Governor condoles the demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar

Itanagar Nov 12:The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) has condoled the demise of Union Minister for Chemicals & Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs Shri Ananth Kumar. The Governor in his condole message said that in the death of Shri Kumar, the Nation has lost one of the grass root leaders, distinguished publc figure with huge political experience and a social worker.
Conveying sincere and heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the people of the State and on his own behalf, the Governor prayed to Almighty to bestow enough strength to bear the loss and for eternal peace for the departed soul.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu reiterated that the state government will address the genuine demands of CoSAAP as and when the State’s internal resource position is healthy.

Itanagar Nov 12:In a threadbare discussion with the CoSAAP Central Executive, District Units, Doctors Welfare Association and Directorate Officers Association members here at the CM’s conference hall, Khandu informed them that the matter relating to Tough Location Allowances and House Rent Allowances for State Government employees as per 7th Central Pay Commission recommendation will be discussed in the Cabinet meeting and decision will be taken based upon the state’s internal resource position.

CM said that the development process in the state had been very slow in the past with centralisation of powers adversely affecting the growth. The state government is now gradually decentralising powers and ensuring that developmental activities is uniformly undertaken in all sectors. Appreciating the hard work put in by the state government employees which has resulted in increased revenue generation and growth in almost all sectors, Khandu called for collective effort to push the State to new heights. He said, the state has enormous potential which can be tapped with right people in right place. For this a collective and unison effort need to be put in by the Government, its employees and the people. Presently the State is completely dependent on the center for all its needs. A robust mechanism need to be worked out to make the state self reliant.

Stating that the unpleasant development in the month of October last was not in good taste for the people and the state, the Chief Minister asked CoSAAP to maintain restraint and avoid steps that would disturb smooth functioning of governance and disrupt service delivery to the people. He said, “continue good work and our Government will ensure that whatever benefits the employees deserve will certainly be awarded time to time”.

CoSAAP in its representation to the CM submitted that it lauds the commendable steps initiated by the State Government. It extended gratitude for upgrading 1535 constables to head constables in one go and also promoting many senior Doctors to DMOs. CoSAAP also thanked the CM for increasing the upper age limit for retirement from 58-60 years for all Government employees.

Stating that the CoSAAP has no intentions whatsoever to confront with the State Government and rather it is always ready to work in renewed spirit to take the state to new heights, it humbly requested the Government to – out of many genuine claims, Tough Location Allowances and House Rent Allowance may be granted as per the 7th CPC recommended rates as Christmas or New Year Gift. It further requested the CM to withdraw the salary deduction orders issued against few agitating employees.

As a goodwill gesture and with a motive that all the Employees being a part of Team Arunachal will work with a greater vigour for improving public service delivery in the state, Khandu informed that the salary deduction order will be revoked. The CoSAAP after the meeting suspended their non-cooperation movement scheduled from19th November 2018.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu has deeply mourned the sad and untimely demise of Union Minister Ananth Kumar who breathed his last today morning

Itanagar Nov 12:In his condolence message to Late Ananth Kumar’s wife, Khandu said “It pains my heart to write to you at this moment of extreme grief. I humbly endure to share with you the saddest times of your life though I know that it would be hard to do so and ease the pain you and your family are going through.

The news of sad demise of Late Shri Ananth Kumar, Union Minister and senior Bharatiya Janta Party leader has come as shock to me.

Shri Kumar, a five time Member of Parliament from Bengaluru constituency, held charge of two key ministries – Chemicals and Fertilizers since May 2014 and Parliamentary Affairs since July 2016 in the Central Government. He was one of the few ministers to have served in the earlier NDA government led by Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

As Minister Chemicals and Fertilisers, Late Kumar created a revolution in fertilizers in India by moving to 100% Neem Coated Urea. He was instrumental in initiating Affordable Quality Health Care and opened over 3600 Jan Aushadhi Kendras in the country. His focus on society was seen in his commitment to support the less privileged children by ensuring that they get food everyday in schools.
He will be remembered as a people’s leader, a veteran parliamentarian and a supreme organiser. His demise is a great loss to the country.

Though it would be difficult to share your grief at this moment, me and the people of entire North East, particularly Arunachal Pradesh, extend our solidarity with you and your family.

May Lord Buddha bless the departed soul with eternal peace in heavenly abode and give strength to you and your family to bear the irreparable loss” the message added further.

A talk on the topic ‘Towards bridging the Indo-China Relationship for an Emerging Asia’

Itanagar Nov 12: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today reiterated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s principle of five ‘S’s – Samman(Respect), Samwaad(Dialogue), Sahyog(Cooperation), Shanti (Peace) that only can usher in Sammriddhi(Prosperity) of the two Asian giants and neighbours – India and China.
She was giving a talk on the topic ‘Towards bridging the Indo-China Relationship for an Emerging Asia’ as part of the 7th Late RutumKamgo Memorial Lecture organized by the Arunachal Pradesh Charitable Trust here at DorjeeKhandu State Convention Center today.
The Defence Minister regarded India and China as key players who are in the centre-stage of all global developments and issues. She said the relation between the two countries has direct and indomitable impact on everything global, therefore it (the relation) will have to be ‘good’.
She informed Prime Minister Narendra Modi is giving lot of efforts in improving and sustaining a friendly relationship with China and the situation has improved.
“Today we both cannot deny each other’s significance and dominance, especially in Asia and South East Asia. Need of the hour is to cooperate with each other, resolve all issues through dialogue and progress together as because of us both the 21st century is regarded as the Age of Asia,” she said.
Through dialogues and meetings at the highest levels, she pointed, a mechanism is being put in place to resolve all issues at the nip and advocated trust and confidence building measures at all levels.
Sitharaman also delved on few key fields in which both the countries can cooperate and help each other besides trades.
“We need to compete but it should never end up in conflict,” she added.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, joining the talk, said people of Arunachal Pradesh have high expectations from leaders of both the countries, especially Prime Minister Narendra Modi in improving and strengthening Indo-China relationship. He reasoned that Arunachal Pradesh will benefit the most in such a scenario.
For prosperity of Arunachal Pradesh, North East India and for the Act East policy to succeed, Khandu called to look at the region from the lens of trade too. He said if there can be trade through Nathu La pass in Sikkim and in Uttarakhand through the Lipukekh pass, why not build the Ledo road.
He pointed that the Ledo Road or the Stilwell Road, as it is popularly known,was the prime mover for *****-border trade and economic integration in the region.
“If this road is operational. this will not only facilitate the movement of goods but will also help in building cultural and people to people ties,” he said.
The Chief Minister also advocated focusing on building relations with ASEAN countries, which he claimed, will benefit the entire North East immensely.