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Arunachal: Committed to taking governance closer to people, says CM Pema Khandu

Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday handed over to the local legislator the official 'notification' for setting up the Divisional Commissioner (Central) headquarters at Pagi in Leparada district.

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Itanagar: In a major initiative towards taking governance to people’s doorstep, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Tuesday handed over to the local legislator the official ‘notification’ for setting up the Divisional Commissioner (Central) headquarters at Pagi in Leparada district.

“As per a recent decision of the state cabinet, for ease of governance and to provide easy access to government services, the Divisional Commissioner (Central) headquarters will be established at Pagi in Basar circle of Leparada district.

“Chief Minister Khandu, while inaugurating the BASCON 5.0 (5th edition of Basar Confluence – a community-based tourism festival at Basar) handed over the official notification to this effect to local legislator Gokar Basar and Leparada Deputy Commissioner Mamta Riba,” a statement from CMO said.

The Divisional Commissioner (Central) HQs will have administrative jurisdiction over Leparada, Shi-Yomi, Lower Siang, Upper Subansiri and West Siang districts.

Two Divisional Commissioner offices – one each for Eastern and Western zones are already functional at Namsai and Yachuli respectively.

Congratulating the people, Khandu said that it was a long-pending request of the representatives and community-based organisations of all the above-mentioned five districts, which the Cabinet approved in a recent sitting and notification was issued on November 25, 2022.

“We are committed to take governance as closer to the people as possible. With the Divisional Commissioner’s office at Basar, reaching Itanagar for all administrative purposes will longer remain a burden,” Khandu said.

Affirming that his government is not confined to announcements, Khandu assured that soon he would return to lay the foundation stone of the Commissionerate and personally ensure the timely creation of all requisite infrastructures.

“I am glad to know that people have already earmarked a suitable plot of land for the purpose and even agreed to donate the same free of cost,” he remarked.

Khandu complimented Gumin Rigo Kilaju (GRK), a community-initiated movement, for successfully organizing the Basar Confluence festival, popularly termed BASCON, every year.

“The BASCON festival is a celebration of contemporary as well as traditional and folk art, a showcase of the unique culture of the Galo tribe through traditional dance and music. It is a festival of tribal food and tribal sports and our connect with Mother Nature,” he said.

Emphasizing on conservation of the environment and the rich biodiversity of the region, Khandu said the celebration of BASCON is a perfect platform to spread the message.

He said that the conservation model and development model, powered by the energy and vision of GRK should become a role model not only for the state but for the world.

“GRK-led initiatives like BASCON, and other conservation-based development methods have led to sustainable growth. The state government will extend support to all such initiatives wherever required. Our doors are always open for organizations like GRK and events like BRUTE (Basar Running Ultra-Trail Experience),” Khandu said.

Foreseeing tremendous growth in the tourism industry in the region, especially with events like BASCON and BRUTE, Khandu encouraged people to establish homestays. He also called upon businessmen of the area to invest in establishing well-equipped hotels and tie up with reputed hotel chains.

“Connectivity is the only issue. I assure you that I will personally review and monitor the under-construction Likabali-Basar road and ensure no more delay and is completed as soon as possible,” he said.

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