ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The 4th Social Fresher’s meet of Govt. College, Seppa was held
amid much fanfare with colourful cultural programe showcased by senior students on
30 August last. Attending the freshers’ meet, College Principal Robin Hissang advised
the students to have strong determination to achieve any goal, besides holding discipline
and punctuality as key to become a successful man.
The principal stated that early marriage system is emerging in students’ life which
becomes hurdle for pursuing further studies. He called upon the students to widely
discourage early marriage system in the society. Meanwhile Miss Robina Tayem and
Mr. Domka Tayem were adjudged as Miss and Mr. Fresher 2013 respectively.
Society mourns HGB death
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The All Tallang Welfare Society (ATWS) expressed deep shock and
sorrow at the untimely death of Norbo Kocho Tallang, Head Goan Bura of Rang Village
of East Kameng district who passed away today morning at Rang village after prolonged
illness. Born on 4th November, 1932, late Norbo was popular figure in the entire
district for his oratory skills, rich oral history and efficient dispute settlement.
He was father of first Nyishi Indian Engineering Service (IES) officer Mara Kocho
ATWS Chairman Pee Tallang said, “With death of our fatherly figure ( HGB) the entire
society has lost half of oral history. Pee further added that late Norbo’s death
has created vacuum in entire society and his village. ATWS observed two minute silence
as mark of respect to departed soul.
Meanwhile Rang Welfare Society also mourned death of Norbo Kocho Tallang. Terming
death as very unfortunate, the society conveyed its condolence to the bereaved family
at hours of grief.
First ever Bagang clan conference held
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The first ever conference of Bagang clan was organized at Seppa
with a three days programme from August 28.
Around 500 clan members from various villages participated in the conference.
Various cultural and sports competitions were also conducted among the villages.
NERIST staff defers stir By Staff Reporter
NIRJULI, Sept 3: The NERIST employees who launched a strike today demanding fulfillment
of their demands postponed it till December next following intervention of local
councillor Tarh Nachung.
The demands included pension benefit, 30% increment to contingency staff, regularization
of contractual employees, regular holding of DPC as per new RSS etc.
Nachung as chairman of Nirjuli ward committee along with other members held a threadbare
discussion with director Prof Deepankar Pal and registrar R P Bhattacharjee, who
sought time to move the HRD ministry for meeting the demands.
Nachung headed team then convinced the NERIST Employees Welfare Association to postpone
their strike for creating a peaceful academic atmosphere while allowing time to the
director to ensure speedy implementation of their demands.
Nachung also cautioned the work order seekers for spoiling the atmosphere by their
undue demands which he said would not be tolerated.
KAWA condemns attack on lawyer
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Karko Ao Welfare Association (KAWA) has condemned in its strongest
term the physical assault on advocate Mimar Basar by some miscreants while he was
discharging his duty.
Alleging security loophole during the hearing process, KAWA demanded a judicial inquiry
into the case and punishment for those culprits involved in the incident.
Life skill education camp for girls
TEZU, Sept 3: To promote girls’ education, the Lohit district Department of Education,
Tezu conducted Life Skill Education cum Personality Development Camp under Innovative
Activities on Girls’ Education for Lekang, Namsai, Chonghkham and Wakro blocks from
August 21 to September 1 last.
Under the life skill activities certain modules were covered such as the first aid,
use of bandage and band- aids, exercise, yoga, karate, health and hygiene, prayer
and National Anthem, games and sports, moral values etc.
Over 190 girl students and staff attended the camp.
All the participant students and staff expressed their satisfaction over the conduct
of various personality development activities.
The participant girl students assured to impart knowledge and skills to the other
class mates and school mates. They also gave their words to follow tips and instructions
in their studies as well as in their daily lives. Key Resource Persons were S Tiwari
and S Chopra of DDSE Office, Tezu. DIPRO
Arunachal to participate in national U-19 football tournament
NAHARLAGUN, Sept 3: Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) will participate
in the national level under-19 football tournament scheduled to be held in Jharkhand.
Emphasizing on the need to catch them young, APFA assistant secretary Kipa Ajay told
that “We will be holding trials to select players for the national level tournament
on September 5 at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Naharlagun from one pm.
A total of 20 players have been short-listed for the selection trial, who included
Pura Byai, Tamuk Taja, Techi Tatra, Dolum Gaker, Pani Kuna, Tadar Kojum, Hage Kemo,
Gyamar Kuku, Dungda Pui, Roni Ramching, Kipa Bhai, Loi Kena, Techi Takar (Anyo),
Biri Pada, Dari Kadung, Pura Dukung, Tage Kano, Byabang Dole, Duging Yubey (GK),
Toko Takar (GK).
BJP take a potshot at state Govt on ‘Job Mela’
ITANAGAR, Sept 3:The Arunachal Pradesh unit of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has taken
a serious view of the just concluded ‘high profile’ Job Mela’ organized by ruling
Congress Government in the state without launching and strengthening the state’s
livelihood mission and employment bank.
Describing that the ambitious schemes at cost of huge state exchequer to provide
employment to one lakh unemployed youths within 12 FYP is an act to befool the public
and a political gimmick to divert their attention before the next general election,
the party requested the state government to be realistic and practical in their approach
The party, however, urged the state government to ensure the safety, security and
proper placement of those candidates, who have been selected under the scheme.
Communal harmony fortnight held
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Communal Harmony Fortnight was observed in GHSS, Namsai with colourful
programmes from August 20.
In his inaugural speech, Principal of the school CT Moungkang highlighted the importance
of maintaining communal harmony among people irrespective of their caste, creed and
Delivering few words of advises, the school principal asked the children to follow
the path of peace and refrain from indulging in any kind of violence.
In the following days teachers, students as well as members of School Welfare Committee
spoke on different topics related to communal and linguistic harmony, women empowerment
etc. Patriotic songs and cultural progrrames were also performed by the students
during the celebration.
The entire programme was coordinated by Sasikuttan Nair, senior teacher of the school.
ASWAP conducts Freshers’ Meet cum Educational Tour
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Arunachal Students’ Welfare Association, Pune (ASWAP), conducted
its ‘23rd Freshers’ Meet cum Educational Tour’ at Goa on August 30.
Speaking on the occasion, the ASWAP president dwelt in length about the importance
of organizing freshers meet, which fosters unity and brotherhood among the students
pursuing their studies outside the home state.
The ASWAP has given its gratitude to Jalley Sonam for his voluntary contribution
for the said programme.
Later, Bage Kamsi and Tana Oniya were adjudged Mr and Miss Freshers respectively.
Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APB&OCWWB)
Chairman Jalley Sonam sponsored the programme.
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The Directorate of Secondary Education, State Project Director
SSA and Directorate of Elementary Education along with the Secretariat Education
Branch jointly organized a social service in their respective office premises to
arrange the almirahs, files and other stuff in a proper way.
The almirahs that were lying here and there in an unorganized way, the old files
and other unwanted stuff piled up in the corridors were dampening the spirit of work
ethics and there was no congenial working environment in the offices due to the suffocating
The officers, staff and people voluntarily cleaned up the choked up things and re-arranged
the offices thus giving a new look to it. The office surroundings were also cleaned
up during the day-long social service.
The State Project Director along with the Deputy Secretary physically broomed and
swept mopped the floor to show the work ethics to other staff members.
The social Service was actively participated by the staff of the above departments
under the guidance of Secretary (Science and Tech)-cum-State Project Director SSA
RK Mishra, Deputy Secretary Education SC Debnath, Under Secretary Education Likha
Tejji, DDSE Moto Nyori, SO Lomdak.
Solung festival celebrated at Changlang
CHANGLANG, Sept 3: Solung festival of the Adi community was celebrated with traditional
fervor and enthusiasm at district HQ Changlang yesterday.
Joining the celebration Deputy Commissioner Chanchal Yadav said basically the gist
of all the festival celebrated in Arunachal Pradesh are same, prayed to the deity
responsible for good harvest, peace and prosperity of human being and surroundings.
She appreciated Adi community of Changlang and said the festival is an integrated
part of human being which gives enlightenment to know the culture and religious aspects
of the society.
Superintendent of Police Changlang Vijay Kumar said it is a religious and happy occasion
to greet each other and pray for good health for oneself and the society. He advised
the Adi community to continue Solung festival celebration to showcase their socio
AD Panggam DAO, Chief Patron (SFC) extended his warm greetings and elaborated on
the significance of celebration.
Among other, A Apang LRSO gave details on the mythological aspects of the Solung.
SFC President Bapok Borang and ZPM Renu Salnang Mungrey also spoke on the occasion.
Other highlights of the celebration were Ponung Dance, cultural activities and community
Kishori Vikash Shivir at Hayuliang
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The two days Kishori Vikash Shivir organized by Lohit Zilla Swami
Vivekananda Sardh Shati Samaroh Committee under Samvardhini Ayam as part of Swami
Vivekananda’s 150th birth anniversary celebration concluded at Amik – Hayuliang today.
The Shivir aimed basically to develop self confidence and build character among the
adolescent girls. They were imparted education to make them strong both mentally
and physically to cope with the rising incidents of atrocities and evils against
the woman in the society.
The occasion was attended by Anjaw ADC RK Borthakur and APO, Hayuliang OP Chobey.
Basui Kri, a member of SVSSS, Hayuliang also highlighted the aims and objective of
the camp and made an appeal to all girl child to equip themselves to face and fight
the evils of the society.
Abang Chijang briefed on the basics health and hygiene to be maintained by a girl
Yoga, games and sports, action songs, storytelling etc were also organized.
About 58 girl students in the age group of 11 to 16 years from various Govt. and
private schools participated.
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: A meeting to sensitize the people regarding importance of the Trans
Arunachal Highway (TAH) was convened by the Leporiang Circle Officer at the Community
Hall, Leporiang yesterday.
Addressing the meeting Leporiang Circle Officer Hage Tarung exhorted the people
not to put impediments in execution of the Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) so as to
enable early completion of the project.
The Executive Engineer (PWD) Highway Khoda Gyati dwelt at length on the benefits
that would accrue from this mega project. General Manager Sushee Infra Private Limited
Pradeep Mehta suggested to organize more such interactive programmes in future to
improve the relationship with the local people.
The general public demanded that dumping should be done in certain selected area
so that damages to horticultural and agricultural land are minimized.
The meeting was attended among others by Zilla Parishad Member Nabam Tara, Panchayat
leaders, Gaon Buras, Project affected people and youth leaders.
Freshers’ social meet held
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: The annual fresher’s meet of students of Tawang and West Kameng
studying in various colleges of Capital Complex was organised at Siddharta Hall here
Speaking on the occasion, Arunachal Pradesh Building & Other Constructions Workers
Welfare Board chairman Jalley Sonam, appealed to the students to give topmost priority
to their studies and also to respect the elders, teachers and all community members.
Advocate Pritam Sonam, who was also attended, said that dedication, discipline and
determinations have been mantra for success which each student should adopt. Pritam
announced cash award of Rs 10,000 each to those students securing 60 percent and
above marks in first year and third examinations.
Cultural programmes were presented by the students of Don Bosco College and Dera
Natung Government College Itanagar on the occasion.
NSUI’s rule crucial in strengthening party organization: Tuki
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki stressed upon the importance of National
Students’ Union of India (NSUI) in strengthening the Congress party from the grassroots
Launching the membership drive for NSUI state unit at Rajiv Gandhi Bhavan today afternoon,
Tuki said it has been always a policy of the Indian National Congress (INC) to include
youths, particularly students, in the mainstream politics so that while future leaders
of the party are groomed from the beginning, the programmes and policies of the Party
are furthered by the students.
Calling upon the NSUI members to take their responsibility towards the society as
well as the party seriously, Tuki asserted enrolling members as one of the most important
steps to form a strong and active organization. He, however, pointed out that getting
enrolled as members is not the end of the road.
“Getting enrolled as members is important but not the end the responsibility. You
have to be active and raise issues of importance for the general good and also take
the ideologies and policies of the INC to every student and every citizen,” he said.
Tuki also emphasized that the youth brigade of the INC – Youth Congress and NSUI
– in the state should be aware of the world, gain knowledge and serve as mouthpiece
and messenger of the party.
“Your role is not only limited to party activities but as students you have to create
awareness against social ills and facilitate development as envisioned by the government,”
the Chief Minister advised, who is credited as the founder president of the state
NSUI unit way back in 1983. NSUI State Election Commissioner A Chaurasiya while explaining
the eligibility criteria for NSUI membership, informed that only regular students
can enroll themselves in the organization and then contest for various posts. The
membership drive, which is slated to end by October 8 next, will be followed by an
election to chose leaders of the state unit.
The launching ceremony was attended, among others, by APCC Vice President (In-Charge
NSUI) Padi Hinda, APCC Vice President Tater Kipa, APCC General Secretary Minkir Lollen,
NSUI State President Kirbe Dulom and host of NSUI leaders and members.
The Silence of decay
Everyone watched in horror as the Delhi Paramedic gang rape case unfolded last year.
The unthinkable violence inflicted on the young lady numbed everyone and the country
erupted in protest forcing tougher laws against rapists.
Many had hoped that with tougher laws, situation would change for better. It was
not to be. Every day there are reports of rape from every corner of the country.
What is extremely horrifying is that barely eight months later, another rape case
In Mumbai, dubbed the "safest city" in India, a photojournalist was gang raped. Because
of intense media coverage, rapists have been arrested and identified. One of them
is reported to be a Police informer.
While we read reports of rapes happening elsewhere in India, a shocking case of rape
and molestation was to unfold at our own backyard.
No one had any clue while a teacher at Green Valley School, Likabali abused children
After initial shock, there is anger. The school authorities as well as parents were
obviously unaware of what was happening and young children had no idea how to deal
with the monstrous paedophile.
The trauma these children had undergone will last a lifetime.
It is important for the parents, authorities, society at large to ensure that they
are not traumatised yet again when they testify against the offender. The police
and judiciary need to be sensitive to the fact that these are young children, emotionally
scared. Parental as well professional counselling of the young ones is very essential.
The case has to be fast tracked and a maximum sentence should be given because it
would be too dangerous to let out a paedophile in the guise of a teacher.
While we grapple with what happened, one also is reminded of the fact that this is
not the first time, such a heinous act has been carried out in schools in Arunachal,
which points to systematic failure on the part of everyone involved.
Many parents, in search of better education send their children to boarding school
when they are as young as 5 years old. There are horrifying tales of abuse but these
tales rarely go out of our living rooms. At best, parents take out their children
from the school but no one wants to talk about it any more.
Saddening but many children are not safe even in their own homes. It invariably is
an uncle or an aunt, cousin, a household worker or a friend's relative who target
children and sexually abuse them. The psychological scar remains but then we simply
do not have the environment where any one can share these horrifying experiences.
We live in a society that is judgemental and have a false sense of honour.
We have to let go of the collective silence and start responding to the issues that
we are confronted with.
According to Arunachal Pradesh Police website, 49 rape cases were registered during
Sept 2012-Sept 2013. East Siang Police registered 9 cases, followed by Lohit with
seven while Upper Subansiri reported six cases. The numbers of cases indeed are alarming.
The National Crimes Record Bureau (figure of 2011) says a woman is raped in India
every 20 minutes. Statistics could be much higher as marital rapes and molestations
by family members are rarely reported to the police.
No one wants to deal with societal pressure little realising that in the long run,
our choice to keep quite is going to eat into the very core of our society and decaying
its very soul.
Upset ANSU calls Capital bandh
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Upset with the unresponsive attitude of the state government, the
All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU) has termed Govt’s policy as anti-common man.
Declaring to enforce its second phase of 36 hours Capital Complex bandh from September
12 next, in a release it said, three months since the lengthy meeting with the chief
minister at his office and the demands placed and assured by the state government
is still to take shape.
The ANSU concludes that the CM was insincere to the Union and the entire society.
The government never really intended to meet those demands. The Union humbly places
its unconditional apology to the entire society and the family of the deceased for
the long period of eyewash, it said.
It further said, the government even being financially unhealthy goes on appointing
umpteen numbers of Chairman and Vice-chairman, thereby, incurring a heavy drain on
the already pale economy. Furthermore, the three Members of Parliament, four to five
cabinet ministers, not to mention the CM and the Governor, who goes around in escort
vehicles with not less than a dozens of security personnel. The ever increasing appointed
and uncountable Chairman and Vice-chairman having PSOs have become a fashion statement
rather than a reason of security. Under these circumstance, will raising additional
armed police personnel benefit the common mass when security is a commodity and the
common man is left to fend for himself as police personnel meant to provide security
is used up for security of VIPs and VVIPs only.
Criminals committing heinous crimes just adjacent to the police station and not being
caught in the very capital complex has become a trend for which the government and
the police in the capital complex must answer to all Arunachalee as their safety
and security is at stake, which was the reason the union had demanded for an independent
Home Minister to deal with the security scenario as policy leading to safety and
security requires a full time and fully dedicated Home Minister.
The Union will continue with its agitation and will not be fooled this time until
its demands are met with, it further added.
ANSU’s demands include immediate arrest of the culprit involved in the murder of
Bomjen Gapak, appointment of an independent Home Minister, CCTV camera installations
at all key places and additional police station in the twin capital city of Naharlagun
82-yr-old man charred to death
PASIGHAT, Sept 3: In a tragic fire incident an 82-year-old man Taran Paron was burnt
to death when fire broke out reducing a wooden building to ashes at Renging village
in East Siang district last night.
Tago Paron, son of Lt. Taran Paron informed that the massive fire broke out at 7.30
pm last evening and the building was reduced to ashes immediately within few minutes.
Tago along with family members and neighbors could not take out the old man Taran
Paron. All household items, including other property were also completely destroyed
in the fire, he added.
The victims have been accommodated in a nearby abandoned government quarter.
Education Minister Bosiram Siram along with ZPC Kaling Dai, SP Pushpendra Kumar,
ADC Rajesh Panyang and DDMO Ganden Tsomu visited the spot, took stock of the situation
and directed the authority concerned to assess the extent of loss. While expressing
grief and sorrow, Siram gave some cash amount to the fire victims. He appealed
the people to make proper installation of electrical connections/wires by trained
technicians in houses and to use candle and other inflammable items carefully. He
also advised the DDMO to conduct village level awareness campaign on disaster management,
especially before every major festival like Solung, Mopin, Etor etc.
ADC Panyang also handed over some cash amount to the victims as immediate relief
from DC’s disaster management fund. He informed that police investigation is on
to unearth the actual cause of the fire mishap. DIPRO
Project launched to increase fruits, vegetable production
PASIGHAT, Sept 3: The College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), Pasighat, which is
conducting education and research on agriculture and allied sectors, has launched
some projects to increase the production of fruits, vegetables and species in the
Sources from CHF said that the state has highest rate of food grain production in
the region and it made the contingent of the state self sufficient, but nutritional
security is still incomplete. In this context, the agriculture scientists feel the
necessity to increase production of fruits and vegetables to address the problem
of nutritional shortfall.
As per reports from the CHF, citrus is one of the major fruit crops in Arunachal
and various citrus species, like Mandarins, Oranges, Limes, Lemons, Graph-Vines besides
many other wild species are being cultivated by the rural farmers. Low rate production
of citrus fruit in North Eastern region is drawing attention of the agricultural
experts, who have suggested a comprehensive policy by the state governments to boost
up production of fruits and vegetables in the state.
According to Ministry of Health &Family Welfare data, about 43 percent children of
the country are malnourished while 87 percent ladies are living under anemic condition.
Talking to this correspondent, the dean of CHF, Dr AK Pandey informed that the institution
is giving much emphasis on production of orange through plantation of “budding” and
“stamp”, which is poised up in hi-tech nursery. It also has taken step for imparting
knowledge on the vital information among the stakeholders.
Dr Pandey also informed that NE region in general and Arunachal Pradesh in particular,
is very suitable for growing fruits, vegetable and spices.
The CHF also launched another project for production of vegetables and species under
protected condition, he said.
The CHF running under Central Agriculture University was established in March, 2001.
The institution complex covers about 145 acres of fertile plain land on the right
bank of mighty Siang river.
Lack of political will blamed for shortage of teacher in schools
ANINI, Sept 3: There has been a lack of political will for last many years to have
adequate teachers for schools where they are needed, notes All Idu Mishmi Students
Union (AIMSU) in its letter to Education Commissioner.
This observation comes following the union’s first phase of school visit in Lower
Dibang Valley and Dibang Valley districts of Arunachal Pradesh held during the last
week of July.
The government secondary school, Koronu is suffering due to absence of a headmaster
and non replacement of teachers transferred past few years. The school is presently
managed by only 5 junior teachers and 4 assistant teachers.
In a meeting held with Education Commissioner on Monday, the union informed about
shortage of qualified teachers in these districts and urged for from prompt action
to alleviate the plight of students.
The government high school in Anini, for example, is running short of senior teachers
and junior teachers since last three academic sessions. At present this school has
only two senior teachers and one junior teacher.
No subject teachers are made available for Geography, Economics, English and Political
Science to be taught at higher secondary level.
Besides, the school is also in shortage of junior teachers for all subjects - English,
Math, Science and Social Science.
The school teaching faculty is currently managed with teachers recruited under SSA.
Though meant to teach at elementary level, these SSA teachers carries additional
responsibility of teaching at secondary and higher secondary level also.
Earlier in January 2013, the government of Arunachal appointed fifteen new teachers
for Anini high school. However, their salary has been due since last three months.
This has been demoralizing for the teachers and the future of education in this remote
school hangs uncertain.
The union, therefore, in its meeting with Education Commissioner requested for immediate
appointment of senior teacher and junior teacher to Anini high school recruited under
PGT/TGT exams held recently.
Animal fertility camp conducted at Nari
RUKSIN, Sept 3: The department of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary (AHV) of Nari in
East Siang district conducted “Animal Fertility Camp” at Namey village under Nari
circle recently. Altogether 60 farmers of the area attended the day-long training.
Attending the programme as resources person, Veterinary Officer of Nari Dr J Bam
demonstrated ‘artificial insemination’ in cows and buffalos. Informing about the
benefit of insurance against their livestock, Dr Bam encouraged the farmers to avail
the insurance benefit for protection of their valuable livestock.
It is pertaining to mention that the project for ‘Insemination of domesticated beast’
was launched in the district in 2007 with a view to improve the local cattle and
pure-breed by genetic make up. A Liquid Nitrogen Plant (LNP) with a capacity of 300
litres was installed inside the district office at Pasighat for production of required
quantity of Nitrogen for preservation of the frozen semen.
The department reportedly achieved artificial insemination (AI) of about 500 cows
during 2011 within its operational area at Pasighat, Mebo, Ruksin and Nari circles.
The entrusted officials are deputed to perform their tasks in animal fertility by
introducing “frozen Semen” free of cost.
There are nine AI centres throughout the district, including one at the Veterinary
Training Institute at Pasighat HQ. There is report of more than 187 calves born by
artificial insemination in the district. The achievement is claimed to be 50 percent
in context of 60 percent National Average.
213 selected on 2nd day of ARR
AALO, Sept 3: The on-going army recruitment rally (ARR) at general football ground
here continues to receive overwhelming response from local youths with a total of
1250 candidates turning up for the rally on the second day today.
According to a DIPRO report, 213 candidates out of the total 1250 appeared today
have qualified the preliminary tests.
Brig. V K Singh said that the recruitment rally is being conducted in open and transparent
manner without any influence from outside. He assured that all the selected candidates,
who qualify the tests, will be inducted in the Indian Army.
Most of the selected candidates will be absorbed permanently in Arunachal Scouts
Battalion and get the opportunity to serve in their own state, he said.
He has also appealed to the civil administration to give counseling to the selected
candidates so that they can successfully appear in the written test. According to
him, majority of the selected candidates fail the written test.
Sensitization cum training prog for PRI leaders
BOMDILA, Sept 3: A 2-day sensitization cum training programme was held here for
the 483 PRI members from Gram Panchayat to the Zilla Parishad Chairperson of the
district on September 2 and 3.
Attending the inaugural function, Minister RD, PR and Power Tanga Byaling called
upon the PRI members to rise above party affiliations and differences in order to
truly implement the various schemes at the grass-root level. The first step in this
direction would be to make one fully aware of the various duties and responsibilities
by taking full advantage of such sensitization and training programmes, he said.
Dwelling at length on the devolution of power and functions to the Panchayat Raj
Institution, Byaling said that new modalities would be worked out soon and taken
up in the cabinet after completion of the sensitization cum training programme all
over the state in order to facilitate the Panchayat Raj institutions to practically
work with and monitor the activities being carried out in the various departments
which comes under the 29 subjects already delegated. However, he had reservations
that, delegating lots of subjects to the PR Institution might affect its credibility
The Minister expressed his dismay over the way the BPL surveys are being conducted,
doctored and influenced leaving the actual needy ones in the cold. Also he drew the
attention towards the procurement and distribution of CGI sheets under Indra Awaas
Yojana (IAY) which in his consideration was ambiguous. He also had a word of advice
for the Block development Officers to imbibe work culture and to work in tandem with
the PRI leaders for implementation of the various schemes.
A serious matter which the Minister dwelt upon was the non-payment of salaries to
RD staffs since January ’13. He assured to do the needful at the earliest possible
and coaxed the staffs not to lose heart but keep on working on a positive note.
On the issue of district headquarters Bomdila reeling under darkness for 13 days
in a row due to power failure in the last month, Byaling said that necessary steps
have already been initiated but reiterated that the consumers pay their bill in time
and in full. Informing that the department is losing revenue to the tune of crores,
he directed his officers to prioritize revenue recovery drive all over the district
and the state.
Byaling informed the house that various projects would be decentralized and Engineers
would be appointed by the department for the same but the projects need to be implemented
in letter and spirit and approval has already been accorded for construction of the
ZPC office and vehicle for West Kameng and necessary funds would be released very
soon, he added.
Responding to 3-points memorandum submitted by ZPC Chawang Lhamu, the Minister assured
to take up the construction of the Panchayat Bhawan at Bomdila with CM under SPA
and as for the decentralization of procurement of CGI sheets under IAY, he pointed
out that the proposal to authorize the Deputy Commissioners and Project Directors
(DRDA) for the same could be considered.
Earlier, all the four MLAs of the district R T Khunjuju, T N Thongdok, Phurpa Tsering
and Kumsi Sidisow also addressed the gathering and urged the PRI members to actively
participate in the 2-day sensitization and training programme and also dwelt on the
various initiatives being taken by them to improve the work culture and execution
of the various schemes in accordance with the laid down norms.
Secretary Rural Development BR Babu dwelt at length on the roles and responsibilities
of the PRI members and called upon them to do justice to the faith and responsibilities
reposed on them by the people at the grass root level.
Chief Engineer Power Western Zone J Tato highlighted on the various technicalities
and hurdles being faced by the department and sought the co-operation of the Panchayat
leaders to be the medium and means for creating awareness amongst the people.
Deputy Commissioner A K Singh dealt at length on the various activities being carried
out in the district including the implementation of the Food Security act.
The first day training was imparted by Director R D K Dulom, Director P R Kemo Lollen
and Director SIRD Nyabin Ete which was taken over by the resource person VK Sharma,
Deputy Director, SIRD, the next day. DIPRO
Job Mela – a turning point in political history of Arunachal Pradesh
The first ever Mega Krishi Expo-2012 and 7th Kishan Mela which was organized jointly
by Department of Agriculture, Horticulture, Fishery and Animal Husbandry and Veterinary
at I. G. Park on 12th,13th & 14th December 2102 had created a strong wave of awareness
on services and schemes of their departments wherein hundreds of local farmers and
entrepreneurs participated in it. And they had given face to face interaction consecutively
for three days with scientists, bankers, farm machinery agencies which helped farmers
to know more about scientific information, banking procedures, their districts wise
products and actual success in their field. Truly, it was an important event which
marked a new era to go ahead in their areas. Simultaneously the announcement made
by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to organize such event every year has also encouraged
both farmers and all four departments.
And the next very important event is three days Job Mela held at I G Park, Itanagar
on August 30, 31 and Sept 1, 2013 which has marked a turning point in political history
of Arunachal Pradesh by creating 8651 job opportunity for school drop out and unemployed
youths of this state who have been selected for under-going training in various places
of India and in the state on expense of state Government.
The chief Minister Nabam Tuki also told that his government through its nodal department
will make necessary monitoring on trainees and Voluntary Training Providers for greater
cause of trainees. In fact Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and persons who helped to happen
this event deserve appreciation. However, security of trainees should be taken utmost
care by Government and VTPs so that first ever mega job mela tag remain ever successful
in history of this State, at the same time credentials of VTPs should properly be
verified by State Govt before the MoU is being signed between the Govt. and VTPs
so that no trainees face trouble in future. (The writer is a senior journalist)
51st governing body meeting of DRDA Changlang held
CHANGLANG; Sept 3: The 51st governing body meeting of DRDA, Changlang was held here
yesterday under the Chairmanship of Marina Kenglang, Chairperson, Changlang Zilla
In her address Marina Kenglang stressed on the team spirit and proper coordination
between the PRI and Govt officials to see that the fruits of development percolate
down to the grass root level in democratic set up of governance. Stressing the
need of preparing meaningful schemes, she said the Govt officers should consult with
the ZPMs and anchal samity chairpersons of respective area before conceptualizing
any plan and scheme. She suggested that gram sabha meeting be convened much before
the preparation of schemes and proposals. She finally declared the AAP 2013-14 and
DRDA Admin budget passed.
Chanchal Yadav. Deputy Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive Officer, DRDA, Changlang,
extended hearty wishes to newly elected PRI members. She stated that the fund grants
for most of the flagship programmes like MGNREGA, IAY, SGSY are very less in compare
to the other states of our country.
She reiterated that fund received should be judiciously used by executing agencies
as per guidelines involving PRI leaders who are more experience in mobilizing beneficiaries
in their locality. The schemes selection should be result oriented providing income
generation and sustainable approach.
Citing APSR she wanted technical hands to project ground reality schemes not simply
preparing estimates and timely execution ensuring quality with proper checking to
prevent duplicity. She further wants DRDA to render timely report returns, utilization
and audit statements including social audit that needs a more awareness generation
at rural areas. To increase agriculture economy double cropping pattern should be
introduced and identification of beneficiaries should be from dedicated, motivating
and committed group of farmers.
The Project Director, DRDA Changlang Hengo Basar, placed audit receipts and expenditure
statement of all RD programmes implemented during financial year 2012-2013 and urged
the house for its concurrence along with budgetary proposal on DRDA Administration,
SPBP for the financial year 2013-2014 amounting Rs. 163.60 lakhs for DRDA administration
and Rs. 113.79 lakhs under SPBP. He informed in detail on various RD programmes implemented
during the year, like MGNREGA, Rashtriya Swastha Bima Yojana (RSBY) to avail cashless
treatment facilities up to Rs. 30,000 in empanelled hospitals, so far 4682 household
enrolled in Changlang district and other schemes.
All the BDOs of seven CD Blocks under DRDA, Changlang placed new proposals on all
RD programmes which were resolved at Gram Sabhas and Anchal Samity meetings for final
approval and its concurrence before the governing body at ZP level.
After threadbare discussion and interaction the governing body members unanimously
resolved the proposal and passed the AAP – 2013-2014 along with DRDA Administration
budget estimates and the SPBP proposals placed before them.
Various HoDs participating in the meeting appraised all governing body members about
their schemes/programmes under implementation which were also interacted by the PRI
body and expressed satisfaction. Prabir Chakraborty, SAO, DRDA, Changlang also spoke
on the occasion. DIPRO
Messages continue to pour in to condole death of Niani
ITANAGAR, Sept 3: Messages continue to pour in to condole the death of former minister
Niani Natung, who breathed her last on August 30 at Guwahati due to multiple organ
While expressing grief and sorrow over her death, All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU)
said that Niani has dedicated her life for the upliftment of the status of womenfolk
in the state, her own constituency and district. ANSU also recalled the immense contributions
of Niani for all round development of the state.
The students union, in message, conveyed heartfelt condolence to the bereaved family
and prayed to almighty to rest her departes doul in eternal peace.
“She (Niani) contributed immensely for all round development of her assembly constituency
and its people. She put untiring efforts for emancipation of womenfolk of the state
while serving the state in various capacities” the XII Pake-Kessang Intellectual
Forum said in a condolence message.
“In her premature death, the people of 12th Pakke-Kessang constituency have lost
a warm and kind-hearted leader, who always stood for the women empowerment and welfare
for her people. The vacuum created in with death will be difficult to fill in.”
The Forum prayed to almighty to give peace to her soul and courage to her family
members to accept this unpredictable and unfortunately unavoidable part of the life.
The All Pakke Kessang Pijerang – Passo Seijosa Students’ Union (APPDSU) has condoled
the demise of former Minister Niani Natung who breathed her last at a hospital in
Guwahati on August 31.
In its condolence message it wrote Niani Natung was the first lady minister from
Nyishi community after the demise of her husband late Dera Natung.
Offering condolences to the bereaved family members, it further prayed for the eternal
peace of the departed soul.
ZPM distributes aid and appliances to persons with disabilities
ZIRO, Sept 3: Bamin Siri, ZPM of Diibo segment, Ziro on Sunday distributed three
wheeler chairs, two pairs of crutches and six walking sticks to old and persons with
Accompanied by Bamin village ASM Tilling Taro, Siri visited Mudang-Tage, Siibey and
Siiro villages to reach to needy people there.
At Mudang Tage village, a wheel chair was handed over to Tage Pupi in presence of
its ASM Tadu Yasung.
Now, at least, I can move up to the verandah to enjoy the sunlight without taking
help from other family members, said Pupi after receiving the wheel chair. She is
suffering from partial paralyze for last three years.
‘Six months back, when I was at Itanagar for treatment, I heard our ZPM is distributing
wheel chairs to persons with disabilities. I thought distribution was over. But today
I am very happy, he has got me a wheel chair without asking for it,’ she added.
After witnessing the present, Mudang Taki, a relative of recipient said, “A leader
should work like him (ZPM Siri) who visits the grieved and needy people and attend
the problems personally. One should learn from him. A leader should not remain idle
or motionless like a python. A python, you know, do not move for months together
until the food, the consumed are fully digested”.
The same day, he went to Siiro village and handed over a wheel chair to a disabled
person Budi Kuniya, a gaon bura in present of Ex-ASM Budi Tani.
Later, he moved to Siibey village where he has provided one wheel chair to Dulley
Riniya, a physically handicapped person.
Sponsored by the department Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affair, ZPM Siri
distributing mobility support equipments like wheel chairs, crutches and walking
sticks through Dy Director, ICDS, Lower Subansiri district. (Yachang Tacho)
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A race for water resources
A desperate regional race for water resources that could result in as many as 400
hydroelectric projects in the Himalayan region, is pushing the future of the world's
loftiest mountain range to the edge of an environmental precipice, according to a
The report says that strapped for power to drive their economies, India, Nepal, Bhutan
and Pakistan are battling for a larger share of the Himalayan water resources: together
they plan to build 400 hydro dams, which collectively could generate 160,000MW of
Add to that China's plans for around 160 dams for an even larger amount of power
on rivers rising in Tibet including the Mekong and the picture gets really scary.
Thus far most Himalayan rivers have been left relatively untouched near their sources;
but now the two Asian giants appear to be pulling out all the stops in their rush
for more power and faster growth. Cutting through the world's deepest valleys, some
of these dams would be among the tallest in the world capable of churning out more
than 4,000MW of energy.
Engineers and environmentalists say that little work has been done on the human or
ecological impact of the dams, which they fear could increase floods and be vulnerable
to earthquakes. The dams have already led to protest movements in Uttarakhand, Himachal
Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam and other northern states of India and in Tibet. Governments
have allay fears by saying that many of the dams will be "run of the river" constructions
which channel water through tunnels to massive turbines. But critics say the damage
done can be just as great.
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Govt. School cries for its existence
Once upon a time in Arunachal, People use to donate land for the purpose of establishment
of school. They use to cooperate and help the school staff whenever any kind of problem
arises. I still remember the time they use to let the teacher to stay at their home
whenever the situation demands.
But now-a-days, the scenario has changed a lot. No one wants to donate land for
such a holy purpose of opening school. Instead a rat race has been started between
the people to encroach every peace of land remain in the school.
Here I’m talking about Govt. Hr. Sec. School, Pampoli (Seppa), East Kameng. A war
has been started among the public of Pampoli area to erase the very existence of
To stop this war against the illegal occupant of school boundary, The Chairperson
SMDC (R.F Rimo) and ASM Jayanti (Niku Rimo) has lodged so many complains to DDSE
and The DC Seppa . Despite the repeated complains lodged by them, to my utter surprise
no action has been taken from both side so far.
What are they doing?
DDSE Seppa is known for taking actions. But now what happen? It seems that People
take strict actions against only the poor and helpless teachers. That’s it! No offence.
I use to come across once in a week in daily papers about the DC Seppa’s coordination
meeting and so and so. Is it limited to meeting only? No action. Again, no offence
Sir, we can express our thoughts as per the Rights granted by the constitution of
India U/S- 19(1)(a) i.e. freedom of speech and expression.
Therefore, I on behalf of the chairman SMDC and its members I humbly request the
head of education department and the head of the district administration that sir
please takes some necessary action to stop the encroachment of boundary of the Govt.
Hr. Sec. School Pompoli.
And by this taking the opportunity I would like to inform the concern authority of
the district that all the Govt. quarters of Pampoli are occupied by the public illegally.
It is high time to stop this menace before they gulp the school into their own use.
The very existence of the Govt. Hr. Sec. School Pompoli cries for help. Take action
before it’s too late or else you wouldn’t fine any traces of School to take action.
Save schools save nation
Seppa, East Kameng
Shortage of subject teachers in Darak Govt Secondary school
Through the columns of your esteemed daily I would like to ventilate the poor educational
environment at Govt. Sec. School Darak owing to teachers’ shortages which falls under
27lh Liromoba Assembly Constituency, West Siang district. Though this school had
celebrated its golden jubilee last year but the school has been in its reverse state
in terms of infrastructural development right from teaching staff to laboratories
facilities etc. For the last three years the school has been facing acute shortages
of subject teachers like Science, English and Mathematics and thus, many saddened
parents have shifted their wards in private schools incurring huge expenditure.
One may be surprised to know that these Mathematics, Science and English classes
of IXth & Xth Standard are being handling by the subordinate teachers like ATs and
of social science background on the request of the local public.
Keeping in view of above situation of the school, we the Panchayat members of Darak
circle had apprised the DDSE West Siang of the matter and demanded for the required
teachers thereof. However, DDSE Aalo replied with empty statement, “I appreciate
your genuine demands but these teacher problems are common everywhere in whole Arunachal
and many schools of our district are with the same fate”. Now, whom to be blamed
...? Why our previous teachers had been transferred without any reliever then..?
Here, I would like to suggest the Director School Education, Education Minister and
State Govt in particular that a regular and fresh interview be called on priority
basis so that maximum teachers could be recruited instead of marginal appointment
of 3 to 5 numbers of subject-wise teachers so as to mitigate the teachers problems
once for all.
I believe, we can compromise with the household commodities as per our monthly income
but it’s hard to live in comprise with the education matter of children for any parents
at the cost of teachers shortage in Govt schools. Hence, it’s an open demand to Director,
School Education. Itanagar to send Mathematics, Science and English teachers respectively
in Govt. Sec. School Darak from the recent recruited J/Ts or from the stagnant teacher
available in the school of capital complex and district HQs.
Moreover, in an orientation-cum-training programme imparted to the Panchayat members
at Aalo recently it has come to light that as per the RTE Policy any private runs
school must exempt 25% admission fees to the weaker section like STs/SCs on a certain
criteria as a scholarship. But, the given RTE policy is not being implemented in
Arunachal Pradesh properly, whereas, most of Indian states including NE region have
fully adopted the RTE rules. Therefore, the education department is earnestly requested
to look into the grievances and take needful action for the better education system
in the state.
Karbom Potom, ASM, Darak
West Siang Dist.
It is not a wise decision
It’s not a wise decision by APPSC to disqualify more than 3000 candidates from appearing
APPSCCE 2013 on ground of some minor errors.
APPSC should admit it’s inefficiency of not being equipped with provision of online
form filling up. As such the Commission cannot rule out the possibility of making
errors while filling up the form given the complexity of the pattern unlike other
ordinary application forms. The Commission should not ignore the fact that even the
highest Board of India, UPSC, allows the candidates to rectify their errors in application
form over and again until its error free. So why is APPSC so adamant not to allow
the candidates to rectify their errors?
Many will be overaged by next time. Many have prepared seriously and have spent lots
of money preparing themselves for the very exam. Why can’t their minor mistakes be
forgiven? Are they not qualified? Have they furnished false or malicious information?
Why should a minor error be reciprocated with ‘shattered career’. Is APPSC aware
of the serious implications its decision would induce into the career of those aspirant
In fact, it’s an obligation of the educated section of society to convince or reconcile
the reluctant candidates for such examinations. Ironically, the case is different
here. The candidates are serious but the authority forbids them. Remember, these
qualified candidates are not asking for jobs or employment. They are simply begging
for a chance to sit for the exam. What great loss could this incur to Commission?
Since the issue is of utmost importance, even our honorable Governor and CM should
not hesitate to intervene at the earliest.
We expect prompt and improved service
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I on behalf of the Education and Cultural
Development Society (ECDS) Kimin, would like to urge the General Manager, Bharat
Sanchar Nigam Limited, Arunachal Pradesh to deliver the customers’ bill on time for
payment. It is seen that the most of the BSNL customers have to make their payment
against the bills with late fees due to non-delivery of bills by the BSNL authority
The Society further requested the BSNL to improve their service all over the state
for the benefit of its customers who are paying service charge regularly.
I on behalf of the Society also urge BSNL General Manager to approach the Union telecom
ministry for bringing more mobile towers in state under universal satellite organization(USO)
schemes to cover up interior areas of the state.