APWWS wins Jan Bhagidari Award for best budget suggestion

Staff Reporter
ITANAGAR, Mar 12: The Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS) was declared winner of the ‘Jan Bhagidari Scheme’ under which suggestions were sought for the budget 2018-19 by the state government.
The organisation was felicitated by Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, here on Monday after the budget presentation.
The APWWS won the first place for constructive suggestions on gender empowerment. Its suggestion on need for establishment of destitute homes and enhancement of compensatory amount to rape survivors was considered very useful.
It had also highlighted the need to strengthen the state women’s commission.
The suggestions have taken the gender dimension to policy formulation through a consultative approach, read the citation.
Second place went to Jeta Riba for highlighting the challenges faced in the education sector, including construction of residential schools, strengthening infrastructure in rural areas, establishment of large number of institutes like Don Bosco, VKV and RK Mission.
There was a tie for third position between Malar Bui and the Arunachal Indigenous Tribes Forum (AITF).
Bui received accolades for suggesting reforms in health, horticulture, agriculture, etc. In the horticulture sector, he particularly advocated for kitchen garden to boost economy and promote good health.
He also strongly advocated for safe drinking water in the villages.
The AITF was felicitated for highlighting the importance of preserving tribal culture and language, and the need of institutionalising the preservation of tribal traditions in each district of the state.
It also suggested the need to encourage inter-tribe exchanges.
A total of 300 suggestions were received from the entire state making it the most interactive budget.