ITANAGAR, Sept 14 � Arunachal has been chosen for a national award for devolution of powers to the three-tier Panchayati Raj system under the Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashastikaran Abhiyan (RGPSA) for the years 2013 and 2014.
The Union Ministry of Panchayat Raj, RGPSA division announced the award amounting to Rs 1 crore each for five States, namely, Maharashtra (first), Kerala (second), Karnataka (third), Andhra Pradesh (fourth) and Arunachal (fifth), an official release said.
The process of devolution of powers to panchayats was initiated by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki in February 2013 by delegating functions of 25 of the 29 departments to the panchayats.
�This is in tune with the party�s commitment to the masses to fulfil former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi�s dream to hand over power to the people for self-governance and speedy development,� APCC president Padi Richo said, adding this is the beginning and many more promises made would be fulfilled accordingly.
Arunchal Pradesh Panchayati Raj Coordination Committee Secretary General Sangha Tagik lauded the CM for his initiative. � PTI