Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu launched a projects monitoring dashboard which will monitor development projects through the use of satellite and geo-tagging the same in the state.

Arunachal Pradesh Monitoring Dashboard, which is an automated centralized web-based application to aid the process of monitoring of all developmental projects, was launched as a part of the government’s initiative to speed up development in the Northeast state.

Khandu also launched the Arunachal Rising campaign which is aimed to enhance the dissemination of government schemes at the grassroots level using print, electronic and social media. The objective of the campaign would be to highlight positive work of the government, improve transparency and improve feedback system in the government.

Khandu on June 8 chaired the inaugural session of the 2-day annual workshop on Annual Development Agenda 2018-19 attended by ministers, parliamentary secretaries, MLAs, commissioners, deputy commissioners, secretaries and other top officials from the state government.

The chief minister in his address said that for the first time an inclusive review exercise is being undertaken and roadmap chalked out for ensuring that all announcements made in the budget are executed and finished, in entirety, within the stipulated time frame during this financial year.

He said the objective of the workshop is also to strengthen the feedback system involving deputy commissioners and the departments to sort out issues hindering the smooth implementation of schemes and projects at the field level.

The chief minister said through such exercises the institution of deputy commissioners will be strengthened and decision making at grassroots level will be empowered, a planning system that was prevalent when Arunachal was a union territory. He hoped to see that the old grassroots level of planning system of union territory days is restored in due course of time expressing concern over the present planning process of taking decisions at the top level, which if allowed to continue will jeopardise the whole system.

Khandu said deputy commissioners have been delegated with maximum power and responsibilities for making the decentralised planning process a success story.

Emphasising on the leadership role that a deputy commissioner could undertake, Khandu recalled the services of few officers who went out of their way trying to bring changes in people’s lives. Deputy Commissioner Neerunanda posted in Tawang in 1970s took the first initiative to build the existing Tawang-Lumla road purely out of donations from the public. Khandu also cited example of Armstrong Pame, an IAS officer from Manipur who made similar venture and expressed that he wishes to see similar leadership attitude in other officers too.

Khandu informed that the effort of the state government to have separate civil service cadre for Arunachal under UPSC could become a possibility. He said the matter is being talked at the political level in the centre and may materialise after the 2019 elections.

Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein in his speech called upon all to ensure that the initiatives taken by the government reach to the last mile of the society and called to work in a coordinated manner to ensure that the new schemes are implemented well on the ground.

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