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Assam pins high hopes on NESIDS

State fails to submit UCs of Rs 108.51 crore under NLCPR scheme 

GUWAHATI, April 10: Assam is pinning high hopes of getting the lion’s share of Rs 1,600 crore sanctioned by the Centre under its recently approved North East Special Infrastructure Development Scheme (NESIDS).
The Centre has proposed to pump funds to the tune of Rs 1,600 crore under the NESIDS for three years from the fincial years of 2017-18 to 2019-20. The scheme is aimed at fincing projects to fill up the gap in creation of physical infrastructures relating to water supply, power, connectivity and specially the projects promoting tourism; and social sector projects relating to creation of infrastructure for education and health in the North East.
Sources in the State Transformation and Development Department formerly known as the Planning & Development department told The Sentinel that being the gateway to the North East as well the largest State in the region, Assam has reasons to receive the lion’s share of Rs 1,600 crore under the NESIDS. If Assam receives the major portion of the fund it will be a big boost to develop necessary infrastructures and facilities to develop the State to fulfill its futuristic aspirations, the source said.  
Funds under the NESIDS will be rooted through the DONER Ministry. The State Transformation and Development Department will be the nodal agency in implementing the NESIDS in Assam.
Meanwhile, Assam has not been able to spend the Central funds to the tune of Rs 372.83 crore received under the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) scheme, till December 31, 2017. The State has also failed to submit utilization certificates of Rs 108.51 crore up to December 31, 2017. 
Even though the State Transformation and Development Department has been asking various departments implementing the NLCPR scheme to submit the utilization certificates, the responses of the department to do the needful has been found to be disappointing.

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