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CM holds pre-budget consultation

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Itagar, Feb 19: In continuation with his consultation with various stakeholders for preparation of Budget 2017, Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday held a pre-budget consultation with former legislators to incorporate their views. Welcoming the former legislators, the Chief Minister appreciated their gesture in supporting the state government’s effort towards making the budget participatory and inclusive. During the one-hour brainstorming session, the former legislators gave their valuable suggestions to the CM to bring a people-friendly state budget.

They lauded the state government’s initiative to bring in transparency, adding that it has achieved so much in a short time, while giving out various specific suggestions on development of tourism and horticulture in the state. They also appreciated the state government’s reforms to fight corruption and in encouraging citizens participation in various decision making. The former legislators categorically called for strict third party monitoring in all execution of development works to arrest wastage of resources.

Assuring that the state government will ensure a people-friendly and welfare budget for Aruchal, the Chief Minister said he would try to accommodate as many viable suggestions as possible in Budget 2017. He said pre-budget interactions are vital to receiving inputs, suggestions and to know the expectations of the stakeholders from the budget.

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