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Rs 367 cr for border devp
Published on 26 Nov. 2008 12:19 AM IST
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Following extension of the Border Area Development Programme (BADP) schemes to States bordering Bangladesh including Assam, the Centre has released Rs 367 crore of the allocated Rs 635 crore this fiscal. According to the Assam Tribune, this figure was released at the Economic Editor’s Conference that was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister, P Chidambaram Monday afternoon. Under intense pressure to develop the border areas particularly those near the international borders with China and Bangladesh, the Centre has transferred the Scheme from Planning Commission to Ministry of Home Affairs. The Border Management Division of the Ministry currently handles it. The funds are released as grants by the Centre to the States in two instalments. and the first instalment is released on the basis of the scheme submitted by the State Screening Committee. The Centre has cleared long-term reconstruction plan affected by natural calamities of 2005 to 12 States and balance 10 per cent after 70 per cent pf the funds are utilised. During the Ninth Plan, the scheme has been further extended to States bordering Myanmar, China, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal. Currently, the Schemes covers 17 States including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura, among others. As reported last week, a high-powered team of Home Ministry officials visited the Bangladesh border to review the progress of the border area development, as well as security measures at the border. The visit came in the aftermath of the serial blasts.

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