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    Pul demanded Tuki's resignation

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | May 06 | :
    • Receiving threat calls and sms: Pul claimed

    Thundering "CM saab ek minute bhi kursi par nahi rehna chahiye. Khud hi resign kar lena chahiye", said former Finance Minister Kalikho Pul, in a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today, while clarifying various allegations levied against him that was reported in some media.

    Alleging that GoAP was instigating politically motivated accusations against him, Pul said that it was disgusting that instead of improving the financial condition of the state and providing better governance, it was using such tactics against him.
    Claiming that his PSOs and house guards were hastily removed from the residential bungalow without any prior intimation despite the fact that there were serious security threats to his life, he informed that he has been receiving threatening calls and sms from unknown numbers, for which he had filed a complaint to the DIG.
    "Kal ko agar humko kuch hoga toh Tuki government will be solely responsible for it. But I will not be cowed down by the government and will keep bringing the truth to the public", he added.


    BJP demands Tuki to step down

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | May 06 |:
    • BJP to hold rally to show GoAP(TM)s fiscal misdeed May 11

    Upon completion of the seven-day ultimatum to the Arunachal Pradesh Governor regarding its three-point memorandum, the state's Bharatiya Janata Party's Jan Andolan Committee chairman Tame Phassang, in a press conference at Arunachal Press Club here today, demanded Tuki to step down from his office on moral grounds, as the financial crisis was taking place during his tenure.

    He, further, informed that it will launch a "very serious movement" in phase-wise manner to highlight the GoAP's fiscal misdeeds at I.G Park here on May 11 next.
    It may be recalled that, earlier on Apr 27 last, the party in a memorandum to the governor had demanded imposition of financial emergency in the state, non-increase of market borrowing ceiling limit, and immediate investigation on financial mismanagement.
    It alleged the GoAP of having an overdrawn amount of Rs 581 crore till Mar 31 last from RBI in excess of the arrangement agreed upon violating fiscal discipline as a result of that RBI had directed SBI to stop payments to GoAP.
    The RBI on Apr 22 last had directed SBI to stop payments to Arunachal Pradesh, Phassang said.
    He, further, claimed that GoAP at present is having debt service liabilities of Rs 3813 crore from various market borrowing agencies and facing a burden of repayment of Rs 900 crore annually.
    "The state is in a real trouble and the only way to bail it out from the crisis is imposition of Article 371 (H)," he said while demanding immediate resignation of Tuki.
    Challenging the GoAP to come out clear by ordering probe into the fiscal-mess department wise, Phassang alleged that the chief minister by taking undue advantage of his position is hell bent to mortgage the state and taking the people for a ride.
    "The congress ruled the state for nearly 40 years but the state still depends on Centre for every single rupee. Despite heavy fund flow from the Centre, the present financial scenario in the state depicts a different picture," he said.
    Stating that the BJP at the centre is committed for the development of the state that is evident by the recent allocation of approximately Rs 6000 crore for development of road infrastructure, Phassang said that the state must also do its bit by being accountable for the fund management. (With inputs from PTI)


    GoAP Taliban-like: AACS

    By Staff Reporter , ITANAGAR | May 06 | : * Rijiju in parley with GoAP: Tara

    Terming the Arunachalee government "Taliban like" for their inaction against rampant corruption and the current financial crisis, the Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena (AACS), in a press conference here today, announced to conduct second phase of peaceful dharna on May 9 next at Tennis Court, IG Park here.

    "Despite the first phase of peaceful rally and submission of nine-point memorandum to the Governor, no actions has been taken so far. Hence, after the second phase we'll organise a hunger strike in which veteran Anti Corruption crusader Anna Hazare is likely to arrive", informed its general secretary ST Tara.
    Its demands included immediate set up of Lokayukta court in the state, CBI inquiry into the misappropriation of centrally sponsored schemes & the current deficit running over Rs. 6911.55 crore, scrapping of prepaid electric meter system, permanent solution for the recurring boundary problems with Assam and declaration of financial emergency.
    Alleging that the Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju was in parley with the government due to family affiliations, Arunachal Anti Corruption Sena strongly criticised his unilateral decision to impose AFSPA in Arunachal, while turning deaf-ears to the repeated demands for conducting a CBI inquiry into the GoAP(TM)s financial mismanagement.
    Terming him as "team captain of B-Congress" and accusing him of not playing the role of a senior opposition leader, they alleged that the "sudden imposition" of AFSPA which was already known to GoAP was orchestrated to dilute the issue of financial crisis and bankruptcy with the knowhow of Rijiju for these very same reasons.
    "If Rijiju could supposedly take a unilateral decision on such a sensitive issue like AFSPA, then why not show the same decisiveness and force of strength in initiating a CBI inquiry into the financial mismanagement, which at the moment is the most critical for Arunachalee", questioned Tara.
    He, further, claimed that during its last rally on Apr 20 last, the Sena(TM)s three members, including himself and two others, were arrested by the police officers based on an FIR lodged by EAC Hento Karga for littering the place, and questioned why the Congress party members were not arrested when it would fill every pavement of the Capital Complex with its posters during a rally or for other reasons.


    NABARD input far greater than other institutions

    ITANAGAR | May 06 | : • NABARD sanctioned project with more than Rs 1200 cr aid
    "NABARD's contribution is far greater than any other institution", said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki while inaugurating NABARD's office-cum-residential complex at Bank Tinali here today.

    NABARD input far greater than other institutions

    Acknowledging NABARD's role in expanding infrastructure network in the state through RIDF and various developmental projects at grassroots level, Tuki shared that during his interaction with some villagers, he was informed about an institution working wonders for them, which he later found it to be NABARD.
    While recalling his association with NABARD, Tuki hoped to receive more fund, under RIDF & other schemes, and asked its advisory support in future and welcomed NABARD chairman Dr. Bhanwala to the state.
    Appreciating GoAP for playing a major role in allotting land and construction of the office that will become easier and convenient for the institution to broaden its horizon in the state, Dr. Bhanwala informed that NABARD has sanctioned projects with financial assistance of more than Rs. 1200 crore.
    Chief secretary Ramesh Negi, NABARD DMD HR Dave and other officers were present.
    On Tuesday, Dr. Bhanwala and Dave had called on the the CM and had a meeting with the senior GoAP officials at the CM's Conference Hall here.
    Dr. Bhanwala said that "GoAP needs to consider borrowing to maximum possible limit in the state" as RIDF financing was lower than market borrowing rates.
    Tuki proposed to draw up a criteria of selection of projects to be prioritized under RIDF and requested NABARD to consider funding of projects outside the borrowing limit set by GOI to which Dr. Bhanwala suggested the GoAP to consider availing financial assistance through financially sound state PSUs or boards.
    Financing road projects are a priority for the state and emphasised the need to draw a pragmatic mapping of connectivity requirements in some parts of the state where improved road connectivity would lead to better price realisation for agriculture and horticulture crops that are in demand, said Negi while appreciating the efforts of the institution in identifying gaps in infrastructure in critical areas while suggesting the creation of marketing & storage infrastructure and promotion of tourism.
    In the meeting, issues relating to revamping the cooperative structure by bringing in professionalism and recapitalisation of Arunachal Pradesh State Cooperative Apex Bank and LAMPS were discussed, while Dave advocated strengthening the LAMPS for financial inclusion.
    NABARD chairman assured to provide financial support for installation of solar home lighting systems in about 500 families on a pilot basis under RIDF on CM's request. (CMMC)

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    Arms licence holders to fill online form for NDBAL

    SEPPA , May 06, 2015: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued instructions that a National Data Base of Arms License (NDBAL) across the country is being created that will provide a unique number for all the existing and new license holders, an official order informed today.

    East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh said, that he was informed that a large number of arms-licence holders, especially in the remote area of the district, had not yet registered themselves by filling the form required to fill online from their respective administrative officers.
    Saying that no Arms licence shall be considered valid without the submission of the online form and unique number, for which the last date was May 20 next, without which the licence would be liable for cancellation, Singh urged all outpost administrative officers of the district to inform the license holders concerned through GB/HGB/ASM to comply with the procedures.

    We can't be mute spectators, time for action: Bagra

    AALO, May 06, 2015: * Bagra for creating secret service to nab culprits

    "We cannot remain mute spectators to the growing problems and time has come to deal with them firmly with the cooperation of members of the society", said magistrate of the township Liyi Bagra during a legal awareness camp at Gumin Kiin on Tuesday, a release said.

    Advocating on forming a secret service team to collect information to list out offenders, conduct time-to-time raids in hotels, vendors and other suspicious premises, Bagra sought the cooperation of all in eradicating the disease that the society is suffering from.
    The camp was held with an aim to contain various growing nuisances like reckless driving without proper license, immoral flesh trade in hotels and public places, influx of outsiders without valid permit, unauthorized sale of IMFL, consumption of drugs and drug peddlers and check malpractices by traders that was attended by senior citizens, officers, West Siang women wing and representatives of sectors & colonies.
    Resource persons including Aalo DTO Hummo Taipodia, CO Ome Apang, Tax & Excise superintendent Teli Ngomdir and ACLM Jomba Kamgo dwelt on topics like Motor Vehicle Act 1988, BEFR Act 1873, AP Excise Act 1993/1994 and Consumer Protection Act 1986/2002.
    Another elaborate meeting with transporters, wine shop owners, hotel owners and meat sellers will soon be conducted separately, it informed. (DIPRO)

    May 15 deadline for PRAN: Chiram

    ITANAGAR, May 06, 2015: National Security Depository Limited (NSDL) has replaced Form S1 for registration and generation of Permanent Retirement Account Number (PRAN) with common subscriber registration form (CSRF) w.e.f. 01.04.2015, said Accounts & Treasuries director M Chiram in a release.
    Informing that May 15 next was the last day for submission of the form, he asked all Drawing and Disbursing officers to submit the forms before the deadline to avoid any delay in generation of PRAN.

    Traffic resumes

    KOLORIANG, May 06, 2015: Traffic movement resumed in Koloriang today after BRTF successfully restored the disrupted road between Malapu in New Koloriang district and Koloriang which was washed away by a major landslide on Monday last.
    It may be recalled, that the landslide, caused by the continuous torrential rains for the past few days, had occurred at the bank of Papi Nallah and damaged one Maruti car.

    The district administration and public appreciated the two-day effort put by the BRTF and expressed their happiness on the restoration of the road.
    All connectivity and commutation was disrupted as the road is the only lifeline that connects Upper Koloriang district, Sarli and Damin to the rest of the state. (DIPRO)

    AAPETA oppose CoSAAP's proposed aid to Nepal victims

    NIRJULI, May 06, 2015: Opposing the Confederations of Service Associations of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) decision to contribute one day salary of all the state's employees to the Nepal's Earthquake Relief Fund, All Arunachal Pradesh Elementary Teachers Association (AAPETA), in a memorandum to the Chief Minister has requested the GoAP not to pay heed for the larger interest of the employees.

    With apprehensions looming of not getting their monthly salary due to the RBI's restriction on Govt cheques, it termed the decision as 'arbitrary' as it was taken unilaterally by CoSAAP without consultation with its federal units and other parallel associations, adding that helping others by hurting the Govt employees will not yield good results.
    Saying that the employees were already facing hardships due to the skyrocketing prices of household items, it said that voluntary donations could be collected from the employees and if GoAP wanted to help, it could do so via its Chief Minister(TM)s Relief Fund and appealed to the government to do so on humanitarian grounds.

    Work sincerely now for peace of mind later: Dr Nishing

    NAHARLAGUN , May 06, 2015: Work sincerely now as it will bring peace of mind in the later years of one(TM)s life, said DHS director Dr. K Nishing while welcoming the first-batch trainees of medical officers for routine immunization (RI) at DHS Seminar Hall on Monday, a release said.
    Asking the trainees not to join others in their evil work, he said that there is a serious threat to work culture as majority of employees likes to neglect their duties and responsibilities.

    The training is being conducted under infant mortality rate reduction program and will provide information and technical training on subjects like NHM(TM)s new policies, new vaccines available for hepatitis B & JE, new procedures to solve old problems, safety procedures to be taken for injection, and new technology for vaccine delivery and cold chain.
    Informing about the dismal situation with regard to full immunization that is much below the national average and the high percentage of drop out and left out children as per RI, he explained that the importance of Mission Indradanush, which has been launched in five districts of Arunachal Pradesh with the aim to covering 100% of the drop out and left out children.
    IMR/RI OSD Dr. T Taloh briefed on the present IMR scenario of the state during the training with resource persons like ASH epidemiologist Dr. T Takum, SG SMOs Dr D Thapa & Dr. W Shin and SMO Dr. L Chuke.