State cabinet approves startup policy, regularisation of teachers

ITANAGAR, 30 May: The state cabinet, chaired by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, on Monday approved some important proposals, including the Arunachal Pradesh Startup Policy.

The policy has been formulated to promote startups in Arunachal to add stimulus to the entrepreneurial ecosystem in the state. Over the next five years, the government will facilitate the growth of at least 250 new startups and create significant direct and indirect employment opportunities in the state under the project.

The state government is on the path of boosting the startup ecosystem with various programmes and initiatives. With the passing of this policy, the state government is aiming to boost innovation and the research & development capability of the state; develop institutionalised mechanisms to provide funding support; ease regulation and accord preference to startups in public procurement; bolster entrepreneurship and innovation to support the state in

achieving its development goals; and make startups a key component of the state’s commercial fabric in the next five years.

Previously, the Arunachal Pradesh Entrepreneurship Development Programme was launched in 2020, and saw the participation of over 4,000 entrepreneurs. Thirty-one startups were selected for seed money prize and incubation and pre-incubation support from Kolkata (WB)-based Indian Institute of Management – Investment Park, which was engaged as the knowledge partner.

Then the Arunachal Pradesh Innovation & Investment Park (APIIP) was established on 14 August, 2021, offering infrastructure and facilities such as co-working space for startups; meeting room for investors; multipurpose conference hall; classroom and mentor’s room; office area and separate spaces for consultants; and an incubation team.

The APIIP is the first state-owned marquee incubator, initiated as a pivotal pillar of the Arunachal Pradesh Startup Policy, under the aegis of the planning & investment department.

The cabinet also approved the proposal for “granting special grade of head constable from constable in civil police and AAP Bn.” The constables who have rendered continuous service for 20 years or more shall be eligible to reap this benefit without any consequential financial and service benefits, it said.

The cabinet also approved the proposal for the creation of two new circle headquarters under Nafra subdivision, and another two under Dirang subdivision in West Kameng district.

The cabinet approved the proposal regarding implementation of the modified assured career progression (MACP) for government school teachers, and regularisation of the erstwhile Rashtriya Madhaymik Shiksha TGTs under the secondary education directorate.

The MACP will be applicable to all schoolteachers, at par with other state governments, by switching over from the existing scheme of time-bound promotion scheme to the MACP scheme. This will give them the advantage of three promotions available under the MACP, instead of two promotions only under the time-bound promotion scheme, it said.

The cabinet also approved regularisation of contractual TGTs recruited under the erstwhile RMSA under the secondary education directorate “against promotional vacant posts of regular TGTs by conducting departmental promotion committee meetings “through a transparent merit-cum-seniority basis in a phased manner,” it said.

The cabinet has also decided to have a common exam scheme for direct recruitment of junior engineers (JE) in various works departments. Earlier, the exams were required to be held separately for each of the departments, thus delaying the selection process. After Monday’s decision, the relevant clauses of the service rules/recruitment rules for the posts of JEs will be amended and notified by the departments concerned in order to facilitate the APPSC to conduct a common examination “for recruitment of JE and analogous posts of all works departments, thus saving time and costs,” it said.

A detailed presentation was made before the cabinet on the Tawang church issue committee’s report. After detailed deliberations, the cabinet accepted the recommendations of the committee.

The cabinet was briefed on the action taken report on the Pakke Tiger Ministerial Declaration, 2047. The cabinet issued directives for preparation of a time-bound comprehensive action plan to make Arunachal plastic-free. Plan to reduce river pollution and land degradation was also deliberated. (CM’s PR Cell)