NEW DELHI, March 19 – The Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) has released Rs 97.48 crore for Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) but Government of Assam submitted Utilisation Certificates for only Rs 8.16 crore.
Revealing this Minister, DoNER Paban Singh Ghatowar has said that from additional BTC package of Rs 250 crore announced in August 2008, 17 projects at approved cost of Rs 209.18 crore have been sanctioned and Rs 97.48 crore
released. Funds under NLCPR scheme and BTC Package are provided to (BTC) administration, through Government of Assam.
Ghatowar has said that as per Memorandum of Settlement (MoS) signed in 2003, Government of India had agreed to provide financial assistance of Rs 100 crore per annum for five years to develop socio-economic infrastructure in BTC areas over and above normal Plan assistance to Government of Assam.
Accordingly, 42 projects at approved cost of Rs 476.27 crore have been sanctioned and Rs 453.84 crore released against which Utilisation Certificates for Rs 398.07 crore were received. 31 projects, out of 42 sanctioned, at approved cost of Rs 315.98 crore have been completed under this package.