To fast track all projects in Arunachal Pradesh, the Niti Aayog has decided to convene a review meeting every three months with the state government to speed up development.
“Our sole objective is to resolve all the pending projects in the state and accordingly state chief secretary has submitted a list of all pending projects,” Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant told reporters here last night.
The Niti Aayog will convene a review meeting every three months with the state government to speed up development, he said.
Kant, leading a 13-member all ministries Niti Aayog team, arrived here yesterday and held discussions with Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo besides, high-ranking state government officials.
“As per Prime Minister’s directive, the team is here to help the chief minister to bring development in the land-locked state,” Kant said, adding the team had fruitful interactions with the state government pertaining to several vital issues, including police modernisation.
The Aayog also identified few areas like organic, orchid farming and horticulture where the state has vast scope.
Kant said, the state has potentials in tourism, organic farming, floriculture and horticulture but areas like road communication, health and education sector have to be improved upon.
“We will work in partnership with the state government to bring development of Arunachal at par with other states of the country,” he added.
Kant said the forest-rich Himalayan state has received Rs 9,000 crore from the Fourteenth Finance Commission.
“While it is 50:50 for fund allocation to rest of the country, Arunachal is lucky to get fund at 90:10 ratio, the old rate of special category state, what more do you expect? Don’t think of fund, utilise them judiciously for the fund flow to continue,” Kant said.
“There is no dearth of funds, but the fund should be utilised jusiciously. There was no governance in the state as there were huge revenue leakages. Now there is a responsive and transparent government and the Centre will extend all possible help to take the state to the zenith of development,” Kant added.
Responding to media queries on the Green Field airport, the Niti Aayog CEO said, “Development in Arunachal has just started. Not only airport but railway connectivity besides, road communication is the urgent requirement. We are to ensure better connectivity”.
Replying to a question, Kant disclosed that on priority, the Aayog would take up development of small, medium and big hydro projects in the state.
When his attention was drawn to the May 12 police firing at Tawang, an offshoot of opposition to mega dams in the district, Kant emphatically said that no project would be successful without taking the local people into confidence.
“We will ensure that all projects will be executed with proper consent of the people,” he added.
When asked about the status of the 2,000 mega watt Lower Subansiri Project at Gerukamukh, work on which was stalled after protest from anti-dam protagonists in neighbouring Assam, state Chief Secretary Shakuntala Doley Gamlin informed that 60 per cent of the civil works have been completed and the state government is in constant touch with the NHPC and the Centre who is very supportive.
“We are re-starting the project which is expected to complete within two to three years,” Gamlin added.