Govt to hand over PDS case to CBI

ITANAGAR, Oct 6: The multi-crore public distribution system (PDS) scandal that rocked the entire state is likely to get investigated by Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
According to a State BJP release, Chief Minister Pema Khandu is said to have decided to hand over the case to the premier investigating agency of the country during the second day of the party’s executive committee meeting being held in Tawang on Friday.
Meanwhile, reiterating his stand on the issue of Chakma and Hajong refugees, the Chief Minister said that the issue would be resolved in consultation with all the stakeholders, such as All Arunachal Pradesh Students Union (AAPSU) and Ministry of Home Affairs.
“Even if they are granted citizenship, they will have to come under the purview of ILP like any other Indian citizen of outside Arunachal Pradesh,” said the Chief Minister.
“In no way the Chakmas and Hajongs will be given the same privileges and rights the indigenous tribal of the state are enjoy,” he reaffirmed.
Speaking on Tibetan refugee issue, the Chief Minister reiterated the stand taken by Union Minister Kiren Rijiju.
He claimed that the population of Tibetan refugees is decreasing in every passing year as developed countries, such as Canada is giving them refuge. Last year, about 1000 Tibetan families have migrated to Canada from Arunachal Pradesh and now there are hardly 7500 Tibetans in Arunachal Pradesh in three settlement areas, Pema said.
He added that the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy formulated by the Centre is yet to be ratified by the State Government and it will be done in consultation with all the stakeholders in the best interest of Arunachal Pradesh.
Addressing the meeting, Power, Industry, Textile, Handloom & Handicrafts Minister Tamiyo Taga informed that the State Government has resolved to electrify all the non electrified villages by the end of 2018.
Later, party presidents of all the 21 district submitted their report on party activities that was carried in their respective districts since last State Executive Meeting.
Minister for Urban Development and Town Planning, Law & Justice and Land Management Nabam Rebia highlighted the vision Arunachal Pradesh laid in the budget of the State Government.
He said that a stable government, peaceful atmosphere and good leadership can only bring the state to prosperity and appealed to all to join hands with the Chief Minister Pema in building a prosperous Arunachal Pradesh.
State BJP President Tapir Gao appealed to the participants of the State Executive Meeting to learn from their Tawang experience particularly about cleanliness and public infrastructure management. He also appealed to the party workers to join hands with Chief Minister Pema Khandu in realising the vision of a rising Arunachal Pradesh.