Arunachal takes serious measures for the welfare of labourers in the state

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Itanagar, July 9: Taking into consideration the welfare of the workers in the North Eastern state of Arunachal, the state government has taken various measures for their betterment, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, informed the Arunachal assembly on Wednesday.

Tuki also informed the Assembly that state government had made fund provision for setting up Lokayukta in the state.  He said the expenditure for its establishment had been worked out and fund provision made.
In reply to a question from MLA Tesam Pongte, Tuki said that the revision of monetary ceilings of statutory financial assistance to the workers employed in building and construction work had already been approved by the state government and a notification would be issued by the labour and employment department after getting necessary vetting of the notification by the law department.

As per the revised rates, the maternity benefit for labourers has been fixed at Rs 1000, disability pension - Rs 1000 per month, advance for purchase of construction of house - Rs one lakh, tools loan - Rs 15,000, funeral assistance - Rs 1000, accidental death benefit to the tune of Rs one lakh, the chief minister said.

Moreover, Tuki said that medical assistance up to Rs 15,000 in normal case and up to 25,000 in case of accident would be provided besides education assistance  for children of registered workers which would cover total education fees or as may be decided by the Arunachal Pradesh Building and Other Construction Workers Welfare Board (APBOCWWB).

 "Marriage assistance to the tune of Rs ten thousand has also been fixed by the state government," he added. State Govt has also reserved 25 per cent posts for regularization of contingency staff/ workers and  Govt will  ensure transparency in regularization of workers and implementation of beneficial schemes for the workers, the CM said.

Responding to a supplementary of MLA Kento Rina, the Chief Minister replied that the contingency staff is recruited under particular project. After completion of particular project, the department concerned may transfer the workers to another project, he said. Rina wanted to know whether the contingency staffs are transferrable or not.

Lokayukta: Responding to a question of Opposition leader Tamiyo Taga, Chief Minister Nabam Tuki informed the house that the State Govt has enacted the AP Lokayukta Act, 2014 and it has come into force from Oct 2, 2014.   The CM further informed that the consent of Guahati High Court chief  justice for nomination of high court judge as a member of selection committee has been received on  May 7, 2015 and accordingly the selection committee has been notified on  June 15 last.

Taga in his question wanted to know the reason for delay in formation of Lokayukta in Arunachal Pradesh. 

When Taga sought to know whether he was included as a member of the selection committee as per Constitutional provision, Tuki said the Opposition Leader would be included as one of its members.

Women’s college: There is no proposal for establishment of women’s college at Aalo.  However, a model Govt Degree College will start functioning soon at Basar to reduce the over-crowding of students at Kamki college.  The principal and assistant professors have already been posted to start functioning of the college during this session.

This was informed in the house by Education Minister Tapang Taloh while responding to a star question of  MLA Tumke Bagra. The minister further informed   that state Govt has established a women’s college at Lekhi, Naharlagun in the year 2014-15.

Status of DRDA staff: The Chief Minister informed that at present there are 582 staff in various categories under DRDA and no new staff have been appointed in the DRDA recently.  The DRDA appointments are made under strict guidelines of the Central Govt and there is no space for violation of guidelines, he said.

While responding to a star question of MLA Tamar Murtem, the Chief Minister further informed that the proposal for absorption of DRDA employees to line departments is under scrutiny of the Govt. He further said granting of retirement and death gratuity of DRDA employees is under submission to the Government. Informing the  house that the salaries of DRDA staff has been paid up to March last, the Chief Minister said  the state Govt  is  finding ways and means to disburse the salaries of the DRDA staff regularly.

Passage of fish in dam: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki assured to keep the provisions of passage for fish in all future run-of-the-river projects in the state. The Chief Minister was responding to a query by  BJP member Japu Deru during question hour in the Assembly regarding provision of passage for fish at the Bichom Dam of 600 MW Kameng hydroelectric project in West Kameng district.

Responding to the query, Tuki said that fish ladders are not proposed by the NEEPCO at Bichom dam and the  dam was designed for fish hatchery and other tourism related activities.

The chief minister also said that the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of the union ministry of environment and forest in its meeting on January 28 this year agreed that provision of hatcheries would be a rational approach in lieu of fish ladder in Bichom dam and the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute (CIFRI) was requested by the NEEPCO to take up the study for finalisation of the design of fish hatcheries in the dam.

He further said the suitability of specific fish pass applicable to the project was being studied by the Central Institute of Fisheries Technology (CIFT) Kochi, which recommended construction of fish ladder of length 797.50 meter for Bichom dam. But the consultant of NEEPCO opined that the fish ladder in more than 20 meters high dam has failed worldwide to successfully pass fishes to upstream and so the executing agency has kept provision for hatcheries in lieu of fish ladder, Tuki  informed.

Mid-day meal: Responding to a question by Congress MLA Nyamar Karbak, the state government informed that the total food grains (rice) quantity allotted during 2014- 15 was 6348.17 MT under Mid-day Meal Programme and cost of food grains sanctioned was Rs.358.67 lakh only @Rs.565/- per quintal.

CM Health Insurance: The govt informed today that Rs. 8,19,48,282 have been released being premium amount upto 3rd Quarter Instalment to the Insurer -"The New India Assurance Co.Ltd under Chief Minister Health Insurance Programme.  5783 patients have benefited from the programme by 6th June 2015.

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