The Arunachal Pradesh Cabinet has approved functioning of two divisional commissioners for effective law and order management in the state. The cabinet headed by Chief Minister Pema Khandu yesterday approved functioning of divisional commissioners with location headquarter at Namsai for eastern division and for western division it would function temporarily from Yupia till a permanent site is finalised, state government spokesman Bamang Felix said here today. "The east and west divisional commissioners will be delegated with administrative as well as financial powers and functions. A committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for eastern division and Land Management Minister Nabam Rebia for western division will recommend the modalities for shifting of offices of all other departments," Felix, who is the state PHE and Water Supply Minister informed. The committee would submit the report by June 30 next, he added. The cabinet also approved for amalgamation of Finance and Planning department which would be known as Department of Finance and Investments and would be headed by Development Commissioner Finance, Planning and Investment. Accordingly, the allocation of business rules would stand amended and the same would be notified by the General Administration and Administrative Reforms department. Felix said that the cabinet approved for upgradation of five Arunachal Pradesh Civil Service (APCS) (Administrative Grade) posts to three posts of APCS (Super Time Scale) and two posts of APCS (Senior Admin Grade). "Encadrement of seven existing posts of directors, four existing deputy resident commissioners, registrar and deputy registrar of Arunachal Pradesh Information Commission (APIC) into APCS will be made for smooth administration of the state government," the spokesman said. Creation of Border Affairs Director, Director (IT), three additional resident commissioners, deputy resident commissioner for Mumbai and deputy secretary for CMO would be made from APCS cadre for smooth administration, he added. The cabinet approved renaming of Tomo Riba State Hospital to Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences Hospital (TRIHMS Hospital). Moreover, the cabinet in its marathon meeting held for 12 hours also approved for district wise distribution and recruitment for posts of constable for Arunachalee youths and centralised recruitment of posts of general category at Itanagar. The cabinet further approved for resource transfer to intermediate Panchayat Bodies - Zilla Parishad and Anchal Samities and accordingly allocated an amount of 50 crore. The cabinet also decided to transfer all the establishment at Kolkata, Mumbai, Shilong, Guwahati, Jorhat, Tezpur (except Mohanbari) including government allotted land, assets and infrastructure outside the state under the administrative control of the General Administration Department, Felix said. It also approved for calling of Expression of Interests (EOIs) from CPSUs and PSUs for construction of Arunachal House at New Delhi, Guwahati and Shillong on turnkey basis. The spokesman further disclosed that the cabinet decided to enhance Grants-in-Aid to Vivekananda Kendra Vidyalayas Arunachal Pradesh Trust. "After detailed deliberations the cabinet appreciated the unique circumstances under which the VKV trust came to the state to impart education on the invitation of the then Chief Secretary in 1977-78. Further, it was informed that no grant has been given since long for infrastructure development, the department of education shall work out a proposal for the same," Felix said. In another significant decision, the cabinet gave positive nod to free chemotherapy scheme- a much relief to cancer patients, by approving the proposal for MoU with Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai for cheaper medicines to provide free chemotherapy in TRIHMS which is schedule to be launched by June. The cabinet approved that there would be a need to bring a suitable amendment in Trade Licence policy which protects the interests of tribals while being compliant with GST Law. "A committee headed by Development Commissioner will chalk out means to ease out the issues arising out of migration of traders to the GST regime," Felix added.
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