NEW DELHI, Sept 28 � Faced with criticism over the delay in sanctioning of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) projects, Union Minister for DoNER and Mines Bijoy Krishna Handique traced the lapse on part of the States in securing the mandatory clearance from Central ministries to delay in sanctioning of projects by the concerned Ministries.
While retaining, sanctioning or approving projects under NLCPR or NEC, it is seen that the State governments often do not take the required statutory or administrative approval from the line Ministries wherever applicable. This lapse delays the entire process, said Handique, while presiding over the 59th meeting of the NEC here today.
To increase the pace of sanctioning of projects, the Ministry has established a Technical Wing headed by a superintending engineer. It has also signed an agreement with WAPCOS, a CPSU under the Ministry of Water Resources for vetting of DPRs of road and bridges sector which comprises 40 per cent of NLCPR funds, he informed.
The NEC meeting was attended by the Governors and Chief Ministers of the North-Eastern States (NES), who are members of the Council, besides top officials of Planning Commission, Home Ministry and other line Ministries concerned with the region. Representatives of several Ministries also made presentations in the first session, while in the second session presentations, on the action taken reports were deliberated upon.
As a representative of the Member States, both the NEC and the Ministry of DoNER are trying to facilitate this ongoing process of dialogue between the States and the Central Ministries and departments. This indeed is critical for implementation of Vision 2020. �Under NER Vision 2020, we have been pursuing the line Ministries to formulate their action plans,� he said.
The Ministries of Shipping (for Inland Waterways), Telecommunications and Railways today made presentations at the meeting.
To give impetus to the sports talent of the region, a football tournament, Dr. T. Ao Regional Football Tournament, was started by NEC which would now be held annually in each of the eight States by rotation.