ARUNACHAL PRADESH: In a significant development, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu has announced plans to restructure the state’s planning system to spur faster growth. Speaking at a public meeting in Tuting in Upper Siang district, Khandu unveiled a comprehensive plan that is set to be implemented after the upcoming 2024 elections The Prime Minister emphasized the shift from the traditional top-down approach to policy towards a more inclusive bottom-up approach.
Khandu emphasized the importance of stakeholder engagement at the grassroots level, stressing that people in villages and grassroots levels have an important insight into the country development needs. "The new scheme will be entirely resource-based and will provide a holistic approach for the development of villages across the state," Khandu asserted. He assured that this restructuring would optimize government resources, avoid wastage and enhance their utilization.
During his two-day visit to Upper Siang district, Khandu called upon the resident five communities - Memba, Khamba, Adi and Mishmi Tangam - to live peacefully and actively participate as stakeholders equally in the development of the border areas. He emphasized the historical peaceful settlement of this community and urged them to maintain the brotherhood that characterizes their relationship.
Under the central government’s flagship initiative, ‘Vibrant Village’, education will accelerate. Launched in 2023, the scheme aims to fully develop selected villages along the northern borders of Arunachal Pradesh and other states.
Under this scheme for Arunachal Pradesh, the Union Home Ministry has constructed about 1022 km of roads. Drawing attention to the reform initiatives under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Khandu lauded the revamped frontier village concept.
He specifically mentioned Geling, formerly known as the last village on the Indian side of the Tuting subdivision, which now stands as the ‘first village’ on the Indian side. Khandu credited the central and state governments for improving connectivity – roads, airports and digital governance.
The completion of the new Yingkiong-Tuting road is expected to boost tourism activity in the region. In Yingkiong, the provincial headquarters, the premier expressed hope for boosting tourism activities after the completion of Yingqkiong-Tuting road upgrade through Khandu, new CHC building and micro-hydrail stations. The announcement is an important step towards reshaping the development scenario of Arunachal Pradesh, with a focus on inclusion and downstream business model.