1750 MW Demwe Lower project under scanner
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Even as the centre and state governments look at Hydro Power Projects
in Arunachal as remedy to power and resources crunches, there have been some voice
of resentment within the state. One such organisation that has managed to thwart
any move by the powerful state govt and NHPC to go ahead with the Dibang Multi Purpose
project is All Idu Mishmi Students Union. The latest of dissent has come from Lohit
and Anjaw. In a letter to the Member Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution
Control Board, former Minister Khapriso Krong and four others said that Public hearing
for 1750 MW Demwe Lower project should be re-scheduled after completion of comprehensive
impact assessment studies and compliance of all norms under the Environment Impact
Assessment (EIA) notification 2006.
They alleged that proper notice of public hearing was not given to the affected people
and access to all information is minimal. APSPCB has not informed the Gram Panchayats
about the public hearing. Even the circular dated July 16th (published in ‘The Eastern
Mail’ on July 19th) issued by the Deputy Commissioners’ of Lohit and Anjaw fails
to inform people downstream living on the left and right bank, they alleged.
One cause of concern for these individuals is Pending implementation of the Scheduled
Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act 2006.
The implementation of the Tribal Forest Rights Act may significantly change the nature
of the rights people have on the forest land impacted by the project. This will therefore
also impact the process of determining the impacts on peoples rights due to land
lost in the process, as well as the compensation due to people. Therefore, it will
be appropriate to hold this hearing after the prior implementation of this law, they
The current EIA report is inadequate on many issues, they said while adding that
‘it is absolutely vital that the public hearing is held only after proper studies
are completed’. They alleged that there is No downstream impact study.
The EIA report has collected data only 10 km. downstream of the project and analyses
downstream impacts only between the dam and the powerhouse! This is shocking when
the issue of ‘downstream impacts of dams’ has assumed such significance in recent
times both in Arunachal Pradesh and neighbouring Assam.
The river waters devoid of sediments will also cause increased scouring in downstream
areas, which is a matter of grave concern for areas downstream such as Chongkham,
Alubari, Kherem and Sunpura already impacted by erosion. Boulder mining will also
be done in the downstream areas (approximately 2 lakh truckloads), the impact of
which has not been studied, especially considering that boulders are the first line
of defence against floods, they said.
The EIA report estimates that impacted land is 1590 hectares. A careful perusal
of the ground situation indicates that impacted land is grossly underestimated. In
addition to the submergence, land use restrictions will also apply in the Catchment
Area of the reservoir as per mandatory norms to reduce the siltation and increase
the life of the reservoir. As per the reports, the project involves loss of 1409
ha of forest land. This will require 2818 ha of “degraded forest land” to be brought
under Compensatory Afforestation (CA). Which land will be brought under CA? What
about impact on people’s jhum fields in these areas? Further, if Unclassified State
Forests (USFs) brought under CA are declared as Protected Forests (PFs) as per forest
laws, we will further lose our rights over more land, the added.
The existing studies have completely ignored the serious impacts the project will
have on two extremely sacred sites for the Mishmi community – Nimkey and Tailung.
Both these sites are absolutely critical to the spiritual life of the Mishmis. While
Nimkey will be submerged, Tailung is immediately downstream of the dam and will be
impacted due to massive alteration of natural flow regimes in the river.
Tailung, is also known as Parshuram kund to the Hindus and is an important pilgrimage
site. The dam will have a major impact on this area immediately downstream of the
dam. Provision of water flow through a tunnel at Parshuram kund (as has been suggested
in the Environment Management Plan), cannot be a substitute for the free-flowing
river at this site considered sacred by lakhs of people, they reminded.
Inadequate environmental risk assessment and non - completion of the Lohit river
basin study (cumulative impacts) are other concerns.
The public hearing for the 1750 MW Demwe Lower project should be held only after
completion of a full Lohit river basin study. It is important for the people of Lohit
and Anjaw districts to full understand the cumulative impacts of the 11 hydro projects
planned in the Lohit river basin (including tributaries) before we take a decision
on the Demwe Lower project.
The cumulative Lohit basin study will be completed in the end of December 2009, while
the public hearing for one of the mega projects in the river basin (Demwe Lower)
is taking place five months before that in August 2009!
We are also extremely concerned that another Athena promoted project, 1200 MW Teesta
III, has been severely criticised by the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) for
major variations from the approved plan in some construction features (Reference:
energylineindia.com, January 1, 2009). What is the guarantee they will not change
the design in the Demwe Lower project after start of construction, thereby endangering
the downstream areas? We need a proper assurance on this issue from them and the
government, they asked
Upper Lego Banggo celebrates Solung
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Upper Lego Banggo celebrated its central Solung festival at Bilat,
East Siang District from September 4-6.
Speaking on the occasion as Chief Guest, SE Power, Rokom Bado appreciated the organizing
committee and urged the people to preserve one’s own culture and tradition.
He further appreciated the Ponung Miri Tanyo Dupak and the Ponung teams.
Upper Lego Banggo Central Solung Festival Celebration Committee General Secretary
Ellison Siram, Head Gaon Bura and other guest highlighted on mythology of Solung
celebration and its importance in the Adi society.On the occasion, Tum Aje, Jainy
Siram of class X, Opang Padung, Jesoya Riba of class XII were felicitated for their
meritorious academic achievements.
Meanwhile, Oity Koyu has been adjudged as Mrs Upper Lego Banggo with Asing Nonang
and Sosoli Taloh as the 1st and 2nd runner up respectively.
Along with traditional folk dances, modern dances were also displayed on the occasion
by Ponung parties and Mikong Tapu party.
The Solung was also celebrated at newly created Mopom administrative circle, under
Mariyang Sub-division, Upper Siang District.
DTO Yingkiong and CRCC Yingkiong attended the function as Chief Guest and Guest of
Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal in Nov
Dharamsala, Sep 10: Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has planned a
visit to Arunachal Pradesh in the second week of November, an aide said Thursday.
The Dalai Lama had to cancel his visit to the state last year after the Indian government
refused to grant him permission.
The Dalai Lama's office here is keeping the Nobel laureate's trip to Arunachal a
low key affair because it is feared that this could upset the Chinese who claim the
region has historically been part of Tibet.
Last year, the Arunachal Pradesh chief minister visited Dharamsala to invite the
Dalai Lama to visit Tawang to inaugurate a hospital. The Dalai Lama has contributed
Rs.2 million for its construction.
Relief Committee appreciates
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Nyigam Village fire accident Relief committee and ZPM Basar Kenmar
Basar thanked Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu for immediately sanctioning an amount
of Rs. 27 lakhs and MP Takam Sanjay for announcing Rs. 5 lakhs from MP LAD fund for
immediate relief to the fire accident victim of Nyigam Village of Basar circle.
It further thanked state government officers and officials, TT Foundation, NGOs from
Itanagar and districts, who had contributed an amount of Rs. 4.59 lakhs for the relief
activities and also to the Galo Welfare Society who had donated an amount of Rs.
The committee also thanked student’s organizations, Tourism Department, societies
and public leaders who had contributed cash and kinds to the villagers in the dire
distress arising out of devastating fire accident.
The committee said that although it may not be possible to mention the name of all
the donors, however, their wishes and contributions in the time of need will be remembered
Meanwhile Arunachal Pradesh Trinamool Congress contributed a sum of Rs. one lakh
to the fire victims of Nyigam Village and Rs. 5000 to Ipi Basar for her efforts to
save life and property during the fire accident.
Universal Brotherhood Day
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Vivekananda Kendra Arunachal Pradesh would celebrate Universal
Brotherhood Day on Sep 11 at Vivekananda Hall, RK Mission Hospital to commemorate
Swami Vivekananda’s epoch making speech at Chicago. Even after 116 years of his
speech today the world is facing similar problems of fanaticism, sectarianism etc.
making his speech relevant in this era, a release read.
On the day, state level class X toppers and National Award winning teachers would
also be felicitated in the programme.
Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen (Retd) J J Singh will be present as chief guest.
Rekha Davey, All India Joint General Secretary of Vivekananda Kendra, Dr. Joram Begi,
Prant Pramukh and Dr. Tejum Padu Sah Prant Pramukh will also be present.
On the occasion, the Mobile Science Laboratory will also be inaugurated by the First
Lady Anupama Singh. This science laboratory is meant to take science to the far flung
interior areas. This Mobile Laboratory is donated by Indian Oil Corporation.
Ex-servicemen rally at Deomali
DEOMALI, Sept 10: An ex- servicemen meet was organised by 19 KUMAON Regiment on behalf
of DAH DIVISION at Deomali, Tirap District under 181 Mountain Brigade.
Around 500 former ex-servicemen from the Army, Navy and the Air Force participated
in the meet.
Brig Ranbir Singh, YSM, Commander 181 Mountain Brigade met veterans and enquired
about their well being. Speaking on the occasion Commander said, a large number of
new schemes including old age Pension, Widow Marriage, Assistance of Orphan Daughters
have been introduced.
Colonel Ashok Mishra, Sena Medal, Commanding Officer 19 KUMAON reiterated the importance
of the occasion which involves dissemination of information and addressing of concerns
pertaining to large interest of the veterans. Various stalls pertaining to ECHS,
Banking, LIC, Automobiles, Recruiting, Agricultural and Fisheries Information Cell,
Know Your Army and Postal were set up in order to facilitate dissemination of information
and one point contact for the ESM.
Handouts and leaflets with valuable information about ex-servicemen welfare were
given to all ex servicemen. Veer Naris and poor widow were given financial assistance
and presented with shawls.
Specialists from civil and Army doctors extended necessary medical help and advice
to the ex-servicemen. Free medicines were distributed. The occasion was marked with
excellent cultural show consisting of Bihu Dance and Nockte dance by the local youth
of Deomali and Digboi.
The Rally was well received by the veterans who appreciated the colossal efforts
put in by 19 KUMAON Regiment. They suggested that similar meets should be organised
Trends of a tradition
As her supple body sways in tune with the riveting music of a modern song, the enthralled
audience consisting of the old and the young, clap passionately. The moment the dancer,
with a face just as charming and gorgeous finishes her dance, a rousing applaud greets
her. It is followed by cries of ‘once more, once more!’
The episode, which befits a sequence in a Bollywood movie, is however, that of a
late night cultural programme in a Solung festival. Elsewhere, a festival committee
conducts painting and literary competitions. Similarly, a maiden fashion show introduced
in some other festival venue draws all and sundry alike. And still somewhere else--
a football match, a modern dance competition and so on apart from the customary events.
These developments show that despite our commonly held penchant of ‘preservation
of culture’, a popular craving for entertainment and pursuit of contemporary creative
activities—particularly of the young section--predominate even ethnic festivities.
These glaring signs of the present times indicate that ‘tradition as it is’ is incompatible
with the time; a certain amount of reformation is essential to keep alive the old
values. It shows us that change is an indispensability for growth, not an obstacle
in the life cycle of a tradition.
Many of the participants in the essay competition organized by the Naharlagan Solung
Festival Committee this year (Do we need to reform our traditional practices of Solung
Festival?) offered enlightening views. Some of them came down hard on apong and slaughter
of mithuns. Their opinion, with which the contributor almost sees eye to eye, is
a minority in the present society, sadly. Apong and meat is a natural ingredient
of tribal festivity and will remain so until the people are ready to find alternatives.
Lest we forget them
Many of the dedicated persons of the contemporary society who worked selflessly for
the cause of Solung and Adi culture are sadly no more with us, though hopefully their
legacy will continue to nourish it. Apart from Golgi Bote Talom Rukbo, Taluk Tamuk,
a versatile folklorist, Komeng Dai, a pioneering artist, Oyem Yomso, a creative artist
and singer, and Takir Taying, a renowned rhapsodist, have rendered the society poorer
with their demise. Each of them was talented in their own way and contributed immensely
in enriching present Adi culture. The best tribute the society can pay to them is
to acknowledge their service and carry on from where they have left.
‘No No’ to hybridism
The natural journey of a tradition is not always in a straight line; this is evidenced
from an ‘Adi Agom Luki’ (Adi language speaking) competition held in this year’s Naharlagan
Solung. Bound by the rules of the competition to speak on a particular topic in
pure mother language in front of a critical audience and a discerning judge, most
of the participants including this columnist had a harrowing time behind the mike.
An officer participant asked to speak on importance of agriculture was faulted on
three counts when he used ‘goru’ (cow, ox), instead of the forgotten ‘hoii’ despite
his vehement defence of the word. Uttering of ‘Mane’, ‘aru’, and similar hybrid words
that have commonly been assimilated in Adi were vociferously booed upon; even a ‘Hello
Hello” by an elderly speaker to check the mike before his actual performance, was
not spared by the heckling crowd. I had to part with Rs forty for uttering ‘lagidung’
four times instead of ‘midung’, which I thought was comparatively easier than most
Astonishingly, four speakers emerged unscathed and triumphant in the tricky competition.
They delivered the purest and the most brilliant of speeches in the mother tongue
as if they recited poems. Three of them were awarded with cash collected as fines
from defaulters who naturally formed an absolute majority.
DMs clamp prohibitory orders
ITANAGAR, Oct 10: District Magistrates of West Kameng, East Kameng and Tawang have
clamped prohibitory orders to maintain the law and order and peace and tranquility
during the Assembly election period and for the peaceful conduct of the election.
Carrying of all types of weapons including licensed arms has been prohibited. The
citizens have been asked to deposit their arms at the nearest Police Station.
In Tawang and West Kameng, , the DC cum Collector Excise has also declared the dry
days to be strictly adhered to. Thorough checking of trucks and other vehicles would
also be done to ensure that no undesirable elements or arms and ammunitions are smuggled
into from outside.
Aalo: The West Siang Deputy Commissioner cum District Election Officer Amjad Tak,
IAS had a meeting with ROs and AROs to discus poll preparedness.
Further, he asked the ROs and AROs to conduct Consultative Committee Meetings with
representative of Political Parties, Strict adherence to defacement Act, standing
order for allotment of Govt. Bungalow to Political Parties and Maidans.
SEPPA: A coordination meeting with all Administrative officers and Police personnel
held here at DC's chamber with regard to Poll preparedness under the chairmanship
of Pige Ligu, DC cum DEO, Seppa.
The meeting discussed on various issues like Porter arrangement, movement plan, Identification
of critical polling stations, Law and order, Communication and Transportation, Training
schedules for polling officials on EVM.
The DEO said that it is a team work; hence everyone's effort under any circumstances
is required at this crucial time.
He further requested all the Officers to exercise their service and duties with full
dedication and sincerity which would make the Assembly Election a grand success in
East Kameng District. (DIPROs)
“Literacy is not just signing ones name”
Literacy day observed in Wakro
WAKRO, Sept 10: International Literacy Day was celebrated in Wakro jointly organized
by the VT-AWIC Youth Library Network Lohit, Lohit Saksharata Samity, Tezu, ASSET,
Wakro and the Govt. schools of Wakro circle with a series of literacy related events.
Addressing the public, teachers and students, Lewesi Mele, CDPO, Wakro stressed that
for building a vibrant Arunachali society, our rural women too must become literate.
“Literacy is not just signing ones name, but the ability to absorb new ideas by selective
and purposeful reading.”
She also lauded the APNE Library for conducting contests such as Read Aloud A book,
Handwriting, painting and Rangoli making.
The highlight of the programme was the speeches by Luckyso Rangmang, Sanianso Tayang,
Manisha Halai, Diumlu Appa, and Amonlu Halai, young readers of the Apne Library,
Wakro on various aspects of Literacy. They reminded the audience on the vital need
to develop a vibrant Mishmi language by adopting a script, which alone can stabilize
reading habits in rural Arunachal.
Narrating the inspiring life-story of 2 outstanding personalities – late V.T. Bhattathiripad
of Kerala and Babi Halder of Delhi ( author of ‘A Life Less Ordinary’) who rose up
from illiterates to renowned authors,. S. Mundayoor, Coordinator, VT-AWIC Youth Library
Network Lohit, urged the students and educated youth of Arunachal to promote literacy
among the villagers and to create a literature based on Arunachali languages.
Earlier, the Chief Guest gave away the Beena Ghose Roy Award to Binu Nguso for having
stood first amongst students of Wakro Sec School in the CBSE cl. X examination of
March 2009. This annual award is instituted by ASSET in gratitude to late Beena
Ghose Roy, a saintly mother from Bengal, and a patron of education in Wakro circle.
Preeti Tindia, Vice-Chairperson, ASSET gave away the prizes of various contests held
during the Literacy Day.
Teachers’ training on girl child education held
TEZU, Sept 10: The 2nd Annual Teachers Training Programme on Gender Sensitization
was held at Medo, Wakro under the guidance of DDSE-cum-DPO K Rina. Altogether 20
teachers from 5 schools took part in the training programme organized by Sarva Shiskha
Abhyan, Lohit District.
Inaugurating the training programme on Sept 3 last S Chopra, gender co-coordinator
and chief resource person underlined the need to ensure good quality education to
girl at the elementary level. S. Mundayoor, Educational Advisor to ASSET expressed
his happiness over the creative training programme on reusing polythene bags and
calendars as learning materials for elementary classes.
Rohinso Krisikro, Chairman ASSET said, such training will certainly keep teachers
updated and the creativity initiated and demonstrated by Gender coordinator, SSA
will certainly bring the teachers and children nearer.
Several methods of Mathematics, Science & English teaching and practical demonstration
on reusing polythene bags in teaching learning process were the part of the programme.
Maya Bhattacharjee, teacher extended all help to make the programme a grand success.
Clash of teen titans
U-16 D.N. Memorial Football Tournament
ITANAGAR, Sep 10 : There is no doubt, the soccer loving people of Capital Complex
will witness a tussle of talent and row power when two formidable teams -- Lower
Subansiri and East Kameng lock horns with each other in the title clash of Under
16 Dera Natung Memorial Football Tournament at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun tomorrow.
While Lower Subansiri sailed into the final with wins over Capital Complex in quarterfinal
by a margin of 4-2 goals and Kurung Kumey by a margin of 2-1 goals in semifanl ,
East Kameng beat Lower Dibang Valley 3-2 in quarterfinal and drubbed West Siang 6-0
in yesterday’s second semifinal to book a berth in the final.
Although Lower Subansiri team is considered a strong title contender, but going by
the recent performance East Kameng might cause upset victory over Lower Suabansiri.
The team’s scoring ability and team work was visible in their last encounter with
The trio of Toko Polium, who scored two goals in quaterfinal against Lower Dibang
Valley, Tero Dodum and Captain Adam Rimo may create panic anytime in Lower Subansiri
dent. On the other hand, Koj Chatu, T, Gumte and Mihin Pullu, who form the nucleus
of Lower Subansiri team may become headache for East Kameng defenders if they continue
their good form. However, it will be immature to predict on which team lady luck
smiles. Spectators must watch this clash of teen titans and wait for the results
Beside East Kameng and Lower Subansiri, 12 teams took part in the tournament organized
for the first time in memory of former minister Late Dera Natung, who died in May
2001 in a helicopter crash near Rupa along with seven co-passengers and pilots.
State Level Karate-Do Championship
ITANAGAR, Sept 10: Two days State Level Karate-Do Championship will be kicked off
from September 12 at Nikum Niya Hall Nirjuly.
Karatekas from Papum Pare, Lower and Upper Subansiri, Kurung Kumey, East and West
Kameng, West and East Siang, Tirap, Lohit and Anjaw ditricts are taking part in the
The technical seminar will be held on September 12.
Meanwhile, Former Minister Lechi Legi and Member Secretary, Sports Authority of Arunachal
DK Dinglow have consented to attend the inaugural day as Chief Guest and Guest of
Chief Engineer, PWD Western Zone TH Tayung would attend the closing ceremony as Chief
Guest on September 14.
ITANAGAR: Kerala Kala Samskarika Vedi has decided to celebrate its 15th anniversary
cum Onam at Nyokum Niya Hall, Nirjuly on September 12.
Vice-Chancellor, RGU and DC Capital have consented to attend the inaugural day as
Chief Guest and Guest of Honour.
Prohibitory order revoked
Ziro: The prohibitory order under section 144 Criminal Procedure code (Cr.P.C.) promulgated
on Sept 6 last in Hapoli township by Lower Subansiri District Magistrate has been
The revocation order was issued by the District magistrate after assessing the situation
in Hapoli township which has returned to normalcy after an abrupt group clash between
supporters of two political parties on 6th September evening.
NCP expels6 members
ITANAGAR: Nationalist Congress Party has expelled Nabam Jollaw, Techi Necha, Nabam
Roger and Toko Doni from the party for a period of 6 years for anti party activities.
Meanwhile, Kago Tagyang has been appointed as General Secretary cum spokesperson
of NCP State Unit while Hamjong Tangha, Kipa Tarish and RC Tassar have been appointed
as Secretaries, NCP State Unit.
Kiren Rijiju in Congress…
This refers to an article written by Nani Bath in your esteemed daily of Sept 9.
I congratulate the author for such a bold article. He has raised several important
issues which our leaders and administrators should take note of before it is too
late. But in case of Kiren Rijiju’s joining the Congress party, I feel that his
action should be looked at in a different angle. The author himself has stated few
examples of the state of affairs that exists in Arunachal Pradesh today. Sometimes,
it is easier to correct the system by while being within the system. This could be
the strategy that Kiren Rijiju is adopting. We have only to watch what positive changes
he brings while being in Congress. Moreover, the dismal performance of BJP during
last Parliamentary elections must have been one of the reasons. One must remember
that BJP is a party driven by certain ideology, but it will take time for such ideological
politics to come in Arunachal. And the truth is that for our own welfare, Arunachal
Pradesh cannot afford to have a party in power different from the Centre.
Lower Subansiri District
All India Radio, Ziro