I wish to draw the attention of authorities towards conundrum in allocation of Namsai district as the most underdeveloped district of Arunachal Pradesh. I feel that with this step the state authorities are debarring the actual deserving districts of our state, which needs the proper caring, and attention.
The article “give equal chance to every district” (National page, September 12) in your daily took the words right out of my mouth.
The transformation of Aspirational districts programme launched by the Hon’ble prime minister in January 2018 envisages to quickly and effectively transform some of the most underdeveloped districts of the country.
A total of 115 districts were selected from all over India by the senior officials of the government of India in consultation with the state officials on the basis of the composite index of the following: deprivation enumerated under the Socio-Economic Caste Census, key health and education performance indicators and the state of basic infrastructure. A minimum of one district was chosen from every State.
Now with the inclusion of newly created Namsai district in the list of underdeveloped districts in the country, one can debate about this fact. It would be disingenuous of me to say that the district is one of the most underdeveloped districts when compared to the other districts of our state. The district has robust connectivity with outside world owing to its world class highways whereas some districts doesn’t even have a concrete road or least a motorable road in some places of it, several Government and private educational institutions were established in the district in these past few years whereas some districts are yet to have a proper working government primary school. In terms of telecom communication, the district has far better connectivity than the other interior districts. Also, the district has garnered the good influx of tourists both from national and international level owing to its Golden pagoda (Kongmu Kham) at the Noi cheynam, Tengapani whereas in some other districts very paltry numbers of denizens are witnessed because the district is so underdeveloped that nobody wants to be there.
There is no doubt that the Namsai district deserves care and attention from the state authorities but there are still many other backward districts in our state which are in more dilapidated condition which needs forthwith care and attention of state authorities. They also equally deserve to be declared as aspirational district. Therefore in coming days while selecting aspirational district, the state authorities without ostracizing, should be well prudent enough to select deserving district under the transforming aspirational district programme.
Otherwise the sole motive of the buzzing SabkaSaath, SabkaVikas would be infructuous.