Itanagar: Commemorating the launch of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of Arunachal Pradesh as an independent identity, the State Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in its sitting at Ziro in Lower Subansiri district on Thursday took a slew of important decisions aimed at boosting state development and its people’s welfare, besides deciding to confer state’s highest award ‘Arunachal Ratna’ on the first Lt Governor of Arunachal, late K A A Raja, posthumously.
“In line with the theme of the celebrations – ‘Celebrating the past, Nurturing the Future’, the Cabinet decided to confer the highest State Award ‘Arunachal Ratna’ on Late K A A Raja, the first Lt Governor of Arunachal Pradesh for his immense and unforgettable contributions in the socio-economic and political development of the state,” official sources said.
The Cabinet took a decision to provide financial assistance to 500 top-performing women Self Help Groups through fixed deposit of Rs 1 lakh each to strengthen social capital base and take up economic activities and to 300 Primary Level Federations through capital subsidy deposit of Rs 2 lakh each for procurement of goods transport vehicle for use by their respective constituent SHGs.
The council of ministers also decided to formulate District level Good Governance Index through engaging an experienced knowledge partner for strengthening all round development and improving the ease of living of the citizens.
The Cabinet also decided to complete and inaugurate 365 physical infrastructure projects within the Golden Jubilee year period from 20 January 2022 to 20 January 2023.
A decision was also taken to establish ‘Arunachal Pradesh Infrastructure Financing Authority’ to meet development needs of the state.
It was also decided to identify and select 50 existing government schools based on professionally determined criteria for being developed as ‘Golden Jubilee Model Schools’ subject to a maximum ceiling of Rs 12 crore expenditure per school at an estimated cost and allocation of Rs 500 crore approximately.
The Cabinet further decided to provide recognition through a sum of Rs 2 lakh as ‘Golden Jubilee
Merit Award’ to any APST student completing class XII Board examination from schools of Arunachal Pradesh on qualifying National Level Entrance Examination and securing admission to IITs, IIMs, NLUs and AIIMSs.
The Govt also decided to provide an additional fixed deposit of Rs 5,000 as top-up amount over the existing Rs 20,000 under the ‘Dulari Kanya Scheme’ to the ‘Golden Jubilee daughters’ who are born between 20th January 2022 and 20th January 2023 and are fully immunized.