President Inagurates Arunachal Assembly Secetariat, Addresses Special Assembly Session

DIPR,Naharlagun 19/11/2017
In what can be termed as truly historic and epoch-making chapter in the annals of Arunachal Pradesh history, the President of India Ram Nath Kovind accompanied by the First Lady of India visited Arunachal Pradesh on 19th November 2017 .

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, addressed legislators at a special session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in Itanagar today (November 19, 2017).
Addressing the legislators, the President urged them to remember that they had been elected as members of the Legislative Assembly to achieve the aspirations of the people of the State and to render public service. After election, they represented all citizens of their constituency, including those who may not have voted for them. As legislators, they are guardians of public interest and trust. It is their responsibility to make laws that improve the lives of people and to resolve issues of public concern.
The President said that we are all citizens of a culturally rich and diverse country. There is such variety in food, clothing, customs and even religious traditions in India. And yet, this diversity is our strength and unites us. Whether it is Tirupati or Tarnetar or the Buddhist monastery of Tawang, it inspires every Indian and is a matter of pride for each of us.
The President said that Arunachal Pradesh’s experience of “unity in diversity” expresses our country’s traditions beautifully. There are many ethnic and religious communities in the state, and they live together in harmony. This is an ideal for all Indians.
The President said that being a border state, Arunachal Pradesh offers a unique opportunity to trade and do business with neighbouring countries. He expressed hope that Arunachal Pradesh would become a driver of India’s trade and economic relations with ASEAN countries under the Act East Policy.
Earlier in the day, the President graced the valedictory function of the completion of 40 years of the Vivekananda Kendra in Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, the President praised the Vivekananda Kendra for commendable work in Arunachal Pradesh in the field of education. He was happy to note that the Vivekananda Kendra’s schools had kept alive the guru-shishya tradition through the Gurukul system. They have maintained Indian culture through yoga, pranayama, meditation, Sanskrit and other legacies of our past.
The President noted that the Vivekananda Kendra schools are a happy synthesis of our traditional knowledge and values and of modern science and technology.

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd) attended the dedication function of the State Legislative Assembly building at Itanagar. The State Legislative Assembly building was dedicated to the people of Arunachal Pradesh by the President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind on 19th November 2017.
Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said that Legislative Assembly is a long needed infrastructure to provide a convenient ambience to the legislators in the State. It will provide a dignified and befitting platform and convenience to the legislators to reflect, review and sit for ratiocination, for drafting, debating and enacting laws for the benefit of the people in the days to come. He wished that the legislators will work with transparency and accountability visible to the people.
Recalling the event on 19th November 1893, when the President of the United States Abraham Lincoln while attending the ‘Thanks giving’ at the National War Cemetery, at Gettysburg for the soldiers killed in war for “human rights” between the Union Forces and the Confederate Forces, had defined the Democracy as, Government of the People, By the People and For the People, the Governor said USA is the oldest Democracy but we are proud to be the largest Democracy.
The Governor emphasized that elected leaders must act to preserve the truth, promote the well being of the people and strive with right spirit to uphold the National Motto ‘Satyamev Jayte’.
Earlier, TN Thongdok, Speaker AP Legislative Assembly thanked the President for dedicating the Legislative Assembly Building to the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He also welcomed the new Governor (Retd) Brigd. B.D Mishra. Briefing the history of the evolution of Legislative Assembly the Speaker said that the magnificent building should be energised with vibrancy and vigour. The House and the committees must be made to function as instruments of good governance. Assembly will be now opened to media and will be portable. The object is to make the committees people- friendly as well as to lay democracy at the door steps of the common man.
The speaker further said that the magnificent Assembly Secretariat was the brainchild and dream of late Dorjee Khandu, Chief Minister and appreciated the continued effort of the Chief Minister Pema Khandu and the Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in bringing in funds for completion of the Assembly building. While speaking glowingly about the President ,the Speaker said ,”Shri Ram Nath Kovind is a living testimony to how perseverance can raise people from the pit to the pedestal. Humble origins seldom obfuscate one who conquer destiny by sheer hard work and dedication. Conversion of adversities into advantages calls for a committed zeal for continuous ascendancy . Ram Nath Kovind is an epitome of all these mantras. Tireless work is the talisman for turning every testing time into a twinkling opportunity. His biography is a brilliant canvas for the youths to emulate”
Earlier, the President and the First lady were accorded a warm reception by the Governor, Chief Minister and his cabinet colleagues,MoS(Home)Kiren Rijiju,Chief Secretary and other dignitaries of the state.

Governor celebrates Deepawali with ITBP personnel

Along with rest of the country, the Deepawali, the festival of lights was observed at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar. The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd) along with State’s First Lady Smt Neelam Misra celebrated the auspicious occasion with personnel of Indo Tibetan Border Police and their families. Officers and officials of Raj Bhavan also celebrated with the first couple.

Interacting with the personnel and officials of Raj Bhavan, the Governor and State’s First Lady conveyed their warm greetings and wished that the festival inspires each one of them to rise against all odds and move forward on the path of progress and prosperity. They also enquired about their welfare and families.

Moving away from usual practice and leading with examples, on the advice of the Governor, no fireworks except traditional diyas were used in the celebration to avoid pollution to the pristine natural environment of the Raj Bhavan and the State.

DA conducts checking of illegal vendors

Itanagar, October 19:
A team led by EAC Liken Koyu and CO Bittu Kri yesterday carried out checking of all traders/ vendors selling and possessing fireworks/ crackers without obtaining proper license granted by the District Magistrate.
The Administrative officers of the Capital Complex have also been carrying out surprise raids at various locations of Itanagar, Naharlagun, Nirjuli and Banderdewa to check illegal gambling activities. During the raid, many gambling materials were seized and destroyed by them.

Joint Secretary (Telecom), Dept of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communication, Shashi Ranjan Kumar today called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office.

ITANAGAR | October 12, 2017

Joint Secretary (Telecom), Dept of Telecommunications under Ministry of Communication, Shashi Ranjan Kumar today called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his office.

He was accompanied by Chief Secretary Shakuntala Gamlin and Joint Secretary (Admin) of Dept of Telecommunications, Amit Yadav.

The Joint Secretary in the meeting informed the Chief Minister on the status of telecom connectivity in the state. He said that ensuring telecom connectivity in border state was highly important in view of national security and meeting the aspirations of local people for mobile and internet connectivity.

He informed on the current status of implementation of BharatNet project in Arunachal. In phase-I, 7 districts, 80 blocks and 863 gram panchayats have been covered. He further informed that phase-II of the project will soon be implemented.

He also informed of the current issues related to laying of optical fibre cables along highways as the roads are being widened. He said that there are issues related to right of way (ROW) and issues of fibres being damaged and cut due to construction activity.

The Joint Secretary sought support of the state government towards ensuring land availability in setting up of towers and for necessary clearances and approvals in laying of cables. He informed that at present eight districts in Arunachal are not connected by OFC. Therefore these districts are being provided Internet services through satellite connectivity, he informed.

The Chief Minister assured all support of the state government and said that the present government is giving high priority on e-governance. He said the state needs Internet connectivity in all districts for GST implementation and to use IT services such as direct benefit transfer.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’

ITANAGAR
October 12, 2017
 Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ program for Arunachal Pradesh in a simple ceremony here at State Banquet Hall in presence of Council of Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs and top officials of the state government.

‘Sankalp se Siddhi’ – Attainment through Resolve – is a five year plan and brainchild of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that aims at good governance under the New India Movement 2017-2022. The New India Movement envisages India free from poverty, corruption, terrorism, communalism, casteism and uncleanliness and unite the entire country by adopting good governance using technology.

Speaking on the occasion, Khandu said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is concerned about proper implementation of central government flagship programs at the grass root level and therefore has made a pledge to take all welfare programs to the doorsteps of the people.

“The Central and State governments have launched several pro-people programs and schemes but somehow we are failing to take these to the intended beneficiaries who are the rural folks and the poor,” he pointed.

Khandu informed under the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ program, the state government will create awareness amongst the people and create facilities to make them avail all welfare schemes.

For this the state government has constituted district-wise committees to be headed by a legislator with a Secretary level officer that will reach out to villages and aware the people of the central and state government flagship programs in close coordination and support of respective district administrations.

“We are a state with a small population. If we all – the legislators and officers – come together as Team Arunachal, we can reach every household of the state and see to it that every individual is benefited by the various flagship programs,” Khandu observed.

He called upon his legislator colleagues and officers entrusted with the district committees to get active immediately after the ensuing Assembly session (from 13 to 18 Oct) and tour their respective districts.

Khandu appreciated the role of government officials and acknowledged their contributions in paving way for rapid development of the state on all fronts. He said, the work culture in government offices has changed drastically and the change is visible in the output of service delivery.

“We are aware of your contributions and therefore the state government is committed to the welfare and well being of its employees,” he assured.

Under the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ program, the state government has framed a timeline according to which, from 13 Oct to 14 Nov, 2017 the district committees will visit their respective districts and conduct massive IEC programs on all flagship schemes, reports will be submitted to the state government by concerned secretaries between 16 to 30 Nov 2017 followed by presentations by concerned secretaries from 1 to 7 Dec 2017.

Secretary in-charges will brief about all the schemes to HoDs in meetings to be chaired by the respective deputy commissioners, who will ensure at least five master trainers to disseminate information in various circles and villages. Each DC will hold administrative camps in all circles before 30 November 2017 that will cover immunization, issuance of caste certificate/aadhar cards, PM Jan Dhan Yojana, dissemination of forms for all important schemes, etc. It has been mandatory that each secretary will visit at least five schools, hospitals, banks, anganwadi centers, PDS outlets, etc in their designated district.

The report to be submitted by the secretaries would contain the following: field visits to schools, hospitals, banks, anganwadi centers, PDS outlets, etc, field visit to key infrastructure project in the district, current performance of the district on 23 listed schemes, areas where performances are not up to the mark, details of master trainers and IEC activities carried out in the district, any innovative activity carried out in the district and any scope of improvement in execution of schemes.

Meanwhile, Khandu along with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Education and Libraries Minister Honchun Ngandam, state BJP President and former MP Tapir Gao and Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin released a book on ‘Complete Works of Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay’. The book would be dispatched to all state government libraries, schools, colleges, universities and public institutions across the state.

 

Deputy Chief Minister calls on the Governor

The State Deputy Chief Minister Shri Chowna Mein called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on 7th October 2017. They discussed various persistent issues related to the State, which need to be taken up with different ministries in the centre.

In the meeting, the Governor emphasised on women education, time bound implementation of projects, multipronged actions against drug menace, computerization of land records and security for common citizens.

The Governor pointed that if 60% or more of the womenfolk are not educated, the State will not progress. He appreciated the State Government for taking necessary initiatives towards their welfare.

The Governor also took up the issues of encroachments in NERIST campus and refugees and infiltrations with the Deputy Chief Minister.

The Deputy Chief Minister briefed the Governor, who is going to attend the Conference of Governors at Rashtrapati Bhavan, on the progress and challenges in different sectors including agriculture, horticulture, hydropower, roads, power, security and airport. He also briefed on the proposed schemes and programmes in the ensuing budget.

In-charge Chief Secretary Shri Ashish Kundra and Secretary to Governor Shri Vinod P Kavle were also present in the meeting.

3rd Thansen Wangchaong Memorial Football Tournament Kicks Off at Khonsa

KHONSA, Sep 10:

The  3rd Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament organized in memory of the late Rani of Borduria by Tirap District Sports Association and sponsored by Lowangdong family of Borduria village, kick-started at Nehru Stadium, Khonsa today amid a huge gathering of football aficionados by CO 16 Assam Rifles.

Altogether, 28  teams from all over Tirap district are participating in the tournament. The winning team will be awarded by Rs one lakh including other fascinating individual prizes.

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion, Col. Virendar Siddhu, CO 16 Assam Rifles said that conducting the mega TWMFT in memory of the Rani of Borduria was in itself a befitting tribute to the mothers who sacrifice their lives for the well-being of their children. While appreciating organizing committee of TWMFT,2017 and Lowangdong family  for giving an platform and opportunity to the youths of Tirap with a theme “ Drugs & Alcohol Free Tirap”  inculcating in the field of games and sports which would definitely help the youths of the district to participate in various tournament in state level sports competition etc. While underscoring the importance of games and sports, CO 16 Assam Rifles lamented that the youth of Tirap must stay away from bad food habit like Drugs & Alcohol as Tirap – Changlang and Longding region were lacking sportsmen and not taking it as seriously as they should thereby depriving themselves of many job opportunities under sports quota in spite of many hidden talents which are unexposed.

The chief guest, who later declared the tournament open, passionately exhorted the youth to accord due importance to sports and asked them to shun opium, drugs and alcohol which were detrimental to healthy growth and appeal the youths to channelize their youthful energy in positive way.

Speaking on the occasion, Adviser to HCM cum MLA Wanglin Lowangdong, the main force behind the sporting event who sponsored the TWMFT for last three consecutive years, thanked the Chief Guest CO 16 AR Col. Virendar Siddhu, DC Tirap P.N. Thungon,, SP, Tirap Jitendra KuMar Meena, IPS, ZPC Sontung Bangisa, PRIs,  District Administration, Police Department, Punjab Regiment , officials and urged the players of total 28(twenty eight) Football teams to play the beautiful game in the true spirit of sportsmanship.

While throwing light on the main objectives of organizing the tournament, Lowangdong urged youths of Tirap to stay away from Drugs & Alcohol as Tirap is one of the worst districts in drugs and alcohol addictions and opium kani cultivation, he added  that it was to encourage and enthuse the youth of Tirap district to take up games and sports seriously, stating that apart from providing job avenues sports fostered love, brotherhood, integrity among the people. Lowangdong further said that he with MLA-Wanglam Sawin has initiated with HCM Pema Khandu for sanction of Rs. 30 crore for construction of Nehru Stadium, Khonsa saying that HCM has forwarded the matter to central government for early approval.

Prominent public leader Loanhang Wangha while giving a brief history of late Thansen Wangchadong said that the Rani of Borduria was endowed with all the queenly attributes who effectively managed the administration during the erstwhile NEFA days. Endowed with all the queenly attributes, Thansen Wangchadong, affectionately addressed as ‘Rani Maa’ or ‘Borduria Rani’ by the Noctes of Tirap district is synonymous with woman empowerment in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. At a time when even the men living in the inaccessible and hostile Tirap district during the pre-independence era hesitated to venture out of their villages, Thansen Wangchadong efficiently managed the administration of all the villages under the Borduria group of villages. She had to interact with the Officers coming from outside which was not an easy task those days when language was a great hindrance. But the ‘Raani’ could manage it without much fuss. The erstwhile NEFA administration was totally dependent on the chiefs of Borduria and Namsang for smooth administration because the chiefs exerted great influence over the Noctes then and they commanded great respect in their respective areas. The Noctes are broadly divided into two major groups; Borduria group and Namsang group each having a number of villages paying allegiance to both of them. In fact, even to this day, all the traditional systems revolve around the two chiefs. Born in the chief’s family of Khela village in the year 1933, Thansen Wangchadong married late Towang Lowangdong (Chopha), paramount chief of Borduria. After the untimely demise of her husband Towang Lowangdong in the year 1964, Thansen Wangchadong took up the onus of running not only the village administration of Borduria but of the whole Borduria area. She willingly accepted the daunting challenges and started showing her administrative acumen. Soon she became very popular amongst the people. She was a strong lady who was generous but at the same time dignified and strict in dealing with the affairs of the villages. She was affectionate and took great care of the poor and the needy during those difficult days when modern amenities were as good as non-existent. She even took up some welfare schemes like Bharat Seva Mission under the aegis of the Merbil Chaliha Bare Ghar Satra in Assam. She was also instrumental in starting new schools in her area.  Thansen Wangchadong took the reins during the turbulent period when there used to be frequent feuds between the villages over land, river and forest and so on and so forth. But her inherent acumen and resolve enabled her to weather the storms and the darkest tempest with élan.

Thansen Wangchadong successfully carried forward the welfare schemes initiated by her husband late Towang Lowangdong for the overall development of Borduria area in particular and of the Noctes in general. She was closely involved in the functioning of the famous Namsang-Borduria Fund Trust (NBF) founded by the former chiefs of Borduria and Namsang. During the time when Thansen Wangchadong was holding the helms of affairs of the people, the district administration was vaguely *** with no Police and a very few staff. So, she had to play a pivotal role to help the administration in dealing with various issues confronting the society. In the process she became an undisputed symbol of woman empowerment and woman’s emancipation during 60s and 70s, the formative years of transition from the old and archaic systems to an age of modern era. She was a strong propagator of the rich Nocte cultural heritage and actively participated in all the age-old traditional rituals, festivals and other social events pertaining to the Noctes. She was also keen to show-case the rich and varied Nocte traditional systems outside her society. This strong urge in her enabled her to produce the popular Assamese feature film ‘RASHMI REKHA’ in which the most popular Assamese actor of those days Biju Phukan played the lead role and the legendary singers Dr. Bhupen Hazarika and Khogen Mahanta rendered the ever melodious Assamese songs. This film used to be screened all over the state by the field publicity department. She was probably the first film producer in the state. The film produced in 1973 was based on a love story between a Nocte boy and an Assamese girl. Thansen Wangchadong passed away after a prolonged illness on the 4th February-2005 at her village Borduria but not before she had created a niche for herself. As the first woman village administrator and the ‘Rani’ of Borduria, her name will be inscribed in golden letters.

He said that to commemorate her immense service been rendered during her lifetime as “Rani of Borduria”, which encouraged youths of Tirap in the field of games & sports, the ‘Lowangdong family” led by present Paramount Chief and present Rani of Borduria Wanglin Lowangdong and Smti Chasuam Wangchadong respectively are sponsoring “Thansen Wangchadong Memorial Football Tournament” for the last 3 consecutive years.
Earlier, in his welcome speech, Secretary TWMFT,2017 Nahang Tangjang said that youths all over the world had taken up sports as a career and urged the youth to make a gainful career out of sports.

Later, Noah Mongku, Athletic Coach  administered the oath to all the captains of the participating teams. Tirap DC P.N. Thungon, ADC, SP, ZPC,  HoDs, PRI leaders and hundreds of football lovers witnessed the inaugural match played between CRAZY SOCCER  FC V/s. CHINKOI FC. The opening 3rd TWMFT Match won by  CRAZY SOCCER 2 – CHINKOI – 0.

A formal inaugural programme of 3rd TWMFT was concluded with vote of thanks from ADC Techu Aran. In his vote of thanks Aran wishes best of luck to all the participants of the tournament.

An attractive Welcome song and traditional Nocte dance performed by Borduria Youth Association “BYA” marked the programme more colourful.

Government priority on health care facilities : DyCM


ITANAGAR, October 10:

Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein launched theKorean made Medical Oxygen Supply System at Waii International Hotel at Itanagar in Tuesday evening. The MOSS is a portable, lightweight oxygen generator especially designed for the hilly areas like Arunachal Pradesh by a South Korean based Multi-National Company, NF. Co. Ltd which is launched in the North East for the first time.

In his speech, DCM urged the health care facilities in the state to ensure Medical Oxygen Supply Systemsaying that it is vital to provide a safe and reliable supply of oxygen to the patients for life support and for medical treatment.  Referring to the recent incident of a hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh where it was reported in national media that about 30 infants died due to shortage of Oxygen supply in the hospital in August this year, he urged the medical practitioners and the doctors of the State to be cautious and prepared for any kind of exigencies in future.  He said that with ever growing population and day by day increasing health related issues, hospitals in the State both Govt and Private Hospitals has to be supported with adequate oxygen supply system and other facilities. He opined that Korean made MOSS can come handy and asked  the medical practitioners and the doctors to study and explore the feasibilities of the MOSS in the State.

Sangkon Lee, Founder of NF. Co. Ltd., South Korea, Hayley Jeong, Business Development Manager for Overseas and Premal Patel, CEO, Calitech Biotechnologies, the lone distributor in India explained the specifications and the advantage of the MOSS over the conventional oxygen supply system used in hospitals. According to them the MOSS is eco-friendly, multi-utility can be continuously operated for 365 days without any charging and supply 90% highly purified oxygen. They said, compared to high-pressure liquid type, it will excel in economic because of its low maintenance cost and one time investment, convenience, safety and expansion. They said it will bring innovative turning point in Medical Oxygen Supply System and expressed their willingness to supply and provide support to the Govt and Private Hospitals in the State.

Among others, Parliamentary Secretary, LhaisamSimai, Chairman State Council for IT & Governance, Gabriel D Wangsu, MLA PakngaBage, Chairman Hydro-power Development Corporation,TungriEffa,Director North East region, Calitech Biotechnologies,Nido Marina, Director Health services, Moromor Lego, Sr Doctors andMedical Practitioners were also present.