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DoNER seeks Rs 41-cr additional allocation
Spl Correspondent
 NEW DELHI, Nov 15 – The Ministry for Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) has sought an additional allocation of Rs 41.66 crore to disburse grants to various institutions including Dr B. Barooah Cancer Institute, besides payment of consultancy charges.

The DoNER Ministry has submitted the proposal through Supplementary Demands for Grants tabled in the Parliament. The Ministry has estimated a requirement of Rs 1,859.33 crore marking a marginal increase over the budgetary allocations.

The Ministry proposes to sanction Rs 6.19 crore to Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute, Rs 5.49 crore to Sankardev Nethralaya, Guwahati, among others. For promotion and preservation of art and culture in the NER, Rs 60 lakh has been earmarked and for development of sports and youth activities, Rs 6.14 crore has been sanctioned.

A sum of Rs 1 crore has been proposed as payment of consultancy charges under professional services for vetting Detailed Project Reports under Non-Lapsable Central Pool of Resources (NLCPR).

Meanwhile, in a separate reply to a question by Dr Thockchom Meinya, Union Minister of State for Finance Namo Narayan Meena said the Ministry of DoNER is taking steps to enhance the efficiency in utilisation of 10 per cent of the earmarked Gross Budgetary Support (GBS) by the 52 non-exempt ministries. The Ministry has constituted seven committees for an in-depth review of its schemes in terms of suitability for implementation in the region.

The Planning Commission has informed that the subject division in its quarterly review of several sectoral line ministries shall be underscoring the need for framing better schemes or the components within the existing projects to suit the NER, the Minister added.

The MP from Manipur wanted to know whether the non-exempt ministries were actually spending 10 per cent of their budgetary allocation on the NER, as mandated by government policy.

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