Arunachal CM meets PM Modi; bats for regional council for NE Region

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New Delhi, February 9: Taking part in the first ever 'NITI Aayog' meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi here at New Delhi on Sunday, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki advocated for a Regional Council for North Eastern Region chaired by the Prime Minister with Co-Chair on annual rotation basis amongst the eight North Eastern States.

He reasoned that the northeastern states have low resource base, low population and had been a late starter in the journey of development. Tuki further gave an alternative suggestion for Hill States Council (HSC) or a Himalayan States Council (HSC) owing to similar strengths and challenges of these small states.
Completely agreeing with the idea of a Mid-Term assessment of targets and achievements of the 12th Five Year Plan, Tuki suggested for rigorous joint review exercise with an aim to remove bottlenecks impeding the achievements of targets, news agency The Arunachal Times reported.

“NITI Aayog must continue to play the role of fund allocation to the States, especially to the special category states” CM said and further opined that the funds allocated to the States must be untied (in the specifics- micro details) but tied to the broad sectors as per local requirements within the sectors.
Tuki reiterated for exempting the mandatory 10% State Share for special category states like Arunachal Pradesh which is fully dependent on central funds while, suggesting for minimizing the number of CSS to broad sectoral priorities with fund transfers in untied form.

Tuki requested the Niti Aayog to consider the recommendations of B K Chaturvedi headed Committee that had undertook a study relating to the development disability of the Special Category States and recommended removing bottlenecks on the Process Issues of the region and also provide fiscal compensation of 2% of the GBS for the remaining years of the 12th Five Year Plan to these States.
“One specific issue only pertaining to my State is the continued objection of China and depriving my State access to development funds- from ADB, World Bank and now JICA. I urge that the patriotic people of Arunachal Pradesh are not deprived of the much needed development on this ground and a suitable window of funding be made available for taking developmental projects in the State” CM emphatically said.

He further urged for holistic view of fund allocation to the state of Arunachal Pradesh and also pleaded for separate budgetary provision for maintenance of already constructed projects.
“Cooperative Federalism must be imbibed by all of us in achieving the larger goal of a strong and vibrant India.

This can be achieved when the Union Government appreciates the strong points of each state- both tangible and intangible and acknowledges the challenges and facilitates a congenial environment in overcoming these challenges to harness its strengths” Tuki said.

He requested the NITI Aayog to consider Arunachal Pradesh on grounds of border management by developing border areas to stop depopulation of border areas, to harness the Hydro Power and Mineral potential of the State, which can contribute to the National Growth and provide a special package for the vast forest cover, which is providing huge ecological services to the Country and the world.
CM gave a brief highlight on the activities undertaken by the state government with special mention to preparation of Vision 2030.

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