President’s Rule in Arunachal Pradesh was a temporary measure, and a democratically elected government would be in place sooner or later, state Governor Jyoti Prasad Rajkhowa said on Monday.
Interacting with media persons in the Itanagar Raj Bhavan, Governor Rajkhowa however said he had instructed the government officials to effectively maintain law and order at all cost “until then”, apart from saying that transparency was being accorded topmost priority during Presidents’ Rule.
“President Rule is only a temporary measure. Sooner or later, a democratically elected government will be here. However, until then law and order has to be maintained effectively at all cost and also we have to ensure good governance and contain the menace of corruption,” he said. He however did not say whether there were indications that Arunachal Pradesh was heading for fresh a assembly election along with Assam in April or May.
Referring to an Office Memorandum that was issued on January 26, he said that officers were instructed to ensure that there was no law and order and security problems in the state and that laws must be enforced in letter and spirit for safeguarding the interest of the common people.
The governor said he had also instructed all the departments and offices to maintain utmost transparency in decision-making and execution of various works and take firm action against corruption. “Good governance and a corruption-free administration must be ensured under President Rule, as expected by the people of Arunachal Pradesh,” Rajkhowa said. He also directed for 100 per cent attendance for effective functioning of all government offices and delivery of public services.
“The people can directly refer any matter including complaints to the governor’s secretariat as also the two advisors between whom various departments have been clearly distributed,” he said. Retired IAS officer GS Patnaik and retired IPS officer YS Dadwal had last week joined as advisors to the governor. The governor also instructed officers to give priority to payment of salaries and allowances of the government employees and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan teachers, as also pensions to pensioners.
Rajkhowa, known for his strict adherence to the rule books, also appealed to the media for free, fair and fearless reporting. “Democracy will be in danger without a free, fair, fearless, transparent and truthful Press,” he said. He appealed the media to present a correct picture of the happenings in the state and called for exercise of restraint on sensitive matters. “Be a vigilant press fraternity and assist in monitoring the development process in the state,” the governor said.