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DoNER reviews projects

- Ministry, state officials on two-day tour of BTAD

Kokrajhar, Jan. 22: Officials of the DoNER ministry and the state government, who are on a two-day visit to the BTAD, held a review meeting on various schemes under the BTC package being implemented with funds from the non-lapsable central pool of resources.

The team comprises joint secretary, DoNER, Vijay Bhusan Pathak, its director Rajesh Kumar, deputy secretary, finance, government of Assam, A.H. Majumdar, senior research officer R. Das and research officer planning and development, government of Assam, L. Patar.

The projects are part of the nearly Rs 750-crore BTC package announced in 2003 and thereafter. Funds for central schemes for the BTC are routed through Dispur.

The team, which held nearly an hourlong meeting with BTC officials at the BTC secretariat last evening, visited sites of various projects to see progress and quality of work.

Talking to reporters today, Pathak said: “We have come to review the progress of various schemes being implemented with funds from the non-lapsable pool, to see the progress of work besides quality and quantity so that the projects are completed on time. Please do not read anything more into it. It is just a review.”

Pathak expressed satisfaction over the progress of the schemes saying, “It is satisfactory.”

“There are some bottlenecks which have been discussed and steps will be taken to expedite the projects so that more schemes are sanctioned in the area for an overall development of the BTC,” he said.

Asked if there could be any special package from the DoNER ministry in the riot-affected areas, an official said: “It will be taken under the ministry of home affairs.”

“Whatever proposals have been submitted by the BTC and the state government, most of the schemes have been sanctioned and some have been retained and a detail examination is going on,” he said.

“If there is any scheme which requires the attention of the DoNER, the state government and the BTC can submit proposals for sanction of those schemes which will be undertaken,” he added.

On direct funding to the BTC from the Centre, he declined comment saying “it is between the state and the Union government. Not competent to comment on that.”

Sources said there are 42 schemes under the Rs 500-crore BTC package of which 32 were completed while work is on for the other schemes. “Six schemes would be completed by March this year,” the source said.

The schemes completed include Kokrajhar Rupnath Brahma civil hospital, Kajalgaon civil hospital, Champabati irrigation project, Sukhlai irrigation project, Gossaigaon Northeast bus terminus and major link roads.

Work is on for the Kokrajhar water supply scheme, a cultural complex and an IT Park , he said.