Special vaccination drive for unvaccinated teachers & staffs launched.

PASIGHAT, August 27: Special Covid Vaccination drive for unvaccinated teachers, office staffs and their family members was launched at Mirku Secondary School, Pasighat on Friday last.

It was formally inaugurated by the East Siang DDSE Oduk Tabing in presence of DMO Dr. Kaling Dai, DRCHO Dr. T. Gao, teachers, staffs and their family members. Teacher Oduk Kadu, TGT was the first was first beneficiary who received the Covid vaccination. The special drive will continue till August 4 next to cover all targeted persons under the ambit of vaccination. Special vaccination drive

Governor, CM extend Solung Festival greetings

The Governor of Arunachal Pradesh Brig. (Dr.) B. D Mishra (Retd.) has extended his heartiest greetings to the people of the state on the occasion of Solung Festival. He expressed his hope that the communo-agrarian festival of the Adi Community will continue to showcase the cultural richness of our state.

In his festival message, the Governor said that the Solung Festival is the embodiment of the Adi way of socio-cultural and religious life. The Adi community, since time immemorial, has been celebrating this festival with traditional gaiety and enthusiasm primarily to propitiate their deities, and beseech them for bumper harvest of crops, wellness of domestic animals, peace, prosperity and happiness of the people. The Solung celebration keeps alive the ancient traditions of the community. It’s most important adjunct is its intended extension to the younger generation for creating awareness and empathy amongst them for the endowed universal human bonding. Equally importantly this festivity promotes the benevolent relationship between man and nature. I am sanguine that our Adi elders will continue to urge the younger generations to follow the excellent traditions prevalent in their community, he said.

‘On this auspicious occasion, I offer my prayers to ‘Kine Nane’, the Goddess of crops and prosperity, ’Dadi Bote’, the God of Animal kingdom,’Doying-Bote’, the God of Wisdom and all other benevolent deities to shower their blessings to the entire mankind and herald a long period of peace, progress and prosperity for one and all’, the Governor wished in his message. ‘I also take this opportunity to urge my dear people of our State Arunachal Pradesh to observe all precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic by strictly adhering to COVID Appropriate Behaviour of effective use of face mask, frequent washing of hands, social distancing, i.e. ‘Do Gaz Ki Doori’ and taking the COVID protection vaccine, its two doses, at the earliest, without any apprehension of any kind’, the Governor appealed.

State Chief Minister Pema Khandu has also greeted the people on the joyous occasion of Solung, the most important festival of the Adis. “Ours is a distinct state with several tribes and communities residing side by side for ages maintaining their unique indigenous culture and traditions. Despite our varied diversity, we as Arunachalees are united and take pride in our indigenous cultural heritage. This cultural mosaic has to be maintained, preserved and propagated at all costs while keeping intact our unity in diversity. I believe this celebration of Solung would prove a major catalyst towards achieving this goal,” he said in a message here this evening. Khandu said that despite the COVID 19 pandemic, the spirit and energy of Solung will not dampen and called everyone to join the celebrations. He however requested the revellers to follow all the prescribed norms of COVID appropriate behaviour, so that the spread of the virus is avoided.

CM flags off foundation training of APCS-2020 batch

“Politicians will come and go every five years but you will be the permanent upholders of democracy,” said Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu to the 2020 batch of the Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service (APCS) probationers while flagging off their foundation training at DK Convention Centre here on Tuesday morning, August 24. Emphasizing on the importance of training, he said that officers without training “will be like a misguided missile” and urged the young officers to sincerely attend each course of the four-month-long foundation training. “This is not a flagging-off ceremony. This is the foundation-laying ceremony of your career,” he said. Khandu termed the civil servants the “backbone of the government who work as a bridge between the common people and the government” as all the government policies and programmes are executed through them. “You have the onus of ensuring that every single paisa of development fund is judiciously used for the welfare of the common people,” he said. Giving details of the run-up to the proposed four-month training programme, Khandu informed that, during his district tours in the times before the pandemic, he had interacted with a few officers of the current batch serving as circle officers in remote areas. “Many requested me for a proper training programme, so that they could discharge their duties more efficiently. I could sense the enthusiasm and sincerity in them. So I immediately asked the chief secretary to chalk out a proper training programme for the current batch,” he said. He said the four-month foundation training is the first of its kind wherein the probationers will first undergo a course at IIM Shillong, then at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie, followed by a training programme at the Arun Jaitley National Institute of Financial Management, Faridabad, and finally at the State Administrative Training Institute (ATI), Naharlagun.

It may be noted that Khandu, who visited the LBSNAA on invitation to address the 2019 batch of IAS probationers, had requested the authorities of the academy to help Arunachal in whatever way possible. As a result, for the first time, an ‘Arunachal study circle’ was formed in the LBSNAA, where the 2020 batch APCS probationers will be trained for about a week. Also, the state government recently signed an MoU with Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Centre for Policy Research and Analysis, IIM Shillong, for collaborating as a knowledge partner for capacity building of state government officers, and for setting up a satellite centre of the IIM Shillong in Arunachal for necessary policy interventions. We had announced in Budget 2018-19 that our own ATI would be converted into a state-of-the-art training institute. Work on upgrading it is going on,” Khandu informed.

He further informed that, to improve service delivery, the government enacted the Public Service Delivery Act, 2015 for prompt delivery of services to the citizens within a notified timeframe, with provision of penalty for any delay in such delivery by the public servants. “And to address the problem of skill deficiency, we have decided to equip employees with necessary skills and improve their performance level through the state training policy,” he added. Khandu advised the civil servant probationers to “always be approachable by the common people, be innovative, and create solutions to problems.” He also suggested that, after completion of the foundation training, the officers submit a report to the Chief Secretary on what they have learnt or gained that would help them discharge their duties and suggest if anything needs to be changed or added to the training programme, so that it can be further improved for future APCS officers. In all fifty-seven, including three differently-abled, officers of the 2020 APCS batch will be attending the training programme. Meanwhile, on the occasion, the newly compiled web portal of the ATI was launched by the Chief Minister. The ceremony was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein.

CM launches ‘BESTOW 1.0’ campaign for empowerment of village communities under JJM

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu virtually launched ‘BESTOW 1.0’ – the month-long campaign for empowerment of village communities under the ‘Jal Jeevan Mission’ (JJM) that aims to provide safe and adequate drinking water on regular basis through functional household tap connections (FHTC), here on Monday, August 23 last. To mark the launch, Khandu bestowed an in-village component of water supply assets to the Village Water and Sanitation Committee (VWSC) of Ganga village in Papum Pare district. Simultaneously, at the district levels, the District Water and Sanitation Mission (DWSM) chairpersons bestowed the in-village components of water supply scheme to VWSCs in their respective districts. JJM, a centrally sponsored scheme, envisions providing safe and adequate drinking water through individual household tap connections to all households in rural India by 2024. However, the Arunachal Pradesh Government has taken upon itself to achieve the target by 2023, a year ahead of the national target. The programme will include source sustainability measures as mandatory elements, such as recharge and reuse through grey water management, water conservation, rain water harvesting. The Mission will be based on a community approach to water and will include extensive information, education and communication as key components. The state Public Health Engineering and Water Supply (PHED/ WS) is the implementing agency here and as per its records, as of date, 2101 villages have been equipped with 100% FHTC. Complimenting the department and congratulating the villages with successful handing over of the assets, Khandu underscored the role of VWSC, a constituent of the Gram Panchayat, in successful completion of the mission as well as its sustainability. “The role of village committees is critical in planning, implementation, management, operation and maintenance of water supply in the village and in ensuring functional tap connection to each household,” he pointed, while interacting with the VWSCs and DWSMs connected virtually from the districts.

“Har ghar me nalaur har nal me jal and now it is up to you (VWSCs) to keep the water flowing,” he said. Khandu informed that to support JJM and make it successful in the state, the state government has started the Arunachal Jal Sankalp scheme to add to the fund allocated by the central government. He expressed concern over reported water scarcity in few pockets of the state like Longding and said degradation of forest cover and reducing rainfall as the main factors. He emphasized on protection and preservation of all the water sources being utilized in implementation of the scheme by the village committees. Khandu further emphasized on having in place a robust catchment area policy to protect water sources and informed the government is working on it. The month-long campaign will cover formation of VWSCs in left out villages, opening bank accounts of VWSCs, adoption of resolution by communities for water tariff collection, training of at least five women in a village on handling Field Testing Kits, resolution on catchment areas, training on plumbing, masonry and electric motor/pump and handing over of invillage water supply components. The BESTOW campaign aims at maximizing the process of handing over of in-village water supply components, one of the end products of JJM. The campaign aims to achieve certain milestones on weekly basis to make water supply assets eligible for handing over to village communities. The program was also attended by PHED/WS Minister WangkiLowang, the chief secretary, officials of PHED/WS, deputy commissioners and members of VWSCs.

Rijiju pays tributes to freedom fighter MatmurJamoh

Union Minister for Law and Justice, KirenRijiju is on a three day “Jan AshirwadYatra” in the state and accompanied by the state Health &FM Minister AloLibang, Loksabha MP Tapir Gao, MLAs Kaling Moyong and Ninong Ering and others reached historic MatmurJamoh Memorial ground, Yagrung, birth place of Jamoh,18 KM off Pasighat on August 20 last. Attending a public meeting here, Rijiju stated that Patriot Jamoh will always be remembered by all Indians for his bravery. The man who refused to bow down to the British rulers and took down British Officer Captain Noel Williamson in 1911, he said and assured to grant required fund for installation of statue of Legendry Matmur Jamoh and expressed hope that Yagrung could be developed as a tourist destination as the village is full of natural beauty and well connected with the rest parts of the country.

The Minister also assured to take all steps with the appropriate authority to give due recognition by the union government to Jamoh as Saheed adding that internal assessment and in quiry will be conducted about last part of Jamoh’s life (after imprisonment at Kalapani Andaman). His bravery will be included in NCERT books to let our children to know the bravery about great warrior Jamoh, he added. Rijiju, in his address asserted that timely lockdown in the country by the Narendra Modi led government, economic stimulus package march towards “Atmanirvar Bharat” was widely appreciated by one and allwhen the whole world was reeling from the crisis engendered by the Covid-19 pandemic as was India. He further added that the new edifice of this self-reliant India would be based on five pillars of the economy, infrastructure, demography, technologically driven systems and to strengthen demand and supply chains, with the supply chains being based on local sourcing. The minister while extending his gratitude the people of Arunachal Pradesh in particular for their supports in effective handling of Covid-19 pandemic and sought Ashiwad (Blessings) from the people to serve the state and the nation in true spirit. A memorandum was submitted by the President and Secretary of NINO Welfare Society Tasing Jamoh and Ocean Gao during the program at Yagrung. Later in the evening, Minister Rijiju attended an interactive meeting with prominent CBOs, VOs, NGOs, Youth Organizations and Karya kartas at the CHF Auditorium which was actively participated by the representatives of ABK, BBK, WASE, BBYK, Angun Bedang, Ayang and Green Dreamers.

Khandu lays foundation stone of 200-bedded multi-specialty hospital at RKM Hospital

On the auspicious occasion of Shravan Purnima and Raksha bandhan, State Chief Minister Pema Khandu laid the foundation stone of the 200-bedded Multi-Specialty Hospital at the Rama Krashna Mission Hospital here on Sunday, August 22 last. He also dedicated the newly installed Siemens Magnetom 1.5 Tesla MRI machine of the hospital to the people of the state. Addressing the monks, doctors, nurses and employees of the hospital, Khandu applauded the role of R K Mission Hospital in the fight against the COVID 19 pandemic. He said the doctors, nurses, para medics and all staff of the hospital risked themselves but did not stop serving the sick and needy through thick and thin. “People of the state, particularly residents of Itanagar remains indebted to you all,” he said. Acknowledging the contributions of the R K Mission in both health and education sectors, the Chief Minister said it was ‘payback’ time for the state government. “RKM has been giving to us since the early days of our existence. We decided it was time to give it back even if small. Therefore, we decided that the proposed 200 bedded multispecialty hospital should be established as part of the R K Mission Hospital,” he said. Khandu requested the management to set a target of two years for completion of the project so that it can start serving the people at the earliest. He suggested that the upcoming hospital building be constructed keeping in mind the natural ambience and go for a ‘green’ building. Talking about the pandemic, Khandu said that it came as an eye opener to the government. “I being the Chief Minister even wasn’t aware of the status of our health facilities, especially at the ground level. Due to the pandemic we had repeated serious reviews, consultations and meetings at all levels, which subsequently revealed the poor condition of our health infrastructure. It was this pandemic that enabled us to ‘right’ the ‘wrong’ and revamp the health sector in last one and half years that we couldn’t do in decades,” he informed. Having learnt the lesson the hard way, Khandu said that the state government is seriously improving the health sector through creation of infrastructure, manpower and facilities besides procuring modern and latest health equipment. “We are completely overhauling infrastructure and facilities of all the district hospitals. We have recruited and will continue recruiting sufficient doctors including specialists, nurses of all categories, paramedics and other sanitary and assisting staff as required,” he informed. Khandu also informed that the government has decided to select and develop one hospital each in every assembly constituency of the state with all facilities. Remembering his late father and former chief minister, Dorjee Khandu’s close association with the hospital (the hospital has a ward after the name of the late chief minister), Khandu assured the state government’s support to it for years to come. As a gesture of appreciation and gratitude, he donated Rs 20 lakhs to the hospital from his personal sources