Dimapur, Sep. 13 (EMN): The Ministry for Development of North-East Region (M/oDoNER) on Thursday clarified that the Union Cabinet had fixed the allocation for the North Eastern Council (NEC) as INR 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.
In an update issued by Press Information Bureau, the DoNER denied reports appeared in a section of media about tussle between the ministry and the NEC, stating that it has restrained the council from sanctioning new projects.
It said that out of INR 4,500 crore allocated amount, the NEC has sanctioned new projects worth INR 1741.06 crore since April 1, 2017.
“During the period, the NEC has spent an amount of INR 2,688.33 crore on various ongoing and newly sanctioned projects. Out of this, only an amount of INR 343.86 crore has been utilised for clearing liabilities of schemes transferred from the DoNER Ministry to the NEC,” the release said.
It said during 2017-18 and 2018-19, the NEC has spent an amount of INR 2,140.29 crore on various projects.
For the current year, against an allocation of INR 1,476.10 crore as on September 9 this year, an amount of INR 548.04 crore has been spent on various ongoing and newly sanctioned projects, it said.
“Reallocation of sectors between DoNER and NEC was done with the approval of Cabinet to avoid overlapping of Sectors,” it added.