Centre to 100 percent fund development projects in North East India

New Delhi: The Central government will now 100 percent fund the development projects in the North East region — unlike 90 percent as per previous policy while the remaining had to be done by the state, it was announced on Thursday.

File image of Jitendra Singh. PIB

File image of Jitendra Singh. PIB

Briefing the media after Cabinet meet, Minister of State for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh called the decision as "historic".

The government has allocated Rs 4,500 crore for the purpose.

The ongoing projects would be as per the older formula of 90:10 but the new projects would be completely funded by the Centre, he said, adding that the ongoing projects would be completed by 2020.

He said the focus areas of the 100 percent centrally-funded development schemes would be bamboo, regional tourism and higher education including medical education.

He also announced a road development scheme for the North East.

"We have also announced a North East Road Development Scheme for the ‘orphan' roads. This is the first region-specific road development scheme. The orphan roads are the ones which lie between two states and were neglected. Now the Centre had adopted these orphan roads," Singh said.

He said that the government has initially pledged Rs 1,000 crore for the project.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's personal interest in bringing equitable development to the North East had started showing "transformational results".

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Updated Date: Mar 29, 2018 22:24:40 IST

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