Centre focuses on health, agri, infra in NE

AGARTALA, JUL 10 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/10/2019 11:24:14 AM IST

Development of North Eastern Region Ministry (DoNER) is taking steps on a war-footing to develop five basic sectors including health, education and agriculture, in 14 districts of the northeastern region, an official said on Wednesday. NITI Aayog had identified these 14 districts in the eight northeastern states in 2018.

The Centre and the respective states would jointly make efforts to improve the five basic sectors in the selected districts. These include health and nutrition, education, agriculture and water resources, financial inclusion and skill development and basic infrastructure, which have a direct bearing on the quality of life and economic productivity of the people.

“DoNER secretary Inder Jit Singh chaired a meeting with chief nodal officers and nodal officers of aspirational districts of northeastern region on Tuesday in New Delhi. He asked the officials to take steps to develop five basic sectors of these districts,” a Tripura government official said. 

During the meeting, the nodal officers of the aspirational districts explained the projects undertaken in the 14 districts. The official said that Singh directed the concerned officers to monitor the progress in these districts on different parameters on a regular basis. 

“DoNER secretary asked the officials to coordinate with the line ministries of the Central government, state governments and district administrations to intensify their efforts for development of aspirational districts,” he added.

NITI Aayog has selected seven aspirational districts in Assam (Barpeta, Baksa, Darang, Dubri, Goalpara, Hailkandi and Udalguri) and one each in Arunachal Pradesh (Namsai district), Manipur (Chandel), Meghalaya (Ribhoi), Mizoram (Mamit), Nagaland (Kiphire), Tripura (Dhalai) and Sikkim (West Sikkim).

Meanwhile, According to a report by The Wire, DoNER  ministry has spent Rs 1,047.73 crore during the 2018-19 fiscal – the lowest since the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. According to written information provided to the parliament by DoNER minister Dr. Jitendra Singh,, while the ministry spent Rs 1,230.67 crore in the 2014-15 financial year, during 2018-19, its total spending plummeted by over Rs 150 crore.

In Nagaland, DoNER slashed its allocation from Rs 155.18 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 94.40 crore last fiscal. Out of last fiscal’s spending, the lowest amount was earmarked for Tripura. At Rs 35.05 crore, the ministry’s spending on the state had significantly reduced from Rs 99.72 crore in 2014-15.


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