GoAP doesn’t mix politics with dev: CM


* DyCM for constrictive Opp for hamara Arunachal

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR | Mar 13| Prime Minister Narendra Modi has categorically advised not to inter-mix politics with development as all people of the state belong to the GoAP, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said.

While taking part in motion of thanks to governor’s address, he clarified charges leveled by the Opp members earlier, saying: Opp is supposed to be the ears and eyes to force the Govt to remain alert but have been leveling corruption charge having no substance.

The GoAP has inked MoU with CPSU  EdCIL which is not corruption as it has been benefiting the students, he said, adding PM Modi had given example of India that ‘a leaking bucket never gets filled up’ to highlight past corruption which has been twisted to blame his Govt.

The governor’s address is a reflection of works executed last year by the GoAP and many achievements have not been reflected in toto. The GoAP has prioritized road connectivity, around 1900 mobile towers worth Rs 1,739 crore would be built under Digital India initiative while East West Industrial Corridor would be a reality, he said.

Underscoring the importance of resource mobilization to end dependence on the Centre, he said that PM Modi having clear vision for NE development, Arunachal in particular, had committed total support to the GoAP on Feb 20 last during his Itanagar visit.

Many unimplemented schemes of previous Govt have been completed by the present Govt and many more would be completed, he said, but asked: Is there any rule to allocate SIDF funds to MLAs? However, most of the Opp MLAs have been given enough funds, he said citing example of Daporijo, Tali, Sagalee, Roing and Palin which were given Rs 34 crore, Rs 20 crore, Rs 15.55 core, Rs 15.35 crore and Rs 12.35 crore respectively, he said and urged them to draw his attention to redress their grievances.

The Trans-Arunachal Highway (TAH) has already brought a communication revolution by shortening distance in this vast state, DyCM Chowna Mein said, adding the Industrial Corridor along inter-state boundary would bring an industrial development.

Refuting the Opp charge of partiality in development projects, he said that had the GoAP not been transparent and impartial, such inclusive budget with a departure from the past would not have been possible and sought a constructive Opp to help the state march faster.

He announced fund to renovate all damaged roads and hinted at Rs 631 crore funds for a pragmatic reform in rural economy, particularly by promoting agri-horti sector, proposed recruitment of C & D group posts to be district-wise and said proposed shifting of PWD sub-division office from Daporijo was under examination. He made special mention of Pario and clarified his concern over non-transparency, monitoring of project execution and organic mission. However, on his concern for atrocities against women, he said the GoAP has taken bold steps. Arunachal hamara hey and all 60 members have to join hands for its development, Mein added.

In all 18,000 un-electrified villages of India, including 1300 in Arunachal, are being electrified under Rajiv Gandhi Gram Jyoti Vidyutkaraan Yojana while power department would electrify 301 villages by April 2018, the target to electrify all un-electrified villages set by PM Modi, Power Minister Tamyio Taga said, adding state villagers were categorized as off and on grid and Saubhagya Yojana also helping electrification to ensure electricity to every house by December 2018. The Yoajana has received administrative approval for implementation in the state, he said, adding In all 903 very interior villages under off grid would be lighted by solar energy and Solar Energy Corporation of India would implement the project.

The transmission line to Aalo has been completed but chronic landslide problems affect supply beyond control. All smart class rooms would also be electrified, he responded to Lombo Tayeng’s concern and said that work on Digital India is going on war footing to provide IT connectivity to PRIs.

Highlighting  ODF success story a year in advance on the basis of 2012 data with support of all stake holders under Swachh Bharat Mission, Parliamentary Affairs & PHE&WS Minister Bamang Felix lauded East Kameng for building 6,000 toilets in three months. The ODF is assessed at various levels and certified by the GoI, not by the GoAP, as all toilets are geo-tech linked, he said to clarify doubts. The GoI had declared Arunachal as most performing state, he said and announced commitment to achieve 100% ODF but sought support of all members for its sustenance. The GoI target to provide water to all by 2020 while the GoAP target is 2021, he said.

Opposition bench members led by Leader Takam Pario lauded various initiatives of the Govt but punctuated with tirade for various alleged lacuna.

Pario recalled that organic scientist Dr Nilamadhab Nanda had given a presentation on his product to lawmakers at Nokey Namati hall on 10.03.17, attended by all lawmakers. His product Win (Shri) Crops has been doubling crop production and tripling pulse production and certified by scientific bodies across the world including in India. When the GoAP had launched organic mission in 2017 to go organic but no action was visible. What magic wand it has to achieve the goal, he asked?

The governor announced that his Govt policies were “democratic, participatory and inclusive” but how? When the Opp members were neither invited nor involved in pre-budget discussions what is use of such anti-democratic movement?

Schemes should be need-based, not individual, and approved in due consultation with local MLAs, he said, recalling that he had submitted schemes for water connection but not a single was sanctioned  and termed it  totally undemocratic.

Taking exception to rape of minor girls repeatedly, he exhorted the GoAP to take bold steps to end such heinous crime. He strongly resented against switching off of Opp microphones on Monday and advocated Opp should be made equal partners in development.

Lombo Tayeng said that certain vested interest created doubts and misunderstanding by circulating the news that maximum funds were pumped into Tawang and Namsai assembly constituencies. ‘Why to blame the Govt’? As the Govt follows accountability and ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit, he urged the CM to toe transparency to benefit poorest of the poor. He urged the CM and DyCM to move the Centre for changing the funding pattern of 50:50 to earlier 90:10.

Terming the governor as mouth piece of the Govt, Nabam Tuki said that many important development issues were beyond his address. Commissioning of Pare and Kameng hydropower projects would be a blessing in disguise by improving the power scenario of the state and reducing the Govt’s burden to buy from outside, he said. Communication being key to development of this land-locked state, he urged the GoAP to move the GoI to clear pending payments to contractors, particularly in Sagalee section of TAH for which they have halted works. This is unfortunate, he said, adding the process continuing since last many years should be attached priority as roads in his area were still in shambles.

Criticising withdrawal of special category status that entitled funding between the Centre and the state @ 90:10 and making it to 50:50 ratio, he wondered where from the state would get funds. Terming individual-centric development as a wrong trend, he insisted on collective decision for people-oriented development for all to grow together.

Phosum Khimhun pointing out that TLC districts were insurgency and opium infected but not under GoAP development radar.

Claiming that no scheme was given for his constituency, Tanga Byaling said the people belong to the state cannot be neglected. No medicine is given in any hospital of his constituency while Rs 1.82 croe allocation for model village in border area has been curtailed to Rs 1.74 crore under BADP, he alleged.  He urged the minister not to shift PWD office from Daporojo which is against governance.

Will the CM’s Sashakti Kishan Yojana remain a dream? – wondered Tirong Aboh, adding it could benefit each farmer on turning reality. However, many policies are introduced in the house but benefits of hardly 50% are visible. He also questioned transparency by citing the example of last APPSC recruitment examination. Improving APPSC was approved by the house, but it has become ‘paper development’ only, he reasoned.

He termed the mistake on health figures given to the house as blunder. Pointing out that health centre set up at Dadam, near Myanmar border, in 1954-55 is without a doctor and sought immediate posting of doctor besides pleading for army requirement, instead of at Likablai always.

Nikh Kamin urged Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra, on chair, to give sufficient time to allow Opp members who while appreciating good deeds intend to correct the Govt unlike the treasury bench member who only laud.

Referring to lynching of two rapists at Tezu, he pointed out that there were 10 each male and female constable that led to such situation. He suggested recruiting more constables to improve law & order situation.

Saying his Bordumsa-Bogapani assembly constituency was only 50% electrified, he sought fund and flood protection scheme as Noa-Dihing river had eroded 40-km area besides a package to woo underground youth of TCL and reintroduction of CMUIS.

No scheme has been allocated to Opp which goes against ‘Team Arunachal’ spirit as development should be above politics and Opp members are not enemies. He suggested to seek funds from GoI as PM Modi had hinted that ‘leaking bucket never fills’ indicating his intention to grant fund. Repeating sabka saath sabka bikash mantra of Modi, he urged the CM to seek central fund which would flow as youngest dynamic CM of India he could impress the Centre.  “Take Opp on board, they would be with you for state building,” he added.

Terming Assembly as masjid or mandir, Tesam Pongtey recalled appreciation of CM Khandu by PM Modi at Itanagar while the GoI is giving top priority to NE development. The state has numerous challenges, but the GoAP through “Dream Change-2020” has already spelt its development vision that has received support of the PM.

Wangling Lowangdong said that Dream Chang-2020 would serve as a catalyst for multi-faceted development of this sensitive border state. He referred the soldiers who have been guarding the frontiers, but saluted martyr Hangpan Dada, who was awarded Ashok Chakra and Arunachal Ratna, and suggested building a monument after him in honour.

He called for changing funding pattern for Pasgihat and Itanagar Smart cities to 90:10 ratio in place of 50:50 for easy execution and lauded “Clean & Green Arunachal” concept and move to uproot corruption. He suggested time limit to dispose off a file buy official while expressed concern over rising opium addiction but stressed on policy to offer alternate cultivation.

Laisam Simai, mover of the motion, lauded the governor for his address that reflected the multi-faceted development initiated by the GoAP to bring tangible reforms. The special thrust on education and health sectors deserve special mention so also involvement of civil society organizations in pre-budget discussion to make a pro-people budget.

Tage Taki, who had moved the motion, made special mention of e-governance, e-marketing, skill development and 100% rural electrification, saying these initiatives would be inclusive.

However, the motion was passed by voice vote before Speaker T N Thnogdok adjourned the house for the day.

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