FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, Oct 13: The Centre has expressed concern over poor implementation schedule of Prime Minister Gram Sadak Yoja (PMGSY) works in Aruchal Pradesh. Union Rural Development Secretary informed that 78 works, out of the 135 works sanctioned for Aruchal Pradesh, are pending for completion for more than 4 years. Consequently, more than Rs. 300 crore is yet to be released by the Centre under PMGSY to the state government. This was disclosed when Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju met Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj and Drinking Water rendra Singh Tomar on the issue of rural road connectivity and drinking water in the border areas of Aruchal Pradesh on October 10 last at New Delhi, an official report informed here today.
The meeting was also attended by Secretary (Border Magement), Ministry of Home Affairs, Secretary (Rural Development), Secretary (Drinking Water) and other senior officers of the central government.
The union RD minister while expressing concern over poor implementation schedule of PMGSY works in Aruchal Pradesh, suggested to advise the state government for early completion of the pending works and to strengthen the institutiol arrangements at the state level for implementation of the PMGSY and other road development schemes.
During the meeting both the ministers expressed their concern at poor road connectivity and absence of drinking water network in the remote areas of the state.
There is a need to evolve mechanism for strengthening the rural roads and water supply network in this strategically important border state, they observed.
In view of lack of availability of funds under PMGSY, it was broadly agreed that Ministry of Home Affairs would explore the options for alterte sources of funds for the rural road connectivity and drinking water supply.
Senior officers of the Home ministry while apprising about the progress on the issue of infrastructure development in Aruchal Pradesh, also assured of the priority action on the deliberations, so that the decision on the same is taken at the earliest, the report added.