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
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
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.