ITANAGAR: The first day of the monsoon session of Arunachal Pradesh assembly saw the introduction three bills on Monday.
In a bid to establish a specialised authority tasked with overseeing comprehensive development efforts in the new Holongi Donyi Polo Airport area, Town Planning Minister Kamlung Mosang introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Airport Area, Planning and Development Authority Bill 2023.
The Bill is aimed at ensuring that not only the airport, but also its surrounding areas adhere to international standards and to achieve this objective, it stressed on the need to deploy a team of experts.
The Bill’s accompanying statement highlights the necessity for regulated and organised planning and development. In essence, the introduction of this bill stressed on the state’s commitment to nurturing efficient airport infrastructure capable of accommodating a growing influx of travellers and bolstering tourism.
In a parallel legislative move, Chief Minister Pema Khandu, responsible for law, legislative, and justice, presented the Arunachal Pradesh Court Fees Bill 2023. This legislation addresses the evolving dynamics of the legal landscape. It arises in response to a directive from the Union Law and Justice Ministry, issued on March 6 of this year, which calls upon all states to enact their own state-specific acts regarding court fees. This directive stems from the Centre’s proposed repeal of the Court Fees Act, 1870.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein also introduced the Arunachal Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Bill 2023 in its amended form. This bill aims to enhance the administration of taxation under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) system, promising a more efficient and streamlined approach.
During the session, Minister Mein additionally presented the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) report for the year 2021-22, offering a comprehensive analysis spanning social, economic, general, and revenue sectors.
The assembly session began with a solemn tribute to three former state ministers who passed away in May of this year – Kardu Taipodia, Neelam Taram, and Chow Tewa Mein.
Chief Minister Khandu also announced plans to name certain structures or institutions after these illustrious leaders as a mark of respect for their significant contributions to the socio-economic development of the state. The assembly later observed a two-minute silence, paying homage to the enduring legacies of these leaders within Arunachal Pradesh’s history.