Itanagar, June 21: A ‘major’ hurdle in the much awaited set up of the first Sainik School in Arunachal Pradesh has been cleared with the department of Industries agreeing to transfer 100 acres of land to the Education department soon following intervention of Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein.
Mein on Wednesday resolved the ‘tussle’ between the two departments regarding the land transfer issue required for setting up of the first Sainik School of the state at Niglok, near Pasighat in East Siang district, an official press release informed here today.
Mein, who visited the Industrial Growth Centre at Niglok-Ngorlung on May 21 last, convened a joint meeting of the Ministers and officers of departments of Industry and Education, including East Siang Deputy Commissioner to find out an amicable solution to the land issue that was pending for the last five years.
During the meeting, the department of Industries agreed to transfer the must needed 100 acres of land to the Education department within a short time.
Mein lamented that it is unfortunate that due to lack of coordination between the departments, the opening of the first Sainik School in the state has been pending for the last five years. He opined that the land imbroglio could have been resolved long back if the Education department had asked for issue of NOC and transfer of 100 acres of land for the Sainik School by routing the file through the Industries Department.
The Deputy Chief Minister questioned that the setting up the first Sainik School in the State could take so long, how could one proceed in the matter of other Sainik Schools which are in the pipeline? He asked for proper coordination and understanding between the departments to avoid such recurrence in future.
After hearing both sides of the story from the officials, Mein asked the Industries department to immediately issue an NOC and transfer the 100 acres of land to the Education department and also to issue a notification in this regard so that the Sainik School at Niglok starts functioning from this year itself. He also said that proper demarcation in the form of permanent RCC wall should be constructed to segregate the compounds.
Mein also suggested to the Education department to consider the sites for setting up educational institution/schools carefully in future and to see that it does not fall adjacent to Industrial Estate or Industrial Growth Centre that may emit pollutants and create noise pollution, which he felt, may not be congenial for education in future.
He also assured that the state government would compensate the department of Industries with 100 acres of land for setting up of industrial estates in the districts where there is no industrial estate. He said that the same would be incorporated in the next Budget and asked the department to send the proposals to him, the release added.