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Arunachal No. 1 NE state in e-office implementation: Khandu

Khandu said that since the rollout of the IT-enabled initiative, more than 9.89 lakh e-files have been moved to date.

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Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh has emerged as ‘number one’ state in the entire Northeast in implementation of the e-Office initiative, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said on Monday.

“Arunachal has emerged as the number one state in the entire Northeast in regards to the implementation of e-Office initiative,” he informed while taking part in the discussion on motion of thanks to the Governor’s address in the State Assembly.

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Khandu said that since the rollout of the IT-enabled initiative, more than 9.89 lakh e-files have been moved to date. Congratulating all stakeholders including ministers and bureaucrats for this feat, he said e-Office quite helped in promoting transparency.

The state government had rolled out this initiative way back in 2016 under the ‘Digital India’ programme with the sole objective of achieving a paperless effective and transparent working of all government offices and their service delivery mechanisms.

Under the ‘Sarkar Aapke Dwar’ (Government at your doorstep), another ‘successful’ programme of the state government being run for the last five years, Khandu said that 200 camps were organized during the last one year under it, extending the benefits of various central and state-sponsored programmes to 1,37,194 beneficiaries across the state.

On the developmental front, the Chief Minister said, “Since Arunachal attained its political identity in 1972, we have seen the state’s development journey in phases. We have started from zero-level and today, we talk about e-governance, digital technology, railways, highways, big infrastructures.

“Whatever the achievements came our way, the process started 50 years back. To take Arunachal ahead on the way to progress, we should develop the pan-Arunachal concept – giving priority to the ‘State first, community second and self last’ like that of the ruling dispensation’s philosophy ‘Nation first, party second and self last’.

“People need change, transformation. They accept reforms gracefully. What we need is to provide them with good leadership, a clean and a transparent government,” he said.

Asserting that there leaves “no point of compromise” on jobs recruitment presently being done through Arunachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (APPSC) and AP Staff Selection Board (APSSB), through which over 1,000 people were recruited in last one year, Khandu, while responding to Ninong Ering’s allegations of malpractice on the job front, assured the House that his government will not spare anyone if found indulged in malpractices.

Stating that the much-awaited 600 MW Kameng Hydroelectric Project has been commissioned last year but is yet to be launched officially, Khandu said, “We want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to inaugurate this national project.”

Further stating that two units of the 2000MW Subansiri Lower project with the 500-MW capacity would be commissioned this year, he said both the state and central governments will endeavour to commission the whole project by next year.

“For the country’s biggest project 2880MW Dibang Multipurpose Project to be executed by the NHPC, land acquisition process has been completed,” Khandu said, for which he appreciated the legislators of both Dibang Valley and Lower Dibang Valley districts for their good leadership. Around Rs 800 crore worth of compensations had been disbursed. In the coming days, the GOI-supported comprehensive transmission (132 KV) line will complete through which the power generated by small, megaprojects will be evacuated.

“It will become the power highway of the state”, he said. “Despite challenges like Covid pandemic, we could add around 2,000 kms road in last one year”, Khandu, who also holds the PWD portfolio, said while congratulating the work agencies including state PWD & RWD, and central agencies like BRO, NHIDCL for this.

Talking about the four-lane highway project from Naharlagun to Banderdewa, being executed in two packages – B and C, he said official proceedings on land matters have already been completed and work under package C has started. Stating that ‘lots of challenges have to be faced while building the road as the alignment of package B goes through the town wherein two-lane road will over bridge and another two-lane will be underground, Khandu said once completed, it will change the face of Itanagar making it the most beautiful capital. 

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