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Northeastern States of India Seek More Funds for Development


The North Eastern Council (NEC), a regional planning body of the northeastern states, will seek Rs.110 billion from the Planning Commission for the 11th five year plan.

During the 11th five-year plan (2007-12), priority would be given to strengthening infrastructure like roadways, setting up of more power plants, telecommunication besides development of agriculture in the region. The working group of the NEC, at its Aug 10 meeting in Shillong, finalized this requirement. Commissioners and secretaries of the planning and coordination departments of all the northeastern states participated in the meeting.

During the 10th five-year plan (2002-07), the planning commission had allocated Rs.35 billion, but released only Rs.26 billion.

The working group of the NEC also requested India’s central government to allocate Rs.20 billion every year for the development of the infrastructure of the region.

Paramashish Ghosh Roy has more on the story.

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