Source: News Bharati English04 Mar 2016 08:49:07

New Delhi, March 4: Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Dr. Jitendra Singh in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday said that the government is taking steps to accelerate the pace of the socio-economic development of the North Eastern Region. Provision of modern facilities for all round development of Border States of North East is an ongoing process.Concerned Central Ministries/ Departments are required to earmark at least 10% of gross budgetary support for North Eastern Region (NER). The Ministry of DoNER and NEC provide funds for bridging infrastructure gaps in NER. Ministry of Home Affairs releases funds for development of border areas under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) scheme. Rs. 27757.86 lakhs has been released in current financial year to meet the special developmental needs of the people lying near the international border.

Ministry of DONER is administering NLCPR Scheme under which a total of 53 projects of Health Sector amounting to Rs. 63313.36 lakhs and 168 projects in Education Sector amounting to Rs.145416.55 lakhs, have been sanctioned so far. North Eastern Council (NEC) is also administering schemes under various sectors in North Eastern States.

In Industry sector, NEC have 41 on-going projects with an approved cost of Rs.17322.12 lakhs, Health Sector, it has 58 on-going projects with an approved cost of Rs.40870.85 lakh and in Education sector, NEC has 78 on-going projects with an approved cost of Rs.24294.98 lakh.

Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resources Development has sanctioned 630 new schools and selected 3334 schools for strengthening and enhance the quality of education under Rashtriya Madhyamik Shikhsa Abhiyan (RSMA). An amount of Rs.122884.36 lakhs has been released since its inception.