Arunachal pavilion adjudged best at IITF-2013
Arunachal Pradesh pavilion was adjudged best pavilion in the 33rd Indian International Trade Fair (IITF)-2013, New Delhi and was awarded gold medal. Arunachal Pradesh Textile and Handicrafts Secretary Dr. SS Ghonkrokta and pavillion Director Haj Dodung, on behalf of the state government, received the medal and citation from Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr Farooq Abdullah in the concluding function on November 27.
"Inclusive Growth" was the theme of this year's trade fair.
The gold medal was the recognition of state's rich handicrafts and textiles tradition and hard-work and planning of the staff of the department and the participants. The sale of items in the trade fair also doubled this year.
Participating after a gap of 10 years, Arunachal had bagged bronze medal last year.
Pawar lays foundation for Agriculture College
Union Minister for Agriculture & Food Processing Industries, Sharad Pawar laid the foundation stone of the permanent campus of the first ever College of Agriculture of Arunachal Pradesh at Pasighat in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Agriculture & Horticulture Minister Setong Sena, Fisheries Minister Rajesh Tacho, Education Minister and local legislator Bosiram Siram and others.
The College of Agriculture, which materialized in record time, in fact has already started its academic session from this year with 20 students.
Pawar admitted that the Government of India did not have any plans to have such a college in Arunachal Pradesh in near future.
With the first batch of B.Sc Agri already in place, Pawar observed that this must be the first case in the country where a college has been sanctioned and operationalized in such short span of time.
Hailing Arunachal Pradesh for the rapid progress made in the agri-horti sector, Pawar informed that his Ministry has almost doubled the allocation under various windows as compared to year 2007-08. He said, on request of the Chief Minister and the Agriculture Minister last year, he had promptly extended the National Food Security Mission-Rice component not only for Arunachal Pradesh but the entire North Eastern states.
"In fact, the credit of having NFSM in NE states goes to your Chief Minister who rightly pointed out the need to have food security within the region," he said.
The Union Minister informed that this year his Ministry has allocated more than 15 crore for National Food Security Mission (NSFM), Rs 32 crore for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (RKVY) and Rs 48 crore for Horticulture Mission.
Pawar also offered assistance from the Ministry of Food Processing Industries in building cold chains, modern slaughter houses and many processing units. In fact, last week only, the Ministry had sanctioned a grant of Rs 9 crore for establishment of a modern slaughter house at Itanagar besides approval for a KVK in Anjaw and in two more districts, he informed.
He further assured support in development of fisheries sector including establishment of neat and clean fish markets, poultry sector and Mithun rearing.
Expressing gratitude to the Union Minister on behalf of the people, Tuki, in his speech sought further cooperation from the Union Ministry and requested establishment of a veterinary college and a fishery college in the state. He also sought enhancement in intake capacity of students in the College of Agriculture to 30 with 50% reservation for Arunachalee students. Pawar assured that it will be taken care of from the next academic session. Pawar also accepted the demands for establishment of a Mithun research & farming institute and a pig breeding center in the state.
The meeting was also addressed by Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering, Agriculture Minister Setong Sena, ICAR Director General Dr S Ayappan and Central Agriculture University, Imphal, Vice Chancellor Prof S N Puri.
Also present were legislators Techi Kaso, Ralom Borang, J K Pangeng and Tako Dabi, Chief Secretary H K Paliwal, PS to Union Minister Prashant Lokhande, officials of the Agriculture and Horticulture department, district administration, professors, lecturers and students of College of Agriculture and College of Horticulture and Forestry, panchayat leaders and progressive farmers.
Centre approves Rs. 400 cr under PMGSY
The Ministry of Rural Development, Government of India, in its meeting held on November 18 last has considered proposal worth Rs. 400 crores in phase X (Batch-II) for a length of 421 km under PMGSY for Arunachal Pradesh.
The Ministry while keeping in view the execution / observation and supervising capacity of the state and the pace of ongoing works as well as the geo-political and strategic sensitivities of the area, considered Rs. 400 crores worth proposal out of the Rs. 801 crores submitted by the state.
Further, the Ministry taking into all aspect advised the state that the balance proposal may be submitted in January, 2014, which would be again considered by the Empowered Committee.
Earlier, this year the Ministry had sanctioned 97 roads and 31 long span bridges at a cost of Rs. 897 crores covering length of 1190 km under PMGSY Phase-X (Batch-I).
UPA Govt committed to develop Arunachal: Moily
Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister M Verappa Moily said the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre is committed to develop Arunachal Pradesh at par with other states of the country.
"Arunachal is the crown of India and a source of national spirit and energy for the country," Moily said while attending the 'Vikas Rally' at the Indira Gandhi Park here organized on the occasion of completion of two years of the Nabam Tuki government.
"UPA's commitment for development of Arunachal is not a promise, but a determination on the part of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and youth leader Rahul Gandhi," he said and assured all help to transform the state in to Switzerland of the country.
The Union minister also laid the foundation stones of a Nursing College here and a gas-based power plant at Changlang district.
"The Nursing College will be sponsored by ONGC, Oil India Limited and Bharat Petroleum, while the Rs 78 crore Gumcha gas power plant will be a joint venture of the Oil India Limited and the state government," he said, while assuring of ambulances to the state through various petroleum companies.
"My ministry is planning to invest Rs 400 crore in Arunachal's oil sector," he said.
Appreciating Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his development initiative in the state, Moily said he (Tuki) wants to see smile in all strata of the society and his motto was to transform the youth of the state to enlightened citizens of the country.
The union minister also distributed laptops and cash awards to 105 meritorious students under the Chief Minister's Talent Search Award and distributed tools and equipments to progressive farmers.
He and Tuki flagged-off 16 tourist cabs provided to unemployed youth for tourism promotion the under Chief Minister's Paryatan Vikash Yojna.
DoNER sanctions projects worth Rs 2116 cr for Arunachal:Ghatowar
Also attending the Vikas Rally at I G Park, Itanagar, Union DoNER Minister Pawan Singh Ghatowar informed that his ministry has sanctioned 183 projects worth Rs 2,116 crore for Arunachal Pradesh over the past few years.
"Projects worth Rs 540 crore under North East Council (NEC) have also been sanctioned for the frontier state during the same period," Ghatowar said.
The minister while highlighting various packages allocated by the Centre for the state, informed that during the Eleventh Five year plan, Arunachal Pradesh received an amount of Rs 7900 crore which was a hike of 190 per cent from the allocation during the tenth plan period.
"In the Twelfth Plan period, the Centre had allocated an amount of Rs 11,175 crore for Arunachal with substantial hike of 41 per cent from the eleventh plan period," the minister said and added that the Centre was alive to the problems of the land-locked state and was initiating several development measures. Blowing the poll bugle for the 2014 Lok Sabha and assembly elections in the state, Ghatowar called upon the people to vote for the Congress saying that the state would prosper only if Congress returns to power at the Centre.
Referring to the achievement of the state government in the past two years, the minister termed Arunachal as the 'best ruled' state in the country.
Union Minister of State for Tribal Affairs Ranee Narah said that the vision of the UPA-II government at the Centre was to develop the entire North East states and said that Tuki had forged ahead to fulfil the vision with dedication.
Narah, who represent Assam's North Lakhimpur constituency also advocated hammering out an amicable solution to the decades-old boundary problem between Arunachal and Assam through negotiation for overall development of the neighbouring states.
CO office inaugurated
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the newly created administrative circle headquarter at Gumto and Extra Assistant Commissioner office at Doimukh in presence of MP Takam Sanjoy, local MLA and Planning Parliamentary Secretary Nabam Rebia, APCC Vice President Padi Hinda, APCC General Secretary TC Tok, host of senior officers including DC Pige Ligu, SP Nabam Gungte, Doimukh EAC M Padung Doke, Gumto CO Dr Dana Unna, all Heads of Departments, panchayat leaders and a host of public leaders along with gaon burahs.
Addressing a public meeting, he assured to fulfill the demands for providing fund for constructing residential quarters of CO and the staff, boundary wall of the office, Gumto-Rose link road, procurement of vehicle to administrative officers and also assured to consider the flood protection of Birup and Hati Nallahs.
The CM?s team also inspected the under construction community health centre CHC building at Emchi where Rebia requested the CM to convert the CHC to a district hospital as it would benefit lots of people in both the states of Arunachal Pradesh as well as Assam.
He also announced to place the demand for ADC HQ at Kimin and Doimukh before the Cabinet for approval and to take up the proposal for the inclusion of Harmuti-Bage Tinali under NH-52 for which he assured to take up the matter with the Central Ministry of Road, Transport and Highway. He also assured that Doimukh CHC would be upgraded to a model hospital with posting of specialists and increase its capacity to 100 beds to cater to the needs of the increasing population, Doimuk PS would also be upgraded and a fire tender has already been sanctioned and further also consider the demand of people for inclusion of Banderdewa CO HQ with P/Pare district.
Border trade through Pangsau Pass to be operationalized soon
Union Minister of State for Trade and Commerce and Industries Dr. E M S Natchippan announced that border trade through Pangsau Pass along the Indo-Myanmar border in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh will be operationalized very soon. The Union Minister announced this during his recent two-day visit to Nampong and Jairampur along with Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Ninong Ering and Agriculture, Horticulture, Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena.
Dr. Natchippan along with Ering and Sena visited the border and market areas of Pangsau Pass to gather first hand information about infrastructure facilities. They also interacted with a delegation of Myanmarese officials and traders and discussed about the possibilities of early opening of the border trade through the route.
While announcing for establishment of a food processing unit at Jairampur, Dr Natchippan advised the State Government to organize an Investors' Meet at Nampong to capitalize the trading potentials to its fullest. The Union Minister has promised to extend full support to develop Nampong as an important international trading hub as well as India's gateway to ASEAN countries.
AOA, APFA welcome Cabinet approval of CM's Trophy
Arunachal Olympic Association (AOA) and Arunachal Pradesh Football Association (APFA) has welcomed the State Cabinet's approval of the Chief Minister?s Trophy tournaments for Football and Volleyball for both boys and girls.
While appreciating Chief Minister Nabam Tuki for his continued efforts for development of sports sector in the state, AOA secretary general Geshi Doke, who also is the general secretary of APFA, hoped that the launching of the CM's Trophy would go a long way in exposing hidden football and volleyball talents in the state. He said that these tournaments to be conducted at block/constituency, district and finally at state level would become a major event to hunt sports talents.
Diwali gift to Govt employees, pensioners
On the lines of Central Government employees, the State Government employees and pensioners have been extended the benefit of enhanced DA from existing rate of 80% to 90% with effect from 1st July, 2013.
The State Cabinet in its meeting approved it and asked all government employees to work with more determination, dedication and perseverance in the benefit of state and people.
Chief Minister's Trophy launched
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki formally launched the Chief Minister's Trophy at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy Sports Complex, Itanagar. The CM's Trophy for Football and Volleyball will be held for both Men and Women at block/constituency, district and state levels.
The winners of block level competition would compete in the district level during December 1-31 followed by state level competition during February 6-20, 2014. The final matches would coincide with the Statehood Day celebration on February 20.
Besides channelizing the youth energy being wasted for unproductive works, the matches would skill the youth, discipline them and those who would excel could choose sports as a rewarding career, Tuki said while referring his government's pragmatic sports policy that offers cash incentive for national and international medal winners and 10% job reservation for sports persons in state government jobs.