Governor emphasises on availability of PDS items in Border Areas


The Cabinet Minister for Food & Civil Supplies and Legal Metrology & Consumer Affairs etc. Shri Kamlung Mossang called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.)

B.D. Mishra (Retd.) at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on 16th July 2018. They discussed about Public Distribution System, ration items and consumer affairs etc.

The Governor emphasized on strengthening the Public Distribution System in the State. He said that the basic requirements, i.e. ration items must reach every bona fide  denizen, especially in the remote villages of the State. Focus must be on the border areas of international boundaries, from Bhutan in the West to Myanmar in the East, he said.

The Governor also stressed that availability of essential commodities  at  reasonable rates must be ensured with utmost transparency and accountability. He suggested for evolving an effective monitoring system throughout the State on availability and pricing  of essential commodities. He recommended for proper monitoring  and  regular inspection of storehouses, Fair Price Shops and other outlets and check  malpractice  and hoarding of essential commodities.

The Governor advised the Minister to enforce regular checking of PDS for ensuing  proper market prices and to address issues of the consumers, if any in fast track mode.




Governor Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) interacted on the theme Campus Placement

ITANAGAR, March 22: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) interacted on the theme, ‘Campus Placement’ with the students and faculty of Rajiv Gandhi University, Rono Hills, Doimukh, National Institute of Technology, Arunachal Pradesh and North Eastern Regional Institute of Science and Technology, Nirjuli at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on 22nd March 2018.
Stating that the students of the day are the future leaders, who will be leading the country, the Governor extorted them to inculcate knowledge and professionalism required for their intended profession. Advising them to prepare themselves for future challenges, he said that with better language and analytical skill, positive approach, leadership skills and creating good peer group, they can make themselves the most employable. Everybody is born with grey matter but it is their environment, peer group and faculty which make the deference between the great and the mediocre, the Governor said.
The Governor emphasised that for better campus placement, the standard of the institute must improve. He said that the standard can improve with the concerted effort of students through their academic excellence, faculty through their display of utmost professionalism and joint effort of students and faculty in research works.
While suggesting them to seek help from alumni of their alma mater and optimum use of social media, the Governor emphasised strengthening of the training and placement cell of the institutions of higher education. He suggested improvement of college profile by better designed website and brochure and positive reflections of the students and faculty’s achievements. He also suggested that the Training and Placement Cell must be lead by persons on full time basis having good professional reputation and good public relationship or rapport with corporate houses.
The Governor suggested that the best member of the faculty with some top students of the institute must approach corporate house and offer their service free of cost as interns. Such initiative, he pointed out will enhance the attractiveness of the institute in the job market and ensure better opportunities during campus placement.
The Governor also shared some basic tips for preparation for campus interviews and and also gave some finer points for interviews.
The students and members of the faculty in-charge for training and placement shared their views and suggestions with the Governor on the occasion..


ITANAGAR March 12: The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) visited Dembuen, the last village in Dibang Valley District towards international border on 12th March 2018. Accompanied by the First Lady of the State Smt Neelam Misra and Shri S.K. Sharma, DIG, ITBP, the Governor interacted with the villagers, government officials and the Indo Tibetan Border Police personnel posted in the outpost.
The Governor advised the villagers, government officials and personnel of armed forces to motivate and prepare local youth for recruitment in the armed forces. Home grown soldiers are the best soldier for the defence of the national integrity, he added.
The Governor exhorted the ITBP officers and personnel to do their duty with dedication, gallantry, responsibility and bravery. He urged them to secure very inch of the land.
As a token of appreciation of their alertness and encouragement, he presented a cash award for a ‘Bara Khana’.
Earlier, Shri W. Inaobi Singh, Second in Command, ITBP, briefed the Governor about the strategic post and the area.
The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.), whi is on a four day district tour, addressed a public meeting at Anini, District headquarters of Dibang Valley District on 12th March 2018.
The Governor called upon the people to actively participate in the developmental process.
Responding to the public requests, the Governor assured to take up the issue of basic requirements like petrol depot, connectivity and communication, with the concerned ministry.
Referring to his interaction with students on entrepreneurship and self-employment, who shared that loans are not easily available, the Governor urged upon the officials to go out of the way and facilitate loans to the budding entrepreneurs and encourage self-employment.
The Governor exhorted the officials to resolve to move forward and ensure that benefits of government programmes reach the last person in the queue.
The Governor advised the officials to get involved and ensure transparency and accountability. He emphasized that the officials must follow up all projects and programmes.
The Governor said that under dynamic leadership of Shri Narendra Modi, special focus is on the development of the North East region and now our ministers do not have to go to Delhi, but instead union ministers and senior officials of the ministries come from Delhi to us. Approximately 35 numbers of state and central government programmes and projects are in different phases of implementation. It is the duty of every citizen of the district to ensure that it is implemented in letter and spirit.
Expressing surprise and pain about the large number of suicide cases in the district, the Governor assured to take up with the concerned authority to send a psychiatrist to the District Hospital.
Interacting with the District heads of department, the Governor emphasized that there must be transparency, accountability, continuity, audit and review and if required, midterm correction. He stressed that there must be utmost transparency and merit in recruitment process particularly in police recruitment.
The Governor advised the officials to cut redtapesim, come out of their comfort zone and make little sacrifices. He exhorted them to resolve to get involved through transparency and accountability and to move forward. Be proactive, he added.
Earlier, the Governor and the First Lady of the State were accorded traditional reception led by Shri Yamuna Miso and Shri Jummar Basar, SP.

Continuing his district tour, the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) addressed a public meeting at Roing on 12th March 2018.
The Governor called upon the people of the district to put in a concerted effort for the progress of the State.
The Governor said that whatever amount of fund is received for developmental activities, itmust be utilized with transparency andaccountability. There must be continuity, review and audit and where ever required, there must bemidterm correction.
The Governor emphasised on girl education. Every girl child must be provided opportunities to be educated and excel in life.
Emphasizing on new thought process and change in mind set of the young, he said that they must not only beencouraged to get employment but also be motivated to go for entrepreneurship and self-employment.
The Governor said that 1962 should not be repeated and for that there is a requirement for home grown soldiers. He called upon the goan burahs, PRI members, government officials and the public leaders to ready their youth for recruitment in the armed forces.
While informing that in the coming days there will be lots of vacancies in the armed forces as new battalion of Arunachal Scouts will be commissioned, the Governor informed. The Career in army is respectable with good pay and opportunities to serve the nation, he added.
Expressing his concern about drug addiction, the Governor said that addiction is due to neglect of the parents and guardians towards their wards and peer group.It is a social evil and people mustaddress it at family and peer group level.
The Governor who arrived in the afternoon, visited the famedBhismaknagar,30 kms from Roing which is associated with the legend of Lord Krishna and Rukmini, the Idu Mishmi princess. Acknowledging the historic importance and tourism value of the archaeological site, the Governor assured to take up with Union Tourism Ministry for its promotion and preservation.
Later, the Governor met the District heads of department. Smt Mitali Namchoom, Deputy Commissioner and district officials briefed the Governor about the State and Central Governments schemes implemented in the Lower Dibang Valley District.
The Governor said that there have never been so many programmes and schemes for development. He called upon the government officials to utilize and implement it intelligently and with personal involvement. He advised them t Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.)o go beyond their call of duty.
Reiterating his concern on female literacy, the Governor said that as the district is led by a lady officer, the female literacy rate must improve. He also stressed that no child should be deprived of opportunities for education.
The Governor urged upon the officials to contribute through their ingenuity with innovative and broader approach. Prepare yourself to address the critical issues of the common people. Develop a sense of oneness amongst the people andcreate a popular feeling that government officials are their friend and guide.
Appreciating the quantum jump in the number of tourists visiting the district, the Governor said that the three main concerns of a tourist are security, cleanliness and healthcare facilities in case of emergency. These matters must be taken care of to ensure steady inflow of tourists.
The Governor said until and unless the government officials promote and encourage entrepreneurship and self-employment, unemployment will continue to exist. He categorically said that they must reach out to the youth and facilitate them in availing loans and schemes under Central and State Governments.
Earlier, on their arrival at the district headquarters, the Governor and the First Lady of the State were accorded a traditional reception led Deputy Commissioner Smt Mitali Namchoom, Shri Sanjay Sain, SP.

Chief Minister reviews projects NLCPR

ITANAGAR | March 5, 2018

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today reviewed the projects under Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) for the state at a meeting with the Secretary of DoNER Naveen Verma here.

The meeting discussed mainly on projects related to drinking water, road and power projects that are of importance to daily life.

The meeting also discussed on the new Central Sector Scheme of “North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme” (NESIDS) and how to carry it forward in the state.

The scheme is 100% centrally funded to fill up the gaps in creation of infrastructure in specified sectors till March, 2020.

The Chief Minister reviewed the status of various ongoing and incomplete road projects in the state and sought reasons for the delay in completion.

DONER Secretary urged the state govt to focus on road that will give impetus to agro and tourism industry in the state.

He also suggested the state govt that Arunachal can promote itself in tourism by giving concessions to big filmmakers.

Secretary DoNER calls on the Governor

ITANAGAR, March 5: The Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Govt. of India, Shri Naveen Verma called on the Governor of Arunachal Pradesh
Brig. (Dr.) B.D. Mishra (Retd.) at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on 5th March 2018. They discussed on various projects of DoNER Ministry in the State of Arunachal Pradesh.
The Governor emphasised that roads and air connectivity projects must be promoted by the Ministry of DoNER on priority basis for the State. He also emphasised on expediting the development projects under DoNER and NEC in Arunachal Pradesh.

Construction of Potin-Pangin road to start soon

NEW DELHI, February 28, 2018 

Chief Minister Pema Khandu along with MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Tourism Minister Jarkar Gamlin, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra and others called on Union Minister of Road, Transport & Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari here this morning with regard to the Potin-Pangin section of the Trans-Arunachal Highway and other roads in the state.

Khandu stressed that the 407 Km Potin-Pangin stretch of the TAH is of utmost importance and needed immediate attention of the central government for its completion. The Project is in suspension after the Concessionaire gave fore-closure Notice to the Ministry on February 2 last. The State Government had earlier apprised the Ministry about the gravity of the situation through a letter dated 13th February, 2018.

After detailed discussions in the meeting and appreciating the dilapidated condition of the existing road, Union Minister, Gadkari directed the Union Secretary (RTH), DG and other officers of the Ministry present that tenders should be floated immediately by taking smaller packages, so that the construction on the road can be taken up simultaneously all along the stretch.

The Minister further directed that, in the interregnum, the worst affected portions of this road must be taken up for urgent maintenance. With this important decision, the long pending stalemate in this section of the Trans Arunachal Highway and the plight of the citizens will be addressed.

The Union Minister assured funds for the remaining two packages for 4-lanning of the Itanagar-Banderdewa section and gave a go-ahead for floating tenders of the same. It may be noted that Package- A (10.90 Km) of the total road length of 31.50 Km was sanctioned for Rs. 341.83 Crores during 2016-17 and the work is in progress. DPRs for Package ‘B’ and ‘C’ (20.60 Km) have been submitted to the MoRTH. The Tenders for the same shall be floated immediately.

Other road projects discussed during the meeting included Lalpul-Manmao-Changlang (68.30 Km) and Longding-Tissa-Khonsa (42.50 Km), Khonsa – Hukanjuri, Gobuk – Sijhon-Nallah, which are facing hurdles due to various factors.  The Minister has assured to fast track these projects.

Also present in the meeting were legislators Tage Taki, Dikto Yekar and Tamar Murtem besides officers of the Ministry of Road Transport and the state Highway Division of PWD.


MoS Power directs state to electrify every village by May

ITANAGAR | February 21, 2018: Union Minister of State (IC) for power and New & Renewable Energy, Raj Kumar Singh today chaired a review meeting of power sector with the senior officers of the state government here today in presence of Chief Minister Pema Khandu, State Minister for Power Tamiyo Taga and Tourism Minister cum APEDA Chairman Jarkar Gamlin.

The Union Minister directed the officials present to expedite the work to electrify every village in the state by 1st May 2018. He said atleast 10% of houses in each village must be electrified within the deadline.

Singh announced a special package of Rs 925 crores for strengthening of power transmission and distribution system in the state. This fund will be used for re-conductoring of old 11 KV lines and conversion of selected long LT distribution lines with 11 KV High Voltage Distribution System (HVDS).

He appealed the department to focus on cutting down losses and advised the fund sanctioned to be used primarily for the said purpose.

Informing that centre has assured 24×7 power for all by 1st April 2019, the Union Minister urged on the need to move away from regime of ‘load shedding’ to regime of ‘No Load Shedding’. He said it is necessary for the country to reach to the level of ‘no load shedding’, which is a sign of a developed nation.

Expressing concern over slow execution of work in rural electrification by the contracting agencies, the Chief Minister informed on the decision of the state government to depute APEDA under the supervision of the Deputy Commissioners to execute all the remaining electrification works relegating the contractors to supply of equipment.

He said Arunachal remains a big ‘stumbling block’ in achieving Prime Minister’s goal for electrifying every village by May 2018. Of the 900 unelectrified villages across the country, about 600 villages are in Arunachal, he added.

Earlier Commissioner Power Kaling Tayeng made a detailed power point presentation on power sector of the state.

Prime Minister visits Arunachal twice in three years

ITANAGAR, February 15, 2018  

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the BJP Government in Arunachal Pradesh will give account of every penny granted by the central government and that the government in the state has changed since his (Modi’s) visit to the state in 2015.

Modi was in the state capital Itanagar on Thursday and inaugurated the Dorjee Khandu State Convention Center, dedicated the State Civil Secretariat Building to the nation and laid foundation of the academic block of the Tomo Riba Institute of health & Medical Sciences (TRIHMS).

Speaking at a public reception in honour of the Prime Minister at I G Park here, Khandu pointed that the present BJP government in the state took root from Modi’s fiery speech during his last visit in 2015, when the state had a Congress government. Modi had warned that the central government will make States accountable for every penny granted by the Center.

“It is the responsibility of Team Arunachal to give account of every penny spent from the government exchequer and we will do it,” Khandu asserted.

The Chief Minister also asserted that despite abundant resources, Arunachal Pradesh is still a resource-crunch state due to lack of proper and sound policies implemented by the earlier state governments.

“Our youths have the potential to excel in all fields and take the state forward rapidly. We need to give them opportunity through programs and policies and a corruption-free government,” he said.

Expressing gratitude to the Prime Minister for taking time out from his hectic schedule to visit the state twice in three years, Khandu said no other Prime Minister ever did that. He said due to Modi’s love and care for the North East, the dynamics of the region has taken a complete overhaul.

Khandu said during the erstwhile regime of the Congress, North Eastern States had to visit New Delhi at least twice a month with their respective issues and problems. However, after the Modi government assumed office at the Center, New Delhi comes to the North East at least once every month, he pointed.

“Since 2014, hundred-plus visits have been made to the North Eastern States by union ministers along with their officers to resolve issues pertaining to respective states,” Khandu said.

Citing connectivity as the only means to all round development of the state, the Chief Minister emphasized the need to have an airport in the state capital. He requested the Prime Minister to consider sympathetically to the proposal for a greenfield airport at Hollongi near here.

He also sought assistance for revamping and restoring old government infrastructure like offices, quarters and other assets that were built during the NEFA times and have long outgrown their shell life.

Meanwhile, Khandu reiterated his stance to have a separate cadre of civil service officers for Arunachal Pradesh.

“Ours such a distinct state with so many tribes and history. Civil service officers come here to serve only for two years at a stretch. They don’t get enough time even to understand how many tribes are here and their issues. How can they contribute to their capacity in resolving issues and support the government to take the state forward?” he questioned.

“Give me a dedicated cadre of civil servants specific to Arunachal Pradesh and I promise to change the face of Arunachal Pradesh,” Khandu added.

Also present on the occasion were Arunachal Pradesh Governor Brig (Dr) B D Mishra (Rtd), Speaker T N Thongdok, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, MoS DoNER Jitendra Singh and state’s UD, Housing Minister Nabam Rebia, Assam MP Ramen Deka, Arunachal East MP Ninong Ering and State BJP President Tapir Gao.

Govt to consult citizens in preparing budget

ITANAGAR, February 17, 2018 

Chief Minister Pema Khandu this morning held a detailed pre-budget meeting with Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who is also the Finance and Planning Minister, and reviewed minutely the proposals and allocations to be included in the Budget 2018. Also present were Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, Development and Finance Commissioner Ashish Kundra, Secretary to CM Sonam Chombay and officers of the Finance and Planning departments.

The meeting discussed the various inputs received through the series of pre-budget consultative meetings held by the Finance Minister and Finance Commissioner in various forums and levels. It was decided that the Government will further consult with all the community based organizations and other stakeholders before finalizing the budget, which is to be placed in state legislative assembly in its session scheduled from 9th to 16 March next.

Meanwhile, in order to take suggestions and inputs from the common citizens, the Chief Minister along with Finance Minister launched the interactive website by the Finance Department, which presents the info-graphics of the Budget 2017-18.

The main objective of the just-launched website is to facilitate participation of the common citizen in preparation of a wholesome budget for the next financial year. In order to encourage people’s participation, the state government has kept cash prizes for the best three suggestions or inputs. While the best suggestion will get a cash prize of Rs 50000, the second best suggestion will be awarded Rs 30000 and the third best suggestion will bag Rs 20000.

Launching the website, Khandu said this is a first in the history of Arunachal Pradesh, wherein a common citizen is being given an opportunity to shape and write the annual budget for the state.

“We are committed to take Arunachal forward with the Team Arunachal mantra and each and every citizen of the state is a member of Team Arunachal, who has the right to shape the future of Arunachal Pradesh,” he remarked.

Khandu earnestly appealed all, especially those with experience and knowledge, to submit their suggestions online through the portal and become contributors in shaping the road map for development of the state along with the government.

Central team assessing damages in state

ITANAGAR, February 12, 2018  

A seven-member inter-ministerial team of the central government on disaster management, headed by Prakash, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, this morning called on Chief Minister Pema Khandu at his offices. The team is on a two-day visit to the state to assess the losses caused by natural disasters in the state and submit a report along with recommendations to the Central Government.

Parliamentary Secretary for Disaster Management Kaling Moyong, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and Secretary Disaster Management Bidol Tayeng were also present during the call on.

The Chief Minister while welcoming the team to Arunachal Pradesh iterated that natural calamities and the heavy losses caused by it is a perennial problem being faced by the state due to its unique geographical and topographical features. With limited resources of its own, the state, he said, has to depend mostly on central government aids to repair and restore the damages and losses.

“Besides heavy damages to our infrastructure, last year we lost more than 40 precious human lives due to natural calamities that cannot be accounted in terms of monitorial aids,” he observed.

While requesting members of the inter-ministerial team to assess the damages and its corresponding losses in the right perspective, Khandu suggested that the team visit the state immediately after the monsoons to witness the havoc created by natural calamities like landslides and floods in reality.

“Our monsoons are long and heavy– from April till September – and causes undue sufferings to the people by washing away important infrastructure like buildings, roads and bridges. With more than half of the population living in interior and mountainous landscapes, relief and rehabilitation process are slow and tedious,” he informed and expressed optimism that the team would highlight the problems and issues specific to Arunachal Pradesh in their report.

Team leader, MHA Joint Secretary, Prakash admitted to the unique position of Arunachal Pradesh in terms of recuperating from the losses. He cited recreating damaged infrastructure as one of the biggest challenges for the state in disaster management.

“We understand that costs of construction materials get doubled or even more by the time these reach the site. We will keep this in mind in our recommendations to the Central Government,” Prakash assured.

He also seconded the Chief Minister’s suggestion and said the state government may submit its report by September – end of monsoon season – so that the Inter-Ministerial team could visit the state to assess the losses by October when the damages are still fresh.

Chief Secretary Satya Gopal informed that this year the damages due to natural calamities have been assessed at Rs. 1037.61 crores as on 31.12.2017. In the last seven years the damages had amounted to more than Rs.11 thousand crores against which the state received only about Rs.700 crores as central assistance in the form of SDRF and NDRF and this has resulted in accumulation of about Rs 10 thousand crores over the years, he added.

The Chief Secretary requested the central government to consider a comprehensive package for restoration as well as mitigation fund to the state government to meet up the huge gap that has been accumulated over the years.

The Inter-Ministerial Team later had a detailed meeting with all concerned departments of the state government, wherein each of the line departments explained in detail about damages and losses caused to their respective departments during last year by natural calamities.

The central team is scheduled to visit flood-ravaged districts of Lower Siang, East Siang, Lower Dibang Valley, Lohit and Namsai tomorrow. The team today surveyed the damages caused in and around the twin capital cities of Itanagar and Naharlagun.

Members of the Inter-Ministerial Team include Dr K Manoharan, Director, Department of Agriculture, R B Kaul, Asst Director, Ministry of Finance, Vishal Pandey, Asst Executive Engineer, MoRTH, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Asst Director, Ministry of Power, Suresh Chandra Sharma, Senior Consultant, Ministry of Drinking Water & Sanitation and B B Saikia from Ministry of Water Resources.