Budget session of State Assembly begins Parleys on with Assam Govt to resume work on stalled Subansiri HEP: Guv

Budget session of State Assembly begins Parleys on with Assam Govt to resume work on stalled Subansiri HEP: Guv

| Staff REPORTER |

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: The six-day Budget session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly commenced here today with the customary address by the State Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra to the House followed by introduction of eight important Bills, which will be taken up for consideration and passing by the House next week.

The annual Budget for the financial year 2018-19 is scheduled to be presented on March 12 (Monday) by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Finance portfolio.

Highlighting the State Govt’s achievements in diverse fields including sanitation, use of technology, infrastructure and socio-economic fronts and its welfare initiatives for the people, the Governor, in his address, said, “I am very confident that our Government will present a people’s Budget with path breaking and progressive initiatives. It is the resolve of my Government to ensure that the benefits of all the schemes reach to the last man in the queue, i.e. the poorest of the poor.”

Asserting the pressing need for a robust connectivity for the people living in the remote border settlements braving harsh climatic conditions and standing shoulder to shoulder with our brave soldiers, making their valuable contribution for the defence of the nation, he said: “As we prepare a plan for development, our thought goes to our jawans who are our 24 by 7 sentinel and for the forlorn villagers who are struggling for the basic necessities of life.”

He added, “Through the Border Area Development Program (BADP) a massive push is being given to create social and economic infrastructure which would enable the villagers live a life of dignity and comfort. Rural electrification in these remote parts is also being done under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gram Jyoti Yojana and by April-end we aim to achieve the gigantic task of 100 percent rural electrification. Going many steps beyond, we have accepted the challenge of ensuring 100% household electrification under the Saubhagya Yojana.”

On law and order front, the Governor said, “Ensuring peace, amity and enforcing the rule of law are the fundamental responsibilities of any government. My government is committed to this Dharma. We have taken a firm and decisive action against illegal call of bandhs in the State and now a sense of security clearly prevails in the State.

However, I have been deeply anguished by some recent cases of assault on the modesty of small girls. As a dignified society we must develop an inviolable respect for our women who bring us forth and bring us up. My Government would be taking concrete steps for creating a more conducive environment for safety, protection and progress of the girl child. Equally, my government would create effective system to address cases of women in distress and to provide support and counselling to families in their difficult times.”

Talking about the eastern Arunachal districts afflicted with serious linked challenges of insurgency and opium cultivation, Brig Mishra said, both are hampering the peace and economic development in the area, adding that they are also enervating the vigour of a whole generation of youth and making them incompetent for productive activity and rendering them vulnerable to lures of easy money.

Admitting that efforts in tackling the opium problem have not yielded much success so far, he said, “My Government will be addressing the problem in a comprehensive manner by using effective counter measures to check poppy cultivation and insurgents’ unlawful activities.

We would also create more employment opportunities and alternative cash crop cultivation and de-addict the youth who have gone awry,” the Governor said.

Informing that he has personally spoken to the Union Defence Minister, seeking support for greater recruitment of youth, especially from these areas into the armed forces, the governor said, the Army authorities have been very receptive and positive. “I am sure over the next few months we shall see an additional Arunachal Scouts Battalion being raised and a large number of youth joining the Indian Army.”

While informing that over the next two months, Arunachal which is considered the future powerhouse of the nation shall witness the commissioning of the 600 MW Kameng and 110 MW Pare hydro electric projects, the Governor said, “My Government has been in an active dialogue with the Government of Assam which will see the resumption of work on the stalled (2000 MW) Subansiri hydro electric power project soon.”

He further informed that the Govt has prepared a comprehensive strategy to develop agriculture and its allied sectors to ensure that we achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022. He also mentioned the State Govt’s strong resolve on zero tolerance for indiscipline and corruption from any government functionary.

Before wrapping up his speech, the Governor called upon the members of the House: “Let each one of us rise to the occasion, shun partisan politics and propel the State to greater heights following the mantra of ‘Arunachal Rising’ and ‘Team Arunachal’ which are the purveyors of hope and bonding,” while citing that “the Opposition and Treasury benches have always risen above the party lines in the interest of our people and our State.”

Later, the House led by Speaker T N Thongdok took up the obituary reference in respect of former legislators Tako Dabi, Lokam Tado, Ngurang Pinch and Jobom Basar who passed away in the recent past and conveyed heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and then observed a two minutes’ silence as a mark of tribute to the departed souls.

The Speaker also announced the panel of chairmen for the current session. They included senior legislators Wanglin Lowangdong, Japu Deru, Rajesh Tacho and Tapang Taloh.

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