Thursday, August 30, 2012

Progress Under “North Eastern Vision 2020” Document
The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that North Eastern Region Vision 2020 document released by Prime Minister in July, 2008 continues to be template for promoting development in North Eastern States. Assessment of requirement of infrastructural projects in North Eastern States is continuously evolving planning and policy formulation exercise and envisages in consultation and participation of State Governments, Union Government and other stakeholders.

In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha today he said, seventeen Thematic Groups were constituted by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region to work out action plan to operationalize the vision, based on various disciplines/sectors outlined in Vision 2020 document. These Groups presented their findings for working out detailed action plan for development of North Eastern Region in the meeting held in Shillong on 3rd & 4th December, 2008. Action points posed by Thematic Groups were culled out for implementation by concerned Ministries and those Ministries are being pursued by Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region and North Eastern Council to implement the action plan in relevant fields. Concerned Ministries are invited to spell out their development plans and ongoing activities in North Eastern Region in North Eastern Council meetings.

Shri Ghatowar said, Vision 2020 set a target of additional investment of around Rs. 13,29,891 crore at 2006-07 prices in North Eastern Region from 2007-08 to 2019-20 with a view to bring growth rates in North Eastern Region at par with overall national growth rates. Estimated investment is placed at Rs. 2,11,613 crore during Eleventh Plan; Rs. 5,05,499 crore during Twelfth Plan and Rs. 6,12,779 crore during first three years of Thirteenth Plan period. During Eleventh Five Year Plan (2007-12) actual Plan Outlay for NER through various sources of funding works out to Rs. 1,84,155 crore, which does not include private sector investment in the Region.

Projected requirement for Twelfth Five Year Plan of North Eastern Council is Rs. 21,507 crore, the Minister added. 

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