NEW DELHI || The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh announced that an amount of Rs. 33,097.02 crore has been allocated in the current year’s union financial budget for Northeast.
He disclosed it when he was meeting a delegation of social and civil society activists from Manipur, led by Head of the Women Income Generation Centre (WIGC) and prominent political leader, Indira Oinam.
Jitendra Singh further informed that this amount includes the financial contribution by 56 Ministries and Departments of Government of India, including Rs. 2400 crore provided to the Ministry of DoNER.
The budget allocation to the Ministry of DoNER, in turn, includes fund for Non-Lapsable Central Pool Reserve (NLCPR) scheme and the scheme of North Eastern Council (NEC). In addition, an amount of Rs. 1000 crore has also been allocated for grants to Autonomous Councils and areas covered under the 6th Schedule of the Constitution.
Meanwhile, while submitting a catalogue and memorandum to the Minister, Indira Oinam appreciated the various new initiatives undertaken by Jitendra Singh in Northeast over the last one and a half year. She said, Manipur has suffered a protracted phase of injustice and discrimination because of the Congress rule and it is time to replace the 3-term Congress rule.
Oinam was also of the view that tribals in the State need to be brought back to the mainstream and their culture to be revived so that they get a feeling of identity and pride. Similarly, she said, the youth of Manipur were weary of the present regime and were yearning for change.