March 22

President flags off 1st NE expedition to Mt Everest

New Delhi, Mar 21: President Pranab Mukherjee yesterday flagged off the first North East Expedition to Mt Everest by handing over an ice-axe baton with a flag to the leader of the expedition team, Dr L Surjit Singh at a solemn function held at Rashtrapati Bhavan New Delhi.

Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “This expedition is important not only because it seeks to scale Mt Everest, the highest in the world, but because it symbolizes mankind’s indomitable spirit to fight against all odds”. He congratulated the climbers and wished them a safe return after the successful completion of the expedition.

He expressed hope that Anshu Jamsenpa from Arunachal Pradesh who is the only mother in the world to scale Mt. Everest twice in ten days, would create another mountaineering history. He also expressed his proud moment that N Chingkheinganba (16) who on completion of the expedition would be the youngest to scale Mt. Everest.

DS Poonia, Chief Secretary of Manipur and the Chef De Mission made a brief introduction of the first North East India Mt. Everest expedition. He said, “Unlike the Olympics and other sports championships, mountaineers have no audience around them except the Mother nature.

They compete on Mother’s lap against rolling boulders, icy air and under threat of avalanches”. He appealed to all to bless the brave mountaineers from the North East and wish them all success.

It may be mentioned that the expedition team members including six from Manipur, two each from Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Sikkim and one from Mizoram and Meghalaya had earlier undergone physical conditioning and meditation training at Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh from February 27 to March 9.

Arunachal Mountaineering & Adventure Sports Association president Tsering Wange is accompanying the team up to Kathmandu where the final expedition preparation and introduction with climbing Sherpas will take place. On March 26, the team will fly to Lukla and the final mission will be started to scale the Mt. Everest. The expected date of summit is May 18 if everything goes as planned.



Chakmas apologize to tribal people of state

ITANAGAR, May 21: The Committee for Citizenship Rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs of Arunachal Pradesh (CCRCHAP) today wholeheartedly apologizes to the tribal people of the state  including the AAPSU leaders for any criminal offence committed by any Chakma and Hajong including the recent gang rape of a Khamti girl at Chowkham in Lohit district.   

 The Committee in a submission addressed to the secretary, political department and chairman of the Core Committee  under Joint high power committee  for refugee issue, Indira Mallo Jain said that it has discussed the issues  raised by AAPSU and decided to  apologize to the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

AAPSU had earlier reportedly boycotted the high power committee meeting on refugee issue  on March 12 last in protest against anti-social activities committed by Chakma-Hajong refugees and  also  urged the Chakma to voluntarily apologize to the indigenous people of  Arunachal  Pradesh for  “their anti-social activities and encroachment of tribal land” and  to  also  urged them stop such unwanted criminal activities.

While referring to the demands of the AAPSU, CCRCHAP said “It has been the endeavor and firm commitment of the  committee to make the Chakma and Hajong societies crime-free and further contribute towards making Arunchal Pradesh a peaceful and crime-free state. The CCRCHAP  also urges the State Govt to take further necessary measures in this regard.

On gang rape case, the CCRCHAP  said  it is aware that no amount of apology could assuage the hurt suffered by the victim, her family members and the society at large due to this dastardly act. Therefore, the CCRCHAP immediately conveyed its deep anguish and shock over the unfortunate rape incident to the Chakma village elders and social activists both in Lohit and Changlang districts and impressed upon them to actively co-operate with the administration to provide justice to the victim. The  Committee further  said in February 2013, the village elders and social workers of 3 Chakma villages under Chowkham PS in Lohit district apprehended 13 of the 14 accused and handed over them to the police while efforts are on to nab the one who is absconding. Similarly, during 2011 and 2012 the elders of Bijoypur-I under Bordumsa PS in Changlang district apprehended at least 5 persons suspected of being involved in crimes and handed them over to the police. There were numerous instances of our village authorities extending active co-operation to police/administration in crime control, it said. “The CCRCHAP will continue to extend utmost cooperation to the State Government and its agencies to bring an end to crimes irrespective of the caste, creed or ethnicity of the criminals.”

Regarding land encroachment by Chakmas at M’pen, the Committee said that the Chakmas and Hajongs in one hand and the Singhpos on the other, have been living together peacefully for the last five decades. Regrettably the dispute at M'Pen-I village has become an irritant. The CCRCHAP has been continuously working to address this aberration since 2008. Many parleys were held between Chakma and Singpho community leaders to work out a compromise in this issue. Nonetheless, the CCRCHAP remains committed to extend full cooperation to any measure taken by the State Government with respect to the dispute. The CCRCHAP further remains committed to find a solution to this issue and as on date, the CCRCHAP leaders are holding dialogue with the Singpho leaders to address this aberration,  the committee said.

The CCRCHAP firmly believes that this aberration should not come in the way of building peace and communal harmony and a solution will be found.

 The CCRCHAP believes in the preservation of forest, environment and ecology in order to prevent the ill-effects of climate change and global warming on Arunachal Pradesh. In all its public meeting, the CCRCHAP has been emphasizing on the need for preservation of forest and environment as well as not to encroach into reserve forests.

In view of this submission, the CCRCHAP hopes that the next meeting will be held as scheduled and the Joint High Power Committee on Chakmas and Hajongs could address all the issues.



APWS to help the needy people

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: The newly formed Arunachal Pradesh Welfare Society (APWS) has determined to work for peace, harmony and to create a sense of oneness among the people of all tribes residing in the Capital Complex, Itanagar in particular and state in general. Addressing the media-persons in a press conference here today, APWS chairman, Jalley Sonam said the APWS will promote peace, communal harmony and to create a sense of oneness among the people besides extending every possible help to the needy.

“We can achieve anything we want if we help enough people to get what they want”, said Sonam adding  that it is a little endeavour to build a better relationship among the people of every community and tribes-irrespective of caste, community and religion- who are residing in Capital City, Itanagar.

Taking serious note of the existing fine system and other such illegal activities in the capital city, which not only creates nuisance but also divides the people in the society, Sonam informed that APWS will actively work out to check such illegal activities.   

Highlighting on the future plans of the Society, he said APWS will initially engage around fifty volunteers from every community who will help out the assistance seekers. The assistance seeker, irrespective of their religion, community etc, can call up to the Society’s volunteers in a 24x7 services helpline number (0360-2292176) and register their grievances. That way the APWS members with the help of administration as well as police will work out to help them.  He appealed the people to make us of the helpline number seek assistance from the Society members from any part of state.

Vice chairman Kenkar Yomcha, general secretary Tadar Kayu and others also as spoke on the occasion and shared their views on newly formed Society.

Meanwhile, in order to create awareness on ‘Oneness among all tribes’ the Society will carry out a massive awareness campaign in every district of state very soon.



Three days skill  development training on behavioral change communication

Chongkham, Mar 21: A 3 days skill  development training course on Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) was organized by RRTC NE-II & Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, Chongkham sponsored by NISD, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, in the Conference Hall of Tai-Khamti Singpho Museum cum Research Centre, APVS Complex at Chongkham, from 16th to 18th March. The training course was attended by 25 participants from various NGOs and drug users from Lohit, Anjaw and Lower Dibong Valley districts.

The Program was inaugurated by the Secretary, Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, Chongkham, Chow Thanin Mansai. In his inaugural speech he briefly spoke on the need of behavioural  change and change of mind-set of individuals, family and society at large for a scientific approach to drug abuse prevention. He encouraged and appealed all the participants to actively take part in the program.

The three days training was coordinated and facilitated by C.J. Gogoi, Project Director, Treatment cum Rehabilitation Centre (TCRC), Chongkham, Dr Sufajing Namchoom, Chow Tewa Manpoong (Counselor cum Master Trainer) and Chow Mowney Singkai (Counselor cum Master Trainer).

During field visit programme on the last day of the training, the participants visited the APVS De-Addiction Centre, a  project sponsored by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, and Govt. of India and run by Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, Chongkham.

The valedictory function was attended by Chow Sanjay Mein, a prominent social worker and a public leader form Chongkham-Namsai areas.



CM launches redesigned website of Finance Dept.

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has launched the redesigned, comprehensive website of the Finance Department at Chief Minister’s conference hall yesterday.  A host of dignitaries including Finance Minister Chowna Mein, Education Minister Bosiram Siram, Social Welfare  Minister Newlai Tingkhatra, Parliamentary Secretaries Honchun Ngandam & Wangki Lowang, Development Commissioner Finance, Accountant General, and other officers and officials were present on the occasion.

This ‘State of Art’ website www.arunchalfinance.in has a number of features to make it citizen friendly and to bring in more transparency and accountability in respect of works in the Finance Department.

Swati Sharma, secretary, finance gave a detailed presentation on the new features of the website in which she focused on the administrative setup, details of staff employed, role of different branches and directorate of finance department, various acts and rules applicable to the Finance Department etc. A new feature ‘Maps’ gives  an indication about the location of SBI branches in different districts, treasury and sub-treasury locations in the state and information on treasury wise number of DDOs in each district. An ‘Interactive Corner’ provides a gateway to the general public to interact directly with the Minister Finance, Developmental Commissioner Finance, Secretary Finance, etc through online mode.

The eGovernance initiatives which is the hall mark of the website details about eGPF, Flie Tracking System in the finance department, Non-Plan employee database as on 28 March, 2013, Pensioner Information and also National Pension System. The whole process aims to make provision of information as stipulated in the RTI very easy to the general public in a seamless manner.

Chief Minister was visibly impressed with the website and shared his vision with everyone present at the conference hall, he requested everyone to cooperate with the Finance Department to bring in more transparency and accountability in the system. He also stated that erring officials would now be more cautious and general public will get all information by just accessing the website. Other ministers present on the occasion also appreciated the endeavour of the Finance Department   to reach to the  people through eGovernance system.

Ramesh Negi, Development Commissioner Finance also spoke on the occasion and appreciated the efforts of National Informatics Centre (NIC), Arunachal Pradesh who ensures that the website could be launch in time.



National seminar on ‘Teacher Education in Contemporary Society’ gets underway

RONO HILLS, Mar 21: A two-day National seminar on the theme “Teacher Education in Contemporary Society” began today at  the RG University campus. The seminar is being organized by the department of Education, under UGC-SAP-DRS/Phase-II.

In his inaugural address, Nabam Rebia, Parliamentary Secretary, Planning and Development highlighted on the crucial educational development of Arunachal Pradesh and shared his fascinating passion for education.

While appreciating the literacy growth rate of  the state which is more than 60%, he urged the government to put emphasis on quality teachers which is most important in today’s contemporary society.

Admitting that opening of schools and colleges randomly in earlier days hampered the growth in education sectors, he, however, said ‘they are looking into all these in right perspective and trying to give the best of education by improving the school infrastructure.

Earlier in his keynote speech Dr. Raj Bharadwaj, American Institute of Indian Studies, New Delhi, congratulated the department of education for selection of the theme and gave an informative and inspiring speech about today’s quality of education. While citing all the prevailing social issues, he said the society has become “palace of contemporary problems”. He stressed on the need of dedication and sincerity of the teachers.

Vice Chancellor (i/c) Prof. K.C. Kapoor speaking on the occasion, stressed that proper scrutiny and screening should be done to the students while taking admission to the B.Ed course at the University, so that quality teachers are produced to serve the society better.

In his welcome address Prof. Jayadeba Sahoo, head of the education department highlighted the theme of the seminar   and welcomed all the delegates from various parts of the country. The vote of thanks was given by Prof. J. C. Soni, Dean, Faculty of Education.

Students of the education department and faculty members and dignitaries from various institutions from across the country attended the seminar.  Among others, the  resource persons  including Prof. B B Mishra (Mizoram University), Prof. B. N. Panda (Regional Institute of Education, Bhubaneswar), and Dr. G C Nanda (Rajdhani College, Bhubaneswar) will be addressing the two-day seminar.



Women folk sensitized about domestic violence

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: The Papum Pare District ICDS Cell, Yupia organized a one day sensitization cum awareness camp on Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act-2005 at DRDA conference hall today. Radhilu Chai, Vice-President Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women graced the occasion.

She lauded the ICDS cell Yupia for organizing such awareness camp. She expressed hope that such awareness camp will help in effective discussion and understanding of various implications of Domestic Violence Act-2005 and it will also help in raising the awareness of civil society on the issues of protection of women from domestic violence and its proper implementation in the future. While speaking on the scenario of crime against women, she pointed out that in the last couple of years state has witnessed alarming rise in the rate of crime against women and maximum number of cases reported upon are of domestic violence which is very unfortunate, she added. Further she also expressed her concern on the lackadaisical attitude of bodies responsible for implementing the law, due to which many cases of violence against women goes unreported and in such situations no suo moto action can be taken against the perpetrators. However she informed that if cases are reported timely than suo moto action can be taken against the offenders.

Superintendent of Police Papum Pare Nabam Gungte who also spoke on the occasion dwelt about violence against women, cases of sexual harassment and child labour. He informed that the cases of violence against women are rising not only in urban centers but also at grassroot level. Gender sensitization should be carried out at grassroot level through more awareness campaign on women rights and violence against women.

Deputy Commissioner Pige Ligu on the occasion advocated for giving proper platform to girl child by giving proper education and caring in all fields. He called upon the participants to take full advantage of awareness camp and to disseminate the message to all stakeholders at grassroot level through village level workers like aganwadis to educate on issues of women rights and girl child education.

Earlier, Dani Yami, Deputy Director, ICDS, Yupia in her key note address highlighted on the Domestic Violence Act-2005 and objective of organizing the awareness camp. All the CDPOs, Supervisors of PapumPare district attended the camp. In the technical session various important topics were presented and discussed by the resource persons. (DIPRO)  



A treasured region showcases the importance of water


Dean R. Thompson

“Here, life depends on the changing of the tides…”  I heard that refrain echoed several times during a recent excursion to the magnificent Sunderbans, my first visit to this region, which invoked a sense of wonder and appreciation for the power of nature.  Looking out from a boat traveling through one of the many waterways, I gained a deep respect for the populations that inhabit the area—both human and wildlife—who adapt their lives to the rise and fall of the tide, and who are faced with significant environmental challenges that affect their homes and livelihoods.  

I cannot think of a more apt place to recognize the importance of water, and to celebrate protection and conservations efforts.  On this occasion of World Water Day 2013, I think we can all reflect on the role water plays in our lives and consider what might happen if we, as humans around the globe, do not act to conserve our environment.  Water is fundamental to maintaining peace, security, and prosperity.  Water sustains life, and when managed well, it allows our economies to thrive, our children to grow up healthy, and can build peace and cooperation among neighbors.  Climate change will have a profound impact on the availability, distribution, and quality of water.  It will tax infrastructure and natural systems for managing water resources.  Floods, droughts, and other extreme weather events are projected to become more frequent and severe—in other words, wet areas will become wetter and dry areas will become dryer.  

The Sunderbans has already witnessed these effects.  The devastation Cyclone Alia brought to the region in 2009 is still being felt today, particularly in the most vulnerable of areas along the thousands of kilometers of embankments that line the area’s waterways.  I had the opportunity to speak with an inspiring community of women in Moukhali Village, Amtoli Island, who told me that agriculture production in the region is just now resuming; it has been poor or impossible since the storm surge pushed salt water into the fields and crops could not grow in the salinated soil.  Most of the women’s husbands had become “climate refugees,” forced to leave the village to seek work either in Kolkata or other large cities, and the women were left to take care of their home and family, while finding alternative livelihoods.  It is here that we can champion the work of local groups creating solutions for communities such as the Moukhali Village that help to both mitigate the effects of climate change and provide economic opportunities.  Groups such as the Nature Environment and Wildlife Society (NEWS), which has trained over 280 women to raise and plant mangrove saplings along the embankments, essential to hold mud in place and prevent flooding and erosion.  300,000 saplings have been planted just in the past several months, an impressive feat and one that will go a long way to protecting the most vulnerable land in the project’s area.  I know there are many organizations conducting noteworthy ventures throughout the region.  

Rebuilding and protecting the region’s natural ecosystem through projects like this is critical.  Healthy ecosystems provide a variety of services and benefits that would cost far more to provide through man-made infrastructure.  Degradation of natural ecosystems reduces the ability of the environment to provide natural filtration, aquifer replenishment, and flood and drought mitigation.  

The impact of conservation efforts can be seen in the famous Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, home to some of the world’s most beautiful and mysterious creatures.  The forest there, preserved as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, acts as the areas “lungs” and “kidneys,” by absorbing carbon from the air and providing natural filtration and cleansing of the surrounding water.  I was equally impressed with wildlife conservation efforts there, and commend the efforts against tiger poaching in the Reserve over the last decade, a reflection of cooperation between the government and NGOs with the local community to promote awareness.   

It is easy to feel small when traveling through the vast expanse of the Sunderbans.  I was only able to see a tiny portion of the region, but gained an immense understanding of the way of life here, including the challenges and benefits of living in a serene, but vulnerable environment.  Heading back to shore, the sunset reflecting in the water and the breeze cooling off the heat of the day, I thought of ways we can all be active in ensuring water security in the coming years—raising awareness being perhaps the most accessible and productive across all communities.  It is not just about coastal areas like the Sunderbans, but also places to closer to home.  For example, I have seen firsthand the ongoing work to protect the East Kolkata Wetlands, vital to sustaining the city and its surrounding area.  The United States is committed to promoting water security around the world, to ensure the development and sustainability of treasured regions like the Sunderbans, and our cities alike, for generations to come.   (The writer is U.S. Consul General Kolkata. Readers may  follow him on twitter: @deanthompson)



Will Apfd Be A Dream Or A Fact?

By Tajo Ashok Sonam

For the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, the GoAP is organizing a state level film festival from 22nd-24rd March at Shiddarta Hall, Itanagar. The programme is being undertaken by the information and public relations department (DIPR). The screening of films (both feature and documentary category) and felicitation of the state’s cinema artistes are core attractions of the programme. Such a programme from government side was a long insist of the artiste fraternity and filmmakers of our state. So, the step taken up by the present government is astonishing and praiseworthy. It would definitely boost the spirits of filmmakers of Arunachal Pradesh.

Cinema or films plays a pivotal role in sharing information among the masses. It is one of the finest systems of mass media in our modern society. Sitting in a room with a cup of tea, without any mind-boggling bookish reading, you along with your kids, friends or relatives can tourAfricaflippantly, if you are watching the movie ‘God must be crazy’ in your Video CD.    From this movie you may know and understand few about the land and people ofAfricawhere you have never been visited. You may also be able to watch the diverse forms of human culture and scenic beauty our mother Earth in various documentary films that telecasted in the national and international TV channels. The regional, national and international current affairs are also well acquainted and acknowledged through this medium. Film or cinema is also one of the best medium for advertisement for the products and services of an individual, the companies or for the state and national interest.

Viewing the importance of film, the Govt of India established an agency under the name, National Film Development Corporation Ltd (NFDC) in the year 1975 based at Mumbai. The NFDC is the central agency to encourage good cinema inIndia. The primary goal of the NFDC is to plan, promote and organize an integrated and efficient development of the Indian film industry and foster excellence in cinemas. NFDC consists basically of six wings - bureau of copyright, film development wing, children film society, film box office, film festival wing & film archive. The NFDC performs varied functions such as - (1) To finance production of the regional films by advancing loans, subsidies, grants etc. (2) To encourage, foster, aid establish and maintain institutions for imparting knowledge and instructions. (3) To carry on the business of financers, producers, distributors, exhibitors, agents films. (4) To construct, set up, renovate, run and manage cinema show house, theatre halls on modern line. (5) To coordinate domestic and foreign filmmakers, and, (6) to give awards, subsidies and to hold film festivals etc, for the improvement and encouragement of better quality films. Likewise, state level film development corporation, viz, Kerala State Film Development Corporation Ltd (KSFDL), Andhra Pradesh Film, TV & Theatre Development Corporation (APFTTL), West Bengal Film Development Corporation (WBFDC), Assam State Film Finance & Development Corporation Ltd (ASFCL), and Manipur Film Development Corporation Ltd (MFDCL) etc, have also been established by their respective state governments.

Status of film development in Arunachal

Attachment of Arunachal natives in the film procession started since 1972. ‘Rashmirekha’, an Assamese film based on the novel ‘Rajanigandha’ (a novel written by Imran Shah), was produced and directed by Prafulla Baruah. Most part of the shooting was done in Tirap district and released in the year 1973.

Arunachal artistes who have gut to contend with the outside world can be trace out from the astonishing performance of Nabam Tata, Bengia Mala and Tadu Tayung and others in the first ever 35 mm maiden feature film - ‘Mera Dharam Meri Maa’, released in 1976. The movie was directed by Dr Bhupen Hazarika, written by lead actor of the movie Tata himself. The original copy of the film is now preserved in the Film Archives of India. And every year the Govt of Arunachal Pradesh pays some amount for its preservation.

There has been immense production of music video albums in the state since last 10 years. However, digital based video feature films produced are few in number. Some of them like ‘Donyi’ in Hindi, ‘Frontier Students’ in Hindi, ‘Fighter’, ‘Meri Zinadegi’, ‘Leh’ (Monpa), and ‘Doctor Abo’ (Nyishi-Monpa), ‘Ane ge Nyode’, etc are privately home based production without any financial assistance from any organizations.  Highly budgeted 35 mm movies like ‘Sonam’ (Monpa) & ‘Oya’ (Nyishi) have also been on the limelight.  Except ‘Sonam’ & ‘Oya’ none of them could find place in the national’s standard category. The productions of Centre for Cultural Research Documentation Naharlagun (CCRD) and Doordarshan Kendra (DDK) have succeeded in national applause through their digital based feature or documentary films but, it was also sponsored by various organizations and Doordarshan respectively.

Hence, good movie attracts viewers the most. Production of high quality films depends upon the work of directors and its frills like quality of camera, cinematography, editors & editing machine and its software etc. Using nastiest equipments brings down the eminence of good movie. Our inborn local producers and directors are unable to afford high quality equipments for making good quality movies due to economic constraint. So, the qualities of digital feature films produced so far by our locals are not at par with the films produced by others in spite of their best perception and innovation. This can be triumph over if the government supports these film entrepreneurs.

Recently, an ad hoc committee was formed, under the chairmanship of MP Takam Sanjay, entitled - ‘Arunachal Pradesh Film Development Corporation Ltd (APFDL)’, with main objective of development and promotion of films in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. The representatives from the department of art & culture, IPR, DDK, state artistes and prominent filmmakers were present in the quorum. The detail project report has already been submitted to the GoAP and response is awaited.

Do we need a film development agency in Arunachal?  

The Indian National Film Awards is the most prominent film award ceremony in India.  Established in 1954, it is administered, along with the International Film Festival of India and the Indian Panorama, by the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals since 1973. Since we attended 35th years of statehood till date, we have no any single film’s subject to be qualified or nominated in the Regional film category in Indian National Film Festivals. Why? Not to talk about qualification and nomination in any film award function, our filmmakers find difficulties in obtaining film certification as well, since there is no any nodal agency to channelize it in our state.

Outsiders enters our land by paying nominal ILP fees and goes out with properties worth Lac of rupees, clipped under highly sophisticated cameras (video or steel) for research, may be manipulated, then marketed and famed in their own respective land. To be conscious, this clipping may be our mosaic cultural and natural heritages or, it may be a rare, endemic or new species of flora and fauna. In this context, the questions arise in our mind: Is it not a manipulation or light-fingered of intellectual properties? Is there any intellectual properties regulation (IPR) to check and balance such activities in Arunachal Pradesh? Or, which agency in our state is assigned to control the subjects of filmmaking by outsiders? These are some stern subject to be discussed. Privilege should go to the natives first in the matter of research, documentation and filmmaking. For that our filmmakers need to be both technically and financially sound.

Moreover, production of various governments based departmental programmes like flagship’s, documentary and promos of various schemes can be produced and under controlled by a single body or agency for more effective implementation of the schemes.

Therefore, it shall not be an erroneous for us for adopting the formation of Arunachal Pradesh Film Development Corporation (APFDC), like our neighboring states have done. The establishment of a film development agency like Arunachal Pradesh Film Development Corporation (APFDC) shall not only improve the socio-economic conditions of local entrepreneurs, it shall also have the following state’s innovation functions such as:

• Exposing our traditional art and culture to the outside world and preservation of such exposure in state film archive.

• Exposure and promotion of our state tourism potential in national and international level through films and cinemas.

• The state film festival shall bring the feeling of competitiveness and awareness among the film fraternity, which would help in bringing the best quality of film production.

• Controlling and making of promos and documentary films of various governmental departments by a single agency.

• Production of good and high quality films to reach at national and international level.

• Interstate and international relationship in film production activities.

• Generate a source of income for state revenue.

• Generate self employment opportunity in various films based activities both technical and non-technical, etc.

Last but not the least - we ought to salute KAA Raja, the 1st Lieutenant Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, for encouraging film growth in our state. He is remembered not only as great administrator, but also as an art loving person under whose efforts the production of maiden feature film ‘Mera Dharam Meri Maa’ could be financed by GoI.

Also, best wishes to the organizer of the 1st ever film festival of our state. It may be a simple and formal function at Siddhartha Hall, but the event shall be remembered forever as a pioneering step of present government. If such trend is sustained, no one can stop our future generation for stepping into the world of Bollywood and Hollywood in near future. So, let us keep hope for those days to come. (The writer is former member of the North East Zone Cultural Centre, Dimapur).

Cash reward stands


The cash reward of Rs 10 lakhs announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP at tele. numbers : 09436040006





Rape slur on school owner

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: The Nyeelam Welfare Society in a release alleged that one minor girl from their clan was raped by owner of Bomi English School, Joram village. The society stated that school authority tried to hide the incident and for many days kept the minor girl in confinement. The condition of girl is stated to be critical and she is badly traumatized at the moment.

When contacted Ziro police station authority confirmed that an FIR has been lodged against the culprit by the Neelam Welfare Society. Meanwhile the society has appealed to various NGOs and organizations to support the issue and put pressure on the authority to speed up the investigation. They further appealed for immediate closure of said school fearing that other minor girls may also be victimized.



Series of cooperative training programme concludes

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  A week-long series of cooperative training programme being organized by Arunachal Pradesh State Co-operative Union sponsored by Cooperative Education Fund, National Cooperative Union of India as well as National Institute of Agriculture Management (NIAM) Jaipur which kick-started on 12th March has concluded on Wednesday. The training programme was conducted at places in like Kamba, Peri, Aalo, Pessing and Naharlagun in both West Saing and Papumpare district.  The objective of the programme was to make participants more efficient in their job through the training programme.



AGSU hails the govt for creating Lower Siang

ITANAGAR, Mar 21:  The All Galo Students Union (AGSU) today hailed the state government for successfully passed the district re-organization bill particularly for creating Lower Siang district. It further hoped that new district Lower Siang would not only benefits to Adi and Galo community rather would beneficial for the neighbouring state.



CM inaugurates ITBP subordinate officers mess

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today  inaugurated the Subordinate Officers' Mess at an impressive function held at ITBP Sector Hq, here  Khating Hills Thursday. Also present on the occasion were Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, ITBP IG R K Saini, (North East frontier), DIG, Bhanwar Singh (NE Frontier),   DIG (Itanagar) Raja Babu Singh and many other ITBP officers and jawans.  The construction work of the building for the subordinate officers’ mess started during June 2008 with estimated cost of nearly Rs 3 crore. With this inauguration, the long-felt need of the  ITBP has been fulfilled. The  CM, Rebia and  ITBP officers also planted  trees to mark the  occasion.  



New office building for Directorate of Accounts and Treasuries inaugurated

Itanagar, Mar 21: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki  has inaugurated the new office building for the Directorate of Accounts & Treasuries at Bank Tinali  here today. He was accompanied, among others,  by  Finance Minister Chowna Mein and Development Commissioner (Finance) Secretary (Finance), Director of Accounts & Treasuries, Director of Audit & Pension and other senior officers.

Chief Minister applauded the development and specially thanked the Development Commissioner (Finance)/Secretary (Finance)/Chief Engineer (RWD)  for taking all initiative for early and nice venture in erecting the beautiful building at the heart of the capital city Itanagar. He also stressed the need of having knowledge of using computers by all staff members of the Directorate of Accounts & Treasuries  in this age of information technology. Since it is the fag end of the current financial year, the CM commented about shifting of the present office of the Director of Accounts & Treasuries in the month of April'13.

Finance Minister Chowna Mein  and finance secretary Swati Sharma also spoke on the occasion.



SLSMC reviews Mid-Day meal scheme

NAHARLAGUN, Mar 21: State level Steering-cum-Monitoring Committee on Mid-Day Meal scheme reviewed the progress of the Mid-day meal in depth in its meeting held on March 15.

While presiding over meeting, Chief Secretary H K Paliwal asked the Directorate of Elementary Education to strengthen the existing mechanism and to bring structural changes in the inspection format and framework. He directed that the toll free number 1880 345 3604, established for grievance redressal mechanism, needs to be publicized amongst the students, parents, teachers, and the general public to improve the system. He also directed the Health Department to co-ordinate with the Education Department to make school health scheme, which intends to provide de-worming tablets and folic acid to each student, institutionally sound so that the children must get the benefit.

The  meeting was also attended by Principal Secretary (Finance), Commissioner(Education), Secretary (Planning), Secretary (WCD), Special Secretary (Health & Family Welfare) and other members of the Committee.  DIPR



Karbak appeals youth to be ambitious

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Former General Secretary of Indian Youth Congress and Vice-President Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress Nyamar Karbak has appealed the youths to be sincere, dedicated and ambitious to achieve the desired results in life. While urging the youths to refrain from petty politics, Karbak called upon them to keep strong vigil on developmental projects/packages so that the benefit of every developmental schemes reaches to the poor and needy at grass root level.  Karbak was addressing the gathering at Youth Day celebration organised by the Kamki Youth Association recently.

Participating at a function regarding formation of All Karbak Geyi Youth Association (AKGYA), he suggested the Karbak Geyi youths to work for the benefit of the people irrespective of clan, caste and religion. Karbak also advised youths to organize awareness programs on health- education and other social sectors for the benefit of rural masses. He donated one computer set and motor cycle each to both the associations for their official use. His noble gesture was highly appreciated by both the organisations.



Pasighat Municipal to have women members

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Out of twelve wards the ward no 1, 2, 7 and 10 has been reserved for women candidates (33% women reservation) for the forthcoming Pasighat Municipal election which is expected to be held soon for the first time in the state. This was declared by the Deputy Commissioner RK Mishra after selection through lottery draw in presence of SC Debnath ADC (HQ), Starlie Jamoh EAC, Assistant town planner T Taloh and representatives of all political parties of Pasighat.

The attended members expressed their satisfaction over the selection process and accepted the selection. It is worth mentioning that Ward-1 covers GTC area, Ward-2 covers Upper Paglek and JNC area, Ward-7 covers Solung ground, Police colony and DC office area while Ward-10 covers Jarku and Muri line area. (DIPRO)



ACS concerns for meritorious students

ITANAGAR, Mar 21: Condemning the state planning department for failing to distribute the laptop computers and cash prize to meritorious students under Chief Minister Talent Award, Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) today expressed concern over the inordinate delay of distribution of laptop computers to deserving students. ACS in a release stated that concerned department must be held responsible for delay in the distribution. It also expressed sympathy for the students.







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Khamle district is long cherished dream

Dear Sir,

Through your esteemed column I on behalf of the people of entire Raga Assembly Constituency would like to show our gratitude & support to the demand made by ANYA & other association for the creation of two new Districts namely Khamle & Pakke-Kessang respectively.

Singing in the tune of previous writer Temi Pabo VP (ALSU) I as an intellectual of Raga Constituency would like to give a brief of the hardship faced by the denizens of entire Raga belt to the people of Arunachal Pradesh in general and members of legislature of state in particular. The name Raga Constituency finds mention since British days. It is said that the British first set its foot on Raga (Now ADC HQ.) then they later discovered the entire undivided Subansiri District & interacted with the people of undivided mighty Subansiri District. The first elected Rajya Sabha Member Lt. Rotom Tama & Lt. Bei Temi who was nominated as representative in the Pradesh Council/Provisional Legislative Assembly belongs to this constituency. However, their effort & sacrifice for the creation of Khamle District bore no fruit and our dream and desire remains unfulfilled. No doubt the demand for creation of Khamle district comprising parts of Lower and Upper Subansiri district has been in existence since long time. Administratively the Raga area has one of the oldest administrative set up but due to the lack of committed leadership the area is still known as one of the backward area of the state.

The constituency have vast geographical area (compare to other constituency) with a population of more than 25,000/- and due to the scattered geographical features the people of the area always suffer especially the public living in the foot hills area of Dollungmukh who have to make a long journey to Ziro just for minor official work. The people of Puchi-Geku circle and Bopi village face same misery. I think the Raga constituency is the only constituency in the entire Arunachal Pradesh which has two different administrative controls viz. Ziro & Daporijo and for this reason the people have many untold distress/pain.

Through your column I would like to appeal to all the legislators, associations, and likeminded people of the state to come forward and join us in supporting for demanding creation of these two districts, whose people have a long cherished dream of getting a district for administrative convenience.

Taking this opportunity may I ask a question to Parliament Secretary Health & Family Welfare Nido Pavitra who is local legislator of the Raga Constituency, why he is not placing any demand for Khamle district? Are you doing this because most of the people of our area are illiterate and sycophant? If not, please do convey our message of desiring a new district by the name of Khamle District to the state government.


Bini Tare





A development project or ATM machine?

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily I in my personal capacity as a citizen of Anjaw district would like to bring to your kind attention towards never ending problem of Halai Pani Hydel Project. The project envisaged to provide electricity to all the households of remote Anjaw district was started with much fanfare, more than 16 years ago in the year 1997- 98. The inordinate delay and the huge fund incurred without substantial progress makes me to draw the inference that the project has been taken up without proper planning and design only to milk government fund through FDR. During these long years the project has become more of a personal ATM (Automated Teller Machine) for few vested people than the hope and aspirations for electric connectivity of the inhabitants of poorly electrified Anjaw District. Crores and crores of money have been pumped in through loans from NABARD and PM’s Package. Even a mega hydro project with uninterrupted government funding would have been commissioned in these long 16 years.

Even as a layman, I doubt the feasibility of the project in present location, since the site developed for power house is well below the River Bed Level of highly turbulent and erosive Halai Pani river which increases manifold during the flood time. Therefore, Arunachal Pradesh government should completely abort the project to avoid further loss of state’s exchequer and institute an inquiry into the project by CBI to unearth financial misappropriations and fix responsibilities for the inordinate delay. How can a Mini Hydel Project with proper planning and design be carried over manifold cost escalation and without time bound period for completion?

The CM of Arunachal Pradesh should withhold the SPA fund announced during his recent Hawai visit for the project until the feasibility of the project is reviewed by an expert committee, than going on with the project for eternity. Hope you will earnestly look into the matter and act accordingly with most urgency.


Ejenso Yun





Make urgent correction

Dear Editor,

Through your esteemed daily we on behalf of 49th Magne Dogha Panchayat under Yangte circle of Kurung Kumev district Arunachal Pradesh would like to place following grievance.

The Magne-Dogha Anchal segment was originally part of Tali circle for all purposes but in order to fulfill the population requirement for creation of Yangte circle, the 49lh Magne Dogha Anchal segment was included in the administrative circle. During the Panchayat election held in the year 2003, we were not given right to cast our valuable vote in Yangte Panchayat and as a result there was no Panchayat in Magne Dogha anchal segment for complete two years. However, after direction of the tribunal we were given opportunity to exercise our franchise right and accordingly we participated and elected Panchayat members to represent in Yangte circle.

As per notification of the election commissionof India our Magne-Dogha Panchayat segment falls under 20th Ttali assembly constituency for which we used to cast our vote. We send our representative in the legislative assembly to focus our grievances for the purpose of development of our magne -dogha Panchayat segment before the house and other authorities. That, presently our magne -dogha administrative office is located at Palin from where all the developmental activities of our panchayat segment are taken up. The said administrative office falls under the Palin -Chambang assembly constituency but the CD block falls under the Tali administrative circle. Therefore, all the development activities in our Panchayat segment are hampered and magne - dogha panchayat segment is in pendulum between Yangte and Tali administration. There is no proper channel to ventilate our grievances and to pursue any development schemes as it always lead to confusion leading to deprivation of developmental works.

The sad thing that happens to our Panchayat segment is that whenever we approach our elected representatives of Tali and Palin -chambang assembly constituencies to take up necessary steps for the welfare of the public and development of our magne -dogha panchayat segment it is pertinent to mention here that elected representative of 20th Tali assembly constituency shiftsburden towards the representative of the Palin- Chambang assembly constituent saying that the initiative offers, sanctioning authority and work executing agencies are within the local jurisdiction of the palin -chambang assembly constituency. Vice versa the Palin - Chambang elected representative shifts his burden saying that, your elected representative is from Tali constituency and he is the right leader to ventilate and focus your grievance before the house and the appropriate authorities. As a result of this we the public are the sufferers because none of the elected representative initiate any action for the welfare and development of magne- dogha Panchayat.

In the general public meeting conducted at Magne villages on 12-6-2012 both circle officers of Yangte and Tali attended. After prolong discussion the house present unanimously decided to shift the Yangte Circle to Tali Circle. For all above reason Panchayat leaders, intellectuals, youths, gaon buras and general public of 49th Magne- Dogha have resolved to remain under Tali circle.

Lastly, I on behalf of 49th Magne- Dogha Panchayat would like to appeal to the Chief Minister, Minister Panchayati Raj, MLA 20th Tali Constituency, MLA 18lh Palin- Chambang constituency and the commissioner of Panchayat raj govt. Arunachal Pradesh to look into our grievances very seriously and immediately initiate necessary action to included Magne- Dogha Panchayat segment in Tali assembly constituency.


Lingdum Taha,

49th Magne-Dogha Panchayat




Readers Forum column- voice for the people

Dear Editor,

Through the column of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of Public of Arunachal Pradesh would like to appeal the Chief Minister, Cabinet Ministers, Bureaucrats and Dignitaries who are holding the highest post in Arunachal Pradesh to kindly read the “Readers Forum” column published by Arunachal Times. It is the voice of the people and only way to express their enormous feelings and views. If you are a responsible citizen and bureaucrats then please kindly go through reader forum column daily.

While taking the opportunity, I would like to request Editor of Arunachal Times, if possible kindly publish “Readers Forum” column in the front page of your esteem daily which will make the public and bureaucrats to have more interest. I strongly feel that “Readers Forum” plays vital role in Arunachal Pradesh and it really work day by day but I am not sure whether administration goes through “Readers Forum Column” as our views sometimes goes unheard.

Finally, I would like to thanks all the team of Arunachal Times, especially the team working behind “Readers Forum” column. You guys are doing great job and your contribution to the society is highly appreciable.


Gyamar Taka





SSA teachers on the verge of starvation      

Dear Editor,

In the history and epics often we heard story of how guru or teachers are being honoured and respected. In contrary to this here in Arunachal Pradesh the teachers particularly SSA teachers are humiliated by villagers and the govt.

We are deprived from our salaries for the past five months. In trouble period villagers mocks at our ill conditions and govt. on the other hand never thinks for well being of us by never releasing our salaries in time or think of providing any other benefits as in the case of other govt servants. Therefore we are deprived from all fronts. At last please release our wages at the early as we are having last piece of our meal  


Tara Nabam,

Gohpur Tinali,






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UN for global pact to end violence against women

In the follow-up to the historic global agreement reached at the 57th Commission on the Status of Women to prevent and end violence against women and girls, UN Women has called for action to translate it into reality for women and girls globally.

UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet urged speedy implementation of the Agreed Conclusions. “The best way to honour the commitments made by Member States at the Commission is to work for implementation and accountability.

We must continue moving forward, with courage, conviction and action. UN Women with its strong programmatic focus, experience on ending violence against women, and field presence in 85 countries stands ready to fully support implementation of the Agreed Conclusions,” she said.

UN Women will use the Agreed Conclusions to protect the right of women and girls to live free of fear and violence, working closely with UN Member States, UN country teams and civil society.

The agreement constitutes a roadmap for prevention and response, with a total of 69 clear and concrete actions that should be taken by Governments and other stakeholders.