Government Schemes for the development of North East India

2 schemes, one aided by 10% union minister’s share and other aided by World Bank

#1. Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources

Background:

  • The North Eastern Region (NER) comprises 8 States viz. Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura
  • All the States in the NER are Special Category States whose Development Plans are centrally financed on the basis of 90% Grant and 10% Loan
  • In October 1996, the then Prime Minister announced “New Initiatives for North Eastern Region” and stipulated that at least 10% of the Budget(s) of the Central Ministries/Department will be earmarked for the development of North Eastern States
  • But, what if they are not able to use all funds? We created a Central Pool of Resources for the North East out of the unspent amount of stipulated 10% of GBS to support infrastructure development projects in the North East
  • Subsequently, this fund became non-lapsable

Objective:

The broad objective of the Non-lapsable Central Pool of Resources scheme is to ensure speedy development of infrastructure in the North Eastern Region by increasing the flow of budgetary financing for new infrastructure projects/schemes in the Region.

Funds from the Central Pool can be released for State sector as well as Central sector projects/schemes.


#2. North East Rural Livelihood Project

  • North East Rural Livelihood Project (NERLP) is implemented in 4 North Eastern States of Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura
  • 2 districts in each of these 4 states only
  • It was launched in 2013 for a period of 5 years
  • Aiding agency: World Bank
  • Objective: Create sustainable community institutions around women Self Help Groups (SHG), Community development groups (CDG) and the youth of the select districts

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