108 GDMOs recruitment by May: CM Reverse Issues in House

108 GDMOs recruitment by May: CM Reverse Issues in House

| Staff REPORTER |

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: While admitting that there was shortage of doctors in hospitals including CHCs and PHCs across the State, Chief Minister Pema Khandu today informed the Assembly that Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) would conduct the written examination for recruitment of 108 more GDMOs (General Duty Medical Officers) by March 25 and interview by May.

Khandu said as against the requirement of 932 GDMOs including 134 nos of administrative posts, Arunachal Pradesh with 227 hospitals (State Hospital-1, GH-6, DH-14, CHC-63 & PHC-143) has 623 GDMOs at present with the shortfall of over 300 posts. Once the 108 GDMOs are posted the problem would be solved to a great extent, he said while responding to a supplementary question from Olom Panyang.

When Tanga Byaling stressed that the common man should not be allowed to suffer due to doctors’ posting as well as discontinuation of welfare schemes like APCMUHIS launched by the previous Govt, the Chief Minister hit back asking the members “tell me which Govt had advertised 108 doctors’ posts at one go…it indicates how Govt is concerned about health sector”. He added, politicians should not interfere in doctors as well as teachers’ transfer and postings.

To a supplementary from Japu Deru, Khandu informed that 74 posts have already been absorbed. To a suggestion from Paknga Bage on lab technician recruitment, procurement of medicine for PHCs and creation of infrastructure, the CM said that during 2017-18 Rs 10 crore had been allocated under SADA for procurement of medicines.

Admitting the technical glitches on the special package sanctioned by MHA, GOI during 2011 for improvement of existing police station and construction of new PSs in Tirap, Changlang and Longding (TCL) districts, Home Minister Kumar Waii, while replying to a supplementary from Wanglin Lowangdong, informed that the Cabinet Committee on Security (CSS) had on March 6 last approved the release of fund to the tune of Rs 212.85 crore from Security Related Expenditure (SRE) Scheme to GoAP over a period of four years – 2017-18, 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 on actual reimbursement basis, and assured to complete the work by that period.

To another supplementary from Pani Taram asking why the 1798 citizenship applications of Chakma and Hajongs along with requisite documents, reports of DCs and recommendations of State Govt were forwarded to the Foreigners Division, MHA despite the fact that the Assembly passed a resolution totally opposing the grant of citizenship rights to the refugees, the Home Minister told that it was done prior to bringing the resolution noting that “none of the applicants satisfies all the conditions laid down under section 5(1) (a) of the Citizenship Act, 1955”.

When CT Mein enquired to know what measures being taken by the Govt to identify and evict the over 2000 Chakmas who had settled inside the Diyun reserve forest, the Home Minister told the House that Govt has already instructed the concerned DCs and ADCs to assess the encroached forest land/ illegal settlements and submit the report. Once the reports come, Govt will take action accordingly.

Replying a supplementary question raised by Tanga Byaling regarding delay in the starting of construction of Potin-Pangin stretch (407 Km) of Trans-Arunachal Highway, DyCM cum Minister for PWD Chowna Mein informed that following the surrender of the said road by the concessionaire the work is presently under suspension. He said post his discussion with Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari the said road stretch has been divided into eight small packages and the tender will be floated soon. He however, informed that Rs 30 crore has been given for immediate repair and maintenance of the roads from Pine to Pine Groove and Daporijo to Dumporijo which are in a dismal state.

Bill passed: The House also witnessed the members passing ‘The Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) Amendment) Bill, 2018’, which was moved by Minister of Town Planning and ULB Nabam Rebia, by voice vote following a brief discussion.

However, the private members resolution brought in by member Mutchu Mithi, who insisted Govt put effective mechanism regularization of SSA teachers’ services, was withdrawn after the Education Minister Honchun Ngandam and the DyCM assured that some effective measures will be taken up.

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