New Delhi, March 17: On Thursday Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Dr. Jitendra Singh told the total current budget of North Eastern region for 2017-18 was around Rs.50000 Crores which was higher than the earlier budget of last years.
While speaking in Rajya Sabha, Dr. Jitendra Singh said that this was significantly higher than the earlier years and also an indication of high priority that the Modi government accorded to the development of the region. Singh also informed that the 10 % contribution from the Budget of the each of the 56 non-exempted Union Ministries earmarked for North-East, amounts in total to over Rs. 43,000 crore which was earlier around Rs. 33,000 Crores.
Dr. Singh said the Railway budget for Northeast was to the tune of Rs. 5,500 crore, the budget for special roads scheme for Northeast at Rs. 150 Crores and the budget for BTC, KAATC & DHATC around Rs. 120 Crores. The minister also informed the house that the DoNER Ministry budget for 2017-18 was increased up to Rs. 279.45 crore. Both the pace of the various projects as well as the percentage expenditure of the allocated funds had shown significant rise during the last three years.
He also said the services of Space Centre in Shillong were being solicited for the appropriate and accurate preparation of Utilization Certificates without wasting time. In April 2016 the amount of around Rs. 1158 crore was pending on account of delayed Utilization Certificates. However, as on February 2017, the same pending amount got reduced to Rs. 206.5 crore, he added.
Meeting of the ministry’s Consultative Committee had the presence of the members of Parliament from the region including C. L. Ruala, Neiphiu Rio, Vincent H. Pala, Naba Kumar Sarania and Bijoya Chakravarty and also DoNER secretary Naveen Verma, secretary North Eastern Council Ram Muivah.