ITANAGAR, May 19: In a bid to provide relief to cancer patients of the state, Pema Khandu government has proposed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Tata Memorial Hospital to provide cheaper medicines and free chemotherapy to cancer patients in the Tomo Riba Institute of Health and Medical Sciences Hospital.
This was decided during a Cabinet meeting on Thursday.
Earlier in April, the Deputy Chief Minister had inaugurated the Tertiary Cancer Centre.
Government has allocated Rs 3 crores for free chemotherapy for APST cancer patients for up to 500 patients in the hospital, with a ceiling of Rs 10 lakhs per patient.
Addressing a press conference on Friday, Government Spokesperson Bamang Felix informed of the key decisions taken by the State Cabinet headed by Chief Minister on May 18 last.
To meet the needs of the security and safety of the citizens and to ensure that more youths of the state are provided employment in an even manner, the district wise distribution and recruitment of APST posts of constable and centralised recruitment of general category posts at Itanagar-Capital Complex were also approved on Thursday.
Also, to empower the Panchayat bodies in the state, the cabinet approved and allocated Rs 50 crore for rural local bodies.
Director of Border Affairs and Director of IT were also approved, besides the approval for three Additional Resident Commissioners, Deputy Resident Commissioner, Mumbai, and Deputy Secretary, CMO into APCS cadre for smooth administration of the state government. Additionally, the Cabinet decided to transfer all establishments of Kolkata, Mumbai, Shillong, Guwahati, Jorhat, Tezpur (except Mohanbari),
including government allotted lands and assets outside the state under the administrative control of the General Administration Department.
It also approved calling of ‘Expression of Interests’ from Central Public Sector Undertakings (CPSUs) or Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) for construction of Arunachal House at New Delhi, Guwahati and Shillong on turnkey basis.
The Cabinet also appreciated the contribution of the VKVs in the education sector of Arunachal since it arrived to the state on the invitation of then Chief Secretary in 1977-78. Considering that the VKVs Arunachal Pradesh Trust has not been provided grants-in-aid for a long time, the Cabinet approved to enhance the grants-in-aid to the trust for infrastructure development, for which the Education Department has been entrusted to work out a proposal.
Further, the cabinet also approved the need to bring suitable amendments in the Trade License Policy to protect the interests of the tribal people while at the same time being compliant with the Goods and Services Tax laws, which will be in place from June 1, 2017.
Accordingly, a committee headed by the Development Commissioner would chalk out means to ease out the issues arising out of the migration of traders to the GST regime.
As reported earlier, the cabinet has approved the functioning of divisional commissioners for East and West Arunachal, with location headquarters of the commissioners for east at Namsai, and for West at Yupia, on temporary basis.
A committee headed by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein for eastern division and Minister land management Nabam Rebia for western division would recommend the modalities for shifting the offices of all other departments, and submit a report by June 30 next.
The Cabinet also approved the amalgamation of the Finance and planning departments, and this department would be known as the Department of Finance and Investments and will be headed by the Development Commissioner of Finance, Planning and Investment.
Another important approval was upgrading five APCS (Admin Grade) posts to three posts of APCS (Super Time Scale) and two posts of APCS (Senior Admin Grade). This initiative would ensure that the APCS officers serving for decades in the state government get an opportunity to get promoted to higher administrative posts.