From Our Staff Correspondent
Shillong, March 26: The North East Council (NEC)-funded projects executed by the States will have to be completed by 2020, else it will be fincially liable on the government concerned to complete the projects, said NEC secretary Ram Muivah during an interaction with newspersons in Shillong on Monday.
Stating that the NEC secretariat has dispatched letters to the Chief Secretaries of the eight NEC States on the basis of the directive by the Ministry of DoNER on the matter, Muivah said, “NEC schemes as per the Expenditure Fince Committee (EFC) is now coterminus with the 14th Fince Commission, and all NEC schemes have to be completed in all respect by March 2020. Effectively, we have only two years and we have been asked not to take any project which we cannot complete in the next two years.”
Making it clear that the ministry has taken a decision that the onus of any incomplete NEC-funded projects will fall on the States after 2020, the NEC secretary said, “I have written a series of letters to the chief secretaries that the ministry has taken a decision in this regard.”
The NEC is expected to hold a review meeting on the multiple schemes channelized to the eight States on Tuesday. There are 10 schemes funded by the NEC for each of the eight States.
Asked on the utilization of NEC funds by the eight States, the NEC secretary referred to Meghalya, galand, Mizoram and Manipur for utilizing their share on an appropriate basis. Assam and Tripura have created their own complications because they have provided their Detail Project Reports (DPRs) that are well beyond the funding mandate of the Council, he said.
“Somehow, release of funds to Assam and Tripura is a little less because of conflicting advice. They submit only big projects which is beyond my power,” said Muivah.