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FEBRUARY 28, ITANAGAR,GM Railways calls on CM: Calling on Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Indian Railways General Manager R K Singh informed that while Balipara-Bhalukpong Railway track is complete awaiting trial run in the month of April next, proposal for connecting Parshuram Kund and Pasighat through Tezu is in the pipeline. Singh also mentioned about Along-Silapathar-North Lakhimpur rail line besides informing the CM that the much delayed Bogeebeel project above the mighty Brahmaputra would be completed by December 2016.
He sought help from the state government on issues relating to land acquisition near the Naharlagun Railway Station to build a bridge over River Pachin to facilitate passengers. The visiting General Manager also asked the state government to help them in identifying a suitable land for construction of railway guest house and office. He further requested to facilitate periodical coordination meeting between the Railway and the state government agencies in order to clear pending issues.
Tuki assured all possible assistance and said that any kind of development is always welcome in Arunachal Pradesh. He appreciated the railway ministry for paying special attention to this landlocked state and hoped that soon all the district headquarters would be connected by rail links.
FEBRUARY 27, ITANAGAR,IGNOU Music Academy launched: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki launched the IGNOU Academy of Music with its study center at Bunny's Fantasy World School, Itanagar in an impressive function at Siddharta Hall here this evening. The launch programme was marked with musical performances by the faculty members, students from Donyi Polo Mission School of Visually Impaired and others.
In a brief speech, Tuki lauded the efforts put in by IGNOU Itanagar Regional Center, especially under the leadership of its Regional Director Dr Joseph Kuba, for opening the music academy, a first in the state.
He said that the government welcomes such endeavours that will in the long run ease the burden of providing employment to the youths.
"Today music is one of the largest industries in the world. Despite lack of training facilities and infrastructure, several local youths have carved a niche for themselves in the field. I believe, opening of the Music Academy will give a boost in pursuance of excellence in the field of both Indian classical and western music," he observed.
Tuki, while assuring support from the government in establishment and growth of the Music Academy, advised the authorities and the faculty to promote local indigenous music of the state, which is as varied and diverse as the 26 major tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes.
The Music Academy, scheduled to begin its first session from March 2nd week this year, would be offering certificate courses in Hindustani classical music by IGNOU and three graded courses - one each in Piano, Guitar and Violin ? by Trinity College, London.
Also present in the function was Legislator Olom Panyang.
FEBRUARY 26, ITANAGAR, Tuki joins Nyokum celebrations: Nyokum Yullo festival of Nyishis was celebrated with much fanfare at Nyokum Lapang ground Itanagar. Attending the festival as Chief Guest, state Chief Minister Nabam Tuki underscored the urgency and need for a missionary approach to promote and preserve our rich cultural heritage which is gradually fading due to adverse modernization.
Tuki was very specific in saying that change is requisite for progress of a society but one should also ensure that ones tradition and customs are not put in stake.
He made special reference for keeping the customary rituals of festivals alive with providing incentives to the festival priests and assured to evolve a mechanism to do so.
"When you respect others culture and tradition, you receive the similar gesture from them" Tuki assertively said while giving a clarion call to one and sundry that the state would not tolerate if it is distributed in the name of tribe, colour, caste, tradition and custom.
Crediting the conferment of the Krishi Karman Award to Arunachal Pradesh for three successive years to the people of the state, Chief Minister congratulated all for their effort. "Our festivals are all agriculture related and therefore we are growing more food grains and getting consecutive awards", CM emphatically said and believed that the tempo would move on and the state would receive much more accolades for its developmental initiatives.
Expressing concern at the loss of lush green forest by the traditional jhoom practices, he advocated switching over to wet cultivation to save the forest. He also urged to save Mithun whose dwindling population has been facing a threat.
Speaking as guest of honour, Pasighat MLA Kaling Moyong, stressed for channelizing youth power for state and nation building. The inclination of todays? youngsters towards social evils is alarming, Moyong said and requested elders and elites to guide them. He also called for eco-friendly approach to make the state, nation and the world green.
Among others, former Minister Tater Kipa and Chairman Medicinal Plant Board and Advocate General of Arunachal Pradesh Ranji Thomas also spoke on the occasion.
Young and old in their best traditional attires presented colourful cultural programme to mark the occasion.
FEBRUARY 25, ITANAGAR,Airhostess training institute inaugurated: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the Frankfinn Institute of Air hostess Training with state-of-the-art facilities on the top floor of Takar Complex at Naharlagun. Appreciating the endeavor of Frankfinn, he said it would create employment opportunities for talented youth of the state.
He said that he had initiated the job mela at Itanagar in August 2013 and setting up of Employment Generation Council and Skill Development Council with a target to create one lakh jobs by 2017. However, 40,000 have been trained by vocational training providers so far and many of them have set up their own enterprises while many were employed in various parts of India. Such training makes one good human being and hone up inherent skills to get a secured job, the CM said before assuring all possible financial support to Frankfinn.
The institute would provide best opportunities to join aviation and hospitality industry, said state's industries and skill development secretary KJR Burman.
Frankfinn's east-west regional head (training & placement) Chandni Ghosh through PowerPoint presentation highlighted that it is world's top training institute in aviation and hospitality industry which plans to bridge the gap of Indian aviation industry, now 9th globally and poised to be 3rd by 2020 after US and China.
"It has inked Limca Book of Records and received International Civil Aviation Award-2014 as 'Best Airhostess Training Institute' and preparing the youth for the hospitality and aviation industry, while its alumni have got placement with over a lakh salary PM because of its unique faculties and training facilities, same in all centers to provide quality education", she added.
The institute is set by Tribal Areas Development Society to meet the growing aspirations of the local youth, its secretary Anup Suman told the gathering including Speaker Nabam Rebia and Liromoba MLA Nyamar Karbak.
FEBRUARY 24, ITANAGAR, Govt to name landmarks after departed leaders: In a major decision, the State Government has resolved to immortalize the contributions of eminent personalities who served the people in various capacities as Chief Ministers and Ministers in their public life.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki said in a statement that this would be in recognition of the services rendered by the departed leaders who represented their respective communities and region in the Government and contributed in the development of the state and welfare of the people.
As per the decision the upcoming Government Law College at Jotte near Itanagar will be named after Late Jarbom Gamlin, former Chief Minister, while the ITI at Kanubari in Longding district will be named after Late Newlai Tingkhatra, former Minister.
Former Chief Minister Late Dorjee Khandu will have his name immortalized with the Rajbhavan Indoor Badminton Stadium at Itanagar where he used to play regularly, while another former Chief Minister Late Tomo Riba will have his name enshrined forever with the present General Hospital at Naharlagun.
The Outdoor Stadium at Jairampur in Changlang district will be named after former Minister Late Setong Sena and the Outdoor Stadium at Tezu in Lohit district will be named after former Minister Late Sobeng Tayeng.
The stretch of road from '0' Point Tinali to Helipad in Itanagar will be named after former Minister Late T C Teli while the NH52-A, D Sector to Polo Colony road will be named after former Minister Late Techi Takar.
"These important public assets named after our past leaders will be sources of inspiration for all coming generations and remind us of their invaluable contributions to the state and the nation," Tuki added.
FEBRUARY 23, ITANAGAR, CM talks tough to check revenue pilferage: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has asserted for installation of CCTV and weighing bridges in all the vulnerable check gates across the state in order to contain revenue pilferage. He was addressing the 3rd Review meeting of Tax & Excise department officers here at Banquet hall ON February 23.
Reiterating tough stand towards containing revenue pilferage, CM informed the officers that orders have been passed for increasing the frequency of surprise checking of the check gates and other areas of revenue generation by the mobile squads who have on the spot decision making powers.
He also advised for making use of the fully computerized taxation equipments by providing technical know how to the department officers and officials. He further viewed that the existing monitoring machinery responsible for checking the pilferage need to be strengthened with creating layers of monitoring wings. CM assured to create the required posts as pleaded by the department.
Speaking on the occasion, Parliamentary Secretary Tax & Excise Tapuk Taku advocated for deduction of TDS at the source of funding to increase the revenue generation. He was referring to the reluctance of few DDOs in deducting TDS which had been hampering the revenue collection. The parliamentary secretary further pitched for launching awareness generation campaign amongst the public on tax and its benefits besides, requesting the state government to conduct periodical training for department staffs on tax related programmes.
FEBRUARY 23, ITANAGAR, Political parties take exception to China's stance on PM visit: Political parties in Arunachal Pradesh have taken exception to China objecting to the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the state on February 20 to attend the 29th Statehood Day celebration. China had opposed the visit of the PM to the bordering state which they termed as 'disputed territory'.
Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) President Padi Richo said that Beijing had forgotten that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of India.
"It is a fashion of China to object when President or Prime Minister visit our state," Richo said.
The state BJP unit also assailed Beijing for objecting to the PM's visit saying that under any circumstance the neighbouring country cannot oppose the visit of any central leaders to the state.
"We are very happy and proud to be Indian and there is no ambiguity in our status," BJP state president Tai Tagak said.
"A state delegation will visit Delhi soon to take up the issue," Tagak said reiterating his party's stand on the issue. "China should give up its expansionist policy because the world of today does not accept it", Tagak said.
Chinese vice-foreign minister Liu Zhenmin on Saturday summoned India's ambassador to China, Ashok K Kantha to lodge a protest over Modi's visit to the state.
FEBRUARY 22, ITANAGAR, Festival of Arunachal concludes with award distribution: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki gave away the trophies and cash awards to the winners and runners teams of the football tournament for Chief Minister's Trophy at Indira Gandhi Park.
Capital Complex, who retained the men's football title, received cash award of Rs, 5 lakh along with the coveted trophy while the runners up Lower Subansiri was awarded Rs 3 lakh along with a trophy. The best football player in men's category from East Kameng was given cash prize of Rs.10,000.
Kurung Kumey, who won the women's football title, was also awarded cash prize of Rs 5 lakh with trophy. Runners up Papum Pare was given Rs 3 lakh with trophy. Best women football players Tamchi Yapi from Kurung Kumey was awarded Rs.10,000.
Parliamentary Secretary (Sports and Youth Affairs) Likha Saaya gave away the trophies and cash awards to the winners and runners up teams of men and women's volleyball competition. The winners and runners up teams were awarded trophies and cash prizes of Rs.2 lakh and Rs. 1 lakh each respectively. The best men and women volleyball players Nabam Takio and Khoda Yaka both from Kurung Kumey were given cash awards of Rs.10,000 each.
Civil Aviation, Science & Technology Minister Thanwang Wangham gave away the prizes to the winners of marathon race while Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi gave away the awards for best exhibition stalls to KVIC, Legal Meteorology and Research departments.
The CM gave away the CM's Excellence Award for teachers amounting to Rs 50,000 and a certificate of excellence each to Tezu GHSS principal Ganpang Megu, Mirku Govt HSS headmaster Tosing Tayeng, Dikrong colony upper primary school TGT Pramatha Roy, Seppa Bazarline Govt HSS PRT Nisham Pao, Barpani upper primary school PRT Ten Chomo and Paarbuk Govt HSS TGT Tulasi Upadhyay.
The CM also announced Rs 3 lakh for the archery team, which won gold medal at 36th National Games in Kerala recently and Rs 2 lakh each for silver medalist in boxing and archery (Individual).
Prizes were also given to winners of state level painting competitions.
Earlier CM visited the exhibition stalls and appreciated the efforts and initiative of all.
FEBRUARY 22, ITANAGAR, CM hail trainees, trainers: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki attended the valedictory function of the State-Level Soft Skills training at Don Bosco Youth Center (DBYC), Itanagar and hailed the trainees as well as the trainers. Speaking at the function Tuki reiterated his dream to make the young people of Arunachal self-reliant.
At least 108 trainees of DBYC had completed a month-long English Fluency and Personality Development training programme supported by Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development, Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, in collaboration with Don Bosco Youth Centre and NSS State Cell.
The Chief Minister also expressed happiness over the initiatives taken by RGNIYD to promote skills among Arunachalee youth and wished such initiatives will continue. He also promised all possible assistance from the Government for establishment and activities of DBYC for young people of Arunachal.
Also present on the occasion was Minister for Social Welfare Wanglin Lowangdong.
The function also saw the Mega Launching of Childline 1098 services in Arunachal Pradesh by the Chief Minister.
Arunachal Bullet Club under the leadership of Dingwang Wangham took a voluntary promotional Ride from Vivek Vihar to 0-Point as a part of Childline 1098 promotional and spread the message, "No to Child Labour"!
FEBRUARY 20, ITANAGAR,PM attends Statehood Day celebration: Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the 29th Statehood Day celebrations at I G Park Itanagar along with Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, Union MoS Home Kiren Rijiju and Union MoS Railways Manoj Sinha.
In his address the Prime Minister called on the people of the state to harness the immense hydro power potential of Arunachal. Modi cited the examples of how Nepal and Bhutan were harnessing hydropower to transform their economy, and how Himachal Pradesh had done the same for country.
He said Arunachal Pradesh could provide electricity to the entire country and called for development of the state's hydel potential, simultaneously giving proper compensation to people who get displaced by hydro projects.
On the occasion the Prime Minister flagged off through remote control the AC Express Train between Naharlagun and New Delhi and the Intercity Express between Naharlagun and Guwahati besides dedicating to nation the 21.75 km long broad gauge railway track between Naharlagun in Arunachal and Harmuti in Assam?s Lakhimpur district.
He also laid the foundation stone of a 132 KV power transmission and distribution system project and unveiled the Itanagar Water Supply project.
The PM also inaugurated the Festival of Arunachal and released a souvenir of the festival and a coffee table book "In Search of Solace" of the state department of tourism.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in his welcome address requested the Centre for providing developmental packages and establishment of various institutions in the state while placing a 15-point memorandum before the Prime Minister.
Detailing the natural resources of the state, the CM stated that Arunachal has 82 percent quality forest, with huge potential in Agriculture and Horticulture both temperate and tropical, unique geology with high quality reserves of Coal and Oil in addition to other minerals such as graphite, dolomite, etc., tourism potential, medicinal plant, the perennial rivers.
The memo requested for continued support in completion of all projects under the Prime Minister?s Special Economic Package-2008 and early start of Green Field Airport in Itanagar, better surface, air communication and telecommunication, proposal for providing drinking water supply, special package for border infrastructure, hydropower development and power issues, special package for realizing the Agro-Horticulture potential, Organic farming, Spice etc. Tea & rubber, setting up of Central Government Complex (CGO Complex) in Itanagar, master plan for exploration of minerals such as coal, oil, graphite etc. in Arunachal Pradesh.
Tuki further called for establishment of Sainik school, AIIMS like institution, IIT, IIM in the State, Regional Centre for Skill Development, three Smart Cities, Regional Film & Television Institute with comprehensive sports development.
The CM appealed for a solution to the issue of Asian Development Bank/World Bank/Japan International Cooperation Agency and window for alternate funding. Tuki expressed hope that the Centre would add in for the development initiatives and demands for a developed Arunachal and a nation.
Requesting the Prime Minister to provide the state government with the technical expertise in preparation of the Arunachal Vision 2030 document, Tuki informed that the state government has recently taken decision to prepare a realistic vision of the State for the next 15 years and named it the Arunachal Vision 2030 with medium and long term Development Vision for the state.
FEBRUARY 19, ITANAGAR, Krishi Karman Award for 3rd consecutive year: Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave away "Krishi Karman Commendation Award" for 2013-14 to Arunachal Pradesh in overall food grain production category. Hage Khoda, Commissioner, Hage Kano, Director and Agriculture Advisor A K Purkayastha received the award on behalf of the state agriculture minister in a function held at Suratgarh, Rajasthan. The PM also launched an ambitious scheme on "Soil Health Card" distribution to all farm families in the country.
The award is given to the better performing states of India in overall food grain, pulses, oilseeds, rice, wheat and coarse cereals production during 2013-14.
The PM complemented Arunachal for qualifying for the award consecutively for three years.
Arunachal has been adjudged as first amongst the commendation award category for its achievement in overall food grain production as compared to previous year. The award consists of a citation and cash award of Rupees One Crore. Earlier, the state had received the same award with citation and cash award of rupees twenty-five lakhs during 2011-12 & 2012-13.
It is quite encouraging that the production and productivity of food grains like rice and coarse cereals has been in increasing trend as is evident from the fact that the overall food grain production in the state had reached a level of 3.89 lakh MT during 2013-14 as compared to 3.62 lakh MT during 2011-12 and anticipated to reach a level of 4.10 lakh MT during 2014-15 depending on the weather condition.
FEBRUARY 19, ITANAGAR, Nyamar Karbak takes oath as MLA: Newly elected MLA from Liromoba Assembly constituency Nyamar Karbak took oath as member of State Legislative Assembly in presence of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, several Ministers and MLA's, high ranking officers and well wishers. Speaker State Legislative Assembly Nabam Rebia administered the oath of office and secrecy at the Nokmey Namati Hall of the Assembly secretariat, Naharlagun.
Karbak won the Liromoba by-poll held on 13 February on a Congress ticket.
FEBRUARY 17, ITANAGAR, 15th Conference of Higher & Technical Education held: The 15th Conference of Higher & Technical Education was held at Banquet Hall, Itanagar, which was inaugurated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in presence of Education Minister Tapang Taloh, Education Parliamentary Secretary Bamang Felix and officials.
On the occasion Badanti Kumar Bhuyan was felicitated as the Pioneer of Higher Education in the state.
The Outstanding College Teachers Award, Governor's Merit Award to University Toppers for 2013-14, APSCTE Gold Medal to toppers of Polytechnics and NSS Award 2014 were also given away on the occasion.
During the two-day conference participants including chancellors, vice-chancellors, deans, registrars of Rajiv Gandhi University and private universities, principals, officers of NAAC and NSS regional center and others discussed on university related matters, RUSA, introduction of semester system and private universities and UGC
FEBRUARY 16, PASIGHAT,CM joins Golden Jubilee of JNC: The oldest college of the state Jawaharlal Nehru College, Pasighat celebrated its Golden Jubilee year with much fanfare and was joined by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki during the inaugural function.
The Chief Minister said the state Govt is committed to introduce e-Education in Itanagar and Pasighat in first phase with the help of Google to impart internationally compatible education at the doorsteps. The priority for the state government is to create new avenues and opportunities for the youth and for which government has accorded utmost priority with hydropower generation, he said.
"JNC is pride of the state with its 50 years of vibrant academic voyage, witnessing spectacular achievements." Tuki said while lauding the JNC for Grade "A" accreditation from NAAC and UGC recognition as the College with Potential for Excellence.
The CM assured to sanction Rs. 5 crore for construction of boys hostel in addition to providing two buses for the college fraternity.
Attending as the guest of honour, Education Minister Tapang Taloh said that the State government has embarked upon development initiatives in four core areas as natural resource development, human resource development, infrastructure development and institutional development for sustainable and balanced growth to attain the target of Inclusive Growth. Education is a challenging sector.
Taloh informed that Rs 4 crores have already been approved by the Chief Minister for construction of new administrative and academic blocks, toilets for boys and girls, computers etc.
Minister for Women & Child Development, Wanglin Lowangdong and MP Ninong Ering, Parliamentary Secretary for Home Likha Saaya also spoke in the function.
Earlier, Tuki felicitated the alumnae and faculties of the college.
The celebration would continue for six days and various activities like painting, debate, dance, fashion show, football, volleyball, songs, model making etc would be part of the celebration.
Among others, Parliamentary Secretary for Industries Tatung Jamoh, MLAs Kento Rina, Kaling Moyong, Pani Taram, DC Nidhi Srivastava and former minister Bosiram Siram were present in the inaugural function.
FEBRUARY 16, AALO, INC retains Liromoba seat: Nyamar Karbak of Indian National Congress won the bye election to 27th Liromoba (ST) Assembly Constituency defeating his nearest rival Bai Gadi of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by a margin of 119 votes.
While Karbak polled 3,808 votes, Gadi polled 3,689 votes followed by Independent candidates Lijum Ronya (2,589), Raksap Yomcha (355) and Johny Tali (40 votes).
The by-election was necessitated due to the death of former chief minister Jarbom Gamlin on November 30 last year.
With the win, the Congress in the state has 47 MLAs in a 60-member House while opposition BJP has 11 legislators and two independents.
The District Election Officer West Siang, Pige Ligu gave away the certificate to the winning candidate after declaration of the result. Election Observer Aldous Mowlang was also present.
Meanwhile, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) said that the Congress victory in the Liromoba by-election is a conclusive proof of the approval of the party ideologies and the people-centric policies and programmes adopted by the ruling government headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
While rejoicing the victory, APCC president Padi Richo reiterated party's commitment to work for the greater welfare of the people and sought support of the people. APCC further said the BJP should accept the reality and support the Congress Govt's endeavours to serve the masses.
FEBRUARY 12, DAPORIJO,CM cautions against new structures for highway compensation claim: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki called upon the people to allow the ambitious Trans Arunachal Highway (TAH) construction to carry on smoothly and cautioned not to put up new structures in the hope of claiming compensation from the authorities. He disclosed that satellite maps of the original/ old plan would be used to identify such mal-practices.
The Chief Minister, who was on a whirlwind tour of Upper Subansiri district since February 11, was addressing a mammoth gathering at Gepen after the inauguration of the newly created Gepen circle and laying of foundation stone for infrastructural development of the administrative center. He assured to provide 2 Crores from SPA in next financial year for the office building and other required infrastructure for the circle.
Tuki further advised the locals to shift focus from traditional practice of shifting/ Jhum cultivation which has been a major concern for forest lost to agriculture and allied activities. He also encouraged alternate methods of livelihood and informed that the authorities were in the process of working out viable livelihood activities for the economic prosperity of the local people.
During the two-day tour, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Siyum Steel Bridge under Siyum Circle and Keojaring steel bridge built by PWD.
While responding to a public memorandum submitted by the people of Nacho Sub-division at Byaching which included demand for a new district by the name Sinik comprising of Taksing, Lemiking, Nacho and Kodokha areas and establishment of a hospital in line of AIIMS besides a college or technical institute, Chief Minister assured to upgrade the existing infrastructure and services of the health centers in the area besides rationalizing and decentralizing posting of teachers and doctors for every school and health center.
He was accompanied by Home Minister Tanga Byaling, MLA Dumporijo Paknga Bage, MLA Daporijo Dikto Yekar, MLA Raga Tamar Murtem, ZPC Sushil Nalo, Marina Nido, Chairman APSWB, DC K. Dulom, SP Taru Gusar, Heads of Offices and public of the area during the tour.
FEBRUARY 9, ITANAGAR, Uma Bharti assures support to Arunachal: Union Minister for Water Resource, River Development and Rejuvenation of Ganga Uma Bharti, who was here on two days visit to the state capital, assured all possible help to Arunachal Pradesh. She assured this during an hour-long meeting with Chief Minister NabamTuki at the latter's office which was attended by Civil Supplies and WRD Minister Kamlung Mossang, WRD Parliamentary Secretary Gum Tayeng, Additional Secretary GoI Dr. Amarjit Singh, Commissioner to CM Thajom Taloh, Secretary WRD Gaken Ete, Chief Engineer WRD L Angu and other departmental officers.
Tuki while briefing the union minister said that the state government has been putting lot of effort in maximizing the green cover by providing alternatives to the farmers to wean away the traditional dependence on forest. Irrigation is one major alternative through which farmers would be localized at a permanent agricultural land with assured irrigation facilities; he said and requested Uma Bharti to consider for central grant under Accelerated Irrigation Benefit Programme to the tune of Rs 200 Cr to the state for the year 2015-16.
Chief Minister further requested the visiting dignitary to reconsider the funding pattern on Command Area Development & Water Management programme to 90:10 from the existing 50:50 ratio of state and central share. He reasoned that the State has unique topography as compared to the plain States of India and the investment cost per hectare for Command Area Development & Water Management programme is much higher than that of other States.
Revealing that Arunachal Pradesh is in the safe zone with respect to extraction of ground water which is barely 0.07% as compare to 58% national average, Tuki requested the Ministry of Water Resource to launch a special central programme to exploit ground water which could substantially meet up the drinking and irrigation requirement of the people. He disclosed that the State is ready with construction of 10,700 wells at the foot hill belt with an estimated cost of Rs. 550.00 crores and urged the Ministry to consider the project.
Chief Minister also requested to allocate enough central grants under Flood Management Programme for which 23 basin wise DPRs amounting to Rs. 574.86 crore have already been submitted to the ministry.
The Union Minister was also urged to expedite clearances of Hydro Electric Projects lying pending with various ministries.
Assuring all possible help and assistance, Uma Bharti extended gratitude to the Chief Minister for the warm hospitality rendered to her entourage. She said that the state was marching ahead on right track and her Ministry would extend all possible assistance whenever sought for.
FEBRUARY 9, ITANAGAR, Union minister calls for timely submission of fund utilization certificates:
Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh has called for timely submission of utilization certificates of various centrally sponsored schemes being implemented in Arunachal Pradesh. Addressing a review meeting on the progress of various agri-allied schemes under Central Govt at CM's conference hall Singh said that there must be enhanced coordination and synergy of the functionaries of agri-allied departments, KVK scientists, ICAR, ATMA to boost agri activities in the state.
While dwelling on the fishery sector, Singh asked to avail the schemes under National Fishery Development Board and National Blue revolution so that the fishery sector can be taken up as sustainable and income generating by the farmers.
Chief Minister Nabam Tuki submitted a memorandum for establishment of Cold Water Fisheries Unit of DCFR (ICAR) in Arunachal Pradesh at Samteng, West Kameng district which he hoped will encourage the common people residing in the mountain region of the State to adopt cold water fisheries by availing the technical support from the proposed research unit.
The CM apprised the minister that a vision document is being prepared by the State Government with a policy for every sector which will be linked with Niti Ayog.
Earlier, Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Chowna Mein highlighted the immense potential of the agri-allied sector in the state. Mentioning that the state has received Krishi Karman Award for three consecutive years, Mein also submitted a memorandum which included establishment of Horticulture University, College of Veterinary Science, enhancement of student enrolment in College of Agriculture, Pasighat, CAU for AP, special support for conversion of inter-farm foot tracks into gravel road, (Agricultural Link Road) and other supports to boost the agri-allied sector.
Parliamentary Secretary, Horticulture Mutchu Mithi also spoke on the occasion.
A host of dignitaries including Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, Director General, ICAR, Dr. S. Ayyapan, Joint Secretary (Agri) Rajni Sekhri Sibal,GoI, state Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi, Commissioner Agriculture, Hage Khoda, Secretary Horticulture Sudhir Kumar, representatives, officers and scientists from ICAR, KVKS, College of Horticulture, Pasighat, Agriculture Board attended the review meeting.
FEBRUARY 8, NEW DELHI,CM advocates for Regional Council for North Eastern Region: Taking part in the first ever Niti Aayog meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at New Delhi, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated for a Regional Council for North Eastern Region chaired by the Prime Minister with Co-Chair on annual rotation basis amongst the eight North Eastern States.
He reasoned that the northeastern states have low resource base, low population and had been a late starter in the journey of development. Tuki further gave an alternative suggestion for Hill States Council (HSC) or a Himalayan States Council (HSC) owing to similar strengths and challenges of these small states.
Completely agreeing with the idea of a Mid-Term assessment of targets and achievements of the 12th Five Year Plan, Tuki suggested for rigorous joint review exercise with an aim to remove bottlenecks impeding the achievements of targets.
CM reiterated for exempting the mandatory 10% State Share for special category states like Arunachal Pradesh which is fully dependent on central funds while, suggesting for minimizing the number of CSS to broad sectoral priorities with fund transfers in untied form. Tuki requested the Niti Aayog to consider the recommendations of B K Chaturvedi headed Committee that had undertook a study relating to the development disability of the Special Category States and recommended removing bottlenecks on the Process Issues of the region and also provide fiscal compensation of 2% of the GBS for the remaining years of the 12th Five Year Plan to these States.
"One specific issue only pertaining to my State is the continued objection of China and depriving my State access to development funds-from ADB, World Bank and now JICA. I urge that the patriotic people of Arunachal Pradesh are not deprived of the much needed development on this ground and a suitable window of funding be made available for taking developmental projects in the State" Tuki said. He further urged for holistic view of fund allocation to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and also pleaded for separate budgetary provision for maintenance of already constructed projects.
He requested the NITI Aayog to consider Arunachal Pradesh on grounds of border management by developing border areas to stop depopulation of border areas, to harness the Hydro Power and Mineral potential of the State, which can contribute to the National Growth and provide a special package for the vast forest cover, which is providing huge ecological services to the Country and the world.
Tuki gave a brief highlight on the activities undertaken by the state government with special mention to preparation of Vision 2030.
FEBRUARY 7, PALIN,Kra Daadi becomes the youngest district of Arunachal : With a view to bring administration to people's doorstep, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki inaugurated the 19th district of the state - Kra Daadi - bifurcating Kurung Kumey.
The district bordering the Tibet region of China has two assembly constituencies namely Tali and Palin covering seven circle headquarters including Pipsorang, Tali, Palin, Yangte, Chambang, Gangte and Tarak Langdi.
Jamin, a picturesque virgin place situated around 20 kilometers from Palin, would be the headquarters of the new district.
The state Assembly on March 20, 2013 passed the Arunachal Pradesh (Re-Organization of Districts) (Amendment) Bill, 2013, paving the way for creation of Kra Daadi along with three other new districts in the state.
Exhorting the people to help the administration in making it a model district of the state, Tuki in his indomitable style said that no development process is possible without the support of the people.
Assuring that the state government would extend all help to make it a full-fledged district within a short time, the Chief Minister said, "A new baby was born today and it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to nurture it with utmost care."
Highlighting various schemes and projects undergoing in the district, the Chief Minister disclosed that works on two-lane road from Joram to Koloriang was progressing satisfactorily. He said, with the coming up of 330 MW Kurung hydro power project, the economy of the district would be uplifted with opening of employment opportunities for the local educated youths.
FEBRUARY 7, ITANAGAR, CM announces ex-gratia to fire victims: Taking serious note of repeated incidences of fire mishaps occurring in various places, Chief Minister NabamTuki has appealed to the citizens to take extra precautions during the dry seasons to avoid recurrence of such fire incidents.
Extending his solidarity to the victims of fire accident in Deb village on February 4 last which completely gutted 12 houses including granaries, Chief Minister NabamTuki announced ex-gratia of Rs. 70000 each to all the victim households.
FEBRUARY 6, ANINI, Shoulder responsibility towards the state:CM: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki underlined the importance of 'work-culture' amongst the people for sustainable development of the state. Addressing a public gathering at Anini, headquarters of Dibang Valley district, he said every citizen of the state, irrespective of position, has a responsibility towards the state.
Responding to a memorandum submitted by the panchayat leaders, the Chief Minister assured that all issues raised and demands made will be sympathetically considered in a phased manner.
The Chief Minister assured that the demand for upgradation of the Arzoo CO headquarter to Sub-Divisional Office would be taken up by the Cabinet soon while the state government would fervently plead with the Center for establishment of a Model Degree College at Anini to meet the need of the students of the remote district.
To a request for change of nomenclature of the district from Dibang Valley to Anini, the Chief Minister said the state government is open to popular demands of the people provided a consensus was arrived.
The memorandum also included construction of a road from BRO road to Brango bridge point over Mathum river, a road from Anini entry gate to New Anini via JNV school, a road connectivity to every circle of the district and an arch bridge over Dri river at Dambuin for tourism development.
Meanwhile, the panchayat leaders expressed their gratitude to the Chief Minister for the projects - 'augmentation of water supply', improvement of road network and 'construction of a burial cum cremation ground' at Anini ? which were promised by the Chief Minister during his visit to the district headquarters last year.
Earlier in the day, the Chief Minister visited the JNV school and laid the foundation stone of road network for the township. He also inaugurated the office buildings of Deputy Director, Urban Development, Deputy Commissioner and the Zilla Parishad.
A day earlier, the Chief Minister inaugurated the Circle Office at Dambuen. Tuki had laid the foundation stone of the Circle Office during his visit on January 13 last year.
FEBRUARY 4, ITANAGAR,State Govt to install pre, post-paid energy metres: The state government has decided to install both pre and post paid electric metres in the state capital, which was resolved during the Cabinet Meeting held on February 4 under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki.
The state cabinet has viewed seriously the concerns of the people over installation of Pre-paid Electric Meters (PPEM) in the state capital and accordingly decided to provide choice to the consumers.
The decision to install PPEMs with top down approach was in accordance to the commitment given to the Centre on power reforms initiatives launched in the entire country.
Till date 1600 Pre-Paid electricity meters have already been installed both in government establishments, residential quarters and private houses.
The Cabinet also decided to conduct familiarisation tour of leaders of those organizations opposing PPEMs to Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura where PPEMs had already been installed.
FEBRUARY 3, ITANAGAR, CM takes stock of all-round development through video conferencing: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki took first hand report from the districts through video conferencing. Flanked by the Chief Secretary, Planning Secretary and other Commissioners and Secretaries, Tuki personally interacted with all deputy commissioners, minutely reviewing schemes, projects and policies of the state government being implemented in the districts. The Chief Minister was particular about getting detailed reports on the status of all flagship programmes of the state government as well as the Center at the ground level.
Taking on from the recent decision to maintain a zero tolerance approach towards revenue leakage, Tuki sought details of every aspect from the respective Deputy Commissioners that included revenue collected till date, steps taken to plug leakage, formation of District Level Resource Mobilization Committees and expected collection for 2014-15.
The Chief Minister called on the district heads to prepare and submit monthly performance reports to the Chief Secretary particularly covering health and education sectors besides the public delivery system (PDS). He said that the DCs have been empowered to give awards at the district level to performing departments and officials on special occasions. This he said would motivate government officials to put in extra efforts in service delivery.
Tuki also hinted that recruitment process, especially in health and education sectors would be decentralized and DCs empowered to recruit against vacancies in their respective districts. He sought suggestions from the districts in this regard. Giving special impetus on welfare of people in border areas, the Chief Minister called for feasibility reports on installation of solar power in places where there is no conventional power supply. He also emphasized that ration items should be delivered to the people on time. As monsoon is approaching, he suggested stocking of ration items well in advance at all vulnerable pockets besides taking periodical review meetings.
Tuki further elaborated the DCs on the recently launched Chief Minister?s Global Education Programme and preparation of the Vision 2030 document. He called for active cooperation from the districts and asked the DCs to submit district vision by involving grass root functionaries within two months. He suggested that the district vision may be drafted with 5 years, 10 years and 15 years perspective.
The marathon video conferencing ? scheduled to be held every three months ? lasted for more than five hours.
FEBRUARY 2, ITANAGAR,State Level Core Group Meeting held: The third State Level Core Group Meeting at Itanagar on February 2, which was attended by Governor Lt. Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, Home Minister Tanga Byaling, Parliamentary Secretary (Home) Likha Saaya, Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi and senior officers of Army, Police and Para Military forces.
The meeting deliberated on various issues and broad strategies was drawn up to strengthen measures to address insurgency, law and order problems, international/ inter-state border management and synergy between all security and civil administrations.
The Governor advised the 'Core Group' to have better coordination and synergy amongst the security agencies, while stating that stake of Arunachal Pradesh is higher as it is a Frontier State. Underscoring on the need to do more and introspection, the Governor asked the members of the core group to suggest means to improve the security scenario.
In his keynote address, the Chief Minister said that the activities of the militants are impediments to the economic development of the State. All government development works like installation of hydro-electric projects, construction of highways, tourism, establishment of educational institution, hospitals etc. are slowed down. Private investment in various enterprises is discouraged. Hence, they are potential threat to the State and national security. He called all security organizations to work together.
The Chief Minister informed that the State Government has been following a multi-prolonged approach to deal with the challenge, including development, dedicated recruitment drive, enhancing security infrastructure and presence of forces, rather than to regulate the situation by use of force only.
In the Plenary Session, Principal Secretary (Home) Dharmendra Sharma gave a presentation on security scenario of the State. The General Officer Commanding, 4 Corps, Lt. General Sarath Chand and General Officer Commanding 3 Corps, Lt. General Bipin Rawat also gave presentations on security related issues.
Representatives from ITBP, SSB, and CRPF, including Assam Police also attended the daylong meeting.