ITANAGAR, Sep 21: All Arunachal Pradesh Youth Forum (AAPYF) has demanded immediate
arrest of unknown persons who attacked AAPYF president for raising alleged illegal
appointments issue against minister Atum Welly.
In an FIR lodged at Naharlagun Police Station, AAPYF president Tadar Attu said that
he was attacked by a group of eight persons at his residence at Naharlagun on Sept
19 evening. Attu further said that the attackers also threatened him with action
if he fails to withdraw its demands against Welly and his relatives within ten days.
The group also allegedly took way two important files.
In separate releases, both AAPYF and All Papum Pare District Volunteer Youth Forum
(APPDVF) demanded the state Govt, particularly home department to investigate the
case and give punishment to the accused within five days. They threatened to launch
democratic movement if Govt fails to pay heed to its demand.
School in need of maintenance
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Sangcha Ajing Society has drawn the attention of authorities towards
poor condition of government middle school Tatatara under Seppa circle. This school
was established way back in the year 1989 and is situated 3 km away from main town.
Despite this, today school lies in poor condition and there is every possibility
that wind can blow it away.
Further society informed that they did not find any records of allocation of fund
for infrastructural development of said school in the past few years except SSA annual
maintenance fund. They called on state government particularly the education department
for immediate restoration of the said school building for the benefit of the poor
Training on IDSP
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Two days training on Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP)
for Medical Officers and Paramedical staffs was organised by District Surveillance
Unit (DSU), Upper Subansiri District ,Daporijo from Sept 20 at District Hospital
Dr. L. Jampa (SSO) State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, Naharlagun was the Resource
person from the State Surveillance unit (SSU), Naharlagun. He made a power point
presentation on IDSP and Outbreak Investigation and on the performance of all the
reporting units and gave feed back to them.
Dr. D Bagra, DMO-cum-Chairman , District Surveillance Unit, IDSP, Upper Subansiri
District was the Chief Guest of the Training Programme and he emphasized on the upliftment
of IDSP Programme which has a key role in the disease surveillance system.
District Surveillance Officer (DSO) Dr.T.Nayam spoke on the disease surveillance
in IDSP and he requested all the Incharge of the DH/CHC/PHC/SC to cooperate with
him for upliftment / progress of the Surveillance system in Upper Subansiri.
Gelar Digbak, Epidemiologist, IDSP, DSU, requested all the Incharge of CHC/PHC/SC
for submission of weekly data regularly to District Surveillance Unit at District
Hospital Daporijo so that the quick action may be taken in case of any outbreak or
Leadership training for officers
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: A three days state level training cum workshop on leadership for
government officers commenced at Administrative Training Institute, Naharlagun from
Altogether, 31 officers are attending the training programme.
Addressing the participants as chief guest Principal Secretary to Chief Minister
Yeshi Tsering said that there is urgent need to develop leadership quality in officers
particularly those who are required to look after the day to day administrative and
development works in the district.
He advised all the participants/officers to be conscious about each files and treat
them as a an important papers.
Guest resource person from Jammu and Kashmir Pramod Jain and Director training Pema
Tshetan also spoke on the occasion.
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: All Nyapin Sangram Phassang Youth Welfare Association is organizing
social service on 2nd October during Gandhi Jayanti. The social service will be held
at ADC Office, Nyapin, govt higher secondary school, Nyapin, Tadar Tang Primary Health
Centre, Nyapin and Inspection bungalow area.
The programme is being organized jointly with coordination of administration, govt
employees, teaching staff, NGOs, Panchayat leaders and students of Nyapin town.
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Shenki Valley Welfare Society has condemned the recent incident
in which two innocent youths were fired upon by unknown miscreants in the Shenki
area. The society stated that in the past also incidents of murder, looting, gang
fight had happen in the area. They urged state government in particularly home ministry
to arrest the culprit involved in the shooting case.
Repair damaged electricity wire
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: All Capital Complex Un-Employed Union said that breakdown of electricity
line wire at Prem Nagar Tinali has create problem for the residents and visitors.
It appealed to concerned authority to repair the electricity wire immediately to
avoid unforeseen incidents.
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: All Arunachal Pradesh State Transport Employees Welfare Association
conducted a condolence meeting at AAPSTEWA Office, Naharlagun yesterday and expressed
their heartfelt condolence at the death of Tarh Talin, Conductor APSTS who died yesterday.
The members of the association prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed
soul and extended its condolence message to the bereaved family members.
Late Talin joined the State Transport Department in 1997 as Conductor and was a sincere
staff of the department. He is survived by his wife, three sons and two daughters.
The staffs of rural works division Sagalee and Poma has deeply mourned the sudden
demise of Nabam Nikam who died on 17th of this month. He was working as pipe fitter
with RWD and is survived by wife and four children. He joined the department in the
Association demands road clearance
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Kamrung Panchayat Youth Welfare Association highlighting the surface
transportation problem of Mengio and Kamrung Panchayat appealed to the concerned
authority to immediately clear the roads from Sakiang to Old Mengio. The said road
remained blocked for the last three months due to heavy rainfall in the recent past.
Forum moves court
ITANAGAR: All Lower Subansiri SSA teachers Panel Waiting List Forum (ALSSATPWF) filed
a petition against Central and state Govts and others at Itanagar bench of Gauhati
High Court against alleged illegal appointments of SSA teachers. The Forum said that
the appointments were made without giving top priority to waiting panel list despite
availability of vacant posts.
While hearing the petition on Sept 8, the Court issued notice calling upon the respondents
to “show cause as to why a rule should not be issued as prayed for; and /or why such
further or other order(s) should not be passed as to this court may deem fit and
proper. The notice is made returnable within four weeks.”
Federation declares bandh
ITANAGAR: Arunachal Volunteer Youth Federation (AVYF) declared 12 hours capital bandh
on Sept 23 in favour of its demand for immediate dropping of Pema Khandu from the
ministry. The Federation president in a release today said that it has been compelled
to take the path of democratic movement after failure of the state Govt to pay heed
to its five days ultimatum submitted earlier for action against Pema for his alleged
involvement in misappropriation of fund.
It reiterated demand for dropping of Pema as minister, immediate investigation as
per FIR lodged and review of CBI investigation case no RC-8 (A)/2003 against Pema.
MLAs seeks Governor’s intervention
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Six MLAs representing All India Trinamool Congress, Nationalist
Congress Party and Peoples Party of Arunachal in a letter to the Governor of Arunachal
Gen J J Singh sought his intervention to impress upon the central leadership to intervene
and do the necessary for a stable government. The signatories are Tapuk Taku and
Tani Loffa of AITC, Techi Kaso and Bamang Felix of NCP and Takam Tagar of PPA.
The MLAs said that after the demise of the Late Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu state
has been plunged into instability because of internal problems within the ruling
“Due to serious political differences and unrest within the Congress party the development
agenda and governance has taken a backseat. We the legislators of NCP, AITC and PPA
are extremely concerned of this development” the letter read.
The current political situation of the state has witnessed a drastic change from
that of late Dorjee Khandu, which does not augur well for the state and its people.
Governance and delivery of the present Congress government in all front is at the
lowest ebb, the MLAs said.
The MLAs said that there have been several instances of law and order break-down
at places in several districts in the state while that situation in Tirap and Changlang
districts is also far from normal. “The problem is of course a spill-over from the
earlier regimes; nevertheless the responsibility of the present government to assess
and contain the situation can't be ignored which seems far from any genuine effort”
the legislators said.
“Most of the elected representatives remaining out of station for obvious reasons,
important offices in the state capital are almost defunct. Movement of files have
stopped, implementation of schemes have gone haywire and even release of funds already
approved and sanctioned have been halted. The bureaucracy is functioning but like
an old and worn out engine running without lubricants. If this continues further,
Arunachal Pradesh would back-step by several years” the letter further read. “We
can't turn a blind eye to present unfortunate development which directly or indirectly
affects every life in our state. The disease lies in the `instability' of the ruling
government. Those who matter in the government are busy in speculations and have
no time to heed to more important affairs of the state and its people. This can't
be allowed to perpetuate for long”, they added.
“We are not concerned with who leads the government. We don't have any personal favourites
or despise anyone. What we are concerned about is a stable government, in the present
case, a stable Congress Government”, it said.
NES hopeful of positive outcome as it warns of vigorous movement
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Nyishi Elite Society (NES) and All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)
are hoping that the State Government will come out with something positive on the
infamous Pradeep Thakur issue.
Addressing a press conference here this afternoon, NES president Bengia Tolum hoped
that the Government would take all necessary steps to find out and reveal the source
of the news item that was published in Times of India and Deccan Herald creating
ruckus among the community people.
“Ganga can’t flow without Gangotri,” the NES president said while driving his point
home that “there must be a source of the news item which is yet to be revealed”.
In the last NES-ANSU-Government meeting, it was agreed by all the parties that findings
of the enquiry committee report would be made known to NES and ANSU immediately after
submission of it, the NES president said.
Since the Government has taken 10 days time for this, there should not be any ‘if’
and ‘but’ on the matter, he said.
It is pertaining to mention here that NES and ANSU held a meeting with CM few days
back under the latter’s initiative to discuss the burning issue. An inquiry committee
was also formed in the meeting which will investigate the details of the report published
in the two newspapers.
Clarifying its stand on the issue, the NES president said that both ANSU and his
organizations, on behalf of entire Nyishi community, have been only seeking help
from the Government as the guardian and protector of its people to remove the ‘stigma’
painted by some media houses/newspapers.
Sending his clear message to the people of the state, the NES president said that
“We are not against any community or family and people should not believe in rumour
While calling upon people of Nyishi community to continue their support to NES and
ANSU in their movement in finding a solution to the on-going issue, Tolum said that
his organization and ANSU would not hesitate to go for vigorous movement in case
government fails to come out with something positive in the next 10 days.
ANSU president Sikka Gapak also addressed the meeting and expressed his strong resentment
over govt’s lackadaisical attitude in resolving the issue.
Monitoring Committee meet
DC warns of stringent action
ROING, Sep 21: The 17th District Level Monitoring Committee (DLMC) meeting was held
in the Office Chamber of Deputy Commissioner, Lower Dibang Valley District here yesterday.
The meeting was presided over by Garima Gupta, DC cum Chairperson DLMC. In the meeting,
progress and achievement made in implementation of various centrally sponsored schemes
under ACA, SPA, NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, BADP and PM Package by different executing agencies
Deputy Commissioner strongly reacting to the reports of unsatisfactory works by some
private enterprise/companies has cautioned to take stringent action against such
private agencies and asked the department concerned to strictly monitor their works
in order to maintain quality and also to ensure completion of the work in time. She
also asked them to give the report of works progress in percentage, so that the actual
progress of works can be ascertained on regular basis. She also cautioned the executing
agencies that third party monitoring can be carried out at any time. It was also
emphasized that the officers and officials posted at outpost should stay in their
place of posting as their regular absent from their place of posting hampers many
works of public interest.
M Dirchi, DPO cum Member Secretary, DLMC in his welcome speech has requested the
executing agencies for timely implementation and completion of various schemes and
also for timely submission of Utilization Certificate.
M Borang, EE (PWD) informed that under CRF, construction of 10 permanent bridges
on Dambuk-Paglam road under Inter State Connectivity Scheme are in progress out of
which 6 are taken up by private enterprises namely and four by the department itself.
It was informed that some of the works would be completed by March 2012. He also
informed that re-tendering for extension, maintenance and carpeting of Roing Township
road is under process and would be completed within 2 months. It was also informed
that along Re-construction cum Re-alignment of Hunli-Desali (23.323 km) under RIDF,
10 km stretch of re-aligned road was washed away by landslide during rainy season;
however, new cutting of roads are in progress and re-construction work is expected
to be completed by March 2012. Under NLCPR, Tendering for construction of culverts
n bridges along Jia Tinali to Bizari via Idili (19.80km) is in progress. Works under
SPA viz., construction of road from Kangkong to Doleswar (6 km), development of rad
from Jia to Abali (9 km), improvement of internal road to new settlement in Roing
Township and infrastructure development for Sub-Divisional HQ and maintenance & extension
of Dambuk township road will started by 1st week of November, Borang added.
In RWD under SPA, 7 civil works have been completed, 5 in progress and 2 yet to
be started. Under DoNER, 7 physical works has been completed informed J Angu, AE
In Power Department, electrification of 56 villages was supposed to be done by March
2011 under RGGVY scheme but only 20 villages have been electrified. The project is
undertaken by M/s Indo Power Project Ltd, Kolkata and the company has sought for
the extension of time till March 2012 for completion of the remaining works. It was
also informed that tendering for newly sanctioned schemes under NLCPR for extension
and improvement of electrical network in Roing circle, improvement of power system
in sub-station at Dambuk, JIa, Bolung and Parbuk and construction of 33 KV Express
line on tower/pole from Alubari through Central Lohit from Central Sector Power Supply
are in progress and works would be started shortly, informed J Mishra, JE (Power).
In WRD Department, two schemes under SPA namely, Infrastructure development of Education
department and Multipurpose cultural hall at Roing has already been proposed but
yet to be sanctioned, informed K B Pandey, EE(WRD).
M Pertin, ZPM (Meka Block) requested the executing agencies to maintained transparency
and sincerity while implementing their works for larger interest of the people.
Ration crisis in Arunachal likely
Aalo, Sep 21: The ration crisis in the state, for sometime cannot be ruled out due
to transportation problem. Ration commodities of the state come to various FCI depots
by railway heads and due to extensive works on broad gauge rail tracks from Rangia
to nearest broad gauge rail links, the flow of essential commodities have come to
a standstill and most of the FCI depots in the different locations in the state are
either empty or with very limited stock to cater growing needs of the consumers.
If the problem persists for a longer period, ration shortage cannot be ruled out.
The stocked ration items are being used now to fulfill some of the present needs.
Though alternative arrangements are being made to mitigate the needs from centralized
FCI depot, the management seems tough.
This was disclosed by C.W. Chakhap, District Food and Civil Supplies Officer Aalo
on detail interaction on the present situation of public distribution system. Appeal
has been made to govt to look into the problem ahead and consumers to bear with the
problems faced by the Food &Civil Supply Department. (DIPRO)
SSWS cries foul
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: The Sagalee Social Welfare Society (SSWS) has demanded resignation
of present executive body of the Nyishi Cooperative Society Ltd. (NCSL) on moral
ground for its alleged inefficiency in running the Society as per expectation of
The SSWS chairman Taba Kaki and general secretary Techi Nasik in a release today
alleged that the present executive body of the NCSL since its constitution in 1996
“is befooling the public of Sagalee sub-division for last 15 years.” The cooperative
society was launched in 1971. It now boasts of more than 300 shareholders. Giving
a details account of mismanagement of the Society, the SSWS further alleged that
not a single penny has been recorded as profit in the balance sheet of the Society
available with the office of RCS though the Society has been successfully running
a fair price shop (FPS) and a general store. It further alleged that some of the
office bearers of the society are misusing the commodities available in the FPS.
One of the buildings of the Society has been leased out to the telecom department
in 1996. Since then the department paid revenue of over Rs 5.89 lakh up to August
31 this year at the rate of Rs 3311 per month as house rent. But surprisingly the
“the balance is shown nil”, the release said. “On further enquiry, it was told that
the missing amount has been taken by some of the office bearers on return basis and
now they are desperately trying hard to befool the public by citing one or the other
reason,” the SSWA alleged.
Alleging lot of irregularities in maintaining bank account and cash book being operated
by the Society, the SSWS said that existing executive body conducted only a single
general body meeting on January 20, 2008 since its formation “wherein the chairman
and his office bearers deliberately accepted the proposal for selling out the aforementioned
building to the telecom deptt at the rate of Rs 22,21,000 most arbitrarily without
the consent of or informing the shareholders. However, the proposal still remains
pending”, the release said.
The SSWA demanded election of new executive members of the Society and proper auditing
of the NCSL account.
Army recruitment rally
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Army will be conducting recruitment rallies from 10 to 17 Oct 2011
at Likabali Military Station for recruitment from all districts of Arunachal Pradesh
other than Tawang, East Kameng and West Kameng.
The candidates from Tirap, Dibang Valley, West Siang, Papumpare, Changlang and lower
Subansiri districts should report on 10 Oct 2011 and Lohit, East Siang, Upper Subansiri,
Upper Siang, Kurung Kumey. Lower Dibang Valley and Anjaw districts on 11 Oct 2011.
The candidates for Technical/ Nursing Assistant/ Clerks categories (10+2) and sons
of serving/retired soldiers, NCC Certificate holders, Sportsmen (who have represented
at State or National level) and volunteers for re-enrollment to DSC will be tested
on 12 Oct 2011. Written Test will be held on 30 Oct 2011 at KV, Jorhat for candidates
who are found fit in physical tests, documents check and medical examination.
Candidates for Soldier (GD) should be at least 160 cm tall with pass in class VIII
as minimum qualification. The minimum weight acceptable is 48 Kg and chest measurements
77 cm with 5 cms expansion. They should bring along with them their original educational
documents, birth certificate, Permanent Residence Certificate, certificate indicating
cast status and passport size colour photographs. The educational documents are to
be countersigned by the DDSE. No application required for enrollment to Army.
Youth Front slams Cong govt
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: The Youth Front of the People’s Party of Arunachal has slammed
the ruling Congress for indulging in corruption, nepotism and favouritism in the
state. In a press release by Khyoda Ram, President of PPA youth front, stated that
Congress had made commitment in its election manifesto for transparent, people friendly
and self reliant govt but today things are different.
“The respective government representatives are ignoring the people's well being and
they are in Delhi most of the time in the name of doing some developmental work.
But back here in state we see no work progressing. They are in Delhi doing work for
their own interest and we the common mass are here without leader. Due to this our
progressing work are pending on its way,” stated PPA youth front.
They further questioned why Chief Minister is letting his Congress legislators stay
in Delhi? “The condition of our state is in very pathetic condition with common people
struggling in every walk of life and their pockets are emptying day by day with the
rising prices of all basic commodities. The social and other infrastructure of our
state is very pathetic and private infrastructures owned by our representatives are
increasing,” said PPA Youth Front.
ALSU appeals legislators to raise voice for separation of judiciary
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has appealed to the legislators
to raise the issue of complete separation of judiciary from executive in the ensuing
state Assembly for speedy delivery of justice in the state.
ALSU president Tadar Tarish said that the state Govt had already taken steps for
separation of judiciary from executive in phase-wise manner through a gazette notification
on Dec 4, 2006 and time has come to raise the voice for complete separation of judiciary.
Due to non-separation of judiciary from executive, both development activities and
judicial administration are not running smoothly in the state and as a result large
number of cases remain unsettled and justice delayed, the ALSU observed. ALSU also
appealed all legislators of the state to discuss the codification of customary laws
in the floor of the state Assembly beginning from Sept 23. The union had already
collected data and findings on customary laws from nine district of the state and
placed before the state Govt for its action, the ALSU said and called upon legislators
to discuss on the matter.
It further demanded central jail and juvenile home in the state capital to accommodate
all the prisoners who are languishing in jails in neighbouring states.
Meanwhile, the ALSU appreciated the joint move of the state Govt and NES-ANSU for
solution to Times of India issue. The ALSU hoped that the new enquiry committee set
up would solve the issue without delay.
The union also condemned the recent firing incident in Capital in which two persons
had received grievous bullet injuries. It demanded immediate arrest of the persons
involved in firing incident.
Committee oppose 3000 MW Dibang project public hearing
ROING, Sep 21: The Downstream Anti Dam Committee (DSADC) has strongly voiced against
forthcoming public hearing on controversial 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project fixed
DSADC Secretary Marting Lego informed ATNS that the committee would totally oppose
the proposed hearing on Dibang mega dam at Roing slated for October 24 and also on
October 28 at New Anaya to be conducted by Arunachal Pradesh State Pollution Control
"If the public hearing is not called-off, DSADC will start its democratic agitation,”
The 'Public Hearing' for Dibang dam has been postponed for atleast 10 times due to
stiff opposition by anti dam organizations of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley
“Our appeals are lying in dustbin and our voices are met with deaf ears,” said Lego.
The DSADC has been expressing concern over the downstream impacts of the dams for
last five years.
Hundreds of tribal families live below the downstream of Dibang dam, he said. “The
life of these people who depend on fishing and farming will face continuous risk
and will be at the mercy of the dam.”
“If mega dam is 100% development then why these allurements to poor innocent people
with free school bags, free medical camp and scholarships?” asked Lego.
He said let the public judge what is good for them and not the government or the
Union resent reluctance of teachers
ITANAGAR, Sep 21: All Kurung Kumey District Students’ Union (AKKDSU) has expressed
strong resentment over teachers’ reluctance to join at schools of their postings.
The students’ union, while submitting a memorandum to the Director of School Education
(DSE) demanding for posting headmasters, principals and teachers in various schools
in Kurung Kumey, said that a PET teachers has not yet joined GHSS, Palin, who was
transferred to that school from Ganga Secondary School, Papum Pare district in July
The teacher has not responded to the transfer order even after his service book was
dispatched to Kurung Kumey DDSE office in June 2011, said AKKDSU in a release. It
urged the teacher to join the school within a week for the betterment of the students.
AKKDSU, meanwhile, said that the DSE has assured to fulfill its various demands like
posting of principal, headmasters and teachers in various schools of the district
within a week.
IDEA imparts bank linkage programme to the SHGs
Boasimla, Sep 21: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) conducted one
day training programme for SHGs, on Bank linkage, Loans and Loan Recovery at circuit
house Raga on Sept 9. About 150 participants from different SHGs benefited from the
The programme was organized in collaboration with State Bank of India, Raga Branch.
The Chief Guest Bini Tegi, Manager, Green Hills School lauded the efforts of IDEA
and the changes brought about in the area. The impact of IDEA on society through
its various developmental activities is remarkable, he said. He stressed on role
of banks and in promotion of SHGs for enhancing the income level of the poor families.
He requested the banks to simplify the process of bank linkage and loaning and to
have cordial relation between various banks.
Makcha Tekir, Anchal Chairperson Raga, expressed his happiness over the efforts taken
by IDEA in order to bring about social changes in various districts of Arunachal
Pradesh, especially in Boasimla. He said that the awareness programme has enabled
the SHGs to have a broader outlook on bank related matters.
The resource person Y Loobi Singh congratulated Fr. Ivan, the Director IDEA and said
that IDEA has created a platform for growth of the SHGs. He also highlighted the
role of SHGs on Bank linkage and various avenues available to them in the Rural Banks.
He also volunteered to give them assistance and support and provide them avenues
for augmenting their source of income.
Logku Tako Cashier SBI, Raga Branch and Nido Tama also spoke on the occasion.
Conduct interview at Capital Complex
As per a call letter received from the Deputy Commissioner, Dibang Valley we were
going to appear in the interview for the post of Lower Division Clerk (LDC) on 17-09-2011
but suddenly on the way a group of Students stopped us and did not allow us to sit
in the interview. We are deeply shocked and hurt. We have approached the Deputy Commissioner
Dibang Valley District for cancellation of the Interview and select a separate date
Being the bonafied APST candidate and one from General category could not appear
in the interview is a matter of surprise and beyond imagination and toleration. How
can the student union stop us from appearing in the interview when the deputy commissioner,
Anini had invited APST and general candidates to appear in the interview?
We request the concerned authorities to conduct the written/ oral/ practical interview
in Capital Complex.
Are buildings safe?
The recent earthquake in Sikkim, Nepal and Tibet on Sept 4 evening with a magnitude
of 6.8 on the Richter scale has caused huge destruction to life and property. Many
people have been killed and thousands have become homeless. This kind of incident
once again reminds us that "earth quake does not kill people but our unsafe buildings
About 60% of the land area of our country is susceptible to damaging levels of seismic
hazard and our state comes under high risk zone. We can't avoid future earth quakes
but preparedness and safe building construction practices can reduce its impact.
We must think once. Are our buildings as safe as it should be?
Raga elected representative is out of reach!
We expect our elected representatives to represent the people of their constituency
who voted for them and address the overall problems and issues concerning their respective
constituencies. For this to happen it is also important that the representative stays
at his constituency from time to time or at least remain at the state capital for
a considerable period of time. This is with utter pain I have to state that our representative
of 25 Raga Assembly Constituency is out of Arunachal Pradesh almost the whole year.
A joke that is going around is that you can meet the Chief Minister of Arunachal
and all his cabinet in a month's time but you can't meet the MLA of Raga Constituency
in 6 months!! The fabric of 25 Raga Assembly constituency is very complex in nature
considering the fact that it stretches from Upper Subansiri to Lower Subansiri District.
This is perhaps the only constituency that encompasses two Districts with wide variety
of people as well as two Districts administration and therefore, it is obvious the
burden of the elected representative is more pronounced in nature.
It is two years since he was elected to power but he has visited Upper Subansiri
only twice. Once to inaugurate the CRF road at Mite with MP Takam Sanjay and second
time to be a part of Upper Subansiri youth festival with Minister Nabum Tuki. The
complain of not visiting his constituency would not have been an issue had he stayed
for some period of his time, atleast at Itanagar. He has almost become inaccessible.
Most of the time he is told to be at Delhi. One can imagine the frustration of his
people who come down from various parts of Upper and Lower Subansiri at Itanagar
to seek redressal of the problems and also to discuss various issues, and even after
months together one is unable to meet the person. We are really envious of the people
of other constituency who can easily meet their MLAs. Some of their representatives
are cabinet ministers in the Govt. but despite their busy schedule they take out
time to meet their own people, if not at their constituency, atleast at Itanagar
and get their problems solved.
A very pertinent question is why is our representative always out of station? One
can also argue that he is off to Delhi all the time for the cause of his people and
to bring various development programme. But then, is he the only one to go to Delhi
for development or is Delhi so for that once he is off to it, he can came back only
after 6 months? What about other MLAs and Ministers? Don't they visit Delhi for their
people and the state? They seem to return back to Arunachal sooner! It is so painful
to reveal that despite having an elected representative from our constituency, like
orphans often we are compelled to seek help from representative of other constituencies.
One important fact that needs consideration is that as an elected representative
one needs to give views suggestions and decisions on all matters concerning the overall
development of one's constituency. People need to meet him not only for individual
and personal problems but also for in numerable official works. The Banglows of ministers
and MLAs of other constituencies are full of hustle-bustle and activities and there
is crowd almost all the time, on the other hand if one visit the Banglow of 25m Raga
Assembly MLA it always give a deserted look. I understand it is not possible to meet
people on daily basis but it can certainly happen periodically. Keeping oneself completely
aloof is not a solution. I may be the only one to voice this issue in the print media
but as I said before, this is an issue of serious magnitude concerning many people.
I have nothing personal against our MLA but let us call a spade, a spade. This is
not an allegation but a fact that everyone is seriously concerned about and I guess
the MLA too knows it well. What is the solution then? There can be two options. First,
let people think and say what they may like but things would go on as usual. People
can have their say in 2014. Second, our MLA can mend his ways and at least respect
the sentiment of his people and voters and ensure not only to meet them on periodical
basis but also visit the constituency at least once in 6 months to take stock of
the situation for the welfare of his people and to gain people's confidence.
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Amid policy battles over food production, energy resources and economic decline,
one untapped natural resource that is guaranteed to boost production on a global
scale has been stubbornly overlooked – the power of women in the labour force.
According to the World Bank's 2012 World Development Report (WDR) "Gender Equality
and Development", ensuring equal access for women farmers would increase maize yields
by 11 to 16% in Malawi and 17 % in Ghana; eliminating barriers that block women's
access from certain occupations or sectors could reduce the gender productivity gap
by one-third to one-half and boost output per worker by as much as 25 % in a range
of developing countries; and granting women farmers equal to land and resources could
increase agricultural output in developing countries by as much as 4 %.
Over the past five years, the World Bank Group has provided 65 billion dollars to
support girls' education, women's health, and women's access to credit, land, agricultural
services, jobs, and infrastructure.
While the 2012 WDR calls for more work in the areas of human capital, closing earning
and productivity gaps between women and men, improving women's voices in their households
and society and limiting the perpetuation of gender inequality across generations,
hundreds of voices from civil society are arguing that unless the Bank undertakes
major structural changes in its approach to women, very little will change.