Arunachal govt has refunded Rs 5 crore of NBM, alleges NCP

Itanagar, Feb 10 (PTI) The Arunachal Pradesh unit of NCPhas expressed dismay at the failure of the state government inharnessing the huge bamboo potential of the state.

The party in a communique today claimed that theArunachal Pradesh government had refunded an amount of Rs 5crore to the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) recently for itsfailure to utilise the money.

NCP general secretary Daniel Teli claimed that bamboomission or bamboo development agency has been set up byNagaland, Mizoram and Tripura governments to boost productionand value addition whereas Arunachal Pradesh ForestDevelopment Corporation Ltd(APFDCL) and State Forest ResearchInstitute (SFRI),the nodel agencies, have miserably failed intaping the state''s bamboo potential.

"Arunachal has received more that Rs 25 crore for bambooplantation and APFDCL has spent more than Rs 10 crore forpurchasing of various bamboo processing machineries since1992", Teli claimed, adding nothing was visible except thebamboo Processing Centre at Poma, which could come up dueto the initiative of state Governor Gen (Retd) J J Singh.

"It is a matter of great concern that ArunachalPlywood Industries Ltd (APIL), one of the largest producers ofbamboo mat board in the country, is procuring the rawmaterials of processed bamboo mats from Assam and Nagalandwhereas the state artisans have not been encouraged to producethe same", Teli alleged.

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