Roadmap being sketched to ensure timely execution of ‘budget’ announcements: CM

Roadmap being sketched to ensure timely execution of ‘budget’ announcements: CM

ITANAGAR, Jun 8: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has said that for the first time an inclusive review exercise is being undertaken and roadmap chalked out for ensuring that all announcements made in the budget are executed and finished, in entirety, within the stipulated time frame during this financial year.

Chairing the inaugural session of a two-day annual workshop on Annual Development Agenda 2018-19 being held at Dorjee Khandu Convention Centre here today, Khandu said the objective of the workshop is also to strengthen the feedback system involving deputy commissioners and the departments to sort out issues hindering the smooth implementation of schemes and projects at the field level.

The CM said through such exercises the institution of DC will be strengthened and decision making at grassroots level will be empowered, a planning system that was prevalent when Arunachal was a Union Territory. He hoped to see that the old grassroots level of planning system of UT days is restored in due course of time expressing concern over the present planning process of taking decisions at the top level, which if allowed to continue, he felt, will jeopardize the whole system.

Khandu said DCs have been delegated with maximum power and responsibilities for making the decentralized planning process a grand success. About 25 flagships programmes and 138 announcements have been announced in the budget to be implemented as per the guidelines, he said while urging the DCs to play proactive role in successful implementation of these schemes and to take monthly review meetings and regular monitoring of works.

Emphasizing on the leadership role that a DC could undertake, Khandu recalled the services of few officers who went out of their way trying to bring changes in people’s lives. DC Neerunanda posted in Tawang in 1970s took the first initiative to build the existing Tawang-Lumla road purely out of donations from the public without using a penny from govt sources. He also cited example of Armstrong Pame, an IAS officer from Manipur who made similar venture and expressed that he wishes to see similar leadership attitude in other officers too.

Stating that the effort of the state govt to have separate civil service cadre for Arunachal under UPSC could become a possibility, he said the issue may materialize after the 2019 elections.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, in his speech, called upon all to ensure that the initiatives taken by the govt reach the last mile of the society and called for working in a coordinated manner to ensure that the new schemes are implemented well on the ground.

He stated that although the govt takes many pro-people initiatives, many a times, it has been observed that several plans and policies of the govt are not implemented due to lack of coordination and ignorance. He viewed that for ensuring success of these schemes and programmes, it is important that all stakeholders right from the people’s representatives to the departmental officers and DCs are sensitized on the priority areas of the govt.

It is equally important to hold consultations on the important issues confronting the development process of the State and sort out matter across the table to the extent possible and with this objective, that the Finance, Planning and Investment Departments have organized this workshop, Mein said. He informed that State Govt had constituted 25 committees to frame guidelines for major budget schemes.

He also asked the DCs to conduct Jan Sunvai Sammelan in the 1st week of every month in different locations of the districts and disseminates the programmes & policies of the govt to the last man in the villages.

Informing that Niti Aayog has given top priority to ensure time bound transformation of 115 ‘aspirational’ districts which have been identified by Government of India on the basis of key performance indicators, Mein said these districts on transformation will become model district & path finder for others. He requested all stakeholders especially Secretaries/Commissioners to proactively act on the issue and to converge the efforts of Govt of India, Niti Aayog and State Govt. Speaker Tenzing Norbu Thongdok, Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, Development Commissioner Kaling Tayeng and others also spoke.

Earlier, the CM launched the Monitoring Dashboard – http://arunachalmonitoring.com, which is an automated centralized web based application to aid the process of monitoring of all developmental projects.

He also launched the ‘Arunachal Rising’ campaign – to enhance the dissemination of govt schemes at the grassroots level using print media, social media, and audio-visual mode. The objective of the campaign would be to highlight positive work of the govt, improve transparency and also feedback system in the govt.

The programme was attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, commissioners, DCs, secretaries and other top officials from the state govt. (CMO)

 

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