Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurates the Indigenous Tribal Research and Studies Centre

ITANAGAR | November 5, 2017 :

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Indigenous Tribal Research & Studies Centre in presence of UD Minister Nabam Rebia and other dignitaries here at Nyedar Namlo in Doimukh.

The Chief Minister inspected the newly constructed building of the centre and offered prayer to the indigenous deities inside the prayer centre.

Later addressing a gathering organized by Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS), Khandu assured Rs 1 crore for finishing works for the centre. He also assured a corpus fund for the institute and asked the NIFCS to submit an estimate. Through his personal means, Chief Minister donated Rs 10 lakhs for the institute.

Khandu expressed hope that the centre will prove helpful in documenting and preservation of indigenous culture. He said foreign tourists come to Arunachal to see the indigenous culture and  therefore appealed for its preservation. He said Arunachal is becoming a hot tourist destination for its rich cultural heritage. He said the state has registered 10% increase each year in number of tourist inflow.

On creation of Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA), Khandu said he has asked the Chief Secretary for its immediate functioning. He said it will be an independent department with creation of Secretary and Director posts.

Earlier, UD Minister in his speech fervently appealed the indigenous people of the state to be strongly rooted in their culture.

President NIFCS Pai Dawe also spoke on the occasion.

On the occasion a colorful cultural dances were presented. The function ended with a prayer.

The function was attended by CNN President Nabam Atum, former legislators Atum Welly, Lokam Tasar, Papumpare DC Tai Kaye, SP Tumme Amon and other officials.


Defence Minister approves three Sainik schools in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, November 4, 2017 

Union Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman led a team of senior defence ministry officers including Secretary Defence, GoC-in-C (Eastern Command), GoC of Corp 3 and Corp 4, and other officers for a two day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Today she had a high level meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu, which was also attended by MoS Home Kiren Rijjiju, Minister Land Management Nabam Rebia and senior state government officials headed by Chief Secretary Satya Gopal.

Detailed deliberations were held on a whole gamut of issues in relation to land matters and other important issues of Arunachal Pradesh with Ministry of Defence. The Defence Minister gave an in-principle approval for establishment of three Sainik Schools – one each in Tawang, Pasighat and Tirap-Changlang-Longding (TCL) belt.

The proposal for establishment of an airport at Dirang was also discussed and the armed forces evinced a strong interest in the proposal. The Defence Minister stated that this proposal will be given due consideration.

The Chief Minister raised the urgent need to establish a cantonment in the capital area of Itanagar, for which necessary land would be acquired. Defence Minister assured the CM that this would be accorded high priority. It was decided that the Minister, Land Management will help in identification of a suitable contiguous land of 500 acres and immediately thereafter the defence ministry officials will undertake a joint survey and submit report to MoD.

Khandu also raised the issue of need for expansion of land for Tawang township and urged the Defence Minister to consider freeing up some idle land in the vicinity of the township. She directed the GOC-in-C, Eastern Command to look into this matter favourably and submit a report urgently after consulting the district administration and govt officials.

The Chief Minister impressed upon the need to expedite the operationalization of the Brigade headquarters in Tirap district so as to deal with the problem of insurgency in the region. Defence Minister assured the CM that the brigade headquarter would be made operational by December 2018.

On the issue of strengthening the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road, she assured the CM that this is a strategically important road and the BRO would be given clear directions for fast tracking its upgradation and all necessary funds would be provided for maintenance as well. She also informed the CM that the system of functioning of BRO has been completely restructured with greater autonomy and delegation of powers for faster implementation.

The Defence Minister assured that the IAF infrastructural facilities in the ALGs shall be permitted for civilian use. She also assured that requisite funds shall be released for conducting survey for laying the strategic railway line from Missamari (Assam) to Tawang.

Terming the visit as a “Landmark and Historic visit”, Khandu praised the Defence Minister for her “constructive approach and quick decision making abilities”. He further said that under her able leadership, the civil-military relationship which has been the cornerstone of Arunachal Pradesh society will get an even greater impetus.

All the issues pertaining to land acquisition for defence purposes were deliberated in detail and sorted out.

On the second leg of her visit, the Defence Minister will be visiting forward areas in the eastern part of the state. She has also accepted the invitation to revisit the state to lay the foundation for expansion of the National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in West Kameng district.

Earlier on the day, the Defence Minister inaugurated the Buddha Mahotsav at Bomdila in West Kameng.

Govt to adopt investor friendly industrial policy: CM

PASIGHAT | November 3, 2017:

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured that the state government is committed to promote and support the growth of the industries in the state and in this direction the state government is in the process of formulating Investor Friendly Industrial Policy, as the state has immense potential for various industries including textile promotion.

Inaugurating the Apparel and Garment unit of Elam Industries, Arunachal’s first and the largest mechanized textile factory here at Industrial Estate, the Chief Minister termed it as ‘Pride of Arunachal’ and a pioneering step in the textile industry sector considering its scale. The textile industry will create immense employment opportunities for the artisans and youths of the state, he said.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by proprietor of Elam industries, Mohanto Pangging a former fighter pilot in Indian Air Force (IAF), the Chief Minister said that NITI Aayog will be soon revisiting the North East Industrial Policy. He assured that the bottlenecks faced by the industry in terms of irregular and insufficient power supply will be addressed. He said the state government is always ready to support the local industries as Arunachal has immense scope for industrialisation.

For sustenance of local industries, the Chief Minister assured to accord public procurement preferences for goods produced in the local factories. He promised to have discussion with the education department for procurement of school uniform produced by the Elam industries and appealed all the owners of the private schools to procure locally produced school uniform. As gesture of support, the Chief Minister assured to purchase school uniforms from Elam Industries for Tawang Public School, a school run by him in Tawang.

The Elam Apparel and Garment Industry is housed in the Apparel and Garment Making Centre/ Manufacturing Centre created under North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) here at 2-Mile which is manufacturing all kinds of readymade garments including school uniforms and also committed to promote the local textiles/fabrics and ecofriendly garments and fabrics.

The event witnessed a fashion show where the school and college children walked the ramp wearing various designer outfits designed by a local fashion designer showcasing the locally manufactured garments produced from the Elam industries.

Earlier the Chief Minister also visited the Elam power loom and handloom industry including various sections of the apparel and garment industry. He was accompanied by State BJP President Tapir Gao, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, Advisor to CM Lombo Tayeng, Nari MLA Kento Rina and other officials.



Chief Minister inaugurates Circle Office building at Namsing

PASIGHAT, Nov 3: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the much-awaited Circle Office building at Namsing, under Mebo Subdivision, East Siang district in presence of State BJP President Tapir Gao, Advisor to CM and local MLA Lombo Tayeng, DC Tamiyo Tatak, SP Pranav Tayal, former MLAs Roding Pertin and Ralom Borang. The HCM also laid foundation stone of Don Bosco School, Mebo and released a book authored by Father Fransis and participated in a plantation program.

Later, in a public meeting addressing the people of Namsing, HCM Khandu appreciated the villagers for maintaining peace and harmony in the society and advised to preserve age-old tradition and culture. He gave spot sanction of five crores for development activities and responding to memorandums submitted by Mongu Bango, WASE, Namsing village and New District Demand Action Committee, Khandu assured to review all the issues and to take appropriate actions. He further assured to send a special team of experts to inspect Tarotamak riverside to take immediate and suitable flood control measures. He categorically mentioned that 1983 district creation guidelines is old and it will be brought in the assembly for discussion for amendment which will help in district creations in future.

BJP will take the development journey of the State to new heights and Nation’s interest first, party and then self-interest last should be the commitment of the party members, stated the CM. The Chief Minister urged the government officials and leaders to conduct awareness campaign on central and state flagship programme so that people are largely benefited. Many beneficial schemes have been launched by the central and state governments for all-round development and to minimize the unemployment. About five thousand jobs has been created and promoted entrepreneurship in the state within one year, asserted the CM. He thanked the elders, ex Ministers, legislators of the Mebo for their vision in infusing work culture here. He also thanked the government officials for maintaining the work culture in the district.

Earlier, Advisor to CM and local MLA Lombo Tayeng conveyed his gratitude to the visiting CM for his love and care he shown to the people of Namsing in particular and Mebo subdivision as a whole. He informed that in addition to SIDF five crores was allocated by the CM which has been judiciously utilized for restoration and maintenance of road communication or the area.

BJP State President Tapir Gao while addressing the people said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Pema Khandu has achieved tremendous development. It is corruption-free and people friendly government.