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Arrow   District Planning Committee Meeting held

Changlang November 27, 2006: In the District Planning Committee meeting held here today at the district head quarter, the house has selected 60 schemes on need based from the allotted Rs 1 crore under District Planning for year 2006-07.
Presiding over the meeting, Changlang DC cum chairman of DPC Talem Tapok emphasized for considering of very genuine and need based proposals under the Decentralized fund. He was of the view that distribution of the fund constituency wise may not serve the basic purpose of the funding, rather identification of trust area for definite development was to be given due importance, he advocated. While attracting consideration over judicious utilization of the fund, he urged upon active participation from all members in choosing the right schemes in the meeting. He further expected consensus opinion from all the elected representatives, Zilla Parishad chairperson, Anchal Samity Chairpersons and the Head of offices in materializing the Decentralized Funding for the development of the district.
While participating in the DPC meeting, Minister for Health and Family welfare Shri C C Singpho called for quality execution of developmental works. Expressing his satisfaction over the judicious utilization of various developmental funding like BADP, MLALAD, DOTC by the implementing agencies in the district, he expected the same spirit in decentralized fund also. Singpho further appealed the developmental agencies to consult the elected representatives while preparing schemes and also directed them to gear up the ongoing projects for early completion of the works before onset monsoon season. While reiterating on Changlang district lagging behind in respect of development in comparison to other districts of the state, the minister said that it was the high time that each one of the Changlang citizen needed to change the mindset and think for the development of the district. Placing severe concern over the youths drifting towards drug addiction, the minister urged the learned elites of the district to initiate bold steps in showing the misled youths the right direction. He also requested the officers to guide the youths and ignorant mass of the district to tap the horticulture, agriculture and veterinary potentials for sustainable income generation. Singpho further exhorted them to undertake official tour to all the out posts and monitor the ongoing projects physically. On the meeting he also briefed on HIV AIDS and called for educating the villagers on the dreaded disease.
Taking part in the discussion, Changlang 53 North Assembly Constituency MLA W Pongte emphasized for extending work spirit and coordination between the elected representatives and the executing agencies. In his speech, he opined for distributing the decentralized fund pertaining to 17 lakhs each among the five assembly constituency of the district and placing of Rs. 15 lakh at the disposal of the DC in order to cater the increasing demand of the people. He categorically placed the proposals under his constituency and urged to take up the scheme, considering its urgency. While advocating for prioritizing the immediate and need based schemes, he requested the house to consider for improvement of Changlang - Margherita road being the lifeline of Changlang and for construction of a rostrum near Changlang circuit house.
Changlang Zilla Parishad chairperson Izmir Tikhak, ZPM J Jugli, eminent public leader N Changmi, Changlang DHO and EAC Bordumsa were other speakers in the meeting.
Earlier, DPO cum member secretary S L Dutta gave a detail report on preceding years DPC achievement and also informed about the schemes received under decentralized fund for the current fiscal year.

Arrow   The third Zilla Parishad meeting of Changlang Zilla Parishad held

Photograph Bordumsa, November 23, 2006: The third Zilla Parishad meeting of Changlang Zilla Parishad was convened here yesterday, which was attended by State Minister for Health and Family Welfare and Civil Supplies Sri C C Singpho, Changlang Zilla Parishad Chairperson Sri Izmir Tikhak, all the ZPMs of the district, Head of offices of the district, SDO Bordumsa, all BDOs of the concern blocks of the district, Anchal Chairpersons and public leaders.
While addressing the meeting, Sri Singpho called the executing agencies for maintaining transparency in implementing all kind of developmental activities in the state. He further advocated for involving PRI member while selecting beneficiaries for certain schemes. On lauding the significant development evident in the district, he said that all the public representatives have been giving top priority to the public demands. “Beside infrastructural development, the prime essential obsession is mental development”, he emphatically said and further added that the district though enormous activities were being taken up to uplift the rural economy under various centre and state programmes, it was lacking behind in comparison to other districts of the state. “The basic lacuna behind the backwardness is drug addiction and other social menaces, which is at rise in the district” he said and further emphasized for initiating bold steps with collective effort from all corners of the society to contain the drug addiction among the local youths and bringing them in the right track. While advising for hard work in order to materialize the vast fertile land of the district, Singpho urged the PRI members to evoke sense of responsibility and commitment in the local ignorant masses. He also urged the HODs to guide the village farmers in spheres of tapping Horti/Agri/Vety and fishery potentials for sustainable income generation.
The Health minister also informed the house about observance of World AIDS Day on December 1 next and requested all the PRI Members to sensitize the local people on HIV /AIDS and its precautionary measures.
In his presidential address, Zilla Parishad Chairperson Shri Izmir Tikhak, while emphasizing for shouldering the responsibility of development of the district, said that though the PRIs have not been devolved with powers by the government, it was the moral duty of PRI members to serve the rural people. He reiterated upon absence of certain officers in the meeting, wherein all developmental activities going around in the district are being discussed. He was of the view that such meeting was of the highest forum in a district and hence participation of all the HODs was highly sought. While pointing on several aspects like dispersing of Turn Key Projects in order for quality execution of work in certain works department, relief for drought like situation hit farmers, relaxation of Gun License renewal fees, posting of adequate Administrative Officers for the district headquarter, expediting the check to drug peddling activities in the district by police and administration, the chairperson highlighted the need to intensify the means to settle the burning issues through the forum. He further appealed the members to accelerate AIDS control activities in the block level also.
While clarifying certain queries placed by the ZPMs and other speakers, Miao ADC K Riram urged the executing agencies to prepare schemes in accordance to the feasibility and acceptability in the present scenario. He insisted on giving priority on transparency and quality oriented works. On appreciating the rotation basis conduct of the Zilla Parishad meeting, the ADC felt that the people of the district need to know the business transaction of the Zilla Parishad meetings. He further opined for constitution of an expert committee under the chairmanship of DC Changlang for the proposal of shifting of Rang Frah Govt. College from the existing site. He also upheld the house’s proposal for construction of a Panchayat house at Changlang for facilitating the PRI members during PR programmes or meeting. Informing the house about RTI Act, Riram urged the house to avoid misusing the right or malicious intentional approach which is to be checked by the administration. He further observed that the Government Schools need to render quality education for improving the base of the students for ensuring a better future for them. Clarifying on the issue of PRC/ST/Income certificate of Jairampur, Manmao and Nampong by ADC Miao, Sri Riram said that the DC Changlang has to delegate statutory power to ADC Miao for which he assured to discuss with the competent authority. He further requested the forest department to initiate appropriate measure regarding encroachment of reserve forest for the greater interest of the state.
Beside the Minister, Chairperson and ADC Miao, Zilla Parishad Member Secretary, Changlang EAC H Matcha and all the ZPMs also spoke on the occasion. In their deliberation, they urged the HODs to include the PRIs during preparation of AOPs of the departments.
After a threadbare discussion several resolutions were passed by the house for consideration by the government.

Arrow   SATYEN MAITRA MEMORIAL LITERACY AWARD 2006 was awarded to Changlang Zilla Shaksharta Samiti for the best performace in total literacy campaign.

New Delhi, September 08, 2006, The Deputy Commissioner and Deputy Director, School Education, Changlang District recieving "Satyen Maitra Literacy Award" from Hon'ble Vice President of India on September 08, 2006 in New Delhi.
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Hon'ble Vice President of India Shri Bhairon Singh Shekhawat (Second from right) presented the award to Shri Hage Batt, Deputy Commissioner Changlang District (third from right) and Shri T Morang, DDSE Changlang District (second from left) in presence of Shri Arjun Singh Hon'ble Minister MHRD (fourth from left), Md Ali Ashraf Fatmi, Minister of state for Human Resource Development (third from left), Ms Minja Yang Director and UNESCO representative (extreme left) and Smt Vandana K Jena Director General National literacy Mission (extreme right) at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi on the occasion of International Literacy Day on September 8, 2006.

Arrow   Miao ready for Namdapha eco-cultural festival-2006

Miao February 14, 2006: Miao is once again ready to host the Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival for the third consecutive year, which will be celebrated on 22nd (from 1000hrs onwards) to 23rd February 2006.

The festival has been named after the famous Namdapha National Park and is organized to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the local indigenous tribes and to spread awareness on ecology and environment and also to promote eco-cultural tourism.

As a step towards preservation of indigenous culture and to make it known to other people in an organized manner, the traditional folk dances, games and sports, huts, cuisine etc. will be put to display in this festival. Apart from these, an Eco-run on the theme of Ecology and Eco tourism and a group discussion on promotion of Namdapha eco tourism and its impact on indigenous culture will also be organized.

Blessed with nature’s best resources and a National Park, the Miao Sub Division offers the best possibilities in experiencing wild life, bird life and nature treasure. It provides the most unusual experience of being in harmony with nature.

Besides above the Miao sub-division has numbers of beautiful places where one would like to visit and enjoy.

Shri Gegong Apang, chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh has kindly consented to grace the occasion as chief guest on 22nd February 2006 at 1000hrs.

The 120 Km distance route from Tinsukia (Assam) through Digboi, Margherita, Ledo and Jagun is accessible. Regular APST and private bus services are available for visitors/ tourists, which also facilitate comfortable journey to Miao, Changlang district, Arunachal Pradesh. The district administration and all machineries are engaged to facilitate basic amenities to visitors/tourists.

Further the district administration is preparing to deploy competent officers at Namchik APP Check Gate (entry point to Miao) with effect from 21st to 23rd February 2006 for issue of inner line permit to visitors / tourist on the spot round clock for convenience of the people coming from neighbouring state.

The Namdapha Eco-Cultural Festival Committee invites one and all to festival village at Miao.

Arrow   Tangsa Women have started a local market at Nampong town recently

Nampong Nov’ 24: In a dramatic renaissance, the women folk of Nampong Circle, specially the Tangsa ladies have started a local market along side the historic Stilwell Road of World War II at Nampong town recently.

The very uniqueness of this women dominated market is that it starts at the dawn of 4 AM and closes by 5.30 AM and opens twice a week i.e. Wednesday and Friday. This market has not only benefited the local residents of Nampong but also has facilitated the Govt. employees and CRPF personnel deputed in the circle head quarter.

Fresh vegetables of every kind are the highlights of the market and amazingly, the buyers and sellers are equally excited in their new initiation. The market remains crowded when it opens.

While considering the need of saving the earnings of women folk, Nampong EAC NM Das has initiated Postal Saving accounts for them. With the help of Postal agent the EAC has till this time opened 50 individual saving accounts of the ladies engaged in the market. Delighted by the proposal, the women are actively participating and they could easily save Rs. 300 to 350 per week. Indebted to the administrative officer, the ladies have endless praise for his active action for the benefit of the women section of the area.

Several problems like electricity light in the market shed has been overcome and the administration is in a view of constructing one toilet and bathroom near the market shed on self help basis in order to facilitate the seller ladies who arrive very early for the business.

The local administration has provided seeds and seedlings to the enthusiastic ladies with the help of ADOs and has also urged other Deptts. to encourage the women folk by all possible means in order to boost up the local market with local produces.

Arrow   The Deputy Commissioner of Changlang Shri Hage Batt, (IAS) visited Khimiyang

Changlang Nov’ 23: The Deputy Commissioner of Changlang Shri Hage Batt, (IAS) visited Khimiyang, a remote Circle Headquarter today. He was accompanied by Head of the Departments of the district during his one day tour which was motivated to have a first hand information of the circle.

In a small gathering at Khimiyang, the DC interacted with the GBs and local public leaders of the circle. He had discussion on local problems of the circle to which the GBs and ASMs read out a three point memorandum proposing a regular APST bus service between Changlang and Khimiyang, secondly, regular stationing of Govt. servants posted to the administrative outpost and finally urged for maintenance of the existing road between Changlang and Khimiyang.

Responding to their pleas, the DC upholded their proposal of stationing the Govt. servants to the outpost and requested the HODs to depute their staff accordingly. He also assured to initiate appropriate action regarding their proposal of regular bus service and maintenance of Changlang/ Khimiyang road.

While the DC exhorted the locals to execute the developmental schemes judiciously, he opined for proper utilization of the Govt. funding. He also stressed for quality and hard work during the implementation of the Govt. sponsored schemes. He further advised the villagers to lay emphasis to education, health, sanitation and economic development. The DC also requested DMO to provide sufficient medicine to the outpost with adequate staff. Keeping in view of the existing pace of development he ensured for proper verification of the schemes during his next visit.

Earlier, circle officer Khimiyang A Regon extended a warm welcome to the DC and his entourage.

Arrow   Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, a residential school (KGBV) inaugurated at Bordumsa

Bordumsa Nov’22, : Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya, a residential school (KGBV), a new scheme sponsored by the Govt. of India under Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan with a view to bridge the gender gap in literacy was inaugurated here at Bordumsa on 21 November last.

In her inaugural address as chief guest amidst good gathering of public leaders, women group and Govt. officers, Smt. Tongkoh Singpho, Chairperson Anchal Samittee lauded the Govt.’s endeavour for upliftment of Girls education in the area. She assured all possible help to the R.K. Mossang Memorial Society, the NGO who would run the school in partnership with the state government.

Sri T Morang DDSE, Changlang gave a detail about the said scheme and appealed the people to avail such opportunity, which carries, better future for girl’s education in the society. He also suggested the RK Mossang Memorial Society to render the best possible service through the school to make the backward girls at par with their male counterpart.

Ms Kamoli Mossang, the chairperson of the NGO, extended her gratitude to the State Government for giving this golden opportunity to serve the people and has assured to make the best out of it.

Arrow   The 2nd phase Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for the year 2005-06 of Khimiyang CD Block meeting held

Changlang Nov’ 21 : The 2nd phase Border Area Development Programme (BADP) for the year 2005-06 of Khimiyang CD Block was convened here today under the chairmanship of Khimiyang CO A Regon. The meeting was attended by the local MLA P Khimhun, ZPM J Jugli, all ASMs of the block, HODs and 2 co-opted members of the board.

With an additional allocation of Rupees one crore three lacs fifty thousand in the second phase, the house gathered for selecting the schemes within the allotted amount.

In his speech Shri Khimhun, while highlighting the basic concept of the BADP programme, stressed on laying emphasis on interior pockets, the villages where the basic amenities are yet to be provided. He discouraged on taking up individually benefiting schemes like flood protection, Minor irrigation channel and land protection works and has urged the house to identify such schemes which are of community interest. He further called for judicious implementation of the programme so as to accelerate the pace of development in this remote border CD block of the district as well as the state. While dispiriting the involvement of politics and religion with developmental prospects, the MLA urged members to give priority to social sectors like education, health, agriculture, horticulture and road communication. Shri Khimhun also called for avoiding duplicacy and overlapping of schemes with other programmes like DOTC, MLALADS etc.

The chairman of the meeting Shri A Regon has called the executing agencies to implement the schemes expeditiously. While briefing the house about the present allocation and required guidelines to be followed while implementation, the CO informed the house that the schemes pertaining to the already prepared five-year perspective plan, should be given priority.

In the meeting all ASMs and HODs specially the technical experts placed their grievances and suggestions to which the house assured to look into their matter. Later all ASMs and HODs put their proposals and were accepted by the house.

Arrow   39 Assam Rifles beats IRBn in the final match of District Football Association, Changlang

Changlang Nov’ 18: The final match of District Football Association running Trophy was played here today between the teams of 39 Assam Rifles and IRBn team. Both the teams got to the final after defeating 6 teams in the weeklong tournament.

In a heartthrobing and nail biting final match played amidst huge soccer lovers of Changlang, the results till full time and extra time was nil. Despite getting several chances of scoring, both the teams resolved for penalty shootout for the final result.

However after a tense situation the 39 Assam Rifles team clinched the DFA trophy by nearly 2-1 in penalty shoot out. Beside the football fans Commandant 39 Assam Rifles Col. Vikramjit Singh, Changlang SP J S Siddhu along with other govt. officers and public leaders were present. The chief guest of the occasion Col. Vikramjit Singh gave away the winners and runners up trophy with other individual prizes in the presentation ceremony.

Arrow   The Purbanchal Sangha Kando Poi, a religious festival of Buddhist community Celebrated in Bordumsa

Bordumsa Nov’ 15: The Purbanchal Sangha Kando Poi, a religious festival of Buddhist community of Bordumsa and nearby areas got to a colourful starts here yesterday. Thousands from every walk of life enthusiastically participated in the two days Buddhist Mela organized by Ajat Shatru Group of Bordumsa. The festival, which signifies the period of confessing ones sins before the almighty, which he had committed in the preceding year and prays for purifying the souls from those sins, is celebrated every year. Around 25 villages of Bordumsa Subdivision along with Buddhist dominated areas of Assam and Lohit gave their active participation so as to make the festival a massive success.

Earlier on the day, Rev. U Gunawantha Mahathera inaugurated the Ajat Shatru Park and unveiled the Shanti Stupa at Bordumsa town amidst high dignitaries like Civil Supply and Health Minister CC Singpho, MLA Wangki Lowang, Changlang deputy commissioner Hage Batt, other district heads and public leaders of the Sub Division. While the Sangha Nayak hoisted the world Buddhist flag, offering of feast to the Bikkhu sangha and community feast were arranged.

Gradually the villages started bringing PETESA (a religious offering meant to gift the Bikkhu Sangha after a short ritual), at Goju Buddha Vihar, a beautiful monastery site at Goju village from where the mass procession for world peace was to start. Decorated by their offerings and religious indebtedness, the PETESAs are brought to the monastery by beating drums with the people specially the women folk dancing in the tunes of those drum beats and escorting the holy PETESA to the monastery.

The mass procession with PETESA for world peace started at noon from the Goju village Monastery up to Bordumsa covering around 4 KMs followed by illumination at Ajat Shatru Park and Goju Buddha vihar later in the evening. At the Dharmasabha (religious gathering) the Bikkhu Sangha made discourse of the preaching,’s of Lord Buddha and his disciples that followed by colourful cultural programme to relieve the daylong tiredness.

The day two of the festival was an important occasion as the Ajat Shatru Group of Bordumsa was to hand over the Buddhist flag to Kalashoka group of Miao for next festival 2006. The ceremony symbolizes that the former group passes the responsibilities of conducting the annual religious festival in the same spirit and enthusiasm in the coming years to which the later graciously accepts the offer.

Arrow   The District Level National Science Congress 2005 held

Changlang Nov’10, 2005: The District Level National Science Congress 2005, on the theme “PHYSICS IN DAILY LIFE” was conducted here at Changlang on November 8 last. As many as ten schools from various parts of the district participated in the event.

In his speech as chief guest, EAC H Matcha exhorted the students to actively take part in such programmes so as to attain the science consciousness required in the present context. He urged the teacher’s community to encourage the students in order to increase the number of participants in the coming years.

After a tough deliberation, VKV Jairampur was adjudged first, followed by VKV Kharsang who bagged the second and finally the third place was secured by two schools i.e. Govt. Sec. School Miao and Govt. Sec. School Changlang. The chief guest distributed cash prizes and certificates to the participants.

Principal DIET, SK Baruah who chaired the function also spoke on the occasion. Various district heads, officers and students were present.

Meanwhile, the district education department Changlang had also organized a District Level Governor’s Quize Competition here yesterday. All total 9 schools from various parts of the district took part in the programme. The much-delighted students participated enthusiastically in the quize competition in which the participants of Govt. Hr. Sec School Nampong bagged the first prize and Govt. Hr. Sec. School Changlang clinched the second. However, the much expected team of VKV Jairampur had to satisfy themselves with the third place. The chief guest of the occasion A Osik Principal SIE distributed the prizes and certificates to the winners with great appreciation and enthusiasm.

Arrow   An encounter shootout between 39th Assam Rifles troop and NSCN (IM) militant group

Changlang Oct’15: In an encounter ensued between NSCN (IM) (National Socialist Council of Nagaland - Isak-Muivah) militant group and troops of 39 Assam Rifles on October 14 last in North west of Jangkhrum village bordering Changlang and Tirap. One NSCN (IM) cadre was instantly killed on the spot by the Assam Rifles Jawans. A .22 rifle, 25 live round bullets and one Chinese Grenade were recovered from the slain militant. The dead body of the militant along with the recovered ammunitions was later handed over to the Officer-in-Charge, Changlang Police Station and accordingly the OC registered a case Under Section 121/307 (IPC) and R/W Section 10/13 UA (P) and 27 Arms Act. However, the slain NSCN (IM) militant was unidentified till this time.

Arrow   Rang Frah Promotion Society (RFPS) organizes youth camp

Changlang Oct’ 8: The Rang Frah Promotion Society (RFPS) has launched a three days youth camp at Changlang w.e.f. 8th today. The camp is aimed to bring awareness among the youth about preservation of indigenous tradition, culture and religion of the people of this area.

The inaugural function was graced by Rev. U Gunawantha Mahathero as chief guest and Changlang deputy commissioner as guest of honour. In his address the Revering showered several noble thoughts and urged the people to follow them for eternal salvation. The Maha Guru advised the gathering to follow the path of truth and discouraged from being in the bad companies. He called the people to practice kind-heartedness and give up violence for a true peace of mind. He later bestowed his blessing to the gathering for peace and prosperity of the area and the people.

Speaking on the occasion the DC called for respecting each other’s religion. While appreciating the RFPS for conducting the camp, he said that it was the need of the hour. He further asserted for preserving the indigenous tradition and culture, which according to him was in extinction stage.

Shri Y Tikhak, who chaired the function opined for following the Rang-frah preaching whole-heartedly. He exhorted the youths to take every benefit from the camp and give all such evil practices, which are discouraged by all religion.

Earlier, Er. L Khimhun, the Secretary General RFPS, deliberated about the basic concept of Rangfraism. In his keynote address Shri H Matcha the chief editor of RFPS, briefed the house about the youth camp. According to him the youths would be motivated on preservation of tradition and culture. The camp is also aimed in eradicating the evil practice like drug addiction and blind beliefs and would also initiate appropriate action in reforming the existing traditional system.

The camp is facilitating hundreds of local youths from whole over the district.

Arrow   Autonomous District Council for Tirap and Changlang

Changlang Oct’ 7: A high level meeting with the State legislative assembly speaker Setong Sena, and other MLAs of Changlang district along with the public leaders and officers was held here at the DCs chamber today in order to discuss about the demand of ‘Autonomous District Council’ (ADC) for Tirap and Changlang. The meeting was presided over by Changlang deputy commissioner Talem Tapok, who informed the house that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh had submitted a proposal to Ministry of Home Affairs Government of India for creation of ADC under the 6th schedule of the constitution of India and after examining the proposal the Government found it to be of routine nature and had asked the state Government to furnish specific justification for examining the proposal in right perspective.

While the DC briefed about several benefits of having an ADC, he urged the members present to gather complete information from some autonomous councils in Assam and Meghalaya so as to have a clear picture of the proposal.

The State assembly speaker S Sena on extending his gratefulness to the DC for taking initiative in the greater interest of the district, he called for keeping aside political differences in the matter. He further urged the elected leaders and members present to put their thoughts in the betterment of the district. Citing the reasons behind the proposal for ADC, Mr. Sena observed that the creation of ADC would change the existing socio-economic condition of the district beside the acceleration of pace of development. The council would, according to him, to much extent, solve the increasing unemployment problem of Changlang. He also felt that such a big issue was not to be solved in one such deliberation and desired for more discussion in the coming days. He further requested the DC to initiate the matter with all the outpost administrative officers in their respective circle and similar meetings were to organized.

Legislator P Khimhun in his speech, upholded the view of the speaker and further highlighted the ignorancy problem of the people. While stressing on preserving the identity of the indigenous populace of Changlang, the MLA opined for gathering public opinion in the matter.

Suggesting for constituting a committee for pursuing the matter with the central Government, Shri W Pongte, MLA exhorted all to take active part in the discussion for a fruitful outcome.

Former Minister T Taiju emphasized on submitting data based report to the center and also suggested for highlighting all sorts of natural resources and genuine problems of the district. While upholding the idea of constitution of a committee, he was on view of shouldering the responsibility to a committee.

After a threadbare discussion, it was decided that more such meeting under the chairmanship of deputy commissioner would be convened in the coming days with including NGOs and women body in such meeting and similar meetings shall also be conducted in the circle levels so as to inculcate the majority of local populace in the discussion.

Arrow   Annual Day celebration of DIET

Changlang Oct’ 7: The first ever-annual day celebration of District Institute of Education Changlang was observed in a befitting manner here today.

Speaking as chief guest on the occasion Changlang deputy commissioner Talem Tapok lauded the DIET faculty for coming up with such innovative idea like the same. While he laid emphasis on the need of quality education, he exhorted the teacher community to render their unselfish and noble service to the society. Stressing on extra curriculum activities, the DC advised them to come up with such creative ideas in future also. The guest of honour ZPM J Jugli also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier the DIET principal gave a brief about the functions and services of DIET and its faculty members. The day was marked by a colourful cultural programme by the pre service teachers and school children followed by prize distribution by the chief guest and the guest of honour.

Arrow   Hunger Project starts three days womens' leadership workshop at Changlang

Changlang Oct’ 7: A three day workshop on women’s leadership for Panchayat leaders begun here today as the deputy commissioner Changlang, Talem Tapok graced the occasion as chief guest. The workshop was organized by the very famous NGO “Hunger Project”, which was attended by as many as four women ASMs, 12 GPMs and Anchal chairperson Mrs. Pongte beside the active members of the organization.

In his inaugural speech, the DC lauded the active participation of the women Panchayat leaders and called for showing up such enthusiasm in future also. While citing the examples of several great women personalities, he advised the women folk to acquire the leadership quality of those great leaders so as to bring a renaissance in the society. He further advocated for equal status, dignity and self respect for the women and also felt that the anomalies and differences in certain personal laws in India, differentiating the male and female gender has to be rectified. Considering, women of playing a vital role in the society, the DC observed that the section was gradually attaining the required awareness and he hoped that sooner or later, a complete rights and equal status to the section would be set. While he encouraged the women PR leaders to acquire every benefit from the training, he congratulated the Hunger Project of doing an exemplary job in raising the women status in the society.

ZPM N K Longchang, who presided over the inaugural function, expressed great happiness over the conduct of such workshop. According to him the workshop was of immense importance as the women section in the society are more or less ignorant of their duties and functions. He felt that the women PR leaders who had been elected by the villagers had been entrusted to serve the society for which a proper training was required. Referring the 33% reservation for the women in Panchayati Raj, he exhorted them to materialize the basic objective of the Govts. Move. “ The era has changed, the women need to come out from their kitchens so as to serve the society”, Longchang emphatically said.

Earlier, in her keynote address the programme organizer cum an activist of the NGO Ms Tongum Rina briefed the house about the Hunger Project and its activities. She further said that the workshop was aimed to create awareness and develop moral aptitude among women so that they contribute for the progress of the nation.

The programme coordinator Mrs Mungrey also spoke on the occasion.

Arrow   DLVMC meeting held at Changlang

Changlang Oct 4: MP, Tapir Gao has called for upholding the basic aim of democracy by executing the poverty alleviation schemes judiciously. He was in view of rising the social census of the villagers above poverty line. The MP who represented the rural development ministry was speaking as Chairman on the district level vigilance and monitoring committee meeting, DRDA here yesterday, on part of his three days tour to this district.

Placing three points in the house for discussion, the MP strongly advocated for timely release of state share, 100% devolution of power to the P.R bodies and release of fund according to geographical area and not considering the population ratio. While he advised the DRDA officials to make available the guidelines against the major schemes, the MP opined for conduct of training to PR & elected leaders in order to give quality in execution of the poverty alleviation schemes development. He further suggested for bridging up the communication gap between the Government agency and local masses and called for materialising the ‘Bharat Nirman’ a dream of UPA Government, by fully devoting in it.

Earlier, Changlang D.C. Talem Tapok cum CEO, DRDA, while landing the MP’s maiden visit to the district said that MP was the right and lawful person to preside over the meeting. He further stressed for quality expenditure and judicious execution of the schemes, so as to improve the socio-economic condition of the district. On briefing the powers and functions of DLVMC members, the D.C. said that the committee was to play a vital role in development perspective of the district. He also emphasized on the need of following the guidelines strictly while execution.

Later Former legislator Komoli Mossang and P/Leader N. Changmi highlighted several grievances to which Zila Parishad Chairperson clarified their queries and said that the selection of beneficiaries for C.G.I. sheets were made with full involvement of the PR bodies. While he reiterated about the full power devolution to the Panchayat, the chairperson opined for checking the misappropriation if any by the local prudent masses. He also upholded the suggestion of strict vigilance in implementing of the schemes by the DLVMC members.

The meeting was also attended by all ZPMs of the district, ASM, Chairpersons, MODS beside the DRDA officers and officials.

Arrow   Gandhi Jayanti, a custom for New Changlang Village

Changlang Oct 4 2005: The celebration of birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Oct 2nd last has become a custom in New Changlang village here near Changlang. The villagers have been celebrating this Gandhi Jayanti since time immemorial and has become an important traditional festival of the village. Like the preceding years the locals of New Changlang village, celebrated the occasion in befitting manner this year also. The enthusiastic participation of all the villagers including the young, old, children and women have made this occasion an immense important event for the village. “It has been almost 30 years that we are observing this day with full traditional gaeity and fervour” says Shri Moonsam Zongsam a local resident of the village.

This time former minister of Arunachal Pradesh Shri Thinghap Taiju inaugurated the function as chief guest. While encouraging the youth to follow the path of Mahatma Gandhi and his principles, Mr. Taiju called the youths to lay emphasis on discipline and hard labour. He further stressed on giving due importance to education, being the only means to fight the evil ignorancy and unemployment problems.

Other highlights of the day were games and sports competition, colourful cultural show by the youths of the village followed by prize distribution by the chief guest. Also the main attraction of the day was spectacular nail biting volleyball match, played amongst the villagers on the occasion.

Arrow   Havoc of paddy by army-worm in nampong areas, Changlang

The pest called armyworm attack or infestation was for the very first time occurred in the paddy field of Nampong areas of Changlang district. The pest infestation was noticed and reported recently by some five farmers. It was astonishing happening for the farmers that they left their paddy fields in good condition on the previous day and found to be destroyed the very next day. The damage was taken place over the night in such a manner that it gave an appearance as if cattle grazed it. In this way a large number of paddy fields were affected and damaged within a day or two, thereby creating panic among the farmers of the area. There was hue and cry situation all around the area.

The moment, the report of pest infestation reached the agriculture department; the department took up a prompt and positive action. Sufficient no. of plant protection equipments and plant protection chemicals were arranged and positioned for the area. A team of agriculture field functionaries headed by Mrs J Tikhak, Agriculture Development Officer Nampong undertook a mass-spraying programme to the affected areas in order to tackle the further infestation of the crop. The farmers also actively participated in the department’s initiation.

To add the fight against the infestation, a district level team of technical officers headed by Shri A K Singh, DAO, Changlang, visited the affected villages to assess the situation. The pest infestation had occurred in large area covering the villages of Machum, Rima, Theremkan, Lungpang, Nongkey, Nongthey and Namgoi I & II. Such pest attack was witnessed for the first time in the area. Although the pest infestation was spreading rapidly, the active department officials controlled it effectively in time. It is worth mentioning here that 100% control of the pest infestation was achieved which is a great relieving for the farmers of the area. Shri Izmir Tikhak chairperson Zila Parishad Changlang district who was also one of the affected victim expressed satisfaction over the timely action initiated by the agriculture department.

About Army-worm
Armyworm or earhead cutting caterpillar is a sporadic pest of paddy, which can cause severe damages to the crop. The caterpillars march or migrate from one field to another in swarms and voraciously feed on leaves thereby resulting in skeletonised leaf blade. Sometimes damaged crop will give impression as if cattle have grazed it. They have climbing habits and cut the panicles from the base also. The pest is nocturnal by nature and thus does the damage at night.

Identification:
The caterpillars are greenish brown in colour with prominent Dorsi-lateral stripes on the body. The adults are of varying colour, which varies from brick red/ light brown to clay with a pale central spot and a diagonal dark streak ending nearer the body in a row of dots.

Where the pests can be appeared
The pest can be appeared sporadically in any paddy growing area or locality. The pest may mostly appear following a heavy rainfall period at any stage of the crop i.e. nursery, growth and panicle initiation stages.

Action to be taken if infestation occurs
If infestation of the pest is noticed, then and there the farmers of nearby fields in the whole community has to be informed about the infestation. Since large number of caterpillars would be attacking the crop like army in swarms, a mass control measures need to be adopted to counter the situation. A mass spraying the crop with chloropyriphos or any other PP chemicals suggested by the department concerned can effectively control the pest infestation. The mass spraying action taken up by the farmers of Nampong area along with the field functionaries stands as a good and live example for effective and timely execution of control measures. There is nothing to be panic about. The only thing to be kept in mind is that reaction and action to adopt the control measures as suggested above must be prompt with no delay, a high-ranking Agriculture officer of Changlang suggests.

Arrow   District Election Officer convened Electoral Rolls Revision meeting, Changlang

Changlang sep’29: Changlang district election officer Shri Talem Tapok had convened a meeting with political parties and public leaders regarding intensive revisions of electoral rolls in changlang district here today. Prominent leaders of the district headquarter like Ex-Minister, A.P. T. Ngemu, former minister T. Taiju, ZPM J. Jugli, ZPM N.K. Longchang and other public leaders and officers were present.

In his speech the district election officer sought co-operation from all political parties and public leaders in the house to house enumeration of electoral roll process and urged them to extend all possible help to the supervisors and enumerators. While he highlighted on creating awareness about the intensive electoral rolls revisions among the ignorant villages, he advised them to actively participate in the enumeration for free and fair intensive revision. he further requested them to intimate the election office about any influx or infiltration of outsiders in enumeration process. He further placed a detailed programme for the intensive revisions of electoral rolls with necessary guidance. He suggested the house to put their objections and claims according to election guidelines.

ERO, H. Matcha while explaining aims and objectives of the meeting apprised the house that physical presence in the enumeration period would be compulsory. he further informed that after completion of enumeration, a draft publication would be made available for the parties for filing claims and objections.

After a threadbare discussion regarding the problems face by the political parties in the prior revision held, the district election officer clarified several issues raised by the public leaders in the meeting and assured them that no unfair means or practices would be encouraged during the enumeration.

Local News Source:     DIPRO, Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh.
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