September 16

Taxi fares from Railway Station to be fixed

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: Taxi fares between Naharlagun Railway Station and Capital Complex/Papum Pare will be fixed and notified soon as there was no uniformity in the fares. This was disclosed by the Rate Fixation Committee formed to fix the taxi fares in a meeting held at the office chamber of the Station Manager, Naharlagun Railway Station today.

A final report of the rates to be fixed as per technical calculation for both Capital Complex and Papum Pare was also prepared in the meeting by the District Transport Officers of both Capital Complex and Papum Pare along with the Senior Station Superintendent, STS, Itanagar.

The committee informed that the light motor vehicles with a sitting capacity of five passengers were taken into account and rates fixed, and the medium size vehicles would be taken up at later stage.

Considering the limited parking area, the Committee further informed that a limited number of vehicles would only be registered and registration would be made in accordance with the existing law.

The committee hoped such effort would help ease the inconvenience faced by the passengers while travelling to and fro from Naharlagun Railway Station.

Naharlagun EAC Hento Karga stressed on proper mechanism to fix the taxi fare.

EAC (TPT) Tame Yajum asked the committee members to divide the taxis into different sections depending upon its type and fix the fares accordingly. DIPRO


Re-evaluation results declared

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Rajiv Gandhi University has declared the result of Re-Evaluation/Rechecking of B.A. and B.Sc Third Year (Hons & Pass) course examination 2015 of all affiliated colleges. The result can be seen at university website also: www.rgu.ac.in.


Endangered turtle rescued

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: The officials of Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary Division yesterday released a turtle into its natural habitats in Parsuram Kund.

The turtle belonging to Kingdom Animalia of Geoemydidae family was rescued from a road in Parshuram Kund area by the ‘Clean and Green’ Wakro team.

The Clean and Green Wakro Campaign chief took initiative to promptly inform the officials of the Environment and Forests department about the rescue of an endangered species of turtle. Dr Rabindra Kumar, PCCF, Wildlife soon after receiving the information instructed the officials to take necessary action and advised the rescuers to handover the turtle to Koj Tassar, DFO (Wildlife).

Later, the team of forest officials under the supervision Koj Tassar, Divisional Forest Officer, Kamlang Wildlife Sanctuary Division released the reptile into the forest near Parshuram Kund area.


ATDSU raises voice against illegal construction

TAWANG, Sept 15: Concerned over the increasing cases of illegal construction of structures and encroachment of government land in Tawang, the All Tawang District Students Union (ATDSU) in a letter to the  Deputy Commissioner  demanded immediate intervention of the district administration  to  check illegal constructions in the  district.

"The alarming increase of illegal constructions in the district, particularly nearby the traffic roundabout near Tawang Gas Agency and DHPD office and encroachment of govt. land is a major problem of the district and needs immediate solution,” said ATDSU President Urgen Dorjee. He said they will be compelled to take the path of democratic agitation if the administration fails to take prompt action against illegal construction.– (Tawang Vigilance)


AMUEU alleges anomaly in enlistment of contractors

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: All Mengio Unemployment Engineers Union (AMUEU) has lodged a complaint with the Commissioner (PWD) of allegedly charging fee from the unemployed engineers (civil), who have completed diploma courses, during their enlistment as contractor (category V) under APPWD.

As per the departmental guidelines, the unemployed engineers, both degree and diploma holders should be enlisted as contractor in APPWD in category IV and V respectively free of cost barring renewal charges.

But only those unemployed engineers who have completed their degree courses are being enlisted as contractor (cat-IV) free of cost and fees are charged from those unemployed engineers who have completed their diploma courses. The engineers with diploma are also asked to produce work experience certificates during the process of enlistment, said the complaint letter.

The Union appealed to the Commissioner (PWD) to look in the anomaly in the enlistment process and take appropriate action so that all the diploma holder unemployed Civil Engineers also get free enlistments in APPWD.


World Ozone Day observed

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Various activities such as drawing competition, signature campaign and seminars were held to mark the World Ozone Day at Good Shepherd Public School, Naharlagun with support of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India and Hamraah Foundation, today.

Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, Associate Professor, Agricultural Engineering NERIST, Dr. Arunav Bandyopadhyay highlighted the importance of saving the ozone layer and emphasised on the contribution that each one can make on a daily basis to save energy.

Attending the celebration as resource persons, representatives from the Hamraah Foundation, Ginly Bomjen and Imtiyaz Ahmed informed the students about the Ozone layer, its depletion and the need to preserve it.

Students from Little Star School, Royal International School, K.V No. 1 Naharlagun and Little Rose School participated in the event.


25 youth to undergo skill development training at Kolkata

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: In all 25 youths from the state have been selected to undergo six months skill development training in hospitality along with soft skills like Spoken English, communication, internet browsing etc. at Orion Edutech, Kolkota.

State Govt has signed MoA with Orion Edutech Centre for imparting training to the youth and to ensure minimum of 70 percent job placement with a minimum monthly salary of Rs.8,000 immediately after the successful completion of the training.

Addressing the send-off programme organised by the Department of Skill Development and Employment Generation (SD&EG) at  Udyog Sadan here today, SD&EG director Subu Tabin, Deputy Director (Skill Development) and representative of Orion Edutech briefed the youth about the training and urged them to complete it with dedication in order to find a suitable job.

The cost of the training including food and lodging, traveling cost will be borne by state government under Chief Minister’s Skill Development Mission.

Orion Edutech will impart six months training, both theory and practical including soft skills like spoken English, communication skill, internet browsing etc. At the end of the training the candidates will undergo an assessment which will be conducted by an empanelled and professional organisation. The trade certificate will be provided to successful candidates by National Council for Vocational Training (NCVT), New Delhi.

The (SD&EG) department is sponsoring the youths to undergo skill development training in various sectors and  the cost of the training is being borne by the State Government under Chief Minister’s Skill Development Mission.


Free medical camp organised

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society, Tezu in collaboration with Changliang Youth Club, organised a one day free health camp at Changling village on Sept 12 last. Medical checkup was carried out by Senior Medical Officer Dr. S. Towang of District Hospital Tezu. Altogether 78 patients were examined and treated. Free medicines were distributed during the day long medical camp.

Speaking on the occasion Sohiyam Khellai, Project Manager of Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society shared that prime objective of organising the free medical camp is to educate and create awareness about HIV/AIDS. He expressed serious concern over the rising trend of HIV/AIDS cases in Lohit District. He opined that, awareness is the only way to prevent it from spreading.

Noyaso Bellai, President of Changliang Youth Club appealed all to extend their helping hand to fight against HIV/AIDS. He advised villagers to be health conscious and take full advantage of free medical camp with open mind.

The villagers appreciated the noble work and expressed their heartfelt gratitude to medical teams, Arunachal Pali Vidyapith Society and Changliang Youth Club for organising free medical camp at their doorstep.


State unit Panch Kranti Abhiyan workshop held

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) state unit organised Panch Kranti Abhiyan workshop at Siddharth Hall here today. It was attended by various district Yuva Morcha presidents and their panch kranti in-charges. The programme was aimed at making people aware on the five important schemes launched by the NDA government. National executive member, BJYM, in-charge Arunachal, P Sombojit Singh called for imparting skill training to the people to reduce the problem of unemployment.

‘Unemployment issue can be eradicated if the youths are skilled through which they can be easily employed or be self employed,’ he said.

Raga MLA Tamar Murtem opined that the awareness should be made to people about the schemes. He also advocated for giving skill training to reduce unemployment.

State BJYM president and vice president, Ram Tajo and Nani Opo highlighted the various programmes initiated by the BJP led government at the Centre.

The mass awareness has to be carried from door to door right from the booth level, block, mandal, and district level, they said.


IHRA complains against improper implementation of IWMP schemes

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Alleging that no proper implementation of Integrated Watershed Management Programme (IWMP) schemes have been witnessed in entire East Kameng district, the International Human Rights’ Association (IHRA) has demanded constitution of a high level monitoring committee for proper monitoring and inspection of the sites. The association has written to the Director Rural Development in this regard.

IHRA sought the intervention of the Director to stop further payment to the contractors without physically monitoring the project sites and proper implementation of the projects.


EKCA holds general body meeting

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The first ever general body meeting of the East Kameng Catholic Association (EKCA) was held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church, Seppa on Sept 12 last. The meeting was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Catholic Association (APCA) President Taw Tebin along with team members.

Priests, Nuns and church leaders from Seppa, Nari-camp, Veo and Bameng Parishes attended the meeting and discussed the various issues of East Kameng district. Addressing the huge gathering, APCA president urged all to maintain the Catholic ideology with peace and harmony among the brethren and cooperate with priests and nuns for the upliftment of missionary works in Arunachal Pradesh.


DC directs for entry in NDAL

ROING, Sept 15: Deputy Commissioner of Lower Dibang Valley District, Ravi Dhawan has asked all arms license holders whose licenses were issued from the Roing DC’s office, to get their arms license entered in the National Database on Arms License (NDAL) on or before Oct 1st.

It was also informed that a Unique Identification Number (UIN) will be generated for each license after proper verification and authenticity of license detail. The arms license which have been issued from the district and renewed somewhere else but the renewal information was not provided in this office will not be entered in NDAL unless the license holder renew their licenses at Roing or apply for transfer of jurisdiction of the Licensing Authority to their ordinary place of resident within 15 days from today onwards, added an official release.


Meeting on vector borne diseases

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: State level review meeting on vector borne diseases (Malaria, Dengue, JE and Chikungunya) will be held at Hotel Benjamin, Papu Nalah from Sept 16 to 18 next.


JT passes away

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Junior teacher Sarumai Hazarika passed away on Sept 10 at Dispur Hospital Guwahati, Assam. Native of Laluk in Assam, she had joined as assistant teacher on Nov 22, 1985 and was subsequently promoted to JT on June 24, 2009.


120 athletes to represent East Kameng in AVP's state level sports meet

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: A total of 120 athletes from East Kameng district have qualified for the State level Sports Meet of Arunachal Vikas Parishad (AVP).

The players were selected on the basis of their performance in a sports meet conducted at Seppa on September 12 and 13 among the athletes, who were selected at circle level competitions.

The meet comprised various events such as 100m, 200m, and 800m race, shot-put, Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, long jump and archery for both male and female from sub-junior to senior athletes.

Tadar Chachung, ASM Lower Nyapin of Kurung Kumey district inaugurated the meet at general ground Seppa.

Radak Dada, Chairman Nyidar Namlo, Seppa also attended the opening function.


Abo Tani football tournament from Sep 20

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: The 4th Abo Tani State Level Football Tournament is scheduled to be held at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun from Sept 20.

Home and Power Minister Tanga Byaling will attend the inaugural function and kick of the tournament on Sept 20, informed the organising committee.


Bosco United, SLSA, Chimpu Sporting Returns win

ITANAGAR, Sep 15: Bosco United, SLSA and Chimpu Sporting Returns won their respective matches in the 9 Warriors Vishwakarma Running Football Tournament at KV No. 2 playground, Chimpu near here today.

Bosco United and SLSA won their respective matches against Parsi Parlo and Gangte Hari by an identical margin of 1-0 goal. Chimpu Sporting Returns beat RYFC 3-1 in the last match of the day.

Today's matches: Manu Academy vs LESS (2pm), Barapani FC vs Novodaya FC (3 pm), SRPL vs KKFC (4 pm).


News Impact

Govt decides to enroll all uncovered households under CMUHIS

Panel to streamline transfer and posting in various depts.

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The State Government has decided to cover all uncovered families under the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme in this financial year for a healthier state by facilitating hassle-free cashless treatment to its citizens in empanelled hospitals. More reputed and specialised hospitals like Medanta, NEIGRIMS, Apollo, CMC Vellore, Gangaram Hospitals, Ramakrishna Mission, etc are also in the pipeline for government empanellment, it was assured.

On the second day of the second phase of the State Development Council (SDC) meet held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki here today, the Department of Health Services has been advised to coordinate with the insurance company to take the Universal Health Insurance Scheme to those households still uncovered. It was resolved that the department would facilitate posting of regular insurance company staff at Pasighat and Itanagar for enrolling families under the scheme.

In order to streamline the enrolment process, the department would also review consideration of EPIC and census records of citizens for enrolment under the insurance scheme, which is touted as one of the best policies in South East Asia.

In a major decision, the Government directed the Health and Education departments to collect data on places of postings of their respective employees and rationalise placement of officials and staff equitably in all districts of the state within one month. The Chief Minister asserted that the Health Department needs to review its transfer and posting policy particularly with regards to CHCs and PHCs. He made it clear that all the CHCs and PHCs have to be made functional with systematic transfer and posting of medical staff. The department submitted that the Government will focus on making functional all defunct centers instead of creating more health centers.

The Chief Minister informed that the Government is initiating to constitute a committee to look into and streamline the issue of transfer and postings in various departments.

The Health Department has also been directed to ensure posting of medicine inspectors in all the districts and initiate construction of a boundary wall for the Arun City project at Pachin village in coordination with the district administration.

In a major morale booster to students, the Government assured to release their stipend in three installments – on 1st June, 1st September and 1st December.

Acknowledging the role of NGO run schools in the state, the Government decided to frame a proper policy with guidelines to facilitate financial assistance to such schools.

Education department has been also directed to include boundary wall, science laboratories, etc while submitting any proposal for school buildings and to keep on record the physical status of all schools and compile a database, which would be helpful for renovation and other developmental works in future.

The meeting that lasted for more than six hours also decided that training centers with all facilities such as kitchen and necessary equipment would be established for training and orientation of Supervisors and Anganwadis and also to establish rehabilitation centers for drug and alcohol addicts. Flagship programmes like Vidya and CM’s Global Education programme would continue with committed funding from the government. While Vidya would cover more girl students, Smart Classes would be introduced in schools this year.  

The departments covered in today’s SDC meeting were Health & Family Welfare, Women & Child Development, Social Justice & Empowerment and Tribal Affairs, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher & Technical Education, UD & Housing and Town Planning. (CM’s media cell)



College teachers extend help

to flood- ravaged villagers

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: Moved by the terrible condition of the flood ravaged people, a team of Arunachal Pradesh College Teachers Association, JNC unit, Pasighat reached at Anpum and Loklung villages of Lower Dibang Valley district on an emergency relief mission and distributed relief materials to the affected people on Sept 14.

The team extended help to the flood victims with cash and kind which included Rs. 1 lakh in cash, 7.5 quintals of rice, 150 kgs potatoes, 60 kgs dal, 60 kgs salt, and medicines worth Rs. 30000, 25 packets of mineral water, stationeries and sports items.

The  team comprised of Narmi Darang, Vice-President, APCTA, Dr L. Sitang, Joint Secy, Dr S K Sinha, treasurer, H. Loyi, Dr K Kadu, K Darung, K Burang, Ing Perme, members of APCTA, JNC Unit, Pasighat  and  Dr S Bhattacharjee and Dr Rumi Tasung, Senior Medical Officers, General Hospital, Pasighat.

The SMOs offered free treatment to the water-borne affected patients and also distributed medicines.



Land acquisition meeting held for Ammo depot at Gumto

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The Papum Pare district administration today took an important step towards settling a five-year old case of land acquisition for the Indian Army. A meeting was held today in this regard under the chairmanship of Deputy Commissioner Tai Kaye to finalize the rate of land and other issues related to the public for setting up of a forward ammunition depot at Gumto.

Techi Hitlar, DLRSO Papum Pare presented the views and suggestions of the public regarding their demands and compensation rates etc. After a threadbare discussion, it was decided to hold a joint meeting at Circle Office Complex, Gumto on Sept 30 to finalize the issues concerning all parties. The meeting will be attended among other by Army authorities, officials of Defence Estate Office, Jorhat and general public of the area.

In today’s meeting high ranking Army officials along with officials of Papum Pare district were present. The Army officials expressed their desire to acquire land at the earliest for the establishment of the depot. The process for acquiring the 661.90 acre to set up forward ammunition depot at Gumto started in the year 2010. However due to various issues, till date the process could not be completed. The Army officials present in the meeting included Major Vijay Fedricks, Col. Vikas Pandey and Maj. Ajit Bhardwag, all of 163 Medium Regiment, and P. Sonowal, SDO, DEO Office, Jorhat.



Simai slams Assam Govt for delay in justice


Jairampur, Sept 15: A delegation of Tikhak Rung (Council) led by its chairman Izmir Tikhak from Jairampur, Nampong and Rima-Putok met with the parents of Late Thuking Tikhak at Kamba village some 15 kms from here, today.

Late Thuking Tikhak, 19, a resident of Kamba village and a student of Margherita Town College was allegedly raped and murdered by three migrant workers on August 29 while she was returning home from her college. After the intervention of various social and student’s organisations, Assam Police arrested the three culprits involved in the heinous crime in September from Burma camp. Since then the organisations have been demanding capital punishment and transferring of the case to a fast track court.  

While interacting with press persons, MLA Laisam Simai who was also part of the delegation slammed the Assam Government for failing to deliver justice.

Simai expressed shock over the silence of Assam Government regarding the tragedy that has sparked series of agitations across Upper Assam. “I’m genuinely shocked, despite the demand of various social and student’s organisations of Margherita constituency to transfer the case to a fast track court as well as award capital punishment to the culprits, the Assam Government pretends to be deaf and a mute spectator. He also condemned the local administration of Margherita constituency for failing to protect its student community.

Besides expressing his solidarity for the cause, Simai thanked the entire social and student’s organisations of Margherita constituency that has been fighting for the cause.

Simai who has been constantly in touch with DC and SP of Tinsukia district, Assam since the tragedy, assured the grieving parents of constant support of the Tikhak community of Arunachal Pradesh until justice is delivered. He also assured to appraise the Assam CM Tarun Gogoi and Margherita MLA Pradyut Bordoloi about the demands of the parents.

The grieving parents along with the villagers said, “We will only be satisfied when the culprits are awarded with capital punishment.”

Tikhak Rung (Council) chairman Izmir Tikhak confided with the parents of the council’s support until the legal battle is won. Earlier, in memory of Late Thuking Tikhak, five minutes silence was observed.

The representatives of Assam Tribal Association, Assam Yuwa Jatiya Parishad Sahba and Tai Ahom Students union that has launched series of protest rally and bandh expressed to continue the agitation until justice is delivered. They cautioned the Assam Government and local administration that further delay will only make their agitation more aggressive. Since the culprit was arrested on Sept 1, various social and students organisations have been demanding for transferring the case to a fast track court.

In the meantime, the 12 hour bandh of Upper Assam called by Tai Ahom Students Union today, demanding justice for late Thuking Tikhak concluded peacefully.



Capital to host Sunfeast Cup 2015

ITANAGAR, Sep 15:  SPT Sports Management Pvt. Ltd, a Bangalore based leading integrated sports management firm, will conduct the Sunfeast Cup 2015 at Rajiv Gandhi stadium Naharlagun.

The event will be held for U-13 and U-16 year categories and is open for schools, clubs and academies.

Besides Naharlagun (Itanagar), the football event will be organised in five other towns of the Northeast, namely Guwahati, Jorhat, Aizwal, Shillong and Imphal.

The event here is being organised under the patronage of Arunachal Pradesh Football Association from October 23 to 27.

There will be cash prizes with trophies for the winner, runners up and individual achievers. Interested schools, clubs and academies of state may contact APFA at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, Naharlagun for participation in the event. The last date for submission of entries for participation in the event is October 15.



National seminar on information technology at RGU

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: A two-day national seminar on the topic ‘‘Recent Trends in Information Technology’’ commenced at Rajiv Gandhi University (RGU), Rono Hills, Doimukh today.  

Addressing the inaugural session, RGU Vice Chancellor Professor Tamo Mibang said that Information Technology has reduced the whole world into a global village.  Describing the information technology as a miracle in the present era, he encouraged the students saying everyone can do that miracle since the miracle is within us.

Professor Rachob Taba, Registrar RGU, said that the new technology has brought more advantage in communication sector.

Earlier, in his key note address, Professor Shiva-shankar B. Nair from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati has urged the students to be careful while taking the advantage of modern technology. Narrating an incident about how the emerging technologies can be dangerous in our society, he urged the students to be cautious in using the technology.

Professor Nityananda Sarma, resource person Tezpur University, Professor Utpal Battacharjee, Dean of Engineering and Technology, Professor Amitav Mitra, Finance officer, RGU are also participating in the national seminar.

The first of its kind seminar is being organised by the department of Computer Science and Engineering, RGU in collaboration with the International Journal of Computer Applications and National Board for Higher Mathematics, Government of India. (Mass Comm. students, RGU)



15 days ultimatum served to shift PWD transit office

ITANAGAR, Sept 15: The demand to close down the transit office of PWD Mariyang division at Pasighat and the staffs and officials of the transit office be shifted to Mariyang has yielded no result. The matter was brought to the notice of Parliamentary Secretary PWD, Alo Libang, by a local leader Thomas Borang, who had recommended for the transit office to be closed and shifted to Mariyang with immediate effect.

Irked by the non response of the department, Thomas Borang has given 15 days ultimatum to the Executive Engineer, PWD Division, Mariyang for the shifting. Failing which, he stated of launching hunger strike at PWD division Mariyang on Sept 24 next as the first phase of the protest.

The PWD office at Mariyang is running with only one peon and a mohari. People of the sub-division have to travel to Pasighat to meet the engineers and for office works. Mariyang, ADC headquarters in Upper Siang district is well connected with all the basic facilities. It is about 90kms away from Pasighat, the district headquarters of East Siang district and 52 kms from Yingkiong, the district headquarters of Upper Siang.



Centralization of CGI sheet procurement in DRDA opposed

Prafulla Kaman

PASIGHAT, Sept 15: The PRI leaders of East Siang district have expressed strong resentment over supply of low quality CGI sheets under District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) in East Siang and said that the housing scheme is not fulfilling the needs and grievances of the poor and needy people belonging to BPL.

Addressing the 48th Governing Body meeting of DRDA for the session 2014-15 held at DC office conference hall, Pasighat on Monday, the East Siang ZPC, Kaling Dai said that DRDA has been implementing various rural development and poverty alleviation schemes such as MGNREGA, IAY and IWMP etc to promote economic status of the rural people, especially those who are living at below poverty line. He urged the Block Development Officers (BDO) to strictly monitor the project that the scheme benefits the actual poor and needy ones.

Alleging that implementation of DRDA schemes, including the IAY/housing are not properly monitored by the Block Development Officers (BDO)s and Rural Engineers concerned, the PRI leaders urged the higher ups of the rural development authority to strictly monitor the department officials.

The leaders are aggrieved with the fact that the DRDA directorate has centralized procurement of CGI sheets, which is causing supply of sub-standard sheets. Terming the supply of CGI sheets meant for housing scheme without funding of housing materials is impractical, the panchayat leaders demanded the higher ups of the department to release fund to the BDOs concerned for local procurement of sheets and other materials.

Deputy Commissioner-cum-CEO, Isha Khosla in her key note address, said that DRDA schemes if implemented properly gives not only wage-employment, but also enhance living standard of the rural people. Stressing on strict adherence to the guidelines framed by the government, she instructed the BDOs to regularly monitor the progress of works and ensure that quality CGI sheets are given to the housing beneficiaries.

Later, the Project Director of DRDA, Sibo Passing presented block-wise reports on the implemented projects/schemes with reference to fund receipt and expenditure against the schemes. He informed that the department in the district received an amount of Rs 214.37 lakhs for the year 2014-15, out of which, an amount of Rs 194.08 has been spent for implementation of a total 152 schemes (excluding IAY, IWMP).

As many as 10,606 Job Cards holders have been issued to provide wage employment under MGNREGA schemes. The total number of IAY allotted in the district for the year was 218.



CM’s Mission Mode review meeting held at Seppa

SEPPA, Sept 15: East Kameng DC, Sandeep Kumar Singh held a review meeting today on the implementation of CM’s Mission Mode Scheme for Plantation of Tea and Rubber in the district during 2012-13 and 2013-14.

The representatives of the Agriculture department detailing the status report of the scheme informed that, during 2012-13, a total of 46 beneficiaries, 26 for rubber plantation and 20 for tea plantation, had been selected and were distributed with materials. During 2013-14, 75 beneficiaries, 55 for rubber plantation and 20 for tea plantation, had been selected and distributed with materials. Under the scheme, vermi compost, barbed wire and seedlings were provided to the beneficiaries, added the department. As per the field verification conducted by the department, it was observed that rubber plantation programme is undergoing satisfactorily in some of the fields and the villagers are showing interest in it, especially in Seijosa area, while the tea plantation programme was revealing poor performance.

Further it was informed that rubber plantation cannot be undertaken in the higher altitude areas and it is best suited for low lying areas only. The department officials also informed that tea plantation is not feasible in the district because of its higher cost inputs, being high labour intensive, transportation issues and others. Instead, they have suggested for plantation of large cardamom which is not only feasible and viable, but also requires less input cost wise and is even profitable. In order to encourage the beneficiaries, the department has further suggested for financial assistance in cash directly to beneficiaries. The department also presented the demands of the beneficiaries in the meeting. The demands include direct procurement of seedlings themselves, financial assistance for plantation stages such as preparation of field, digging of pits, planting charges, etc., and issue of NPK mixture in place of vermi compost for early stages of rubber plantation.   

The DC directed the Agriculture department, especially the ADOs and AFAs to conduct more field visits and prepare a complete status report of the implementation of the scheme during 2012-13 and 2013-14 and submit it in the next review meeting. He suggested the department staffs to encourage more and more people to undertake agri-related activities and requested them to assist the interested farmers and people.



Literary events mark Hindi Diwas

ITANAGAR, Sept 15:  Poem recitation, skits and quiz competition by students marked the Hindi Diwas celebrations, which was held at the Rang-Frah Government College (RFGC), Changlang on Monday.

 Organised by the Hindi Department of RFGC, Changlang, the programme, aimed at highlighting significance of Hindi language and its growing contention for being recognised as an international language.

Principal Dr. Kangki Megu and Assistant Professor Tikchak Mossang besides, a large number of students attended the programme.  

Later, prizes were also distributed to the winners in various categories.

The PG Department of Hindi, JNC, Pasighat also celebrated the Day. Vice Principal Dr. SD Choudhury, while addressing the students on the occasion, spoke at length on the significance of the Hindi Language in modern India.

Senior faculty members from Humanities Science and Commerce participated in the programme.

The Day was also celebrated by the students and teachers of VKV Kuporijo. The Hindi Diwas celebration at VKV Roing saw participation from various private as well as Government run schools of the district yesterday.

The programme was organised by the District Hindi Diwas Committee that comprises the teaching fraternity of the district, with a motto to popularise Hindi as a link language in the Northeast and the whole country.

A representative of the organising committee informed that although this was the 67th Hindi Diwas for the country, the event was first introduced in the district in 2003.

Principal DIET, Basant Singh said on the occasion that we should take pride in our national language as Hindi today is an internationally spoken language.

Principal GHSS Bolung Abu Saring said that a common medium of communication is very important when there are so many different languages in our country, and Hindi being our national language should be that medium.

Many teachers spoke on the importance of learning Hindi and one of them said on the roles played by the Hindi movies and the television channels in promoting and popularising the language in Northeast. He also said that Arunachal Pradesh is the most Hindi speaking state in the Northeast.

Various competitions, both cultural and literary, were conducted for school children in Jia and Roing blocks. The literary competition included poem recitation, essay writing, extempore speech, drawing and quiz competition, all in Hindi language.

ZPC Sipi Elapra and ASC Raja Linggi attended the programme.


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Govt employees lack sincerity

The regular absence of government officials, especially the head of the department, from their place of posting create lot of trouble for the local public. Many attribute such practice as one of the possible reasons for the slow growth of the state. It is seen that many government officials often tend to spend more time in either district headquarter or in state capital. Their reluctance to stay in the place of posting is against the spirit of service rule. After joining service they become the servant of people and it is their duty to serve the people of Arunachal without expecting anything in return.

However in Arunachal situation is just opposite. State government employees always prefer the comfort of district headquarter and state capital.  Speaker Nabam Rebia while attending an official programme yesterday at Yupia asked the heads of departments (HoDs) of Papum Pare district to immediately shift their offices to district headquarter Yupia.  It is believed that several HoDs are still operating from offices in Nirjuli, Naharlagun and Doimukh. If such is the situation nearby the state capital, then things must be worse in the interior parts of state. Speaker Rebia has raised an important issue which needs serious discussion. Even though government employees are paid handsome salaries, but, often they forget their own responsibilities. They hardly bother about the public welfare. Over the year due to the lackadaisical attitude of the majority of govt. employees their reputation has taken severe beating. Unfortunately even those employees who are sincere and hardworking become the victim of this perception.




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Arunachal moving forward as tea producing state

Dear Editor,

The tea plantation in Arunachal Pradesh is very successful owing to its suitable physiographic and favourable agro-climatic conditions. As per available record M/s Arunachal Tea Estate is the first tea garden in the state which was dully registered under the Tea Board of India, Calcutta in 1979. There after more tea gardens had been registered from this state and accordingly they availed due incentives from Tea Board of India.

On 22nd July, 1999, in a meeting held under the chairmanship of C P Obrai, the Inspector General of Forests & SS, Govt. of India, it was decided not to register any tea gardens from Arunachal state without obtaining NOC (No Objection Certificate) from Union Ministry of Forests & Environment. This decision was communicated to North East regional office of Tea Board of India, Kolkata and Guwahati. But prior to this decision NOC was dully issued by concerned District Forest Officers of Arunachal Pradesh stating that areas of proposed tea garden does not violate Forest Conservation Act.1980 or Supreme Court order dated 12th Dec, 1996 in Writ Petition (Civil) No.202/95. However New Delhi had over-ruled the issuing of NOC by DFO and many small tea growers of this state were in also great difficulties to get NOC from concerned Union Ministry. After this decision of the  Union Ministry of the Forest and Environment several  local small tea growers could not able to get registered their tea gardens with Tea Board of India since 1999-2000, they  are  also deprived of getting due incentives from Tea Board of India.

The former PCCF, chief secretary, state forest and environment minister and  former chief minister late Dorjee Khandu had made several correspondence to concern Union Ministry for simplifying the process of tea garden registration of Arunachal but yielded no result till today. In my opinion after Chief Minster,  the last one to intervene  in this 15-year-old chronic problem is “Raj Bawan” the head of this State.

The Govt. of India had already reportedly kept fund provision of Rs. 1425 cores under the 12th five year plan(2012 to 2017) for promotion of tea in the country but no single penny from this amount will go to small tea growers of Arunachal Pradesh because of the decision taken on 22nd July 1999  meeting on NOC issue.

However, in recent past the Arunachal Pradesh Small Tea Growers Association had written to Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home for his intervention in this regard. It would be a great relief for tea grower of this State if Rijiju gets work done.

Seeing the eagerness of small tea growers of this state to take up the tea industry in mission mode, Nabam Tuki-led Ministry had introduced a beneficiary scheme  namely “Sharing A Cup of Tea” for small tea growers in 2012. After its success, Tuki  had  again introduced a new scheme for small growers of this state namely “Mission Mode Project of Chief Minister  Plantation Crop” which is still implementing in the state by its nodal  agency -- Department of Trade & Commerce, Govt.of Arunachal Pradesh. CM Tuki deserves appreciation for introducing  beneficiary scheme for small tea growers.

Though the small growers of the state are not receiving any due incentive from Tea Board of India but their growth is increasing day by day. Today Arunachal has already over taken the Tripura state as tea producing state.  The state has found itself in fifth place among the 14 tea producer states of India which is very encouraging for Arunachalee people. I would like to request the Tea Board of India to keep record of all development in tea sector in the state.

Yours’ etc

Taro Chatung,

Senior Journalist.

Arunachal Pradesh




Centre deserves appreciation

Dear Editor,

In its landmark decision to decriminalize suicide attempt, the Centre deserves applauds from every corner of the world. The deletion of IPC section 309 from the statute book has really brought a big smile on the faces of the toiling millions of the country. Under the said section, a suicide bid is punishable with imprisonment up to one year, or with fine, or both. Minister of state for home Haribhai Parathibhai Choudhary dropped Section 309 from the IPC on the recommendation of the Law Commission of India backed by 18 states and 4 Union Territories. One of the most notable recommendation given by  the 18th Law Commission in its 210th report titled ‘Humanization and Decriminalization of Attempt to Suicide’ i.e. Section 309 of the IPC provides double punishment for a person who has already got fed up with his own life and desire to end it.

Section 309 is also a stumbling block in prevention of suicides and improving the access of medical care those who have attempted suicide. It is unreasonable to inflict punishment upon a person who on account of family discord, destitution, loss of dear relation, or other cause of a nature overcomes the instinct of self-preservation and decides to take his own life. In such a case, the unfortunate person deserves sympathy, counseling and appropriate treatment, and certainly not the prison.

With the removal of the Section 309, the hoi polloi are free to decide of their life. The landmark decision needs to be practiced positively by every one of us and capital punishment should be awarded to the encourager for suicide.

Hoping the decision will bring down the suicide graph and India’s ranked will be reduced to the lowest from the top.


Takhe Apa



The media for scandal

Dear Editor,

To be informed about all kinds of happenings around us cannot be always healthy.  For healthy thoughts healthy materials are very important. Truly, listening to the inspiring news and knowing about those kinds of facts definitely help generate a stream of positive thoughts.  They subsequently energize our heart and soul. Thus, one feels encouraged to think good, do good and be good. 

But on the other hand, the nasty news or a series of cheesy information that we hear over and over again can leave an adverse impact upon our mind-set. This might give birth to negative aspirations and envy which later get manifested into our actions and that in turn mold our character and finally decide our destiny. This indeed, result in the gradual weakening of our faculty of a true sensibility leading to the inability to make the right judgment and see the truth as they are.

Yes, in this age of a fast-paced digital media we inevitably run the risk of the hazard of a deluge of negative information. Visual materials that we often get bombarded by outrageous media turn out as yummy feasts for our voyeuristic eyes.

 Well, the recent outbreak of the saga of lust, conspiracy, and betrayal of Indrani Mukerjea has sent shudder down our spines. But what is worse here is that the way the National media leeching onto it. For over a fortnight they have been harping on it. How on earth they become oblivious of other topical issues and the news that matter the most but keep digging into the privacy of others which only contaminates the psyche of the general masses. Does it not send out the wrong message to our tender youths?

 It is often observed that some of the TV channels are so morbidly obsessed that they work up their extra sweat to give twists and turns to sleazy stories. Well before the trial begins in the court of law — the media anchors threateningly pose as heartless judges by falsely convicting the innocent souls. Again, they could even be too soft on a dreaded criminal while too hard upon others, especially those who lack a glamour quotient. Frankly speaking, a huge discrimination is noticed on the basis of gender, caste, creed, race and religion.

 Could we forget the recent subversive posture of the mainstream media? With all impunity they showered a whole lot of sympathy upon the murderous terrorist Yakub Memon. How one, who had allegedly orchestrated diabolic bombings in 1993 that killed over 250 innocent people, merits so much of importance? Does it not embolden others to follow in Yakub’s footsteps who might later pose a terror threat to the Nation?  Again, what makes the mainstream media judgmental on every crucial issue and deliberately influence the unsuspecting citizens to form the biased opinions? Sometimes it so appears that certain media barons must be with some ulterior motives best known to themselves.

Have we ever seen the American media taking the side of the terrorists? If such case ever happens they will be pulled up and immediately tried for a treason. After the devastating jolt of 9/11 the US government stopped at nothing to enhance its security arrangement and the intelligence network. Without seditious interference from within everything is implacable there now. But, in India it’s quite unthinkable.

Yes, it’s much loud and clear through the social media that the majority of people are exceedingly unhappy with the biased make-up of some of the Indian media. Their credibility and journalistic integrity is seen with a heavy dose of suspicion, especially now when the terror modules are roaring with vengeance. Masses are quite awakened to the reality. The citizens strongly feel that country’s security and peace is far more important than the freedom of speech which might hurts the nation.


Salil Gewali,





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