The Arunachal Pradesh Governor BD Mishra convened a meeting of senior officers of Rural Development, Environment and Forests and Planning Departments at the Raj Bhavan, Itanagar on Saturday where he asked the officers to maintain punctuality and meet the common people who visit their offices.
In the meeting, they discussed various issues including livelihood programmes, catchment area treatment, bamboo development, doubling of farmers’ income and road connectivity for the State, which will be taken up by the Governor in the 67th Plenary of North Eastern Council (NEC).
The Governor emphasised that all the Central and State programmes must be implemented in letter and spirit. There must be proper monitoring of all the NEC schemes. “Challenges in the implementation of the development programmes must be addressed at the earliest. All efforts should be made to ensure that the benefits of welfare programmes reach the targeted population,” the Governor said.
In the meeting, the Governor urged upon the officers to maintain punctuality and meet the common visitors to their respective offices to ameliorate their difficulties. The Governor also advised them to promote and propagate the mission of Swachh Bharat.
The Arunachal Governor advised the officers to explore ways and means to double the income of the farmers by addressing the challenges in transportation, preservation and marketing of their products. Arunachal Pradesh has the highest number of species of bamboos.
While 32 species are cultivated by the farmers, 44 are naturally grown species in the State, said the Governor adding that he would propose for opening of a Research-cum-Development Institute, to be set up in Arunachal Pradesh to boost bamboo cultivation.
Earlier, the officers briefed the Governor on the issues related to their departments for discussion in the ensuing plenary of North Eastern Council (NEC).