Chief Minister celebrates 38th Annual College Day at Dera Natung College

ITANAGAR | November 9, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today declared open the 38th Annual College Day celebration of Dera Natung Government College here at the college ground.

Earlier the Chief Minister unfurled the college flag. This was followed by march-past and band display by students divided into four houses.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister announced to extend the benefits of 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) recommendations to the teachers of universities and colleges. He said the matter will be examined with the education department and implemented as soon as possible.

To meet the shortage of college teachers, he informed that state govt has created 130 posts for principals, assistant professors and non-teaching staffs for the vacancies in 29 govt institute of higher education. He further said if required more number of posts will be created and said the education department will be asked to make assessment of the requirements.

Khandu said state govt is giving emphasis on quality education and every effort will be made in terms of meeting manpower shortage and infrastructure.

To a memorandum submitted by the college authority, the Chief Minister assured to sanction funds for the boundary wall for the college campus and for installation of transformer to meet power requirements.

He congratulated the editorial board members of a college research journal, which was released on the occasion. He said the journal will be of benefit to the students in coming future.

Khandu said the state government had earlier brought out catchment area policy for college admission, due to which the rush at DN college has minimized. He also said every effort will be made to improve the quality of education in colleges in the districts.

In his advice to the students, the Chief Minister said the student life is the right time to choose your own destiny. He advised them to desist in being wrong company and not waste time in it. He also stressed on discipline and said that it will take you ahead in life if you chose so. Khandu further advised the students to make good use of social media else its wrong use may swept you away in a tide of disaster.

The Chief Minister congratulated the students and college faculty for the annual day celebration and suggested on larger participation involving even the parents.

Capital Complex Deputy Commissioner Prince Dhawan who graced the occasion as guest of honour said youths are welcome to be part of the development process and urged them to invest time in solving problems and not in becoming the cause of it.

A colorful cultural dances and a mega dance was performed on the occasion.

CM inaugurates Divisional Commissioner West HQ at Yachuli

YACHULI, November 7, 2017 :    After 19 long years since its foundation stone was laid, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the much awaited Divisional Commissioner (West) headquarters at Yachuli here.

With this the first major initiative of the Khandu-led government turned into reality.

“This is a historic day. The wait of 19 years has borne fruit today. I congratulate not only the people of Yachuli but the entire people of 13 districts and 33 Assembly constituencies,” said Khandu in a public meeting after the inauguration.

Allaying confusions regarding establishment of the divisional headquarters at Yupia, Khandu said that the one-man committee headed by Urban Development &Housing and Land Management Minister Nabam Rebia had recommended Yachuli as the headquarters, Khandu congratulated Rebia too on his impartial decision. Incidentally, Rebia represents the constituency where Yupia is situated.

The Chief Minister said that his government is committed to decentralize administration  and bring it to the doorsteps of the people. After making functional both the divisional commissioner headquarters – East and West, he said other divisional offices like that of PHED, PWD, etc would be shifted to their respective divisions.

Khandu lauded the people of Yachuli for donating land for the divisional commissioner’s office of 4 sq kms and requested for another 2 sq kms in the periphery for future expansion of the headquarters.

“Thinking and planning for the future, please donate more land so that the divisional headquarters can be expanded and the township can be developed into a smart city,” he said.

The Chief Minister while citing Yachuli area as a future economic hub, Khandu however regretted that the Hoj-Potin portion of the Trans-Arunachal highway is yet to see the light of day. He directed the Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner to sort out the matter of land compensation within this month and acquire the requisite land for early construction of the road.

“For compensation issues a project as important as the trans-Arunachal highway shouldn’t get stuck up. Please accept compensation at the rate fixed by the administration and let the project take off. If terminated, as hinted by the Ministry of Road, Transport and Highways, it would be matter of shame for entire Arunachal. We cannot let this happen,” Khandu appealed.

The Chief Minister also urged the people to revisit their take on hydro power development in the state. He said Arunachal Pradesh can become self reliant only when it uses judiciously the abundant natural resources at its disposal like hydro-power.

“We cannot afford to remain a beggar state forever. We should aim to become a donor state and that can happen only when we judiciously harness our hydro potential,” he said.

Khandu assured to provide sufficient fund for construction of a permanent divisional commissioner office, DIGP office, quarters and other infrastructure.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein also raised concern over the hiccups in starting works on the Hoj-Potin part of the trans-Arunachal Highway.

Informing of his meeting with MoRTH officials recently, Mein said that the Ministry is more than willing to help the state but the compensation issue is proving a big hurdle.

“On the 407 kms road, for a stretch of 157 kms (Potin to Gopi) land is yet to be acquired due to issue of land compensation sought by land owners. I have assured MoRTH that the issue will resolved soon and requested them not to terminate the project,” he said and appealed everyone to cooperate with the district administration to complete the land acquisition process smoothly and urgently so that it can be handed over to the Union Ministry for start of work.

Provisional Land Possessing Certificates for plots in Yachuli were handed over to all legislators of the 33 Assembly constituencies who fall within the jurisdiction of the West Divisional office. This plot will be utilized for construction of assets like guest houses for the respective constituencies.

The inauguration and public meeting was also attended by MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Cabinet Minister Nabam Rebia, deputy speaker Tumke Bagra, legislators Mama Natung, Tapuk Taku, Dikto Yekar, Markio Tado, Takam Pario, Karya Bagang, Pani Taram, Jarkar Gamlin, Punji Mara and Tage Taki besides host and birthday boy Likha Saaya, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, Divisional Commissioner West Gamli Padu, DGP, DIGP and others.

Lepa Rada district to be created by 2019- Khandu

BASAR | November 6, 2017

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today gave the go-ahead for creation of Lepa Rada district curving out 29th Basar (ST) assembly constituency from the newly created Lower Siang district.

Addressing a public meeting here at Todak Basar Memorial Stadium, the Chief Minister said the newly posted Deputy Commissioner of Lower Siang will be instructed to hold public hearing and all other necessary formalities required for demarcation of boundaries. Once these exercises are completed and its report submitted to the govt of Arunachal, the matter for district creation will be placed in the cabinet for approval, he said.

Khandu assured that the exercises for creation of this new district will be completed by 2019. He said the demand for Lepa Rada district has the support of BJP party as well from Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju.

The Chief Minister said he is never against district creation for it will bring in administrative convenience and take administration to the door step of the people. He, however, said not all 60 constituencies can have districts of their own and random decisions for district creation made under public pressure cannot continue. He said demands for several new districts are still pending and newer ones cropping up.

Khandu cautioned the people not to limit their thoughts to their own community and to have thoughts for pan-Arunachal identity before demanding new districts. District creations have huge bearing on the financial position of the state, he said.

Earlier also districts were created but without creation of posts making it non-functional, he said. The present government has started to make all the newly created districts functional by creating several new posts to fill up the vacancies.

The Chief Minister further announced to fill up the vacant ministerial berth in the state government from the Galo community, which was left vacant after the demise of former Health Minister late Jomde Kena. He said the granting of ministerial berth is not made on the basis of tribe and is purely a prerogative of the Chief Minister. However, considering the immense potential of Galo community to contribute to the development of the state, the decision to induct a new minister from the community will be taken after the discussion with the party. He appealed the people to cooperate with the government on whoever is chosen for the post.

Highlighting on the achievements of the present government, the Chief Minister said the revenue generation has seen huge jump of Rs 227 crore within one financial year. He said in the financial year 2015-16, the state revenue was Rs 887 crores. But after he took over as Chief Minister in 2016, the revenue has increased to Rs 1114 crore in the current financial year 2016-17.

Khandu expressed hope that with GST the revenue of the state is likely to increase further in the future with increase in tax base. He, however, said revenue may not hit high immediately as confusions over GST implementation still persists. He therefore appealed the traders to immediately register themselves with GST in the interest of the state.

The Chief Minister said the state government under BJP is giving priority to connectivity that includes rail, road, air and digital connectivity. He said ten new railway lines is in offing which will immensely benefit the foothill areas of the state, giving rise to economic activity in the coming years. He also said instructions for immediate completion of Likabli-Bame road will be issued to the concerned executing agency.

Also speaking on the occasion, Home Minister Kumar Waii assured his full support on the creation of Lepa Rada district. State BJP President Tapir Gao said the BJP party stands always in the interest of the people and its nation. Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, APEDA Chairman cum Aalo East MLA Jarkar Gamlin, Nari-Koyu MLA Kento Rina and Parliamentary Secretary Gojen Gadi also spoke on the occasion.

The meeting was also attended by former Chief Secretary Tabom Bam including officials from the Galo Welfare Society (GWS).

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister inaugurated the Circle Office and a welcome gate of Sago village. He also inaugurated a multipurpose cultural hall here.

Pema Khandu condoles the demise of former MLA Jobom Basar

ITANAGAR, November 6, 2017: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has condoled the demise of former Member of Legislative Assembly Jobom Basar, 67, who breathed his last this Saturday.

In a condolence message here this evening, Khandu paid rich tributes to the late leader and asserted that his presence will be missed by the young generation and people of Basar constituency, which he represented as an Independent MLA in 1996.

“Late Basar, hailing from a very interior village Nyigam, went on to become a member of the prestigious Assembly. He will always be remembered as one of the pioneers of Arunachalee society and his contributions to give a shape and identity to Arunachal politics will be cherished forever,” he said.

Khandu regretted that another one of the pioneers of Arunachal, the first generation torch-bearers, has left for heavenly abode and called upon the younger generation to follow their footsteps and dedicate themselves to take the state to newer heights.

“I believe, leaving this mortal world will not diminish the love and affection showered on late Basar and his family by the people and his soul will remain immortal, so would his footsteps and the contributions made as a social activist and politician par excellence,” Khandu added while praying Lord Buddha to bestow Late Basar’s family and relatives with strength to bear the irreparable loss and for peace of the departed soul.

Chief Minister assures Rs 50 Lakhs for ‘Basar Confluence’

BASAR | November 5, 2017  Chief Minister Pema Khandu today attended the second edition of ‘Basar Confluence’, an initiative of Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK) here today, hosted by members of Galo tribe that offers a month-long residency and a display of folk arts, tribal cuisine and their traditional way of life.

On arrival at the confluence, the Chief Minister was given a rousing reception by Galo dance troupes numbering about more than 500 dancers. He was accompanied by State BJP President Tapir Gao, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretaries Jarkar Gamlin and Gojen Gadi including Nari Koyu MLA Kento Rina.

Khandu and the guests were given traditional welcome by dance party and warrior dancers. A Mega dance by Galo women followed which was participated by dancers from nearby villages.

The Chief Minister in his speech assured to fund the celebration of Basar Confluence every year with a sum of Rs 50 lakhs for its sustenance beginning with this year’s celebration. He also assured to take up the request for the festival to be included as calendar event in the state cabinet.

Khandu said the festival showcased the dependency of people on agriculture and said the festival did a good job by promoting organic produces. He said the state government has set the target of 3 years to make Arunachal an organic state.

Earlier Home Minister in his speech said that other Abo Tani tribes has lot to learn from Basar people regarding community participation and their commitment for a better society. He extended his festival greetings and expressed to participate again.

Deputy speaker also spoke on the occasion.

The Chief Minister and the guests after completion of the formal event took a round of the festival compound. They were introduced to traditional Galo way of life with exhibition of traditional games, fishing, rural occupation and traditional house.


Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK) Football Academy inaugurated by Pema Khandu

BASAR | November 5, 2017 : Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Gumin Rego Kilaju (GRK) Football Academy here at Todak Basar Memorial Stadium in presence of State BJP President Tapir Gao, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Home Minister Kumar Waii, Parliamentary Secretaries Jarkar Gamlin and Gojen Gadi including Nari Koyu MLA Kento Rina.

An exhibition match was played between CM XI and GRK XI where the later won by 1 goal.

Earlier the Chief Minister inaugurated the Academy by cutting ribbon and unfurling the flag.

Khandu felicitated Kojum Taba in recognition of his outstanding achievements in weightlifting. He also facilitated body builder Paklu Taipodia and Arm Wrestler Pakjar Taipodia.

The Chief Minister in his speech said Arunachali youths have tremendous potential in sports but the state lacked adequate infrastructure to support their aspirations. In this direction, he informed that he had asked union sports ministry for sports stadiums and asked the respective districts to submit proposal for it.

Khandu informed that all sports stadium funded under SPA whose funding stopped due to discontinuation of the scheme will now be funded by state government. He further informed that to hone the skills of youths in sports, the state government will try too meet up requirement of coaches.

Appreciating the step taken by GRK in opening a football academy, the Chief Minister assured support from state government and contributed Rs 10 lakhs from his personal means.

Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurates the Indigenous Tribal Research and Studies Centre

ITANAGAR | November 5, 2017 :

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the Indigenous Tribal Research & Studies Centre in presence of UD Minister Nabam Rebia and other dignitaries here at Nyedar Namlo in Doimukh.

The Chief Minister inspected the newly constructed building of the centre and offered prayer to the indigenous deities inside the prayer centre.

Later addressing a gathering organized by Nyishi Indigenous Faith and Cultural Society (NIFCS), Khandu assured Rs 1 crore for finishing works for the centre. He also assured a corpus fund for the institute and asked the NIFCS to submit an estimate. Through his personal means, Chief Minister donated Rs 10 lakhs for the institute.

Khandu expressed hope that the centre will prove helpful in documenting and preservation of indigenous culture. He said foreign tourists come to Arunachal to see the indigenous culture and  therefore appealed for its preservation. He said Arunachal is becoming a hot tourist destination for its rich cultural heritage. He said the state has registered 10% increase each year in number of tourist inflow.

On creation of Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA), Khandu said he has asked the Chief Secretary for its immediate functioning. He said it will be an independent department with creation of Secretary and Director posts.

Earlier, UD Minister in his speech fervently appealed the indigenous people of the state to be strongly rooted in their culture.

President NIFCS Pai Dawe also spoke on the occasion.

On the occasion a colorful cultural dances were presented. The function ended with a prayer.

The function was attended by CNN President Nabam Atum, former legislators Atum Welly, Lokam Tasar, Papumpare DC Tai Kaye, SP Tumme Amon and other officials.


Defence Minister approves three Sainik schools in Arunachal

ITANAGAR, November 4, 2017 

Union Defence Minister Smt Nirmala Sitharaman led a team of senior defence ministry officers including Secretary Defence, GoC-in-C (Eastern Command), GoC of Corp 3 and Corp 4, and other officers for a two day visit to Arunachal Pradesh. Today she had a high level meeting with Chief Minister Pema Khandu, which was also attended by MoS Home Kiren Rijjiju, Minister Land Management Nabam Rebia and senior state government officials headed by Chief Secretary Satya Gopal.

Detailed deliberations were held on a whole gamut of issues in relation to land matters and other important issues of Arunachal Pradesh with Ministry of Defence. The Defence Minister gave an in-principle approval for establishment of three Sainik Schools – one each in Tawang, Pasighat and Tirap-Changlang-Longding (TCL) belt.

The proposal for establishment of an airport at Dirang was also discussed and the armed forces evinced a strong interest in the proposal. The Defence Minister stated that this proposal will be given due consideration.

The Chief Minister raised the urgent need to establish a cantonment in the capital area of Itanagar, for which necessary land would be acquired. Defence Minister assured the CM that this would be accorded high priority. It was decided that the Minister, Land Management will help in identification of a suitable contiguous land of 500 acres and immediately thereafter the defence ministry officials will undertake a joint survey and submit report to MoD.

Khandu also raised the issue of need for expansion of land for Tawang township and urged the Defence Minister to consider freeing up some idle land in the vicinity of the township. She directed the GOC-in-C, Eastern Command to look into this matter favourably and submit a report urgently after consulting the district administration and govt officials.

The Chief Minister impressed upon the need to expedite the operationalization of the Brigade headquarters in Tirap district so as to deal with the problem of insurgency in the region. Defence Minister assured the CM that the brigade headquarter would be made operational by December 2018.

On the issue of strengthening the Balipara-Charduar-Tawang road, she assured the CM that this is a strategically important road and the BRO would be given clear directions for fast tracking its upgradation and all necessary funds would be provided for maintenance as well. She also informed the CM that the system of functioning of BRO has been completely restructured with greater autonomy and delegation of powers for faster implementation.

The Defence Minister assured that the IAF infrastructural facilities in the ALGs shall be permitted for civilian use. She also assured that requisite funds shall be released for conducting survey for laying the strategic railway line from Missamari (Assam) to Tawang.

Terming the visit as a “Landmark and Historic visit”, Khandu praised the Defence Minister for her “constructive approach and quick decision making abilities”. He further said that under her able leadership, the civil-military relationship which has been the cornerstone of Arunachal Pradesh society will get an even greater impetus.

All the issues pertaining to land acquisition for defence purposes were deliberated in detail and sorted out.

On the second leg of her visit, the Defence Minister will be visiting forward areas in the eastern part of the state. She has also accepted the invitation to revisit the state to lay the foundation for expansion of the National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports (NIMAS) at Dirang in West Kameng district.

Earlier on the day, the Defence Minister inaugurated the Buddha Mahotsav at Bomdila in West Kameng.

Govt to adopt investor friendly industrial policy: CM

PASIGHAT | November 3, 2017:

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured that the state government is committed to promote and support the growth of the industries in the state and in this direction the state government is in the process of formulating Investor Friendly Industrial Policy, as the state has immense potential for various industries including textile promotion.

Inaugurating the Apparel and Garment unit of Elam Industries, Arunachal’s first and the largest mechanized textile factory here at Industrial Estate, the Chief Minister termed it as ‘Pride of Arunachal’ and a pioneering step in the textile industry sector considering its scale. The textile industry will create immense employment opportunities for the artisans and youths of the state, he said.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by proprietor of Elam industries, Mohanto Pangging a former fighter pilot in Indian Air Force (IAF), the Chief Minister said that NITI Aayog will be soon revisiting the North East Industrial Policy. He assured that the bottlenecks faced by the industry in terms of irregular and insufficient power supply will be addressed. He said the state government is always ready to support the local industries as Arunachal has immense scope for industrialisation.

For sustenance of local industries, the Chief Minister assured to accord public procurement preferences for goods produced in the local factories. He promised to have discussion with the education department for procurement of school uniform produced by the Elam industries and appealed all the owners of the private schools to procure locally produced school uniform. As gesture of support, the Chief Minister assured to purchase school uniforms from Elam Industries for Tawang Public School, a school run by him in Tawang.

The Elam Apparel and Garment Industry is housed in the Apparel and Garment Making Centre/ Manufacturing Centre created under North East Region Textiles Promotion Scheme (NERTPS) here at 2-Mile which is manufacturing all kinds of readymade garments including school uniforms and also committed to promote the local textiles/fabrics and ecofriendly garments and fabrics.

The event witnessed a fashion show where the school and college children walked the ramp wearing various designer outfits designed by a local fashion designer showcasing the locally manufactured garments produced from the Elam industries.

Earlier the Chief Minister also visited the Elam power loom and handloom industry including various sections of the apparel and garment industry. He was accompanied by State BJP President Tapir Gao, Lok Sabha MP Ninong Ering, Advisor to CM Lombo Tayeng, Nari MLA Kento Rina and other officials.



Chief Minister inaugurates Circle Office building at Namsing

PASIGHAT, Nov 3: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated the much-awaited Circle Office building at Namsing, under Mebo Subdivision, East Siang district in presence of State BJP President Tapir Gao, Advisor to CM and local MLA Lombo Tayeng, DC Tamiyo Tatak, SP Pranav Tayal, former MLAs Roding Pertin and Ralom Borang. The HCM also laid foundation stone of Don Bosco School, Mebo and released a book authored by Father Fransis and participated in a plantation program.

Later, in a public meeting addressing the people of Namsing, HCM Khandu appreciated the villagers for maintaining peace and harmony in the society and advised to preserve age-old tradition and culture. He gave spot sanction of five crores for development activities and responding to memorandums submitted by Mongu Bango, WASE, Namsing village and New District Demand Action Committee, Khandu assured to review all the issues and to take appropriate actions. He further assured to send a special team of experts to inspect Tarotamak riverside to take immediate and suitable flood control measures. He categorically mentioned that 1983 district creation guidelines is old and it will be brought in the assembly for discussion for amendment which will help in district creations in future.

BJP will take the development journey of the State to new heights and Nation’s interest first, party and then self-interest last should be the commitment of the party members, stated the CM. The Chief Minister urged the government officials and leaders to conduct awareness campaign on central and state flagship programme so that people are largely benefited. Many beneficial schemes have been launched by the central and state governments for all-round development and to minimize the unemployment. About five thousand jobs has been created and promoted entrepreneurship in the state within one year, asserted the CM. He thanked the elders, ex Ministers, legislators of the Mebo for their vision in infusing work culture here. He also thanked the government officials for maintaining the work culture in the district.

Earlier, Advisor to CM and local MLA Lombo Tayeng conveyed his gratitude to the visiting CM for his love and care he shown to the people of Namsing in particular and Mebo subdivision as a whole. He informed that in addition to SIDF five crores was allocated by the CM which has been judiciously utilized for restoration and maintenance of road communication or the area.

BJP State President Tapir Gao while addressing the people said the present government under the dynamic leadership of Pema Khandu has achieved tremendous development. It is corruption-free and people friendly government.