ITANAGAR, June 25 - Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Monday commenced the pre-Budget consultation exercise by holding a meeting with representatives of community-based organisations (CBOs) and the apex women�s body, Arunachal Pradesh Women�s Welfare Society (APWWS), at his Secretariat office premises here.
Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, who is also the Minister in charge of Finance, and Home Minister Bamang Felix took part in the discussion.
�In first of the series of pre-Budget consultative meetings, Chief Minister Pema Khandu held a detailed discussion with CBOs on the scope of the Budget 2019-20, which is to be tabled in the forthcoming Assembly session scheduled from July 8 next,� stated a press note from the CMO here.
Expressing gratitude to the CBOs and women�s representatives, Khandu said this was his third meeting (since 2017) with them and pointed a sea change in suggestions put forth by the members.
�I can notice a change in the mindset of our community leaders. Besides the suggesting way forward for, for their respective communities they are today concerned about the entire State and encouraging pan-Arunachal welfare and progress measures,� he pointed out.
Underscoring the CBOs� role in an extremely dynamic and multipolar society like Arunachal Pradesh, Khandu said, �Role of CBOs is of utmost significance. You are sanctioned by the community you represent to decide for them. The Government cannot function successfully without your support and cooperation,� he asserted.
The Chief Minister assured the CBOs that every suggestion put forward by them would be minutely studied and accommodated in the Budget as far as possible.
With a view to make the Budget 2019 more participative and inclusive, the Chief Minister had also invited suggestions and inputs from citizens on the Government�s website www.arunachalbudget.in.
�As a member of �Team Arunachal�, please share your ideas and I assure that all good suggestions, which are in public interest, will form part of our Budget document,� Khandu had stated.