NE India Karate Do Championships starts

ITANAGAR, December 17, 2017 

Chief Minister Pema Khandu this morning declared open the two-day 5th North East National Level Karate-do Championship here at Nyokum Lapang General Ground.

Being held for the second time in the state, ten teams from the region would be vying against each other in this edition of the championship. The teams are Sikkim, Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Assam and hosts Arunachal Pradesh besides a team each from Arunachal Pradesh Police Sports Control Board (APPSCB), Assam Riffles and Darjeeling Gorkha Karate Association (DGKA).

Addressing the participants and officials, Khandu lauded the unity and coordination amongst the state level Karate association of the region in projecting North East as a hub of promising and talented karate players. He said due to pioneers like Likha Tara, who heads the joint organization of all North Eastern Karate associations –NESKFI – Karate has emerged as a sport that the states from the region excel in.

“Our youths – particularly from Arunachal Pradesh, have carved a niche not only in regional and national levels but also in international tournaments,” he asserted and expressed gratitude to the state Karate association for giving ample opportunities to players by not missing a single tournament of any level since its inception.

Khandu informed that under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the central government is giving special focus in developing sports infrastructure in the region. He said laying of foundation stone for a National Sports University during Modi’s recent visit to Manipur is just one example.

Reiterating the state government’s commitment to develop the sports sector, Khandu assured to construct an Olympic Bhavan in Itanagar for the convenience of visiting sportspersons and officials. He also announced a modern multi-purpose indoor stadium in the vicinity of the state capital and urged the department of sports to identify a suitable site for it.

“Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathorehas promised a multi-purpose indoor stadium. We need to identify a suitable plot immediately and pursue with the ministry,” he said.

While wishing all participants luck and a pleasant stay in Arunachal Pradesh, the Chief Minister announced a sum of Rs 10 lakhs as an aid to the organizers for holding the championship at Itanagar.

The inaugural ceremony was also attended by Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal, Bamang Tago, officials of department of sports and youth affairs and others.

CM inaugurates Kamle district

RAGA, December 15, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu is a man of promise and he proved it today.

On February 6 this year, Khandu – visiting Raga for the first time to join the fiftieth year of Boori Boot Yullo festival of the local Nyishis – had promised to create a new district as per a long-pending demand of the people. True to his words, Khandu today returned to Raga and inaugurated the 22nd district of Arunachal Pradesh – Kamle.

“I had promised to return to inaugurate the new district within this year. And here I am,” he said to a cheering crowd gathered on the historic day.

Congratulating the people of the newly created district, Khandu appreciated local legislator Tamar Murtem, Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students’ Union, All Nyishi Youth Association other community based organizations and local leaders for their genuine efforts in realizing the demand waiting in the shed for years.

“But this is just the beginning. Now we have to nurture and develop the newborn district. In terms of land, you have enough…around 8000 sqkms. We have to plan properly and utilize our resources judiciously so that Kamle district becomes at par with rest of the districts in the quickest possible time,” he said.

Khandu requested landowners to generously donate and cooperate with the district administration in creation of infrastructure to run the district. He assured that funds will not be a constraint in the development of the district.

“In the next budget we will keep enough provisions for the newly created districts. Wait for the budget announcements,” he assured.

Asserting that teamwork and resolve is needed to finish incomplete works, Khandu said that for years the establishment of divisional commissioner offices were pending, while the Lower Siang issue was being dragged on and on.

“By taking everybody into confidence, by working as Team Arunachal we made the Lower Siang district functional and recently inaugurated the Divisional Commissioner West headquarters at Yachuli. Also for years we were just dreaming of having a four-lane road for our state capital. Today, work on it is going in full swing,” he said.

Khandu further said that it is only due to team effort that today Shatabdi Express is coming to Arunachal while several significant railway lines are under survey.

Emphasizing on connectivity in development of the new district, he cited the ongoing trans-Arunachal highway as one major catalyst. He however regretted that the portion of highway connecting Raga is getting delayed mainly due to land compensation issues. He requested the people to cooperate with the authorities.

“I have been informed that almost all cases of compensation have been resolved. We will be now able to hand over the required land for work on the project to take off,” he informed.

Khandu reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is not resource-crunch but has been lagging to put to good use the abundant resources it has in its disposal economically.

“We have enough resources. But we need to convert these resources into capital,” he said while citing that the state has achieved an increase of 26% in revenue generation this year, which is quite outstanding. He said with GST in place the revenue would increase further in the coming years.

Khandu called upon all – especially the elected representatives – to ‘talk less, work more’.

Meanwhile, owing to water scarcity problem in Raga township,Khandu assured sanction for a water supply project worth Rs 16 crore.

The inaugural function of the new district was also attended by MoS Home KirenRijiju, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya besides host legislator Tamar Murtem, state BJP President Tapir Gao and others.


Centre seeks ODF status, asks Arunachal to pre-finance NRDWP

ITANAGAR, December 1, 2017 

Secretary, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Govt of India, Parameswaran Iyer this morning called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu and discussed issues related to sanitation, particularly on the Open Defecation Free (ODF) mission launched by Government of India and drinking water supply.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on 2nd October, 2014 that aims to achieve a Swachh Bharat by 2019, as a fitting tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary. However, Arunachal Pradesh Government had taken upon itself to attain the target by December 2017 by achieving cent percent ODF status for all districts.

Iyer appreciated the efforts put in by the state Department of Public Health Engineering & Water Supply (PHE&WS), the nodal agency for implementing the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state, to achieve the ambitious target. He lauded the solid waste management system used by the department terming it a comprehensive model and said it lived up to the objective of Swachh Bharat Mission, which is not only about building toilets but also keeping villages clean.

While congratulating for successful ODF mission in the state, Iyer however advised the department to simultaneously start the verification process. He said after declaration of ODF, the same needs to be verified by a competent agency within three months for the mission to be actually successful.

He suggested that as Arunachal Pradesh has kept December 2017 as the target to achieve the ODF status, it needs to simultaneously start the verification process in the already ODF declared villages.

While taking the status of drinking water supply in the state, the Secretary assured funds were not a constraint as special funds have been earmarked for the North East, which cannot be utilized anywhere else.

He requested the Chief Minister to pre-finance projects under the centrally sponsored National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP), which will be immediately reimbursed by the ministry after successful completion of the projects.

Khandu expressed gratitude to the Union Secretary, who was accompanied by Dr Sonali Ghosh, Director, SBM-G, Yugal Joshi, Director, IEC and two Senior Consultants, for their visit to the state and valuable suggestions. He assured that the state government will take advantage of the centrally sponsored schemes and projects for the benefit of the rural people.

Khandu directed the PHE&WS department to work in close coordination with the ministry officials for the success of the Swachh Bharat Mission.

Also present during the call-on were Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, PHE&WS Commissioner H K Shalla and Chief Engineer Toko Jyoti.



Jharkhand MLAs call on CM

ITANAGAR, December 4, 2017 

A four-member delegation of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly headed by its Chairman Rajkishore Mahto called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his offices here this morning.

The Committee with members Jagannath Mahto and Ramkumar Pahan and Under Secretary of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly Ramashish Yadav are on a study tour of five states – West Bengal, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh since November 24 last. On its last leg of the study tour, the Committee arrived at Itanagar Sunday morning.

Khandu while welcoming the Jharkhand legislators and the official, explained in detail the queries posed by them as a part of their study. He informed that while the state is geographically the largest in the North East, its population at about 14 lakhs is one of the lowest.

The Members of the Committee admitted that despite its small population, Arunachal Pradesh faced several challenges due to its tough terrains, harsh climate, strategic location and late process of development and streamlining.

They lauded Khandu for bringing a fresh life to the developmental process through his youthful vision and vigour.

“Under the youngest Chief Minister of the country, we can see a young Arunachal raring to progress ahead,” observed Rajkishore Mahto.

During the discussion, the members took note of the number of legislative assembly and Lok Sabha constituencies, number of electorates, strength of the Opposition, procedure of Assembly sessions, its Committees, sub-Committees, etc.

While inviting the Chief Minister to visit Jharkhand, the members assured to return and travel around the state as visitors to enjoy its natural and cultural grandeur.

Arunachal to have RBI office soon

ITANAGAR, December 8, 2017

Surekha Marandi, Executive Director (ED) of Reserve Bank of India, today called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his offices here.

Marandi heads the consumer education and protection department, financial inclusion and development department. Prior to her promotion as Executive Director, Marandi had served as Principal Chief General Manager and Chief Vigilance Officer in the Reserve Bank over a span of three decades.

Marandi informed the Chief Minister that RBI has resolved to open an office in Arunachal Pradesh, preferably in the state capital soon.

She said RBI is working on the modalities for opening its office and within three to six months, Arunachal Pradesh should have its own RBI office.

Expressing gratitude to the RBI, Khandu assured all assistance from the state government for smooth establishment and functioning of its office in the state. He said it would ease up financial inclusion and transaction to a great level as for all purposes the state has to depend upon the RBI office at Guwahati.

Congratulating the Chief Minister for holding the ‘Dream Change; Arunachal 2027’, a unique initiative by a state government, Marandi offered assistance of RBI in extending financial inclusion to unbanked blocks of the state.

She said as the Indian economy hugely depends upon financial inclusion of every citizen, RBI is committed to extend banking facilities to remotest parts of Arunachal Pradesh. She, however, sought the cooperation of the state government in providing digital connectivity which has become the core of all banking activities.

Marandi suggested installation of V-SATS in areas where cable connectivity has not yet reached or is almost impossible in the near future.

“The DoNER ministry can be pursued by the state government to liaise with ISRO and find possibilities of using its V-SAT facility for connectivity. Once connectivity is in place, we will pursue banking sectors to extend their facilities in these areas,” she suggested.

Marandi also suggested opening of Customer Service Points (CSPs) in rural areas, which offer almost all banking services. To expand the service, she sought the support of local administrations.

She further sought assistance of the state government through its district administrations in recovery drives of loans.

Khandu assured all possible cooperation and assistance to RBI and all banking institutions in extending services to all parts of the state. He directed the state Finance department to constantly coordinate with RBI in all its endeavours in the state.

Earlier, Marandi attended the inaugural session of the ‘Dream Change; Arunachal 2027’ and also deliberated on the banking sector.


|The stepping stone to a brighter and surer future has been laid today,” Chief Minister at the ‘Dream Change – Arunachal 2027’

ITANAGAR, December 8, 2017

‘Dream Change – Arunachal 2027’, the state conclave on shaping a new development discourse for Arunachal Pradesh began here at the state-of-the-art Conference Hall of the newly opened Arunachal Pradesh State Legislative Assembly building here. The inaugural session of the two-day conclave was attended by Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Rtd) Dr B D Mishra, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Home Minister Kumar Waii, Rural Development Minister Alo Libang, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, Secretary DoNER Navin Verma, Chief Secretary Satyagopal and several others.

The conclave – a first of its kind in the state, is being organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Government in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi University and Center for Cultural Research and Documentation (CCRD), a Itanagar based NGO.

The two-day Conclave would witness deliberation on subjects like economy and development, expanding agriculture and allied sectors, health service delivery, challenges of education, skilling for the future and protection and continuity of heritage and cultural expressions by over 130 speakers from amongst policy makers, researchers, economists, scholars, academicians, etc.

Speaking on the occasion, Khandu termed the initiative a historic one as all stakeholders, policy-makers and experts from across the state and outside have gathered under one roof for the first time in the history of Arunachal Pradesh for putting their brains and expertise in framing a roadmap for Arunachal Pradesh to grow in the next ten years.

“We have been lagging behind on all fronts for long. But with the keen interest and determination of the Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, North East is on the path of accelerated development. As Govt of India is offering all its assistance for our development, it’s upon us to plan a time-bound roadmap for ourselves for the future. Hence this conclave,” he said.

While citing important projects under implementation like road, rail and air connectivity in the state, the Chief Minister found no reason that the state should remain backward anymore.

“We have all resources at our disposal. With the coming up of road, rail, air and digital connectivity the road ahead is open and inviting for us. We just need a comprehensive and time-bound roadmap to guide us and the determination to achieve it,” he pointed.

Khandu expressed hope that with the presence of eminent personalities like S Bhattacharya, a renowned economist and CEO of Axis Bank, social worker and researcher Ashish Bhave, ED and COO, National Skill Development Council (NSDC) Jayant Krishna, ED, RBI, S Marandi, Akshay Rout from Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and others the conclave will be a fruitful and path-breaking one for the state.

Urging all stakeholders to sincerely rake their brains in the ensuing sessions for the future of Arunachal Pradesh, Khandu assured that the results when comprised into a roadmap will be strictly followed to the letter.

“I believe when so many of the best of best brains come out with a comprehensive roadmap, it will not fail. On my part, I assure that the suggestions and path ahead shown by you all will be strictly followed. I know the stepping stone to a brighter and surer future has been laid today,” he said.

The inaugural session was also attended by several legislators, bureaucrats, technocrats, social activists, NGO leaders, invitees and academicians from RGU and various other institutes and institutions.

The Conclave is being spearheaded by the state department of Planning, Finance & Investment under its Commissioner Ashish Kundra.