ITANAGAR: The Arunachal Pradesh cabinet on Wednesday approved an amendment to the Arunachal Pradesh State Industrial and Investment Policy 2020 to make the northeastern state an investment destination, driven by state-of-the-art infrastructure. The amendment policy also aimed at imparting skills in the latest technology and providing a conducive ecosystem for generating employment and balanced regional development. The policy includes special incentives in the form of amended power subsidies, among others, to large-scale industries, attract investors to boost the state economy, and provide opportunities for generating large numbers of jobs, an official communiqué said. The policy further includes tax incentives with single-window clearance for all mandatory licences.
Taking the health sector into priority, the cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu further approved the transfer and posting policy of general duty medical officers (GDMOs) and specialists so that their deployment is made in a rational and equitable manner. The decision would ensure that all health facilities in the state could deliver assured health care services to the community. The cabinet also approved framing of the Arunachal Pradesh Home Guard Rules 2023. Strengthening district administration for administrative convenience for the people of the state, the council of ministers approved the creation of 414 contingency posts for various administrative units in the state. The cabinet gave the nod for the creation of 293 group 'C' and multi-tasking staff (MTS) posts for various administrative centres and further approved the creation of 60 posts for various administrative centres.
The state cabinet created two new circles: Paye, with its headquarters at Rikmum Riangio, and Nyoriq, bifurcating the Tali administrative center. The circle office at Pipsorang has been upgraded to a sub-divisional office, while the circle office at Chambang has been upgraded to an SDO for administrative convenience. The cabinet approved three important byelaws for the proper management of solid waste in the state: Arunachal Pradesh Solid Waste (Management & Handling) Byelaws 2023, Plastic Waste Management Byelaws 2023, and Construction & Demolition Waste Management Byelaws 2023. The proposal for amendment of the Arunachal Pradesh Real Estate (Regulation & Development) Rules 2020 got a positive nod from the cabinet, paving the way for the early establishment of the Real Estate Regulatory Authority (RERA) and Real Estate Appellate Tribunal (REAT) under the provisions of the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 of the Centre.
The cabinet further approved an Operation and Maintenance Policy for rural and urban water supply systems aimed at ensuring sustainable management of water supply systems across the state. It also approved the constitution of the Special Tiger Protection Force (STPF) as per the guidelines of the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) for three tiger reserves: Namdapha, Pakke, and Kamlang, with the creation of 336 regular posts. The creation of STPF will lead to the protection of tigers and their habitats, the protection of wildlife habitats, the prevention of smuggling of wildlife articles, the protection and safeguarding of the assets of the Environment, Forestry, and Climate Change departments, including those of tiger reserves, and assisting in the scientific management of forests.
The STPF would be a dedicated and specialized force with its own structure and composition, as required for tiger reserves. The force would comprise one company of 112 personnel each for 3 tiger reserves in the state, and each company would be distributed into 3 platoons and 18 sections, the communiqué said. In order to preserve and promote the own dialect and language of different tribes of the state, the cabinet approved providing a lump-sum honorarium to all the third language teachers of various tribes who have developed their own scripts at Rs 1000 per month for 10 months in a year. There are 1043 language teachers engaged presently, and the decision of the cabinet would encourage third language subjects of respective tribes right from the elementary level onwards, the communiqué added.