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Tamenglong to get Rs 90 crore

IMPHAL | Jun 11 : Chief minister, N. Biren Singh lauded the DoNER ministry for approving the Topographical Need Based Budgeting (TNBB) under which Tamenglong district of Manipur including Noney (pre revised district delineation) will be getting Rs. 90 crore as additional fund above the normal budget under Hill Area Development Programme (HADP).

In the Composite District Infrastructure Index 2009 prepared by ministry of development of DoNER, Tamenglong district was ranked 75th out of 80 districts of the North Eastern region. The index brings out the stark difference between infrastructure indices of valley areas compared to hill districts in the states like Manipur, Assam  and Tripura where the topography consists of both hills and valley.

The Programme will be implemented on pilot basis for a period of two years i.e. 2018-19 and 2019-20. The pilot scheme aims for a holistic and inclusive development of the hill district. The components of the HADP include physical infrastructure like multi- purpose community structures, water supply, etc., not covered by any other scheme, upgradation of roads/bridges which would link major production centres, tourism sites, health facilities, upgradation of sports grounds, setting up of Technological Facilitation Centres (TFC) in Tamenglong for unleashing the potential of natural resources such as cane, bamboo, orange, medicinal herbs, spices including herb spices, etc., and promotion of eco-tourism among others.

Soon after its formation, the present BJP-led government in the state had been pressing the central government for introduction of topographical need-based budgeting in states where topography consists of both hill and valley.

Bire had written to Prime Minister on May 26, 2017 requesting to re-start the HADP in the states where the topography consists of both hills and valley.

~IFP

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