Rijiju for active role of state's power deptt
NEW DELHI: Oct 30:
GoI okays Rs. 3199.45 cr for Arunachal
In tune with its commitment for development of North Eastern states, the GoI has sanctioned a comprehensive scheme amounting to Rs. 4754.20 crore for strengthening of transmission and distribution system in Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim. Out of this, Rs.3199.45 crore is earmarked for Arunachal Pradesh, according to an official release.
Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju in a meeting with officials of union ministry of power (MoP) and Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. in his office here today discussed the process of implementation of the project. In order to ensure local capacity building and timely completion of the project, Rijiju has emphasized that there should be an active participation of Arunachal Pradesh Govt. in coordination with MoP and Power Grid, the consultant for the project. Accordingly, this project should be implemented by the state's power department which will ensure smooth transfer of the assets on commissioning of the project.
The scheme has been prepared by Central Electricity Authority (CEA) in consultation with Power Grid for laying EHT transmission capacity, addition of HT transmission capacity and augmentation of existing capacity. Consequent upon the approval of the CCEA, the GoI has approved this ambitious scheme for intra-state transmission/sub-transmission and distribution system, the release added.
India should do more to maintain peace: China
BEIJING: Oct 30: Chinaâ€(TM)s military on Thursday expressed concern over Indiaâ€(TM)s plan to construct 54 new border posts in Arunachal Pradesh, saying India should not complicate the situation and do more to maintain peace as it is a "disputed area".
"We have noticed relevant report. Dispute still exists in the eastern part of China-India border," Defence Ministry spokesman Yang Yujin told a media briefing in Beijing when asked a question on the plans announced by the Union Home Ministry to build 54 new border posts along the Arunachal Pradesh border.
"We urge the Indian side to do more to maintain peace and stability in the area and not do things that may complicate the situation," he said.
Asked why China is wary of Indiaâ€(TM)s development of infrastructure along the border when it has carried out extensive development on its side, Yang said, "I think that the roads you are talking about are in the eastern part of the China-India border which is still a disputed area."
"Chinaâ€(TM)s position on the dispute in this area is clear and consistent," he said.
"It is an important consensus reached by the two sides to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Actual Control and both sides should do more towards converging direction rather than contrary," he said.
Indian government last week announced setting up of 54 new border outposts and a Rs. 175-crore package for beefing up the infrastructure along the border in Arunachal Pradesh.
Yangâ€(TM)s comments on the border posts and the road network along the Arunachal Pradesh border was in line with the views expressed by the Chinese foreign ministry earlier this month.
Reacting to the border posts plan, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying had earlier said that "pending the final settlement of the boundary question, we hope that the Indian side could refrain from taking any action that may complicate or exaggerate the question".
Chinese Foreign Ministry has also reacted earlier on the plans announced by Minister of State for Home, Kiren Rijiju, to construct a road network along the international boundary from Mago-Thingbu in Tawang to Vijaynagar in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh to match Chinaâ€(TM)s infrastructure development.
"There is a dispute about the east part of the China-India border. Before final settlement is reached we hope that India will not take any action that may further complicate the situation," spokesman Hong Lei said on October 15, 2014.
Yang said on Thursday that the agreements like setting up hotlines between the two militaries and improving communications between the command posts reached during this monthâ€(TM)s meeting of the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination (WMCC) in New Delhi put very important and positive inputs into bilateral relations and can help to deal with the border issues in a timely manner. (PTI)
Doimukh upgraded to SDO HQ
ITANAGAR: Oct 30: The GoAP has approved the upgrading of the Doimukh EAC Hqs to SDO HQ, thereby meeting a long pending demand of the people of the area, government spokesman Bamang Felix informed in a press statement today. The move was necessitated â€~due to the importance of Doimukh as the nerve-centre of the community residing there, and also due to its location along the sensitive Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary,â€(TM) he said.
Meanwhile, the Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee today said the party appreciates the state Cabinet for its people-centric decisions.
APCC president Richo said in a press release that the recent cabinet move to facilitate contractor registration for unemployed local youth particularly, qualified engineers, honoring the plea of the Congress recently, would go a long way in solving unemployment problem and give them a sense of involvement in state building while, the decision to hike wages of labourers and contingent/causal workers would boost their morale and also reduce the cascading impact of inflation on their daily lives.
The decisions of the state government are proof of its commitment to greater welfare of all sections of the society, he added.
Richo as state leader had served Indian National Trade Union Congress besides stateâ€(TM)s labour union for over three decades and had initiated many labour reforms.
By Staff Reporter
Welcoming the state chief minister Nabam Tukiâ€(TM)s recent pronouncement of his decision to enhance the wages of working class of the government departments including casual and contingent employees, the Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC) Arunachal unit termed the move as historic and a fulfilment of peoplesâ€(TM) sacrifice and desire.
Stating that the concern raised by the working community of the state was genuine and overdue, INTUC secretary general Kenkar Yomcha while talking to this daily said, "Such people-friendly decision of the government will encourage in creating a work culture with new spirit and zeal across the state."
Showing gratitude towards the five-hour cabinet meeting which was presided over by the chief minister himself on Oct 28 last, Yomcha said, "The entire work force will improve their contribution with commitment to reciprocate the GoAPâ€(TM)s decision."
World Thrift Day observed
NAHARLAGUN: Oct 30: The small savings directorate here observed World Thrift Day today with a meeting to discuss ways to â€~accelerate the habit of thrift and saving among the people.â€(TM)
Addressing the participants, postal services director DN Sharma said security and small scheme offer safe investment avenues, and assured all help to small savings agents in depositing their collections at the post office.
Audit & pension FAO Taniyang Tatung, NERIST economic lecturer VD Nayak, and small savings deputy director PK Saikia also spoke.
In Lohit HQ Tezu, a public awareness programme was organized on the occasion of World Thrift Day by the Lohit district department of small savings at Panbari here today in which a large number of people took part.
Speaking on the occasion, ADO A Gamre advised the gathering to invest in post office savings schemes and cautioned against investing their hard-earned money in unscrupulous and bogus finance companies and chit funds. He stressed the need for a practical approach towards bringing every section of household and society into the savings net to meet the requirements of the future so that people enjoy financial security and peace of mind, as well as for economic development of the state.
Department of small savings field publicity officer Jotho Yun, in his address informed that World Thrift Day has been observed since 1924 with a call given by Prof. Filippo Ravizza in the 1st International Thrift conference held in Milan, Italy. While elaborating at length the various savings schemes offered by the GoI through a wide network of post-offices across the country, he urged the agents of small savings to be more equipped with latest rules and regulations. He also explained the functions, target, achievements and figures of small saving collections of small savings department under the ministry of finance, GoAP.
Recalling the recent debacle of some bogus financial companies like Red Cherry, Jeevan Suraksha, Tower Infotech, Generation Next etc. which have all swindled the hard- earned money of the people of the district in particular, and the people of the state in general, he advised the audiences not to be swayed away by the tall claims made by these bogus companies who offer higher returns on the savings in a very short time.
DK Deka of the department of post also highlighted the various savings schemes of the post office and advised them to invest their hard-earned money in it. He informed the participants that post office savings banks are largest peopleâ€(TM)s bank in the country because post office savings schemes are structured in such a way that they cater to the need of different segments of the society.
Resolve to contribute to the state: Tuki
ITANAGAR: Oct 30: Paying rich tributes to the first woman prime minister of India, Indira Gandhi, on her 30th death anniversary which is observed as Rashtriya Sankalp Diwas, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki today appealed the people of Arunachal Pradesh to reaffirm and resolve to work and contribute towards peace, prosperity and development of the state and the nation.
"The real tribute to the great visionary leader would be to shun violence in all forms and imbibe upon ourselves peaceful co-existence, profess universal brotherhood and promise for the all round development of the society without disturbing the fragile social fabric," Tuki stated.Â Â He called upon the people to resolve all matters relating to caste, creed, region, religion or language through constitutional means without resorting to violence.
The chief minister also extended greetings on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, which commemorates the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. Tuki believed that this day would foster the spirit of togetherness, unity, peace and tranquility in the State and Nation. (CMMC)
Ekta Diwas greetings
Governor Nirbhay Sharma has greeted the people on the occasion of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas, which commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and expressed hope that the occasion would further strengthen the spirit of oneness, peace and amity in the state and nation. (PRO)
'Mere registration will not create employment'
ITANAGAR: Oct 30: While welcoming the GoAPâ€(TM)s decision to offer contractor registration to unemployed youths, with free registration for unemployed engineers, the All Arunachal Contractor Welfare Association today said mere registration would, however, not solve the unemployment problem.
Many contractors have already registered themselves in various categories with the APPWD, but most of them are still jobless as â€~works are divided among the local legislators, high-handed politicians and officers,â€(TM) or otherwise offered to a few contractors, the association claimed in a press release.
It further alleged that thousands of crores of funds that come in from various funding agencies are not benefiting the local contractors since â€~tenders for many of the works are floated after the works have been executed.â€(TM) It suggested that the GoAP emulate the practice in Assam where major works are split into packages and 1% EMD is offered to tribal contractors.
It meanwhile urged the authority concerned to strictly monitor the quality of ongoing repair and maintenance work on the national highway roads, and requested the transport secretary to lower the price of high security registration plates.
'Monpas should follow late Khandu's ideals'
From Gyati Kacho, DIRANG: Oct 30: "Historically, throughout the ages, the Monpas of Tawang and West Kameng districts have always stood together as one through thick and thin and this has been reiterated once again through the dedication of this stupa in memory of my late father and former chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh Dorjee Khandu," said Tourism Minister Pema Khandu here today.
Speaking emotionally at the consecration and dedication of a stupa, also called chorten, by locals in memory of late Khandu at Senge, 25 km from Dirang town, Pema said: "The gift of truth is the biggest of all gifts, and this beautiful stupa constructed by the people of Dirang led by local MLA Phurpa Tsering is a testimony to the love and affection of the people of this district for my late father who had considered all the Monpas as one irrespective of their dwelling places,ï¿½ï¿½(TM) he said.
On the progress of Mon autonomous council issue, Pema said that all the legislators of Tawang and W/Kameng had recently met Union MoS for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju at Delhi, who had assured of a report by the centre within a month.
"I will forward the MoSï¿½ï¿½(TM) communication to all legislators of the twin districts as he himself is a member of this council and has a soft corner on the issue," Khandu informed.
Recollecting the unsavory incident at Bomdila during the last rites of late TG Rinpoche, Pema said that the incident had been "politicized" by a few individuals who had misguided some youths and orchestrated the mayhem. "These persons hiding under the veil have now been identified and we will give a befitting reply when the right time comes," he said categorically.
Pema also stressed on preservation of the Monpa culture and identity and appreciated the good works of Department of Karmik and Adhyamik (DOKA) while also underscoring the point that time now had dawned in the state for the youth to achieve greater heights and glory unlike the earlier times.
Tsering in his address said the stupa was a small token of love and affection from the people of Dirang in memory late Khandu, who had been a "fatherly figure" for the entire Monpa belt.
"I wish all the best of luck to the three siblings of late Dorjee Khandu to carry forward the legacy of his good works," he said.
Explaining the underlying importance of the stupa, Guru Tulku, abbot of Tawang monastery, who also formally undertook the consecration ceremony explained that the stupa or chorten was a symbol of Lord Buddhaï¿½ï¿½(TM)s state of peaceful mind or Dharmakaya and it enhanced the chances of rebirth of a person.
"This stupa has been in the making for the past one year and executed masterly with its ornate craftsmanship and rich artistic local designs by a local contractor Gyaltsen," he informed. While appealing the denizens of Senge to offer regular prayers during the auspicious Buddhist calendar days and up keeping the stupa, the abbot also said: "As seen in the Buddhist vision at Gaya, the rebirth of late Dorjee Khandu is assured and we are waiting for that opportune time and the auspicious day."
Among others the ceremony was attended by RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Bomdila MLA Japu Deru, MLA Tawang Tsering Tashi, DOKA chairman Jambey Wangdi, the DCs of Tawang and W/Kameng, Tawang ZPC Jambey Tsering, Brigadier Saini of Baisakhi Army Brigade, and members of the public.
Arunachal in final stage of R-Day tableau selection
NEW DELHI: Oct 30: If things go smoothly in the final selection meeting on November 12, Arunachal Pradesh would be showcasing its cultural heritage for the second time in a row at the Republic Day tableau parade at Rajpath here.
The union defence ministry in its earlier meeting held in September had selected the Igu dance of Idu Mishmi tribe out of the four themes that the GoAP had submitted. The other three themes were adventure sports, Parashuram Kund and Malinithan.
Igu dance, or priest dance, is a traditional dance of the Idu Mishmi tribe of Arunachal Pradesh that is performed to appease the spirits. The Igus perform these ritualistic pujas on several occasions for the wellbeing of the family and the community.
The selection of the tableaus for the R-Day parade is a rigorous process, which involves various stages of elimination. An expert committee is appointed to choose the tableaus amongst all the states and to suggest various modifications and changes to the selected states. These suggestions are concerned with the music, the model and the overall theme itself. Only four states from the Northeast are now in the fray, the other three being Assam, Manipur and Sikkim. The meeting on October 28 required all the selected states to present a miniature 3D model of the theme.
The GoAP IPR department is responsible for all the work related to the tableau. The procedure starts from April, with the selection of ideas for themes being the foremost stage. Art expert D Bhattacharjee along with exhibition assistant Hage Habung, and exhibition artist Roto Tadi are leading the Arunachal tableau team. While Bhattacharjee is also looking over the music composition and the design, the work of model and fabrication has been handed over to Adland Publicity.
The Republic Day tableau parade earlier this year had seen Arunachal Pradesh showing the Aji Lhamu dance of the Monpa and Sherdukpen tribes.
Teachers should become a source of inspiration: Taloh
DOIMUKH: Oct 30: Minister of Education Tapang Taloh exhorted the teachers to realize the sense of responsibility of their noble profession and become a source of inspiration to the pupils.
He was addressing a gathering of PRI leaders, officials, teachers, students and public during a parentsâ€(TM) day-cum-sports meet of the government middle school, Mani as chief guest here today.
Speaker Nabam Rebia and 21st Koloriang MLA Pani Taram were also present on the occasion as special guest.
Taloh further urged the student community to dedicate themselves to studies and work for the future development of the state. While responding to the memorandum submitted by the School Management Committee (SMC), the Minister assured to look into the infrastructural problems faced by the school and appealed the people of the area to cooperate with the government in all developmental activities.
Rebia also stressed on the quality education of children and appealed the parents to play a proactive role in the nurturing of children without complete reliance on the teachers/school.
MLA Pani Taram also inaugurated the upgradation of the government middle school to secondary school on the same day.
Women imparted trg on tailoring
AALO, Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: In all 22 women took part in a West Siang unit of Arunachal Vikas Parishad organized 10 day-long tailoring camp, which concluded here on Tuesday.
Speaking on the valedictory function as chief guest ZPC chairperson Yaman Bagra said that the skill learnt during the training would not only help the womenfolk in their domestic life but also make them self reliant. She further urged the AVP to organize more such training programmes for the welfare of the people.
Universal prayer organized
ITANAGAR , Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: Members of the Meder Nellos of both Itanagar and Naharlagun organized a universal prayer on the occasion of 8th death anniversary of Late Nani Tachang at their respective Nellos today.
Over 200 members led by priests Tailyang Tade and Rubu Riika prayed for the peace of the departed soul and prevalence of universal peace in the state.
Packaged items seized
SEPPA, Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: Numerous packaged items such as hardware parts, cold drinks, turmeric, etc, were seized during raids carried out on shops here by a team of the East Kameng legal metrology & consumer affairs department led by LMCA Tasso Gurro today. The packages were faulty in terms of not declaring the MRPs, expiration, and use of additional stickers. Ten cases have been registered under the Legal Metrology Act in this regard. (DIPRO)
Landowners oppose CRF notification
YUPIA, Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: Expressing opposition to the notification of Arung/Silsango village as a community reserve forest (CRF), the owners of the land in question have requested the chief secretary to have the notification cancelled, saying it was issued â€~without prior notice or public hearing.â€(TM)
The land has been under the possession and control of the inhabitants of Arung/Silsango since time immemorial, and the government is contemplating acquiring the land without due process of law and in violation of the Land Acquisition Act, the landowners stated in a representation to the CS.
They also said the notification was issued despite several complaints against establishing a CRF in the area having been submitted to the authorities concerned earlier.
Meanwhile, former Pai panchayat ASM Taw Nikam has submitted a representation to the Papum Pare DC, questioning the issuing of a public notice for creation of a village reserve forest in Sarchgai area, saying the proposed land already falls under the Silsango village forest management committee (VFMC).
â€~The government has also funded the development of the VFMC area and the fund has been utilized. How can the same area come under the village reserve forest twice?â€(TM) he sought to know.
Fedn alleges misuse of CMTSS
ITANAGAR, Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: Claiming that beneficiaries under the Chief Ministerâ€(TM)s Transport Subsidy Scheme (CMTSS) are purchasing SUVs but using them as their personal luxury cars instead of as tourist cabs as visualized under the scheme, the All Arunachal Pradesh Public Transport Federation has suggested that the GoAP while purchasing the vehicles should have them painted differently from their showroom colours rather than simply putting stickers on them.
The subsidized vehicles meant for the scheme should also contain the name of the scheme, along with yellow number plates, and, if possible, the name of the CM, too, the federation stated in a representation to the CM.
It also claimed that beneficiaries have not even applied for plying permits since they are using those vehicles â€~for their leisure and enjoyment.â€(TM)
PS inspects road
ROING, Oct 30, 2014: Oct 30: WRD Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng today inspected the Roing-Dambuk road in Lower Dibang Valley district. She was accompanied by ZPC Sipi Elapara, Meka-III AS chairperson Maman Ratan, and others. Navayuga Engineering Ltd manager Indu Linggi informed the PS that the road would be restored and made motorable within 15 days. (DIPRO)