A Parliamentary committee on home affairs has expressed concern over the shortfall in the allocation of funds in 2020-21 against the projected demand by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER).
The total demand projected by the ministry for 2021-22 was Rs 4859.28 crore against which only Rs 2658.00 crore has been provided.
Due to this, the total outlay has been reduced to Rs 2031.51 crore in 2021-22 from Rs 2330.14 crore in BE 2020-21.
DoNER has been allocated a total net budget of Rs 2658.00 crore for the financial year 2021-22, of which Rs 2031.51 crore is under the revenue head and Rs 626.49 crore is under the capital head.
“This shortfall is particularly reflected in schemes of NEC, NLCPR state and NESIDS programmes. The Committee fails to understand how the ministry will be able to implement its approved infrastructure projects with this reduced allocation,” the committee headed by Congress MP Anand Sharma said in its report.
The committee recommended that the DoNER ministry must place its demands before the ministry of finance for increasing allocations so that the completion schedule of infrastructure projects is not hampered.