NEW DELHI, Sept 12 - The Centre on Thursday clarified that the Union Cabinet had fixed the allocation for the North Eastern Council (NEC) as Rs 4,500 crore for a period of three years starting from April 1, 2017, which included the allocation required for clearance of certain committed liabilities.
Reacting to reports in the media, official sources said that out of the said allocation of Rs 4,500 crore, the NEC has sanctioned new projects worth Rs 1,741.06 crore since April, 2017. During the period, the NEC has spent an amount of Rs 2,688.33 crore on various ongoing and newly sanctioned projects. Out of this, only an amount of Rs 343.86 crore has been utilised for clearing liabilities of schemes transferred from the DoNER Ministry to the NEC.
During 2017-18 and 2018-19, the NEC has spent an amount of Rs 2,140.29 crore on various projects. For the current year, against an allocation of
Rs 1,476.10 crore, as on September 9 this year, an amount of Rs 548.04 crore has been spent on various ongoing and newly sanctioned projects. Reallocation of sectors between the Ministry of DoNER and the NEC was done with the approval of the Union Cabinet to avoid overlapping of sectors.