FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Aug 16: Aruchal Pradesh on Tuesday joined rest of the country in celebrating the 71st Independence Day with day-long programme.
Unfurling the tiol Tri-colour at Indira Gandhi Park here, Chief Minister Pema Khandu exhorted the people to participate in the growth process of the State. “Today we have to resolve that within the next five years when independent India turns 75, we will eradicate poverty, illiteracy and unemployment. We must pledge that each village and habitation of the State must be connected with roads and every poor family must have a home,” he said.
He said the people of the state have seen armed aggression from across the borders and the state has been witness to an armed conflict between tions in which hundreds of brave soldiers laid down their lives.
“Aruchal Pradesh has shared a special relationship with the armed forces, who have stood by us in times of adversity and times of prosperity,” he said while paying homage to the soldiers.
On the priority areas of the government, Khandu informed that the government have taken some concrete measures to address the quality of school education and launched the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Swavalamban Yoja for creating self-employment avenues for the unemployed youths.
“For skill development of the youth, the government is partnering with reputed skill providers who will set up facilities within the state and help our youth in the right kind of skills and placements,” the chief minister said.
He said the government is coming out with a clear-cut land policy on land ownership and titling which would empower the people and farmers to monetize the land which has been passed on them by way of customary inheritance or acquisition.
In the health sector, the chief minister said, the government had started free chemotherapy facility for cancer patients at Tomo Riba Hospital in collaboration with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Moreover, in the next three months, the government would come out with a restructured healthcare model, which is universal, affordable and accessible, he added.
Khandu informed that the government in its one year in office had launched Chief Minister’s Krishi Rinn Yoja under which farmers would have the facility to get access to zero interest crop loans.
“We have also launched the Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bunker Yoja under which we provide 7 per cent interest subsidy to those women who are engaged in traditiol textile weaving for their working capital requirements,” the chief minister disclosed.
Under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yoja (PMAY) the government would especially focus on the needs of the homeless poor in the rural areas and aimed to provide shelter for all by 2022, Khandu said adding the integration of constructing toilets under Swachh Bharat Mission would be converged with PMAY to give a composite shelter with a toilet under the same roof.
“The government is committed to take up on war footing and ensure that all 1230 un-electrified villages in the state are electrified by December this year,” he said with conviction.
He said the government is committed to declare the whole state Open Defecation Free by December next and became an example for other states to emulate.
On the power sector, Khandu said the 110 mw Pare hydroelectric project and the 600 mw Kameng project would become operation this year which would improve the power scerio of the state.