Arunachal govt invites e-suggestions for budget; prize money for best ones

Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu on Friday appealed the people to submit their valuable suggestions for budget preparation via online through a website

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Speaking at the first Mega Ali-Aye Ligang festival at Mebo near Pasighat, Khandu informed that the state government has kept prize money for the best suggestions. He also informed that consultation with all community-based organizations and other stakeholders would also be taken before finalizing the budget.

Khandu, along with deputy chief minister Chowna Mein, parliamentary secretaries Gum Tayeng, Kaling Moyong, Olom Panyang and MLA Kento Rina and Lombo Tayeng, attended the first Mega Ali-Aye Ligang festival celebrated jointly by the Mising and Adi community at Bakkul under Mebo sub-division.

Hailing the unity between Mising and Adi community, Khandu said that such bonding will help improve relation between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Khandu appealed both the community to preserve the culture in its true form and urged them to prevent its dilution from onslaught of modernity.

Responding to a memorandum submitted by Adi Mising Baane Kebang, the chief minister announced to declare Ali Aye Ligang as local holiday from next year wherever Mising and Adi population are settled.

For the development of local tourism, the chief minister assured that plans will be worked out on how to promote the Daying Ering Wildlife Sanctuary for tourism purposes.

He said under his initiative, budget allocation for tourism has been raised to Rs 70 crore during the previous financial year from mere Rs 16 crore, which was the allocation when he was the tourism minister. In the current financial year, it has been raised to Rs 100 crore and will see more increase in allocation in the next financial year, he added.

The chief minister further informed that focus area of this year’s budget will be mainly on health, education, agriculture, tourism, skill development, entrepreneurship besides various new schemes to be announced for youth empowerment.

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