Smoke billow beneath the banned Boli
A T News Service
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A group of around 100 women of the Capital Complex today unanimously
appealed to the authorities concerned to put a blanket ban on Boli.
Talking to the media persons, on behalf of the women victims who were present there,
state Nationalist Congress Party women wing president Toko Sheetal said that the
order of the district Capital administration regarding the Boli has been misinterpreted
by the organizers. The Boli is still being played despite ban and most of the victims
of the Boli are weaker section of the society, she said.
The Capital district administration in its Sept 1 order said that ‘Boli game shall
not be allowed to be played as already ordered. However, every member who has taken
the money after bidding shall have to compulsorily return only the amount she had
taken, to organizer/collector. The collector shall then distribute this amount amongst
all the members so that members can get back their investments. This entire process
of winding up of this game must be completed within three months from the date of
issue of this order”. However, the organizers have misinterpreted the order saying
that the administration has ordered to complete the bidding of Boli game within three
months, Sheetal claimed and added that women of middle class, poor families are forced
to play the Boli against their will.
Pointing out the administrative order for ‘compulsory return of the amount’, Sheetal
who claimed herself to be one of the victims of the Boli, said that the women
of the poor families were lured to play more than one groups of the Boli and most
of the women have invested money as a member of several groups. How could a woman
return the money to a one group of Boli until she receives the fund invested in
several other Boli groups, she questioned and urged the higher authorities to take
bold initiative for the security and peace of the members who are constantly being
threatened to return the bidding money or under instant pressure to continue the
Initially the Boli was helpful for the weaker section as the game was played with
little amount and small group. But in the course of time the Boli played involving
rupees thousands to lakhs and it has now become a daily affair without proper rules
and agreement, Sheetal alleged.
Claiming that around thousands woman of the Capital Complex are the members of such
Boli groups Sheetal said that 98 per cent of the members are in favour of complete
ban on Boli.
It is not swine flu that has threatened the life of the innocent people of the state,
but the Boli which has already robbed off the peace of the family of weaker sections
of the society, she said.
One of the victims of the Boli and Capital Complex Women Welfare Society president
Tana Nenu alleged that many woman members have left their houses under constant
threat for their unable to pay the money to the collectors. Properties of four
families of Boli members have been forcefully taken away yesterday, she alleged.
If the Govt does not take immediate step to find out the solution to the matter in
the greater interest of the women who are compelled to live away from their sons
and husband and to bring peace in the society, we shall have no other option but
to come out to the street demanding complete solution to the matter, Nenu said.
We are ready to cooperate with the administration. Let peace prevails in hundreds
of family of weaker sections in the Capital Complex, she appealed.
Meanwhile, Nenu informed that a committee was formed with Sheetal as president and
Nenu general secretary to raise the grievances of the all the Boli victims.
One of the victims husband Sung Passang claimed that his wife, who is the member
of the Boli groups, has been missing since the last week of August. He has approached
various authorities and appealed them to find out his missing wife, but yielded
no result. Peace has been robbed off due to this game called Boli, he said.
Another woman victim said ‘the Boli party has threatened me to pay the sum in lakhs
within a week. I don’t know what to do. I have also invested money in another Boli
groups which I have not received yet’, she said.
Techi Necha, Trinamool Congress candidate from Itanagar Assembly constituency, who
was also present, is of the view that administration should take immediate step
to find out a concrete solution to the problem in order to bring peace in the society.
126 file nominations
Itanagar, Sept 24: 53 candidates filed nominations today taking the total to 126.
Among those who filed nominations is former Chief Minister Gegong Apang.
19 nominations were filed by Indian National Congress, four by Bharatiya Janata party,
eight by All India Trinamool Congress, 12 by Nationalist Congress Party and 4
Peoples Party of Arunachal, 3 Janata Dal while three Independent candidates also
filed their nominations.
The final date for nomination is Sept 25. Scrutiny of Nomination is Sept 26 while
the last date of withdrawal is Sept 29.
No. & Name Sl. No. Name of Party
of Assembly candidate Affiliation
Constituency filed Nomination
(1) 2) (3) (4)
1- Lumla (ST) 1 Jambey Tashi INC
4- Dirang (ST) 2 Dor Tsering PPA
5- Kalaktang (ST) 3 TN Thongdok INC
6- Thrizino-Buragon (ST) 4 Kumsi Sidisow PPA
9- Chayangtajo(ST) 5 Kameng Dolo INC
13- Itanagar (ST) 6 Tami Taniang Janata
16- Yachuli (ST) 7 Likha Saaya INC
8 Nikh Kamin AITC
17- Ziro-Hapoli (ST) 9 Subu Koyang NCP
10 Nani Ribia AITC
19- Nyapin (ST) 11 Bamang Felix NCP
20- Tali (ST) 12 Er. Markio Tado PPA
22- Nacho (ST) 13 Tapa Garam Baki NCP
24- Daporijo (ST) 14 Takir Kurdu JD(U)
26- Dumporijo (ST) 15 Rode Bui NCP
28- Likabali (ST) 16 Jomde Kena INC
29-Basar (ST) 17 Dakter Basar AITC
32- Rumgong (ST) 18 Dibang Tatak INC
19 Karma Jerang Janta
20 Tayu Jerang NCP
33- Mechukha (ST) 21 Bote Yuto PPA
34- Tuting-Yingkiong 22 Gegong Apang INC
23 Katan Kombho BJP
35- Pangin (ST) 24 Kaling Jerang NCP
36- Nari-Koyu (ST) 25 Tako Dabi INC
26 Kenyom Dabi Independent
37- Pasighat West (ST) 27 Tangor Tapak BJP
28 Omak Apang INC
38- Pasightat East (ST) 29 Oyem Dai BJP
39- Mebo (ST) 30 Ralom Borang NCP
40- Mariyang-Geku (ST) 31 JK Panggeng INC
32 Dana Pertin BJP
33 Raising Perme NCP
43- Roing (ST) 34 Laeta Umbrey AITC
44- Tezu (ST) 35 Karikho Kri INC
36 Nakul Chai AITC
45-Hayuliang (ST) 37 Kalikho Pul INC
38 Khuje Drai NCP
46-Chowkham (ST) 39 Chow Tewa Mein INC
40 C. C. Namchoom NCP
47-Namsai (ST) 41 Nang Sati Mein Independent
48- Lekang (ST) 42 Chowna Mein INC
49- Bordumsa Diyum 43 CC Singpho INC
44 Khumral Lungphi NCP
51-Nampong (ST) 45 Tosham Mossang Independent
53-Changlang(North) 46 Wangnia Pongte AITC
54- Namsang (ST) 47 Wanglong Rajkumar NCP
55- Khonsa East (ST) 48 TL Rajkumar INC
49 Kamthok Lowang AITC
56- Khonsa West (ST) 50 Thajom Aboh AITC
51 Yamsen Matey INC
57-BorduiaBogapani (ST) 52 W.Lowangdong INC
60-Pongchau-Wakka (ST) 53 Honchun Ngandam INC
Arunachal Edition of The Sentinel launched
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Arunachal edition of The Sentinel, was launched today in Itanagar
with Rup J Pater as Consulting Editor and Jarpum Gamlin as it Chief Executive Officer
at function at Banquet Hall.
While launching the newspaper, chief guest Prof. KC Belliappa complimented the new
initiative and exhorted the media fraternity to be fair in presenting stories and
in reporting. He further emphasized on the need to provide wider coverage on districts
issues rather than confining to capital complex only.
Gamlin, a management graduate with stints in Honda and Moserbear was optimistic that
the newly launched newspaper will raise the bar of excellence in both contents of
news, fairness and quality in reporting, high standard of presentation and newsprints.
“It was Lummer Dai’s vision to have a newspaper in the state which saw the birth
of first paper; it was his dream which gave us the taste for newspaper, it was his
efforts which created a market for newspaper”, the CEO said while paying homage to
Lummer Dai, the prioneer of Print Media in the state. Jarjum Ete dwelt at length
on media’s role in bringing out the truth to the masses. She further said that network
of delivery has to be activated so that reach is better. She further said that print
media has been Capital region centric which needs to be changed if it has stand the
test of time. A former journalist herself, Ete spelt-out the role of media in bringing
out the truth to the masses and appealed to the media to be sensitive, not sensationalize,
in reporting cases
Dibang districts celebrate Keme-ha
ANINI, Sept 24: Idu-Mishi community of Anini also celebrated Kameha festival today.
During the festival Apeya-Aduya is worshiped for prosperity of m,ankind and good
harvesting and is held every year at the advent of winter season, which is the occasion
for people to relax. Festival Celebration Committee, Organiser, Akhunge Miuli disclosed
that first harvest of the season is eaten and few paddy bundles are burnt as a symbolic
of reverence to deities.
Deputy Commissioner, Tayor Jempen in his speech as Chief Guest said that upcoming
generation should focus more on the preservation of its exotic traditional arts and
crafts, folklores, folk songs and dances to which Idu tribe is known all over the
Participating on the occasion, Local MLA, Rajesh Tacho expressed his concern over
the danger being posed to the indigenous culture and its colourful traditions with
the arrival of modernity.
He urged the youths to take every possible steps for the preservations, however,
as a matter of fact, youth must ensure that it’s original form remain intact while
blending the culture in the name of modernity.
The daylong celebration featured traditional fashion show, community feast.
Roing: Keme-Ha festival of Idu Mishmis was celebrated with great festivity at Koronu
Village on 24 Sept 2009. The celebration was attended by large number of people,
dignitaries, school children and women at large. Entire Koronu village had a festive
look, women and children in their traditional attire and men busy in welcoming guests.
Apart from cultural programmes, one of the attractions of the Keme-Ha was the SHG
stalls put up at the venue ground. Total 9 SHGs have put up three stalls jointly,
of traditional food, traditional clothes and local spices. All the three stalls were
sponsored by NABARD and organised by Essomi Foundation. It was a unique learning
to the SHG members, pricing, marketing skill, finishing, packaging and displaying
etc. The groups achieved a total sale of Rs. 52,000/- within six hours.
Elders of the community, District Officials and Mukut Mithi, MP Rajyasabha and former
Chief Minister while visiting the stall, appreciated the support rendered by NABARD
to SHGs in capacity building, training and promotional activities. It is to be noted
that there are 22 successful SHGs promoted by Essomi Foundation under TDF area sponsored
by NABARD, said the press release by Essomi Foundation.
APTC declares final list
ITANAGAR, Sep 24: Arunachal Pradesh Trinamool Congress has released its final list
of candidates today. MLA Nikh Kamin has been issued the party ticket for 16-Yachuli
(ST) Assembly constituency in place of Neelam Topu in the interest of the party.
Kamin who is also the Advisor to chief minister on Civil Supply matters has tendered
his resignation from the primary membership of the Congress (I) party.
Other prominent figures whose name has been approved for APTC are former ministers
Tengam Ngemu for 52-Changlang ST Assembly constituency and Talo Mugli for 25-Raga
ST Assembly constituency. Mugli resigned from the primary and active membership of
the Congress (I) party. He further refused the post offered by APCC as Campaign chairman
for Western Parliamentary segment.
Former MLA Larbin Nasi will be contesting from 48-Lekang ST Assembly Constituency.
Er Baritlum Ama has been issued party ticket for 45-Hayulong ST Assembly Constituency,
ZPM H R Talo for 18-Palin ST Assembly Constituency and Bake Tach Anthony for 21-Koloriang
ST Assembly Constituency.
Where liquor flows like the river
The Tirap District Administration has launched an all-out campaign to check illegal
sale/use of liquor during Assembly Elections 2009 as liquor is rampantly used during
elections in the District by political parties often creating law and order problems.
The strict vigil by the administration on sale and transit of liquor at Khonsa has
begun to pay dividends as thousands of liquor bottles have been seized over the last
But the biggest haul of liquor came on 24th Setp.’09 morning when mobile staff of
Excise Department, Khonsa seized 500 cases of liquor from a truck bearing No. AS-24-6514
which was coming from Naharlagun and was heading for Longding via Khonsa. The driver
along with the handyman and the liquor-laden truck has been handed over to the police
for further investigation. The driver cleverly put ‘On Army Duty’ on the truck, ostensibly
to hoodwink the Police. The seized liquor is estimated to be worth about Rupees Four
Lakhs. Yesterday the Excise department’s field Inspectors closed down 6 Wine Shops
in Khonsa Bazar for violating District Magistrate’s Order.
A few days ago Sachin Shinde, IAS Assistant Commissioner (Election) along with Police
personnel seized 12 cases of liquor from the shops in the premises of State Transport
Office, Khonsa. A few days after that raid, the members of All Tirap Students’ Union
who are helping the administration during elections in its crusade to check unauthorized
sale of liquor, seized a few cases of liquor from Khonsa Bazar. The 19 Assam Rifles
personnel who are also engaged in thorough checking in the Khonsa township ahead
of Assembly elections, confiscated 12 cases of rum and 6 cases of beer from a Lazu-
bound vehicle No. AS-06-0861 at the Assam Rifles check gate. The driver was arrested
and handed over to police.
It may be mentioned here that the District Magistrate Tirap had earlier promulgated
prohibitory orders, barring sale of liquor during elections. The order had limited
sale of only 2 bottles of liquor per person per day. It is needless to mention that
the candidates and their supporters freely distribute liquor to the voters during
elections in the district to win them over. In fact, liquor and meat are liberally
used in the district by the contesting candidates during elections thereby exploiting
the inherent weakness of the gullible voters for liquor. Incidentally, Tirap is not
an isolated case as people all over the State have a penchant for liquor traditionally.
Thus, strict vigil and relentless checking on sale and transit of liquor during elections
will go a long way in arresting rampant use of liquor by political parties. It is
a fact that too much use of liquor during elections vitiates the atmosphere causing
chaos and law and order problems. But this time, Tirap District Administration, District
Police and Security Forces seem to have made-up their mind not to allow this nuisance
to go on any longer.
Large quantity of liquor seized
TAWANG: Tawang District Administration conducted intensive surprise checking drives
to detect illicit liquor selling to ensure free and fair election. Large quantity
of illicit liquor was seized during the drive in the outskirt of Tawang township.
The monitoring teams of Model code of conduct and Sector Officers have also been
pressed into service in the entire district to monitor and report on any violation
by political parties in daily basis.
The local police have started conducting regular motor vehicle and ILP checking drives
in the district and a number of persons from outside the state were found staying
in the district in violation of the ILP regulation. The violators were booked under
the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation Act and forwarded to local courts for penal
The daily sale of liquor in licensed wine shops in the district are also being monitored
closely and the police stations have been directed to ensure the depositions of licensed
arms by the licencee in the district as no exemption for such deposition of licensed
fire arms have been received so far.
ECIL Engineers Test EVMs
SEPPA: A first level checking of the EVMs was conducted at Seppa Election office,
by the highly skilled team of ECIL Engineers headed by S.C Sarkar from Hydrabad.
Out of total 347 checked control unit 30 were found defective. At least 3 EVMs have
been issued to the AROs of the various circle of the district so far- one each to
ARO Seijosa, ARO Pijirang, ARO Bameng. Meanwhile a board has fixed Rs 200 per day
for the porters.
Election process goes high tech
BOMDILA: Keeping pace with the present day Information technology, the District Administration,
in its official website of the district – west kameng. nic.in has opened a profile-
‘Assembly Elections 2009’ wherein one can find all the relevant in formations with
regard to the ensuing polls.
Details of Administrative Sub-Divisions, Circles, Blocks, Police stations, WT net
stations, Fire stations, Locations, Area, Number of towns and villages, AC segments,
Polling stations, Electors, total voters, population, sex ration, literacy rate,
EPIC coverage etc can be found under the General Information category.
Likewise, under the Elector Information, one could get to know the Gender, Elector
population ration, State Age-Cohort wise Elector information, Inclusion and Deletion,
EPIC and photo coverage, Polling Station locations, Migrated Electors and Service
Voters of the district.
Meanwhile the first level checking of the 330 EVMs meant for the 152 (including 02
auxilary ones) Polling Stations of the district is being carried out by the Engineers
of ECIL Hydrabad and the EVM awareness campaign is being carried out in the respective
AC segments by the AROs and AEROs concerned.
Earlier in the morning, a meeting of the Nodal Officers, responsible for the smooth,
free and fair conduct of the state Assembly elections, was held under the chairmanship
of the District Election Officer Swati Sharma, where matters related to the safe
custody of the EVMs and election documents, MCC violation, District Communication
Plan, Movement of men and materials to the Polling Stations, EVM preparation and
awareness campaign, Monitoring of Election expenditures, Dispatch of polling materials
and polling parties, Media Cell, Poll Day arrangement and arrangements for dispatch
of Postal Ballot Papers to officers and officials on election duty etc were taken
up and reviewed for the successful conduct of the forthcoming Assembly Elections.
Politics of Nomination
Dr. Nani Bath
There can be little doubt that nomination constitutes an important component of electoral
politics. A political scientist remarked: “It is at the stage of nomination that
the electoral battle is half won once candidates are sponsored with political imagination”.
Thus, the selection process has considerable bearing on the quality of leaders to
be chosen for political positions, on the fortunes of political parties as well as
on individuals, on the nature of the electoral process, and on the character of the
leadership and the orientation of the political system and hence the process is important
for failure and success of political party in an election.
The Legislative Assembly of Arunachal Pradesh has 60 seats, out of which 59 seats
are reserved for scheduled tribes and one seat (49 Bordumsa-Diyum) remains unreserved.
In the First Assembly Election in 1978, 105 candidates filed nominations. In the
subsequent election in 1980, the total number of candidates who filed nominations
was 106. 115 candidates filed nominations in 1984 elections. The number of candidates
increased to 249 in 1990 Assembly Elections. In 1995 and 1999 elections, the numbers
of candidates were 226 and 205 respectively. There were 193 candidates in the last
elections in 2004.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh entered into the electoral politics without adequate
training in the art of politics. The competitive politics did not dictate the contests
for the Panchayati bodies as election to these bodies followed customary laws of
the tribal communities. At the initial stage of the introduction of Panchayati Raj
institution, election did not take place in many areas as there were fewer contestants
and the contests were not on the party lines. In many instances the traditional
leaders- members of Village Councils, and Gaon Buras were nominated to represent
the villagers in this Institution.
This trend got reflected in early general elections held in the state. Political
parties did not have much difficulty in nominating candidates as it was not easy
to find sufficient ‘qualified’ candidates to contest the elections. The panchayat
leaders ‘naturally’ became the contestants in both Parliamentary and Assembly elections.
They were mostly the first educated leaders among the tribals and were traditionally
respected. The respected leaders were very few in number as a result of which those
leaders considered their selection by the political parties ‘as a matter of right’.
During those days party structure was not organized and hence no party did follow
a set procedure of selection of candidate.
Political activities got momentum with the spread of education. Some politically
conscious leaders felt the necessity of forming Regional Parties to safeguard the
interests of the locals. Units of National political parties were also formed thereby
making politics, particularly electoral politics very competitive. The competitive
nature of politics has in turn made the process and criteria of selection of candidates
more complex and competitive.
A candidate without any exception is nominated by the political party only if he
belongs to a tribal community, which constitutes majority in that constituency. A
tribal voter invariably prefers to vote in favour of a candidate of his own community/tribe
coming from his locality. In all the assembly election held so far, no non-local
candidate was sponsored by any political party from any of the constituencies. The
only deviation was the case of former Chief Minister, Shri Gegong Apang, who was
also nominated by Arunachal Congress from Liromoba Constituency for which he was
In Arunachal Pradesh support and loyalty to the party leadership constitute an important
criterion of candidate selection. The Telegraph reports that the incumbent Chief
Minister not only handpicked many candidates loyal to him but also ensured exclusion
of some candidates who might not toe his political line.
Enduring loyalty of a candidate to the party also cannot be ignored. In the last
2004 election all the supporters of Mukut Mithi, who remained as Congress loyalists
by not joining BJP along with Gegong Apang were rewarded with party tickets. There
were sixteen legislators, called as “Super Sixteen’’ in Mithi’s camp. It was reported
that Mithi threatened to resign from the party if any member of his team is denied
It is almost a known fact that the only candidate capable of bearing the expenses
of the party is nominated. Many politicians and office-bearers of the parties expressed
that in many constituencies tickets are bought and no candidate can be hopeful of
being selected by any political party without spending handsome amount. The author
was told privately that majority of the tickets seekers have to camp in Delhi for
many days, waiting for the final result from the party ‘high command’. It is supposedly
one of the most expensive camps for many leaders with huge financial involvement.
Candidate’s ability to win is not often the decisive criterion as the ruling party
ticket almost assures election to the selected candidate. The voters in the state
do not judge the value of the candidate by his performance inside the legislature.
Therefore, the least significance is attached to the value of the candidate in the
legislature when selection is made.
Interestingly, in Arunachal Pradesh, the contestants of political parties other than
ruling party are mostly the rejected and rebel candidates, who have been denied party
ticket of the ruling party or the candidates who are not hopeful of getting nomination
as ruling party nominees. History tells us that such candidates enter in the fray
just to extract certain materials benefits from the sponsoring party or from the
potential winning candidate.
Situation in this election may slightly be different with the entry of nationalist
Congress Party and Trinamool Congress. Political complexities may further increase
once Naga Peoples Front becomes operational after getting green signal from the Election
Commission of India.
To conclude, present Congress was thought to be different from the tradition of previous
Indian National Congress as it is in the complete command of Rahul Gandhi and his
mother, Sonia. Many expected that dynastic politics would be ruled out and role of
‘material influence’ would be reduced to zero. But unfortunately these expectations
were dashed with the nominations of large number of kiths and kins of heavy-weight
politicians in the state.
However, optimists would still think that nomination of Likha Saya and active consideration
of the candidatures of other youth leaders like Nymar Karbak and Hanifa Yongfo is
an indication of an attitudinal change of Congress leadership at the centre. Will
it bring an ideological politics in the state? Will merit remain the sole criterion
of candidates’ selection in future elections?
(Dr. Bath teaches in the Department of Political Science, Rajiv Gandhi University
and can be contacted at [email protected] rediffmail.com.)
University teachers on Dharna
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Rajiv Gandhi University Teachers’ Association today joined Federation
of Central Universities Teachers’ Association (FEDCUTA) and staged a Dharna in protest
against the failure of the University Grants Commission (UGC) in consulting FEDCUTA
before finalization of Regulations of service conditions of teachers. Protests was
marked by wearing Black Badges by all the members of RGUTA. All the teaching faculties
took out a procession carrying placards, shouting slogans and observed Dharna in
front of the Vice-Chancellor’s Secretariat.
Prof. A.K.Das, President RGUTA, while addressing the gathering showed strong sentiments
against MHRD and UGC for not taking up the genuine demands of FEDCUTA seriously.
While addressing, Secretary, RGUTA said that teachers are the souls of the nation
and nation survives if souls exists. He further added that old Pension Scheme should
also be given to teachers appointed after 01.01.2004.
Later on President, RGUTA submitted a memorandum to Chairman, UGC, New Delhi, enlisting
the demands of FEDCUTA to Vice-Chancellor, which was received by the Registrar RGU.
Training on MIS
NAHARLAGUN, Sept 24: Three days training for entry operators and monitoring personal
of Tawang district for Operationalization of MIS (Management information system)
software developed by Ministry of Rural Development, Govt. of India under NREGA was
conducted at Tawang from Sep 22. Tawang district is covered under NREGA from April
2008 in the third phase district.
The training was inaugurated by Lobsang Phunchu, the ADC Tawang.
The training conducted by the DRDA in collaboration with NIC was attended by all
the BDOs and their staff with CIC operators and DRDA staff of Tawang.
Manish Verma, DIO Tawang and Karma Leki, PD DRDA Tawang were the main resource parson
for the training.
19 Kumaon’s free school health check-up
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Troops of 19 KUMAON Regiment organized a free school health check-up
at Good Shepherd School, Deomali yesterday. Remote area of Deomali is socially and
economically backward and till date basic medical facilities and health centre are
a distant dream. The locals frequently requested for a Medical Check-up to be organized
in the area, stated an official from the Regiment.
Medical Officer from the Battalion carried out medical check-up of 120 school children
ranging from age 04 to 10 years. Skin infections, dental caries and ear infections
were the most common ailments among the children. One case each of inguinal hernia
and adenoids was diagnosed and referred to civil hospital. For minor illnesses medicines
were dispensed on the spot.
This camp was utilized to interact with the school children, their guardians and
local villagers and create awareness about malaria, water borne diseases and skin
College election after fresh order from admin
PASIGHAT, Sept 24: The Principal JNC Pasighat T. Talom in a press release informed
today that the College election have been deferred till further order. This decision
was taken at a coordination meeting held on Sept 20 which was attended by administrative
officers, senior citizens and public leaders.
While reacting to news published in a local daily, Talom said that one Daniel Jamoh,
who claimed to be Chairman of JNC students Union, is not student of the college.
Jamoh had demanded holding of early College elections.
The Principal also informed through the release that according to Lyngdoh Commission
recommendation the democratic rights of the students will be honoured and election
will be conducted within a short period of time but after receiving a fresh order
from the Deputy Commissioner East Siang. (DIPRO)
NSS Day at NERIST
NERIST, Sept 24: The National Service Scheme Cell of NERIST observed the NSS day
this morning. The occasion was marked by a function followed by plantation camp and
awareness campaign. The ceremony was attended by Program Officers, Security Guards
and staff of NERIST, Police Personnel from Nirjuli Police out Post and Shopkeepers
Speaking on the occasion the Co-ordinator of the NSS Cell NERIST emphasized on the
role of the NSS to the society.
He also stated that horizon of NSS needs to be enlarged keeping in mind the changes
taking place around the world.
Program Officer, Dr. Awadesh Kumar speaking on topic “Us and Them: Who is responsible?
highlighted the adverse effect of global warming on human and wildlife.
Program Officer, Dinamani Singh said that wide participation is needed to fulfill
the aims of NSS.
Around 50 saplings of Ashoka plants were planted around the main gate of NERIST.
Places surrounding the Main Gate were cleaned and a sensitization campaign about
market waste management was carried out by Program Officers.
Delayed restoration of road link draws public flak
ROING, Sept 24: The blockage on NH 52 at the Mayudia point on Sept 18 to 19 due to
heavy landslide has been cleared but not before the intervention of the DC Y W Ringu.
The restoration work was delayed at the much inconvenient of public due to scuffle
between the GREF and Wild Life Department over the road as it falls under the area
of Mihao Wild Life Sanctuary.
Lambasting the delayed in the restoration of road, Buke Miso Head Gam Hunli said
that the people have to bear the brunt because of the dispute the two agencies. The
GREF should be given free hand for the maintenance and clearance of the road, he
The Wild Life Department issued a complete restriction of heavy earth cutting works/widening
of road at Mayudia point since the road comes under the area of Mihao Wild Life Sanctuary
while the GREF personnel planned to develop a transit camp at the point for the convenient
of the Army personnel. We are here for both public and defense personnel to maintain
the road but such kind of interruption discourage us to continue the work, expressed
Kuldeep Raj OC 62 RCC.
According to wildlife sources, the GREF can carried on the normal maintenance and
clearance work but the complete cutting of hills side for parking Army convoy would
hampered the sanctity of the Mayudia. Heavy human interference at this point could
spoil the natural beauty and its fragile environment, asserted the wild life authority.
J Riba DFO Wildlife said that any further cutting and widening of the road under
the sanctuary has to be taken permission from the union ministry of forest and environment.
He also rules out any use of explosive and blasting under the sanctuary.
When contacted to Epra Mechola member of the State Advisory Board Wild Life said
that the Mayudia Point falls under restricted wild life sanctuary owing to habitat
of rear and endangered animal species. Any explosive and blasting activities at this
point may affect the wild life directlyâ, Mechola says.
AAPWU demands arrear and bonus
ITANAGAR Sep 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Worker’s Union, Upper Subansiri District Unit
appealed the PWD Division and APEDA Department of Upper Subansiri District to release
the 15 months arrears of WC Staff and also appealed the other concerned department
to pay the casual bonus of the workers within September.
Donations towards fire victims
ITANAGAR Sep 24: Upper Siang District Galo Welfare Society donated thirty five thousand
towards the fire victims’ relief fund of Nyigam village through the Basar Additional
The society further donated ten thousand to fire victim Tami Bam, a driver serving
under Yingkiong PWD. Bam’s government quarter was engulfed in a fire accident on
September 16 last.
Tawang road open
Tawang: Several inquiries regarding restriction of traffic movement on Bhalukpong-Tawang
road are pouring in from various quarters to the District Administration of Tawang.
The District Administration has clarified that no such restriction has been imposed
on the movement of traffic.
In fact the month beginning from October to November is the peak tourist season
in Tawang and the inflow of tourists has already gained momentum.
There is hectic booking of hotels by tourists and the District is expecting visit
of large number of tourists during this season. (DIPRO)
ITANAGAR: INC candidate for 17-Ziro-Hapoli Constituency Padi Richo has resigned from
the chairmanship of Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Welfare Board,
Arunachal Pradesh Man Power and Project Consultancy Limited and Arunachal Pradesh
Minimum Wages Advisory Board.
ITANAGAR: 36 Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency Block Congress Committee president Ranya
Doye said that the allegation leveled against ZPM Kenyom Dabi and his supporters
of forcefully entering ADC Office and manhandling the staff, officers besides clashing
with supporters of NCP workers while on hearing for deletion of double entries and
claims & objections for additional in electoral roll is false, fabricated and is
an attempt to tarnish his image.
He further said that NCP’s demand to declare Nari-Koyu Assembly Constituency as hypersensitive
has no base.
Doye further said that on September 21, Nari AERO, called for claims and objections
for double entries electoral roll and additional electoral roll.
He further claimed that the AERO has also lodged an FIR against the culprits.
Politics versus People
Election time is on and D day is fast approaching and I can’t help myself but to
go back to the memory lane which reminds of a wave which had engulfed the entire
populace of Arunachal especially West Siang district. Kiren or ‘Kiran’ as the masses
pronounced it, literally means ‘light’. It symbolizes hope, a new beginning…Kiren
ko vote nai dene wala to ‘pagol’ hai, the patriotism in their voices was running
high and was quiet laudable. Now I realize how pagol indeed I had been to have voted
for him. It was the 16th of April, I vividly remember. After an early breakfast and
having cast my vote I had taken my two months pregnant wife all the way to Taba Sora,
a remote village located up hills somewhere 28 kilometers from Aalo town against
all the medical advice not to travel. But determined as I was not to let a vote go
waste and since she was having the voters ID card issued against the village address,
I took the risk. Its a bumpy, nerve wrecking roller coaster ride, driving through
which I often wonder about these much hyped Yojanas like PMGSY which only makes a
good reading in the newspaper and gives us a false impression of ‘ARUNACHAL PROGRESSING’
when they are announced with much fanfair but the ground reality remains the same
and the deplorable road condition with potholes alone is such that bullock carts
seems more fit than the Scorpios and its lesser brother Maruti 800s struggling its
way up to different constituencies located faraway in the countryside. For the first
time in the history of Arunachal politics, we thought, the election battle was going
to be fought not on the basis of party affiliations or monetary inducements but on
the basis of a personality and credibility of an individual, which was a significant
paradigm shift. He came as a breeze of fresh air, a new lease of life, as a messiah
of the masses who could relate to him, his charismatic personality hypnotized the
But sadly his saga of heroism could barely last 3 months which was evident after
the declaration of result on May 16th, it was so short-lived ! Indeed he is a dream
merchant as pointed by one of your esteemed readers. He showed us a way, made us
believe in his dream of a new Arunachal for which the people will never forgive him,
no matter how vociferously he defends his stand and justifies himself for jump gunning
to Congress. At least, he should come out with a more logical reasoning and spare
the innocent people from those empty rhetoric which is a bygone escapade, of which
people are so used to and are not going to be convinced. If I am not mistaken, it
didn’t matter to people to which party he belonged to, we voted for Kiren, the person,
as everybody thought finally there is a person all can look up to. Seeing the recent
step taken by him he has proved that he is no different from those bunch of cookie-pushers,
shamelessly claiming themselves to be ‘Leaders’, the loftiness of which they are
not even an inch nearer. How is he going to explain to an aged lady in a remote village
of West Siang district who gave away all her earnings from the sell of vegetables
, the weight of which she had carried on her back the whole day going door to door,
for a noble cause- Kiran’s cause. She truly symbolized a voiceless commoner in the
society today, yearning for a change. But can he even understand one tenth of how
she has to struggle to make her living, whereby she has to wake up at the crack of
the dawn at 3 am and after cooking for the family, hurriedly bundles up the vegetables
collected the previous day from the jungles in the (igin) basket and runs towards
the market for an early sale. On the way running down through the difficult terrains
towards the market which is miles away from the village she hopes for any available
means of transportation which is purely a luck factor at that wee hours, or else
she makes it all the way to the market on foot.. a politician would probably never
understand…How would he pacify the agony of those right thinking citizens who feels
totally betrayed and taken for a ride? And they think rightly so, as all of them
did their bit in this bygone election which was more of a people’s fight. Common
population in a way symbolizing true Populism, was involved in arranging vehicles,
transporting voters to their respective polling booths away from the town at their
own expense. Such was the love and craze for Kiren. A friend of mine telephoned me
to tell how his grandfather carried his sick grandma on his back to the nearest polling
booth, just to make sure that even one vote should not go waste. It was obvious that
people were craving for a change, craving for freedom out of this hegemonic control,
change for a better future, change for a respite…a hope grew within each one of us.
But alas…... that hope has died an untimely death !
I remember my father in law who had pasted Kiren’s poster all over his traditional
house in Taba Sora village, even to the extent of keeping his portrait in the Nakum
(a small bamboo made hut in the paddy field). I could see my ato’s face would lighten
up at the glance of that poster, where Kiren stood beaming, looking confident in
a bespectacled posture and the caption written below boldly displaying itself-‘Arunachal
of my Dream’. He brought democracy literally to people’s doorsteps, reaching the
remotest villages of AP through his CD campaign. People could see the performance
and feel his aura as an MP in the Parliament through the visual medium which was
no doubt praiseworthy. Basically it was a good marketing gimmick and he marketed
himself well both in rural and urban market as a household name. My ato today is
a disillusioned man after hearing the news of his coveted leader whom he revered
With his U turn, a tragedy of different nature has struck the youths.
How would he explain the plight of parents looking askance at the youths who had
mindlessly let the entire village reverberated with the slogan of Kiren. As is known,
in the rural areas of AP where the dissemination of knowledge or information is minimal,
these youths actually act as the bridge and whatever they tell their illiterate parents
is readily accepted and obliged by the parents, taking pride in the wisdom of college
returned sons and daughters.
Such is the tragedy today, people fear even to hope, to dream. No one is going to
believe a candidate howsoever clean or sincere his intentions might be. He will be
penalized citing Kiren’s example. Hope has died a tragic death. His saga of heroism
proved to be of temporary nature which has left thousands of his workers and well
wishers high and dry. But for a common man nothing much has changed and have come
to the terms with the reality. Probably the wound inflicted upon them won’t be forgotten
so easily but one thing is for sure, the masses have resolved or perhaps learned
a lesson not to let anybody play with their emotions anymore….
K K Raja Jini
People’s Union for Progressive Arunachal (PUPA)
495 Top Flr, Punjabi Bagh Club Road, New Delhi-63.
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