Arunachal seeks PRIs Act amendment to 2-tier

ITANAGAR, Feb 22: The state government has decided to amend the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997 (Act No. 5 of 2001) to make it a two-tier Panchayati Raj system- Gram Panchayat and Zilla Parishad and doing away with the Anchal Samiti to expedite planning process, quicken decision making and fast track development .
This decision was taken at a cabinet meeting held on Thursday, and the amendment bill will be placed in the ensuing budget session.
The State Cabinet also approved the Arunachal Pradesh Money Lending (Regulation) Bill, 2018 to be tabled in the ensuing budget session starting 9 March this year.
This bill was necessitated for the rampant unregulated money lending system presently prevalent in the state which rendered people vulnerable at the hands of money lenders.
The new Act, when passed on the floor of the Assembly, shall contain 55 clauses which will define regulatory framework around money lending with penal provisions.
Council of ministers further approved bringing out a clear-cut land ownership right in lieu of the existing Land Possession Certificate (LPC) system under the Arunachal Pradesh Land Settlement and Record Act, 2000.
The amendment bill will be tabled in the ensuing budget session.
The amendment in the Act will provide ownership rights to the LPC holders.
“Apart from benefiting the people by ease of doing business, the amended act will encourage investments from outside the state. It will also help people to seek loans from the banks by mortgaging their land. It also seeks to enhance the period of lease of private land,” read a message.
The council of ministers also approved for release of salary and wages of all regular and contingency employees through the Public Financial Management System (PFMS) platform. All salary payments will be made only in Aadhaar linked bank accounts from the next financial year.
The Arunachal Pradesh Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was also adopted and will be placed in the ensuing Assembly Session.