Kundra calls for exploring state’s riverine resources

ITANAGAR, Feb 6: Development Commissioner Ashish Kundra stressed the need for exploring the vast riverine resources of the state, both for irrigation and hydropower sectors.
Addressing the first day of the two-day pre-conclave consultative meeting with experts and government officials at the conference hall of the state legislative assembly here on Tuesday, Kundra sought “effective and implementable solutions” from them to overcome constraints in the identified sectors.
A conclave is being organized in April this year to chalk out perspective planning for resurgence of the state’s agriculture and allied sectors.
Highlighting the various issues concerning agriculture and allied sectors in the state, he said Arunachal Pradesh is still lagging behind the rest of the Northeastern states in agriculture and horticulture production despite being the only state in the country to have four agro-climatic zones.
He sought suggestions and inputs relating to the sector from the experts for inclusion in the upcoming budget.
NABARD OIC GM, Dr Gyanendra Mani explained the purpose of holding the pre-conclave consultation.
He outlined the structure of the discussion between participating departments as well as the experts in order to get clarity on the sub-themes and the components of the excepted policy papers to be contributed by the experts during the proposed conclave, which is scheduled to be held in the second fortnight of April.
Later, the sub-committee of experts dwelt on the various aspects of the breakaway themes in brainstorming sessions with state government departments.
The sector-wise pre-conclave discussions were chaired by Animal Husbandry Commissioner GS Meena, Fisheries Commissioner Dr M Surya Prakash, Agriculture Secretary YW Ringu, and Horticulture Secretary Mimum Tayeng.