DoNER secretary meets with state officials
Dimapur, Aug. 7 (EMN): The secretary for the ministry of Development of North East Region (DoNER) Inderjit Singh and a team of officials held a meeting with Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy and other state officials, on August 7 in Kohima.
The team will be visiting different project sites on August 8 in Kohima and Dimapur, updates on August 7 from the Information and Public Relations (IPR) department stated.
In his address, Inderjit Singh said that the central government had come up with the ‘DoNER at your doorsteps’ initiative 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 Northeast,” the IPR stated quoting Singh.
The government of India always gives special assistance to the Northeast for instance the ratio of 90: 10 funding of central and state shares in various projects for the region while other states have 60:40 ratio according to the updated policy, he said.
Lamenting on the slow execution of projects, he said ‘we expect the completion within two to three years generally for a project but the implementation of the projects are extremely slow in all the eight Northeast states.’ He informed that for the states currently out of the total 13,013 projects with a cost approximately of about INR 20,000 crore, at least 24 projects have been pending for more than 15 years. There are 110 projects that are pending and involving almost INR 2000 crore, he said. He added that there cannot be any reason for a project to take that long for completion.
Senior officers at the meeting also expressed their views and interacted with the team, the IPR stated. Chief Secretary Temjen Toy was the chairperson for the meeting.