DIMAPUR, April 6 - A study team of Union Ministry of Finance visited Kohima today to study the ground realities and problems facing Nagaland especially with regard to financial aspects.
Holding a meeting with the Nagaland Government officials at Nagaland Civil Secretariat in the Chief Secretary�s conference hall, the Central team noted that the inflow of fund is very scarce and advised the officials of the State that the entire scenario of the State�s planning has to be improved.
In the meeting, State Chief Secretary Pankaj Kumar highlighted the State�s financial pattern and position since inception of the State in a nutshell. He stated that Nagaland came into being in 1963 through the 16-Point Agreement and that under this agreement, the State�s Non-Plan expenditure was to be borne by the Central Government. He also stated that the funding pattern which was changed in 1989 has impacted the State.
He brought to the notice of the Central team that the transition from 13th Finance Commission to 14th Finance Commission improved the State�s financial position in some ways. However, transition from the Planning Commission to NITI Aayog has not helped the State as expected, Kumar said.
State Finance Secretary Kikheto Sema gave a power point presentation on the financial status of the State.