duck cum fish farming
system in hill region while Tasso Tabin, SMS(Plant Protection) spoke on plant disease
management in vegetables crops.
A video on production of quality vegetable seedlings was screened to show implementation
of technology in farming.
Around 78 farmers from different villages participated in the programme. Different
technical leaflets were distributed to the farmers.
Sanitation, cleanliness campaign
KHONSA, Oct 11: The week-long sanitation and cleanliness drive at Tirap concluded
today with distribution of Field Test Kits (FTKs), tools and incentives to the Village
Water Supply Committees (VWSCs).
The PRI and VWSC members were also trained for water testing using field test kits
in a workshop organized on the concluding day.
The role of PRI and VWSC members in the maintenance of village water supply was also
highlighted on the occasion by officials from PHE & WS department.
Tools, FTKs and cash incentives were handed over to the chairmen of 15 VWSCs/Gram
Panchayats, DIPRO reports.
At Lumla, a series of awareness campaigns and sanitation drives were organized during
the 15 days nation wide campaign under the leadership of ADC Mika Nyori and PHE&
WS Lumla Division.
A mass rally was organized at circle headquarter Zemithang on the concluding day
today wherein the PRI leaders, Govt. servicemen, teaching communities and students
of Government Middle school Zemithang participated in the rally. The people of Zemithang
came out in huge number and participated in the social service and cleaning of garbage.
Similar awareness rallies were also organized at Lumla on October 2 and Dudunghar
circle headquarters on October 7 in order to create public awareness on good sanitation
practices and importance of keeping their surrounding clean. All Heads of department,
PRI leaders, senior public leaders, teaching staff and students participated in the
rallies and conducted sanitation drives in their respective areas.
AVP state delegates attend conference at Nagpur
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: A team of 78 delegates of Arunachal Vikas Parishad from 18 districts
of the state participated in the ‘Karyakarta Sammelan’ at Nagpur from Oct 2 to 4
which was organised by Akhil Bharatiya Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram.
The team headed by Pratik Potom, President AVP visited various historical places
at Nagpur like ‘Deekshabhumi’, famous Sai Mandir, the birth place of Dr. K.B. Hedgewar
(founder of RSS), Akshardham temple, Devi Ahilya Mandir where female students of
the state are studying and many other places under the guidance of Sunil Kitkaru
and Prasad Barve who had served the state as full time social worker in 1990’s.
Altogether 1757 delegates and 500 volunteers and officers attended the three day
conference. It was inaugurated by Governor of Maharashtra, Vidyadhar Rao and attended
by Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari. The valedictory
function was attended by Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Devendra Phadanvis, Union
Minister of State for Tribal Affairs and other dignitaries.
Sessions on status of tribal society, expansion and consolidation of organisational
structure, new terminology and organisational set up, five years plan and other programmes
were conducted. Two resolutions on “Effective implementation of PESA Act” and “Assurance
about full implementation of Forest Right Act 2006” have also been passed in the
‘NGO has important role to play in awakening community’
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) can play an important role
in awakening the community, particularly those deprived of their rights, and overall
development of a society, said PHE and WS Minister Takam Pario.
Addressing the first foundation day of the 3-year-old Arunachal Civil Society (ACS)---an
NGO working raising issues like Stapple Visa issued to people of Arunachal Pradesh
by China—Pario urged the NGO to continue the same spirit and tempo and render service
for the betterment of poor and weaker section of the society.
Arunachal Chambers of Commerce and Industry president Techi Lala was all praise for
ACS for serving the society selflessly and urged various other NGOs, organizations
and associations to emulate ACS. He was skeptical about various NGOs, associations
and organizations, which are just for namesake and do nothing for the society.
The Lakhimpur unit of the NGO (ACS) performed a cultural programme on the occasion.
Earlier, ACS Chairman Patey Tayum highlighted various issues undertaken by the NGO.
Violent blockade against NHPC’s Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric project
Tezpur, Oct 11: A seven-day blockade began today at Gogamukh in Assam's Lakhimpur
district to protest against ferrying of construction material by National Hydroelectric
Power Corporation (NHPC) to its Subansiri Lower Hydroelectric Power Project at Gerukamukh.
Protesters blocked the construction material-laden trucks carrying mixer machine
and other equipment to the NHPC site along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border, a
police official said.
The organisations backing the protest include the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuba Chatra Parishad
(AJYCP), All Assam Student Union (AASU) and Krishak Mukti Sangram Samity (KMSS).
One of the trucks was also burnt on Thursday night at Gogamukh and five persons identified
by the truck driver were arrested in the Boginodi police station area and sent to
judicial custody, Lakhimpur Superintendent of Police, Brajenjit Singha said.
KMSS workers also blocked the NH-15 in the Laluk police station area today for two
hours, he said.
Construction work on the 2,000MW project at Gerukamukh has been stalled since December
2011 because of protests by various organisations claiming that the dam would be
a potential threat to the people living downstream from the dam site. PTI
Army, BRO personnel play role of life savior
[ Karda Natam ]
DAPORIJO, Oct 11: Prompt treatment initiated by the personnel of 23 BRTF (GREF) and
Indian Army saved a laborer from the jaws of death, who was bitten by a venomous
snake near Limeking on October 9.
Raju Sorang, working as labourer in 128 RCC of Border Roads Organisation went unconscious
immediately after he was bitten by the snake in his left ear while he was working
at a road construction site near Lemeking circle, some 150 km away from Daporijo.
He was administered doses of anti-venom and immediately evacuated to Limeking and
then to Daporijo. However, the health condition of the victim started to break down
further due to non-availability of required medicines at Daporijo Hospital. He was
then airlifted to Army Hospital at Dinjan, Assam where he is recovering well.
Meanwhile, Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Komkar Dulom appreciated the prompt
response to the incident by the personnel of 23 BRTF (GREEF) and Indian Army to save
the life of a local labourer.
“Such kind of noble work will bridge the gap between civilians and BRO (BRTF)/Indian
Army personnel and bring them closer,” the DC said, and appealed to the public to
extend full cooperation to them, who are in the service of the nation.
Arunachal get one more Hoolock Gibbon
as Mishmi Baideo give birth
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The number of Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock leuconedys) at Biological
Park, Itanagar, have risen to 20 as Mishmi Baideo gave birth to a healthy baby on
Oct 7. The gender of the new born baby will be known only after four years, said
Raya Flago, the Curator of the Biological Park.
The Biological Park earned the distinction of breeding Eastern Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock
leuconedys) for the first time in captivity in 2008 and since then the number has
Mishmi Baideo was brought from Roing so the name while the father of the baby is
Corneal Opacity, named so because of his defective eyes.
The birth of the new baby brought much joy to the zoo staffs as well as Department
of Environment and Forest, Flago said terming it as perfect wildlife week gift to
the Department. The total population of Gibbons in Arunachal Pradesh is estimated
to be around 1500 making it highly endangered species.
It is our prime duty to save this beautiful animal from extinction, said Flago. Hoolock
gibbon, the only Ape primates found in India is the state animal of Arunachal Pradesh.
New season of Arunachal Idol begins
Ideal platform to showcase talent: Rajesh Tacho
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: The new season of Arunachal Idol began today at Nikum Niya Hall,
Nijuli. Health and Family Welfare Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary
Land Management, Town Planning & Urban Development Techi Kaso along with Jyotsna
Navender, 1st finalist of Indian Idol 2015 were present to cheer the participants.
Altogether 20 contestants performed in front of the rapturous crowd. The Chief Patron
of Arunachal Idol 2015, Pani Taram who is also Parliamentary Secretary, Agriculture
while giving details of the programme informed that out of 250 participants selected
from different districts of the state, 20 has made to the final round.
“I am very hopeful that such platform will offer opportunity to the singing talents
of Arunachal to showcase their hidden talent to rest of the world. State govt. will
also take initiative to promote the cultural talents,” said Taram. He also informed
that winner of Arunachal Idol will be given cash prize of Rs 5 lac.
Health Minister Rajesh Tacho speaking on the occasion said that Arunachal is the
land of unity and diversity. “In our state 26 major tribes and 120 sub tribes with
different religious affiliations lives together peacefully. Also song and music have
no barriers and people bond over it. Since the contestants of Arunachal Idol are
from various remote and far flung areas of the state, this competition will send
out positive message. I also hope that music industry will flourish in the state
and hopefully singers will bring laurel for the state and the country,” said Tacho.
Jyotsna Navender, Chief Advisor Cum President, Nyishi Culture Society, Bengia Tabb,
Organizing Chairman of the function, Mallo Attu and General Secretary, Teli Tadap
also spoke on the occasion.
Pharmacies to shut on Oct 14
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Extending their solidarity and support to the All India Organisation
of Chemist and Druggist (AIOCD)’s proposed 24-hr nation wide bandh call on October
14, the chemists and druggists in the state has decided to down their shutters on
the day of the bandh call.
The decision was taken in a meeting of the Arunachal Pradesh Chemist and Druggist
Association (APCDA) held yesterday.
APCDA stated that it will extend its support to the all India bandh here in Arunachal
Pradesh too against the “online sale of medicines through internet”. Meanwhile, condemning
the prevalence of forceful donations, APCDA urged the district administrations to
take proper steps against growing cases of extortions in the state particularly in
and around Capital Complex, saying that it only supports the municipality for collection
of such taxes who is the only authorized govt. body.
All the members of APCDA were advised to install CCTV at their respective premises
for their own safety and security.
Trekking to Pamu-Yalang
[ Yachang Tacho ]
ZIRO, Oct 11: With an aim to rediscover heritage tracks in Ziro Valley, a trekking
expedition was organized on Saturday by the District Administration and department
of Tourism, Ziro under the banner ‘Pamu-Yalang Trekking Expedition’.
Pamu Yalang is a rock and is considered sacred by the local people. It is located
6000 ft above sea level at Dolo Mando hill from where one can have a bird eye view
of Ziro Valley.
Pamu-Yalang (Hawk Stone) is believed to have named when the rock was frequented by
hawk those days. It is also believed that if bamboo slit rings thrown from Pamu Yalang,
lands on the branches of the tree standing beside it, one’s wishes are fulfilled.
Whenever passing Pamu-Yalang, people do indulge in this practice even today.
The team headed by Kanki Darang, Deputy Commissioner, Lower Subansiri started the
trekking expedition from Siibe village at Haopolyang. They reached Pamu-Yalang after
ascending Dolo Mando hill for two and half hours through thick bushes and jungle
and enjoyed enchanting panoramic view of Ziro valley. Several feet higher up was
the Mando Katu from where wider view of the Valley could be seen. The place is suitable
for Para gliding as it has large stretches of open and barren land.
From Mando Katu, the team proceeded towards Dip Putu hill. On the way, they pass
through an aged pine trees called Dip Piisa. This pine tree is also considered sacred
by people of Mudang-Tage village. On the way, they also came across Tado Lambia,
once popular for its lake on a hilltop but today it remains just a swamp.
Considering the fact that though visitors are interested in the beauty of the Valley
but it has limited hotspots to offer, the expedition initiated by DC Darang was to
identify more hot spots to boost eco tourism in the district.
The trekking team led by DC Darang included Lower Subansiri SP Tumme Amo and other
government officers, Arunachal Birding Club, Ngunu Ziro, Arunachal Photography Club
and media persons.
After covering 8 km on foot, the tracking ended at Hija village where Taku Chatung,
president Apatani Youth Association hosted lunch at his residence.
Earlier, while Koj Mama, President Arunachal Birding Club spoke on dos & don’ts of
the trekking expedition.
Political unrest plagues Arunachal
[ Taba Ajum ]
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Arunachal is witnessing intense political turmoil since the last
few weeks. A section of Congress MLAs is rebelling against the state leadership.
Even as news of the Supreme Court of India granting citizenship rights to Chakma-Hajong
refugees made headlines, the rebellion within ruling Congress only grew.
People of Arunachal thought at least emotive Chakma-Hajong refugees will put a brake
on political crisis for the time being and unite everyone. But our honourable MLAs
have proved us wrong. For our elected representatives, the only thing which matters
is money, power and chair.
In my last seven years of journalism career in the state, I have hardly seen MLAs
criticising the programme and policies of the government.
The ruling MLAs only complain about ministerial and parliamentary secretaries’ portfolios,
lack of power to transfer government officers and some even complain that Chief Ministers
do not give them enough time.
Exception here is former Roing MLA Laeta Umbrey and to certain extent present leader
of opposition Tamiyo Tago, both of whom passionately debate about programmes and
policies of government in various forums, especially, in the floor of state legislative
Coming back to the topic of internal dissident activities, let me share few interesting
incidents of the past with the readers. Being part of state media, we are lucky enough
to get a sneak peek inside the political arena. One senior Congress leader, a former
minister, joined the rebellion against former Chief Minister Late Jarbom Gamlin only
because Gamlin made him wait for two hours. It hurt the ego of the minister and he
joined the dissident movement. That is how our netas are!
A close aide of former Chief Minister Gegong Apang told me one interesting tactic
used by Apang to deal with the dissidence within his party. Apang, who was once known
to fiercely crush rebellion against him mellowed down in the later part of his career
and used different tactics to fire-fight the dissidence. During one of his Chief
Ministerial term, Apang deliberately, kept two ministerial slots vacant. By doing
so, he played a political masterstroke. All the MLAs who rebelled against him backed
off with the hope that he/she might be offered the vacant ministerial slot. But Apang
did not and continued for the next three years. The tactic helped him to meltdown
Another former Chief Minister, Late Dorjee Khandu had his own way of tackling the
dissidence. In 2010, when few MLAs expressed resentment against him and talk of political
dissidence grew in the political circle, Late Khandu met some of the unhappy MLAs.
In the meantime, a friend of mine had gone to the Chief Minister’s office for some
personal work. As he was entering the Chief Minister’s office chamber, he saw an
MLA putting cash inside his T-shirt as polythene carried by him was too small for
it. That’s how Khandu defeated dissident activities.
Now coming back to the present scenario, the two Congress representatives Gabriel
D Wangsu and Wanglam Sawin claimed that during a dinner party, 17 Congress MLAs had
vowed to resign from state assembly if they go against present Chief Minister and
had accordingly signed a resignation letter and handed over to the Chief Minister.
While now they may claim that they have been forced to sign or have been cheated
but why were they so naïve to take such a step without considering future consequences?
They should know that it is the people of Khonsa East and Kanubari who had elected
them and it is their duty to be loyal servants to them.
Also, this is the second time Chief Minister Nabam Tuki is facing this kind of crisis.
In March 2014, when rumour of dissidence started making noise, he surprised everyone
and dissolved the state assembly at midnight. Recalling that moment, BJP leader Tamiyo
Taga once during an election rally said, “When I went to sleep, I was MLA but when
I woke up, I was ex-MLA.”
Will Tuki surprise his opponents and declare midterm poll, that’s the question everyone
is asking at this moment.
In the year 2011, when dissident activities were at the peak, state capital witnessed
serious breakdown of law and order. Many innocent people were made to suffer. Now
onus lies on the state Congress leadership to ensure that internal political fight
do not once again spill over into the street. People of Arunachal have given the
politicians mandate to serve and not to harm the state.
Also, the Arunachalees cannot be forced to act at the whims and fancies of the politicians,
who can pick up fight anytime among themselves and curtail the developmental process.
190 Mtn Brigade promise to help livelihood initiatives
Training on skill development concludes
TAWANG, Oct 11: Addressing the conclusion function of four week long skill development
training on knitting and carpet making that culminated at Zomkhang Hall, here yesterday,
Brigadier DS Khuswah, Commandant, 190 Mtn Brigade, stated that such programmes help
in unearthing talents and generating livelihood sources. While assuring to provide
maximum outlets and space for the products of the artisans at non-CSD canteens in
an organised method, he called on the gathering to encourage their children to join
the Army recruitment rallies and Sainik Schools.
“Indian Army, particularly 190 Mtn brigade is always at the service of the people
of Tawang to nurture the bond of friendship”, he said.
The project under BADP was implemented by the Directorate of Skill Development and
Employment Generation in collaboration with YUVA Arunachal. The training aimed to
equip people from economically weaker families to imbibe skills in various professions.
A total of 204 artisans were provided training on five different trades like handmade
paper making, knitting, weaving, carpet and envelope making to encourage self reliance
and polish their skills. Students from various schools were also imparted with free
course on basic computer education.
Deputy Commander 190 Mtn Brigade, Colonel Pankaj Mehra, DDI in charge cum DPO, Dakter
Riba, ADTH C. Lowang and Yuva Arunachal President Chombay Kee also spoke on the occasion.
Earlier, cheques and certificates were also awarded to the artisans on the successful
completion of the month-long training.
Non-posting of subject teachers force discontinuation of Science stream: Pario
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Shortage or non-posting of subject teachers appears to be never
ending woe for many schools in Arunachal Pradesh. The problem is not only affecting
the academic studies of students but also affecting the smooth functioning of schools
to a great extent, including discontinuation of a science stream in a school in Lower
Science stream in Govt. Higher Secondary School, Hija, Lower Subansiri was introduced
in 2009. However, posts of Science teachers have not yet been sanctioned. The false
promises by the higher authorities of the Education Department has compelled the
school authority to discontinue the Science stream, informed Apatani Youth Association
(AYA) in a release. Further, the school has no Political Science teacher since the
subject was introduced in 2010, AYA informed.
AYA also informed that there was no teacher for Geography at Govt. Hr School, Ziro.
The examinations are approaching fast but the authority is not attending the problem
of the students, AYA said, and demanded the competent authority to posts the required
teachers in the two schools without any further delay.
Teli Amous win first gold at state level
GTC, Shilling on boxing talent hunt
ITANAGAR, Oct 11: Teli Amous of Papum Pare won the first gold medal of the second
state level boxing championship being held at RG Stadium, Naharlagun today.
Amous clinched the yellow metal in sub-junior boys 28-30 kg weight category beating
Tader Bingley of Upper Subansiri in the final.
The two bronze medals in this category went to Rumik Turu of Kra Daadi and Nangram
Sonam of Kurung Kumey.
The two quarterfinalists are awarded a bronze medal each in boxing.
Final bouts of all other categories will be held on Monday morning.
Local MLA Techi Kaso witnessed today’s final bout to encourage the budding pugilists.
Meanwhile, the officials from 58th Gorkha Training Centre, Army Boys Sports Company,
Shillong, who are currently in the state capital on talent hunt, said they had shortlisted
6-7 budding boxers in the age group of 11-14 years. The shortlisted boxers will have
to attend physical, medical, endurance and other tests. Those qualified will be enrolled
At GTC, they will be provided everything free of costs, including education, training
(boxing), food, accommodation, and on attainment of 17 years of age, they will recruited
in the Indian Army, said Rohit Solunke, coach 58th GTC, Army Boys Sports Company.
Currently, there are two boys from Arunachal Pradesh at GTC, Shillong and they are
Kogam Potom and Hongrang Kongkang.
He said that some prominent pugilists from North East, including Nannau Singh, Devender
Singh are products of different GTCs.
The Army Boys Sports Company recruits students for their training centre twice a
year, the GTC coach said adding that he along with Naved Hussain Khan, a NIS qualified
coach of the GTC, who is accompanying him, will be leaving for Assam tomorrow for
selection of boxers for their training centre.
Writers step up protest against communal intolerance
New Delhi, Oct 11: Three eminent writers from Punjab today announced that they were
returning their Sahitya Akademi awards, while Kannada writer Aravind Malagatti resigned
from the body's general council, joining the growing protest by litterateurs over
"rising intolerance" and "communal" atmosphere.
With the writers' protest over its "silence" on rationalist MM Kalburgi's murder
growing louder, Sahitya Akademi chairperson Vishwanath Prasad Tiwari came out with
a statement saying the apex literary body stands for freedom of expression and condemns
attack on any writer or artist anywhere. It asserted its commitment to the "core
secular values" enshrined in the Constitution and the "right to life of all".
Eminent writers Gurbachan Bhullar, Ajmer Singh Aulakh and Atamjit Singh, today announced
that they were returning their Sahitya Akademi awards like several other authors
including Nayantara Sehgal, Sara Joseph, Uday Prakash and Ashok Vajpeyi demanding
that the Akademi speak out against the killing of its member Kalburgi and other rationalists
and the "communal" atmosphere in the backdrop of the Dadri lynching incident. Bhullar
said he was perturbed by the attempts to "disrupt the social fabric of the country"
"During recent past, the attempts at disrupting the social fabric of the country,
targeting particularly the area of literature and culture, under an orchestrated
plan of action, has been perturbing me," he said.
The 78-year-old author born in Bathinda in Punjab had been awarded the Sahitya Akademi
for his 2005 book of short stories "Agni-Kalas".
A renowned Punjabi playwright, Aulakh said he was very pained by the attacks on "progressive
writers, leaders of the rational movement and the forcible saffronisation of education
Punjabi theatre personality Atamjit Singh said he was returning his Akademi Award
as he "is very upset over the incidents communal hatred in the country for the last
In more embarrassment for the Akademi, Aravind Malagatti resigned from its General
Council, condemning its 'silence' over the killing of progressive thinker and scholar
"Killing of personalities like Kalburgi, (Govind) Pansare and incidents like Dadri
lynching are an attack on the Constitutional rights in this country. They are highly
condemnable," Malagatti said.
Malagatti is among 20 representatives from various Universities in the General Council
of the Sahitya Akademi.
Recently literary figures like Shashi Deshpande, K Satchidanandan, P K Parakkadavu
had resigned from their posts in the Akademi, citing similar reasons.
A federation of Kashmiri scholars, Adbee Markaz Kamraz, too expressed solidarity
with the eminent writers for their decision to return Sahitya Akademi awards, asking
the top literary body to break its silence over the increasing "communal frenzy".
Poet and critic Adil Jussawalla, who won the Sahitya Akademi honour for his 2014
work, also urged the literary body to condemn the "unacceptable censoring" of writers
by "violentaly intolerant groups."
Jussawalla said he has written to chairperson of Sahitya Akademi.
Malayalam poet K Satchidanandan has also decided to quit all posts in the Akademi
while another Malayalam short story writer P K Parakkadavu also said he will quit
the Akademi membership.
---- Editorial ----
Let us denounce bandh culture
Bandh call is one of most dangerous nemesis of the development. North east region
in general has suffered a lot due to badh culture. Arunachal is one of the worst
victims of this social evil. Today various local media carried report about how bandh
culture has affected state of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. As per the 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. 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.
Even though Supreme Court has declared that bandh are illegal and unconstitutional,
it does not seem to bother the bandh sponsors in Arunachal. May be this is happening
due to weak policing. The weakness of administration and police has emboldened the
law breakers. Also its time people of Arunachal stop using bandh as means to fight
against system. We are in digital age and therefore should stop using this out-dated
method. During bandh, poor gets harassed and also it badly hurts the economy of the
state. Often it results in violence, death, injuries to persons and properties, financial
loss, loss of earnings. Present government have somewhat managed to tame the bandh
culture in Arunachal. They should take more bold initiatives to root out this culture
forever from the state.
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Letter to Chief Secretary and Education Secy
The launching of SSA by MHRD, Govt. of India and its commencement in Arunachal Pradesh
is a boon in Education sector.
With this, we have dreamt about high literacy achievement like Tripura, Mizoram,
Kerala along with growing of required School buildings, infrastructure and other
allied structures as prescribed in CBSE norms. But in spite of pumping in thousand
of crores of rupees by the Government of India, not much improvement has been observed
so far in the Civil Work portion of the Mission.
I have come across a website from neighboring State where the detailed implementation
modes of the Mission, their guidelines in civil works have been given.
As per the guidelines, it has clearly been spelt out that the following composition
of various levels of Engineers must be constituted before implementation of the Mission
in Civil Work portion.
At state level: - State Project Engineer, Senior Level Engineers equivalent to the
rank of Superintending Engineer from any works department.
At district level: - District Project Engineer equivalent to the rank of Executive
Engineer/Assistant Engineer from any works department with maximum experience.
At Block Level: - Civil Coordinators equivalent to the rank of Junior Engineer from
any works department with maximum experience.
Whereas, in our State with utter contrast and contrary to the laid down guidelines,
few unscrupulous officers at the level of DDSE without technical background are implementing
Civil Works amounting to thousands of crores of rupees with the help of Civil Coordinator
in the rank of Junior Engineer, on contractual basis. Here, being a concern citizen,
my simple question is that is the DDSE at various district are empowered to enjoy
DDO and Cheque-drawal power of Civil Work at par with Executive Engineer of work
department? Is contractual Junior Engineers permitted to pass and pay crores of rupees
beyond permissible limit as envisage in GFR?
Before, the menace engulf the entire SSA Mission RMSA, RUSA, let us rise from the
deep slumber and insist on existing laid down norms & guidelines as envisaged in
orientation Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA) school infrastructure by Technical Supporting
Group (TSG) Civil Works, a consultant nominated by MHRD, Govt. of India, which advocate
exclusively to implement Civil Work with above referred various level of Engineers
for successful implementation of the Mission. Else, the trend of the present pace
of work and quality indicate that if the same system of implementation in Civil Work
portion persist for long just wait for doom of the Mission and yet another scam in
In the event of rampant encroachment of allocation of Business under CCS rule at
the front, where have Arunachal Pradesh Engineering Service Association (APESA),
Arunachal Pradesh Junior Engineers Welfare Association (APJEWA), All Arunachal Pradesh
Unemployed Engineers Association (AAPUEA) and Engineers under Engineering Wing of
Education Department gone when their profession is directly under attack? Do they
support such an act by keeping themselves aloof?
It is my ardent request to the Chief Secretary and Secretary (Education) to check
into the record and if found guilty, stern action as per provision of relevant rules
should be initiated to curve the menace before it goes from bad to worse.
Welfare of society should come before welfare of family
Through your esteemed daily, I want to put my grievances before our government, GOAP.
The present political fight between congresses has proved where our leaders are heading
towards, clearly not towards betterment of its people.
People sitting at top position always give excuses that “government ka order hai
mei kuch nahi kar sakta”.
Here my question is who is government, why they have been formed and for whom they
have been formed? From literal point of view, government is a group of elected people
form to govern its people in a more systematic way and it’s a mechanism to channelise
resources for development of state as a whole.
Unfortunately, we have a government just reverse of this. They form government to
govern their family members and channelise resources for up-lift of their near and
dear one. This is a proven fact that if you are a relatives of XYZ minister or MLA,
then you don’t have to be worried about your life right from study to getting a job.
This fact killed the spirit of true government. Our elected MLAs never think that
they are to represent their people first and then family because it is the mass who
have given them mandate not his or her family. The welfare of society should be prior
to welfare of family. Failure to discharge this basic duty as a representative of
mass create the problem of separatism which result into political instability. The
present political scenario of our state is results of this same attitude. And this
will continue until and unless, our political leaders realized that prosperity of
single family cannot bring peace, harmony and development in the society.
The moment when they start to live for people, all things will correct itself.
Lastly, my prayer to our government is let your work speak for your governance, let
deserving candidate be selected for job, let PDS reach the real beneficiaries, let
law not be enforced upon only the poor and the weak, let government schemes be implemented
in letter and spirit, let salary be paid on time, let rational thought prevail upon
us and make our state an exemplary one. May our state government surpass all the
development activity of other state. Long Live GoAP!
Prey Tayem Dodum
Judicial intervention will not solve the Chakma-Hajong issue
I want to express my view over Supreme Court’s verdict on grant of citizenship rights
to Chakma-Hajong refugees settled in Arunachal Pradesh.
Since mid 1990, the Apex Court has been giving Verdict in favour of the Chakma-Hajongs
without considering rights and sentiments of the indigenous people of Arunachal Pradesh
into account. The Verdict of the Apex Court is therefore, always seen as one sided.
Our country is governed by the rule of law and constitution confers certain rights
on every citizen. Every citizen is entitled to equality and equal protection of the
law. So the rights of the people of Arunachal Pradesh should not be overlooked.
Besides, Arunachal Pradesh enjoys a special status with its ethnicity and declared
to be administered under the provision of the constitution. That is the reason why
laws and regulations applicable during the British regime continue to apply even
today. The settlement of Chakmas-Hajongs in large numbers in the state would disturb
its ethnic balance and destroys its culture and identity.
The judicial verdict of the Supreme Court to determine the principle of governing
eligibility of Chakmas-Hajongs is also a difficult task as there are different categories
of Chakmas-Hajongs in the state.
I fully agree with the fact stated by Prof. Bath who state about different categories
of Chakmas. The first group categories are those who were settled during 1964-69.
The second group consists of those Chakmas who have shifted from one refugee camp
to another within the state. Those who have come from Assam, Tripura and Mizoram
constitute the Third group. The fourth group consists of those who have migrated
illegally from Bangladesh. Some of the Chakmas are still reported to be sneaking
into different refugee camps. Such infiltration and abnormal growth of Chakmas-Hajongs
refugees have become a major challenge to the security of the local people of Arunachal
for which one day the Arunachalees will become minorities in their own land.
The solution of the core issue of citizenship of Chakma-Hajong refugees therefore
should come out not through judicial intervention but through a democratic amicable
solution acceptable to all.
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