Cabinet okays uniform police training: Byaling
By B Jerang , ITANAGAR | Jul 03 | : Attributing inadequate training to the attitudinal problems of stateâ€(TM)s police personnel, Home & Power Minister Tanga Byaling today said that the Cabinet has approved uniformed training for IRBn, Arunachal Pradesh Armed Police Bn and civil police trainees to bring the desired change.
Admitting drawback in recruitment and training, he said serious actions have been taken against the guilty. Many have been suspended and terminated, but the procedural change would bring the desired result, Byaling said in response to questions in DDKâ€(TM)s Arunachal Darpan programme here today.
Anchored by senior journalist Pradeep Kumar, the programme was punctuated by public questions and opinions including from social activist Jarjum Ete, journalist Tongam Rina, RGU scholars and NGO representatives recorded by masscom students Tadar Rhemin and Koj Renu.
Arunachal being a peaceful state does not require huge police force but because of the repeated problems cropping up along the Assam foothill areas, insurgency related problems in Tirap, Changlang and Longding, he said, adding that recruitment would be conducted to fill the vacant post soon. The state has about 12,024 police personnel, including five IRBn platoons against the sanctioned strength of 13,888 to deal with law & order, VIP duties and manning police stations.
Stateâ€(TM)s law and order situation, especially kidnapping and extortions particularly in the Capital Complex, has been brought under control since I took over the charge, Byaling said, adding "I set up additional police check gates at Hollongi, Chimpu, Jollang and Hoj to prevent the criminals from escaping easily".
Pointing out that law and order is a nationwide phenomenon, he sought the whole hearted cooperation of the people while urging them not to take law into their hands and allow the police and administration deal with such cases.
The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) was extended to all border districts of the state because of some communication gap between the GoAP and GoI but withdrawn later with the GoAP moving the Centre, he said, adding it was first extended in 1991 upto 20 km along the Assam foothill areas to tackle the underground elements. It is not required in this peaceful state.
Responding to the recent Behali and Taraso incidents and steps taken by the GoAP for ensuring safety along NH 52 for the commuters of both states, Byaling said the inter-state boundary dispute was sub-judice in the Supreme Court. However, the state Chief Secretary and DGP spoke to their counterparts to bring normalcy while the DCs and SPs of all border districts remain in touch regularly with their counterparts.
The police force is always kept alert, but there could very few cases of dereliction, he admitted when asked about the recent attack on three staff of a daily newspaper in Bank Tinali here and the inordinate delay by police to reach the spot near the police station.
Claiming visible improvement in power sector, Byaling said mandatory energy audit improved stateâ€(TM)s revenue collection.
On objections to installation of pre-paid meter, he said it was because lack of awareness. There is no opposition in Nagaland, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur and Assam. Nagaland and Manipur Govts have decided to implement such meters in rural areas to honour rising peopleâ€(TM)s demands, he informed.
"I was the first to install pre-paid meter in my official bungalow and private residence. I have gained while the seven monthsâ€(TM) bungalow No 3 bill stood at only Rs 30,000 while there was no account for ministersâ€(TM) bungalow electricity consumption in the past.
"These meters would discipline consumers, prevent wastage as Itanagar has been saving 2 MW that has ended power shedding which is a nagging problem in Naharlagun now", he said, adding any saving by the GoAP would be in peopleâ€(TM)s interest for which wholehearted cooperation of the people is needed. (Jerang is DDK producer)
Capital infrastructure dev project given green signal
ITANAGAR | Jul 03 | : The ambitious infrastructure development project of twin capital-city Itanagar and Naharlagun with fly-overs, metro cable cars, automated car parking slots, multi-utility city centers and other facilities synonymous to a model metro-city was approved by the state Cabinet on Friday.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, chairing the Cabinet, gave the go-ahead with the project that would include three fly-overs, a three-storied city center, a metro-cable car service, an automated multi-level car parking facility, a by-pass double lane road, a transit center for state transport buses and an elaborated storm water drainage system at an estimated cost of about Rs 1500 crore for seeking funding from multilateral agencies through economic affairs department & Finance Ministry, GoAP spokesperson Bamang Felix, said in a release.
Three fly-overs have been planned â€" two at Itanagar and one at Naharlagun basically to streamline the congested traffic flow rising at an alarming rate daily. The three highly built-up areas - Ganga Market and Bank Tinali at Itanagar and Naharlagun main market area - which witness maximum traffic congestion have been identified for the proposed fly-overs as per the proposal.
The City Center is to be set up at Naharlagun with sufficient parking space with lifts and other modern amenities to accommodate super markets and departmental stores, retail commercial shops, food courts and multiplexes. It aims at catering to the needs for organized commercial, retail and entertainment infrastructure to the citizens.
The most significant feature is the plan of a metro cable car service to ease commuting within Capital Complex and add to stateâ€(TM)s tourism prospect. This mode of communication is most eco-friendly with no air emissions, no noise pollution, no hazardous by product with least tree felling, as per survey.
Another state-of-art infrastructure proposal is an automated multi-level car parking facility at Itanagar - the nine-story buildingâ€(TM)s first floor would be for commercial purpose, the ground floor and other floors would accommodating at least 214 cars.
Other proposals are a double lane by-pass road from Naharlagun to Itanagar via Chimpu, a multi-utility transit center for state-run buses and an elaborate storm water drainage system.
Creation of post for â€~Câ€(TM) class police station at Maro, Borduria, Pumao, Liga, Piyong, Jomlo, Nampai, Toru and other places including those approved earlier depending on the crime profile, remoteness and security scenario of the area was decided by the Cabinet, which also approved creation of a full-fledged border affairs directorate.
In addition to the funds released for restoration works, the GoAP has decided to release Rs 5 crore each to power and public health engineering departments to restore damages of power supply and water supply throughout the state, the release added.
CBI seeks media help
NAHARLAGUN | Jul 03 | : The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), investigating the case relating to the firing on 29.01.14 at Chauldhuwa in Behali reserve forest under Behali PS of Assamâ€(TM)s Sonitpur district that had left 15 people dead and 12 seriously injured, has sought the help of local media here to facilitate the investigation.
"This may be treated as notice u/s 91 of CrPC," the CBI letter said.
APCC charges white lies: BJP
ITANAGAR | Jul 03 | : Reacting to the accusation of Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee that the state BJP leaders were launching campaigning with various union ministries for non-releasing of funds to the GoAP, the state BJP today termed it as "white lies and figment of an imagination by the ruling Congress party and an attempt to mislead the people to get political mileage.
The APCC allegations are untrue, irrelevant and negative messages to the people to hide the mis-governance and deep rooted rampant corruption of the successive ruling Congress Govt. in the state, a BJP release said.
Hence, an allegation leveling to the BJP for lunching campaigning for non-releasing of the fund to the State govt. is uncalled and illogical, which carry no meaning at all. The APCC is advised to update with the tax sharing decided by the 14th Finance Commission under which Arunachal Pradesh is getting highest ever tax sharing from 0.33% to 1.370% amounting to Rs. 7,231.74 crore, a history on tax sharing between the state and union government created by the NDA Govt, the release added.
Garbage collection daily: DC
ITANAGAR | Jul 03 | : Garbage would be collected regularly from designated collection points and residences in Capital Complex as decided in a meeting by IMC chief municipal councilor Kipa Kaku along with councilors with Capital DC Mige Kamki held here today.
The meeting discussed about proper sanitation and management of garbage disposal system and the DC sought the cooperation of the denizens for the IMC to make the system effective.
Terming improper garbage disposal system as one of the causes of recent damages due to flood and landslide, the DC hoped that the situation has brought awareness among the public who would endeavor to make Capital Complex a better place to live in.
He further requested everyone not to stock building/ construction materials and other garbage on the roadsides, nallahs & drains which were contributing more to disasters.
The DC earlier held a meeting with the Air force team lead by 11 Airmen Selection Centre commanding officer Sq. leader V.P.V Baliga, when the DC permitted the IAF put up banners at DN Collage and erect signboards, flexes at feasible locations within the Capital Complex to create awareness among the youths about the forthcoming airmen recruitment rally at DNGC during to be held during September 26-28 next. (DIPRO)
Sangdupota to turn tourist hub soon: Rebia
SANGDUPOTA | Jul 03 | : Picturesque Sangdupota circle is already enlisted in stateâ€(TM)s tourist circuit and will be an important tourist destination in future, Speaker Nabam Rebia today said.
The adventurous river rafting proposal from Poma and Papum riversâ€(TM) confluence to Ramghat-Tarasso was sanctioned, Rebia said in his address to the people at Community hall. A tourist lodge will be set up here soon to facilitate tourists. He urged the people to maintain cleanliness and inculcate good mannerism and hospitality to welcome tourists.
Rebia along with officers, panchayat leaders and public took part in the mass tree plantation, organized by Socio Economic and Educational Society in coordination with forest department in Sangdupota circle.
Nature is part of our life and it is in our hand to protect the rich flora and fauna, he said while lauding the youths for spearheading such good work and called upon the people to carry out massive plantation in premises of schools, offices and villages to make green Arunachal greener. Rebia also engaged two youths of the area in forest department to look after the tree plantations and forests related works and instructed DFO accordingly and stressed the need to set up a forest range office here.
Reiterating his call to people to cooperate in proper implementation of all developmental works, Rebia, also the local MLA, urged the people to create development friendly atmosphere and refrain from claiming compensation for which many development projects including roads & other infrastructural developments get unduly hampered.
Earlier Rebia also visited Jote GS school to inspect infrastructures and interacted with students and later disclosed the GSS will be upgraded to HS school.
DFO Neelam Nido also addressed the gathering including senior officers on the importance of forest and wild life protection and requested the people to preserve and protect forest and its endangered wild life. (DIPRO)
ANYA against hike in retirement age
ITANAGAR | Jul 03 | : The All Nyishi Youth Association (ANYA) supporting the demand of
unemployed engineers regarding increase of retirement age of the GoAP employees from 58 to 60 years today flayed the GoAP for its decision in this matter.
Stateâ€(TM)s youths are reeling under severe unemployment problems, the ANYA said in a release, and termed the decision "not logical and healthy".
The state really needs young people of all sorts and walks in various fields whether in jobs, politics, business and such unhealthy decision is ridiculous, the release added.
Centralised kitchen under MDM introduced
SEPPA | Jul 03 | : Inspired by the services of Akshay Patra, an reputed NGO of India for providing cooked mid-day-meal (MDM) to school children in the metropolitan city like Bengluru, East Kameng DC Sandeep Kumar Singh, ADC Pooja Jain have introduced centralized kitchen here.
In the two meetings held during 2014-15, many HMs had reported that the Govt. has not provided kitchen shed to the new schools which was causing problems in providing cooked MDM which gave the idea for centralized kitchen shed in the district HQs.
The DC selected Chengtam Ane self-help group of Sangkam Colonya for providing cooked MDM to the school children four schools, namely GMS, Type-I, GMS, Cooperative Colony, GPS, New Kakukao and GPS, Forest Colony during the current session, which has started work to feed 754 children from classes I to VIII.
Tax & Excise Parliamentary Secretary-cum-local MLA Tapuk Taku, who along with senior officers led by the DC inspected the centralized kitchen, lauded the DCâ€(TM)s initiative. (DIPRO)
PASIGHAT , Jul 03, 2015: The Dree festival will be celebrated at Solung ground here with great enthusiasm with the participation of Lok Sabha member Ninong Ering and MLA Kaling Moyong.
There will be various events including football and volleyball tournament to mark the annual celebration. (DIPRO)
VCE begins activities
ITANAGAR , Jul 03, 2015: After the inauguration of Vivekananda Center of Excellence (VCE) was at A-sector, Naharlagun, the VCE took up various activities, including conducting of four-day workshop at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy, VKV Chimpu, Vivekananda Central School, J N K Public School and R K Mission School of Nursing for self-empowering the youth by imparting life skill education.
The activity-based workshops, which offered effective techniques to improve academic performance, meditation practice and mind sharpening games, were conducted by New Delhi-based IQF principal consultant Rajat Mishra & trainer H S Negi.
Jul 03, 2015:
The news - I never received any vehicle: Higio â€" published in July 2 edition of this daily was wrong. As former Chief Councillor Higio Aruni, in her clarification, had said, "I have never received any verbal or written communication from any official from the IMC office to intimate me about the handing and taking over of the car. Neither has anyone ever been sent to my place to take away the car. I therefore, also urge these people to let the public know as to who communicated with me repeatedly and came to take the vehicle. The councillors of ward no 2, 4, 25 and 28 may do better than rush to such desperate and extreme measures. The allegations levelled by them against me are totally baseless, with an intention to malign my reputation. It would be for the general good if they could concentrate on their work rather than mislead other councillor".
The inadvertent error, cropped up because of electricity and internet problems, is deeply regretted.
SAGALEE, Jul 03, 2015: The 15th Sagalee APYC assembly constituency unit organized a relief camp here recently and distributed utensils, 40 rain coats, other grocery items and stationary items to 20 students to the flood victims.
The June 27 flood had devastated Sagalee and displaced 10 families.
The relief materials, sponsored by APC president Nyamar Karbak, were distributed by APYC GS Nabam Nakam in presence of all the APYC cadres.
Tracker falls into drain
From Our Correspondent , ITANAGAR, Jul 03, 2015: A tracker on way to Ganga Market here from coming from Naharlagun met with a accident at a broken drain culvert between two petrol pumps along NH 415 in C sector here today. Driver of the vehicle (AR 01 C 1259) escaped unhurt and there was no passenger, eye witness said, adding the accident occurred as the vehicle hit the stone heaped nearby culvert and fell into the drain.
Badminton Champinship-2015 begins
SEPPA | Jul 03 |, Jul 03, 2015: The East Kameng Badminton Open Championship-2015, organized by the East Kameng Badminton Association (EKBA), began at mini indoor stadium here today.
Tax & Excise Parliamentary Secretary Tapuk Taku, who was chief guest, inaugurated the newly constructed mini indoor stadium in Presence of DC Sandeep Kumar Singh, ADC Pooja Jain, HoDs & others.
Taku, in his address, said that there is no dearth of sports talents among the East Kameng youth and urged them to look beyond district level to take part in national & global events. Sports is a top priority area of the GoAP with sports quota in Govt. job, awards for winners at national and international level, he said and to avail the opportunity.
He informed that a multipurpose cultural hall would come up within the town.
EKBA president Bru Sangyu also spoke. (DIPRO)
Meanwhile, the Arunachal State Badminton Association (ASBA) has deputed its three officials - Dilip Gurung, Tomar Ango & Ambita Sonam - to oversee the smooth conduct of three-day championship.