September 01

Relief distributed

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The members of Halo Society, a local NGO and Arunachal Pradesh State Hospital, Naharlagun today visited the Gyan Mission Orphanage, Chimpu and distributed relief materials to the orphanage.

The kitchen, dining hall and store room including essential kitchen commodities of the orphanage were completely burnt down in a devastating fire which broke out at the orphanage campus few days back. The visiting members also interacted with the kids.

Meanwhile, the orphanage management has expressed its deep sense of gratitude to the visitors for their love and help in this time of need.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: A day-long mass social service was organized at Chimpu under the sponsorship of I-Bhatt Panchayat in collaboration with All Chimpu Village Youth Association (ACVYA) and Society for Advancement& Recreation in Rural Areas (SARRA).

Aimed at generating awareness amongst the villagers about cleanliness and hygiene, the drive was equally participated by ZPM I- Borum, Bamang Anand, other PRI leaders, youth leaders and the general public.


Review meeting held

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Jt. Director, Women and Child Development Dept. T P Loyi conducted a review meeting with CDPOs and staff of Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley district in the office chamber of DD (ICDs) on August 27. Both districts has 6 sanctioned ICDs projects.

The CDPOs highlighted about the project under them, achievements and problems faced within their respective projects in the meeting. The review meeting discussed the need of constructing store rooms in every ICDs project so that RBTE items can be well stored. The CDPOs of Dibang Valley District claimed that they are not receiving RTE since long.

The joint director insisted on sensitization of PRIs with regards to various schemes and programmes implemented by the department. She also emphasized on the need to put effort by CDPOs to work along with health department to observe village health and nutrition day.

The Joint Director along with DD (ICDs) visited Anganwadi Centres and took stock of the functioning of AWCs and Director supervisory staffs and AWWs to carry out utmost sincerity and devotion in their duties.

The Jt. Director also called on Lower Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Shiv Kumar and apprised him of various schemes implemented by the department.


Interaction prog of Anganwadi workers

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: An interaction programme of Anganwadi workers and helpers was held under the initiative of Councillor cum ‘Member’ Empowered Standing Committee Taba Yall Nabam at women and Child Development Training Centre (WCDTG), Vivek Vihar here today.

The councilor took note of various problems faced by the Anganwadi Training Centre, workers and helpers. She also assured to take up various problems of state’s lone training centre, which lying in a ‘deplorable condition’, with the authorities concerned immediately.

She appealed to the anganwadi workers and helpers to discharge dutty sincerely for development of the society.

Earlier, the Principal of the training centre M Gao highlighted the various problems faced by the training centre.

The meeting was attended by child development project officer SC Tok, supervisors, gram sevikas, AW workers and helpers.

The Ward members of Ward No 5 also attended the programme and took active part in the discussion.


Youths resent poor construction of culverts

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: A team comprising youths of Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA), Hollongi Nyvgam Youth Association (HNYA) and supported by PRI leaders of the area under Balijan administrative circle, Papum Pare inspected all the culverts (bridges) being constructed using pipes within Hollongi Panchayat by the M/S TK Engineering and Consortium Pvt. Ltd. under the supervision of Public Works Department (PWD), Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh today.

During the joint visit, the team claims to have found that all the culverts (bridges) have been poorly built. The culverts are not only weak and outdated but also developing cracks and fissures which may not able to support heavy load of traffics.

Moreover, the culverts (bridges) have low water outflow capacity leading to stagnation of water and outflow causing the change of direction of stream. Further siltation in cultivable paddy fields due to absence of proper drainage systems for smooth flowing of water has caused heavy loss to the villagers, the release alleged.

Both the BCYA and HNYA have strongly urged the Public Works Department, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to immediately take stock of the situation and compensate the loss inflicted to the family concerned at the earliest.


Quarterly review meeting ends

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Three days HRG Validation cum Quarterly review meeting of TI NGO partners implementing HIV Programme under  Arunachal Pradesh State AIDS Control Society was organized by APSACS at ATI, D-Sector, Naharlagun.

Dr. S. Kakoty, Project Director, APSACS and Dr. Riken Rina, Jt. Director (BSD), APSACS attended the meeting and addressed the NGO partners. Dr. Kakoty stressed on the quality of service delivery, while Dr. Rina had spoken at length on issues pertaining to HIV testing at ICTCs and STI management.

Resource persons Sobhagya, Regional Technical Officer (Intravenous Drug Users) and R. Hussain, Regional Technical Officer (Migrants & Truckers) from National AIDS Control Organization, North East Regional Office, Ministry of H&FW, GOI, Guwahati had taken up the technical session.

NGO representatives including Komoli Mossang, Madang Sonam, Taba Manglam, S.K. Singh, the Project Managers, various Stakeholders and community members actively participated the three days programme.


Sun Club to meet Donyi Sanggo in final

YINGKIONG, Aug 31: Sun Club beat Bogum FC 3-1 to enter the final of the Solung football tournament here today.

The Sun Club team will meet Donyi Sanggo team from Damro in the final Trophy tomorrow. DIPRO


Sakuntala crowned Miss Lune Upper Siang, 2013

YINGKIONG, Aug 31: Sakuntala Mitkong was crowned Miss Lune Upper Siang, 2013 at Multipurpose Community Hall yesterday evening. Ponung Darang and Mijeena Pertin were adjudged the first runners up and second runners up respectively.

Sakuntala is the daughter of Yasu Mitkong, a Govt. employee serving at Mariyang. Ponung is daughter of Lt. Taying Darang of Komsing village and Mijeena is daughter of Adong Pertin, EAC and Oma Tamuk (Pertin) of Damro village under Mariyang Sub-Division.

Winner Lune was awarded a scooty while the first runners up and the 2nd runners up were given a laptop and cash prize of Rs. 15,000 respectively. DIPRO


CM to inaugurate army recruitment rally

ITANAGAR, Aug 31:  The Indian army in coordination with district administration is all set to conduct recruitment rally for the eligible youth from all over the state at General Football Ground Aalo from 2nd to 8th September. The Branch Recruiting Officer from Jorhat Col. M.K. Gupta is closely monitoring all arrangements like barricade, tents, installation of computers, electrification, drainage clearance, food and lodging, provision of toilet and drinking water and briefed in detail the process of recruitment.

West Siang Deputy Commissioner M.K. Sahoo, M Loyi ADC, Dy. SP, Col G.S. Chundawat with rank and file of army and heads of department associated with the ground preparation were also present in the ground to look into the shortcomings for the rally. The State Chief Minister Nabam Tuki will inaugurate the rally on Sept 2. (DIPRO)


GSU educational and social awareness tour concludes

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The 16 days educational and social awareness tour of Galo Students Union (GSU) concluded at Tirbin with the team holding its last campaign at Govt. Secondary School on August 28.

The tour with theme ‘Kaju School Inlaju’ aimed at creating educational and social awareness among Galo people and taking stock of various problems faced by the students and schools in Galo inhabited area.

The GSU team interacted with various govt. authorities, teachers, students and public of all the visited areas and made an attempt to study the developmental activities and also the shortcomings of those same.  

The union has decided to take up the issues with the authorities concerned after the conduction of the next executive body meeting of the union.

Chairman cum Secretary General of GSU has expressed gratitude to all the resource persons, including Dr. Emi Rumi, Mohen Rina, JDSE, Jarjum Ete, for sparing their valuable time to be the part of the tour and the public.

He also thanked AAPSU and NESO team for joining the GSU team at Donyi Polo Govt. College Kamki.


Speaker to attend 59th CPAC

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Legislative Assembly Speaker Wanglin Lowangdong has left for New Delhi to attend the 59th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Conference to be held at Johannesburg, South Africa from September 1 to 6 next.

He will also be undertaking study tour to Australia, Japan and Korea.


KKSU conducts educational awareness tour

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Kargu Kardi Students’ Union (KKSU) inspected various schools within its jurisdiction during its education awareness programme and took stock of various problems faced by schools and students.

According to a KKSU release, various schools, including Govt. Sec. School Darak, GHSSs, Liromoba, Yomcha, Upper Primary Schools, Essi Kerte, Boje Lite and Tai were facing shortage of teachers.

Meanwhile, the union, in a memorandum has appealed to the director of school education to post a Science teacher (PCM) and English teacher at Darak Govt. Sec. School, English, Hindi, Economics, Geography, History and mathematics teachers (S/T) at GHSS, Liromoba, Economics (S/T) and Hindi (J/T) teachers at Govt. Hr. Sec School, Yomcha.

It also demanded for immediate posting of one Mathematics, English, Hindi, Social Science, Science (J/T) teacher each at Govt. Upper Primary Schools, Essi Kerte, Boje Lite and Tai.

KKSU also urged the DSE to provide sufficient quarters for teachers in those mentioned schools.


News Impact

Question mark over use of Rs 144281.53 lakh upfront money

Taba Ajum

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: After a brief hiatus, hydro dollar is again raining in the state. Government of Arunachal recently signed a memorandum with NEEPCO Ltd for construction of mega dam Siang Upper Stage-II on river Siang at Upper Siang district. The  state Govt received a whopping Rs 5000.00 Lakhs (Treasury challan No.5 dtd.31/05/2013) as upfront money from NEEPCO.

Altogether state government signed 8 MoU/MoA with various hydro power developers this year only. The total number of MoU/MoA signed till date is 233. Majority of the rivers of state has been sold to private developers and very few rivers remain untouched. However the big question is there any accountability of huge upfront money received from hydro power developers?

This year alone Govt received Rs 5246.65 Lakh upfront money. The hydro boom started in the year 2005 when Govt of Arunachal started inviting private companies to develop hydropower projects. In the year 2005-06 state government received Rs 1488.00 lakh as upfront money followed by Rs 4072.25 lakh in 2006-07, Rs 34720.85 lakh (2007-08), Rs 51962.76 lakh (2008-09), Rs 22916. 98 lakh (2009-10), Rs 18100.34 lakh (2010-11), Rs 5624.65 lakh (2011-12) and Rs 149.05 lakh (2012-13). The total amount received as upfront money starting from the year 2005-06 to present is whopping Rs 144281.53 lakhs. It’s a massive amount of money for the state like Arunachal Pradesh which depends on central government for every single developmental project.

National Hydroelectric Power Corporation Ltd (NHPC) paid an advance of Rs 225 crore to the state government for 3000 MW Dibang Multipurpose Project on river Dibang. This money was supposedly to be used for reviving ailing Apex Bank, however, the situation of bank have not improved much till date. As per the agreement, amount was to be recovered by NHPC with the interest of 9% per annum to be compounded annually from the value of free power which state Govt is entitled as per MoA. The NHPC has been authorized by state Govt for disposal of free power till the company recovers principle amount along with interest. It means state Govt will not able to use free power allotted to it from Dibang project until the advance paid is cleared. Such instance clearly shows that politicians are only interested in receiving upfront money and hardly worries about future consequences.

In all the cases it has been noticed that government went on to sign MoU/MoA with private developers without consulting the affected villagers.

The Dibang Multipurpose Project and Lower Siang Hydro Electric Project witnessed bitter opposition from the project affected local citizens. The recently signed Siang Upper Stage-II project is also beginning to face heat from the local citizens who are dead against construction of dam on river Siang. This month on August 17 and 26 respectively massive protest against proposed Siang Upper Stage-II project was held at Yingkiong and Riga village. Hydro proponent often argues that for the development of Arunachal “we have no choice but to go for construction of mega dams over various rivers of state.” However the construction of large number of mega dams can have serious environmental impact in the future. Also many questions remain unanswered over the use of upfront money.



Former minister Niani Natung passes away

One-day state mourning declared

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Former Minister and senior Congress leader Niani Natung breathed her last at GNRC, Guwahati at 11.45 am today after a brief illness.

Hailing from Pakke Kessang Assembly constituency, East Kameng district, late Niani Natung became the first lady minister from Nyishi community after the demise of her husband Late Dera Natung, former education  minister.  She was holding the post of vice president of Arunachal Pradesh Mahila Congress Committee at the time of her death. She left behind two sons and two daughters, according to party sources.

After the death of the then Education Minister Dera Natung in a helicopter crash near Sessa, West Kameng district on 8th May 2001, Late Niani Natung was sworn in as Minister of State for Social Welfare.  She won the by-election of the Pakke-Kesang Assembly seat in East Kameng district, which was conducted on 20th September 2001.  Her husband Late Dera Natung won the seat three times, (1990, 1995 and 1999).

Later, she also served as Chairperson of the State Social Welfare Board.   

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma condoled the sad demise of former Minister of State, Niani Natung.

Joining all the people in offering prayer for eternal peace of the departed soul, Governor said that in her death the State has lost an admired and dedicated social worker. She always stood for the welfare of poor and downtrodden. The people of Arunachal Pradesh will always cherish her fond memories. Chief Nabam Tuki has also expressed grief over the demise of former Minister Niani Natung today. The state government has declared a day of State-Mourning on September 1.

Tuki remembered Late Natung as a simple and honest woman, who was an able partner of her late husband, Dera Natung, who was one of the most dynamic and visionary minister and leader witnessed by Arunachal Pradesh.

He offered his condolences to the bereaved family members and prayed that they be bestowed with enough strength to bear the irreparable loss.

Health and Family Welfare Minister Atum Welly has mourned the demise of Niani Natung.

In his condolence message, he wrote, the premature death of Niani Natung is a great loss to the people of East Kameng district in particular and to the state as a whole.

She was the 3rd woman MLA of East Kameng district. The people of East Kameng district will always remember her for the sacrificed she and her family made for the welfare of the Nyishi people.

“My family joins me to convey our heartfelt condolence and pray to the almighty god to give enough strength and courage to the bereaved family members and may the departed soul rest in peace.”

The Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) also mourning the untimely demise termed her as an active, hard working and an energetic lady who served the party with sincerity and dedication and made immense contribution for all-round development of the state as a politician and a social worker. Her untimely demise is a great loss to the INC party in particular and the state as a whole. Her immense contribution for the welfare of the state will always be remembered by the people of the state.

APCC president, who is presently stationed at New Delhi and the rank and file of APCC prayed to the almighty god for the eternal peace of the departed soul and bestow strength to the bereaved family members to bear the irreparable loss caused.

Bharatiya Janata Party, Arunachal Pradesh  expressed deep shock over the sudden demises of Niani Natung.

Recalling the contributions of  late Niani  Natung, BJP said she  was the most vocal, pro-active and articulated former AAPSU activist during the eighty’s. She became eye openers for the students and other organizations in eradicating the social evils  prevailing in those days.  Apart from that, the people will remember her immense contribution as minister, the Party said.  The rank  and file of the BJP deeply mourned her demise and prayed her soul may rest on the eternal peace.



2nd day of Job Mela covers

western Arunachal

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Around 5000 youths from western Arunachal Pradesh representing eight districts of Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri and Kurung Kumey have attended the second day of the state government’s ambitious Job Mela cum Skill Development selection rally at Indira Gandhi Park here today.

Atleast 28 Vocational Training Providers (VTPs) were busy sensitizing the youths about job opportunities on various sectors within and outside state and imparting training in relevant skills for proper placements in different companies, besides grooming them for taking up self employment ventures.

The spectacular huge turn out of unemployed youths across the state is in fact ‘a good beginning for success’, as stated by state chief minister Nabam Tuki in his address here yesterday. Reiterating his government’s commitment to create employment avenues to provide sustainable livelihood to at least one lakh youths within five years, Tuki today hoped that the target may further exceed. He said that the government endeavors to provide social security, food security and livelihood security to the citizen through various programmes for a peaceful, tension free and crime free society in the state.

Speaking on vast employment avenues and career options in various public and private sectors, the chief minister hoped that with proper skill development, the youths will be gainfully employed for a decent living.

Speaking about the on going recruitment of 280 women police to man women police station being set up in all districts of the state, the chief minister also informed about the Army recruitment rally at Aalo from September 2 next and called upon the youths to participate in the rally.

Highlighting on self employment avenues in sectors like agriculture, horticulture and other allied sectors, he disclosed that such trainings will also be conducted in districts at the level of Deputy Commissioners every three months in future for selection of beneficiaries in a transparent manner.

On the occasion, he called upon the youths to avail maximum benefits of the opportunities at Job Mela for a bright future ahead and sought support and cooperation from all elected representatives at various levels cutting across political affiliations, NGOs and members of other civil societies in taking proactive role and work together for a sustainable development of the state.

Earlier, Principal Advisor to CM on Skill Development Sharda Prasad and Chief Secretary HK Paliwal addressed the job aspirants with words of advice.

INTUC Arunachal Pradesh branch president Padi Richo termed the event a trend setter, while Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries president Lala Techi lauded it as a novel initiative of GoAP, particularly CM and Industries Minister Tapang Taloh that would bring attitudinal change among the local youth and All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union president Kamta Lapung appreciated the move that would go a long way in skilling the local youth and end unemployment problem confronting the state.

Among others, the second day programme was attended by Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, Parliamentary Secretaries Thangwang Wangham and Takar Marde, besides other government officers.

All the VTPs including three from Arunachal Pradesh- National Youth Project, Itanagar, M/s Gorgeous Parlour-cum- Training Institute, Aalo and Indira Gandhi Technological & Medical Sciences University, Ziro gave their presentations on courses designed and offered on sectors of their specializations followed by individual counseling and selections of candidates in their trade of choice at their respective stalls.  

About 2100 candidates out of a total of about 4000 were selected on the first day of Job Mela covering 10 districts of West Siang, Upper Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Dibang Valley, Lohit, Changlang, Tirap, Longding and Anjaw. The third day of the mela will be devoted to candidates of capital complex for which a total of 4261candidates have registered in various trades. DIPR



Advocate attacked in court room

Bar Association demands action against wrong doers

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: West Siang District Bar Association (WSDBA) demanded strict action against the group of people who allegedly attacked advocate Mimar Basar  while  he was attending a court hearing in the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) cum EAC Otem Jamoh on Aug 29 at Tirbin.

In an emergency meeting held with WSDBA President Geli Ete on the chair, all the advocates of West Siang expressed their anguish over alleged barbaric attack on advocate Basar and sought the intervention of Chief Minister for immediate action against the wrong doers.

Giving details of the incident, the district bar association in a release said that advocate Basar was allegedly abused and humiliated by a teacher Gumyom Jilen in the JMFC chamber. Later he was allegedly physically attacked by an ex-ASM Bai Jilen.  The Association further alleged that instigated by G Jilen, Basar was also attacked and severely injured by a group of mob outside the court.

After the emergency meeting, WSDBA demanded immediate arrest of all the persons involved in the assault case and also demanded suspension of the teacher from his service for his alleged serious act of crime.  It further demanded a judicial enquiry into the ‘shame incident’.

Expressing concern over the repeated humiliation done to the advocates in Tirbin area, the Association   further requested the MLA Gojen Gadi to take step for safety and security of advocates.



Governor, CM greet people on Solung

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to the people of State on the festive occasion of Solung  to be celebrated across the state on Sunday.

Offering prayers to Doying-Bote and Kine-Naane to bless all with happiness and prosperity, the Governor expressed the hope that the festivity will usher-in bumper harvest, peace, and tranquility in the State.  

“Solung, one of the most colourful festivals of the State features the rich cultural heritage of Arunachal Pradesh. This socio-religious festival of Adi community, which is observed throughout the State with traditional gaiety and flavor facilitates in preserving the treasured age-old culture and traditional values,” the Governor said in his message.

“In his festival message here this evening, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki hoped that indigenous festivals would continue to be celebrated with traditional fervor and gusto. “Each tribe of ours has their own distinct culture and festivals that keep us rooted to our rich heritage and remind us our identity. Let’s celebrate each of these festivals with the same spirit not only to preserve our culture but also to spread the message of love and bonhomie,” Tuki said.

The Chief Minister joined members of the Adi community in offering prayers to Doying-Bote and Kine-Naane for a rich harvest, peace and prosperity for all.



Young entrepreneur caught in the web of deceit

Amar Sangno

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: For one Gomar Karlo, 23th August was “horrifying day” and the incident would surely keep haunting him for rest of his life.  

Gomar, a young entrepreneur at his 33 from Likabali in West Siang district has woken up by a call from his family on Friday morning informing him that he had been issued legal notice of Debt Recovery Tribunal, Guwahati with its O. A No. 216 of 2012 filed by UCO Bank, Itanagar Branch against debt of Rs 30, 15,772.

The unexpected information left Gomar speechless and dumbstruck with disbelief as he has been portrayed as defaulter in local dallies. However he somehow managed to control himself from being fainted and rushed back to Itanagar on the same day. On the way to Itanagar he realized that he is caught in web of deceit and the sky had fallen upon him.  Tormented young entrepreneur vowed to fight tooth and nail for justice and to save his clean image.

On the same day he lodged FIR with Itanagar police station with case No.179/13, U/S, 468/471/420/34 IPC, accordingly the capital police acted promptly and arrested fraudster one Bishu Saha, S/O Sri T. Saha, resident of PO/PS Harmoti, district North Lakimpur, Assam who used to be Gomar’s tenant.

“I am as surprised as anyone of my family members on legal notice of Debt Recovery Tribunal served by UCO bank, honestly I never been to UCO bank ever in my life” said Gomar in disbelief.

According to police, Saha duped Gomar by forging his  trading licence no. 2290/ Dated Itanagar, 28/6/05 with fictitious groceries business shop namely M/S Gyatri Enterprises  in which Gomar was proprietor having business place at C Sector, Gandhi Market Itanagar.

Interestingly UCO bank granted sanction to Bishu Saha worth of 10 lakh with interest rate 13.25% P.A with monthly rests on 02/02/2007. Later it enhanced the cash credit limit from Rs 10 lakh to Rs 25 lakh in 11/02/2008 with rate of interest 14.5% p.a.

Investigating officer informed this scribe that accused Saha had confessed that he forged Gomar name to obtain cash credit from UCO bank. Surprisingly UCO bank readily granted sanction to Saha without having cross check on his personal details under know your customers (KYC).

“I cannot believe how come UCO Bank could grant sanction to such a huge amount to anyone without verifying the facts” he added.  “I don’t want any local people become victim of fraudsters who are prowling around to strike at slight chance” Gomar firmly asserted.

Sources informed that in similar nature of fraud cases, the CBI had investigated against UCO bank on basis of FIR lodged by one Dr. Swapen Kumar Nandi Zonal Manager dated 11th February 2011 against then Chief Manager P.K Ghoshal and D K Roy now posted as senior manager UCO bank Jorhat, Assam. CBI later charge sheeted and the case is reportedly pending before the court of district and session court at Yupia.

“My incident should be eye-opener for others that a simple non APST tenant can go on such extent, which almost ruined my career and life” Gomar said with content.



No development without peace and work culture, says Byaling

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Where there is no peace and work culture, there can’t be development even if Govt. sanctioned fund and schemes, said Tanga Byaling, Minister Rural Development and Power (Elect.) while addressing the PRI members during the sensitization cum training workshop at Govt. Hr. Sec. School auditorium, Seppa yesterday. This is the second phase of centrally sponsored flagship programme being conducted by the RD dept. in coordination with the department of Panchayati Raj and SIRD.

Minister Byaling also spoke in detail about motive behind the programme which is for proper implementation of all RD schemes. He added that the programme is to educate the PRI members about their role and responsibilities before devolution of power to them. He called upon the PRI members not to play politics and apply party system in developmental matters stating that party system prevails only during election, when election is over, elected leader is for all. He advised them to maintain unity and proper coordination with the local MLA for development of their respective areas. He called upon the people to take income generated activities like poultry, agricultural and horticultural activities etc and not to depend only on Govt job.

Terming MGNREGA and IWMP as best schemes, he called on the BDOs to guide the rural people and carry out schemes in a transparent manner by doing good works. Adding that uploading of MIS and timely submission of UC was required for flow of fund he assured to allot fund for Panchayat Bhawan at Seppa.

Tarin Dakpe, Deputy Commissioner said the training programme is to educate, aware and enable the PRI members to do good works and also to monitor schemes of all RD programmes. He asked for selection of realistic schemes at the Gram Sabha level. He was hopeful that with the visit of minister the power requirement of East Kameng shall be fulfilled.

Tani Loffa, MLA cum Chairman Forest Corp., Tapuk Taku, MLA Cum Chairman, Sport Authority of Arunachal, Karya Bagang MLA and Meyuk Cheda, Chairperson Zilla Parishad also spoke on the occasion.

Minister also inspected 2X3.15 MVA including associated 11 KV lines at Seppa Township under NLCPR Scheme which will feed power from Khupi and 2X1500 KW Pacha Small Hydel Project after its Completion.

Accompanied him during the tour were the Secretary RD K. Dulom, Director RD Kemo Leker, Director P R N.Ete, Director SIRD and Er. J.Tato, Chief Engineer (Power) West zone.

Responding the protestors outside the Auditorium at Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Seppa, Minister assured immediate restoration of 33Kv line from Bana to Seppa; running of D.G. set till restoration and repair of hydro power problems at Pacha Hydel.(DIPRO)



Raj Bhawan felicitates Everesters

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: All the five Everesters of Arunachal Pradesh Tapi Mra, Anshu Jamsenpa, Tine Mena, Nima Lama and Tame Bagang and Arunachal Mountaineering and Adventure Sports Association (AMASA) president Tsering Wange on being invited called on Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt General (Rtd) Nirbhay Sharma at Raj Bhavan recently.

The Governor congratulated the Everest conquerors for their achievements in the field of mountaineering and presented a memento each to all the five Everesters.

He asked the Everest Conquerors to work in sync with the State Government and make Arunachal Pradesh number one state in adventure sports & adventure tourism in the country.

During the interaction, the AMASA president emphasized on opening up mountain expeditions to unexplored peaks, organizing adventure tourism awareness training programmes, formulating mountaineering policy on the lines of Nepal Government and opening up of international border route with Bhutan, China and Myanmar for trade and tourism.

The interactive session at Raj Bhawan was also attended by Capital DC Sanjay Goel, Director Sports & Youth Affairs D K Dinglow and Adventure Cell Incharge Dr K R Meetei.

The State Everesters accompanied by President AMASA also called on the Political Secretary to Chief Minister Bamang Tago in the CM Bungalow yesterday.

Meanwhile, the delegation appealed to the State Government to allocate more funds to the Department of Sports and Youth Affairs, Arunachal Tourism,  Sports  Authority of Arunachal and increase the corpus fund of Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) so that potential achievers of the state can be trained, groomed and honed properly.

Bamang stated that 10 percent reservation policy for sportspersons as announced by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and cash incentives will definitely encourage the upcoming sports persons in a big way.

The Everesters stated that GoAP has earlier extended financial assistance to meet up part of the expedition expenditure for which they are grateful to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. However, they clarified that they are yet to receive Rs.1 Lac cash incentive which was announced by HCM for the mountaineers who unfurled Indian flag & Arunachal logo on Mt Gorichen on 23 Oct 2012.

It may be recalled that our Everesters has been felicitated by the President of India, former President of India, Prime Minister of India, Union Defence Minister, Union Sports Minister, Union Tourism Minister, Chief of Indian Army, Chief Ministers of J&K, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya and Sikkim for creating Everest records which is a matter of pride for the whole state, stated the AMASA president in a release.



No road construction without adequate compensation, say land owners

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: The land owners of the proposed road from Reru to Ring Road via Mide in Lower Subansiri district in a letter to the Chief Engineer, PWD, Central Zone, resented that the consent of land owners were not taken prior to sanctioning of CRF scheme amounting to Rs 645 lakh for construction of road which passes through individual as well as community land.

Stating that consent of land owners is mandatory for construction of road, the Miiro Khoda Welfare Society Capital Complex and land owners said “our land has not been acquired by the authority for the aforesaid scheme nor any compensation was paid to us till date. We will not allow any authority to use our private land and community land without acquiring the same as per law and if adequate compensation is not paid to us.”

It further alleged that without obtaining the consent of the project affected people, Executive Engineer, PWD, Ziro-Division, Lower Subansiri District, had partially executed formation cutting for construction of Reru to Ring Road via Mide with malafide intention without floating a tender, on which, the Society claimed that the Gauhati High Court had directed not to award work without floating a tender vide judgment order dated 19.10.2012 passed in WP ( C) No. 386(AP) 2012.

The society further said that it had lodged an FIR at Ziro Police Station on  August 18 against EE PWD Ziro division for causing damages to land and properties while executing the aforesaid work.

Alleging anomalies in preparation of bills for formation cutting, the society alleged that a sum of Rs 50 lakh  had already been drawn.

The society and land affected villagers requested the CE, PWD, Western Zone to intervene in the present case and to initiate necessary action against the EE  for his alleged arbitrary, malafide and illegal action and to stop him from making any further payments till the amicable settlements is reached between the land owners and authority concerned.



Rectify the name of river within 25 days: BRBES

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Boh Ramo Bokar (Adi) Elite Society, in a memorandum, has urged the West Siang Deputy Commissioner for immediate correction of the name of river Yarjep to ‘Shi River’.

The society, while condemning M/s Rajrat Energy Holding Project Ltd, which entered into a memorandum of understanding with the state government for execution of the proposed Kangtangsiri Hudro-Power Project over Siyum river, for changing the name of the river from Shi River to Yarjep thus hurting the sentiment of society, has demanded the DC to rectify the name of the river within 25 days.

While expressing strong resentment over curtailment of compensation against forest products to the affected land owners, the society urged the DC that the affected people should be entitled to compensation for lost value of forest products/resources.

Other demands included, among others, inclusion of local medicinal plants and flowers/orchids into property assessment, providing free education to atleast one member from each project affected family.

In another memorandum to DDSE, West Siang, the society demanded for appointment of separate block education officer for Manigong and Pidi circle by creating a separate block, appointment of BRC from local teachers of Manigong and Pidi circles. It also demanded the DDSE to either departmentally take over the 100-bed residential school, Manigong or entrust some NGO from manigong and Pidi for smooth functioning of the school.



APCPO condemned shameful Likabali incident

ITANAGAR, Aug 31: Arunachal Pradesh Child Protection Organization has condemned in strongest term the shameful August 27 Likabali incident and award stringent punishment to the culprit(s) involved in the rape/molestation case as per law.

Expressing grave concern over the rising incidents of rape and molestation cases in the state, the organization demanded the authority to cancel the registration of the Green Valley Residential School, Likabali.

“Culprits should get rigorous punishment”

Meanwhile, Jigo-Yego Student’s Union (JYSU), while appreciating various student unions, organizations, NGOs, who swung into action and supported the movement against shameful August 27 incident at Likabali, has vowed to continue its fight till justice is delivered to the victims and stringent punishment awarded to the culprits involved in the incident.

The union prayed for early recovery of OC Likabli PS D Dulom.


AGYO asks Govt for speedy trial

of Likabali rape case

The All Galo Youth Organization (AGYO) has condemned the reported molestation and rape of minor girls at a residential school at Likabali.

In a release, demanding the concerned authority to take strict action against the accused said, the rapist should be hanged.

Meanwhile the organization has given a 15 days ultimatum asking for speedy trial and awarding exemplary punishment to the rapist.

If the authority concerned fails to fulfill our demand within 15 days, we shall go for further democratic movement, it said.

Expressing concern over the alleged sexual assault on minor girls in a private school at Likabali, the Arunachal Civil Society (ACS) strongly condemned the heinous act. Demanding capital punishment to the accused, the Society appealed the state Govt and district administration to keep strict vigil on the private institutions in the state and take all measures to prevent recurrence of such shameful incidents in future.

“It is a big question,  how a teacher, who is supposed to teach all the good things, could exploit its students  sexually,” it said.

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