FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Aug 16: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday vowed not to leave any stone unturned in ensuring harmony and peace to the citizens of the state and in providing them a much-secured environment with an effective law and order machinery.
Unfurling the tiol tri-colour on the occasion of 70th Independence Day at Indira Gandhi Park here, Khandu while terming peace as the barometer to gauge the social maturity of any tion said that the state has been facing formidable interl security issues.
“Our government shall ensure that for the sake of development, there is peace in the state and any fringe elements attempting to disrupt peace will be dealt with an iron hand,” he emphatically said adding, the government would lay special emphasis on modernizing the police force and equipping them with latest equipments and technology. “We are taking action for establishing a state of the art police training center, on the lines of Northeast Police Academy, Shillong. To strengthen the police about 2,400 vacant posts are going to be filled up in a time-bound manner while 20 woman police stations along with 401 posts shall be dedicated to the state this year,” he disclosed in his speech.
He said that the state government would look seriously into the crimil justice system of the state and immediately put in place a robust mechanism to bring to justice all the crimils in the state.
Referring to the recent flood devastation in the eastern part, Khandu announced that the state government would explore the best of technologies to reduce and tackle flood and related problems to bring a long-term solution.
While exhorting the people to wholeheartedly participate in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to achieve the goal of ‘Clean Aruchal’, the Chief Minister asked the people to pledge to serve the state and the tion with renewed promise.
“I appeal to each one of you for your cooperation and support, as we chart our common destiny. We have given a call for ‘Team Aruchal’ – team of unity, team for our common cause and team to secure a bright future for our children,” he added.
Stating that the state should put sincere efforts to generate its own resources with depending much on the Centre, the Chief Minister called upon the people to have a welcoming attitude and a best investment climate in the state to woo private investors.
“While we shall formulate an institutiol mechanism, I appeal to all that investors are made and felt secured to come and invest in our state. Any attempts to thwart the investment climate must be firmly dealt with as per law,” he emphatically said.
He said that the government would constitute Aruchal Pradesh Advisory Council by engaging the best brains in the industry to advice the government in leveraging investment in the state.
Khandu further asserted that the government’s constant and continuous endeavour would be to provide a corruption free, result oriented and transparent government with an objective to achieve inclusive, equitable and balance growth.
“We are committed to implement the GST regime in the state as per the guidelines and norms fixed by the Centre. GST implementation will ease the process of registration, return filing and refund claims as all will be done electronically through an online system. GST will reduce the burden of tax on consumers by totally eradicating ‘Tax on Tax’ and multiplicity of taxes,” he pointed out.
On the agriculture sector, the state government would adopt a holistic approach to harness the sector and would set an ambitious goal towards being an ‘organic state’, he said adding, the government is committed to re-energize the hydro power sector and partner with key central PSUs for fast tracking all projects.
“In our pursuit of exploiting the hydropower potential, we will take our citizens into confidence which will be a major step towards improving our own fincial health. While we engage, utmost care shall be taken that no adverse environmental hazards take place in this pursuit,” he said adding, no development, what so ever, would be forced upon the people.
Khandu said that a holistic tourism roadmap with focus on high end and adventure tourism would be drawn and put in place. While digital governce would be the priority of the government, the government, in consultation with the NITI Aayog, would draw a road map and earmark adequate fund the 17 sustaible development goals identified by the UNO, he added.
The Chief Minister also highlighted several initiatives to be taken in the Health, Education and Infrastructure besides announcing several incentives for women empowerment.