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DoNER push to projects

Shillong, Sept. 21: To push for the timely completion of projects sanctioned under the non-lapsable central pool of resources (NLCPR) scheme in the Northeast, the Union DoNER ministry has come up with an incentive scheme.

According to an official communiqué, every year, under this scheme, the best performing state in terms of completion rate of projects, will be offered an incentive.

The incentive will be in terms of retention of additional projects worth upto Rs 20 crore according to their choice over and above their normal allocation.

Tripura was awarded the best state in the timely completion of projects in the year 2011-12.

During the 2011-12 financial year, the Union DoNER ministry had sanctioned 97 projects under the NLCPR scheme at a cost of Rs 963.59 crore till December 2011.

The projects are related to education, health, irrigation and flood control, power, roads and bridges, water supply and sewerage, besides sports, tourism, market buildings and others.

The highest allocation was made for the construction of roads and bridges in the region.

The NLCPR scheme was constituted through an approval by the Parliament in 1998-99.

The scheme is administered by the NLCPR committee headed by the Union DoNER secretary and has representation from the ministries of finance, home affairs and the planning commission.

The broad objectives of the scheme include ensuring speedy development of infrastructure in the Northeast by increasing the flow of budgetary financing for new projects.