Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh, Pema Khandu attending a meeting of the All Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah Welfare Association at the Upper Dobam Village Credit: EastMojo image

Itanagar: In a bid to strengthen the institution of ‘gaon burahs’ (GBs), the village authority, Arunachal Pradesh CM Pema Khandu announced a slew of measures while attending a meeting of the All Arunachal Pradesh Gaon Burah Welfare Association at the Upper Dobam Village on Friday.

Khandu announced a hike in the monthly honorarium of gaon burahs from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,500 and a similar raise for the head ‘gaon burahs’ from Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000. A notification for the same had already been released on Thursday.

Besides the hike in monthly honorarium, Khandu also made it mandatory to invite all ‘gaon burahs’ to every development meeting organised by the government offices. He said this will enable them to be part of the decision-making process.

On death benefits, the CM announced that in case of an accidental death, the immediate kith and kin of the deceased ‘gaon burah’ will receive Rs 6 lakh and Rs 2 lakh on natural death. He also announced that every Gaon Burah will be insured under the PM Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana to avail these benefits.

Apart from the monetary sops, Khandu also promised an office cum guest house for the village heads in every district of the state.

And, taking care of the expenses of a gaon burha on the ‘red coat’, which is his official costume, Khandu ensured the disbursal of Rs 2,000 every two years for its purchase. “The institution of gaon burahs cannot be compared with other institutions as it occupies respectable position in the society. They have an important role to play in bringing peace and harmony in the society. Through their wisdom and knowledge they are adapt at resolving conflicts at local level thus giving great assistance to the government in administering the area,” Khandu said.

He also announced a two-tier Panchayati Raj system in the state, which will enable the gaon burhas to have a greater say in the matter of local development.

“Gaon burhas will be given orientation training to make them more aware about their roles and responsibilities,” he said.

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