Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Home and Rural Development minister Bamang Felix on Tuesday said an empowered committee headed by the state’s chief secretary has been working on proper and workable devolution of powers to the Panchayati Raj Institution (PRI) of the state.

He said this in a virtual meeting with all the Zilla Parishad Chairpersons (ZPCs) and District Panchayat Development Officers (DPDOs) held here to inform them about various schemes undertaken by the Panchayati Raj department.

While congratulating the Kra-Daadi Zilla Parishad and Bokoriang-I Gram Panchayat under Papum Pare Zilla Parishad for being selected by the Centre as Panchayat Ambassadors (Beacon Panchayat) from Arunachal Pradesh to celebrate the “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav” to commemorate India’s 75th year of Independence, Bamang Felix emphasised working with a holistic approach for the uplift of the rural population.

“Our government is committed to devolving powers to the Panchayati Raj Institution in real terms. The empowered committee is working in this direction,” the minister said.

The DPDOs have been asked to expedite all the time-bound works of the Ministry of Panchayati Raj such as the formulation of the Model Panchayat Citizen Charter, uploading of information on Covid Dashboard and completion of the registration process in eGramSwaraj portal.

Rural Development and Panchayati Raj secretary Amarnath Talwade earlier outlined the steps being taken by the department in strengthening the PRIs.

“The welfare of the PRIs shall be taken care of,” he assured the ZPCs.

The ZPCs of West Siang, Tawang, Tirap, West Kameng and Kamle districts participated in the open house discussion. They suggested and sought some amendments in the funding pattern of the 15th Finance Commission grants owing to practical problems in the implementation of cluster farming. They thanked the state government for the allocation of funds for the procurement of new vehicles for all the 25 ZPCs.

Panchayati Raj director Tamune Miso, Rural Development director Kego Jilen, Arunachal State Rural Livelihood Mission chief executive officer Solung Miji and State Institute of Rural Development director Habung Lampung took part in the virtual meeting.

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