Itanagar, June 13: Newly appointed Rural Works Department (RWD) Minister Bamang Felix has set the target of providing road connectivity to all the habitations of the state, which do not fulfill the eligibility criteria of PMGSY, by the year 2022.
“Let’s collectively set a target that when the country celebrates its 75th year of Independence in 2022 each and every habitation, big or small, under PMGSY or otherwise, across our state is connected by road,” he said while taking a review meeting with the departmental officers at the RWD conference hall here recently, an official release informed here today.
For this to happen, Felix urged upon the departmental officials to work as a team with sincerity. He directed the Chief Engineers to work on the roadmap and draw a comprehensive plan for three years (till 2021-22) for cent percent rural connectivity.
While interacting with the officers, Felix took stock of all ongoing projects being executed by the department across the state. He pointed that RWD is entrusted with the daunting task of building rural roads, which is not easy due to the difficult terrains of the state but ‘not impossible’.
He said with the difficulties and challenges come huge responsibility, and RWD being one of the most important organs of the Govt has to fulfill the responsibility and live up to the expectations of the rural populace.
RWD not only has the onerous responsibility of implementing the all important Pradhan Mantri Grameen Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) but also provide connectivity to habitations where PMGSY is not feasible or eligible, Felix pointed.
While emphasizing on the use of new methodology and technology for road construction in tandem with the geographical conditions of the terrains, the Minister pointed that due to missing out of the ‘right’ technology several roads and bridges constructed earlier couldn’t last as expected.
Underscoring that RWD should emerge as the best performing department in the state, he said, “The officers will be given complete freedom to discharge their duties and at the same time, they will be also held accountable. All officers should instill a sense of service to the people for the department to achieve a clean and sincere image,” he said.
In order to monitor and assure timely execution of works, Felix said he would be taking review meetings in every two months. Further, he directed that a review meeting at the SE level for the work circles should be mandatorily held every month.
Parliamentary Secretary for RWD Jambey Tashi too assured of full support and guidance to the department in timely execution of works without compromising with quality.
He advised the officers to pay frequent visit to work sites, get regular feedbacks and monitor progress for effective implementation of all centrally and state sponsored schemes, the release added.