India to contribute Rs 10 cr pa for ICGEB

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New Delhi, Nov 30: The Union Cabinet today approved enhancement of India's contribution to Rs 10 crore per annum under Non-Plan during the next five years for the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), Delhi.

The contribution will help in research and development in the ICGEB for alleviating malaria and tuberculosis and problems of abiotic and biotic stress of the country's major crops such as rice, Information and Broadcasting Minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi told reporters after the Cabinet meeting.

Approval was also given to the continuation of the Host country contribution beyond 2011-12, coterminous with the currency of the agreement already ratified by the Government.

The Government will also make a one time contribution of Rs 2.80 crore under Non-Plan during 2007-08 towards payment of arrears of service charges to Municipal Corporation of Delhi with regard to ICGEB buildings.

The Cabinet also approved the revised estimated cost of the ICGEB project from Rs 117.53 crore to Rs 170.33 crore.

The revision will enable the Government to provide the ICGEB additional requirements for infrastructure facilities and recurring cost for running the Centre with additional R and D activities.

''This would obviate the need to seek periodical and repeated approval from the Cabinet,'' Mr Dasmunsi said.


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