The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday forwarded a sum of Rs 4,600 lakh to Mizoram for border area development.
The fund has been allotted for the last fiscal of 2017-18, state nodal officer Paul L Khuma had disclosed on Wednesday.
Khuma further added that of the total sanctioned amount under the Border Area Development Programme (BADP), Rs 39.93 crore has been spent during the last fiscal and the rest has been earmarked for the current fiscal of 2018-19.
Khuma also said the state’s share amounting to Rs 445.26 lakh was received by the State Government as first instalment last year, of which Rs 444.11 lakh was spent for border area development, leaving a balance of Rs 1.15 lakh, which has been earmarked for the 2018-19 fiscal.
Khuma said funds allocation for annual action plan under the BADP during the current fiscal has increased from the last fiscal by 25 per cent.
The BADP was implemented in Mizoram in 1993-1994 and it covered four rural development blocks then along the India-Bangladesh border.
In 1997-1998, the programme was extended on the eastern side of Mizoram, bordering Myanmar.
Mizoram shares an international border of 502.19 km along the India-Myanmar front and 316 km along the India-Bangladesh sector, totalling 818.19 km of international border.