19 Assam Rifles recovers arms at Zedua
ITANAGAR, Sept 11: 19 Assam Rifles recovered cache of arms after a search operation
launched at Zedua village yesterday.
While on a routine patrol one youth was apprehended yesterday at around 2 PM after
he was seen suspiciously moving around near a Deomali Hotel.
When interrogated, he revealed that heavily armed NSCN (IM) cadres are present at
Acting swiftly on this information a search operation was launched by the troops
of 19 Assam Rifles in Zedua the same day.
After an hour the troops saw four cadres of NSCN (IM) running out from a house. The
column of troops chased the cadres but taking advantage of the foliage and darkness
they melted into the thick jungle.
On searching the place from where cadres escaped, a Grenade and one bipod of 7.62
mm Light Machine Gun was recovered that was dropped by the panic stricken fleeing
The troops of 19 Assam Rifles then came back to the Zedua vill and carried out house
clearing drill wherein house to house search was done.
While searching one of the house another Grenade, 40 Live rounds of AK - 47 Assault
Rifle, 32 Live rounds of 7.62 Light Machine Gun, 04 Rounds of .303 Rifle, One live
round of 5.56 mm INSAS Rifle, a Nokia mobile charger, One pair of combat dress, NSCN
(IM) Capt rank epaulettes, medicines, large qty of incriminating documents, extortion
letters of NSCN (IM) and a diary containing list of mobile numbers were recovered.
Further investigation and combing operation are being done and troops of 19 Assam
Rifles have sanitized the entire area.
Efforts on to help Nyigam cope with fire tragedy
ITANAGAR, Sept 12: Galo Community of Lower Dibang Valley working under various departments
has contributed Rs 39050 to the fire victims of Nyigam Village in Basar Sub Division.
Dr. Jumdak Bam VO who is the Vice-President of Galo Welfare Society (GWS) district
unit appealed to the community residing across the state to contribute to the relief
fund to give immediate succor to the victims of the deadly Fire.
108 houses were gutted down in the area rendering at least thousand people homeless.
The Art of Living Arunachal Pradesh has launched a drive to mobilise relief material
for the people affected by this week’s fire tragedy in Nyigam village in Basar. To
start with, the NGO is mobilizing clothes for distribution to the victims through
its sister organization International Association of Human Values (IAHV).
In Itanagar, it has issued an appeal to the general public to donate man’s and woman’s
clothing which are in good condition. Donations in clothes and cash will be collected
at the Art of Living Centre in H Sector.
The NGO, founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will also soon start trauma relief programmes
to help the victims overcome the trauma of the tragedy, in which 108 houses were
gutted down to ashes. IAHV is also exploring the ways and means of assisting the
victims in long-term rehabilitation.
Citizens can contact the organisation at 9856028453 or 9436898022 for further information.
Galo Welfare Society while expressing shock on the regularity of fire accident that
had happened in the on going week at Nyigam village, Basar, Karpu Kendra memorial
school and St Thomas Messok memorial school both at Bogdo Aalo, expressed its heartfelt
sympathy to the victims of these fire accidents.
In order to show its solidarity and support to the victims and in continuation to
its gesture of contributing Rs one lac for Nyigam village where 108 houses were gutted,
GWS contributes Rs 15000/ each to both the schools.
GWS while thanking Chief Minister and MP Western Parliamentary constituency and all
other generous donors for their prompt support and response to the fire victims of
Nyigam village, also appeals the Govt to sanction some emergency relief to help the
school administrations to avoid losses of academic classes of the students as class
rooms along with its furniture are reportedly all burnt down. GWS also appeals people
dwelling in traditional houses in particular where chances of occurrences of such
fire accidents are comparatively more to take necessary precautions in kitchens whether
using fire wood or LPG or burning paddy husk to prepare local drinks or in regards
to installation of proper and recommended electrical fittings and wirings by licensed
It further appeals the youth volunteers in villages to perform fire inspection duty
religiously in all villages on turnwise basis every day as is already in practice
in some of villages.
Action against school authority demanded
ITANAGAR, Sep 12: Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress (APYC), Upper Subansiri Galo Students’
Union (USGSU) and All Baririjo Area Students’ Union (ABASU) have filed a complaint
against the authorities of Holy Child School, H-sector Itanagar.
The complaint was filed after the police found the body of a young school boy from
a ditch behind the school.
The organizations claimed that the father of the deceased had warned the school authorities
in writing that the life of his child was not secured in the school after he received
a false complaint from the school authority that his son was involved in a fight
with other students.
It further infomred that the warden said that late Ngakar Hete attended school on
September 8 whereas the school principal’s statement says that the deceased has not
been seen in the school for the last two weeks.
They further alleged that the warden is no longer available in the school. Such facts
points towards the evident murder of the child by either the students of the school
or the school authorities, they said.
The organization alleged that the school authorities have not only neglected their
duties but have also failed to co-operate with the parents of late Ngakar when they
repeatedly visited the school to know the where about of their late son.
They have demanded immediate arrest of the culprits involved and sanction of exemplary
punishment so that such incident is not repeated in the future.
Meanwhile, Investigation Officer S I Inya Ete informed that postmortem has been completed
and the report is awaited while the body of the deceased has been handed over to
Krishi Vigyan Kendra: The Light House for Rural People
By Manish Kanwat,
Krishi Vigyan Kendra ( K.V.K. ) is a noble concept developed by Indian Council of
Agricultural Research (ICAR) which was rest upon a solid base of transfer of technology
from laboratory to farmer's field with respect to Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal
Husbandry, Plant Protection, Extension Education, Home Science and allied subjects.
As per the recommendations of Mohan Singh Meheta Committee during 1974, K.V.K.s were
established in different states. Gradually working guidelines are prepared to make
the K.V.K. as the light house for the rural people. Indian Council of Agricultural
Research emphasized on the research on agriculture and allied subject during 1960's
to generate new technology for increasing crop production in different agro-climatic
zones of the country. A lot of technologies were generated through constant effort
of the scientists to boost up the production. But the technologies so generated in
the research field are not transferred through extension agencies of different state
Government. It is observed that a lot of technologies could not reach the farmer
due to high cost of adoption, lack of the interest of the extension agencies. Hence
the transfer of the technology was not complete and effective. Keep all these view
in mind later on K.V.Ks were established for easy and active participation of farmers
through Front Line Demonstration and on Farm Testing. As per the mandate of Indian
Council of Agricultural Research, K.V.K. will operate under the administrative control
ICAR institutes , State Agricultural University (SAU) or Non Government Organisation
(NGOs) situated in a particular area. Different scientists from different disciplines
as per the specific requirement of that particular area are posted in the Krishi
Vigyan Kendra as Subject Matter Specialist. Generally there are six Subject Matter
Specialist posted in the K.V.K. i.e. (i) Subject Matter Specialist (Crop Production)
to look after the experiment on field crops as well as provide training and advice
on different field crops. (ii) Subject Matter Specialist (Horticulture) looks after
the training and demonstration on horticultural crops such as vegetables, fruits
and flowers and now emphasizing on processing and value addition of the Horticultural
produce (iii) Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection) Provides training and
demonstration on control of different pests and diseases in different crops. He also
imparts training and advice on different types of pesticides and insecticides, their
methods and time of application .In the context he also motivates the farmers to
cultivate mushroom and take as enterprise for earning the money (iv) Subject Matter
Specialist (Animal Science) looks after overall growth and management of animal resource
of that particular area. He also imparts training and advices on Broiler farming,
Backyard poultry Farming, Piggery, Dairy Farming as well as rabbit rearing etc. (v)
Subject Matter Specialist (Agricultural Extension Education) provide the training
and demonstrations of the various technologies which is newly released, he also act
as bridge between the researcher and farmers he create the zeal among the farmers
about to be acquainted with new technologies which is suited with locality , he
is the person who take the lead for conducting the Participatory Rural Appraisal
and Bench Mark Survey for assessing the preliminary information about available resources
and identified the thrust area, initiate the farmers about formation of Self Help
Group and their motivate to start the micro-finance system among the people (vi)
Subject Matter Specialist (Home Science) involved in the improvement of skill and
attitude of the farmers and farm women as well as provides advices and training on
Stitching, Tailoring and knitting, kitchen gardening preparation of nutritional
food and different handicrafts. She also imparts training regarding the preservation
and storage of fruits and vegetables for rural youths of the adopted village.
Programme Coordinator is head of the K. V .K. family, he coordinates the work of
all scientists for smooth functioning of the K.V.K. as well as for the benefit of
the rural people of that particular area. He is also liaisoning with other line departments
for better coordination and effective implementation of different programs of the
K.V.K. in the adopted village. Every K.V.K. has adopted 4 to 6 economically, culturally
and technologically backward villages situated within the jurisdiction of the K.V.K.
These villages are not too small or too large. Before adoption a detailed survey
of the village was conducted to study the socio-economic and cultural status of that
village. Now-a-days Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) tool was used to conduct
the survey in which the village people are actively participated in the process.
The village map was drawn by the help of different colour by the villagers themselves
and different prominent structures of the village such as school, temple, river,
club etc. were depicted in that map. These structures will help the scientists to
conduct the survey easily and smoothly. Basing upon the survey the field crop maps,
animal resource map and other ancillary maps were prepared for future use. After
the survey work detailed plan of work was chalked out and depending upon the requirement
different activities were undertaken in different areas by K.V.K. scientists.
The objectives of all the activities undertaken by K.V.K. are :
(a) To demonstrate the new improved technology to the farmers as well as to the
extension agencies directly in the farmers field with their active participation.
(b) To identify the important problems of that area as per the need of the farmers
and prioritization of the identified problems as per their importance.
(c) To collect feed back from the farmers and extension agencies and to communicate
these massage to research scientists for modification of technology.
(d) To impart training on different topics to different group of the villagers. .
(e) To provide new and important information to the extension agencies and NGOs for
wider circulation in that locality to improve their economic condition.
(f) To prepare different extension models and verify these models in the farmers
field with their participation to create confidence among them.
To achieve the above mentioned objectives K.V.K. undertake following types of activities
in the adopted villages:
(1) Farm Advisory Service (2) Training programme for different categories of people.
(3) Training programme for the extension functionaries. (4) Front Line Demonstration
(Fill) (5) On Farm Testing (OFT).
Farm Advisory Services:
Krishi Vigyan Kendra otherwise known as Farm Science Center. It provides solution
to any problems related to agriculture and allied subjects as and when faced by farmers
of that particular locality. Interested farmers /persons can get proper advices regarding
the establishment of new entrepreneurship on non traditional sector. The main function
of advisory service center is to provide continuous and constructive advice along
with sound theory and practical knowledge to the contact villagers regarding agriculture
and its allied subjects for their cultural and economical improvement. The objectives
of the Farm Advisory Center are as follows:
(a) To study the socio economic status of the villagers.
(b) To keep close relationship between K.V.K. and villagers.
(c) To prepare individual farm model for uplift of rural people.
(d) To provide training and advice to the rural people so as to enable them to take
in the agricultural planning of the village, blocks as well as district.
(e) Formation of farm club, farm center or village committee for easy transfer of
Information related to agriculture to the villagers in short time.
Training programme for different categories of people:
Training is one of the most important activities of Krishi Vigyan Kendra. Training
is planned and systematic effort to increase the knowledge, improves the skill and
change the attitude of a person towards a particular subject. Training need assessment
is the first
and foremost factor to be considered before conducting any training programme. Depending
upon the need and categories of trainees, K.V.K. imparts mainly following three types
(a) Training to the practicing farmers and farm women: Training on different subjects
were conducted by the scientists of the K.V.K. as per the need of the local farmers
of a particular area as well as the types of trainees and different audio visual
aids are used to increase the efficiency of the training. As the trainees are practicing
farmers and farmwomen, more emphasis was given on the practical than theory to improve
their skill to change their attitude and increase their knowledge for that particular
(b) Training to the Rural Youth: This type of training was imparted to the rural
youth (Both male and female) mostly those are left their education in midway i.e.
school dropouts. The main objective of this training is to provide sufficient knowledge
regarding a new entrepreneurship so that they can start their own business singly
or collectively and generate some income for their livelihood. The main thrust areas
of this type of training are mushroom cultivation, bee keeping, preservation of fruits
and vegetables, broiler farming, goat rearing, tailoring, wool knitting, hand crafts
and exotic vegetable cultivation etc. for more profit. In this training more emphasis
was given on the practical aspects and trainees were do the practical themselves
to get more confidence. The scientists of the K.V.K. provide knowledge regarding
the availability of the raw materials as well as the marketing of different products
in that particular locality for the interested participants.
(c) Training programme for the Extension functionaries: In this group mostly government
employees of agriculture along with extension functionaries of line department and
members of different NGOs operated in that locality are trained in different aspects.
The main objective of this type of training is to refresh the memory and up grade
the knowledge and skill of the extension functionaries by providing recent and new
information regarding new techniques as well as new approach of solving different
problems faced by farmers of that locality. As the extension functionaries of different
department act like a bridge between the scientists and villagers, the refinement
of the knowledge is highly essential and quite helpful for effective and efficient
transfer of the technology.
Front Line demonstration:
Front Line Demonstration (FLD) is the field demonstration conducted under the close
supervision of the scientists because the technologies are demonstrated for the first
time by the scientist themselves before being fed into the main extension system
of the state department of Agriculture in that particular area. In this method newly
released crop production and protection technologies and its management practices
are adopted in a block of two to four hectares in the farmers field. Only critical
inputs and training for this
demonstration are provided by Krishi Vigyan Kendra. In FLD both farmers and extension
functionaries are target audience. From the FLD, it is possible to generate some
data related to factors contributing to higher yield and also constraints of production
under various farming situations. Front Line Demonstration is conducted in a particular
area after thorough discussion and consultation with the farmers of that locality.
Depending upon the requirement of that area highly efficient new proven technology
with higher potentialities is selected for this programme. Generally a field day
is observed in the demonstration field when the crop is at maturity stage and interaction
between the scientists, farmers and extension functionaries takes place in the field.
The crop is harvested in the presence of the interested group of farmers so that
they can visualize-the importance of new technology easily and effectively.
On Farm Testing ( OFT):
Testing of any improved technology along with the farmers practice in the farmers
field with active participation of both the scientists and farmers is known as OFT.
In this method two to three improved varieties or two to three improved technologies
are tested in the same field so as to compare the results of these treatments. As
per the suggestions of the farmers as well as local soil and climatic conditions
the improved technology may slightly be modified by the scientists of K.V.K. to get
maximum return. All these activities of the K.V.K. are undertaken as per the suggestion
and approval of the Scientific Advisory Committee. This committee consists of representative
from the Vice-chancellor of State Agricultural University or Director of the Institute,
representative from the Indian Council ofAgricultural Research, representative of
the District Collector, representatives fromDepartment of Agriculture, Horticulture,
Animal Husbandary, Sericulture, progressive male and female farmers, male and female
social workers of that area and Training Organizer of the concern K.V.K. The Scientific
Advisory Committee held once in a year to review the work of K.V.K. and provide suggestions
for future plan of work. The future technical programme of the K.V.K. is prepared
as per the suggestion of the farmers of that particular area. Besides these activities
each K.V.K. has got different demonstration units such as Mushroom unit. Biofertiliser
unit, Vermicompost unit, Broiler farming unit, Bee keeping unit, Fruit preservation
unit etc. for the lagers. When a person will visit K.V.K., he will be able to see
all the enterprise in the demonstration unit and he can interact with the scientists
regarding the establishment of his own enterprise. These units will help the villager
to increase his confidence on a particular enterprise. From these discussions it
can be concluded that the scientists of K.V.K. provide required knowledge, impart
training to improve the skill and attitude of the people towards a particular subject,
provide proper guidance to solve any problem faced by the people related to agriculture
and allied topics. Krishi Vigyan Kendra provides inspiration, constructive and constant
advice to the people of that area to start new entrepreneurship for their livelihood
and show them proper way when need actual help as the light house help the sailor
in the sea. So we can rightly say that Krishi Vigyan Kendra is the light house for
the rural people.
* Manish Kanwat, Subject Matter Specialist (Agril.Extension), ICAR RC for NEH Region
AP Centre, Basar, Arunachal Pradesh
** R. Bhagawati, Joint Director, ICAR RC for NEH Region AP Centre, Basar, Arunachal
ASHAs’ role vital in rural areas
ROING, Sept 13: Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Y W Ringu has called upon
the health activists, specially the Accredited Social Health Activists (ASHAs) to
play a vital role in bringing the awareness about the need of good health and maintaining
hygiene among the rural and downtrodden people. Inaugurating the week-long module
IV, V training programme for ASHAs at Anchal Samiti Hall here recently as the chief
guest, Ringu hoped that health scenario in rural areas will significantly improve
if the benefit of health schemes reach the poor and needy. She also advised the
participants to take optimum advantage of the training to prepare themselves for
serving the villagers in better way. As many as 32 ASHAs are taking part in the
Dr. M Basar DRCHO explaining the significant of being an ASHA said that ASHAs must
have basic knowledge of the disease TB, AIDS, besides, pregnancy, child care, and
malaria etc first so that they can serve the villagers in proper way.
Dr. Ista Pulu gynaecologist, Dr. Mitapo DTO, Dr. Yirang Pediatric, Dr. Gogoi DSO
are the resource persons of the training programme.
EE contradicts allegation
ITANAGAR: Executive Engineer, PHED Roing Er. S Pertin while responding to AAPWU allegation
on illegal appointments said that the appointments of casual staff on Adhoc, Contract
basis Group D and C posts do not fall under the purview of the Executive Engineer,
PHED, Roing. The allegation leveled against the EE, PHED, Roing is malicious and
Pertin further urged the association to verify the authenticity before going to press.
ITANAGAR: Taraso Circle Youth Association is conducting social service from Bihmari
Sontal Basti approach road to Town bill Bormai road on September 26.
Meanwhile, the association appealed the people of the area not to sell their rights
to political leaders during election. It also appealed the candidates to play good
and moral politics in the area.
ITANAGAR: The Environment Protection Society has planted a large amount of saplings
of different varieties of temperate forests today at SIB campus. Tawang.