Khandu launches website on State Budget, felicitates winners of Jan Bhagidari Scheme

Khandu launches website on State Budget, felicitates winners of Jan Bhagidari Scheme

| Staff REPORTER |

ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The official website of the Arunachal Pradesh State Budget 2018-19 – www.arunachalbudget.in – was launched by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the presence of DyCM Chowna Mein, Speaker TN Thongdok, Dy Speaker Tumke Bagra, Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries & MLAs, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal and a host of other dignitaries at the auditorium of the State Legislative Assembly here today.

Special Secretary (IT & Communications) Prince Dhawan gave an overview of the website, saying it has been launched with an aim to promote transparency and accountability. Designed by the Dept of Finance, Planning and Investment in collaboration with the Dept of IT & Communications, the website has three sections – first one being ‘sectoral perspective’ that has the detail outlook of every department, the second section has ‘what is in it for me’ that gives information on what the budget has for the society and the third one is ‘budget document’ that has the details of the grants-in-aid i.e. the allocated budget details of every department and the budget speech.

Later, the CM and the DyCM felicitated the winners of the maiden Jan Bhagidari Scheme with the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) bagging the first prize of Rs 50,000 for its suggestions on gender empowerment, particularly the need for establishment of destitute homes and for enhanced compensatory amount to the rape survivors, besides proposing to strengthen the State Women’s Commission.

The second prize (Rs 30,000) went to Jeta Riba, who highlighted the challenges faced in the education sector including construction of residential schools, strengthening of infrastructure in rural areas, establishment of larger number of institutes like Don Bosco, VKV and RK Mission.

Malay Bui and Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF) shared the third prize pocketing Rs 20,000 each. While Bui has suggested reforms in various sectors like health, horticulture, agriculture, education, etc besides strongly advocating for safe drinking water in all the villages, the AITF highlighted the importance of preserving the tribal culture and language and the need of institutionalising the preservation of tribal traditions in each district of the State. The need to encourage inter tribal exchanges had also been suggested by the AITF.

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