Budget allocations for 25 depts fixed in 2nd phase of SDC meet

tuki 16 sepITANAGAR, Sept 16: The extensive exercise of State Development Council (SDC) in framing the roadmap of development this fiscal and approving budgetary provision to all government departments concluded today with its last meeting covering six major working departments.


The departments made presentations before the council with brief description of proposed schemes and projects while informing about the desired target in both physical and financial terms. In the first phase of meetings held in August last 32 departments were covered while in the second phase that concluded today budget allocations were fixed for 25 departments.


Earlier, the State Planning Board met for one-day to complete the exercise while the SDC went minutely into the proposals of the departments that took 10 days, more than 60 hours of extensive discussion for final approval.


At the end of the day, the SDC under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Nabam Tuki fixed a whopping Rs 12,500 crore for developmental and welfare activities this financial year covering all the 57 government departments.

 

Tuki expressed satisfaction over the discussions and deliberations and hoped that the mammoth exercise would prove the springboard of development for Arunachal Pradesh.
He, however, reminded that the challenge now remains in implementation of the projects approved by SDC and called upon all the departments to strictly adhere to the guidelines in implementing projects.


"Every single penny approved for developmental projects should reach the beneficiary at the lowest level and no compromise will be made in judicious utilization of the funds," Tuki asserted, while emphasizing on strict monitoring of all projects during implementation.


In a novel initiative the state government has decided to adopt 10 villages across the state this year and develop as a pilot project by equipping these villages with all basic infrastructure and civic amenities including garbage and solid waste management. According to the Chief Minister this would be carried forward by including more villages in a phased manner in coming years. An allotment of Rs 500 lakhs has been earmarked for this first ever project in the state.


Another new initiative of the government approved is the Chief Minister's Mission Mode project for renovation of township roads with an allocation of Rs 500 crores for the next five years. PWD and RWD would jointly prepare a master plan for rural, urban and interstate roads to avoid duplicity and lapses. Also the government's focus would be on upgradation of existing roads based on road driving experience for which Rs 30 crores has been approved.


In a major decision the SDC today approved installation of 10 KWP solar power plants for blood banks in all the district hospitals so that these remain functional all the time. A sum of Rs 450 lakhs has been earmarked for it while Rs 2000 lakhs has been kept for harnessing solar and wind energy in the state.

 

The Arunachal Pradesh Energy Development Agency (APEDA) has been directed to study the feasibility of using solar rechargeable batteries for schools to run computers and other related equipments. Further, in villages with five or less households or there is no grid line, solar and wind energy generation would be taken up.

 

The government also resolved to take up micro hydro schemes (MHS) in areas where there is an existing 20 grid line. Expressing concern over incomplete MHS in various parts of the state, the government has decided to constitute a technical committee under chairmanship of Hydro Power Parliamentary Secretary to verify such projects remaining incomplete despite allotment of funds.


The Power department has been directed to collect the actual data of un-electrified villages in the state irrespective of the 2011 census figures.


Under the Swatch Bharat Mission, the government has kept a target of constructing 90200 individual household latrines (IHHL) in rural areas.


Other important decisions include repair and upgradation of PMGSY roads (Rs 1000 lakhs), construction of new critical roads (Rs 1500 lakhs), construction of 2 lakh litre capacity overhead RCC tank at Naharlagun (Rs 36.51 lakhs) and renovation of government quarters (1500 lakhs).


The concluding session of the SDC today covered departments of Hydro Power, Power, Rural Works, Public Works, PHE & WS and APEDA.


src: arunachal times