In order 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.
‘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.
Kant also added that the Niti Aayog will convene a review meeting every three months with the State government to speed up development.
Kant, leading a 13-member all ministries Niti Aayog team, arrived Arunachal Pradesh and held discussions with Chief Minister Kalikho Pul, Deputy Chief Minister Kameng Dolo besides, high-ranking State government.
‘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 modernization.
The Aayog also identified few areas like organic, orchid farming and horticulture where the State has vast scope.
‘Arunachal has potentials in tourism, organic farming, floriculture and horticulture but areas like road communication, health and education sector have to be improved upon,’ Kant pointed out, adding, ‘We will work in partnership with the State government to bring development of Arunachal at par with other States of the country.’
Kant shared that 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.’
‘There is no dearth of funds, but the fund should be utilized judiciously. 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,’ he asserted.
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.’