Arunachal flood situation worsens, Govt sounds red alert
Student drowns in Balijan river, 6 relief camps set up in Lohit
Tezu, Sept 20: Overall flood situation in Lohit remains grim for the consecutive
second day today. One person has been swept away by flood water of Balijan river
and altogether 6 number of relief camps have been setup in the district. Tezu is
still cut off from rest of the country.
According to official report, one Bablu Nath, 22, a B Com student of Sunpura has
drowned in flood water of Balijan river yesterday night. His body was recovered today
with the help of 186 CRPF jawans. The incident occurred when the vehicle carrying
an 8-member relief and recue team including Nath skidded off the road due to gushing
flood water of Balijan river. The team was on their way to VKV for rescue of students.
Seven members of team, however, swam ashore safely but Late Nath could
not and has been swept away by Balijan flood water.
On the other hand, 31 people were rescued from the flood of Balijan river
in Sunpura circle by a contingent of 186 CRPF led by R K Gupta, Deputy
Commandant and Tezu SP Kuruvilla today. A total of 94 students of VKV Sunpura
have been shifted to VKV Tafragam as the school and hostel buildings at
Sunpura has been inundated by flood water. One relief camp has been opened
there for affected people. Govt officers are camping there to take all necessary
Meanwhile, Parliamentary secretary, PHED Karikho Kri along with Deputy Commissioner
R K Sharma visited Sunpura circle and took stock of the flood situation.
All necessary steps are being taken and strict vigil is maintained.
In Chowkham circle water level of Lohit, Kamlang and their tributaries is
on rising trend and crossed the previous highest level of June last. Alubari,
Nopatia, Mabira , Morapat and its adjoining villages are totally cut off
as water of Lohit and Sibiri has been continuously and rapidly increasing.
In Lekang circle 35 houses are submerged at New Silatoo village due to
overflow of Noa Dihing river. The local MLA C T Mein, whose house is also submerged
in flood water, is monitoring the situation. In Dharmpur area also flood water
entered into 38 houses. Affected people are shifted to safer places like
school buildings. Flood water caused damage to the newly constructed embankment
and entered into the agricultural field.
In Namsai circle Menkengmiri, Jona and its adjoining areas are affected
by flood and erosion.
ADC Namsai alongwith officers of water resources department, other officials
and public leaders are monitoring the situation there.
Altogether five number of relief camps have been setup in Namsai. Services
of 9th ITBP and 186th Bn CRPF have been requisitioned for relief and rescue
operations. They have been extending all help and assistance to civil administration.
Continuous heavy down pour in Bordumsa circle as well as upstream of Nao-Dehing river
triggered flood at Bijoypur –I and II. Around 200 families mildly affected by
surging flood water and the area remained cut off from rest of world
since yesterday. About 30 hectare of cultivable land along with standing
crops/horticulture garden has been destroyed by flood water. Surging flood was
also inundated NEC road in several location.
Additional Deputy Commissioner Kento Riba rushed to the flood affected area early
this morning and took the stock of flood situation. He interacted with the
flood victims and alerted them to move to the safer places with live stocks to avert
any flood related incident. A board is being constituted to assess the losses/damage
caused by flood.
Ten quintal of rice and one quintal of salt have already been dispatched to flood
victims as an immediatel relief. The administration is constantly monitoring the
In East Siang district, continuous downpour since last few days has left a trail
Meanwhile, the East Siang Deputy Commissioner R K Mishra in an emergency meeting
today directed heads of all the departments to extend cooperation with man and materials
and make use of the Disaster Management control room at his office. Informing that
the district administration is well prepared to face any emergency situation, he
instructed all the officers not to leave station without intimating the district
administration. He further instructed the BRO, PWD, DUDA etc. to work on war footing
specially to clear the water logging in different parts and colonies of Pasighat
town. The Deputy Commissioner also instructed all concerned departments to immediately
asses the losses.
It is worth mentioning here that Pangin-Pasighat (PP) road which connects East Siang
with Upper Siang and West Siang remain cut off due to heavy landslides at Sirki,14
mile, Kalamati area etc. The approach road of the bridge over Poglek river has been
washed away and due to landslides in Korang and Koyu area the Pasighat- Ledum-Tene-
Koyu (PLTK) road is also blocked.
Oni Jamoh EE(PWD) and Togram Yirang ZPM informed that road communication in Mebo-Dhola
road has been completely disrupted as the approach roads of bridges over Kadang Korong,
Ngopok Korong, Sibya Korong,Sigar bridge,Taro Tamak etc. have been damaged. Some
construction machineries at the bridge sites have been submerged. Bridges over Peneng
near Mikong,Sille near Niglok,culvert over Birem Nallah near Linka village etc. has
also been damaged. Reports of such damages has also been received from Nari Sub –Division.
Huge area of standing crops has been submerged by flood water and flood water also
eroded the paddy fields of Yagrung,Tekang,Takilalung, Sibut,Runne villages.
The overflowing waters of Sibokorong is eroding and inundating near Boying village
which threatens Pasighat Town. Genom Perme EE(WRD) informed that most of the headwork
and channels of major MICs in the district has been washed away or damaged causing
destruction to the standing crops.
Due to major landslide at Rengging village, the primary school is on the verge of
Education Minister Bosiram Siram Minister is constantly monitoring the situation
and is in constant touch with the district administration and other departments.
He has instructed all to work on war footing to mitigate the sufferings of the people.
Incessant rainfall during last one week has also badly affected the road communication
under Sagalee subdivision. Doimukh-Sagalee Road, Sagalee-Saking road enroute Parang
and Silsangso circle headquarter, Toru-Pithnallah, Dedollo-Leporiang, Leporiang-Resing
and many other village links roads are severely affected by landslide triggered by
heavy downpour. Men and machineries are pressed into service and road restoration
work is progressing on war footing.
Gushing flood water from upper reaches also inundated Sagalee township. The retaining
wall of the under construction circuit house has been washed away, according to an
Meanwhile, continuous and heavy downpour in recent weeks has again prompted Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki to sound red alert across the state.
Expressing concern over reports of heavy floods and damages in Lower Dibang Valley,
Changlang and Lohit districts, Tuki, who is in the national capital, today directed
placement of Rs 10 lakhs each with the deputy commissioners and Rs 5 lakhs each to
independent Additional Deputy Commissioners of those districts for immediate relief
measures. The chief minister further directed constitution of disaster management
and mitigation cells in the districts to monitor the situation and launch rescue
and relief operations as and when needed. He has also ordered for opening of relief
camps wherever necessary.
Tuki is in constant touch with officials concerned and the state police since reports
of flood, landslides and disruption of communication poured in from across the state
following heavy rains.
On the directives of the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary has issued strictures
to all administrative officers, including deputy commissioners, police and district
officers in the districts to remain alert as well as assess the situation immediately
and submit their reports. Similar orders have been also dispatched to the Disaster
Management department to alert all the District Disaster Management officers in the
districts. The department has been asked to coordinate with the police and the medical
department to provide immediate relief and aid to the people affected areas. Tuki
called upon the people, especially those residing in vulnerable areas, to remain
alert and adopt immediate preventive and safety measures. To those who are residing
in lowland areas, which are dangerously prone to inundation or landslides, he urged
them to shift to safer places.
While directives have been issued to all the district officers to remain in their
respective posting places, the CM asked the disaster management director to coordinate
with the district administration and get daily reports on the situation.
Governor, CM mourn death of a student
Meanwhile, Governor of Arunachal Pradesh General (Retd) J.J. Singh has expressed
shock and grief over demise of Bablu Nath who was washed away by flood water at Sunpura
in Lohit district. The 22-year-old Bablu was swept away by flood waters while on
a rescue operation.
While expressing his heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family, Governor said that
the supreme sacrifice of Late Nath will always be remembered by people of Arunachal
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has also expressed grief on the demise of a B.Com student,
Announcing an ex-gratia of Rs 1.5 lakhs to the bereaved family members, Tuki lauded
the young man, who sacrificed his life for people in need.
He said, “Though it is an irreparable loss to the family, they need to take solace
and pride on the fact that Bablu did the ultimate of gifting his life for a noblest
of all deeds.”
Bablu was the son of Motin Nath, who is an employee in the Sunpura Power House.
Bharat bandh hits life in Arunachal
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The 12-hr Bharat bandh called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
and other opposition parties to protest FDI in retail, diesel price hike and LPG
capping crippled normal life in Arunachal today.
In the state capital, State BJP along with its frontal wings and Mahila Morcha took
out to the street and burnt the effigies of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress
(I) president and UPA Chairperson, Sonia Gandhi near bank Tinali shouting slogans,
like “Jab jab Congress ayi- mahanghai layi”, “Congress ka haath; aam aadmi ke saath
biswashghat,” a BJP release said.
In Itanagar and its adjoining areas, markets, shops, educational institutions, banks
and private offices remained closed, while all sort of private and public vehicles
were off the roads, police said. However, few govt and police vehicles were seen
plying on the road with security. Attendances in government offices were recorded
Elaborate security arrangements were put in place with security personnel deployed
on the city streets and at vital installations and vulnerable areas across the state,
“ The bandh passed off peacefully as no any bandh related incident were reported
from anywhere,” Capital Complex SP Hibu Tamang informed this daily. Meanwhile, BJP
claimed that bandh was a total success in entire state except West Kameng.
In Tawang district BJP president Sharpu Lama and vice president Mr. Lama were arrested
and later released. No untoward incident has been reported till filing of this report
this evening from any district, the release said.
People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA), the lone regional party in the state also joined
State BJP General Secretary (In-Charge Org.) Tai Tagak and State General Secretary
(In-charge Prog.) Dominic Tadar expressed gratitude to the people of Arunachal Pradesh,
including farmers, workers, women, youths and students, transporters, shopkeepers,
traders and Chamber of Commerce, civil society, NGOs/VOs for their whole hearted
support and cooperation and active participation during the bandh for a common cause.
Our Ruksin Correspondent adds: Bharat bandh sponsored by BJP and other political
parties today affected normal life in East Siang including Ruksin and Pasighat.
At Ruksin, the SDO office and other state government offices and banks remained closed
while educational institutions, small shops and other business establishments were
functioning as usual today. All types of vehicles, excepting some private vehicles
and good carriers, kept off the road during the bandh hours.
At Pasighat, attendance in the government offices were thin and shops in the township
remained closed during the bandh hours.
No bandh related untoward incident has been reported so fare from any parts of the
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, in a statement, termed the bandh
an attempt to divert the attention of the nation instead of discussing issues in
the Parliament, particularly the coal block issue. “BJP has no issue and trying to
give colour to non-issues, APCC general secretary TC Tok said.
Major relief to LPG consumers
Arunachal to provide 3 more cylinders on subsidized rate
NEW DELHI, Sept 20: In accordance with the guidance and direction of UPA Chairperson
Sonia Gandhi, the State Government has decided to provide three LPG cylinders on
subsidized rates to the consumers of Arunachal Pradesh in addition to six LPG cylinders
on subsidized rates already declared by the Government of India. This move would
benefit 1,88,627 LPG consumers in the state.
Subsidy amounting to Rs. 360 (approx) per LPG cylinder shall be granted and total
financial implication for the Government of Arunachal Pradesh would be Rs. 20.38
crores annually. Declaring this major relief to the citizens of the state, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki reiterated the commitment of his government in the state as well
as the UPA government at the Centre towards welfare of the ‘aam aadmi’ and providing
maximum relief to them.
Tuki also announced that his government has persuaded Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)
to launch the Rajiv Gandhi LPG Vitrak Scheme to cover all the rural areas of the
state. The Rajiv Gandhi Gramin LPG Vitrak Scheme would be a landmark project providing
LPG at doorsteps of the rural consumers as well as protecting green cover in the
state. He informed that IOC will start implementing the scheme very soon.
A cylinder generally costs about Rs. 700 in the market without subsidy, which is
what families will have to pay if they want LPG over and above the cap of six fixed
by the Government of India. However, consumers in Arunachal Pradesh will avail up
to nine subsidized LPG cylinders, three more in addition to the cap of six cylinders
Is the state Capital turning into a garbage town ?
ITANAGAR Sept 20: Time has arrived to declare Capital Complex officially as ‘garbage
capital’. These days it has become impossible to walk around various markets of capital
due to heap of garbage’s lying everywhere. Many of the residents of Itanagar and
Naharlagun might disagree with me for terming capital complex as garbage capital
because a section of people believes that the term ‘Crime Capital’ is more apt for
In many markets and colonies department of urban development and housing has put
up dustbins so that garbage is easily collected. Notices under “Help Us to Help You”
has also been put near the dustbin informing citizens about how to use dustbin and
need to keep city clean. Despite that it has been noticed that citizens tend to throw
waste products outside dustbins. Most often people blame UD department for not keeping
city clean but one should not forget their own moral duty too.
However, there is no doubt that UD department is found wanted in many places. In
fact a joke is going around that ever since UD department came into existence capital
complex has become dirtier.
UD department along with capital complex administration in collaboration with market
and colony welfare committees should impose hefty fine against those citizens who
are littering the streets of capital complex.
XIth Tadar Tang Memorial Football Tournament
16 teams confirm participation
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: Sixteen teams from the state, including new district Longding,
have confirmed their participation in the XIth edition of the prestigious Tadar Tang
Memorial State Level Soccer Tournament beginning at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun
on September 22.
However, the fresh flood in the state, especially eastern districts, has posed as
great problem to many participating teams to reach the state capital as road communications
to many districts have been cut off by the latest wave of flood. Five teams have
arrived here till the filing of this report this evening and the rests are expected
to arrive here tomorrow. Tirap, Changlang and Anjaw districts are not participating
in the tournament.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram would attend the inaugural function to encourage
the football players since sports sector has been accorded one of top priority sectors
by the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Siram
would be accompanied by Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya.
Expert suggests legislation for compulsory livestock vaccination
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: KK Sharma, senior scientist of Indian Coordinated Research Project
on FMD, Regional Research Centre, AAU, Guwahati suggested for enforcing compulsory
vaccination of cattle by bringing out a legislation by the state government to control
the occurrence of foot and mouth disease (FMD) in animals.
Strict regulation should also be enforced on import of cattle and swine from other
states to control the disease in the state, Sharma said while taking part in a seminar
on FMD and Swine fever at Bomdila.
Organized by Department of Animal Husbandry, Veterinary and Dair Development department
and sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh State Veterinary Council, this programme was a
part of the continued veterinary education (CVE), an activities of professional efficiency
development programme for the veterinarians. The District Veterinary Officers from
15 districts along with two Veterinary Officers each and the senior officers from
Directorate office, Itanagar participated in the seminar to listen to the scientific
discourse from learned scientist from the Faculty of Veterinary Science (AAU) Guwahati.
Dr. N Nahardeka, Professor cum Senior Scientist of AICRP on goat, AAU Guwahati delivered
a lecture on prospect on goat rearing in Arunachal Pradesh. He gave preference on
Assam Hill Goat for rearing in lower region of the state and Chegu, Gaddi and Changhangi
breed of goat (goat found in hill areas of Himachal and J& K) in the higher regions
of the state.
Dr. Nagendra Nath Barman, Professor, Deptt of Microbiology, College of Veterinary
Science AAU Guwahati spoke on Swine Fever and its control measures.
Dr. B. Biswakarma presented a brief report on prevalence of infectious disease in
livestock in Arunachal Pradesh in last five years and the steps taken by the Department
to evolve a policy on animal migration control mechanism, cent percent vaccination
of endemic pockets and also formation of immune belt along the border of Assam to
control spread of disease.
The recommendations of the seminar will be sent to the Govt. of India as well as
the State Government for use in policy formulation.
Earlier, Dr. Habung Taniya, Registrar State Veterinary Council explained the objective
of Continued Veterinary Education for the Veterinarians in services which aims to
improve the professional knowledge and competence among the veterinarians to provide
He requested field officer to be proactive and equipped with latest technical knowledge
to face the challenge of disease that we are facing in containing the disease. He
also gave emphasis on mass awareness campaign involving NGOs to control the disease.
Dr Nyokar Taipodia, highlighted on treatment and awareness camp in FMD affected places
of Kalakthang, Morshing, Domkho, Shergaon and Thrizino where more than 600 cattle,
mithun and yaks were treated.
The seminar was inaugurated by Rinchin Tashi, the Deputy Commissioner of West Kameng
Incessant rain cripples life in Siang valley
RUKSIN, Sept 20: Chopper Service between Pasighat and Tezu has been suspended temporarily
due to inclement weather since yesterday.
Normal life in Siang Valley and adjoining Lower Dibang Valley has been paralysed
due to heavy rains. Rain also caused massive damage to urban and sub-urban roads,
standing crops and irrigation channels.
Road communication along Pasighat-Panging highway and Koyu-Kora road remained disrupted
as restoration work could not be taken up due to inclement weather.
According to Indian Meteorology report, the areas in East Siang witnessed 13 rainy
days till date in the current months. The highest rainfall recorded on September
13 was 168.2 mm. The district received rainfall in July and August was 1628.1 mm
and 479.6 mm respectively. The figures were 379.6 mm and 409.8 mm last year.
However, plenty downpour during the month of September is an abnormal phenomenon
in the region and the people didn’t witness it for the last five years. The contrasting
weather baffles experts as well as the laymen as it may create food crisis in the
The MET report said the continuous rainfall has occurred due to depression in the
Bay of Bengal. MET forecast earlier revealed that the Bay of Bengal branch of Southwest
Monsoon was heading towards NE region picking up more moisture from the Bay of Bengal
and the winds arrived at the Eastern Himalayas with large amounts of rain. It was
said that monsoon would remain active in NE region including Arunachal Pradesh from
early July to first week of August this year. But, the experts have been observing
that monsoon this time is active even after end of third week of September.
Heavy rainfall during first week of this month dampened spirit of Solung festival
in the area and it also dampened the joy of Biswakarma puja.
Preparation for mega Tawang festival
Tawang, Sept 20: A meeting regarding the preparations for the Mega Tawang Festival
was held in the Conference hall of the Tawang deputy commissioner here yesterday.
Sonam Chombay, Secretary Tourism while briefing the main motive of organizing such
festival, said “It is because of such events that Tawang today have become a famous
tourist destination. Sonam also stressed for better coordination among the populace
of the district to make the festival a successful one.
“Despite financial constrain, the Government has approved for the Tawang festival
which will be held annually. So the administration must be very realistic and rational
in framing the estimates for the festival without compromising on quality,” said
Sonam while urging the members of different sub-committees of the festival to draw
a check list, plan of action and submit the estimates for the approval of the government.
Tawang the DC Kemo Lollen urged all the members present to work sincerely and with
dedication so as to make Tawang a global tourist destination. Lollen also stressed
on better management and coordination among the members so as to make this event
a successful one.
Tsetan Chombay, President YUVA Arunachal, who has been appointed as the Festival
Director, gave a power point presentation and outline structure of the events for
the festival. He urged for suggestions and feedback from the members regarding the
The meeting discussed in length the preparations/suggestions with respect to the
HoDs of the district and public leaders attended the meeting.
It is to be mentioned here that Minister for RWD & Tourism Pema Khandu, in a meeting
here on Septometer 10 announced that the 5 days Tawang Festival, 2012 (previously
called Buddha Mahotsav) would be held from 26 to 30 October at Tawang. Cultural shows,
exhibition and food stalls, adventure sports and showcasing of various tourist and
religious places of the district would be the main attractions of the event. DIPRO
Never be discouraged by challenges in life: Anu Swami
WAKRO, Sept 20: “When you boil carrot, it softens, eggs when boiled harden and the
coffee beans spread their colour in the entire water if boiled. So friends never
be discouraged by challenges in life. Spread your inner joy all around even in adverse
situations like the coffee beans” said His Holiness Sri Sri Anubhavananda as he appreciated
the Apnes who braved extreme bad weather in conducting their annual day celebration
Appreciating the harmony of the KGBV and Apnes the saint who gave away the Apna Annual
Academic Awards, expressed satisfaction that the ASSET is grooming the children in
To the delight of the Apnes, staff and the general public Anu Swamiji blessed the
AVB in a confident assurance saying, “The Apna Vidya Bhavan is bound to be one of
the best schools in the world.” He further assured that the school will grow leaps
and bounds and that he will ensure that the urgent infrastructural and other needs
of the school are provided for.
Anu Swamiji dedicated the 7th and 8th classrooms of the Apna Vidya Bhavan, constructed
by Arun K Lal and Vikram Daiya. Swamiji also laid the foundation for the Maiyya Shaanta
Girls Hostel in the presence of Col S B Mishra, CO 12 Assam, Savita Nagananda, and
Patam Rangmang, ZPM. The hostel will be built out of the assistance provided by Savita
Nagananda of Mumbai.
Savita who is inspired by saintly mother Maiyya Shaanta of Amravati, lauded the school
and management for the good job done. Maiyya Shaanta has been closely interacting
with and guiding Anugrah.
Col S B Mishra, CO 12 Assam, who witnessed the determination of the Apnes in going
ahead conducting the school function in spite of the extremely hostile weather with
rain pouring for the past one week appreciated the Apnes saying “ I cannot motivate
these young energetic Apnes as they are adequately self motivated lot.” The Commanding
Officer also gave away annual sports awards.
Patam Rangmang, Zilla Parishad Member of Wakro gave away the annual athletic awards
and thanked Anu Swamiji for having started the AVB. He informed the saint that the
school was much needed and that many are getting quality education due to the dedicated
services of the teachers and staff. Expressing gratitude on behalf of the general
public and local panchayat he further said that the assistance extended for construction
of girls hostel will do wonders to the society as Wakro has a low female literacy
rate. Swamiji's blessings and help will ever be remembered with gratitude and we
will all follow his footsteps in serving the people and society with devotion he
The joyous Apnes presented colourful cultural program which was appreciated by the
saint and audience. Swami Anubhavananda closely interacted with teachers and staff
ands later visited the Apne library to interact with Satyanarayanan Mundayoor. Swamiji
conveyed his salutation and love to the dedicated social worker for his ceaseless
devotion to Arunachal and commitment to the cause of selfless service.
MLA donates one ambulance and a hearse vehicle
KHONSA, Sept 20: One Ambulance and a Hearse vehicle (body carrier) was flagged off
today at District Hospital Khonsa by MLA Kamthok Lowang in presence of SP Khonsa
Vikramjit Singh and other Heads of department. The ambulance and the hearse vehicle
were donated by Lowang from his MLALD fund.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. K. Perme, DMO in-charge informed the huge gathering
that patients dying at District Hospital Khonsa by and large are poor people coming
from far flung village and hence it will be a great boon for the people of Tirap
including newly created Longding district.
The ceremony was followed by fruit, snacks distribution and a feast to the indoor
patients of the Hospital which the MLA had sponsored.
Later, at an interactive meeting, reacting to some of the acute problems faced by
Health workers the MLA told the gathering that he was well aware of the acute shortage
of manpower in the hospital and effort to solve the crisis was not only his responsibility
but from all corners. He requested the staff members not to compound the problem
by remaining absent from duty. He assured that top priority shall be given for regular
water and electricity supply in the hospital.
Parl. Secy inaugurates school at Lazu
Parliamentary Secretary DoTC and SWWCD Yumsen Matey inaugurated a school building
and a community hall amidst a huge gathering at Lazu circle headquarters yesterday.
Later a meeting was held with Rajas, GBs, PR Leaders and public of Lazu circle, Matey
asked the teachers, students and parents to accord top priority to studies adding
that no society would make any headway without education.
Speaking on the occasion MLA Kamthok Lowang lauded the effort of Lazu MLA and asked
the people to extend their fullest co-operation to him so that he could bring more
development. He said that Lazu circle has a long way to go to catch up with the other
more developed places. He also urged upon local people to opt horticulture or agriculture
instead of poppy cultivation.
Tirap DC Sachin Sindhe asked the youth to shun opium as it has the potential to destroy
the society. He asked the people to work hard and assured all possible help from
Tirap SP Vikranjit Singh expressed the tourism potential in Lazu which if explored
could fetch lot of tourists.
CO Lazu, HoDs and Public also spoke on the occasion. The public leaders praised Matey
for ushering in unprecedented development in Lazu area in his first term as their
Road communication and transportation system in Upper Siang
Road plays a vital role in socio economic development of a country or state. No one
can imagine any development without a well-developed road communication and transportation
The present condition of the road communication in Upper Siang can easily be judged
by going through this article.
The 'Yingkiong-Mariyang Road' was constructed way back in 1971-72. This 52-km-long
road, connecting, Mariyang, the sub-divisional headquarters is yet to be black-topped.
There is no maintenance of drain, culvert etc. Jungles on the roadside are never
cleared. Barring some passenger carrying Tata Sumos, no heavy vehicle like bus, truck
can ply on this ill-maintained road. The road seems to be parent-less despite existence
of two PWD divisions - one at Mariyang and another at Yingkiong.
Over the last 29 years, the condition of the road remained more or less the same
except construction of few culverts and steel suspension bridges at Lakru over Yamne
river. The road from Mariyang to Mopom/Adipasi via Damro is a bit better than Yingkiong-Mariyang
road. The worst stretch is from Sili to Mopom via Padu. The PMGSY road from Mopom
to Adipasi (Sibuk) is good till date. The PMGSY road from landslide hit Geku to Katan
started deteriorating due to lack of maintenance.
The shortest inter-district headquarters road connection between Yingkiong and Pasighat
is possible from Zeru to Yingkiong via Katan, Sumsing linking BRO main road at Geku
which has approximate distance of 88 km which is shorter than distance between Yingkiong
and Pasighat via Mariyang (132 km) and Yingkiong and Pasighat via Pangin (168 kms).
Only two villages under Mariyang-Geku constituency, namely Pongging and Pekimodi
are left unconnected by land road.
The Tuting-Yingkiong assembly segment has the vast geographical extent than the Geku-
Mariyang and is divided into mainly two banks, left bank and right bank by Siang
river. Right from Jengging bordering East Siang, the BRO road is reaching upto Tuting-
Gelling passing through Karko, Gosang, Ramsing, Moying, Bomdo, Janbo, Mossing, Migging,
Panggo, Ningging villages and then Tuting and Gelling.
The road is narrow but the process is being initiated for widening the road by the
authority concerned. Few villages of the left bank still remained unconnected by
land road. Right from Yingkiong, the PWD katcha motorable road is reaching upto Likor
village via Gette and Pugging. A new earth-cutting construction is in progress from
Likor to Palling. From Palling to Hingging, Angging, Zido, Ngamying, Kugging, Nyereng,
Payindem, Yortung, Mankota, Deokota, Tasigong, Silipu, Simuge, Old Singa, Singa and
Simuli there is no road connectivity.
Unless the BRO comes forward to construct the road in the greater interest of the
public, particularly the people living in this remote and backward area, the dream
will remain a distant dream.
The common public have more faith on BRO, the largest road executing agency in the
country, than the state PWD. The people also opined that maintenance fund provision
should be given for the road where State Trans-Highway construction agency/company
has not yet started the earth cutting work.
Further, if an inter-district road is constructed from Damro to Anini covering the
areas Daaseng, Geymik, Geyro, Pesang Yorbe, Diti etc., it would definitely help exploit
and utilize the forest resources of the said area which would boost the economic
condition of the people and earn revenue for the state government. Some of the areas
can also be declared as “National Wildlife Sanctuary' or 'National Park' etc.
This area can be termed as 'Hidden Land' or 'Undiscovered Land' as no officer/bureaucrat,
technocrat, public leader, VIP, VVIP have ever visited there because of unavailability
Cash reward stands
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: 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.
‘Remove illegal structures from RoW’
ITANAGAR Sep 20: The Capital Complex District Magistrate accompanied by Chief Estate
Officer-cum-ADM, ADC, EAC (Jud), CO Naharlagun, EE Highway Division, PWD, Nirjuli
and other officers visited the sites on Sept 17 where illegal encroachments has been
done within right of Way (RoW) of NH52-A at Naharlagun area from A Sector to Barapani.
During the site inspection, it was noticed that numerous constructions of temporary
structure, Semi-permanent and RCC structure have come up within RoW. A notice was
affixed on the spot to remove the illegal structures on or before Sept 27, otherwise,
it would be removed by District Administration without further notice.
Training programme on disease management for farmers
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: A day-long training programme on ‘Diseases Management of Rice
crop was organized on request of farmers by KVK Upper Siang at Kumku Dere here today.
The paddy crops in the area are affected by Bacterial leaf blight and other diseases
like Helminthosporium leaf spot, Blast, Sheath Blight. Subject matter specialist
Dr. Tasso Tabin educated the farmers about disease symptoms and their management.
The chief coordinator of Farmer Club and ASM of the village urged the concern departments
and MLA to assess the ground situation and extend financial assistance to affected
farmers. The club members expected more cooperation from other departments in solving
the problem of farmers of Kumku in particular and Upper Siang in general. The special
programme was attended by all the panchayat members and around 70 to 80 farmers.
Hardcore NSCN cadre nabbed
ITANAGAR, Sept 20: Assam Rifles (AR) yesterday apprehended a hard-core NSCN (IM)
cadre in Tirap.
A well planned operation by AR personnel was carried out in Deomali which led to
the apprehension of SS Pvt Somiya Tangkhaul, Naga Army (No. 40458). Extortion note
signed by SS Col Hormi Tangkhul and a mobile phone along with sim card were recovered
from the cadre. SS Pvt Somiya Tangkhul is a resident of Hungdung village of Ukhrul
Universal Brotherhood Day celebrated
ITANAGAR Sep 20: The Universal Brotherhood Day was celebrated in a befitting manner
at VKV, Itanagar on Sept 19.
Addressing the students, IGP Sanjay Baniwal advised them to set a goal and study
with devotion to fulfill their dreams in life. He also appreciated the sincere work
of Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalaya, Itanagar in providing quality education.
K Jaisankar, Senior Teacher explained the importance of Swamiji’s Chicago address
and its impact in the western world towards Universal tolerance and acceptance of
all religion. Principal S.C. Dixit also addressed the gathering while J. Guruvayya
anchored the programme.
Large number of parents and students witnessed the attractive cultural programmed
presented by students. The function ended with Shanti Mantra by all.
Keep away from politics at school level, DC urges students
Ziro, Sept 20: Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner Taru Talo paid visit to Govt.
Higher Secondary School , Ziro and interacted with the students, specially the students
of class XI and XII, and advised them to guide and motivate the juniors in the school.
He advised them to main discipline and study hard to achieve success.
“This is the time to study. It is good to be aware of the political issues and scenarios
around you, but keep yourself away from politics at the school level. Politics in
the school will hamper the ambience and the learning environment of the institution”
said Talo. To address to your grievances there is a student welfare and management
committee, he informed the students and asked them to concentrate more on their academic
He also extended his full support to encourage and help the school emerge as an ideal
Later, the DC met the School management board members and discussed various issues
related to the school. DIPRO
Training on bio pesticides
Tawang, Sept 20: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tawang conducted training for the farmers
at Changprong village today wherein the subject matter specialist on Plant Protection
dwelt at length on the importance and application of bio-pesticides in different
SMS on Agril Extension spoke on the importance of building capacity of SHG members
on various farming activities.
Later in the discussion session, the resource person advised the farmers on different
plant protection measures to be adopted to manage the pests and diseases prevailing
in crop fields. Altogether 25 farmers participated in the training.
Voter registration training for master trainers
PASIGHAT, Sept 20: Voter registration training for master trainers of East Siang,
Upper Siang and West Siang districts was conducted in the Conference Hall of Deputy
Commissioner here today.
East Siang deputy commissioner R K Mishra while briefing the importance of the training
said that the training will help in smooth preparation of the electoral rolls and
bring transparency in the election process. He advised them to encourage and instill
confidence in the minds of the voters to ensure more participation in the election
process. Proper knowledge of the election process will help in smooth preparation
of EPIC cards and conduct of free and fair elections, he said.
Training on Voters Registration, Constitutional and Legal provisions on registration,
EPIC, Overseas & Service voters, SVEEP for Voters Registration etc. were imparted
through power point presentation.
Group discussions and Course evaluation were the other activities of the occasion.
The training was attended by EROs and AEROs of the three district.
Toko Babu, EAC and Liken Koyu, CO (State Trainers) were also present. DIPRO
67 days have passed. The culprits involved in the July 15 attack on The Arunachal
Times associate editor Tongam Rina are still at large.
This is in reference to news item ‘APPDSU cries foul’( Sept 20) regarding residents
of other district getting selected under Papum Pare rural quota for IRBn and APPBn
constable posts conducted by Arunachal Pradesh Police.
The student body has raised very valid point. Papum Pare Rural quota is exclusively
reserved for indigenous citizens of the district and therefore recruitment of people
from other districts for seats reserved for indigenous citizen is very wrong. I myself
had gone through the result in online and got shocked to see citizens of other districts
got selected. We understand that Arunachal belongs to everyone but when it comes
to job recruitment we can’t compromise as it is matter of right.
Papum Pare rural area is backward and many poor people live in these areas. There
are places like Mengio which till now does not have proper road connectivity. The
recruitment for APPBn/IRBn has provided job opportunities to many poor youths of
Papum Pare rural areas. There opportunities are being taken away by people from other
districts. This is wrong and it may set a wrong precedent. Also such kind of illegal
recruitment process may anger the unemployed youths.
Papum Pare superintendent of police is himself a native citizen of Papum Pare rural
and he should have never let such thing happened. Because of such kind of illegal
recruitment that people doubt the entire process of police recruitment. Therefore,
I support demand put by All Papum Pare District Students Union. APP should rectify
the mistake before things go out of control.
T Tahin, Naharlagun
The government property is public property !!!
Encroachment in Pasighat, the oldest town of Arunachal Pradesh, is a common sight.
You won’t believe it, but believe me, it’s unbelievable that the town culture here
would make everyone rich overnight if you have the guts to encroach more and more
land. Even most obedient citizen would not mind to encroach government land, here
everyone is free to encroach and occupy their favorite portion of land in town for
any purpose that can only be explained by none other than encroacher itself. Encroaching
a plot of government land is much more easier than to book a hotel room in Pasighat.
Fortunately, in the heart of town you can find a large green paddy field producing
large amount of oxygen which is miraculously excluded from municipal area and becomes
a mystery to every one.
Pasighat is a most lovable town, where building plots are offered only to rich and
privileged class only, the possible reason may be that a poor unemployed youth cannot
run the business upto public expectation. Pasighat glitteringly reflects the sign
of unity and national integration as non-tribals here become land owners and local
tribal Arunachalees purchase land from outsider(s) ! A government quarter once allotted,
its surrounding becomes permanent plot for the occupant of the quarter. The saying
that “the government property is public property” may be appropriate to mention here.
My Pasighat has something for everybody, for public and government servant as well.
Nong Perme, Pasighat
FDI and retail business
Through your esteemed daily I would like to oppose the FDI in retail sector. The
government of India is keen on permitting FDI in the retail industry and many foreign
or India-based foreign organizations may take part in these trading competitions
that will kill the business of local trading community. The already existing super
market culture has prevented the growth of small time retailers in urban, semi urban
and rural areas. Retail trade contributes around 10-11 per cent of India’s GDP and
currently employee over 4 cores peoples. Traditional form of low -cost retail trade,
from the owners who are operating local shops and the general stores to the handcraft
and pavement vendors together form the bulk of this sector.
The most important factor which is against allowing FDI in retail sector is that
small traders will not able to compete with the big players and thus cease to exist.
It is assumed that initially foreign stores would keep the prices of their products
low in order to attract their customers & eliminate their competitors. But with the
time they would establish their monopoly in Indian markets & hence quality and price
of products would be compromised. It would be like “Bringing back East India Company.
Also in a country like India where millions of people are semi-skilled, it is the
retail sector which offers them source of earning as one can easily open a small
shop with a little capital, whereas this FDI will cause an unemployment problem and
give a violent blow to small-scale entrepreneurship, as the small traders would make
a forced exit. The government should understand that before approving any policy
reform in the retail sector it must create jobs in other sectors which can accommodate
Bajrang Lal Pancharia
Emission control measures
Scientists identified 14 emission control measures that, when applied together, could
reduce global warming by around 0.5 degrees Celsius by 2050, avoid up to 4.7 million
premature deaths, and boost crop yields by up to 135 million metric tonnes by 2030.
Both black carbon and methane in the atmosphere warm the climate, and black carbon
is dangerous to health when inhaled. Methane is also responsible for boosting the
production of ozone — a gas that is useful for life on Earth when high up in the
atmosphere where it screens some of the sun's radiation, but is dangerous lower down
in the atmosphere where it damages plants, reducing agricultural productivity, and
The range of technological and regulatory measures, include targeting methane emissions
from livestock and rice farming, and black carbon emissions from cooking stoves.
The estimated benefits of cutting these emissions would far outstrip the costs of
doing so, the authors said.
South Asia and central Africa would reap the most health benefits and the Middle
East would see the best yield improvements. This is because black carbon does not
disperse evenly throughout the atmosphere and so cutting its emissions also has different
China and India combined could grow 20 million extra tonnes of crops as a result.
Brazil, Pakistan and the United States would also see great gains. Overall, gains
could be worth around US$8 billion per year globally, the scientists claim.
Because black carbon, methane and ozone have short lifetimes, cutting them brings
a quicker climate and health response than cutting CO2 emissions.
Energy industry is the largest methane, black carbon and also carbon dioxide emitter.
Relying on short-term reductions from ozone gases and black carbon is not a complete
solution. What is needed is combine approach with long-term carbon reduction schemes.