ISSUES IN ASSEMBLY | Govt approves MSTC Ltd for e-auction of quartzite blocks: Min

ITANAGAR, Mar 03: Mines and Mineral Minister Kamlung Mossang Wednesday informed that the state government has approved MSTC Ltd to carry out e-auction of quartzite blocks with an allocation of Rs 75 lakh at Kalaktang, in West Kameng district of the state.

MSTC Limited is a PSU under the administrative control of the union Ministry of Steel.

Responding to a question brought in the assembly during question hour by BJP MLA from Kalaktang constituency Dorjee Wangdi Kharma on delay in implementing the e-auction, the minister informed that the MoU with the company could not be executed last year due to Covid-19 pandemic.

“A meeting was recently held with the company and the MoU to be executed has been modified and accordingly the process will begin soon,” Mossang said.

He added that the amount of Rs 75 lakh for e-auction was earmarked in the 2020-21 budget.

Responding to a supplementary, the minister informed that the Mineral Exploration Corporation Limited (MECL) undertook a survey of the quartzite blocks at Kalaktang and dolomite blocks at Rupa in the district during 2011-12 and 2008-09 respectively.

Mossang added that the survey estimated a total of 5.27 metric tonnes of quartzite at Kalaktang in an area of 100 hectares.

Posting of specialist doctors:

Health & Family Welfare Minister Alo Libang informed the Assembly that the government is in the process of formulating a transfer and posting policy for specialist doctors to rationalize posting of specialist across the state.

Admitting that there is a shortage of more than 200 doctors in the state, he said that the department is trying to rationalize the transfer posting of doctors to ensure that no hospital is left abandoned.

He requested his MLA colleagues not to recommend the retention of doctors in the same posting place.

He added that even with only 18 anesthesiologists, the department is trying to do its best.

The minister was responding to a query of Borduria-Bogapani MLA Wanglin Lowangdong on non posting of specialist doctors at General Hospital Khonsa despite recent appointment of the same by the department.

Centre of Excellence at Jairampur:

Agriculture and Horticulture Minister Tage Taki disclosed that the government had proposed for establishment of three centres of excellence of citrus at Aalo, Dirang and Jairampur in the year 2013-14 with an amount of Rs 5 crore each.

While construction of Aalo and Dirang centres have been completed but are yet to be commissioned, construction of Jairampur centre has to be put to halt due to some technicalities relating to the executing agency.

He however assured to take up the project under 2021-22 with additional fund and make it functional.

The Minister was replying to starred question raised by Nampong Jairampur MLA Laisam Simai on steps taken by the department to revive the centre of excellence in his constituency.

Bridge over Pare River:

RWD Minister Honchun Ngandam, in reply to Doimukh MLA Tana Hali Tara’s query on status of fund of state share for pending construction of motorable suspension bridge over River Pare at Sopo, said that the state government has already released its 40% share, totaling an amount of Rs 316 lakhs, which has been judiciously used.

However, NEEPCO that was supposed to fund 60% of the project has released only Rs 142 lakhs.

Rs 331 lakhs is yet to be released, he informed and asked the government to send a written reminder to NEEPCO for release of the remaining fund at the earliest.


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