ACSM awareness camp at VKV Jirdin
AALO, Sep 16: The District Health Society (RNTCP) conducted ACSM (advocacy, communication
and social mobilization) awareness programme on prevention and control of tuberculosis
at VKV, Jirdin on Monday.
District Tuberculosis Officer Dr. Karmar Dirchi explained the causes and remedy of
Quiz competition amongst the students were organized and prizes to the winners were
distributed on the day.
A large number of students and teachers took part in the awareness programme. DIPRO
KVK training for farmers at Byara village
ITANAGAR, Sep 16: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lower Subansiri district organized training
on three different topics -- production and use of Azolla, nursery growing and mulching
in winter vegetables and Pond preparation for fish farming-- at Byara village yesterday.
The subject matter specialists in Soil Science trained the farmers on production
and use of Azolla while the SMS in Horticulture trained the farmers about sowing
methods of seed, soil sterilization, nursery bed preparation, care of nursery plants
and mulching in vegetables. He also encouraged farmers for application of mulch in
vegetables organic or inorganic.
The farmers were also taught about preparation methods of pond for fish farming.
Altogether 57 farmers of the village attended the training.
Assembly session prorogued
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa in an order issued
on August 25 has prorogued the Fifth session of the Sixth Legislative Assembly at
the conclusion of its sitting on July 21 last.
Hindi Diwas celebrated at Ziro
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti, Ziro was celebrated the Hindi
Diwas in a befitting manner at Ziro on Sept 14 last.
The students of various schools who secured highest marks in Hindi subject in class
nine examination 2014-15 were honored with certificate and prizes on the occasion.
Earlier, S K Mishra, vice-president of the Samiti described the aim and objectives
of the programme which was presided over by Samiti president Tar Takiya, District
Food and Civil Supply Officer, Ziro.
Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti Ziro secretary Tage Opo also spoke on the occasion.
Large number of dignitaries including Prakash Singh, Assistant Commandant, ITBP Ziro,
Hog Ladar, Principal, Secondary School, Hapoli and Padi Payang, General Secretary,
Arunachal Teachers Association and students from various schools of Ziro also attended
Rashtra Bhasha Vikas Samiti, Ziro was created on 5th September 2015 for the Development
of National Language Hindi in Lower Subansiri district especially in Ziro region
of the district, according to an official release.
Workshop for introduction of new vaccine in state
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: State level workshop for introduction of Pentavalent and Inactived
Polio Vaccine (IPV) was organized at state NHM training hall today. The main objective
of the workshop is to sensitize and prepare DRCHOs and Cold Chain Handlers of the
state for introduction of new vaccine in Arunachal Pradesh.
While addressing the participants, Director of health service, (Family Welfare),
Dr Hage Tabyo exhorted everyone to work in unison to improve the health status of
the state. "Our motto must be to make every child healthy and free of disease,"
he emphatically said. Further he added, immunization is one of the most cost effective
public health interventions, since it provides direct and effective protection against
preventable morbidity and mortality. Onus of effective implementation of the programme
now lies with all the concern DRCHO, he added.
NHM state nodal officer Dr. D Padung urged everyone to clear all their doubt and
equip themselves with all the technical knowledge as they will be responsible for
successful implementation of the programme. "We should ensure all the children are
covered under this programme," Padung said.
Resource person Dr Tana Takum, while briefing on the pentavalent and IPV vaccine,
informed about the revised vaccination schedule and dealt with FAQs to clear the
doubts on various issues on introduction of Pentavalent and IPV in Arunachal Pradesh.
During technical session Narendra Jangra, Consultant UNICEF, spoke on importance
of cold chain space and proper maintenances of cold chain system and vaccine handling.
Dr. T. Taloh, OSD (IMR), Dr D Dutta, DDHS (FW) and Mejjo Bagra, Cold chain officer
also spoke on the training, according to an official release.
Creation of proposed Kamle district supported
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: In a public meeting held on Saturday last, the PRI leaders of
12th Chikom Anchal Samiti under Gepen Circle of Upper Subansiri district have decided
to support the proposed creation of Kamle district and preferred to become its integral
Early shifting of division offices sought
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The 47 Parang Panchayat ASM Ngurang Takap has appealed to the
various departments including PHED, Power and PWD to shift their division offices
to Yupia soon to deliver better services to the people.
The ASM has in a release today, claimed that the most of the departments are yet
to shift their division offices to the district Hq despite repeated directions by
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: In a two-point memorandum submitted to the Chief Minister, the
Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Contractual Employees Association (APPRCEA) has
demanded early fulfillment of its demands which include continuation of services
of the 429 contractual employees' and salary enhancement of the department's contractual
employees like computer assistant, peon and driver.
Ex-Servicemen Welfare Association meeting held
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: A meeting of the All India Central Para-Military Forces Ex-Servicemen
Welfare Association, State Committee Arunachal Pradesh was held under the chairmanship
of the committee's state unit president, Alik Bagang here on Tuesday.
During the meeting, issues like re-employment, compassionate appointment under state
and central government Govts for widows and dependents of ex-central armed police
personnel, vocational training for retired personnel and next of kin of the deceased
personnel, establishment of welfare and rehabilitation office to look after the retired
personnel, widows and their dependents etc were discussed. The members of the committee
also met DIG ITBP-cum-State Welfare Officer SHQ who assured full support to the committee.
Association seeks NIT
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The International Human Rights Association (IHRA), East Kameng
district unit has written to chief engineer urban and housing urging him to publish
NIT against construction of school building for government higher secondary school,
Bebo colony, Seppa under MSDP. The association alleged that work is being carried
out with publishing NIT.
Action against BDO demanded
ITANAGAR, Sep 16: The Anchal Samity Chairperson of Papu Valley under Pijerang circle
in East Kameng district in a letter to East Kameng Deputy Commissioner has demanded
immediate action under CCS rule against the Pakke Kessang BDO for his alleged misappropriation
of fund under MGNREGA scheme during 2013-15.
AVP's circle level sport competition in East Siang
ITANAGAR, Sep 16: Arunachal Vikas Parishad East (AVP), Siang unit conducted circle
level sport competition at various circles namely, Nari, Yagrung, Pangin, Boleng
The meet comprised of various events, such as 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, 3000m
race, shot put, kho-kho, kabaddi, long jump, for both boys and girls.
Altogether, 456 athletes comprised of students and youths participated in all four
circle level competitions of which 160 players were selected for the district level
Keh-meh-ha Badminton Championship begins
ROING, Sep 16: The Central Keh-meh-ha Badminton Championship 2015 organized by Lower
Dibang Valley Badminton Association began at Town Club here today.
Handi Molo defeated Dayum Dabi in straight 21-10, 21-11 sets in the opening match
in men's single while Tao Dele defeated Danu Linggi 21-8, 21-13 in the same category.
Ambra Mena partnering with Nabben Bhardwaj beat the pair of Vijay Linggi and Beleka
Mimi in two straight sets (21-18, 21-15) in the veteran's (40+) category. In men's
double, Handi Molo and Preedi Mimi defeated the duo of Lokha Elapra and Ambra Mena
16-21, 21-18, 21-18 sets.
Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi pairing with DCC President Chiliko Meto defeated Lower
Dibang Valley Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhavan and former ZPM Dature Miuli 16-21,
21-16, 21-18 in the inaugural exhibition match.
The finals of the Championship will be played on Friday.
The Championship is held every year to mark the occasion of Keh-meh-ha, the harvesting
festival of the Idu-Mishmis.
Results of Vishwakarma football tourney
ITANAGAR, Sep 16: Manu FC and Novodaya FC won their respective match against LESS
FC and Barapani FC in 9 Warriors 21st Vishwakarma Football Running Tournament at
KV No 2 playground, Chimpu near here today.
Manu FC beat LESS FC 1-0 and Novodaya FC beat Barapani FC 2-0
Kipa Kasung FC defeated SRPLFC 3-0 in the third and last match of the day today.
Gyamar FC vs Young Brother Sporting Club (2pm)
Aasthe FC vs Birup Boys FC (3pm)
CCAFC vs Tassar Clan FC (4pm)
Rajkhowa conducts aerial survey of flood-hit districts
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Governor J P Rajkhowa has made an aerial survey of flood affected
districts of the state today. He was accompanied by Food and Civil Supplies and Water
Resource Development Minister Kamlung Mossang, Parliamentary Secretary WRD, Gum Tayeng
and Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture, Mutchu Mithi, Secretary Disaster Management
T T Gamdik, Chief Engineer Water Resource Development Er. Likar Angu and media persons
during his visit.
The governor's aerial survey came after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki made an aerial
survey of flood affected areas on Sunday last and announced Rs 5 crore as immediate
The governor witnessed the impact of recent devastating flood in Kimin, Likabali,
Jipu, low land areas of Koyu, Korang, Takilalung, Pasighat, Mebo, Anpum, Dambuk,
Roing, Tezu, Chowkham, Namsai and some places in Changlang district. The representatives
appraised the Governor of the ground situation in their respective areas, while the
Chief Engineer of Water Resource Development Department briefed on the impact of
While briefing the media persons at Rajbhawan after day-long aerial survey, Rajkhowa
instructed the Water Resource Department to assess the damages properly and prepare
project reports of the flood-affected areas, so that permanent measures be can initiated.
"Make a proper survey, mere survey on Google map is not enough" Governor retorted
while directing the department concerned to identify vulnerable points, such as erosion
and overflowed embankments caused by the flood. He disclosed that damages of agriculture
and horticultures, other livestock reports have yet to be submitted by the department.
Without taking anybody's name, the Constitutional head of the state further claimed
that nobody has so far informed him regarding relief assistance. "Till now nobody
has informed me whether they need any assistance from me and my side" he added.
However, he assured to extend all sorts of help in providing fund from Centre so
that adequate funds are released for restoration of flood damages.
He also informed that he had written a letter to Chief Minister Nabam Tuki asking
about the availability of funds released under NDRF by the Center. He disclosed that
in his letter he suggested the chief minister to involve civil society and NGOs in
big way to extend help to flood victims.
Lauding the state government's idea to shift Anpum and Paglam to safer locations,
the governor opined that before shifting the villages, the government should ensure
that all basic facilities such as schools, health centers,electricity and roads are
provided to them .
On relief assistance, he said that there is a tendency of misusing funds and urged
the media to play vital role so that relief assistance reach to genuine flood victims
Budget allocations for 25 depts
fixed in 2nd phase of SDC meet
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: The extensive exercise of State Development Council (SDC) in framing
the roadmap of development this fiscal and approving budgetary provision to all government
departments concluded today with its last meeting covering six major working departments.
The departments made presentations before the council with brief description of proposed
schemes and projects while informing about the desired target in both physical and
financial terms. In the first phase of meetings held in August last 32 departments
were covered while in the second phase that concluded today budget allocations were
fixed for 25 departments.
Earlier, the State Planning Board met for one-day to complete the exercise while
the SDC went minutely into the proposals of the departments that took 10 days, more
than 60 hours of extensive discussion for final approval.
At the end of the day, the SDC under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki
fixed a whopping Rs 12,500 crore for developmental and welfare activities this financial
year covering all the 57 government departments. Tuki expressed satisfaction over
the discussions and deliberations and hoped that the mammoth exercise would prove
the springboard of development for Arunachal Pradesh.
He, however, reminded that the challenge now remains in implementation of the projects
approved by SDC and called upon all the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines
in implementing projects.
"Every single penny approved for developmental projects should reach the beneficiary
at the lowest level and no compromise will be made in judicious utilization of the
funds," Tuki asserted, while emphasizing on strict monitoring of all projects during
In a novel initiative the state government has decided to adopt 10 villages across
the state this year and develop as a pilot project by equipping these villages with
all basic infrastructure and civic amenities including garbage and solid waste management.
According to the Chief Minister this would be carried forward by including more villages
in a phased manner in coming years. An allotment of Rs 500 lakhs has been earmarked
for this first ever project in the state.
Another new initiative of the government approved is the Chief Minister's Mission
Mode project for renovation of township roads with an allocation of Rs 500 crores
for the next five years. PWD and RWD would jointly prepare a master plan for rural,
urban and interstate roads to avoid duplicity and lapses. Also the government's focus
would be on upgradation of existing roads based on road driving experience for which
Rs 30 crores has been approved.
In a major decision the SDC today approved installation of 10 KWP solar power plants
for blood banks in all the district hospitals so that these remain functional all
the time. A sum of Rs 450 lakhs has been earmarked for it while Rs 2000 lakhs has
been kept for harnessing solar and wind energy in the state. The Arunachal Pradesh
Energy Development Agency (APEDA) has been directed to study the feasibility of using
solar rechargeable batteries for schools to run computers and other related equipments.
Further, in villages with five or less households or there is no grid line, solar
and wind energy generation would be taken up. The government also resolved to take
up micro hydro schemes (MHS) in areas where there is an existing 20 grid line. Expressing
concern over incomplete MHS in various parts of the state, the government has decided
to constitute a technical committee under chairmanship of Hydro Power Parliamentary
Secretary to verify such projects remaining incomplete despite allotment of funds.
The Power department has been directed to collect the actual data of un-electrified
villages in the state irrespective of the 2011 census figures.
Under the Swatch Bharat Mission, the government has kept a target of constructing
90200 individual household latrines (IHHL) in rural areas.
Other important decisions include repair and upgradation of PMGSY roads (Rs 1000
lakhs), construction of new critical roads (Rs 1500 lakhs), construction of 2 lakh
litre capacity overhead RCC tank at Naharlagun (Rs 36.51 lakhs) and renovation of
government quarters (1500 lakhs).
The concluding session of the SDC today covered departments of Hydro Power, Power,
Rural Works, Public Works, PHE & WS and APEDA. (CM's media cell)
Mein visits flood-affected villages
NAMSAI, Sept 16: Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development
Minister Chowna Mein today visited various flood affected villages in Namsai district
and assessed the loss and damages of public and private properties during recent
He observed that the flood protection measures already taken by WRD department have
been able to protect a vast area and habitation from inundation in New Silatoo, Deobeel
and Dharampur villages. However, there are extensive damages to these flood protection
structures which needs immediate restoration. While interacting with the affected
people the Minister expressed deep concern for repeated occurrence of flood that
rendered many families homeless and damage of standing crop beside loss of livestock
in huge numbers.
The Minister also appreciated District Administration for taking prompt measure for
relief and rehabilitation of flood affected people. He instructed concerned department
to immediately prepare plan and schemes for short term and long term flood control
measures. He especially instructed WRD department to prepare schemes for protection
of land erosion along the bank of river Nao-dihing so that life and property of people
can be saved, according to an official release received from Namsai district administration.
Meanwhile, EE WRD Tezu C J Mannou, who accompanied the minister, in a release informed
that he has apprised him (Minister) that some new innovative design like sheet piling
or articulated concrete block may be adopted on experimental basis for a short term
for flood protection if funded under MLALAD.
The minister was accompanied by Namsai MLA, Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Namsai Deputy Commissioner
R K Sharma, District heads of departments, administrative officers, departmental
Engineers of WRD, Zilla Praished Chairperson, ZPMs, Anchal Samity Chairperson and
Governor blasts PWD for sorry state of Capital road
[ Amar Sangno ]
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Arunachal Pradesh Governor J P Rajkhowa today lambasted the state
Public Works Department (PWD) for poor road quality in twin capital city. The governor
was briefing the media persons at Raj Bhawan after the day-long aerial survey of
flood affected districts. Rajkhowa, known for his strict administration, lampooned
the department for allegedly failing to restore the capital road.
Citing Gohpur- Poma road, he said, "There are so much bumps and potholes in Gohpur-
Zoological park and Ganga Lake road, if somebody goes there he will break his back".
The governor critical observation came at a time when the citizens of the twin-capital
city are appalled by poor road condition.
The Governor also divulged that he shot a letter to Chief Minister and PWD Minister
with photographs of potholes and bad road condition so that the government takes
swift action for road restoration. Rajkhowa said that though PWD Minister Gojen Gadi
went on announcing so much amount for road maintenance, so far the department could
able to build only one Bailey bridge that too collapsed within 15 days.
"Usual pleas of this department is that our geological formation is very weak, so
much of landslide and all" Governor said. He suggested that the department must take
long term measures with full dedication and commitment to avoid such situation in
He also stressed on reformation of power department by developing, generating and
distributing power so that better revenue could be generated. "This day I don't
know any state in the country has an electricity department" he said while suggesting
that department needs reformation.
The governor also lamented that though Arunachal has so far signed more than hundred
MoUs with power developers, few of the projects are being executed. However, he
made it clear that he is not against the dam rather suggested that projects should
be selective depending on the feasibility.
"We should go for small project where there is no public opposition and impact of
dam is minimal" he said.
He further underlined that without power and road communication, the development
in Arunachal cannot be possible.
NERCORMP-Tirap organizes training
on financial management
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: One day training on 'Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation'
was organized by NERCORMP-Tirap for the DST and the partner NGOs staff on Monday
last at Khonsa.
D Nath, Director Finance and Adrian Marbaniang, Director, Monitoring and Evaluation
from Regional Society, Shillong were the resource persons for the training. Lily
Rose Jajo, Project Manager NERCORMP-Tirap in her address highlighted the objective
and importance of the training.
Speaking during the training, Director Finance shared about the financial regulations
and the modalities on the implementation of project activities through Natural Resource
Management Groups (NaRMG) and Self Help Groups (SHGs). He also mentioned about the
importance of keeping proper records and registers in order to track the records
and maintain accountability and transparency in financial management by the two Community
Institutions (NaRMG and SHG) promoted by the project.
While sharing his views Adrian Marbaniang, Director (Monitoring and Evaluation) also
mentioned about the importance of quarterly and annual target and achievement reports
for smooth functioning of the project. The two Directors also shared about the observations
and findings from their field visit to Old Paniduria, Noksa and Old Tupi villages
in Tirap district. They particularly stressed on the maintenance of records regularly.
They also opined that the meeting of both NaRMGs and SHGs should not be only about
financial matters but they should also discuss issues for the betterment of their
On the same day the 1st board meeting of Tirap Community Resource Management Society
was held at DC's conference hall.
In his address Tirap Deputy Commissioner who is also the Chairman of the board told
the participants that all the projects proposed by the board had been approved adding
that the 1st board meeting of TCRMS was more for familiarization and course correction
wherever required. During the meeting the Project Manager of NERCORMP Tirap Lily
Rose Jajo threw light on the journey of NERCORMP in Tirap and Longding which had
a humble beginning and elaborated the main thrust and activities of NERCORMP in various
states and districts of the Northeast. She said that altogether ten districts are
covered under the livelihood mission NERCORMP in different states of the Northeast.
The members of the board and representatives of NGOs actively participated in the
Unity through exchange of culture
First ever Solung festival at Jonai
[ Prafulla Kaman ]
JONAI (Assam), Sept 16: As a part of its ongoing endeavor to foster Adi-Mising unity,
the Adi-Mising Baane Kebang (AMBK) today organized Solung celebration at Sirki Naane
Lotta (Mising cultural complex) at Jonai with fervour and gaiety.
This was the first ever Solung festival celebrated in Mising populated area in neighbouring
Assam, which has received massive response from the community people.
The Sirki Naane Lotta of Jonai on the left bank of Siang river once again became
the hub for both Adis and Mishings of the neighbouring states as the community members
recounted their past genealogical relationships and how long they have been together,
their culture and the language which is most similar to each other. The people of
both the communities assembled in a 2-day cultural exchange programme there in April,
2013 and resolved to foster their age-old unity and integrity.
The day-long Solung celebration, which was opened by 'Taku Taabat' by AMBK president
cum Councillor of Mising Autonomous Council (MAC), Assam followed by discussion on
Solung mythology, cultural evolution of the Adi-Mising communities and traditional
Welcoming the participants, AMBK General Secretary, Okom Yosung reiterated the genetic
relations between Adis and Mishings existing from the time immemorial. He said the
community members today well aware of the fact that Adi and Mishing belong to a single
tribal community, who were politically separated after Arunachal Pradesh was separated
from Assam. He feels that the unity and integrity after re-union of the community
people should not be diminished under any circumstance.
Yosung, who is also the president of East Siang ABK and Bogong-II ZPM, informed that
his Kebang has taken decision to extend such Solung celebration at different Mising
dominated areas in Assam in the coming days.
Meanwhile, the Adis of East Siang last year celebrated Ali Aye Ligang, the main festival
of Misings, at Pasighat with pomp and gaiety in active participation of the community
Discussing on Solung mythology and evolution of Adi-Mising civilization, Adi Cultural
Literary Society secretary Kaling Borang said that the myths and traditional ethos
pertaining to agriculture based festivals like Solung is common among the tribals
belonging to Tani group. He laid stress on the conservation of the traditional customs
for showing their ethnic identity before the Indian communities. Borang requested
for a closer-coordination between the people of both the communities, especially
in case of any adverse situation.
Among others, Pasighat DFO (WL) Tasi Mize, ABK leader Mojit Pao, MAC councillor Mula
Kt Pegu, Dr GK Lagachu and Raju Medok also spoke in favour of Adi-Mising relationship
and laid stress on peaceful coexistence among the community members.
Cultural troupes (Ponung party) from both Adi and Mising communities displayed colourful
traditional dances showcasing their myths and traditional practices.
Tribal designs in modern format at London Fashion Week
New Delhi, Sep 16: Designer Yana Ngoba has teamed up with fabric designer, Nabam
Aka to bring to life the loin loom - one of the oldest looms in the world, handwoven
by weavers in Arunachal Pradesh at the upcoming London Fashion Week.
For Ngoba, the show said to be her first globally heralds a big opportunity and the
start of a new journey, which offers a platform to bring fashion from India's North
East on an international stage.
"There's a huge following of boho and gypsy trends in the UK and I plan on capitalising
on the same. It's a great platform to bring north eastern tribal accessories, fabric
and fine artmanship to the UK market and to the world," Ngoba told PTI in an email
Ngoba is part of the London Fashion Week's off-schedule shows 'Fashions Finest' and
is set to showcase her collection on September 19 at The Grand Connaught Rooms in
The designer who retails under her label 'Yana in Style' aims to carry forward the
legacy passed on by the forefathers in the North East and hopes to bring to the fore
heritage handlooms, woven fabrics and handmade jewellery made of bronze, brass, stones
and broken bones.
Fusing rich traditions with contemporary elements is what defines Ngoba's distinctive
The loin loom, says Ngoba is a heritage fabric whose making has been passed down
over generations of weavers. Ngoba with Nabam Aka have worked in the North-East states
to uplift traditional weavers and introduce new and safe weaving looms.
The colored fabrics have been dyed using the traditional method of Indigo dyeing
and also with other vegetable colors.
"Nabam is a revered designer from Arunachal Pradesh. She has employed a number of
weavers in Itanagar. I have always promoted North East artmanship. Nabam and I were
working on loin loom in our respective spaces and that's when we decided to collaborate,"
Since their show is being sponsored by Arunachal Pradesh Government, they wanted
to present a collection that speaks completely of the fashion in the North East clothes
Hen feathers, agate, bamboo, cane, yarn, silver, brass and jute have been used for
For Ngoba the aim is to elevate the ethnic accessories and the fabric from loin loom
into modern, stylish boho and gypsy international fashion wear.
The designer says markets, both domestic and international look encouraging. "There
is a segment of people, both in India and outside India that appreciates handloom
and handmade creative accessories and clothes."
Besides since the UK market is quite new for the Indian designer, she says she plans
to e-launch their brand by collaborating with famous online brands in London.
The journey as a jewellery designer began for Ngoba at a young age watching her mother
make her own jewellery.
"Given where I come from and my background, it wasn't easy at all to venture into
the world of fashion. However, I kept on learning and growing stronger with each
design I made," says Ngoba.
Fashioning earrings, neck pieces and bracelets, she claims to have held her first
fashion show when she was in class XI.
"Since then there has been no looking back. I have done many fashion shows in the
North East and was also featured as the mascot designer for North East Fashion Fest
wherein I also designed accessories for Soha Ali Khan," says Ngoba.
Ultimately, for the designer the feeling of ideating one's own creations and bringing
them to life is something really enjoyable. PTI
Vasundhara NE women entrepreneur
award for Toko Likha Yaram
ITANAGAR, Sept 16: Toko Likha Yaram from Arunachal Pradesh has been selected for
the 2nd edition of the "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14)"
Award. The Award is instituted by the Sreemanta Sankar Mission of Guwahati with
the sole objective of identifying the latent talents among the hardworking women
entrepreneurs of NE region and recognizing and encouraging them for their endeavor
and business achievements.
The other selected state winners for the "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of
the year (2013-14)" award are: Lata Lepcha from Sikkim, T. Jemima Achumi from Nagaland,
Moiregthem Muktamani Devi from Manipur, Lalhimpuii Hmar from Mizoram, Sukla Rani
Debbarma from Tripura, Queency Thangkhiew from Meghalaya and Kanta Dey from Assam.
All of these women selected for the award have displayed rare sense of entrepreneurship
and uniqueness in their idea and vision. While T. Jemima Achumi of Nagaland has set
up a fully automatic meat processing center with imported machineries from Germany
and France, Toko Likha Yaram of Arunachal Pradesh has set up a cold storage at Banderdewa.
The "Vasundhara - NE Woman Entrepreneur of the year (2013-14)" title winner walks
away with a cash award of Rs. 25,000 besides the winner's trophy, a citation and
a shawl and the eight state winners are being honoured with cash award of Rs. 10,000,
a trophy, a citation and a shawl each. The Award will be conferred in a ceremony
being held at the Auditorium of Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Meghalaya
on September 19.
Significance of Bamboo for sustainable
development in Arunachal Pradesh
[ R K Taj ]
Bamboo is the fastest growing grass, highly versatile, renewable, strong and low
cost eco-friendly natural resource, which has the potential to improve livelihood
security in both rural and urban areas. Today bamboo is the substitute of wood-based
industries and it has replaced wood timber very effectively.
Bamboos as a plant mitigate climate change, as an efficient carbon sink, highly embodied
energy and enhance environmental amelioration. Bamboo has been a means of life for
food, fire wood, shelter, medicine, agricultural tools and daily household items.
This inherent legacy has become a secondary source of income and livelihood, augmenting
the capabilities of the artisans and craftsmen providing economic growth of people
of Arunachal Pradesh.
It is recorded that 78 innovative products valued at Rs.17,000 can be made from a
single bamboo culm of Dendrocalamus latiflorous. This has showcased the value and
potential of bamboo handicraft sector which is socially symbolic and significant.
The bamboo mat board, tiles, roofing materials, corrugated sheet, panelling, pulp
and paper are emerging with high demand.
The people of Arunachal Pradesh have inherent legacy with bamboo as source of income
and livelihood. There are emerging industrial and large scale applications too in
the manufacture of wood substitutes and composite fibre, energy, charcoal and activated
carbon. Building and structural components represent vast possibility for enterprise,
value addition and income and employment generation.
There are 1250 different bamboo species with total area of 22 million hectares in
the world. India with 139 species with 8.96 million hectares of land under bamboo
forests, out of which 98 species with 2.31 million hectares in North East India and
Arunachal Pradesh having more than 75 species and occupies 50 percent of total bamboo
diversity in India with 16,083 sq. km under mixed bamboo forests and 325.74 Sq.km
under pure patches. About 5 lakhs population of the state are directly dependent
on bamboo out of 13, 82,611 population (2011 census).
India, China and Myanmar have the highest bamboo reserves in the world with 19.8
million hectares of the world bamboo forests. Out of this, India share 45 percent
with only 4% of its global market. The government would like to see its bamboo industry
concentrated in the North East part of the country and hopes to create 8 million
jobs in bamboo based industry lifting 5 million families out of poverty earning 160
billion in revenue. In the backdrop, the then planning Commission of India had launched
National Bamboo Mission (NBM) under Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperation and
National Mission on Bamboo Application (NMBA) under DST (2006-07). The major objectives
are to commercialize bamboo at farmers’ level. The focus is on comprehensive development
of bamboo resources as a marketable commodity with more emphasis on farm lands. A
linkage of bamboo farmers with bamboo artisans will also be made, beside wherever
feasible bamboo projects will also be promoted for development of degraded forest
land. The NABARD has also already initiated few activities in development of bamboo
Recently, the government had established Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources & Development
Agency as an independent body to look after the growth of bamboo sector in the state.
The agency had proposed to set up its office complex at Lekhi village, Naharlagun
with an area of four hectares donated by private individuals. For the sustainable
and effective use of this donated land, APBRDA proposed to have Bamboo Technology
Park with following components (i) World Class Craft Heritage Museum, (ii) Urban
Craft Haat, (iii) Hi-Tech bamboo nursery (iv) Bamboo based Traditional Housing, (v)
Bamboo Bridge, (vi) Common Facility Centre (CFC), etc. The agency had already constructed
small unit Common Facility Centre (CFC) under the support of Ministry of Textile,
Govt. of India.
Under the initiatives of the state government, one of the best bamboo-setum in the
country has been set up at Van-Vigyan Kendra Chessa, research field station of SFRI.
Also world best wood timber substitute bamboo species Chinese Moso (Phyllostachys
pubescens) demonstration plot located at Yachuli for training and demonstration purpose,
Poma Bamboo Processing Centre had been established at Poma village, which is 7 KM
away from Itanagar by the initiative of Raj Bhawan and handed over to Poma Village
Development Society, Pitchola Wood Timber Saw Mill under APFCL will be soon converted
to bamboo based industry and will be run on PPP mode. APIL, Namsai, Patkai Bamboo
Pvt. Ltd., Arunachal Agro-Product Ltd. Naharlagun, BKL, Kimin, Zignu Bamboo Industry
Namsai and Siang Bamboo Pvt. Ltd are managed and run by private individuals. As of
now, state is having the highest bamboo based industry in the region. Various community
based welfare programmes such as organized bamboo bazaar, bamboo whole-sale market,
bamboo treatment plant, retail out let, SSI units, etc. has been initiated under
different funding agencies.
Recently, Chempolies, Finland based Bio-Refinery Company for Ethanol production through
bamboo has also been communicated to buy entire bamboo production of the state, which
is under process for MoU with state government. Also supply of bamboo to Nagaon Paper
Mill through railway is also in progress.
The people are highly motivated in bamboo development sector in state and accepted
it as one of the best source of income generation. The state government had also
planned to promote bamboo market on cooperative system within the village level so
that every members of the village can sale their bamboos through organized market.
The world best bamboo species, Chinese Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) has also been
introduced at various pockets of subtropical to temperate region of the state through
individual and community participation on trial basis and the experimental results
are encouraging and it is expected that Arunachal Pradesh will be the highest bamboo
producer state in the country after 10-15 years.
Most of the bamboo based industries in India are still on experimental trial, therefore
product quality are inferior as compared to other advanced countries.
Machineries and equipment used in bamboo industry in India are of poor quality.
Quality and innovative products are still lacking so that our products are not in
position to compete with the products of other advanced countries.
As per requirement of the factory, raw materials are not available near industrial
buffer zones. Most of the bamboo distribution areas are in accessible hilly terrains
and difficult for extraction and transportation. The cultivated and superior quality
bamboos are generally procured from local people of that particular areas and cost
per bamboo is higher.
The labour wages are generally higher (Rs.150-200) as compared to other parts of
the country which blocks the growth of bamboo industry in the state.
In hilly states of North Eastern Region of India transportation bottle neck is the
major constraint in growth of bamboo based industries.
Development of bamboo extraction roads in selected bamboo belts, subsidy on transportation
of bamboo in hilly areas should be implemented and provide highly subsidized tool
kits to rural artesian and craftsman, promote best quality bamboo species such as
Phyllostachys pubescens, Dendrocalamus asper,Phyllostachys manii and Bambusa tulda
as per suitability of the Agro-Climatic condition.
Any funding for development of bamboo based industries need to be implemented through
state government for proper accountability and special financial package for development
of bamboo industry and marketing. (The contributor is a Scientist at SFRI & Member,
SDFA. He can be reached at rktaj-[email protected])
---- Editorial ----
Don't dilute autonomy
The news of the two Indian institutes making it to the top 200 list of the world's
best universities has received mixed response. While some believe that it is a matter
of proud, others are of the opinion that standard of education is going down in the
country. According to the QS World University Rankings 2015, there are 14 Indian
institutions in the World University Rankings and half of them are among the global
400. The Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, has taken the top spot among its
Indian counterparts, bagging the 147th rank. The only other Indian institute to make
it to the top 200 is Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, ranked 179th this year.
It has made great progress from last year when it was ranked 235th in the world.
However some of the prominent universities of the country like Delhi and the University
of Mumbai have lost ground. Asian countries like Japan (8), China (7) and Hong Kong
(5) are much ahead of India, when one compares the number of universities that made
to the top 200 university list. The lack of presence of more Indian universities
in the top 100 list is matter of deep concern. However Union Government is also not
helping the cause. The Union Budget for 2015-16 has reduced funds for higher education
to the tune of Rs.3,900 crore in its revised budget estimates for the financial year
2014-15. The government has revised the figure to Rs.13,000 crore, as against Rs.16,900
crore for the plan allocation. The overall education budget of the Modi government
is down from Rs.82,771 crore to Rs.69,074 crore. The government has also revised
allocation for the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA) - which is a Centrally
Sponsored Scheme (CSS), launched in 2013 that aims at providing strategic funding
to eligible state higher educational institutions - to Rs.397 crore as against Rs.2,200
crore in the original Budget. Besides cuts in the funds which are a critical area
of concern, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government's overall approach to
education is destructive of autonomy, creativity and diversity. The manner in which
the government is intervening in higher education is causing concern among both teachers
and students. There are alarming proposals to change the very nature of higher education.
The best example is the ongoing FTII imbroglio. If Indian universities are to compete
with best of the world, the government will have to change its attitude. Besides
pumping in more funds, the autonomy of universities should not be diluted. A healthy
atmosphere should be created for the growth of the universities.
---- Readers Forum ----
MDM and hungry authorities
Through you esteemed daily, I would like to ask the Education Minister and authority
concerns regarding mid- day meal scheme.
Every year the government of India releases exceeding amount for mid day meal scheme
to enhance the education system especially in remote areas like the villages of Arunachal
Pradesh. But to my utter dismay, the schools provide very few meals in a month and
the condition is same in every village.
So my question is, when centre has no problem in providing mid day meal package,
why the schools are having problem in providing meal to students.
It seems as if the authorities are poor and hungry.
Donate a day’s salary
India in the recent past have seen and experienced numerous natural calamities. Flood
in Uttarakhand and Kashmir along with earthquake which shook Nepal and some parts
of India is still fresh in our mind. People from all the sections stood united to
extend helping hand for rehabilitation of the victims.
Unfortunately, this time the nature's fury has created havoc in Anpum and Loklung
villages of Lower Dibang Valley District. As per the report 73 houses have been completely
washed away by the devastating flood water. Roads, bridges & culverts have been washed
away, people rendered homeless are spending sleepless night, schools are forced to
close and many more agony prevails among the people of these two villages.
Even East Siang district is no exception. The low lying villages have been badly
affected. The affected villages are Namsing, Gadum and Mer. However, there is no
report of damages of the dwellings. But paddy fields have been completely damaged
by the debris carried by the flood. The paddy field looks like a course of Non-perennial
River. Not even a grass could be seen. Affected people are left with nothing to harvest.
One farmer with heavy heart told me that "his children would die of hunger”. In fact,
the relief materials provided by the govt. will not ease away their suffering, as
it is not sufficient even for a weeks' time.
Therefore, in cognizance of our support extended to Uttarakhand, Kashmir and Nepal,
I personally feel that Govt. should issue an order directing its employees to donate
at least half days' salary for the flood victims of the above villages on humanitarian
ground. And I firmly believe, being intellectuals all would come forward and donate
generously to do away some of the sufferings they are going through.
Give more weight to technical paper
Through the columns of your esteemed daily, I would like to draw the attention of
CE, SE APPWD ( Coord, Training & Vigilance) and all the aspirants of the forthcoming
J E examination.
As per the exam pattern given by the authority, Civil & Structure Engineering is
100 marks while English and G.K have 100 marks each.
I think that this pattern is unfair hence the more weightage should be given in the
To make it more clear let me give an example. If a student scores 80 marks out of
100 in Civil & Str Engg, 40 marks out of 100 in English and 40 marks out of 100 in
GK , the total marks stand at 160 out of 300.
And in another case, if a student scores 20 marks out of 100 in Civil & Str Engg,
80 marks out of 100 in English, 80 marks out of 100 in G.K, the total score comes
to 180 marks out of 300.
Which candidate will the PWD select? One with poor technical knowledge but who scored
more in English and GK?
What I would like to suggest that the department deduct the weightage of English
and G.K to 50% each.
It is better to select candidates who have got good technical knowledge with average
English and general knowledge.
I hope my fellow aspirants will agree to what I want to say and this step must be
taken because maximum of cheating and fraud happens in English and G. K paper.
It is my small suggestion to have a fair examination and reduce a bit of corruption.
A Concerned Candidate
Respect the hard work
I fully endorse the concerns voiced by the hardworking aspirants regarding the deplorable
malpractices and politicisation that take place in recruitment exams.
So far, I have appeared in at least three JE exams of various departments and the
experience has been very disgusting.
Though keeping mobiles inside the exam hall is strictly prohibited, many candidates
do keep it secretly and use it for cheating especially in GK papers where all the
questions are objective in nature and its answers can be easily found in the mobile
internet. Ironically, the invigilators are not aware of it most of the time.
Consequently, the honest and hardworking candidates are victimized owing to the laxity
of the department. After all, in a competitive exam even a half mark difference can
decide the fate of a candidate. And because of such rampant malpractices a feeling
of helplessness and belief that JE exams can only be cleared by resorting to unfair
means has developed among the serious candidates. This is a serious issue not only
for the job aspirants but also for the entire engineering fraternity of the state
as the credibility and quality of engineers will be determined by how fairly and
transparently the recruitment is done.
However, this issue can be easily resolved provided there is an administrative and
political will from the concerned department. Steps like installing CCTV camera in
every exam room to tackle this problem may not be viable.
So, in this backdrop I would like to put forward two simple suggestions which if
implemented earnestly can almost effectively check the menace of malpractices.
First, while taking signature of candidates in the attendance sheet each one should
be thoroughly scrutinized for any possession like mobile phones etc so that any one
violating the rules can be caught red handed. And the guilty should be straightaway
disqualified from the exam.
Secondly, a flying squad should be constituted to make unannounced visits to every
exam hall every now and then to ensure that the rules and regulations are implemented
in letter and spirit by the invigilators.
Finally, I do hope that the concerned authority of PWD will take cognizance of the
above problem and suggestions and leave no stone unturned to ensure that the forthcoming
JE exam scheduled on 10th and 11th october,2015 is held very fairly and strictly
so that only hardworking and talented candidates are selected rather than ‘cheaters’.
A frustrated aspirant
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