ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Government of India during 12th five year plan aims to reduce
the infant mortality rate (IMR) in Arunachal Pradesh to 19 percent from the current
33 percent by 2017. While informing this in a meeting on IMR reduction and interventions
in Papum Pare at Deputy Commissioner’s office, Yupia today, district medical officer
Dr. S Ronya further informed that the state government has set a target in its DPR
to achieve 30 percent IMR by 2015.
He said that necessary interventions like capacity building trainings for service
providers, improvement of existing labour rooms with necessary equipments, introduction
of activity based incentives etc will be provided by the Health Ministry. He appealed
to all the participants to work tirelessly to achieve the set target to reduce IMR.
IMR is the number of death in children less than one year of age per 1000 live births
registered in the same year. As per report by Sample Registration Survey Bulletin
of India in 2012, IMR in Arunachal Pradesh is 33 percent against national average
of 42 percent, Dr. Ronya said.
Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye, who is also the chairman of District Health Society,
stressed the need for conducting IEC/BCC activities to make each and every parent
aware about the central programme. While giving emphasis on providing accurate data
timely by the field level workers, he assured to provide all necessary help to achieve
The meeting aimed at sensitizing all stakeholders on union Health Ministry’s recently
launched programme on IMR reduction and Interventions, said DRCHO Dr. Kipa Tuglik,
who initiated the meeting.
ZPM Chairperson Nabam Aka, Arunachal State Hospital Medical Superintendent Dr. D.
Raina, Medical Officers of all the blocks and DPMSU staff were present in the meeting.
DC calls for dedicated effort to achieve revenue target
PASIGHAT, Sep 19: East Siang Deputy Commissioner Nidhi Srivastava today exhorted
the officers of various departments to be dedicated and sincere in order to achieve
the revenue target set by the Government. “Revenue achievement target for this year
is challenging and target will not be easy task for us,” she said while chairing
a review meeting on revenue generation held here today.
While going through the reports and suggestions placed by all the heads of offices
for enhancement of revenue generations, the DC said slip-up in the revenue collections
will only make difficulties for the government in mobilizing own resources. She
said reaching the target set in revenue collection is very important to facilitate
regular flow of funds for centrally sponsored schemes and projects in the state.
Giving emphasis on plugging revenue leakage, she instructed the officers to streamline
the functioning of their staff particularly those working in the field and dealing
straight with traders/taxpayers.
Citing example of Department of Geology and Mining and Forest etc, Srivastava said
these departments, with potentials of becoming major revenue earning sources, should
maintain proper coordination with other departments when it comes to revenue generation
from minor forest produce such as sand, gravel, timber, etc.
Appreciating the DTO(MV), the DC informed the house that DTO (MV) has already deposited
half of the targeted amount this year, within five months and earlier in the last
year, the department remarkably had deposited 1 crore 32 lakhs in government treasury.
She advised the DTO to intensify traffic checking not only to raise government revenue
but also to strict implementation of MV Act to minimize accident rates in the densely
populated Pasighat township. At the same time the DC appealed the parents not to
provide motorcycle-scooty etc to their minor children to attend schools. She instructed
the school principals not to allow any student to bring any two-wheeler in school(s).
Surprise raid will be conducted in schools also and stern action will be taken against
the violators, she cautioned.
Taking privilege of the meeting, DC Srivastava asked the officers to submit utilization
certificate timely and always to process official files rightly, maintaining requisite
AAPSA holds teachers’ effectiveness training
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The All Arunachal Private Schools’ Association Organized one-day
Teachers’ Effectiveness Training for AAPSA schools of Capital Complex area at Don
Bosco Youth Centre, Vivek Vihar.
The programme aimed at improving effectiveness of the teaching community and to motivate
them to be more committed in their service to students.
The day-long training enabled the participants to delve deeply into their own selves,
while trying to have better understanding of the behaviour pattern of their students.
Dr. Jerry Thomas SDB from Bosco Institute, Jorhat as the resource person dealt at
length on topics such as ‘Stages of Growth, The Art of Classroom Management, Creating
Space for Students and The Mentoring Role of Teachers. Built around the concept of
Erricksons’ Stages of Growth, the participants were enabled to deeply reflect on
student-behaviour and ways and means of eliciting better behaviour from them.
While evaluating the training programme, one of the participants, Techi Yania said:
“I feel the programme was exceptional and absolutely different from the training
programmes we are used to. Among other learning points the trainer insisted with
the participants to love the students, to create a family environment in every school,
to avoid physical punishment, to correct students privately, to encourage extra curricular
activities, to give equal attention all students and above all to be with young people
if they are to be transformed.
Interacting informally with some of the participants, Shijoy Kurian, Princiapl JNK
Public School who is also the Secretary of AAPSA spoke of the two major events of
AAPSA remaining for the year 2014, namely: Talent Search and Leadership Training
Programme due to be held in October. He also assured the teachers that AAPSA will
always look for the welfare of parents, students and teachers in as many traditional
and innovative ways as possible.
The training, inaugurated by Fr. CD Mathai, Parish Priest, Catholic Church, Itanagar
was attended by 87 teachers from the various AAPSA schools.
ASUD condemns racial segregation
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Arunachal Students’ Union Delhi (ASUD) has condemned racial segregation
against people of North East during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to that
Keeping away employees from North East from hotels in Ahmedabad, where the Chinese
Premier stayed, to “prevent any anti-China protest in respect to Tibet” is a great
humiliation to the people of the region.
“Aren't Northeasterners Indian? Why do we have to prove our Indianness again and
again?” questioned ASUD.
One Arunachalee liasioning officer was mocked at security check gate of his office
because his name sounded like the name of a Tibetan, said ASUD in a release.
“Every single day our North Eastern brothers and sisters are victimized of hate crime
at national capital. They are discriminated, abused and attacked in market and workplace,
colleges and universities. But it is very disheartening when such discrimination
and segregation comes from the top level,” the Union said.
ASUD condemned the India’s soft stance on border disputes which has led to repeated
Chinese incursion in Arunachal Pradesh. It (India) has neither settled the issue
of staple visa nor has it taken firm stand on Chinese showing Arunachal Pradesh in
its political map, ASUD lamented. “Instead of practicing racial segregation against
its own people to entertain foreigners India better should start addressing the internal
problems to mitigate international issues,” ASUD commented.
‘Ensure safety & security of health workers’
PASIGHAT, Sep 19: Two unidentified men on a motorcycle snatched a hand bag from a
lady medical attendant in front of Pasighat General Hospital on September 16 night,
when she was returning home from duty at around 8 pm.
The unidentified motorcycle borne men, who came from the same direction, suddenly
slowed down their motor bike and snatched the bag from her which contained some important
documents and valuable cloths. The victim received strong bruise on her right arm.
An FIR has been lodged against the miscreants by the victim at the Pasighat Police
Police were conducting search operation to nab the culprits.
When contacted, the superintendent of Pasighat General Hospital, Dr Y Ringu (Darang)
said providing security for the employees outside the hospital is an almost impossible
task. She suggested the employees to be careful of such miscreants.
The victim moved East Siang Joint Director of Health Services to ensure safety and
security for the health workers engaged in night duty.
The police reportedly have not yet registered the case as the complainant has not
pin-pointed anyone in the FIR.
Meanwhile, All Arunachal Pradesh Medical Multi-Tasking Staff Union (AAPMMSU) has
demanded medical authority to ensure safety and security of the employees.
Condemning the incident, president of AAPMMSU in a statement said that insecurity
of the health workers during night hours would create problem in heath care delivery
and the common people would be ultimate suffers. The union requested the law enforcing
authority to nab the culprit and punish them.
The local people, who are very much concerned with the increasing trend of theft
robbery and burglary in and around Pasighat township, have questioned the role of
police and security forces in maintaining law and order. They demanded police petrol
in and around the township round the clock.
Nurses register protest against assault of its member in New Delhi
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Trained Nurses' Association of India state unit has registered
its protest against the assault of an on-duty Arunachalee nurse at AIIMS, New Delhi
on September 10 last.
In a release, it said that activities which may generate the feeling of regionalism
should be stopped.
On many occasions, questions have been raised on Delhi Police on its apathetic attitude
towards North East Indians which compel the NE people feel alienated in their own
country. When an offence is meted out to any people from outside the national capital,
Minister of Home Affairs, GoI must intervene and resolve the matter as promptly as
possible and it must be proactive in delivering justice to the victim, the release
SLSA wins 5 gold in 22nd state level taekwondo Championship
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The students of Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy have won 15 medals
-- 5 Gold, as many silver and bronze—to finish 4th in the 22nd State Level Tae-Kwon-Do
Championship 2014 held at Doimukh recently.
Assistant Director (Esstt), Sports & Youth Affairs of Tadar Appa, SLSA principal
Tabia Chobin and Sports Officer (SLSA) OB Meitei accorded welcome to the entire team
in a simple function held at Taekwondo Hall, SLSA Complex, Chimpu, Itanagar.
Seminar on use of agro-textiles
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: A one-day seminar on "Use of Agro-textiles" was organized jointly
by union ministry of textiles, through Synthetic & Art Silk Mills' Research Association
(SASMIRA), horticulture department and Krishi Vikas Yojana, Papum Pare district at
Pappu Nallah today. Farmers from various villages of Papum Pare districts and Govt
officers from horticulture, agriculture, textiles, handloom & handicraft departments
took part in the seminar.
Inaugurating the seminar Parliamentary Secretary (Horticulture) Muchu Mithi, in his
address said that there is immense scope for development of horticulture in Arunachal
Pradesh. He called upon the farmers to take responsibility in exploiting this horticulture
potentials for economic development of the state. He further expressed that youths
of the state should not run only after supply and contract works, rather they should
take advantage of developmental schemes being provided by various departments and
strive for self-employment through hard work and dedication.
Spoking on the occasion, horticulture director Jombo Ratan advised the farmers to
take full advantage of such seminar to learn new technology to enhance farm production
and income. RP Singh, Premnath Surwase, Scientists from SASMIRA, Hemanta, and Tadang
Meena, Subject matter specialist from Krishi Vigyan Kendra gave lectures on various
topics during the seminar through power point presentations, according to an official
Seminar on counselling skills for teachers
AALO, Sep 19: St. Francis De Sales College, Aalo (SFS) conducted two days seminar
on "Counselling skills for teachers" on Sept 18 and 19. Altogether twenty two teachers
took part in the seminar. Dr. (Fr.) Philip Thomas, Assistant Director of NVSE, Pune
gave detail insight into different skills essential for teachers as resource person.
While addressing the staff, Rev. Fr. Vipin George, Principal SFS College spoke on
the importance of counselling skills for the teachers in the context of complex behavioural
issues among the students.
The classes were highly effective and interesting as there were lots of practical
sessions. The main objective of the seminar was to equip the teachers with counselling
skills and also make them better facilitators in the teaching learning process. This
is in sequel to series of such counselling held from time to time in the college
in the past. DIPRO
Candidates stick to its stand
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The newly formed Consultative Committee APPSCCE (Mains) 2013-14
comprising of the APPSCCE mains candidates have made it a point that no candidate
will sit for examination under the same incumbent board members.
In its intimation letter written to the Chief Minister, the Committee said that it
would not comprise with its four-point demands placed earlier on Sept 16 at any
cost. It alleged that during the first two examinations there was no strict checking
of the admit cards to identify the candidates and that the question papers were not
sealed when it was brought into the examination hall.
Org seeks free and fair conduct of APPSCCE mains
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Anti Corruption and Crime Control Committee.Org has sought
free and fair conduction of APPSCCE Mains Examination.
In its representation submitted to the chief secretary, it said that the controversy
that has been surrounding the APPSC is a bad impression for the whole state.
Hindi Diwas celebrated
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Hindi Diwas was organized in the office premises of Accountant
General here on September 14 last.
Speaking on the occasion, Anurag Prabhakar, the Hindi officer, said that use of Hindi
in official routine work was not as tough as was construed by the officials. A strong
will power is needed for the same. He stressed upon increasing the vocabulary of
Hindi by its constant use.
Account general, in his speech admired the spirit of the staff in overcoming the
hurdles in the way of use of the official language in office work.
HoD, Hindi Deptt, RGU, Dr Harish Kumar Sharma expressed hope that the official language
will soon achieve its status in the routine works of courts and assemblies as well.
A public reading of the Home Minister's message was conducted by the office on the
eve of Hindi Pakhwara.
Take action against miscreants: LSDNSU
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Condemning the incident wherein the car of an assistant professor
of Dera Natung Govt College was burnt down by miscreants on September 14 last, the
Lower Subansiri District Nyishi Student's Union (LSDNSU) has appealed to the state
government to take immediate action against the person/s involved.
Panchayat to prepare labour budget
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Panchayat leaders of Koloriang Lower and Upper Anchal degments
in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Lower Koloriang Anchal Anchal Chairperson
Bengia Tapo at the office Chamber of Anchal Chairperson, Lower Koloriang Anchal Segment
unanimously decided to prepare labour budget for the year of 2015-16 under MG-NREGA
and implement Centrally Sponsored Scheme (CSS) properly.
The meeting was attended by Anchal Samity Members, Gram Chairperson, Gram Panchayat
Members and EO (RE).
AAPLU urges for permanent labour secretary
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: Expressing concern over the non placement of permanent secretary
in the department of labour, All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has urged
the state Govt for immediate appointment of a permanent secretary in the said department.
In its letter addressed to the Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, AAPLU claimed that due
to non-posting of permanent Secretary in the department, many labour related activities
are not implemented properly in the state. While appealing for immediate action,
the union further added that various grievances related to the labour community are
still pending in the department due to absence of Secretary.
YOMA seeks cancellation of mass deputation of teachers
ITANAGAR, Sep 19: The Youth Organization Movement of Arunachal Pradesh (YOMA) has
sought immediate cancellation of mass deputation of teacher to the post of BEOs,
In its memorandum submitted to the education minister, it said that mass deputation
is resulting in shortage of teachers.
Its other demands include creation of adequate posts of subject teachers, disciplinary
action against absentee teachers, regular payment of salary to SSA teachers, proper
monitoring and implementation of centrally sponsored schemes and checking of fake
private colleges and universities.
ROING, Sept 19: The Brahma Kumaris of Roing has conducted an avenue plantation drive
in the hostel premises of Govt. Hr. Secondary School, Roing recently. Participated
by the Divisional Forest Officer, Commandant BRTF, RWD and teachers and students
from GHSS Roing, the team has planted about 100 numbers of ornamental, fruit and
flower bearing plants on the occasion.
It is pertinent to mention here that the members of Brahma Kumaris, Roing has been
initiating various formative works for transformation of society by providing value
based education & Rajyoga Meditation, creating awareness against drug abuse, peace
and sanitation from time to time in the Roing township. DIPRO
----Readers Forum ----
Let the birds sing again
Through your esteemed daily, I would like to write about the present condition of
Daying Ering Wild life sanctuary located in East Siang District, having an area
of 190 sq km.
Innumerable varieties of flora were found during the last decade but now a day’s
all these kinds of flora are less and it is even harder to find Orchid.
There were large numbers of animals including Elephant, Deer, wild Buffalo, Wild
pig, Pangolin, Hedgehog and birds like Hornbill , Migratory water Birds, Woodpecker
used to enjoy their time as whenever they were passing through the sanctuary but
now a day’s it is hard to find even a single squirrel.
Deforestation should stop and concern forest department should have realistic data.
Indigenous eco-friendly hunting and fishing should be allowed only during local occasions
and there should be strict law and order.
Through this esteemed daily, I wish to draw the attention of state Forest Department
to give more emphasis to restore flora and fauna. The participation of the local
community is required. Otherwise, it may remain bare in near future.
Oyar Tatin, RGU
Commission has failed to serve its purpose
I would like to draw the attention of the Chief Secretary of our state towards the
APPSCE GS paper-ll leakage due to the neglect and irregular function of the APPSC.
It is my duty to attract public attention as the candidates appearing for the APPSCE
have fallen victims to the gross neglect of the officials concerned. Leakage of
question paper is a great concern; a murder of integrity and morale. It is a punishable
offence. In fact, it is a matter of shame for all the members of the Commission.
Their miserable negligence is playing with the lives of the candidates. It's also
a matter of sorrow for all the aspirants of the APPSCE as they're working hard against
the odds to crack the examination. Inconvenience after inconvenience, the Commission
has failed to serve its purpose.
APPSC is the sole authority to conduct examination. To search an ideal officer is
their responsibility. Right candidate for the right position who work for the interest
of the public with integrity.
It's rather very strange to note that the Commission has not provided enough security.
It also raises several issues of their working ethics and morality. The candidates
have lost faith in them. But, still they are fighting and raising their voices against
Justice delayed is justice denied.
I hope our benevolent Chief Secretary Ramesh Negiji would definitely consider their
grievances and would take necessary action against the Commission's negligence without
any further delay, lest the anger of the candidates and the public explode.
A responsible citizen
Due to heavy rainfall, in many points between Joram to Yachuli, Lower Subansiri district,
half of roads have been washed away.
Somehow vehicles are playing. Though heavy vehicles easily pass through light vehicles
get stuck. Someday, in order to avoid those big holes, car may fall in deep gorge.
If any accident occurs because of those holes, administration will be responsible.
Now rainfall has stopped, repair work can be started or at least those big holes
should be filled up for the convenience of small cars.
There for I appeal to concerned authority to act fast and do the needful.
M T Aku
SSB line, Hapoli
God must have been fed up
Did APPSC ever conduct exam, which was without controversies, allegation of unfair
and malpractices? Before the introduction of RTI act, preferential treatments were
allegedly given to some. But this time God must have been fed up with APPSC way of
conducting exam and hence exposed the leakage with proof. We must be thankful to
The Arunachal Times, particularly Mr Amar Sangno for his reports.
Whenever APPSC is caught red handed, they say some Disgruntle candidates are making
baseless allegation and their favourite readymade reply is “Go to court”. Forget
about pursuing Court, now a day’s staying in Itanagar itself has become so costly,
that most of the students who are from far flung area and different districts hardly
dare to confront with the APPSC. The APPSC boast about their integrity and prestige,
whoever alleges them, they suggest them to file and RTI. What will RTI do when the
paper is already leaked? But fortunately, candidates are aware, bold, and daring
these days and because of such dare devil, the exposure has come up.
The frequent controversies and allegations might not be true but it might not be
false either and it has certainly degraded the image and credibility of APPSC. The
infamous popularity gained by APPSC in this long year will surely discourage the
younger generation aspiring candidates. No doubt APPSC has given many best officers
but it has also destroyed many brilliant brains, which could have been otherwise
tremendously beneficial for Departments and Administration.
I would like to suggest the entire aspiring APPSC candidate to instead opt for UPSC
rather than APPSC. At least UPSC will give a fair chance every year, by the time
you appear for 3rd or 4rth time for UPSC, APPSC will be still hanging in controversy,
allegation and counter allegation. One can go home, get married, and have 1st kid
and come back for mains, 3rd kid and come back for viva voce!
The APPSC has been harassing aspiring candidates every year because of their indecisiveness
and wrong decision. The APPSC or the Govt of AP must reimburse the financial burden
caused to the aspiring candidates who has to stay in Itanagar for many months in
rents, hotels, relatives etc. They must be held responsible for being irresponsible
and hence causing lot of mental, physical and financial burden to aspiring candidates.
I am in full support of Letter submitted to Governor, Arunachal Pradesh, by aspiring
Lastly in Arunachal anything is possible, I do not say that we must agree or believe
in rumors but we must be aware of it and suggest our opinion where ever required.
Police and public need to respond to a ‘calling’
Arrest of Chako's kidnappers & murderers is being appreciated by all. Hoping the
rest would be arrested soon. Deep down we all know that our state has become a favourite
hub for the criminal activity. Extortion and kidnapping is their evil design. The
target is mostly wealthy businessmen, officers and their kiths & kin. Beware A.P.!
Before it's too late the state government should take stringent action against the
lawlessness. Tough policies are needed to tackle the deviants and the criminals.
But, it be should citizen friendly. Here, the public plays important role. Public
should cooperate the administration to maintain law & order. Both play a significant
role, be alert and watchful on suspicious activity of a person. The prime function
of the state police is to protect the public and maintain law and order. Eagle eye
and responsive citizen are needed for effective function and can help to crack the
case immediately. The police administration should use the technology where an individual
can send tacit and classified information without revealing their identity. Today
is the era of technological revolution. Let the administration and the public breakthrough
the devil operation through the technology. It is the time for not only the state
administration but also the public of Arunachal to go hand-in-hand to shield our
state from the evildoers. Let’s not bow before the monster.
The police and the public need to respond to a "calling" to provide crime free society
and secure a better place for all citizens.
A concerned citizen
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---- Editorial ----
APPSC needs to do soul searching
The controversy surrounding Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission Examination
(APPSCE) 2014 does not augur well for the future of state. Consider to be the most
prestigious institute, APPSC off late has run into controversy on couple of occasions.
People running the commission need to understand that such controversies deeply harm
the image of APPSC. As a short term damage control measure, the Government of Arunachal
Pradesh has instituted a Magisterial Enquiry into the allegations of leakage of General
Studies question paper of the APPSCCE (Mains) 2014.
Also commission has issued show cause notice to the concerned officers to render
explanation as to how the General Studies Paper in question was leaked out of the
Commission's confidential / strong room. The explanation to the effect has been sought
within a period of seven days to substantiate negligence and dereliction of duty.
For now they have somehow managed to douse off the anger of aspirants by taking some
short term measures. However, the commission really needs to pull up socks and get
their act together to avoid such mistakes in the future. Or else the credibility
of commission will be at stake.