September 21


News Impact



State gets second Govt. Nursing Institute

Pul urges doctors, nurses to treat patients with human touch

Staff reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The Arunachal State Nursing School (ASNS), the first ever government nursing institute for General Nurse Midwifery (GNM) course, was inaugurated by Health and Family Welfare Minister Kalikho Pul in the office premises of the Directorate of Medical Education, Training and Research, Naharlagun today. The institute will offer diploma in GNM.

“It is a matter of immense pleasure that the state got the second govt. nursing Institute after more than a half century from the establishment of the first nursing institute for ANM course at Pasighat in 1963, Pul said. He informed that a GNM nursing school in Pasighat will start from the next month. Four more nursing institutes one each at Tawang, Aalo, Daporijo and Namsai will be set up and construction works are going on, he informed.

While nursing institutes at Tawang, Aalo and Namsai would offer Auxiliary Nurse Midwifery (ANM) course the nursing institute at Daporijo would offer GNM course, Pul said.

Currently, there is only 900 nursing staff in the health department against a total requirement of 3160. Of the total 900 nursing staff, 481 are GNMs and 418 ANMs, Pul informed. While the department fell short of as many as 1816 nursing staff as on date, about 70-80 nursing personnel would be retiring in the next 5-10 years, he said. He hoped these nursing institutes when start functioning would meet the shortage of trained nurses in the state. He also suggested for enrollment of male nursing students in the school.

While describing nursing as one of the noblest professions, the Health Minister said, “Nurses are those who always keep an eye on what is happening with the health of a patient.” He exhorted them to serve patients with human touch.

Informing that nurses from North East and some other particular states like Kerala are in high demand all over the country, he asked the first batch nursing students of ASNS to pursue their course sincerely and equip themselves with the correct knowledge, skills and right attitude.

He also encouraged the faculty members drawn from the State Nursing Services to impart and share their Knowledge and expertise.

Addressing the doctors on the occasion, Pul urged them to rededicate themselves to selfless service to the humanity. Since doctors are considered second to god, he urged them to treat patients with compassion and human touch. The Health Minister sought the cooperation and constructive suggestions from the senior health officers and doctors in improving health care delivery.

He assured to take steps to well equip all the district, zonal and state hospital in terms of infrastructure, medicines and other requirements so that all the needs of patients are provided.

He stressed the need for timely submission of utilization certificates for timely release of central fund. He emphasized on active monitoring by Programme Officers so that projects and schemes under health sector can progress smoothly and be activated at the earliest.

Stressing the need of early setting up of proposed B.Sc Nursing College in Pachin area under Arun Medicity, he urged the local MLA Techi Kaso to facilitate it by taking up connectivity and land acquisition issues which are delaying the process.

Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary and local MLA Kaso lauded the Health Minister and his team of officers for rising up to the challenges to set up the nursing school. On the need for bridge connectivity needed for the proposed Medicity at Pachin, he   assured to take up the matter on priority soon after this monsoon is over. Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Indra Mallo said that the Health Department with the support of the State and Central Govts. and under central flagship programme NHM is mobilizing  all resources for inducting more number of nurses. He said NGOs like Infosys Foundation have also expressed readiness to extend helping hand in health sector.

Earlier, Director Medical Education (Training & Research) Dr. Moji Jini in his welcome address, stressed on the need for quality nurses for the success of health programmes in the state and credited the Minister and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare for starting the GNM School from this academic session.

He also drew the attention of the Local MLA to take up at the earliest connectivity and early handing over of department land at Pachin for Arun Medicity, which is on hold due to lack of land. Various projects on hold under Arun Medicity are Medical College, B.Sc Nursing College, Paramedical Training Centre, Regional Health Research Centre, GNM School Building. Land is also needed for various infrastructure, like Ayush College, DentalCollege, Staff Quarters including Super-Specialty Hospitals, he added.

Earlier, In-charge Principal of ASNS, Boa Yania Taw placed a memorandum demanding creation of post of faculty members, ministerial and support staff and other requirements for smooth functioning of the  Nursing School.



Governor expresses concern over increasing violence against NE people in Delhi

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma has expressed his deep concern on the increasing incidents of violence relating to the people of North Eastern India in the National Capital, particularly in the two cases where a lady advocate and a nurse from Arunachal Pradesh were assaulted.

In this regard, the Governor spoke to Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Najeeb Jung over telephone on Sept 19 and requested him to take up the matters on priority in order to expedite the investigation.

 The Governor said that a large number of people from Arunachal Pradesh especially students go to the National Capital to pursue higher studies or for seeking jobs. Cases of physical injury including murders, assaults and many other discriminating and prejudicial incidents have to be stopped by all means. He emphasized on measures for augmenting their safety in order to restore confidence and faith amongst the people from the North Eastern region particularly from Arunachal Pradesh. PRO to Governor



Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal next year

NEW DELHI, Sept 20: His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama agreed to visit Arunachal Pradesh next year. Accepting the invitation of a delegation of legislators of Tawang, West Kameng districts, Mechukha and other eminent personalities which called on Him at New Delhi yesterday, the XIV Dalai Lama agreed to visit Tawang  and West Kameng districts and Itanagar sometime between October to November, 2015. He also agreed to conduct religious preaching for the devotees at Tawang monastery & Yid-Ga Chosin in Tawang and also at Dirang and Bomdila in West Kameng district. He will also be delivering a talk on his arrival at Itanagar.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki expressed his happiness over the acceptance of the invitation by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to visit Arunachal Pradesh in 2015 and said it was great news for the people of the state  particularly the Buddhist population who always longed for blessings from His Holiness the Dalai Lama. He further said that his government will make all necessary arrangements for making the visit of Holiness in Arunachal Pradesh a success.  “His Holiness had agreed in principle to visit Arunachal Pradesh when we approached him with the proposal at Guwahati during his visit in February, 2014 but the confirmation given  by His Holiness today is undoubtedly a welcome news for all of us” said Pema while expressing his sincere gratitude to His Holiness. The members of delegation said they felt blessed on meeting His Holiness and jubilated over his agreeing to visit the state.

The delegation comprised of Abbot of Tawang Monastery Guru Tulku, Minister UD, Tourism, Art & Culture Pema Khandu, Parl. Secy (RWD) Jambey Tashi, MLA Tawang Tsering Tashi, Parl Secy(HPD) Phurpa Tsering, Dy Speker T.Norbu Thongdok, Parl. Secy (PHED) Kumsi Sidisow, MLA Bomdila Japu Deru, MLA Mechukha Passang D Sona, Chairman Karmik & Adhyatmik Jambey Wangdi and former Minister Karma Wangchu.



ABEOF reacts

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: While referring to the demand of some organizations for cancellation of surplus BEOs in the state, The Arunachal Block Education Officer Forum (ABEOF) has requested the organizations to refrain from making any unjustified statements without knowing facts against the existing BEOs.

In a release, it said that the post of Assistant District Education Officer (ADEO) now redesignated as Block Education Officer (BEO) exists since North Eastern Frontier Agency (NEFA) time when Arunachal had only five districts to assist the District Education authority in the Block Educational Administration. The 32 ADEO (BEO) posts now known to be sanctioned post was only for the five districts with limited CD Blocks in the then Arunachal Pradesh. Thereafter Arunachal Pradesh was granted status of Union Territory of India in 1972 with creation of more districts and CD Blocks. The posts were created during NEFA time in the pay scale of Junior teacher without financial involvement.

The post of BEO is not deputation post. The appointment of BEO is made legally by the competent authority of Education department. All the existing BEOs were appointed against the quota of existing Districts and CDs/Education Blocks, it said adding, hence the question of excess appointment of BEOs does not arise. BEOs are appointed and posted in Blocks in line with other departments. There are gazetted officers of other Department in every Sub-division, Block and even at Circle levels whereas Education, being the largest department has no Gazetted officers like that of other departments.

The fact is that the Block level Educational Administration in Arunachal Pradesh is yet to be structured whereas other Indian States has structured Block Level Educational Administration. The sanctioning of require BEOs post is need of hours. However, Government of Arunachal Pradesh in the Department of Education has already initiated for streamlining Block Level Educational Administration along with creation of requisite BEO post in the pay scale of junior teacher i.e without financial involvement.

“Our present State Government has realized the core problems of Education department which is mainly strengthening and streamlining of Block Level Educational Administration in the Elementary Education in Arunachal Pradesh. The education minister has already initiated bold action by issuing directives for banning of further appointment of BEO/BRCC/CRCC and other posts as part of reform in the Education Department which deserve appreciation from all corners,” it further added.



AdiSU, East Siang ABK seek exclusion of Adi villages from proposed L/Siang

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The Adi Students’ Union (AdiSU) has sought exclusion of villages inhabiting Adi communities which comes under the purview of the proposed Lower Siang district.

In its representation submitted to the chief minister,  requesting him for solution to its long pending demand, it said that inclusion of Adi villages will create misunderstanding.

AdiSU has no any objection in creation of Lower Siang district but we have strong objection over the boundary demarcation. The traditional boundary between Adis and Galos i.e., Simen Korong (river) which was amicably settled by forefathers of both the community as per Bogum Bokang Kebang Dictum should be maintained, it said.

Meanwhile, questioning the outcome of a high level committee constituted by the state government on the matter, it warned of launching democratic movement if the outcome is not out anytime soon.

Meanwhile, expressing concern over the  alleged negligence of the state Govt. to ABK’s pleas to respect the traditional and natural boundary between East Siang and proposed Lower Siang District and exclusion of five villages Depi, Depi Moli, Detak, Korang and Sido villages from the Lower Siang District,’ ABK East Siang unit in its emergency executive meeting  held at Pasighat today raised objection to the present model for creating Lower Siang District.

The meeting presided over by ABK district unit president Okom Yosung observed that the present model of the proposed Lower Siang district, its boundary has already been objected by the Adi Baane Kebang. “There is a clear cut apprehension that state govt. is not upholding the sentiments of Adis,” it said. The house unanimously resolved to chalk out the future course of action on the issue in its proposed general mass public meeting on Sept 23 at Gandhi Chowk, Pasighat Market.



9th business session of IMC adopts various resolutions

ITANAGAR, Sept 20:  Informing that the state Govt had released an amount Rs.180.00 lakhs (out of Rs.360.00 lakhs sanctioned) to IMC for undertaking schemes and programmes at the wards, Chief Councillor of the Itanagar Municipal Council (IMC) Higio Aruni  requested all the councillors to utilize the fund judiciously. She further requested the Govt to release the pending fund at the earliest for successful implementation of programmes and policies. Aruni was addressing the ninth business session of the IMC at Naharlagun yesterday.

The Chief Councillor, who presided over the meeting, further informed the council that, 18  numbers of new TATA ACE pickup trucks  delivered by the UD & Housing  department to the IMC could not be utilized due to non receipt of the invoice and other related document. The council requested the UD  department to handover the vehicle documents within a week  for early registration  of vehicles under MV Act.  

On the private member resolution moved by Deputy Chief Councillor Kipa Babu, the council, while considering the contributions of late T.C. Teli, 1st and former minister in-charge for Department of Urban Development & Housing, GoAP in the field of social, economic and political development of the state, recommended the  state Govt to name any one of the government institutions/ structures -- Housing complex at Jollang, Low cost housing at Jollang/Lekhi, Saffai Karamchari housing at Lekhi,  Law College at Jote,  NIT at Jote and  Sector roads connecting NH 52A and Govt. Higher Secondary School, Itanagar at Dying Ering colony and at ESS Sector -- after the late Minister.

It was informed in the meeting that the Audit Committee  will place the audit report within a month time before the council. Further, on the clarification sought by Takap Tagru, the council resolved that, “all the programmes and policies including administration of the council shall be implemented as per ward constituency boundary map prepared  earlier by the Department of Town Planning & ULB, GoAP and not as per the voter/ public registered till further modification or order.

On the resolution moved by Councillor Gora Lotak, the IMC further resolved that, the Land Management Deptt./ Dist Administration shall obtain NOC from the ward councillors for issuing land allotment certificate to the applicants in order to check rampant Govt land encroachments under the jurisdiction of IMC. “Further, on appeal of the councillors and as the state government had agreed to transfer the subject matter of issue/renewal of trading license within one month, the council approved to lift the earlier decision taken by Empowered Standing Committee and  decided to continue lift the garbage from the market areas with immediate effect.” However, the council sought the cooperation of public and the markets in garbage management.



Road constructed on self help basis

Yachang Tacho

ZIRO, Sept 20: With the initiative of Apatani Youth Association (AYA), the Gandii Ali Ribu Development Committee (GARDC) of Hari village Ziro has today organized a mass social service and converted the existing footpath to a motorable one at Gandii Ribu forest, half km away from their Hari village.

Formally inaugurating the road extension, Hari village Anchal Chairperson (ACP) Hage Tayung, while appreciating the land owners for donating their land voluntarily for the benefit of upcoming generation, assured to extend all possible help from panchayat members of their village. He appealed local legislator and the district administration to support such selfless people who really deserves for developmental package.

Joining the social service, AYA president Taku Chatung said that without road connectivity people cannot bring any development in their area. Road connectivity should be taken on priority for bringing all round development, he reiterated.  

While appreciating the GARDC for taking up such noble work for the benefit of the future generation, Chatung suggested other village people to learn a lesson from people of Hari village. He appealed people of Apatanis not to construct any structure in open stretch of paddy field which would destroy the aesthetic scenic beauty of the Valley. He alternatively suggested for expanding the village towards jungle ward.

Gyati Apa, secretary GARDC said that the present village is becoming congested day by day because of increasing population. ‘Since Gandii Ribu forest is suitable for future expansion, we are taking up the road development on priority without asking for help from any governmental agency. The formation cutting is progressing with our self donation amount, he added.

As the road is necessary for future expansion, we do not seek any compensation rather we have contributed some amount for the contingency expenditure during formative earth cutting, said Hage Taki a land owner.

It is pertinent to mention here that in the backdrop of listing Ziro Valley for declaration as world heritage site (WHS), civil societies, environmentalist, futuristic etc are discouraging construction of any structures in the open stretch of the paddy fields which contributes largely to beauty of the Valley. Abiding self imposed restriction, now-a-days, people of the Valley are looking towards jungle for expending their villages.

People of Hari village particularly the members of GARDC consisting of more than 50 land owners of Hari village, is unlike others where demand for land compensation remain a good bargain, are not only donating their land voluntarily for the benefit of the society but also contributed money for making expenditure during formative earth cutting. The difference is that they are selfless and far-sighted which deserves appreciation from every quarter of the society.



Active monsoon affects kharif cultivation in Siang Valley


PASIGHAT, Sept 20: As the monsoon which arrived lately remains active in Arunachal Pradesh and its neighbouring states, the  intermittent moderate to heavy rainfall in Siang region is creating problem in kharif cultivation, affecting vegetable production. The frequent rainy weather also hits normal life in the region. It  is adversely affecting the economy of rural farmers and daily wage earners.

The state received sufficient rainfall this year and has had a respite of the deficit rainfall reported early part of summer.

The Himalayan state has recorded five deficit rainfall years during the last decade.

It may be recalled that soon after the late monsoon arrived at the Himalayan region during second week of June this year, Arunachal Pradesh and parts of Assam have witnessed heavy and torrential rainfall. The Indian Meteorology Department (IMD) had a forecast of normal rainfall in NE states and had a perception that late monsoon would be active in the region and be lasted till the month of September.

Heavy and torrential rain in the Siang Valley during mid-August created havoc and it left a trail of devastation.

The flash flood due heavy downpour destroyed around 1500 hectares of standing crops besides creating erosion and damaging vegetable gardens in East Siang district.

According to data available in Pasighat Division of Water Resource Department, East Siang district has received rainfall of 659.30 mm during June, while the rate of rainfall in July and August was 646.50 mm and 2093.50 mm respectively. The number of rain-days during August was 22, while the current month witnesses 15 rain-days till date. The amount of rainfall in the area during August last year was 453.60 mm only.

The Siang Valley has a tropical climate and usually receives rain from the South-West and North-East Monsoon. As such, over 4184 mm of rainfall during the month of April to August this year has been recorded.

Plenty and frequent rainfall in the last part of September is an unnatural phenomenon in the area. The contrasting weather this year has baffled the experts as well as the laymen and the rural farmers are worrying for the uncertain weather condition.

Copyright © 2008, The Arunachal Times Publications Pvt. Ltd., Siang House, Sector - E, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh - 791111, India

All rights reserved.


NE United FC's Capdevila arrives in India

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The North East United FC’s marquee player Joan Capdevila arrived in Mumbai today.

Spaniard represented his nation on 60 international occasions and took his side to victory in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and the 2008 Euro Championship.

The 36-year-old played over 400 games with 36 goals in La Liga for eminent clubs like Espanyol, Atletico Madrid, Deportivo and Villarreal. He is now a vital left back defender for the Indian Super League side.

"India is a huge country and it is a privilege for me to be a small part in popularizing this global game here and working with the young talented footballers of North East India," said Capdevila.

Coach Ricki Herbert congratulated the North East United Franchise for obtaining the services of Capdevila.

“Joan has had an incredible career and has achieved honours at the very peak of the football arena and we all at North East United look forward to Joan's appearances as a North East player and to the wealth of experience and knowledge that can be transferred to all other playing members. As head coach, it certainly will be an honor to have him on our team,” said Herbert.  


‘Stay at posting places’

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: Anchal Samiti chairperson of the Lower Koloriang Anchal segment in a letter to the Kurung Kumey district Deputy Commissioner appealed him to direct the heads of offices in the district to attend office regularly and stay at posting places in general interest of the people.  In its letter, the Anchal chairperson Bengia Tapo alleged that the heads of the departmental offices do not work regularly in the district and stay in Itanagar without obtaining leave from the competent authorities. As a result, the people are facing several problems. “Due to absence of the officers, the subordinate employees are also not working properly in the district and the district is lagging far behind in terms of development”, he said.


PPA condemns racial isolation

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: Reported exclusion of the people from North Eastern states during the visit of Chinese President, Xi Jinping allelgedly by the BJP Government has again proved their racial attitude and segregation of the people from North East India, said PPA president Nikh Kamin in a release today. While condemning the  racial segregation of NE people and attack on Arunachal nurse in National Capital, the Peoples' Party of Arunachal demanded apology from the BJP.

“It is also reported that Kiren Rijiju, the MoS (Home), who represents Arunachal Pradesh in Parliament was also excluded from entire gamut of talk and other programs. This may be because of the fact that the Government of India is still suspecting our patriotism toward India and they are lacking in necessary trust and confident on people of North East India or the Modi Government has no courage to tell China that Arunachal Pradesh is integral part of India,” the release said.

The PPA said that instead of segregation, during the visit of Chinese President, the focal point of dialogue should have been on border intrusions and Look East policy, opening of Stillwell Roads, etc. Rijiju should have been allowed to play active role in entire discussion, it said.


Training on convergent planning concludes

ITANAGAR, Sep 20: The 5-day training on convergent planning for livestock development under MGNREGS organised by the National Institute of Rural Development (NIRD), Government of India, Guwahati regional office concluded yesterday.

The training was commenced from Sep 15 last, with the participation of various government officers from across the north east including North East Development Welfare Society (NEDWS), Arunachal Pradesh unit.

Addressing the participants, course director of NIRD Dr KK Bhattacharjee emphasised on the empowerment of socio economic development through proper planning for livestock development.

NEDWS, Arunachal Pradesh unit, chairman T Boje while joining the interactive session of the training stressed on the upliftment of self-help group besides the entire farming community.

He also suggested for agriculture, horticulture, veterinary and health and hygiene awareness programmes in the state.

Later, the team were taken out for a field visit at ICRA Barapani, Guwahati and Rural Research Training Centre (RRTC), Umran village.


BJP SLMVC meeting held

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The first meeting of the State Level Monitoring & Vigilance Committee (SLMVC) of BJP Arunachal Pradesh State Unit was held  here on  Sept 17.

After elaborate discussion on the objective of formation of the committee and its future course of action, the meeting presided over by Committee president Tapen Siga, unanimously decided that a team  (not less then 3 members ) of the SLM&VC of the party shall conduct tour to all the districts of the state to constitute District Level Monitoring & Vigilance Committee. In total the committee adopted six resolutions in the meeting. The committee shall appeal to the people of the state for sharing of information of mass misappropriation of public money by the state Govt, one of the resolutions said.

 The meeting was attended by BJP state president Tai Tagak and  BJP SLMVC members Laeta Umbrey, Roding Pertin, B R Wahge, Kuru Tai and member secretary Vijay Sonam. Three others members, namely, L. Wanglat, Talo Mugli and Gumke Riba could attend the meeting as they were out of station.


NBZHA calls for eradication of slavery system

ITANAGAR, Sept 20: The Nyishi Belt Zingang Hama Association (NBZHA) has called for eradication of slavery system and has requested East Kameng DC to issue order against the system.

In its memorandum submitted to the DC, it has also demanded for minimizing transportation and market commodities rate, allotment for burial land, a Karate club and sports Stadium for the district, public parking place, replacing Kutcha Hut with a Pakka house for the villagers to avoid fire accidents, issuance of  BADP, SPA, MLA-LAD schemes for the poor villagers, cancellations of land allotment order / Trading License, those who are selling Local Wine (Apong) along the roadside, provision for town extension and transferring of Helipad Landing ground from Seppa town to Yallopu, New DC bungalow.