ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Governor and Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh have greeted
the people on the auspicious occasion of 'Id-ul-Zuha'.
The Governor JP Rajkhowa expressed his hope that the sacred occasion would further
strengthen the faith in the Almighty for leading all along the path of peace, progress
and prosperity and also to enhance the bonds of our composite society.
May the noble ideal of Id-ul-Zuha fill our lives with peace, devotion and harmony
as also high sense of sacrifice for the benefit of humanity, the Governor wished
in his message.
CM Nabam Tuki called upon all to imbibe the spirit of sacrifice, compassion and communal
harmony being the essence of the Bakr Id. He hoped that the festival would bring
with it peace, tranquility and prosperity in the state and the nation.
DC concerned over tardy pace of road construction work
KHONSA, Sept 24: Tirap DC Ravi Jha has expressed concern over the tardy pace of Khonsa
township road construction work and urged the EE PWD and EE PHED to expedite it for
timely completion without compromising with the quality of work.
Jha was addressing a meeting convened in his office chamber here today which was
attended by local MLA and Parliamentary Secretary Tirong Aboh, Zilla Parishad Chairperson
Chawang Lowang, SP Jasmeet Singh besides, EEs of PWD and PHED to discuss on ways
and means to improve the deplorable Khonsa township roads.
While expressing concern over the rampant encroachments on roadsides by construction
of private houses, garages, ghumtis etc, the DC informed that an eviction drive would
be carried out soon.
The MLA also requested the DC to evict the illegal constructions and assured his
full support. He further informed that construction work was awarded to only local
contractors to ensure its proper monitoring and timely completion.
The EEs of PWD and PHED further informed the DC that the work on the Khonsa township
roads would start as soon as the rains stop. ZPC Lowang and SP Jasmeet Singh also
spoke on the occasion. (DIPRO)
DA notice against land encroachment
Changlang, Sept 24: Taking serious note of land encroachment in the district which
is on the rise, the Changlang Deputy Commissioner issued a public notice that any
person, found unlawfully or illegally occupying the govt land or any public premises,
shall be punishable under appropriate section(s) of law.
The district has experienced apparent increase in land encroachments in the recent
times and reportedly some persons with habit of encroaching land are trying to occupy
govt land illegally which necessitated the District Administration to issue the notice.
New farming technology introduced in Lohit district
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Lohit, Namsai district has introduced a
new technology (paddy cum fish cum duck culture) for the first time in the district
under the supervision of Dr. Debasis Sasmal, incharge, Programme coordinator. He
was assisted by all the SMSs and the programme was sponsored by Director, ICAR-NRC
on Yak, Dirang.
It has been introduced on experimental basis in seven villages- Khaoji, Kumari Khampti,
Guhain Gaon, Dharampur, Namsai, Piyong and Manmow covering around more than 5 hectare
of land. Along with paddy cum fish, KVK has constructed duck units at the dyke along
with horticulture crops like banana, tokopat, colocasia, pineapple etc.
Observing the success of the new technology, the concern department and organizations
like ATMA, NGOs and individual can promote the technology in collaboration with
KVK, Lohit, Namsai in coming years, according to a release.
Aalo-Bam road maintenance work begins
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The first phase of 24-hrs chakka bandh call against deteriorating
road condition from Aalo to Bam by Aalo Bam Highway Maintenance Monitoring Committee
(ABHMMC) has been called off after tripartite meeting between District administration,
ABHMMC and TK Engineering Company. During the meeting the officials of TK Engineering
agreed to start repairing work and true to their commitment, the maintenance work
begins today on war footing.
West Siang deputy commissioner Pige Ligu, president of ABHMMC Kento Ete, DL & RSO
Pumek Ronya and Er. Gemar Padu, Assistant Engineer Highway personally supervised
The concerned department and members of ABHMMC will constantly monitor to speed up
the maintenance works.
The maintenance work was delayed for some days due to continuous rainfall. (DIPRO)
Jan Suvidha Centre starts functioning
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Jan Suvidha office was launched at interior Monigong circle
by EAC Sang Khandu on Sept 21. With the installation of V-Sat, Monigong which usually
remains cut off in monsoon season will be linked with rest of the world through network
connectivity. This Suvidha will provide minimum services like issuing of Scheduled
Tribe and Permanent Residential Certificate for the people of Monigong and Pidi Circles.
Nyaken Ori, DIO West Siang installed computers and machineries for Jan Suvidha office
and imparted four days training to all Computer-cum -Account Assistant of Panchayat
The successful launching of Jan Suvidha is an outcome of the effort of Mechuka MLA
.D Sona who provided fund from MLALAD and ensured its successful execution through
WRD department. Besides construction of Jan Suvidha counter, one 5kw D.G Set for
power supply and other supportive appliances were bought with administrative support
from DC Aalo Pige Ligu and former Addl. Deputy Commissioner, Mechukha, Ravi Dhawan.
Villagers ban hunting
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The villagers of Habia, Dawaso and Ragia under Sangdupota circle
during its recent meeting with circle officer have resolved to protect flora and
fauna of area.
As an outcome of meeting they have prohibited hunting of wild animals, illegal fishing
and unauthorized entry of outsider in the area. Violators of the order will be imposed
Health camp conducted
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A health-cum-blood test camp was conducted by the RK Mossang Memorial
Society, a local NGO at New Khamdu village in Changlang today.
During the camp blood test and general health check-up was conducted as part of the
Society’s Targeted Intervention Project on Female Sex Workers & Injection Drug Users
of Changlang district and Targeted Intervention Project on Migrant population of
Seminar on Political evolution of Arunachal held
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The department of Political Science, Govt College, Bomdila has
conducted a one-day seminar with the theme “Politico-Administrative Evolution of
Arunachal Pradesh” at college premises, Bomdila on Sept 22.
During the technical sessions of the seminar Dr. Yeshi Gyesen, Assistant Professor
of Political Science and students of B.A. III Semester, namely, Lham Yuton, Tsering
Drema Khom and Aya Tenzin Rema presented their papers on the sub-theme “Historical
Evolution of Arunachal Pradesh from NEFA to Statehood.” While Gai Chige of B.A.
III year (Hons) and Pem Donduk Khumjangley of B.A. III Semester presented papers
on the sub-theme “Development of Democratic Process in Arunachal Pradesh and its
Impact,” papers on the sub-theme “Socio-Economic and Political Change among the different
Tribes of Arunachal Pradesh” were presented by Dr. Hage Naku, Assistant Professor
of History along Yeshi Dargey Sengbu and Lobsang Wangchuk of B.A. III Year (Hons)
and Passang Lhamu of B.A. III semester.
Dr. K C Mishra, Associate Professor of English, Tenzin Yeegha, Kime Mamung and Tenzin
Lhamo Minto, (all Assistant Professors of English) presented their papers on the
theme “Role and Expansion of Education in Arunachal Pradesh.”
Earlier, the seminar was inaugurated by the Principal of the College S. Khandu.
New NHPC CMD takes charge
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: K M Singh has taken over the charge as Chairman and Managing
Director of NHPC Limited on Sept 23. Prior to his appointment as CMD, NHPC, he was
Chief Executive Director of NHDC -a joint venture company of NHPC and Government
of Madhya Pradesh.
Born on 12th July, 1957, Singh holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Gorakhpur
University, Uttar Pradesh. He began his professional career as an Executive Trainee
in NHPC at its Loktak Power Station in 1979.
AAPLU seeks early release of LOC
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: Claiming that the staffs and labourers under Arunachal Pradesh
Forest Corporation Limited (APFCL) have not been paid their salary for more than
two months, the All Arunachal Pradesh Labour Union (AAPLU) has urged the chief minister
to release the LOC of the concern department at the earliest so that the payment
can be done as soon as possible.
The union also claimed that the labourers of APFCL have not received their bonus
Centre to allow US WW-II search missions in Arunachal
Complete investigations soon, says families of
Americans MIA in Arunachal
NEW DELHI, Sept 24: The Centre may finally allow the US military to resume search
missions in Arunachal Pradesh for the remains of servicemen who died in World War
The search operation was halted in 2009. Specialised teams from the US, trained to
identify and transport the remains of its soldiers who have fallen in combat throughout
the world, are expected to visit several identified sites in Arunachal, reports Economic
Gary Zaetz, Founder and Chairman, Families and Supporters of America's Arunachal
Missing in Action said that investigations of all documented crash sites in Arunachal
Pradesh should be completed no later than 3 years from now, for the sake of the most
elderly of the relatives of the Arunachal missing in action.
It compounds the tragedy of our MIAs’ loss that, while this cruel and heartless
moratorium was in effect, many of these heroes’ closest relatives passed away, forever
denied their rights to see their loved ones’ remains given a proper burial during
their lifetimes, says Zaetz whose uncle Irwin Zaetz was the navigator of B-24 dubbed
“Hot as Hell”.
The bomber disappeared in Siang Valley on a supply run from Kunming, China, to Chabua,
Assam, on January 25, 1944. The crash site of the aircraft was located in Dec 2006
in Damroh in Siang Valley by Clayton Kuhles, an explorer who runs MIARecoveries.org.
Zaetz visited the crash site soon afterwards.
“Our organization, founded to pressure the Indian Government to honor its obligations
in this arena, is pleased that the Indian Government is finally honoring its obligations,
clearly specified by the Geneva Conventions and 2 previous bilateral agreements with
the US, to allow MIA recovery operations to proceed at the 15 documented US crash
sites in Arunachal Pradesh where the remains of 84 US servicemen still lie unburied.
We will closely monitor the Modi Government's adherence to these obligations, he
An estimated 416 aircrew are missing in India from the war while on supply missions
into China. Most are believed to have gone down in Arunachal as transport planes
battled bad weather and the Himalayas — a treacherous route known as ‘The Hump’ —
to cross into China in support of the war against Japan.
“Specialised identification and recovery teams from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting
Agency (DPAA) will arrive in India shortly to search for Americans that remain unaccounted
for from World War II,” a US Embassy spokesperson told Economic Times. The US has
engaged in recovery missions across the world to bring back its war dead but efforts
in Arunachal hit a roadblock after the UPA government put a stop to it in 2009, reasoning
that the territory was sensitive due to “strategic, internal political, ecological
and anthropological reasons”. However, recovery missions in other parts of India
Negi calls for time-bound settlement of land acquisition and TAH
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: While interacting with the Deputy Commissioners through video
conferencing in the conference hall of department of planning, the Chief Secretary
Ramesh Negi outlined the need for time-bound settlement of land acquisition and timely
progress of Trans-Arunachal highway work for early completion of the ongoing project.
He further had detailed discussions on various other issues including disaster assessment.
Briefing the DCs on development agenda for the year and its effective implementation
in ground level, Negi asked them to submit pending utilization certificates at the
The meeting was attended among others by Commissioner to CM & PWD Tajom Taloh, Commissioner
Land Management TT Gamdik, Secretary Planning Sonam Chombay, Special Secretary Home
Dr Tariq Thomas and Chief Engineer Highways. (DIPR)
Ziro Festival of Music begins
ZIRO, Sept 24: The fourth edition of Ziro Festival of Music (ZFM) started on a melancholic
note from Dayglocrazie, a solo act from Assam here today. The crowd swaying to the
slow beats and solitary musings of the artist finally ended the year-long wait of
the much anticipated music fest.
Earlier, Ziro MLA Tage Taki welcoming the music lovers and artists at the ZFM, formally
announced the festival open. Today, the first day of the fest is open for all while
the rest three days will be entry on passes.
ZFM Director, Bobby Hano informed that 1500 people have confirmed tickets online
and around thousand are witnessing the first day’s performances. The fest ground
- locally known Pechi Putu is agog with fest revelers despite the continuous drizzle.
Apatani Students Union general secretary, Hage Kano, part of the local organising
team, shared that the festival is growing bigger every year while ZFM involves all
the locals of the area which is very encouraging for tourism and clean Ziro.
A total of 28 artists will be performing in the four days festival. Four artists/bands
Dayglocrazie, Yesterdrive and Omak Komut Collective are the line ups for the first
With the rains subsiding and the evening grooving into the tempo of the music, Omak
Komut Collective winded up as the icing on the cake. Young and old all shook a leg
to the fusion fare of Omak Komut's Adi Bari renditions mixed with the fusion beats
of the guitars and drums.
Imbibe ideals of Srimanta Sankardeva for prosperity: Governor Rajkhowa
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh JP Rajkhowa hoped that youth
of the North Eastern region will imbibe the ideals of Srimanta Sankardeva, one of
the greatest Saints of Medieval India for development and prosperity of the region
and selfless service to the society and unattached devotion to God through ‘Dasya
Bhakti’ as propounded by the Great Master.
He said this while delivering a special lecture on ‘Sankaradeva in the Koch Kingdom’
at the Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam on Sept 23. The lecture was organised by
the Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University on the 567th birth Anniversary
of reverent Saint of Undivided Assam, Srimanta Sankaradeva.
The Governor said that Srimanta Sankardeva played the role of a saviour of humanity,
more particularly, in a region, known as Asama-Kamrupa-Kamata of the 15th and the
16th centuries, which comprised all the North Eastern States/provinces and Gaur-desa,
which included the undivided Bengal and parts of Bihar.
The Governor, who has authored two well acclaimed books, one on Koch Generalissimo
Chilarai and the other on Saint Sankaradeva, said that Sankaradeva immensely contributed
towards composite Assamese literature. Sankardeva’s times are regarded as the ‘Golden
Age’ of Assamese Literature, also popularly called ‘Sankari Renaissance’, in the
same light the ‘European Renaissance’, is described in history. Sankardeva produced
a huge quantity of vernacular literature in Assamese, Prakit and Brajavali, and translated
many Sanskrit scriptures into Assamese for the benefit of the common man.
The Governor, while highlighting the literary expertise of the Saint said that as
a playwright, he wrote ‘Cihna-yatra’ depicting the seven ‘Vaikunthas’ in 1468 AD.
Sankardeva staged it through paintings, music and illumination to the delight of
thousands of spectators. This work makes Sankardeva a ‘modern day’ pioneer playwright
of the world, which in fact preceded Shakespeare by more than a century. This fact
is rarely known to most people in India, not to mention the outside world.
Later the Governor, accompanied by First Lady of the State Rita Rajkhowa visited
the Centre for Assamese Studies, Tezpur University, which started in 2011. He exhorted
the officials to carry out researches on Assamese Literature and Culture and document
all findings. He also requested the Vice Chancellor and Registrar of the University
to take steps for learning of tribal languages of the North East.
The Governor and the First Lady interacted with students from Arunachal Pradesh who
are pursuing various post graduation courses in the University and expressed happiness
at their achieving good successes in spite of many odds. They advised the students
to work hard and excel in performance in respective field.
Arunachal gets Smart Governance Award for APCMUHIS
NEW DELHI, Sept 24: In a rare distinction for Arunachal Pradesh Government, one of
its flagship programme, the Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance
Scheme (APCMUHIS) has been rated among the top health projects in India and awarded
with Skoch Award for Smart Governance 2015 in New Delhi. The award was received by
Health Minister Rajesh Tacho during the 41st Skoch Summit held at India Habitat Centre
Earlier during the event, the scheme was given Skoch Order-of-Merit Award for being
among the top 12 Health projects in India which was received by health officials.
Skoch Smart Governance award is an initiative recognizing top performing government
organizations and organizations working with the governments operating at local,
state and national level in the areas of health education, rural development/PR,
UD, Finance and Security. It is a step towards recognizing the best practices and
models of governance for excellent and efficient implementations and programs and
services delivery. The selection for the award is based on rigorous examinations
of nominations by eminent panel of jurist consisting of expertise in various fields,
presentations and voting by consisting of top government officials of the country.
Receiving the health officials after the award at Arunachal Bhavan New Delhi, Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki lauded the Health Department for their effort and asked the officials
to continue rendering their relentless services for needy people of the state. He
also expressed gratitude to New India Assurance Co. Ltd. and Dedicated Healthcare
Services (TPA) Pvt. Ltd, Mumbai in making this scheme successful. He directed them
to ensure enrollment of left out families and improve on their services for the benefit
of the people (OSD, IPR).
Nature Interpretation Centre in West Kameng
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) was inaugurated by Dr. Shashi
Kumar, PCCF and Principal Secretary (Environment and Forests) at Ramalingam, West
Kameng on Wednesday.
The Interpretation Centre has all the information related to the importance of forests
and wildlife, tribal and their age-old relation with the forests and wildlife, forest
types of West Kameng and important tree species present in the form of animated posters
A section each of the NIC is entirely dedicated to Black Necked Crane and Red Panda
respectively. Black necked crane is a migratory bird which visits Zimithang in Tawang
and Sangti Valley at Dirang every winter from China. The only wintering sites of
this bird in India are Arunachal Pradesh and Laddakh.
The call of black necked crane is also available in the NIC. Red Panda is also found
at Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, Mandala and Naga GG in West Kameng and Zimithang
in Tawang district. Information about these two are not commonly available in Arunachal
and greatly needed especially by the researchers, therefore the NIC will now cater
to this need. Another section of the NIC has a timber museum attached to it. The
museum has wood samples of all the major timber species found in West Kameng with
detail information about them.
The main highlight of the NIC is the Interactive Bird Poster wherein pictures of
fifty rare and endangered birds of Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary and their calls have
been displayed. One can listen to a particular bird with a press of switch. A life
size poster of an adult Ostrich with a scale mounted on it with ostrich height at
different stages marked is another attraction especially for children.
The inaugural ceremony was also attended by members of Bugun Welfare Society with
its president Indi Glow and other PRI members of Singchung and Dahung, Tasso Sira,
DFO Bomdila, newly joined IFS officers Bharat Singh Hada and Abdul Qayum both from
2013 batch, DFO Millo Tasser, IFS and the entire staff of Shergaon Forest Division.
HC disposes PIL
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The Gauhati High Court recently disposed of the PIL filed by one
Khya Changrang questioning the change in the original Detail Project Report (DPR)
for construction of 20.06 km long PMGSY road from 64 km point of Seppa-Chayang Tajo
According to PIL, the take off point of the road was altered from 64 km point to
54 km point thereby reducing the length of the road by 11 km. It was further alleged
that the poor quality material has been used for road construction.
On the basis of allegation, the counsel of the petitioner submitted that the entire
work has been carried out in a manner adverse to public interest and the authorities
have turned a deaf ear to such complaints made by the public as regards to irregularities
in the construction of the road.
While hearing the submission made by the counsels of both petitioner and respondents
no 1-7 (state Govt) and 8 on the PIL No 69 of 2015, the HC in its judgment and order
said that alteration of the take off point of the road is a matter which falls within
the exclusive domain of the authorities. It is for the departmental authorities to
decide as to the length and coverage of the road. The court further said that the
decision to alter the take off point has been taken on the basis of public representation
whereby an additional stretch of road connecting two other villages has been included
in the package.
Regarding allegation of poor road quality work, the court said “the petitioner has
failed to substantiate the allegation. Since there is a three-tier quality control
mechanism in place, it will be difficult to presume that such mechanism would be
totally defunct in a project of this nature. However, if the petitioner or any member
of the public is genuinely aggrieved by the quality of work then there would be nothing
stopping him from drawing the attention of the competent authority to such lapses.
The petitioner had admittedly not made such complaint before the authorities before
approaching the court.”
“There is no merit in this PIL and as such this court is not inclined to entertain
the same. Accordingly the PIL stands closed,” the court judgment read.
SHEC approves major project proposals
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: The 2nd meeting of State Higher Education Council (SHEC) was
held today in the conference hall of Directorate of Higher and Technical Education
Dr. Tejum Padu, Director Higher & Technical Education cum Member Secretary (SHEC)
in his address highlighted the developmental steps taken up through implementation
of RUSA in the state. He informed that during 2014-15 PAB, RUSA has approved for
upgradation of DNGC, Itanagar and JNC Pasighat as Model Degree Colleges and establishment
of State Engineering College at Toru along with Infrastructure Development grant
to Donyi Polo Govt. College, Kamki and Govt. College Bomdila.
Secretary, Education, Marnya Ete emphasized that while submitting DPRs to central
govt. land possession or acquisition must be done before hand so that the incidental
and developmental costs may be reflected in the DPR itself. He also urged department
to submit necessary UCs for timely release of subsequent installments, so that the
developmental works should not get hampered.
While discussing the various issues, the council approved inclusion of new project
proposals for establishment of Engineering College at Siang district, establishment
of Model Degree Colleges in Dibang Valley and Siang districts for placing them in
the next PAB Meeting of RUSA at New Delhi. It was further opined that Engineering
Wing of Education Department be entrusted with the responsibility of carrying out
different works of the RUSA activities.
The council decided to request HRD ministry to release the funds of RUSA at par with
other centrally sponsored flagship programmes, so that the developmental works may
be expedited at the earliest.
Education Minister Tapang Taloh in his address stressed upon the need of skill development,
proper exposure of students through job trainings and introduction of innovative
practices in the education system. He further called upon the Department to conduct
counseling sessions for students, faculties and staff to inculcate the sense of belongingness
and to imbibe professionalism in letter and spirit. While sharing his views he quoted
Swami Vivekananda that “If poor does not reach to education, Education must reach
to him” and appreciated the efforts put in by the department.
DC reviews power scenario
PASIGHAT, Sep 24: A meeting was convened by the Deputy Commissioner Isha Khosla yesterday
to discuss the current power scenario in Pasighat and its adjoining areas as well
as the latest status of the ongoing construction works of 132 KV tower line from
Aalo to Pasighat, low voltage and fluctuation and renovation/restoration works of
hydel projects. The meeting was attended by the SE Power Transmission Rokom Bado,
EE Transmission, EE Power, AE Hydel, EE Highway and administrative officers.
SE Bado said that incessant rain is causing problem in smooth progress even as the
department is putting its best efforts to complete the works as per scheduled time
According to him, construction of 132 KV tower line from Aalo to Pasighat is being
carried out. Rumgong division is to complete 23 towers and Aalo has to complete seven
towers but incessant rain is causing problems.
EE Power informed that transformers are being installed and necessary wirings are
being done. After installation of transformers, low voltage/fluctuations and power
cuts will be minimized. He urged the BSNL authority to improve the mobile service
in between Rina and Pasighat to improve power distribution system.
AE Hydel informed that only Unit-1 of Rina hydel is running on good conditions and
generating properly. An estimate for maintenance of Rina Unit-2 has been sent to
the government for approval.
Chairing the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner instructed the works departments to
ensure quality of works besides following the guidelines and time line by the contractors.
Parliamentary Secretary inspects on-going projects
KHONSA, Sept 24: Parliamentary Secretary for Supply and Transports, DoTCL and Khonsa
West MLA Tirong Aboh on Wednesday visited Dadam circle headquarters and inspected
the 50-bedded girls’ hostel building under MSDP, Secondary School building besides
proposed Dadam-Moktowa road under RIDP, infrastructure at CRPF camp, hospital building
and surveyed the proposed land for construction of residential and non-residential
buildings to accommodate various government departments.
Aboh was accompanied by Dadam CO and various HoDs, village chiefs, GBs and PRI members.
While assuring all possible help and assistance from his end, the Parliamentary Secretary
further urged the implementing agencies not to compromise with the quality of work
and to adhere strictly to the guidelines and technical specifications at any cost.
Later, interacting with the villagers, Aboh asked them to cooperate with the government
departments for smooth and timely completion of the on-going projects. He said that
without the willing cooperation of the people nothing worth-while could be achieved
in any field. Aboh also appealed to the youth in particular to take up schemes under
agriculture, horticulture, forestry, animal husbandry, NERCORMP and other departments
to not only augment their economic status but to also sustain their livelihood. He
further told them not to depend on government jobs only as jobs were difficult to
come by and the state government had only limited job vacancies to cater to the needs
of the huge demands. (DIPRO)
Mental health training
ITANAGAR, Sept 24: A one-day training program on mental health was conducted for
Nurses, paramedical workers, ambulance staffs and pharmacists of Papum Pare district
and State hospital, Naharlagun, at the conference hall of Directorate of health services
The resource persons were senior Psychiatrists of Arunachal State Hospital Dr Haniya
Payee and Dr N Ete.
Speaking to the participants Dr.Haniya Payee outlined the importance of CHC/PHC/SC
level health staffs that are the first contact with the rural population where mental
health services are needed most. Identification, recording and referrals are important
aspects of bringing mental health services to the needy rural population, he said
while dealing in length on various ways of emergency management of psychiatric patients
Dr Ete discussed on various types of mental illnesses, mental retardation and identifying
their signs and symptoms.
Special awareness campaign on ‘Mother & Child Health and Mission Indradhanush’ held
TEZU, Sept 24: Directorate of Field Publicity (DFP), Tezu and Nampong units jointly
organized rallies-cum-special awareness programmes on Mother & Child Health and Mission
Indradhanush at Jeko and Hatiduba villages of Lohit district on Sept 21 and 23 respectively.
The aim of the campaign was to sensitize the rural masses about maternal health,
immunization, RMNCH+A, newborn health, HIV-AIDS, child health, adolescent health,
family planning etc.
Speaking as resource person Dr. W. Anand Singh, SMO (SG), PHC Sunpura said that the
Folic Acid tablet is the life line for every pregnant woman and they should take
this tablet from the first month of pregnancy. He urged the ground level health workers
to apprise the pregnant women about essential health related issues during pregnancy
such as blood testing, TT and Hepatitis-B vaccines apart from immunization of their
children against Polio etc. Dr. Singh also emphasized on the need for maintaining
family planning properly.
Bikaso Tega, ZPM Sunpura, S K Deori, FPO Nampong and Mihir Kumar Jha, FPO Tezu also
spoke on the occasion. A large number of women, panchayat leaders, GBs, teachers,
health workers took part in the rallies cum awareness programmes.
Apart from rallies, group discussions, photo exhibitions, film shows, free medical
check-up and quiz competitions were also organized during the programme and winners
of the competitive programme were awarded.
Keh-Meh-Haa celebrated with traditional fervor and gaiety
ROING, Sept 24: Keh-Meh-Haa, the harvest festival of the Idu Mishmis was celebrated
with traditional fervour at Lower Dibang Valley district today.
Greeting people on the occasion at Abango, Minister of Agriculture, Horticulture
and Animal Husbandry & Dairy Development, Chowna Mein said that the Idu Mishmis have
a very rich cultural heritage. ‘The spiritual healing of Igu Priest is very powerful
and is known all over the world. Research has to be done on it and it needs to be
documented’, he said.
He further said that along with the economic development, the state is also going
through cultural development. ‘There is revolution among the younger generations
to promote their culture and traditions. The fusion of traditional folk songs and
dances with the modern style by today’s youth is quite praiseworthy’, he said.
While exhorting the people to take up horticultural activities, Mein said that there
is growing competition in orange, rubber, tea, large cardamom, apple and kiwi cultivation
etc, from Tawang, Bomdila in the West to Kanubari in the East. He also said that
there is large scope for growing tea, rubber and large cardamom in Dibang Valley
and Lower Dibang Valley district. He further informed that a botanical team from
Thailand will come to Arunachal to do research work on wild flowers like rhododendron
and indigenous ginger varieties. Recently an agreement was also made with the International
Rice Research Institute at Manilla (Philippines) for interchange of rice varieties,
system of farming and sending of state agriculture officer for training there, he
Namsai MLA-cum-Chairman Arunachal Pradesh Bamboo Resources Development Agency, Chau
Zingnu Namchoom, in his address called upon the youths to abstain from drugs while,
local MLA-cum-Parliamentary Secretary for Horticulture, Mutchu Mithi called upon
the parents and school management committees to give priority to the education sector.
Both the dignitaries also gave away prizes and certificates of various games and
sports events organized on the occasion.
Later, Mein along with APBRDA Chairman also attended the festival celebrations at
Kangkong village in Dambuk.
Among others, Rajya Sabha Member Mukut Mithi, ZPC Sipi Elapra Linggi, General Secretary
M K Deori, ADC H Hailyang, DSP Honifa Yangfo attended the festivities.
The festival was also celebrated at Anini in Dibang Valley district.
Addressing a huge gathering, EE (Electrical) Hage Gumto stressed the need to preserve
the cultural identity and uniqueness of traditional attire of Idu (Mishmi). DC Tamune
Miso also greeted the people on the occasion. He said that festivals give people
the opportunity to showcase their rich culture and tradition and urged all to preserve
their local dialect. (DIPROs)
Locals, vendors clean up fish & meat market
PASIGHAT, Sept 24: As part of the ongoing phase-wise Swachch Bharat Abhiyan being
conducted by the Pasighat Municipal Council (PMC) Ward No-12 councillor Kangge Moyong,
the local residents and vendors conducted a cleanliness drive in the fish and meat
market here today.
Councillor Kangge Moyong, who supervised the drive, said that similar cleanliness
drives would also be taken up in other areas of the township. He appealed to the
local people to join hands with their mission and keep their town clean and green.
Stating that PMC has taken steps for restraining growth of illegal/black market
of fish and meat in the area, Moyong requested all customers to come to the regulated
marker and help the authority prevent revenue leakage. Referring to administration’s
order to keep the market clean and tidy, Moyong further warned of legal action against
those not complying with the order.
Power of Hope
Recently, there was a news item in the local dailies of the state titled “Felix keeps
Arunachal in high esteem” where the Government spokesperson Bamang Felix had apparently
highlighted the strength and potentials of Arunachal Pradesh during a programme at
He had said “Our forest cover is one of the highest in the country at 82% and efforts
are on to take it to 90%. With rich flora and fauna – Arunachal is also known as
Orchid State of India. The state is also rich in mines and minerals such as Dolomite,
Graphite, Coal, Quartzite, Limestone, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Yello Ochre, Marble,
etc. We are called the future Power House of India with 60,000 MW of Hydro Power
potential. Tourism is another sector nature has bestowed on us in abundance. This
potential has been recognized by Lonely Planet declaring it as the 4th best region
in the world to travel”.
On a serious note, it is indeed very true that despite inhospitable terrains, harsh
climatic conditions and geographical bottlenecks, our state does genuinely have great
potentials and strength in various fields as claimed by our Government Spokesperson.
Need of the hour is to first identify these strengths and then work out a master
plan to harness the potentials to transform lives of the common denizens. It is
a happy note that out of various Hydro Power Projects allotted to Public sector undertakings
and private players in the state, two projects i.e. the Kameng HEP - 600 MW and Pare
HEP – 100 MW both executed by NEEPCO are at the verge of completion and is expected
to be commissioned by next year. These projects after commissioning would cater to
the much power needs of the State which is at present fulfilling its power requirements
through power procurement from outside the state. This development can also help
in luring investors for setting up industries which ultimately depends on power.
Apart from going for big projects, which of course is required to improve the economic
condition of the state and address the power demands of the country, there has been
series of cry for small hydel projects in streams which are in abundance in Arunachal
Pradesh. Small hydels built long back demands immediate renovations and places where
there aren’t any, needs to be equipped with this low cost but effective power generation
State Government in its recently concluded State Development Council meeting has
come up with a long term plan to mitigate this issue. In its approved list of projects
under APEDA, the Government has decided to develop mini and micro HEP for which a
whopping Rs. 30 Cr has been earmarked. For renovation and upgradation of assets like
hydel station at various locations, Rs 5.5 cr will be used while Rs. 5.00 Cr and
Rs. 10 cr have been earmarked for hydel generation and Hydel improvements respectively.
This is a welcome initiative from the state government which is indeed going to
illuminate many houses in far flung interior villages and towns thereby bringing
smiles to many.
Another important source of power generation is harnessing the non-conventional energy
like solar power. Solar energy is the most readily available source of energy. It
does not belong to anybody and is, therefore, free. It is also the most important
of the non-conventional sources of energy because it is non-polluting and, therefore,
helps in lessening the greenhouse effect. Another important aspect of this energy
is that it has the potential of stabilising our economy which is at present.
Astonishingly, India receives solar energy equivalent to over 5000 trillion kWh/year,
which is far more than the total energy consumption of the country. If intelligently
tapped, this energy is sure to facelift the entire economy of the country which is
presently based on the oil imported from the foreign countries.
In some remote locations, electricity is not available unless large utilities are
installed. Using solar energy can solve this problem because it is available everywhere,
this way people living in remote places can still have electricity.
It is a welcome step that the State government is realising this prospects and have
therefore decided to conduct feasibility study of using solar rechargeable batteries
for schools to run computers and other related equipments and blood banks in the
hospitals. It has also approved to work on solar and wind energy generation in villages
with five or less households where there is no grid line. Installation of Solar Panel
systems in all the Govt buildings including the upcoming Secretariat building at
Itanagar and all the mini secretariat buildings in the district HQs is one another
important step by the government to negotiate the huge recurring expenditure in electricity.
If everything goes as per the plan, no village or town in Arunachal Pradesh would
be in dark. The onus is therefore on the implementing agencies and the technocrats
to ensure that the plans and policies of the state government are actually put in
place to illuminate not only their homes but also ignite their hopes.
Let the hope transform into reality and the power be showered to all denizens.
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Punish the wrongdoer
Justice Vishnu Sahay inquiry commission enquiring into the Muzaffarnagar riot has
reportedly blamed both ruling SP and BJP for violence. The report submitted to UP
Governor Ram Naik has also indicted senior police and administrative officers for
not taking timely action which led to the flaring up of violence. Muzaffarnagar riot
which took place in the year 2013 prior to Lokh Sabha election led to the death of
60 persons. Dozens of houses and shops were gutted in the arson that continued for
days. Thousands of people were also displaced and many still continues to live in
The commission should be lauded for having courage to directly name those political
parties who were involved in the violence. Even when riot was taking place, the cameras
caught many BJP and SP leaders making provocative statements. It was commonly assumed
that riot was deliberately orchestrated by BJP and SP for political gain. At that
time general election was nearing and therefore they tried to take maximum mileage
out of it. Infact many believes that BJP made huge gain in Lokh Sabha election due
to polarization of votes after Muzaffarnagar riot. The commission has sincerely done
their job. Now it is turn of the UP government to ensure that all the person who
has been named in the report get punished for their heinous crime. The political
parties should stop diving people on caste and communal line for political benefits.
For their short-term gain, they are severely damaging the social fabric of the nation.
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Encourage and revive languages
There has been rising criticism against the Central Government for its whole hearted
support for the Hindi international literary conference. However, to my mind an important
point that has to be discussed is not promoting anti-Hindi sentiments or facilitate
a Hindi phobia; but, to stress that all languages in a multi-language and multi-ethnic
nation like India is important not just Hindi.
As a language Hindi and Urdu, evolving from the iconic Hindusthani during the British
Raj are national treasures and should be protected with all strength and support.
Instead the Central Government should be applauded for strengthening the framework
and roots of Hindi languages and making it internationally relevant by organizing
the Hindi international literary conference because that is also connected with India’s
long term global aspirations.
However, they should also encourage the revival and support of all the regional languages
such as Assamese, Bengali, Oriya and others included in the 22nd schedule. The state
governments should come forward to similarly organize their regional language literary
workshops to strengthen the roots of the culture among our future generations. Particularly
for the North East with several regional spoken languages in Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh,
Meghalaya, Mizoram, Tripura and many others still not included in the 22nd schedule
should be strongly advocated by their native speakers.
Saikat Kumar Basu
Lethbridge AB Canada
SC Verdict : Not judgement but solution
Recently the Supreme Court of India has directed the Government of India and Govt.
of Arunachal Pradesh to grant Citizenship to the Chakmas and Hajongs within three
months who had migrated from East Pakistan in between 1964 and 1969.
The apex court also said that these communities do not require Inner Line Permit
(ILP) to enter the State. Since then there is fear, anger and confusion among the
Student Unions, Civil Societies, Political actors and general public.
However, as per the Citizenship Act of 1955, the above mentioned commu-nities fulfil
the criteria for Citizenship.
But, if the apex court and govt’s go on fulfilling their demands, soon a day will
come when they will demands for Schedule Tribe (ST) status and equal rights as given
to the indigenous people of the State. Already we are in minority with around seven
lakhs indigenous population and if such trend continues the very existence of the
indigenous population will be nowhere. Since mid 1990s, the apex court has been giving
verdict in favour of the refugees. But, questions are: Why the apex court is not
taking the rights and sentiments of indigenous people into account? What about the
legal protection given under the provisions of the Inner Line Regulation 1873? Why
the judgement of apex court is always one-sided? Why govt of India and Govt. of AP
has repeatedly failed to find out a concrete solution? Are there any hidden political-cultural
motives behind such attitude of both the governments? Thus, there are many questions
which can be asked to the apex court and government. But most important thing what
people need is a solution.
Therefore, the govt should find out an amicable solution acceptable to all stake
holders at the earliest. The need of hour is an amicable solution but not judgement.
Rajiv Gandhi University
SC judgment : Many questions unanswered
With the order of the Supreme Court to finalize the conferment of citizenship rights
on eligible Chakmas and Hajongs with a deadline period of three months, the process
of reconciliation has to be started afresh between the Chakmas-Hajongs and the people
of Arunachal for a peaceful future. The reconciliation process, however, will be
marred by various issues including identification of genuine applicants, Scheduled
Tribes status, and land ownership rights of Chakmas-Hajongs.
For decades, the Government of Arunachal Pradesh and AAPSU represented the sentiments
of the indigenous people of Arunachal and legally fought the battle to repatriate
the Chakmas and Hajongs from Arunachal. But now the government is duty bound to carry
out the decision of the apex court of the country and accordingly forward applications
of eligible Chakmas and Hajongs, whose population is above a lakh approximately,
to Ministry of Home Affairs who is solely authorized to decide or grant citizenship
to an applicant after the recommendations from the State government are received. The
problem, however, will be the process of identifying the genuine applicants from
the illegal Chakma-Hajong migrants which certainly isn’t an easy job given that the
India-Bangladesh border remains porous and boundary cross-over from Assam into Arunachal
is easy for a migrant.
As regard the issue of conferring Scheduled Tribe status to Chakma-Hajong in Arunachal
Pradesh, the crux point that deserved attention was whether the criteria of “primitive
traits” and “geographical isolation” besides three other criteria for granting of
ST status have been met. It is a known fact that these refugees are non-indigenous
communities of Arunachal Pradesh and are distinct in their socio-cultural traits
from that of the STs of Arunachal. Shouldn’t their distinct history from that of
the Arunachali STs be taken into account while considering their ST status in Arunachal?
What about Chakma-Hajongs’ right of ownership of land? The indigenous people of Arunachal
argue that as per customary laws of most of the Arunachali tribes, land belongs either
to the community or to an individual whose ownership is recognised by the community.
Further, since the Chakmas-Hajongs came to Arunachal as refugees having no customary
rights over land in Arunachal, they do not have any land ownership rights unless
it was granted by the indigenous community; bought from an individual owner or permitted
by the state in case of a forest land and that, therefore, land possessed by Chakmas
and Hajongs today were given to them as only temporary holdings (common practice
in Arunachal) or on lease. It is intriguing to know what must have been the thoughts
of the central government and the apex court on this matter when the decision was
taken to grant them citizenship.
The judgement effectively means that the distinct culture and tradition of the indigenous
tribes of Arunachal, preserved by various laws, have to be now legally diluted with
that of the Chakmas and the Hajongs which is ironical since tribal people of Arunachal
came into contact with Chakmas-Hajongs only in the 60s. The Special Protected Area
status that Arunachal enjoyed since British days and continued after 1947 seems to
be been only an interim arrangement.
The judgment seems to be left many questions unanswered. The balance between the
rights of the Chakmas and Hajongs and that of the indigenous people of Arunachal
has to be now worked out by the state government along with the civil society. What
remains to be seen is the extent of support that the central government extends to
Arunachal in resolving the issue which essentially was its baby conceived out of
its zest of forging friendship with a new Bangladesh born in 1971. Or was it a way
of absolving the sins of the Bangladeshis who left the Chakmas-Hajongs as refugees
in the first place? Question is what sin did Chakmas-Hajongs and the Arunachali commit
to suffer this?
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