From a Correspondent
New Delhi: Mizoram Chief Minister Pu Zoramthanga called on DoNER Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh in New Delhi on Wednesday and discussed various projects including roads and other infrastructure, bamboo cultivation etc.
This is the first visit of Zoramthangato the national capital ever since he assumes the charge as Chief Minister. Officials said that Zoramthanga urged Dr. Singh to expedite stalled development projects particularly road connectivity to remote areas. The DoNER Minister said the State Government can make use of the North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS) for laying the network of inter-State highways, State Highways and other rural roads.
Dr. Singh assured that there would be no budgetary constraint in the funds release and asked the Chief Minister to ensure submission of Utilization Certificates (UCs) in respect of funds already released to the State Government through DoNER Ministry and the North-Eastern Council (NEC).
The DoNER said the state government is yet to spend around Rs 225 crores allocated to the State for the current Financial Year even as we have already entered into the last quarter. “Besides, the State has entitled to an additional Rs 40 crore for the current FY,” he added. The DoNER Minister stressed that the new State Government must submit timely UCs so that development works can pick pace.
The Mizoram Chief Minister underlined the huge potential for bamboo export to Bangladesh and Myanmar and urged Dr. Jitendra Singh to facilitate the opening of border trade. The DoNER Minister said the State Government should make use of the National Bamboo Mission (NBM) approved by the Union Cabinet.
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