Arunachal- State News in Brief- 18 March 2017

Naharlagun- Itanagar Mini Marathon 

Office premises of the Controller Legal Metrology at C-Sector, Naharlagun is found to be rush with contenders for the proposed 2nd edition of Itanagar Mini Marathon race being organized for consumer awareness by the Department of Legal Metrology & Consumer affairs, Govt. of Arunachal Pradesh on 19th March, 2017 from I G Park, Itanagar to Rajiv Gandhi Park, Naharlagun . This time people’s response is very high with registration of about 300 participants in last two days. Till last minute, we expect to register more than 600. Registration will continue in office even on Saturday but upto 3 pm, said Hoktum Ori Controller Legal Metrology & CA. Considering interest of the people, number of prizes has been enhanced to eight each for both Men and Women category.

Tezu- Farmers Training

A District Level Farmers Training Cum Farmer- Scientist Interaction was held at Amik Ringya Hall here on Friday under the ATMA Programme 2015-2016, under the chairmanship of Danish Ashraf (IAS) Deputy Commissioner Cum Chairman Governing board (GB) ATMA, Lohit. Stressing on the importance of alternative source of income for opium cultivation, Ashraf exhorted the farmers to instead grow medicinal and cash crops. Saying that opium was a menace to the people of Lohit and society in general, the DC asked everyone not to indulge in such illegal practices. To validate his points, the DC also read out the provisions of Budget 2017-18 in which it was specifically mentioned “it is a sad reality that in some districts of our state, people have taken to poppy cultivation, rendering the youth unproductive, making them addicted to drugs. In order to wean away poppy growers, we will be providing support for alternative cash crops and plantation crops. We propose to allocate a sum of Rs 20 crores for providing them plantation material. The detailed guidelines and modalities will be issued in consultation with the Deputy Commissioner of each district”.

Bomdila- RTI a Game Changer 

Arunachal- State News in Brief- 17 March 2017Terming Right to Information as a Paradigm shift, a game changer and a sunshine act, Chief Information Commissioner Dr. Joram Begi called for informed citizenry and empowerment of people. In the daylong awareness campaign held today at DC’s conference hall, Dr. Begi called for transparency and accountability. Dwelling at length on the RTI Act 2005, the Chief Information Commissioner acknowledged that the Public Information Officers (PIO) do face certain hurdles and hiccups, but that should not be a deterrent. ‘The PIOs should be and need to be pro-active’ he said.He also informed of the State Food Commission which is being looked after by the SIC where the issues of National Food Security Act (NFSA) 2013, Mid Day Meal (MDM) and Supplementary Nutrition Programme (SNP) are being dealt with.

Itanagar- Seminar on Anthropology and Public Development Policy

Two days long national seminar on Anthropology and Public Development Policy: Issues and Challenges, organized by the Department of Anthropology, Rajiv Gandhi University in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya (IGRMS), Bhopal, started today at Rajiv Gandhi University. The chief guest of the inaugural session Honchun Ngandam, Minister of Education, Government of Arunachal Pradesh spoke at length on the education scenario of the state and regional development mainly focussing on higher education leading to socio-economic transformations and political development of the state. Giving a comparative account of how other developed countries around the globe is giving impetus on higher education he stressed on developing vibrant human resource in the country. While appreciating the efforts of RGU in promoting higher education in all disciplines and for instituting overall personality development of the students and for imparting quality education in this remote part of the country, urged the stakeholders to contribute more. He further emphasized on the necessity of introducing undergraduate courses in anthropology and sociology subjects in the government colleges of Arunachal Pradesh and assured that he would take up the matter on priority basis.

Itanagar- Work with Team Spirit- Felix 

Information, Public Relations & Printing Minister Bamang Felix today called upon the officers of Information & Public Relations and Printing departments to work with team spirit for proper dissemination of government initiatives so that it reaches all sections of society in the state. Taking stock of the activities of the departments at a coordination meeting held at the Media Centre in the Secretariat here on Friday, Felix appreciated the activities of both the departments and assured all out support from him in smooth functioning of the departments in their respective nature of works.Stating that all departments are equal in their-own nature of works, he called for creating the department’s importance through instilling professionalism and emphasized on team work to shoulder the responsibilities in the line of ‘Team Arunachal’.