CM assures to place fund for development of Divisional Commissioner’s Office

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today welcomed the en-bloc merger of Congress party workers of 16th Yachuli Assembly Constituency to BJP party here in presence of State BJP President Tapir Gao, Parliamentary Secretaries Likha Saaya, Tamar Murtem and Tage Taki.

The Congress workers who joined the BJP party include Zilla Parishad Members from Yazali, Yachuli and Pistana Anchal Samiti Block along with their respective Anchal Chairpersons.

It also include 26 panchayat members consisting of ASMs and GPMs from Yazali Zilla, 50 members from Yachuli Zilla and 33 members from Pistana Zilla.

The Chief Minister also welcomed the joining of members from Block Youth Congress Committee and Block Seva Dal Congress Committee to the BJP party en-bloc.

Terming the day as historic, Khandu applauded the Yachuli constituency for becoming ‘Congress mukt’. He appreciated the move of the newly joined members saying that it was a wise decision taken in the interest of the development of the constituency.

He said once you have come into the BJP party fold there is no difference between newcomer and the old party members. We are all in the party as team members, he said.

He said the motto of the party is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ (Collective Efforts, Inclusive Growth) with the guiding principles of ‘Antyodaya’ means ‘rise of the last person’ and ‘Sarvodaya’ or ‘the rise of all’.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is very much concerned about the development of Northeast, particularly Arunachal. He informed that PM’s visit is scheduled on February 15 next where Modi will address the developmental issues of the state.

The Chief Minister said the BJP government in the state is completely focused in bringing transparency, corruption control and employment generation. He said under BJP, the state government has achieved its 90% of work and solved many pending issues inherited from the previous governments.

Responding to the key issue of infrastructure development in Yachuli for efficient functioning of Divisional Commissioner’s Office, the Chief Minister said it is now the responsibility of the state government to develop the new headquarters it will serve all the Western districts. He assured to reflect it in the budget announcements.

He informed that state government has decided to accord 1% free power share for local area development from the revenue generated from 405MW Ranganadi Hydro power projects. The Chief Minister appreciated the visionary step by Yazali people who had welcomed building of a dam in their area, which is now meeting the power requirements of state capital and various districts in Arunachal. He, however, said he welcomes such development, which is nature friendly.

Various dignitaries that include Tapir Gao, Likha Saaya, Tamar Murtem and Tage Taki also spoke on the occasion.





CM attends sradhanjali sabha for senior monk

AGARTALA | January 28, 2018

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today took part in Sangadana to attend the Sradhanjali Sabha of senior monk, Venerable Sasanapriya Mahathera at Jetaban Buddha Vihara in Machmara, about 150 km from the state capital here.

Addressing the devotees gathered, the Chief Minister said that in his lifetime, the senior monk made lot of contribution for the area and for Buddhist religion. He said though the Venerable Monk is not with us but his teachings will be always remembered and urged the people to carry forward his philosophies and sermons.

The Chief Minister thanked the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his contribution towards the development of Buddhist people and urged the people to pray for him as well.

He further promised to personally contribute for the development of Vihara.

CM offers incentives to telecom operators


GUWAHATI | January 16, 2018  Chief Minister Pema Khandu today emphasized on robust telecom infrastructure in Northeast as prerequisite to the development of region and also as catalyst to attract investment in the region.

He was addressing a review meeting of implementation of BharatNet and other major telecom projects in Northeast chaired by Minister of State (Independent) for Communications, Manoj Sinha.

“IT sector will play a major role in achieving Prime Minister’s vision for New India by 2022. For that we need robust communication network,” the Chief Minister emphasized and urged all the NE states to resolve issues of ROW, land for mobile towers etc to facilitate telecom projects in NE region.

He thanked the Union Minister for calling the meeting at Guwahati for resolving issues regarding telecom projects in NE region.

The Chief Minister informed about the several innovations brought by the Arunachal government to improve digital connectivity in the state for effective governance and for convenience to the people for easy access to public services.

He informed that Arunachal will soon implement the 3-tier coordination system in the state, which will function at three different levels – Deputy Commissioners, Secretary (IT) level and Chief Secretary for implementation of telecom projects in the state.

He appreciated the Union Ministry’s decision to dedicate a nodal officer of DoT for liaisoning of all the telecom projects with state govts that will present a holistic and complete picture of connectivity and will also coordinate with various agencies such as BSNL, TCIL, RailTel etc.

The Chief Minister said the 2G network provided by the installed towers have become outdated and requested the Union Minister for change in technology to 4G. He thanked Sinha for approving the setting up of 1893 towers in Arunachal under Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for Rs 1739 crore, to cover 2805 villages and 149 towers for national highway coverage.

The Chief Minister gave a call to all private telecom operators that Arunachal govt will incentivize them for setting up of facilities in sparsely populated districts and villages especially in remote border and also in the insurgency affected districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding. The incentives shall be in the form of cross subsidization of land rates for towers at other places, he informed.

He thanked the Union Minister for assuring to provide satellite media connectivity through through VSATs in all gram panchayats. He also thanked the Minister for giving the go ahead for overhead installation of Optical Fiber Cables (OFC) as it is being affected by road widening works.

The Chief Minister also thanked the Union Minister for launching the Asthamangal project implemented by BSNL to provide alternate bandwidth to all State HQs. Under this project, state capital Itanagar will get connectivity through PGCIL of 120 Gbps.

The Chief Minister further informed that to support and facilitate establishment of telecom projects in the state, the state govt will bring out Right of Way policy to all roads managed by state govt, central govt, local bodies and PSUs. He also informed to have mobile tower policy to facilitate land for mobile towers.

IT Minister of Assam Keshav Mahanta, DONER Secretary Naveen Verma, DoT Secretary Aruna Sundararajan and IT Secretaries of all NE states also attended the meeting.