Itanagar, Jul 6 UNI | 20 days ago

Arunachal Pradesh state BJP unit would play a crucial role being the lone opposition party in the greater welfare of people besides evolving a mechanism to tackle corruption reported in various central sponsored schemes (CSS's) in the state, said Union MoS (Home Affairs) Kiren Rijiju.

'Funds of CSSs are either siphoned off or diverted for other purposes in violation of the guidelines. Many important projects are held up because of such practices. I as a minister will be very particular in preventing misuse of funds assured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the welfare of the people,' Rijiju, flanked by state BJP president Tai Tagak, Opposition leader Tamiyo Taga, party legislators and leaders amidst a party meeting, told media persons at Hotel Donyi-Polo Ashok here yesterday.

The Centre-state relation despite conflict of interest at times is a constitutional provision as India is a federal state, he said, adding that the nation can develop only if the states and union territories develop.

Taking a dig at the state's reported poor fiscal health, he said the financial position may not be in crisis, however is not comfortable either. He suggested that prudent fiscal management and sound fiscal policy could tide over the situation and hoped that the GoAP would go for austerity measures to improve the fiscal health.

Expressing concern at the rising discontentment among various sections of the society because of misgovernance that has turned Arunachal into a land of unions and associations, Rijiju said, 'these NGOs under the impression of fighting for the cause of the people resort to bandh culture as democratic means of protest. There is no All Punjab Kerala Students' Union or All Kerala Students' Union or All Maharashtra or All Punjab Students' Union, unlike in the NE region including Assam since their birth in 1960. The agitators and the GoAP should find out an acceptable solution instead of harassing the masses.'

Admitting the high expectations of the civil society, particularly the youth, Rijiju said he was aware of his massive responsibility and sought whole hearted support of the GoAP, the civil society, the BJP and the media in achieving the goal.

He responded to a volley of questions covering the interstate boundary problem in Taraso area yesterday,emphasizing on the identification of illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and making the IMDT Tribunal functional for which Rs 140 crore has been released, however exercised caution in taking account of the cultivation of narcotic products which he said has to be looked into carefully being linked to the livelihood of the masses for which alternative has to be put in place.

(Posted on 06-07-2014)