Centre providing liberal funding to States: Dr Jitendra

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Dispelling the motivated propaganda in certain quarters that the Central Government had not been fair in providing the State of Assam with its due share of finances and other resources, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh disclosed here today that under the scheme of Non Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR), the Ministry of DoNER has so far sanctioned around Rs. 4000 crore worth of projects for the State of Assam.
Addressing a public meeting soon after his arrival here today, in the presence of Union MoS (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs & Sports & BJP Chief Minister candidate for Assam Sarbananda Sonowal, Dr Jitendra Singh presented statistical evidence to show how Centre had been providing liberal funding to States and cited exact figures to prove that 436 NLCPR projects at a cost of Rs. 3382.88 crore had been granted to Assam. Out of these, 217 projects worth Rs. 1288.48 crore have already been completed, while 219 projects at an approved cost of Rs. 2094.39 crore are on-going for which also an amount of Rs. 1093.28 crore has been already released to Assam, he added.
This is in addition to the 81 ongoing projects undertaken by North Eastern Council in Assam at an approved cost of Rs. 766.43 crore, he said.
Contrary to the allegation made by the State Government against the Centre not providing the fund, Dr Jitendra Singh alleged that it was rather the other way around, and went on to disclose that the State Government of Assam has so far submitted Utilization Certificates (UCs) only for an amount of Rs. 608.67 crore which was only 55.67% of the total, while the State still has high unspent amount of Rs. 484.61 crore constituting 44.33% of the fund released from the Centre. This, in other words, implies that while the Centre is lavish and liberal in providing huge funds to the State Government, it is the State Government of Assam which is unable to utilize the amount which remains unspent, he said.
After the NDA government assumed office in May 2014, Dr Jitendra Singh said, under the NLCPR, an amount of Rs. 1161.64 crore was released to the eight North-Eastern States, out of which Rs. 284.86 crore, which means about 25%, was released only to the single State of Assam.
The Modi government, Dr Jitendra Singh said, has not only given a push to the already ongoing projects, but has also attended to the hitherto unattended areas. Citing example, he referred to the setting up of the recent North East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS), which will undertake upgradation of 1666 kms long neglected inter-state roads of Northeast, out of which 522 kms falls within the State of Assam.
While tomorrow itself, Dr Jitendra Singh said, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Dibrugarh to commission the mega project of “Brahmaputra Cracker and Polymer Ltd” (BCPL), only recently, the present government at the Centre announced the setting up of a new AIIMS in Assam. Similarly, it was again the present government which had approved 18 new FM Radio Channels for Northeast which included six towns of Assam and “Arun Prabha” a 24X7 TV channel was also approved by the present government only, he added.
Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that the present government under Prime Minister Modi accords high priority to Assam which is evident from the fact that practically every week, one or the other Union Minister is on tour in one or the other part of the State to take an assessment of development and gather feedback from the ground.

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