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Neiba heads monitoring cell
Published on 19 Sep. 2008 1:06 AM IST
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For a first timer Neiba Kronu, the former NSF leader and currently the MLA representing Pfutsero constituency has been given the rare opportunity of being the youngest Deputy Chairman of the State Planning Board. Neiba is determined to carry out the responsibility reposed on him by chief minister Neiphiu Rio to bring about meaningful changes in pursuing a sustainable economic road map for Nagaland. Neiba has been made the chairman of the newly created Monitoring Cell under the State Planning Machinery in the Planning and Co-ordination department with the objective of monitoring the centrally sponsored schemes(CSS). The function of the monitoring cell is to ensure that all centrally sponsored schemes with central funds are directly passed on to the state implementing agencies routing them through the state planning department. However, these schemes would not be reflected in the state budget especially in the districts. The Cell has been empowered to collect information and datas from the implementing departments/agencies/officials and to correspond and hold discussions to guide the authorities implementing the central schemes. The Cell would not be involved in the department files being put up for policy decision. Among the central schemes that would be monitored by the cell include: Horticulture Techonolgy Mission; Bamboo Mission; National Rural Health Mission; National Rural Employment Gurantee Schemes; Sarva Siksha Abhiyan; National Highways; Externally Aided Programs; Foreign Direct Investment and Forest Development Agency. Secretarial services to assist the chairman in his day-to-day works would be provided by the state planning department, it said. The Cell has also been empowered to engage experts/scholars/academicians and consultants whenever required for its monitoring activities with the condition that such appointments should be for a specific job and period. The cost for such appointments would be provided from the consultancy fund. Talking to Nagaland Post in Dimapur recently, Mr Kronu shared the view that emphasis was needed for boosting the economy of the rural areas of the state through infrastructural development etc. Neiba also said he looked forward to holding active consultations with a cross section of public throughout the state in order to share the common economic vision.

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