The Arunachal Pradesh state cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu, reviewed the status of the COVID-19 situation including the status of oxygen beds, PSA plants, medicines, vaccine procurement and vaccination and steps taken to fight the pandemic in the state on Friday.

It was decided that to expedite the work to achieve the target of 1,000 oxygen beds within a definite timeline. Khandu directed the district administrations to evolve a mechanism at district and sub-division levels to assist registration for vaccination of all eligible people, especially in rural areas, and vaccination of all who are registered.

Convening a virtual Cabinet meeting, CM Khandu said that while the government’s focus is on fighting the pandemic, other works should also continue.

Reviewing the status of Package B and C of the 4-lane highway (NH 415) from Papunallah to Nirjuli (B) and Nirjuli to Banderdewa (C), the Cabinet approved the proposal for providing demolition cost as an incentive for both the packages and payment of land compensation for construction of a Via-Duct over Dikrong river at Kolma.

As per the decision, compensation will be disbursed by District Administration after due verification. It also mentioned that the District Administration shall be solely responsible for any anomalies in this regard.

It was also decided that for self-demolition of structures on the ROW, the policy of the government on demolition charges in Package A, may be applied for both the packages. CM Khandu insisted that the land for Package C be handed over to the Highway Department within seven days so that the contractor can start work on the ground at the earliest.

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The Cabinet further approved for the contribution of revenue from the sale of 1% free power from the 12% share of state government from Ranganadi HEP (405 MW) to Local Area Development Fund (LADF) with effect from 01.04.2020.

In another development, the Cabinet decided to allot the New Melling HEP (90 MW) to NEEPCO in pursuance of the National Hydro Policy and Arunachal Pradesh Hydro Policy. The free power to the state will be 12%, with an additional 1% for LADF. The state government will also allocate 1% from its free power allocation for LADF.

The Cabinet, however, stated that while signing the MoU with NEEPCO, a condition should be added that says project work shall commence at the ground within two years of the signing date. This can be extended for a period of one year for reasons to be recorded in writing. In case of failure of commencement of work at the ground within three year period, the said MoU shall be deemed cancelled.

The Cabinet has asked the Land Management department to examine the utility of the Jhum Land Regulation, 1947, in the present times and bring out a uniform policy for land acquisition, including the amended ‘Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency’ in ‘Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013’ and the rules made thereunder.

Other decisions made by the Cabinet include shifting Kra-Daadi district headquarters from Jamin to Palin, the up-gradation of the Gepen CO Headquarter to ADC Headquarter under Kamle district and up-gradation of EAC Hdq Pangin to Independent ADC Headquarter under Siang district by diverting the existing ADC post of Boleng.



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