ITANAGAR, Dec 22 - Inaugurating a two-day workshop themed ‘Building capacities to take forward Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Arunachal Pradesh here on Friday, State Governor Brig (Dr) BD Mishra (Retd) said that to achieve the SDGs, the first and foremost requirement is planning and execution of schemes and projects with honesty, integrity, transparency, accountability, audit, review and mid-course correction.
Advising the participating officials on making the developmental process sustainable, the Governor pointed out that terrorism and environmental degradation are two factors which trip the process. He stressed that internal security must be reinforced and the environment should be protected at all cost. He also cautioned against “forces” that are all set to destroy the State’s economy.
While stating that there are eleven basic needs of an individual – bread, cloth, roof, road, electricity, potable water, education, security, health, justice and work opportunity, Mishra said it is within this scope that development has to be planned.
He said that Arunachal Pradesh has unlimited opportunity for development in various sectors, including tourism, agriculture, horticulture, bamboo related works and organic farming provided the developmental focus is on harnessing the hydropower potential, facilitating surface movement and strengthening the electronic connectivity.
Emphasising that ‘Antyodaya’ should be the ultimate goal of development schemes, where last man in the queue is benefited, the Governor said that unlike ‘Bolsheviks World Order’, the order of modern times should be inclusive growth and lift everyone up. “Aspirational district concept of Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the right step for development,” he said.
On the occasion, the Governor released a book titled ‘Arunachal Pradesh – A Statistical Profile of its Economy and Society, Volume-I&II’.
State Chief Secretary Satya Gopal, Rajiv Gandhi University Vice Chancellor Prof Saket Kushwaha, visiting fellow, Research and Information Systems for Developing Countries, New Delhi, Dr Pramod Kumar Anand, State Technical Officer, UNDP, Guwahati, Supriya Khound, Special Secretary (Planning) Himanshu Gupta and Director (Planning) Pallab Dey also addressed the session.
Senior State Government officials are participating in the workshop, organised by the State Planning department with technical support from United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).