Tawang gets rhododendron park, NIC

TAWANG | February 6, 2018

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Nature Interpretation Centre (NIC) here, established and managed by forest department.

Addressing a formal function, the Chief Minister said the objective of this centre is to help people develop a better understanding of nature and said that development of the area should not result in upsetting the ecological balance. It is of paramount importance that development should be low-impact and not result destruction of nature, he added.

Thanking the forest department for the initiative, the Chief Minister suggested such NIC centres must be spread in other districts too where there are huge forest covers. Such centres will sensitize people about nature conservation and help them admire its beauty and other benefits of nature. He further asked the department to identify more areas for development of similar forest parks in the town.

To meet the manpower shortage, the Chief Minister directed the department to send a proposal to be cleared immediately in the cabinet. He further informed that the state government has created several posts for tiger protection force, which will be recruited from unemployed local youths.

The Chief Minister also directed the department to develop its 32 forest guesthouses for development of tourism and suggested both the department to work together on this matter.

Earlier the Chief Minister visited the NIC exhibition centre that has information display on wild flora-fauna and wetlands of Tawang district supplemented by audio-visuals facilities. The centre has also sections on wildlife, rhododendron species, flora, high-altitude lakes and Monpa culture.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated the forest park – ‘Nature Walk’, a facility developed adjacent to the NIC for visitors to learn about trees, shrubs, flora and fauna of the region. He suggested the department to also have facilities for bird watching by planting fruit bearing trees to attract birds.

RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, local MLA Tsering Tashi, PCCF Omkar Singh also spoke on the occasion.

Focus on IT based prog: Union min tells Arunachal

 ITANAGAR, February 3, 2018 

Union Minister for Electronics, Information Technology and Law & Justice, Ravi Shankar Prasad today announced to upgrade nine existing government hospitals in the state to e-hospitals besides establishing a full-fledged center of governance National Institute of Electronics & Information Technology (NIELIT) at Itanagar.

Prasad said 200 plus hospitals across the country have been turned into e-hospitals and assured Center’s full support in making nine hospitals – along the length of Arunachal Pradesh – as e-hospitals. He directed National Informatics Center (NIC) to fast track the procedure and sought active support of the state government.

Lauding the state government for its initiatives to make governance digital, Prasad emphasized the importance of information technology in transforming the way of life and governance for the poor.

“India’s Talent – IT – plus Information Technology – IT is equal to India Tomorrow – IT!” he said.

Reiterating that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is committed to develop North East at par with other states, Prasad said India cannot develop if Northeastern states are not developed.

The Union Minister, however, regretted that implementation of Common Service Centers (CSCs) in the state is poor and urged the state government to increase the presence of CSCs, especially at the gram panchayat levels manifold.

He pointed that CSCs, if established in every gram panchayat, would transform rural economy and take central and state government schemes to the grass root. He informed that around 10 lakh people are engaged in running CSCs across the country and 45 thousand  of them are women.

Prasad also emphasized on the BPO sector and suggested establishment of call centers as is being done successfully in Kohima.

“We are stressing on BPO in small cities and one has been allotted to Arunachal Pradesh. I would like the state government to give this sector a push as I see immense potential in the state,” he said while appreciating the tech savvy and multilingual youths of the state.

Prasad also assured support to improve a robust digital connectivity in the state and said, “In the land of the rising sun, digital darkness has no place.”

The Union Minister was speaking at a ceremony here after laying the foundation of a Software Technology Park of India at Itanagar and inaugurating the NIELET extension center at Tezu.

Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) across over the country are synonymous with excellent Infrastructure and Statutory support aimed at furthering growth of Information Technology in the country.

STPIs maintain internal engineering resources to provide consulting, training and implementation services. Services cover Network Design, System Integration, Installation, Operations and maintenance of application networks and facilities in varied areas.Process development is based on the Quality Management System. STPI centres also adhere to ISO 9001 certification.

NIELIT (erstwhile DOEACC Society) is an Autonomous Scientific Society under the administrative control of Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology was set up to carry out Human Resource Development and related activities in the area of Information, Electronics & Communications Technology (IECT). NIELIT is engaged both in Formal & Non-Formal Education in the area of IECT besides development of industry oriented quality education and training programmes in the state-of-the-art areas. NIELIT has endeavoured to establish standards to be the country’s premier institution for Examination and Certification in the field of IECT. It is also one of the National Examination Body, which accredits institutes/organizations for conducting courses in IT in the non-formal sector.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, also spoke on the occasion. While Khandu sought constant support from the Center in realization of the Digital Arunachal Mission, Mein drew attention of the Union Minister towards connectivity issues and its impact on successful implementation of GST regime in the state. Also present were Cabinet Minister Dr Mahesh Chai and capital legislator TechiKaso and Ziro legislator Tage Taki.

Prasad later interacted with state government officials at the Chief Minister’s Office.

The Union Minister is being accompanied by Secretary, Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Joint Secretary Rajiv Kumar, Dr Omkar Rai, DG STPI and top officials of NIELIT and NIC.



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.