*CM urged to allocate more funds
By A O News Service
ITANAGAR | Jan 29 | Speaker T N Thongdok today exhorted the panchayat leaders to strengthen state’s Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) by holistic planning of projects and schemes for realistic development.
Addressing the inaugural session of a two-day state level panchayat sammelan for chairpersons and PRIs functionaries here today, he asked them to work in close coordination with GoAP departments to accelerate development process, particularly in rural areas.
Exhorting them to become responsible stakeholders and work tirelessly for progress and prosperity of rural populace, he called upon them for proper and effective monitoring of the schemes being implemented in the villages which was of great importance to achieve the set goal.
While lauding RD and PR departments for holding the sammelan effectively, sponsored by Union PR ministry, Thongdok said that the brainstorming and thought-provoking seminar would go a long way to enlighten PRI leaders on various facets of PRI system.
RD & PR Parliamentary Secretary Mama Natung said the GoAP was committed to help and assist the PRI by providing timely funds but the villagers themselves have to be active in the process without expecting outsiders to do the job.
All Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Parishad secretary general Sangh Tagik, in his deliberation, questioned the interference in district planning committee (DPC) affairs, particularly by the MLAs while DPCs all over the country is headed by ZPC, instead of DC in this state. Moreover, ZP member-secretary is ADC who hardly works, thus it should be independent ADC.
Either all 29 subjects should be delegated to PRIs for implementation by the GoAP through an executive order, he said, adding holding the PRI elections, for which the process is on, would carry no meaning without the three Fs – functions, funds and functionaries.
‘My Village, My Development’ plan should be based on 29 subjects, he demanded instead of based on 14th Finance Commission guidelines, he demanded. His view was supported by PR director Repo Ronya.
When ministers/MLAs are given crores of sparse funds, the PRI leaders should be involved in their selection, implementation and process while the Cabinet should lift its ban on appointment of vacant PRI functionaries while PTA & CCA posts should be created for zilla segments in newly created districts, he said.
Opposing against party-based election to the PRIs while replacing the age-old system of NEFA days, he said that the ZPCs are provided with vehicles but not fund for maintenance and POL. He lauded CM Pema Khandu for allocating Rs 50 crore to PRI but sought more and regularise all adhoc functionaries in a phased manner to strengthen the PRIs.
RD&PR special secretary-cum-SIRD director Nyali Ete, in a PowerPoint presentation earlier, highlighted various flagship programs to acquaint the PRI leaders.