ITANAGAR, June 25 � The Arunachal Cabinet has given the go-ahead signal for the launch of �State Soil Health Mission� � a scheme that envisages transforming Arunachal Pradesh into a cent per cent organic State.
The programme intends proper documentation of soil health and preparation of soil map, besides distribution of �soil health cards� to the farmers so that they are guided for scientific nutrients management.
The programme shall also check overuse or no use of fertilisers and its adverse effect and help in increase of crop production through its sustainable soil management paving way for organic farming.
In another major policy decision, government has initiated steps to strengthen the urban local self-government by transferring powers to enhance revenue base of Urban Local Bodies (ULBs).
Accordingly, the Cabinet in its recent sitting okayed the initiative to authorise ULBs to collect taxes, user charges, and levy fees and fines as per provisions of the Arunachal Pradesh Municipal Act 2007.
Two Municipal Councils of Itanagar and Pasighat shall now enjoy the powers to levy tax on parking of vehicles, user charges on solid waste management, stacking of materials on public street, tax on advertisements, other taxes on entertainment, tax on tourist congregations, tax on heavy truck and buses, permission to grant licences to use premises for non-residential purposes and to collect licence fee.
Taking into consideration the State�s vast potential in terms of aromatic and medicinal plants, the Cabinet adopted the �Arunachal Pradesh Medicinal and Aromatic Plants Policy 2015�. Through this policy, government will extensively exploit the rich aromatic and medicinal plants potential for economic sustainability, according to a statement here by government spokesperson Bamang Felix.