Itanagar, May 7: The revenue generated by the State government in the last few years has been outstanding and the increment trajectory every financial year has been exponential, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said.
While asserting the government’s commitment to plug revenue loopholes and streamline financial transactions, Khandu said that the adopted measures resulted in higher revenue generation of Rs 1,253 crore last fiscal, compared to Rs 900 crore in the previous regime.
“We generated Rs 300 crore more than the previous year immediately after we came to power. This fiscal year, we generated Rs 1,600 crore and in the next (2018-19) we aim to cross Rs 2,000 crore. Such a growth trajectory has never been witnessed since the inception of the State,” he said while addressing a developmental meeting at Dirang in West Kameng district on Sunday, an official release stated.
Announcing that the money is being judiciously and equally utilized for the developmental projects in every Assembly constituency and the districts, Khandu said sufficient funds under SIDF are being distributed to each Assembly constituency, irrespective of party affiliation of the incumbent MLA, first to complete all unfinished projects and then take up new projects.
“I can vouch that no other State in the NE has a secretariat or Assembly building as grand as ours!” the Chief Minister added.
Khandu explained in detail the hard work and commitment that went into preparation of the State’s vision document and Budget 2018-19.
He said the State government is committed to decentralize the administration and therefore set up divisional commissioner offices for Western and Eastern zones, besides setting up of zonal offices of all line departments. He announced to set up a PWD CE office at Tawang.
He said besides decentralization of governance, formulation of schemes and projects are also being decentralized. Henceforth, all schemes and projects would be decided at the district level through consultations and forwarded to the government, he said.
“The government is processing to constitute a staff selection board (SSB) to organize fair and impartial recruitment system that will be mandated to conduct recruitment of all group C posts. With the APPSC in place, the newly SSB will pull the plug on all practices of illegal or ‘back door’ appointments,” the Chief Minister affirmed.
He urges the people to avail the benefits of flagship programs like Swawlamban Yojana. Expressing concern over the fewer number of beneficiaries from the area, he exhorted the government officials to spread awareness among the people on all such schemes, the release added.