September 06

Binny Yanga laid to rest

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The mortal remains of Binny Yanga, Padmashree has been laid to rest today near her Naharlagun residence.

The social worker lost her courageous and long battle with cancer at a Guwahati hospital on Sept 3 last.

Since the very end, she continued her outstanding work to support the orphans and women, mainly survivors of difficult circumstances, a work she started almost four decades back.

Deeply mourning her death, Home Minister Tanga Byaling has in a condolence message today, said that Late Yanga always stood for the uplift of the oppressed, orphans and needy women of the state.

‘Late Yanga tirelessly worked against forced and child marriage and provided shelter to the victims for which she will be always remembered. She was an iconic figure and in her death we have lost a true and noble social worker’, he added.


Villagers repair road

ROING, Sept 5: Cleanliness cum road maintenance was organised at Rayang village by the Rayang Banggo, under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan here today. At least one member from the 62 existing households participated in the social service despite the continuous downpour.

Reportedly, a black topped road was constructed in the village at around 1992-93, but there has been no maintenance. Currently, the road truly explains the 'road in pot holes' theory, and the pot holes here are extremely huge and filled with rain water leading the villagers to carry out the maintenance work.

The initiative was taken under Banggo's Secretary Gagan Perying, who informed that this is the first ever mass social service of the village.

"The main motive to repair this road, apart from making it accessible without problem, is because most of the farms and especially orange plantations are located across Simak River. Now that the orange harvesting season is arriving, farmers have to visit their farms everyday to tend to their plantations. Such bad road conditions make it extremely difficult to reach to their farms. This will also adversely affect the economic condition of the orange farmers", added Perying.

"Most of the sand gravels used for construction are taken from Simak River because of its good quality. However, the heavy vehicles that carry and transport this sand gravel has to pass through our village damaging the road badly. On an average, 20 trips of these heavy vehicles can be accounted to pass through every day, on a regular basis", informed Rayang Banggo Joint Secretary Poktem Pertin.


Training on beauty culture

[ Karda Natam ]

DAPORIJO, Sept 5: Forty women and girls from various circles under Upper Subansiri district were trained on beauty culture during a three week long training programme at DIC training hall here.

Trainees from Siyum, Nacho, Limeking and Taksing attended the skill development programme which was conducted by vocational training provider GPTI, Aalo and sponsored by Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation .Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh under BADP.

Dakmo Riba, Assistant Director, Textiles and Handloom, who attended the valedictory function yesterday, encouraged the trainees to continue their training at higher level to enhance their knowledge and skills in their chosen trades. He asked them to make use of what they have learned during the training period for self employment and earning livelihood.

Bulo Apa, Asst .Director of Industry said that apart from running a beauty parlour or saloon, the knowledge imparted during the training can also be also be used at home.

Resource persons Atet Puying and Yaning Sinkom expressed their willingness to help the trainees clear their doubts on beauty culture and also assured to conduct such training programme in future too, if required.


Taloh visits Yaki Tato village

AALO, Sept 05: Education Minister Tapang Taloh accompanied by MLA Nyamar Karbak and Siang Deputy Commissioner N. Lego visited Yaki Tato village to get the ground reality of one of the oldest schools of West Siang district.

Addressing a huge gathering at the prize distribution ceremony of the first Pemin Tato Memorial T-20 Cricket Tournament, Taloh appealed to the people to extend cooperation to the government for speedy development of the area. The bandh culture making inroads in West Siang and Siang should be avoided as such culture put us in the back gear on the developmental front.

Responding to a memorandum submitted on the occasion, Taloh assured extension of Keak playground and said that the demand for science stream in Donyi Polo College, Kamki will be examined and efforts will be made to start it in the next year. He also said that a Sericulture farm will started at Yaki Tato village soon.

Speaking on the long pending desire of creating a circle headquarter for seven villages of Tali Tato Bango, the minister said that though cabinet has put a blanket ban on further creation or upgradation of administrative outposts, efforts can be made to convince the government on genuine need.

Karbak exhorted the students to emulate the feats achieved by the yesteryears from the school since its inception in 1956. The road from Keak touching Kesi Tali, Siru, Sere Tali culminating at Kamba is essential and will be looked into. He also assured a new Dere for Keak and disclosed that Govt. is drawing a policy to provide one TV set each to GBs and issue separate winter and summer dresses for them.

Deputy Commissioner, N Lego, Chief Engineer (E) Jumto Tato, ZPC Yaman Bagra, also shared their views on the development front.  

The students of 1956 batch of Govt. Middle School Keak were also felicitated on the occasion.  DIPRO


RWS objects teacher transfers

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The Ramle Banggo Welfare Society (RBWS) strongly objected to recent transfer of four teachers, who were serving in various schools of Nari-Koyu area, without any relievers during the mid-session.

Most of the schools in the area are facing acute shortage of teachers since last five to six years and the recent transfer of teachers will adversely affect the academic study of students. The Banggo Welfare Society has strongly appealed to the DDSE not to release the teachers or effect the transfer order until and unless reliever teachers are posted.


Doke appointed as SAA vice chairman

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The State Government has appointed Gechi Doke as the vice chairman of Sports Authority of Arunachal (SAA) effective immediately.


Social service conducted

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Students, teachers along with non-teaching staff and general public took part in a social service conducted under the  supervision of ASM-cum-chairman school management committee Tadar Chachung and incharge headmaster Tame Tamin at the Govt. Primary School, Lower Nyapin on Wednesday.

During the social service, which was sponsored by the parents of the students, the volunteers erected a wire fence around the school premises.

Later, during a meeting held the same day, Chachung appealed both the Block Resource Coordinator Centre and Cluster Resource Centre to forward a proposal to higher authority for immediate construction of a kitchen building for Mid Day Meal besides, allocation of adequate funds for maintenance of the school building.


News Impact

No respite from flood at Paglam as

Dibang diverts course

ROING, Sept 5: Flood at Paglam Circle under Dambuk sub-division is not receding despite lessening of the rains over the last few days as the  Dibang River has diverted its course towards the west bank.

The flood affected people have no other options left but to shift from the present location of the village to safer place.

It was informed that the villagers are planning to shift to the right bank of the Dotung River for safety. However, with the rivers water not receding, the task of shifting is a huge one. Efforts are being done to engage engine operated boats within one or two days to shift out the villagers.

Local administration has managed to bring in 60 quintals of rice to the flood affected people from Pasighat, East Siang to Paglam yesterday. The rice bags were carried on head loads from Taro Tamak to Paglam. More than 60 tarpaulins were also provided to the flood affected people to be used as temporary shelters by the local administration.

Member of the Nature Unlimited, Anong Tayeng and his team had helped to transport about 180 marooned people from their inflated rubber boat during the flood, reports DIPRO Roing.



Reiterating demands, CoSAAP gives

two month’s ultimatum

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: Reiterating its’ long pending demands, the Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) today gave two months ultimatum and warned that it would take up democratic movement if the demands are not fulfilled by October 31st next.

Speaking to media persons at Press Club here today, the Association’s President Pate Marik said, “We will be compelled to take up democratic movement if the state government still do not heed to our demands.”

CoSAAP has been demanding enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years, withdrawal of NOC system on promotion and retirement, and restoration of original lateral entry system in APCS. Marik added that the demands had been submitted on various occasions to the state government.

CoSAAP called for enhancement of retirement age from 58 to 60 years as per Fundamental Rules 56, for bringing uniformity in retirement of the employees claiming that they are not uniform.

“Non uniformity in retirement age is an injustice to the maximum number of government employees as it curtails early promotions and retirement benefits,” he said. He also expressed disappointment over the opposition of various organisations to the move saying that they are against it without any knowledge.

“Now that the upper age limit for entry into state government service has been enhanced to 35, a government servant serves for only 23 years if he enters a job at the age of 35 and retires at 58,” he said.

The association also sought for withdrawal of NOC system on promotion and retirement saying that it is injustice to the sincere government employees who have no role in encroachment of government quarters.

“It is not as if all and only government employees are involved in encroachment of government quarters. But if it has to be implemented, everyone should come under the purview of it as many people, mostly those in power, are also involved in it. Why target only government employees?” Marik lamented.

“Encroachment of government quarter is a criminal act. It would be precise if the government lists out those employees breaching the law and not harass the innocent ones,” added the general secretary Gonya Riba.

Giving justification for its demand to restore the original lateral entry system in APCS, he said that the new rule only allows government employees who are in non technical jobs and teachers.

“The original idea of the lateral entry in APCS was to recruit ministerial staff acquainted with office rules and procedures. The employees in non technical field and teachers are not thorough with service rule. The new rule is deprivation of government employees knowing service rules,” he said.

“UDC scale entry should be allowed provided one is a graduate,” he advocated.

The CoSAAP also called for implementing the 7th Pay Commission in toto when it comes to force.

“Resources will have to be explored so that the 7th Pay Commission is implemented as when it comes to force,” he said.



30 teachers’ conferred State Award

Staff Reporter

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The state government has conferred State Award to at least thirty illustrious teachers (10 each STs, JTs and PRTs) in recognition to their dedicated and sincere service to the teaching profession. The award was given away while commemorating birth anniversary of Dr. Servapali Radhakrishanan, the second President of India as Teacher’s Day by Parliamentary Secretary for Education Bamang Felix in presence of Secretary Education Marnya Ete in a function held at Banquet Hall here today.

Two lady teachers one from East Siang and another from Papum Pare district were among the thirty awardees.

Congratulating the awardees, Parliamentary Secretary for Education Bamang Felix said, “A teacher never retires, there is no boundary for a teacher” Teaching is a noble profession which should not be confined within classroom, he added. Underlining the responsibility of teachers, Felix urged the illustrious teachers to make the entire society, nation and the world a classroom. Stating that whole transformation of civilization was only possible because of the teachers, he termed them as the most powerful persons on the earth.

However, he also pointed out that the teachers have equal power to ruin the entire society, if they are not true to their profession.

Appreciating the state awardees teachers, Secretary Education Marnya Ete, termed the teachers as role model of the students as well as the society. He also appealed to the teaching community to remain sincere and dedicated in their duty.  Joint Director, Secondary Education, BN Lendo in his address informed that education system in Arunachal has expanded rapidly with launching of SSA and RMSA programme. Joint Director, Elementary Education, Monya Nyori also spoke on the occasion.

The Teacher’s Day was also celebrated across the state.

At Seppa, the District Institute of Education & Training (DIET), Seppa observed the day in a befitting manner.

The programme started with unveiling of a “Dedication Stone” dedicated to those teachers who sacrificed their entire life in imparting education to the people of East Kameng by ADC Pooja Jain followed by lighting of lamp and paying tributes to Dr. Radhakrishnan.

The ADC exhorted the teachers to inculcate moral values like respect for elders, the sense of discipline, punctuality and attitude among students and mould them to be a good human being. She also advised the students to respect their teachers. Later, she gave away the “Best Teachers” award.

DIET Principal Tadam Mibang also spoke on the occasion and suggested the teachers to be disciplined and dedicated in their duty.

ZPM Dadi Rimo also spoke on the occasion and described teachers as real saviours of mankind, reports DIPROs

Addressing the students and teachers of Green Mount School during the Teachers’ Day, secretary of the school Higio Aruni advised both students and teachers to maintain a healthy relationship. She also reminded that a teacher's post is the most respectable post in the world and therefore, they should try to be a role model for the students. Sacrifice and hard work is necessary for a better future, she added.

Principal Tomar Nomuk asked the students to maintain discipline and work hard for success in life.

Teachers and the students of Government Sec. School P-Sector here celebrated the day. Headmaster of the school Toku Raja led the teachers and students in paying floral tributes to the portrait of Dr. Radhakrishnan.

He highlighted the significance of Teachers’ Day celebration and also enlightened the students about the life history of Dr. Radhakrishnan.

The day was also celebrated at Apex Professional University (APU), Pasighat. The celebration was formally inaugurated by retired IAS officer Oshong Ering, by lighting the ceremonial lamp in presence of social worker Gandhi Darin and prominent leader Onam Doming, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. A.A. Dange, Registrar, Dy. Registrar, PRO, faculties and students of the university.

Addressing the gathering, Ering recollected the early days of education and appealed to the present generation to become technologically sound to be worthy citizens of the nation. All the dignitaries present on the occasion spoke on quality education and teachers-students relationship. VC Dr. Dange categorically explained the mission of APU and its future course of action in details.

Other highlights of the day were cultural presentations by the students to show their hidden talents.

While celebrating the Teachers’ Day at GHSS, Doimukh, the principal of the school Nyagi Riba advised the students to concentrate on their studies for a bright future.

SMC chairman Tana Rekhi Tara and ZPM Tana Yayo attended the celebration.

Earlier, floral tributes were offered to the portrait of Dr. Radhakrishanan.

From our Daporijo correspondent:

Teachers’ Day was celebrated in a grand and disciplined manner at both Govt. Rijo Middle school and Govt. Bazaar Middle School Daporijo.

The students of both the schools enthusiastically took part in various cultural and literary competitions organised on the eve of Teachers’ Day.

Dance and speech competitions on topics of importance and significance of Teachers’ day celebration were organised at Govt. Rijo Middle School.

A sense of great discipline among students and teachers was prevailing who interacted with each other showing an exemplary relationship between the teachers and the taught.

Headmaster of the school, Tayor Pigia, asked the students to do study hard, maintain strict discipline and respect to elders, parents and teachers to achieve success in life.

Govt. Bazar Middle school Daporijo also celebrated the day in a benefitting manner despite dilapidated condition of the school infrastructure.

Students and teachers exchanged greetings on the occasion with flowers and gifts as token of love and affection for teachers and students.

Headmaster of the school, Tapor Mosi, the man behind the function, highlighted the importance of the Day and the life history of Dr. Radhakrishnan.

Govt. Bazar Middle school is one of the oldest schools in Upper Subansiri district. It was established on 1975 and inaugurated on September 5 coinciding the Teachers’ Day.

In some other schools, including Govt. Hr. Sec School, the celebration was a low-key affair.



Villagers welcome de-reservation of Deopani Reserve Forest

ROING, Sept 5: The people of Kungdung Banggo from Meka to Shantipur check gate of Lower Dibang Valley district are in a jubilant mood celebrating the final declaration of the 134.20 sq km area of Deopani Reserved Forest as de-reserved. The notification that was issued just prior to the Solung festival brought smiles to the faces of thousands of people residing in the Reserved Forest Area for the last eight decades.

The Department of Environment and Forests, GoAP in a notification issued on August 26 declared 134.20 sq km area of Deopani Reserve Forest as de-reserved. The notification reads that the specified area (134.20 sq km) which is a portion of the Deopani Reserve Forest (228.291 sq km) in Lower Dibang Valley district as per Notification No.4168-R dtd 14/12/1936 shall cease to be Reserved Forests w.e.f. date of publication of this notification. The notification also indicates the boundary description of de-reserved area of Deopani Reserve Forest which is Deopani River and artificial boundary in the north and Kenkut Nala in the East, interstate boundary and artificial line in the south and Deopani Reserve Forest in the west. However, the 3.0 Ha areas g following Shantipur Range Hqr Complex is not part of the de-reservation and will remain Reserve Forest, the notification further read.

The jubilant villagers today accorded a warm reception to Gum Tayeng, Parliamentary Secretary for WRD and Dambuk MLA for pursuing the matter successfully during her tenure as the MLA of the area. She was received with accolades at Kangkong, Parbuk, Bolung and Jia Village along the Roing-Shantipur NH-37 by the PRI, public leaders, Gaon Burahs and villagers with queues of ponung parties.

While handing over the copies of notification to the PRI leaders, Banggo Secretaries and Gaon Burahs, contented Tayeng said, “One of my main election manifestos has been fulfilled”.

She urged the villagers not to cut trees in the remaining Reserved Forest which was not de-reserved along the stretch of Deopani River Bank. She said,

“It gives me immense pain to see the devastation of the downstream villages including Anpum, Loklung and Paglam by flood water in other bank of the Dibang River and we have to learn lessons from it and preserve the forest along the river bank”. She asked the villagers to cooperate with the forest officials in preserving the forest in the remaining Reserved Forest Area.

The elated Banggo Secretary of Kangkong Village, Nombo Perying named the present Dambuk MLA as the “Mother of Kundung Banggo” for the works she has done for the people of the area in her short tenure as MLA Dambuk.

On the occasion, the Parliamentary Secretary also released two doves as a mark of relief from the forest reservation and the beginning of ownership of the land by the people. It is pertinent to inform here that the people of the area have been demanding for de-reservation of the area for more than three decades.  

Zilla Parishad Members and Anchal Samiti Members, Aduk Paron, DFO (T) Roing, Public Leaders, Banggo Secretaries, Gaon Burahs and villagers were present on the occasion. DIPRO



Ering assures for long lasting flood solution

PASIGHAT, Sept 5: Loksabha MP Ninong Ering carried out a whirlwind tour of Anpum, Paglam, Namsing which have been ravaged by the recent flood.

The Mebo-Dhola road has been breached at several places cutting off the road communication. The fury of nature was so harsh that more than 100 houses of Anpum including Loglung villages have been washed away. Hundreds of acres of standing crops have been damaged. The entire areas were submerged during the flood. Though the situation is still grim, the people are struggling hard to cope with the situation.

Interacting with aggrieved families at Anpum, the MP donated rupees one lakh and sanctioned rupees ten lakhs for immediate relief to the affected people.

Ering said that for long lasting solution to the chronic flood related problems of the area, a major project has to be taken up for which, he assured that he will discuss with the Chief Minister. He also assured that he will highlight the grievances and actual situation of the area to the central government. The MP sanctioned rupees three lakhs for development of the primary school and rupees seven lakhs for the secondary school, Paglam. He advised them to construct the buildings on raised pillars so that flood water does not affect them.

Okom Yosung ZPM cum Secretary General (Adi Mishing Kebang) and Kaling Dai ZPC appealed to the MP to render all possible help to the area to tide over the grim situation. DIPRO



PPA’s U-turn, says hydro power only option for economic freedom

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: In a surprising U-turn, People’s Party of Arunachal (PPA) one of the vocal opponents of big hydro dams in the state, has said tapping of hydropower potentials is the only viable option that can give the state economic freedom and sustainable development to the future generation of the state.

In a meeting on development of Hydropower Projects in the state of Arunachal, Kahfa Bengia, President said that, "At the time when the state is passing through a critical phase of grave financial crisis never before experienced in the political history of state, the news of litigation in the form of yet another Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against execution of all the Hydropower Projects in the four Siang districts by a group of civil rights activists is sadly myopic, vision less and bound to take the people of these areas a century backward”.

The party sought withdrawal of the case.

If Arunachal has to evolve and grow as an economically self reliant state, there should be no hindrances of any kind against any of the projects identified along the rivers, the party said while requesting all the youth, intellectuals and various civil societies to extend cooperation in achieving the goal.

The PPA said that hydropower and promotion of Tourism are alternative long term economic policy to do away with decades old 'Dependency Syndrome' on Central Grants.

Mindless signing of MOUs/ MOAs against almost all the river basins of the state without taking into confidence the opinions of the primary stakeholders has been the main reason behind the delay in executions of the projects. The stakeholders should be made to feel that they are the equal partners in developing these projects, Kahfa added.

Kaling Jerang, Secretary General of the party said, "If the people do not feel comfortable and secure with the high rising mega dam projects, these projects need not be pushed down their throat forcibly”.  

We all should stand united in extending all possible help and cooperation for the early execution of all the smaller and medium sized socially and environmentally viable projects proposed, he added.



Governor seeks sanitation facilities for schools and hospital incinerators

Swachh Bharat Mission

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Rajkhowa has emphasised for sanitation facilities for schools in the State. He advised the officials of Department of Public Health Engineering, which is the nodal department of Swachchh Bharat Mission (SBA) in rural areas and the Education Department to ensure that every school in the State has this facility, along with running water.

Out of 3222 schools in the State, 2789 schools were approved under Swachh Vidhyalaya Abhiyan (SVA) and toilets in 2760 schools were completed as on 31st August 2015.

While reviewing the Swachchh Bharat Mission at Raj Bhawan on Friday, he also advised the officials of Education Department to ensure for proper policy framework to make sure that the objectives under Swachchh Vidhyalaya Abhiyan (SVA) are implemented by private educational institutes as well.

The Governor called for achieving the target of 1,75,924 Individual Household latrines (IHHL), 1909 Community Sanitary Complexes(CSC) and 1,783 Solid Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) projects within the given timeframe. The Governor was briefed in the meeting that 57.03% of IHHL, 14.25% of CSC and 0.95% of SLWM were achieved till 31st March 2015. Out of 19200 IHHL target for the year 2015-16, 1826 IHHL, while out of 300 CSC target, 11 CSC were achieved till July 2015. Of the target 300 SLWM, no project has been completed till July 2015.

The Governor also advised the Itanagar Municipal Council for optimum utilisation of forty vehicles provided to them for waste management and at the same time asked them to explore ways to pull together revenue to effectively maintain the system. The officials assured to revive the system when funding would be put in place, which was assured by the Principal Secretary Finance, under 14th Finance Commission’s devolution of funds to the State. Expressing his concern on disposal of medical wastes, the Governor emphasised that incinerators must be installed in all the hospitals, including private hospitals and nursing homes. The private health facilities, which do not have their own incinerator, they may be allowed to use the incinerators at Government Hospitals, by paying a certain prefixed amount. He advised that incinerators installed in all the general hospitals should be made functional on priority.

Stressing on issuing of advisories to all medical establishments on safe disposal of waste, he said, legal framework must be in place to ensure that medical wastes, particularly non-bio degradable are disposed off in correct and hygienic procedure, without causing damage to environment and danger to human being and animals.

The Governor expressed his appreciation to financial institutes including State Bank of India and Vijaya Bank for coming forward to provide big size garbage bins and to adopt hospitals, schools and locality respectively, as identified by the administration/ Itanagar Municipal Council for cleanliness drive for a month. He also commended the Chamber of Commerce Arunachal Pradesh, commercial houses and corporate for volunteering to be part of SBA in a big way, in coming days.



DRBICS relief for flood affected people, appeals for govt help

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ROING, Sept 5: The Dibang Right Bank Idu-Mishmi Charitable Society Dambuk (DRBICS), headed by its President Atek Linggi, along with Sirang Anchal Samiti member Kolom Mepo, senior citizen Angore Mena visited the flood devastated villages of Anpum and Loklung.

"We were really shocked by the situation there. The flood has completely destroyed the villages", said Linggi.

The DRBICS donated an amount of Rupees twenty one thousand in cash to the flood affected villagers, along with some bottled water and food items. "The situation at Anpum and Loklung is so bad that our donation seems just like a drop of the relief they should actually be provided", Linggi added.

"Because of the unhygienic living conditions, most feared is the rise of diseases and outbreak of epidemics. As witness to the situation there, we appeal to the state government and the local MLA to provide relief as soon as possible. The damage, the property loss and compensation is now secondary. The priority should be to provide medical and veterinary help, food items and relief materials for building shelter", said Linggi.

"To reach Anpum-Loklung from Dambuk we have to cross the Sissiri river on an elephant with just a rope to hold on to, walk a distance of 3.5 kms, and then cross the Dibang river on a country boat. The journey makes it tough to carry relief materials to almost 450 affected households, but the government has other alternatives like air dropping relief materials", said GS DRBICS Tarun Umbrey.

As per the ground survey conducted by the Society, the Primary School Loklung, Forest beat office Loklung, Anganwadi and Mosup of Loklung, have all been completely washed away by the flood water.

"The lone PWD road connecting Paglam to Dambuk has also been washed off making any vehicular movement impossible", said Linggi.

"Many plantations have been destroyed. At the Beach Camp, paddy fields have been totally destroyed", informed Umbrey.

As per reports, the villages have been living without electricity for over a month, and sadly the only PHED water tank from which the villagers got their daily supply of water is also on the verge of collapse. "The water tank was originally located in the middle of the village but the flood waters have reached at the foot of the tank, ravaging all the houses in its way, making the foundation of the iron water tank visible. The tank had tilted at an angle, ready to fall. Many older women were seen crying and mourning for the tank which had served them precious water since so many years. The sight was heart wrenching", informed Umbrey.

Reportedly, since more than 30 houses had already been washed off in front of the very eyes of the villagers, others opted to dismantle their houses in order to save their property. The building materials that could be retrieved from dismantling their houses have been used to make makeshift shelters on higher ground.



DRDA employees demands written assurance

ITANAGAR, Sept 5: The agitating DRDA employees of Dibang Valley district fed up with false assurances have sought written assurance from the state government that their demands will be fulfilled.

Responding to the call of the state unit All India DRDA Staff Welfare Association, the DRDA employees of Dibang Valley unit joined the rest of their aggrieved colleagues in observing pen and tool down strike. The employees, however, had called off the strike on the fourth day following assurance from the RD Director in a meeting with state unit.

“We are fed up with false assurances, we need fruitful action instead,” the Dibang Valley DRDA staff Welfare Association said, and demanded written assurance from non other than the Chief Minister, the Chief Secretary and Directors of respective district.

“Until and unless they give written assurance in favour of our long-pending demands we will not sit silently,” the release added.

It further requested all the district units of the AIDSWA to launch the mass indefinite strike from the second week of September to register its strong protest against the government’s lackadaisical attitude towards the long-pending grievances of DRDA employees.

Meanwhile, the DRDA staff of Lower Subansiri district informed that the further course of action will be chalked out in the next coordination meeting of the district units of Arunachal Pradesh which will be held shortly.



Libang inspects under construction Gandhi Bridge

YINGKIONG, Sept 5: Local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary (PWD) Alo Libang today inspected the under construction Gandhi Bridge and 50-bed hospital building and urged the construction agency to complete the construction works in a time bound manner without compromising with the quality of work.

The steel suspension bridge over Siang, if completed, will link Tuting Sub-Division with district headquarters Yingkiong. On the other hand, the 50-bed hospital building at Yingkiong will provide the much needed accommodation for patients and their attendants from far flung villages. The schemes are being executed by PWD department.

The local MLA also visited the helipad ground which is under constant threat of erosion by Siang River. He suggested measures to check the soil erosion and also called for improvement of the approach road to the Helipad.

Earlier in the morning, he attended the Teacher’s Day cum Janmashtami function at VKV, Yingkiong.

He advised the students to maintain strict discipline and respect teachers. The MLA was accompanied by Yingkiong ZPM Bading Teng. DIPRO


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