DoNER to Dispur
* Progress of over 100 NLCPR schemes slow
GUWAHATI, Sept 2: Unhappy with the overall progress of various Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) schemes in Assam, the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has asked the Government of Assam to ensure that the schemes are completed by March 2020. DoNER has further stated that if the State Government fails to do so, it would have to bear the remaining cost of the pending projects.
Similar instruction has been sent to the other northeastern States.
The nodal agency for carrying out the NLCPR schemes in Assam is the Transformation and Development Department (T&D). The different execution departments draw up the various schemes and it is through the T&D that the schemes are finally executed.
Altogether 446 NLCPR schemes at a total outlay of Rs 3876.17 crore were sanctioned for Assam. Ongoing schemes in the State are 205 having an outlay of Rs 2448.31 crore. Of them, 50 per cent are not progressing satisfactorily. The PWD has the highest number of about 70 schemes at various levels of implementation.
The funding pattern of 90:10 is followed with respect to the NLCPR schemes. While 90 per cent is funded by the DoNER Ministry, 10 per cent is borne by the State Governments of the North East.
DoNER is responsible for the matters relating to the planning, execution and monitoring of development schemes and projects in the North Eastern Region. Its vision is to accelerate the pace of socio-economic development of the Region so that it may enjoy growth parity with the rest of the country. The Ministry allocates funds under two schemes viz. NLCPR (State) and NLCPR-Central for which annual budgetary allocations are provided in the normal budgetary process.
A total outlay of Rs.5300.00 crore has been earmarked for the completion of the ongoing projects in North East. Its broad objective is to ensure speedy development of infrastructure in the North Eastern Region and Sikkim by increasing the flow of budgetary financing for specific viable infrastructure projects and schemes in the region.
The DoNER coordinates with various Ministries/Departments primarily concerned with development and welfare activities in North Eastern Region.