NEW DELHI, JUN 27 (NPN) | Union Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr Jitendra Singh Thursday said that in departure from the earlier practice of 90:10 funding of Northeast projects under NLCPR flagship scheme, the Centre has agreed that under the new scheme, North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS), the entire 100% of the funding is borne by the Centre.
He said this will result in a huge relief to the exchequer of the State government and also put an end to the frequent requests received from the state governments about lack of funds for them to contribute their share.
Dr. Singh said this during a meeting with MPs of North East MPs Forum, here today.
He further said that the issues related to enhancement of budgetary allocation for development of North Eastern states are being discussed with the Finance Ministry.
Welcoming the MPs, Dr. Singh said the Centre will act for improving the lives of North Eastern people in close coordination with the elected representatives from the states of the region.
He further said that the procedures laid down for DPRs have been simplified so as to expedite the execution of projects in the region and to curb the unnecessary delay.
The Minister added that the chief ministers and resident commissioners of different states based in Delhi have been requested to coordinate with DoNER Ministry and follow up with the officials about the development projects of various states.
Speaking about another historic decision by the Cabinet, the Minister mentioned about the Indian Forest (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017 to exempt bamboo grown in non-forest areas from the definition “Tree”, thereby dispensing with the requirement of obtaining a permit for felling of bamboo for economic use. He informed the members that in July, 2018, the NEC was restructured through the nomination of the Home Minister as Chairman, NEC and the MoS (I/C) DoNER as the Vice-Chairman, NEC. Dr Singh said that that Union Minister Amit Shah will chair the plenary session of NEC on August 3 and 4 in Guwahati.
DoNER secretary, Dr Inder Jit Singh gave his presentation about the functioning and role of DoNER Ministry.
He informed that chief nodal officers and nodal officers have been appointed for each of the North Eastern states and line ministries. He also said that Inter-Ministerial committees have been constituted by DoNER Ministry for important sectors such as roads, civil aviation & tourism, livelihood, piggery, medicinal & aromatic plants and health & nutrition.
MPs were also briefed about the North Eastern Council (NEC).
During the interaction, the MPs discussed development related issues pertaining to their areas.