The office and Press of this Daily will remain closed on September 18 on the occasion
of Biswakarma Puja. Hence, there will be no edition of this Daily on September 19.
Workshop cum training prog on REMS ends
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Kurung Kumey SSA District Mission conducted a three-day workshop
cum training programme on REMS (Action Research, Quality Monitoring Tools etc) and
community mobilisation awareness campaign programme for the BRCCs, CRCCs, BEOs, head
teachers and school management committees of various schools of the district from
Sept 14 to 16.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner cum Project Director, SSA district
mission, Mamata Riba exhorted all the participants to work together for bringing
quality education in the district. She also suggested all BEOs, BRCCs, CRCCs and
teachers to be sincere in their duty for effective teaching- learning process.
DDSE cum SSA district mission, DPO, Tai Tach also urged upon the participants to
implement the Mid-Day-Meal scheme properly.
Biri Tach, DPC (SSA) advised all the supporting staff of residential schools of the
district to stay at their places of posting and to discharge their duty sincerely.
Tai Kaha, Coordinator (Pedagogy) and Langbia Rima, Coordinator (Gender) also spoke
on the occasion.
Foundation stone for girls’ hostel laid
WAKRO, Sept 17: The foundation stone of the Sumati girls’ hostel for the Apnes of
Apna Viday Mandir was laid in a simple function held here on Sept 15 last. The hostel
named after a pious lady, Sumati, is being constructed with the assistance from well-wishers
of Arunachal Pradesh from Mumbai.
While laying the foundation stone, Bibha Bhattacharjee of Nabadal appreciated the
Apna team and Wakro based NGO for their welfare activities. Deepa Singh of Laipuli
also lauded the well-wishers from Maharashtra for their generous contribution for
It is worth mentioning here that the Apna Viday Mandir, Wakro has been working for
the past one decade to promote and support girl’s education in the area with support
from the Army, Sat Bhavana Trust, Mumbai and various other organisations and prominent
UGC sponsored coaching for competitive exams begins
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: UGC sponsored coaching for entry in govt jobs is being held at
Dera Natung Government College, Itanagar from Sept 16. During the four-month coaching,
complete syllabus of all subjects including General English, Elementary Mathematics,
Reasoning, General Studies and major optional papers etc will be covered.
While interacting with the aspirants in the inaugural coaching class, Dr. M.Q. Khan,
coordinator, analysed the syllabus, course structure and pattern of the various competitive
examinations. He further exhorted participants to work hard in order to acquire sound
knowledge of subjects like General English, General Studies, Elementary Mathematics
and Reasoning for achieving success as these subjects are part and parcel of most
He called upon the aspirants for appearing UPSC/APPSC-Civil Services Examinations,
Banking Service Examination, Airmen Recruitment Examination and other competitive
examinations to reap the fruits of free coaching.
Rebia visits schools, takes stock of flood damages
Yupia, Sept 17: Doimukh MLA cum State Legislative Assembly Speaker Nabam Rebia accompanied
by Papum Pare DDSE T T Tara visited Govt Primary School, Yupia and Govt Upper Primary
School, Tigdo today to take stock of the damage caused by the flash flood and to
see the plantation done during Vanamahotsava.
During the visit, the Speaker took model classes of Class -VII and VIII on Social
Science subject at Govt Upper Primary School, Tigdo for nearly two hours and advised
the students to be sincere and hardworking in their studies. He directed Headmaster
in-charge to keep the school neat and clean, ensure smooth functioning of the school
and protect the plantation from domestic animals. Interacting with the teaching staff,
he advised them to be dedicated and punctual in their duties. While interacting with
School Management Committee, Rebia assured to look into problems of school and flood
control measures to protect the school premises. DIPRO
Two day training begins
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Two days district level training programme on 73rd round of National
Sample Survey (NSS) for the field staffs of both Tirap and Longding Districts started
today in the official chamber of District Statistical Officer, Khonsa. The 73rd round
of NSS is devoted exclusively to survey on economic and operational characteristics
of unincorporated non-agricultural enterprises in manufacturing, trade and other
services sector (excluding construction).
While attending the training programme, Ravi Jha, Deputy Commissioner, Tirap, spoke
about the importance of the National Sample Survey and asked the field staffs to
acquire authentic data and to be careful while filling the technical part of the
schedules. Earlier, while welcoming the field staffs, N. Wangsu, District Statistical
Officer, gave an outline of the survey programme of 73rd Round National Sample Survey.
Highlighting the importance of unincorporated sector in Indian economy, he advocated
that this survey will supplement the corporate sector data which will help National
Accounts Division of Central Statistics Office to compute important components of
national accounts. Technical part of the schedule 0.0 was discussed by P.K. Deori,
Sub- Inspector of Statistics.
Arunachalee boy graduates from OTA Chennai
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: In a proud moment for the state, Arunachalee boy Hage Bhai recently
graduated from the officer's training academy (OTA), Chennai. Group Captain (GC)
Bhai was among the 263 officers to pass out from OTA Chennai on Sept 12. The event
also marked the completion of 100th batch of cadets from the academy.
The cadets of Indian Army's latest Lieutenants marched onto the parameshwaran drill
square in the academy's campus on Saturday morning marking their official induction
into Indian Army. The contingent included 15 officers from Afghanistan and one from
Lesotho, South Africa. GC Hage Bhai has been commissioned into Bengal Engineering
Group headquartered at Roorkee. He is the son of Hage Tari and Hage Pupi. He is a
product of JNV Yachuli and a graduate in civil engineering from Basaveshwar Engineering
Training for BLOs held
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: In connection with the special summary revision of electoral rolls
with respect to Jan 1, 2015 as qualifying date, election training was imparted to
BLOs by Hayuliang ERO at Hawai in Anjaw district on Sept 15 last, stated an official
Tadar Talar passes away
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Prominent public figure Tadar Talar breathed his last today at
Niba Clinic, Papu Nallah. His demise has left a huge vacuum which will be hard to
fill. His knowledge and wisdom will be missed by society as a whole, stated a release.
Late Talar was born to Tadar Mali and Tadar Yaniang on 22nd July 1954 at Paji village
under Nyapin circle, Kurung Kumey district. He started his schooling from Govt. Middle
School Nyapin. He completed his Higher Secondary School from Hapoli Govt. Higher
Secondary School and did his graduation (BA) from Govt. Degree College Itanagar.
He then joined as LDC at state secretariat government of Arunachal Pradesh. Late
Talar retired as a joint secretary from department of PWD, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh
in 2013. He is survived by his wife and six children.
GB passes away
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: A renowned Gaon Burah of Mariyang-Geku constituency, Okeng Tagi
of Pongging village under Upper Siang district passed away at his home at Pongging
on Sept 14 last. He was 58 years and suffering from cancer.
Attending the funeral, Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang expressed sadness over the
pre-mature demise and conveyed condolences to the family members. Remembering him
as an active, hardworking and energetic person, who contributed immensely for the
upliftment of the society, Panyang stated that his demise is a great loss to the
Adi society as a whole.
Late Tagi is survived by his wife, three sons, two daughters and grand children.
He was appointed as Gaon Burah in 1987.
Opium addict govt staff warned of stern action
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Lohit DC Tamiyo Tatak has directed the government officials not
to involve in Opium consumption as well as in its trading, failing which it stated
of initiating necessary action as warranted by law. As a preventive measures, the
DC instructed all the Heads of Offices and branch offices of Lohit District to bring
the government servants who are involved in opium consumption and its illegal trading
to the notice of administration.
This instruction came in a circulation as a follow up action of the state level
committee meeting which was held at Itanagar to evolve a comprehensive strategy for
combating poppy cultivation in the affected districts of Arunachal Pradesh.
During the meeting it was also informed that some Government employees are reported
to be involved in opium addiction as well as in trading of opium which pose serious
The Deputy Commissioner, in view of the reported involvement of government servants
in addiction and trading, has maintained that a fair and reasonable system would
be worked out to ensure that there would be identification of addicts and this would
be done by maintaining a register containing the list of addicted government employees.
If any of the identified addicts (government servants) were found indulging in trade
of opium, than strict action would be initiated against them. (DIPRO)
I have been on my toes: PWD Minister
‘Tender floated for blacktopping of NH-415’
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: While appreciating the concern of state Governor JP Rajkhowa regarding
the poor quality of roads in the twin-capital city, PWD Minister Gojen Gadi said
that he has been on his toes since he became the PWD Minister and supervising construction
of new roads and restoration of damaged roads all over the state while working to
the best of his capacity in tune with the state government’s policy to maintain road
communication all over the state.
The minister said that he has been issuing directives not to compromise with quality
of work under any circumstances but “the loose soil had neutralised the efforts.”
The minister further said he has been running from pillar to posts and approaching
the Central Govt for fund for restoration and development of the capital road (NH
415) at the earliest. “It is because of my persuasion with the MoRTH ministry, the
central Govt has already sanctioned adequate funds to restore NH 415 on priority,”
Gadi disclosed that the tender for blacktopping of NH-415 has been floated, and is
to be opened on Sept 25 next with a target to resume work within first week of October
and cement concrete roads in all colonies would be taken up on war footing simultaneously.
Regarding the road damage, the minister said, “the potholes and water-logging along
the NH is because of massive erosion caused by heavy downpour and the same resulted
in collapse of the Bailey bridge which was beyond human control.” Moreover, the
common mass block the existing drainage system that forces heavy water to flow over
the road causing damages, the minister said adding the illegal hill cutting also
adds to deterioration of the roads.
Moreover, instructions were given to respective executive engineers to restore the
damaged Capital Complex roads after the rains immediately and fund specifically for
the job has been assured, the minister said.
However, the Minister while pointing out “the inbuilt systematic problem”, said that
it had begun with the then Lt Governor K A A Raja deciding to set up the capital
here turning down the Survey of India’s advice because of too loose soil status of
Capital Complex. Raja had decided to set up the capital at Naharlagun before shifting
it to Itanagar and President of India V V Giri had laid the foundation stone of state
Capital on April 20, 1974,” the Minister said adding “This decision cannot be reversed.”
Stakeholders come together to save RGGP
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: In order to resolve the issue of trespassing and land encroachment
inside the campus of Rajiv Gandhi Government Polytechnic (RGGP) College, Itanagar,
the institute’s administration today held a meeting with local stakeholders here
at its conference hall.
After the meeting, resolutions were passed to ban movement of any public and private
vehicle within and from the campus of the institution, repairing of broken boundary
walls, and to give a time period to the residents of the nearby colonies to find
an alternative approach road to their respective residents.
The meeting was attended by the executive members of All Nyishi Students’ Union (ANSU),
All Arunachal Pradesh Students’ Union (AAPSU), All Papum Pare District Student Union
(APPDSU), member of IMC Ward No. 2 and residents of the nearby areas.
The student body team inspected the broken compound wall. The issue of trespassing
into the campus rises due to non availability of the alternative road for the nearby
residents of the area.
It was informed in the meeting that Chief Minister Nabam Tuki earlier announced Rs
2 crore for an approach road but due to disagreement among the contractors the project
could not be accomplished.
Addressing the gathering, the institute’s Principal Dr A. K Tripathy while expressing
concern over the safety of more than 350 students said that the trespassing into
the campus by outsiders poses a serious problem. Citing the position of the institution
which stands as number one in entire Northeast, Tripathy appealed all to cooperate
with the administration for further development of the institute.
Speaking in the meeting, general secretary of the RGGP’s student body Marcus Tachang
Tara said that due to the trespassing and encroachment the study atmosphere of the
institute is getting diluted which is hampering the academic lives of the students.
Appealing all present to resolve the issue mutually, Marcus said that development
of the institute is not just of the institute but the state.
ANSU president Byabang Joram while endorsing the opinion of Tripathy said that everyone
should co-operate in resolving the issue for the benefit of the students. He added
that it should be the responsibility of everyone to take the lone Polytechnic of
capital to the national level.
It is unfortunate that the public living nearby the institute is encroaching into
the college land. If the college land is encroached then how can any future expansion
take place? Education department as well as capital administration should intervene
before it’s too late.
Guv’s criticism a wakeup call: PPA
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: The lone regional political party of the state, the People’s Party
of Arunachal (PPA) termed the Governor’s criticism over the bad road condition of
the state capital as a wakeup call for the ruling state government.
Lauding the Governor for his timely intervention on alleged misrule in the state
under Nabam Tuki-led government, PPA in a press statement said that the staunch criticism
of the State PWD over the pathetic condition of the capital roads has ashamed all
“This is a wakeup call for all concern citizens, political parties, student organisations,
whose conscience have gone into deep slumber,” PPA said.
The party also sought the intervention of the Governor for the construction of highways
to be taken up at the earliest by scrapping the exaggerated compensation amounts
shown by various departments, like PHE, Power and the Forest.
“This is the result of the state government not having its own comprehensive Road
Development Policy for the state. Had the state government followed the National
Highways Act right from the start, the controversial issue on exaggerated high compensation
demands would not have delayed the four-lane highways projects of the capital roads,”
the party opined.
Meanwhile, the party reminded the Governor of the memorandum submitted by it to make
all efforts to curtail unproductive expenditures of the present government by scrapping
all the Parliamentary Secretaries appointed to the legislators and to stop any further
appointments of OSDs at the cost of the state exchequer.
The party also said that the political appointments made against the loss making
public sector undertakings like APIDFC, APFC etc. should be immediately done away
with to save the state from further economic degeneration.
The party also said that there are many other issues which need immediate redressal.
Claiming mis-use of relief funds, the party alleged that it has so far been the ‘worst
abused funds’ in the state and in many more ways the relief funds are distributed
amongst the legislators to further accumulate their private assets/properties.
Rs.7 Cr. SPA work ready in 16 days
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Mariyang-Geku MLA Olom Panyang and EE PWD Mariyang Division has
been alleged of misappropriating funds pertaining to SPA- 2013-14 amounting to rupees
seven crores approximately in the constituency with no actual work done.
The projects are c/o development of playground, rostrum gallery at Mariyang amounting
to Rs.2 crore, c/o road from Yingkiong-Pasighat, Siyat Turning Point to Moisitong
at Yamne and c/o road from Sikko-Bine to Sibuk village Adi Pasi- Rs.1 crore, c/o
road from Padu to Katan administrative circle via Parak bridge- Rs.1 crore, c/o road
from Geku to Komkar village via Ligong Agri Field and c/o road from Katan PMGSY road
to Bogne Agri field at Sumsing village- Rs.1 crore, c/o road from Katan-Mariyang
PWD road to Bogang river via Uyu Morong Agri field and c/o road Jeru to Pongging
village- Rs.1 crore and c/o road from Dalbing to Millang village- Rs.1 crore.
Coming up with the claims at press club here this afternoon, local leader Thomas
Borang, who was also the PPA representative for the constituency in the assembly
election, held responsible the local MLA and the executive engineer PWD Division
Mariyang for the embezzlement saying that the owners of the three firms involved
in the projects namely- M/S Pamong construction, M/S MM Enterprises and M/S Tani
Takar Enterprises, are all kiths and kins of the MLA and the EE.
“The tender was opened on Feb 24, 2015, acceptance on Mar 3, commencement of work
was on Mar 4, measurement was done on Mar 20 and finally the payment was made on
Mar 31,” he said armed with the documents in support of his allegation. According
to the documents the nine different works under the six projects were completed in
“While it takes atleast one month to gather men and machinery for any contractor
to do any job, it took only 16 days to execute such a big project,” mocked Borang
adding that even the tender process for the works were forged as there was no tender
system carried out for it.
He further added that it was decided in a public meeting held at Mariyang on Sept
10, it was decided that the case be handed over to SIC for investigation.
Cancellation of the tender, spot verification of all the works and blacklisting of
the firms involved are the resolutions adopted in the meeting. A letter demanding
the same has been handed over to the Chief Minister.
Further Borang informed that the work on the projects began recently only after the
public meeting was held on the issue.
A legal notice was served to the EE on August 4 on the matter.
It may be mentioned here that the PWD Mariyang Divison has been functioning from
its transit office stationed at Pasighat since 2011 despite a well established office
building at Mariyang.
DC visits flood-ravaged villages under Paglam circle
ROING, Sept 17: To take stock of the relief and restoration works in flood affected
areas, Lower Dibang Valley district Deputy Commissioner Ravi Dhawan accompanied by
DMO, D Wange, DDMO, A Perme and DPO, M Dirchi visited the flood ravaged Anpum and
Loklung villages under Paglam circle in the district yesterday.
While interacting with the flood affected people, the DC directed the Circle Officer
of Paglam to prepare a comprehensive proposal for shifting of the villagers to a
feasible and higher ground after consultation with the villagers as desired by the
state govt. He said, “Only shifting of the villagers to an elevated and acceptable
place will provide a permanent solution. Diversion of the Dibang River may provide
a temporary respite from the flood but as the course of river is very unpredictable
in the low lying areas it may change its course again after some years”.
However, he cautioned that the place for shifting should be compatible and acceptable
for both the shifted people and the people residing already in the area.
Enquiring about the availability of basic needs like food and medicines to the flood
victims, Dhawan said, “all relief materials like food and medicines will be provided
sufficiently and in case of any shortage, it must be informed immediately through
the Circle Officer, Paglam”.
He informed that the report of actual assessment has already been taken from various
departments and the priority lists of restoration works from departments have also
been obtained which shall be forwarded to the govt. in a day or two. He further informed
that the Department of Water Resource Development is already preparing a proposal
for diversion of Dibang River to its main course.
On behalf of the flood-affected people, Bimol Perme, ZPM Paglam-Loklung Anchal Block
placed a three-point memorandum before the visiting DC demanding immediate diversion
of Dibang river to its main course, re-establishment of Loklung Primary School which
was completely washed away by flood and construction of a new link road between Anpum
to Loklung Village. When asked about the availability of basic needs like food provided
by the administration, Perme said “there is no shortage of it till date.”
The flood waters had caused massive damage to the cultivated agricultural fields
right from Bizari to Paglam besides washing away residential buildings, Loklung Primary
school building and govt quarters, 1.5 lacs litres capacity of PHED water tank along
with two pump house and house tube wells, electric poles, power towers, roads etc.
It also caused loss of livestock and many private and govt properties were inundated.
Many villagers have vacated their house and many were dismantled and the dismantled
house materials could be seen lying all around the villages. About nine teacher quarters
at Anpum were also vacated for fear of washing away as the river water is flowing
just 10-15 metres away from it and still eroding towards its bank.
The DC and the DMO inspected the Karuna Trust run PHC and Govt Middle School at Anpum
Village besides visiting the flood affected sites. It was found that the classes
resumed in the Middle School Anpum for the last two days and some of the medical
staff and teachers who left the station due to flood were directed to be called back
Though the flood water has receded to some extent but the erosion was still continuing.
A vacated residential house at Loklung Village was washed away just before the visiting
team on the day itself.
CO Paglam, Tatling Pertin informed that nine families are temporarily residing in
three relief camps at Loklung village and six families are in relief camps at New
Forest Camp. Most of the flood victims at Loklung and Anpum villages have shifted
to the house of their relatives, he added.
The district administration handed over eight Life Jackets, 50 Tarpaulins, five water
filters and 100 Plastic Buckets to Circle Officer, Paglam to be used and distributed
as per need.
Among others, Dambuk ADC Atul Tayeng and panchayat leaders were present during the
Ziro set to host Nyishi-Apatani Summit-2015
ZIRO, Sept 17: Ziro and its people are all set to host the ensuing historical Nyishi-Apatani
Summit-2015 beginning from Sept 19. The entire Ziro township is bustling with preparations
for the summit with construction of gates at strategic locations, erection of hoardings,
decoration of the venues, practice of cultural programmes, food and lodging arrangements
etc. The people of the Ziro plateau believe that this summit would definitely usher
in positive transformations in the society and would pave way for other communities
for peaceful existence.
The Abotani Hall, standing in the heart of the town and the venue for the technical/intellectual
session has been given a total facelift.
Meanwhile, a final review meeting was held yesterday under the chairmanship of Hage
Apa, CE, PWD to take stock of the final preparations. Security measures, hospitality,
transportation, cultural arrangements were minutely scrutinised to avoid last minute
More than 1400 delegates are expected from other districts. The number of delegates
for Lower Subansiri district has been kept open. DIPRO
ACCI to go for shutter down strike
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: The Arunachal Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) in an emergency
meeting here today reviewed the 10-day ultimatum served to the police to bring extortionists
belonging to a students’ body expiring on Sep 19, and unanimously decided to go for
72-hours shutter down from Sep 22 next.
The meeting chaired by ACCI president Techi Lala and attended by various Bazar Welfare
Committees decided that such atrocities against traders, also reported from other
parts of the state, would not be tolerated any more.
The ACCI has been reported that Upper Subansiri DC had turned a blind eye when the
activists of the same organisation forcefully snatched away huge quantities of packaged
commodities from Daporijo traders and threw them in the river.
Expressing shock at Lower Subansiri SP’s order authorizing the same group for checking
ILPs, the ACCI lauded the DC for revoking the order.
The meeting took serious exception to the silence of Capital administration on the
issue and wondered if it amounted of encouraging lawlessness by the administration.
The present issue cropped up because of ignorance of law enforcing agency about any
packaged commodity’s expiry and ‘Best before’ dates and that seizure of any commodities
in the market is legally permissible only in presence of food unit representative
of health & family welfare department, which has given clarification on the issue
through the media, according to an ACCI release.
Think big to achieve great, Governor says to youths
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: Governor J P Rajkhowa has called upon the youth of the state to
think great to achieve great. The youth of the State should strive to give greatest
happiness, to greatest number of people for the greatest length of time. It can be
done by imbibing a high sense of value based learning, discipline, punctuality, dedication,
commitment, honesty and integrity and avoiding all forms of greed, the Governor said
while addressing an interactive session on the topic, ‘Empower to Excel’, organised
to mark the birth centenary of Swami Chinmayananda at the Eknathji Bhawan, VKV, Chimpu,
The Governor underscored that there is no substitute to hard work, but added that
to relax one’s body and mind is equally important, which is possible through learning
and practice of Yoga derived from ancient Indian traditions.
Recalling the great contribution of eminent personalities, who have contributed towards
the great cultural heritage of India, since ancient times and outstanding personalities
of modern times such as Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the
Governor called upon the people to imbibe high social values, healthy ancient customs
and traditions of great Indian culture. Ethnic values as enshrined in the Vedas,
the Upanishads, the Puranas, Bhagwad Gita need to be practiced and passed on to the
next generation. He also advised them to discard negative thoughts and greed and
practice Yoga for positive mind.
Exhorting the people of the State to rise against those people in politics, governance,
business etc. who do not follow ethical principle and values in their approaches
and manner of working, the Governor said, these unscrupulous people should be socially
boycotted. People should stand against such anti-people elements, who do not care
for serving public interests and are only interested in their personal aggrandisement
through misuse of public offices.
Participating in the Akhand Jyoti Yatra programme of Chinmaya Mission, Swami Mitranandaji
said that to empower ourselves, the people have to think big. He said that young
India has to wake up and respect time tested Indian traditions and value substance.
They must not settle for second and always aim at ‘Big’ and ‘Best’. For this the
people must bring mind and body in alignment and pursue their goal for ‘maximum happiness
for maximum people for maximum time’. Swami Mitrananji emphasised that whatever they
do, they must try to do better next day and go on improving themselves, in order
to achieve the ‘Best’ in their respected fields.
A large number of guests and invitees from different walks of life, guardians and
students were present at the interactive session. (PRO to Governor)
Rebia donates 5 motorbikes to Papum Pare police
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: In a bid to encourage better policing and smooth mobility of
police in 14-Doimukh assembly constituency, local MLA cum Speaker of Arunachal State
Legislative Assembly Nabam Rebia today donated five motorbikes to SP PapumPare which
has been procured from his MLAD fund. He formally handed over the keys and documents
of motorbikes to SP Papum Pare P.N.Khrimey in the presence of Deputy Commissioner
Tai Kaye and Dy.SP Neelam Nega at his official residence.
Expressing his commitment to improve policing scenario in the constituency, Rebia
informed that funds have already been sanctioned for construction of modern Police
Stations at Kakoi, Gumto and Tarasso, of which Kakoi PS has already been completed
and civil works of Gumto and Tarasso are going on smoothly. He further asserted that
taking care of modernisation and well being of law and order enforcing authority
has always been his top priority. He also expressed his commitment to provide proper
facility including office and residential accommodations so that police can function
smoothly and give better service to the people. Responding to SP Papum Pare’s request
for procurement of Gypsy for Taraso PS and replacement of old vehicle of Kimin PS,
Rebia assured to look into the matter to mitigate the problem.
Delay in payment of bill for PMGSY work causes concern
PASIGHAT, Sept 17: The local people of Remi-Miglung area of Pasighat West constituency
have expressed serious concern over the inordinate delay in payment against road
construction under Pradan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) project.
The local villagers including the Gaon Burahs and members of construction committee
headed by Miglung Head Gaon Burah, Sarki Jamoh lamented that the road construction
work has come to a halt due to non-payment of running bill to the contractors concerned.
The inordinate delay in construction of bridge over Remi river is causing a great
deal of dissatisfaction among the local villagers as well as the contractors.
Lack of strong bridge over the turbulent river is forcing the villagers to cross
the river on a decade-old suspension bridge risking their life during summer season.
Stating that the road construction works including earthwork and RCC culverts have
been developed along the road, the villagers urged the higher authorities of the
Rural Work Department (RWD), the executing agency, for early payment of running bills
to the contractors and issue order for time bound completion of the road works. They
also requested the local MLA Tatung Jamoh for taking up the issue with the state
government. MLA Jamoh who visited the PMGSY road during November last year, had strictly
asked the contractors concerned to maintain quality work. He further directed the
project engineer and the local PRI leaders for strict monitoring the construction
The estimated cost of the road project from PLT road (Remi) to Miglung” under PMGSY
schemes is Rs 3.22 crore and it was supposed to be complete within Sept 2015.
When enquired, the Executive Engineer (EE) RWD, Pasighat said that paucity of fund
in the department is hitting the ongoing projects. According to him, about 45 per
cent works is under progress, while surface works and bridge construction remains
to be executed. The EE also informed that the contractors dug ‘Bridge Foundation
Trench’ on riverbed was eroded and refilled with boulder silt during the last monsoon.
The department has submitted an estimate of Rs. 5 lakh under FDR for restoration
of damaged half-done underground trench, which is not yet released, he informed.
Media workshop for new vaccines held
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: One-day Media and Communication workshop for introduction of pentavalent
and Inactive polio vaccine (IPV) in Arunachal Pradesh for media persons, DIPROs and
DRCHOS of district was conducted at state NHM training hall today. The training was
imparted with an objective to sensitise on pentavalent and IPV and for effective
dissemination of information on new vaccines. The workshop was attended by DIPROs,
media persons and DRCHOs.
Terming media as eyes and ears of the public, P N Thungon, MD (NHM) said, media can
play a crucial role in educating the people on importance of vaccination and also
act as an agent by raising awareness about the vaccine at grassroots level through
Emphasising on importance of convergence with other departments, he urged the DRCHOs
to coordinate and work in close association with other concern department for successful
implementation of the programme.
Dr T. Taloh OSD (IMR) while clearing the doubts of the participants said, misconception
and inaccurate information needs to be addressed on priority as it may act as a deterrent
factor. Further he stressed for generating wider awareness through using all form
Resource person and Nodal officer, Dr. D Padung, briefing on IPV/Pentavalent vaccine
also explained in detail on all the components of communication medium available
in the state. He also stressed on the involvement of ASHA, Mahila Arogiya Samiti,
ANM, PRI members and religious leaders for community mobilisation for effective implementation
of the programme.
Narendra Jangra, Consultant UNICEF highlighted on media’s role and strategy for implementation
of the programme. Dr. D Datta, DDHS (FW) also spoke on the occasion.
Congress legislators back CM’s development initiatives
ITANAGAR, Sept 17: A group of Congress legislators congratulated Chief Minister Nabam
Tuki on the successful conduct of the maiden State Development Council meeting which
concluded yesterday evening. The lawmakers met Tuki at his official residence on
Wednesday to convey their trust and satisfaction over his able stewardship under
which the state is going through a transitional phase aiming towards concrete and
visible development in all sectors.
They lauded the CM for minutely studying the crux of the problems and knowing the
possibilities of bettering governance through effective execution of schemes and
programmes meant for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. His quote of “Every single
penny approved for developmental projects should reach the beneficiary at the lowest
level and no compromise will be made in judicious utilisation of the funds,” while
emphasizing on strict monitoring of all projects during implementation, was welcomed
by the members. They expressed confidence that the state is in the safe custody of
a visionary leader who is going to change the face of Arunachal Pradesh which had
been a late starter in the journey of development.
They categorically thanked the CM for his initiatives like CM’s Universal Health
Insurance Schemes, CM’s Skill Development and Employment Generation Programme, CM’s
Agriculture Mechanisation Programme, CM’s Mission Mode project on tea and rubber,
Vidya and CM’s Girl Hygiene Schemes and other State Flagship Programmes which have
already garnered huge appreciation from various quarters and are genuinely benefiting
While backing his efforts, the lawmakers assured that they would extend their full
support and cooperation to the CM on his initiatives which are targeted to benefit
the common masses of the state. “We are with you”, they said on a positive and emotional
note and hoped that the State would rise to its newer heights under his able leadership
and be at par with all other developed states in the country in the days to come.
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Another new scam
With each passing days the Madhya Pradesh government is under more scanner due to
various corruption charges. Even as CBI continues the investigation in Vyapam scam,
today another major allegation of corruption rocked the state. An Indian Revenue
Service (IRS) 2009 batch officer posted as assistant commissioner in the state has
demanded a CBI inquiry against top officers including the former chief commissioner
of the central excise department S K S Somwanshi (MP & CG) accusing him of incurring
a revenue loss of Rs 600 crore by giving undue favours to a Madhya Pradesh based
The officer further alleged that he and his wife both of whom are IRS officer of
same batch were transferred from Bhopal to Cochin and other places with malafide
intention by his boss when he refused to favour the company. The decision of IRS
officer to expose the corruption of such high scale is laudable. The Madhya Pradesh
government which is already under fire for messing up Vyapam scam investigation cannot
afford to repeat the same mistake. Due to the initial mistakes committed by investigation
agency many of the high profile accused manage to save themselves in the Vyapam scam.
Also many witnesses and those related to the scam were eliminated. The young IRS
officers have shown rare courage to take on the wrongdoers. It is now for the Madhya
Pradesh government to show guts and punish those involved in this latest scam.
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Violence and lack of street lights
My friend narrated the following to me.
“On 14th September night, as usual I was coming back from my work at around 7 PM.
While I was climbing up the steep road near Legi Complex, I used my phone as torch
light as the area became very dark without any street lights. Few vehicles passed
by me and I was still walking and all of a sudden, a bike stopped in front of me
with a rider and a pillion. I dont know who they were.
All I knew was they were local; however they seemed to be gentlemen. But those guys
asked me to give me my phone and when I refused, one of them hit me with the helmet
making me unconscious for a moment. After that they snatched my phone and all my
belongings and drove away as fast as they could.
I have a family to feed, and all my hard earnings of the whole day was robbed in
just a few seconds”.
The sad factor here is that these kinds of robbery have not happened only with my
friend but also with many others specially non- tribal, from other states, in the
same way or the other.
Most of the notorious acts like this are done in dark areas where there is no light.
So, my question here is can we prevent or reduce such ill activities in our state?
I hope everyone says yes! Why not, we can. It’s very simple.
All we have to do is put proper street light in every colonies of the sector as we
know that every colonies in the capital are dark with most of the lights have not
been working for years and years. I dont know why the government or the Electrical
department is not taking the matter seriously. However, at the end of the month the
bill always comes properly at the right time. Are the people of Arunachal not paying
their bills or is the department serving only the leaders of the state were anyone
can see bright flashing lights everywhere in their houses.
As per my knowledge the crime and ill activities are executed more higher in dark
areas then in the open bright corners. Nowadays many youngsters are drug addicted.
They would go to empty govt schools at night where there is no electricity. The whole
night the boys and girls would drink take drugs, shout and have fun.
One big example is the govt middle school of C-sector Itanagar.
We are not the only ones who are facing this problem of robbery, drugs but we can
avert it. But the question is when.
Therefore, I sincerely request the Electrical Department to take this matter seriously
and if possible please start installing LED street lights in all the empty electricity
poles in all the colonies of the state.
By your good and sincere deeds, many innocent lives will be saved and the common
people especially the females will feel safe to walk back home after tuitions, coaching
or classes etc.
I personally believe that, the tragedy that happened with my friend should not be
repeated with anyone else.
Handover recruitment of all group B posts to APPSC
The UPSC and the State PSC have been created under the provisions of Constitution
of India with the purpose to fulfil the requirement of one of the three most important
pillars of Democracy namely the Executive. In this context the Executive does not
necessarily mean bureaucrats but it encompasses whole gamut of Services namely Police,
Finance and Accounts, Doctors, Engineers, Child and Social Welfare, Education, Culture,
Tourism, Veterinary, Fishery, Agriculture, Horticulture, Industry, Forestry, Mines
and Minerals, Disaster Management, Urban and Rural Services and so on. But in our
State the scope and responsibility of the state Public Service Commission have been
reduced to a miniscule task of recruiting only few categories of services. The powerful
yet short sighted political leadership has always opted for shortcut method of recruiting
even Group A and B Category Jobs through Walk in Interview and not through written
Exams. Such practices especially with regard to appointment of Doctors and Engineers were
resorted to in order to make quick bucks and also to place ones near and dear ones
to the covetous posts. Although few Activists in the recent past did raise questions
and even moved the Hon’ble High Court and Apex Court to put a ban on such practices,
the situation on the ground is almost the same. The recent decision by the State
Cabinet to relax the RR of JE’s under PWD and allow the department to conduct the
written as well as interview test to fill up nearly 30(Thirty) regular vacancies
is a glaring example of our Government being a “Hum Nahi Sudharenge Sarkar” or in
other words making mockery of provisions derived and adopted straight way from the
Constitution of the Country. While the Cabinet decisions of 11th Sept 2015 to accord
sanction of creation of 10(Ten) Posts of different category of Staffs for the State
Public Service Commission deserves appreciation and raising a sense of all not being
lost, the million dollar question again is how long will the process of actual materialisation
take! While it does not take few days or at the most a month to fulfil the political
aspirations in matters of appointment to endless chain of OSDS, PROS, Advisors,
Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Parliamentary Secretaries, our Government follows a
different yardstick in fulfilling the Constitutional Obligation such as appointment
of Members of the Lokayukta or the State Human Right Commission. The record breaking
delay in filling up the lone vacancy of a Member APPSC following the retirement of
J. Pulu way back in Sept 2014 is a clear case of lack of political will or tertiary
importance that our Government gives to effective functioning of a Constitutional
Body like the Public Service Commission.
Through this letter, I hope and at the same time appeal the office of the Governor
of Arunachal Pradesh, who is the Guardian and Protector of the Constitution as well
as the members of the awakened Civil Society and other relevant Political Parties
like the BJP and the PPA to discharge their duties and build enough pressure upon
the Government to review its impugned decisions to recruit JE’s Posts through PWD
and immediately handover the same to the APPSC for free and fair process or selecting
the best amongst the Candidates and not vice versa.
Civil Service Aspirant,
The woes of smart city
It’s indeed a matter of pride and honour for the people of Arunachal Pradesh that
Pasighat has been proposed for the smart city project. But the actual fact is the
century old town still lacks the basic amenities required by the local people.
Myself being a citizen of Pasighat have faced a lot of problems residing in my hometown.
Erratic Electricity and water supply, Frequent link failures in SBI and Ticket booking
counters. These simple problems are still a huge matter of concern for us. If our
leaders can’t even fulfil these mere problems than how can we expect this century
old town to be developed into a Smart city? I do fear that we will have to wait another
hundred years for the civilization of our district
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Patkai Autonomous District Council
The people of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) welcomes the centre’s assurance
for the Patkai Autonomous District Council (PADC) under 6th schedule. The successive
state govt had pursued the matter since 2004 and recently on Sept.6 2015 a delegation
team led by CM Tuki along with 12 MLAs from the regions and two MPs had brought a
ray of hope.
The inhabitants of TCL deserve the Autonomous District Council owing to various reasons.
It is needed for decentralisation of administration to enable grassroots development
as well participations of the rural people in governance.
One more reason for ADC is the vast geographical variations of our state as well
as because of security issues. The region is strategically located in which it share
long international border with Myanmar.
And the isolation of the region due to poor connectivity by roadways and airways
is also one of the reasons for grant of ADC as well as economic uplift of the regions.
Nevertheless, the concern authority should look into the feasibility of PADC. They
should develop a strong mechanism to regulate the Council and bring out future oriented
plan and programmes.
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