RAGA | Dec 15 | Chief Minister Pema Khandu today inaugurated state’s 22nd district (Kamle) while congratulating the people, particularly local legislator Tamar Murtem, Nyishi Elite Society, All Nyishi Students’ Union, All Nyishi Youth Association other community-based organizations and local leaders for their genuine efforts in translating the demand into a reality.
“But his is just the beginning. Now we have to nurture and develop the newborn district. In terms of land, you have enough…around 8000 sqkms. We have to plan properly and utilize our resources judiciously so that Kamle district becomes at par with rest of the districts in the quickest possible time,” Khandu said.
On February 6 this year, – his fist visit toi Raga to join 50th year of Boori Boot Yullo festival had promised to create a new district to meet long-pending aspirations of the people. True to his words, Khandu today proved to be a man of promise.
“I had promised to return to inaugurate the new district within this year. And here I am,” he said to a crowd cheerin in jubiliation.
Khandu urged landowners to generously donate and cooperate with the district administration in creation of infrastructure for the district and ssured that funds will not be a constraint.
“We will keep enough budget provisions for the newly created districts. Wait for the budget announcements,” he assured.
Asserting that teamwork with commitment is needed to finish incomplete works, Khandu said that for years the establishment of divisional commissioner offices were pending, while Lower Siang issue was being dragged on and on.
“By taking everybody into confidence in tune with ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit we made Lower Siang district functional and inaugurated divisional commissioner West HQs at Yachuli recently. The four-lane highway was a dream for years but the work is on in full swing now, he said.
Khandu further said that it is only due to team effort Shatabdi Express is coming to Arunachal today while several significant railway lines are under survey.
Emphasizing on connectivity in development of the new district, he cited the ongoing Trans-Arunachal Highway as a major catalyst. He however regretted that the portion of highway connecting Raga is getting delayed mainly due to land compensation issues and urged the people to cooperate with the authorities.
“I am informed that almost all cases of compensation have been resolved. We will be now able to hand over the required land for work on the project to take off,” he informed.
Khandu reiterated that Arunachal Pradesh is not resource-crunch but has been lagging behind in making good use of its abundant resources economically.
“We have enough resources. But we need to convert these resources into capital,” he said while citing that the state has achieved an increase of 26% in revenue generation this year, which is quite outstanding. He said with GST in place the revenue would increase further in the coming years. Khandu called upon all, especially elected representatives to ‘talk less, work more’.
Meanwhile, owing to water scarcity problem in Raga township, Khandu assured water supply project worth Rs 16 crore.
The inaugural function of the new district was also attended by
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Parliamentary Secretary Likha Saaya, MLA Tamar Murtem, state BJP president Tapir Gao, among others were present.
Newly posted DC Moki Loyi and SP John officially took charge while Parliamentary Secretary Punji Mara, Dr. Ligu Tacho, DC Kemo Lollen, SP Bomge Kamduk, HoDs, public leaders, PRI and people from all walks of life joined the celebration.
The newly created district with its HQs at Raga will have six administrative units Raga, Kamporijo, Dollungmukh, Puchi-Geko, Gepen and portion of Daporijo sadar circles consisting of all villages which fall under Raga assembly including Ligu and Liruk which were under administrative control of Upper Subansiri district. (CMO)