ITANAGAR, Sep 28: All Yangte Area Youth Welfare Association is going to conduct its
3rd Yangte Valley Winter Trophy at Govt Secondary School, Yangte from Oct 29 to Nov
4. The programme includes games and sports such as football and volleyball and
literary cum cultural competition. The toppers of Class –X and Class XII would also
be felicitated during the programme.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Tarh Welfare Society condole the demise of Tarh Tatung who died
yesterday. He is survived by his wife, one son and four daughters.
The members of the society prayed almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed
soul and extended its condolence message to the bereaved family members.
All India Rajeev Gandhi Vichar Manch International, Arunachal Pradesh Unit expressed
shock at the untimely demise of retired Director of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
Dr. Bero Ado.
ALSU calls for cooperation
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has called upon all citizen
to cooperate with new deputy commission Onit Panyang to make capital a worth living
place. In a release ALSU urged new DC to work for the sector wise development of
capital region. The union hope that new DC will concentrate for improvement of drinking
water facilities and also take step to control spiralling price hike.
ALSU asked every one including citizens and administration of capital to learn something
from Sikkim earthquake and stop culture of reckless earth cutting in capital complex.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The Iji Minnya Nomuk memorial football tournament, has started
from Sept 26 at Kamba, West Siang district. The final shall be played on October
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Mangbak Youth Sports Club conducted social service at Mini Subansiri
Stadium Kimin on September 23 and 24. Meanwhile, the winter trophy football tournament
has begun at the said stadium from September 25.
ITANAGAR, Sept 28: The Aka-Miji Capital Complex Welfare Society (AMCCWS) has clarified
today that the president and general secretary of the Society with its other executive
members have been selected in its general conference held here on Sept 26. They were
not elected as has been mentioned in its earlier press release, said the Society.
Expedite enquiry: Union
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: All Mengio Students’ Union (AMSU) has expressed resentment over
the dilly-dally tactics of the authorities to investigate the alleged embezzlement
of Rs 4.80 crore NEC fund which is meant for the improvement of power supply system
at Mengio under Papum Pare district.
Pointing out its representation submitted to power secretary on August 12 for proper
investigation, the union urged the Superintending Engineer (E), A P Electrical circle
No 1 to expedite the investigation process and terminate the officers responsible
for NEC fund embezzlement.
Improve health care facilities in Koloriang
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Koloriang, Damin, Parsi-Parlo and Sarli Students’ Union (KDPSSU)
has appealed to the health minister to take immediate steps for posting of adequate
doctors with medicines and overall improvement of health care system in Koloriang
There are no proper medical equipments, medicines and doctors; even the first aid
medicine is not available in Koloriang. If such condition continues, common people,
who are facing dreaded disease, will succumb to even the common and curable ailment,
the union said.
The union also appealed to the local MLA Lokam Tassar, DMO and Deputy Commissioner
of Kurung Kumey district to look into the problems of common people due to inadequate
health care system.
Exorbitant fee alleged
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The 12th Pakke Kessang Youth Forum (PKYF), in a release alleged
that the office of the additional deputy commissioner, Seijosa is charging exorbitant
fee for furnishing the necessary documents like ST (Rs.150), PRC (Rs.100), and temporary
land possession certificate (Rs.9000) for availing bank loan. It also alleged deduction
of old age pension at his office and urged the East Kameng DC to look into the matters
seriously and do the needful to lower the fee as per govt notification.
Meanwhile, the Forum urged the Relief and Rehabilitation Department to provide immediate
compensation to the landslide victim of Medical Colony. The Forum said that the family
of the victim has not yet received any compensation from the authority till date.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency, Itanagar is organizing
a one day workshop cum awareness programme on renewal energy and systems under the
scheme of development of Itanagar as Solar City which is being sponsored by Ministry
of New and Renewal Energy, New Delhi. The programme will be held at Rajiv Gandhi
Government Polytechnic on September 30.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Mankhum Youngkuk has been selected as General Secretary of Rang-Frah
government college Students’ Union, Changlang in a meeting held recently.
Earlier, in its election process seventeen candidates had filled up their nomination
papers. But all the candidates were disqualified on ground of less percentage in
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Toru Circle Students’ Union (TCSU) has strongly urged the Education
Department to post a teacher each for Science and Mathematics at Govt. Sec. School,
Half of the academic session of 2011-12 has already been completed but courses on
Science and Mathematics are not yet started, TCSU said in a release. Students’ are
frequently blamed for not showing good results in examinations; but real blames should
go to the authority for not posting the required teachers, the students union said.
It said that the authority has not taken any initiative to post teachers in the school
despite repeated approach which has badly hampered the academic studies of the students.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: All Tirap District Students’ Union (ATDSU) while welcoming the
creation of Longding District expressed the hope that Longding District will in short
time be at par with other districts in developmental activities.
MLA’s absence resented
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Ziro Valley People’s Forum (ZVDF) has resented long absence of
the sitting MLA of Ziro-Hapoli constituency and urged the Chief Minister to direct
the MLA cum Parliamentary Secretary to remain present in his own constituency or
relinquish the post.
The Forum appealed to the CM to ensure total transparency in all ongoing and to be
implemented developmental schemes/activities.
The Forum also took serious note of the frequent bandh calls given by various organizations.
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Punyo Jora, Tilling Tangung and Bamin Chatung has been appointed
as president, vice-president and general secretary respectively of Lower Subansiri
district unit of All India Central Para-Military Forces Ex Servicemen Welfare Association
State Committee Arunachal Pradesh.
ITANAGAR: The twin capital cities, Nirjuli township and its adjoining areas would
experience power cut from 8 am, September 29 to 7 pm, September 30 due to load shedding
which necessitated for replacement of old circuit breakers of 33 KV, feeder I & II
with new ones by PowerGrid Corporation of India.
Workshop on packaging of processed fruits
ITANAGAR: Indian Institute of Packaging, Kolkata is organizing a workshop on Packaging
of Processed Fruits for Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs at the State Banquet
Hall on 30th September, Sponsored by Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt.
of India and supported by NERAMAC & Deptt. of Trade and Commerce, Govt. of Arunachal
NABARD sanction funds for two bridges
ITANAGAR: NABARD has announced the sanction of Rs.986.45 lakhs to the Govt. of Arunachal
Pradesh for execution of two Rural Bridges over River Kamala and River Tuss in Yangte-Tali
road in Kurung Kumey District.
The amount sanctioned is 90 % of the Total Financial Outlay of Rs.1096.05 lakhs for
the two projects, the rest being State Govt’s 10 % share. The projects will be implemented
by the Public Works Department (PWD.
Assam students protest against Lower Siang project
RUKSIN, Sep 28: About three hundred activists of Dhemaji district unit of All Assam
Students’ Union (AASU) today took out a “Human-Chain” on Kemi-Oiramghat portion of
NH-52 along Assam-Arunachal border, in protest against proposed construction of mega
dam in Siang river.
The students’ body today came down heavily on Arunachal government for its “unilateral"
decision of hearing on the 2,700-MW Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project in East Siang
district, slated for October 18. The protesters are fuming at the fact that the hearing
would include only the Siang Valley of Arunachal and keeping the downstream areas
in Assam out of its purview.
Reiterating its ongoing movements against the construction of mega dam in Arunachal
rivers, the union today warned Arunachal Government not to adopt such forceful means
for construction of power project in Siang river, ignoring the interest of the people
living in downstream Assam.
“We have been demanding both the central government and Arunachal state government
for scrapping of the hydro power projects. Both the Central and the state governments
are not taking a serious note on this most sensitive issue”, alleged Arnold Taye,
the literary secretary of AASU at Ruksin today.
Taye, who is a native of Jonai bordering East Siang district further said the AASU
has been maintaining a close coordination with Lower Siang Affected People’s Forum
(LSAPF) and students, who have also been protesting the Lower Siang project and demanded
scrapping because of severe downstream impact.
The HPP has been facing massive protest from various organizations in Assam including
AASU, AJYCP, TMPK (Mising). These organisations have threatened vigorous protests
against the move, if their demands are not heard.
DIPR urges AIR authorities to improve the services
Naharlagan, Sep 28: In a meeting held in the office chamber of Director of Information
and Public Relations on Wednesday Lekhi Phuntso urged the authorities of AIR to enhance
the services of AIR and expedite the existing schemes of FM stations and other AIR
stations in the state.
P.P. Bhattacharjee, HoD, AIR , A.K.Dutta, Asstt Engineer, and Atok Songhteng, Programme
Executive, who called in the DIPR, apprised various issues confronting the organization
in early implementation of their projects and urged the state government to help
expedite their schemes smoothly.
DIPR Lekhi Phuntso urged the authorities to put into service various proposals including
the dialect programme of Tutsa community at the earliest in the interest of the community.
He also called upon them to take up other ongoing schemes such as 100watt FM station
in various locations of the state, sanction of community radio schemes, unlinking
facilities in order to enhance the services of AIR in the state.
He reminded them of the various proposals submitted by the state government to the
Centre for enhancement of AIR and Doordarshan authorities. DIPR
NFC’s memo to UPA chairperson
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Nyishi Federal Council (NFC), in a memorandum, has urged UPA chairperson
cum AICC president to either appoint a new chief minister or impose President’s Rule
in Arunachal Pradesh.
“There has been infighting within the ruling Congress party in the state on leadership
issue since the death of former CM Dorjee Khandu which has brought all developmental
activities to a grinding halt,” the memorandum said.
“If this situation continues, the state may witness more law and order problem in
the coming days and even external invasion cannot be ruled out,” the NFC memorandum
said, and urged the UPA chairperson to influence her power in appointing a new CM
from among the Congress legislators for the welfare of the people of this remote
Police crackdown on gang of thieves
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: In a joint operation the Pasighat Police team led by SI Kangkilido
Pertin and Yingkiong police headed by SI N.Diyum cracked down a gang of thieves of
local beads worth more than a crore rupees stolen from Damro village on 14th September
The gang comprised of four main accused- Oti alias Genti Megu(Sharma), Aroti Taki(Dekha),
Gen-yon Tayeng S/o. Okeng Tayeng of Ayeng Village and Lombang Megu of Ayeng village
were arrested at Pasighat on September 23, 24 and 25 last and have been shifted to
Yingkiong police custody. They were produced before the Judicial Magistrate on Sept
27 last in the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Yingkiong and remanded to judicial
custody for further detail inquiry.
Three others suspected to be involved in the theft Api Perme(Tapak), S Chandra Shekher
Prasad Sharma, husband of Oti Megu and Amit Sharma, son of P.N. Sharma Pasighat have
also been arrested alongwith the main accused.
With the arrest of all the culprits, most stolen items have been recovered. (DIPR)
AAPSU condoles death
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union has condoled the sudden demise
of Kobu Mengnia, the former President of All Upper Subansiri District Student's Union
who died yesterday. In a release AAPSU recalled his contribution to the various student
movements of Arunachal and said that with his death state has lost youthful student
AAPSU also expressed sadness over rape and subsequent brutal killing of School girl
at Vijayanagar and another killing of one citizen at New Mohong village, Namsai.
AAPSU urged state government to have complete review of law and order situation
in the state as it stated that even capital complex has also witnessed law and order
problem in recent days
Meanwhile, Tagin Welfare Society (TWS), Itanagar has condoled the sudden demise
of Kobu Mengnia Dabu yesterday and prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul.
He was the former president of Upper Subansiri District Students’ Union and is survived
by his wife and a son.
Describing him as a kind-hearted and generous persons, TWA said that his death is
great loss for the community, who contributed a lot for the welfare of the community.
The Society also conveyed its condolences to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable
State BJP concerned at law and order situation, chalks out strategies
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its office bearers meeting
held at party headquarters yesterday reviewed the current political situations in
Arunachal Pradesh following the alleged factionalism in the party in power.
The meeting observed that a state of lawlessness has been prevailing in the state
and various development works come to a standstill. Insecurity and uncertainty become
order of the day with growing criminal incidents everywhere in the state apart from
the damages and road blockades caused by recent natural calamities while a group
of Ministers, Parliamentary secretaries and MLAs stationed in New Delhi. Expressing
concern over prevailing lawlessness, the BJP said it is not only internal matter
of the ruling Congress. It is a serious matter as it is directly or indirectly related
to development and wherein the peace, safety and security of the people were snatched
due to infightings and negligence of the AICC which is not making any sincere efforts
to resolve the longtime political instabilities which has now reached to serious
constitutional crisis, the BJP said.
Further, kidnapping of a minister or MLA as per the APCC press statement carried
in the local dailies and issues of reported involvement of underground outfits in
the Chief Ministerial race appeared in the national medias/journals were also taken
up for discussion, the party said.
The State BJP has also sought intervention of the party high command for safety,
security and well being of the people of the state and demanded invocation of Art.
365 in the state by the State governor immediately for restoration of normalcy and
resumption of various development activities. The issue is being placed in the BJP
National Executive Meeting on Sept 30 and October 01.
While reviewing the party organizational matter, the BJP further unanimously decided
to accord befitting welcome to the NDA chairman L K Advani who would arrive at
Itanagar as a part of his nation-wide Rath yatra against corruption on Oct 14. Advani
is expected to be accompanied by BJP MP and national party secretary Varun Gandhi.
The meeting attended by the BJP North East Organizational-in-Charge, P. Chandrasekhar
Rao, frontal wings chiefs and senior party leaders also constituted a 23 members
State level Organizing Committee headed by B.R. Wage, Vice President and Dominic
Tadar, General Secretary, State BJP and a seven Members State Mobilization Committee
headed by State Treasurer, Lichi Legi and five Members State Publicity Committee
headed by Tai Tagak, party General Secretary to look after the arrangement for grand
success of the rath yatra programme in the state.
The meeting also taken decision to hold three days Party cadres training camp – Pravesh
Varg (1st year) from November 14 to 16, at Bomdila in West Kameng. State and District
level senior functionaries and leaders including party MLAs would undertake the
Meanwhile, the meeting decided that the proposed state BJYM’s Indo-China border study
tour will begin from Oct 17 in view of proposed visit of L K Advani. Study tour was
supposed to begin from October 15. State Executive meeting of the state BJP will
be held on October 14-15 at Itanagar, the party further informed.
Association demands creation of posts
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Un-employed Dental Surgeon Association of Arunachal expressed their
strong resentment over the state government and the Health department for their alleged
failure to address the problem of unemployed Dental Surgeons.
The association said that there had been no creation of dental surgeon posts in the
state since 2002 by the concerned authority due to which the number of unemployed
dental surgeon has increased to 65. It added that some of the surgeons have already
crossed their age limit even to appear in competitive examinations.
The association further alleged that one dentist has been illegally appointed as
Dental surgeon against a vacant post after the retirement of Dr A Kumar. The association
has submitted a complaint letter to commission Health and Family Welfare in 2009
and 2010 and to Secretary and Minister Health and Family Welfare in 2010 and 2011
respectively. Even a legal notice was also submitted to Secretary HFW to look into
the grievances of unemployed dental surgeon. But no any positive respond was given
by the higher authority of Health and Family Welfare Department till today, it said.
The association further briefing about the shortage of dental surgeons in various
PHCs and CHCs of the state, appealed to the government and the concerned authority
to give justice and equal opportunity to unemployed dental surgeons to serve the
It also appealed to the other Doctor Associations and NGOs to cooperate and help
the unemployed dental surgeons in their fight for justice.
Tatan Mize passes away
PASIGHAT, Sep 28: Veteran Social activist of Adi community, Tatan Mize is no more.
Born in Ledum village (1935), he died on Tuesday Sep 27 last after prolonged treatment
Lt. Mize started his career as VLW during NEFA period and later joined in social
activities. He is survived by wife Oyam Tasung Mize, one son and two daughters.
He served the state as a whole and the district in particular in various capacities
like, member of the State Wildlife Protection Board, active member of state politics,
State President of Adi Bane Kebang during 2007-08. Till his last breath, Mize also
contributed immensely for development of Baptist Church.
Meanwhile, condolence messages from cross sections of society, irrespective of political
affiliations, have started to pour in here for the bereaved family of late Mize.
The state Education Minister Bosiram Siram and MP Ninong Ering in their condolence
messages from New Delhi expressed their deep shock at the demise of renowned social
activist of the community and prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul and
strength to the bereaved family at the time of sorrow. The contributions made by
late Mize for upliftment of the society will ever be remembered, the duo added in
The DC Talem Tapok visited Lt Mize’s residence at Mirku Dapi village, Pasighat and
in his message described him as an energetic leader and a very good human being,
who worked dedicatedly for the greater interest of the people of the state as a whole.
In a message, the Secy.(HQ) ABK, East Siang unit and USPA Pasighat also extended
condolence to the bereaved family and prayed almighty for the eternal peace of the
departed soul. Hundreds of dear and near thronged to Lt. Mizes residence to pay their
Students blame govt for law and order failure
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: All Tai Khampti Singpho Students Union (ATKSSU) while thanking
the home minister Takar Marde who visited Namsai to take stock of law and order problem,
however squarely put the blame on state government for the situation due to its failure
to provide adequate security to the people in the Subdivision.
ATKSSU cannot tolerate the serial murders of our own people, it’s shameful that govt.
of its state cannot give the security to its own people, the Union said as it demanded
early respite from law and order situation. The continuous extortion, kidnapping
and murders by miscreants is going on full swing in this sub division and recent
incident came up due to the negligence of the state govt. Justifying its allegations,
the students said that it had approached and submitted memorandums to the state govt.
regarding setting up of police outpost and office of circle officer in vulnerable
places in the sub division. The Union further said that Late Chief Minister Dorjee
Khandu had assured to set up the police out post, CRPF camp and office of circle
officer to bring security and peace among the citizens of the Lekang circle. The
Union threatened to go on agitation in Changlang and Lohit district to press for
The Union further informed that one of the culprits allegedly involved in the chow
Sunanda Manpoong murder case was arrested. It appealed for arrest of the remaining
accused and thorough investigation of the case.
Meanwhile, Adi Baane Kebang Lohit dist unit (ABK) has strongly condemned the killing
of Chou Sunanda Manpong. The ABK while conveying its heartfelt condolence to the
bereaved family members strongly appealed to govt to take necessary step to arrest
the person behind the killing.
Chayang Tajo and Sawa face threat from bamboo flowering
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: This year, the poor farmers of villages in Chayang Tajo and Sawa
are scared a lot. Reason: flowering of taffo (a sub-Himalayan species of dwarf bamboo)
which is spreading thick and fast across the region unabatedly in north to south
Last year the northern villages like Tassar Sollung, Kesse Bagang, Jayang Bagang
were first hit by rodent menace before spreading to neighbouring villages of Wada
Bagang, Sangchu, Tamak Sollung and Laching Bagang. In these villages, the standing
crops (paddy, corns and millets) were swept clean by huge armies of wild mice which
the villagers link to flowering of bamboos.
They say that these rodents--mice and squirrels--are fattened and made fertile by
the nutritious seeds of these bamboos. Reproductively, they become more active like
and the result is Malthusian growth of rodent population. Once these seeds are exhausted,
the rodents’ attention is drawn towards crops on the fields and then the villagers’
Geographically, flowering of bamboos is currently being experienced in the peripheries
of these villages: Yangfo, Keyang, Jatam, Hara Yangfo, Tagampu, Tarawa Yangfo, Rebe
of Chayang Tajo circle and Lotto Yangfo, Dara and Byale of Sawa circle.
The villagers’ fear is not without logic. It is the fable, which has been handed
down from one generation to another generation through word of mouth, which bears
the testimony of the resultant miseries of this once-in-a-lifetime event. Government’s
support is their only hope once their fields and granaries are ravaged by the rodents.
For timely support, advance warning and preparedness are required.
Circle Officer i/c Sub-Divisional Officer, Chayang Tajo Dahey Sangno who sent a team
of energetic volunteers and officials for verification and photography has submitted
a report to the authority suggesting necessary action and preparedness.
So far there is no report of crop-damage as the paddies have not started fruiting,
he said adding that we may get clear picture once the crops ripen.
Farmers-Scientists Interactive Programme
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: A farmers-scientists interactive programme was organized on Sept
21 at Kanubari under the aegis of agricultural technology management agency (ATMA).
Altogether 30 progressive farmers participated. Nokkai Wangjen who earned national
recognition this year as a progressive fish farmer was among the participants. The
DAO-cum-Project Director of ATMA G. Hocha, in his inaugural address, while welcoming
the farmers, highlighted the objective of the programme and asked them to utilize
the available technologies gainfully. He appealed the young farmers to carry out
their agricultural activities scientifically by taking necessary help and guidance
from the subject experts from ATMA. ZPC Chairman, Rongnai Maham speaking as chief
guest, dwelt at length on urgent necessity of doing away with the destructive and
unproductive practice of shifting cultivation gradually and start terrace cultivation
in its place to increase productivity and also to save environment. While sharing
his experience, Maham said that permanent or settled cultivation activities in Sikkim
was more rewarding in terms of productivities and less labour intensive.
While interacting with the farmers SK Kalita, SMS, Agronomy, KVK, Deomali explained
how potash-deficient soil, the rice Gandhi bug were responsible for chaffy grains
in paddy. Kalita explained in details the cultural and chemical methods of controlling
the pests that destroy the farmers’ crops. The other resource persons Jitumoni Das,
SMS, animal science, Rajdeep Dutta, SMS, fisheries, S.Ronrang, soil science, P. Phukan,
agricultural extension and GC Tiwari, HDO spoke on their respective fields of expertise
and urged the farmers to take the training seriously and use to practical application
whatever they had learned during the interactive programme.
A.Josaham ,ADO and M.Wangsu, ADO, Incharge, ATMA efficiently co-ordinated the whole
programme. The farmers and general public of Kanubari area appreciated the agriculture
department for the initiative and requested the DAO to organize more such beneficial
prorammes for the farmers. (DIPRO)
IDEA Celebrates Girl Child Day
Daporijo, Sep 28: Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association (IDEA) celebrated the
Girl Child Day with great, pride, joy and zeal on 24th September 2011 at Sacred Heart
800 participants most of them girls marched through the township of Daporijo, shouting
slogans to save the Girl Child. Many parents and well wishers supported the rally
by joining the march with the young girls.
Fr. Anto Thomas SAC Principal, Sacred Heart School, in his welcome speech congratulated
the girls for their courage to bring awareness among themselves and others through
the rally. He also said that the Girls will lead India into the future by playing
their part well. Female child is nation's pride and we should save them, he said.
He lauded the developmental activities of IDEA in various districts of Arunachal
Gejum Ete ADC, Daporijo who was the Chief Guest on the occasion highlighted the importance
of educating the girl child. Around the world millions of girls continue to remain
marginalized. September 24th, International Girl Child Day, looks to bring light
to the issues and awareness to the plight of girls across the globe. The girl-child
suffers needlessly, as daily struggles are increased by the relentless hold of history
and cultural taboos. We need to overcome them, he said.
Apur Bitin SP, Daporijo, briefed about the various schemes available to girls towards
their education and empowerment. While appreciating IDEA for its sensitivity to various
national issues, he assured full support to IDEA as Government Partner. He said that
the girl child day is being celebrated to bring the problems being faced by her to
center stage and to generate awareness on the plight and rights of the girl child.
This day will also reinforce our commitments to sensitize the society about the issues
related to the development and empowerment of the girl child in the society.
S.C. Borang APCS, CO Daporijo, expressing concern over the fact that female foeticide
continues to take place in urban and rural parts of the country, urged couples not
to go in for abortion but to raise girls with love and care.
Children participated in the cultural events, sang, danced and enacted skits based
on stories related to the theme of the event.
CRPF civic action programme
Itanagar, Sep 28: 186 Bn of CRPF distributed 24 Sewing Machines to rural women living
below the poverty line and also games & sports items to 8 Govt. Schools and 2 private
run schools located within Bordumsa Circle on Sept 27 under its civic action programme.
Lt. Colonel Rohini Raja, Deputy Commandant of 186 Bn. CRPF Lohit briefed the house
regarding the role and responsibilities CRPF deployed at Lohit and Changlang District
and appealed all concern to extent their utmost co-operation to CRPF personnel for
maintaining the Law and Order situation in a perfect shape for all round development
He also appealed the Sewing machine beneficiaries to reap the benefit out of the
asset given to them in order to augment their family income. He also appealed the
students and the teachers to give adequate attentions towards games & sports activities
so as to harness the potential of the student towards games & sports activities.
While gracing the occasion as Chief Guest Kento Riba, ADC Bordumsa had appreciated
the good gesture of 186 Bn. CRPF and also he dwelt at length about the role & responsibilities
of CRPF personnel with special reference to the counter insurgency operation, internal
security and rescue and operation during natural calamity situations like fire, flood
etc. He also made a frantic appeal to the Sewing machine beneficiaries to get maximum
benefit out of the asset distributed by the 186 Bn. CRPF by getting themselves familiarized
with tailoring trade in their respective locality. Further, he also requested to
the Deputy Commandant 186 Bn. CRPF to conduct such Civic Action Programme in their
interior villages of Bordumsa Circle in near future.
New dist to pave way for dev
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Various organizations and students unions are optimistic that creation
of the Longding district will pave the way for all round development of the area.
Though a long cherished dream of the people of the area has been fulfilled with the
creation of the district, providing the necessary infrastructure and taking up other
necessary activities for the newly created district is the real challenge of the
Government, said All Pumao Circle Students’ Union.
It appealed to the state Government to fulfill the demands of the union like opening
of a sub-treasury at Longding, improving tele-communication and strengthening the
SBI, posting of various officers and doctors at CHC, OC/CO at Pumao and power supply
at Longding submitted to Home Minister Takar Marde in form of memorandum. during
his visit in July last. It also urged the Government to recognize the Pumao circle
Cho Indigenous Multipurpose Society hoped that creation of the district would pave
the way of development for the Wancho people in particular and the state in general.
Wakka Students Union of Wakka also hoped that creation of Longding district will
bring all round development to the area.
East Kameng on take-off mode
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The District Planning Officer has roped in the services of the
two of the most successful NGOs of the North East; Samaj Unnayan Mahila Samiti (SUMS),
an NGO from Assam working for the promotion of entrepreneurship development in Assam
and Sikkim Association of Adventure Tour Operators (SAATO).
In its first attempt, SUMS has trained 50 women in mushroom cultivation. Time to
time consultancy service to the needy persons and SHG are being provided free of
cost. Though the response is lukewarm but once it catches up then it will spread
like wild fire. Efforts are being made to attract the SHGs and farmers to take up
viable economic activities like cane and bamboo works, mushroom cultivation, rubber
East Kameng having vast natural resources can be engineered to a resourceful district
by promotion of tourism and its associated activities. The pristine land in the upper
reaches with snow clad mountains, flora & fauna and the Kameng River flowing throughout
the length and breadth of the district and finally into Assam provides a ready-made
destination for the adventure lovers. The beautiful valleys of Pappu, Passa and Pakke-kessang
and snow-capped mountains with varied flora and fauna in Lada, Khenewa, Sawa, Pipu
and Chayang tajo circles have all the potentials of being a hot spot for tourists
that we can name on earth. All these resources are lying un-utilized because of lack
of planning. To bridge the gap and to give a boost to tourism sector, Sikkim Association
of Adventure Tour Operators (SAATO) has been rope in as a consultant for preparation
of a plan for development and promotion of rural tourism and adventure sports for
East Kameng District. The SAATO team headed by P.K. Dong visited the district. To
start with, the Kameng River & Pappu River has been short listed for river rafting,
winter/summer camps etc. Villages near the periphery of Seppa like Loffa, Taku, Veo
and Lumdang villages are also being proposed for developing as a hub for rural tourism.
Other activities likely to be taken up are training on tent fetching, trekking, river
rafting etc. The success of the plan will be replicated in other part of the district.
The District Administration is facilitating in all manners. The success will large
depend on the nature of receptiveness of the stakeholders.
Training on mustard production technology
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Momong Lohit conducted a training programme
on “Scientific cultivation practices of Mustard” and “Integrated Pest Management
in Mustard” for farmers of Juna-I village from Sept 22. A total of 34 farmers were
present in the training.
Debasish Borah, SMS (Agronomy) discussed about the concept and importance of mustard
cultivation, HYV in Mustard, INM in Mustard, intercultural practices, preservation
and cost of production of mustard.
Madhumita Sonowal Bora, SMS (Plant Protection) trained the participants about the
various methods of pest management in mustard. She also spoke about control measures
of commonly found pests and diseases in Lohit district. During the training, problems
faced by farmers in various crops were discussed.
Forum condemns attack on Mra
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: Arunachal Pradesh Human Rights, Juvenile Justice Forum (APHRJJF)
has condemned the attack on EveresterTapi Mra by the miscreants recently.
Expressing serious concern over present law and order situation in the state Capital,
the Forum appealed to the home department to improve law and order situation. There
should be bold and effective measures to remove the fear psychosis and respect the
human rights of the people, the Forum added.
While demanding high-level enquiry into the attack case of Mra and arrest of main
culprit for stringent punishment, the Forum said Mra, a man of simplicity and peace
loving nature, brought laurel for the state with his dedication and hard work.
The Forum also condemned attack on an advocate recently and demanded proper security
to lawyers and posting of IPS and IAS officers in capital for effective administration.
It further advocated for immediate separation of judiciary from administration for
effective and prompt delivery of justice.
DC concerned at slow progress
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: The 2nd Quarter meeting of District Level Monitoring Committee
(DLMC) Tawang to review implementation/progress of various schemes under ACA, SPA,
NEC, NLCPR, RIDF, PM
Package, and BADP, etc. for the year 2011-12 was held today under the chairmanship
of Kemo Lollen Deputy Commissioner Tawang at his office chamber.
While minutely reviewing the projects, Lollen expressed his concern about the slow
progress of work and said that all the schemes should be completed within the stipulated
time frame identified by
the govt and handover the same to concerned beneficiary departments. He specifically
asked PWD Tawang division to immediately complete the road widening works under SPA
for convenience of the general public.
While stressing on site inspection of the project to check the quality and timely
completion of all projects, he asked the implementing agencies to chalk out a detail
tour programme for inspection of all projects in the district.
He also insisted on involvement of administration in monitoring as well as in implementation
of projects so to mitigate any administrative or local problem in implementation
of these entire programmes.
Earlier, he visited Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya at Kangteng which is 20 kms
away from the district headquarter. There he inspected the school and hostels buildings
and interacted with the teacher and students.
Training Workshop on Beekeeping for Self Help Groups
ITANAGAR, Sep 28: G.B. Pant Institute of Himalayan Environment and Development, North
East Unit, Itanagar organized a “Training Workshop on Beekeeping for Self Help Groups”
on September 28 under its GOI-UNDP CCF-II project entitled “Biodiversity conservation
through community based natural resource management in Arunachal Pradesh” funded
by Ministry of Environment and Forests and United Nations Development Programme.
About 20 participants from four SHGs, constituted under this project in project villages
namely Jamiri in West Kameng District, Hija and Hong villages from Apatani plateau
in Lower Subansiri District participated in the training. The trainees were imparted
training on various aspects and techniques of beekeeping.
Addressing the trainees, Dr. PK Samal, Scientist Incharge of the Institute informed
that the project focuses on local human resource development and a mechanism to institutionalize
the process of environmental sustainability through formation of community/village
institutions and their involvement in natural resource management for reducing natural
resource dependency through peoples participation. The project envisages facilitating
and strengthening community initiatives for biodiversity conservation, particularly
that of forests and its environmental services, reduction in hunting and enhanced
livelihoods for local communities integrating income generating activities like beekeeping,
community based tourism (CBT), agro-forestry, rice-fish farming system, etc., thereby
alleviating poverty. The overall aim of this project is to develop viable, replicable
and effective community based resource management system.
Resource persons from the Institute MS Lodhi, Mihin Dollo, Dr. LJ Singh and Shivaji
Chaudhry, and JP Saikia a beekeeping entrepreneur gave lectures and demonstration
to the trainees on beekeeping. Various aspects like potential species of bees that
are suitable to the area, role of various bees that include the Queen, Drone and
the Worker; techniques of developing bee colony/beehive, collection of bees from
wild, their rearing, extraction of honey, etc., were discussed. The economic benefits
that would accrue from beekeeping like selling of the queen, larvae, bee wax etc.,
were also informed to the participants.
Dr Samal, the State Coordinator of the project also informed that after training,
the trainees are being provided with bee-boxes, bee colonies and other required components
so that the trainees and SHGs benefit from the training by adopting beekeeping as
a source of income.
Issue concession card for students
I on behalf of the students of Govt Secondary School, Nirjuli would like highlight
the plight of the poor students of the school who are travelling by APST or other
mode of transportation to reach Nirjuli.
Every morning in the school, I find some of my student friends off mood and tire-some
as they have to pay travelling charge daily beyond their capacity. Sometimes, the
students have to involve in altercation with bus conductor or tempo driver while
paying the fare. Most of the students reading in Govt schools are from poor or middle
class family who can not afford Rs 20 as fare every morning.
I, therefore, would like to request the higher authorities, particularly the District
Transport officer to provide concession card or transport ID to our students so that
they can arrive at school by city bus or any other mode of transportation with minimum
fare of Rs 10 or 5.
GS, Govt Sec School, Nirjuli
Where is my application form?
I would like to share my grievances because of a missing application from the APPSCE
office. As an aspiring candidate, I have submitted my application form along with
all requisite documents for the post of district statistical officer (DSO) at APPSCE
office, Itanagar before the last date of submission of application. Interview for
the same is to be conducted on 8th and 9th of next month, while my application is
found missing from both the selected and rejected list of candidates and even in
the entry register. I wonder where it has gone, when I have put it inside the big
receive box. Has it gone missing somewhere between the box and entry register, if
then, who is responsible?
The reception of application forms only through boxes is also frequently observed
in other departmental offices which do not show any proof of submission of the applicants.
Therefore, I express resentment with a request to all the departmental authorities
to adopt a better transparent means of reception of application for the interest
of all the desiring and deserving candidates.
Bless us with ATM
In spite of repeated appeals, requests from the public to install an ATM (Automated
Teller Machine) at Miao township for larger interest of public of Miao and Kharsang
circles etc, the authority is turning deaf ear to the matter.
In this connection, I would like to share my experience at Miao SBI. One day I was
at the bank to draw a sum of Rs 2000 only for my relative who came from far flung
village with a cheque. Just to withdraw that amount I had to stand in queue for more
than three hours. But after waiting for three hours, one of the bank employees announced
that the link is not available. With no other option I had to return home with the
Such is the condition of the SBI Miao and public are facing lot of difficulties.
Installation of an ATM would have solved such problems and one could draw money from
ATM at least.
Therefore, I request the authorities concerned to install an ATM at least at ADC
Hq Miao for the benefit of general public.
The tug of war
The tug-of war within the Congress Party has once again brought to limelight their
weakness, negligence for mass and greediness for suzerainty. This drama has become
a mockery of the party. The Congress legislature, who the people have elected, are
busy pulling each other’s leg and leaving their duties behind. In order to gain power
they used all means. If the party has a high command in the state, he or she would
have controlled their party representatives to stop such act of mockery and take
necessary action. The people have elected them with faith and hope but their war
has made public sufferer since last five months. If there is a problem within the
party and AICC president is unable to tackle the problem and not paying full attention
and guidance to their needs then why the legislators are still with the party? They
should have joined the regional party of PPA. By doing this they would have come
up with genuine solution quickly to the party problem and public would not have
suffered. The act of “Aaya Ram Gaya Ram” is quite visible to us. The leaders who
people have elected with faith have brought down people’s faith in them and their
It is time for people of Arunachal to awake, rise and be aware of what is happening
in the state.
Lohit and law and order
Its really very painful to witness so much law and order problem in Lohit district
.Day by day the local people are being kidnapped and killed in this place. During
the PRC issue also, one local youth was killed and the accused who even accepted
the crime was later on released on bail. Even those involved in the burning down
of the houses are not yet arrested. Such incidents gives fear psychosis to the local
people, the day is not far when the locals will be compelled to leave their land.
Its really surprising to see that these incidents are all happening in the district
of our beloved cabinet minister Chowna Mein who seem less concerned about the law
and order problem.
God, save our place.
Chow Bramadutt Namchoom Namsai
There is no tiger at Namdapha!
This is in response to Chimoy Simai’s letter. I don't know you but your feedback
"the number of Tiger is declining" proves that you are one of the researchers of
tiger in Namdapha.
So, how many tigers were there?How many number has declined?
I'm sorry but let me be very clear about this. You can't find even a single tiger
inside the so-called "tiger reserved" Namdapha!
Why is it hurts you when we are fighting for our own tribe? We are not fighting for
an individual, not for the single family. But we are doing for the entire community.
We expect you to support us instead. How will you maintain the unity and integrity
On the other hand, I would like to inform the authorities that we are not saying
that the local people are against us. We know that Tangsas, Lisus and Singphos are
the only brothers within the dist. We understands your suggestions and advices. Hope
you also understand our pains and feelings.
Our leaders can show you a documentary evidence about our existence in India since
Bangalore, (on email)
Shortage of notes and coins
I would like to attract the attention of SBI authorities regarding the scarcity of
notes and coins of small denomination. Severely affected by the shortage of coins
in circulation, retailers in the city have been forced to pay 8% premium to get 100
Re1 coins in the black market. This means they pay Rs 8 to Rs10 extra to get 100
coins in Re1, Rs2 and Rs5 denominations.
The small notes and coins are not available in the banks of capital complex (Naharlagun-Itanagar-Nirjuli).
Because of this scarcity business community is facing severe problem.
I request to all the banks that they should lift the required quantity of coins and
small notes from the RBI by placing indent whenever there is demand and a Punitive
steps to make available adequate supplies of small coins and notes in Capital complex
Main Branch as well as in the entire Papum Pare district especially for the Business
Bajrang Lal Pancharia (on email)
Callous to the point of being criminal
This is in response to Poonam I Kaushish's article "Pantomime of Poverty"( 27 September).
ThePlanning Commi-ssion's definition of poverty line is callous to the point of being
criminal. Countries like Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Holland and New Zealand
have not wasted their energy, resource and time on nuclear and space research. Instead
of discovering water on the moon, they have concentrated on the well-being of the
man dwelling on earth, thereby ensuring a steady supply of potable water to each
and every household in their respective societies. Thus it comes as no surprise that
when the said countries rank among top 10 in Human Development Index year after year;
India, laggard in every international scale which really matter, has to bank merely
on the rhetoric of "high rate of economic growth"!
Actually India, in order to acieve "greatness", is just playing to the gallery. Pokhran
and Moon-mission get priority over the millions who are leading a gruesome life,
entangled in the vicious cycle of malnutrition, poverty, hunger and iliteracy. In
its zeal to project itself as a big power with an "enviable rate of economic growth",
New Delhi has resorted to the greatest lie of the planet ie statistics. If a meagre
earner of Rs.26/32( in village/city) per day gets designated as living "above the
poverty line", then the numerical strength of persons actually struggling in abject
poverty can be "reduced" to a mammoth extent!
It is a matter of unfathomable shame that when a tiny and "backward" country named
Bhutan is pursuing the unique philosophy of "Gross National Happiness" whereby the
entire focus has been to ensure health and education for all so that prosperity is
shared by everyone; the "progressive" India is heartless enough to deny the horrible
poverty of the man, who cannot afford to buy even 1.5 kg of rice from the market,
just because of his "sin" of earning "as much as" Rs.26/32 per day!
They have the right to be protected
It is very heartbreaking to hear about the killing of late Chow Sunanda Manpong by
some miscreant from Assam on the fateful day of September 21. I don’t understand
why the local youth are being killed mercilessly every year in this area. I think
this is not the first time that such heinous crimes are taking place in this area.
The people of Old Mohong and New Mohong are in constant fear since the incident
of PRC. The Home ministry must deploy a permanent police outpost either at Old Mohong
or at New Mohong to ensure safety of the local citizen which is the hour of the need.
The bonafide citizens of these two localities have the right to be protected through
security arrangement from the government.
I urge the student union, Panchayat and Gaon buras in general and the local MLA in
particular to awaken the masses to protest over the incident so that culprit be
booked at the earliest.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
Rotavirus is the leading cause of severe diarrhoea in children under five years of
age, killing more than half a million children each year world-wide – 50 per cent
of them in Africa – and causing illness in several million more. Pneumococcal disease
causes pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis and also takes the lives of more than half
a million children each year worldwide, the vast majority of them in Africa and Asia.
However, the good news is that a United Nations-backed scheme that delivers vital
immunizations to those who need them the most announced that it will provide funding
for 37 more developing countries to introduce vaccines against the two leading causes
of death among children – diarrhoea and pneumonia.
The announcement comes one day after the Executive Committee of the Global Alliance
for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) approved funding for 16 more developing countries
to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines.
Of the 37 countries approved for the vaccines, 24 are in Africa.
By 2015, GAVI and its partners plan to support more than 40 of the world’s poorest
countries to rollout rotavirus vaccines and immunise more than 50 million children.
Sudan, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Guyana, and Honduras have already introduced rotavirus
vaccines with GAVI’s support.
2nd green revolution - need of the hour
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for a second “green revolution” to feed
the country’s burgeoning population that is forecast to overtake China in numbers
by 2025.(65th independence day)
After the green revolution in the late sixties, India has proclaimed her self sufficiency
in food grain production. As a result of productive research, the total food grains
production increased from 50.8 million tonnes during 1950-51 to 241.6 million tonnes
in 2010-11 to maintain the self sufficiency. This could be possible with the intensive
cultivation practices including introduction of high yielding varieties and use of
chemical fertilizers, pesticides and fungicides.
The green revolution spread intensive agriculture, which actually led to environmental
problems: (i) Excessive and untimely irrigation ;(ii) replacement of a rich
diversity of traditional varieties with fewer high yielding varieties; and (iii)
inappropriate use of fertilizers and pesticides. The indiscriminate use of chemicals
has resulted in reduction in the biodiversity of natural enemies, outbreak of secondary
pests, development of resistance to pesticides and contamination of food and the
eco-system. During this century there has been an almost 100 per cent increase in
the number of insects and mites due to the indiscriminate use of pesticides.
The drive to produce enough food to support a growing population has resulted in
the use of increasingly marginal resources and a full scale assault on the country’s
remaining forest lands. Every year the country is loosing 1.5 lakh hectares of forest
cover and 1200 crore tonnes of top soil. The most challenging task is to save the
existing forests and arrest the march of the deserts followed up by intensive afforestation
drive with the active involvement of the people.
The rapid increase in population imposes enormous stress on the limited resources
and environmental degradation is becoming more serious day by day. The strategy for
ecologically sound environmental management practices for conservation must work
hand in hand with the efforts for sustainable development to ensure social and economic
equity, make efficient use of natural resources and faster self-reliance.
The agricultural production to sustain its growth for future generations is affected
by the declining trend in the carrying capacity of land and the ecological degradation.
The major ecological problems affecting the sustainability in agriculture are water
logging, soil erosion, soil salinity and alkalinity and pest and disease problems.
Since the food requirements by 2020-21 are about 280 million tonnes to sustain the
self-sufficiency, it is essential to look for an eco-friendly approach for evolving
and popularizing ecology based low cost input and environmentally sustainable basis.
Industrial-style farming, often known as the “green revolution,” has been widely
credited with saving perhaps billion of people from starvation by boosting the yield
of grain crops in India, China, Pakistan, Mexico and other countries. But the green
revolution, which relies on intensive use of water, fertilizer, pesticides and energy,
has come at a cost. Such costs include anemic soils, depleted water supplies, diminished
biodiversity, resilient pests, super weeds and polluted air, water and soil.
The technological breakthroughs achieved in the 1960s are gradually waning and no
big crop-tech has come up since then. The need for a Second Green Revolution is being
experienced more than ever before. The special attention that needs to be given to
increasing production of nutrition-rich crops like pulses, fruits and vegetables,
which remained untouched in the first Green Revolution. Consequently, the Indian
agriculture should diversify from just crop farming to livestock, fisheries, poultry
and horticulture, besides focusing on raising farm productivity with adequate focus
on rain-fed areas.
“In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save,”. That means preserving soil’s
natural fertility by minimizing ploughing, and recycling crop waste to enrich the
earth. It means smarter, integrated way of managing pests, rotating crops, and greater
precision in the use of fertilizer and drip irrigation.
Some studies show that farmers can get bumper crops if they follow these practices
and, at the same time, save water, energy and other costs.
India needs a second green revolution with newer technological breakthroughs and
higher investment in the sector, even while projecting 5.4 per cent farm growth this
year. The agriculture sector in India is at a crossroads, with rising demand for
food items and relatively slower supply response in many commodities resulting in
frequent spikes in food inflation. The sector needs to grow at 8.5 per cent next
fiscal to achieve the targeted 4 per cent growth in the Eleventh Plan (2007-12).
Some suggestions are summarised below for the success of environment friendly green
To conserve well endowed and beautiful kind of genetic diversity in plant, immediate
attention and positive attitudes are required. The priority area of activity should
be to develop strategies emphasizing fusion of biodiversity conservation with the
broad based plant variety improvement programme specifically the use of diverse land
races to improve the yielding ability of varieties suiting subsistence of marginal
farmers, diverse and risk prone areas typical of dryland agriculture.
Plant breeder’s priorities should be towards the development of varieties resistant
to insect pest and disease and potential for rainfed and other adverse conditions.
Due to problems related to nutrient exhaustion, salinity build up and rising water
table, the productivity gains in irrigated areas are plateauing out. Therefore, it
is inevitable that the second green revolution has to come from rainfed areas which
is 67 per cent of total cultivated area and accordingly application of modern technology,
inputs and investments has to be tailored to convert these so called “grey areas
Considering the ill effects of the indiscriminate use of
chemical pesticides, Bio- intensive Integrated Pest Management (BIPM), a more feasible
and economical method of pest management is to be made popular, particularly among
small and marginal farmers. BIPM means the conservation and augmentation of natural
enemies of crop pests and adoption of all compatible cultural, mechanical, physical,
genetic, selective chemical pesticides, tolerant varieties and legal methods. A combination
of chemical and biological factors and adoption of appropriate cultural practices
are to be popularised among farmers for effective control of insect and pests.
As an effective substitute for chemicals, biological control of insect pests has
been suggested. It is the control of harmful pests by using natural predators (aphid,
beetles, nematodes, toads, frogs and birds). These natural enemies play a key role
in managing the population of crop pests.
Bio-pesticides have the potential to replace chemical pesticides. The research and
development cost of bio-pesticides is much less as compared to chemical pesticides.
Today neem is regarded as nature’s own answer to effective insect control. Its eco-friendliness,
easy availability and its renewable nature helps to manufacture different bio-pesticides.
Bio-intensive Integrated Pest Management(BIPM) utilizing the best available bio-control
techniques while using minimum chemical pesticides, is an effective remedy to the
pest problems in India and a good hope for a healthier tomorrow.
To raise the yield of crop, it is important to popularize judicious use of organic
manure and chemical fertilizers. Considering the special benefits of the integrated
plant nutrient supply system, it is suggested to implement schemes like the balanced
and integrated use of fertilizers with the aim of promoting the use of organic manures
and biofertilizers. It is further suggested to encourage the processing and production
of compost from urban wastes and bio-fertilizers in a decentralized manner apart
from popularising the improved compost (vermi compost) making techniques for preparation
of rural compost.
Due to wind and water erosion, about 80 per cent of India’s cultivated land is being
slowly reduced to unproductive parched terrain. In most cases, physical deterioration
of the soils has also occurred. More energy is required to cultivate the land, and
a higher proportion of rainwater is lost as run-off. Thus, a various self destructive
cycle of natural resources base has been triggered and, if not halted soon, it could
potentially lead to endemic hunger, environmental degradation and extensive human
deprivation. The construction of earthen small dams to check the over flow of rainwater
will not cost much money or labour. This simple basic idea of watershed technology
is effective and ecologically sound for soil and water conservation both. This vast
potential of conserved water could then be used during the long, hot and dry summer
months. Watershed framework provides one excellent option for sustainable farm management
for today and the years to come.
For domestic use, animal culture, industries and agriculture, water is in constant
demand. However, with the limited resources, less than one per cent water is available
for agriculture and hence, it is treated as gold. Its judicious use is strongly recommended
in crop irrigation. Micro irrigation (sprinkler and drip irrigation) is the latest
and most efficient method of water utilization for crop growth. It has high water
use efficiency and hence should be adopted on a large scale for various crops in
a country like ours.
Agroforestry based farming system should be encouraged. Agroforestry systems maintain
soil fertility and productivity through cycling of nutrients and prevent soil erosion
and loss of nutrients through leaching and run-off. Many leguminous tree species
fix nitrogen from the atmosphere and return much more in leaf fall than they take
from the soil. About 5-10 leguminous trees like shisham and khejri are to be planted
in every acre of land for nitrogen enrichment of soils. Popular has been widely cultivated
in Punjab, Haryana and Tarai area of Uttar Pradesh and is being used by several industries,
e.g. match splints, ply-wood, packing cases, etc. Salt tolerant species like babul
and eucalyptus are to be planted in salt affected areas. Such systems improve the
productivity of plants and animals since they are based on sustainable land management
and maximum utilization of natural resources, to increase the ecological and economic
India must increase yields to feed its population which already stands at 1.21 billion
people. India is expected to supplant China as the world’s most populous nation by
2025.The agriculture sector is growing at three percent annually-one percent below
target-helping drive food inflation that has spiraled faster than in most major economies,
causing huge misery for India’s poor. India is poised to introduce a food security
bill aiming to guarantee cheap food grains for nearly 70 percent of the population
which will impose even greater food production challenges. Last year, the number
of Indians living in poverty and unable to meet their nutritional needs from 28 percent
to 37 percent - representing some 440 million people. There is a need for the spending
outlay on agriculture research and development to double or even triple by 2020.
The Centre has decided to extend the second Green Revolution to Eastern and Northeast
India for ensuring the nation’s food security. Northeast could act as a catalyst
towards ushering in a second green revolution in the country. The Northeast is endowed
with enormous potential in the agri-horti and other allied sectors. These have to
be tapped to the optimum level to step up production in a big way to ensure food
security. The first Green Revolution was essentially in Punjab, Haryana, western
UP and parts of Andhra Pradesh. This time the government has decided to concentrate
on other states, including eastern region, with an area specific approach. the initiative
have been taken in consultation with the state governments of the region to make
tailor-made plans to suit specific requirements of each state, keeping in view the
distinct physiography, topography, climatic and soil conditions of each state in
To be sure, the developing world’s farmers get mixed messages about how to coax more
from their small plots of land. It remains to be seen how far the FAO’s new advice
can reach into the most remote places. (The writer is a STO, scholar(Botany), specialized
in Tea Husbandry and technology sponsored by TEA BOARD OF INDIA and former tea consultant
to the state planning department govt. of Arunachal Pradesh, Itanagar.)