Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on February 18 inaugurated the state level workshop on Pre-Panchayat Election Awareness Campaign on the topic ‘Leadership Incubation through Panchayati Raj System’, being conducted for government officials from across the state at the State Legislative Assembly in Itanagar.
Speaking on the occasion, Khandu informed that the pending elections to the local bodies would be held soon for which the State Election Commission is working overtime and urged the officials, who would be directly involved, to equip themselves with the process minutely for its successful conduction.
He said that as the erstwhile three-tier system of the Panchayati Raj has been changed to a two-tier system, officials conducting the election for the first time need to have detailed knowledge of the system so that they can go back to their respective places of duty and aware the villagers.
“Elections will be conducted for only Gram Sabha and Zilla Parishad. Therefore, it is mandatory that our officials are well equipped with the system and the process,” he said.
Khandu asserted that the change was long pending and inevitable after Arunachal Pradesh became a full-fledged state in 1987.
He requested the officials to create awareness on the importance of local bodies so that villagers have a clear mindset about whom to elect as their representatives. He expressed optimism that deserving candidates would become members for a robust PR system and all-round development of rural areas of the state.
Khandu also informed that an all-party legislative meet has been convened for February 19 that will discuss on whether to conduct this election based on party or not.
“Our vision is clear. We need to have the most deserving persons in our PR system, irrespective of which party he or she belongs to,” the chief minister said.