DCs and SPs to perform duties without fear of anyone- Khandu

Itanagar

Chief Minister Pema Khandu today beckoned the deputy commissioners and superintendents of police to perform duties without fear of anyone, not even of political bosses.

“There’s nothing to be afraid of. Take action on anyone who breaks the law or is involved in corruption even if he or she is a government official or a politician,” he said speaking at the annual conference of deputy commissioners and superintendents of police here this morning at Banquet Hall.

Hailing the DCs and SPs, who are caretakers of their respective districts, as ‘eyes and ears’ of the government, Khandu said success of the government will be measured only on the success in implementing welfare projects and maintaining law and order in the districts.

He advised the officers to maintain transparency in their dealings with line departments as well as the public.

‘Due to reasons known to all, development process slowed down during the last two years. Now we have to make up the loss by working twice as hard while maintaining transparency and accountability,” the Chief Minister said.

Emphasizing on the growth of IT sector, Khandu said that it has become a necessity to take IT facilities up to panchayat levels.

“With the introduction of GST and Direct Benefit Transfer, even block levels will have to be integrated through IT. And this calls for active role of the deputy commissioners,” he pointed.

Underscoring the role of deputy commissioners in successful implementation of all central and state government schemes, the Chief Minister informed that he will take review on latest status of ongoing schemes through video conferencing with deputy commissioners once every month.

“DCs will be informed of the project/subject to be reviewed at least 15 days ahead, so that they can be prepared with every detail and updates,” he said.

Deputy Chief Minister, Chowna Mein in his address, gave to priority to maintenance of law and order. He said in-spite of being a peaceful state, the police department has to improve its statistics in view of Arunachal turning into a budding tourist destination with increasing inflow of visitors and investors.

Mein urged the district administrations to expedite land acquisition and other clearances as various developmental projects but stands delayed due to lengthy process. He urged them to complete the process in a time bound manner and as per guidelines.

Mein called for regular monitoring of all the State Plan and CSS Schemes, Programs and Policies and for timely submission of Quarterly Progress Report (QPR), Utilization Certificates and Completion Certificates. He informed that Government of India has taken serious note on the delay in submission of QPR, UCs and with regard to Centrally Sponsored Scheme leading to undue delay in release of subsequent instalments adversely affecting the progress of several projects.

The DCM also called to rationalize Chief Minister’s Flagship schemes and urge upon all the Deputy Commissioners to see that the CM flagship Programs are effectively implemented. He also said to increase revenue generation and advised them to devise formulas to plug revenue leakages.

He further urged upon the Deputy Commissioners to educate people on cashless transactions/ e-transactions by organizing mass awareness programmes by tying up with the bankers as the country is moving towards cashless transactions as envisaged by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

With a view to make governance more transparent, he also stress upon the District Administration towards Adhaar Card registration and its subsequent ceding to avoid duplicity and to successfully implement schemes like Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) in various sectors which will particularly help the students and the farming community.

As the in charge Minister of Finance and Planning, DCM request all the DCs and SPs to come up with innovative ideas and schemes and present before the Govt. as the state govt under the leadership of Chief Minister is planning to present a participatory budget in the up-coming budget.

He further expressed hope that DCs and SPs will continue to propel the engine of development with their innovative ideas and take the administration to the doorstep of the people.

Home Minister Kumar Waii urged better coordination between deputy commissioners and superintendents of police for overall development of the districts. Being the RWD minister in-charge, he said high compensation demands have adversely affected implementation of PMGSY schemes and sought proactive role of the DCs in resolving such issues.

Home Parliamentary Secretary Pani Taram emphasized on better coordination of the district administrations that share boundaries with Assam and Nagaland to thwart differences with neighbouring states. He suggested regular meeting and social interaction with people residing along the inter-state boundary for peace and harmony.

In an interactive session that followed, several issues like land acquisition for trans-Arunachal highway, civilian terminus in ALGs, GST, etc were discussed.

Also present during the inaugural function of the conference were the Chief Secretary, Director General of police, PCCF, Principal Secretary Home, Commissioner Home, Commissioners and Secretaries of various departments.

The two-day conference will take up district-wise review of hydro power projects, aadhar coverage, DBT, education, health, central and state-sponsored programmes, PMs flagship prohrammes, Trans-Arunachal Highway, digital India programme, etc.