Programmes for Development of North Eastern States

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that primary objective of development plans for North Eastern Region is faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth for balanced development of the region. Special requirements of the NER and need for significant higher levels of investment for achieving the objectives is well recognized. Accordingly, efforts are made to address the problems in infrastructure – physical and social, through funding from various central programmes.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today Shri Ghatowar said, Central Government is also supplementing development efforts of States in North Eastern Region by providing Special Central Assistance (SCA) and Special Plan Assistance (SPA) through State plans. Setting up of North Eastern Council (NEC) under NEC Act, 1971, as regional planning body is another step for balanced development of the region. Earmarking of at least 10% of Plan Budget of Central Ministries/Departments for NER and creation of Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR) are outcomes of policy initiative for development of NER.

The Minister said, development efforts have resulted in substantial improvement in growth rate in NE States during 11th Five Year Plan. Statement indicating State-wise growth during 11th Five Year Plan and All India Average is as under:

State-wise growth during the 11th Five Year Plan and All India Average Growth

State 11th Plan Target 11th Plan Achievement
Arunachal Pradesh 6.4 9.4
Assam 6.5 6.9
Manipur 5.9 6.5
Meghalaya 7.3 8.1
Mizoram 7.1 11.0
Nagaland 9.3 6.2
Sikkim 6.7 22.8
Tripura 6.9 8.7
Average NE 9.95
All India GDP 7.9

Source: 11th Plan achievement 2004-05 series (CSO)

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