Arunachal Pradesh Deputy CM Chowna Mein during a meeting in Itanagar on Wednesday. Image: Northeast Now
Arunachal Pradesh Deputy CM Chowna Mein during a meeting in Itanagar on Wednesday. Image: Northeast Now

Arunachal Pradesh government has formed a state-level committee to look into the economic hardships faced by small traders and entrepreneurs following the lockdown.

The committee headed by the state’s principal secretary for finance would find out feasible solutions and policies to emerge out from the existing economic situation in conformity with the decisions of the central government if any.

This was informed by deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Wednesday.

He informed this during a meeting with the executive members of Arunachal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (ACC&I) and senior officers from the departments of planning and investment, finance and agriculture.

The meeting was convened to discuss and find out ways and means to tackle the situation emerged due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mein said the economy of small traders and the entrepreneurs of the state had been hit hard among other service sectors and some economic reforms have to be bought by utilization of technology and coming up with innovative ideas.

“Coronavirus is a disease which is going to stay with us for a long time and we must learn to live with it,” he said.

“We, however, we have to carry out our day-to-day activities amid the pandemic in order to thrive and move on so we must do so with certain restrictions and while maintaining social distancing and adhering to the guidelines of the government,” Mein added.

He also emphasized on giving optimum focus to agricultural and its allied activities so as to make food and vegetables amply available for the people.

He called for utilizing the vast land resources of the state to its fullest.

He also called for reviving the Arunachal Pradesh Marketing Corporation for marketing farmer’s produces and to regulate the flow of fruits and vegetables from other districts to the state’s capital.

DAMIEN LEPCHA

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