Khonsa 18th August, 2020 :The 30th board of management and Annual General Body (AGM) meeting of the NERCORMP society was convened today by Secretary, NEC Shillong. NERCORMP in Tirap and Longding was represented by Smt. Bhanu Prabha, IAS Deputy Commissioner, Tirap cum Chairperson, Tirap Community Resource Management Society along with Ms. Jasmine Shin, CBO representative.
In the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner Bhanu Prabha requested NEC to provide fund to continue the services of Community Organiser (CO’s), marketing support for Agri-Horti produce and working capital fund for the processing unit planned for establishment in Tirap and Longding.
Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu said that the state capital Itanagar has been selected for implementation of the ‘Nagar Van’ or Urban Forest scheme of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change (EFCC).
Attending a meeting of the Union Ministry chaired by EFCC Minister Prakash Javadekar through video conferencing this morning, Khandu informed that as there are only two urban cities in the state – Itanagar and Pasighat– the state capital has been selected for implementation of the scheme this year. He said the department of Environment and Forest has already earmarked the land measuring about 20 hectares for creation of an ‘Urban Forest’.
Khandu, who is also the minister in-charge of Environment & Forest,informed Javadekar that the Union Ministry’s ‘Nagar Van’ scheme would be dovetailed with the Smart City project so that the objective of the scheme is achieved in toto.
The ‘Nagar Van’ is a scheme being launched by the Union EFCC Ministry that envisages to create forests in 200 urban cities across the country on public-private-partnership basis. The Ministry would offer an initial grant of Rs 2 crores for fencing, maintenance and administrative costs of the earmarked land to be developed.
Giving details of the action taken by the state government in implementation of various central govt schemes regarding environment and forest, the Chief Minister said that 100 schools across the state are being identified for the scheme ‘School Nursery’. Under the scheme students would grow their own trees in a chosen place within the school premises and care for it and at the end of year, they would take the sapling and plant it in their own premises. The union ministry plans to cover 1000 schools this year with a target of covering 5000 schools by the year 2024-25.
He further informed that under the Plantation under 20-point program of the union ministry, the state had planted 6 lakhs trees surpassing its target of 1 lakh saplings. He assured that by the end of this year, 12 lakh saplings will be planted across the state.
Khandu underscored the importance of getting onboard the Center’s National Transit Pass System in context of Arunachal Pradesh, where stretches of forest land are owned by communities as well as individuals.
As the system (through a portal) ensures seamless movement of forest produce across the country giving farmers economic right over their forest land, he observed that in such a situation farmers will get motivated to plant trees of their choice increasing the forest cover of the state. He directed the state officials to get on board the portal as soon as possible and create awareness amongst the farmers.
The meeting, which was also attended by Union MoS for EFCC Babul Supriyo and forest ministers of 30 states and UTs, discussed in detail all the six schemes being launched by the union ministry.
Besides the Nagar Van, School Nursery, Plantation and National Transit Pass System, the ministry is also implementing Water and Fodder Augmentation in Forest Land and Rejuvenation of 12 major Rivers schemes in coordination with the states and union territories.
Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein, who also holds the Minister-In-Charge of Power and Non-Conventional Energy Resources have dedicated one unit of 3×1.5(4.5)MWAngongNallah Small Hydro-Electric Project to the people of Arunachal Pradeshon the occasion of 74th Independence Day. The SHP is built at Janbo Village, a border village at 70 km from the district headquarter, Yingkiong in Upper Siang District.
While dedicating the AngongNallah Small Hydro-Electric Project, Mein said that it will meet up the power demand of entire Upper Siang District and will bring more border villages into electrification. It will also meet up the future power demand of the district that may arise due to increase in households and business & industrial establishments.
With the completion of remaining 2 units of SHP (which will be done in some later date), there will be surplus production of power in the district, which will be shared to other parts of the State, he added.
He commended the Chief Engineer of Hydro-Power Development(Eastern Zone), all the Officers & Officials of Geku Hydro-Power Division for their tireless efforts and hard work despite the COVID-19 pandemic and the Planning Department for continuous monitoring of the project to its successful implementation.
Under the week long Behavior Change Campaign “GANDAGI MUKT BHARAT(GMB) beginning from 8th to 15th of August 2020, Deputy Commissioner Tawang Shri Sang Phuntsok, this afternoon addressed the Gaon Burahs and villagers of Tawang district through live web cast under E-ratri Chaupal programme. 240 villages participated in the live web address. DC Tawang informed the villagers about Swach Bharat Abhiyaan, and Tawang being adjudged the first Open Defecation free district in the year 2018 and in continuation of this he appealed to keep villages neat and clean and make it a habit. Speaking about the week long Behavior change programme he requested the villagers to collect all the single use plastics and hand it over to PHE deptt, plantation drives for which plant sapling will be provided by the forest and PHE deptt, simultaneously conduct of Essay competitions and IEC programme to create awareness etc.
Speaking on COVID-19 pandemic situation in Tawang, DC said there has been no any serious case till so far, and we are prepared to combat this pandemic, he requested the Gaon Burahs to help administration in maintaining strict home quarantine guidelines and SOPs in villages. He further requested the villagers not to come out of their village if it is not very urgent, he particularly requested the senior citizens above 65 years of age and children below 10 years to be more careful.
During his address DC also informed the villagers about Nutritional Kitchen garden and Cluster farm programme of the government, under which the farmers will be provided with free seeds and agricultural tools. He requested the villagers to grow surplus vegetables by availing the benefits of these programmes of the government and increase their income.