ITANAGAR, May 3 - The new Arunachal Pradesh Assembly building, which is nearing completion, will hold its first session on May 12 next.
The one-day special House session is being convened on May 12 to ratify the State Goods and Services Tax (SGST) law, which was necessary to switch over from existing system of levying multiple indirect taxes to GST regime. The Centre has recently cleared through the Parliament the four Central laws necessary to implement GST from July 1 next.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu, who along with his Ministerial colleagues inspected the Assembly building yesterday, was informed of the status of the ongoing works and its state of readiness by Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok.
The Assembly Hall has come up with most advanced facilities that has a seating capacity of 90. It is fitted with ultra modern audio system and a high podium for the Speaker. Large TV screens are mounted on the walls to display the proceedings of the Assembly with roofs carved with glittering lights. The building also has visitors gallery and a media gallery on the first floor.
The executing agency informed the Chief Minister that the main Assembly hall is complete while only landscaping and gate work is pending. They assured the CM that the remaining work will also be completed in the given time frame.
The Assembly building, which boasts of gen-next infrastructure, houses office chambers for CM, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and resting hall for legislators. The CM inspected the library, cafeteria, conference hall, etc. Later, the Chief Minister held a meeting with department officials seeking updates on the ongoing and pending works.
Meanwhile, the State Cabinet today gave its go-ahead signal for tabling the Arunachal Pradesh Goods and Services Tax Bill 2017 in the Assembly.
In order to honour Pandit Deendayal Upadhayay, a renowned political philosopher who advocated Antyodaya and Sarvodaya, the Cabinet approved for renaming the CM�s Swabalamban Yojana to Deendayal Upadhayay Swabalamban Yojana and the CM�s Bunkar Yojana to Deendayal Upadhayay Bunkar Yojana.