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State govt enhances LADP allocation
Correspondent KOHIMA, AUG 15 (NPN):
Published on 16 Aug. 2009 1:27 AM IST
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The Local Area Development Programme (LADP) allocation has been enhanced from Rs. 75 thousand to Rs. 1 crore per consistency to carry out proper implementation of various projects and schemes. State chief minister, Neiphiu Rio announced this on the occasion of the 63rd Independence Day celebration in Kohima. He said that the State Plan outlay for 2009-10 had been fixed at Rs.1500 crore, representing a 25% step-up over the previous year’s allocation of Rs.1200 crore. A corpus fund of Rs.20 crore had been earmarked during 2009-10 for capacity building, including Road Shows in all districts. Old Age Pension of Rs.300 per pensioner per month would be given to 40,462 senior citizens by pooling together the central scheme and state scheme. Under the social welfare sector, the government had established eight new posts of district programme officers with sanctions from the ministry of women and child development. During 2009-10, the government shall implement mega food park scheme under ministry of food processing industries, with the central processing centre located in Dimapur and primary processing centres set up in different districts. He also said that the central government would assist the state to strengthen the power distribution infrastructure through the Rajiv Gandhi Grameen Vidyatikaran Yojana (RGGVY) for rural areas and restructure Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) for urban towns. Under RGGVY, 108 villages across the state would be electrified. In addition to the new road projects taken by the state government under the central and state sector, the ministry of rural development had sanctioned 205 kms of new connectivity to communities with population of 500 and above, under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana and BHARAT NIRMAN. Under the water supply sector, 108 villages and habitants and 542 number of rural government primary schools have been covered with water supply facilities during 2008-09 under the State Plan and Accelerated Rural Water Supply Project. In the education sector in the current year, 11 government high schools were upgraded to higher secondary schools, 10 GMS upgraded to high schools. Two new polytechnics have been sanctioned by the ministry of human resources development for the state. Under the department of women development, food processing was promoted under the Intensive Cluster Development Project in six cluster units at Dimapur, Medziphema, Zubza, Kigwema, Chiephobozou and Jalukie. The government is also implementing the Border Areas Development Programme in seven RD blocks bordering Myanmar-Phomching, Chen, Tobu, Noklak, Thonoknyu, Pungro and Meluri. Under the information technology, the existing 52 Community Information Centres have been integrated into Common Service Centre Agency.

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