12th Oct 2018 09:10:PM State
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

NAMSAI, Oct 12: Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein had an interactive meeting with members of the Namsai Organic Spices and Agricultural Products (NOSAAP) Producer Co.Ltd, Spices Board of India and Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Namsai.  The Deputy Commissioner Tapasya Raghav and other heads of departments were also present in the meeting.
Mein informed that the Spices Park coming up in Namsai is the first of its kind in the state. He emphasized that since the farming company was also a first of its kind in the state hence it had a long way to go while assuring every possible support for its development. He said the Central and state schemes could be extended for the benefit of making the company progressive.
Value addition of products and mechanization of farming was the core issues discussed during the meet. The Deputy Commissioner informed that funds have been kept aside for procurement of farming machines which will be kept at the Farmer's Training Centre from where the farmers can take the machines on payment of minimum hire charges. The Dy. CM termed this concept as a Machine Bank which will immensely benefit the farmers.
Senthil Kumaran,Senior Field Officer Spices Board and Chau Athina Chauhai,CEO NOSAAP and Dr.Binod Dutta Borah,SMS, KVK   also gave their inputs. While Kumaran gave an overview of the schemes and programmes of the Spices Board, Chauhai layed out the requirement of machines for planting, weeding, etc besides a godown at Namsai.
Later it was decided that a roadmap will be drawn involving all the stakeholders in order to implement all the programmes taken up to make the outcome smooth. Later, the Deputy Chief Minister met all the employees of the District Secretariat. The DCM briefed the employees regarding the pen/tool down strike called by CoSAAP and the government's stand. He said that the government was in no mood to budge as it has done enough on the demands of CoSAAP earlier like enhancement of retirement age and most importantly the implementation of 7th Pay Commission recommendations, the first in North East India.
He said that at present 70% funds were being allocated for salaries while a meagre 30% is only left to undertake other welfare and development activities. He added that the government was bound to spend consciously so that overdraft could be avoided and that decisions cannot be taken which may become a financial burden at a later stage. Hence, the government will do everything possible for the welfare of the employees provided it is within the capacity of available revenue and resources.
 Mein also said that Arunachal has one of the highest population employee ratios. He said everyone is asking for employment generation and the government is also aware of the concerns but a formula has to be worked out so that employment is given in one or the other form.
He was stern while saying that CoSAAP has been run by a handful of people and has taken the government for granted.

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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