Dimapur, August 7: The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has expressed concern over the slow exeecution of projects in the NE states.
“We expect the completion within 2 to 3 years generally for a project but the implementation of the projects are extremely slow in all the eight North East states,” said DoNER secretary, Inderjit Singh in a meeting with Nagaland State officials led by Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy in Kohima today.
The secretary informed that for NE states currently out of the total 13013 projects amounting to about Rs 20,000 crore, at least 24 projects are pending for more than 15 years and between 10 to 15 years there are 110 projects pending involving almost Rs 2000 crore. He added that there cannot be any reason for a project to take that long for completion.
He also mentioned that the Ministry may refuse more money citing the lack of capacity to absorb the ‘funds provided’ due to weak implementation and very slow pace.
Inderjit said the Government of India always gives special assistance to NE citing the ratio of 90:10 funding of Central and state shares in various projects for NE while other states have 60:40 ratio according to updated policy. He added that NESIDS schemes have 100% funding by the Government of India for NE states. And each Central Ministry has to spend minimum 10% of its resources in NE states although the region has only 3.48 % of the total population.
The secretary said the Government of India has come up with the policy “DoNER at your door step” and “Rather than you coming to Delhi, we come to you to interact, know your problems, take your suggestions, feedback and understand how best the Central Government and DoNER can do for the states of North East”.
He asked the senior officers present to help the Chief Secretary in executing the projects efficiently. He further expressed his confidence on the officers present, and that works can be done only if the officers have the will to execute them.
The senior officers expressed their views and interacted with the team. Chief Secretary, Temjen Toy chaired the meeting. A power point presentation was given by Additional Chief Secretary, Sentiyanger Imchen.
The DoNER team will be visiting different project sites in Kohima and Dimapur on August 8. (Page News Service)