Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Feb 25: Chief Minister Pema Khandu in his Republic –Day Message said that let us all pay our rich tribute to the valiant soldiers of our great Indian Army, Para-Military Forces and State Police who sacrificed their lives for us so that we live in peace and feel secured.
In his Republic Day message to the people of Arunachal Pradesh he lauded that his Government took many important decisions and brought in numbers of administrative reforms, a firm step to take Arunachal Pradesh at par with other developed States. Under the continued support and guidance from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, “we are committed to deliver the fruits of development to each and every citizen of Arunachal, especially to the last man in the queue with full dedication and conviction,” he said .
Urging to the people of the Himalayan state Khandu said that that his Government will not tolerate corruption in any form and will not think twice to take stern action against anyone found involved in corrupt practices. He lamented that recently handed over the infamous multi-crore Public Distribution System (PDS) scam to CBI for an independent investigation. We have also cancelled illegal regularisation and recruitments done in various departments and ordered for SIC investigation into the anomalies.
State Government is giving top priority to the connectivity sector -Road, Air, Rail and digital . While over fifty thousand crore rupees are being pumped in for road network in the state, rail connectivity got a major boost this year. While new railway lines from North Lakhimpur – Ziro and North Lakhimpur-Silapathar-Bame-Aalo has been approved, surveys of Margherita-Deomali-Lekhapani-Kharsang-Itakola-Seijosa has already been completed. Surveys in some major rail route like Bhalukpong-Tenga-Tawang, Pasighat-Tezu-Parashuram Kund-Rupai, Dumduma-Namsai-Wakro, Dangri-Roing, Deomali-Naharkatia, Kharsang-Miao-Nampong-Deban, Tinsukia-Pasighat via Kanubari are in various stages of progress. Under Air connectivity sector, operationalisation of ALGs at Pasighat, Ziro, Tezu, Mechuka and Tuting for civilian use is in full swing. Small fixed wing aircrafts and helicopters will be operated under UDAN in select locations very soon.
In order to make digital connectivity reach the last habitat of the state, a massive 1893 towers under Comprehensive Telecom Development Plan for Rs. 1739 Crore is being constructed. Our Government shall provide incentives to private telecom operators for setting up telecom facilities in remote border districts of the state.
Keeping social sectors like health and education on high agenda of the government, we have started smart class room project stretched to 700 schools across the state. Government have also created sufficient posts of subject teachers to fill the critical gap while we have also done away with the no detention policy which has been hampering the quality of education. Under health sector we started CM’s Free Chemotherapy scheme for cancer patients. The first academic session of Tomo Riba Institute of Health & Medical Science with initial capacity of 50 students will start this year. All modalities have been completed to prelaunch the restructured health assurance scheme this year.
He also said that ,”Our government has initiated a number of steps to tap the rich potentials in Agri-Horti and allied sectors under “Mission Organic Arunachal”. A tourism roadmap with focus on high-end Tourism has being prepared while hydropower is being harnessed with people’s consent, factoring in its environmental effects.
“We are giving emphasis on employment generation of youths and inculcating the spirit of entrepreneurship through programs like Deen Dayal Upadhayay Svalamban Yojana and Deen Dayal Updhayay Bunkar Yojana,’ he said .
Government is taking up Prime Minister’s vision of Digital India Campaign in right earnest. We have already started the electronic paperless office and launched several programs for quick, transparent and accountable governance under Digital Arunachal Mission.
He vehemently said that on this momentous occasion, while reposing our full faith and trust on the stewardship of Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister of our great nation, we stand by his side in building a strong nation which believes in “SabkaSaathSabkaVikas”.
Khandu reiterate that his government firmly believes in working with a team spirit. With each one of you as members of “Team Arunachal”, based on unity and collective responsibility - will be the core force to bring new strides of development in our beautiful state.On this auspicious occasion,He urged and call upon all of Arunachal to join hands and be responsible members of “Team Arunachal”.