Several schemes and programmes were launched today to mark the completion of one year of Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s government in the state.
BJP National General Secretary, Ram Madhav initiated the launching ceremony with the launch of Ujala Scheme in presence of BJP party leaders, state Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, Commissioners, Secretaries and other top level officers and public leaders.
A brief presentation on the UJALA scheme was made by a representative from EESL Company, which was followed by distribution of LED bulbs.
IT Secretary Sonam Chombay made brief presentation on Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunkar Yojana, CM Krishi Rinn Yojana, CM Adharsh Gram Yojana (Rural Transformation Fund) and District Innovation & Challenge Fund, after it was formally launched.
This was followed by launching of Facebook page of Department of Finance and Investment by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein.
The Chief Minister launched the CM helpline no. 155250, a toll free number for the citizens to make a call to register their grievances. He made the first call, which was received through a call centre.
The Chief Minister also brought out his government’s achievements made in one year through a souvenir titled ‘1 year in office’ listing several achievements in different sectors.
Khandu in his speech credited the state government’s achievement to his minister and legislator colleagues, team of officers, and party members.
The state government in the last one year had 14 cabinet sittings, where 160 decisions were taken with more than 60% decisions being implemented already, said the Chief Minister.
The impetus has been given more on governance reforms through use of information technology to bring in transparency and accountability, said the Chief Minister. He informed that the state government has introduced e-cabinet, use of e-office in secretariat, started e-ticketing in transport services, conducted workshop on use of facebook to boost the business and introduction of eILP system.
Speaking on education sector, the Chief Minister spoke on his recent initiative to start smart classrooms in govt-run schools. He announced to discontinue the no detention policy saying that it has brought down the quality in education. He also informed that centre has decided to have board exams for Class X from 2017-18 sessions.
Touching on unemployment issues, the Chief Minister spoke on his initiative on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yojana that promises to provide loans to unemployed youths for entrepreneurship.
He informed that state government has created 3200 jobs in various departments in addition to 2000 posts in police department totalling more than 5000 jobs. He informed that recruitment to group B non gazetted posts will be conducted by APPSC, which the youths of state have appreciated. He assured to change the working culture of the state where merit will only count. He also informed about various initiatives taken to check corruption with strict directives for mandatory services and performances from govt servants.
The Chief Minister further spoke on acute shortages of teachers and administrative posts in the state that were accumulated through upgradation of schools and administrative centres. He said no previous governments had attempted to fill these gaps and in this year, the state government has identified more than 1500 vacant posts of teachers, which will be advertised for recruitment soon through APPSC.
On lack of investment in state, the Chief Minister pointed it on lack of proper land laws and policies. He informed that state government will soon bring out land laws that will enable the local people to own their land legally, which would find acceptance in banks for loans.
He further informed that state government will have soon a review on secretariat service cadre.
The Chief Minister in his concluding remarks called upon the govt employees to perform since they are the face of the government. When the employees are irresponsible and non-performing, it reflects on the work performance of the elected members who are answerable to public. Advising them to work with sincerity and positive attitude, the Chief Minister issued strict warning that he would have no regret to terminate the service of any non performing govt employees or officers.
Earlier in his speech, Ram Madhav appreciated Khandu government for performing well in one year with great emphasis on use of IT. He said it shows the commitment of the govt for transparency and accountability. He said the BJP party in the centre and the central government highly appreciates the achievement made by Khandu govt within one year. Several schemes and programmes have been launched which shows energy and commitment of the government towards its people. He also appreciated the role of the govt officers in formulating the policies and programmes, which is in tune with common people’s need.
Earlier Development Commissioner Ashis Kundra gave a brief presentation on government initiatives, which was followed by remarks from Chief Secretary Satya Gopal.
Speaker TN Thongdok, State BJP President Tapir Gao, Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, Agriculture Minister Wangki Lowang and RD Minister Alo Libang also spoke on the occasion.