*ISSUES IN ASSEMBLY* | Khandu talks tough on illegal appointments

 

ITANAGAR, Mar 02: Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday said that the government will take appropriate action against the officials involved in the alleged illegal appointment in the education department and all such candidates would be terminated if proved.

Responding to a question by senior Congress member Ninong Ering on appointment of teachers and other posts in the department without conducting any interview, Khandu asserted that all such appointment would be cancelled if proved.

He said the Arunachal Pradesh Staff Selection Board (APSSB), his brainchild, was created to check corrupt practices in recruitment process.

Raising the question Ering asked the government as to why the APSSB was not informed about such appointments and want to know the total number of teachers and multi tasking staff (MTS) appointed without interview by the department.

Education Minister Taba Tedir while denying such appointments informed the house that the department on complaints from Ering had initiated a departmental enquiry, report of which would be available soon.

“After establishment of the APSSB, no appointments have been made by the department,” the minister added.

Exploration of coal fields:

Geology and Mining Minister Kamlung Mosang explained that the Central Government has placed some funds with Central Mine Planning and Design Institute Ranchi, for taking up survey and exploration.

He said that e-tender for the same saw absence of participation three times in a row. He however, stated that the e-tender would be floated again.

Mosang was responding to a question by MLA Wanglin Lowangdong who asked the status of funds allocated by the Ministry of Coal, for exploration of Eastern/Western block of Namchik-Namphuk coal field, Miao area of Changlang districts and Naitong in Tirap district.

He had also raised concern on the absence of state coal policy.

Two Bills passed:

The Assembly on Tuesday unanimously passed two bills by voice vote.

While Health and Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang moved the Arunachal Pradesh Indian Medicine Council (Amendment) Bill, 2021 on the floor of the house, Home and Parliamentary Minister Bamang Felix moved the Arunachal Pradesh Legislature Members (Prevention of Disqualifications) (Amendment) Bills, 2021.

The two bills were introduced on the first day session on February 25 last.

While moving the bill, Libang informed the house that as per instruction of the Centre, the state government proposes for inclusion of the words “Unani Tibb or Sowa- Rigpa or Yoga & Naturopathy” in the amended version of the bill.

“This will provide for registration of medical practitioners of Indian Medicine that includes Sowa -Rigpa or Yoga & Naturopathy as recognized by CCRYN ( Central Council for Research in Yoga Naturopathy), or established as per CCRYN laid down guidelines in the state for maintenance of Arunachal Pradesh State Register of Indian Medicine System in all its branches, besides regulating the Indian Medicine practitioners conduct and professional etiquette for the larger interest of the people,” he said.

Libang further told that there would be no financial implications in implementation of the proposed bill.

Felix in his statement said that the bill shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from October 13 last year by substituting Advisors to Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Cabinet Ministers in place of Parliamentary Secretary.

He stated that, the state being inhabited by various major tribes and many more sub tribes, it was felt necessary to take all stakeholders in the governance for all round development of the state and the appointment of advisors from amongst the existing MLAs, ex ministers and MLAs were made through an ordinance on October 13 last year by deleting the word parliamentary secretary and substituting it for making provision for appointment of advisors.

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