Foolishness of Arunachal politicians surfaces in New Delhi
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: The foolishness and ignorance of Arunachal’s politicians and wealthy
businessmen have surfaced with the duping case of former minister Rajesh Tacho in
which he filed a case against a man called ‘Ashu’ from Bihar with Chanakyapuri police
station in New Delhi on Thursday.
Ashu, according to the FIR, cheated Tacho of Rs 5-6 lakhs with a promise to get a
petrol pump license from the ministry. He was later apprehended by Delhi Police when
he was about to flee from Delhi.
In a shocking revelation, Delhi Police today informed this daily on condition of
anonymity that there are numerous duping and cheating cases filed by politicians
and wealthy businessmen from the state. In most of the cases, politicians and businessmen
had exhibited blind faith on middle men and imposters in Delhi who promise them of
getting work done in various ministries, in lieu of huge amount of money.
Referring to the case of former minister Rajesh Tacho, who is also Anini MLA, a police
official said that huge amount of money is being doled out as bribes and commissions
by the elected representatives of Arunachal to these middlemen.
However, few cases have been registered while most have not been reported to the
police as these acts are most of the time “highly immoral”.
In any case, paying bribes is a crime but what is astonishing is that these politicians
rarely ever do any background check on these people who show off their alleged connections
with various ministries, the Police official further added.
There are also reports of many elected MLAs and businessmen being duped by the astrologers
who promise to bring good luck for them.
Call it a height of foolishness or ignorance; the elected representatives from our
state are often easily trapped by astrologers and religious donation seekers.
Now these imposters are swarming around Arunachal Bhawan and House in New Delhi in
search of MLAs and the ministers.
On many occasions, the securities of ministers and MLAs have been compromised because
of these imposters.
Panyor River Festival from Nov 21
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: The much awaited 2nd edition of Panyor River Festival (PRF) will
be held from November 21 to 25, 2014 at Yazali town. The festival will be organized
by Arunachal Adventure Association (AAA) in collaboration with the Department of
Tourism, Govt. of Arunachal involving locals of the area.
It is pertinent to mention here that the first edition of the festival was organized
successfully without aid or assistance from the government. The organizers in an
effort to promote tourism in the area and to create awareness among the locales on
hospitality industry had to generate their own resources through various means including
self contribution from the committee members.
During the first edition of the festival, the then secretary tourism had declared
in presence of local MLA cum parliamentary secretary (home, sports and youths affairs)
Likha Saaya that Panyor River Festival would be organized annually at Yazali and
be made as a calendar event of the state.
The organizer through such festival, the first of its kind in Nyishi belt, aims to
promote adventure sports, culture, and tourism and create awareness among the local
population about the hospitality industry and generate revenue source for the local
people by involving them in tourism activity.
To meet the needs of visitors and tourists, the home stay trainings would be provided
to women groups by the organizer. Tented accommodation will also be made available
during the 5 days festival. Other than the regular event of para-gliding, rafting,
food courts and cultural shows, various new events will be introduced along with
cultural and traditional participation of various tribes from all parts of the Arunachal.
New talents will also be given opportunities. For more information on the events
and festival one can log onto www.panyorriverfestival.com.
R&D wing of Horticulture Department introduces Zanthoxyllum cultivation
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Showing the way for other government departments of Arunachal,
the Research and Development wing of the Department of Horticulture has successfully
introduced the domestic cultivation of local vegetable cum medicinal plant Zantho-xyllum
oxyphyllum which is locally known as Onyor, Honyor, Hibe, Onger, etc. Trial cultivation
has been initiated at Kamyir and Poma villages under Sangdupota circle of Papum Pare
district involving women SHGs. Farmers were trained to raise nursery at the site
itself and grow it in the jhum field along with field crops. Although the cultivation
has been successful in the first year, the data validation will be made for 2-3 years
and finally a package of practices for cultivation in local condition will be released.
A team of dedicated officials of Arunachal Pradesh Horticulture Research and Development
Mission (APHRDM) led by mission director Egam Basar and ably supported by scientists
Tape Gab and Dujum Kato along with research assistants Asunam Perme, Rebecca Eko,
Tasso Yatung and Onam Jongkey is carrying out the research activities.
The Zanthoxyllum plant is principally consumed as vegetables. Eating Zantho-xyllum
oxyphyllum tender shoots purifies the blood and reduces incidence of leucoderma.
The plant has various medicinal properties against skin disease, rheumatism, varicose
ulcers, leg pains, inflammations, fever, hypotension, dyspepsia and diarrhea. It
also acts as stimulant, stringent and digestive properties. As per the survey conducted
by scientists of R&D wing of Horticulture Department, about 19 local vegetables are
sold in local markets at Capital Complex with 73.8 tons consumption per month. Zanthoxyllum
oxyphyllum is consumed at the rate of 6 tons per month and sold at the rate of Rs.
400 per kg. All the local vegetables are collected from forest by wild extraction
as farmers do not know the cultivation technology. At the present rate of wild extraction,
very soon the natural stock will be exhausted and valuable traditional vegetables
will get extinct. And, that why the R&D wing under Mini Mission-II of Arunachal Pradesh
Horticulture Research and Development Mission (APHRDM) has begun the research work
to develop cultivation technology for local vegetables one by one based on the threat
APHRDM has also initiated research on cultivation technology of Paris polyphylla,
a highly priced medicinal plant of the state which is now being illegally extracted
in huge quantity. If the present rate of wild extraction is not stopped, many valuable
species of Paris polyphylla will get extinct from the state which will be a huge
loss to the State, the APHRDM Mission Director said and appealed to the people to
have patience as very soon proper cultivation technology in local conditions will
be developed and farmers will be able to cultivate the plant and start legal trading
instead of wild extraction which is banned and punishable.
Murkongselek-Pasighat BG Railway faces roadblock
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
RUKSIN, Sept 14: The much-hyped Broad gauge (BG) railway in upper- Arunachal passing
through East Siang district is facing a roadblock from the local people as the project
affected people have opposed the recent railway alignment.
The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) conducted survey for construction of BG track
linking Murkongselek and Pasighat during September 2011. The project engineer of
the extended BG railway project during November last year informed that they would
execute the work as per the new alignment. But the work, which was scheduled to complete
last year remained a non starter due to stiff opposition from the local people.
The people earlier opposed passing of the proposed railway on the recent alignment
and urged railway authority to construct BG rail as per survey conducted in 1968
or 1974. It is said that the common people have no complaint to execute the project
along the routes indicated in the earlier years.
They said that the proposed railway is likely to affect hundreds of poor farmers
of Ruksin, Siile-Oyan and Pasighat circles of the district. The latest survey for
construction of BG rail carried out by NF Railways covers a large portion of WRC
field and horticulture gardens belonging to indigenous farmers of the district.
The Railway Affected Land Owners Committee (RALOC) of Ruksin and Pasighat separately
conducted a series of meetings during the last two years and discussed the impact
of the railway and compensation against their acquisitioned land. The farmers alleged
that the authority has fixed the land value for payment of compensation in minimal
rate, which according to them is too inadequate to compensate their affected croplands
and other properties.
In the subsequent period, many organizations including RALOC, CoSAAP, Bar Association,
Doctors Association and others assembled in a consultative meeting to discuss the
railway issue. There are some sections, who voiced against railway connectivity to
Pasighat citing various reasons like influx of illegal migrants, impact of ILP mechanism
and probable change in the demographic pattern in the region.
On the other hand, some government officers and elected leaders of the district support
the railway project reasoning that railway is the cheapest means of traveling and
transportation of goods and will help growth in development of industry sector.
The extended BG railway running from Mukongselek (Assam) is supposed to be proceeding
on to Roing, Parsuramkund, Rupai, Anjaw and other places of Indo-China border.
‘Land owners have no objection to extension of firing range’
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: The Land Affected Committee in a release claimed that the ‘actual’
land owners did not have any objection to government notification for acquisition
of land for extension of the existing firing range of 10th ITBP and RTC Kimin,
A meeting of the ‘actual’ land owners was held at Durpa-I village yesterday under
the chairmanship of Kimin ASM and discussed the proposed extension of firing range
and land acquisition issue thoroughly. The meeting welcomed the move and urged the
authority to conduct hearing for acquisition of land at the earliest as the land
owners were ready to offer their lands on payment of proper compensation, informed
the Land Affected Committee in a release.
The meeting dismissed the apprehension of Durpa Development Committee that extension
of firing range would endanger the life of 500 public and their domestic animals.
Firing practices have been carried out in the firing range since 1966 but no untoward
incident has been reported till date, the release claimed.
“ITBP will erect permanent boundary wall around its area after acquisition of the
proposed area and there will be no scope for any accident,” the release said.
The Committee hoped that ITBP would arrange a safe passage for public movement for
collection of bamboo and firewood etc as well as cultivation after proper acquisition
and demarcation of land.
Day 3 results: 2nd D K Memorial State Open Badminton Championship
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Results of the semifinal matches in various categories of the
on-going Second Dorjee Khandu Memorial State Open Badminton Championship held here
Women Singles (Open)
Laa Yajum beat Taring Yanya (21-16 21-10)
Pinky Karki beat Tania Yasap ( 21-7, 21- 10)
Women’s Double (Open)
Pinky Karki -Taring Yanya beat Taw Anya -Pema Laden (21- 08 21- 08); Laa Yajum -Tania
Yasap beat the pair of Bimpi Lendo-Taring Yarang 21-10, 21-18
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: United Yazali lost by solitary goal to MLA XI in the first match
of the Veterans Cup Football Tournament played at Yazali today.
The all important goal was scored in the second half by Nending Omo taking a pass
from Yumlam Tana.
United Yazali dominated the proceeding until their captain Bengia Takar was red carded.
In another match of the day, Panyor FC beat Eastern Yazali Dodo 3-1.
ZPM XI Yazali will take on Super XI Pistana in the first match tomorrow while Yachuli
United XI will face PWD XI in the second match.
MLA asked to appear before court
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Tali MLA Markio Tado has been called to appear before the Gauhati
High Court on October 29 in a case filed against him by a petitioner.
It further warned that if the respondent fails to appear before the court, election
petition will proceed ex parte.
AHiSU, AHYA conduct mass social service
ZIRO, Sept 14: All Hija Students Union (AHiSU) in collaboration with All Hija Youth
Association (AHYA) yesterday conducted a mass cleanliness drive at Hija village in
which a large number of students and youths of the village took active part.
Nada Chada, AHYA president told that the motive behind conduction of the social service
was to make villagers aware about the importance of keeping their surroundings clean
and hygienic to prevent vector borne diseases like Japanese Encephalitis (JE) and
other communicable diseases.
Besides the members of AHiSU and AHYA the cleanliness drive was actively participated
by officers, GBs, Panchayat members, women groups, senior citizens and general public
of the village.
Later, the organizer and the villagers have decided to conduct cleanliness drive
on every second Saturday of the month.
ASHAs trained on diagnosis and treatment of malaria
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Thirty ASHAs have been trained on diagnosis and treatment of malaria
cases in a two days training organized by Itanagar Diocesan Empowerment Association
(IDEA) and Caritas India, an NGO, in collaboration with District Vector Borne Disease
Control Programme (DVBDCP) Papum Pare at Mengio.
The training mainly aimed at building capacity of ASHAs for early diagnosis and prompt
treatment of all malaria cases in abid control and prevent malaria.
IDEA in partnership with the NGO has been supporting the DVBDCP in terms of organizing
training for the ASHAs of whole PHCs and CHCs of Papum Pare district.
As of today, 174 ASHAs from Balijan, Doimukh, Basarnallo, Kimin, Sagalee, Leporinag
and Mengio PHCs/CHCs have been trained.
PHC boundary wall inaugurated
ITANAGAR Sept 14: The newly constructed boundary wall around Bhalukpong Primary Health
Centre (PHC) was inaugurated by local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Kumsi Sidisow
The inauguration function was followed by plantation programme in the PHC compound
initiated by Apatani Welfare Society, Bhalukpong in collaboration with forest department.
Panchayat leaders, West Kameng DMO, Bhalukpong EAC and all HoDs of Bhalukpong were
present on the occasion.
Social service conducted
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: A mass social work was conducted from Gohpur Doni Polo Gas agency
area to the Directorate of Economic and Statistics yesterday.
The drive which was conducted under the banner of Senki Valley Woman Group in association
with IMC Ward no 2 members cleared the jungle of the area, accumulated garbage from
the drains and repaired the road.
Meanwhile, the public and the ward members have requested the concern department
to renovate the WRSP Bridge of the colony.
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Pham Kho- the festival of Bugun tribe of West Kameng district
concluded at MPCC ground, Singchung under West Kameng district yesterday.
It is a harvest festival in which people pray various spirits and offer sacrifices
to propitiate the god.
BCYA seeks local MLA’s intervention
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Balijan Circle Youth Association (BCYA) has sought the intervention
of their local MLA, Education Department and Panchayat leaders in solving problem
being faced by the Government Middle School Patila-Hollongi under Balijan circle
due to delay in completion of the school building.
BCYA in a release informed that their local MLA had sanctioned Rs. 10 lakh for construction
of 5-room new building as the school was devastated in a fire on January nine, 2013.
Subsequently, Rs. five lakh was released as first instalment and the construction
was supposed to be completed before the start of the current academic session. But,
the construction work was allegedly stalled due to unknown reason, the release informed.
National painting competition
ITANAGAR, Sept 14: Indian Council for Child Welfare –Arunachal Pradesh under the
aegis of Indian Council for Child Welfare New Delhi, a non-profit organization working
primarily for children in India since 1958, is organizing the National Painting Competition
for children of age between 5 to 16 years including a special group for differently
abled children of age between 5- 8 years here on September 30.
The sit and draw competition will be organised at Don Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar.
It is open to all the schools of twin capital city of Itanagar, Naharlagun and Nirjuli,
The winners of the competition will be eligible for monthly scholarships until the
child attains the age of 18 years or complete class XII, whichever is earlier, during
their schooling years. Scholarship will be given to only those winners whose family
income does not exceed Rs 5000 per month.
School Principal, Head mistress, Headmaster of respective schools can be contacted
----Readers Forum ----
A case of stone pelting
A few days back, on the evening of 9th of this month, I was travelling from Itanagar
to Shillong on the APST night super bus when I encountered a case of stone pelting.
It was around 11.30 pm when the bus was travelling between Balipara and Tezpur when
the incident occurred. A stone was thrown at the bus which shattered a window glass.
The shattered glass pieces fell all over us, though fortunately for us, no passenger
However, the sudden cracking noise of the window shocked all the passengers on board
which included children and females too. Later, while conversing with the conductor
and the driver, they casually said, “Yeh Sab toh hota rehta hai”.
Now, I want to know why nothing has been done to check such types of incidents. I
admit that to completely prevent such stone pelting cases during night hours is not
possible, but still there can be steps taken to keep safe the passengers on board.
Metal/steel cages or Jhali as we call, can be installed along the windows which can
stop the stones from breaking the glass.
Through this letter, I would like to draw the attention of the General Manager, APST
and all concerned officials and urge them to take necessary steps with urgency as
such incidents can have grave effects on the passengers.
Expectation from Health Minister
After 15 years of expectations, it has been finally announced by the Health Minister
Kalikho Pul that along with other medical staffs, posts for Laboratory Technician
have been created too. The Contractual Laboratory Technician under NRHM thank the
Health Minister and Chief Minister for considering our case even though the Technician
who have been serving since 1999 (RCH-I Programme) won't be enjoying the regularisation
benefits as most of them are above the age limits.
Further, working under NRHM, without our jobs being regularized for the last 15 years
with no increment has been a punishment for us.
However, we are genuinely grateful to our Heath Minister and Chief Minister for their
support and consideration.
We would like to request them to kindly continue supporting us in the further regularization
process and regularize all of us in one go as we have been given a single such opportunity
in 15 years span.
We hope that regularization process would not be hindered at bureaucrat or financial
Bolet Litin, President
Koj Rinyo, General Secretary
CMLTWA, NRHM, REC I & II
In appreciation of health minister
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to convey a deep sense of appreciation
to our Health & Family Welfare Minister, Kalikho Pul, for his concern and valuable
steps taken to renovate the medical institutions, thereby, improving the health status
of this state.
Initiation of the massive reforms in the bid to eradicate poor health of the state
is a commendable move on the part of our health minister. It is heartening to learn
that the minister has personally gone all the way to assess the health centers in
the capital whereby he was disappointed to find how unhealthy and devoid of basic
amenities was the dispensary in the health institutions. It is indeed a matter of
grave concern that the entire dispensary should be cut short of essential services
and supplies like water connectivity, gloves, BP apparatus, disposal syringe, life
saving drugs, most of which have to be managed by doctors and patients themselves.
Having encountered all such shortcomings, the minister was left aghast at such careless
look-after of the state health otherwise supposed to be the top priority of the state
The step taken by the State Cabinet towards creation of 2492 posts in the Health
Department should narrow down the health problems. I express my heartfelt appreciation
to the state govt, especially the Health Minister for the massive drive he has taken
I urge all the other ministers to make your time count before it ticks away and gets
Improve communication network
The People of Daporijo, Upper Subansiri District have been facing myriads of problems
for years but most of their burning issues have not been sorted out despite several
One such problem that people of Daporijo have been facing is insufficient BSNL Network.
People have to try more than 20-30 times to reach a particular destination.
Most of the time the customer are told that the “number you have called is not reachable
at the moment. Please call again later”.
Even the messages are not delivered on time. Sometimes it is delivered after two
days and sometimes not delivered at all.
ATM also does not work due to network failure.
Therefore, I request the concern authority to look into the matter very sympathetically
and improve BSNL services or any other network service as soon as Possible.
DST Colony, Daporijo
An open letter to the Chief Electoral Officer
Through the column of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the kind attention
of the Chief Electoral officer, Arunachal Pradesh.
My Tata winger vide Regd no.AR-09-1353, a commercial passenger vehicle playing
from Pasighat to Itanagar along with driver was requisitioned by election office
for election duty vide order no. TPT(c) 96/2014 dated Itanagar, the 16th March 2014
and no EN/OP-06/2014 dated Itanagar, the 29th March 2014.
The vehicle along with driver D. Borah was directed to report to the District Election
Officer, Daporijo. In compliance of the Govt. order my driver along with vehicle
reached DEO Daporijo on the 7th April 2014 who was directed to proceed to Taliha
with the polling team and personnel.
While performing the election duty, the vehicle met with an accident in between Daporijo
and Taliha on 7/04/2014, where the vehicle rolled down about 200 feet from the road
due to steering failure which completely damaged the vehicle and also the driver
was seriously injured. Till today, the driver is under treatment at Assam medical
I have petitioned several times to the chief election officer for reimbursement of
cost of the damaged vehicle, loss caused to my business and recovery of vehicle and
compensation for medical expenditure for injured driver but all my request have gone
in vain. Despite several request made to the govt. for initiating action in terms
of compensation, the govt have not done anything.
Now I want to know whether the cost of damaged vehicle and loss of business shall
be borne by the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh or owner of the vehicle.
As per my knowledge it is the responsibility of the govt. of Arunachal Pradesh to
reimburse the losses but if the owner is being held responsible, private vehicle
owners of the state will not lend their vehicles to the govt. in near future.
Lower Banskota Village
Bust the racket
I would like to request the home ministry to take note of the news item “deposited
money siphoned off by fraudsters” which was published on 12th September in this daily.
I am one of the victims and also know many of my friends who have been victimised
in the same way.
Even if we don't get back our money, the racket should be busted.
All email and surface mails must be accompanied with contact numbers and full postal
address. Do keep writing but please make sure that letters are short and to the point.
---- Editorial ----
Self vigilance is must
Local media today carried extensive reports about twenty non-APST citizens being
detected for entering state without carrying inner line permit (ILP) at Rajiv Gandhi
University junction by the Papum Pare district administration. All the defaulters
were later deported to other side of the border. As per the report most of the violators
are labourers who have been brought in by the local Arunachalee citizens. It was
also found that local guardians of the labourers despite being aware about Bengal
Eastern Frontier Regulation Act 1873 did not bother to obtain ILP for them.
This is a serious case of negligence. District administration should take strong
action against those local Arunachalee citizens who fails to get proper ILP for their
labourers. The coming of labourer without proper documents is like inviting trouble
to the home. Information about involvement of migrant workers in criminal acts is
being reported from various parts of state. In view of such development, it has become
important for the local guardians to keep all the required documents of the migrant
labourers. We can’t depend only on police and will have to contribute our bits to
make Arunachal a peaceful place to live.