Arunachal Vision 2030: Steering Group resolves to engage sector specific experts

Arunachal Vision 2030NEW DELHI, Mar 28: In pursuance of the Cabinet decision, the first Consultation of the Steering Group on Arunachal Vision 2030 was held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki at New Delhi today. The Steering Group members include former Governor General JJ Singh, former members of the Planning Commission B K Chaturvedi and Saumitra Chaudhuri, State’s Chief Secretary and Secretary Planning.

The Steering Group is the apex body which will guide the formulation of the Arunachal Vision 2030 document.
The Consultation which lasted a marathon three hours deliberated on several significant development and governance issues critical to the formulation and implementation of the Arunachal Vision 2030 document. Arrays of subjects including Railways, Power, Aviation, Tourism etc were discussed at length in the deliberations. The Steering Group was unanimous 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.
While hailing the occasion as historic, Tuki observed, “The foundation for a prosperous and progressive Arunachal 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 Arunachal Vision 2030 will steer our State to great heights in the times to come.”
Chief Secretary Ramesh Negi in his opening remarks spoke on the rationale 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 Arunachalee people in Arunachal 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 further pointed that the state has already initiated several reforms and institutional arrangements to boost the rural economy, increase the scope of sustainable urbanization, employment generation and entrepreneurship development, industrialization and investment through special dispensations for Food Processing, IT & Pharma, social security measures among others. In the discussion, former Governor General JJ 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 solutions based framework should be the underlying principle for realizing the vision. He stressed on segregating dreams from achievable vision however cautioning that easily realizable vision is no vision. Chaturvedi, who has a vast knowledge of the socio-economic and other development aspects of Arunachal Pradesh, outlined his views for improving the infrastructure, health, education and other sectors in a phased manner.
Saumitra Chaudhuri highlighted that any development vision must understand the strengths and weaknesses of the people and the geography in which they live in. He stressed on the need to integrate the aspirations of the people with the unique geography of the state. He mentioned that the Vision should harmonize the welfare of the people with the unique geographical strengths of the state.
Secretary Planning gave a brief presentation on the framework of the Arunachal Vision 2030 and also highlighted the implications of the Fourteenth Finance 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 Arunachal 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 on 26th April.
It may be noted that a one day workshop is also being organized on 13th April 2015 on the theme “14th Finance Commission Award and NITI Aayog- Challenges and Opportunities for Arunachal Pradesh” at Itanagar. The participants would include Ministers, Parliamentary Secretaries, MLAs, Secretary/Commissioners, DCs, etc. This workshop will be followed by detailed consultations on the preparation of the Vision Document and Budget for 2015-16 from the third week of April, 2015.