State Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Tapir Gao has welcomed passing of the Arunachal Pradesh Panchyati Raj Amendment Bill in the Assembly and congratulated Chief Minister Pema Khandu and Panchayati Raj Minister, Alo Libang for what he termed, a progressive step.
“This amendment was long overdue as per the population size of the state”, expressed Gao.
“Apart from improving efficiency of planning and implementation, restructuring of the Panchayat will also save lot of financial resource on honorarium which can be used for developmental purposes”, added Gao.
Annually, about Rs 5 crores was spent on honorarium for 1779 Anchal Samiti Members, which will be now available for developmental works at the Gram Panchayat level.
With the amendment, the structure of the Panchayat in the state will be two tier, which is in line with the provision of Article 243(B) sub clause (2) of Constitution.
“It will lead to all inclusive growth and transformational change in the rural sector”, he added.
It must be mention here that the state has a long history of Panchayat Raj system initially under NEFA Panchayat Raj Act, 1967 ( Daying Ering Committee) followed by Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Act, 1997, adding that since the assent of the President of India to the Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Raj (APPR) Act, 1997 in 2001, the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions have been constituted thrice in 2003, 2008 and 2013.