FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT
Itagar, March 29: The first Consultation of the Steering Group on Aruchal Vision 2030 was held under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister bam Tuki at New Delhi on Saturday. The Steering Group members include former Governor General JJ Singh, Former Members of the Planning Commission B.K Chaturvedi and Saumitra Chaudhuri and State’s Chief Secretary and Secretary Planning. The Steering Group is the apex body which will guide the formulation and implementation of the Aruchal Vision 2030 document, official sources said here today. While hailing the occasion as historic, Chief Minister Tuki observed, “The foundation for a prosperous and progressive Aruchal Pradesh for future generations has been laid today. We have embarked on a journey to focus on a realistic and achievable Vision for our beautiful state. With the guidance and support of some of the best minds in the country with their unparalleled experience and love for the people of the state, I am sure that the Aruchal Vision 2030 will steer our State to great heights in the times to come.”
The Consultation which lasted a marathon three hours deliberated on several significant development and governce issues critical to the formulation and implementation of the Aruchal Vision 2030 document.
Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi in his opening remarks spoke on the ratiole behind the initiative for a Vision Document and highlighted the need to make the State a self sustaining one. He emphasized that while ascertaining inclusive development, the Vision 2030 when implemented should focus on the long term wealth creation by Aruchalee people in Aruchal Pradesh.
He spoke on the ways to enhance the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) and other economic indicators through an innovative and participatory framework covering all potential sectors.
Negi also mentioned that the state has already initiated several reforms and institutiol arrangements to boost rural economy, increase the scope of sustaible urbanization, employment generation and entrepreneurship development, industrialization and investment through special dispensations for Food Processing, IT & Pharma, social security measures, among others.
Former Governor General J J Singh opined that the geostrategic dimension of the State is unique and therefore, the Vision 2030 should be aligned to this reality.
While mentioning that any vision is not realizable when it is not confronted by the challenges of the day, B.K Chaturvedi emphasized that a solution based framework should be the underlying principle for realizing the vision.
Chaturvedi, who has a vast knowledge of the socio-economic and other development aspects of Aruchal Pradesh, outlined his views for improving the infrastructure, health, education and other sectors in a phased manner.
Saumitra Chaudhuri highlighted the need to integrate the aspirations of the people with the unique geography of the state. He stressed that the Vision should harmonize the welfare of the people with the unique geographical strengths of the state. Arrays of subjects including Railways, Power, Aviation, Tourism etc were discussed at length in the deliberations.
The Steering Group was unimous in its view that sector specific experts should be engaged at the local as well as other levels and that their views and studies included in the Vision Document.
Secretary Planning gave a brief presentation on the framework of the Aruchal Vision 2030 and also highlighted the implications of the Fourteenth Fince Commission recommendations for the state.
Tuki expressed his gratitude to the dignitaries for accepting his invitation to be a part of the Steering Group. He gave a historical perspective on the evolution of the State since its inception and opined that any futuristic activity should also be aligned with the lessons from the past. While discussing sector specific issues of the State, the Chief Minister spoke at length about the development initiatives taken by his Government. He informed that Consultations for Aruchal Vision 2030 with stakeholders’ right from the grassroots would start from next month. The Steering Group will meet for its next meeting at New Delhi later next month. It may be noted that a one day workshop is also being organized on April 13 next on the theme “14th Fince Commission Award and NITI Aayog - Challenges and Opportunities for Aruchal Pradesh” at Itagar, the sources added.