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Cabinet Decisions

TANAGAR Dec 12: With the Supreme Court banning timber operation since 1996 leading to drying up of main revenue source of Arunachal Pradesh, the State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki on December 11 in a landmark decision approve fixation of 40% royalty rate on timber and other forest produces in the state, revising the royalty rate after two years as per the cost inflation index over 2007.

This would help enrich the coffer of the fund-crunch state facilitating taking up of more developmental activities.

Concerned at the recent outbreak of epidemic in Longding district, the Cabinet approved creation of District Hospital for Longding with specialist doctors for child, medicine, gynaecology, surgery and anaesthesia.

It is worth mentioning here that the chief minister during his recent visit to Longding to take stock of the situation had assured the affected people of adequate medical facilities at their doorstep in order to check recurrence of such epidemics.

In order to discourage and minimize tobacco consumption in the state, the Cabinet in its decision approved increasing the existing tax on tobacco products from 12.5% to 20%. This decision would not only discourage consumption of these items but also enrich the state exchequer.

The department of Information Technology has been renamed as department of Information Technology and Communication after the cabinet nod, considering technical bottlenecks in facilitating effective IT related activities.

Realizing the huge potential of tourism sector, the Cabinet okayed a landmark leasing policy under public private partnership (PPP) mode to lease out tourism infrastructures to private parties, NGOs, tour operators to give a new thrust to the sector.


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