September  20


Rain plays havoc in East Siang & Lohit districts

Irrigation system collapses in East Siang  •  Tezu cut off

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Incessant rains over the last few weeks has thrown life out of gear in many parts of Arunachal Pradesh, particularly in East Siang and Lohit districts.

Floods triggered by rain submerged paddy fields, causing erosion and landslides in many areas of Nari, Ruksin, Pasighat and adjacent areas of East Siang district.

Flood due to incessant rain caused extensive damages to irrigation system in East Siang district with major damage occurring in the irrigation channel at Ledum village. The headwork with sluice gate and around 100 metre of channel of Dengkam MIC which irrigates around 400 Ha. of paddy fields of Ledum and Bilat- Bamin were completely washed away rendering the irrigation channel completely dry.

Many small and individual irrigation channels have also been damaged and washed away by the rain water. The villagers including the Gaon Burahs and the PRI members have expressed apprehensions that the standing crops will be damaged without irrigation system and the people will face shortage of food grains. They appealed to the East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra, who visited the fields along with officers and the villagers to take up the matter with the authority concerned for starting the restoration works to avert the people’s misery.

The deputy commissioner assured to take up the matter with the authority concerned for immediate restoration works to save the standing crops. He also said that the officers of the Agriculture Department will also be instructed to assess the losses immediately for onward submission to the Govt.

Bilat circle officer Tony Mitkong informed that there has been lot of damages in other villages under Bilat circle. Many fish ponds of  Ledum, Mirem etc. were completely damaged and filled with heavy silt.

He informed that all the damage reports have been intimated to the departments concerned.

Genom Perme, EE (WRD) informed that a damage report of Rs. 12 lakh has been estimated for immediate restoration of the Dengkam MIC. However, it would require around Rs. 60 lakh for its complete reconstruction. MICs like Gagul Nallah of Niglok, Siboh Nallah of Ngorlung, Latu Nallah of Mirem, Penneng Nallah of Bilat etc.have suffered major damages. Reports of such damages from other parts of the district are also pouring in and staff are deputed to asses the extent of damages, informed the EE.

In Lohit district, continuous heavy and unprecedented rainfall since last four days  badly affected the normal life. Road communication between Tezu and Tinsukia via Parsuram and Alubari ghat remains totally cut off since yesterday. Water level of all major rivers and its tributaries are in full spate.

BRO reported landslide in three locations between Tohangam to Brahmkund/ Parsuram route. Overflowing water of Sibiri river has inundated many houses at Alubari area including MLA Chow Tewa Mein’s residence and Kids foundation school and water of Dihing river is reportedly entering Dharampur area toppling embankment. Tezu Township, and Namsai Town are also facing water logging. Situation is worsening in Sunpura circle as the water of Balijan river has inundated many dwelling houses and VKV School. The affected villagers and students of VKV are being shifted to safer places.

Rainfall data recorded in last 24 hrs 224.20 mm at Tezu (Highest in this year till now). Road communication between Tezu to Anjaw has been again blocked at four locations. Restoration works has been disrupted due to continuous rain.  Chairman DDMA Lohit  R.K.Sharma, Deputy Commissioner Lohit directed all outpost administration officers to remain vigilant on flood situation. Water level of all the rivers like Lohit, Kamlang, Noa Dehing and tributaries especially like Tezu nala, Tabang nala, Sibiri and Denning nala are in full spate. W R Deptt has been engaged to monitor the flood situation in and around Township. Few dwelling house and Power house at Sunpura has been reportedly inundated by rainwater. Loss of livestock and crops are also reported. Electricity and water supply disrupted in the Tezu Township and its adjoining villages. The district administration and District Disaster Management Authority is keeping vigil on the situation. The Food and Civil Supplies authority is also taking stock of food stuff, LPG and fuel in the area, according to official  sources.



Pertin urges Centre for formal notification on de-reservation of Deopani RF

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Former Dambuk MLA Roding Pertin, in a letter to Union Minister of State, Environment & Forests Jayanti Natarajan appealed for immediate issuance of formal notification regarding  de-reservation of Deopani Reserve Forest under Lower Dibang Valley district.

Though Supreme Court (SC) has cleared the proposal of the state government for deserving the Reserve Forest on September nine, 2011, no formal notification for dereserving the RF has been issued yet, the letter said. Pertin further informed in his letter that the state Govt. had also written a letter to MoEF for issuance of formal notification on September 22, 2011 but no initiative has been taken yet.

De-reservation process of Deopani RF started just after the great earthquake of 1950 in order to regularize the encroachment case of displaced people. After a lapse of 40 years, Govt. of India approved in-principle the proposal of the state Govt. to de-reserve the Deopani RF on certain conditions. After having fulfilled the conditions, the state Govt. approached the MoEF to issue formal notification of de-reservation of the said RF in the year 2004.

However, the imposition of ban on Forest activities by the Supreme Court restrained the MoEF to issue formal notification of de-reserving the RF.



PWD in East Siang draws flak,  DC seeks report on MMJ road condition


RUKSIN, Sept 19: The Public Work Department (PWD) in East Siang has come under massive public criticism for its alleged inaction and failure to properly maintain the bridges and roads in the district. Describing it as an ‘idle department’ in the district, the public say, the department neither construct new road/bridges nor repair the worn out ones for years.

The people of Ruksin area, including the students and youth leaders have criticized the inaction of PWD officials and  said that the failure of department concerned to restore road communication along MMJ road has invited massive public ire.

The Ruksin Area Youth Front (RAYF), in a petition submitted to the authority stated that the PWD department, despite of repeated approach, has not yet taken up any fruitful step for restoration of road communication. Delay in restoration of road has caused great hardship to the villagers of Ngorlung and Niglok villages to reach Ruksin town for official, medical and other purposes as there is no alternative routes. The school going children are suffering a lot for the last three months, it said. It may be recalled that a Bailey bridge along MMJ road, linking those areas caved in due to overload on June 23 this year snapping road communication. The PWD partly restored communication along the road by constructing a week and temporary log bridge which was washed away by the next flood wave.

RAYF president Tadi Jonnom, accompanied by the chief functionaries of Ngorlung Students Union today moved the East Siang Deputy Commissioner and sought his intervention for early restoration of the road communication. They also gave authority 15 days to restore the road communication.

Talking to this correspondent, East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra informed that he has directed the Ruksin Sub-divisional administration to enquire the present condition of the MMJ road at Ruksin-Ngorlung portion and submit report within the next four days. The DC is expected to visit the area on September 22.



ALSU  reiterates demands, to stage peaceful dharna

ITANAGAR Sept 19: The Arunachal Law Students Union (ALSU) has decided to stage peaceful dharna on 27th September during Assembly Session in favour of its various demands.

In a intimation letter addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki seeking his attention towards it’s demand for early separation of judiciary from executive in Arunachal, ALSU expressed dissatisfaction over lackadaisical attitude of legislatures in regards to their demands.

Separation of judiciary from executive is yet to be materialized which resulted in slow delivery of justice  and it is yet to be in the spirit of parliamentary democracy, said ALSU.   “When the focus of governance is on inclusive growth and for equity and justice, it is right time that the judiciary be separated in state”, the Union said.  The union further claimed that recent incidents in the state connecting law and order  are nothing but negligence on the part of government by not hearing its repeated demands for separation of judiciary from executive.

The Union also called for immediate creation of Arunachal Pradesh Judicial Service Commission stating that all North East states have their own judicial service commission except Arunachal Pradesh. ALSU further demanded immediate establishment of the separate high court in the state and appointment of the high court judge from Arunachal.

ALSU further said the proposed dharna is the  1st the phase of its democratic movement in favour of  its demands.



Bureaucratic & institutional hurdles need to be removed to free Bamboo

New Delhi, Sept 19: Centre for Civil Society (CCS) in collaboration with South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) celebrated World Bamboo Day yesterday. The objective of this celebration was to ensure sustainable utilization of natural resources, to promote new cultivation of bamboo for industries in India and to promote its traditional uses for community economic development. On this occasion CCS and SABF urged to reform bureaucratic and institutional hurdles in India and to remove Bamboo as ‘tree’ under forest laws. The Planning Commission estimates that it could provide employment to nearly 50 million people, particularly among the poorest forest-dependent communities.

On this occasion, Founder and Executive Director, South Asia Bamboo Foundation and Former President World Bamboo Organization  Kamesh Salam said, “the issue of bamboo being a grass and not a tree is the main cause for the lack of development of bamboo in the country. Thee Ministry of Environment and Forests is standing in the way of making the lives of millions of bamboo growers and tribals better by accessing bamboo. This policy change is immediately needed for the growth of bamboo country.”

He further added, “While the legislative hurdles seem to have been cleared, bureaucratic and institutional hurdles need to be removed. Our efforts would now be towards the effective implementation of the objectives envisioned in the new and changed laws and policies.” Even the Kohima Declaration which was passed on World Bamboo Day 2010 lays down specific measures which will help to realise a goal of a robust but equity-oriented bamboo industry in India” says Salam.



Bamboo flowering affects five circles

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Palin, Chambang, Yangte, Tali and Pipsorang circles witness flowering of bamboo plants which cause an explosion in the rat population in the area.

Large areas of Paddy plants and other food crops have been destroyed in these five circles due to Rat menace.

Besides this, the incessant rain has also destroyed and washed away drinking water pipe lines, OBT houses and sector link roads under Palin circle. However, no any human causality was reported.

Meanwhile, Tali Pastoral Range Committee, Tali Baptist Church appealed to the concerned authority to look into the matter and provide adequate relief materials to affect peoples.



CDPO visits Anganwadi centre at remote village  

ITANAGAR,  Sept 19: Ringu Kama, CDPO Koloriang ICDS Project has inspected the newly constructed Anganwadi Centres of Nyapin and Sangram ICDS Projects in  Kurung Kumey district on Sept 13 last.

During his visit Kama, who is also holding the additional charge of Nyapin and Sangram ICDS Projects inspected Anganwadi Centre building at remotest and backward village Nyokilanghi which falls under Nyapin ICDs Projects.  

 While inspecting the Anganwadi centre at Nyokilanghi village, Kama expressed satisfaction over the construction work carried out by the villagers of the concerned village. He also exhorted the villagers for  proper use of the building for imparting non-formal education to young children of the village. The fund for construction of Angwandi centres was sanctioned by Department of Social Welfare  and Women & Child Development during the financial year 2011-2012, according to a release issued by Nyokilanghi Village Development Committee.




An Experiment with SHG

H. Matcha

During first forth night of September 2012, a couple of ladies streamed into my chamber for some days. The first day, when a lady came holding a folded paper in her hand and stood smiling across my table, I asked, "Yes, sister! What can I help you?"

"Sir, I'm from Khela village. I'm a member of self help group (SHG)," she introduced herself, extending the paper to me. I took it and opened. The letter was from District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) office directing them to report Additional Deputy Commissioner for further instruction.

They came to me in response to our letter written a week back, to Project Director, DRDA to invite interested self help groups for production of wrapper (thunga) to replace use of polythene in the local market.

I understood the matter. I stretched my hand to a pile of newspaper on the rack, took out a sheet out of it and demonstrated how to fold paper and paste to make a ‘thunga’. I repeated demonstration to all those whoever reported me for same.

“Where will we get so many papers from? Should we purchase it?”, they puzzled.

“Newspaper comes in bundles, not daily. Those bundles and other waste papers lie in abundant in every office and institutions ready to go to dustbin. This wastes can be recycled and turn it into money”, I preached.

How much quantity to be produced? Where to find market? If products are not accepted, then what? Who will fix the price? These questions continued to chase their enthusiasm. I told them to make samples of various sizes and qualities first, and show it to Deputy Commissioner for his appreciation. On his approval, a circular or ban order would be issued to all traders and users to abolish polythene from market. Traders would also be advocated to place their respective demands to Self Help Groups as per their consumption.

Regarding quality of papers, I suggested that brown wrapper papers in large sizes are available in Assam market. These papers are stronger than ordinary ones, and can hold goods more than two-three kilograms. This can be procured in lot to minimize unit cost of production.

However, for pricing, initially a committee of know-how may be constituted to assess cost of inputs, labors, profit margin, extent of impact on traders and consumers by the price, etc; as SHGs may not have that idea in this field.

First, we had a big picture of producing paper carry bag or any other good quality bag made of eco-friendly, bio- degradable substance to drive away polythene from town. So, to assess the feasibility and cost of production, Deputy Director of Industries was involved to explore technical guidance and to submit preliminary project report. After trying best at his level, the DDI reported the proposal was costly and economically not viable. The big dream ended there.

However, I continued searching and researching. I talked to one or two big shopkeepers at Itanagar, Tinsukia who were using good wrappers/bags for packing away customers. One of them said he procured it from Guwahati, but considering its unit cost it was not advisable for small shop establishments. I also talked to small traders who used ordinary paper bags (thungas), and came up with an idea how to make those materials.

As a citizen we also have to do our civic duty of protecting environment from health hazards. Making towns polythene-free is one of such civic duties. Some states have already banned use of polythene. But we are not yet ready for it or failed to enforce ban. The reason for failure might be due to nonexistent of substitutes. So, considering convenience of consumers, we thought of arranging the alternative substitute first.

Accordingly, report was submitted to the Deputy Commissioner, who agreed on the project, and he instructed to find out local interested women self help group through Project Director, DRDA. Since the project does not involve machinery and too much technicality, thunga production could be as well done by any self help group, and it could become a perennial source of income and self employment for rural women.

On other hand, government too, encourages for formation of Self help groups (SHG) for promoting self employment to boost up rural economy. For this, government extends financial assistance also, in various schematic activities. Time to time, training on skill labors are also given to the rural youth. However, for women SHG member skill training at their door step could prove more beneficial as all are not in a position to undertake outside institutionalized training. Trainings should be given on short term return projects like, agriculture, food preservation, weaving, envelope making, match box making, candle making, floriculture, poultry, etc; which are generally suitable economic activity for women.

Self help groups, especially of women, are very instrumental in contributing income to their family as their hard earned income always goes to meet dire necessities of the family, while male members are usually extravagant. Therefore, more skill training in appropriate trade or activity should be made available including financial assistance, to women self help groups. To add, women empowerment goes to a great extent in economic empowerment.

While dwelling on self help group, it is worth mentioning that idea is not a new one to tribal societies, particularly in Arunachal Pradesh. Communism of Labors had existed in the villages since time immemorial. Either clan wise, or in group of likeminded family relations, labor force was created for clearing forest for jhum, sowing of crops, weeding of fields, and harvesting, all in time bound manner. These were done through self help only. They didn't have money to invest; nor had external labors to engage.

However, with passage of time, rural people have also become individualistic. There is no labor available in the village for exchange of hands now, except for daily wage or on contract. Perhaps, it is the impact of modernity and capitalistic economy.

Those who have money, import labors and get done their agriculture land; and those who don't, have to painfully toil depending on their family’s hand.

Now, with government’s backing, all those helpless families should come together again, to think together, go together, work together and do away together all penniless pain.


News Impact

Cash reward stands

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The cash reward of Rs 2 lakh announced by the Arunachal Pradesh Police for giving information or clue leading to arrest of the assailant/s of Tongam Rina, Associate Editor of The Arunachal Times still stands. The identity of the informer/s will be kept secret.  The informer/s may contact Capital SP Hibu Tamang at tele. numbers : 09436040006/09856060490.



Bandh declared illegal

ITANAGAR Sep 19: Capital administration has declared 12-hour bandh call issued by Bharatiya Janata Party on 20th September as illegal. Such bandh calls cause untold hardships and miseries to the common men, particularly wage-earners, business community and patients, besides creating serious law and order problems, said an official release.



PPA supports Bharat bandh

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The Peoples' Party of Arunachal (PPA) welcomed the decision of TMC to withdraw its support to UPA II protesting against the FDI in retail, diesel price rise and LPG capping and appealed other UPA alliances to take the similar decision. PPA being a people's party in the state has also decided to support the nationwide bandh called by BJP and other parties.

Claiming that the UPA II was performing very poor, PPA in a release said that many infamous scandals have been exposed under the UPA government. The Congress is adopting anti-people policies that will have a direct impact on rural masses as well as urban poor.

“Such anti-people policies need to be resisted by the people,” PPA said.


Changlang KVK conducts training prog for farmers

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Changlang conducted a district level training cum awareness programme for farmers on integrated nutrient management under Agriculture Technology Management Agency (ATMA) programme at Jairampur today.

Agriculture Development Officer Nampong J Tikhak briefed about the central schemes run by the department while the resource person Dr. N. Kumar, Programme Co-ordinator, KVK Changlang and  subject matter specialist Abhimanyu Chaturvedi educated the farmers on cash crops cultivation, diversified farming and integrated nutrient management.

Around 50 farmers from villages, including Kovin, Hunkop, New Khamdu and Chamru etc. attended the training programme.

During technical session, some progressive farmers raise queries and doubts which were cleared by the resource persons.


Kipa Tai Volleyball Tournament

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The 4th Kipa Tai Volleyball Tournament will start on September 21 at Pappu Nallah.

Altogether, 13 teams are participating this tournament.

The champion of the tournament will be awarded with cash prize of Rs 2 lakhs.

Meanwhile, Parliamentary Secretary for Trade & Commerce, Phosum Khimhun and Vice-Chairman of Arunachal Pradesh Forest Corporation ltd. Jabring Venia would attend the inaugural and closing ceremony respectively.


‘Re-conduct written exam’

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Alleging that unfair means were adopted in recently concluded written test examination for recruitment of APPBn and IRBn personnel, Tali Area Youth Organization today demanded the authority to re-conduct the  written interview. In a representation addressed  to the parliamentary secretary home, the organization alleged that some of undeserving candidates got passed in the exam.


Bandh successful, says GPF

ITANAGAR Sept 19: Galo People’s Federation (GPF) claims that 12 hours bandh call sponsored by them in Upper Siang, East Siang and West Siang was successful. GPF has called the bandh claiming law and order breakdown in the state particularly in state capital. Further, the Federation threatened that they will go for 2nd and 3rd phase agitation if the state government does not fulfill their demands. It further said that the bandh was supported by various like-minded organizations.

Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: There was no impact of the bandh in Pasighat and Ruksin. All the Govt offices, schools were functioning as usual and shops, business remained open today. All modes of vehicles were plying as usual as there was no report of traffic being held up due to the bandh call.


GSU calls for early creation of Lower Siang district

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Galo Students’ Union (GSU), in a memorandum, has urged the chief minister to consider the creation of Lower Siang district in the ensuing assembly session by introducing the district re-organization bill in the assembly.

The Cabinet in 2009 had in principle approved the creation of Lower Siang district to be carved out from both East and West Siang district. The step initiated by the government is not only rational but also laudable, the memorandum said. Though the cabinet had recommended creation of Longding and Lower Siang district on the same day, the process for creation of the latter is being delayed, the memorandum said and urged the Chief Minister to expedite the process for creation of Lower Siang.

“We believe that the Lower Siang District would be created in the same way as Anjaw District and Kurung Kumey district were created without naming the district headquarters which is the sole bone of contention in connection with Lower Siang district.”

The union further claimed that the chief minister had ‘promised’ before GSU on December 15, 2011 in meeting to create Lower Siang during September, 2012 Assembly sessions.


Ganesh Chaturthi Celebrated

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Continuing a devout tradition of Itanagar Raj Bhavan, Ganesh Chaturthi was celebrated  here with tradition gaiety and fervor, ‘Ganapati Bappa Morya’ echoed here too far way from MaharasHtra, where the festival is celebrated in a big way.

Amid chanting of mantras, a puja performed before idol of Lord Ganesha. Special dishes particularly ‘Modak’ were prepared for the occasion.

Secretary to Governor Ankur Garg along with officials of Governor’s Secretariat and their families participated in the celebration.

Ganesha Chaturthi is the Hindu festival of Ganesha, the son of Shiva and Parvati, who is believed to bestow his presence on earth for all his devotees during the festival. It is the day Shiva declared his elder son Ganesha as superior to all the gods.

Lord Ganesha is widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune and traditionally invoked at the beginning of any new venture or at the start of travel. The festival is observed for 10 days, ending on Anant Chaturdashi


APPDSU cries foul

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: Claiming that more than 15 candidates, who do not belong to Papum Pare (Rural) area, have been selected under district rural area quota for appearing in viva-voce for the posts of AAPBn and IRBn, All Papum Pare District Students’ Union (APPDSU) has demanded the authority concerned to either cancel the selection or place them in district City quota.

The students’ union in a release, claimed that as per the advertisement, the Arunachal Pradesh Scheduled Tribes (APST) quota for Papum Pare City and Papum Pare Rural area was made separately for the posts of constable in AAPBn and IRBn where 74 posts were reserved for direct recruitment and 8 posts for Ex-Servicemen for Papum Pare (Rural). The distribution of post was made, specially for the benefit of local indigenous unemployed youths of Papum Pare (Rural) so that they are absorbed in the job.

APPDSU appealed to the authority concerned to immediately take necessary and appropriate action against those officers involved in manipulating the Govt. order by selecting candidates, who do not belong to Papum Pare (Rural), thus depriving the deserving ones.


EKSWCO lauds administration

Seppa, Sept 19: East Kameng Social Welfare and Cultural Organization (EKSWCO) has appreciated the prompt action taken by East Kameng Deputy Commissioner Tope Bam to check illegal selling of local wine (Apo), Kerosene and Petrol at Seppa and other issues of public interest.

While extending support to the district administration in checking such illegal activities with Seppa town, EKSWCO advocated for routine checking in all vulnerable locations as per the provisions of the law.  DIPRO


Union demands modern facilities at Seppa hospital

ITANAGAR, Sept 19:  East Kameng Middle Zone Students Union (EKZMSU) today draw the authority towards the poor condition of district hospital Seppa.

In a representation submitted to the DMO Seppa, EKMZSU said that it inspected the district hospital on Monday and found that  the lone hospital is functioning without modern medical facilities and equipments. It also informed the authority that even basic requirements like electricity, water supply are out of order. Claiming that many shops at Seppa are selling tobacco related products like Gutka,  and Tiranga, the  union appealed to the authority to look into the matter.


Book Keeping Training for SHGs

ITANAGAR, Sept 19: The Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA) a Roing based  NGO organized a one day training on Book Keeping for Self Help Groups (SHGs) of Etalin circle at Italin.

Forty-seven members from eight SHGs of Itili and Etalin participated in the training organized under Govt of India sponsored scheme for backward districts.

RK Paul, Secretary of AMYAA was the resource person.






66 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large. 

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Contaminated drinking water

If you are totally dependent on bottled drinking water in your home or office, you have to be very careful. Findings of Nepal’s department of Food Technology and Quality Control show almost 66 percent of processed drinking water supplied in the market is contaminated. This alarming fact came to light when the department made public its report recently on inspections carried out in fiscal year 2011/12. The department had collected 79 samples of bottled water for investigation from different parts of the country during the year. Of those, 52 samples were found contaminated.

That is not all. Almost 54 percent of milk and milk products tested during the year were found contaminated. The summary of findings distributed at a function further cites that some 27 percent of fats and edible oils were not fit for consumption. About 19 percent of total samples of sweets, honey and confectionaries tested during the year were contaminated. Eighteen percent of cereal products 16.7 percent of salt and 13 percent of other foods categories such as energy drinks, weaning foods and glucose powder too were found contaminated.

However, food products and tea were found to be free from contamination. The Department had tested a total of 807 samples of above mentioned commodities. Of them, 156 samples were found to be adulterated.


‘Green Pioneers’ have chosen Doimukh as their next target

Dear Editor,

Come 23rd September 2012, and a group of persons belonging from all walks of life, would once again come together to shoulder their responsibilities towards the society by conducting a cleanliness drive at Doimukh. This group is neither an organization nor a politically affiliated body, rather a bunch of like-minded people who came together through the social networking site “Facebook” and as of now, best known as “the Green Pioneers.”

This group has so far carried out various cleanliness events in and around the twin capital of Itanagar and Naharlagun. They have braved the rain and fought the sun to do their bit towards the society by cleaning the places, which are tourist hotspots. Now, after all these events, “the Green Pioneers” have chosen Doimukh as their next target for the cleanliness drive. Doimukh - one of the oldest towns of the state has been witness to the dramatic rise of an educated generation, many of whom adorn perfectly lucrative posts of Govt. employees and not to forget the state Govt. itself.  The Doimukh Hr. Sec. School has catered to the needs of many great personalities including our present Chief Minister. But even after all these, Doimukh lies in shambles, used and ignored.

One of my learned friend ridicules that I am giving some of my time to such events. He says, “Shame on you! You have become a casual laborer of the UD department. Why do you do that? It’s no use cleaning these places as it will be littered with garbage soon again.” I cannot agree more with my friend when he says that garbage will soon find its way back to these places. But my dear friend, look beyond the obvious. Are we cleaning just for the sake of cleaning? Nay! The real purpose behind such events is to create awareness among the masses and to drive in a little bit of responsibility and civic sense amongst us. “The Green Pioneers” have started their crusade just so to ensure that our people are motivated into maintaining a clean and hygienic environment. Everyone desires of a healthy environment and it is our right to live in a pollution free atmosphere, but what are we doing to ensure such living standards? We don’t have a right to blame anybody else when we ourselves ignore and fail our duties. All life long, we selfishly strive for our needs and never consider giving anything to the society and have forgotten that we owe something back to the society. This is an opportunity to at least pay back some of our debts to the society and all that is asked for is just 3-4 hours of your Sunday morning.

Our thoughts would evolve and changes will come and for that we will have to be the bearer of the change. The best example of the effects of these events is the cleanliness drive at my hometown Daporijo on 27th September 2012 and it surely is a welcome change. Another offshoot of the efforts of the “the Green Pioneers” and the real motive behind the actions of "the Green Pioneers" can be seen in the letter of Rajen Maying from Upper Subansiri in the reader’s forum of 12.09.2012, where he fairly admits that even though he does not reside in Itanagar, he is inspired by the actions of “the Green Pioneers” and is doing his bit wherever he can. This is the change that we all have been yearning for. Even when, my friend rues my presence in such events, it at least shows that people have started noticing the efforts of “The Green Pioneers”. We are blessed to have been born in the lap of nature in a state like Arunachal Pradesh, but it will not remain the same, if we do not take the corrective steps and preventive measures at this crossroads. Let’s pass on the same to our future generations, lest they call us “selfish” and “mean” in the future. So, let’s all come together for the cleanliness event on 23.09.2012 and the events in the future also. Let’s do our bit and spread the message of cleanliness and a safe environment.


Duge Soki




We are here to help you

Dear Editor,

Recently we witnessed some cases of fraud admissions carried by some anonymous people from northeast and north India. It is to make clear that Delhi University neither offers admission by accepting donation nor has any counselor. Our parents and students have a very wrong conception about admission which I have experienced since 2011 admission period. Delhi University is a reputed and prestigious university, which strictly allots seats on merit basis. Please do not approach any counselors for admission in Delhi University.

Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi has always worked for the welfare of the students’ right from the admission procedures to social well being in Delhi with full compassion.

We are disappointed to learn about the fallacious admission procedures experienced by our brothers and sisters in Delhi during 2012 admission session though  the ASUD provides information on  admission. Instead of contacting some intermediary, it is far better to contact the University helpline numbers or the student members of Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi.

Students and parents who ever  experience such unfair means  in admission procedure should inform the University, Delhi police or Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi.


Jotam Toko Tagam

President, Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi



Educational institutions should be exempted from the purview of the bandh

Dear Editor,

Repeated appeals, requests, advices and suggestions to organizations, political parties have been pouring in local media to study the likely unhealthy impacts of bandh before calling a  bandh or fixing a Bandh date but yielded no results. The bandh creates most adverse effect on the school and the hospital. It is known to all that “Education is the builder of the nation” & “Health is Wealth” but it seems that till date the expanded meanings of these two phrases are not fully understood by the leaders of Bandh callers. I am writing this note  because the bandh callers of Siang Districts Bandh on 19th Sept  & Arunachal Bandh on 20th Sept. did not mention whether the schools examination and hospitals are exempted or not from the purview of the bandh.

The dates of 1st Terminal Examination of RKM School, Aalo are being extended day by day suddenly in short time due to “Unstudied Bandh Calls”. Such bandh also creates communication gap between the school and the students. Even some students are being confused about the subject and date due to frequent changes of examination dates in short time though the examination dates were fixed from 19th Sept. before bandh call is proposed.

Therefore, I suggest the bandh callers to study the important events  scheduled to be held in educational institutions such as examinations in state before you call bandhs as you have enough representatives of your own organization or party in every corners of the state. The bandh call should be organized in right place and time, it should to be at the places of failed administrator/authority / department/ office. The bandh call should be organized at right place like bandh call at NEEPCO project sites by the Arunachal Pradesh Tribal Job Contract Employee Union (APTJCEU) NEEPCO.

Bandh callers should clearly mention that hospital and health centres are exempted from the purview of the  bandh.  Schools/

colleges should also be exempted from  the purview of the bandh when bandh call coincides with the date of examinations because the school & college schedules are always mentioned beforehand whereas your bandh call is  proposed in days, rarely in a week time.

Last but not the  least, it seems that “the character of bandh call is always parasitic in nature never a symbiotic ” that is the relation between the Bandh call  and  general public when the bandh call is unstudied one which is organized by the immature mind though matured by age.


B Bam, Aalo



Renovate the dilapidated capital roads

Dear Editor,

I, as a citizen of Arunachal Pradesh would like to request  the state Govt to ponder upon the  deteriorating road conditions of capital complex as it is setting a poor example to other parts of state. We as concerned citizens aspect good governance.

So far I know, capital road has been renovated few months ago and  but present condition of the road says  it all and exposes poor quality work by dept. concerned.  So, I request minister concerned and particularly the chief minister to make it fit and also fix street light from Banderdewa to Hollongi for proper and safe driving.


Benjamin Taba

C-Sector, Itanagar



Road and poor drainage system

Dear Editor,

We the people of the state  are experiencing both good and bad consequences of heavy rainfall  for  last many days. During rainy days the people are facing the worst situation due to bad road condition in town area. However, we the people just can't keep our hands folded and say road damages due to rainfall.

Since years our authorities are being blamed for the road damages, but I don't think it is an ideal thought of blaming our authority. It is not that roads are being washed away by rain water due to poor quality construction,  one of the major causes of road damage is bad drainage system from our homes complex.

The maintenance of the roads of our towns would be more easier if we the people take care of the drainage system.

Taking drainage as a minor problem will always lead to disturbance in our road infrastructure. We can't stop the rain but we can all give a helping hand to our town authorities by just maintaining our drainage system properly and minimizing the damages caused by the overflowing water on the roads.

Let us all try to prevent the damages that our towns are facing because of us, this is our town and we live in it.


Geri Koyu,

Student, Global Academy.