Khandu Cabinet took impressive decisions

Itanagar

The state cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu today came out with impressive decisions.

Concerned over many circle headquarters in the state running without administrative officers, the Cabinet approved for creation of 42 posts under APCS and for filling up of 84 posts at the entry level.  The Cabinet also directed to fill up the 19 posts of APCS entry grade under lateral entry quota in a time bound manner within three months time. With this development, the state government aims at bringing administration at the doorsteps of the common people besides enabling the common masses in remote areas to have access to basic and efficient public services through these administrative units.

Cabinet approved creation of 56 posts of Traffic Police to effectively manage the ever burgeoning traffic in the state and also created 29 posts of non teaching staff for Government College and Polytechnic to ensure efficient and effective teaching in these educational institutions. To pave way for making the Government Law College at Jote functional by the next academic year, Cabinet approved creation of 34 posts of teaching and non teaching posts. As many as 152 posts  under various categories were also created efficient manning of newly created districts of Siang, Kra Dadi, Longding, Namsai and Capital Complex.

A long felt need of the state to have fixed wing aircraft operation will get a big boost as the cabinet today approved for operation of fixed wing aircraft for passenger service in selected ALGs. Cabinet reviewed the status and directed Civil Aviation department to expedite making the ALGs functional for civilian use on priority. Cabinet also approved for floating of tender for 3 months for 6-10 seater fixed wings aircraft which has minimum 40 hours flying experience.

With a bold move to end the deadlock on the lingering hydropower projects, which still waits to see the light of the day, the State Cabinet approved for amendment of Hydropower Policy 2008.

Another major decision taken by the cabinet was to conduct the recruitment of all Group B (non gazetted),  Group C and other ministerial posts through APPSC by ammending the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Limitation of functions) Regulations, 1988 for instilling transparency in the whole process of recruitment and ensuring a merit based recruitment process. This decision was taken in order to fullfil the announcement made by CM in his Independence day speech.

The cabinet also approved establishment of C class police station at Thrizino under West Kameng District for ensuring peace and effective law and order system in the said area. 49 posts at different levels were also created for effective manning of the said police stations.

To fill up 8 out of 12 existing vacancies in the rank of SP (JAG), cabinet decided to approve one time relaxation in the prescribed minimum qualification length of service. This is going to have a very positive, efficient and effective impact on the overall functioning of the police force in the state.

In order to achieve the objectives of performance enhancement, upgradation of knowledge and skills of government officials, improve the administrative effectiveness and develop professional, impartial and efficient civil service that is responsive to the needs of the citizens, the cabinet approved a comprehensive State Training Policy.

Cabinet also enhanced the pay scale of the Chairman and Members of APPSC as per the 7th Pay Commission’s recommendations and accordingly ammended the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (Regulation) 1988.

Cabinet also approved the proposal for enacment  of Arunachal Pradesh Protection of Interests of Depositors (in financial establishments) Bill, 2017 in order to pave the way for its introduction in the State Legislative Assembly and its enactment. This is a pathbreaking decision taken by the cabinet which is intended to put in place a legal framework and mechanism to regulate the activities of financial establishments defaulting in repayment of public deposits in the state and at the same time protect and safeguard the interests of the depositors in non banking financial companies (NBFCs).

The Cabinet decided to institute the Arunachal Ratna as the highest State award of the state of Arunachal Pradesh which shall carry a cash award of Rs. 5 lakh, a gold medal and a roll of honour. The Arunachal Ratna Award shall be awarded in recognition of very exceptional service/performace of the highest order in any field of human endeavour. The committee headed by CM with CS, Principal Secretary Political, Commissioner Finance and Commissioner (GA) as members along with two members to be co-opted by CM shall make the recommendation for the Arunachal Ratna Award.

On the proposal of special package for Tirap, Changlang and Longding, it was decided to forward the special package proposal to Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt. of India after obtaining comments/views of the legislators of these three districts.