Itanagar: With the aim to make budget preparation a participatory one, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on Monday held the first pre-budget consultative meeting with the executive members of Arunachal Pradesh State Commission for Women (APSCW), Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS), Arunachal Pradesh Chamber of Commerce & Industries (ACCI) and various community-based organizations (CBOs) at civil secretariat here.
Mein, who also holds the finance and planning portfolio, will present the Budget for the year 2020-21 in the Assembly during the forthcoming budget session from March 2.
Chairing the consultative meeting, Mein said that the State Government is participatory and efforts are on to involve all the stakeholders in the development process.
He welcomed suggestions and valuable inputs from the members present to be considered and incorporated in the State Budget, an official communique informed here.
The Deputy Chief Minister lauded the inputs and suggestions put forward by the representatives of APSCW, APPWWS, ACCI and community-based organizations of Mishmi and Bugun communities present in the meeting.
He said that their suggestions would be widely consulted with the concerned departments and agencies and would be incorporated in the Budget, if found feasible. He also informed that similar pre-budget consultative meetings would be held with other CBOs of the State.
Meanwhile, the members present, while actively participating in the consultative meeting, submitted their suggestions to be incorporated in the Budget, the communique said.
They praised the initiative of the government citing that the Jan Bhagidari Scheme has paved the way for the common citizens to be part of the budget process and termed it as a solid example of transparent and participatory governance.
They expressed their thankfulness to the government for inviting and giving them such opportunities to participate in pre-Budget discussion.
The State Government has invited suggestions from all sections of the society to be part of the budget making exercise and contribute in State building. One can visit the website www.arunachalbudget.in and submit their suggestions to extend suggestions.
Among others, Finance Secretary Y W Ringu and Planning & Investment Secretary Himanshu Gupta were also present in the meeting, the communique added.