Tuki urges Centre for developmental package

STATEHOOD1ITANAGAR, Feb 21: Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has requested the Centre for providing developmental packages and establishment of various institutions in the state. CM Tuki placed and called upon Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider a 15-point memorandum for the rapid growth of the state.

He was addressing a mammoth gathering at IG Park Itanagar along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 29th Statehood day celebrations.

Detailing the natural resources of the state, the CM stated that Arunachal has 82 percent quality forest, with huge potential in Agriculture and Horticulture both temperate and tropical, unique geology with high quality reserves of Coal and Oil in addition to other minerals such as graphite, dolomite, etc., tourism potential, medicinal plant, the perennial rivers.

Stating that due to institutional bottlenecks – unfavorable policies, protracted procedure for clearances and perceived low priority region, the resources are yet to be sustainably harnessed, Tuki said it has resulted in deprivation to the people of both the State and Nation.

The memo requested for continued support in completion of all projects under the Prime Minister’s Special Economic Package-2008 and early start of Green Field Airport in Itanagar, better surface, air communication and telecommunication, proposal for providing drinking water supply, special package for border infrastructure, hydropower development and power issues, special package for realizing the Agro-Horticulture potential, Organic farming, Spice etc. Tea & rubber, setting up of Central Government Complex (CGO Complex) in Itanagar, master plan for exploration of minerals such as coal, oil, graphite etc. in Arunachal Pradesh.

Tuki further called for establishment of Sainik school, AIIMS like institution, IIT, IIM in the State, Regional Centre for Skill Development, three Smart Cities, Regional Film & Television Institute with comprehensive sports development.

Lastly, the CM appealed for a solution to the issue of Asian Development Bank/World Bank/Japan International Cooperation Agency and window for alternate funding. Tuki expressed hope that the Centre would add in for the development initiatives and demands for a developed Arunachal and a nation.

Earlier highlighting the initiatives of the Government, Tuki detailed on the Chief Minister’s Universal Health Insurance Scheme, Skill Development and Employment Generation Programme and decentralization and empowering of local Panchayats and Urban Local Bodies. Arunachal Pradesh has improved its national ranking in devolution of powers from 27th to 5th, which is a testimony of our commitment in giving power to people, added Tuki.

Requesting the Prime Minister to provide the state government with the technical expertise in preparation of the Arunachal Vision 2030 document, Tuki informed that the state government has recently taken decision to prepare a realistic vision of the State for the next 15 years and named it the Arunachal Vision 2030 with medium and long term Development Vision for the state.

src: arunachal times