Over Rs 40 Cr. distributed to landowners as Army compensation

TAWANG, FEBRUARY 7

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today distributed compensation to the tune of Rs 40,80,38,400 to the landowners from Bomja village whose lands were acquired by the Indian Army.

Distributing land compensation cheques to the 31 landowners at a development meeting held at Lhou village in his home constituency Mukto, the Chief Minister said 200.056 acres of lands were acquired for housing Key Location Plan Units of Tawang Garrison of the Indian Army.

The highest compensation was handed with a cheque amount of Rs 6,73,29,925 followed by cheque amount of Rs 2,44,97,886. The other 29 beneficiaries were each handed with cheque amount of Rs 1,09,03,813.

Khandu informed that more such compensation for lands acquired for defence purposes are being worked out with the centre. He thanked Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman for sanctioning the long overdue land compensation.

The Chief Minister said the state is now moving on right track under PM Narendra Modi. He said with support from centre, Arunachal is witnessing rapid development with great focus on connectivity – rail, air, digital and road. He said soon Tawang will be connected with rail and informed that the Union Budget this year had made allocations for construction of tunnel under Sela pass, which will cut down travel time by an hour.

The Chief Minister further spoke on the one-year achievement of the state government. Within a year, the present government has made tremendous achievements in administration, health, education, connectivity and other sectors. He informed that all big pending projects such as civil secretariat, assembly building have been completed and projects such as convention hall, highways will be completed soon.

RWD Parliamentary Secretary Jambey Tashi, Tawang MLA Tsering Tashi, ZPC Jambey Tsering and Tawang DC Sang Phuntsok also spoke on the occasion.

Earlier ADC Lobsang Wangchu Bapu presented a brief report on development under Jang sub-division.

During the daylong meeting, colourful cultural dances were also presented by school children and artistes from villages of Jang-Mukto constituency.

Also present on the occasion were Commander of 190 Mt Brigade Brigadier MP Singh.

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.

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.