Arunachal witnessing acche din: CM

#        Assembly okays 3 districts

#         MLAs demand 6 new dists, asked to focus on earning revenue

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Aug 29: Arunachal Pradesh has been witnessing acche din, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said while enlisting bold decisions of his Govt.

The GoAP recruited 100 doctors and specialists and approved 1,300 teachers’ recruitment as health and education sectors are on priority agenda, made officers of east and west divisional commissioners functional, facilitated introduction of Shatabdi Express, air link to Pasighat, Tezu would be on air map next month and today approved three new districts, he said wondered: Are these not indication of acche din, while referring to criticism in social media?

Taking part in discussion on district creation, he said that the Govt is for all-round development but team spirit holds the key for success. He hinted on rounds of discussions with three MLAs and inhabitants of those districts which had moved the Cabinet to take decision.

These three districts, for which there would be no immediate financial expenditure from state’s consolidated fund take total number to 25 and if Capital included 26, he said, adding that creating infrastructure pose serious challenges. All MLAs want development of their respective constituency, he said and urged them to focus on revenue generation which he would review later to improve planning process.

The districts are: Tawang, West Kameng, East Kameng, Papum Pare, Lower Subansiri, Upper Subansiri, Kamle, Kra Daadi, Kurung Kumey, Siang, West Siang, East Siang, Upper Siang, Lower Siang, Dibang Valley, L/Dibang Velley, Lohit, Namsai, Anjaw, Tirap, Longding and  Changlang and  new are  Shi-Yomi, Lepa-Rada and Pakke-Kessang.

Highlighting history of state’s growth since NEFA days, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein earlier said creation of new districts continued. He cited example of Lohit which gave birth to Dibang Valley, Lower Diabng Valley, Anjaw and Namsai districts.

Namsai transition is fastest with one of the best private university (Arunachal University of Studies) functioning while the state is equally growing very fast in all fronts. The present Govt is committed to maintain the tempo while development is also continuing along the border area. That is why the demand for Frontier Highway and steps are on to link Arunachal with ASEAN nations, which require conducive atmosphere.

Mein, who had earlier moved The Arunachal Pradesh Re-organisation of District (Amendment) Bill, 2018, lauded many members for their constructive opinions before the bill was passed y voice vote.

Taking part in discussion, P D Sona said that new Shi-Yomi district spread in Mechuka, Tato, Manigong and Pidi circles would facilitate easy administration with effective health and education services.  He thanked one and all, particularly CM Khandu for creating the district with Tato as its district HQs as unanimously decided by the people. Mechuka is geographically at one corner while Tato is centrally located and the land owners have donated their land free voluntarily for district HQs, he said.

Appreciating the GoAP for creating Lepa-Rada district with Basar as HQs, Gojen Gadi lauded CM Khandu for meeting the long felt demand of the people.

Creation of Pakke-Kessang district with Lemmi was appreciated by Mama Natung and B R Wage while Japu Deru said these three new districts are justified while Lombo Tayeng said the total number of district went upto 25 now, but demand for Yamne-Sikang district is in offing and this process may lead to creation of 60 districts.

Koloriang MLA Pani Taram welcomed 3 new districts whose demands were raised since 1984 to serve as a boon for the people and their development as administrative powers have been decentralized.

Tanga Byaling sought immediate creation of infrastructures and posting of manpower. He reiterated the demand for Bichum district since Tuki Govt’s time but demanded Sinik district in his Nacho constituency and supported creation of Tuting district.

Thangwang Wangham said new districts aimed at expanding administration and decentralising power for effective services in this geographically vast state. Creation of Longding district, to which he belongs, has made the people happy. But he advocated that such issue should not be politicized, he added.

Tamar Murtem in support highlighted the advantages; Nymar Karbak termed the bill historic and pleaded for a new district, Tapuk Taku supported, former CM Nabam Tuki said it would accelerate development process but new districts have to be created in a phased manner. From five districts, the number has reached 25. As there is no end to the process, there should be moratorium in new district creation considering fund paucity. Hinting at demand for Sagalee district, he advocated reviving mini secretariat concept in left out districts.

Tapang Taloh lauded Tuki Govt for creating Siang district and urged Khandu-led Govt for an acceptable mechanism to finalise its district HQs whether at Nyobo (Perang-Lampang) in Pangin or Boleng.

District should be need-based as the GoAP did, H&FW Minister Alo Libang and lauded Byaling for demanding Tuting as a new district spread in Singa, Gelling, Paling and Miging and Tuting in most forward area having vast tourism potential. He cited the example of Pemako, whose half portion is in Tibet, while China intrudes into the area very often.

Wanglin Lowangdong demanded Borduria district being the least developed area by citing fast development of Longding as an example. India has 718 districts in 29 states now, he said, and called for a mechanism for creating new district. Pudduchery has smallest district of the country with 9 sqkm geographical area, he said.

Muchu Mithi on behalf of NPP congratulated and supported the Govt for the great steps, Tage Taki termed it as only administrative reorganization, Industries Minister Jarkar Gamlin and Paknga Bage also supported and lauded the GoAP. Takam Pario said such demand would rise with population increase, but the Govt is mandated to develop a system to solve all problems. Karya Bagang suggested proper location of HQs, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Bamang Felix said the pro-people Govt is committed to bring administration to door steps of the people for economic development. He cited the example of district demand committee which turns into district land affected committee on getting the district but affects development. Such attitude should change for development; he said and advocated steps to contribute to state exchequer.

Deputy Speaker Tumke Bagra adjourned the house for the day after the bill was passed by voice vote but visitors packed in the gallery heard with patience, making it an exception.

After Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein moved The Indian Stamp Act 1899 (Act No 2 of 1988) (in its application to state of Arunachal Pradesh) (Amendment) Bill, 2018 earlier, Tage Taki said that property mortgage is done by needy people. New entrepreneurs would be encouraged and the PM’s policy would be a boon, he said and suggested different rates for different loan amounts.

P D Sona said that any amendment in state’s larger interest is encouraging and sought clarification on some confusing clauses. He supported different rate suggestion while Laisam Simai welcomed the bill.

DyCM Mein said that during inauguration of renovated Vijaya Bank branch here, many people had approached him to reduce the stamp duty rate for which the amendment bill has been brought.

He highlighted the proposed stamp duty rates and said that it would help generate revenue, facilitate to avail loan easily and protect the loanees from private lenders who charge high rates. The bill was passed by voice vote.

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