Union Panchayati Raj Minister Narendra Singh Tomar has assured to strengthen the three-tier Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) in Arunachal Pradesh. Tomar’s assurances came when a delegation of All Arunachal Pradesh Panchayati Parishad (AAPPP) led by its secretary general Sangha Tagik called on him at New Delhi on Tuesday and apprised him about the dismal affairs of PRIs in the state.
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Tomar was shocked to known that though district planning committee (DPC) was constituted on December 04, 2006 to decentralise planning in all districts but presently they were headed by deputy commissioners, instead of Zilla Parishad chairpersons. He immediately asked the panchayat secretary Jitendra Shankar Mathur to take up the issue with the state government to transfer the DPC chairmanship to Zilla Parishad chairperson nforthwith as it had violated Article 243ZD of Constitution, an official release said here on Wednesday.
Tagik, in a memorandum, on behalf of state’s 9,372 elected PRI leaders, urged the union minister to sanction Rs 200 crore for setting up of a tribal skill development and capacity building centre to hone the skills of the indigenous tribal people of the state to tap the vast natural resources to join nation building mission.