State News in Brief- Farmers Training Programme Held in Tawang

Tawang- Farmer’s Training 

A District Level  Farmers’ Training  Programme on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana ( PMKSY )  was conducted at Kitpi by ATMA, Tawang which was attended by 40 farmers , PRIs and  HoDs of Tawang District. Training incharge Sri.K.B.Kayastha, ADO, Tawang elaborated the trainees  about  different aspects of PMKSY Programme and sought co- operation from all stakeholders for successful preparation of the District Irrigation Plan. Participating in the programme as resource person Sri.Gombu Tsering,  Project Director, DRDA, Tawang spoke about IWMP scheme  and other agriculture based programmes executed by RD Department for the welfare of the farming community. Chief Manager, SBI, Tawang N.R. Sharma ; RFO, Tawang T.Haniya;  ASM Shernup Kesang  also addressed the farmers .Later  an interaction session was held where the farmers got information regarding programmes  implemented by the participating  departments. Similar programmes would  also be held at Pamaghar and Bomba next week.

Aalo- Renovation of Hostels

The Paktu Ao Youth Welfare Association has expressed their concern on halt in renovation of hostels of Govt. H.S. School hostel Aalo in a memorandum submitted to the West Siang Deputy Commissioner. They say that untold problems are being faced by the students of Govt. Hr. Secondary School Aalo on account of inordinate delay in hostel repairing work since last two months. FA-I examination is knocking at the door and students are residing temporarily outside hostel and appealed district administration to direct the concerned executing department and contractors to complete repairing work urgently without any further delay.

Pasighat- Road Communication

Road communication between Pangin and Aalo was cut off for last two days due to blockade near Sangam point caused by heavy down pour. A massive restoration work was undertaken smoothly by TK Engineering (TKE) personnel today after intervention of Deputy Commissioner Rahul Singh.  Reportedly, restoration work was hampered, as the local landowners were demanding compensation and had forced to stop the restoration work. Singh who was personally monitoring the situation had visited the landslide-hit spot and convinced the protesters. He along with Supdt of Police D. Jini while interacting with the locals had appealed them to remain calm, maintain patience and cooperate the administration in such restoration work and assured them to grant genuine and admissible compensation. All debris have been removed by TKE to facilitate traffic movement between the neighbouring districts smoothly and the road leading to the district headquarters Pangin has been thrown open for traffic this afternoon. DC Singh while appreciating the tireless efforts of TKE and has asked them to position men and machineries at all vulnerable points that are prone to landslides.

Yingkiong- BRO Works 

Brig CC Jaleel, Chief Engineer of Project Brahmank of Border Roads Organisation who took over the reins of Brahmank recently, inspected Roads on Siang Valley from 18th to 20th Jul 2016. He stressed on the need for holistic development roads so as to have good riding surface alongwith road safety device & signs for smooth traffic movement in the valley both- military & civilian. He also emphasized on the need to put more traffic safety devices like cat’s eyes, delineators  , crash barriers, wide fencing etc  along the 280 Km long Pangin-Tuting road to caution drivers appropriately at places where there is sharp bends, land slide zones, sinking areas. He informed that valley would soon see a spurt in road construction activities as 280 km long road from Pangin to Tuting has been approved for improvement to NHDL specifications. He also informed that Ditte- Dimme to Yingkiong Road will also be improved to 2 lane width.

Ziro – Awareness on Blindness 

A preliminary meeting on raising awareness on blindness and the need for eye donation (corneal donation) was held at the initiative of Saint Claret College, Ziro, at the Bishop’s House, Itanagar. The meeting brought together, The Project Vision, a Claretian missionary ministry founded in Bangalore in 2013 by Fr. (Dr.) George Kannanthanam, CMF, and Dr. Taba Khanna, the State Program Officer of the National Program for Control of Blindness. The meeting discussed the need for corneal donations to meet the requirements to heal blindness and how the awareness on the same needed to be spread in Arunachal Pradesh. As per the RAAB Survey of 2003, Arunachal Pradesh has the second highest prevalence rate for blindness (2.28%) among all the states of India (national average: 1%). Though there are four eye collection centers in Arunachal Pradesh, there has been not a single eye donation, whereas the state of Mizoram often exceeds the annual target. The meeting decided to introduce awareness programs targeting population through the churches, schools, colleges, and various NGOs. It was also decided to explore the possibility of organizing “blind walks” on or around October 13th, the World Sight Day, in Itanagar and Ziro.  Dr. Khanna committed himself to exploring the possibility of opening more eye collection centers in the State.


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