MIAO, APRIL 25: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today laid the foundation stone for office of Chief Engineer (Eastern Zone) of RWD and WRD department in presence of Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, WRD Minister Kamlung Mossang, State BJP President Tapir Gao and other dignitaries.
Later addressing the Moh Mol celebration at Kharsang general ground, the Chief Minister said the state government wants the fruits of development to reach all corners of the state through decentralized planning process and by making the administration reach at the doorsteps of the people. Accordingly all zonal offices are being shifted from Itanagar to their respective zones and office of Divisional Commissioners being activated, he said.
He said the state government is working to strengthen the institution of Deputy Commissioners to encourage grassroots level planning. He said the planning system, till recently was highly centralized that gave little consideration to the realities existing at the grassroots level. He said hereon the Deputy Commissioners will have the power to decide on schemes under SIDF and other development funds with Chief Minister being merely the approving authority.
The Chief Minister said Changlang district has huge reserves of oil and coal and urged on the need to convert that resources to revenue. He informed that state cabinet is working on policies to derive maximum benefits for the locals through revenue earned out of these resources.
For the development of three districts of Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL), the Chief Minister informed that a special assistance has been sought from Union Home Ministry and assured that matter is being pursued. He said the centre is serious on development of TCL districts and is trying to address the insurgent issue expressing hope that under Modi government these issues will be resolved soon. He also said the state government is well committed towards development of TCL districts and no stone will be unturned in meeting the developmental aspirations of the people.
Responding to memorandum submitted by festival committee, the Chief Minister assured to sanction funds for multipurpose stadium at Kharsang general ground through Union Sports Ministry under Khelo India Scheme. On 157-km Miao-Vijaynagar being constructed under PMGSY scheme, he assured to take it up with the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways for it to be considered under highway project.
On demand for a Science block and school auditorium at Govt Higher Secondary School (GHSS), Kharsang, the Chief Minister asked for proposals to be submitted through Deputy Commissioner assuring that funds will be sanctioned soon. Later he inaugurated the Arts/Humanities block and construction of sports infrastructure of the GHSS, Kharsang.
On Yobin issue, the CM informed that Scheduled Tribe (ST) status for Yobin tribe is being expedited and said the centre has expressed no objections in granting such status. He also informed that many tribes of Arunachal do not find mention in the ST order list and all such matters are being pursued with the centre.
Earlier the Chief Minister inaugurated the Namdapha Degree College that has been granted temporary affiliation by RGU for start of its undergraduate courses this year. He also inaugurated the 100-bedded boys hostel of GHSS, Miao constructed under SIDF.