20th Jul 2019 09:07:PM Editorials
Eastern Sentinel Arunachal News

Speaker of the Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly Pasang Dorjee Sona while chairing a consultative meeting on ‘Integrated Planning Process’ with the officials and people’s representatives has emphasized on the need for  chalking out a proper planning process for the newly created districts of the state. Truly, the need for a sound planning procedure to attain the desired goals of development has always been felt in the country which is extensively heterogeneous in character with region-wise variations in problems and developmental aspirations.

Creation of new districts by bifurcating the older ones or carving new ones from them is nothing new in the country and has actually become a recurring process due to the changing needs and challenges of delivering better governance to the people. And according to experts, the driving force behind formation of new districts is primarily for ushering in an ease of administration through creation of new infrastructures such as district headquarters etc which would effectively reduce the distance between the administrative nerve-centre and remote areas, thereby smoothening the implementation and monitoring process of the developmental programmes and strengthening the law and order monitoring mechanism. This has perhaps been one of the major factor which explains the reason for the addition of total number of districts in the country over the decades. When as per the 2001 census it was 593, it shot up to 640 in 2011 and now it is well over 720 approximately.

In the Indian context where decentralization of power has been accepted as a sustained policy decision since independence, the significance of a district administration can easily be understood and for making it most effective, integrated planning plays a huge role. In easier words, it can be understood as a coordinated interdepartmental effort which is expected to deliver greater benefits from a same resource outlay as compared to the uncoordinated efforts undertaken by the departments individually. Under such a planning structure when there is a constant interchange of information and progress of status of schemes under implementation by the departments, it has been observed that things move faster and the chances of meeting deadlines becomes brighter. This is true for any public administration apparatus in the country at any level and more so for the new born districts, where building fresh infrastructures and revamping the existing ones always remain the first priority. 

For ensuring a smooth take off for these new districts it is imperative that district level planning procedures should display an integrative approach and this holds true for all the districts as well. These cohesive administrative forces having ideal potencies as individual units can thus effectively contribute to the continuing betterment of the state. 

Kenter Joya Riba

(Managing Editor)
      She is a graduate in Science with post graduation in Sociology from University of Pune. She has been in the media industry for nearly a decade. Before turning to print business, she has been associated with radio and television.
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