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Development is the buzzword of my government, says Arunachal CM Nabam Tuki

Itanagar, Oct. 19 (ANI): The Livelihood Mission School (CMLMS) became the essence of every address during the daylong visit of Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki to Jairampur and Nampong in the state’s Changlang district .

Tuki, who launched the pilot project at Nampong, told a massive public meeting at Terit Nagar after inaugurating the new ADC HQ building built on mini secretariat line that development is the buzzword of his government.

With agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry, dairy development, tea, rubber cultivation, tourism, health, education and sports and youth development being the thrust areas of development, the CM said while new policies are being framed to achieve various goals, higher, technical and medical colleges are being opened to develop skilled manpower.

The Tea Board of India and Rubber Board of India at his initiative are ready to extend help in tea and rubber cultivation. New policies of the Tuki government includes self-employment schemes for youth with Rs. 4 crore earmarked for schemes with 50% subsidy; Rs 3 crore for CM’s Health Insurance scheme; Rs.3 lakh subsidy for creating facilities, become tour operators and guides to boost tourism; Rs. 25 lakh and Rs. 1 crore for taking part and winning gold medal in Olympics respectively. Besides fund for conducting rural sports, Rs 6.23 crore earmarked for sports infrastructures all over the state covering each village; Rs 36 crore sanctioned for developing a cultural village at Itanagar; Rs. 1.5 crore earmarked for tribal festivals; and Rs. 1,000 monthly allowance for the handicapped.

Peace is essential for development, Tuki said responding to concerns of locals about insurgency problems. The efforts of GoI on Naga talks would bring peace as Arunachal has no objection to the outcome between Nagaland and GoI but let peace rule Arunachal, he said.

Responding to a number of memorandums including by a groups of public leaders led by Izmir Tikhak, East-Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress president James T Jugli and Eastern Tea Growers Multipurpose Cooperative Society Ltd. (ETGS), CM lauded the officers and engineers for the ADC HQ building.

Reflecting that it proves ‘paisa kam kaam jyada’ he happily announced sanction of Rs. 2.38 crore under SPA this fiscal for its completion. He also announced Rs. 2 crore this fiscal for tea and rubber cultivation as pleaded by ETGM for toeing GoAP line; township roads for Manmao, Nampong and Rima-Putak circles to be taken under RIDF, CRPF, NLCPR schemes and Rs. 1 crore under SPA this fiscal for building a convention hall with 500-capacity at Terit Nagar. He, however, informed that creation of posts is banned as financial discipline will be considered on need-basis.

Tuki assured that water supply schemes would be considered next year under NRDWP while informing another tourist lodge with indigenous architect would be recommended to the Center. He also assured funds for Jairampur circuit house and to take up the issue of extension of gas pipeline from Jagun inAssamto Jairampur with ONGC. Auguring fund under SPA forRangfraCollege, he directed the PWD SE Duggam Ete to send a priority list to the GoAP to the thunderous applause of the gathering.

On the problem of shortage of PDS items, the CM said that the present system has to be changed by making the people self-sufficient to not depend on government supply.

Highlighting numerous initiatives of his government, he said the green corridor along the foothill areas would bring pollution-free industries to herald a new era. The state enriched with hills, plains, water and huge minerals is waiting to be tapped. Coal unwanted few years ago has turned diamond today, he said, adding the resources of the state are yet to be surveyed.

Moreover, the Stillwell road needs to be reopened soon to link the rich South East Asian countries as Arunachal is located centrally to 10 countries within 1,000 km aerial distance.

Tuki appreciated the tourist lodge, which was inaugurated earlier by Agri, Horti, Animal Husbandry and Dairy Development Minister Setong Sena.

Hydropower production, expansion of health facilities, education, drinking water are must to ensure that development and electricity reach each household,” he asserted.

During the programme, the chief minister launched the first newspaper to be published from Jairampur sub-division. By the name Terik Weekly, it would be published by Eastern Tea Grower’s Multipurpose Cooperative Society, Jairampur with seasoned journalist Tom Simai as the Editor.

Pointing out that GoAP is evolving a master plan for sustainable agri-horti development, Finance, PWD and Planning Minister Chowna Mein, in his address, said the GDP growth of the state was higher than the nation.

He advocated that the state leaders should move the GoAP for early reopening of the Stillwell road in the greater welfare of entire North Eastern region. Timber and other products fromMyanmarwould boost the regions’ economy, he justified.

While highlighting his development initiatives, Sena pleaded with the CM to honour the demands of the public as the projects taken up so far, particularly the CMLMS and ETGS are ‘stepping stones for GoAP priorities.

He lauded the CM for accepting his development ideas while explaining the philosophy behind the CMLSM and developing the ETGS, the second inspired by Mein, who earlier inaugurated the tea factory set up at an estimated cost of Rs. 8.17 crore by 249 share holders with Rs. 6.39 crore loan from NCDC with a capacity to produce 25,000 kg tea daily. He thanked Izmir Tikhak and Lemkhung Mossang and land donors of Longwan village for their contributions.

The present GoAP initiatives would herald a new era by tapping the vast natural resources of the state while developing skilled manpower through the innovative school, said WRD Parliamentary Secretary Tinghap Taiju.

Changlang deputy commissioner Chanchal Yadav, ADC M Roy and Jugli, among others, spoke on the occasion.

Earlier at Nampong, National Youth Project (NYP) director Dr S N Subba Rao wished success to the CMLMS, which he hoped would turn into the lighthouse ofIndia.

“Like the sun rises from Arunachal Pradesh, this revolutionary concept conceived by a man (Sena) from eastern most part ofIndiaand initiated by the GoAP would turn into the lighthouse ofIndia,” Dr Rao, the living legend, said before the CM launched the pilot project.

Like the invention of electricity was disclosed in a small room in London to the dismay of the gathering unaware of its utility, the CMLMS being launched in this small room would positively spread the light of knowledge and positive attitude to bring peace for making India a stronger and prosperous nation,” the Gandhian added.

Terming Sena’s novel idea, who leading a 10-member team including Agri-Horti commissioner Hage Kojeen and senior journalist Pradeep Kumar had visitedSikkimto have a firsthand experience of the school, before moving the cabinet for approval.

This school by imparting skill development training would help tap the vast potentials of this Himalayan state, bring 100% self-employment and make the state self-sufficient.

Though humble such school would be set up in each assembly constituency too and become an example for the country, Arunachal in particular, Tuki said while lauding Sena.

Appreciating the NYP for its commitment for state building, the CM assured all possible support and help to ensure the success of the school.

Responding to a memorandum from septuagenarian Manorama Saikia, secretary of Bharatiya Adimjati Sevak Sangh (BASS), running a stay home for about 84 poor and downtrodden girls, the CM donated Rs one lakh and assured grant-in-aid.

Mein, accompanying the CM, assured grant-in-aid on receipt of proposal from Sena.

The DC said that the CMLMS would turn the school dropouts productive skilled manpower, having demand within and outside the state, so also their products.

A 7-member NYP-AP team including president Hari Pado Biswas and vice president Pradeep Kumar were present. (ANI)