Namsai: Deputy Prime Minister Chowna Mein said on Thursday that Arunachal Pradesh is witnessing unprecedented growth and progress under the dual-powered government led by Chief Minister Pema Khandu in the state and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Centre.
“Arunachal’s capital expenditure share has remained consistently above the national average, and is the highest in the North East region. It shows that we are investing more in capital infrastructure which, in other words, indicates that more development is taking place in the state,” Mein said.
Mein, who was addressing the Ambedkar Jayanti celebrations at the Multipurpose Cultural Hall here, said Arunachal is progressing in harmony with nature and culture after which it has become one of the most biodiversity hotspots. important in the country.
“The state government is working tirelessly and consistently to develop health, education, skills development, women’s empowerment and self-help groups. This, in turn, concretized Prime Minister Modi’s belief that North East India will be the engine of India’s development,” Mein said.
Mein further said that Arunachal’s budget this year is full of reforms and the government has also crossed the Rs 25,000 crore mark for the first time in terms of Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP).
Our GSDP for 2022-23 is at a conservative figure of Rs 29,732 crore. But we are confident that we will hit the Rs 30,000 crore mark in the coming years, he said.
Mein also said that the share of central taxes as per the Union Budget 2021-22 was estimated at Rs 11,693.94 crore and the same was eventually increased to Rs 14,644.00 crore in 2021-22, 25% more than the budget estimate.
Speaking on prudent financial management, Mein said Arunachal has not even once defaulted on its liabilities such as loan repayments, sinking fund contributions, regular salary payments, etc. . despite the general economic downturn and a huge reduction in available resources following the covid19 pandemic.
The Arunachal government has instead started giving an advance on centrally sponsored schemes and committed liabilities like wages and salaries, and an advance of Rs 485 crore was released in the last financial year to ensure disbursement in a timely manner of the same, he informed.
Mein said that 2022-2023 has been declared as the “e-governance year” by the state government, and 22 new projects will be taken up under the same.
“It will be a major step towards good governance,” he said.
Mein said that to address the problem of unemployment in the state, the Arunachal Pradesh Innovation and Investment Promotion Park was established, and it is a major platform where young entrepreneurs will be incubated and will make job givers rather than job seekers.
Arunachal Pradesh’s start-up policy is also in the works which will support enterprising young minds, he said.
For the education sector, Mein informed that the Golden Jubilee Model School Program will be implemented in a convergence model through which 50 schools with an investment of Rs 500 crore will be developed in the state.
Regarding the preservation of indigenous culture and faith, Mein said that the state government has allocated Rs 31 crore in this year’s budget for various programs related to it.
Mein said Arunachal Pradesh has taken a historic and important step with the adoption of the “Pakke Declaration” aimed at developing the climate resilient state.
“The government will do its best to protect people from the challenges of climate change and their impact on biodiversity,” he said.
The Pakke Declaration is an initiative by the Government of Arunachal to tackle climate change and achieve the goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2047.
To encourage young people and give them a proper platform to develop their talents, Mein said the government will introduce the “Achievers Award” through which the best in the fields of music, arts, sports and literature will be celebrated.
Mein also thanked the BJP karyakartas for their “hard work and tireless efforts to strengthen the party and for their contribution to nation building”.
He called on the karyakartas to work with dedication to support the development journey of the state, reach out to people at the local level and highlight the achievements of the government.
Earlier, while recalling Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s contribution to the nation, the Deputy Chief Minister said that the polymath remains a symbol of equality and a forerunner of human rights.
“Dr. Ambedkar’s works and ideas continue to influence the masses even to this day,” Mein said.
Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom also spoke on this occasion.
Mein also participated in the Sangken celebrations at the Kongmukham (Golden Pagoda) in Tengapani that day, while Namchoom participated in the festival at the Pariyatti Sasana Buddha Vihara.
The Sangken festival is celebrated from April 14 to 16 in Arunachal as the traditional New Year’s Day by Theravada Buddhist communities.
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