The Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Interest of Depositors (in financial establishments) Bill, 2017 was passed in the state Assembly Friday. The bill, which was tabled in the Assembly on March 6 by state Home minister Kumar Waii, aimed at protecting the deposits made by people in financial establishments.

In his statement Waii told the House that there had been a mushrooming of financial establishments in the state, which were not covered by the Reserve Bank Of India Act, 1934 and they have been receiving deposits from the public on the promise of high rate of interests and easy gains.

“Many financial institutions have not returned the maturity amount to the depositors and as there was no law to curb the menace. The bill was introduced for this purpose only,” the minister said. Responding to queries made by education Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram and BJP members Japu Deru and Karya Bagang, Waii said there were 28 cases being registered in the state out of which 13 were under investigation.

“The Special Investigation Team constituted by the Home department will investigate all cases of economic offence and there are provisions for punishment in the form of two year imprisonment and penalty of Rs five lakh,” he said. The bill was later on passed in the House by voice vote.

Source: The Indian Express

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday proposed to make certain important structural changes which would align the government’s development agenda with that of the Centre. Addressing the State Development Council (SDC) meeting here, the Chief Minister said that changes in a nutshell would be participatory budget preparation by engaging all stakeholders to give suggestions in budget formulation for 2017-18, an official communique informed.

He said a detailed pre-budget exercise would be held from first week of December by the Finance Department for holding wide consultations with all stakeholders including all concerned departments and by end of January, the Finance department would submit the draft budget to be placed before the Assembly.

“After passage of the state budget in the Assembly, the departments will initiate procedures for implementation of the budget allocated to them,” he said.

The SDC meeting is a prerequisite for development projects, its implementation and financial matters.

Khandu categorically said the Prime Minister has given him specific instructions on transparency and he is duty-bound to adhere to the orders.

“It is our collective duty to restore the image of governance in our state….The government is duty-bound to ensure this and needless to say, we shall deal with any violation with exemplary action,” he said.

Regretting that due to several unavoidable circumstances the SDC could not be held in time, the Chief Minister, however, emphasized that the single mandate for the government was to meet the aspirations of the common citizens by bringing in transparency in governance, and providing basic infrastructure, especially in remote rural areas.

“It was a collective decision of the government to hold the SDC meeting by all means,” he said.

The Chief Minister informed that the Centre has made certain structural changes in the budgeting exercise to be followed from the 2017-18 financial year.

The key changes are: Railway Budget has been subsumed within the General Budget and therefore, no separate Railway Budget will be presented in the ensuing Budget session, The Plan-Non Plan distinction has been dispensed with and now budget will be classified only in revenue and capital heads and the Union Budget session has been pre-poned and likely to be presented in the first week of February, instead of the traditional last week of February.

Pointing out that the impacts on the states are to be anticipated and necessary preparatory works initiated, he said the state government is planning to hold the budget Session for 2017-18 in the last week of February, just after celebration of the Statehood Day.

Khandu said the developmental activities which have so far been taken up in SDC meeting would form part of the budget document to allow departments’ sufficient lead time to plan and execute works and leave no room for uncertainty and delay.

Further, he said, the SDC would be responsible for holding quarterly meetings to review, monitor the implementation, and financial performance of each department would be closely monitored to maintain tight fiscal discipline.

In the present financial year, as the departments have only 3-4 months for implementation of the schemes and projects, the Chief Minister advised all to project their respective requirements which could only be completed in this fiscal after following all codal formalities.

Khandu made it clear that projects taken up with the normal state funds shall stand lapsed, if not completed by March 31 next.

“Payments will be made on physical progress and adherance to codal formalities,” he said.

“These schemes shall not be carried forward in Part V and shall be reflected in the next budget as ongoing scheme.

However, centrally sponsored scheme (CSS) projects shall continue in the old system,” Khandu added.

The SDC meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the portfolios of Planning and Finance, Speaker T N Thongdok, Deputy Speaker Alo Libang, cabinet ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Commissioners, Secretaries and other senior functionaries of the state government, the communiqué added.

Source: The Indian Express

Chief Minister Pema Khandu called on Union Minister of IT and Electronics Ravi Shankar Prasad on Tuesday to discuss on issues related to Information technology in the state.

Pema briefed the Union Minister that Arunachal Pradesh has also accorded top priority to e Governance and efforts are being made to realise this by making the entire State Civil Secretariat paperless in the days to come. He believed that with the help of information technology the state government would ensure transparency and accountability in Governance.

He however admitted the fact that the state has been lagging behind in terms of IT and Telecominfrastructure due to rugged and inaccessible terrain, low road density and such other reasons. Pema requested the IT and telecom ministry to support the state government to do a massive augmentation in the sector. Pema requested for a special package to augment Telecom Infrastructure, not only to improve services but to meet the need of connectivity required for GST implementation. CM also suggested for a policy to subsidize the bandwidth charges in Arunachal Pradesh which would act as an incentive for the private service providers and encourage them to invest in Arunachal Pradesh.

CM Khandu also pointed out that the Mission Mode projects such as eDistrict, Swan and State Data Centre are yet to take off due to host of reasons including limited participation in bids. He sought the Minister’s personal intervention to fast track and operationalize these projects.

Citing that the present model of Common Service Centre (CSC) scheme and even the proposed CSC 2.0 is not viable in Arunachal Pradesh in the backdrop of less population, less transaction, unreliable connectivity and limited G2C services, CM appealed the Ministry to devise a special mechanism to make these CSCs viable.

CM further opined for an interim measure to resolve the connectivity issues by providing VSATs with solar power backup facilities. These VSATs will be installed at 100 administrative centres. Wifi hotspot will be created using these VSATs for public access, he suggested while requesting the ministry to consider funding for atleast 100 VSATs.

He also requested to upscale and expand NIC and SEMT with more manpower for Arunachal Pradesh.

After giving a patient hearing, Union Minister assured the CM that Arunachal Pradesh would be accorded utmost priority. All out support would be extended to the state in IT and telecom sector.

He revealed that the Union Government contemplates to bring a revolution through CSC model. All schemes, programmes of central as well as state would be linked with CSC so that direct benefit is reaped by genuine beneficiaries.

Ravi Shankar Prasad assured CM that the Ministry will strengthen telecom and IT services in the state so that all the populace of the state reaps the benefits of Government.

CM was accompanied by Dy CM, Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary and Commissioner Finance.

Source: The Arunachal Times

Kipa Menya and Kipa Tai memorial inter club badminton tournament in association with the Naharlagun Badminton Club is being held from Oct 3- 6. The tournament is being sponsored by former MLA capital Complex Kipa Babu.

All together 35 teams from various clubs of Naharlagun township are expected to take part in the tournament.

The players are going to compete under different events and categories. Cash prize with trophy will be awarded to the winners informed Chairman Organizing Committee J. Ette.

Source: The Arunachal Times

Two officials from the Department of Agriculture, T D Neckom, Deputy Director of Agriculture (Dev) and Idar Nyori, Agriculture Development Officer cum Assistant State Nodal Officer (Oil Palm) have been nominated for representation in the official Indian delegation to visit Malaysia to study and understand better Oil Palm production technologies.

The visit is being organized by the Union Ministry of Agriculture, Dept. of Agriculture & Cooperation.

It may be mentioned here that the Government of Arunachal Pradesh has embarked upon an ambitious mission on Oil Palm development and production programme in potential areas of the State.

Realizing the special circumstances regarding the cultivation, gestation, sustainability, production, harvesting, processing of Oil Palm and various other regulations for its production and processing, this visit to the leading Palm oil producer and exporter country in the world is expected to be a good opportunity to explore, understand advance technologies for the crop and help in programme planning which can be replicated in the State for the benefit and upliftment of the farming community, according to a departmental release.

Source: Arunachal Times

All Kra Daadi District Students’ Union (AKDDSU) has refuted receiving any invitation/communication from the ZPC office of Kra Daadi for the August 14 meeting to sort out the issues/demands of the union.

Terming the press statement of the ZPC, which appeared in this daily on August 21 issue, as misleading, false and an malafide intention to confuse the public, AKDDSU said it will go ahead with the proposed 12-hr bandh call on August 23.

Essential services like milk van, ambulance, drugs houses etc have been exempted from the purview of the bandh, according to an AKDDSU release.

Source: Arunachal Times

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