Arunachal committed to implement financial inclusion & DBT: CM

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 22, 2016 23:00 hrs

Itanagar, Dec 22 (IANS) Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Thursday said that his government is fully committed to implement financial inclusion and Direct Benefit Transfer in letter and spirit.

During his meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi, Khandu also sought the central government's support by means of a special programme of banking the unbanked in the state.

"The Chief Minister further assured full support of the state government in the implementation of GST, which he said is a pathbreaking initiative taken by the central government," said an official statement here.

Khandu also reiterated that the support shown by the Narendra Modi government in building connectivity in the state would go a long way in successful rollout of GST.

Appraising Jaitley about state finances, Khandu said that his government "has inherited a very difficult financial scenario due to host of reasons. A ballooning past liability has been drastically reduced by my government by taking many hard measures. You will appreciate that this has however impacted development in important socio and economic sectors".

Informing the Finance Minister that Arunachal Pradesh has suffered the most on account of delinking of certain central-supported schemes with an overall liability of Rs 936.66 crore, Khandu said: "Some very important infrastructural projects like multipurpose sports stadiums, district secretariats, cement concrete Roads, and convention centre remain incomplete as a consequence."

However, Khandu lauded the Modi government for planning a whopping Rs 4,387.44 crore project for upgrading the infrastructural facilities in all the villages situated between 0-50 Km from the international border and is in advanced stage of consultation with all the nodal ministries of the central government.