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1011.47 cr approved for Nagaland’s NLCPR
DIMAPUR, DEC 15 (NPN):
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Published on 16 Dec. 2009 1:04 AM IST
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Union minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) B.K. Handique in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, said that as per information received from various ministries/departments the accruals to the Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) during 2007-08 was Rs. 1897.49 crore and during 2008-09 was Rs. 1449.42 crore. According to an official communiqué, an amount of Rs. 1011.47 crore has been approved for the 112 projects in Nagaland, out of which the ministry has so far released Rs. 734.26 to fund the developmental projects. All the central ministries/departments, excluding those exempted, had to earmark at least 10% of their GBS every year for the North Eastern Region (NER). The unspent balance of the 10% GBS earmarked for North East Region of these ministries/departments does not lapse but automatically gets transferred to the Central Pool of Resources called NLCPR. Handique also said upto Ocotber 31 this year, a total of 1071 projects at an estimated cost of Rs. 8249.25 crore had been sanctioned and Rs. 5969.90 crore released to the Northeastern states from NLCPR scheme. As per the guidelines, all the States in the NER are Special Category States whose development plans are centrally financed on the basis of 90% Grant and 10% Loan. Further, the Special Category States are also allowed to use upto 20% of the central assistance for Non-plan expenditure. Further, the release said regular review meetings with state government officers, field visits/inspection by officials from the Ministry (DoNER) are arranged for the improvement and monitoring of projects. Earlier Guidelines of NLCPR were studied and amended in the interest of expeditious implementation of projects. The State-wise percentage of the approved projects and funds released for their implementation is given in the following Table.

 
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