ITANAGAR, July 7: Arunachal Pradesh Governor Arunachal Pradesh Brig (Retd) BD Mishra convened a meeting of senior officers of Rural Development, Environment and Forests and Planning Departments at Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Saturday. The discussion focused on various issues including livelihood programmes, catchment area treatment, bamboo development, doubling of farmers’ income and road connectivity for the State which will be taken up by the Governor in the 67th Plenary of the North Eastern Council.
The Governor emphasized that all the Central and State programmes must be implemented in letter and spirit. There must be proper monitoring of all the NEC schemes. Challenges in the implementation of the development programmes must be addressed to at the earliest, he added. “All effort should be made to ensure that the benefits of welfare programmes reach the targeted population, he said.” In the meeting, the Governor urged upon the officers to maintain punctuality and meet the common visitors to their office to ameliorate their difficulties. The Governor also advised them to promote and propagate the mission of Swachh Bharat.
The Governor advised the officers to explore ways and means to double the incomes of the farmers by addressing the challenges in transportation, preservation and marketing of their products.
As Arunachal Pradesh has the highest number of species of bamboos with 32 species being cultivated by the farmers and 44 species occurring naturally in the State, the Governor said that he would propose for opening a research cum development institute on bamboo cultivation in Arunachal Pradesh at the NEC meeting.