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Published on February 18, 2021 | News Source: Bijay Sankar Bora
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Polygamy plagues tribal society in Arunachal Pradesh: Pema Khandu

Published on January 6, 2021|News Source : Bijay Sankar Bora


Guwahati, January 6:  Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu today said polygamy is an issue that continues to plague the tribal society in Arunachal Pradesh during a discussion with Member of National Commission for Women (NCW) Shyamala S Kundar.

The NCW member today called on the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh. 

She was accompanied by Chairperson of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW) Radhilu Chai. 

The meeting discussed issues related to women’s rights and substance abuse among women. 

The Chief Minister said women in Arunachal were better off yet they have miles to go. He said polygamy is an issue that still plagues the tribal society in Arunachal.

 On substance abuse, the CM said involvement of any uniformed personnel are being strictly dealt with. 

APSCW members brought the issue of women’s equal rights over their parental property. The Chief Minister suggested a seminar to be conducted for raising awareness on the issue assuring his full cooperation. 

The meeting also suggested strengthening of One Stop Centre (OSC) - Sakhi to support women affected by violence. 


Arunachal to devolve powers to PRIs from next budget session

Published on January 28, 2021|News Source : Bijay Sankar Bora

Guwahati, Jan 28: Chief Minister Pema Khandu today assured that in accordance with the Article 243 G of the 73rd Amendment Act, the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) of the state would devolve power, authority and responsibilities in the days to come.

Speaking at the inaugural function of a three-day Workshop on Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj – Vision 2026, here at D K Convention Center, Khandu said the process of devolution of powers to PRIs will begin from the forthcoming budget session of the state Legislative Assembly.

He admitted that despite conscious efforts, the state government has failed so far in devolving powers and functions in right earnest to the PRIs.

He informed an Empowered Committee under the leadership of the Chief Secretary will be constituted, which will extensively study success stories of PRIs in other states and recommend the state government on devolution of powers and functions. 

Delving on the history of PRIs in the state, which began in 1969 under the then North East Frontier Agency Panchayat Raj Regulation (Regulation 3 of 1967) after the Daying Ering Committee submitted its recommendations to the Centre for local self-governance in the then NEFA administration, he said the last election held in 2013 was under the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997, which was based on the 73rd Amendment Act, 1992 of the Constitution.

“The recent decision to go for a two-tier PR system in place of the in-practice three-tier was taken in compliance with Part IX of the Constitution that allows states with population of less than 20 lakh to have a two-tier system without the ‘intermediate level’ that is the Anchal Samiti,” he informed. 

Arunachal Pradesh has a population of about 14 lakhs as per the 2011 census.
Addressing the newly elected Zila Parishad Chairpersons (ZPCs) and Zilla Parishad Members (ZPMs), for whom the workshop is being organized, Khandu said the onus of making the state ‘aatmnirbhar’ now lies on them – the PRIs.

Reiterating the state’s potential in hydropower, tourism, agri-horti, mines and minerals, orchids, etc, he said, “You name it, we have it! With so much potential its high time that we stop depending solely on the Centre and stand on our own feet.”

This, he asserted, can only be achieved if every citizen, in their respective posts or roles in the society, contribute positively by sincerely doing their jobs with responsibility.

He  called upon the local self-governance leaders to leave ‘party politics’ behind and work together for their ‘zilas’ and ‘grams’. 
Hailing the large presence of women PRI members, Khandu underscored the importance of their role in successful functioning of zila parishads and gram panchayats. 

“Women are more aware of their surroundings, needs of the society and ills of the society. Therefore, their active participation in decision making at the gram and zila levels are of utmost significance,” he pointed.

Besides urging them to tackle ills like drug addiction, domestic violence, etc, Khandu particularly asked for mass awareness against polygamy, which has in fact afflicted tribal communities since decades.

Khandu releases book ‘1962 When the Mountains Cried’

Published on February 15, 2021|News Source : Pallavi Kumar

Guwahati, Feb 15: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has released a book ‘1962 When the Mountains Cried’ in presence of Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju  and Chief minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma today. 

The book has been written by Nawang Chotta and Lobsang Phuntso. The book contains interviews of locals from Tawang who witnessed and suffered a lot during 1962 war.

‘Released a book “1962 When The Mountains Cried” authored by Nawang Chotta & Lobsang Phuntso in presence of CM Meghalaya Conrad Sangma , Union MoS Kiren Rijiju & Major Bob Khathing’s family. It contains interviews of locals from Tawang who witnessed & suffered lot during 1962 war,’ Khandu said in a tweet.

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