September 10


News Impact



Chacko daughters appeal for justice

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Preenu Chacko and  Preethu Chacko, daughters of late K P Chacko, a businessman who was killed recently in Capital Region have appealed for early punishment of those behind the death of their father.

We trust that the savage culprits will get the punishment they deserve, so that no person will ever again in future think of doing such a hideous act to another human being, the daughters wrote in an email to this daily.

“We have pain in our hearts and always will as we have lost our dear wonderful daddy who was our best friend too. Justice for our daddy will give us a little bit of comfort” the girls wrote in a message.  

This hideous crime has left a very big void in our lives and we are hoping and praying that no one else will have to go through such a torture in future, they added.

The daughters thanked the chief minister Nabum Tuki for the support extended to the family and for arranging immediate transportation of the body to Kerala for the last rites.

We thank each and every one with all our hearts who worked very hard in this case and those who have given us moral support during the entire time, the statement further read.



Creating manpower without employment avenues may be dangerous: CM

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today said that “creating manpower without creating avenues for employment may be dangerous in the long run”.

Inaugurating the North East Zonal Conference with the theme “quality education in the country” of All India Federation of University & College Teacher’s Organization (AIFUCTO), at Dera Natung Government College (DNGC) premises here this morning, he advised the educationists to imbibe in their students the qualities required for employment even in unconventional fields like self-employment and private sectors.

“When we create manpower we should also be able to take their services. Therefore, we are also working in the field of skill development and employment generation in a large way,” he informed.

He emphasized the need to create infrastructure in existing government colleges besides creating new higher and technical education institutions in the state with adequate manpower and assured the Government’s commitment in fulfilling it.

Reiterating his stress on quality education, Tuki said that education should be with a purpose. He said education should not only be a means to acquire degrees but a means to make the student eligible for gainful employment.

Tuki further expressed concern over difficulties faced by students who have to go outside the state to pursue higher and technical education in their respective chosen fields.

“Every year 15 to 20 thousand students are forced to move out of the state for higher education for want of educational institutions in the state. Therefore, we are committed to create new and quality educational institutes in the state. At the same time we have to fulfill the minimum requirements of basic infrastructure and manpower in the existing institutions,” he said.

Lauding the AIFUCTO, particularly its General Secretary Prof Ashok Burman, for organizing the North East Zone conference in the state capital, the Chief Minister expressed optimism that the intellectual people gathered would come out with a road map during the conference that would show a path to the government in churning out a holistic education policy for the region and the state.

Meanwhile, responding to a three-point memorandum submitted by the Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association (APCTA), Tuki assured to look into the genuine demands including appointment of Vice Principals in colleges, consideration of child-care leave for college teachers and  appointment of lecturers to meet the required student-teacher ratio in various colleges of the state. He also assured provision of fund for renovation and maintenance of the lone auditorium of the college.

Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix said the responsibility of teachers was far more than that of legislators and appealed them to take their job not as a job but as service to humanity in shaping the society’s future.

“Higher education in Arunachal is still in its formative years. Therefore, the teaching community, the administrators and the government will have to work as a team to bring the sector at par with other states of the country,” he pointed.

Felix too felt that platforms like the ongoing conference were the best opportunity to discuss and offer suggestion to the government in taking the education scenario forward.

Earlier, Dr. Jommi Loyi, President, APCTA in his speech highlighted the technical and financial hardship being faced by the college teachers in the state. He called for implementation of UGC guidelines and related benefits for teachers in toto in the state.

DNGC principal Tomar Ete emphasized on quality education and encouraged the active participation of teachers in higher education.

Prof. Asok Burman, in his brief note, claimed AIFUCTO as the largest organization of teachers in the world with around six lakh teachers registered under it. He called for active participation of teachers in Rashtriya Ucchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) implementation process in the state.

A book titled Political Transition of Tagin Tribe written by Dr. Bijay Raji was also released by Tuki on the occasion.



Mystery deepens in ADC to Governor missing case

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Major Sharyf Bhonsle, a Special Forces officer of Army, who was serving as Aide de Camp (ADC) to the Arunachal Pradesh Governor, continues to remain untraceable. He had been reportedly missing since August 18 and was supposedly vacationing in Europe at the time of missing. As the Army Major still remained untraceable speculation about the cause of his missing is growing. According to sources Major Bhonsle went missing from Norway while participating in a bungee jumping event. It is feared that he might have met with an accident.

However, when contacted Secretary to Governor Shurbir Singh termed this new revelation as pure speculation and said that his office is not aware of any such news. “We have informed military headquarters about his missing status and are in constant touch with them. I have no information about this accident news. This is baseless rumours and there is no truth behind it,” stated Singh.

As per the report Major Bhonsle did not inform military headquarters about his Europe visit plan. Army is reported to be furious with his action and is contemplating to initiate strong action against him (Bhonsle) for travelling abroad without informing them.

Major Bhonsle went on leave on 23rd June and was supposed to report to Governor Secretariat on August 18th but he never turned up. The Army officer was on deputation with government of Arunachal for the last one year. Governor Lt Gen Retd Nirbhay Sharma was also from same para unit of special force during his tenure with army. What is more surprising is that even the family member of Major Bhonsle is also not aware about his whereabouts.  A native of Pune, Maharashtra he was an alumni of National Defence College.



Crimes are for real

[ Tongam Rina ]

Two major crimes occurred in Itanagar one after another which have been widely reported in the media and discussed on social networking sites.  

Vijaya Bank was looted at Rajiv Gandhi University campus in broad day light in August.  The perpetrators not only looted money but shot a bank employee as well. One of the arrested is allegedly behind three other bank robberies.  One can’t help but wonder why some people have been given the freedom to execute one loot after the other. Isn’t such repeated daring offences reflection on the judiciary and policing in the state?

More recently, a prominent businessman was abducted from his home and subsequently killed.

In the meantime, the police department and state government have announced establishment of five check gates within the Capital Region to check crimes.  It clearly is a nervous tactic by the govt to reassure the citizens and business community who are obviously panicky.

 There are check gates already at Banderdewa and Gohpur/Hollongi, which are major entry points to the capital region. Many of you who use personal cars will agree that checks are at the most basic. A careless scan of the faces and one is let in. Vehicles coming in are checked, not the outbound ones.  A tribal looking face need not even budge from the car as if the tribals are not capable of committing crime and Arunachal the only state where people with Mongoloid features reside. The body language of the security personnel suddenly changes when a big car approaches. With easy money to be made from unfair business practices and day light extortion, big air conditioned cars are not out of bounds for anymore.  

Ages ago once yours truly returned home late night from office with a colleague when a security personnel stopped the car. When we announced that we were coming from a newspaper office, the guy said, “tumhara matha main likha nehi hain ki tum journalist ho”. The response was unexpected and sounded rude. But today I wish we get to hear the same response more often. Atleast that would be reassuring- how much our capital has changed.

These days the bumpy ride home is not something that yours truly look forward to. Many people are seen brawling near the roads while bikes without lights scare others on the road. The road show happens every night while there are no signs of police anywhere. Interestingly, the police in a meet with the press opined that the day-to-day violation of traffic rules was helping criminals flee easily after committing crimes. That is a rather difficult argument to buy. Isn’t it the duty of the police themselves to ensure violations are not committed? If people are blatantly violating norms, is it not a failure of the police to enforce even this basic law?

The slew of measures announced by the police after these incidents is genuinely laudable. But beleaguered as it is with a shortage of funds and a much more acute shortage of officers and personnel, can we really expect them to be able to deliver on these assurances? Only time would tell if the city becomes a safer place. In the meanwhile, we citizens will have to also bear the responsibility of looking out to preventing crimes from happening and responding alertly when they do. All it calls for is to shake off our complacency and realise that today crimes like these are not mere newspaper items- they are real.



Environmental awareness prog for students

“Yaks, cows and birds dying after consuming plastics”

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: A day-long environmental awareness programme with theme “Tawang eco warriors’ for students was organized by Tawang forest division to create awareness among the students on the need to preserve environment for survival of human as well as all other living things at Zomkhang hall here today.

Spearheading the awareness programme, Tawang District Forest Officer Pradeep Wahule explained to the students and teachers about the threats posed to environment due to global warming caused by deforestation, plastic hazards, soil erosion, and environment pollution.

Calling upon the participants to refrain from dumping garbage in streams, rivers and water bodies endangering the lives of downhill dwellers as well as aquatic animals, Wahule stressed on segregation of wastes.  

He said that toxic plastics and waste materials dumped in open have started taking its toll. Yaks and cows are dying after consuming plastics. Dumping garbage and toxic waste materials in open has also been one of the main reasons for death of many rare bird species,” he said.

An animated video clip with the title ‘Human nature’ was also screened for in-depth knowledge on the responsibility of human beings to prevent deforestation. The students took pledge to work for protection and conservation of environment and shoulder social responsibilities.

School children from PWD Middle School, Kakaling Middle School and Town Secondary School attended the programme. (report prepared by Mon Tawang Vigilance)



Namsai district to get separate Zilla Parishad, DRDA

NAMSAI, Sept 9: The Lohit Zilla Parishad in its meeting held at Namsai today adopted two important resolutions for new Namsai district. The meeting presided over ZP Chairperson Kyasing Munglang  resolved that a new Namsai Zilla Parishad be constituted with Lower Lekang, Upper Lekang, Namsai, Ningroo and Chowkham Zilla Parishad member constituencies immediately. On the other hand the Lohit Zilla Parishad shall consist of Wakro, Tezu and Sunpura Zilla Parishad constituencies.

The meeting further resolved that a separate DRDA with Chowkham, Lekang and Namsai CD Block be constituted for Namsai district immediately, while the Lohit DRDA shall consist of Wakro and Tezu CD block.

Referring to the major flood damage in Lekang circle, Lekang ZPM Jugesh Taye requested MP Ninong Ering to convince the  Centre for release of more flood damage relief fund. Among other damages, the PMGSY road to Dirak Miri village of Lekang Circle was completely breached and upto 6 km of the surface road was washed off.

However,  RWD and WRD were asked to conduct a joint survey and suggest measures to restore the road connectivity as the road was cut into two halves by the Noa Dihing river. Namsai ZPM M Chowpoo expressed grave concern over the scarcity of drinking water in parts of Lathao circle.  The PHED was directed to prepare a scheme for deep bore water to partially solve the problem. He also requested the WRD to initiate process for construction of embankment near Mengkengmiri, which is a low lying village between Noa Dihing and Tengapani rivers and gets submerged by the flood water every year. The ZPM further questioned the pattern of wage payment for the job card holders under MNREGA, which was clarified by PD DRDA, Lohit T Gangkak.

Lohit ZPC Chow Kyasing Munglang exhorted the panchayat leaders to be pro-active for the early completion of various pending and ongoing projects. He requested the heads of department to take the Panchayat members into confidence for future schemes.

Lohit and Namsai DCs specially directed power department to pursue the 132 KV line scheme proposal from Rupai to Namsai and Lohit district as good electricity provision is the basis for development. Ering  too assured his assistance in getting the project sanctioned.

MP Ninong Ering further disclosed that his objective for generating awareness among the newly elected panchayat members have been achieved through the meeting. Though a DLMC is yet to be constituted, he opined that this would be the first step towards creation of a separate Zilla Parishad and separate DRDA for the new Namsai district. He fervently wished that the next DLMC meeting at Namsai would be conducted by the new Namsai DLMC in his presence, according to an official release.

Consequently, a review meeting was also held to monitor various projects under SPA, NEC, NLCPR, PMGSY, MSDP, MNREGA, IAY, IWMP etc under Namsai district with the concern head of departments of Lohit and Namsai districts and the Panchayat leaders. PWD, WRD, RWD, Power, PHED departments presented the status report of the ongoing scheme.



Guru Shishya Parampara training concludes

Bomdila, Sept 9: The six months long Guru Shishya Parampara scheme training which consisted of Traditional Weaving, Healing & Wood Carving concluded today at district headquarters Bomdila with giving away of the certificates by the Chairman of the Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (DoKA) Jambey Wangdi and Deputy Commissioner AK Singh.

Addressing the trainees on the need and importance of preserving, promoting and propagating one’s rich traditional arts & artifacts, Jambey Wangdi said that acquiring the time tested knowledge is not sufficient in itself. The knowledge and expertise so acquired should be passed on to others; especially to the younger generations, which then would make the circle of the Guru-Shishya Parampara complete.  Paying rich tributes to the former chairman of the DoKA Rev TG Rinpoche, Jambey Wangdi prioritizing his targets said that the unfinished works left behind by the former chairman due to his untimely death would be carried forward with the same zeal and gusto. But in order to achieve the same, a concerted and united effort by all concerned is a pre-requisite necessity. He also disclosed his plans for tying up with the Tourism department for taking up schemes related to religious tourism in the Buddhist circuits of the state in order to preserve and promote Buddhism.

Earlier, Deputy Commissioner A K Singh said that the onus of upholding one’s tradition and the traditional artifacts rests on the upcoming generations. It is they, who would be the torch bearers and be the living testimony of one’s rich culture & tradition, he said and added that he has given priority to those beneficiaries who opted for the traditional handloom & handicraft schemes in the recently concluded PMEGP interview in order to promote and preserve the indigenous products of the district.

But Singh lamented on the poor and insufficient fund provided to the trainees and urged the Chairman to take up the matter at the appropriate levels.

AD (T&H) D Phuntso briefed regarding the training which had been sponsored by the DoKA and conducted by the Textile & Handicrafts office, Bomdila and hoped that the recurring issues and constraints being faced by the department and the trainees would be aptly addressed by the state government.

Among others, AD (DoKA) G Norbu, Dr. Ngawang Thupten, Jambey Tsewang and Tsering Thinley complemented the trainees and spoke of issues and propositions that could be conveniently pursued by the Department of Karmik & Adhyatmik (Chosrig Affairs). DIPRO

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Pham-Kho-Sowai greetings

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma and Chief Minister Nabam Tuki have conveyed sincere greetings to people of the state on the festive occasion of Pham-Kho-Sowai of Bugun community.

In his message to the people, the Governor expressed his hope that the festivity will usher in happiness, peace, bumper harvest and prosperity for all.

While believing that the festivity would spread the message of love and mutual understanding, Nabam Tuki prayed almighty god to bestow his blessings to all sentient beings on earth.


Headmaster receives National Teachers Award

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Mito Riba, Headmaster, Manmow Secondary School, Namsai has received the prestigious National Teachers Award from President Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of Teachers Day on September 5 at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.


TAH affected land owners urge for


ITANAGAR, Sept 9: All Lower Subansiri Trans-Arunachal Highways Land Affected People’s Forum (ALSTAHLAPF) in a memorandum to Lower Subansiri Deputy Commissioner has urged him to pay compensation as per the recently conducted ground level assessment by a team constituted by the district administration and on the line of compensation paid to the TAH affected people from Nechipu in West Kamen district to Hoj in Papum Pare district and from 73 Km Joram of Lower Subansiri district to Sarli of Kurung Kumey district etc. "Payment of compensation must be made without distinction on the basis of old (before 2009) and new (after 2009) against the existing structures. Moreover, no ground assessment has been conducted by the district administration in presence of the affected owners. Thus, the full payment of compensation must be made at full rate to the affected owners without further delay, the memorandum said.

The memorandum further requested the DC to submit the assessment lists as per report prepared, signed and photographed and witnessed by the assessment team within one week.


Power supply disconnected

ROING, Sept 9: The power department, Roing has disconnected supply of power to consumers having outstanding dues of Rs 10,000 and above while on an Inter-Divisional Revenue Drive.

Complying with the Government Order, the department conducted the drive at Roing on September 6 last.

The illegal electric connections have also been disconnected during the drive.

The department has once again appealed the consumers to clear their outstanding dues and to regularize their electricity connection by paying security deposits soon.   

Executive Engineer (E), Napi Modi informed that this was the first 1st Phase of Inter-Divisional Revenue Drive. (DIPRO)


PS inspects flood damages

ROING, Sept 9: Parliamentary Secretary for WRD Gum Tayeng visited flood damaged Orange Orchards at Lokne Notko area near Roing Township under 43rd Roing (ST) Assembly Constituency today.

Meanwhile, Roing Horticulture Development Society President Nattong Lego apprised the visiting team about Bitsam River which is flowing through the middle of the orange orchards. He informed that this river is causing huge loses to farmers every year. This year also the river water has caused huge losses to the orange orchards and washed away more than 1000 orange plants.

He sought fund for flood protection measures to stop further erosion of land. He also informed that despite the place being known as Orange Bowl due to high production of orange in the district, there is no proper road connectivity to the orchard and farmers are also selling their produce in low price. She was accompanied by EE (WRD) Kago Rubu. DIPRO


CE for early completion of hydel project

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Chief Engineer (WZ), Department of Hydro Power Development Pura Tupe accompanied by his departmental Engineers, inspected all the ongoing hydel projects and damages caused to various plants under Tawang and West Kameng from September five to nine.

The Chief Engineer (CE) directed the field officers to expedite the works of all the ongoing projects by maintaining quality and complete them as early as possible.


E- Procurement training

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The two days training on e-Procurement organized under the supervision of Chief Engineer (PWD) for the engineers of PWD (eastern zone) concluded in the conference hall of PWD here today.

E-Procurement system, which is mainly for maintaining transparency in tendering works and services using electronic methods at every stage of the procurement process is being advocated by Govt. of India for improving vigilance administration under the National e-Governance Plan as a Mission Mode Project.

All the Superintending, Executive and Assistant Engineers of Eastern Zone PWD attended the training programme.


International Literacy Day celebrated

AALO, Sept 9: The 48th International Literacy Day was organized by Zilla Lok Shiksha Samiti at Govt. Upper Primary school yesterday at Aalo.

Addressing the students and teachers on the occasion, DDSE Tomi Doke stressed on quality education and exhorted the teacher to be more dedicated and update themselves to impart the latest educational needs. He advised the students to take interest in modern amenities like computer, journal and library books instead of wasting their youthful energies in unproductive works.

Moli Tato briefed about RTE and elementary education of all children.  (DIPRO)


BJP to launch Swachh Bharat Abhiyan

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Responding to the ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India mission) being launched by the Prime Minster Narendra Modi led NDA Govt, the state BJP Unit has decided to kick start the programme at Roing, Lower Dibang Valley on  Sept 25 on the birth anniversary  of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadya. The programme will end on the Gandhi Jayanti day (2nd Oct.)

During the week-long abhiyan, the party rank and file will visit the toilets of all the schools, the public places and see the ground reality of sanitation and cleanliness across the state.

All the senior leaders of the state, district, Mandal and elected representatives will also visit their respective Polling Booths as a part of the campaign and generate awareness on development initiatives and policy of the Central Govt.


DCPWS dismiss any ill-intention


DAPORIJO, Sept 9: Reacting to All Tagin Youth Organization (ATYO)’s Press statement opposing the reported move to convert the Dumporjo Inspection Bangalow into MLA office that appeared in this daily recently, Dumporijo Constituency People Welfare Society (DCPWS) has dismissed any ill-intention behind the move.

“In fact, it was a demand of the local people to convert the old inspection bungalow into MLA office for the convenience of the people of the constituency,” said DCPWS in a release.

DCPWS said that the complaint was motivated by some people with vested interest to malign the image of the local MLA.


NWSYW resents suspension of SI


DAPORIJO, Sept 9: Neba Welfare Society Youth Wing (NWSYW) in its single-point memorandum to Upper Subansiri Deputy Commissioner demanded for constitution of a SIT headed preferably by a Judicial Magistrate to re-investigate the case against SI AK Tanti of Daporijo Police Station.

The Society said that he should have been terminated for ‘misleading’ the case (FIR No 68/14,U/S 279/338 IPC  R/w sec.181 MV Act. Drj Police Station).

The Society informed that Dumro Bayor, who was a prominent PRI leader and social worker of Sippi area, succumbed to his injury after he met with an accident on June 18. In this connection, an FIR was lodged against three alleged reckless bike riders at Daporijo Police Station and SI AK Tanti was reportedly given the charge of the case.

However, the Society alleged that SI Tanti misled the case after taking bribe from the alleged accused and released them.

The alleged accused persons were re-arrested and SI Tanti was suspended by the higher authority following a complaint from the relatives of the deceased, the informed.


PCSU seeks posting of teachers

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Informing that various schools in Parang circle are running short of teachers, the Parang Circle Students’ Union (PCSU) has requested for immediate posting of teachers in the area.

Govt Residential School Seem is facing shortage of PCB teachers while Govt sec school Parang has shortage of PCM teachers and Govt Residential School Totpu needs English teachers, the students said in its letter submitted to the DDSE Papum Pare.


ASM Poyom-Raksap writes to CM

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The Anchal Samiti Member of 8/1 Poyom Raksap under Darak circle Minba Raksap has requested the CM to give necessary directive to the West Siang District Administration to provide fund for clearance of the road blockade in the area.

The road from Darak circle connecting many villages have been cut off from the rest of the state due to heavy landslide since July. The affected villages are Boje Pare, Sala Potom, Dege Potom, Belo, Poyom and Boru Raksap, he wrote in his letter submitted to the chief minister.

Due to the road blockades, people are unable to access the medical sub centres situated at Degi Potom and Boru Raksap. Moreover, these sub-centres have been temporarily shut down due to non availability of staffs and supply of medicines, he said while adding that schools in the area have also shut down as the teachers are unable to reach their schools.


Tigdo Panchayat imposes fine

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: The 16th Tigdo Panchayat under Doimukh Zilla Parishad has decided to impose fine of Rs 50,000 to persons found indulging in anti-social activities within its jurisdiction.

In its letter informing Papum Pare DC of its conditions, it said that the loitering around of anti-social elements in the area is creating nuisance for the local residents.

The panchayat has also put blanket ban on fishing and hunting.


BTPF apprises DC of absentee officials

ITANAGAR, Sept 9: Claiming that Govt officials of Bameng do not stay in their posting places and instead prefer to stay at the district headquarter Seppa forcing the common public to go to Seppa to get their work done, the Bameng Town People’s Forum (BTPF) has asked the DC to direct the officials to work from their posting place.

Its other demands include concession of renewal fee of licenses, regular electricity supply in the township and clearance of Pakke to Bameng road blockade.

----Readers Forum ----




MSDP and minority areas

Dear Editor,

I would like to draw the kind attention of the authorities concerned regarding the implementation of MSDP in Tuting Block. The implementation of MSDP in the state has become a hot topic for debate.

Our confusion about the implementation of MSDP is very natural in the state where there are different tribes with different cultures and religions. Arunachal Pradesh is not a state of one religion. That's why confusion is very natural while implementing such schemes which have been sanctioned on the basis of religion. But this confusion shows the failure of the state government for taking up such schemes in the state and the incapability of the concerned officers.

Ministry of Minority Affairs Govt of India has identified those Blocks as Minority Concentration Block in the country where Muslims, Sikhs, Christian, Zoroastrian (Parsis) and Buddhist have at least 25% of the total population. It has been implemented on the basis of religion as per 2001 census.  

As per 2001 census, the percentage of Minorities in the country is about 18.4 % of the total population of the country of which Muslims are 13.4 %, Christian 2.3%, Sikhs 1.9%, Buddhist 0:8%, and Parsis 0.007%.

The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of India has identified 26 CD Block as Minority Concentration Block in the state where Rs 10 crore rupees has been sanctioned to each identified blocks.

Tuting CD Block is one among the identified blocks in the state which was identified because it has 25% Buddhist population under three circles of Tuting Sub-Division but as per the concept paper submitted by the DC and DPO Upper Subansiri, the minority population and their area are bereft from this fund under MSDP.

We had given a complaint letter to the Secretary of Social Justice and Tribal Affairs stating our grievances for misrepresentation of the schemes under MSDP in Tuting Block.  But the DC and DPO Yingkiong have submitted the concept paper covering only two Buddhist villages under Gelling Circle in which Rs 295 lakhs is being given.

This is a total violation of the rights of Minority Population in Tuting Block under the National Commission of Minority Act 1992. There was no meeting at the Block or the District Level for the selection of this scheme as suggested in the guidelines of MSDP. The concept paper has been prepared randomly by the DC and DPO under political pressure. How was this concept paper accepted by the concerned department of the state?

I would sincerely like to ask the Chief Secretary and the Secretary of social justice and Tribal Affairs if there is a different guideline for the implementation of central sponsored schemes in Arunachal Pradesh.

Meanwhile, I urge the Chief Secretary of the state to look into the implementation of MSDP in Tuting Block at the earliest so that the real beneficiaries of the block could avail this centre sponsored scheme.


Dondup Laida


Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena Upper Siang, Gelling




The other side of the coin  

Dear Editor,

This is in reference to letter published on 1st September under the headline “Baseless allegation” in Reader’s Forum wherein it was blindly stated that “Functioning of Govt. Sec. School Parsi Parlo is very smooth, the previous Headmaster has already handed over the charge except previous year’s stipend audit”.  

There is Block Education Officer (BEO) and Block Resource Centre Coordinator (BRCC) and Cluster Resource Centre Coordinator, whom the Govt has authorized to inspect the school frequently and prepare reports on the functioning of schools.

There is authority at school level to look after the daily activities of school and to handle stipend meant for Hostel Boarders and School Managing Committee to guide the school and the financial matter related to civil works sanctioned by govt for the school.

Subsequently, cash book is being maintained at school level. Regarding handing/taking of Headmaster In-charge, the statement was wrong.

On the same day, under the same headline a group of ASMs and Chairman PPADC from Parsi Parlo also stated that “Schools were vandalized by goons in the recent past, there is corruption as funds meant for Boys and Girls Toilet were siphoned off through forged bill, there is no sufficient regular teacher in all the schools, teachers are absenting from duty for a long time.”

Earlier, chairman of SMC of said school also gave photograph of vandalized girls hostel on local newspapers. It vividly reveals that functioning of school is not upto true spirit of normal school administration.

Some of the real situation of the school is that due to lack of subject teachers, students of Secondary Section are being sent to Govt. Higher Secondary School, Koloriang, for attending classes, there is encroachment of school land, there are no sufficient teaching-learning materials, teacher quarters, hostel building, drinking water facilities, class rooms. However, local teachers posted at the schools are putting their best effort for better functioning of school despite partial physical and moral support from civil society.

I request all the esteemed citizens of Parsi-Parlo area not to mix politics and education. Positive and constructive support or suggestion for proper functioning of school is solicited at school level and not to the media.


Sangha Takam

Junior Teacher

Govt. Sec. School,

Parsi Parlo





Foothills and hope for road connectivity

Dear Editor,

This is regarding Foot Hill Road Connectivity. It is to be noted that road development project in hypersensitive border areas was first mooted long years back. But it is a matter of regret that till today nothing has been materialised and the cherished dreams of the people never translated into reality.

After the Chinese aggression of 1962, when NEFA was renamed as Arunachal Pradesh with Union Territory status in 1972,1 have heard from some of the senior leaders of the state that border road connectivity is in the offing.

Even today, the unfortunate dwellers in border villages are lagging behind in developmental fronts, basic amenities and facilities. We have received no special government package/help and we have failed to derive maximum benefits in terms of centrally sponsored schemes/border area development projects.

On the other hand, we find the foot hills of Arunachal Pradesh are studded with the historical ruins, forts, temples belonging to the 10th and 16th centuries. This area bordering with Assam was once a seat of historical importance and rich cultural heritage.

Malinithan, situated 1 km East of Likabali and Balukpong, at the foot of Aka hills testifies it.

But now government is turning blind eye and is least bothered for such historically important sites/monumental sites/tourist spot. Let us preserve our age old cultural heritage and rich cultural site.

I thank Kiren Rijiju, young and energetic leader for his great initiative to make proposal for survey of the foothill road across the state from Bhairakund in West Kameng district to Ruksin in East Siang district via Bhalukpong, Seijosa, Tarasso, Kimin, Dollungmukh, Kangku, Likabali and Nari. He also emphasized on development of East-West highway corridor from Balemu to Ruksin running along the foot hills regions of Arunachal Pradesh. It has spurted a wave of optimism amongst the border villagers. Besides, Ruksin-Nari adjoining Jonai town/Jonai sub-division of Dhemaji district, the area has a strategic importance. It is the gateway to East Arunachal districts including East Siang, Upper Siang, Dibang valley and Lower Dibang Valley. The two lane NH-52 and the proposed railway (extended) lines enter into the state at Ruksin.

It is to be noted that, if such an economically viable project is materialized in future, it would be of immense benefits for the people of East Siang, West Siang, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, East Kameng and West Kameng district along the frontiers of Assam.

I appeal the Tuki government to expedite arrangement for proper and successful implementation of road projects for troubled torn areas. Now, people of foot hill belt can look forward to an era of development under the able leadership of Kiren Rijiju. He will leave no stone unturned to execute and implement this project in a time bound manner. We are hopeful that a proper mechanism and effective structure will be put in place. Hence, sooner or later, under the dynamic leadership of Rijiju, who is working proactively, we will hopefully get the positive news.


Tari Kaye,


36-Nari Koyu






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India sends strong message to China

Ahead of the Chinese president Xi Jinping's visit to India later this month, today external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj sent out loud message to China to respect India’s territorial integrity. She stated that for India to agree to a one-China policy, China should reaffirm a one-India policy. Swaraj urged China to understand and appreciate India’s sensitiveness towards Arunachal Pradesh.

This indeed is a courageous statement coming from the foreign minister herself. Swaraj deserves some appreciation. Critics both at Delhi and Arunachal have often ridiculed government of India for not being bold to take on China. During UPA regime repeated Chinese incursion inside Indian Territory at Ladakh sector and in Arunachal Pradesh was overlooked for the sake of improving relation between two neighbours. It is widely perceived that Chinese have been emboldened by meek response of past governments and therefore continues to indulge in incursion activities. Modi government seems to be pursuing different policy and looks ready to take head on with China. However new government will have to thread cautious path and should not take any step which seriously jeopardizes the relation two nuclear armed neighbours.