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,
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
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
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
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
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
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).
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
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
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
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,
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
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 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
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
Centralization of CGI sheet procurement in DRDA opposed
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
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
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
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.
Centre deserves appreciation
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.
The media for scandal
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
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
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.
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