Echo of Arunachal

Development fruits should reach all: Selja
Scheme for a ‘slum-free’ India in pipeline
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Affirming that the UPA govt at the Centre had made its mind for an equitable development of North East, including Arunachal Pradesh, Union Minister of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation Kumari Selja sought the people’s cooperation to ensure that its developmental fruits reach out to all corners of the region and help boost the country’s growth. 
“The UPA govt at the Centre including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi wish that the people of North East, including Arunachal Pradesh, march on the development path at par with rest of the country,” she said. 
Selja was addressing a gathering after inaugurating a cost effective housing complex, constructed for safai karmcharis and urban poor at Nirjuli near here this afternoon. Taken under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), the Rs 260.34-lakh housing project with 40 dwelling units was executed by Hindustan Prefab Limited, a govt of India enterprise under the Union Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation. 
Avowing that providing ‘roti, kapda aur makaan’ (food, clothing and shelter)—the three basic necessities to ‘aam aadmi’ (common people) remains the main focus of UPA govt, Selja said that an additional outlay of Rs 50,000 crore has been earmarked under the JNNURM to construct 15 lakh ‘makaan’ (houses) in the country to provide affordable housing and basic amenities to the urban poor and low income groups.
“Over the period of planned development, we have been able to address the problems of food security and clothing for aam aadmi. Now, we at the Centre, for the first time in the country, are focusing on providing makaan (houses) to the commoners in cities and towns under JNNURM, which was launched in December 2005,” she said.
The Union minister, who earlier handed over the keys along with allotment orders to four of 40 beneficiaries, informed that the Centre is going to launch another scheme, Rajiv Awas Yojana, for the urban poor and slum dwellers to promote a “slum-free India”. She said, “Now, the responsibility lies on the govts of respective states and Union territories to prepare vision papers and submit it to the Central govt for a slum-free India in five years.”

Evolve State’s Tourism Policy, says Governor
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: State Governor Gen (Retd) JJ Singh, the man on the move, who, as always, keeps no chances go at bay in any forum taking initiatives to bring Arunachal on the track of development, is at it yet again as he called for evolving State’s Tourism Policy to realize its potentials to the full.
While interacting with the members of Arunachal Pradesh Tour Operators’ Association at Raj Bhavan here today, he urged the Tourism department to take proactive role and said, we must include tourism activities in the almanac along with the festival. 
In this regard, the Governor called for the involvement of department of Environment & Forests, deputy commissioners and Panchayat members to give impetus to tourism activities. 
Distribution of brochures should be made in a proper manner so that people are aware of the destinations in Arunachal Pradesh; he said adding souvenir shop is one of the important aspects which also need an attention.
In addition to foreign tourist, focus on our own tourist from different parts of the country, he asserted.
On the involvement of local communities in tourism activities, Gen Singh said they should organize cultural activities, serve local cuisines and create trackers’ hut. It will not only help in attaining the ‘goal’ but also strengthen the rural economy, he added.
Pointing out that the biggest problem in the tourism sector is accommodation, he suggested for leasing out some of the govt infrastructures like inspection bungalow and forest rest house to the registered tour operators under Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. 
While giving suggestions on Home Stay facilities, the Governor asked the operators to encourage it among the local communities.
On maintaining the serenity of Poma Jote, he pitched for educating the people, especially those living in the area, to keep the locality clean. He also batted for organic farming saying it will not only help the local people but tourists as well. 
On engaging local youths in providing conveyance to tourists, Gen Singh said it will not only lend a hand in employment generation but also help improve the State’s ex-chequer. 
Taking part in the discussion, Secretary DS Pandit urged the tour operators to give sufficient time to the department in issuing permits to tourists. Tourism Director AK Singh apprised the governor of the latest initiatives of the state govt and the department. 
The Tour operators led by John Panya and Tsering Wange gave detailed picture of tourism in the state and highlighted the activities. (PRO)

Tharoor releases Mamang book
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Arunachal Pradesh The Hidden Land, a well-known book brought out from the house of Penguin Books and penned by the state’s one of the leading literary figures, Mamang Dai, was released by Union Minister of State for External Affairs Dr Shashi Tharoor at an impressive function at Arunachal Bhawan in New Delhi. 
A writer and columnist himself, Dr Tharoor lauded the efforts of Mamang Dai.
Sanjay Hazarika, writer, journalist and noted social activist from the North East, spoke highly about the book and the author.
Gillian Wright, a prominent writer herself, highlighted the content of the book and the talent of the author. 
Ravi Singh, Editor in-chief and publisher of Penguin Book India, also addressed the distinguished gathering.
A host of dignitaries including State PWD Minister Nabam Tuki, Parliamentary Secretary C C Singpho, Dr H K Paliwal, Principal Secretary (Power & Coordination) and Bora Ete, Chief Engineer (HW) besides a number of elites and intellectuals from the national capital were present on the occasion.

AoL organizes rejuvenation workshop for officials
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: The Art of Living is organizing a stress management and rejuvenation workshop for officials from January 15 to 17. The 10-hour workshop will be spread over three days and held at the Police Officers’ Mess near SP’s office, Ganga from 5.30 pm. 
The workshop is being organized exclusively keeping in mind the challenges faced by officials and decision-makers. 
“Through the workshop, the participants will have a beautiful opportunity of knowing themselves and experiencing the serene effects of Sudharsan Kriya,” said Rajaque Rahman of Art of Living. 
“A unique breathing technique gifted to the world by renowned spiritual guru His Holiness, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the Sudarshan Kriya is proven to promote overall physical, mental and social wellbeing,” he added.
In addition to Sudharsan Kriya, the workshop will include meditation, yoga, pranayama and relaxation processes that result in higher concentration, energy, joy and peace of mind. Apart from the practical techniques, the workshop will also include modules on listening skills, time management, delivering optimal performance, team building, interpersonal skills and adaptability skills.

NHPC-MEA sign pacts for Myanmar projects
NEW DELHI, Jan 12: NHPC Limited has signed agreements for taking up additional investigations and preparation of updated detailed project reports (DPRs) for 1200 MW Tamanthi HE Project and 642 MW Shwezaye HE Project in Myanmar, as consultancy assignments, with the Union Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here on January 8 last.
The govt of India through MEA has funded the cost for the additional investigations and preparation of updated DPRs for both the projects i.e. Rs 20 crore for each project totaling to Rs 40 crore. 
Before this, NHPC had submitted the review reports on feasibility reports of 1200 MW Tamanthi Project (prepared by M/s Colenco Power Engineering Ltd, Switzerland) and 642 MW Shwezaye Project (by M/s Kansai Electric Power Co Inc, Japan) in December 2008 and also successfully undertaken and submitted the pre-feasibility report of Tamanthi Project in April 2005 to the govt of Union of Myanmar.

W/Kameng observes Career Guidance Day coinciding National Youth Day
BOMDILA, JAN 12: Coinciding with the National Youth Day West Kameng district today the Career Guidance Day at the Bomdila govt higher secondary school premises here to enlighten the hundreds of participating students on various provisions and criteria for enrolment in the Indian Army, administrative services and other allied services in several organizations and institutions. 
Paying rich tributes to the two great sons of the soil—late Sonam Rinchin and late Ngawang Tenzing of Morshing and New Bomdila, who had laid down their lives fighting terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in 2004, the GOC of the Ball of Fire Division, M S Sandhu gave a clarion call to the students to join the Indian Army so as to serve the nation and the people in true spirit. 
DC Swati Sharma, the brain behind the programme, through a striking power-point presentation on the UPSC preparations, impressed upon the students the need for hard work, sincerity and commitment coupled with competence for success in any field. 
ADC Rinchin Tashi and circle officer Tashi Dondup dealt on the APCS preparations and shared their personal experiences with the students.
Col Rakesh Mehra made a detailed power-point presentation on various levels of entry into the Indian Army and the related privileges.
In an exhibition football match to commemorate the Career Guidance Day, GOC XI thrashed DC XI 5-0.
MLA Phurpa Tsering, Director of Defence Research Laboratory (Tezpur), Dr Lokendra Singh, Regional Director of IGNOU, Dr S J Neethirajan and DGM of NABARD (Arunachal Pradesh), A K Pasrija and a host of district departmental heads were present on the occasion. (DIPRO)

Siram pitches for E/Siang development
PASIGHAT, Jan 12: Making a strong pitch for all round development of his native district, Education Minister Bosiram Siram suggested the East Siang district authorities to put up stalls of models on tourism related projects including wildlife and other socio-economic activities such as hydropower, town planning etc during the ensuing Republic Day celebrations here for creating awareness among the local public.
He was addressing a meeting of all head of departments, senior citizens and local leaders which was convened by DC Onit Panyang here today to finalize plans and program for celebration of forthcoming R-Day in the district. He also urged the Forest and Tourism officers to come up with innovative ideas to augment eco-tourism. 
Retired IAS officer Oshong Ering, one of the senior citizens, appealed to the authorities to put a ban on hunting and fishing in the district, and the forest officials to deal wildlife crimes with strong hands.
Earlier, Panyang had another meeting with SSP D C Srivastava and heads of all works departments to discuss about safe custody of explosives being used by works departments in the district for developmental works. The duo advised to handle the explosives by experts and to store those in isolated places for safety measure. (DIPRO)

Centre urges youths’ pro-active role to promote tourism
ITANAGAR, Jan 12: Sanjoy Kothari, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism called upon the youths of the State to take a pro-active role towards giving a further boost to the tourism sector in Arunachal.
Inspecting the renovated cafeteria at 6th Mile near Pahalwan More along NH-52A here this evening, the central govt official exuded hope that tourism in Arunachal will reach its zenith with the improvement of communication facilities for which initiatives have already been taken up, adding that the proposed Greenfield airport at Karsingsa will bring in more tourists.
Lauding the apex students’ organization, AAPSU, and other students’ bodies for their every possible support for development of tourism, state’s Tourism Secretary Bandana Deori, who along with Tourism Director A K Singh accompanied Kothari during the visit, said that the cafeteria constructed under a Central scheme would be inaugurated formally on January 26 next.
TT Enterprise, Itanagar will run the cafeteria on lease basis for a period of five years.
AAPSU president Takam Tatung appealed to the Central govt to sanction more development projects in the state on priority basis. He further appealed to the state govt to make the guest house and shopping complex at Nirjuli, functional soon. The govt should also take step to shift the CRPF base from the youth hostel, Naharlagun, he added.
Apart from Tatung, large number of student leaders, including the executives of AAPSU, ALSU and ANSU were present on the occasion.

ITBP & WII join forces to up border villages’ economy 
Jambey Tsering
TAWANG, Jan 12: ITBP and Winrock International India have joined forces to boost the livelihood of remote border villages. 
To start up with their noble venture, the duo chose Brokenthang, a border village in Tawang district, 11 Km off the Indo-China border. 
As a part of the joint livelihood enhancement programme of 4th Battalion of ITBP and Winrock International India (WII), a medium scale mushroom cultivation unit was recently established at Brokenthang. The processing centre was constructed employing only the villagers which generated direct labour opportunity to the villagers to the tune of more than Rs 35,000/-. The processing centre and the infrastructure required for mushroom cultivation has been constructed using local resources.
Mushroom is a traditional protein source for the people of Western Arunachal Pradesh and is mainly collected from the forests. At present, very few mushroom production centres present in this part of Arunachal Pradesh which are not being able to meet the huge market demand.
The processing centre with an area of 24 sq m has facilities of mushroom production in a scientific manner. The programme will provide training for the entire village in mushroom production besides setting up market linkages. The production will start from March 2010, after the peak winter subsides. 
The programme officers (POs) of Winrock informed that the production centre has a capacity to produce more than 30,000 kilograms of mushroom per annum which can generate approximately a profit of 4 lakhs for the villagers.
At a function organized in Brokenthang on January 9 last, Commandant of 4th Battalion of ITBP, Jackson P Therratil, distributed the wages to the villagers for the construction of processing centre in the village. 
Therratil while reinstated the commitment of ITBP towards livelihood enhancement of border villages, he requested the villagers to make use of the opportunity to generate more income using the potential of the market.
The secretary general of Yuva Arunachal, Chombay Kee appreciated the initiative which is aimed at enhancing the livelihood of a backward village like Brokenthang. He also encouraged the villagers to sustain and preserve the centre to set an example for others to follow.

The function was also attended by POs of WII, Dr K M Jayahari and Monalisa Sen, ZPM Sangey Norbu and anchal chairperson Namgey Tsering. (Source - Echo of Arunachal website)