Khandu highlights govt’s priority areas

ITANAGAR, Jun 11: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said his government will accord priority to efficient law and order management, modernizing police and policing, strengthening law enforcement, health and education, transparency in governance, and addressing the unemployment issue by generating employment avenues in government as well as private sectors.
Khandu was speaking during a meeting with all the commissioners and secretaries of the state government at his civil secretariat office here on Tuesday.
Stating that the people’s expectations from the present government are very high, the CM urged the senior officers to make extra efforts to accomplish the unfinished works of the last two-and-a-half years of his government “and push forward the state to newer heights in all sectors in the coming days.”
He advocated finding ways and means to tap the untapped resources of the state in the spheres of mines and minerals, forest produces, tourism, hydropower, agriculture and allied sectors, and other potential areas, to generate revenue as well as gainful employment for unemployed educated youths.
Stating that his government has decided to do away with the SIDF and the SADA from the current year and discourage individual schemes, Khandu directed the heads of departments to finish the budget exercise.
He asked the administrative reforms department to “work on redistributing manpower, and rationalize according to need.”
Khandu observed that a few departments have excessive manpower while others are facing acute shortage of employees. He also pointed out the poor performance of some of the departments on state flagship programmes, and asked the commissioners and secretaries concerned to tighten up their belts and “ensure cent percent execution of state as well as central schemes.”
Also present at the meeting was Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who pitched for concerted efforts to ensure proper coordination, discussions and planning to achieve the goals of development.
Mein asked the top bureaucrats to make sure that they periodically review the departments’ performance, “conduct regular check and balance in the directorates’ functioning, and invite directorate level officers during preparations of plans and policies, so that it is foolproof.”
He also suggested making extensive use of digital technology to ease the workload and ensure effective and smooth delivery of services to the people. (CMO)