State govt will not bow to CoSAAP blackmailing: Pema

ITANAGAR, Oct 19: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said that the state government will not bow to the blackmailing tactics of the Confederation of Service Association of Arunachal Pradesh (CoSAAP) and that the government is ever ready to recruit fresh unemployed youths to fill up those jobs.
Addressing a public meeting in Kalaktang, the chief minister said that the state government will strictly enforce CCS rules applicable on pen down, tool down strike, leading to ‘dies non’ and even service break.
Further, Pema said the state government will also not hesitate to terminate the agitating employees even if that may extend to thousands.
He said the state government is not opposed to their demand and has only stated that their demands cannot be met at one go and will be only implemented phase wise, depending on the financial conditions of the state.
The chief minister, during a visit to West Kameng district, also inaugurated series of government infrastructure, including a community health centre building at Kalaktang, and office of the extra assistance commissioner of Balemu.
He also laid the foundation stone for government high school building of Kalaktang and for construction of the Samdrung-Bhutan road.
He said under MSDP scheme, Rs 6.50 crore has been sanctioned for construction of a new school building.
On connectivity to Bhutan, Pema said fund of Rs 21.40 crore has been sanctioned under CRF for commencement of the project.
To check miscreants in the Arunachal-Assam border, the chief minister said that upgrading the Balemu CO office to EAC office was a long pending demand, which has been completed with its inauguration.
Informing about air connectivity in Tawang-West Kameng region, Pema said a technical committee from the Government of India is soon to visit the area to find suitable place for construction of an airport, which will be used for civilian and military purposes.
The chief minister also informed that the state government is hiring its own fleet of aircraft to connect all ALGs and airport in the state.
Pema also laid the foundation stone for government higher secondary building of Rupa, 2 RCC bridges over Dinik-Kho and Doblo-Kho River, and SE office (PHE) at Shergaon. He also inaugurated ADC Hq and the EE (Electrical division) of Rupa.
He also distributed cheque worth Rs 13.17 crore to Tukpen village council as Army land compensation, which was acquired in the 1960s.
The chief minister also inaugurated the office of the superintending engineer (WRD), here at Jamiri.
Speaking on the Bichom district demand, the chief minister said, for now, the state cabinet in its sitting of 8 October has put blanket ban on all new creation of districts and circles in view of incoming state assembly election.
He, however, assured that the district demand will be taken up after 2019 elections. He said that the demand for creation of the district is genuine and has been raised since 1982.
The chief minister also informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Arunachal soon to inaugurate the 600MW Kameng Hydroelectric project. He informed that Rs 129 crore has been released for catchment area treatment under the project.
Earlier, he inaugurated the ADC office of Singchung, constructed by the PWD department at the cost of Rs 1 crore. He also distributed cheques to the local beneficiaries of Rs 24.56 crore as compensation for land acquired by the Indian Army back in the 1960s.
MoS Home Kiren Rijiju, state Assembly Speaker TN Thongdok, state BJP president Tapir Gao, PHED Minister Wangki Lowang, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, Health Minister Alo Libang, Advisor to CM, Japu Deru and MLAs Phurpa Tsering and Kumsi Sidisow joined the chief minister. (CMO)