Govt reiterates commitment to devolve powers to PRIs

ITANAGAR, 20 Jul: The state government on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to devolve powers to the panchayati raj institutions (PRI) in “real terms.”

An empowered committee headed by the chief secretary is working on devolving proper and workable powers to the PRIs to ensure their active participation in all governmental schemes, RD&PR Minister Bamang Felix said during a virtual meeting with the ZPCs and the district panchayat development officers (DPDO) on Tuesday.

Felix directed the DPDOs to expedite all the time-bound works of the panchayati raj ministry, such as formulation of a model panchayat citizen charter, uploading of Covid-19-related information to the Covid dashboard, and completion of the registration process on the eGramSwaraj portal.

Informing about various schemes undertaken by the panchayati raj department, the minister urged the PRI leaders to “work with a holistic approach to uplift the rural populations.”

RD&PR Secretary Amarnath Talwade said that steps are being taken by the department to strengthen the PRIs. “The welfare of the PRIs would be taken care of,” he assured the ZPCs.

The ZPCs of West Siang, Tawang, Tirap, West Kameng and Kamle districts requested for some amendments in the funding pattern of the 15th FC grants, owing to practical problems in the implementation of cluster farming at the ground level.

Panchayati Raj Director Tamune Miso, Rural Development Director Kego Jilen, Arunachal State Rural Livelihood Mission CEO Solung Miji and SIRD&PR Director Habung Lampung joined the minister in the virtual meeting.