Delhi, March 29: The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has approved schemes worth Rs 4,500 crore of the North Eastern Council (NEC) for development of the region.
The highlights are as follows:
- Under the Schemes of NEC – Special Development Projects, with the existing funding pattern (90:10 basis) for ongoing projects and on 100% Central funding for new projects has been approved.
- For other projects funded by NEC – both Revenue and Capital – as 100% Central funding basis, to continue with existing pattern.
- Extension of 100% centrally funded North Eastern Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS).
- Transfer to NEC for implementation, the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR-C).
- Proposal to ensure optimization of resources through convergence of efforts of various Ministries/Departments.
The projects under the existing Schemes of NEC, NLCPR (Central) and NERSDS will benedit the people of North Eastern Region socio-economically, enhancing their capabilities and livelihood.
The Scheme of NEC – Special Development Project will be changed to be a Central Sector Scheme with 100% grant, instead of the earlier block grant on 90:10 basis. The remaining component will continue to be funded on 100% central funding basis as at present.
The NEC is also implementing “North Eastern Road Sector Development Scheme – Programme Component” for upgradation of the important and strategic inter-state roads. Transferred from DONER to NEC for implementation, the scheme is 100% centrally funded. A sum of Rs 1,000 crore has been allocated under the scheme.
Another Scheme namely “Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources-Central [NLCPR (Central)]”, presently funded by the Ministry of DoNER, provides resources to the concerned line ministries and their agencies for projects like Agartala-Akhaura Rail Link, checking erosion in Majuli Island. This Scheme will also be transferred to NEC for implementation.
In order to give a boost to tourism in NE Region, the outstanding liabilities in tourism sector under Product Infrastructure Development for Destinations & Circuits (PIDDC) may also be addressed. Further, a mechanism on the pattern of Standing Finance Committee (SFC) with representatives from the concerned line Ministries and from Ministry of DoNER would be constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, NEC, for approval of the projects costing between Rs 5-15 crore. This is aimed at bringing synergy with programmes of other Union Ministries and avoiding of duplication through process of SFC.