ITANAGAR, May 06: Chief Minister Pema Khandu has directed all ministers in charge of various departments to devise and furnish by May 10 a comprehensive action plan for compilation and onward submission to the PMO and NITI Aayog, which is required for monitoring at their end.
In separate letters to each minister and parliamentary secretary, Khandu said that the status of implementation and related issues of all centrally sponsored schemes as well as prominent projects of the state were discussed in NITI Aayog’s Governing Council meeting in New Delhi on April 23. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chaired the meeting, a CMO report said.
Khandu said the prime minister firmly sought implementation of all schemes/issues as per the timeline and target fixed.
Quoting the prime minister, he said: “States are the most important constituents of Team India and the nation can progress only when the states progress.”
“For successful implementation of all the schemes of your departments on time, a comprehensive action plan may be drawn by indicating targets, timelines and the expected outcomes of both the CSS and state sector schemes,” Khandu wrote.
Following are some of the schemes/programmes the chief minister emphasised:
Digital payment: State should work on digital payment mission under which all the government/semi-government offices/state PSUs/autonomous bodies should receive payment on digital platform.
Aadhaar and Direct Benefits Transfers (DBT): Aadhaar saturation in the state is only 65%. Efforts should be made to make it more than 90% in next few months. The state should actively use Aadhaar as an identifier for providing services and DBT under different schemes.
Swachh Bharat: The state should put effort in completing all 29 ULBs open defecation free by October 2, 2019.
Swachh Bharat (Gramin): In Arunachal Pradesh only 1,804 villages (32%) out of 5,530 villages are declared open defecation free. The state should put efforts under Swachh Bharat (Gramin) scheme to ensure 100% defecation free villages by 2019.
Prime Minister Awas Yojana (Urban): Under PMAY (Urban) only 21.6% demand has been taken up. State government is required to send proposal for at least 5,000 to saturate the demand for houses during 2017-18. State should also expedite completion of sanctioned houses.
Railways: The state should expedite land acquisition of 163 hectare for 23.55 km of Murkongselek– Pasighat new rail line.
Street Lighting National Programme: The programme envisages replacing conventional street lights with smart and energy efficient street lights by March 2019.
Status of village electrification: Number of un-electrified villages as on March 31, 2015 was 1,578. Electrification of villages (1,229 as on April 20 this year) is to be completed as per target date.
Employment generation: State needs to focus on skill development programmes, labour reforms and other activities to boost employment generation. Submit proposals timely under Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana, encourage youth to participate in National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme wherein 25% of the prescribed stipend subject to a maximum of Rs.1,500 per candidate per month is reimbursed to the employer by the Centre. Make best utilisation of Pradhan Mantri Rojgar Protsahan Yojana, wherein the Centre pays 8.33% EPF contribution for the new employment for three years (12% for textile sector).
Labour reforms: State to reduce number of registers and forms to be maintained under various labour laws and digitise on Shram Suvidha Portal, adopt Model Shops and Establishment Bill, 2016, and provide women workers in night shift with adequate safety provisions.
Utilisation of construction workers cess: The Centre has been urging states from time to time for proper utilisation of state collection as per the provisions of the Act of 1996, for the welfare and uplift of construction workers.
Education: For a transparent transfer policy for teachers using IT, the state may like to learn from Haryana and implement a system. State to ensure Aadhaar enrolment of 100% students in schools by June 2017.
Soil Health Card: Arunachal Pradesh needs to improve collection of soil samples, sample testing and distribution of Soil Health Cards.
E-NAM: e-NAM projects need to be pushed so that farmers are able to get proper price for their produce. State needs to undertake three reforms for e-NAM – e-trading, single point levy of market fee across the state and single trading license across the state.
Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana: State to notify the scheme digitally on Crop Insurance Portal, adopt Crop Cutting Experiments (CCE) Agri App/smart phones, which are mandatory and coordinate with insurance companies to ensure their presence at CCE locations. This will ensure quick settlement of claims. The state will also ensure adequate provisioning of budget and timely release of states share of premium
subsidy, publicity and awareness campaigns and use of Common Service Centres for enrolling non-loanee farmers.
Agriculture market reforms: State needs to focus on setting up of markets in private sector, direct marketing (direct purchase of produce from farmers by processors/exporters/bulk buyer, etc., outside the market yard), farmer-consumer market (direct sale by farmers to consumers) to be set up by a person other than a market committee, and contract farming, the report added.