8 bills introduced on first day of Budget session

ITANAGAR, Mar 9: As many as eight bills have been introduced in the first day of the six-day Budget session of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly which commenced on Friday.
While Education Minister Honchun Ngandam introduced ‘The Arunachal Pradesh State Higher Education Council Bill, 2018’, Chief Minister Pema Khandu introduced ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Money Lending (Regulation) Bill, 2018’, and ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
Minister of Town Planning & Urban Local Bodies and Land Management Nabam Rebia introduced three key legislations, including ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Land and Ecological Sites (Protection and Management) Bill, 2018’, ‘The Adoption of the Central Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act 2014 (No. 7 of 2014) Arunachal Pradesh Bill, 2018’, and ‘The Arunachal Pradesh (Land Settlement and Records) (Amendment) Bill, 2018’.
Minister of Panchayati Raj Alo Libang had introduced ‘The Arunachal Pradesh Panchayat Raj (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ and Home Minister Kumar Waii introduced ‘The Criminal Laws (Arunachal Pradesh) Amendment Bill, 2018′.
The Economic Survey of Arunachal Pradesh was also tabled by the Minister of Economics & Statistics Honchun Ngandam. The report incorporating the economic scenario of the State in different sectors was compiled by the Directorate of Economics & Statistics.
The annual Budget for the financial year 2018-19 is scheduled to be presented on March 12 by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Finance portfolio.
Earlier, the Governor Dr B D Mishra in his address highlighted various achievements of the Pema Khandu government.
Talking about challenges of insurgency and opium cultivation, he said that efforts in tackling the opium problem have not yielded much success so far. He said that Govt would create more employment opportunities and alternative cash crop cultivation and de-addict the youth who have gone awry.
The Governor further said that government would be taking concrete steps for creating a more conducive environment for safety, protection and progress of the girl child. “Equally, my government would create effective system to address cases of women in distress and to provide support and counselling to families in their difficult times” he said.
Speaking on air connectivity, Dr Mishra said that in the coming months under the UDAN scheme, airports at Tezu and Pasighat will become operational while adding that the government will be pursuing for a civilian airport at Hollongi with the Central government.
He said that rural electrification in remote parts of the state is also being done under the Deen Dayal Upadhyay Gramjyoti Yojana and by April end, government aims to achieve the gigantic task of 100 percent rural electrification.
Going many steps beyond, we have accepted the challenge of ensuring 100% household electrification under the Saubhagya Yojana, he added.
Speaking on Open Defecation Free (ODF) said that having made the rural areas open defecation free, target now is to achieve the same status in urban areas over the next few months.
Let all legislators be the flag bearers of cleanliness back in their constituencies and spearhead the movement of elimination of dirt and filth from our surroundings, to achieve the objective of a “Clean and Green Arunachal”, he said.
He said that the government is resolved on zero tolerance for indiscipline and corruption from any government functionary irrespective of rank and appointment. “We are all set to take strict action against any person found indulging in corrupt practices. My government shall invoke the provisions of the conduct rules to dismiss the erring officials in the larger interest of the state” he said.
He further said that government has prepared a comprehensive strategy to develop agriculture and its allied sectors to achieve the target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.
“An Agricultural conclave is planned to be organized by my government inviting agricultural scientists, progressive farmers, policy makers from across the country to help us examine, plan and implement the entire value chain of agriculture: from providing inputs, to agricultural extension, research, infrastructure creation, aggregation and marketing linkages” he said.

Quotes of the Day

# “He was straightforward and courageous leader, difficult to get leader like him” Tamiyo Taga on late Tako Dabi.
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# “How could God be so unkind to take him away so early” Nabam Rebia on Ngurang Pinch.
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