Zee Media Bureau
Itanagar: Veteran Congress leader Nabam Tuki was sworn-in as the eighth Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh for the second consecutive term on Sunday.
Governor Lt Gen (Retd) Nirbhay Sharma administered the oath of office and secrecy to Tuki in an impressive function held at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan here.
Most of the newly-elected Congress MLAs, Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) president Mukut Mithi, AICC general secretary (in charge of Arunachal) Luzhino Faleiro and high ranking government officials were present in the ceremony.
Later talking to reporters after the swearing in ceremony, Tuki said that his government`s priorities would be on youth development, improvement of road and telecommunication in the state and to execute all on-going projects on time.
"My government will focus more on the development of health and education sectors besides agriculture and its allied sectors and duty bound to provide jobs to the unemployed youths through various initiatives," he said.
Moreover, he said providing security to the people of the state and improvement in the law and order would be another focus area of the new government.
"To ensure security to the people the government will deploy 24x7 PCR vans in the state capital as well as in all district headquarters to control crime and criminals as promised in the party?s election manifesto," he said.
"Every elected government has fundamental right to work for people`s welfare despite whatever party comes to power either at the Centre or in the state," he said when asked whether his government would expect special attention from the NDA government.
When asked on the present dismal financial position of the state, the chief minister disclosed that the present crisis was mainly due to inherited financial liabilities of the successive governments.
"We are trying to manage it properly," he added.
On induction of council of ministers, he said that the process would be completed within a day or two.
Tuki the eighth CM of Arunachal
Starting his political innings as a grass root worker, Nabam Tuki reached the pinnacle of his political career for the second time as the eighth chief minister of the sensitive border state of Arunachal Pradesh.
Tuki was first elected to the second legislative assembly in 1995 from Sagalee constituency in Papum Pare district and served as the deputy agriculture minister in the Gegong Apang ministry.
He also served as Transport and Civil Aviation minister in 1988.
Earlier, he was the irrigation and flood control (IFCD) minister in 1996.
He was re-elected to the assembly in 1999 from the same constituency and became a cabinet minister with the Environment and Forest portfolio in the Mukut Mithi ministry.
He was re-elected in the 2004 and 2009 assembly elections and served as the PWD and Urban Development minister under the Apang and Khandu ministries.
Born on July 7, 1964 in remote Ompuli village in Sagalee sub-division, Tuki is a graduate and has seven children, including two sons.
He belongs to the Nyishi community. He also served as state NSUI President (1983 to 1986) and was Chairman, North East NSUI Coordination Committee (1984 to 1986).
He was General Secretary, All India NSUI (1986 to 1988) and Arunachal Pradesh Youth Congress President (1988 to 1995).
Tuki also served as Vice Chairman, North Eastern Youth Congress Coordination Committee (1988 to 1993) and as Working President, North Eastern Youth Congress Coordination Committee from 1993 to 1995.
An avid sports lover, Tuki is also the current president of the Arunachal Cricket Association.
Earlier on November 1 2011, Tuki was sworn in as the seventh chief minister of the state succeeding Jarbom Gamlin after the internal revolt within the Congress Party with a majority of the 42 Congress legislators in the 60-member house who were opposed to Gamlin for his alleged authoritarian rule, after the death of former chief minister Dorjee Khandu in a helicopter crash on 30 April in the same year.
With PTI Inputs