Niti Aayog: Connectivity hampering development of Arunachal

SansadTV Bureau

Niti AayogNiti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has said that the lack of connectivity within Arunachal Pradesh was critically hampering the development of the state. He has urged the state to work on it with a proper vision and plan.

“I believe robust connectivity will solve all issues of the state and therefore, the state government with all its machinery, has to singularly focus on this issue together with Niti Aayog for a road forward,” Kumar said.

He asked the state government to constitute a Task Force and evolve a white paper on how to go about dealing with the “constraint” in a time bound manner. He advised that the white paper or action plan be based on the Prime Minister’s New India Mission 2022 program.

You need to have a clear-cut vision document and a time bound action plan. We at Niti Aayog will bring all relevant ministries on the table and make a roadmap for Arunachal Pradesh in this direction. Everything will follow once the issue of connectivity is resolved, Kumar added.

You can call it as New Arunachal Mission 2022 that will give a concrete road map and its implementation in a time bound manner. This will sync with the Prime Minister’s vision for a new India by 2022 when development will take the shape of a mass movement and not remain confined to elites or governments, Kumar explained.

Kumar’s statement came after he held a meeting with the Chief Minister, Council of Ministers and top state government officials headed by the Chief Secretary.

Jitendra Kumar, Niti Aayog’s adviser for North East region had also accompanied Kumar during the visit.

Kumar appreciated Chief Minister Pema Khandu’s proposal to host a regional conference of the Niti Aayog to be attended by all the North Eastern states,.

The meeting was also attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, Power Minister Tamiyo Taga, Education Minister Honchun Ngandam, Civil Supplies Minister Kamlung Mossang, Urban Development Minister Nabam Rebia, PHE&WS Minister Bamang Felix and Advisor to CM Tai Tagak, the release added.

(With inputs from PTI)