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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Zhaleo urge Centre to continue 10% lumpsum scheme in NE

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Dimapur, October 12: Parliamentary Secretary for Municipal Affairs, Zhaleo Rio IAS (Retd) today expressed serious concern on the project proposals under 10% lump-sum scheme submitted to the Ministry of for Housing and Urban Affairs during 2013-14 & 2014-15 which are being vetted and yet to be sanctioned in view of apparent decision to do away with the existing 10% lump-sum programme resulting in non-sanctioning of the project proposals for the last four years.

The project proposals relate to urban infrastructure development for providing basic needs like roads, sanitation related works amenities etc. Zhaleo requested the ministry to extend some more years for 10% lump-sum scheme under North East region including Sikkim to continue as assured duly by departmental review meeting held in Nagaland in the month of June 2017 between the ministry's team and the state under the chairmanship of chief secretary Nagaland.

Calling on Hardeep S. Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs at his office, Nirman Bhawan, New Delhi, Zhaleo also highlighted on the ongoing projects/scheme under JNNURM & UIDSSMT for 2013-2014 some of which are fully/partially completed and lying unpaid to the contractors and incomplete respectively, since the Ministry GoI has stopped funding and instructed the state govt. to do the needful from its own resources.

Further a project sanctioned during 2013-14 for Dimapur city a commercial hub for Nagaland state and North East states after having released the 1st instalment is being declared dropped and the state is asked to refund the amount released also figure in the discussion, he said.

Under "Smart City", the funding ratio of 50:50 basis was also discussed and the Parliamentary Secretary supplemented the resolution of the North East states Chief Ministers plea for change in the funding pattern to 90:10 ratio as majority of the states have resource crunch in general and the Nagaland state in particular.

A press release issued by PRO Nagaland House, New Delhi, Kuolie Mere said the MoS was receptive to all the problems addressed by the Parliamentary Secretary and assured to take up the issues for Nagaland in particular and also expressed special concern for development of the North East region states in general. (Page News Service) 


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