Chief Minister Pema Khandu brings smiles on the residents of Tali

TALI | October 30, 2017:

Residents of Tali ADC headquarters had a reason to smile today when Chief Minister Pema Khandu assured them of restarting the work on the existing incomplete Yangte-Tali road by this year.

The Chief Minister said that a meeting involving finance, planning and PWD departments will be called in the first week of November to plan for construction of Yangte-Tali road – following which a new scheme and the head will be decided for fresh execution of the work. He announced to make these decisions public through social media and newspapers in his public address in the BJP Maha Rally cum development meeting held in the general ground here.

Khandu also informed that Rs 5 crore is sanctioned for bridge over Kumey River connecting Yangte and Tali expressing optimism that work for 10-12km of road from bridge point to Tali headquarters should complete soon as the terrain is favourable.

The Chief Minister informed that the existing road was sanctioned during former CM late Dorjee Khandu. But 12 years after the work was sanctioned, which is the only lifeline for the people of Tali and Pipsorang circle, it failed to complete following scheme duplicacy and poor implementation.

Khandu said that though in the past several CMs have visited the Tali headquarters, the absence of road connectivity had always remained the biggest issue and is the lone constituency in the state to face so. He said it was during late Dorjee Khandu that Tamen-Tali and Chetam-Pipsorang road was also sanctioned.

The Chief Minister proposed to execute the work for Yangte-Tali road under the Deputy Commissioner with a strong monitoring team. “If your wish for road has to be in real then you have to agree to my proposal else the road is never going to complete on time,” said Khandu in his appeal to the people.

He further fervently appealed the people to bring change in their thoughts first before expecting any change from above. “The story will be the same – Chief Ministers will come, make announcements and go; but nothing will change on the ground. So I don’t want it that way,” he said.

Khandu also appealed the people from the constituency settled in the state capital to invest in their hometowns and villages for upliftment of their area. He said true development is when villages become self-contained and economically viable and not when villagers are forced to migrate to cities in search of better avenues.

The Chief Minister in his address also welcomed the newly joined 38 PPA ASMs and Gram panchayat from Tali and Pipsorang area who were earlier formally accepted into the party by State BJP President Tapir Gao.

In his advice to newly joined members, Khandu said that once in the BJP party, they should to be ready to serve in any place or under any posts while keeping in mind that its nation’s interest first, party and then self-interest last. He said if the party commands tomorrow to him to leave the Chief Minister’s post and serve elsewhere, he would be ready to do so. Such should be the commitment of the party member, the Chief Minister said.

In his concluding remark, Khandu said the government will keep no discrimination towards ruling or opposition legislative members. He said the opposition PPA and Congress members too are part of the ‘Team Arunachal’ and welcomed them for their participation through questions and resolutions. “Stronger the opposition better will be the performance of the ruling government, he opined.

Earlier Union Minister for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju, Gao and Home Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram also spoke.

Tourism Secy seeks release of funds under Swadesh Darshan Scheme

ITANAGAR October 24, 2017: 

The Arunachal Tourism Society (ATS), a newly formed authority, held its Governing Council meeting here today under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister Pema Khandu in presence of Tourism Parliamentary Secretary P D Sona.

Tourism Secretary Dr Joram Beda, who outlined the purpose of the meeting, sought approval of the Governing Council that has members from Urban Development, Research, Sports and Finance departments and Rajiv Gandhi Polytechnic besides the department of Tourism for release of funds under Swadesh Darshan scheme of the central government in PFMS mode to develop state’s adventure tourism and the Bhalukpong-Tawang circuit.

Khandu, as chairman of the Governing Council by virtue of being the Minister in-Charge of Tourism, approved the proposals in principle after taking inputs from the members.

He urged the Society to engage enterprising local youths by outsourcing services to them in the tourism industry, which will bring in professionalism as well as generate employment.

“Manpower is needed for running tourism facility centers and cafeterias. This can be outsourced to professional agencies run by local entrepreneurs,” he suggested.

Khandu welcomed the suggestion put in by the Research Director for including places of religious and historical interests in development of the tourism sector by way of extending facilities. The Research Director had suggested that facility centers and stays can be established in monasteries and viharas as well as historic places like Thembang in West Kameng, which are frequented by visitors.

He also asked the Society to help in compiling courses for polytechnics that would teach and train local youths to exploit and explore the state’s tourism potentials.

Emphasizing on proper publicity of the state’s potential, Khandu advised that brochures, souvenirs and magazines published by the department at the state level should be updated yearly.

The Arunachal Tourism Society has been constituted basically to manage, maintain and operationalize assets created by the Tourism department over the years. It would also undertake promotion and publicity campaigns besides organizing tourism-centric festivals across the state.

Pema unhappy with NEC fund allocation

TAWANG | October 26, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today had a meeting with North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary, Ram Muivah to discuss on pressing issues regarding the council that require urgent attention.

The Chief Minister expressed concern over meager allocation to the organization noting that the trend of receiving less allocation will make NEC fall short of serving any purpose. The NEC allocation substantially decreased from 9th Five Year Plan onwards and since then has remained stagnant.

Pointing out the large gap arising due to meager resources made available with that of the aspiration of the constituent states, the Chief Minister informed that demand for funds from constituent states each year has increased that stood at an average of Rs 4800 crores annually. He pointed out the need for raise in resource allocation for core areas and for the large projects with inter-state regional character, which is the mandate of NEC.

The Chief Minister further raised concern over declining allocation through pool of non-lapsable funds, NLCPR. He said at least 10% of the budget of the central ministries is to be marked for the North Eastern states. He pointed that over Rs 15,000 crores of NLCPR funds have accumulated over the years and with the decline in allocation, the development of North East has greatly impacted.

The Chief Minister also called for strengthening in functioning of NEC secretariat and incentives attached to the posts in NEC to attract more officers to serve on deputation.

Chief Minister declares open Tawang Festival

TAWANG | October 26, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today declared open the fifth edition of Tawang festival here at the general ground in presence of NEC Secretary Ram Muivah, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi and Tourism Secretary Dr Joram Beda.

This was followed by school children releasing hundreds of balloons in air to mark the beginning of the 4-day festivity. 

Earlier the Chief Minister inaugurated the exhibition stalls where products and materials from various govt departments, NGOs and local community bodies were showcased. 

The stalls has products from horticulture, agriculture, forest and textile departments. Local organisations also displayed their traditional hand looms, traditional paper making technique and local ornaments. The festival also has food stalls from different communities of Arunachal selling tribal delicacies.

North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary, Ram Muivah who was also present on the occasion inaugurated the traditional games and sports competition. The competition will be held on local archery, weightlifting, shotput, tug of war, Thepi, Glangnyuri and Lei.

Earlier in the morning, Chief Minister attended the street carnival show held at old market. The street show will be held for three days. On the first day, Yak dance from different villages of Khirmu, Mukto, Gyankhar, Bomdir, Gonkhar etc were displayed. 

The first day of the evening cultural show will have special presentation from international artists Tenzin Kunsel and Ani Choying Droma. The show will also have cultural presentation from Adi, Nyishi and Monpa tribe. Artists from Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts will also be presenting their cultural dances. 

CM inaugurates computer course

TAWANG | October 26, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the computer courses to be taught here at the Thubten Shedrubling Foundation.

The courses will be taught free of cost to the students and will commence from 1st November 2017.

President of the Foundation, Tulku Tenzin Gyurmey Rinpoche, RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi and Tawang MLA Tsering were also present on the occasion.

The Chief Minister also inspected the academic building of the institute, which is undergoing construction.

Besides the computer courses, the institute is mainly focused on teaching courses on Buddhism, Bhoti and English language.

The Chief Minister in his visit also interacted with the newly joined faculty members who will be teaching computer courses.

Awareness level on govt schemes very low, says upset CM

TAWANG | October 27, 2017: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today chaired the ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’ programme organized at the Deputy Commissioner’s conference hall attended by RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, panchayat leaders, district heads and other officials.

Commissioner finance Ashis Kundra made a detail presentation on the major central flagships programmes. He also made presentation on GST, Aadhar, DBT and Public finance Management System (PFMS). This was followed by an interactive session where officials present submitted their queries regarding the centre’s programmes. The legislators present also expressed their views and suggestions to the officials.

The Chief Minister in his remarks said the state government has taken up the initiative to spread awareness regarding centre’s flagship programmes in the state. He observed that awareness levels among the people about the schemes were very low and lamented that even the government officials in the departments are not adequately aware.

To meet up these challenges, he informed that state government had on 12th October last set up committees in every district to carry out the information and awareness campaign to the people about the centre’s flagship programmes. He informed that each committee consists of a legislator, commissioner or secretary level officers along with Deputy Commissioners, officials and public leaders with five-year target set to achieve the objective.

The Chief Minister called on the Circle Officers to play pro-active role in spreading awareness at the grassroots along with the panchayat leaders and Gaon Burahs. He said the main motive of such massive awareness campaign is to help improve the work culture and to acquaint the officers with all the central flagship programmes. He also said the objective is also to ensure that the benefits reach the lowest strata of people and stressed on the role of the banks in it.

The Chief Minister said the state government is also working pro-actively to bring transparency in the system. He said all fund transfer for the central schemes will routed via PFMS so that flow of funds are monitored at all level. He informed that a CM dashboard will be unveiled soon where the Chief Minister himself can monitor all schemes and programmes implemented by the departments. He said Arunachal has earned a bad reputation in reaping out money without executing work on the ground and stressed on doing away with such corrupt culture.

The Chief Minister in his closing remark appreciated the officials from the district of having maintained a good work atmosphere. He said Tawang has earned a good reputation in executing and implementation of programmes and schemes on the ground. He encouraged the officials to maintain such work culture so that other districts can emulate.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu awarded with ‘The Flower of Joy’

TAWANG | October 27, 2017: Chief Minister Pema Khandu was today awarded with ‘The Flower of Joy’ by the Tendhon Cultural Preservation Society (TCPS) in its 27th Anniversary Celebration held here at the general ground.

The Award, a replica of Ashoka’s Lion Emblem was awarded to the Chief Minister on behalf of the people of Monyul as deep appreciation and respect for his extraordinary leadership and achievements.

In his award citation, Tulku Tenzin Gyurmey said that ever since Khandu took over as the Chief Minister, there are visible positive changes and developments happenings in all sector. A stable government, innovations in education, social development, religion and culture, health and environment, economy and infrastructure development, welfare of the people and social stability are few to mention.

Pointing out the new policies and initiatives taken by the Chief Minister to take the state to a new height of development and prosperity, Gyurmey said, “The great works and achievements of your will remain in the history of this state and are worthy of all the appreciation shown by the people of this state.”

Further Gyurmey appreciated the Chief Minister of having followed the footsteps of his late father Dorjee Khandu through his hard work and unceasing dedication for the benefit of the people of Arunachal Pradesh.

On the occasion, a book titled, “His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama’s 6th visit and teaching in Mon Tawang’ was jointly released by the Chief Minister and the dignitaries present. This was followed by presentation of Thangka as souvenir to the Chief Minister and other distinguished guests.

The artists from the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA), Gangkhar and Lumla Cultural Troupe presented felicitation songs and colourful cultural dances during the celebration.

Chief Minister in his address spoke on the one-year achievement of the present government. He announced that state government will soon have an MoU with TIPA to facilitate training of Buddhist arts and culture to the Monpa youths to generate interest in their age old culture.

RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Padmashree Thigtsey Rinpoche, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, DoKAA Chairman Jambey Wangdi, Tawang ZPC Jambey Tsering and President of TCPS Lama Nawang also spoke on the occasion.

 

Chief Minister greets people on Rashtriya Ekta Diwas

ITANAGAR ,October 30, 2017 Chief Minister Pema Khandu has greeted the people on occasion of the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) celebrated across the country on October 31 commemorating the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Iron Man of India.

In a message here this evening, Khandu said observance of the day provides an opportunity to re-affirm inherent strength and resilience of the nation to withstand actual and potential threats to unity, integrity and security of the country.

“In India’s Independence struggle, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel played a major role in organizing peasant’s movements on Gandhian principles in Gujarat and during the Quit India Movement. His biggest contribution to the country was his role in integration of over 500 princely states with India during 1947-49,” said Khandu paying rich tributes to Sardar Patel, who also became the first Deputy Prime Minister and the first Home Minister of India.

Khandu hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for mooting the idea of Rashtriya Ekta Diwas in 2014 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Patel.

The Chief Minister called upon the people to reiterate their faith on the principle of unity in diversity as the strength of India. He also called upon the civil servants to re-dedicate themselves to nation building on the birth anniversary of the person, who is known as the patron saint of civil servants of India for being instrumental in establishing the modern all-India civil services.

Catering of food and non alcohol beverage services in Arunachal Bhawan and House, New Delhi

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Chief Minister Pema Khandu launches e-services

ITANAGAR, October 24, 2017: Taking another step forward towards a Digital Arunachal, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today launched the Arunachal eService (Service Plus), a digital platform for service delivery that facilitates G2C interaction experience between the government and the citizen.

The eService will make Government services accessible to the common man from anywhere through Internet and Jan Suvidha centers at the offices of the deputy commissioners in the districts. The electronic delivery of citizen centric services will ensure efficiency, transparency and reliability at affordable costs. Initially six services like obtaining of Scheduled Tribe, Permanent Resident, Temporary Resident, Income, Dependent and Character certificates can be availed online at www.eservice.arunachal.gov.in.

Appreciating the department of IT & Communication as well as NIC, Khandu hailed the service as novel and path-breaking for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. He said this was another stepping block for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of a digital India.

“Our government is committed to take a transparent, responsible and corruption free governance to the people and digitalizing the service delivery system is the best way to go about. I congratulate the IT department headed by Secretary Sonam Chombay and Special Secretary Prince Dhawan in showing the way,” he said.

Referring to the six services now available with the launch, Khandu said these were basic requirements of the people for which they had to reach the designated offices in person covering long distances. He expressed satisfaction that now these basic certificates can be obtained by the people at their leisure from anywhere.

Khandu called upon all other departments to follow suit and offer online their respective services to the people. He also urged upon the IT & Communication department to fast track the CM’s Dashboard through which the Chief Minister’s Office can monitor and review all schemes and projects under implementation in various sectors.

The eService application developed by the National Informatics Center (NIC) envisages availability of all services through one portal, provide digitally signed e-certificates without any revenue leakage.

IT Special Secretary Prince Dhawan explained in detail the features and modalities of the portal wherein any citizen can just log into eservice.arunachal.gov.in and get all the e-Services by applying online for the desired service at the concerned DC Office by entering basic details and uploading supporting documents. Payments can be made using any of the payment method – debit card or Net-Banking, track the current status of the application and receive online the digitally signed certificate.

Dhawan informed that in addition to the six initial services being provided now, the online application would include more services in the near future.

SIO, NIC, explained the key features of the Service Plus framework to the gathering.

To commemorate the launch, few digitally signed certificates were handed over to applicants by the Chief Minister.

Present on the occasion were Deputy Speaker of the State Legislative Assembly Tumke Bagra, Chief Secretary Shakuntala D Gamlin, Commissioners, Secretaries and officials of IT & Communication and NIC, Govt of India.