Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the Tadar Taniang Hall and unveiled the foundation slab of late Dorjee Khandu at the Don Bosco Youth Centre (DBYC) here on Wednesday.
The Chief Minister appreciated late Tadar Taniang as visionary man who did his job well as PHED Minister and took the department to a new height. “Politics will come and go, but what matters is the contribution you have made to the society and the state,” he said and appreciated Taniang’s contribution towards youth development.
Impressed at the dance performed by school children of Shri Shri Ravishankar Vidya Niketan on the theme of ‘God is one’, the Chief Minister appealed the people not to undermine other’s faith or tribe. “Let us learn to respect the differences and accept others as they are. This is where the strength of the Arunachal lies,” he said.
Asserting that Arunachal must not be left behind while the world is speedily moving towards development, Khandu said the state government too is taking measures and formulating policies to equip the youths towards skill development. He appreciated the DBYC for giving proper direction to youths in helping them to live their life of dreams. Almost 80% of youths who have passed out from the centre are employed today, observed the Chief Minister.
However, still most prefer government jobs, which are becoming rare, said Khandu and advised the youths to look for other employment in other sector too. He admitted that though state has many skilled entrepreneurs, they were lacking financial help. To address it, the Chief Minister informed that state govt. is seriously looking towards measures to convert all naturally available resources to revenue.
To generate employment and to address the shortages of manpower in administration, Khandu informed that the cabinet has approved for creation of 500 posts to fill up the vacancies. “It is a historic decision that more than 100 posts of circle officers have been created,” he said. This was necessitated as several circle headquarters were non-function due to lack of circle officers. The Chief Minister said the creation of posts will bring administration at the door step of the people and will bring in development.
Another major step taken he informed was to strengthen the Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and all jobs recruitment of group B and C to be conducted by the body. He said departmental conduct of exams presented tricky situation for politicians and officers as people come to them with favour for jobs. Under such circumstances and public pressure, the departmental exams become farcical depriving the genuine candidates.
“This is the system we have created; it needs to be abolished and such loopholes closed,” asserted the Chief Minister and said that it require a change in policies and mindset. He hoped that with the decision taken to change in recruitment rules, it will encourage students to work hard and sense of competition will prevail.
The Chief Minister also focused on skilling as important step towards meeting youth employability. For that he informed that land reforms are being initiated to facilitate ease of investment. Under the new reform, the land holders will decide the type of investment by pooling in the suitable investors. The state government will only act as the mediator between land holders and the investors so that both are secured in their own end. Also investors are keen on investing on skill training programmes to cut down cost of bringing in skilled workers from outside the state, Khandu said and informed that soon a suitable minister or parliamentary secretary will be offered the additional charge of skill development.
Promising to work for all 60 constituencies without any party biases, the Chief Minister said “We want to give equal importance to all 60 constituencies. Though some PPA MLAs may feel they are left out, but they are no different from us. Government funding will be equally distributed in all constituencies.”
Concluding his speech, Khandu promised to fund Rs 80 lakhs for a returning wall to protect DBYC campus from land erosion and Rs 3 crore for building of annex of late Dorjee Khandu in the campus.
In his speech as the guest of honour, PHED Minister Bamang Felix called late Tadar Taniang as multi-faceted human being, who was a teacher, a social worker, a leader and above all a god-fearing human being. He appreciated late Taniang as a visionary man who two decades back had encouraged people of Nyapin to grow horticulture crops. Initially people rejected such ideas, but now people following his footsteps are becoming self-sufficient growing various horticultural crops, said Felix.
Appreciating late Dorjee Khandu as man of compassion, the PHED Minister called him as a visionary man who believed in service of humanity. He understood that institute such as DBYC will come in long way as help to youths to equip them with employability skills, which was necessary to bring them to mainstream and from being misguided. Felix said late Khandu was the first CM to fund DBYC from government exchequer who understood its importance, which today has become an institute to transform the youths to give them a better life.