Arunachal’s identity is in its villages: CM Khandu
CM Pema Khandu

Aalo: Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu on Wednesday projected “eight pillars of focus” for the overall development of villages of the state which he said, “would also curb the migration of rural folk to urban areas.”

The projected eight pillars of focus are – health, education, connectivity, electricity, livelihood, agriculture, sanitation and water supply.

Citing these as the key areas of focus, Khandu informed that the state government is chalking out a broad plan to work on these and empower all villages of the state in the coming years.

The chief minister was at Biru village in West Siang district to attend its Golden Jubilee celebration and said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been giving special attention to empowering villages through so many centrally sponsored schemes and programs, with which the state government is dovetailing its own schemes so that villagers of Arunachal avail maximum benefit.

He said that once the mentioned eight areas of focus – proper health facility, quality education, all-weather connectivity, 24×7 power supply, sustainable livelihood, economically viable agriculture, sanitation and hygiene and potable water supply to each household – are achieved, villages and villagers will be empowered.

“The most important unit of our country is a village. Our country will develop only when our villages are empowered. Arunachal’s identity is in our villages,” Khandu said.

Expressing concern over the migration of people from villages to urban towns and cities, Khandu said if this is not checked one by one the state’s villages will disappear and so would the distinct cultural identity of the state.

“We are committed to ensuring that all our villages are empowered with all facilities so that they continue to thrive,” he assured.

Khandu urged gram panchayat leaders, gaon buras and village elders to closely monitor all schemes and programs being implemented in their respective villages and ensure the quality of work and its timely completion.

He expressed happiness on knowing that Biru village, established 50 years ago, has preserved the rich cultural heritage of the Galo community. He commended that the entire village of 50-plus households is 100% followers of the indigenous Donyi Polo faith.

“Galos are the torchbearers of the state with perhaps the largest number of government employees. Other communities look up to you. You have the responsibility to lead from the front and set examples for others to follow,” he said.

On road connectivity, Khandu assured that all under-construction portions of the Trans Arunachal Highway in the district will be completed by next year. He informed that the target has been conveyed to the concerned department and contractors and that his office will be closely monitoring.

He also informed that the union ministry of road, transport and highways has approved the sanction of an additional 2500 km of highways for the state worth Rs 44000 crore.

Responding to a one-point memorandum submitted by the villagers, Khandu assured that funds for the construction of a village playground would be released within this financial year.

“I have already directed the RWD engineers to consult with the villagers, find a suitable location and submit a detailed project report to the CMO,” he revealed.

On a three-day visit to West Siang, the chief minister earlier in the day inaugurated the newly constructed building of the Aalo circuit House, the Golden Jubilee Gate of Biru village and the Taken Riba DBA indoor badminton stadium while declaring open the 9th Chief Minister’s Sub-Veteran and Veteran State Badminton Championship 2022 at Aalo.

He also inspected the under-construction outdoor sports stadium in the town, which was sanctioned in 2018. Khandu expressed disappointment over the pace of progress and instructed the executing agency and the contractor to complete the project by March 2023 by engaging more manpower and working 24×7.

Also present were textiles and handicrafts minister Tumke Bagra, MLAs Nyamar Karbak, Kento Jini, Gokar Basar and Kardo Nyigyor.

The chief minister will be visiting Kamba on Thursday.

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