ITANAGAR, Oct 16 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Friday announced that the second instalment of Fourteenth Finance Commission (FFC) grant for the year 2015-16 will be released immediately to Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRIs) but called for judicious and planned expenditure and timely submission of utilisation certificates (UCs).
The State has received Rs 88 crore in the first year of FFC (2015-16) of which the State Government had released Rs 44 crore as first instalment to the PRIs. Addressing the members of three-tier PR bodies � Zilla Parishads, Anchal Samitis and Gram Panchayats from across the State at IG Park here on Thursday during the inaugural function of a State level sensitisation workshop on FC grants for PRIs, Khandu assured that the State Government will not keep pending the release of fund for Centrally Sponsored Schemes and FC grant is one of them.
He, however, reminded that subsequent release of funds from the Central Government depends upon timely submission of UCs. Hailing the FFC for recommending direct transfer of funds to Gram Panchayats, Khandu said it has started a new era of development at the Panchayat level demanding more participation, more transparency and more accountability.
For the year 2016-17, the State is entitled to access the basic grants of Rs 122.58 crore followed by Rs 141.62 crore, Rs 163.83 crore and Rs 221.38 crore in the next three years from 2017 to 2020. A total of Rs 737.93 crore is earmarked for the entire five year period of FFC for devolution to PRIs for development of various assets in gram panchayat level.
The Chief Minister informed that besides the basic grants the State is entitled to receive Rs 81.99 crore as performance grants for four years starting from 2016 to 2020 subject to fulfillment of two major conditions � first, the gram panchayats should submit audited accounts relating to years not earlier than two years preceding the year in which the performance grant is claimed and secondly, also show an increase in their own revenues over the preceding years.
Highlighting his recent visit to the national capital, Khandu informed that the Central Government, particularly Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is very much concerned with development of Arunachal Pradesh on all fronts. On his meet with Modi, Khandu said the PMO had immediately instructed all the Union Ministries to seriously take up the issues submitted by the State in the shape of a memorandum and give full assistance to the State Government to meet its aspirations.
The Prime Minister, Khandu informed, has entrusted DoNER Minister Jitendra Singh to follow up the requests made by the State Government with the various Ministries. He further informed that NITI Aayog CEO has also been asked to see what can be done for the State. �Development doesn�t happen overnight. Give the State Government time and with your support and cooperation, we can change the face of Arunachal Pradesh in the coming years,� Khandu said.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who also holds the Finance portfolio, informed that under FFCgrant for the planned period from 2015 to 2020, the State will receive, besides the Rs 737.93 crore basic grant for Rural Local Body (RLB), Rs 195.22 crore as basic grant for Urban Local Body (ULB) with Performance Grants of Rs 48.81 crore.