Bamang Felix
Bamang Felix. Photo credit - Northeast Now

Bamang Felix held a review meeting with the officers and officials of Rural Works Department (RWD) on his maiden visit to Lower Subansiri district after taking over as RWD Minister of Arunachal Pradesh on Wednesday.

“The RWD has the major responsibility of providing road connectivity to the persons at the last mile. You as officials of this department should take solace in the fact that you are able to mitigate the communication issues of the common, rural and under privileged people. The roads and the bridges that you build in difficult rural terrains will always be a part of your credentials,” said Felix while exhorting the engineers to work with a missionary zeal and imbibe a solid team spirit.

“As engineers of a very important department, you should be able to identify crucial roads and prepare projects DPRs after personally verifying the ground realities. There should be no compromise on the quality of the infrastructures,” Felix, who is also the IPR and Printing Minister, further advised and suggested for using GEO-CAMs and other latest software applications to get the exact positions and also to avoid duplicacies.

“All the completed projects should be formally inaugurated and the reports should be dully endorsed to the central government on the ministry’s website portal. Let us all work together to make this division as the best in the State,” Felix further added.

The minister also informed that the present government is trying to work out a module under Chief Ministers Rural Road programme to provide road connectivity to all smaller, less populated villages that do not meet the criteria under Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).

“The vision of our Government to provide road connectivity to all the villages by 2022 can only be fulfilled with the help of our engineers who will be assisting us in identifying rural villages outside the PMGSY ambit,” he said.

He further directed executive engineer Toko Ottu to hold review meetings every fortnight in the sub-divisions and monthly review meetings at the circle level to assess the progress of the projects.

The minister also assured of looking into the problems of the officials like vehicles and accommodation issues.

Among others, the meeting was also attended by Yachuli ADC, JT Obi.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: lepcharaul@gmail.com

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