BJP demands separate budgetary provision for CS schemes
ITANAGAR, July 24: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Arunachal Pradesh today demanded
separate budgetary provisions for matching share (90:10) of the centrally sponsored
schemes so that the poor and downtrodden people of the state could avail the benefit
of North East Council schemes.
Alleging that the ruling Congress Govt in State has been violating the laid down
guidelines approved in the 58th NEC Plenary and the “Thrust Areas for N.E.C. approved
in the 62nd NEC Plenary” for implementation of various NEC schemes in the state,
BJP spokesperson Techi Necha said most of the important and needy schemes were denied
to be prioritized in the pretext of the matching shares, whereas the NEC guidelines
envisaged that the state Government shall born matching share of the any NEC schemes.
The laxity on Govt policy will greatly damage the cohesive growth of development
of state, the BJP said while demanding separate budgetary provisions for matching
share for CS schemes.
Talom calls on SYA director
ITANAGAR, July 24: Tennis player Mingkhi Talom along with his father Tarik Talom
today called on Director, Sports and Youth Affairs (SYA), GoAP, D K Dinglow.
Mingkhi Talom have reached semi¬final in double and got runners-up place in the single
in the "OIL-AITA Super Series Tennis Championship-2014" (National Ranking Tournament
of All India Tennis Association) which was held at All Assam Tennis Association Complex,
Chachal, Guwahati from July 14th to 18. It is a big achievement for an Arunachalee,
where the game of tennis is not popular.
SYA Director has assured to pursue the state Govt for necessary financial assistance
for his future training in India & abroad.
‘Expedite enquiry into Seppa GHSS fire mishap’
ITANAGAR, July 24: Irked over the district administration’s inconclusive investigation
into the fire mishap of Seppa Government Higher Secondary School building on June
27 last, various organizations of the district including East Kameng Social Welfare
Cultural Organization (EKSWCO), All East Kameng Students Union (AEKSU), Arunachal
Teacher Association (ATA) East Kameng District Unit and Women Welfare Organization
(WWO) have urged the district administration to expedite its investigation and make
the investigation report public immediately. The organizations also urged the district
authority to start renovation and restoration work of the school. Earlier the chief
minister has assured the local representative for early renovation of arson ravaged
Kena pays visit to Naharlagun STS station
ITANAGAR, July 24: Parliamentary Secretary Transport Jomde Kena paid a visit to the
Naharlagun State Transport Service Station today.
While inspecting the renovation of the STS station, he expressed satisfaction and
also suggested some improvements to make it more passenger-friendly. A new booking
counter cum waiting area as well as a cloak room has been added in addition to pay
and use public toilets. While interacting with the officials of the department during
his maiden visit he assured to take up the matter of inducting new buses to augment
the ageing fleet. The issue of developing APSTS land into commercial and revenue
earning establishment through PPP mode was also discussed during the meeting.
The parliamentary secretary was accompanied by Abu Tayeng, general manager, Gyammar
Tadap station superintendent, Tagok Sorang Assistant station superintendent amongst
others. Meanwhile, APST General Manager Abu Tayeng clarified that the remark posted
in social media claiming that the APST bus of Nyapin went missing while coming to
Itanagar and lost contact at Palin around 5:30 pm was totally incorrect. He further
informed that bus was stuck in a road block near Lichi where no communication was
available. GM appealed to the people not to post unconfirmed report on networking
sites which would unnecessarily create panic among the people.
Kaha vows to work for the state and its people
ITANAGAR, July 24: Newly appointed Chief Organizer of Congress Seva Dal, Kipa Kaha
has assured to work for the upliftment of state and its people from block level to
state level. ‘I extend my gratitude to the AICC President Sonia Gandhi, Vice President
Rahul Gandhi, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Padi Richo and Chief
Minister Nabam Tuki for keeping faith on me and appointing me as Chief Organizer
of Seva Dal’ said Kaha.
Addressing the media person at Press Club today, Kaha informed that under his leadership
he would try his best to re-organize the Congress Seva Dal in the state. ‘We are
soon organizing state level tour & training programme with a motive to highlight
the various schemes and projects of state government along with the achievements
of government under the leadership of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki. Most of the people
of the state are still unaware about the various schemes and projects initiated
by state government, so with an endeavor to create awareness we are heading for
district like, Kurung Kumey, East Kameng, West Kameng, Tawang, Anjaw and East Siang
on our first phase, informed Kaha.
While urging the people to keep faith on Tuki-led government, Kaha informed that
Seva Dal will also play its important role in accomplishing various projects for
the unemployed youths. ‘We will ensure successful implementation of project under
Skill development program initiated by state government to provide job to one person
from each family of the state.
Meanwhile, he divulged that, office of the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal has
been dissolved temporarily but its other official role is still functioning.
APCSD will be rejuvenated soon, says Richo
ITANAGAR, July 24: Arunachal Pradesh Congress Seva Dal (APCSD) would justify its
name by rendering selfless service to the society up to village level, Congress president
Padi Richo said after addressing the rank and file of the frontal wing from all over
the state in Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan here today.
Set up as the Hindustani Seva Mandal on January 1, 1924 with Jawaharlal Nehru as
first president and renamed CSD in 1931, it played an stellar role during the Civil
Disobedience Movement in enrolling new members in the Congress, organising activities
like picketing and in arming the party with an organized but peaceful militia, Richo
said, the APCSD would be rejuvenated soon to prove its name.
The APCSD cadres to begin with would be identified as per their special quality and
trained as health providers, like dressing assistant, naturopathy and other treatment
providers whenever the necessity arises or natural tragedy strikes in any part of
the state, Richo said in presence of CSD North East in-charge P Andrew Gurung and
APCSD chief organiser Kipa Kaha.
“Rise to the occasion, recall the oath you have taken while joining the APCSD and
get ready to serve the masses to get recognition,” Richo emphatically said to the
applause of the gathering.
APETA writes to DEE
ITANAGAR, July 24: The Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers’ Association (APETA)
has demanded for streamlining of teachers under directorate of elementary education
In its letter to the education minister, it said that post for ATs should be filled
up by 30 per cent direct recruitment through written test and viva-voce conducted
by the department, 20 per cent from community teachers and 50 percent from SSA.
For AT to JT promotion, it shall be filled up by direct recruitment through Arunachal
Pradesh Public Service Commission and by promotion from among the ATs of department
who have completed maximum seven years of regular service and possessing qualification
prescribed for JT, it suggested.
It also suggested means and ways for promotion of JT to HM, HM to DDEE, DDEE to JDEE
and JDEE to DEE.
DC visits schools
ITANAGAR, July 24: Deputy Commissioner, Itanagar Capital Complex Mige Kamki made
an unannounced visit to Government Higher Secondary School, Itanagar/ Arunodaya,
Secondary School, Ganga and few other schools of Capital Complex.
He lamented deplorable condition of schools in Capital Complex.
He exhorted Principal, Head Masters, teachers and students to be punctual, sincere
and work hard to achieve their goal in life. He assured full support of Capital Administration
for the proper functioning of the school as and when required.
Awareness prog on Govt schemes held
NAMSAI, July 24: An awareness programmes on Govt schemes for the Panchayat members
of 47- Namsai constituency was conducted by Namsai ADC office at Namsai Town Club
on July 22. The main objective of the programme was to educate the Panchayat members
on various schemes being implemented by different departments including PHE & WS,
CD Block, Agriculture, Horticulture, Fisheries and AH & Vety.
Presiding over the meeting, Namsai MLA Chow Zingnu Namchoom urged upon PRI members
to take the Namsai district ahead with proper implementation of various social sector
schemes of the Government. He also advised the GPCs to hold regular Gram Sabhas and
contribute in the materialization of actual spirit of devolution of power to the
The heads of respective department highlighted the importance of various schemes
and projects and clearly briefed about the procedure and formalities to be adopted
by the Government so that beneficiaries get the maximum benefit out of schemes/projects.
Chow Kyasing Mounglang, ZPC, Lohit, public leaders and more than 400 PRI members
including ZPMs, ASC, ASMs, GBs, GPC & GPMs of 3-Ningroo and 4-Namsai Anchal Samities
attended the meeting.
CRPF Bn celebrates 14th raising day
ITANAGAR, July 24: The 138 Battalion CRPF celebrated its 14th anniversary with various
programmes at its unit headquarters, Senki View here today.
The celebration began with inauguration of exhibition cum mela by Surjit Kaur, W/o
Ram Krishan, Commandant of the unit at unit premises in presence Soni Degio, Secretary
of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee, Rajmukut Kerketta, Second-in-Command of
138 Bn CRPF, Dr. C. M. Ngullie, Chief medical Officer, Shashi Kumar, Dy. Commandant,
Dulal Tarafdar, Asstt. Comdt, M. L. Meena, Asstt. Comdt, Pankaj Kumar, Asstt. Comdt,
subordinate officers, jawans, family members, and media. Sports activities were
also organized for entertainment.
Speaking on the occasion Rajmukut Kerketta disclosed that the 138 Bn CRPF was raised
on 24th July, 2000 at Durgapur (West Bengal) under the Adm. Control of IGP of Eastern
Sector and DIGP of Durgapur Range. The Unit was earlier deployed in UP, Gujarat,
J&K, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Tripura and Orissa. Presently the 138 Bn, CRPF
deployed in the six districts of Arunachal Pradesh, namely, Papum Pare, Lower Sunbansiri,
Upper Subansiri, East Kameng, West Kameng and Kurung Kumey.
Since raising of Battalion 26 Officers / SOs / Jawans of this unit were awarded President’s
Police Medal for Gallantry, Police Medal for Gallantry, Presidents Police Medal for
Meritorious Service, Prime Ministers Life Saving Medal, Director General Disc & letters
etc. Unit was awarded Best Battalion trophy of Eastern Sector for the year 2010.
In a front page news item published in this daily on July 24 under the headline “DC
urged to maintain road,” the name of district was wrongly printed as West Siang in
place of West Kameng. The inadvertent mistake is regretted.
Two cases of Japanese Encephalitis detected in Papum Pare
Pigsty at Tarajuli village where JE cases were found.
ITANAGAR, July 24: Two cases of Japanese Encephalitis have been detected in Chimpu
and Tarajuli in Papum Pare recently. Both patients are undergoing treatment at Gawahati,
according to information received from District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer.
The team who went to Tarajuli for investigation reported that Pigsty (Pigshed)/Ardied
Birds which are amplifying hosts for the Japanese Encephalitis Virus were found in
the village dwelling areas. The team called on the villagers for preventive measures
and advised them not to construct pigsty or allow stagnant water nearby dwelling
A Health team consisting of District Vector Borne Disease Control Officer, Papum-Pare,
Tatung Tayang, Medical Officer Incharge Chimpu Dr. A. Namchoom, District Consultant
Vector Borne Disease Techi Pekhi Tara, MTS Chimpu Jumli Angu and others had rushed
to the Chimpu area where one case was detected.
The Department will very soon take preventive measures to control further outbreak
of JE. DIPRO
According to agency reports, in neighbouring Assam, Japanese encephalitis has claimed
43 lives so far and affected 311 people.
In the last two days, 42 people have lost their lives in the disease in the seven
north Bengal districts, particularly Jalpaiguri, the worst affected. The toll from
encephalitis in north Bengal was 60 till Sunday last.
MGNREGA fund embezzled, BDO, PRI leaders under scanner
Ziro, July 24: The embezzlement of MGNREGA fund has come to spotlight in the Lower
Subansiri District when the Gram Chairpersons of Kalung/Reru gram segment lodges
complaint regarding the disbursement of the fund without their knowledge, in the
office of the concerned District Vigilance Officer-cum-Deputy Commissioner.
The matter attributes to the amount Rs.238 lakhs under MGNREGA as liabilities of
2012-13 which was released to the BDO, CD Block, Ziro.
As per MGNREGA guidelines, the fund received by the BDO has to be deposited in the
joint account of Chairperson (GP) and BDO.
The amount withdrawn from joint account of Member Secretary and BDO, Ziro in between15-01-14
to 24-02-14 was not deposited in the joint account of Chairperson (GP) and BDO but
instead the drawn amount was directly handed over to Anchal Samiti Chairpersons.
On the basis of the findings of the preliminary enquiry report submitted by the PD
DRDA, it was found that not a single payment was done through joint accounts of Chairpersons
(Gram Panchayat) and BDO in any of the 127 joint accounts in CD block, Ziro. The
money was directly drawn and handed over to ASMs and ACPs which is in direct violation
of the guidelines of NREGA ACT, 2005.
Muster rolls and bills pertaining to villages of Hija Anchal Samity were not found
in the office of the BDO, Ziro. Stock ledger, MAS register, Asset register, first
and final bill and other fundamental documents were not maintained in the
office of the Block Development Officer. Also, the Muster Rolls of Kalung Reru and
Diibo villages were not signed by the concerned GCPs.
Disciplinary action is being taken up by the District Administration starting with
the issue of Show Cause notice to the Block Development Officer of CD Block, Ziro-I
for gross violation of MGNREGA Act/Guidelines and non maintenance of transparency.
Action is also being initiated against the Anchal Samiti members and Chairpersons
involved in receiving the payments illegally. (DIPRO i/c)
AAPSU temporarily calls off proposed 60-hour bandh
ITANAGAR, July 24: All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) has decided to roll
back its decision to go ahead with the proposed 60-hour state-wide bandh from August
12 next. ‘We have called off our proposed 60-hour state wide bandh after full
assurance given by the Chief Minister’s Office during the joint meeting with Chief
Minister, Nabam Tuki along with his council of Minister and Parliamentary secretaries
on July 23 on our seven-point charter of demands submitted earlier,’ informed AAPSU
President Kamta Lapung.
Addressing the media persons at Press Club today, Lapung informed that ‘though AAPSU
has called off its proposed bandh but they would not roll back from their seven-point
demands. ‘If government fails to act as per its assurance within next two months,
then we will resume our agitation,’ added Lapung.
AAPSU said during the meeting with CM and other cabinet ministers, Tuki has assured
to fulfill all the demands of the apex student body. Tuki has assured to revive the
‘Public Darshan’ on every Friday of the week and allocate fund for renovation of
293 km sectors road of twin capital. While responding on the development of highway,
he informed that tender of Rs 40 crore has already been floated for cement-concrete
road in the capital. 'This is the victory of students community, pubic and democracy;
after a long tug of war, state government has responded on the demands made by the
AAPSU,’ said AAPSU General Secretary Biru Nasi.
He further informed that as a result of agitation and demands placed by AAPSU and
its supporters, at least Rs 5 crore has been released to pay the pending stipend
of students community. “Indeed the state government has assured to constitute a committee
for the enhancement of stipend for the students.”
On its second point of demand, Nasi said that along with release of white paper on
financial status of the state after the budget session at the state assembly, state
Government is all set to release atleast Rs 75 crore to pay the four-month pending
salaries of SSA teachers and DRDA staffs along with GPF, DA and other allowances
to the regular government employees. Authority has also disclosed that Rs 80 crore
has already been released for various central projects like PMGSY and schemes under
NEC, SPA, However, Nasi added, Tuki has assured to release additional Rs 120
crore to pay the pending bills against various schemes by first week of August
While urging the people to cooperate the AAPSU for a better result, Nasi informed
that state government has also given an assurance on improvement of electricity and
water supply for twin capital. As per demand, very soon state government would allocate
a sum of Rs 13 crore for a separate transmission power house at Chimpu that will
receive direct electric transmission from NEEPCO hydel power projects within next
three to four months. “On our opposition to appointment of Chairman, Vice Chairman,
OSD and Political Secretary, Chief Minister, Nabam Tuki has assured that within two
months he will review the working of all such statutory bodies and also assured to
call back all the redundant Officers on Special Duty (OSD) under deputation specially
those who are outside the state.”
Meanwhile, Nasi informed that AAPSU team will have its meeting with all the District
Students Unions and CBOs to discuss on the assurance given by the state government.
Govt. assures 10 cr fund for Aalo-Pasighat 132 KV line
ITANAGAR, July 24: The state government has decided to release an amount of Rs 10
crores for early completion of 132 KV Tower line from Aalo to Pasighat, informed
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to a delegation of legislators from East Siang District
and PPWC members at his official Bunglow here yesterday.
The Chief Minister also assured to release required fund for extension of an agreement
for drawal of electricity from Jonai Sub-station of Assam Power Distribution Company
Ltd to Department of Power, government of Arunachal Pradesh. He also assured the
members of PPWC that all the existing hydels like Yembung, Sille and Rina would
be renovated and repaired to make it functional this financial year.
Earlier, before meeting the Chief Minister, a general body meeting regarding Pasighat
electricity crisis was convened under the chairmanship of Education Minister Tapang
Taloh in his office chamber, yesterday in which Parliamentary Secretary for Industries
Tatung Jamoh, MLA Kaling Moyong, Pasighat Municipal Council’s Chief Councillor Denong
Tamuk, ZPC Kaling Dai, CE Power, central electrical zone Er. Takar Mara, EE Power
Transmission, planning and Monitoring Zone Er. Anong Perme, SE Power Transmission,
planning and Monitoring Zone Er. Rokom Bado, PPWC Chairman Okom Yosung other PPWC
members, councilors, ASMs attended.
Meanwhile, the PPWC Chairman Okom Yosung expressed his gratitude to Chief Minister
for his assurance to release Rs ten crores for completion of 132 KV Tower line from
Aalo to Pasighat and for his immediate response to renovate and repair Yembung, Sille
and Rina hydels. The Chairman also expressed his gratitude to Education Minister
T Taloh and 38th Pasighat assembly constituency MLA Kaling Moyong, Parliamentary
Secretary Tatung Jamoh and others for their immediate response and support on electricity
Training under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yozana
ROING, July 24: 10 days training programme on Beauty Culture & Hair Dressing under
Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yozana (SJSRY) sponsored by Ministry of Housing & Urban
Poverty Alleviation begins at Career Counselling Centre at Roing today. The training
is being imparted by the Vocational Training Provider Institute of Arunachal Pradesh,
Gorgeous Parlour Training Institute cum Beauty Parlour, Aalo, West Siang District.
Inaugurating the training programme, Shiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman
DUDA, Roing exhorted the trainees to take maximum benefit of the training which is
first of its kind in the district and to learn the skill of beauty culture & hair
With modernization and people becoming more health & beauty conscious, the skill
learned would be helpful in establishing business of their own in future. He further
informed that certificates would be given after the successful completion of the
training programme that would help them in obtaining licence and other benefits under
Urban Self-Employment Programme.
Er Riya Powak, Deputy Director cum Member Secretary DUDA, Roing informed that the
key objectives of SJSRY is to address the urban poverty through gainful employment
to the urban unemployed or underemployed poor by encouraging them to set up self-employment
ventures (individual or group) with support for their sustainability or under wage
He further informed that under Skill Training for Employment Promotion amongst Urban
Poor (STEP-UP) Component of SJSRY, 30 beneficiaries have been selected to undergo
skill development training. Out of which, 20 beneficiaries have been selected for
beauty culture & hair dressing and 10 beneficiaries are already undergoing vocational
training programme at ITI, Roing on Plumbing and Basic Computer fundamentals & MS
Office. The trainees would be provided with tool kit, certificate and stipend, he
He further informed that the trainees after completion can also avail loan with 25%
subsidy under Urban Self-Employment Programme(USEP) Component of SJSRY. (DIPRO)
Independence Cup soccer tourney starts in Tawang
TAWANG, July 24: The much awaited independence Cup Soccer Tourney was kicked off
in a glittering ceremony at Menchemchey Ground here yesterday. Organized by District
Sports Authority (DSA) and All Tawang District Students Union with support from Yuva
Arunachal and Indian Army, the soccer tourney was attended, among others, by Brigadier
Ashok Singh, Seva medal, 190 Mtn Brigade, Tawang and Jambey Tsering, Zila Chairperson.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, Brigadier Ashok Singh applauded the efforts
of the organizers for organizing the tourney despite harsh weather and unfavorable
geographical location. Promising to work hand in glove with the common public, he
assured all help on behalf of the Army. “Living up to the true traditions of the
Indian Army, Tawang garrison has been and will always extend a helping hand to any
kind of socio- developmental initiatives and activities for the benefit of locals”
he stated. Finally, he declared the tournament open by kicking the ball in the air
amidst great cheers and applause from the crowd.
Speaking on the occasion, Jambey Tsering exhorted the players to refrain from anti-social
activities, drugs abuse etc, rather work hard and showcase sportsmanship spirit.
“Sports are the basic element to stay healthy and fit. It enhances one lifespan”
he said adding “the youths must take keen interest in sports and games, as it contribute
in making of a healthy society.”
Sangey Tsering, in-charge, DSO Tawang also spoke on the occasion.
Altogether, 13 teams from various parts of the district are participating in the
tournament. The tournament will culminate on 15 Aug with the final match. The winner
will walk away with a cash award of Rs.1 Lakh with a trophy, Runners up with a trophy
and cash of Rs. 50,000, best discipline team with a trophy and cash of Rs. 10,000,
player of the tournament with a trophy and cash of Rs 10,000, highest scorer with
a golden boot and cash of Rs 5000, best goalkeeper with a trophy and cash of Rs 5,000
and best audience with a cash of Rs 3000. The prizes are being sponsored by Tawang
MLA, Tsering Tashi.
Meanwhile, the inaugural match was played between Yuva FC and Highlander FC, wherein
the latter thrashed the former 1-0 in a high voltage match, finding the net only
in the added time. Police FC beat Mukto FC 2-0 in the second match, according to
a release issued by Mon Tawang vigilance.
Precarious financial condition of the state and the way forward - III
Dr Hari Krishna Paliwal
Given the overall circumstances in the State the development of hydropower is the
main hope of the state for its economic growth. Unfortunately, however, some people
enjoy creating fear psychosis and apprehensions in the minds of people in name of
dam safety. These apprehensions are either motivated because of vested interests
of outside people and organizations or on account of the absence of facts available
to the local people. World over dams for hydropower have been built. They are stable
and working well. In some rare cases there had been problems because of natural disasters
which would have been there despite the dams, may be of even bigger magnitude. Some
might have been due to faults in construction, which can be avoided by proper design
The oldest big dam in the world used for hydropower (2080 MW) is the Hoover dam built
in USA in 1936 and the biggest one is Three Gorges Dam built in China (22,500 MW)
of which last machine was commissioned in July 2012. Besides, there are many bigger
dams in the world built for hydropower generation. Only those with the capacity of
more than 2000 MW there are 54 dams for hydropower projects already operating in
various countries. Out of them only 4 are of 2000 MW capacity and the rest are even
bigger ones. Further, of a capacity of 2000 MW or more there are 24 more under construction.
Only 2 of them are of 2000 MW, the rest are still bigger and up to 13860 MW. The
countries having them include USA, China, Canada, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Russia,
Pakistan, Iran, Mexico and Tajikistan etc.
It is said that North-East India lies in seismic zone V in the Himalayan region and
the region being earthquake prone there is a possibility of dam break. The huge size
of dams causes anxiety in the minds of people. But as a matter of fact it must be
known to all that depending on the location of the dam and the seismic nature of
that region the dams are designed to be earthquake resistant. Dam designs are prepared
by the experts in the field and they take into account all possible factors, including
possibility of earthquakes, while designing them. Once a dam design is prepared it
is examined very extensively by experts in Government of India. Then it is mandatory
to obtain the approval of a high-level committee called National Committee on Seismic
Design Parameters (NCSDP), constituted by Government of India for all dam projects
from safety and seismic point of view. This Committee consists of expert members
drawn from Central Water Commission (CWC), Geological Survey of India (GSI), Indian
Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee, India Meteorological Department (IMD), National
Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) and Central Water & Power Research Station
(CWPRS). After it is cleared by this committee of experts then at the execution stage
at every step all precautions are taken to adhere to the technical requirements.
Concrete gravity dams in the world such as Hoover dam (221 m high) in USA built in
1936 are in operation. In India also Bhakhra dam (226 m high) is in operation since
1963. Some other projects that are also in operation in seismic zone IV & V in Himalayan
region of the country are: Ranganadi (405 MW) in Arunachal Pradesh (Zone V), Uri-I
(250 MW) & Uri-II (240 MW) in J &K (Zone V), Tehri (1000 MW), Dhauli Ganga (280
MW) in Uttarakhand (Zone-V), Teesta HEP in Sikkim (Zone-IV), Naphtha Jhakri ( 1500
MW) in Himachal Pradesh (Zone-IV). Dam safety issues are being raised more by the
people living in downstream areas of the proposed or under construction dams. Based
on the world-wide experience as narrated above, the downstream people need not harbor
fears. If truth be told then they should be happy because these dams would store
some flood water for controlled release from dams in flood season and would help
them save from major devastation caused every year due to ravaging floods. Actually,
all the major dams are designed for keeping some capacity reserved for storing flood
water during rainy season for control of floods. Therefore, what is more important
is that dam designs must be fool proof and their construction must be done observing
all the safety parameters as per the design.
Secondly, in the name of environment also many misgivings are created. Whenever a
project is conceived, along with the detailed project report (DPR) Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA) and Environmental Management Plan (EMP) reports are prepared.
These detailed studies are made on the basis of terms of reference given by the Ministry
of Environment & Forest (MOEF) which are specific for each project. They extensively
cover not only the environmental aspects and the social impact of the project but
also the mitigation measures of the adverse impacts, if any. These studies on completion
are made public with wide publicity and views of the public are obtained which are
sent along with the reports to MOEF for environmental clearance. Then an expert committee
set up by MOEF looks into the report deeply and submits recommendations to MOEF.
The committee’s recommendations along with the EIA & EMP reports are examined critically
in depth in the Ministry. Then only, the environmental clearance is given and that
too with a large number of conditions for compliance by the project developer before,
during and after the project implementation. These compliances are also monitored
all through. Therefore, there is no reason for getting worried initially and not
allowing the project to come. But yes, during the implementation phase the citizens
must be vigilant that the conditions as imposed by MOEF are properly complied with.
Likewise, while according forest clearance, they keep in mind that minimum number
of trees is felled and at least equal number is planted and raised. Here also it
needs to be ensured that the conditions imposed in the clearance are complied with
for maintaining the balance of forest and trees.
Keeping these apprehensions aside it must be seriously considered that Arunachal
Pradesh has to come out from perpetual economic backwardness and develop economically
with the rest of the country without major financial dependence on the central government.
Therefore, first of all its own people have to resolve, move forward and support
hydropower development wholeheartedly in their own interest and in the interest of
their future generations and then tackle outsiders not to interfere in the economic
upliftment of the state. (The writer is Former Chief Secretary, Arunachal Pradesh)
Who says tribals do not have classical bend?
Tirap girl shines in Bharatanatyam
It is the dream and aim of most of the students in the Northeast and elsewhere to
join in medical, engineering or arts streams to shape their career with the fond
hope of getting a white- collar job in government or private departments. Their parents
also want to see their wards as IAS officers, Doctors or engineers. But there are
a few adventurous young students who want to explore new and path-breaking avenues
by choosing the unorthodox and unexplored courses and try to be different from the
Ms Luni Bangsia who hails from nondescript Khonsa village in Tirap district is one
of them. She had a keen interest in dance from her childhood. First she started
performing and taking part in competition on cinematic songs during her wonder days
of innocent childhood. Later Luni joined Kalakshetra Foundation, a famous classical
dance institute in Chennai founded by Rukmini Devi Arundale. She learned Bharatanatyam
for six years under many great Gurus and experience Teachers viz. Bala Gopalan, Leela
Samson, Briga Beson, Shijit Nambiar, Shali Vijayan, Jolsna Menon, Hari Padman, Surya
Narayan Moorti. She has also learned Carnatic music for six years.
Luni, a bright past student of Ramakrishna Sarada Mission School, Khonsa is fluent
in Hindi and English. She had taken part in Kalakshetra dance dramas like Chudanami,
Vanagamanam Mahapata-bhishekam and also in various other Indian dance forms. She
had been travelling throughout India for performance with Kalakshetra repertoire
including Delhi, Bangaluru, Mumbai, Kerala and interiors of Tamil Nadu. She finished
her Diploma and post-Diploma with first class. Presently Luni is doing her Bachelor
in fine Arts from Kalai Kaviri.
She is also working at Isha Foundation as a Dance Instructor (Bharatanatyam). She
has conducted a number of programmes for the students like classical dance (bharatanatyam),
folk, semi-classical and also fusion. Luni wants to work in the Northeast where
classical dance form is not very popular unlike in the other parts of the country,
especially, the South to explore possibilities of existence of various dance forms
and try to understand them and preserve them in such a way that people will know
the value of their own art forms and ethnic traditions. In this context, Luni is
desperate to create an Institution to promote, study and teach traditional art forms,
especially folk traditions to the Northeast students. Apart from her prowess in classical
dance, Luni loves her roots and the age-old traditions of the tribals. She is a keen
learner and wants to enrich herself in every field.
Earlier, she had worked as a student- teacher (Bharatanatyam) in Kalakshetra Foundation,Chennai
for two years (2009-2011). Presently Luni is working as a full time Dance Teacher
(Bharatanatyam) at Isha Foundation, Coimbatore. She has conducted a dance workshop
in Naatrampalli at R.K Mission School, worked with a Western Dancer Aparna Nagesh
to choreaograph a semi-classical dance for one of her productions, she had worked
with a great Oddissi Dancer Sonal Mansingh for a dance drama on Kanyakumari and choreographed
a dance drama on Shankaracharya and Soundarya-Lahari. Luni also choreographed “Thumri”
from saint Kabir’s Dohe and a Keertanam. She is also actively involved in Spastic
Society and Save Chennai Beaches Campaign as a volunteer.
Daughter of T. Bangsia, Luni was born on 24th December, 1988. She wants to popularize
Bharatanatyam and other classical dance forms in Tirap district so that the youth,
especially the Tirap girls realized the importance and popularity of classical dance.
Luni is indeed a path-breaker and I sincerely hope that the young people draw inspiration
from her glittering achievements in classical dance which needs a great yearning,
concentration, unwavering perseverance and the most needed willingness to learn the
art. But when Luni Bangsia, a Nocte girl, can do it, others too can do it. It was
one of the most memorable moments of my life when this young accomplished classical
dancer Luni Bangsia called on me on 2nd July-2014 in my Khonsa office. We discussed
on a wide variety of topics, mostly pertaining to music. I found her full of energy
and enthusiasm to do something for Tirap district. I was indeed impressed by the
way she articulated her views on various problems concerning our district eloquently
and with clarity of thoughts. I could only assure her to do whatever little I could
by creating awareness as I do not know a thing about classical dance. I have no qualms
about admitting that Luni Bangsia is a pride and an asset for our district and our
elected leaders should make use of her potentialities and latent talents by helping
her start a Classical Dance Institution in Tirap that will go a long way in gainfully
involving our restive youth. Let us shake off our smallness and come out of our cocoon
of self made miseries to look at the big world outside which is full of avenues,
opportunities and possibilities. We must be grateful to Luni Bangsia for opening
our eyes to the world of classical dance which can be taken up as a career by our
young people. [The writer is DIPRO, Tirap and can be reached at email@example.com]
Upper Siang district administration destroys Ganja plantation in Pugging village
ITANAGAR, July 24: Upper Siang Deputy Commissioner Dr Tariq Thomas accompanied by
the SP, EAC (Dev), DFO, DIPRO, OC, SI conducted a surprise visit of Pugging village
on July 23 last.
Pugging, a progressive village in agriculture sector in Upper Siang district is self-sufficient
and self-reliant village in rural economy which is located at a distance of 25 km
from the district headquarters, Yingkiong. Apart from the agricultural products,
the village also cultivates Ganja (Bhang) in large amount.
The team found huge quantity of Ganja (Bhang) plantation in more than fifteen numbers
of horticultural gardens in different locations.
Under the supervision of the DC, the FRO, foresters, police personnel, ALCs and Upper
Siang district Women Welfare Society headed by Mekem Nopi destroyed the bhang plantation
and burnt it.
Later, a public meeting was held at the village Dere for campaigning against drug
abuse and use of narcotic substances, especially among the youths.
The DC and SP elaborated the ill effects of drugs and narcotic substances and advised
the villagers, farmers for total banning of such type of cultivation. The villagers
while supporting the advices of DC and SP said many of them were unaware of such
illegal plantation till date now and they unanimously resolved to totally stop the
The villagers further resolved that they themselves would destroy if such cultivation
is found within the jurisdiction of the village in future.
The DC agreed to sanction for construction of a waiting shed proposed by ASM of the
MLA pays unannounced visit to Mayu Govt Secondary School
ROING, July 24: The students of Mayu Government Secondary School, was in for a surprise
on Wednesday afternoon when the local legislator Mutchu Mithi dropped unexpectedly.
"I was keen on having a better picture of our learning environment," Mutchu said
when he made his first unannounced visit to this school.
He has been visiting schools earlier, though after having announced in advance.
As interaction began with the students, the legislator worked out with basic information
to start with. Notably, the class had presence of 28 girls and 11 boys. He particularly
expressed curiosity to know if the parents were supportive of their studies in home.
Overall, the students answered their parents were encouraging.
"Without education, one cannot excel in his life," Mutchu said to the students. "We
care for your future. So we care for you education," he said.
The interaction was soon joined by the school headmaster and the teaching staffs.
The school has an enrolment of about 440 students this year with 22 teachers, the
legislator was informed.
Following the interaction, Mutchu was shown around the school compound - the classrooms,
mid day meal kitchen, headmaster's office and laboratories. While he was being taken
around, the teaching staff requested him for the urgent need for a boundary wall
for the school.
Without the boundary wall, the school compound during the night becomes a favourite
hideout for drinkers and drug addicts. Also the trespassers would often try to break
into the classrooms and office rooms in attempt to steal.
The legislator was also requested to look into the need for extension of two more
classrooms. The staff complained that without adequate classrooms, the classes were
being taken in shifts. Few other requests of water shortage in the school compound
and classroom repairs were also made.
Having taken note of all the requests from the school authority, the legislator urgently
called up works department for immediate attention towards issues like water shortages
The request for boundary wall was prioritized and funds for it were promised within
few months. On additional classrooms, the legislator requested the school authority
to put up the scheme during the next annual plan.
DEWFEDS & Forest Deptt. organize mass plantation in schools & health centers
PASIGHAT, July 24: In a mass plantation programme organized by an NGO ‘Daying Ering
Wildlife Foundation Eco-Development Society’ (DEWFEDS) in association with Divisional
Forest Office, Pasighat Forest Division, several ornamental tree saplings were planted
at Government Secondary School Kiyit, Government Upper Primary School Borguli, Primary
Health Centre Borguli and Govt. Hr. Sec. School Borguli on Wednesday (23rd July)
in the presence of students, officials, PRI leaders and NGO members.
AK Viswal, Chief Conservator of Forest, Central Arunachal Circle, Pasighat who graced
the occasion as Chief Guest urged all the participating school students to know the
importance of plantation of trees. He personally interacted with the students after
plantation in a speech deliberation programme, where he questioned the students and
teaching staffs about “what was the biggest problem in the world today?” Hinting
at the Global Warming as the biggest problem today, while marking the points on blackboard
for better elaboration to the students, Viswal said that, trees are our main source
of oxygen and without it, we are helpless.
Divisional Forest Officer, Pasighat Forest Division Tabang Jamoh draws the attention
of students and teachers to plan more tress for healthy environment. He said that,
“if trees are cut and sold as timber, only one person or family is benefited. But
a live tree gives oxygen and benefits to many a people” He appreciated the initiative
of DEWFEDS and urged the NGO to carry forward its good work. Tani Talom, DDSE East
Siang spoke at length about the need of plantation in the schools not only for oxygen
but also for sheds and beautification of School’s surrounding. He also gave stressed
on setting up of Eco-Club in every schools so that, every planted trees could be
ensured its proper growth. He urged the organizing NGO to intensify its good work
for secure and healthy environment.
ADC Mebo Tabin Siga also spoke at length for planting trees and said that, students
being the future of the society need to understand the value of planting trees. State
Bank of India, Pasighat Branch Chief Manager Aloke Das who graced the programme as
one of the invitees said, that, every students must ensure planting at least one
tree for healthy environment. While responding to the DEWFEDS request to the SBI
for gifting/sponsoring school uniforms or other utilities to the student/s who ensures
or look after the growing up of a planted sapling under its CSR policy, Das said
that, he will surely do something in this regard as soon as CSR allocation of this
year comes. SDPO Tab Techi, Vice Principal of GHSS Borguli, ZPM Monggu Banggo Smti
Kayem Tayeng, ASM Smti Bapiyang Tayeng etc. also spoke on the occasion and appreciated
the initiative of DEWFEDS.
DEWFEDS Chairman Maksam Tayeng and Secretary General Oki Modi conveyed their thanks
to the CCF, DFO and their associates for their noble efforts and further assured
that the NGO will keep up its objective and will carry forward good works for protection
and promotion of Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary. DIPRO
Inter-district gang of computer thieves busted, laptops recovered, one nabbed
DAPORIJO, July 24: The Daporijo police recently busted an inter-district gang of
computer thieves and recovered three stolen laptops and digital camera with chargers
from shopkeepers which they bought from the burglars in negligible prices.
Acting on complaints regarding theft of laptops and other electronic goods, the Daporijo
police launched an operation last week, nabbed one of the prime suspects and ultimately
busted the gang of thieves.
After thorough investigation, the police came to know that the miscreants from Itanagar
use to steal laptops and other electronics goods from Capital region and hand over
the stolen items to local miscreants at Daporijo to sell it in very low prices. In
return, the local miscreants get commission from the gang leaders, informed SI Token
Meanwhile, the police team led by SI Token Dubi, recovered three laptops and digital
camera with chargers from shopkeepers which they bought from the miscreants in low
prize. All the recovered items have been deposited to police custody. However, no
persons have come to claim the ownership of laptops and other items. However, one
of the laptop reportedly belongs to a person named Tai Tahu, student of Chennai-based
university, which was visible at laptop. Police appealed the persons who lost their
electronic items to come and claim with proper evidence.