Nabam Tuki meets PCI and FCI officials
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Last Updated: Friday, January 06, 2012, 15:12
  
Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Nabam Tuki has expressed concern over the shortage of food supply through the Public Distribution System (PDS) and appealed to the Planning Commission to relax its strict guidelines while approving development projects and proposals for the state.

The Chief Minister held separate meetings with officials of the Planning Commission of India (PCI) and the Food Corporation of India (FCI) yesterday.

Dr Saumitra Chaudhuri, PCI member accompanied by Adviser (NE) S N Borhmo Choudhury, who are on a 3-day visit to the state, called on the Chief Minister first and had an informal interaction with him last evening.

Tuki hoped that the planners would show leniency with regard to the Commission’s strict guidelines while approving projects and proposals for development of the state.

Tuki suggested that a separate work calendar be chalked out for Arunachal Pradesh based on its geography and climatic conditions so that the rural populace does not suffer during lean months of the year.

Touching upon the food shortage issue, he drew attention of the Member towards the complete dependency of the people on the Public Distribution System (PDS).

He was also particular about the slow progress in implementation of projects, including those under the PM Package, in the state directly under the supervision of Central Government and its agencies.

Pointing out that construction of the Trans-Arunachal Highway was progressing much below the satisfactory pace, Tuki urged the Commission member to use his good office to impress upon the BRO to speed up the process especially in the light of the state’s strategic importance.

As many as 30 circle headquarters across the state are yet to be connected by road, owing to which people are migrating to towns and cities in large scale", he said.

"If we do not attend to it, there would be no population left in the remote and border areas that may result in a security threat,” he added.

Dr Choudhury agreed that streamlining of the whole implementation process was the need of the hour.

He said the Commission was working on a strategy that would invite suggestions and proposals from each state that would be accumulated into a master plan to cater to state-specific needs.

The PCI officials would be holding meetings at Pasighat, Kibithu, Tezu and Vijayanagar in the next two days. They visited Ziro on way from Guwahati to Itanagar.

In a separate meeting with K C Yadav, Under Secretary, Union Ministry of Food & Civil Supplies and FCI Deputy General Managers Jagdish Kumar and S K Saheb, Tuki called for timely and regular supply of foodgrains to the base depots located in the state.

He also requested supply of sufficient foodgrains and keeping of buffer stocks for the lean months.

We cannot compromise with food security, he said while citing various reports of food scarcity appearing in the media and the criticism faced by the government.

When FCI is solely a central government agency, we have no control over it. But when it fails to deliver, the state government has to face the ire of the people, Tuki said.

While assuring smooth delivery of foodgrains to the base depots from the ensuing month, the FCI officials said the problem was due to disruption in rail communications due to gauge conversion works, sources said.

PTI


First Published: Friday, January 06, 2012, 15:12


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