FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
ITAGAR, Feb 20: Aruchal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday pleaded the Centre for a package for development of border areas so as to curb migration.
“The state shares three intertiol borders and the state government is focussing on development of the border areas to provide the people all basic amenities to lead a better life so that the migration tendency can be removed,” he said while addressing the people on the occasion of 31st Statehood Day at Indira Gandhi Park here.
The chief minister who submitted a memorandum to Union Home Minister Rajth Singh, appealed him to look at the problems being confronted by the state. Khandu said, the state despite having innumerable tural resources was lagging behind other states of the country because of lack of policies to tap the resources and urged the Centre to help the state in that direction.
“This year the state budget will be unique as the government has called for suggestions from community based organizations and former legislators to be incorporated in the budget. Moreover, several suggestions put forward by people in social media have also been accepted by the government,” he said.
He said, in spite of fincial crunch, the state government had implemented the seventh central pay commission’s recommendations for the government employees.
“I appeal the employees to reciprocate the government’s gesture through proper work culture with full dedication and commitment,” he added.
Lauding Prime Minister rendra Modi for his initiative in sanctioning several schemes for the state in the past two years, Khandu assured to implement all central projects with transparency for welfare of the people.
“We are here for public service and my efforts will be to minimise corruption as per directives of the Prime Minister and accordingly steps have been taken in this direction,” he said. The chief minister meanwhile, appealed the people to keep the ‘Team Aruchal’ spirit alive by cooperating with the state government for a prosperous Aruchal.