ITANAGAR, Aug 4 - In a major policy decision, the Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to constitute a State Development Council replacing the existing State Planning Board.
�In a Cabinet meeting, chaired by Chief Minister Nabam Tuki, it was approved that the State Planning Board (SPB) which used to approve the Annual Operating Plan (AOP) of the State government would be replaced with the State Development Council (SDC), which would be chaired by the Chief Minister with the council of ministers being its members,� government spokesperson Bamang Felix said in a press statement here.
Moreover, the Chief Secretary and the Development Commissioner, Planning & Finance would be permanent invitees of the Council. The Chairman of SDC may invite in writing any other government official, eminent personalities working on a specialized field/profession or any subject specialist in the meeting of the Council, if necessary. The SDC will be assisted by the Planning Department.
�The main functions of the State Development Council shall be to approve the State Annual Development Agenda (SADA) to be prepared by the Planning Department; and the Chairman of SDC shall hold sectoral meetings for finalization of the Sectoral Annual Development Agenda,� informed Felix.