Streamlining the PDS is a priority of the Arunachal Pradesh government and it has taken up with the Centre for early release of funds against bills for hill transport subsidy held back for more than five years, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said on Sunday.
Unfurling the National Tricolour on the 64th Independence Day, Khandu said the state required Rs 200 crore a year as hill transport subsidy for reaching PDS commodities to fur flung area in the hilly border state, which has poor road connectivity.
"If the problem of hill transport subsidy is not addressed by FCI or the Centre immediately there is a danger of the entire system being damaged beyond repair," Khandu said today adding the state government is ready to provide land godown and manpower to FCI to reach PDS items to all districts.
He said he had even suggested that FCI take up the task of transporting foodgrains directly from the godowns if it does not have confidence in the transport contractors following complaints of huge scam.
"However, there has been practically no movement on my suggestions in the Centre," he rued.
Khandu said during 10th plan agriculture grew at 3.13 per cent and in the first two years of 11th plan at 7.34 per cent and 2.47 per cent respectively in the state, which was higher than the national average.
Commercialisation of agriculture, which meets 72 per cent requirement in the state, is the top priority of the state government. Subsidy of Rs 70,000 per tractor and Rs 45,000 for each power tiller were provided.
Referring to the law and order situation, he said 102 cadres of various underground outfits had surrendered in Tirap, the highest from a single district in a single year.