DoNER officials lament slow execution of projects

DIMAPUR, AUG 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 8/7/2019 12:20:42 PM IST

Secretary, MDoNER, Inderjit Singh, and his team held a meeting with chief secretary, Temjen Toy, and AHoDs and HoDs in the conference hall of chief secretary, civil secretariat, Kohima on Wednesday. The team would be visiting different project sites in Kohima and Dimapur on August 8, 2019.

In his address, secretary, Inderjit Singh, said the Centre has come up with the policy “DoNER at your door steps”. Singh said “rather than you coming to Delhi, we come to you to interact, know your problems, take your suggestions, feedback and understand how best the Central Government and DoNER can do for the states of North East”.

Lamenting on the slow execution of projects, he said “We expect the completion within 2 to 3 years generally for a project but the implementation of the projects are extremely slow in all the eight North East states. He informed that for the North East states currently out of the total 13013 projects amounting to about Rs. 20,000 crore, at least 24 projects are pending for more than 15 years and between 10 to 15 years there are 110 projects pending involving almost Rs. 2000 crore. He added that there cannot be any reason for a project to take that long for completion.

According to an official bulletin, the Secretary said that the Centre always gives special assistance to North East for instance the ratio of 90: 10 funding of Central and state shares in various projects for North East while other states have 60:40 ratio according to updated policy. He also added that NESIDS schemes have 100% funding by the Government of India for the North East states. And Each Central Ministry has to spend minimum 10% of its resources in North East states although the region has only 3.48 % of the total population.

He however mentioned that the Ministry may refuse more money citing the lack of capacity to absorb the ‘funds provided’ due to weak implementation and very slow pace.

He asked the senior officers present to help the chief secretary in executing the projects efficiently. He further expressed his confidence on the officers present, and that works could be done only if the officers have the will to execute them.

The senior officers expressed their views and interacted with the team. State chief secretary, Temjen Toy chaired the meeting. A power point presentation was given by additional chief secretary, Sentiyanger Imchen.


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