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Nec approves draft plan of Rs 1088.21 cr

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SHILLONG, Jan 2 � The North Eastern Council (NEC) today approved a draft annual plan of Rs 1088.21 crore for 2015-2016 and earmarked over 71 per cent of the fund towards developing transport, agriculture and power sectors.

The draft annual budget allocation was approved during the 63rd annual plenary meeting of the NEC here in the State capital. In the draft plan, out of the Rs 1088.21 crore, it has been proposed that Rs 500 crore be earmarked towards development of the transportation system to boost communication in the region.

The next thrust in the plan was for the agricultural sector with proposed allocation of Rs 150 crore. Keeping in mind the huge potential of power generation in the region, Rs 125 crore has been proposed for this sector.

Minister of State of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh said during his address at the meeting that the region must do more in utilising funds, as about Rs 600 crore or over 70 per cent of the budget allocation for the NEC remains unutilised during the current fiscal.

Singh said till date just 27 per cent of the total budgetary allocation for NEC (Rs 770 crore) has been utilised and as such Rs 600 crore remains unutilised. The Minister said that he would try to convince concerned Ministries at the Centre so that this budgetary provision does not return and the member States must try utilising the fund within the stipulated time frame.

�We would like to see that the NEC does not get a bad name and this (unutilised fund) does not become an annual feature. We would try to bring in changes,� the Minister assured. On proposals from member States to have a DoNER office in the region, he said that the proposal was not feasible at this moment, but the Ministry would try to set up �camp office� with secretary DONER heading it in member States monthly or bi-monthly on a rotation basis.

�The secretary DoNER can hold camp offices for a day or two in the NE States alternatively and the legislators, civil society members and others could come and air their views and suggestions or their grievances there,� Singh proposed at the plenary meeting.

On the NEC holding its plenary meeting for the first time in 10 years in the region, Singh said there was a communication gap between the member States and the Ministry and suggested that all stakeholders must meet more often so that this gap would be bridged.

The Minster said that the DoNER Ministry would act as a facilitator and would continue to hear about �complaints, grievances and abuses.�

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Nec approves draft plan of Rs 1088.21 cr

SHILLONG, Jan 2 � The North Eastern Council (NEC) today approved a draft annual plan of Rs 1088.21 crore for 2015-2016 and earmarked over 71 per cent of the fund towards developing transport, agriculture and power sectors.

The draft annual budget allocation was approved during the 63rd annual plenary meeting of the NEC here in the State capital. In the draft plan, out of the Rs 1088.21 crore, it has been proposed that Rs 500 crore be earmarked towards development of the transportation system to boost communication in the region.

The next thrust in the plan was for the agricultural sector with proposed allocation of Rs 150 crore. Keeping in mind the huge potential of power generation in the region, Rs 125 crore has been proposed for this sector.

Minister of State of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), Jitendra Singh said during his address at the meeting that the region must do more in utilising funds, as about Rs 600 crore or over 70 per cent of the budget allocation for the NEC remains unutilised during the current fiscal.

Singh said till date just 27 per cent of the total budgetary allocation for NEC (Rs 770 crore) has been utilised and as such Rs 600 crore remains unutilised. The Minister said that he would try to convince concerned Ministries at the Centre so that this budgetary provision does not return and the member States must try utilising the fund within the stipulated time frame.

�We would like to see that the NEC does not get a bad name and this (unutilised fund) does not become an annual feature. We would try to bring in changes,� the Minister assured. On proposals from member States to have a DoNER office in the region, he said that the proposal was not feasible at this moment, but the Ministry would try to set up �camp office� with secretary DONER heading it in member States monthly or bi-monthly on a rotation basis.

�The secretary DoNER can hold camp offices for a day or two in the NE States alternatively and the legislators, civil society members and others could come and air their views and suggestions or their grievances there,� Singh proposed at the plenary meeting.

On the NEC holding its plenary meeting for the first time in 10 years in the region, Singh said there was a communication gap between the member States and the Ministry and suggested that all stakeholders must meet more often so that this gap would be bridged.

The Minster said that the DoNER Ministry would act as a facilitator and would continue to hear about �complaints, grievances and abuses.�