This Article is From Jul 17, 2016

'Team Arunachal' To Work For State's Development: Pema Khandu

'Team Arunachal' To Work For State's Development: Pema Khandu

Pema Khandu was elected the state Congress leader in dramatic circumstances on Saturday. (PTI Photo)

Itanagar: Pema Khandu, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, today said that his priority would be to complete all important projects started by his father Late Dorjee Khandu, and Nabam Tuki and Kalikho Pul.

Addressing a press conference, Mr Khandu, who was elected the state Congress leader in dramatic circumstances yesterday, said "all projects undertaken by the previous regimes in the last four years will be fast tracked and thrust will be given to tourism, hydropower, agriculture and horticulture, health education and communication."

He said he would inculcate a 'Team Arunachal' spirit among elected leaders irrespective of party affiliations for overall development of the state. All elected leaders of the state would be made a part of the development process cutting across political lines.

Mr Khandu, 37 and the youngest chief minister of the country, who has twice won unopposed from Mukto assembly constituency in Tawang district bordering China, said he would make special effort to stop migration of people from border areas by providing all facilities with the help from the Centre under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP).

"Something needs to be done seriously so that people stop migrating from border areas," he added.

Responding to a question, he said the government would find ways to tap the petroleum resources and harness the hydropower potential which could be a money spinner for the state.

On the 2,000-MW Lower Subanisiri Hydro Electric Project (LSHEP) at Gerukamukh, work for which remained suspended for the last several years following protest from anti-dam activists in neighbouring Assam, Mr Khandu emphatically said he would discuss the issue with the Assam government as well as the Centre for a solution.

He said that in all the hydropower projects the affected people should be taken into confidence by both the executing agencies as well as the state government.

He would study the proposals prepared by the previous government and submit them to Centre for financial assistance.

The chief minister said the expansion of his ministry would take place only after Governor Tathatgata Roy returns to the state.

Asked if there would be an ego clash with his senior Cabinet colleagues, Mr Khandu said all senior MLAs had extended their support to him and that he would seek their advice.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also served as a minister with Dorjee Khandu, said, "All our senior leaders have full faith in him and we will extend all possible support to him."

On the controversial Green Field Airport issue, Mr Khandu said he would discuss the issue in the Cabinet and would take a decision accordingly.

Asked about the present status of Mon Autonomous Council and Patkai Autonomous Council which was passed by the state legislative assembly and forwarded to the Centre, Mr Khandu said that the matter lay with the Union Home Ministry which would decide on it.