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Arunachal minister dissatisfied with slow progress of FTI construction

Bamang Felix directed the authorities in the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Itanagar to submit a detailed action plan for completion of the ambitious project within a week’s time.

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Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Home and IPR Minister Bamang Felix on Monday expressed displeasure over the slow progress of construction of the Film & Television Institute (FTI) at Jollang Rakap near here.

He directed the authorities in the Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Itanagar to submit a detailed action plan for completion of the ambitious project within a week’s time.

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The Minister gave this direction while chairing a coordination meeting with the Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute (SRFTI), CPWD Itanagar and the State’s Directorate of Information & Public Relations here wherein the physical progress of the FTI project and other issues concerning the upcoming Institute were discussed.

“Expressing dissatisfaction over the slow physical progress of the institute, Felix said that the CPWD, Itanagar needs to ensure its completion within the revised deadline of 31st May 2022, for which a detailed action plan needs to be prepared,” said a statement from the Minister’s office here.

He also directed the IPR officials to visit the project site regularly to monitor its work progress and assist in troubleshooting issues. Exhorting the officials present to go beyond their duties and consider FTI’s establishment their responsibility towards the future generation, Felix ‘assured’ all possible assistance from the State Government for FTI’s completion on time.
The Home Minister, meanwhile, made it clear that negligence by authorities concerned in its (FTI) completion or creation of hurdles by any private individual or group in its completion will not be tolerated.
CPWD (Itanagar) Executive Engineer Prasoon Kumar Pal assured that the entire structures of the Institute will be completed by December next. As of now, all residential structures for the Institute have been completed, informed Pal and added that they have scheduled 31st March 2022 as the final completion date – two months ahead of the official deadline.

Taking part in the discussion, SRFTI Director Prof Debasish Ghoshal informed that they are currently pursuing with the Union Ministry of Information & Broadcasting for recruitment of 65 staff, including teaching and non-teaching staff, for the FTI.

Exuding confidence that the said posts are likely to be sanctioned shortly, Prof Ghoshal said the appointments will ensure that the FTI is operational when it gets inaugurated.

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