Arunachal- State News in Brief, 12th May 2017

SIANG- 28 Houses Gutted 

At least 28 houses were gutted down in Kerang village of Siang district when a major fire broke out on Thursday afternoon. Since the village is not connected by a proper road network, no fire tenders could be dispatched to douse the fire. According to the source the  fire broke out when most of the villagers were working in their fields. The winds also accelerated the fire outbreak. Reportedly, everything was completely destroyed in the fire. Out of the 28 houses, one was partially damaged after the villagers returned and took control. Officials informed that the  cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained, but a team will be dispatched on Friday morning to assess the damage and submit a report accordingly. The District Administration will also release immediate relief of Rs 5000 per household. The ADC also informed that Power and Industries Minister Tamiyo Taga has sent a message that he would donate Rs 10,000 per household to the fire victims.

ITANAGAR- Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh, P.B. Acharya presided over the first meeting of the Autonomous Puroik Welfare Board at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Thursday. Presiding over the meeting, the Governor advised the board members to be proactive and go out of the way to ensure that members of the Puroik community are socially and financially empowered. He asked them to prepare the constitution at the earliest and give responsibilities to each and every member such as health, education, women welfare, sports and resettlement. The Governor suggested for well furnished office in the State Secretariat and within a time frame in the all the five districts of East Kameng, Kurung Kumey, Kra Daadi, Papum Pare and Lower Sunasiri. There should be a separate budget provision, reservation in employment and special focus on skill development training and entrepreneurship for them. He also stressed that central schemes and programmes must reached to the community and board should explore ways to address the challenges.

ITANAGAR- Hangpan Dada Memorial Football

Parliamentary Secretary, Sports & Youth affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Nyamar Karbak called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh , P.B. Acharya at Raj Bhavan, on Thursday.  Karbak briefed the Governor on the ensuing Hangpan Dada Memorial Football and Volley Trophy. As an encouragement towards sporting activities, the Governor has initiated Governor’s award for excellence in games and sports. An amount of Rs. 1 (one) lakh will be kept in the fixed deposit from Governor’s Discretionary Grant as corpus fund for the purpose. The interest accrued each year will be used for the awards, which will be in kind. There will be three awards each for men and women. A certificate for each award winner will be given from Raj Bhavan. The Governor appreciated the endeavour of the department of Sports and Youth Affairs and Karbak for organising the Hangpan Dada Memorial Football and Volley Trophy tournament. Regretting his inability to participate in the proposed mega event of the tournament on 16th May 2017 due to prior engagements, the Governor has conveyed his good wishes to the organizers and participants for the success of the tournament.

SIANG- Aadhar Enrolment exercise

As part of the ongoing intensive Aadhar Enrolment exercise in Siang District, an urgent coordination meeting of all the BEOs, BRCCs, Project Coordinators of SSA, RMSA, MDM, RUSA, Shakshar Bharat and all the Principals and Headmasters of educational institutions in the District was convened on Thursday at DC office conference hall, Pangin with special focus on achieving cent percent Enrolment of all students in the district. The meeting was also attended by DDSE  Odhuk Tabing and chaired by Dr. R.  Mibang, CO i/c District Statistics Officer. In her address, Mibang said that the objective of the meeting was to chalk out the modus operandi for intensive Enrolment of students of all the educational institutions in the district so as to enable them to avail all the benefits of central & state  government schemes targeted for School Children and to ensure that no student is bereft of these benefits. She stressed on the need for compulsory possession of Aadhar Cards by Students to check bogus beneficiaries of school stipends and Scholarships while covering the genuine beneficiaries before the targeted deadline of 30th June 2017 as set by the Government of India. The DDSE while giving an elaborate presentation on the Phase wise Action Plan for enrolment of all the students in the district apprised that this activity would involve a total of around 140 Schools for which he sought all-out cooperation and active participation of all the stakeholders in order to complete the task within the given time frame positively.

ITANAGAR-  Border Trade Points 

Wangki Lowang, Minister, Trade & Commerce has taken a review meeting with the officers of the Department of Trade & Commerce on Thursday. During the review meeting, Tesam Pongte, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade & Commerce was also present. Lowang urged the departmental officers to take up departmental specific schemes like re-activation of feasible border trade points, establishment of Special Economic Zone (SEZ)/ Agri-Horti Export Zone (AEZ) in the feasible & strategic locations in the foothill areas, other trade facilitation infrastructure etc. to boost the trade & export of the state. He also advised the officers to go and study the successful operation of Industrial Estate being maintained by other North Eastern State like Tripura. Tesam Pongte, Hon’ble Parliamentary Secretary, Trade & Commerce advised the officers to work unitedly and cohesively for the overall progress of the Department. He also urged the officers to maintain a cordial relation among themselves to create a congenial working atmosphere so that all the targets of the schemes set by the Department are achieved in time. Earlier, Tokong Pertin, Director, Trade & Commerce has briefed all the activities and various schemes being undertaken by the Department.

ITANAGAR- Guv Visits under construction Assembly Building

 The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh ,  P.B. Acharya, accompanied by State’s First Lady Smt Kavita Acharya visited the under construction State Legislative Assembly Building at Itanagar on Thursday. Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Er. Tenzin Norbu Thongdok and Deputy Speaker Er. Tumke Bagra ushered the First Couple around the complex. The Governor, who was very impressed by the building and its facilities, advised for maximum utilization of natural light and harvest rainwater. He also suggested for distinct marking pathways and steps in the main hall. The Governor was also very pleased by the high-tech security apparatus of the Assembly. Chief Engineer (West Zone) Er. Katung Wahge and Executive Engineer PWD Er. Taniya Soki briefed the Governor that the project, which cost Rs. 135.85 Crore has the State-of-Art facilities. It has a total plinth area of 19074 Sqm.  Originally funded by Ministry of DoNER, the State Share is Rs. 101.785 Crore.

CHANGLANG- Blindness Free Villages 

Five villages of Changlang districts were declared ‘Avoidable Blindness Free’. these villages are Dapkhu, Namleng, Galenja Ponthai, Podumoni and Mohong Christian under Bordumsa circle.  With the declaration, Arunachal Pradesh, and Bordumsa in particular has created a niche in the national arena in regards to ‘Avoidable Blindness Free’ villages. Speaking at an event to mark the day at Bordumsa CHC on Thursday, Deputy Director General of Health Services (NPCB), New Delhi Dr Promila Gupta informed about the centre’s modified schemes under the national programme for Control of Blindness and committed to help the state. She later handed over certificates of avoidable blindness free to the goan burahs and Certificate of Appreciations to five ASHA workers for their tireless efforts in making their villages ‘Avoidable Blindness Free’. Global Director, Programmes, Operation Eye Sight Universal, Hyderabad Kashinath Bhoosnurmath appreciated the effort made by the NPCB team and ASHA workers in achieving the milestone. He pledged continuous support to the ongoing project and assured to come back in September with more packages for the ‘Community Eye Care’ development in the state.

PASIGHAT-   Tissue Culture Laboratory

The tissue culture laboratory of Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat has been selected as one of the regional centres for central and eastern zones. Scientist SFRI, Dr Ona Apang, who was on a visit to the Horticulture College, North Eastern Institute of Folk Medicine (NEIFM) and JNC, in search of tissue culture laboratory, selected JNC. Dr. Apang stated that the selection has been done considering the vast geographical area of the state. Further, tissue culture laboratory of Orchid Research Centre Tippi and State Horticulture Research Institute, Itanagar have been selected as regional centres for western zone. Beside research works, these three laboratories will be major centres for production of commercial orchid seedlings for their respective local farmers.