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Plan panel reviews projects

Kohima, Feb. 6: The Planning Commission reviewed the annual plan 2013-14 of Nagaland at a meeting attended by all administrative heads of departments at a hotel here last evening.

The commission was represented by its adviser, Brahmo Chaudhari, and its member, Saumitra Chaudhari.

The major project proposals and discussions were on construction of highways and roads connecting the international trade centres (Indo-Myanmar) of Pangsha, Lungwah and Avangkhu, Trans Eastern Nagaland Road from Mon to Avangkhu (280km), extension of East West-Northeast National Highway Corridor from Nagaon to Numaligarh, and the Indo-Myanmar border trade route with a vision to realise the Look East policy as well as aid the development process in eastern Nagaland.

The Rs 300-crore eastern Nagaland package, which was included in the annual plan 2012-13, was discussed with state officials. An appeal was made to the Centre to release funds as special plan assistance for eastern Nagaland to fulfil the commitment of addressing development deficit in eastern Nagaland.

The other issues were commitment to commence construction of railway line covering Tizit-Dimapur-Jalukie and revival of rail link from Amguri (Assam) to Tuli which would assist the revival process of Nagaland Pulp and Paper Company Ltd.

The revival process of the paper mill at Tuli is currently under way with initial fund release of Rs 100 crore. The state government is recruiting technical staff. It appealed to the Centre to hasten the revival process of Nagalandís lone paper mill at Tuli.

It was also brought to the notice of the Centre the urgency of a medical college in the state. A proposal to convert the existing School of Agriculture, Medziphema, into a full-fledged university was also discussed.

The department of animal husbandry presented its project Nagaland Composite Pig Project with an abstract estimated cost of Rs 1,57.31 crore with an aim to enhance wholesome meat production under the organised sector with direct participation of farmers.

The underlying objective of the meeting was to highlight the plight of the state in managing with annual allocation of only Rs 2,000 crore in the state outlay of 2013-2014.

The meeting was chaired by commissioner and secretary, planning and urban development, E.M. Patton. Chief secretary Banuo Z. Jamir welcomed the guests.

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